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Stout - American Imperial
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Ranked #4,448
4.15 | pDev: 8.92%
Oct 11, 2021
Jun 05, 2013
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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4 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on Oct 11, 2021
4.04 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Sep 06, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Gajo74 from New York

On draught at Meckelburgs, Brooklyn.

Pours a pitch black, espresso color, with notes of mahogany. A creamy tan head dissipates and leaves ring of lacing.

The nose is dominated by the sweetness of maple syrup. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and dark caramel.

The taste is sweet with tons of maple syrup as well as notes of milk chocolate and caramel. There is a mild roasty bitterness that develops, yielding notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Notes of dark toasted malts, biscuit, dark fruit and cherry.

Full bodied with an ultra creamy and smooth mouthfeel. The finish is smooth. The carbonation is gentle.

Despite the overall sweetness and high ABV, this doesn’t come across as boozy. Overall, a smooth drinking dessert kind of beer.

Jul 25, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by woemad from Washington

16oz can purchased (I think) at the Spokane Valley Total Wine a number of months ago. At 12.5% abv, I'm not too worried about that.

Poured into a semi-tulip glass, this was a very dark brown, virtually black, with a tight, dark khaki head. Said head dropped somewhat quickly (not surprising, given the abv), but never died away completely. Spotty lace.

Pretty balanced nose for an adjunct laden imperial stout. Maple syrup is definitely present, but doesn't dominate things, with a brown sugar/molasses aroma being there as well, so it smells like a big stout made with maple syrup rather than a stack of pancakes.

Taste is pretty similar to the smell. While definitely a maple syrup-adjuncted (is that even a word?) beer, there's plenty of chocolatey, coffeeish stout character on hand as well. Not as cloyingly sweet as I feared, either. The level of balance is really impressive. The high alcohol is just hinted at, with a slightly boozy flavor way, way in the distance. Great stuff!

Creamy mouthfeel. Dessert-y, a little sticky, but not over the top about it.

Really nice melding of pastry stout with the right amount of restraint, if that makes any sense. A paragon of balance. I'd definitely hit this again.

Jul 18, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Eddieeight from Ohio

Well I’m very excited about this beer. I found a new beer store that has lots of stouts and this was one of them. In fact there were so many I wanted to try I just kind of randomly selected this one. Got it for only $6. I believe this is my first omnipollo. Poured out straight and stiff into a snifter with about an inch head on it. Darkest brown even black. Smell has a tinge of alcohol heat to it. Mostly getting raisin and cherry out of it though. My wife says it smelled like wine, that might be appropriate. Interesting taste. Starts off quite bitter. I can hold it in my mouth and nothing but a bitter bakers chocolate. Then as I swallow it slowly warms up into a very sweet mouth explosion. The maple is quite strong. It is almost like maple syrup, dark and sugary and flavorful which envelopes the mouth only on the backend as it washes away. This may be the best maple flavored stout I’ve ever had. But I have to wait for it. It comes after the swallow. Let’s not forget the notes of chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and medium thick. Overall this is a stout to return to again due to its mastery of the maple flavor, if for no other reason. Cheers!

Jul 10, 2021
4 by dsshuck from Delaware on Jun 11, 2021
4.04 by MJSFS from Florida on Mar 17, 2021
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3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

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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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by tobelerone from New Jersey

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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3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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
4.08 by EdFed from Illinois on Feb 14, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ChipChaight from New York

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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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by dbrauneis from North Carolina

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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Beersnake1 from California

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
4.28 by Simon212 from Canada (ON) on Nov 28, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by hman43 from North Carolina

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
4.33 by Insomniac from Canada (ON) on Nov 18, 2020
4.3 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Nov 09, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Scotchboy from Idaho

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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3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Captain69 from Illinois

great taste of maple - like eating pancakes - malty and smooth

Oct 30, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by pathman from Ohio

10/20/20 can @ home

Oct 20, 2020
4.56 by msscott1973 from North Carolina on Oct 17, 2020
4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 03, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by EnderFett11 from Virginia

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
4.24 by akopczyk from Ohio on Jul 22, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by sunsjammer from Arizona

16oz can from the Craft Beer Hop Shop. Undated.

Jul 11, 2020
4.32 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey on Jul 03, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

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
4.33 by Braz from Washington on Jun 19, 2020
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2.06/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by mattmarka1 from Minnesota


Jun 06, 2020
4.1 by ikidunot from Canada (ON) on Apr 07, 2020
3.98 by Grinky from Illinois on Apr 06, 2020
4.24 by mush from Illinois on Apr 05, 2020
3 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Apr 04, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TerryW from Canada (ON)

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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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by octortus from Canada (ON)

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
4.06 by craigbelly from Iowa on Mar 09, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

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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