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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,739
Ranked #6,417
4.03 | pDev: 9.68%
Notes: Hypnopompa is our imperial stout brewed with almost 100 kilos of marshmallows and Tahitian vanilla beans (the size of cigars). Low carbonation and boiled a bit extra for good measure, this is a beer strictly for the stout inclined.
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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 159
Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a Mikkeller taster glass.

A: Body is pitch black and the head is dark brown that vanishes very quickly. Still, looks delicious.
S: Aroma is huge of chocolate, coffee and vanilla, the later being the one that's least present in the aroma. But it has so much coffee and "chocolate" flavoured malts that it also resembles the Beer Geek Breakfast line from Mikkeller.
T: The taste is strong of chocolate and coffee, and real coffee for that matter. The marshmallow profile isn't easily found as it is very very subtle, almost like the vanilla that's overshadowed by the chocolate and coffee points.
M: Body is medium to high. Carbonation is good. You can feel the sugar that was put inside this beer. Sweetness is medium high and alcohol is noticeable but still not noticeable like 11% ABV, which is very well covered up.
O: Always wanted to try this out. After dozens of Omnipollo's beers, this doesn't come out like it's something new or noteworthy but it's still a good and enjoyable brew (specially if you share half of it with someone else).

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Photo of nudeorganist
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A very dark brown colour with a small tanned head. You get a lot of coffee, a bit of liquorice backed with a touch of sweetness from the marshmallows. The beer really grows in your mouth. You get the coffee, but this time it comes with a plethora of sweetness. You really feel the marshmallows in the beer. It's heavy and almost makes you somnolent despite of the coffee.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From Saveur Biere. In Teku glass. Watching Stranger Things 1x02-03. Lots of vanilla and coffee here, with a warming feeling. High abv isnt muh noticeable in taste but goes up to the head very quickly

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This might be the best bottle ever. Look at that. Anyway, it's quite enjoyable drinking it too. After pouring a pitch black motor oil, it smells of vanilla, coffee, chocolate. The taste gets better and better as it warms up. Cacao powder, vanilla. Big complexity. Earthy hops.
Very nice. A classic Omnipollo even if it's not their best offering

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Photo of RyanK252
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours dark dark brown nearly black with a frothy dark khaki head that settles to a thin layer, but leaves some nice lacing.

S: Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, marshmallow, dark sugar, molasses, toffee, and some earthy notes.

T: Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, earthy tones, dark sugar, molasses, toffee, and a little marshmallow.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy feel as it goes down.

O: Another cool stout from the mad scientists at Omnipollo. I wish the marshmallow stood out a little more, but it's still a fine stout.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with small tan head.
Aroma has coffee, cocoa, vanilla, chocolate cake, burnt caramel.
Taste is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, cake, fudge, thick mouth feel.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head with lots of lace. Black in color.

Typical omnipollo sweetness. Another dessert beer. Fudgy and Hershey's syrup. Marshmallow and vanilla show. Coffee brings some roast to the beer. Fairly rich. Some caramel and toffee.

Full bodied. Sweet and creamy.

A nice treat. One glass is enough.

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Photo of Dzu
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.33 l bottle into pint.
L: Pitch black with a tan foam head.
S: Cocoa beans, dark chocolate.
T: Dark chocolate, butter, spicy, vanilla.
F: Tight body and low carbonation.
O: Once again masterpiece from omnipollo!

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Photo of Jeffo
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at De Molen in Bodegraven

From a bottle into a snifter
Brewed at De Molen
Imperial stout brewed with marshmallows and Tahitian vanilla beans

APPEARANCE: Pours out thick black and yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, creamy, dark tan head with very good retention. Slowly fades to a full wisp cap. Pitch black body with no real carbonation evident. Splotchy wisp and a ring remain but leave no lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Very roasted nose with some burnt malts, burnt coffee, vanilla aromas and sweet cream. Some toffee in there as well.

TASTE: Roasted barley, vanilla cream and toffee up front. Roasted flavors at the swallow with a bolder and lingering finish of sweet vanilla cream, espresso coffee flavors, roasted notes, bitterness and some alcohol as well.

PALATE: Medium body and lower levels of carbonation. Silky on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a scratch and finishes sticky. A bit of heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is fine but not quite as bold and rich as hoped. To be sure, the imperial stout itself has lots of roasted character and is plenty “stout,” while the vanilla definitely plays a role, but the biggest novelty here, the marshmallow, doesn’t really come out as the star of the show. A quality drink that was fun to try, but not something I’d be too keen on revisiting.

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Photo of amano_h
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate, caramel, and coffee can immediately be picked up by the nose on the get-go. Further inspection reveals fresh vanilla beans, some sort of bark or cinnamon, and something spicy, reminscent of ancho chilis. This almost smells like a drier version of Prairie's Bomb!

