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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,990
Ranked #8,898
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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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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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps a little late for Christmas beer, but the taste of holiday spice sees no bounds with Omnipollo at the helm. Symzonia is a boistrous stout with a plethora of sweetnesses, bitternesses and spices for a complex tandem of taste.

Onyx-black and resolute in its opaque gaze, the beer's steady swirl of froth unleashes the robust perfume of char, espresso, cocoa, woods, nuts and cinnamon-lead spice. As the booze tingles the nose, the first sip is nearly achingly sweet with caramels, simple syrups and brown sugar.

Its burnt flavor is laced with high espresso roast, burnt sugars, smoky chocolate, burnt toast and gently smoldering embers. As the spiciness builds, its allspice medley is chai heavy and accentuates the beer's brash closing alcohol. But the highly hopped finish is stemmy, grassy and bark-like with a bitter grip that's much more than coffee-like or cocoa-like and residing in the realm of burnt pine resin.

Full, decadent and spicy, the beer's carbonation unleashes the taste and texture of ash as the sweetness wanes. What's left is a roast-derived astringency with a brash hop bite and cinnamon fume lasting long in aftertaste.

Feb 29, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

not sure how this wild thing happened where crazy mountain in the old breckenridge spot is now brewing heady beers from the other side of the world. pretty cool, and so far so good. this is a cool one, sort of an abraxas type thing, no chili peppers i dont think, but it almost smells like there is with the cinnamon in here, which i think is really pungent here, maybe a touch over the top. nice bitter cocoa though goes really well with the roast in it, more bitter than sweet, although i get brown sugar and honey notes, along with vanilla and black tea in there too, lots going on to say the least. perhaps its a bit over flavored, but i like the beer, and i like omnipollo. i am looking forward to drinking their ipas fresh, but this one is nice too. i think it benefits little though from being so strong, they would have done fine to keep it in the 9 or 10% abv range, at least in my opinion. its fusel heavy and more than warm. it also doesnt quite have the rich body and luxurious feel of some of the better examples of this style, but this is sure to please this time of year. unique for sure, and well made.

Feb 12, 2016
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drummerdwzp from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 01, 2016
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jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Apr 29, 2017
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: pours thick no pitch black. Aggressive pour and have a large light brown foamy head
S: dark fruit, roastiness. No coffee, cinnamon or vanilla. Bummer
T: the cinnamon this there at first and in the finish,but very faint. I get the alcohol quite a bit, and this is a bitter beer. Not sure if it's the dark roast or coffer both.
F: average thickness and coating. It's slick and goes down easy.
O: for me, this is too bitter and I taste too much alcohol.

Mar 23, 2016
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CharlesK from Pennsylvania

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

Jan 03, 2017
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Beernarzty from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours an excellent jet black with a nice tan head. Very minimal lace. bakers chocolate goes really well with the malty backbone in it, cinnamon upfront with a lot of vanilla honey and molasses on backbone of the beer. Some earthy notes as well. Kind of a booze bomb on the smell with some of the booze coming through in the taste as well.

Feb 17, 2016
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axf4129 from Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

May 08, 2017
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 04, 2016
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Mista_Carta from California

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was into it but it's definitely not for everyone...

Almost as if everything was turned to "high roast"—the coffee beans, the malt... But if you're an adventurous coffee drinker (dabbling in single origins and varying/dark roasts) AND if you like dark chocolate (the strong, not-very-sweet, bitter types) then this might be up your alley—think a shot of dark roast that was pulled a touch too hot dumped into a City Bakery hot chocolate. Nice roasted malt. Vanilla tempers the coffee & cocoa nibs but in a very balanced way. Nice medium to full mouthfeel. Big tan head that dissipates quickly. Cinnamon is present but not overpowering, a nice touch. An overall slightly ashy undertone and there's no denying a bitter, almost chalky finish. Again, not for everyone...

Apr 03, 2016
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Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 05, 2017
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Jkolls from Ohio

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

Jul 25, 2016
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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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Takelon9 from Minnesota

4.89/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Apr 14, 2016
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ChittyChambers from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mar 27, 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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TBStout from California

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jul 17, 2016
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Mike1958 from Michigan

3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 25, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured opaque black with a thin khaki head that quickly dissipated leaving a thin tan film along the top of the beer.

Smell was of dark roasted coffee, cinnamon, chocolate, roasted malts and some undertones of vanilla.

Taste follows the nose with a strong roasted coffee taste countered by a mildly sweet chocolate and vanilla hints. notes of roasted malts, cinnamon and bitter chocolate are also present. Finishes with a slightly bitter taste from the hops - really nice finish for this one.

Feel was medium bodied, bit on the thin side for a stout, but not awful. Mild carbonation. This is a very smooth drinker that makes up for any thinness to the mouthfeel.

Overall I was pleasantly impressed with this one. Very tasty and balanced stout.

Apr 23, 2016
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pezhead_79 from Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nov 12, 2016
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BrutisDestructus from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 05, 2016
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PerfecTool from Georgia

3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jul 08, 2016
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Studfarm69 from California

4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jul 12, 2016
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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
Symzonia from Omnipollo
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 194 ratings