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Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

450 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 106
Gots: 55 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Norway

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: popery on 06-02-2009)
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Reviews by MAB:
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -40.3%

I guess I'm the wet blanket here, but I didn't particularly like or enjoy this beer. I'm a stout fan, even imperial stouts, but this was way too much like cold coffee for my tastes.
The color is Black. Not dark brown; black. Like oil. You can't see any light through it.
It pours as a thick liquid, too. Not quite syrup, but obviously thick.
Very little aroma, other than the roasted barley.
The taste is all coffee and I'm not a fan of coffee, hot or cold.
The mouthfeel was odd. Cloying is about the only way I can think to describe it.

06-06-2011 18:29:33 | More by MAB
More User Reviews:
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours very thick and oily with a dark brown head. You can tell this one's a monster just by looking at it.

The nose is rich with smoke, burnt brownie edges, and charred wood. I'm not sure if it's oak aged or not, but it comes across that way.

Burnt coffee and malt flavors with chocolate and wood come across. Full bodied with some viscosity, the finish is long and warms your entire body. It does pack some heat.

This is a great beer, worth seeking out, and I hope more people get to try it.

03-05-2010 00:34:44 | More by brownbeer
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-22-2013 03:31:38 | More by tbryan5
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

Seriously, we have never seen a head this dark; the color even pushes the envelope of black. Sweetness in the nose of burnt dried plums, chocolate and espresso. Very viscous, crispness is all tied up in the syrupy body. Dried plum? Sure. Ripe cherries as well. Then the onslaught of charred grain. Alcohol is very warm, but the choco-like flavors weigh it down a bit. Boozy, charred wood, ripe cherries and dried plums again in the finish. Skål to epic beer!

01-11-2011 02:52:40 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

16.9 oz bottle, batch 210 brewed on 2001.09. Pours a dark opaque black with a smallish dark brown head that goes to a thin film that retains and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, black licorice, dark fruits and alcohol.

The flavor is roasted malts, black licorice, alcohol and a little coffee and dark fruits with a pretty big charred bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth creamy carbonation.

Overall, for the first couple of sips, I thought it was too over the top with too much alcohol and charred bitterness. But as I drank the rest of the bottle, it smoothed out and the flavors blended better and weren't as abrasive. In the end, I liked it. It's a bit pricey for a regular buy though at $10 a bottle.

04-14-2010 05:25:09 | More by Beaver13
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%

Pours a ridiculously inky, jet black with a small milk chocolate brown head that fizzles out after a couple minutes. This beer looks evil. Smells roasty, charr, bittersweet chocolate, anise, black cherries, alcohol fumes. Taste is huge and deeply complex. Starts off with huge ripe dark fruits, figs, raisins up front and then melds into this amazing roasty, burnt charr flavor with a smokiness that I would associate with peat, and some anise....this finish is LOOONG. God, viscous mouthfeel but not as heavy as I would have thought, judging by the look of it...perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Semi-dry finish. This is truly a phenomenal beer. A good RIS is typically a "man's beer" but this is a man's RIS. Holy crap!

01-02-2011 01:46:04 | More by Doomcifer
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megamass

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%

06-22-2013 15:49:15 | More by megamass
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Mora2000

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

Thanks to my brother for bringing this beer back to me from Lafayette, LA.

Batch 210 bottled 1/20/09. The beer pours black with a mocha-colored head. The aroma is dark fruit and chocolate. The flavor is dark fruit with some coffee and chocolate characteristics. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. The mouthfeel is chewy and nice and thick while the carbonation is low. A nice, fruity Russian Imperial Stout that lived up to its high rating.

05-19-2010 01:49:16 | More by Mora2000
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MajorDizaster

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

02-15-2014 03:35:34 | More by MajorDizaster
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%

Odin's Tipple--a beer that I liked so much I special-ordered a case of it--announces from the get-go that it means serious business. The aromas that ooze out of the bottle in fog-like thickness are reminiscent of bourbon and cognac, mixed with milk chocolate, coffee, tobacco, and heavy cream, and thus remind me of a very expensive country club soiree.

