Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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242 Reviews
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Reviews: 242
Hads: 487
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 6.57%
Wants: 126
Gots: 62 | 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 SilentSabre
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Label on the back says, "Batch 210" & "Brewed 20.01.09"

This is a fine looking stout. Absolutely black with no light at all passing through when held up to the lamp. Even pouring from the bottle it poured like thick ink. Head is medium brown and aproximately a quarter of an inch thick. This looks wonderful.
Smell is quite powerful and very rich with big chocolate, vanilla, cooked raisins, dates and other dark fruits, a bit of wet timber (perhaps a damp piece of hickory) and a touch of alcohol, but nothing like what I had prepared myself for at 11%.
Nearly everything present in the nose is likewise present in the flavour. There *is* a boozy warmth which announces itself about a second after you swallow a sip, but it still isn't as assertive as one would anticipate at 11%. Bitter chocolate, a touch of toffee, some vanilla, dark fruit, this stout seems to have quite alot going on.
Mouthfeel is heavy, thick, chewy, solid...everything I look for in a stout as far as feel goes. While certainly one to enjoy slowly, as stated earlier, I feel this smells and drinks considerably less than 11%.
Without a doubt, a very soldily crafted stout, and a spectacular representation of the style. Well done. (1,206 characters)

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 (471 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml. Batch 210. Viscous black pour with a finger of dark brown head. A dark brew indeed.

Aroma is laden with roasted malt, molasses, darker chocolate and a boozy quality. A hint of pineyness in there.

Big malty taste. Roasty, earthy, a little anise a little oak. Molasses, chocolate and caramel. Espresso hop and oaky booze finish. A lot going on, but not overloaded and well balanced for sure.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, not super thick but palette coating for sure. Carbonation was just a tad prickly, if it mellowed to creaminess this would be great.

Certainly a sipper as it is a bit warming. Not as thick as some, so that helps the drinkability back up a bit.

Expectations were high after reading some reviews here and it did not disappoint. With the price of craft ever increasing, I didn't even consider this all that high of a price either.

Rightly belongs amongst the names listed on the right here. (915 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Mauite snifter. Body is a thick, deep black with some chestnut highlights, topped by a small, creamy dark brown head. Aroma of rich dark malt, notes of chocolate and mocha, along with a whiff of peat smoke.
Palate is full of rich, dark malt, with a ton of dark fruit notes up front (prune and raisin). Notes of dark chocolate, mocha, peat, and a hint of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Body is creamy and luscious, an absolute pleasure to drink. This is definitely a slow-sipper, but is well-crafted enough to justify its premium pricetag. A hat tip to the Norwegians for turning out such a tasty offering. (643 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this one up on suggestion of Kane up at Roof Brothers on a recent trip up and decided to crack it open tonight while watching the season finale of "Ax Men".

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Brewed in 2009, Batch 210

Pours a menacing black, oozing out of the bottle very thick and viscously... Slowly forms a 2 inch head of mocha and almost a little reddish as mentioned that quickly disappears to a small ring... Its definitely midnight black for sure, no brown here... Would've liked the head to stick around a little longer and perhaps a little more lacing...

Huge complex aromas here with everything from oak to chocolate to hops here... There's a big dark fruit presence here as well as a big dose of cocoa and hops and also a big smokiness that reminds me of a smoked porter... It's wonderfully complex especially after warming for a bit... There's a deep coffee presence here as well... There's so much going on it's hard to single out one thing... This is very nice...

What a sipper this one is...It's loaded with deep dark roasted malt character, lots of fudgey brownie chocolate, a smokiness that adds a character I've never seen in an RIS before...A little sweet at first but not cloying... A touch of booziness in the mix as well... As I said, this one is a definite sipper... Not one to be rushed at all... This would definitely be a good dessert beer as it could stand alone or maybe with a nice cheesecake or some fresh berries... This is a crazy brew... It's a little on the thin side for an RIS but I'm not gonna punish it too much for that...

Overall, a unique offering from the folks at Haand and one that I would recommend to RIS lovers looking for something out of the ordinary... The smokiness and overall complexity make this one stand out from an ever-growing field of huge stouts... I liked this one a lot... (1,842 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, batch 210 brewed on 2001.09. Pours a dark opaque black with a smallish dark brown head that goes to a thin film that retains and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, black licorice, dark fruits and alcohol.

The flavor is roasted malts, black licorice, alcohol and a little coffee and dark fruits with a pretty big charred bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth creamy carbonation.

