Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 126
Gots: 63 | 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 jondeelee
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of 11millsown113
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured dark and thick. it has a strong smell of

A: poured very thick and black with no head. very thick beer, looked awesome.

S: it smelled of roasted barley, chocolate and coffee. there was another scent in there but i couldn't quite identify it. smelled amazing anyway.

T: amazing flavor, the alcohol is still present but not to much. it has a strong dark coffee flavor with chocolate and vanilla. great beer.

M: very smooth

O: awesome beer. loved it an cant wait to get my hands on another one. i was recommend this beer to anyone who loves dark flavorful RIS. very smooth with a lot of flavor.

Photo of kkipple
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So there I was at my local Green's Beverage Warehouse, getting ready to drop another few bucks into the wallets of Dave / Wes / Joe -- seriously, they should keep a cot for me in the back -- and Joe pulls me aside and says I HAVE to try this new Norwegian RIS that they've been trying to get ever since Bush II left office. Sure, I sez, I like those crazy Haandpeople. I'll buy one. $10 later, this goes into my car.

500ml bottle, batch 210, brewed Jan 20th, 2009... over a year old! Yip.

A. Completely floored. A Patrick Swayze Roadhouse kick to the eyeballs. This beer is DARK. There are only two other beers that immediately come to mind for being this dark: Mikkeller Black and Dark Lord. This is serious stuff. Oh yeah, there is also thick, moussy, 2 finger blood-tan head that will not die, and leaves some lace behind as it oozes along my glass. Fearsome. Perfect.

S. Where do I begin? This is SUPER complex, folks. Serve at 55F, or warmer... it will rock your world as it is currently decimating mine. This is just staggering... behind the veil of (sadly too warm) booze there is malt. There is lots of dark, chewy, decadent, cocoa-clad, burnt, slap-yo-mamma-sweet molasses malt. There is mocha, sour fruit, Belgian-esqe yeast, pepper, currants, green hop, burnt wood, peat smoke (??! No, really), pecan, WMDs. It's kitchen sink. It's Avery 14, Sloth, Westy 12 complex. It also works. The booze is still too bracing... then again, this does have a Norse God on the label.

T. Oh, do I have to write all that again? The shocking thing is, most of what you smell, you taste. Big, big, deep roasty malts, a queer (supposedly wild?) yeast strain that lends vim, depth and some weird, welcome esters (fruity notes.) The alcohol heat is undeniable, and there is actually a scotch-like flavor here (the booze + sweet + peat) that I am LOVING. So deep... so rich... I thought Sloth was good. Sorry, Joe. !Ved Loke's innvoller! This is profoundly, lovingly delicious. I can only imagine what a few years to take the "edge" off would do. Bottom line: if you like your stouts big, bold and complex, run, drive or ski to get this. The over done booze heat and the fact that I've only had this once and it MIGHT be an unusually magical bottle keep this from a 5.

M / D. Almost a foregone conclusion. Odin's Tipple has won my heart. This is thick, oily stuff, finely carbonated, and the boozy, chocolate covered, (smoked) berry flavor lingers long. Yes.

Once in a while, a beer comes along that completely blindsides you and forces you to write overlong, self-aggrandizing reviews. I don't care, this is THAT good. Beats most so-called "Big" American Russian Stouts by a Norwegian mile. Look, I drink beer a lot, and I am correct when I say there are maybe a dozen or so stouts that can stand up to this for sheer Sturm und Drang.

HaandBryggeriet has thrown down the hammer. I hope American brewers take note.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Well, well, finally decided to open up a bottle of Odin's Tipple. Or, as I shall now call it, Odin's Kkipple. Seriously, Dan is largely responsible for most people in the Carolinas having heard of this beer. Maybe even Georgia. I'm sure he's got some pull there, too. Anyway, at his request, I bought a bottle, so now it's time to give it a shot. Batch 210, brewed 1/20/09.

