Agamemnon - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

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Stout - American Imperial
4.37 | pDev: 8.47%
Retired (no longer brewed)
Agamemnon - Bourbon Barrel-AgedAgamemnon - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: Invited to brew in the US I wanted to use local ingredients. Agamemnon is an Imperial Stout brewed with maple syrup. Boiled 7 hours.

Brewed at Pub Dog Brewing in the USA.

Artwork by Karl Grandin.
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2015 bottle.
Bought at Systembolaget in Sweden September 18 - 2015.

This beer has matured for almost 4 years in my beercellar and I'm nervous that it is as good as I want it to be!

I pours black with almost no head.

Wow! This four year old beer smack my face with a nose full of dark chocolate, prune, rasisin and Bourbon.
Taste is in the same area: Dark chocolate, Oak Bourbon barrels, raisin, prune, coffee, vanilla, whipped cream and in the end Bourbon again.
Soft and smooth mouth with a ful body and light carbonation.

May 11, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black in color. Tan head.

Typical omnipollo stout base with lots of sweetness and cake batter. The barrels are there and the maple is there, but I feel like this is beginning to fall off. It just wasn't in your face like most omnipollo stouts.

Nov 29, 2017
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Smell is a bit off-putting. Get some vinegar notes and roasted malts. Flavor is a bit vinegary. Possibly the maple syrup going bad? Not sure. Overall a very underwhelming beer, especially with the hype. Bummer

Oct 05, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle at Brasserie V in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in minisnifter glasses split between me and a friend.

Pours a dark black body, oily and opaque. Half finger white head, short retention, not much lacing, as expected. Smells of a rich bourbon and dark chocolate up front, with a distinctly maple sweetness in the background that comes out more as it warms up. Other aromas included a bit of grainy roast and nuttiness, but for the most part, it was bourbon and maple playing well together. Flavour was a mix of dark chocolate, roast, bourbon and charred oak, all playing together halfheartedly until the beer starts to open up, and the maple strolls in and starts mingling in with the other players. A very nice, complex beverage where no one adjunct really takes over. Mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, lighter on carbonation, on the lightly slick side with a sweet maple and bitter baker's chocolate finish.

Jun 23, 2016
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Mista_Carta from California

4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Impressive offering from Omnipollo. I have had this bottle for a few months and was recently warned by a friend that one he recently drank was starting to turn—luckily no green apple, all good on that front. Actually surprised at the heat on a nearly year old beer...

Decadent, syrupy mouthfeel with a strong yet short fizz assault. Silky, creamy chew. Oily as The Situation at the shore in August. Black strap molasses, dark (this beer is opaque) roasted malts, BITTER espresso, vanilla bean, bitter-sweet baking chocolate. Fudge, brown sugar, prune. Overripe black cherry, dark plum, blackcurrant, fresh peppercorn. Touch of licorice & caramel. So many other "sweets" at play, the maple gets lost in the shuffle UNTIL sip end when when you're hit by a sublingual swell that rolls forward, up and around finishing on the tip. Just the tip. Hot, boozy bourbon oak. Nothing creepin' on you, this beer is cajones across the nose. That being said, a heat/sweet/bitter profile that aligns with my particular balance preferences...

Tasty, complex beer. Wish I had another bottle. And wish a little cheaper/more accessible.

Mar 10, 2016
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black with a dark brown head that quickly dissipates
S: Bourbon, oak, vinous, sweet, maple
T: Roasty, bourbon, burnt grain, coffee, licorice, bitter chocolate, brown sugar
M: Thick, creamy, light carbonation
O: Maple is listed right on the bottle yet I do not detect this in the flavor (possibly contributing to mouthfeel?.) Huge barrel character but lately I appreciate more balanced barrel character.

Mar 05, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

3.02/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours as black as the night, with a dense, dark brown, bubbly head. Showcases a slick viscosity after swirling, revealing alcohol legs and tiny bubbles at the rim of the glass.

Smells of hot, boozy bourbon, featuring scented wood and toasted coconut hull among crushed peppers. Scorched malts and potting soil form the beer's profound maltiness, entangled into honeyed vanilla.

Has a supersoft mouthfeel, due to its low carbonation and silk maltiness. Unfortunately it almost gets completely lost after the swallow, due to a harsh booziness.

Tastes of bakers chocolate, earth and burned walnut shell, facing a pungent, overly aggressive Bourbon bite, almost numbing my tongue, as its spiciness unfolds. This leads to a dry bitter chocolate appearance among oak and coconut, trying to get over the harshness of the barrel. Finishes surprisingly sweet with licorice, toffee and spicy oak, quite thin after the previous barrel explosion.

This is missing balance, to be able to transform into an enjoyable beer. I don't detect no maple syrup at all, which gets probably hidden underneath the over the top alcohol bite. Flavors do not come together in this at all, distracted and washed away by the omnipresent booziness.

