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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,097
Ranked #9,515
3.99 | pDev: 9.27%
Notes: Imperial Stout conditioned on Ethiopian coffee, Madagascar vanilla beans, Brazilian cocoa nibs & carefully weighed cinnamon sticks.
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stevoj from Idaho

3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from 2017 RIS tasting. Pour looks about right, black body with small tan head. This is a big coffee cake of a beer, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, coffee. Breakfast in a bottle. Slick and chewy, and warms you up with the 13%ABV. Should be drinking this in the winter, not in May.

Jan 06, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. No dating information found.
Dark brown colored body with medium brown back lit highlights. Two finger of tan head, which sticks around as a thick cap. Leaves behind a thick pattern of lacing.
Aroma notes of dark roasted malts - dark chocolate, coffee, with just a hint of sweeter vanilla. No cinnamon in the smell.
Taste does include the flavor cinnamon, along with the dark chocolate and coffee. Again the vanilla is there just to smooth things out a bit.
Thicker mouth feel, with smooth texture. Good carbonation.
This stout stays away from being overly sweet, and has some bitterness, but overall the beer is smooth and dry. Tasty meld of flavors. Aftertaste is mostly bitter coffee based. Hides the higher ABV% well.

Jun 04, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a finger of caramel colored foam. Head formation is dense and retains fairly well. Aroma is light bodied, fleshy coffee, soy sauce, a very staccato vanilla bean and roasty malts. Soy sauce fades as the beer warms, but it still maintains a notable presence. Flavor profile is light bodied coffee, milk chocolate, roasty malts and then an overwhelming soy sauce. Vanilla bean is lightly present at the start, but quickly fades into obscurity like a child actor. Soy sauce notes fade slightly as the beer warms, but are still abudant. While some notes are beautiful and well crafted, the soy sauce bags it all up and dumps it in the trash. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a still texture. Overall, not very good. It's big and while it does hide the 13% ABV well, the soy sauce aroma and taste just smothers it.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 22oz bottle.

Nov 25, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The nose on this beer really disoriented me - I wasn't certain whether the bottle had turned (not entirely unlikely, given where it came from - there were years-old IPAs on shelves all around it) as there was a strange sourness to it. I pour into a 12 oz glass and left the beer to breathe and warm up for fifteen or so minutes before giving it a shot.

Thankfully, the sourness had left. However, as much as I'd hoped for the beer to open up and give up some of that chili and cinnamon in the nose and flavor, I was a little disappointed. The flavors just felt somewhat muted. It's quite similar to a Prairie Artisan Bomb... but with somewhat dull flavor notes. The peppers aren't super hot, the cinnamon and sweetness aren't accentuated by the spice, etc. It's just a little underwhelming.

It's a decent beer - though a little sweet for me. But it tastes old. Judging by friends' reviews, I'm not alone in these impressions - so I suspect it's not the age of the bottle, but just the beer itself. Slightly disappointed, but it's worth trying.

Oct 02, 2017
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful pitch black, finger of dark tan head, moderate lacing. Aromas of leather and vanilla most prominent, very slight lacquer/varnish, general "spice." In terms for flavor, the coffee is strong, lending a nice burnt, roasty flavor to balance out and overcome the malts; spice (cinnamon, I guess, from the label, but otherwise still a general idea to me) more pronounced here. Mouthfeel a bit thin to me, both when poured and as it continues to warm up over a long session. It's alright.

Aug 16, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely getting the cinnamon, chocolate, some vanilla and espresso. Nice underlying roasted malt character. Light to medium bodied. Some bitterness in the finish. Smooth sipper. Pretty good, but the flavors are a bit muted...or balanced. I can't tell.

