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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,087
Ranked #7,676
4.03 | pDev: 9.43%
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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hman43 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours black with a dark brown head. head retention is very good and the beading is very tight.

Smell: It has a strong initial coffee aroma. There is a low level of vanilla with hints of marshmallows.

Taste: It has a combination of coffee and chocolate with a low vanilla element. There are also a very low level of dark fruits in the background.

Feel: It has a full body with pleasant alcohol warming. The after taste has more of a marshmallow texture and flavor than the rest of the tasting experience.

Overall, I like the bitterness and roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. There are complex flavors with the vanilla and dark fruit elements. To me, it's more of an enhanced imperial stout than an actual pastry stout.

Nov 24, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

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

16oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It left some lacing on the glass. It smelled of vanilla, sweet chocolate, marshmallow and toffee. Strong roasted malt and coffee taste with vanilla, chocolate and toffee.

Oct 03, 2020
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Wkarr77 from Louisiana

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tall can into snifter glass, small brown head that disappeared almost immediately. Nice smooth flavor, boozy, not great mouth feel, seems a bit thin when compared to other strong stouts. Overall, better than good but not great.

Jul 03, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the tall boy can in a snifter. This beastly brew pours
a rugged obsidian with a modest head of off white foam that sizzles
to a thin ring, light dusty layer, and displays light lacing. Nose of
dark roasted malt, dark coffee, anise, earthy vanilla, char, and booze.
Flavors exceed the nose with aplomb. Dark roasted malts, coffee, vanilla
cream, earthy anise, astringent booze, char, brulee, and earthy malts.
Nice mouth feel; full body, lightly slick, coating, smooth, rich, warming,
light carbonation, boozy as all get out, and finishing with a mighty nice
bitter malt finish that is lightly dry.

Overall, more greatness from this fine Swedish brewery!


Jul 02, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #2 canning poured into a snifter.

A: Fairly opaque black with no light showing through; khaki head dissipates quickly.

S: Coffee is fairly forward, which surprises me; notes of vanilla and marshmallow sweetness, impressions of roasty malt and brown sugar.

T: Smooth sweetness, lots of sweet coffee and vanilla, milk chocolate and marshmallow. Roasty as well; not cloying. Hint of booze.

MF: Viscous full body, fairy sticky, dry-ish finish.

O: A good stout, fairly sweet, not quite in the same range as a Prairie beer in my opinion, but enjoyable, though I would prefer less coffee flavors in this brew. Surprised that it shines like this when the can doesn’t mention it as an adjunct.

Jun 13, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #2 can from Brewers Haven. The marshmallows made me buy this, unaware of the coffee in this batch. I was expecting a big sweet gooey RIS, and got a huge bitter coffee bite. Pours as black as oil slick, flat, still. Roasty aroma with some sweetness at the back. Coffee bitterness takes over from there, almost obscuring the vanilla, which makes a brief appearance at the finish. Smooth for 11%.

May 22, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Batch 002". Released late 2019/early 2020; drank 2/23/20 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small, noisy tan head; decent lace.

Cream, dark roast coffee bean & fresh earth notes in the nose.

Sticky medium thick mouthfeel.

Fresh earth, cream & dark roast coffee bean flavors up front; dark chocolate & booze heat notes on the finish.

Rather than achieving balance, the competing sweet & harsh components don't mesh here. Tough to finish.

Feb 24, 2020
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into my snifter. The beer pours a dark coffee black color with fizzy tan head of 1 cm foaming up. No light passes through my glass when I hold it to the light.
The foam fades to a thin edge layer quickly and this remains through my consumption.
Aroma on this beer is surprisingly mild and underwhelming, but I do get some dark chocolate and molasses notes mixing together, there is a bit of roasted malt and some very mild general sweetness. I cant really say it is vanilla or marshmallow notes, more of a basic sweet note, but this isnt a very bold scent.
First sip reveals a medium body with smooth texture and fine slightly tingly carbonation. The beer leaves a little bit of a coating on my palate after each mouthful.
Flavor is similar to the nose with roasted malt notes and brown sugar. I also get some marshmallow here and some dark chocolate. No real hint of the higher ABV and hops are basically absent. The flavor has a little more of a presence than the nose, but I still dont get any vanilla that is promised on the label.
Overall this beer is fine, it doesnt wow me but also isnt flawed. Glad to have tried it, but wouldnt go looking for this one again.

