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Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

459 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 109
Gots: 59 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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 lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Uncaps without a hint of carbonation escaping. Hmm, an inauspicious start.

Pours pleasant, despite this: a rich, thick, oily black with a fine ring of deep chocolate brown bubbles around the edge of the glass. Some fine gauzy lace when it's tilted, but not much in the way of carbonation proper. I mean, really, this is a sinister looking beer.

Nose is incredible. Thick dark roast coupled with gorgeous, sensuous, devilish sweetness, touched with smoke, laden with gravity. Hints of char and pepper in the sinuses, everything you could possibly want. Just phenomenal.

Taste is also excellent, but it doesn't rise to the levels of bliss the nose was promising. In fact, it starts off surprisingly light, without a big-bodied sweetness on the front, or a big roasty character. Instead, the feel creates a chewy nothingness, before the roast and depth creep up later. By the mid-palate, you're in the middle of a bold crescendo, with roasted malt, liquorice and a hint of toffee making a clamour. And by the end, a huge rush of coffee and high-cacao chocolate gives a powerful finale. It's great stuff, but it's surprising how late they leave it to hit you with everything they've got.

Very backward on the palate, but that creates a genuine interest in the beer. And Haand are nothing if not interesting.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of schnarr84
4.75/5  rDev +11%

schnarr84, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

900th review! 500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled 1/20/2009. Pours dense pitch black color with a small foamy dark brown head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lace and a small patch of foam in the center. Minimal lacing on the glass, but plenty of alcohol legs cling to the glass. Aromas of big dark cocoa, char, smoke, oak, molasses, caramel, licorice, earth, toast, raisin, prune, and light herbal. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength and complexity. Quite intense but not overbearing at all. Taste of big dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, toast, smoke, vanilla, raisin, licorice, prune, earth, oak, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, licorice, and earth on the finish for a good bit. High complexity of flavors are nicely balanced; and change across the palate over time. No cloying sweetness at all. Medium-low carbonation and very full bodied; with a nice creamy, slick, and fairly oily mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Definitely a slow sipper. Overall this is a highly excellent imperial stout. Nice flavor balance and complexity; and quite smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyable.

superspak, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of kirkse
5/5  rDev +16.8%

kirkse, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

rolltide8425, Jul 17, 2012
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 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 mlazzaro
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L bottle cellar temp in pint glass. Batch # 210 Brewer 20.1.09

Creamy brown head that holds like a champ despite ABV. Opaque black body. Poured extremely thick.

As soon as I opened the bottle I could smell intense dark chocolate and roasted barley, mixed with serious booziness. Lots of coffee mixed in. Pretty sharp hearty aroma.

Flavors like espresso, molasses, dark chocolate and ash. Roasted barley of course. Intensely bitterness to match intense alcohol. Viscous aftertaste mouthfeel. I find it a bit abrasive. Has an off-putting ash tray flavor.

Pretty adventurous beer. Recommend saving for the winter. This one "warms you up."

mlazzaro, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

ShemRahBoo, May 24, 2012
Photo of Arborescence
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Arborescence, May 15, 2012
Photo of CummingsK21
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

CummingsK21, May 14, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Whole thing into one glass. Nice. Batch 297. Brewed 6/30/2010

Appearance - Vigorously dumped into the glass with a slight mocha head that settles to nothing at all. It's dark. That's about it.

Smell - Alcohol burn in the nostrils as I search for flavors. Definite hop presence about it. Dark roast takes a back seat to hops and booze. It's actually a bit discomforting to take big whiffs of it.

Taste - It is tasty, though. Chocolate malts are most predominant. Deeper roasted malts seem lost here. Molasses sweetness that doesn't really build into anything cloying. Hop flavor builds into a grassy bitter finish that thins out the flavors. The combination with a really boozy finish kinda kills the endgame of this beer, but it's a vast improvement over the alcohol-ridden smell.

Mouthfeel - It's not really that tough to drink, considering the hoppiness and bitterness, but it's not easy. Boozy burn in the finish with a warming sensation. A little thin feeling despite that I can't imagine this thing is low in final gravity.

Overall - The size of this stout works against it. Where's the roasty flavors? A lot of the characteristics I'm looking for are completely lost in the alcohol and hops. They're all there, but masked by sugars and fermented sugars.

Alieniloquium, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of bbrochu
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

bbrochu, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of EfilsGod
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

EfilsGod, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

acurtis, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of daveytheformer
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

apintofknowledge, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of jwat
3/5  rDev -29.9%

jwat, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of beagle75
4/5  rDev -6.5%

beagle75, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a very dark black color. The beer looks like heavily used motor oil. The head is very minimal on this one even with an aggressive pour. The smell of the beer is rich with sweet malt aromas with plenty of chocolaty roasted notes as well. The taste of the beer has some burnt flavors, with a subtle sweetness in there that almost give off some elements of dried fermented dark fruits. The mouthfeel of the beer was heavy, it had a love carbonation to it. Overall I found that this one got better as it warmed up... by the last couple sips the booze on the nose had increased and it also left some heat behind in the finish after swallowing. All in all though this beer is good, really nicely done.

Knapp85, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Black in the pour and black in the glass. Only a little head, but it's black too.

Powerful smell of burnt malt, molasses and brown sugar.

Bold tasting with waves of flavor. First burnt wood and molasses. Second a burnt sweetness, touch of bitterness and then alcohol.

Texture of tar, sticky and alcohol heat. No carbonation, heavy body.

My words don't do it justice. It is simply amazingly complex.

Fatehunter, Mar 15, 2012
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 Blakaeris
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

Mouthfeel is full, chewy and sticky.

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

Blakaeris, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of ASUBeer
3/5  rDev -29.9%

ASUBeer, Feb 29, 2012
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
Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
95 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.