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Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

Odin's TippleOdin's Tipple

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430 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting take on a RIS. Aroma is big malty, boozy, sugar. Very dark body, almost no head. A sipper of big chocolate, more than coffee, more sweet than bitterness. I would have liked even more wild yeast dominating it, that would have made it less popular. Boozy aftertaste.Not as thick as expecte from a RIS.
Thanks for sharing Liam07.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 14:40:56 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super thick pitch black with a huge 3 inch dark chocolate colored head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. The head is probably the darkest color I have ever seen in any beer. Small legs of lacing slowly drip back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits, roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and alcohol. As the beer warms I am getting some toffee and butterscotch aromas too. First taste is of candied dark fruits, dark malts, followed by a chocolate chip cookie dough aftertaste. Slight alcohol warmth in the throat. A good level of carbonation with a very smooth and creamy feel with each sip. Overall, this is a great RIS with a very complex set of aromas and flavors that mix together very well.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 01:54:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 210. Motor oil black with the single darkest crown of milk chocolate colored foam in the history of stout. The head is crackly and unsticky, though, and doesn't look great as it descends. No lace is a significant negative too.

The nose delivers loads of dark chocolate and has an interesting and unexpected tang of wild yeast. Check that. It *was* expected because I read the brewery's English website before cracking the crown. Actually, it smells like this big brew was aged in barrels that previously held Islay Scotch, thanks to a pleasing background peaty sourness.

Odin's Tipple is not your typical Russian Imperial stout. It is, however, thunderously tasty beer that blasts the taste buds into blissful oblivion with power and complexity each time the glass is upended. Who cares what the beer looks like if it tastes this incredible.

The key to its success is plenty of the blackest malts and, especially, the masterstroke of using some variety of wild yeast (probably not Brettanomyces). Specific flavors include high-cacao bittersweet chocolate, chicory coffee, blackstrap molasses, loads of black licorice, two puffs of smoke, and a wee dram of Lagavulin 16 year old Scotch whisky.

The body/mouthfeel started out as if it belonged on a slightly smaller beer. With warming it has become whipping cream smooth and crushed velvety plush. More full and more sappy-sticky wouldn't have worked as well. What a treat for the senses this is.

Prior to this morning, Dark Force was my favorite HaandBryggeriet offering. I would have to review them side-by-side to be sure, but it looks like Odin's Tipple has vaulted into the top spot with room to spare. By the gods, this is a great tipple!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 13:07:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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.
 

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 17:28:43 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.8/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 04:20:09 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 01:32:20 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 19:55:25 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A most impressive Stout; maybe labeled as a Russian Imperial but it shares some similarities with Tropical Stouts and Foreign Export Stouts. Yes, you gotta like a bit of a sweeter Stout.

A very dark, viscous, and creamy pour lands in the chalice and soon builds a medium brown head that retains well but does eventually succumb to the weight and alcohol of the beer. Showing sticky legging, this is proving to be a complicated session.

Roast and malty-sweet sugars lead the way in aroma. Caramels and milk sugars give a huge base that the chocolates and coffees have a trouble to overcome. Vanilla and toffee also make their way into the aromatic mix.

Very sweetly flavored with molasses, toffee, brown sugar, and lactose. But a big rebuttal of cocoa, espresso, and dry roast strive to balance the beer but ultimately fall a bit short- leaving the beer sweeter and richer. Light elements of char and smoke also make their way into the finish as the beer warms.

The body of the beer is decidedly full, rich, and robust. ...and despite the roast character and alcoholic warmth, the beer remains on the sugary side with a long linger of roast, toffee, and coffee.

With all the nuances of 'does this beer do what it should per style', I list a lot of criticism of the beer. But in reality the beer has a remarkable balance and power that cannot be denied. It's a wonderful beer that I could enjoy on every occasion in which it is available. A true joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 03:59:17 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark black with a very nice mocha head and some good retention.

