Noa Pecan Mud Cake - Double Barrel | Omnipollo

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Noa Pecan Mud Cake - Double BarrelNoa Pecan Mud Cake - Double Barrel

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Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of Noa aged in Cognac and Islay barrels.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 48
Reviews by Bunuelian:
Photo of Bunuelian
3.08/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

More User Reviews:
Photo of Ciocanelu
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black color with beautiful mocha head. Aroma is just ridiculous. Described shortly it's like a chocolate praline filled with liquor and cherries. Slight acidic fruits, fudge, caramel, fruit cake, rum, cognac, marzipan... and I could go on. Taste follows with all the flavors from the aroma but it has a slight acidity and the finish is roasty and bitter. It's not a sweet beer at all. You get a bit of fruity sweetness at first but overall it's woody, acidic and roasty with a good dose of coffee and chocolate bitterness on the finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is really smooth with just the right amount of carbonation to make it easy to drink. Excellent beer overall but I think I like the standard version a bit more because this one has a slight acidity from the barrels. But except that it's a really unique and tasty beer.

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Photo of M_chav
2.28/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Not good... maybe I'm off compared to these other reviews but I'm supremely disappointed in this.. the regular version was one of my favorites from omnipollo but this is a bummer... can hardly finish my pour.
L- thick moose, beautiful black with red/brown highlights and minimal golden foam
S- chalky whiskey
T- bad vinegar chalk and some strange wine notes on the aftertaste. Taste like a flat cherry coke.. I'm thinking this is maybe a bad bottle - at least I hope it is because most people were loving this thing..
M- thin and slightly sour. No thickness or body. Chalky chocolate
O- bummed

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mothman
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like this beer, but I think I like the base beer better. The islay whiskey shows a bit and I am not a fan of that. The congnac provides additional flavor and sweetness. In general, it is a sweet dessert beer. Lots of adjuncts. Lots of chocolate.
Nutty. Vanilla.

Full bodied. Nice feel. A little roasty.

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Photo of pkalix
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
3.06/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one from De Molen in Bodegraven

From a bottle into a snifter
Brewed at De Molen
Imperial stout brewed with natural flavors added
Double barrel aged in Islay and Cognac barrels

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a three finger, medium looking, creamy tan head with excellent retention. Head slowly fades to a nice full, creamy cap and coats the sides of the glass with lacing. Black body with no carbonation evident. Splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving some nice lacing down the glass. Looks great.

SMELL: Some of the original Mud Cake under there with an obvious dose of whisky and oak as well. Alcoholic nose with plenty of spirit there. Luckily the pecan, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla cream and hit of cookie dough still play a big role in the nose. The whisky is a bit sharp but it’s milder.

TASTE: The original Mud Cake is there but the whisky and oak subdue it a bit. There’s some obvious wood and spirit up front along with all the adjuncts, then it turns into a long and lingering finish of pecan, milk chocolate and vanilla from the base adjunct stout, as well as some whisky, wood, and a sort of pine tree flavor as well. Some bitterness lingers too. Can’t say I’m all that impressed.

PALATE: Medium body with medium carbonation on the palate. Fuller and creamy enough, goes down fine with a bit of a scratch and finishes a bit sticky. Some heat lingers. A bit more carbonation than the base stout had.

OVERALL: This is a fun beer but not the original Mud Cake +1. The barre is there but it’s a little sharp and the character it lends is woody and pine-tree like. Compared to other barrel aged incarnations of a phenomenal base beer, this one falls well short. And yes, the base stout is world class when it comes to adjunct stouts. Not exactly a step up from the original but still not something worth passing on if you see it. Still, shoot for the original first, as that one really is a world class treat.

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Photo of stereophobic
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a cream brown head that slowly dissipates, leaving a lot of lacing in it's aftermath.

Smells sweet and malty, like a brownie-batter cousin to Yellow Belly.

Slight astringency within the sip, not sure if this was intended by the adjuncts. Do not pick up a lot of barrel character at all, unless that was oak astringency tasted. This was where I was expecting this beer to really shine but felt a little disappointed.

