Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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95
world-class

477 Ratings
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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 112
Gots: 61 | FT: 3
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Norway

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: popery on 06-02-2009)
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Photo of xodin
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of whitehouse50
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.68/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of BDTyre
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Reaper16
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of peensteen
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
3.83/5  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.

Photo of Dope
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.86/5  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.

Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
95 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.