S: Loads of molasses, dark roasted malt, anisa, hints of maple, oak, and plenty of chocolate.

T: All of the above with some added hop bitterness. The roasted characteristics are nice, but toward the end distract a bit from the other flavors, which are quite a bit more subtle.

M: Full body with nice, low carbonation.

D: As with the taste, drinkability is a bit affected by the balance of the flavors. However, all around this is a really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 21:29:06 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured jet black with a thin mocha colored head that slowly faded away leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark fruits in the nose, which is somewhat sweet. The smell also has some hints of chocolate and alcohol.
T: The taste is very rich and complex with flavors of chocolate, dark fruits and licorice. The taste becomes more complex as the beer warms up. Some malty sweetness is also present.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate but isn't that thick. It is relatively smooth and the alcohol provides a little bit of warming sensations. Not much carbonation is perceptible.
D: This is a great beer to sip; the alcohol doesn't stand out that much in the taste but it can quickly catch up to you given the strength.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 01:18:13 | More by metter98
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 12:24:53 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. The King of Gods looks out menacingly, yet temptingly, holding a horn of his chosen tipple, which I can't imagine being this particular offering. And why do I have a sudden compulsion to drink this on a Wednesday? Oh, right...

This beer pours a viscous black oil, um, colour, with but a thin fizzy membrane of mocha head, that dissolves in an instant, somehow leaving behind a bit of island group lace around the glass. It smells nicely of roasted caramel malt, gooey chocolate, mildly bitter coffee, vanilla, and fruity whiskey. The taste is equal to the task with a big chocolate malt, cafe au lait, molasses, watered-down sour dark fruit, a bit of smoke, and a solid, but not edgy, alcohol warming. The carbonation is barely there, the body a syrupy heavyweight among heavyweights, smooth, somewhat creamy, and tonsil-coating. It finishes unsurprisingly off-dry, prodded from in close by various drying contenders - chiefly booze, sour fruit, and late to the party earthy hops.

One hell of an RIS, this goes down a fair bit easier due to its not quite so thick and heavy body, which is kind of overdone in domestic versions of the style. The expected flavours are there, well-balanced in a teeming North Sea maelstrom, yet seem, so, well, innocuous. Just how that Valhalla wizard would want it after all.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 23:54:51 | More by biboergosum
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to zestar for sending this my way. Served in a Darkness snifter. Bottle is from Batch 210, bottled January 20th, 2009. Listening to some Wagner while consuming this one.

A - A hard-ish pour yields a finger of the darkest foam I've ever seen - darker than Zhukov! - that's an angry-looking red-brown color. It quickly dissipates to a thick, irregular, collar and some light haze. A few splotches of lace are left on the sides of the glass. Body is unsurprisingly pitch black. This beer is pretty intimidating.

S - Upon popping the cap I was greeted by the intense aroma of roasted malts, baker's chocolate, cake, caramel, some char, and a touch of anise and booze as it warms. Nice balance of sweet, bitter, and roast elements.

T - The taste unfortunately loses some of the rich and complex sweetness from the nose, and instead amps up the char, smoke, and roast elements. There's a touch of oxidation apparent as well, and a bitter espresso finish. As it warms a little more dark chocolate truffle comes out, but not quite enough to keep things balanced.

M - Body is medium-full, silky smooth, lower in carbonation, and hides the heat of 11% surprisingly well. There's a bit of residual stickiness but it dissipates fairly quickly. This is the way things ought to be, particularly when drinking from the skull's of your enemies.

D - I dig the 500ml serving size - big enough to share, but still reasonable for one to consume without dozing off afterward. The import price tag is a little steep, but this is is just as good if not better than many of the hyped brewery-only releases. It's obviously a sipper, but one that never grows tiring.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 00:39:31 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 210 -- Bottled on 20 01 09 (January 20, 2009). Served in a tulip glass. Beer is pitch black and forms a thin head of dark brown bubbles that breaks and moves to the walls of the glass. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady, small bubbles.

