Omnipollo has been riding the wave of gypsy brewing since 2011. Based in Stockholm the brand is known for its eclectic and eye-catching label designs. In fact, Omnipollo is one of few breweries to be founded in part by the artist in charge of design. They have even been quoted as saying, “I know that his designs will draw people’s attention to the beer, regardless of what’s in the bottle”.

Today’s beer from the omnipotent chicken is called Noa Pecan Mud and the label is a lip-smackin’ turquoise colored smiley face emblazoned on the front of the can. It comes in at 11 percent ABV with an ingredient list of natural and artificial flavors and artificial caramel coloring. A search of the website just states “Brewed with aromas.”

The pour shows up deep and black with an inch of nice light caramel or toffee colored head. I’m not really sure why they felt the need to add caramel coloring to the beer. The aroma is in-your-face hazelnut coffee creamer, you know that really cheap nasty crap that is omnipresent in the break room of every cubicle laden office building. Behind that is some chocolate notes with the balance here way into the sweet realm.

The taste gets a bit better with dark chocolate and coffee coming through tagged along by rich nutty toffee sweetness. Throughout the range is a smooth hoppy bitterness distinct by its earthy character. The balance here is better but still cloyingly sweet. The mouthfeel is odd in that it seems creamy at first but quickly breaks down to feel watery and thin. Also of note is the complete absence of booze heat which given the 11 percent ABV is nice.

Omnipollo Noa Pecan Mud Stout
BREWERY: Omnipollo
LOCATION: Stockholm, Sweden
STYLE: Imperial Stout
ABV: 11 percent
IBU: n/a
PRICE: $5.50 (Four-packs of 12-ounce cans, $21.99)
RELEASE DATE: 2015
AVAILABLE IN: 12-ounce cans
BEERS POURED: One
Overall, Noa Pecan Mud is a middle of the road dessert beer with some flaws. The aroma lacks complexity and the taste is overly sweet. Carbonation is good regardless of the weird mouthfeel. If hazelnut coffee creamer is your thing, give Noa a try.
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