Agamemnon | Omnipollo

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Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of JakerLou
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet black with very little to no head. More like wisps of tan foam.

Smell is chocolate, vanilla, soy sauce and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is similar to the nose. Chocolate is up front with hints of vanilla, coffee and soy. There is a definite alcohol burn in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant.

Overall this is a nice beer but it is not what I was expecting. The maple aspect of the beer is totally missing for me.

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Photo of bgold86
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet freakin black, nice dark brown head, super sweet vanilla nose, almost approaching spoiled milk though...Tons of blueberry flavor, coffee and chocolate, not a lot of maple syrup. A weird beer, at $17 bucks for the 12.7 ounces, def a nice try, but not worth it at the end of the day.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. 2013 bottle, properly cellared. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass, with only a few patches of brown foam and a tiny ring around the glass. Aroma of toasted, charred malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, licorice and light molasses. Flavor is smoky toasted dark malt, high cacao chocolate, light coffee and vanilla. Finishes with smoke and char, vanilla, chocolate and light oak and grassy hop bitterness. Nice nearly syrupy creamy body with decent carbonation considering the lack of head on pouring. A really nice, dark, smoky, toasty stout with good light chocolate and coffee notes and some woody barrel flavors, although I'm not sure this was barrelled. High ABV well covered by quite rich taste. A very enjoyable deep, dark stout.

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Photo of guityler83
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A small, less then a half finger, head made of dark mocha colored head emerged and quickly receded. Black opaque beer, alcohol legs sustain for a while as well as the spotty lacing that kicks up when swirled.

S: Moderate dark chocolate aroma with caramel and smoke. Light vanilla with sweet toffee and roasty notes coming through as it warms up. Sweet impression overall with fruity esters. Very low hop aroma with a hint of alcohol.

T: Lots of malt flavors going on – On the darker side I'm picking up milk chocolate, roasted, and dark chocolate flavors along with a hefty dose of smoke character. Caramel, vanilla, candi sugar and raisin flavors in the middle malts. Sweet impression is moderately strong with a medium bitterness that comes of some what harsh but earthy.

M: Silky smooth creaminess with a large body and low carbonation. There is an interesting mouth drying sensation I get that makes me think it was barrel aged, similar to the tannins an oak barrel imparts - Medium astringency. Medium level of alcohol warming.

O: I don't get much, if any maple flavor form the beer but it may add to a sweetness. That aside it's got some interesting smokey and chocolate flavors melding with a soft mouthfeel. I don't know if it's barrel aged but I get some flavors that make me think it is, overall nice beer.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

You know that feeling you get when you just buy a beer off the shelf thinking it won't blow you away and then it hits your lips and you can't even comprehend what you're tasting. Yeah, this is a hidden gem.

A - Pitch black and thick like motor oil with one of the darkest heads I've seen since CCB Marshall Zhukov

S- There's a lot going on here. Super dark chocolate, coffee, a really sweet smell that I attribute to the maple syrup, roasted malts. Just everything you love about imperial stouts amped up to 11.

T - Really sweet, malty, chocolate, coffee and believe it or not a hop bite to it on the finish

M - A thick, fluffy feel that coats your entire mouth

O - What a hidden gem! If you're lucky enough to get distribution then grab a couple of bottles. If they ever barrel-aged this then I would probably blow my load. Seven thumbs up!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big, rich, chewy stout- very much in the Swedish style. Pours black as pitch, and quite viscous, but with very little head. What head there is sort of bubbles up out of the beer like swamp gas rising, leaving an espresso crema on the surface for a while. Lots of licorice in the nose, Scandinavian style- deep and dry. There is also a touch of bitter chocolate and even coffee. The taste is even deeper and better. More of that deep, dry licorice and darkly roasted grain. Lots of bitter chocolate, and a bit of sweetness and a touch of vanilla mid finish. At the the end you get more black coffee and bitterness. Really excellent. Somewhat chewy in the mouth, but smooth finish. An extremely enjoyable beer.

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Photo of cvm4
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours thick, body black and a one finger or less espresso head.

S - Dark chocolate and coffee up front. There's a roasted malt throughout, almost char like. Sweet molasses notes on the end.

T - Charred roasted malts, sweet molasses, dark chocolate and slight nuttiness.

M - Heavy bodied and low carbonation. Smooth and velvety body.

O - To me, the char was the one factor I wasn't a fan of. Otherwise, it's a well done beer.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up an amazing amount of head which has excellent retention. The head is a very fluffy, dark beige/mocha while the body is a dark chocolate black. Amazingly, no lacing has been left behind. However, thick sheeting develops around the surface of the beer.

