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American Imperial Stout
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Ranked #6,389
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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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 167
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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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Imperial stout brewed with marshmallows and Tahitian vanilla beans. Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip. The beer pours out very black and opaque with two fingers of tight khaki-colored foam. Good retention. Lots of roasty notes on the nose. It's not as sweet-smelling or pronounced as I anticipated. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a hint of espresso.

Full body with a creamy feel and fairly intense flavor. Sweet caramel and chocolate up front with a hint of vanilla, then bitter espresso notes creep in and meld with the caramel, creating a sweet cream flavor at mid-palate. The bitter flavors quickly win out and carry through the finish, which is like a good cup of black coffee. Reminds me a little of Founders Imperial Stout (at three times the price).

A good imperial stout, but probably not quite worth the price. The vanilla is not really featured here, the roasted malt is. I suppose the marshmallows provide some of the sweetness I get on the front of my palate (vanilla too). I probably wouldn't buy this again at this price, but might if it was sold in 4-packs for 10-12 bucks. I'd probably rate it higher too.

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Photo of TruePerception
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Omnipollo Hypnopompa, imperial stout brewed w/ marshmallows and Tahitian vanilla beans. 11% ABV.

A: A little under half a finger of chocolate milk-colored head; slow dissolve. Bubbles are slow to slide down the glass, but just the thinnest bits of lacing form. Some slight sheeting. Black in the glass. Very dark, golden brown in the dimple. Ever so slight inkiness.

S: A mixture of very dark cocoa and marshmallow up front. Very dark toffee, just behind that. Notes of very thick coffee, char, licorice, and smoke; the latter akin to bacon.

T/MF: Very dark flavoring on this one! The darkest of chocolate, coffee sludge, char, graphite, blackened toffee, cigarette ash. Subtle milky/sugary sweetness in the background. A touch of heavily charred oak.

A touch dark for my palate.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch medium brown head that bears little retention time before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal wispy surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Big hit of charry roasted malt with some faint chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Moderate booze presence.

T- Dear lord. BAM! Probably the roastiest thing I've ever tasted. No wonder they put vanilla bean and marshmallow in this since it's the only thing imaginable that could keep this in the realm of drinkability. Once the palate acclimates, I get some big dark chocolate and espresso notes. Somewhat smoky but mainly just straight char. Bitter aftertaste.

M- Silky smooth and luscious. Low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- If you want a total malt bomb, this is it. They must have used tons of roasted barley to concoct this mammoth of a beer. The good news is it's actually quite enjoyable, though certainly a slow sipper.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

love this one, and when marshmallows are in the mix, you have to love it. i think it improves on the off color one a little bit in some ways, but shows the chief ingredient less than it could. these guys package beer awful strange, but the stuff in the bottle makes me seek it out. love how odd it is, you dont know unless you know. fluffy headed tan dark intense brew. smells earthy and bitter and coffee way before the other additives. i like the cocoa, i get it more in the taste than in the nose, and i like the roast profile here, which is intense by european standards, but pushing it by the same ones. not sure what the mallows add, for me its an unnecessary sweetness, adds little but distraction. yeast is hard to reckon, but is what i taste at the end, after everything else is gone. great beer, if you just called it a stout, id like it just as much. overall it expands my appreciation of the brewery, but does little to expand my view in the style. a high B+ for quality and taste, more than adequate, but pricey!

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Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as night, with much effervescence & a tiny sliver of mocha colored head. Traces of lacing & head retention, nice viscosity

S: Vanilla & chocolate

T: Follows the nose, a little booze warmth, charred grain, molasses, faint hint of marshmallows up front. Vanilla, a touch of dark chocolate, booze heat, dryness & faint hints of oak as this warms. Finishes dry, a little boozey, with chocolate & cocoa, a bit of charred grain

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, warming

Pretty decent, but still a touch boozey, this beer's best days are ahead of it. Not worth the price, but glad I got to try it

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

As the stout has natural affinities for sweetness, decadence and sultry taste, Omnipollo brewers have no problem imbibing it with vanilla, heavy cream, silk and candied sweetness.

With its creamy and viscous pour, the head mounts like espresso creme and a pillowy froth. All the while, the savory blend of espresso, chocolate, vanilla and cream lace the nose. As the first sip slathers across the tongue, rich chocolate, vanilla and coffee seep deeply within.

And much the same ensues upon the middle palate. Deep coffee, chocolate, walnut and burnt toast all mingle with the sweetness until a broad bitterness slowly simmers behind the seems and grows to rival its coffee-like offset to balance.

