“Omnipollo is celebrating 10 years by releasing a series of four beers to stand the test of time. A style with immense complexity, we often infuse our dark beers with coffee as its flavors meld perfectly with roasted character of malts, and to make things even better – finished with a good amount of our favorite ground vanilla. Carefully selected Ethiopian coffe roasted to specs by Kafferäven Per Nordby.”
Appearance: Pitch black with a wispy brown head that almost instantly peels back to the rim. Webbed but also spotty lace clings to the glass as it subsides.
Aroma: Pow! Our first thoughts are Coffee Stout and then after a little fish around on their webby it states they use Ethiopian coffee in the brew. It’s integrated with such beauty and embraced by warm and loving melted chocolate, burnt toast, licorice, fresh vanilla, white marshmallow, cocoa powder, lady finger biscuits and a subtle touch of affogato. Ok, we knew Omnipollo were masters but this is exceeding expectations!
Flavour: Aaaaaand there we go thinking this could be a 10/10 and the flavour profile misses the mark a tad. Don’t get us wrong it’s still superb…oodles of roasted coffee, chocolate powder, burnt toast, fresh vanilla, licorice and molasses. Very delicate white marshmallow and roasted pecans shift into a super roasty and slightly charred finish with plenty of coffee, burnt cocoa and vanilla on the back end.
Mouthfeel: This is where it lost some ground for us. It’s a little light on with a slippery texture. Co2 is kept low and the body sits around the medium mark. The 12% ABV is well concealed though.
Overall: Pretty impressive even if we factor in the less than perfect mouthfeel and intensity of flavour. It’s big and aggressive yet softened by the sweet vanilla and marshmallow. Solid offering.