Jul 18, 2017
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morimech from Minnesota

3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Brewed and bottled by Crazy Mountain Brewing for Omnipollo. No date on bottle. Pours a viscous dark black with a finger of head that had good retention. Sticky lacing is left down the glass. Aroma of vanilla, cinnamon, coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. The adjuncts dominate the flavor unfortunately the one I wanted the most, coffee, is the weakest. Cinnamon by far the strongest. Tastes like a nice base imperial stout that has a thick, rich, malty base that is not heavy with roasted bitterness. Has alcohol in the finish but not as strong as I anticipated in a 13% ABV stout. Big body with low carbonation gives a silky smooth texture. No idea if this bottle had some age on it and the coffee faded, or it was meant not to have a strong coffee component.

Jan 14, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

650 mL bottle. Pours thick black with a huge mocha head. Great retention. Smells of coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate and little bit metallic. Tastes of coffee and chocolate. A lot more cinnamon than the nose. Kinda chalky and bitter in the finish. Heavy. Well carbonated but creamy. Decent adjuncts, but the stout seems unimpressive.

Nov 14, 2016
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Newport_beerguy from Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Full disclosure: I've had the Omnipollo/Trillium Outside the Lines collab (glorious) but not an Omni solo beer yet.

This beer falls somewhat short of expectations. I believe it is the cinnamon that gives this stout a metallic smell and flavor which overwhelms all other aspects.

The coffee, vanilla and cocoa seem to be such bit players in this beer. Mouthfeel thinner than average for this big a stout.

Disappointing, but based on the enjoyment from others here, give it a try yourself...

Sep 15, 2016
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very good in many respects, but there is something in the flavour that sticks out negatively- I think it is the cinnamon. I would have guessed it was some other spice, but given the ingredient list, I guess not. The chocolate and coffee are lower down. A bit too bitter.

Sep 02, 2016
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This distinctively-flavored imperial stout is aged on coffee, vanilla beans, cacao nibs and cinnamon sticks. A viscous pour yields a medium creamy tan head on an impenetrably black body that shows a few fleeting ruby highlights; head retention is modest and lacing is fair-good, consisting of slabs and cavelets. The aroma is a medium-intensity blend of black coffee and dark toffee backed by subtle baker's chocolate and cocoa notes; significant alcohol overtones ride atop it all. The flavor is bitterish and quite dark: a blend of bitter chocolate, cola and the darkest of molasses, with more subtle dark toffee overtones and a significant, distinctive, intriguing dark spicy/herbal character that touches on licorice, fennel seed and cinnamon. Alcohol is mostly noted as warming, which is pronounced, but alcohol undertones on the flavor are surprisingly moderate for the ABV (surely due to the keg conditioning). The finish is warming but quite clean for the style, showing just a bit of toffee and booze, and is followed by the onset of a mild, licorice-tinged chocolatey bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is biggish even for the full body, and is warming; the texture is thick, sticky/creamy and slightly peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (growler, 304 days after kegging)

Aug 10, 2016
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I've had a couple of Omnipollo massive imperial stouts and was expecting just that- a viscous, sweet, thick, overloaded, heck-of-a-brew jawn.

But Symzonia ain't too crazy. There is pronounced cinnamon in the mouth, and a tad of smoky-hot pepper at the end of the sip plus some notes of vanilla floating around... but for the most part this is a subdued affair.

Mighty poundable for a 13% stout, but lacking. The thin mouthfeel really brings it down and substracts points.

Aug 05, 2016
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bobv from Vermont

4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice 3/4 inch mocha head over a near black body.
Nose of vanilla, cinnamon, mocha.
Tastes of mocha with a bit of heat from the cinnamon.
Feels like a regular coffee with extra cream?!?!?
Overall, yeah, I'll get another one of these!

Jul 25, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2+ fingers of caramel colored head. Nice head retention & better lacing

S: Rich coffee, vanilla, caramel

T: Follows the nose, some chocolate milkshake as well up front, a little woodiness as well. Slight booze attack as this warms, more dryness & cocoa, some astringent bitterness as well. Finishes woody, herbal & with mocha & some booze

MF: Medium/chewy bodied with fairly firm carbonation

Nice take on the style. Would buy again if the price was right...