Overall, for the first couple of sips, I thought it was too over the top with too much alcohol and charred bitterness. But as I drank the rest of the bottle, it smoothed out and the flavors blended better and weren't as abrasive. In the end, I liked it. It's a bit pricey for a regular buy though at $10 a bottle. (770 characters)

Photo of wnh
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous, jet black topped by a brick-red-tinted dark tan head. Perhaps the most beautiful head I've seen on a beer.

Aromas of char and smoke up front, followed by crusty slightly overcooked brownies, deep earthy molasses, toasted nuts, and an oak-like sweetness. Delicious.

Deep and complex on the palate, with charred oak, alcohol, roasted and burnt grain, chocolate, and on and on. Thick and viscous, mouthcoating. Long lingering roasty bitterness. Heavy and contemplative, and certainly a sipper. (509 characters)

Photo of Gyle41386
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (2,102 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick and black with a finger of dark brown head. Absolutely vicious looking.

The aroma is sweet dark fruits in the forefront. Some nice floral hoppiness underneath. A large roasted malt profile creeps in as well as some teriyaki notes.

The flavor is an assault of bitter hops, roasted malt, and dark fruits. Fudge brownie sweetness is also quite abundant. The teriyaki I picked up in the nose also carries over to the flavor and provides a bit of a beef jerky/leathery edge. This is an extremely complex beer. Perhaps the sweetness could be toned down a tad, but otherwise exceptional.

The body is full and the carbonation is high and a tad stinging. Drinkability is OK for the ABV, but I am feeling bogged down after about half the bottle. Overall this is a fantastic beer and one worth purchasing if you see it. (824 characters)

Photo of Dhoff1109
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark, almost black.

S - chocolate, dark fruits, smoke, and peat

T - Very very complex taste to this beer. Dark fruit taste hits you on many levels. Honestly you will have to try for yourself, the tastes is as complex as the aroma. This is one of a kind.

M - A small amount of carbonation with a thickness which is a bit on the light side of a RIS.

D - Although I am rather new to RISs, this is on the level of Dark Lord. It is an excellent. (453 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Bobby8405 and Todes, for sharing this ridiculously evil nectar of the Norse Gods.

A - It pours a wicked and sinister silky black with a small and exceptionally dark umber-hued cap of foam. It deserves bonus points (that I am not giving) for the extremely awesome graphics on the label.

S - The smell is great. Aromatic cocoa, charred wood, dark malty-fruity impressions, notes of espresso, and a peppery-spicy element from the hop profile.

T - This is some real deal stuff. The flavor is big and rich; replete with bitter cocoa, smoky and woody impressions, cherry, vanilla, burnt coffee nuances, and the charred sweetness of crème Brulee crust. I will seek this one out again for sure.

M - Thick and rich, but not unreasonably so, and unbelievably smooth.

D - Highly recommendable. Very very solid brew. (821 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Batch 210
Brewed 20.01.09

A: I love how this beer looks! Pours an inky midnight black with the darkest of dark brown heads perched on top. It gradually recedes to a fat and creamy ring that leaves a fair amount of lace on the glass. Carbonation is incredibly still. When a bubble or two manage to break the surface, it resembles the type of slow bubbles that are released underwater by rotting vegetation.

S: Huge aromas of charred campfire wood, burnt malt, vanilla, espresso, dark chocolate, caramelized brown sugar, booze soaked dark fruit, chocolate covered cherries, rum raisin bread pudding, cocoa, and Belgian chocolate.

T: Exactly as above with the addition of more of an ever so slight, raw booze flavor.

M: Excellent balance. Peppery, dry, and bitter which is countered by sweet, slick, and coating. The finish hangs around for ages and develops into equal parts sweet and savory, dry and slick, and rough and tender. A bit of solvent alcohol, also, that tightens things up and keeps them from getting too sweet.

D: I was so impressed by this beer. I'm convinced that the Haand brewers can do no wrong. Seek this one out at all costs! (1,207 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours an opaque black as dark as the feathers of Huginn and Muninn, with a slight head of burnt umber that fades quickly into Hel. The nose holds plenty to dark malts, molasses, a tinge of alcohol, darkly brown sugar, a hint of figs, and some subtle smoke. The taste generally follows: the molasses, brown sugar, and malts form the backbone of flavor, with some figs, plums, black grapes, and burnt wheat making up...the rib cage?...and a slight aolcohol burn mixed with toffee, coffee, and nuts forming the rest of the body. This body is quite thick and heavy, with minor carbonation and is as surprisingly smooth as Sleipnir galloping 'cross the air (those eight legs just seem so ungangly...). Though rather (nicely) chewy and with a relatively high ABV, this stout is one highly drinkable brew, suitable to be hand-delivered by the valkyries while being escorted to Asgard. Indeed, the truly heroic will appreciate this fully! (965 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very thick and oily with a dark brown head. You can tell this one's a monster just by looking at it.

