Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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94
outstanding

242 Reviews
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Reviews: 242
Hads: 487
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 6.57%
Wants: 126
Gots: 62 | FT: 3
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Norway

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: popery on 06-02-2009

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Photo of Ryanm1
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (1,106 characters)

Photo of BigDank
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So far the best beer I've had by this brewery. If only I had a large amount of cash to put towards beer I would buy a couple cases just to sit on and a couple more to drink as this is one the best RIS's I've tried in my time. 11% gives it a nice warming sensation as it slowly makes it's way down to the stomach coating everything along the way like slow running molasses. Pour is thick and dark like having grabbed a glass fresh from an oil well with a beautiful dark brown head that sticks around for a little while just to let you know it's there. Definitely was not what I was expecting as until the time that I bought it I had not payed attention and thought the title was "Odin's Triple". Once I realized what it was there was no keeping me from buying it up and trying the hell out of it. RIS's are my favorite side by side with the IPAs so it was no question. Smell is strong of decadent roasted malt and the flavor is something to be revered. I have a strong taste for these type of thick, heavy, intensely flavored stouts so to me the drinkability is excellent but to some it may be a little over the top but I would still recommend this one be given a chance. (1,170 characters)

Photo of McLaughlin5350
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was very dark. smelled great and tasted even better. i got this beer on a whim and didn't know its back round. i was amazed by it. Oddins tipple is my favorite beer.... so far. I would suggested this beer to anyone new or old beer drinkers. (250 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich black sable with a dark tan head - what I got was rather thin, but this was an artifact of the way it was poured. I'm sure a first pour would have yielded a nice thick head. Aroma fills the nose with rich chocolate, fine coffee, and nutty and molasses hints. Excellent flavor is like a high-quality mocha, fine chocolate and high-quality coffee; it is sweet but not cloying with nutty and molasses undertones. Texture is thick, smooth, oily and fizzy, leaving a tingly and slightly sweet finish. A real winner! (523 characters)

Photo of JoelEden
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Monk's in Philly in the summer.

Hands down, most interesting and best imperial stout I've ever had.

Have found it in bottles since then, and it's great out of the bottle too.

A: Deep, dark color, no light gets through. No carbonation, so no head.

S: Smells great; has that unique HaandBryggeriet smell that some others of theirs have.

T: Dark, with a bit of bitter chocolate, but in a good way. Taste goes on forever (well, about 2 minutes, but that's a long time). Could drink this over 30 minutes.

M: Surprisingly smooth and thin (in a good way) for the 11% ABV.

O: Such a unique flavor. A different league than even other imperial stout favorites of mine. (684 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes with a small tan head with a dark black color.

The aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, wood, ash, and some dark fruit.

The flavor has tons of dark fruit, licorice, sweet chocolates.

As it warms up. There's a huge dark burnt ashy flavor. It's like rotten wood almost with its dankness. It really has strong ash, but not offensive.

There is an easy finish with a slight bit of booze to clean things up. The mouthfeel is creamy and quite light for such a huge and roasty beer.

I had this next to Alesmith Speedway and preferred this. What a fantastic brew. (573 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a black so dark it's impossible to come up with new ways to describe it, with about two fingers of dark mocha head that drops after a few minutes to a thin hint of foam. Some lacing, but it slowly drops back into the beer. But some incredible legs if you swirl. The beer is so dark there are no color highlights around the edges of the glass.

Aromas of dark cocoa, roasted malts, a hint of dark fruit, and an eye watering whiff of alcohol.

First sip is like an alcoholic mocha coffee drink. Some alcohol burn, deep roasted coffee, dark cocoa, and a slight carbonic bite. Surprising how well carbonated this is for such a big beer. Finish transforms from cocoa to a lingering alcohol burn. As it warms, you get some licorise and caramel notes. Very complex, very well done. More than just a hodge-podge of flavors. They meld together very well.

Mouthfeel is huge, chewy, like eating a rich dark chocolate bar. A slight prickle from the carbonation.