Mouth feel is medium, not full on diabeetus Dark Lord pour.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of pants678
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black with dark brown head, doesn't retain.

Cookie, Baker's chocolate. Incredible. Still distinct the day after from an empty bottle.

Mud cake is the right descriptor. Big dense, little sweet and nutty. Pecan pie, molasses, toffee, chocolate -- all stand out, robust, as rich as you like, all in perfect balance. Warmth from the alcohol's well blended.

Not diabetes like Dark Lord, much better than that.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ricey43
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours thick black oily tar, minimal head. Amazing nose of molasses and roasted peanuts. Smooth creamy mouthfeel of candied marshmallows, toffee liqueur and peanut paste. Incredible finish of chocolate and vanilla with a lick of alcohol bitterness to round off. Fantastic!

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Photo of danieelol
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Stunning beer.

Pours a dark black with well-tanned head. Excellent lacing.

Nose is first off decadent and rich chocolate, caramel and custard goodness. Basically mud cake, this is as apt a description as any. There's also a sort of yoghurt-y, lime-y profile coming through. And cookie dough, lots of cookie dough. Basically like insanely rich ice cream. And at other stages get pure cocoa.

Taste is very chocolate focused, coming through with a subtle hint of coconut. As someone who generally despises sweet beers this is perfectly poised. Not really particularly sweet at all but still carries all the richness and massive mouthfeel of some sort of mud cake. Just insane.

Mouthfeel cannot be faulted. This is just extremely rich, it almost tastes like flourless dark chocolate cake as it's going down.

This has to be in my top 5 beers and probably top imperial stout alongside BBA DL. I can pretty much guarantee this would convert any non-believer into a craft beer drinker and may even keep the cynicism of this jaded beer drinker at bay.

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Photo of BMart
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DVMin98
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dfhhead25
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dactrius
2.44/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Photo of Marius
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

33cl bottle. Pitch black with a very tall fine-grained tan head with good retention. Smells of vanilla, roasted hazelnuts, milk chocolate, burnt caramel, cocoa, waffles and just a hint of whiskey, and these are just the notes I was able to identify. The taste starts off smokey bitter, with notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, cognac, cherries, espresso (or better yet, ristretto), followed by vanilla, toasted coconut, a bit of oak sourness and again, just a hint of whiskey. Medium bodied, a bit smooth, with a low amount of carbonation and a very roasty finish.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark cola brown body, one finger white head, short retention and no lacing. Smell is a muddled peaty mess, touch of oak, nuttiness, a little milk chocolate. I'm not sure what to make of it, but it doesn't smell particularly appetizing. People have suggested this beer to be infected, I doubt this to be the case, but the barrel treatment clearly didn't work very well here. Flavour is peat, milk chocolate, nuttiness, a touch of butter, light espresso. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, good carbonation, with a weird barrel finish. This disappointed, and the barrels just didn't seem to work very well here.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged in Islay scotch and Cognac barrels.

This pours a very sticky dark black- it stains the glass pretty heavily. There's a small head and no lacing.

Smells super rich and decadent, with pecan, hazelnut, chocolate cake, bitter scotch, heavy oak, vanilla bean, and cognac.

This is a really big improvement on the base beer. The base was almost appallingly sweet. The barrel aging actually tempers this, with some nice oak bitterness and scotch providing some balance. It's still super sweet, but it's as drinkable as it will ever get as this point. There's so much nuttiness here, pecans and hazelnuts, with liquid chocolate cake. There's also a bit of vanilla cream and vanilla bean. This is a dessert drink at its finest.

This is thick bodied and a little syrupy, with a lower level of carbonation.

A superb and kingly beer here. A highly enjoyable super slow sipper is what you'll get out of this beer.

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Photo of Lucnifter
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EB1
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leitmotif
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dcmchew
4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Noa Pecan Mud Cake - Double Barrel from Omnipollo
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 48 ratings