Feb 12, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle. Inky black body. Smell is fudgy chocolate, deep roasted malts, booze. Faint bourbon. I don't get much bourbon in the taste either. Still very fudgy and rich. Heavy nutty malt flavor, too. Very roasty in the finish. Maple syrup aftertaste. Heavy and boozy body. Delicious, although I don't get much of the maple syrup or bourbon.

Jan 05, 2016
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Johnct from New York

4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From High Spirits Liquors in Providence (they still have a few bottles).

So pumped I got to try this one. It's what I expected. Sweet, bourbon, maple, stouty goodness.

Not too complex. Just a smack in the face of flavor.

Great beer. Worth the $18? If I wasn't in college, yes.

Dec 19, 2015
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a truly an underwhelming beer, given the buzz surrounding its US release.

Bitter roast on the palate and very thin on the feel. No sweetness to the beer at all. The advertised maple syrup was not there.

Nov 30, 2015
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M_chav from New Mexico

4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick oily black, looks like fudge cake batter and a small mocha coffee brown head forms and quickly dissipates. absolutely stunning
Aromas are intense to say the least, huge chocolate, definitely get the maple syrup and it's smelling super sweet, a small amount of coffee comes through but the barrel is dominant here. This is pretty intense, just really powerful but it's very welcomed. Smells like a melted fudge candy bar aged in bourbon, lots of sweet vanilla, and thick molasses.
Taste is just as anticipated, super sweet. Getting a lot more coffee than originally thought after the smell. It's bitter, like coffee roasted bitter and maple syrup is very faint.
Feel is not as thick was it looked, creamy body but chalky mouthfeel.
Overall a very cool brew, lots of complex flavor and aroma, really something to take your time with and sip on - enjoy!

Nov 23, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

3700th review! 375 ml bottle into snifter, best before 1/1/2018. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, maple, molasses, caramel, vanilla, toffee, toasted oak, bourbon, coconut, light licorice/dark fruit, light smoke/char, and oak/roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, maple, molasses, caramel, vanilla, toffee, toasted oak, bourbon, coconut, light licorice/dark fruit, light smoke/char, and oak/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, maple, molasses, caramel, toffee, toasted oak, bourbon, coconut, and oak/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a world class barrel aged imperial stout. All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt. maple syrup, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. An insanely amazing offering.

Nov 08, 2015
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's do it! 375 ml bottle into a snifter:

A - Man, I just love when beer looks like this. Pitch black with a small, dark brown head. I mean REALLY dark. Stunning.

N - So I definitely get the bourbon and maple syrup. What I didn't expect was the intense blast of roasted malt. Wow, so much going on here.

T - Fine, it's a bit of a let down after that nose. The maple and barrel are not too noticeable, and the roasted malt is dominant. The complementary flavor a are subdued. Still awesome, but not legendary.

M - Surprisingly thin. I get plenty of coating, it's just a bit thin going down.

O - Very impressive. Wish I had more.

Oct 09, 2015
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vfgccp from New York

4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Sick. Thick tar black with 3 fingers of creamy, deliciously dark brown head. Great retention and ok lace.

S - Semisweet, smooth and inviting. Brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, warm bourbon served neat, and a touch of sweet cigar smoke.

T - Great integration. Dark maple syrup, toasted marshmallows, sweet bourbon, soft oak, pumpernickel bread, graham cracker, and molasses.

M - Silky smooth, medium body.

O - An outstanding imperial stout on the sweeter and silkier side of the style.

Oct 04, 2015
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Marius from Netherlands

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thick pour, pitch black, fine dark espresso head with excellent retention. Bourbon, maple syrup, oak and some dark cherries in the nose Bourbon, maple syrup, oak and dark cherries in the taste. Bitter and sweet aftertaste, with a thick and oily body. World class beer, I would have this again any day.

Sep 26, 2015
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PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Jet black with coco brown head that quickly dissipates... looks thick and had legs on the glass
S- Coco, caramel - like a candy bar
T- Boozey, dark chocolate, more caramel than maple
F- Nice and thick
O- Very nice BBA Stout

Sep 20, 2015
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mozif from Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Motor oil black. Huge notes of bourbon and maple up front. One of the best mouthfeel I've ever had. Huge flavors and very well balanced. Delicious!

I wish this beer was more available and cheaper. Definitely seek this out.

Sep 07, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle poured into a snifter.

