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Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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247 Reviews

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Reviews: 247
Hads: 500
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 132
Gots: 69 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: popery on 06-02-2009

Odin's Tipple was meant to be a strong beer, but we changed our minds...its still strong but we wont follow the mega strong trend. It should be possible to make great beer without the extreme alcohol potency. Odins Tipple is now approx 11% abv, it’s a dark almost black beer from lots and lots of chocolate malt. Its the malt that contributes the flavor...no added coffee or anything else, Its got a great body without being old engine oil and still very drinkable due to the wild yeast we use. This beer is made with a single strain of wild yeast and the recipe is dead simple.
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

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

An amazing extra from richbrew! Poured hard from 1pint 9oz bottle into snifter on 4/18. This one was BLACK with a dark brown head that dissappears quick. The nose is wonderful- dark fruit, bitter chocolate, malty goodness and a little booze detected. The taste follows suit plus coffee, roasted malt, a little vanilla, a bit of alcohol in the finish. This treat is full bodied and oily with expected carbonation for an impy. Very very good so drink slow and let it linger

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

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Very nice! Served in a snifter, this beer poured pitch black with a creamy cap of the darkest mocha head I think I've ever seen on a beer. Aroma of rich chocolate, molasses, and dark roasted malts. Taste of luscious, smooth chocolate, with an obvious boozy quality, dark malts, licorice, maple and caramel, and hints of light spice. An implied earthiness, but otherwise no hops to speak of. Smooth and full-bodied, heavy on the alcohol, but extremely quaffable nonetheless.

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Photo of stephens101
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A strong, dark tan head fills up the glass, fading in it's own good time. Guess the color here...it's black!

Rich, ripened dark fruits (plum, raspberry, prune and cherry) flow powerful to the nose, followed by dark bread, faint notes of vinegar and a vein of molasses. Complex and promising.

Tastes dark and roasty with a caramel sweetened middle backed up by sturdy oaken notes. A licorice smoothness takes over after a quick hit of fusel alcohol rises. A heavy sipper of course, but honed enough to avoid unneeded weight.

The complexity of this brew resides throughout, and results in a fully realized stout that lives up to it's name.

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

8 oz draft @the farmers cabinet

11% ABV
Appearance: very dark and rich with small tan head
Smell: Rich malts and chocolate
Taste: Sweet and creamy chocolate on the front end and bitter dark chocolate on the finish.
Verdict: three distinct flavors and transitions that are well balanced.
4.5 out of 5

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

Best before 03/12/2014

A: Black liquid with 1/8" light brown head.

S: Dark chocolate, espresso, and figs.

T: Espresso, bacon (believe it or not) and figs with a black coffee aftertaste.

M: Thick viscosity with a low level of carbonation.

O: Very thick and complex. This beer has the otherworldly power to convert others. A sipper for sure.

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

Pours a big, black body with a thin, dark, tan head. One of the darker heads I've seen in awhile. Some nice waves of lacing. Looks good.

Lots of roasty, chocolaty, molasses notes on the nose. A bit of port and wine mixed with alcohol and dark fruits. Really liking the fruit and chocolate pairing.

The flavor is full of smooth, chocolaty, dark malts and fruit. Lots of dark roasted malts, yet still quite sweet. Has a vinous, dark fruit presence that I picked up on in the Wild Thing as well. Could be a byproduct of the house yeast. Really nice mix of figs, grapes, port, molasses and chocolate. Some alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a like-able amount of warming alcohol. Low carbonation, but good for the style. It would be nice if this were a little thicker, but still quite good.

Tasty stuff. The drinkability is good. It's not too hard to notice the ABV, but it isn't abrasive and it doesn't get in the way of the flavor or enjoyment. Lots of great flavor and a smooth body. A treat to drink and good for a cold Winter's night. Excellent with chocolate cake. Worth seeking out.

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

A - This beer poured a solid black color that produced a beautiful fluffy brown color that had great retention and laced the side of the glass wonderfully

S - The aromas produced by this beer were insane amounts of roasted malts, dark chocolate, minor amounts of dark fruits, sweet mocha cappuccino and some molasses

T - The taste of this beer was right in line with the nose, huge amounts of roasted by the campfire malts, dark, bittersweet chocolate, a little more dark fruits (cherries and plums) than the nose, and milky, mocha cappuccino finish

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium to heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This great beer does not get the recognition it deserves, it is a wonderfully crafted RIS, this beer is definitely made to be a sipper

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the whole Norse/Viking thing they have going on with this beer. Poured in to a Sam Adams perfect pint glass, this beer comes out like motor oil. Possibly one of the blackest, sludgiest looking brews I have come across, with a quick to fade head of dark brown froth. Nose is of dark fruit such as cherry and plum, and also has a real dark chocolate side to it. A bit of char shows up as well, rounding out the sweet smells. The taste is very similar, again with dark fudge like chocolate and more dark fruit. Alcohol can definitely be tasted and felt, but it never becomes hot. Mouthfeel is on the rich and thick side, only getting more complex as it warms to room temperature. Drinkability is stellar for a beer of this size and strength. Sip with caution, but I have to admit that it didn't take me long to polish this off. Odin's Tipple is one of the best stouts, and beers that I have had in a while.

