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Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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243 Reviews
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Reviews: 243
Hads: 488
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 126
Gots: 64 | FT: 3
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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 heygeebee
2.16/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From Platinum Cellars. Bottled 6/11. Batch 376.

Pours jet black and oily out of the bottle, and... Flat. Oh dear. Not good. No lacing no film.

Aromas are muted, licorice, roasts.

Taste is the same, but really missing a whole lot. Moderate roasts moderate chocolate.

Mouthfeel is, well,you can guess, understated. Medium to heavyweight, oily, cloying.

Really, I don't want to pan this but a flat aged RIS is a worry, and does no one any favours. And expensive... (466 characters)

Photo of corby112
2.52/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours pitch black with a minuscule mocha colored head that immediately disappears leaving no lacing.

Sweet, slightly roasted aroma with lots of dark malt and booze. Hints of chocolate cake, coffee and oatmeal along with slight vinous fruit character. The chocolate-y malt character is nice but the strong alcohol overwhelms it a bit.

Medium bodied with very little carbonation making it almost flat. Extremely sweet with lots of booze, chocolate malt and dark fruit. Subtle peppery spice up front followed by a sweet, slightly roasted malt flavor with hints of chocolate, coffee and toast. Toward the end of the palate there is a vinous dark fruit presence. All of this is overpowered by a really prominent boozy sweetness. Not really hot but cloying sweet and dry.

I've been looking forward to trying this beer for a while but it was a pretty big disappointment. Hardly any carbonation to speak of and overwhelmingly boozy. Not really complex or interesting. I forced myself to drink half of the bottle and dumped the rest. (1,030 characters)

Photo of PaterMorse
2.6/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I'm happy to shrug off the "sissy" label; but this was just over the top. I acknowledge that some folks prefer Russian Imperial Stouts; I simply enjoy sampling them now and again. To me, the line for this beer is between those who drank Jagermeister in their younger days because it was a quick buzz and those who sipped it because it was enjoyably tasty. I was the former...

A: One of the best looking stouts I've sean. Pours flat-out black. Dark brown head with redddish hues. Gorgeous! Gone too quickly, but leaves a nice "tan on black" centered massing of lace. As dark, thick & syrupy as any stout I've ever seen. A+

S: Licorice. Jagermeister. Fruit (cherries) & spice. On second pour, chocolate notes in the head; but then back to Jagermeister.

T: Wow! Neck-snapper, nose clearer, throat burner. Packs a wallop, with some real heat to it. Unfortunately, the heat's not just in the taste (as with the Tyranena Benji's Smoked Imperial Porter); it's also in the mouth and down the hatch.

M: Creamy, full body.

O: Again, this obviously gets good marks; and I'd like to be in the "cool club" of those who claim "World Class" status... But I'll just be the lame kid in the corner who sheepishly (but candidly) proclaims: "This wasn't too enjoyable..."

Repeat? Maybe a pint or two to serve when with friends sampling different RIS pours -- purely for comparision. But I'd never choose it again on personal preference (just like I wouldn't actually say, "Yes, I'd really love a Jagermeister for its taste...").

Two Words: "Rocket Fuel" or "Jagermeister Lite" (1,564 characters)

Photo of MAB
2.6/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I guess I'm the wet blanket here, but I didn't particularly like or enjoy this beer. I'm a stout fan, even imperial stouts, but this was way too much like cold coffee for my tastes.
The color is Black. Not dark brown; black. Like oil. You can't see any light through it.
It pours as a thick liquid, too. Not quite syrup, but obviously thick.
Very little aroma, other than the roasted barley.
The taste is all coffee and I'm not a fan of coffee, hot or cold.
The mouthfeel was odd. Cloying is about the only way I can think to describe it. (538 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.96/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark bubbly head with almost no retention. Aroma of black chocolate and lactose notes are quite dominant with some warming alcohol that can also be easily detected. Taste is also dominated by huge black chocolates notes with some sweet notes reminiscent of lactose and some fusel alcohol notes which are not the most pleasant. Body is full with engine oil texture with almost zero carbonation and a ton of alcohol was easily noticeable. Definitely sub-par with way too much alcohol noticeable and some what gross sweet notes. (579 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to psiweaver for this one by way of IS BIF 2. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Viscous pour yields a massive, 3.5 finger, dense, dark mocha colored head with annoyingly good retention. Beer is opaque black. Lacing is chunky but sparse with average cling.

S: Nose tells me straight away that this one is a booze bomb. Chocolate, liquorice, raisins, prunes, and caramel are detectable but there's a significant amount of alcohol covering the aromas. A bit one-dimensional.