Classic motor oil pour. Holy hell, this beer is dark. It's an evil looking beer. The tan (which oddly looks kind of red, too) head reaches two fingers, then quickly fizzles away. Put your ear to this beer...it's like Rice Krispies. Or the wick fizzing away on one of those old-timey bombs. The latter is probably more appropriate, as an explosion awaits. Sadly, not much stickage, or this would be an easy 5.

There is a hell of a lot going in the nose of this beer. I don't think my nose is seasoned enough to pick it all out just yet. Honestly, the first smell I pick up is a scotch-ale like peat quality. There's tobacco, wood, thick molasses, coffee, leather, dark (maybe even tart) fruits...maybe other things, something really cool that I don't even know about. Yeah, it seemed like a good time to quote Old School. Back to the nose. It's sweet, sour, roasty, smoky, wild Belgian yeast-y...just the works. So, how's it taste?

Holy freaking God is how it tastes. You absolutely want to drink this one as close to 55F as possible, so you get the full experience. Huge roasted barley, sweet chocolate/molasses/brown sugar, smoke (seriously, this thing has got a bit of a scotch ale vibe). Oh, and not a hint of alcohol. Now how can you beat that?

What's not to love about the texture of this beer? It's thick, rich, oily, has loads of lasting flavors, and is perfectly carbonated. Yes.

Immensely drinkable for an 11% RIS. Of course, maybe that's because it has tons of depth to the flavor, and relies on more than a handle of bourbon poured in. It's truly sad to see the glass empty. Truly one of the best I've ever tasted.

Moral of the story: kkipple knows what he's talking about.

Photo of exodus1369
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just getting back from Japan and the "beer" they have there I have been easing my way back in to realms of beer with gravity well above water level. This beer catapulted me back in to the big leagues! Pours like some one stabbed super man with a kryptonite dagger and bled him out. So dense it has its own gravitational pull. So dark I am almost sure it was sucking the light out of the room like a miniature black hole. The aroma is of dark and rich nature. A touch of dark chocolate and a slight sweet fruit pleasure the nose. The first taste is nothing less the a shock to the taste buds. The chocolate, coffee, and light fruit. As far as mouthfeel... Did I drink a beer or eat a stake shake?! Wow that is a full flavored beer. OUTSTANDING!

Photo of
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml savoured in my duvel glass

Pours the deepest of black and oily, with definitely the darkest 2cm head I've ever seen. Looks intimidating.

Charcoal upfront, soy sauce and abrasive permanent marker, ouch my nose just cried for mercy. As it warms, delicious whisky and cocoa nibs dominate.

Delicious, rich layers of all kinds of chocolate, liquorice, raisins, dark rum and syrupy espresso - wow! The finish showcases the most satisfyingly rich toasted malt bitterness, wow again.

The mouthfeel is something to be believed, very creamy indeed. It's like drinking some sort mythological melted chocolate that doesn't actually exist yet.

Very few times in my life will I come across such a beer that is so delicious and rewarding. Seek. Out. This. Beer.
Definitely one of the most underrated breweries out there.

Photo of silentjay
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

viscous brownish black pour with one of the darkest heads I have seen that raises to two-fingers, slowly settles to less than one and laces well.

lots of cacao, molasses, black licorice, coffee, vanilla extract, and some more chocolate. a touch of booze harshness as well, but not much considering the ABV.

lots of dry bitter baking chocolate hit first. Then comes some dark molasses, brown sugar, black licorice, dates, figs,vanilla bean, black currants, espresso, caramel, toffee, and some other subtle flavors all intermingle in this one. very nice, complex, and delicious. almost reminds me of a Belgian-style Imperial Stout due to the fruitiness.

heavy/medium body with maybe a bit too much carbonation for the style, but its about where it should be. A nice bitter yet sweet finish lingers on for a while and there is a touch of stickiness left on the palate.

drinks too well for an 11% beer. alcohol is well integrated. its there, and its noticeable, but its interplay with the other flavors is what takes this beer to exemplary levels.

