Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet
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4.63/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2011 19:56:46 | More by jondeelee
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