The nose is rich with smoke, burnt brownie edges, and charred wood. I'm not sure if it's oak aged or not, but it comes across that way.

Burnt coffee and malt flavors with chocolate and wood come across. Full bodied with some viscosity, the finish is long and warms your entire body. It does pack some heat.

This is a great beer, worth seeking out, and I hope more people get to try it. (495 characters)

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Picked this up from the CBX. Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Pours dark pinetar colored with a dirty khaki head.

S - Dark chocolate, roasted malt, raisins.

T - Does a good job masking the alcohol percentage, I wouldn't have guessed it to be 11%. Chocolaty with some faint roast coffee bean floating around in there. Some slightly acidic flavor tingles the tongue. All in all a superb example of a RIS with nothing too incredible, just really really tasty and solid.

M - Full bodied, good carbonation yet remains smoother than something that's really really smooth. (575 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

batch 210 Brewed on 1/20/09

Total darkness=void of any light with a fizzy dark-brown head and falls a bit with long retention thereafter. This one has an aged, heavy look, oily for sure.

Dankest dark chocolate malt, cocoa, all-spice, herbs, earhty wheat, brown sugar, "Chunky" candy bar, vanilla and some marshmellow's and creamy espresso.

A full and thick beast, a true heavy weight with roastie malt complexity, roasty nuts, chocolate bars but a very mellow, bitter chocolate, not very sweet and with a herbal edge. The hops provide a rightous earthy, dry effect that only come off slightly bitter and is in perfect balance. Malty complexity is huge, roastie, flat chocolate, i could use a hit of sweetness and it lacks the bark berries and fruity edge that i love so much when it appears in huge stouts. Oh well, can't have everything! graham cracker's and dried charred wheat pop out later with even more earthiness from the hops. The heat comes off pretty hot and tingly and it adds a bit o depth and respect. The feel is also chalky, slick, heavy and hot.

lay this beast down for a year or so, it should mature really well! (1,138 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours black as black can be with a one-finger dark brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts, dark chocolate, and molasses, in that order. As it warms the malt flavors gain complexity and hints of dark fruits enter into things.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors up front are joined by sweet molasses and dark chocolate flavors almost immediately. Midway through the sip mild amounts of dark fruit flavors - plums and raisins - enter into things and fade out before a mildly bitter endingn.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with soft yet assertive carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass very easily, especially for an 11.0% beer, and could easily have another.

Overall this beer lived up to the (admittedly subdued) hype. A very well done RIS and one that's well worth a shot. (965 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (2,911 characters)

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1Pt .9 FL OZ bottle into an imperial pint glass. Batch 207. Brewed on 30 Jan 2009, best for 30 Jan 2013. Obviously a great candidate for putting in the cellar for a few years.

A: Black, and do I mean black. Have not seen any other beer as dark in color and completely opaque. Poured with very little to no head. Foam was there for a few seconds and then fizzed away. Thin ring of foam around the top remains. No lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, dark fruits, smoke, peat, some wafts of alcohol in the nose.

T: Wow, there is a lot going on here. Have not come across another beer with quite the same level complexity as this. For the initial 15 seconds or so in your mouth, you are hitting a different flavor/taste almost non-stop. For a beer this strong, the alcohol is not quite as hard-hitting taste-wise as expected. Bursting with dark fruits-plum, date, raison, maybe some pear also. While I smelled dark chocolate, somewhat difficult to identify it in this cornucopia of flavors. I take that back, it's there briefly. Not exactly sure how Odin's Tipple was categorized as an RIS. To me, this is very difficult to define. Kind of like the brewers decided heck with style, let's just make something interesting. Has almost a concord grape-like taste in the finish. A little bit of a burnt/charred offering in there. And a little smoke. Earthy and moist up front with a progressively drying finish. There are times when the Tipple seems to be a distant cousin of a red wine. Very interesting, to say the least.

Note: let this one warm some more and the chocolate is more noticeable.