This one can stand up and compete with the best of them.

Photo of r0nyn
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bashiba
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark reddish brown, almost a murky purple, just a thin soap ring of a head.

The smell is big, sweet candy fruit, light smoke, and chocolate.

I don't know where to begin on the flavor, wave upon wave of huge flavor comes at you, big smoked malts, sweet candy and fruit, a huge blast of syrupy chocolate, a powerful shot of anise and fennel. This beer is almost overpoweringly decandant, a desert beer like no other, every sip seems to bring on new flavors. Now im getting Vanilla, butterscotch, and mint along with a dark heavy molasses. A sweet excess, but done in a great way.

The mouthfeel is very warm and thick, syrupy.

This beer almost defies explanation, and really needs to be experienced, just great!

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at Plumpjack Wine Store in San Francisco. Batch 210, brewed January 1, 2009.

Poured into a 7oz. snifter.

Appearance: Poured out awfully thick and black, with a small, chestnut-colored head that slowly oozed upward from the depths. Head quickly retreated, settling as a thin halo. A quick swirl really accentuates this beer's girth, and momentarily awakens that initial head. Subsequent pours yielded more and more head, but I never saw any lacing. Impressive nonetheless.

Smell: Milk chocolate, soft nuts (e.g. pecans, walnuts), and butter toffee all displayed a strong presence from the get-go. As the beer slowly approached room temperature, dark currants and perfumy/flowery esters emerged and, sadly, displaced the original aromas I had grown so fond of. Still, the nose on Odin's Tipple is fantastic! Very complex and dynamic.

Taste: Dark chocolate, roasted barley, molasses, currants, and mocha. Light char and prickly, almost rum-like alcohol, come forth in the finish. After awhile, I started tasting barbecue, specifically barbecued red meat. I typically catch this flavor in heavier English and Scottish ales; I assume it's some sort of popular British malt (Maris Otter?). As with the smell, the taste was both complex and dynamic, though I enjoyed the taste even more. In fact, I'm getting dangerously close to giving the taste a perfect 5.0.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied, chewy, viscous, and definitely bold! Warm, dry, and bitter, but actually much easier/smoother than you'd think; in other words, the 11% ABV is hidden pretty well, and the year and a half of bottle conditioning probably killed the hop bitterness quite a bit. Light, rolling carbonation velvetizes (I know that's not a word, but it should be) the whole experience. Zero complaints here. Haandbryggerriet nailed it!

Drinkability: Such a complex and enjoyable RIS. It evolved throughout the session and each sip was sooo good. Mmmmm... Get yourself some!

Photo of jjayjaye
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours as if it's going to be light bodied, opaque darkness with a shallow loose yet impressive dark brown colored head that fades quickly without leaving much lacing. Audibly effervescent for a moment. LET THIS ONE WARM UP...the smell is very nice and complex. You first get a boozy cherry rich chocolate then sweet figs and line of roasted malt. The flavor is amazing but there is surprisingly little texture in the mouth to support it. The feel is surprisingly carbonated and tangy with a blush of alcohol yet, it finishes quickly and quite dry yet very smooth with a teasing light hint of the baker's chocolate and licorice (4.25). An incredible drinker, the 11% ABV is really well integrated. Another one that I dragged back with me from West Lakeview Liquors in Chitown (REALLY GOOD PEOPLE!!). Highly Recommended.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours black with blood red highlights, quite dramatic. Thin medium tan head that dissipates rapidly, leaving modest lacing. Powerful dark fruits, dark malt and alcohol aroma. The most powerful fruit aroma I've ever experienced from a beer. Dark chocolate, malt, molasses and dark fruits, very intense. Vanilla, fruit and light coffee middle and finish with light hops. A remarkable, intense beer. Really glad I was able to try this. Hope I see it again.

Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite ale thus far from Haand. Really opens up at cellar temp.