On the tongue, the beer is even darker than the nose implies, beginning with a massive shot of black malt, coffee, tobacco ash, bourbon, and vanilla that promises to remove the enamel off your teeth if left too long. Dark fruit esters such as black cherries, figs, and raisins play merry havoc with the tastebuds. Towards the end of the mouthful--if the brew is held there for a good score of seconds--the beer can get a bit alcoholic as the sugars die off, and a heavy vodka undercurrent exposes itself, marking one of the beer's few weaknesses. But at 11% ABV, it's actually more remarkable that this flavor isn't present in the main mouthful, which speaks highly of the beer's potent flavors. When swallowed with relative quickness, the aftertaste is a lovely cacophony of black malt, char, and tobacco, with just a hint of heavy cream sweetness. Mouthfeel is a creamy medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium to medium-light.

Overall, this is a fantastic brew, though obviously not intended for anyone who is not serious about black flavors so big that it usually takes me about ninety minutes to finish off the half-liter bottle; I honestly can't sip the beer faster than that, as it becomes overwhelming. But overwhelming in a good way, like submerging your head into a swimming pool of melted chocolate, or trying to shotgun a bottle of 40-year-old whiskey. In other words, this is a sipping beer. So pull up a chair, enjoy the sunset, and be merry. You're going to be there for a while.

07-28-2011 19:56:46 | More by jondeelee
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-16-2011 02:32:41 | More by bpfrush
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ehammond1


4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

On Tap

Churchill's Pug & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A dark black, if there is such a thing. No light makes it through the body of this beer. Thin brown crown atop, leaving the glass oily and shiny.

Lots of dark, rich chocolate and roasted malt, along with a touch of an earthy/sweet molasses.

The flavor is similar to the aroma--an abundance of roasted, black malts, earthy bitterness, and lots of dark chocolate.

Full in body with low-moderate carbonation.

Big, bold, expressive, flavorful, and bitter. A great imperial stout.

12-31-2012 19:39:18 | More by ehammond1
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +4%

Poured from a bottle purchased in a snow storm by my beautiful wife in Lousiville, at the Louisville Beer Store.

Pours jet black with a thick mocha head. The lacing is luxurious, viscous and oily. The taste changes dramatically as it warms, as is true with any grand brew. It's almost smokey to a fault when cold but warm, tobacco in a glass. Lots of earth and some dark cordial cherry without the overt sweetness. The mouthfeel is slick up front with a very bitter finish. One hell of a great beer that I'd enjoy pairing with something sweet and tart in the future, a cobler perhaps? Gr8 brew. Thanks Chez!

03-17-2013 22:29:45 | More by Mantooth
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-20-2011 02:34:57 | More by chickenm
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far333

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

Dark brown without crossing over to black, a dark brown head rises up minimally and then receds back to a soapy mass of lopsided bubbles.

Aroma of cocoa and espresso, some bourbon notes. An alcohol sting rises up.

Rich flavor of cocoa and espresso, licorice and smoke, some leather, notes of bourbon, currant, sharp unsweetened chocolate and brown sugar. Assertive bitterness balances, but no hop flavors coming through. High ABV does not detract of give a boozey feel.

Dry and tannic, thin mouthfeel, a bit warming.

Delicious beer, good sipper.

10-08-2010 18:01:20 | More by far333
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kwkdmk

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

09-21-2013 22:49:39 | More by kwkdmk
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-16-2013 02:06:13 | More by jtladner
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daveytheformer

Oregon

4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-07-2012 19:11:24 | More by daveytheformer
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glid02

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +3%

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours black as black can be with a one-finger dark brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts, dark chocolate, and molasses, in that order. As it warms the malt flavors gain complexity and hints of dark fruits enter into things.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors up front are joined by sweet molasses and dark chocolate flavors almost immediately. Midway through the sip mild amounts of dark fruit flavors - plums and raisins - enter into things and fade out before a mildly bitter endingn.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with soft yet assertive carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass very easily, especially for an 11.0% beer, and could easily have another.

Overall this beer lived up to the (admittedly subdued) hype. A very well done RIS and one that's well worth a shot.

02-23-2010 01:14:26 | More by glid02
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

04-08-2012 18:15:33 | More by acurtis
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ste5venla

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-28-2013 00:40:18 | More by ste5venla
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r0nyn

New York

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from a bottle into my DFH snifter. Split with fellow BA infi. Batch 210, brewed 1.20.09.

