Total Score: 8.1/10
Omni-bloody-pollo! Yes, I promised more reviews from their brill Ice Cream series with Buxton, and here is Rocky Road. I’ve noticed some recent negative reviews of the Omnipollo Ice Cream brews and I feel it necessary to point out: a) This is a dessert beer, b) it will be sweet to the point of you booking a dentist appointment, c) that’s kinda the point of a dessert beer – to be sweet [or not to be sweet, that is not the question], and finally d) if you don’t like dessert beers don’t review/get them, there’s plenty of great stuff out there for everyone, don’t be negging a brew because “there wasn’t anything balancing out the sweetness” – read my points a-d again if it isn’t clear. To me, so far, Omnipollo’s dessert beers have been superlative, full-flavoured and borderline OTT with sugar – that’s a dessert beer!
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: [copy/paste from the other Omnipollo Imperial Stout reviews]: Bold, dark, omnious, like the inky black vacuum of space. With a thin tan ring for a head. Darth Vader tried a new glove on this week and it wasn’t this black – impressive, most impressive. 10/10.
S: Peanut to the fore, hints of vanilla, milk/dark chocolate, hint of booze and marshmallow round out a rich dark aroma. It’s a loud and proud aroma, however I can tell you from previous experience that peanut flavoured beers can go a bit awry flavour-wise – it’s hard yards adding oily substances like peanuts to beers due to those oils rotting easily. Here goes the ultimate test for the Omni-guys. 9/10.
T: The peanut flavour is a touch off, but the rest of it works great, the body not so well (but we’ll talk about that next). Flavours of: Roasted peanut, marshmallow, vanilla, milk/dark chocolate, a touch of booze and a cacao nib bitterness in the finish. The overall flavour profile suggests Omnipollo are just getting a tad bit in over their heads (just a tad). It’s got too much going on – flavours coming from all angles, my brain is getting fatigued just thinking of the different flavours and how they even come together. Is it sweet? Yeah, but not crazy sweet, and there’s actually bitterness in the finish to balance it out. 8/10.
M: Mid to heavy bodied but the carbonation is non-existent and sad. 6/10.
D: Yeah even I admit that Omnipollo took this one too far. The flavour has too much happening, although the sweet/bitter balance is spot on, there is also a lack of body/carbonation that the other ones had. Still I did enjoy this. 8/10.
Food match: Need I even say Rocky Road? Yes? Well, ROOCKY ROOOOAD!