Pours a thick, oilish black with a dark mocha head. Not the best retention, but quite impressive.

Chocolate, coffee, plums, cherries, ripe berries, fruity alcohol, bitter hops and a subtle wild yeast presence.

Thick, silky body is well carbonated. A bit boozy, but nothing wrong with that.

Impressive stuff. Will age very well.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black color that pours like slick motor oil. Only a tiny head, but man is it dark, dark caramel brown. Foamy and bubbly head. Doesn't have great retention, but a nice thin lace left.

S - Amazing aroma that is complex, mouthwatering and overall wonderful. Slightly burnt molasses, tons of anise and some tart vinous aroma. A nice peaty, Islay, and oaky aroma also shows up. There's roasted malt and dark chocolate in there as well just as you would expect. Very intriguing, inviting and complex; can't wait to try it now.

T - A bit more chocolately/brownie flavor than the nose suggested but the burnt molasses/caramel and tart dark fruit and anise/licorice still is stronger than the chocolate and roasted malt. Good Isaly, oaky, peaty flavor comes out at different times. Like the nose suggested this is a complex beer with dark fruit, chocolate, anise, and oaky/woody flavors all going in and out. Slightly more tart dark fruit and anise than the others, but not by much.

M - Medium to full (closer to full) body with slightly lower carbonation. Very smooth, velvety feel. Great mouthfeel.

D - Definitely a sipper that is not an everyday beer, but I thoroughly enjoyed the beer. No real problem finishing the 500 mL bottle and would gladly have another.

Notes: Batch 210 bottled 01/20/09. Very good, interesting and complex beer. Plenty of different flavors including dark fruit, anise, chocolate, roasted malt, oak/Islay/peat, and molasses. Really tasty RIS, slightly more tart/dark fruit/anise than chocolate/malt so it is a nice change of pace. I would gladly get this again although price may prohibit that (darn import prices). Definitely worth picking up.

Photo of liamt07
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from New Beer Distributors in NYC, 500ml into a snifter - split with others. Batch 210, brewed January 20, 2009. Nice to pick up something over 2 years old that's been aged relatively nicely.

Pours pitch black, with a dark dirty brown head. Falls to a thick collar and has a good amount of retention. Super viscous coming out of the bottle - looks like a Mikkeller stout. Nose is heavy on tar, charcoal, deep and viscous caramel, brown sugar with a hint of smoke. Yum yum. Taste has a huge dark chocolate component, again with some tar, brown sugar and smoke. Complex and brings me back for another sip time after time. Warming up, some dark fruits begin to appear, but remains buried beneath everything else. Thick, viscous, rich and charred mouthfeel. Great drinkability, if solely due to how yummy this was and having nothing to do with the alcohol content. Exceptional.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an intense black color with just the slightest hint of coffee colored head. Barely a whisper that quickly retreated to the edge of my glass. You could see how thick this beer is upon the pour.

S: The nose is highlighted by an intense chocolate smell. Rich and deep. A little bit of alcohol.The chocolate is kind of one dimensional but damn it smells good.

T: Again huge chocolate notes. A touch of a something weird. On their website they say they used a wild yeast for this and that might explain it. It is not tart or anything near that but it has a nice earthy quality to it. They also stress the recipe is simple and I agree.

M: Nice and thick. Super low carbonation.

D: A nice sipper. I really have enjoyed just about everything I have had from them. Really nice take on the style with a twist. Worth checking out.

Photo of Manoftyr
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 297, brewed June 30th 2010.

Appearance-Pours into snifter black as night with that slick motor oil consistency I like to see, some dark-mocha head rises but quickly disipates and leaves little in the way of lacing or legs; still looks pretty enough in the glass though.

Aroma-A lot of roast and burnt chocolate, almost with a peaty character; I smell smoke in this beer. Just the faintest warming of alcohol lets you know this beast is packing an ABV.

