"Out of my comfort zone, this beer, think of liquified boozed vanilla and pecan pie"
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Omnipollo is another of those travelling breweries with collaborative productions around the world. As their name suggests they are looking for innovative collaborations with other famous distilleries resulting in surprisingly and unique beers. Henok Fentie and Karl Grandin, the people behind Omnipollo, have been creating beers since 2010 and quickly gained a large following among beer fans. Their cult status has been supported by Grandin’s artistic labelling of their products. By the way, they have recently invested in their own brewery in the outskirts of Stockholm, so soon we will see their very own brews. This release has been made in collaboration with Dutch brewers of De Molen and was inspired by Fentie’s dream to become a pastry chef combined with his childhood memories of the smell and taste of Pecan Mud Cakes. So why not try to convert into a beer? Well, they did!
Deep sense of vanilla in my nostrils, in particular something like vanilla cake with a clear hint of eggnog. In fact, there is lots of cake, fresh cake, and vanilla pudding, but there is also something I cannot quite put my finger on. There is a hint of cola and more vanilla, much more. Can we have too much vanilla? Some boozy vanilla cake and pecan pie (with lots of vanilla icing). Or pecan vanilla ice cream. Really crazy. Also notes of coffee with lots of milk.
The first sensation is a sparkling one of a carbonated wave. Then some clear notes of, yes we do have beer here. But wait there the is the vanillaaaah wave. It almost feels artificial. It is also not exactly vanilla, maybe artificial pecan flavours (whatever those may be)? A heavy, clear beer bitterness follows that progresses to a more chocolate-y note. Still the heavy, very sweet, vanilla-pecan dominate into the aftertaste, which is fairly long and contains mostly vanilla with a liquorice bitterness. I also get some aniseed and toffee.
Although I am used to tasting all sorts heavy tasting spirits, some tastes can be too overpowering for the my palate. I think this pastry stout belongs to this category. The (for me) almost artificial smells and flavours have at some times no resemblance to beer and overpower much of what might be there from the original brew. I know many of you find this of extra-ordinary class, but for me this has lost its balance and fell to the wrong side. Because of my relative inexperience with pastry stouts, I will stay relatively mild with my score. It could be that my palate just has too adjust to these kind of (more) extreme flavour patterns.