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Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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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 mlazzaro
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
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." (642 characters)

Photo of Arborescence
4.47/5  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! (782 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 Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.4/5  rDev +3%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of bashiba
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
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! (721 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of Meerkey
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Little bit of beige head. Black, impenetrable.

S: Yum! Dark chocolate malts. Roasted notes. Alcohol, nutty. Maybe some fruitiness.

T: Lots of roasted malts. Vanilla and blackberries. A little nutty. Bourbony alcohol. SO good.

M: Thick, silky, and smooth.

O: This is delicious. I love it, I will definitely have another if I ever come across one. Definitely recommended. (376 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from half-litre bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Batch 297. Brewed 30 June 2010.

A: Pours black and viscous. Little head breaks about into whitish bubbles that cling to the side. Completely opaque; so black it sucks up the light.

S: Complex, but bourbony. Oats? Whiffs of alcohol; berries and booze.

T: Utterly fantanbulous. It is actually viscous, thick, and imposing. Lots of alcohol, whiskey-like, but also roasted malts, sweet vanilla, and blackberry. A swirling whorl of flavour and emotion. The writeup on the back sums it up well: "...the 'Hand' brewers imagine Odin in later years, when his victories on the battlefield were but shadowy memories, his reflections tended toward loftier themes such as life's meaning, and his drink would have been a deep, dark, and contemplative one." A deep, dark, contemplative brew indeed. Yum.

M: Very little carbonation after a year and a half, but smooth...it rolls off the tongue.

O: I almost gave this a 5, but something held me back. Trust your gut. That said, this is wonderful imperial stout that is highly recommended to everyone. I would love to drink again. Completely worth the price. Hot damn. (1,172 characters)

Photo of exodus1369
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just getting back from Japan and the "beer" they have there I have been easing my way back in to realms of beer with gravity well above water level. This beer catapulted me back in to the big leagues! Pours like some one stabbed super man with a kryptonite dagger and bled him out. So dense it has its own gravitational pull. So dark I am almost sure it was sucking the light out of the room like a miniature black hole. The aroma is of dark and rich nature. A touch of dark chocolate and a slight sweet fruit pleasure the nose. The first taste is nothing less the a shock to the taste buds. The chocolate, coffee, and light fruit. As far as mouthfeel... Did I drink a beer or eat a stake shake?! Wow that is a full flavored beer. OUTSTANDING! (743 characters)

Photo of AlexanderCsamaj
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very good beer if you are looking for a stout dark beer with big smooth flavor and nice ABV. I nursed one bottle for over an hour. I was content for the evening. I will be going back for a few more bottles to keep in reserve for quiet Friday nights or snowy days. (271 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 297; brewed 30.6.10

Appearance: Black as midnight with just a ringlet for a head; minimal lacing

Smell: Dark fruit, peat and a hint of funk layer on top of the chocolate and roast

Taste: Dark fruit soaked in Scotch Whisky, up front, with chocolate and peat flavors developing by mid-palate; rather boozy through the swallow, with a bit of yeasty complexity that shows up and lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation; quite a lot of warmth in the gullet

Overall: I like to think about this beer more than I really enjoy drinking it as I am not a fan of really boozy beers; still, the peaty Scotch Whisky flavor adds a really interesting element as does the yeasty complexity; this is definitely not just another big RIS (754 characters)

Photo of mindspin315
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black as night with the smallest of brown bubble lace on the side of the glass.

Huge roasted malt on the nose. Chocolate malts, burnt toast, toasted nuttiness, and roasted coffee bean aromas peak through after the initial roasted malt aroma.

Lots of huge roast. Roasted malts plus espresso/coffee, strong dark bitter chocolate, molasses, and a woody flavor. Burnt toast in the background. Alcohol is very prevalent which ramps up in the finish and spikes the tongue. Bitterness hangs around through the finish and in the aftertaste.

This is a true definition of a big RIS. I'm looking for a little something more to make this truly a stellar RIS though. Finishes a little bit thin. For the amount of roasted malt I would like a bit more body at the tail end to smooth it all out. Instead it sort of fades away rather than continues on.

[89/100] (850 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black, as in opaque during the pour. Have to pour vigorously to get a head, but I was able to get a finger's worth of creamy, dark tan/light brown head. Really a nice looking beer.

S: Lots of roasted and burnt malts, some dark and milk chocolate, and light smoke. Good, but fairly mild.

T: Woah! I did not expect that from the aroma. Strong dark and milk chocolate, roasted malts, and smoke. Some dark fruits in the background with a good amount of hop bitterness to support the sweetness in the beer. A tad on the sweet side for me, but a very, very nice tasting stout.

