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Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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460 Ratings

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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 109
Gots: 59 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: popery on 06-02-2009)
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Photo of Bung
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml. Batch 210. Viscous black pour with a finger of dark brown head. A dark brew indeed.

Aroma is laden with roasted malt, molasses, darker chocolate and a boozy quality. A hint of pineyness in there.

Big malty taste. Roasty, earthy, a little anise a little oak. Molasses, chocolate and caramel. Espresso hop and oaky booze finish. A lot going on, but not overloaded and well balanced for sure.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, not super thick but palette coating for sure. Carbonation was just a tad prickly, if it mellowed to creaminess this would be great.

Certainly a sipper as it is a bit warming. Not as thick as some, so that helps the drinkability back up a bit.

Expectations were high after reading some reviews here and it did not disappoint. With the price of craft ever increasing, I didn't even consider this all that high of a price either.

Rightly belongs amongst the names listed on the right here.

Bung, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained from kjyost. Review notes from 8.16.11.
Batch 329. Bottled on 3/12/10
Poured in to Founder's Tulip glass.

A - Ooured a dark inky black colour with one finger of espresso coloured head that slowly dissipated.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee; light dark fruit notes in the background.

T - Roasted malts and some noticeable alcohol up front that settles down after a few sips. Chocolate, light coffee, smoke, molasses and a bitterness that stays present throughout to balance out the sweetness. Once the alcohol settles down, the flavours really show up with some some light licorice and dark fruit notes coming through in the background to compliment the aforementioned flavours.

M - Medium to full body, Light to moderate carbonation.

O - An excellent example of the style.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of aasher
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is Batch 210, bottled January 20, 2009. It pours a midnight black with a thick, motor oil like body. The head is the darkest I've ever seen on a beer. It's very, very dark brown with red highlights. The head dissipates within two minutes to leave a thin dark khaki lacing around the my Founders snifter. It smells of sweet milk chocolate, pretzels, dark roasted malts, caramel malts, and coffee. The nose is is very intriguing. After taking a few sniffs it makes me want some chocolate covered pretzels. It's very quaffable. The flavor is very sweet. It tastes like a more chocolaty Darkness. It's very rich and leaves a nice after taste of light roast and milk chocolate. I definitely like it more than Darkness that's for sure. It does give off a little alcohol though, even at two plus years old. It's incredibly smooth though and coats your entire mouth. Overall this is an excellent Russian Imperial Stout. The beer it reminds me of most is Founders Breakfast Stout, but even an imperial version of that. It's just too bad that this won't be available in Indiana much longer.

aasher, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to kjyost for this bottle. Batch 329, brewed 3.12.10.

A - Insanely black. One finger of dark brown head fades to a film fast with a ring around it. When swirled it sticks hard to the glass. Very Imperial. No lace and barely any retention. The thick and syrupy appearance of this brings this up...normally I wouldn't think much of a beer with no lacing or retention but the darkness of this and thickness of it is cool.

S - Hugely chocolatey. Lot's of wood, some slight coffee, molasses and brown sugar with dark fruits. Extremely inviting.

T - Very chocolatey again with a mild booze note. Dark sugars, molasses, and strong roasted malts. A mix of chocolate and dark roasted malts blending with all the other complex flavours makes this a great Imperial Stout.

M - Very mild carbonation which is nice with a full body and a dark chocolate/coffee bitterness.

O/D - Extremely good. A greatly complex and drinkable Imperial Stout. Not much to say other than the chocolate, coffee, molasses (which I've never tasted stronger), and roasted notes. Excellent.

tbeckett, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Digimaika2
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(4.0) A: Dark reddish-brown (near black) with a tall dark mocha coloured head. Pours thick and heavy. Head slowly recedes to a thin blanket while leaving faint lacing.

(4.5) S: Dark chocolate, orange-banana, espresso, vanilla, and dark fruits (dates, cherries, raisins). This is very enticing with a more fruitier aroma that compliments the roast malt elements real nicely (chocolate orange-ish but better). Hint of bourbon like booze.