Jul 19, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle at Brasserie V in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in snifter glasses amongst our small party. Pours a darker cola-brown body, nearly black, one finger offwhite head, short retention, not much lacing. Pretty much as expected. Smells of heavily roasted unground coffee bean, milk chocolate, cocoa at first. A roasty chocolate aroma, essentially. As it warms up, more cinnamon comes out to balance out the coffee roastiness, which is nice. The vanilla doesn't really jump out on the aroma as much as it does on the palate. Flavour brings a bit more vanilla, which really is just there to balance out the cocoa and coffee bean; overall it is a coffee and cocoa-dominated beer with a touch of cinnamon to keep things honest. It's complex, although it hews towards the bitter end of the spectrum. Not complaining. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, nice carbonation, eminently easy to sip on, and easy to enjoy over time given its complexity. It would have been nicer had it been a little sweeter, but overall a very tasty beverage that is worth trying if you come across it.

Jun 23, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap:
Near black with deep tan to brown head. Swirl brings spots of lacing, and revives the head briefly from its medium ring.

Nose is cocoa, dark roast coffee, cinnamon, cacao nibs. Fairly strong and bold.

Taste opens with charred malt but no smoke, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa. There's and earthy spice/semi-bitterness that could be the cinnamon, but could also be a light hit of hops. When that fades, the dark coffee with half a cream comed on. It's not sweet, but relative to the opening, it seems sweeter, and that is likely the vanilla influence. Chocolate never really fades, though it plays more and more in the background.

The roasted nature is a tad rough on the tongue. Full body, but not dense. Carbonation could maybe be a notch lower.

Nice flavor combinations. Fairly bold without being too much. Sticks to darker flavors, but wish the coffee came out a little more.

Jun 15, 2016
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zshaft from Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours nice pitch black with foamy head kind of like espresso. mmmm. nose is nice coffee and chocholate. reminiscent of a ris. mouthfeel is nice. taste up front is touch of coco and roasty malt with cinnamon hidden in there. wonderful mid palate of bitter coffee giving way to some hints of vanilla. alcohol is very well hidden. rounds out with lingering coco and vanilla and slightly lingering cinnamon. overall I found this beer very complex and nice to drink. I really like the lingering cinnamon and if the price was a little more reasonable this would be a regular. worth it if you like the style. finishing a bomber at 13 percent is a little rough though.

Jun 11, 2016
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hop City, Birmingham; taster glass (for a whopping $5.50)

A: Rich dark brown bordering on black with a tan half finger head that lingered.

S: Espresso, cocoa nibs, vanilla and a pinch of cinnamon.

T: Rich, robust with lightly bitter coffee and cocoa leading the way. Taste slides into vanilla and light cinnamon. As it warms, the flavors deepen and the richness comes out even more. Slow down, this sucker is 13% and I feel it.

M: Medium the heavy with medium, smooth carbonation.

O: A bit on the pricey side, even for a sample pour, but glad I got to try it. A terrific share, for sure.

Jun 06, 2016
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Deep brown color to almost black body with medium to heavy bubbles on the body. Tan head which is just under a finger's length off the body.

Smell: Light coffee and little bit of vanilla extract. Light light scent which dissipates pretty quickly.

Taste: Deep coffee notes but lighter than espresso with light brown sugar and vanilla notes. The brew is a smoked bitter feel, you have more than likely had one before.

Mouth: Medium carbonation but very full bodied.

Overall: Good brew but honestly not worth the money. Paid 15 bucks for a 22oz bottle and seriously could have had quite a few better options. It is tasty, what disappoints me is the hype before the buy and when I actually have the for improvement. Grab a glass and still will. Salud!

Jun 06, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The aroma offers roast, milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cacao, hint of spice.

The beer hits of French vanilla flavor, with a medium minus note of coffee that leans towards roasted malts instead of actual coffee being added, a slight hint of cinnamon, cacao bitterness, onto burnt heavy roast with a dry roasty bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is velvety and full.