Nose- Delicious rush of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt notes. Not terribly complex but it makes up for that with an endearing richness and creaminess. Some nuttiness and some indications of milk. Swirling shows and almost piercing sweetness (though not cloying)- hints of raisins, figs, and even suggest maple syrup. Nice fudge brownie profile. Some caramel.

Taste- Starts off with a massive blend of robust chocolate and coffee. Very reflective of the nose. Coffee ends up with a bit of bitterness which is a little woody. Some raisins, slight hint of maple syrup. Light show of alcohol but definitely low key. Caramel and maple syrup sit in the middle. The coffee notes and roasted notes turn a little too sweet and give off a slight sourness. A pretty good imperial stout. Maybe not 17 bucks a bomber good but it gets close. Needs more nuance. Balance and integration are more than perfunctory but could be better. Presence is on par many good to great imperials. A basic good imperial that is focused on coffee. Somewhat slick and greasy on the mouthfeel. I like that this delivers on its promise of maple syrup.

Mouthfeel- Almost heavy bodied with a hint of grittiness. Robust carbonation that works.

Drinkability- Very enjoyable and surprising at 12.5%. Little pricey at 6 bucks for a 250 mL pour but it is proportional to its cost by the bottle.

Overall- Solid, really good imperial stout. Worth a try but I would try to get it on tap instead of splurging on a bottle.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours an intimidatingly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch brown head that retains a bit before soon becoming a thick bubbly ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly side patch of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves a thin scraggly ring behind.

S- Strong scent of dark roast and booze with some chocolate and caramel notes. Also some slight coffee and molasses.

T- Intense dark roast comes on and displays nearly just as much sweetness as bitterness somehow. Some oak-like notes come in from the high alcohol and the roast lingers a while making this a slow sipper for sure.

M- Dry and syrupy with a burn in the back of the throat. Medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- This beer doesn't do a fantastic job of living up to its alcohol content but it gets the job done.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, fudge, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite rich all around.

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Photo of Dope
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch pitch midnight black. Large and very dense super dark brown head (almost as dark as the pour itself). Head fades away super slowly, with great retention. Decent spotty lacing. Extra points for the brutally dark body and head.

S: Sweet burnt maple and a lot of char from the roasted malt to back it up. Sharp bittersweet chocolate.

T: Lots of sweet chocolate syrup up front. Sweetness from the maple syrup maybe? Hints of char throughout. Brutal and powerful dark chocolate taste takes over in the middle and extends all the way through to the aftertaste. Slight coffee taste in the finish to go with all the dark chocolate, sorta like chocolate covered coffee beans. Mild compared to the chocolate however. Chalky baker's chocolate lingers forever between sips. Nice borderline dryness is a good departure from most 12.5%'s overpowering sweetness.

M: Big, heavy, thick, viscous. Leaves a charry sort of chalky lingering mouthfeel behind.

O: A pretty simple beer but well executed in the roasted malt department. I love my big stouts heavy and with lots of dark chocolate. This one does not disappoint. Huge huge bittersweet chocolate notes. Maple isn't really noticeable but there's just a touch to lend this beer a slight bit of complexity. A beer this roasty reminds me of a fresh expedition stout. Big, sharp roasted malt character. Delicious.

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Photo of BKBassist
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.

A - Pitch black, very little head retention. What head is there is quite dark brown, with flecks of red.

S - A faint nutmeg/cinnamon spice character. Dried cocoa powder. Not a particularly strong nose, but pleasant.

T - Initial burst of acridity fades into a bittersweet chocolate. Plenty of fresh roasted coffee notes. The maple syrup presents itself in an oaky sweetness, very well integrated, not cloying or sticky.

M - Pretty much what I want an imperial stout to feel like. Thick, solid, viscous while still being pleasant and even somewhat refreshing.

O - A very nice imperial stout from Omnipollo. Should be enough of the hallmarks of the style to please any stout fan. The maple doesn't beat you over the head but it is clearly present, and a welcome addition. Not overly sweet, has a similar feel to quality BBA stouts.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin dark mocha colored head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of roasted and smoked malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of dark malts along with some notes of roastiness. No maple syrup is detectable.
M: It feels full-bodied and quite rich on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a heavy beer but its thickness helps cover up the booze nd for the most part masks much of the 12.5% alcohol content.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With its extreme roast character and a nod toward the "Alice in Wonderland" theme, the whimsy about what is masculine and what is sweet intertwines in a taste of both sultry and robustness.