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Photo of marty21
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch: 329 Brewed 03.12.10 Best Before 3.12.14

A: Pours pitch black with one finger worth of very dark brown head. One of the darkest beers i've ever seen. Settles to a ring around the glass and left a couple specs of lacing but not much.

S: Lots of dark chocolate with a bit of roasted malt. Also a bit of dark fruit in there. I don’t pick up any alcohol on the nose.

T: Dark chocolate and roasted malt. I do get some faint coffee characteristics in the finish as well but for the most part it’s very sweet. You don’t taste any alcohol but you can definitely feel it warming your throat after you swallow.

M: Light carbonation with a full body that’s very smooth.

O: I was a little turned off by the price of this beer but after trying it now it was well worth it. I’ll hopefully get to pick up some more of this beer in the near future and maybe set one or two aside to age.

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

A: Little bit of beige head. Black, impenetrable.

S: Yum! Dark chocolate malts. Roasted notes. Alcohol, nutty. Maybe some fruitiness.

T: Lots of roasted malts. Vanilla and blackberries. A little nutty. Bourbony alcohol. SO good.

M: Thick, silky, and smooth.

O: This is delicious. I love it, I will definitely have another if I ever come across one. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Warren2621
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Holy Grale in Louisville in a snifter

Look: Completely viscous, with a half finger light tan head with medium dissipation, little lacing

Smell: smokey porky hints with coffee and raisin coming through. Odd considering the "single chocolate malt" description

Taste: Raisin and smoke with some coffee. Very smooth and and deceiving for 11%

Feel: Medium body sipper with a hot alcohol presence.

Overall: Could have convinced me this was a quad with the feel and taste, but was surprised to see it on the menu as an imperial stout

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Photo of wordemupg
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip May,2,2011

A jet black right out of the bottle, I'm talking dark liquid, just a thumbs width of mocha head that's gone very fast leaving no lace but it dose leave what looks like a glass full of motor oil

S some booze with lots of dark fruit, chocolate, faint smoke and licorice and some brandy perhaps

T the faint smoke turns into strong charred wood, the licorice comes out a little more and the chocolate becomes darker, espresso I couldn't smell is massive in the mouth, some molasses plays on the tongue and other then that it tastes as it smells

M thick, rich, creamy goodness. this one has a little heat but it somehow adds to its perfection in this area, I got a little stuck in my teeth and will be tasting it next week at this rate

O the look was carried by the blackness but other then that this beer is comes through in all areas, 4.75 may have been dropped if it was an option

when you throw in the 7$ price tag the decision makes even more sense, if you can buy this beer do so and drink it, after that but a dozen more to age and trade.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a tall 500 ml brown bottle. Best before 03.12.14, and this is batch 329. Pours out opaque pitch black on colour, foamy deep mocha head that retains for a few minutes and then settles to nothing.

Peaty Whisky, cocoa, molasses, licorice, coffee grounds and Kaluha, and soft rounded roasted malt. Very enticing!

Only 3 sips in and this is one of the best RIP's I've ever tried. Sweet, almost sticky alcohol up front, cocoa and licorice, molasses and a blast of alcohol warmth in the middle, with tiramisu, dark dried fruit, coffee and rounded roasted malt on the finish. Quite the mouthfull!

Full-bodied mouthfeel, slick and slippery smooth texture, low carbonation.

Well then, gets a little overwhelming after a while with a pint sized sample, and this stuff delivers the goods all the way. It certainly doesn't hide the alcohol content but incorporates it very well into the overall character and package. As mentioned above, probably one of the best of the style I've ever tried, this is definitely worth seeking out. I'll be going back for more.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super thick pitch black with a huge 3 inch dark chocolate colored head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. The head is probably the darkest color I have ever seen in any beer. Small legs of lacing slowly drip back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits, roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and alcohol. As the beer warms I am getting some toffee and butterscotch aromas too. First taste is of candied dark fruits, dark malts, followed by a chocolate chip cookie dough aftertaste. Slight alcohol warmth in the throat. A good level of carbonation with a very smooth and creamy feel with each sip. Overall, this is a great RIS with a very complex set of aromas and flavors that mix together very well.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, batch 297 & brewed on 30.06.10. Picked up on my trip to New Orleans for $9.99 @ Stein's Grocery on Magazine Street. Been sitting on this for about two months.

