Hypnopompa - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

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American Imperial Stout
4.12 | pDev: 8.25%
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of kitch
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle (gold cap, bourbon ba) with a best before date of 20th July 2023. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: It was a black colour with pretty much no head or lacing.

Aroma: Strong bourbon, vanilla and brown sugar with hints of coffee, star anise and marshmallow.

Taste: Liquorice, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, oak and vanilla. There is a slight smokiness on the finish and also a hint of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: I’m not sure what happened here as I normally enjoy Omnipollo stouts much more. For me, I think there was just too much liquorice and bourbon which overpowered everything else.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

A slow, pitch black pour with a minimum of mocha head popping out, leaving a string-like lace, but quite sticky.
Smells really really tempting! Dark chocolate and bourbon plus really fragrant sugared vanilla cream with a hint of sour cherry/raisin. Full-on pavlova smell with a nice spirit splash. Wow. (Faint soy sauce.)
And that's what you get in the taste! Milky sweet chocolate bathed in the expected dark fruit juiciness (giving off date, fig, raisin), with an extra subtly sour cherry note. Rich infused vanilla, obviously amped by the barrel aging. Bourbon flavor nicely melded in a marshmallow "fluffy sweetness", right on top of some toffee, licorice and caramel. Some roast builds up, just to put a lid on the sweetness, with some nice roasted coffee bean and some extra darker chocolate. Bit of ash in the finish.
Alcohol is monstrously.. well hidden. Bourbon gives lots of flavor, with just a bit of warmth. Vanilla, roast in the aftertaste too. Smooth silky body, low carbonation.
This needs some more recognition, a really great Imperial Stout. Vanilla and bourbon kick like a horse, marshmallows bring that extra flavorful sweetness. Great stuff!

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Photo of larryi86
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- Black with a two finger dark tan head. 4.25

S- Very rich, bourbon, vanilla, some marshmallows, chocolate. 4.6

T- Much different than the nose, much less sweet, bitter roasted coffee, oak in the finish, slightly smoky, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, not getting the marshmallows in the taste. 4.25

M- Smooth, medium to full body, carbonation is a little too high. 3.9

O- The nose in a sweeter and nicer than the taste, but still very enjoyable. Worth the price, would like to try the regular version. 4.25

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Photo of avalon07
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch and a half of tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A big, powerful aroma of the advertised bourbon, coffee, and something sugary (presumably the marshmallows).

T: Tasted of vanilla, the marshmallow (it's just very sweet, light, and sugary), the bourbon, coffee, a little chocolate, and malt. This is a forceful, take no prisoners flavor. It has a slightly oddball aesthetic due to the marshmallow, but it works. It's a complex and focused flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a thick, slick finish. Full-bodied.

O: As I said, this beer is an assertive and commanding beer. If you like stouts, this is one you should try.

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Photo of ronricorossi
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

picked this up at Trappist Provisions. At 16 bucks for an 11oz bottle, a carefully considered purchase, but as I was riding on the coattails of a gift certificate, if not now, when?

The bottle itself is fun. Totally nondescript except for two white circles painted on. I'm ordinarily annoyed at blank bottles, but once you realize it's a marshmallow brew (um, okay...), it makes a fun kind of sense. That, and the "bourbon barrel aged" banner proudly taped over the bottle top, makes the packaging memorable.

As for the pour, a deep, dark brown as you'd expect, with an almost tidal foam and lacing lining the glass.

Smells of sweetness, a hint of vanilla, not overly prominent.

Tastes of burnt vanilla and malts, and something sickly sweet (in a good way), okay, call it marshmallow. Once you know the beer's made with them, you can convince yourself that it's marshmallows you taste. It blends into the bourbon smoothly, masks the booze flavor, just a bit - though this is still a boozy beer, for sure.

Mouthfeel is fabulous, sticky, chewy, creamy, with that BBA boozy slick, and with a hard fizz of carbonation.

If you like BBA stouts, and if you like sweet beers - and speaking as someone who absolutely loves both - then you'll truly appreciate this beer. The marshmallow idea works, especially with the mouthfeel, without being gimmicky. I'd gladly have another; just wish it was a little less pricey for the volume.

Would be fun to grab some of this and some of High Water's Campfire Stout and head off to the woods for a s'mores cook.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Didn't notice the "Bourbon Barrel Aged" paper sticker across the top until I took this out of the fridge; woot! Poured into a Reuben's Brew small snifter. Pours pitch black with a nice one finger milk chocolate brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet dark toasted malt, bourbon and marshmallows (?!?), light oxidation. Flavor is chocolate, toasted malt with light char, a hint of peanut butter, vanilla; finishes toasty, charry and slightly boozy. Great creamy body with good carbonation. A very rich, flavorful imperial stout that had surprises in the aroma and taste. I knew there were marshmallows and vanilla in the brew, but smelling it an aged stout was still a pleasant surprise. The light nutty flavor was also a surprise, if I was told that this had a few Reese's cups in the brew, I would believe it, but it is obviously a stray (but welcome) flavor from the other ingredients. An off beat and fun drinking stout; a bit on the boozy side, but with a great flavor that makes that a minor distraction. I liked this a lot, possibly my favorite Omnipollo to date. Since the original Hypnopompa had reported low carbonation, but lively head and body of this was a final pleasant surprise. Kudos to Omnipollo.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a mini snifter

dark black pour with a creamy beige head. smell of bourbon.... taste starts out with marshmellowy goodness and TEASES you into thinking its as good as BA vanilla shake. Unfortunately it doesnt quite hit that mark, a bit less thick. but its ALMOST there. very good. price is steep and not worth it, but good to try once.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had first in 2014 and gave a 4.00 at the time.

Aged a 2014 bottle to 2019 and gave 4.24 this second time around. Seemed to mellow and bring out all the flavors that were hidden before behind the brash roast when fresh.

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Photo of McThulhu
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a pretty penny for one twelve-ounce, but it was the bourbon aged so I couldn't say no.

Nice pour, almost hamburger grease consistency, sexy dark head, no light through the glass. Sharp but sweet alcohol smell, definitely the toasted mallows and vanilla. This is gonna leave a mark.

But aside from the very present boozey taste, this is one of the smoother imperial stouts I've had, and with the added bonus of a charred s'more flavor and a nice whiskey presence.

If you happen across it, don't pass it up.

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Hypnopompa - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Omnipollo
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 74 ratings