T: Boozy upfront with plums, chocolate, and cocoa in the back. Burnt malt bitterness and liquorice comes through a bit towards the middle but fades quickly and subtely. Sweet and fruity at the finish with a dark fruit and cocoa aftertastse.

M: Medium bodied and a bit too carbonated for my liking. Rather smooth and oily going down but I can taste all 11% of this one. Finish is messy and aftertaste lingers.

D: A real middle of the road RIS. A bit too boozy and hot in my opinion and way overcarbonated. The flavor is there, but its masked by all the alcohol. There are better offerings out there for this style. (1,125 characters)

Photo of TheJollyHop
3.21/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Deep brown and richly dense head crowning a near jet black body; viscous pour and characteristically clingy Brussels lacing.

Caramel laced cherries and rubbing alcohol pinned beneath roasted barley on the nose; some band-aid phenolic scents as well.

Creamy and tongue coating, with a higher than expected level of carbonation that keeps the body on the more medium side.

The major fault with this beer is the alcohol content. It is just way too overpowering, and swallows up the majority of the more subtle flavors. Leaves behind almost a muted, roasted chocolate flavor. The beer isn't astringent, nor is it too sweet, so those are a couple of pluses. All in all, I think this beer would be much better weighing in around 8% fresh or after several years of aging. (767 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (1,305 characters)

Photo of xodin
3.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black, no transparency, and no head. Has a decent piney and floral aroma, with some spice and hints of alcohol. Taste is full bodied and bland, but hits you in the swallow with coffee, roasted malts, and peppery alcohol. While the 11% ABV is impressive, it seems to lack much spirit. The flavor is better than several imperial stouts I have tasted, but I am overall underwhelmed. Though, I should mention that I am not 100% confident in the method of storage used for this brew prior to purchase. (508 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.56/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours pitch black, almost syropy, with a fine layer of head which dissipates almost immediately with no lacing.

S - Chocolate, espresso, vanilla and a hint of earthiness alongside some detectable ABV.

T - This one is intense with the chocolate and coffe coming through on the top and a hint of vanilla on the finish. Very rich and chocolaty with the ABV reasonably well hidden.

M - This one needs a carbonation lift, IMO. It was a tad too thick and a bit more carbonation would've made it much more enjoyable.

O - A tasty Russian Imperial Stout and certainly glad I was able to try it, but I'm not hugely impressed. It's a bold beer and not for the faint of heart, but I've certainly enjoyed other RIS's more than this one in particular.

Edit: I'm inclined to think this one lost some carbonation in its travels, especially given the other ratings on this site; but it is what it is. (892 characters)

Photo of whitehouse50
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 277

Brewed March 27, 2010

from tasting notes...

A - this could be the definition of black, probably the darkest i've ever seen. The head? it looks like it fell asleep on a tanning bed for too long

S - big roasted burnt malts, slight hint of vanilla

T - noticeably hot with a bite on your tongue, i'm guessing a combo of the carbonation and alcohol. Lots of big roasty flavors, sweet molasses

M/D - full bodied, surprisingly thin for being so dark, but also velvty

Overall this wasn't great, wasn't bad, the alcohol was distinctly present and i felt took away from the roasty sweetness of the beer. I wished the alcohol had mellowed out some more especially since the bottle is 20 months old. At $10 per bottle I'll pass. (733 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pitch black with a minimal brown head. Struggled to get much of a head. Minimal lacing. Thin collar. Love the name and the bottle though.
S: dark dried fruit, bourbon/whiskey, coffee, chocolate, and a bit of funky sourness.
T: all of the above improving as it warms. Syrupy dark sweetness with touches of bitterness, roast, and a sour twang attempting to balance out the residual sugars of the deep dark malts.
M: full and thick but seems a touch watery for the size/style due to the lack of carbonation.
O: worth a try...would love this with some more co2 which is my personal preference. Seemed undercarbonated even allowing for style. (640 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours jet black with a slim creamy chocolate brown head. Looks amazing.

Smell -- Roast malt, bread pudding, toffee, cocoa, sherry, licorice, and mild spices.

Taste -- Toffee, roast malt, spice, malt, cocoa, tart berries, earthy yeast, sherry, and some wet cardboard. Alcohol is quite apparent. Doesn't quite live up to the nose.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability -- It's a very unique RIS, more in line with those from Belgium than the classic English and English-styled versions. Glad to have tried it. (560 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice, rich RIS from Norway. Jet black with a tight, thin brown head. Coffee-like in looks, and this comes through in the scent as well. Fresh roast coffee, brandy and dark chocolate. A background of raw alcohol is detectable.