Pungent vanilla, molten Kraft Jet-Puffed marshmallows, and cacao nibs grace the lips upon the first sip. A more substantial wave of sweetness in the form of caramel, dark fruits, and brownies soon ensue, before being washed away by a smoky bitter sensation, like a really thick cup of espresso. Slight hints of pear and lighter berries surface with the passage of time; the cinnamon / pumpernickel seems to intensify with time as well.

Medium to full-bodied, minimal carbonation. I can feel some heat developing from inside of my stomach, which makes sense given the 11% ABV.

"Death by vanilla" is the main impression I get with this brew, with the marshmallows merely serving as ineffective speed bumps toward the slow yet inevitable death. I've never tried Tahitian vanilla beans before so I can't testify to their pungency, but if they're anything like what I'm tasting in this beer, I'm assuming it's some powerful stuff.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

BOTTLE: 33cl. Brown glass.

11% ABV. "Imperial Stout Brewed With Marshmallows & Tahitian Vanilla Beans." Brewed at De Molen.

HEAD: None whatsoever. No lacing.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast is visible within.

AROMA: Authentic (read: unartificial) vanilla bean. Chocolate malt. I detect no marshmallow. Certainly on the sweeter side.

Aromatic intensity is average for the style.

TASTE: Vanilla bean is the only truly expressive flavour in the build. Chocolate malt, dark malts. Definitely sweet, though marshmallow isn't noticeable in my opinion.

Simplistic for an imperial stout, but enjoyable - if a bit too sweet.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, and of adequate heft and weight on the palate.

OVERALL: More commitment to its advertised flavours would be nice. It's nice as-is, albeit a forgettable expression of the style compared to leading international imperial stouts. Glad I got to try it, but it leaves a lot to be desired (especially at this price).

Low C+ (3.05) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of vfgccp
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep oil black body. Light tan head pours 1/2 a finger high and settles into a medium halo. Low retention and OK lace.

S - Relatively light nose with molasses, cocoa and a touch of vanilla.

T - Thick molasses sweetness with a deep charred wood note. Edges of vanilla, pumpernickel, and woody booze.

M - Medium frame with par carbonation.

O - Not bad, but not of much marshmallow makes it through, and there's a little too much char in the flavor profile.

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Photo of aleigator
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours completely stale, no head to speak of at all, while the beer pours a dark brown color, which appears black as the night in the glass, revealing an oily lacing after swirling.

Offers a decadent mix of bakers chocolate, flowery vanilla, booze and soy sauce. Vanilla adds a rich, perfumy oakiness to the aromas, complimenting its sweeter chocolate qualities, as well as molasses. Soddled coffee beans among moldy wood bark complete the luscious, slightly roasty character of the beer, which got a lingering, promising sweetness to it.

As the apperance already indicated, the beer doesn't contain any carbonation whatsoever. This turns out not to be a problem though, as it has an incredibly well pronounced silkness to it, featuring whipped cream and marshmellows, leading to an utmost velvet mouthfeel, with a lot of flavor nuances being able to cut through.

Tastes of boozy fudge, instantly coated by marshmellows, blending into glazed caramel. The alcohol is not entirely hidden, but plays as an important role by adding warming depth to bakers chocolate and acting as a gateway for molasses. This gets gently handled by espresso beans, while vanilla enhances the molasses quality by an elegant flowery note. After the swallow all those flavors transform to a pungent brownie batter decadence, soothed by dry earth. Finishes with raisins, molasses and an intense coffee dryness, revealing an earth coated boozy hint.

This is so well put together, it puts a lot of even bigger beers to shame. Nothing gets lost on the palate, some flavors do even return after the taste changed, while including their flavor predecessor in an evolving way. Flavors shift on the tongue from the beginning till the end, while its profound sweetness never gets out of hand or turns boring, but finding a way to display its richness while including opposed flavors as well.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

October 11, 2015

11.2 oz bottle, snifter

A – Midnight black, pouring medium-thick, with a deep tan, chocolate head of about half an inch. A ring of cocoa-tan bubbles remains on the surface.

S – Cocoa nibs, vanilla, and fruity roasted coffee. Some pear and melon esters. A slight nuttiness or hazelnut on the back end. Light plum, and then another big wash of vanilla on the finish. Glorious.

T – A blast of vanilla, creamy marshmallow, bittersweet bakers’ chocolate and cocoa nibs, and mild toffee are all easy to find here. Fruity esters of pear, a ton of plum, and a low impression of juicy red grape. A light peanut shell, salty note on the finish. Bitterness is high but barely noticeable, balancing sweetness from the massive malt profile.

M – Thinner mouthfeel than I would expect based on the big malt bill, which is to say it’s still medium to medium-thick. Carbonation is moderate-low. Hugely sweet, balanced with massive bitterness, resulting in neither one feeling aggressive, very balanced. The alcohol is barely noticeable, more warming than anything else, possibly contributing to esters noted in the taste.