(4.5) T: Dark cocoa, rich caramel, dark fruits, tropical and citrus fruits, and vanilla. Diverse flavours including a varied mix of fruits (tropical, citrus, dark) and a smoky bourbon-like boozy quality that comes across quite smooth. Outstanding.

(4.25) M: Full bodied would be an understatement. Moderate carbonation. Slick with a semi-chalky and chewy texture.

(4.25) D: This is great and now wishing I picked up additional bottles. The varied fruit and roasted malt profile are standout attributes coupled with the great smooth and velvety nature of this.

Digimaika2, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of DIM
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This had a black body and poured with one of the darkest brown heads I've seen.

s: Intense and unique nose on this. I found plenty of strong, roasty cocoa. While nice, that isn't the unique part. The intentional sourness and light smoke is what sets this apart. There are dark fruit elements to the sourness which isn't all that rare in stouts. But there is something else here that isn't common and its very difficult to describe. Its kind of a musty, sour peatiness.

t: This is every bit as good as the smell would suggest. I tasted lots of rich, dark chocolate accented by unusual notes smokey char and musty, dark fruits. I didn't taste as mush sourness as I smelled, but the finish was a combination of strong roast and sour grain.

m: Not as full-bodied as I would have liked, with fizzy carbonation.

d: Absolutely unique and beyond my ability to describe. I loved this one.

DIM, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same deal as everyone else has noted: brewed 1/20/09. Wasn't sure what this was when I picked it up, but I couldn't resist the Norse mythology-themed name and label. And the two others I've had by this brewery were very good to amazing.

Into the snifter it goes and holy mother of Thor, this is an absolutely insane-looking beer (in the very best of ways). I noticed right during the pour that the liquid was not only spent-oil black, but that it looked raw, unfiltered and as old as the gods. Once in the glass, one of the most beautiful mocha browns I've ever seen forms a large fluffy head, which minimizes, but never totally dies, and stays bountiful for long enough that it can't be awhile. Drop-dead gorgeous, or perhaps "mightily majestic" puts it better.

Mocha/coffee tones permeate the nose, as does graham cracker and a spicy alcohol jab. Plum and fig work in, as well, with dark chocolate around the edges. My wife called out from beyond the closed door of this room: "wow, I can smell your beer from here!" Cool!

Flavor mirrors the aroma in all ways, and in the best ways. Mocha/coffee is slightly bitter but far from harsh; husky nuttiness front, center and finish; graham cracker comes in strongly, presumably something imparted by the malt; dark fruits are just trim around the edges, adding something juicier and sweeter for balance against the earthy, bitter tones; alcohol, at a considerable 11%, is present as a warming glow that underscores but doesn't overtake. I've had quite a few beers with less alcohol that are much less balanced. That's the key here, in addition to the amazing flavors: balance. The finish is long and leans heavily toward dark chocolate and graham cracker. Another beer that reminds me of liquid s'mores.

The mouthfeel is not terrible by any means, but askew to what I was hoping for and expecting. Who wouldn't expect, based on looks, smell and flavor, for the mouthfeel to be a gooey, creamy, chewy, barely-carbonated gob of melted chocolate sludge? This is far from that. There are tons of tiny bubbles dancing on the tongue, giving this an atypically lively buoyancy. Yet it has a nice velvety glide, and there's also a thickness and stickiness present which satisfies the part of me that wanted something creamier. The unexpected carbonation sizzle is like throwing puffed rice into fine chocolate, which I imagine some chocolate connoisseurs find appalling (who knows, guess we should look into chocolateadvocate.com and find out, eh?). I respect the brewer's decision to take this beer another way and not give in to standards and expectations.

Wowza, this is amazing. Presumably there are high quality ingredients going into this at every level, and there is certainly attention to depth and balance. Probably not a stretch to say this is a must-try for all lovers of big, bold stouts. Odin's Tipple has been on the market for at least several months now...why isn't it a more talked-about beer? Maybe I'm just nuts.