Taste-Again roast, lots and lots of roast; they must've used a ton of blackened malt in this thing. Very dark bitter chocolate is also noted, some burnt molasses, loads of black licorice and that faint hint of smoke noted on the aroma. There's the faintest hint of a lactic taste towards the end of the middle right where it hits the finish while the finish itself is bone dry. It's all surprisingly comlex really. I'm finding it all much less sweet than most of the other reviewrs though.

Mouthfeel-Smooth and creamy with an ideal level of plushness; not quite so full as other RISes though.

Drinkability/Overall-Hail the Gods this is a great beer and a befitting tribute to ol' One Eye himself, I wish I had a whole hornful of this stuff instead of my meager snifter. Delightful.

Photo of BierJager89
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a Viking-Metal-gasmic bottle into a small snifter. Shared with many metalheads (along with Eclipse EJ 20, Old Rasputin XIV, Jester King Black Metal and others).

A: Black with a brown head.

S: Licorice and roasted malt in the nose.

T: Taste is pretty much the same as the nose, delicious.

M: Full bodied, don't remember the carbonation level.

O: I need to try this again and write better notes. I was probably drunk by the time I drank this. Sooo good. Goes great with Amon Amarth.

Photo of TRiGS
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%

I've tried my fair share of RIS's and this one is one of the best by far. Pours thick and black as night, beautiful dark brown head that dissipates very quickly. Cocoa and vanilla on the nose. Tastes incredible; strong notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Truly an world-class interpretation of the RIS style. May Odin bring good fortune to those who have the pleasure of consuming this divine ale.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What in the heck was this thing, lol. Seriously I just had this one pop up on the radar and when I was down in the CLBA area saw it on the shelf and decided to pick one up. Did not waste any time and served it up at a cozy 55 degrees and poured into a tulip glass. Consumed on 02/04/2010.
 
The pour was near perfect and not at all what I was expecting. Darkest thing I may have ever seen in a glass, seriously, it was intense looking. Not a drop of light could be seen through the dense, abyss like blackness. A smallish, perhaps an inch of head peaks up over the top of the glass and settles down very quickly, coating the sides and the interior of the glass and really just making this look like a monster, easily one of the most impressive looking beers I have seen in a long, long time. Aroma is all over the place, roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, tar, tobacco, and peat, what the hell is this thing. Warming it only seems to complicate the matter as now what I am dealing with. A confluence of everything dark and warming. Smooth, nearly perfect flavor seeps in through every crack in my tongue. I have to admit had it not been a touch hot, I would have to give it a nod for perfect flavor. Rich dark Belgian yeast, notes of charcoal and leather, hints of brown sugar and a deep, resonant smoke note that seems to really just topple you. Warming and soothing, I could probably have nothing but this on a cold winter night and be perfectly content. Quite simply one of the best and most outstanding dark ales I have ever come across in my life.
 
Overall this is a hard one to beat. I was no where near expecting the level of complexity I was dealt here, simply phenomenal. One of the greatest ales I have ever run across. Outstanding on nearly every level. Please go get this one now.
 

Photo of GbVDave
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Batch 210
Brewed 20.01.09

A: I love how this beer looks! Pours an inky midnight black with the darkest of dark brown heads perched on top. It gradually recedes to a fat and creamy ring that leaves a fair amount of lace on the glass. Carbonation is incredibly still. When a bubble or two manage to break the surface, it resembles the type of slow bubbles that are released underwater by rotting vegetation.

S: Huge aromas of charred campfire wood, burnt malt, vanilla, espresso, dark chocolate, caramelized brown sugar, booze soaked dark fruit, chocolate covered cherries, rum raisin bread pudding, cocoa, and Belgian chocolate.

T: Exactly as above with the addition of more of an ever so slight, raw booze flavor.

M: Excellent balance. Peppery, dry, and bitter which is countered by sweet, slick, and coating. The finish hangs around for ages and develops into equal parts sweet and savory, dry and slick, and rough and tender. A bit of solvent alcohol, also, that tightens things up and keeps them from getting too sweet.