M: Slight carbonation and not as thick as I would have expected in a RIS this dark and complex. But pleasing and contemplative, none the less.

D: This is pretty much a one and done, but in a good way. I enjoyed the experience while it lasted. Give it a try to expand your horizons regarding the expressiveness of beer. (1,916 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks justin @ beaumont for pointing me in the direction of this boxed-up, limited brew

pours like a coffee stout, need i say more.

has the malty nose of a stout, but the caramelized carbon aroma that i'm used to is replaced by a strong note of bourbonized plum. the aroma here straddles the line of sweet & savory in a really unique way

it tastes a little simpler, like a belgian quad with smoke, or an imperial stout with belgian yeasty-fruit notes. whichever definition works for you.. take your pick. the beer itself strips away any trace of what i don't like about some super-roasty ris' and replaces it with the trappist-friendly note that i seek out in top-notch american dark belgian-style brews.

like many before me have said, this is a one-and-done, but the craftsmanship is remarkable and the experience is a thoroughly enjoyable one. (850 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle into tulip glass at ~50 degrees.

Pours an oily jet black body with no transparency whatsoever. Has 1f of grey/brown effervescent head, which fades to a ring of film, and surprisingly no lacing.

Aromas are unique (and I'm totally congested while reviewing this) - citrusy orange peel, dark chocolate, vodka-like alcohol vapors ... seems almost like a medicinal cordial.

Flavors pick up the aromas and carry them forward with some charcoal and black licorice in the aftertaste for good measure. Mouthfeel is about what you'd expect for an 11% - decent carbonation keeps it from being sticky.

This is a delicious and interesting beer, but a one-and-done on the drinkability meter. (693 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What in the heck was this thing, lol. Seriously I just had this one pop up on the radar and when I was down in the CLBA area saw it on the shelf and decided to pick one up. Did not waste any time and served it up at a cozy 55 degrees and poured into a tulip glass. Consumed on 02/04/2010.
 
The pour was near perfect and not at all what I was expecting. Darkest thing I may have ever seen in a glass, seriously, it was intense looking. Not a drop of light could be seen through the dense, abyss like blackness. A smallish, perhaps an inch of head peaks up over the top of the glass and settles down very quickly, coating the sides and the interior of the glass and really just making this look like a monster, easily one of the most impressive looking beers I have seen in a long, long time. Aroma is all over the place, roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, tar, tobacco, and peat, what the hell is this thing. Warming it only seems to complicate the matter as now what I am dealing with. A confluence of everything dark and warming. Smooth, nearly perfect flavor seeps in through every crack in my tongue. I have to admit had it not been a touch hot, I would have to give it a nod for perfect flavor. Rich dark Belgian yeast, notes of charcoal and leather, hints of brown sugar and a deep, resonant smoke note that seems to really just topple you. Warming and soothing, I could probably have nothing but this on a cold winter night and be perfectly content. Quite simply one of the best and most outstanding dark ales I have ever come across in my life.
 
Overall this is a hard one to beat. I was no where near expecting the level of complexity I was dealt here, simply phenomenal. One of the greatest ales I have ever run across. Outstanding on nearly every level. Please go get this one now.
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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle an opaque purple-black with a quickly-fading quarter inch of reddish-mocha head.

Aroma of dark ripe fruits, molasses, chocolate and booze.

Big dark ripe fruit taste along with coffee, burnt malts, and booze. The 11% alcohol is definitely present in this one.

Medium bodied, warming and smooth with a light carbonation.

This is a beer with a boozy personality but still quite enjoyable. (412 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up after a tasting at Gordon's in Waltham

A: This beer pours a rich thick as motor oil, opaque black. A one finger of creamy chocolate brown head sits on top and retains nicely. Nice sheets of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is very boozy upfront. Beyond that dark bitter chocolate, mocha, dark fruit, and roasted malts.

T: Taste on this is booozy! WOW booziness but begins to settle as the beer warms. Sweet molasses, caramel malts, and milk chocolate start this one off. Dark fruit become apparent with hints of plum and dates. Roasty character comes through in the middle. Roasted malts, some burnt malts, and dark chocolate comes through. Finish has a bit of hop nature to it, espresso, and alcohol burn.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, thick rich and somewhat chewy

D: This is a beast of a beer - but damn tasty. Has a bit of heat from alcohol but a nice one to sit and enjoy a glass. (918 characters)

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 (788 characters)

Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
94 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.