[Addendum after reading some previous reviews: many people noting how boozy it is, but I'm not feeling that. Maybe it's aged just long enough to chill that out?]

Metalmonk, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of AmgineDanus
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as night as it flowed into my snifter... a surprising black cherry tinted head sprung from the jet black darkness and ostensible viscosity

S - Roasted Malts. Espresso beans. Dark chocolate. Molasses?

T - Bold maltiness and strong espresso flavors greet the tastebuds, followed by a hint of chocolate. As it mellows in your mouth, the warm alcohol blends with some faint dark fruits.

M - Thick and viscous; heavy, yet smooth.

O - Very Solid brew here. Strong like bull, yet smooth and balanced nicely. Truly one to imbibe slowly when you're not planning on going anywhere.

AmgineDanus, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of Jules11788
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark black espresso color; very small head, med-light lacing

S: Smoked wood, cocoa nibs, coffee beans

T: Strong smoky wood, roasted bitter espresso, slight tart finish. Superbly well-balanced and delicious flavors, with a very slight hint of booze

M: Medium-thick, very smooth, barely any alcohol sharpness at all.

O: Very delicious, one of the best RISs that I've ever had

Jules11788, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of infi
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009, 500 mL bottle, courtesy of BA r0nyn. 12/15 notes.

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Consistently, true opaque and black. Absolutely no light is able to get through. Nice dark-tainted mocha head sits above the liquid with moderate retention and no lacing. The nose was pretty interesting. At first, this stout smelt unusually like paint with some turpentine qualities (no idea). But after a few minutes of some room warmth, a ton of semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa emerged out of the glass with a small hint of malt. Such an interesting anomaly of aromas, but it all nicely turned for the better.

Odin's Tipple is not godlike per se in taste, but it holds its own quite well. Tons of natural honey-infused sweetness underneath this huge amount of dark fruit character. Gigantic amount of prunes, figs, currants and blackberries, all smothered in European chocolate fondue. The finish has a nice cocoa and nutty essence with a thin alcoholic burn. Quite bearable and easy for an 11% beer.

Mouthfeel was just about right: not too thin and not too thick. Coated the inner linings particularly well. Liquid silk with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is high, due to the smoothness and fun taste. The 11% was not deterring at all; I easily enjoyed it.

infi, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of Wowcoolman
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The one-eyed god on the label lifts up the object that is this beer's namesake. Maybe you have a tipple or two lying around your house?
Pours jet black and maintains a handsome brown head. As the beer warms, pleasant roasted malts with mesquite wood aromas are present. Savor this one and don't drink it too cold.
The taste- intense molasses and chocolate malts. Boozy, but not too hot. My bottle had excellent carbonation. Overall very balanced, very enjoyable. Though clearly in the RIS camp, the style listed on the label is "Dark Norse Ale".

Wowcoolman, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of SLeffler27
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours syrupy and black with a modest, dense head that is black walnut. The head quickly dissipates, leaving no lace. Wow! Each swirl leaves actual legs on the Dogfish Head snifter.

Odin’s is a cocktail of chocolate syrup and dark, roasted malts that drips sweetness. Progressing through coffee, vanilla, molasses…this one continues to unfold with each sip, ultimately leading to tobacco, bourbon and licorice.

Sweet, though nowhere near that suggested by the aroma. Roasted malts help bring balance. Flavors include molasses, cocoa, licorice and a light smokiness. Each sip opens new portals including blackberries. There is a long, full finish of malted chocolate.

Rich, full and velvety. Alcohol is as expected. There is lively carbonation.

This is a fantastically decadent beer, worthy of its namesake. Indulgence hardly describes the experience of wonderful flavors and aromas that cause warm memories to rush forward.

SLeffler27, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jvillefan
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A pitch black body with a deep brown/mocha colored head. The head was very large and took a while to poor because it was so large.

