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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #905
Ranked #2,603
4.18 | pDev: 8.85%
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.
Imperial Stout, 12.5 % by vol.
Brewed at Pub Dog Brewing in the USA.
Artwork by Karl Grandin.
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a very dark brown (SRM 34-36). I managed to coax a thin medium-tan head out of it, which dissipated almost immediately. Maple, chocolate, espresso, roasted malts and vanilla are evident. Mouthfeel is thick and fairly smooth; alcohol is extremely well hidden. Finish is sweet maple syrup, with just a bit of bitterness. Overall, much better than what I expected when I saw "brewed with maple syrup" on the can - I've had an unfortunate encounter or two with the genre. This one wasn't bad, but I don't think I could take a steady diet of Agamemnon.

Mar 09, 2021
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tobelerone from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of absurdly huge, sticky, very sweet, but hits that maple syrup note on the nose. Aroma is all maple but there is also chocolate, a little roast, alcohol and even mild bitterness on the palate. Still thankful to share this with my wife, 8oz is more than enough.

Mar 01, 2021
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

maple as heck, but almost in a bad way, sweet and sort of fake cheap waffle type, cool that its on tap in idaho, i wish more of this sort of thing was possible, but this is heavy and dense and stupid even for these guy, maple out the jar, some chap sugar character, and a base stout thats almost impossibly sturdy, just a bit too much, but without a ton of roast for a strong stout, so the sweet from the maple element stands out even more, but im not sure its fully authentic, like it says its boiled for ever and i guess i get that from the grain, but the maple part still tastes not real to me, fully over the top, not bad, not cheap, but not like from the tree either. so much malt here, so much heft, so much residual sugar, this is something to have a very little of and take slow, i cannot imagine a full pour. hints of brown sugar and chewed tobacco and freezer waffles, some chocolate bar too, this is crazy beer. it almost weird that its a liquid, but somehow it all comes together in a way that i reckon most folks would think is tasty. over the top by any measure, but cool too. i continue to seek out omnipollo beer, maybe i am in the minority now, but i love what they do and look forward to each one. they should be offended by their pricing across the board, but generally you get what you pay for...

Feb 19, 2021
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet chocolate notes with dominant maple notes. Taste is also a mix of sweet chocolate malt notes with some strong maple notes and light woody notes from the maple also showing out. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation. Solid stout thought a tad too sweet for my liking.

Jan 01, 2021
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ChipChaight from New York

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

Can from Vinyl Beer on the UES NYC. Pours black with two fingers of medium dark tan head that dissipates, nice boozy lacing, smell is maple syrup, vanilla, and booze, hints of browny batter, boozy vanilla cake, taste is very sweet maple syrup, nice roast character, dark chocolate, diner coffee, vanilla, and booze, feel is medium bodied, nice carbonation. Maple syrup drenched roasted boozy vanilla cake in a glass.

Dec 05, 2020
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick viscous opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown + dark chestnut brown + dark garnet red colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of slightly mottled very thin film covering a little more than 95% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of roasted + dark + chocolate + caramel + slightly smoked malts with a moderate amount of dark fruit (plum + fig) + maple syrup sweetness. Light to moderate aromas of espresso + maple syrup. Hints of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of roasted + dark + chocolate + caramel + slightly smoked malts with a moderate amount of dark fruit (plum + fig) + maple syrup sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of espresso + cocoa + maple syrup. Finally there is a light flavor of earthy hops. There is a moderate amount of roasty bitterness which slowly fades away leaving lingering slightly sweet roasted malt flavors.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a hint of alcohol warming in the finish (as the beer warms up).

O: Easy to drink with extremely well hidden alcohol and a dangerously smooth mouthfeel (this beer drinks like a significantly lower alcohol beer). Enjoyable with lots of malt complexity and rich flavors without a ton of sweetness - not cloying at all and rather well balanced.

Dec 03, 2020
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Beersnake1 from California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a gorgeous black with brown head. The maple is very strong on this one, which is great. Definitely dominates the nose. Roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of coffee, almonds, dates, raisins. Really nice smell. The taste is fantastic. Super smooth. Sweet, but not too much. Maple syrup, honey, dark chocolate, red grapes, prunes, dates, and some vanilla. Very nicely balanced - another winner from Omnipollo. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, and the alcohol is very secretive. I will definitely seek this out again.

Nov 30, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours black with a dark brown head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: It has aromas of chocolate and maple up front. There are quite a bit of toffee notes with herbs and brown sugar.

