01 Jun

Hypnopompa Beer Review


This stylish bottle holds a delicious secret

Brewery: Omnipollo
Style: American Imperial Stout
ABV: 11%       IBU: N/A

While enjoying a delicious dinner at Mugshot Tavern, one of our many local options, I noticed an interesting name at the bottom of the bottles list:

omni pollo hypno pompa

At $15 for a 330mL bottle of 11% imperial stout, we decided to share it and our expectations were understandably high.

And not disappointed.

The one caveat I will add to is that we should have ordered it earlier in the evening so it could sit and warm up a bit. In the end we spent awhile sitting with the brandy snifters between our palms waiting for the beer to  reach the right temperature. It was certainly worth the wait.


5 out of 5 cats

Hypnopompa is our imperial stout brewed with almost 100 kilos of marshmallows and Tahitian vanilla beans (the size of cigars).


Pouring a deep black colour, this imperial stout has a thin, dark tan head. It’s likely it would have poured with a bigger head if it had more time to warm up but as it was there was little more than a ring of small bubbles around the edge by the time we started drinking. It leaves a sticky, stringy lacing behind on the glass.


Featuring a huge bourbon-soaked nose of barrels and vanilla, Hypnopompa has a touch of licorice to it with notes of roasted coffee beans and a hint of raisin. Dark chocolate and powdered sugar tempts while a faint booziness warns of the high alcohol content.


Smooth and chocolaty up front, this stout has a pleasant spiciness beneath it’s somewhat tart flavour of orchard fruits and bourbon barrel notes. The vanilla and marshmallow presence add a nice creaminess to the otherwise bold brew while the alcohol remains subdued.


Somewhat sticky with a smooth body, this brew is a touch prickly with the high alcohol content. A long, lingering bourbon barrel aftertaste stays behind after each sip as the spice continues to build.

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