D: I was so impressed by this beer. I'm convinced that the Haand brewers can do no wrong. Seek this one out at all costs!

Photo of AgentMunky
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from half-litre bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Batch 297. Brewed 30 June 2010.

A: Pours black and viscous. Little head breaks about into whitish bubbles that cling to the side. Completely opaque; so black it sucks up the light.

S: Complex, but bourbony. Oats? Whiffs of alcohol; berries and booze.

T: Utterly fantanbulous. It is actually viscous, thick, and imposing. Lots of alcohol, whiskey-like, but also roasted malts, sweet vanilla, and blackberry. A swirling whorl of flavour and emotion. The writeup on the back sums it up well: "...the 'Hand' brewers imagine Odin in later years, when his victories on the battlefield were but shadowy memories, his reflections tended toward loftier themes such as life's meaning, and his drink would have been a deep, dark, and contemplative one." A deep, dark, contemplative brew indeed. Yum.

M: Very little carbonation after a year and a half, but smooth...it rolls off the tongue.

O: I almost gave this a 5, but something held me back. Trust your gut. That said, this is wonderful imperial stout that is highly recommended to everyone. I would love to drink again. Completely worth the price. Hot damn.

Photo of ludachris
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, viscous, and as black as can be. A fine, bubbly ring of mocha brown head is all that's yeilded after a steady pour, speaking to its high ABV.

You can tell this is big as soon as you pop the cap with the smell of alcohol and dark fruits filling the air before your nose gets anywhere close. Wow, this is really big. Deep and heavy roasted malts, coffee beans, syrupy and viscous dark chocolate. Black licorice undertones and acetone make the big but unoffensive alcohol character in the nose. Mulled dates and alcohol soaked dark raisons add a fruity sweetness. A good dose of molasses is in there as well and even a touch of smoke. The complexity on the nose is amazing, covering a myriad of RIS characteristics without being overpowering and all over the place.

The sweetness is much more lively and fruity than I had expected and this seems to be amplified by the alcohol. Molasses laced raisons, plums, dates, and figs scour across the palate over a smooth and soft chocolate plateau. The roastiness comes more in the finish but it's not in your face and doesn't dominate over any of the sweet characteristics of the beer. Instead it plays off of them, giving it a fantastic balance. Alcohol comes in a more medicinal form, grazing the back of the palate before quickly washing away. It comes in the feel going down. There's a light smokiness to it as well that's paired with a maple sweetness, giving it a pleasant sweet woody touch.

The sticky and viscous feel doesn't stop this from going down smoothly. It's rich, it's creamy, it's big, and its perfectly balanced.

The RIS's I've had prior to this with the same magnitude punch you in the face with alcohol and roasty bitterness; this does neither. Despite how big it is, the chocolatey and smokey characters come off as soft and smooth. Its complexity increases as it warms and I really appreciate that. HaandBryggeriet is my favorite Norwegian brewery and this offering tops all others I've had from them to date. For me, this is a must grab, being a testament to how great an RIS can be.

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4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet, Batch 210 brewed Jan 20, 2009. Lovely beer, this. Pours black with slight head, but what head there is is dark brown and settles to a ring. Quite roasty, and even nutty up front in the aroma department. Lots of black licorice, some espresso notes, and and some earthy bitterness round out the nose. I ,love the flavors here- big and bold, but beautifully integrated. Lots more licorice, coffee and chocolate notes, frresh cream, and a nice bitter undercurrent throughout while a sweet, charred sugar topnote runs through the flavor as well. There is also a luscious dark cocoa aftertaste that lingers quite a while. I've become more and more partial to recent Scandanavian brews, and I think this is a good example of how emulations of American style craft beers are often done very well over there. Quite full bodied and even a little prickly at first, but picks up creamier notes as the taste continues. Quite a nice beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
95 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.