Very dangerously drinkable. This is definitely a sipper. I'll have to grab a few bottles to lay down for a few years in the cellar. (1,113 characters)

Photo of freneticamnesic
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - poured thick and black, syrupy, with a very thin dark brown head that dissipated rather quickly

S - Hard to detect much in this one. I did smell some coffee or roast malts, but it was very very subtle

T - Tastes of toffee, brown sugar, some hoppiness and dark fruits at first, finishing with some very nice coffee and a hint of hop bitterness at the end

M - Creamy, moderate carbonation. Very smooth and full. Really what I like in an imperial stout

Overall, the beer looked and tasted fantastic. This is really what I enjoy in this style, and I was very impressed with how well balanced and delicious this beer was. I purchased this at random, having never heard of it before, whilst here in Denmark, and I'm very happy I found this beer, would definitely drink it again! Only real reason I marked this down is because of how light the smell was. I would of liked a little bit more than what was there. But that's really a minor issue compared to the rest. (965 characters)

Photo of Dhoff1109
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark, almost black.

S - chocolate, dark fruits, smoke, and peat

T - Very very complex taste to this beer. Dark fruit taste hits you on many levels. Honestly you will have to try for yourself, the tastes is as complex as the aroma. This is one of a kind.

M - A small amount of carbonation with a thickness which is a bit on the light side of a RIS.

D - Although I am rather new to RISs, this is on the level of Dark Lord. It is an excellent. (453 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: deep dark brown nearly black, nice dark brown head retention

smell: coffee, loaded chocolate

taste: tons of dark raw chocolate, some woody noted but not barrel aged, dark fruits, notoverly boozy, but tastes big

mouthfeel: full bodied

drinkability: a all world stout! This is how you do it. They get it. (319 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours opaque black with a thick dark brown film of foam.
S: the nose is Belgian yeast with a dark malt background of chocolate and coffee.
T: Big fruit, caramel, complex malts.
F: This is a full bodied beer that is very soft in the mouth.
O: suggests a hybrid between a Belgian quad, a Russian Imperial Stout and a Barleywine. (333 characters)

Photo of Doomcifer
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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! (732 characters)

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 bottle.

Mother of god. Black as night. Minimal head.

Licorice, booze. Cherry. Dark chocolate. Pure. Creamy texture. Malt shake. Milk chocolate. Welcome alcohol warming sensation. Coconut. No imperfections. Smooth. Full bodied, obviously, considering the creamy nature. Feed me.

I have nothing to say about this. It's nearly perfect. Highly suggest aging. (364 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours very dark brown, almost purple in color. Head is a very slight tan ring.

Aroma is rich and malty dark grain sweetness, chocolate and anise. Underlying dark fruit and aromatic cedar. alcohol comes on hot and strong.

Taste is massive malty sweetness. Smokey dark grain, generous chocolate, and anise. Plenty of bourbon soaked dark fruit - notably date and raisin. Finishes with more of the aromatic cedar quality from the nose, nutmeg and mild peppery spice.

Mouthfeel is full, chewy and sticky.

Very interesting. Flavor is so rich and bold. Smokey, sweet, fruity, and spicy. All in one unusual beer. I haven't had anything quite like it. This is one that needs to be experienced. (689 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours with a dark, orange-brown head on top of a completely opaque, black body. The foam settles rapidly and leaves very little lace.

S - A rich malt aroma with lots of sweet caramel, cocoa, and molasses with just a hint of spicy coffee. There is a distinct aroma of baked goods that reminds me of brownies or chocolate cake.

T - Dark chocolate and chicory up front with some spicy notes of cinnamon and allspice. The chocolate is augmented in the middle by sweet, dark caramel with some burnt candy notes and a hint of cola. It finishes with an increasingly spicy character with chocolate, pepper, chilis, molasses, and lots of licorice. The complex, grainy sweetness is balanced moderate bitterness and a spicy alcohol note that lingers on the tongue. The aftertaste is just as complex as the first sip with lots of coffee, chocolate, smoke and some spicy cigar tobacco notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish with a bit of alcoholic warmth in the back of the throat.