Taste: The maple syrup is up front in the flavor with toffee and chocolate. There are some herbal notes in support with slight vanilla and brown sugar. Feel: It has a full body with a bittersweet finish.

Overall, the maple syrup is strong, but not overwhelming to the point of being sickeningly sweet.

Nov 25, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz recent canning dumped into a CBS snifter.

A: Opaque, jet black pour with a dark head that fizzles away quickly.

S: At room temperature the maple syrup is absolutely huge on the nose; lots of roasty malt character, chocolate as well, with impressions of other sweeteners like molasses and honey.

T: Follows the nose with strong maple syrup and roasted chocolate malts, but adds a nice charry component that leads one to think of espresso bitterness. Fights to balance the oppressive sweetness.

MF: Thick, sticky, and full.

O: Really good maple syrup qualities in this one but it’s approaching that cloying level for me. The charry, roasty bitterness is a nice touch as well.

Nov 01, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured moderately hard from a tall can into a snifter glass, forming maybe a finger of head before fading to patchy lacing that has major legs. Deep dark brown color, not quite black. Smell is woody maple rather than maple syrup like. Taste follows, but is closer to maple syrup. Definitely sweet with a woody background. Probably the nicest maple-flavor I've had in a stout. Sweetness and viscous nature a touch on the strong side, but it doesn't detract much. A little more than medium bodied with light carbonation. Strong ABV but doesn't taste like it. Very good straightforward maple stout.

Jul 31, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Matte black with a thin brown cap. Maple, smoke, roasted malt, and dark chocolate in the nose. Let this one warm up! Once you have taste with have date and plum dipped in sharp maple, with a smoky, earthy and chocolatey malt base. If you don't let it warm it is sickly sweet maple and honey with bland malt. Let is warm up! Feel is sticky, viscous, very smooth, and syrupy from the long boil. The wife liked it

Jul 02, 2020
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, molasses, maple and vanilla.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, coffee, maple, vanilla, molasses and roasted malts.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Very nice imperial stout. The roasted malts seem to dominate the flavor. Not picking up much maple.

Apr 01, 2020
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours walnut black with a short-lived, moderate head. Handsome out of the bottle but no retention or lace. Good stuff if you're a maple syrup fan. Big maple nose. And big sweet maple taste. Takes the edge right off is what is typically a sharp-edged boozy style that tends to bitterness. Big swing of the pendulum in the other direction. The two things work together very nicely. Will be too, syrupy or unctuous on the palate for some tastes. Awesome after dinner/dessert beer. Yum. Maple.

Big ABV at 11.5%. Find a comfy chair and settle in.

Mar 26, 2020
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octortus from Canada (ON)

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473 mL Can. ABV 11.5%.
Appearance: Black, One finger of creamy tan head, Good retention, Decent sheets of lacing, Thin cap with big creamy collar remains.
Aroma: Lots of maple syrup, Vanilla, High percentage dark chocolate, Peppery, Molasses, Licorice, Smoke, Woody, Espresso, Roasted nuts, Slight dried dark fruit (raisin, fig).
Mouthfeel: Medium-Full body, Alcohol presence, Low carbonation, Sticky.
Flavour: Nicely roasted coffee, More subdued maple than in aroma (thank you!), Bitter, Spicy, Cocoa, Molasses, Licorice, Smoke, Woody.
Overall: Wow, a lot of complexity and everything is very nicely balanced. This is a pretty awesome stout, though the maple could be much more subdued, in my opinion. I do not like maple, the flavour, in general though so take that into consideration.

Review: 151

Mar 15, 2020
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an obviously complex and well made beer but Founders CBS is much better in this style.
Non existent head gives way to a lovely maple syrup smell that yearns bourbon. And it should have received it, as it could have toned down the syrupy sweetness. There is unwecolcomed burned caramel as well.
Good beer, but misses out in places. $6 CDN is a great price though. Oh, yeah, the ABV is 11.5%, not as it states in the notes.

Mar 01, 2020
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with cola edges and a small tan head. The aroma is of milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts and stewed fruits. The taste is a rich mix of chocolate notes and dark malts. Solid bitterness in the back with retrained, fruity hop notes. The mouthfeel is full bodied with light carbonation. The finish is moderately bitter and roasty for ages. Alcohol is very well hidden throughout.

This is a fantastic Imperial Stout. Very complex and quaffable. The vanilla and maple syrup and lots of nuanced flavors. A must try.