Its fullish of full body is creamy, lavish and somewhat absurd as the ale's texture proves chewy, cloying and decadent. As a carbon burn of roasting marshmallow lead to a bold and woodsy hop bitterness, the beer's finish is long, smooth and calm.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cute bottle, which belies what you get when you pour the contents into a glass: A soupy lifeless dollop of motor oil with almost no head, just the odd rusty bubble here and there. Inky black and looks like it would be bad for seabirds. The aroma provides an interesting contrast to the appearance, rather sweet and reminding one a little of red licorice and toffee for a moment, before plunging into much richer and darker territory, wet wood char and singed grain husks sprinkled with fresh coffee grounds. The first taste is a hit of blackstrap molasses and black licorice pipes, which persist throughout but yield a bit to permit some burnt campfire marshmallow to leech over the taste receptors. There is also a curious vinous character as well, like red wine or sour fruit, and some singed maple sugar or something akin to this that coalesces out of the murk. Perhaps I am just confusing this flavor with the aforementioned burnt marshmallow. Rest assured, though, this beer does not taste much like a s'more. Rather smooth velvety mouthfeel is a selling point and I do not mind the rather heavy-handed alcohol presence either. Very low carbonation and finishes burnt, earthy, sour, and with perhaps just a whisper of pine. One of the times when the "exotic" ingredients in a stout actually caught my attention in a positive way, and I will go ahead and give Omnipollo credit where its due, even if the charred flavors ultimately steal the show. This one is best reserved for a special mood methinks.

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Photo of peensteen
2.36/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Jet black, no head at all, zero in the way of lace. Smell is big and roasty, lots of chared malts, vanilla, roasted/burnt marshmallows, bit of a soy sauce like lingering presence. Taste starts off with a malty/soy sauce presence followed by vanilla, burnt marshmallows, chared flavours are a bit overwhelming, lots of burnt and roasted malts, sweet mid palate. Zero carbonation, sticky medium body. Pretty bad and virtually undrinkable, the lack of carbonation and overwhelming burnt flavours make this a strugle to get through even half the bottle, most of this saw the drain.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, with weird psycho-pomp quackery inferred by the name and spare label imagery, into which I refuse to delve (nothing deserves the blowback from unprepared investigation into my psyche).

This beer pours a solid, faintly cola highlighted black oil hue, bereft of any sort of head, even with the most aggressive of bottle angles, all of which renders zilch in terms of persistent lace anywhere near the vicinity of the glass as it, er, 'settles'?

It smells of sweet, sugary, lightly roasted caramel malt, saccharine toffee, strong candied vanilla notes, of the near-burnt, end-of-stick marshmallow sort, a wee bit of associated char, a hint of grainy two-by-fours, dull anise, and a middling black fruitiness. The taste is more heady, mildly roasted caramel and toffee malt, sweet vanilla-tinged marshmallow candy (me, I'm just missing the Rice Krispies, or Crispy Rice, depending where one shops, for a nice Rice Krispie square effect), mild char, sturdy black licorice, bittersweet chocolate, hollow coffee notes, and a bristling alcohol astringency.

The bubbles are as expected, pretty dead and gone, not even keeping up with their infrastructure contract, the body medium-heavy in weight, but in a sort of kludgy manner, with a smooth and creamy nature that belies expectation. It finishes quite sweet, the caramel, cocoa, vanilla, and general candy sugar essences just too prominent, even as the 22-proof alcohol makes a failed attempt to moderate things.

A sort of plain, if that can be said about this offering, big-ass stout, flavoured as it is. I'm not overlooking the well-intended adjuncts here, I'm just thinking that they need a bit of help, something to flesh things out, something to balance the slightly over the top sweetness. Good to try, I guess, if you're a big fan of that weird Marshmallow Vodka I've seen lately on store shelves.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 19/10/13

A black as night but shes a dead pour, looks completely still, dump down the middle gives zero head, swirls do nothing but stick a little color to the glass

S roasted marshmallow, chocolate and vanilla, just missing the graham cracker for the smore affect, a little smoke, wood, and booze, faint licorice and prune, smells solid

T more booze and less marshmallow and vanilla, some sweetened espresso and charred wood, the nose takes it in this case

M thick and chewy, sticky as all hell, a little heat but shes dead flat, there's no life in there, numbing on the upper lip with a sweet char finish

O smell was there but plenty of room for improvement, shes pretty much flat and the nose alone couldn't carry it all the way

shes alright but not what I was hoping for, booze popping up here and there and carbonation issues, I think this is a country tic for me though so I'm stoked on that.

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Hypnopompa from Omnipollo
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 167 ratings