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Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

457 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 109
Gots: 61 | FT: 3
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Norway

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: popery on 06-02-2009)
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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.75/5  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.

Mebuzzard, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of apintofknowledge
4.75/5  rDev +11%

apintofknowledge, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.75/5  rDev +11%
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.

PsilohsaiBiN, Oct 05, 2013
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PatGreer, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

DavoleBomb, May 06, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.72/5  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)

DoubleSimcoe, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of bashiba
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

bashiba, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Arenbeer
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Arenbeer, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of 11millsown113
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

11millsown113, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Gyle41386
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Gyle41386, Apr 04, 2010
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4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Rutager, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of jjayjaye
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

jjayjaye, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of jondeelee
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

jondeelee, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

LiquidAmber, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of kkipple
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

kkipple, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

ThreeWiseMen, Sep 14, 2010
Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
95 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.