S: Very subtle aromas present, they are not strong by any stretch of the imagination. There is very subtle chocolate, coffee, and very darkly roasted grains.

T: Amazingly rich flavors. There is roasted malt in the front of this beer. There is a rich chocolate and coffee flavors accompanying as well.

M: Very heavy and silky body with perfect carbonation.

O: Great RIS. One of the better ones out there. Well worth getting.

jvillefan, May 04, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 210 bottled 20-01-09.

500 mL brown bottle served cool into my Watou glass.

Odin's Tipple is inky black with only a touch of light coming through during the pour. The head might be the darkest I've ever seen but it's short-lived and doesn't leave much lace behind.

Aroma is unusal but pleasant. It's boozy, fruity, and lacks in the areas that most American versions would be most abundant - roasty and hoppy. Sweetness in vanilla and cherries is very nice.

Flavor is exceptionally strong. All of the sudden the roast is at the forefront. Huge dark malt flavor with espresso roast coffee beans and a bit of dark chocolate. Lots of bitterness but it doesn't seem to be from hops. Just huge in every respect.

Mouthfeel is full in body and moderate carbonation, the latter being slightly too much in my opinion. The alcohol certainly makes itself known but it falls short of being hot, thankfully.

Basically a big badass stout. I've had many an imperial/double/RIS in my day but this one is so over-the-top in flavor it's ridiculous. A slow sipper for sure and one that must be on every stout fan's short list of beers to seek out.

GilGarp, May 28, 2010
Photo of Casey10
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a must have beer been looking for it for awhile and spotted it while at Redstone Liquiors while I spent some time in Mass. I was really happy to try this as was looking for it for some time.

A - Dark no lacing but no light is shining through.

S - Nice black liquiorice smell some chocolate.

T - nice smooth taste really a nice coffee taste.

M - wow really hot but a must have.

O - really if you can find it a must have really good. It is strong and coffee like well worth trying though.

Casey10, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Russian imperial stout from a Norwegian brewer – now that is something I’ve never come across until now. Their Flanders Oud Bruin was incredible, so I have high hopes for this “Dark Norse Ale.”

A: My god, that is the darkest beer I have ever seen. Pours like motor oil, sludgy and black, with nothing but tiny, momentary bubbles for a head – and even those are a deep, chestnut brown. Tiny circles of lacing.

S: Dark chocolate aromas swell maddeningly from the body: bittersweet, savory scents that one could only describe as rich. As with many great Russian imperial stouts, there’s a bold scent of oaky alcohol that brings this nose to a powerful height, accompanied by a deep, earthy fruitiness. Espresso, tobacco, fig, black currant, char, malted milk, and decadent honey scents abound. Invitingly smoky toward the end.

T: POWER in a glass – what a drink. It builds slowly and carefully, tasting first of mild, nutty earthiness: cinnamon-roasted almonds, raisin, hazelnut, and smooth oak. Nutty umami tastes, mainly. Then, with a surge of intensity, there’s bitter cacao, stinging alcohol, leafy hops, fiery pepper, and pure cinnamon powder. And as soon as the spice hits, it’s gone, fleeing the palate with such haste that it makes you wonder how the brewer did it. Wow. The aftertaste is thick and chocolaty, leaving residual sugars on the tongue so long that it’s nearly all you remember after it’s gone (almost like it had been brewed with lactose sugar). Touch of alcoholic dryness lingers, as well, with a mighty layer of smoke.

M: This beer has almost no carbonation and, with such a thick body, comes out with the consistency of milk. It’s not all that bad, but it does get hard to handle after half the bottle is gone. Make this an hour-long sipper, folks.

O: Another astounding beer from this brewer – it really is a brew fit for a Norse god. Strong and complex, there’s really nothing more you could ask for in a Russian imperial stout.