Feb 23, 2020
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pootz from Canada (ON)

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can: Racked 2 months, 7 days ago...pours a viscous deep black with a MASSIVE mocha colored meringue cap that lasts....aromas are a delight with maple, vanilla, roasiness, dark fruit and some eathiness....Flavour is rich, sweet, like vanilla maple oat porridge with coffee, hop bittering rides in the background up front, then in the long wet finish becomes a more intense, what a substantial brew for sipping after clearing snow from the sidewalk or after skiing or snow shoeing...a tad sweet for more than one...even though it hides its alcohol completely, I would not quaff this big boozy brew in the heat

Feb 20, 2020
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473 ml can served cool into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for $5.95 CDN. 2019 edition listed at 11.5% ABV.

Appearance - Black as night, small finger of medium tan head. Moderate staying power. Little lacing. Super ominous even still.

Smell - Lots of maple syrup and some vanilla with subtle bit of chocolate and well roasted grains.

Taste - Sweet with maple syrup but not too much so, a nice slightly ashy roasted malt mix in the background. Vanilla, marshmallow and bitter dark chocolate fill in the gaps. A tiny bit of sourness in there too which is mildly odd.

Mouthfeel - Heavy bodied and sticky, yet not quite as much as I thought it would be. Carbonation is moderate, finish is thick and syrupy.

Overall - Yeah, this is exactly what I was hoping Agamemnon would be. Fairly thick, wonderfully full of maple syrup flavors without actually being too sweet. Huge winner and glad I was able to locate 4.

Jan 22, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

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

16 oz can from Tavour. Dark, ebony pour, fine beige ring of head. Sweet maple syrup aroma. Taste is sweet, roast malts, dark chocolate. While aroma comes on like a stack of pancakes, taste brings a nice mocha effect. Nice!

Jan 06, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Omnipollo "Agamemnon"
1 Pint can coded "BATCH #001 18:51 YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME"
"BREWED BY TWELVE PERCENT LLC, STRATFORD, CT", so essentially contract brewed at Two Roads Brewing Co.
$5.49 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So who was Agamemnon? Homer's "Odyssey", right? No, it was before that, it was "The Iliad". Whatever. I'm not sure how the label design ties-in unless that vase or vessel with the eye looking out of it is somehow supposed to be like the Trojan Horse and represents the can of beer that you're holding. Again, whatever. It's an Imperial stout brewed with maple syrup and "natural flavors" - I wonder what those are - at 12.5% alcohol by volume. It's poured a very black-brown color beneath a dark tan head. You could even say it's russet brown. It's completely opaque when held to the light and I don't even see any highlights. The aroma displays a little bit of the maple syrup over a fairly rich chocolate and cocoa powder base. Not bad. On to the flavor... there's more fruitiness to it and a bit of a molasses note. I thought there would be more alcohol but there's really no more than you need. The maple syrup kind of sticks at the back of the mouth in the finish which is a little distracting - I've only had one sip and I'm saying that, but maybe it'll clear up. What else is there? Well I'm finding apples, berries, raisin, fig, and even cherry in the fruitiness. There's a little bit of acidity to it but i think that's from the dark malts. It's not as rich and sweet as you'd expect given the aroma. I'm getting some caramel, mainly golden and medium, that kind of golden-red caramel that you get before it starts to brown. There's some nuttiness to it, and of course roastiness. It's earthy as well and I'm think more of roasted chicory than coffee here, although I'm not ruling that out. The maple syrup continually pops in and out which is nice, but the fact that it kind of sticks in the finish is still bothering me. I think that has something to do with an addition of vanilla flavoring as well. I get that extract and the alcohol that was used to obtain it kind of thing. It's definitely not real vanilla, and that coupled with the sticky sugar of the maple syrup is its biggest hiccup. If this wasn't a sipping beer where you spend a fair amount of time between sips letting your mouth clean up I'd say that was a major defect. Back to the flavor, what am I missing? I'm not sure I'm missing anything other than pointing out the level of bitterness. That's not to say that it's not complex, but in fact it's not THAT complex. What's there is nice though. Back to the bitterness, it's clearly there although it is a little sweetish upfront. There's also a lot of fruitiness and some acidity upfront though so it doesn't come off as sweet. Basically what I get is somewhat sharp fruit and medium dark chocolate and caramel, followed by less fruitiness and more sweetness going into the middle with some of the maple syrup showing, and then a quick drop off at the swallow with the bitterness rising with some dark bittersweet chocolate and then the fruitiness returning. The maple syrup then remains in the finish as everything else fades, although there is a bit of fruitiness and bitterness left behind. So, what I can at the very least say here, is that I've never had a beer exactly like this. The head held well for a beer of 12.5% ABV, and it's left some very nice lacing. It's not a 4.5 out of 5 but it warrants a 4.25 for sure. In the mouth it's full in body leaning towards full-medium, and oily and slick. The carbonation is fine-bubbled and moderate leaving it velvety smooth. Conclusion? It's well-brewed but I don't feel that the recipe is as balanced as it could be. I think the artificial flavors damage it, and that the maple syrup isn't exactly where it should be. I'm not impressed. It's a nice, big and strong malty beer but it falters. In the end I think it's just trying to be too much in an attempt to be different. It's achieved the different part, but at the cost of the overall.
Review #6,877