D - Damn, those Norwegians can brew! I have been consistently impressed (and often blown away) by Haandbryggeriet over the last couple of years and Odin's Tipple is yet another home run. This beer has an insanely dark head of foam that promises rich, malty complexity and an intense roasted grain character. The aroma is full of complex chocolate and rich malt with just a hint of smoke that is just the sort of subtle touch that so often pushes this brewery's beer over the threshold from very good to truly world class. The flavor is just as deep and even more complex than the aroma, but it does not have the over the top roast qualities that the color of the beer implies that it might. Instead it is a subtle, velvety malt landscape that is highlighted by a masterful spiciness and a dark caramel character that one normally only experiences in very fine Belgian Dark Strong Ales. I don't know how this beer is spiced (if it is even spiced at all), but it has a wealth of peppery, smoky notes that blend with the earthy chocolate in a way that reminds me of a good mole poblano. Lingering smoke and tobacco character seals the deal and, along with the spicy but not quite hot alcohol, gives a brief impression of brandy before it fades into memory. In conclusion, buy this beer! It is one of the best efforts from a brewery that has produced several of the best beers that I have ever had the pleasure of sipping. (2,439 characters)

Photo of juanbon
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. Pours very dark with fair amount of lacing and minimal head.
S. A little booze, a little roast, but overall not much to smell.
T. Delicious roasted/sweet balance with fantastic carbonation (think 90 minute but in a RIS). First sip was so intense I expected it to get old quickly, but new flavors come & go with each sip. Strong chocolate, coffee, some dark fruitiness, wood, serious malt, and a little booze surfaces after a few seconds.
M. Smooth, large, viscous = what I want in a RIS.
O. Among the best RIS's I've tried on tap, along with Rasputin. Highly recommended. (574 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Bobby8405 and Todes, for sharing this ridiculously evil nectar of the Norse Gods.

A - It pours a wicked and sinister silky black with a small and exceptionally dark umber-hued cap of foam. It deserves bonus points (that I am not giving) for the extremely awesome graphics on the label.

S - The smell is great. Aromatic cocoa, charred wood, dark malty-fruity impressions, notes of espresso, and a peppery-spicy element from the hop profile.

T - This is some real deal stuff. The flavor is big and rich; replete with bitter cocoa, smoky and woody impressions, cherry, vanilla, burnt coffee nuances, and the charred sweetness of crème Brulee crust. I will seek this one out again for sure.

M - Thick and rich, but not unreasonably so, and unbelievably smooth.

D - Highly recommendable. Very very solid brew. (821 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

A-Black with a small brown head that faded fast

S-smoked roasted chocolate aroma with a bourbon smell

T-smoke, roast, chocolate and alcohol taste at first, then you get a good hop aftertaste that turns into a sweet chocolate finish

M-full body and low carbonation

O- I let this one warm up before before I started drinking this one, and it turned out great. The beer became smoother the more I had. (402 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Batch 277, brewed 27/3/2010.

4.0 A: Wow is this black. I thought I knew what black is, but apparently I had no clue. The head on this is also the darkest I've ever seen. It's dark brown and there was initially a good three fingers of it. Mainly frothy with good retention, but not much in terms of lacing.

5.0 S: This sure as hell is interesting. The wild yeast doesn't really give a funk in the normal sense, but it does give flavors that I can say that I've never had. It's like a rancid chocolate (if that can even happen), but it isn't at all unpleasing. Or maybe a tangy earthiness is more appropriate. Either way, it's wonderful. Otherwise, this is quite sweet with tons of chocolate and caramel. An ever so light roastiness helps to add balance along with touches of peat and chicory.

4.5 T: The taste is just as wonderful. Bold, rich chocolate throughout. Sweet with caramel, but not cloying in the least. Rather, the sweetness can be likened to biting into an overripe plum. Again a light roastiness. Hints of coffee with some chicory in there. The "earthy tanginess" is back and adds several layers of complexity and ties all the other flavors together.

5.0 M: Just made it to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and incredibly smooth for a beer this big. No hints of alcohol at any point.

5.0 D: This is simply a fantastic brew. Aside from the wild yeast, it seems pretty simple, but it is so incredibly tasty and smooth. I wish more US breweries would start leaning toward this kind of brewing instead of making over-hyped, over-rated, overly cloying messes. (1,617 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft @ TND -
Appears a dense, dark mocha black with a fluffy tan head that slowly fades into a pillory cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of intense bakers cocoa, French truffles, Italian espresso, turbinado sugar, and a touch of ripe fruit with an earthy bitterness. Insanely complex.
Taste is of the aromas with a flow of toasted nuts and chocolate truffles combining in a superior beverage that is fit for outworldly dominance.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, warming, and full of sheer love. I can honestly say that drinking this beer is an escape and a truly refreshing slice of heaven...or Valhalla.
Excellent beer by the Norweigens. (674 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Son of a beehive..this is a great beer. I had one in the 'cellar' and found one at Total Beverage today. So the one I bought replace the fridge beer, and the latter went into my belly.