Feb 23, 2020
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

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

Very dark brown, minimal highlights. Forms a pinky worth of dark mocha crown that dissipates almost as fast as it forms.

The nose brings slight roast mixing with vanilla, sticky marshmallow creme sweetness.

The taste follows. Not a ton going on, but I like what is.

Sticky marshmallow. Fairly clean throughout. Low carbonation.

Overall, it’s not groundbreaking or wowing but it’s solid and enjoyable.

Dec 29, 2019
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good head production; OK retention. Body is quite dark and inviting.

Nose checks all the right boxes: roasted barley, brown sugar, vanilla, espresso, toast, Baker's chocolate, red grapes, and molasses.

Flavor follows, with an emphasis on roasty tones, the vanilla (and marshmallow, I suppose) acting in a complementary role. Waves of toast, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, moderate char, and molasses, accented by leather, red grapes, nuts, banana, vanilla, and cream.

A touch fizzier on the palate than I'd prefer. Full bodied; mild but growing back end heat.

This beer may look gimmicky, but it's a mostly straightforward imperial stout.

Dec 20, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

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

Omnipollo Hypnopompa Imperial Stout, 11% ABV. Pours black and thick with a one-finger brown head. Nose is chocolate and marshmallow/vanilla. Taste is roast malt, chocolate, vanilla, slight sweetness, slight bitter close. Decent mouthfeel, if a bit over-carbonated. Overall excellent.

Nov 25, 2019
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter from the can.

Appearance Semi thick black body with a tan head rising half a finger's length.

Smell: smells like melted coffee bean and marshmallow.

Taste: Sweet complex brew consisting of coffee and light toffee with hints of vanilla and warm marshmallows.

Mouth: sticky but not super thick, medium carbonation with a full body.

Overall: Good brew. Better than the last imperial stout I drank, doesn't need tweaking and best used as an in-betweener. Salud!

Oct 22, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #001, SPREAD LOVE.

Pretty viscous pour, deep brown in coloration. Head rises to about a half an inch above the beer, tan in color and without too much residual lacing around the inside of the glass.

Very well-rounded aromatics. Solid malt bill throughout, dampening great undertones of milk chocolate & vanilla. Definite marshmallow as the beer warms, combining with the other present notes to almost emulate s’mores.

The flavor profile is similar to the nose, but with a much more potent roasty quality and the malt taking more prominent charge. As it warms, the vanilla sneaks its way out of the shadows, but for the most part the nose and palate work together to bring this beer together.

The biggest detriment to this beer is it’s too thin. While it drinks great and has some warming booze throughout that might fool a lot of people into thinking this had been barrel-aged, I just wish the carb had been less invasive and had a bit more viscosity to it.

Oct 21, 2019
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Arjen from Netherlands

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

Sampled from draught @ Borefts 2019. Where everyone was lining up for 15 minutes or so at the Omnipollo stand, this was available at De Molen's brouwcafe with no cues at all. Pours a pitch black color and a dense brown head, quickly receding. Aroma's: sweet, roasted, charcoal, slightl sourness. Retronasal: big roast, ground coffee, fruity, alcohol. Flavor is moderate sweet with light fruity sourness and moderate roasty bitterness. Warming alcohol. Medium bodied. Long finish, roasted, bitter, dry.

Oct 20, 2019
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metter98 from New York

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

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dense light tan head that died down, leaving a large, thin patch of bubbles on the surface, a narrow tan collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate are present in the nose along with notes of marshmallows.
T: The taste has flavors of marshmallows along with notes of chocolate and vanilla beans.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied, very "airy", and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is surprisingly easy to drink considering its strength as it hides any traces of alcohol very well from the taste and the mouthfeel is "airy" and not heavy in any way.

Serving type: can

Oct 02, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Lures Bar & Grille. This is an incredibly flavorful and smooth imperial stout. I don't get marshmallow - the predominant aromas and flavors are dark chocolate, bitter coffee, dark roasted malts, and a hint of vanilla. Flavorful, luscious, and complex.

Sep 27, 2019
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

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).

Feb 15, 2019
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nudeorganist from Finland

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.

Dec 22, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

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

Oct 08, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

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

Jul 18, 2017
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RyanK252 from California

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.

Mar 31, 2017
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Nicolaiw from Denmark

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.

Mar 28, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

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.

Dec 30, 2016
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Dzu from Russian Federation

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!

Dec 06, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

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.

Oct 30, 2016
Hypnopompa from Omnipollo
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 199 ratings