Coffee liqueur, dark baker's chocolate, cream and brandy in the taste. Definite alcohol burn that sticks around. This could really shine, but as I work through this, the alcohol really becomes noticeable. It starts to dominate the other flavours.

Good, low carbonation. Hardly even a hiss when I opened the bottle. A bit thinner than I expected, but very smooth and creamy.

A nice RIS, but the alcohol is really powerful. It seems to calm somewhat as it warms, but it is still the dominant taste. (725 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500mL bottle - Batch 210, brewed 01/20/09 - served into a tulip

Pours an absolute pitch black. It doesn't appear to sit too heavily in the glass. The head is perhaps the darkest I've ever seen. It is totally a burnt sienna color. It isn't even a single finger in size but it certainly makes an impression.

The aromas explode out of the glass with vigor. Milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, sunken figs (I don't know what that means, but that is what I typed. I think I meant drunken figs), blackberry, stale cocoa powder. The aromas aren't exceptional or original but they are strong and their particular proportions and progressions make for a unique nose.

Right up front you can tell this beer straddles some strange line between Double Stout and Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Lots of sweet dark fruits meets lots of stale roasted flavors. There's booze, too. This doesn't taste like Black Albert, which is to say that Odin's Tipple is not a clear Imperial Stout w/ Belgian yeast flavors. This is straight-up style confusion. Which isn't a bad thing; this beer tastes good. Would that the chocolate tastes be fuller this beer might score higher.

The mouthfeel is nearly too thin for an imperial stout... at first. Miraculously, the beer thickens up with warmth to something suitable. The drinkability is pretty average for the style. The alcohol is up there and you can taste it and the stale chocolate flavors get to be a little too much after a while.

This is a confusing beer. A good one, though. Definitely try it if you see it on the shelves. (1,546 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Rutager for the bottle!

Jet black in colour, faint ring of tan head, no lace, even a hard swirl produces any head, lokks fairly still and inky. Smell is full of dark chocolate, big deep roast, anise/liquorice notes with a bit of dark fruit, ends with char and chocolate. Taste of dark chocolate and soy sauce, deeply roasted near burnt malt, mildly astringent, liqorice with darker fruit. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Not bad but the burnt and astringent flavours become a little much after 8oz, solid effort otherwise. (538 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. Batch #297. Brewed 30-06-10.

(A)- Pours a thick pitch black color. Produced some tan bubbles, though they stuck around for awhile.

(S)- A deep roasted aroma. Bits of baked bread, raisin, cocoa, and coffee grounds. Faint bits of licorice as it warmed.

(T)- Like the smell, a nice roasted profile with baked bread, raisin, cocoa, and coffee. Finishes with a bizarre coca-cola flavor/sweetness.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level and smooth. Nice and roasty, though very sweet in a sugary way with that underlying cola/dr. pepper aspect to it. A bit slick / Oily feeling.

(D)- Overall, a solid stout. Would like to see how this is fresher, but if its this sweet now, I am not sure how much I would have liked it fresher. Nonetheless, an enjoyable stout. (782 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Greg!

A: The beer pours black in color with a sizable tan head.

S: Rich notes of chocolate and roast with what seems to be oak. There's a fair amount of smoke to it as well as a light spice, seems like pepper. Molasses and just a hint of vanilla add some sweetness.

T: The flavor is much heavier on the smoke. A lot of roasted malt and dark chocolate with some hints of dark fruit and licorice. Espresso/coffee notes with a bit of earthiness to it.

M: Rather full bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: A bit smokey for me on the palate, but quite good otherwise. (591 characters)

Photo of Dubber55
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 210
Brewed 20.01.09

Pours a thick, pitch black with 1/2 finger mocha colored head. No lacing and very little retention. The bubbles settle to form a collar around the beer. Really nice.

Aromas I get are espresso/coffee, leather, smoke, tobacco, rum soaked raisins, and alcohol.

The taste starts off with roasted barley, chocolate, and coffee. Then, I taste something similar to a sweet wine, licorice, and chocolate. The alcohol is noticeable in the aftertaste. Has a warming effect. This beer has a roasty and dry finish..

The mouthfeel is definitely on the heavier side. Thick, chewy, creamy, viscous. It feels like a meal in a glass. Carbonation is medium to high for an imperial stout.

The drinkability is good. Nice balance of flavors. The alcohol is a bit strong at times. (789 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Batch 507 (bottle count 3500)

A: Pitch black pour with a dark chocolate brown head. Foam is big and very dense. Fades very slowly with great head retention - never fully fades. Almost no lacing sticks around, it all slides down the glass.