I'm probably going to drink motor oil based on what poured from the bottle--- it's thick, viscous, pitch-black and produces that glug-glug sound that results from a liquid coming out in bursts. A thin head, dark khaki in color, quickly settles into an oily lace over the body. I'm ready to drink something tremendous after looking upon this. 5

Beautiful aroma. Heavy oak presence and dark chocolate with a light stickiness of bourbon, some sweet caramel and vanilla and even some maple syrup. A second pass of the nose perceives a bit of oatmeal cookie too. This smells great, well-balanced with a variety of aromas and not overpowered by bourbon. 4.5

Plenty of flavors to take note of, especially a lovely maple presence and dark, bitter chocolate. But there's also oatmeal cookie, spicy bourbon, caramel. So, so many flavors. Tossing this beer around the tongue is a joy given the flavors that result as contact is made with different parts of the palate. With warmth, the maple flavor grows and leaves a magnificent touch on this beer. 4.5

This beer drinks like perfection. Thick, viscous and creamy, as I already mentioned, it's a pleasure to swirl around the tongue. It's medium-bodied but drinks like a light beer practically. It's too damn easy to drink. The only thing keeping me from downing this in a few gulps is the recognition that there's too much to experience to just chug it. And I'd be remiss not to mention the masterful job done to keep this from becoming a sweet mess, as there's enough bitterness and even bourbon spice to give this bite and offset the sweeter elements. 4.75

Who are these Omnipollo characters? I've been blown away now by three different beers from these guys. I want more every time I finish one of their beers. That's special. This beer is special. I already need a lot more.

Sep 06, 2015
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jacewg from District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle at Smoke and Barrel

Appearance: The appearance, given the ABV and barrel treatment isn't totally surprising. But this beer pours with literally zero head. Incredibly thick and viscous. You can muster up a hint if you pour intensely, but an average pour yields nothing. Looks similar to Bourbon County in that aspect. Somehow leaves a bit of dark brown lacing. Pours a murky dark brown to black.

Nose: Maple sweetness certainly comes through as promised. Barrel is prominent with bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Hints of smoke. Definite caramel/butterscotch angle as well. Lots of dark chocolate/cocoa/roast.

Flavor: Again, all over the place. Intensely flavorful, almost overkill. Maybe the most syrupy mouthfeel I've ever had in a beer. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, intense roast with slight tang, dark chocolate. Finish is long. Super long, but does dry out pretty nice toward the end with lingering dark chocolate and bourbon.

Feel: All stated above. Low, low carbonation and a big, thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Significant oak. A bit of slickness. Finish is long, with a hint of tartness and roast before turning to rich, dry, dark chocolate. The finish is perhaps the best part of this beer.

Overall: Agree with previous reviewers. A bit more in any direction would throw this beer completely out of whack. A slightly out of control train that threatens to derail but never does. Enjoyable.

Aug 31, 2015
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ShanePB from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle. Pours syrupy inky black with a small dark brown head. No lacing and minimal retention. Aromas of big boozy bourbon, oak, maple syrup and roasted malt. Flavor is a punch of boozy bourbon up front, oak, chocolate and maple syrup on the back end. Mouth feel is incredibly thick and syrupy. Amazing drink.

Aug 25, 2015
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Moose90 from Washington

4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle poured for tasting

A — From the outside to the inside, this is one of the best presentations of beer I have ever seen. Seriously cool artwork leads to an equally dark and exquisite pour. Pitch black out of the bottle, thick and viscous, there is a dark brown espresso like head on-top of the beer, leaves behind some sticky, clinging lace.

S — Smells intensely rich, big layers of flavor, lots of vanilla, bourbon, cinnamon, oak, char, coffee, maple. Syrupy, rich, lightly sweet, cocoa, chocolate, caramel.

T — Fantastic. Huge waves of vanilla, caramel, bourbon, maple, oak, char, cocoa, cream, cinnamon, brown sugar. Just keeps building. Errs on the sweet side, but really nice overall.

M — Full bodied, rich, lingering, borderline cloying finish.

O — A truly excellent beer, wonderful layers of flavor, great character and depth. Worth every penny ($18+ for a small bottle).

Aug 24, 2015
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Friend brought for a tasting at my house. Amazing. He had never had it before either. Tasted with Westbrook Cake, Marshall Zukov and it held it's own. First time in Maine Beer tasting that MZ, WC ever drank at same time and Agamemnon scored well.

Aug 22, 2015
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raynmoon from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is very murky, dark brown.

This beer is stupid. Huge aroma of roasted malt, coffee, bourbon, smoke, oakiness. The taste is similar but what makes this beer is the ridiculous mouthfeel. It's like a chocolate shake. It's literally thick and chewy. I don't understand. Instead of doing a 90 minute boil they did 12 hours? Sheesh.

Only the diehards will truly enjoy this. It's almost gross. Almost. Wow.

Aug 09, 2015
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durlta from Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This smells great, notes of bourbon, caramel, and maple syrup. The taste is not quite as nice as the smell, mostly due to the lack of maple syrup, but still really solid; reminds me of central waters bourbon barrel stout.

Aug 07, 2015
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MIbeerGeek84 from Michigan

4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours oily dark dark black. With very little head.

Nose is very bourbon barrel, dark chocolate, Maple shines through, with some dark fruit.

Taste hits with dark chocolate, maple swirled with vanilla, raisins, some earthy barrel notes, and the heat hits on the way down.

Mouthfeel is very slick and oily. Medium to High thickness, with small carbonation.

Overall this is very well done. A great brew to drink fresh then aged.

Aug 06, 2015
Agamemnon - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Omnipollo
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 104 ratings