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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #777
Ranked #2,429
4.18 | pDev: 8.61%
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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Photo of pootz
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

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
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.

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Photo of stevoj
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!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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.
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Photo of Nightspeed
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.

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Photo of colts9016
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
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

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Photo of beersampler6
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
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!


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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.19/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very dark, almost jet black pour, with a small but foamy mocha head. Very full-bodied, reminiscent of motor oil. The beer lacks balance, coming off excessively boozy for the first half of the glass, with a somewhat cloying maple syrup backbone. Beer becomes more drinkable in the second half, with roast overcoming the alcohol. Great stout body, but too much of the wrong things.

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

16 Oz can. Tan head. Black color.

Nice roasted malts and big maple syrup flavor. Not artificially sweet. Chocolate, fudge, and cake/brownie batter. Full bodied. Full of flavor. Awesome!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, North Coast snifter

Deep dark black with a chocolate colored head of 2 fingers, receding to 1. Lots of lace left behind. Gorgeous.

Aroma is of maple nut pancakes and chocolate chips, with slight coffee in the background.

Flavor is huge, but not all the markers are completely on scope. The maple comes in full force almost cloying, but then it turns fruity, almost infected-like, but takes another swerve into what I'd call bourbon territory, with lush caramel notes, and finally burnt chocolate drowned in alcohol. The more it is drank, the more my palate gets used to it, so I can rate this higher.

Feel is slick, burning, hot, roasty, boozy. Moderate carbonation, maybe mild-moderate, and lots of dry alcohol heat.

Overall a real nice imperial stout that makes you feel more drunk than you are because all of that heat is felt immediately and afterwards too. I wouldn't recommend this to people who are sensitive to cloying or generally sweet beers. There is not much balance, but it is an incredible dessert beer. Should have bought more.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can reads 'Batch #001'

Pours an inky black body with the faintest dark brown highlights near the surface; dark khaki head recedes quickly to a thin collar of froth and virtually no lacing.

Aroma is more subdued, but heavy on the roasted malts, with touches of maple and baker's chocolate; sweet milk chocolate develops in spots over time.

Taste has malty roast asserting itself to start, but quickly transitions to a subtle meshing of maple and milk chocolate; mid-palate shows brighter caramel, more roast, and an earthy hop sensation building quietly to the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, slick and creamy across the palate, and with low carbonation; slightly sticky on the finish with a small hint of alcohol fading quickly into the swallow.

The flavors may have been subdued a bit by age, but this remains a great display of balance between malty sweet/bitterness. Highly enjoyable, never overwhelming in either decadence or alcohol presence; I'd love to try this at a fresher point.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance with a slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a very pleasant slightly sweet malt with a touch of caramel. Taste matches the aroma. Well worth trying.

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Photo of DokiDokiLitFam
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out dark, thick, and viscous. NI head formed at all.

Nose is mild coffee, cinnamon, some sweetness (the maple syrup?), and malt.

Taste is all malt up front. Very straightfoward smoky stout flavor with a mild sweetness. Finish is faint coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is thick with low to moderate carbonation. The sweetness is a little sticky and cloying. Not so much to be overbearing.

A solid stout that gets the basics right. It won't blow your mind, but it won't let you down. A tad pricey though at $19 dollars a 4 pack.

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Photo of oberon
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a thick nearly one finger deep mocha colored head atop.Maple fudge aromas with a light roasted nut element that lingers.Mackinac Island fudge infused with maple syrup and vanilla intertwined,a slight drying earthiness in the finish keeps it from being cloying.Thick and creamy like a dessert in a can,really a top notch flavor infused impy stout.

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

I poured some of this over my vanilla ice cream and tasted that before drinking some from a glass. I picked a good one to put over ice cream.

It pours oil pan black (except over ice cream). The head is persistent enough. The smell is very boozy, sweet and malty, with enough hops to bitter things up plenty. It's a well done combination. It lingers nice and boozy. It flaunts the 12.5% alcohol.


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Photo of sulldaddy
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into a snifter. The beer pours a dark cola brown to coffee black color with about 1.0cm of beige colored head.
The foam fades to a thin edge layer and wispy strands of fine bubbles on the surface of the beer.
The aroma on this a mixture of malt notes I get coffee grounds, roasted malt, dark cacao and some maple syrup notes. I dont get any hop character here and the booze is pretty well hidden too.
The first sip reveals a smooth textured beer with an average body and very fine and gentle carbonation. There is a bit of a coating effect on my palate as each mouthful hits my mouth.
Flavor is sweet and malty, with dark chocolate, coffee bean, vanilla and some roasted notes mixing with a bit of maple syrup that lingers after the swallow. I dont get any hop character on this beer and the finish is fairly sweet and maple dominant. I do get some warming booze on the finish that reminds me of the heft of this brew.
This is a pretty tasty sweeter side of things imperial stout. I think I would like it more with a bigger body, but this is a solid beer.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.24/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Batch #001, 20:24.