Popped the cap to be greeted with a swift aroma of prune; sharp. Chocolate and molasses came to the rescue, along with some smoked meat.

Looks awesome. Black. Not brown black...just black. Head is very dark brown, thick and creamy. Lacing lacks just a bit.

Ah, Hell...what a great complexity this beer is. Chocolate flavors, coffee hints, prune/plum backbone. Tobacco, umami, smoke....nothing overpowers. Well balanced. For the love of Pete, this is a great beer.

At 11% abv, this beer drinks fantastic. It's complex, but seem simple. Nothing overpowers, all flavors are solid. Damn fine beer...glad I bought another. This one was in the 'cellar' for about 3 months. (857 characters)

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 507...much thanks to Zamaman!

Appearance: Black as a 2x should be, but the nice two fingers of tan head with gurgling bubbles where it meets the beer sets this apart. This is one sexy looking beer.

Smell: Dark chocolate, dark fruit, cocoa, tannic earthiness, roasted malt.

Taste: Subtly sweet dark fruit over nice malt to start. Middle of the tongue gives dark chocolate. Finish is slight hop bitterness over some bitter baker's chocolate. The alcohol factor in this beer is quite negligible. If I were blind, I'd easily have guessed this as only 7% or so...wow. Really smooth.

Mouthfeel: Viscous, velvety and smooth. Quite possibly the best mouthfeel I've ever experienced for a standard Imperial Stout, or any Stout, for that matter. The way this drinks is found few and far between, if ever.

Overall: This beer blew me away. It is balanced so well with a touch of sweetness but nothing that even approaches cloying. From the taste, to the mouthfeel to the smell, I haven't had many better for this style. Add in the fact that it hides the booze deceptively well and drinks so damn smooth; there's not much that can be improved upon here. This is a masterpiece, I can only imagine how good the barrel aged version is. (1,231 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Odin's Tipple on tap at Alewife Baltimore, served in a 6-oz wine glass.

Appearance: Deep oily black, no head, no carbonation, no lacing. Looks like an old bourbon.

Smell: Booze, oak, vanilla. Whiskey through and through. Fairly one-dimensional but incredibly enticing.

Taste: Dark chocolate, sugars, mild bitterness from some very faint hops on the back. Some licorice.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium body. Chewy and thick, but well balanced. Boozy taste, but alcohol is well hidden.

Drinkability: Very high for a beer this big. Goes down easy. (It helps, of course, that it was served in a 6-oz glass) (615 characters)

Photo of Arenbeer
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

.5l bottle into a Duvel Snifter Big thanks to finewinemike for this great brew!!!

Batch 277 Brewed 27.03.10

A- Pours thick and viscous like motor oil with a one finger dark chocolate milk/chocolate ice cream color head that doesn't leave much lacing but some really sexy alcohol feet on the side of the glass. Such an amazing looking beer.

S- Ton's of chocolate, burnt espresso, roasted malts, fresh leather, strange spice i can't put my hand on, and a strong alcohol note in the background.

T- A nice combo or creamy bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted caramel toffee malts hit the tongue first and quickly bring out nice oak and vanilla flavors with slight hints of dark fruits. As it goes down the throat the alcohol greets you giving the body a nice fullness and flavor but the after taste is what shines in my opinion. Tons of espresso and coffee flavors explode and are very bitter in flavor but provides a really nice finish to the beer and overall flavor.

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish.

Overall when I took this bottle out of the fridge I was ready for an average run of the mill tripple. But damn when I cracked this bad boy I knew the second this beer was pouring out it was going to be a winner. Probably honestly the most beautiful looking beer I've ever seen and the taste is short of one of the best I've had. This beer is a must try!!!

SkÅL! (1,407 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours like viscous, dirty motor oil (I know people throw that shit around, but damn...)with not much for a head. What's there is dark brown.

Smell. Big and boozy chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Some deep roasted malts and a hint of molasses.

Taste. Yeah. Big dark chocolate, molasses, toffee and vanilla with just a bit of smokey wood. Not too shabby my Nordic friends!!

Mouthfeel. Full and warming. Very low carbonation which suits this one nicely.

Overall. This beer has turned my crappy day around. Nice. (520 characters)

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Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
94 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.