BarryMFBurton, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black with cap of dense, dark brown head, good lacing. Scent is a potent mix of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, notes of char, molasses, chicory, earth, oak, vanilla... fantastically complex. Taste brings the components of scent together in a fantastically flavored brew... roast and char before bitter dark chocolate, dark fruit and faint roasted coffee take over, backbone is earthy, oaky, lightly funkdified (ahh wild yeast) with splashes of bark spice and vanilla. Full bodies, smooth and alcohol hidden well. A great surprise on draft and well worth its slightly hefty price tag.

rfgetz, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Jayli
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up after a tasting at Gordon's in Waltham

A: This beer pours a rich thick as motor oil, opaque black. A one finger of creamy chocolate brown head sits on top and retains nicely. Nice sheets of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is very boozy upfront. Beyond that dark bitter chocolate, mocha, dark fruit, and roasted malts.

T: Taste on this is booozy! WOW booziness but begins to settle as the beer warms. Sweet molasses, caramel malts, and milk chocolate start this one off. Dark fruit become apparent with hints of plum and dates. Roasty character comes through in the middle. Roasted malts, some burnt malts, and dark chocolate comes through. Finish has a bit of hop nature to it, espresso, and alcohol burn.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, thick rich and somewhat chewy

D: This is a beast of a beer - but damn tasty. Has a bit of heat from alcohol but a nice one to sit and enjoy a glass.

Jayli, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of jwinship83
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml capped bottle picked up because the store i was at had such a large display of it and ive only been impressed with the brewery so far. drank out of my stone IRS snifter.

A- this one pours an opaque black colored body with a small coffee colored head on top. the head is quick to become no more than a crown. not much to speak of as far as lacing goes.

S- the first thing i pick up in the nose are darkly roasted malts and dark chocolate. this one is also full of molasses. strong coffee at the end mixed with a little bit of alcohol.

T- the taste starts out with the dark roasted malts that i could smell, but it tastes far from being burnt. after that i get plenty of dark chocolate. the molasses i could smell comes back in the taste and offers up plenty of sweetness. hints of vanilla. a little bit of alcohol and alot of espresso at the end.

M- on the lesser side of full bodied with a nice and low level of carbonation that really works in this one. moderate warming form the alcohol, but i would still have trouble guessing that it was 11%. on the sweeter side rather than dry.

D- easy to finish. it practically drinks itself. man, this was a pleasant surprise. ill be picking more of this stuff up to drink now, and to sit on for a while. check out this under the radar beer now!

jwinship83, Mar 11, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black fudge. Darkest of chocolate brown foam crowns and crops the top with immense density and height. Which keeps an insane amount of foam the whole way thru, never skimping on lots of foam. Lacing is drippy and oily based with some glare based swiss cheese holed patterns. Dark Norse ale indeed!

Deep dark chocolate meets espresso with a waft of warmth for a boost of what comes across as a rum laced chocolate truffle. A bit much on the alcohol, which, thankfully dims as it sits. Notes to some smokeyness and tobacco. Damn nice on the chocolate!

Taste is more chocolate, twangy tangy, yet less intense then the aroma, but steady, firm, and smooth with a solid creamy sense of dark chocolate. Subtle nuances to dark cherry, molasses, a bit of plum and a warming espresso finish without a whole lot of bitterness. Which is quite nice. The dryness is dusted with chocolate and coffee, no bitter burntness, just a tug to some nutmeg and vanilla spice reaches from the depths of its chocolatey core.

Smooth creamy full body with the just the right amount of alcoholic warmth sifting thru each sip. Great chocolatey tang and malty dark fruit hinted too twang underneath and a delicately fluffy textured dry finish.

One solid treat of a RIS. Perhaps the warmth gets in the way at certain times, but for the most part this stuff is down right super solid. Norse represents amoung the beer kingdom after all!!?!!

Batch 277 - brewed 3/27/2010

tavernjef, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spied a few bottles of this on a local store shelf - very briefly, as it turned out - & grabbed one. First brew I've tried from 'The Hand'. Batch 210, brewed 1-20-09, 500ML bottle. Pre-aged!