The adjuncts are not very apparent when served cold from draft, but begin to show themselves as the beer warms. Despite that, the alcohol never quite comes through. It is for sure a large imperial stout, but drinks below its massive 13%.

Jun 05, 2016
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a huge, tan-colored, creamy, very long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice and surprisingly subtle aroma of coffee, cinnamon, malt, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, cinnamon, a milk lactose quality, vanilla, an earthiness, and a chalky quality in the finish. The chalkiness is a something of a debit to the flavor, but it is otherwise a pretty tasty beer. Complex and flavorful.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a super-dry, slightly medicinal finish. Full-bodied.

O: While this beer isn't as strong as some of Omnipollo's other stouts, it is still a solid, drinkable effort.

May 28, 2016
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a jet black body with minimal tan head an no lace. Cinnamon, vanilla bean, bits of roasted and coffee malts come through in the aroma. There is a dryness to the medium to heavy body in this beer from roasted and coffee malts but it passes over tongue easy (ABV well-hidden), and a spicy cinnamon and vanilla sweetness dominate the backend. A well-balanced brew that has a little bit of everything and the sweet-n-spicy kick suited me just fine.

May 24, 2016
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teromous from Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't see any bottle date listed.

Appearance: Black body and a very short dark brown head. It took quite a bit of effort to get a head and that faded out pretty quickly to the standard ring.

Aroma: Strong roasted grains with a bit of a dark chocolate aroma. I'm not picking up any vanilla, cinnamon, or coffee.

Taste: Some of the coffee comes through here but mostly it is a combo of charcoal and dark chocolate. At times I was picking up a bit of cinnamon but I never got any vanilla flavor. The flavor really is outstanding despite the fact that it is missing most of what is described to be in this beer from the label. The flavor profile reminds me more of a Russian Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is excellent with a strong bitter and rough edge with a bitter chocolate finish. The finish is pretty dry but it leaves a bit of a coating. Like the taste the mouthfeel has more of a Russian Imperial Stout character.

Overall: It's not quite what it promised but the beer is still good. It's a bit roasted beer with some nice chocolate character and a strong bitterness to tie everything off. It is enjoyable but don't buy it if you're looking for the advertised flavors.

May 20, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Deep brown walnut and nearly black body, with a very dark nearly mocha brown head, but settles for a simpler tan. Little head creation but a nice dark collar, with scattered pill like lacing here and there.

Aroma is big on cinnamon but not hot. Apple pie like qualities and muted dark chocolate and coffee tones. Hints almost to milk stout lactose territory in that sweetness realm. A bit of powdered dry coffee ground bean as well just a touch. Very nice.

Palate seems to angle more lighter porter qualities. Very wet and light body with a good amount of char. Crackling mid malt sense with nice soft cinnamon flavors on first sip. Bit of a hop sting on the finish mixing with a tiny bit of drip like tasting coffee. Milky sensing roast but with more bitterness than sweetness.

This really comes off like a flavored porter than an imperial stout to me, but still a tasty brew.

May 02, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and roacky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roast coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, toasted dark bread, brown sugar, smoke, char, light nuttiness, herbal, wood, mint, and roast/char earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and cocoa/coffee/vanilla/cinnamon spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roast coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, toasted dark bread, brown sugar, smoke, char, light nuttiness, herbal, wood, mint, and roast/char earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/herbal and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, smoke, char, wood, mint, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and cocoa/coffee/vanilla/cinnamon spice flavors; with a nice roast/char bitter/sweet balance and minimal bitter/spice astringency after the finish. Moderate dryness from hop/spice bitterness that increases through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding spiced imperial stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and cocoa/coffee/vanilla/cinnamon spice flavors; and very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Very similar to Mexican style stouts; with a stronger cinnamon presence to make up for the absence of peppers. A highly enjoyable offering.

Apr 30, 2016
Symzonia from Omnipollo
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 195 ratings