Pours a super inky brown that coalesces into murky blackness in the glass. There's a decent quarter-inch sized head that's a darker shade of tan, leaving a lot of sticky lacing that clumps against the glass in spots and streaks. Nose is interesting. Initially it smells a bit like paint thinner(?!), but that quickly transitions into the dark, semi-sweet baker's chocolate aroma that I love smelling out of my stouts. God, it almost smells like a batch of fresh brownies. Wow, just wow. With a few concentrated whiffs, there's some roasted coffee, dark fruits and a slight bit of booziness that can be detected.

Taste is roasted malts to start, with the dark cocoa from the smell following up and permeating the entire flavor experience. Lots of bittersweet chocolate everywhere, along with hints of dried figs, dates and plums. Nuances of caramel and vanilla also come through. The bitter coffee and chocolate show up again on the back end, providing a little bit of a lingering aftertaste. As it warms, there's just a slight hint of alcohol warmth, but not very much. Very complex, very tasty. I'm impressed. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, with a fullish body and just the right amount of carbonation leading into the drying finish. Eminently pleasing through and through.

Drinkability is excellent. You don't really detect the 11% ABV, so that coupled with the fact that the taste is wonderfully complex and flavorful makes this brew one to be reckoned with. I dunno what a tipple is, but I know that Odin's is damn delicious. I definitely need to have this superb Russian Imperial Stout again.

12-17-2010 03:11:43 | More by r0nyn
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weonfire

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

12-06-2012 04:34:59 | More by weonfire
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.1%

Imagine unscrewing the drain plug and letting the oil from your car drizzle into a drip pan. This is the same sensation you'll feel observing a pour of this brew into a bottle. This was the thickest, darkest, most syrupy beer I have ever seen. Not sure how one of my friends as able to snag a bottle of this Scandinavian wonder. When swishing this beer around in your glass you'll note that it has better legs than an '07 Cabernet from Napa Valley. It'll actually create a yellowish/brown layer on the glass when swirling it around.

With that being said this beer was amazing, and giving it less than a stellar write up would be an injustice.

It's in the category of Stouts and follows the typical remedy of dark color, malty smell, but goes the extra mile with thickness and consistency. Very thick, syrupy and a slight sweetness to it. Malty, coffee, chocolately. If I could compare it to anything it would be the Founders Breakfast stout which also garnishes world class ratings. An 11% abv, a must buy if you ever see this on the shelf. Straight rocket fuel. Sensational. An experience unto itself.

01-04-2013 02:06:23 | More by Ryanm1
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

500ml bottle. The King of Gods looks out menacingly, yet temptingly, holding a horn of his chosen tipple, which I can very much imagine being akin to this particular offering. And why do I have a sudden compulsion to drink this on a Wednesday? Oh, right.

This beer pours a solid black oil, um, colour, the kind where light reflects off of the containing glass, so impenetrable is the liquid within, with but a thin fizzy membrane of mocha head, that dissolves in an instant, somehow leaving a bit of island group lace around the glass.

It smells forcefully of roasted caramel malt, gooey chocolate, mildly bitter coffee, real vanilla, and dark fruity whiskey. The taste is equal to the task with a big and hearty chocolate malt, cafe au lait, molasses, somewhat watered-down (don't tell the big guy!) sour dark fruit, a bit of damp smoke, and a solid, but not particularly edgy, alcohol warming.

The carbonation is barely there, merely a few lingering bubbles from the anemic opening act, the body a God among Gods - smooth, viscous, somewhat creamy, and verily tonsil-coating. It finishes unsurprisingly off-dry, prodded from in close by various drying contenders - chiefly booze, sour fruit, and some late to the party earthy, musty hops.

Oh my various Gods (sorry, Apu!), this is one hell of an RIS, and it goes down a fair bit easier than expected, due to its not quite so overly thick and heavy body, which is kind of overdone in domestic versions of the style. The expected flavours are there, indeed, and well-balanced in a teeming North Sea maelstrom, yet seem so, well, innocuous - just what that Valhalla wizard would want you to think.

06-11-2011 23:54:51 | More by biboergosum
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Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
95 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.