O – This beer stands toe to toe with the best imperial stouts in the world. (4.50)

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Photo of darktronica
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with minimal head that vanishes like a cockroach when the lights turn on. Smells like a toasted marshmallow, heavily charred and hastily applied to a brick of milk chocolate, then extinguished by beating it with a mixture of sphagnum and tree bark. There's an acrid bitterness, like breaking up with someone through a tweet. The flavors are much the same, with a bold blend of sweet and bitter; the vanilla is modest but necessary. This would hardly be everyone's cup of tea, but somehow it was just what I needed tonight.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black pour,thick and oily, with an espresso coloured head that's slow to rise to the surface. Smells of cocoa and dark cherries and sherry or, in any case, alcohol. Tastes like cocoa and dark chocolate, dried prunes, vanilla, dark cherries and alcohol. Smooth texture, a bit too thick though. The aftertaste is cocoa bitter, with some harsh alcohol that was a bit unpleasant for me.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle, no date. Pours black with a medium sized brown head. Smells of roasted malt, vanilla, caramel, and marshmallow; nice smell. Tastes of almost entirely of roasted malt and vanilla. Some moderate bitterness on the finish. Below average carbonation and good mouthfeel. Overall, everything about this beer is great except the taste, which is not as interesting or complex as the nose would suggest.

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Photo of benzalman
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The best part of this beer was the way it kept the alcohol hidden. At 11%, I could hardly taste it. That said, not of the other flavors (marshmellow etc) came through. A decent beer, but probably not worth the price for the 12oz Bottle. I find that to be the case with many of the Omnipollo beers - just not enough bang for the buck.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 12/12/2024. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, licorice, vanilla, wood smoke, char, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and vanilla/roasted marshmallow notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, licorice, wood smoke, char, and roast/smokey/earthiness. Good amount of roast/charred bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, licorice, vanilla, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and vanilla/roasted marshmallow flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and moderately sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and vanilla/roasted marshmallow flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours deep dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Pours with a small one finger rich tan head that dies down leaving traces of foam on the surface of the beer. No lacing.

Smell: Coffee, dark chocolate, malt, alcohol and vanilla. Aroma is rich and amazing. I couldn't wait to to take a drink!

Taste: Tastes like it smells, only richer and fuller. Coffee, dark chocolate, malt, alcohol and vanilla. Very sweet, which I happen to like; though this is pushing the limits in terms of sweet even for me.

Feel: Full body, a little syrupy. Starts off with a rich and velvety mouthfeel; followed by a slight fizzy sensation from the mild carbonation, ends with a mildly dry finish from the alcohol. Nice.

Overall: I loved this imperial stout! Sweet and full of flavor. A heavy beer though; good for sipping slowiy. Great as a dessert beer.

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Photo of Big_V
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly vanilla up front followed by strong bitterness. Not getting any marshmallows, maybe in the nose. This was ok, wouldn't purchase again.Found it hard to finish.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color with mocha head. Aroma has vanilla and coffee, sweet and slightly smokey. Taste follows with a bit of smoked malt, wood, coffee, chocolate and some bitterness on the finish. Medium body with medium to low carbonation. Quite good but I don't really get the marshmallows.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. After stumbling upon the barrel aged version last year, I was delighted to find this bottle of the original. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a bare half finger light brown head that dissipates slowly to a thin film. Nice aroma of sweet dark toasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate and hints of lactose, almost like a milk stout profile. Flavor follows, with sweet dark toasted malt with a bit of char, dark chocolate, vanilla, hints of lactose and coffee. Nice mouth feel with medium creaminess. A quite flavorful stout that starts almost understated like a porter, but then develops a full, rich stout flavor profile with great chocolate and toasted malt flavors. Finishes chocolatey with light grassy hop bitterness. Well balanced and integrated. I really liked the flavor progression and finish on this a lot. I'll put a few of these away to tide me over until it rolls around again.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Looks the part of a big stout, Pitch black with no head.
S: licorice,vanilla,dark fruit and an over lying sweetness.
T: Sweet malt, some vanilla with no trace of 11%.
F: velvet smooth and thick, the high more foe the beer
O: I had to re-rate this beer now that it has aged a year. It 's much better now.

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Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing EmmaDan. Full notes taken to phone while drinking it.

A- Black as it can be with a cocoa brown head making it to less than half a finger. A large ring at the edges and legs but sparse lace.

S- Darkness in grains and some fruits from the yeast. Burnt black grains, charcoal, cherry, toasted nuts and blackened caramel.

T- Sea change from the aroma for me. Seems rather hoppy with an earthy profile leading to the black ingredients. Cocoa powder, chocolate brownies, vanilla bean, burnt malts and heavily toasted nuts. Dark fruits present and slight oxidation.

MF- Thick and oily body with a bit of creaminess but somewhat lacking in texture. Low end carbonation hurts considering the thin feel. Bitter roast.

Mostly cocoa and charred grain feel with a small hint of vanilla bean but not sure what the marshmallows do. Might be a bit old but no way to tell.

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Hypnopompa from Omnipollo
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 159 ratings