M: Very thick with light carbonation. I like the carbonation light in my stouts, this might be a touch too light. EDIT: upon drinking more bottles of this, I saw more appropriate carbonation.

O: I had heard this beer was under appreciated, and now I'm a believer. This is right up there with some of the best stouts I've ever had. It could use a bit more roast and bitterness, but a very good imperial stout. (998 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: Oily black bodied beer with small brown head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Heavy malts that are roasty and sweet. Dark fruits are noted as well. really an aeromatic RIS.

Taste: Big malt profile with not a lot og hops coming through. The malt profile is more sweet than roasty, but its fairly balanced between these characterists. The sweet part of the malts come from notes of chocolate candy bar, dark chocolate, and subtle rasins / fig. Little bit of coffee roastiness at mid-palate and in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium boded beer with low end of moderate carbonation levels. Super smooth easily drinking RIS. It has a little bit of silkiness to it as well. No alcohol burn, its just awesome.

Overall: Probably one of the better non-barrel aged RIS that I have had it quite some time. It impressed me! (844 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: oily tar black with brown rim; viscous and syrupy-looking; not even a trace of the head after a few moments

S: chocolate espresso roasted malts

T: confirms all smells; hidden fruits; sweet

M: slick, no tingle; some burnt alcohol residue

O: reminds me of a Bourbon County stout, sweetness used instead of mellowness to pair with the rich character

I still prefer a more balanced and mellow stout, with a little less sweetness and a little less slick and oily.

Recommended for all stout drinkers to give it a try, but it didn't live up to my expectations based on its descriptors and reviews. (599 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft @ TND -
Appears a dense, dark mocha black with a fluffy tan head that slowly fades into a pillory cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of intense bakers cocoa, French truffles, Italian espresso, turbinado sugar, and a touch of ripe fruit with an earthy bitterness. Insanely complex.
Taste is of the aromas with a flow of toasted nuts and chocolate truffles combining in a superior beverage that is fit for outworldly dominance.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, warming, and full of sheer love. I can honestly say that drinking this beer is an escape and a truly refreshing slice of heaven...or Valhalla.
Excellent beer by the Norweigens. (674 characters)

Photo of JoelEden
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Monk's in Philly in the summer.

Hands down, most interesting and best imperial stout I've ever had.

Have found it in bottles since then, and it's great out of the bottle too.

A: Deep, dark color, no light gets through. No carbonation, so no head.

S: Smells great; has that unique HaandBryggeriet smell that some others of theirs have.

T: Dark, with a bit of bitter chocolate, but in a good way. Taste goes on forever (well, about 2 minutes, but that's a long time). Could drink this over 30 minutes.

M: Surprisingly smooth and thin (in a good way) for the 11% ABV.

O: Such a unique flavor. A different league than even other imperial stout favorites of mine. (684 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ML bottle poured in a wine glass
Purchased at Cool Wine in Hobart, Tas

A-- Poured black, almost motor oil black. Nearly thick and sludgy looking. One finger dark brown leather head. Any darker could be black. Head slowly fades off to a dark brown film. Good head retention to this. Low visible carbonation.

S-- Big, rich and thick malts. Lots of heavy roasting. Dark, bitter chocolate, slight bits of vanilla, wood, and a little bit of char.

T-- Very true to the smell. Lots of roasted malt, dark bitter and dry chocolate, coffee, and hints of vanilla sweetness and some wood.

M-- Heavy, rich feel but lighter and a bit creamier than expected. Chocolate and coffee turn to a sweet vanilla finish and quite decadent and lifted.

O-- Alcohol is obvious all the way through this but still quite enjoyable. Total desert beer. Like a sherry or a port. Well balanced flavors and something worth savoring. If you like Imperial Stouts this should be on your list. Only real negative is that it is very one dimensional and think a 330 ML is better suited to this than a 500 ML format. (1,087 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 11millsown113
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into a Chalice. Batch 297.

A: Super black, in glass and on the pour. Almost no head what so ever. What was there was dark brown and had good retention and left alright lacing. Beautiful beer.

S: Nose isn't huge. Roasty and slightly burnt. Coffee and light chocolate. Molasses and anise. Pretty complex.

T: Very complex. Big roasted coffee. Molasses and Anise. Reminds me of the Belgo Anise Stone RIS, but actually good. Dark chocolate. Touches of vanilla. Alcohol is very present but doesn't detract from the taste at all.

M: Medium body. Almost no carbonation, so it seems a touch flat. Pretty smooth and slightly creamy still.

O: An awesome RIS. Dark, roasty, and complex. Can't complain one bit about this one. Very drinkable. (755 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)

Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
95 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.