Deep brown pour, nearly black. Small amounts of ivory head that bubble up, but settle nearly flat into the body of the beer.

Sweet maple and dark roast coffee on the nose. Hints of dark chocolate and black licorice round out the nose well.

Unfortunately greeted with a faint metallic taste, along with a fairly powerful toasted malt presence. The maple comes back on the tail, and the coffee’s only real influence on the palate was in the residual bitterness. Hoped for a lot more out of this.. it’s not awful, but the flavors really let down. I will say, however, it improves as it warms.

Really soft, creamy mouthfeel. Medium-bodied, with a warm booziness on the tail.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark, muddy brown, with virtually zero head.

Smell is sweet with notes of maple syrup, coffee, chocolate, marshmallows and a hint of salt.

Taste is boozy and sweet with notes of coffee, chocolate, maple syrup and some saltiness.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a little bit disappointed by this. Omnipollo's crazy stouts are usually more over the top than this. This was too boozy and too thin. Still very nice, but far from the best Omnipollo stouts.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours onyx black with a tan head. The nose is chock full of char and stone fruit aromas, with a subtle maple note, and a not-so-subtle boozy component.

The stone fruit presents first on the taste as dark cherries, which is nice, and the char is also abundantly present - but so is the booze, and while the maple is present, I wish there was more.

The mouthfeel is where I wish this big stout (12.5% ABV) had more ..... onions (tipping my cap to Bill Raftery). The previous Omnipollo beers I’ve enjoyed were decadent treats turned up to 11 - I’m looking at you, Noa Pecan Mud Cake. This just doesn’t quite have that decadence factor.

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Photo of gopens44
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking thick beige head hides for just a moment a rich, sweet coffee laden aroma. Rounding out the experience is just a hint of marshmallow. Velvety feel brings with it that same coffee but the sweetness takes on a bit more of a savory direction. Little bit of alcohol and almond in the tail end as it exits very dry and coffee bitter remain.

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

Omnipollo Agamemnon, 12.5% ABV. Pours black with a slight ring of brown bubbles. Nose is maple and coconut. Taste is roast malt bitterness, slight maple, coffee, coconut, and a lingering graham. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It is all of one these days. I had a wonderful NBS (Week 746) in which I beCAN to tie up loose ends & in doing so, uncovered a whole buncha related gems for The CANQuest (tm)! Right now, it is all Stouts of one stripe or another, with this one bringing me back to Omnipollo. Hang tight 'cause you ain't seen nothin' yet!

From the CAN: "Imperial Stout brewed with Maple Syrup & Natural Flavor added"; "You are happy to serve me."

My happiness knew no bounds as I Crack!ed open the vent. I got a little spritz across my fingertips due to it being a brimful craft CAN & so I beCAN a slow, gentle, C-Line Glug into the awaiting goblet. It seemed CANtent to run freely so I allowed it to do so, evincing a pseudo-cascade that settled into a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with modest retention. The drawback to using a goblet is the increased surface area which leads to quicker dissipation. Nose was super rich! It smelled like a liquefied fudge brownie infused with maple syrup. 8=O Mouthfeel was fittingly big, full & thick, like a dollop had been ladled into my mouth & onto my tongue. I allowed it to just roll around like a playful puppy, warming in doing so. This really brought out the intensity of the flavors, ranging from coffee to dark chocolate to sweet maple syrup to a light smokiness that could have been the product of either the malts, the syrup or even both. Mmm. Surprisingly, it was not as sweet as the nose had led me to expect. It was closer to my morning coffee, dark & bitter, which I had already savored this morning. Had the long boil & the subsequent action of the yeast removed all or most of the inherent sugars? It sure tasted like it! I hate to badmouth a beer, but my previous one in the same style, really pales in CANparison & I was already unimpressed with it! Luck for that one that I did not drink these in reverse order or I might have been even harder on that one. Finish was dry, bitter & now I began to taste both tobacco & treacle. Wow! This was no playin' around, but definitely worth the relatively low price point. Phew.

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

Very nice balance of traditional imperial stout tones with the maple syrup, which is present without being overwhelming. Lovely, wonderful aroma and appearance, but it doesn't quite live up to it on the palate, with minor fizz and a slight metallic tone.

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Agamemnon from Omnipollo
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 288 ratings