Pours a dour, swirling black, much like the wall clouds that just passed over my humble abode. Odin would have liked the thunder, I'm sure. Bonus point for a cool bottle & commentary on the label, I was a fan of Norse mythology in my younger years. Smell is commit-me rich, malts deeper than Moria, chocolate, alcohol, more malts, backed by malts. The very definition of promising.

Odin's Tipple is startlingly charred, with little hint of it in the nose. We will now pause for my expectations & palate to adjust. Ahh, that's better. The sweet, rich malts of the nose give way to bitter, surly, blackened, charred malts spilling over the edge of the glass. I swim around in the muck looking for other ingredients, & spot them only fleetingly; they fail to break the stranglehold of the roast. Standard stuff: toast, cocoa, etc. The only things worth noting are a backdraft of wild blackberry, which *almost* showed up in the head, & a wealth of warming, soothing alcohol. I'll sleep well tonight.

This ain't no subtle RIS, either. Heavy, filling, ready to rumble. It is, however, cheerily easy to sip for such a stout fellow, as I try to plumb its depths for more subtlety.

Well, I've passed up plenty of beers from Haand due to the price; this one still had the $9.99 tag attached. Worth it for a touch more than a pint? Debatable. Good beer? Not debatable. Really enjoyed the wild fruit evident in this one, played really well off the roast. Excellent!

maximum12, Jul 28, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this one up on suggestion of Kane up at Roof Brothers on a recent trip up and decided to crack it open tonight while watching the season finale of "Ax Men".

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Brewed in 2009, Batch 210

Pours a menacing black, oozing out of the bottle very thick and viscously... Slowly forms a 2 inch head of mocha and almost a little reddish as mentioned that quickly disappears to a small ring... Its definitely midnight black for sure, no brown here... Would've liked the head to stick around a little longer and perhaps a little more lacing...

Huge complex aromas here with everything from oak to chocolate to hops here... There's a big dark fruit presence here as well as a big dose of cocoa and hops and also a big smokiness that reminds me of a smoked porter... It's wonderfully complex especially after warming for a bit... There's a deep coffee presence here as well... There's so much going on it's hard to single out one thing... This is very nice...

What a sipper this one is...It's loaded with deep dark roasted malt character, lots of fudgey brownie chocolate, a smokiness that adds a character I've never seen in an RIS before...A little sweet at first but not cloying... A touch of booziness in the mix as well... As I said, this one is a definite sipper... Not one to be rushed at all... This would definitely be a good dessert beer as it could stand alone or maybe with a nice cheesecake or some fresh berries... This is a crazy brew... It's a little on the thin side for an RIS but I'm not gonna punish it too much for that...

Overall, a unique offering from the folks at Haand and one that I would recommend to RIS lovers looking for something out of the ordinary... The smokiness and overall complexity make this one stand out from an ever-growing field of huge stouts... I liked this one a lot...

Tilley4, Apr 19, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 376

Pours a slick black body, impenetrable to light beneath the thin ring of mocha lacing around the glass which quickly disappears to leave no sign of its existence.

Massive boozy aromas of roasted malt, wood chips, and milk chocolate float from the glass with a tingling booziness to follow.

Robust flavors of huge roasted malt with a fainter milk chocolate malt assault the palate with spicy wood notes and a boozy finish.

A robust body and medium carbonation highlight the mouthfeel with the strong vinous, boozy finish.

An all around fantastic RIS packed with flavor and abu dant aromas. One of the best I've had.

CHADMC3, Sep 15, 2012
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4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, Batch 507 (3500 bottles). Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half brown head that didn't stay around for too long. There's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and burnt/charred malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some dark fruit and licorice. It starts off with the burnt/charred/roasty flavors being the strongest, but the dark fruit flavors come out more as the beer warms up. There's also a lingering bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and oily with good carbonation. I think this is a pretty nice brew, I don't know why it took so long for me to try this one. $9.99 a bottle.

bluejacket74, May 25, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

brownbeer, Mar 05, 2010
Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
95 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.