Black for sure, the ale pours with the consistency of over-cooked coffee. Its dark body slowly releases a short-statured head of foam that struggles to retain. In the end a gentle swirl regenerates a short-lived head with minimal lace- the ale simply struggles with its strength- at least in the appearance department.

Strong roast aromas pronounce upon the nose as the scent of espresso, campfire, grassy hops, cocoa-rich chocolates, and roasted walnuts penetrate the nose with a complex and sharp aromatic detail.

Also roast-heavy, the beer's taste is chocked full of burnt barley, espresso, cocoa powder, seared woods and over-cooked toffee. Its malty-dry taste is of ash and molasses to taste, but without the supporting sweetness to match. Hoppy with grass, pine, and the citrus components that are usually tossed out after the pulp in consumed tells me that the beer reaches just a tad too far.

Also robustly textured, the malty body is dry and burnt and with the powdery texture of ashen pine bark. Strong in its alcohol portrayal, the beer finishes with grape seed and roast-derived astringency.

Yea, I explain a lot of what's wrong with this beer. But that's only because its so close to greatness. Its over-roast character completely overwhelms the maple additions are relegates it to something that's normal to the typical malt bill. The burnt grains simply can't get out of their own way in order to resemble any type of balance.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Black as hell. Mocha brown head with great stickage. Looks like motor oil, for sure.

Faintly smoky with notes of dark chocolate, maple, and licorice. Heavy heavy roastiness equipped with noticeable malt bitterness to combat what smells like sweetness.

A roasty sweet malt wonderland with huge flavor notes of bitter chocolate, gooey toffee, booze, licorice, spicy hops, maple, and faint smokiness. Incredible stuff.

Silky, yet soft, too. Has some suds, not many but some. Feels good and thick.

A very good impy. Love how the sweetness turned how to be milder.

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Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredibly bold, thick, meaty (bacon) and very complex example of the style.. Very sweet, fruity, and roasty, and a tad smoky with a super concentrated flavor that reminds me of an even more forward Even More Jesus meets a bacon/maple doughnut. A real sipper on a cold day, this one will really warm you up, and leave your palate ultra satisfied.

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Photo of dar482
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out in a very thick black color with huge brown head that leaves a brown ring around the glass.

The aroma has roasted malt with coffee, chocolate. It's very rich and has that umami behind it.

The flavor follows with a ton of sweet roasted malt and chocolate, but then it hits you with lots of umami. It's almost like drinking meaty soy juice with how big and bold the rich smokey flavors are.

The body is freaking huge and it goes down like motor oil. It's a very full beer and I guess the maple syrup must help give it that sweetness, but also that huge smokey, woody, and maple flavor along with that body.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle split and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a thick very black with a mahogany head. Leaves some spots of lacing on the glass. Head remains as a thin film throughout the glass.

S: Roasted malts blended with coffee and chocolate. A bit of smokiness to it. Sweet maple syrup as the bottle indicates. A touch of booze in there hints at things to come.

T: Starts off as a full bodied wholesome stout with a strong roastiness. After swallowing dark fruits, tobacco, alcohol, coffee and carmel come through.

M: Has low carbonation and a full body. I like the creamy mouthfeel that compliments the bold flavors. Some stickiness comes through from the sweetness.

Overall maple syrup makes a great compliment to the strong stout flavor. Great looking bottle made this an easy sell. Give it a shot if you're into bold and complex beers.

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Photo of zoober911
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as night. Thick as oil. No head.

S - Upon opening I got a very pronounced aroma of the maple syrup. A bit of coffee and some chocolate in there too.

T - Chocolate, coffee and some maple syrup. A little bit of a boozy note also. Obviously nothing that a little aging can't handle.

M - Definitely a full mouth feel. Thick with little to no carbonation.

O - I would try it again if the opportunity presented itself.

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Photo of avalon07
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | 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, impenetrable consistency. Almost no head to speak of, but a decent amount of lacing.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, malt, a little coffee, and a sugary element.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, a good dose of chocolate, some coffee (but not a lot), and the advertised maple syrup (this ingredient doesn't make a huge impression, but it is welcome). A big, complex, powerful flavor. Very, very tasty.

M: A below average amount of carbonation, but a super smooth and creamy finish. Full-bodied.

O: A well made, easy to like stout. Definitely drinkable.

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Agamemnon from Omnipollo
4.23 out of 5 based on 162 ratings.
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