S: Lots of chalky, ashy char in this one. Dark bitter cocoa. A bit earthy perhaps?

T: Loads of char, cocoa and smoke up front with some sweet caramel in there too. Very meaty in the middle, like drinking charred bbq beef. Turns a bit bitter, acrid, ashy and chalky in the finish with tons of char and smoke and more meat (less here though). Long acrid, earthy, charry finish with the tiniest hints of dark fruits. Charred meat lingers between sips.

M: Light carbonation, heavy and thick.

O: Well, definitely a must-try for the umami lover. This beer is basically bbq campfire char, smoke and meat from start to finish. Little in the way of typical roasted malt characteristic such as chocolate and coffee or even anise. Not as complex as I would like for a big 11% RIS for sure. I wasn't a huge fan as I'm not much into smoke or umami in my beer and this beer brings it in spades. Nice mouthfeel at least, properly thick and chewy. Decent balance of flavor despite the relative simplicity. (1,233 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle pours a blacker-than-night color with a bubbly black head...easily the darkest foam I have ever seen on a beer. Fades fast and leaves nothing in it's wake; no lace, no sheen, nothing...like looking down into an abyss.

Nose is dark fruits and sweet molasses. Smoke and dark bread come through and make for a most complex aroma. Black licorice and alcohol as it warms.

Thick, syrupy, mentholated roasty coffee. Very interesting and actually kinda crazy tasting. Molasses, brown sugar and mild spices. Not as smooth as I thought it might be, but there seems to be some potential here for some nice things to happen as it ages. Glad I have one more bottle to cellar awhile. (685 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch 349 (2011 bottle?), opened in 2013.

A - Straight black body with no highlights; one of the darkest beers I've seen. Dark milk chocolate head settles into a medium halo. Low lace.

S - Cocoa powder, brown sugar, dark fruits, light balsamic vinegar, chocolate cookies.

T - Very sweet; caramel, light brown sugar, chocolate cookies, touch of booze, pumpernickel bread, burnt toast. Nice integration.

M - Thick, full body, low carbonation. About spot on for an RIS.

O - A little too sweet for the style, but otherwise well crafted. (537 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a pint glass. Batch 467

Pours a pitch black color with no head whatsoever. 0 carbonation here. It's probably the darkest beer I've ever seen. Smell is of roasted malts and dark chocolate, though not too strong. Taste is big in your face harsh roasted cocoa malts with a strong alcohol flavor. this is a very big beer. Extremely full bodied, not quite syrupy but close. definitely a sipper. not too easy to drink.

overall i wish it had more of a flavor profile. its big, just as i imagined it would be from the bottle artwork, but its not that complex. As a big fan of RIS' i still like this one, but if you arent a fan of the style then stay away as this is a horrible introductory beer to the style. I think i've been spoiled as I've had just about every other world class billed RIS' in the past. (818 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a very dark chocolate brown with a firm dark brown head. Opaque as all get out.

S: Lots of chocolate, hints of smoke, nice.

T: Chocolate dominates, brownies. Mild roasted malt notes, and I really liked the subtle dark fruit flavours. An interesting take on the RIS style as the yeast character makes an appearance.

M: Super heavy and full-bodied, thick. A very mild acidity brings a bit of refreshment even with how big the beer is.

D: Cool beer, tasty, as a Norse mythology buff, anything with Odin in the name is a must buy. I'm glad that Beachwood is making HaandBryggeriet available in the Southland, not only as a Norseman, but as a fan of great beer. (695 characters)

Photo of haazer
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Standard all black looking stout, topped with a dense brown sugar head. Very low on top of brew from the pour. Becomes a lite ring.

S- Dark toasty malts, a some bitter chocolate. You can detect the smokiness, and a bit of tobacco to go with it. A little peat also. I picked up some vanilla too.

T- Same as the aroma but the smoky flavor is input more. It really does work well with the stout. Charred wood comes to mind, and the bitter chocolate is a nice underlying flavor. Just thenright amount of heat is present but alcohol not tasted.

M- While I dig the flavor greatly the mouth I feel is lacking. It's silky but I feel it's the lightest bodied RIS I've ever had. Very low carbonation too.

O- I dig smoky beers but the mouthfeel took this from a great beer to a good beer. I'd definitely recommend trying and would pair with a stogie had I a bottle, but tweak the carbonation an make this thicker would be my "tipple" for future batches. Christ that was lame. (974 characters)

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Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
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