Pours a dark jet black with an evil looking deep cappaccino tight bubbled head. Lacing is scant, but the legs on this are pretty sweet. Bottom of the snifter plays host to a party of tan yeast clumps. Happy drunkness to me (& you too hopefully).

Hershey's makes a rum infused dark chocolate bar that you are enjoying with a cup of fresh roasted coffee, yeah. With a touch of oak & vanilla, but mostly booze heavy & chocolatey.

Wow, this is a lot smoother than I got from the nose. A sweet, almost fruit-like sweetness hits upfront, which is suprising for me. Roasted coffee notes, dark bittering chocolate, and a heavy hand of booze dominate midway through until the end. Silky smooth & lingering, this is a solid RIS. Very complex & love the fact its unfiltered - still contemplating whether or not to culture the yeast!

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a tulip:

A: Jet, jet, jet black. Small ruby red/dark brown head with minimal retention, and almost no lacing. It looks incredible.

S: Chocolate, cherries, burnt bread, vanilla, anise, coffee. The smell of the brew is just astounding for the style. Perfect.

T: A wall of burnt, chocolate spicy goodness. Each component of this brew is expertly melded into one. Chocolate, dark fruit, spice, and dark malt dance and linger enticingly on the palate. Dry, crisp finish.

M: Full and lush.

D: I am headed back to the store tomorrow to buy them out. Great brew.

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Photo of Xul
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black - there are no dark ruby highlights when held up to the light, or traces of dark brown - this is straight off a Spinal Tap album cover. Head is one inch frothy, dark brown that recedes quickly into spotty lacing over the top of the beer.

S: Roasty, dark chocolate out front gives way to a big dark fruit character with dark cherries, figs, plums, raisins, and a vinous quality that's rather like port. Coffee and vanilla notes lurk in the background.

T: Starts out with semi-sweet chocolate before opening up into dark fruits much like the nose, except some blackberries have joined the proverbial party. The port quality is a bit more subdued in the mid-palate, although it makes its return on the backend. Vanilla swirls around lightly as the fruit dies down and a big roasted coffee and chocolate comes in late and carries through to a long finish with slightly bitter coffee, chocolate, and the aforementioned port notes.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation, could be a touch creamier but its velvety smoothness is excellent.

D: The alcohol isn't entirely hidden but since it mostly manifests itself in the form of port notes, it's more of an enhancement than a detraction. Excellent beer and I'll definitley be picking up a couple more of these while I can.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 376

Appearance: Pitch black. Hardly pours a head at all, but you can see that it's not supposed to: it's oily and soupy, maybe the thickest beer I've seen. What does remain of the head is a brownish layer of foam.

Aroma: Rich, leathery, malty. Strong alcohol, wood smoke, burnt coffee, licorice. Heavy stuff, no doubt about it!

Taste: This is packed in with burnt toast, espresso, raw chocolate, and malt. You can't hide the alcohol in a beer like this, but it's not overwhelming by any means, it's well supported by the robust body.

Mouthfeel: Velvet! Heavy body, but so smooth. Oily. No carbonation.

Overall: I wasn't really in the mood for this beer when I drank it, but it did convert me. It's an impressive concoction, not to be taken lightly. Beer of gods, no less!

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Photo of doughanson78
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into a Chalice. Batch 297.

A: Super black, in glass and on the pour. Almost no head what so ever. What was there was dark brown and had good retention and left alright lacing. Beautiful beer.

S: Nose isn't huge. Roasty and slightly burnt. Coffee and light chocolate. Molasses and anise. Pretty complex.

T: Very complex. Big roasted coffee. Molasses and Anise. Reminds me of the Belgo Anise Stone RIS, but actually good. Dark chocolate. Touches of vanilla. Alcohol is very present but doesn't detract from the taste at all.

M: Medium body. Almost no carbonation, so it seems a touch flat. Pretty smooth and slightly creamy still.

O: An awesome RIS. Dark, roasty, and complex. Can't complain one bit about this one. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed 1/20/09

This poured in my snifter much like molten black crayon. The initial head had tinges of black in the chocolate brown cap. Burnt malts, molasses, dark fruits, peat smoke, bakers chocolate all mix quite harmoniously in to a complex nose.

My, that is thick! Peaty chocolate milk shake with liberal molasses, cookie dough, licorice and black patent malt. The flavor goes from smoky to sweet as the palate orients itself, no one note dominating for too long.

Creamy and decent carbonation, leaving a rich aftertaste reminiscent of cigars and chocolate cake.

Wonderful stuff.

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Photo of prototypic
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many, many thanks to kkipple for this gem. Wasn't expecting to see this one. I like the sound of "Dark Norse Ale."

Odin's Tipple is an ominous onyx color. Pitch black. No light cuts through at all. The Norse Gods would approve. A very dark mocha head caps it off. It's rather ominous itself. It rises to about a finger and a half before falling rather quickly. Lacing was light, but a little sticky.