Jan 02, 2020
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Nightspeed from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look/Pour: Dark, very dark. Black. Very thin bubbles appear but basically dissipate instantly.

Aroma: Deep chocolate coffee notes with molasses and a lingering vanilla, not much maple syrup on the nose for my sniff test

Taste: Maple syrup right away, rich creamy coffee and sweet vanilla with molasses. Alcohol heat on this 11.5% abv bad boy is strong but not off-putting. Diminishes into a very pleasant bitterness.

Overall: As a person that doesn't care for stouts too frequently I can say that this one lends on the sweeter side for me and I couldn't drink more than one at a time, and the syrupy texture isn't my favourite but I completely appreciate the beer for what it intends to do, and with that, does it very well. Omnipollo always delivers world-class brews and this adds to the list, just not my favourite style of beer to begin with.

Dec 25, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer reminds me of CBS by Founders. This beer is about year old. The beer's rating is mixed, some good, some bad. I am curious to see what I think of this beer. The beer is served in a tulip glass and is at 52 degrees. The beer's head produced a one finger head that has fair retention. The creamy thick head is dark tan. After the head dissipated, it left little lacing on the glass. The beer is nearly black, looks like used motor oil. The beer's appearance is on point for this style. I am amazed the beer had any head retention, considering the high abv.

The aromas in the beer are char, smoke, toffee, caramel, vanilla, dark roasted malts, chocolate, anise, earthy, herbal, solvent-like phenols, and wood. Sadly, I do not smell any maple. Smoke and char are the dominated characters.

The flavors in the beer are char, smoke, biscuit, dark roasted malts, Maillard, earthy, anise, toffee, lightly maple, dark chocolate, coffee, solvent-like phenols, caramel, and raisins.

The mouthfeel of the beer is coating and bitter.

The body of the beer is medium-plus, low carbonation, and full finish.

This beer, for me, is a letdown. I understand why this beer has mixed reviews. The beer lacks harmony and balance. I get the dark roasted malts, but too much. I explored the depths of the beer for maple, alas I did not find much. I had high hopes for this beer, but I got stood up like a prom date.

Dec 15, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours black in color with a one-finger khaki head that quickly reduces to a ring around the glass

S- roasted barley, figs & dates, maple nut goodies, pancakes, chocolate, salted toffee

T- dark fruits up front with flavors of fig & date, followed by a hit of maple sweetness that carries a tartness that almost tastes infected. Notes of chocolate and char follow, with caramel and an unusual tart maple on the finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a slightly warming finish

O- there's definitely a tartness on the finish that throws it off a bit, otherwise nice dark fruit notes throughout

Nov 19, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great imperial stout from an always-solid brewery. No canned date on can. Pours a thick, syrupy black opaque color with a little tan head and some nice spotty lingering lacing - even some small rings. Smells wonderful, dark chocolate fudge with dark roast coffee, caramel, vanilla, malt, roasted nuts and brown sugar. Surprisingly the maple syrup was undetectable. Taste follows the nose, great depth and balance, not too sweet or overpoweringly cloying. Maybe the slightest hint of sweet maple. The high ABV is extremely well hidden and I didn't have to sip this one too slowly. Worked well with both savory dinner and sweet dessert. Smooth, luscious, sticky, rich mouthfeel and just the right amount of carbonation. An excellent beer.

Oct 20, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the tall boy can in a snifter, This beast pours a
rich muddy opaque with a thin head of tan foam that settles
to a thin ring, light dusty layer, and sports some decent
speckled lacing. Nose of maple and cocoa with touches
of char and brulee. Flavors expand on the nose with
cocoa and coffee swamped in mellow maple with touches
of char and brulee with balanced anise elements as well
as a hint of pine touched hops. Very nice mouth feel for
such a beast; light carbonation verging on medium light
which gives some very nice lift, moderately slick, smooth,
and finishing moderately dry.

A fantastic brew worth trying. Excellent!


Oct 05, 2019
Agamemnon from Omnipollo
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