The nose is tremendous. Bittersweet dark chocolate blends perfectly with a strong espresso/roasted coffee presence. Smells a little charred or burnt. A light sweet chocolate scent emerges with just a touch of caramel in its wake. At the secondary level, there's some molasses and black licorice. Alcohol is easily noted, but that should come as no real surprise. It is 11% abv. Too much, eh? What kind of Norseman are you?

The flavor is every bit as impressive. It's very rich, deep, and complex. One sip is all it takes to become a believer in the power of the Norse Gods. The roasted and chocolate malt base is incredibly sturdy and flavorful. The chocolate variety is like bittersweet, dark chocolate fudge. A little caramel sweetness is noted and complements the other malts well. Roasted coffee and espresso flavors explode on the palate. I'm a coffee fan, so that's a homerun for me. Lighter, subtle notes of black licorice, anise, and charcoal add a ton of character and complexity. Alcohol is somewhat prominent and has a bit of a warming effect. But, if you're a true Norseman, that shouldn't bother you. It finishes with a nice mix of malts and coffee.

Odin's Tipple has a medium body that thickens a little with warming. I wouldn't quite call it full, but it's getting closer. Carbonation is light, and it has a nice, smooth feel. Just a little more body would bump it up a notch. Drinkability is very high. This is one tasty stout that's far too easy to drink, especially for its size. To say I'm enjoying it is an understatement.

There's no question in my mind...Odin's Tipple is the nectar of the Norse Gods. Let there be no doubt. I was told this was good by a very credible source. It is indeed. Damn good. HaandBryggeriat definitely hit a homerun here. This is one big, badass stout that deserves your attention. Do not shy away. It's calling your inner Norseman. Awesome stuff, Dan! Thanks a ton!

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Photo of aasher
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a snifter at 50 degrees. My 2nd offering from HaandBryggeriet, absolutely loved the Nissefar.

Stunning look to the beer, pours in pretty thick and has a nice amount of smooth frothy head. It really does look like motor oil, no chance of seeing any color at all even through the sides of the glass when held up to light. Head fades fairly quick for an impy stout but it leaves a fairly thick ring of very fine creamy dark mocha colored head that stays around until the end. Minimal lacing if any at all.

Smells like dark caramel, molasses, vanilla, cocoa nibs, and subtle hints of coffee. There is also a tobacco leaf type of smell with some random earthyness. A little bit of alcohol sting if you really inhale.

Mmmm, this beer has many complexities in the flavor department. The first thing that comes to mind is pure chocolate, really high quality, rich dark chocolate. From there the vanilla builds and there's caramel too, dark caramel. When it hits the sides of my tongue I get some twang and brief suggestions of dark fruits, perhaps from the brett, but not much. In addition, the hops follow and are pretty vibrant for an Impy Stout. As I begin swallowing I notice a bit of heat and a lot of tobacco leaf character, which I have never really been able to pick out in a beer until this one.

Mouthfeel is among the best of any beer I have ever had, and can't be improved upon in my opinion. Silky, soft, creamy, oily, without being too chewy and has some really small bubbles to keep things a little bit "poppy" in the mouth.

What a terrific beer, this brewery has done nothing but impress me. I would actually recommend giving this another year if you own a bottle, because I reckon the alcohol heat might subside a bit and the brett character may come out to play a little more to make this beer even more insanely complex. I'm definitely going to look for another bottle to age. Keep up the great work my friends in Norway!

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4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A most impressive Stout; maybe labeled as a Russian Imperial but it shares some similarities with Tropical Stouts and Foreign Export Stouts. Yes, you gotta like a bit of a sweeter Stout.

A very dark, viscous, and creamy pour lands in the chalice and soon builds a medium brown head that retains well but does eventually succumb to the weight and alcohol of the beer. Showing sticky legging, this is proving to be a complicated session.

Roast and malty-sweet sugars lead the way in aroma. Caramels and milk sugars give a huge base that the chocolates and coffees have a trouble to overcome. Vanilla and toffee also make their way into the aromatic mix.

Very sweetly flavored with molasses, toffee, brown sugar, and lactose. But a big rebuttal of cocoa, espresso, and dry roast strive to balance the beer but ultimately fall a bit short- leaving the beer sweeter and richer. Light elements of char and smoke also make their way into the finish as the beer warms.

The body of the beer is decidedly full, rich, and robust. ...and despite the roast character and alcoholic warmth, the beer remains on the sugary side with a long linger of roast, toffee, and coffee.

With all the nuances of 'does this beer do what it should per style', I list a lot of criticism of the beer. But in reality the beer has a remarkable balance and power that cannot be denied. It's a wonderful beer that I could enjoy on every occasion in which it is available. A true joy to drink.

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Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
94 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.