Aroma is strong, sweet, lots of alcohol in the aroma. Its not hot, its almost liquor like.

Beer is hugely thick in the mouth. not much carbonation but there is a syrupy character to it and TON of late roast, coffee, a little smoke, lots of dark grains. Pretty sweet. Roast is nearly an aftertaste, this is seriously a big beer. Very sweet, very good. I'm not sure I'll be able to drink the whole thing though. Its a lot of beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 03:31:30 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for bringing this beer back to me from Lafayette, LA.

Batch 210 bottled 1/20/09. The beer pours black with a mocha-colored head. The aroma is dark fruit and chocolate. The flavor is dark fruit with some coffee and chocolate characteristics. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. The mouthfeel is chewy and nice and thick while the carbonation is low. A nice, fruity Russian Imperial Stout that lived up to its high rating.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 01:49:16 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, viscous, black color with a one-finger, brown head of sudsy foam. It left streaky sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, molasses and boozy notes.

T - It tasted of bitter chocolate, burnt molasses, toffee and strong boozy flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a nice alcohol warmth.

O - This is a really outstanding Russian Imperial Stout. Glad I picked it up after a recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 20:12:06 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this gem thanks to roopy40. Poured into oversized DFH snifter.

A: Poured super thick, like motor oil, almost pitch black color with touch of brown haze, really dark brown almost dark chocolate colored thick head about 1 finger that has great retention, not sure if I should pour this into my car or use it to suck the souls from the unworthy, as I take a sip or two I watch the brown frothy head dance and swirl around the black lake below, it's hypnotizing

N: I could smell this thing from the pour a furlong away, chocolate and roasted malts just bellow from the abyss, slight dark sweet fruits tickle the nose giving way for hints of sweetness soon to come

T: After nosing this thing for about 10 minutes I finally decided to sip this luscious beauty, starts with lots of chocolate and roasted malts, as expected, i can feel the color being sucked from my tongue as the beer blankets it, lots of spice flavors and earthy char come through, this is actually really spicey surprisingly, while I'm chewing this trying to swallow its leaving a dry bitter earthy taste around, and on the back of the throat as it goes down, lots of alcohol also warm and burn a little too much in fact.

M: Incredibly thick and chewy, it really makes me feel like this just came fresh from my engine block, super spicey as well, leaves a big thick frothy brown syrupy remnants on the side of the glass

F: It leaves a cold vacant feeling on the mouth as the sweet thickness dries out very quick and leaves a spicey feeling on the tongue and back of the throat... almost as if my mouth was just burned out with dry ice made from the souls of pygmies

Final thoughts: Wow, this is a super thick chocolate and roasted malt bomb with lots of spicey flavors that actually kinda burn, lots of alcohol and earthy char. Felt like this thing came straight out of a Tim Burton movie, super dark and spicey, slow to enjoy, a little confusing but mesmerizing. Long sipper but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 01:45:09 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 01:41:19 | More by Knapp85
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Halcyondays

California

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2010 07:19:45 | More by Halcyondays
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Very nice! Served in a snifter, this beer poured pitch black with a creamy cap of the darkest mocha head I think I've ever seen on a beer. Aroma of rich chocolate, molasses, and dark roasted malts. Taste of luscious, smooth chocolate, with an obvious boozy quality, dark malts, licorice, maple and caramel, and hints of light spice. An implied earthiness, but otherwise no hops to speak of. Smooth and full-bodied, heavy on the alcohol, but extremely quaffable nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2011 10:55:38 | More by Rifugium
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 11:19:50 | More by lacqueredmouse
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -42.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 08:34:35 | More by corby112
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have NEVER seen a head as dark a brown as this! It quickly eased into wisps, but the ring was deep brown. The color was a deep, dark brown bordering on outright black. Nose had a dark chocolate scent with an underlying charcoal smell. Mouthfeel was thick like pudding with an effervescence that was determined to scrub my tastebuds while smashing them into submission. Finish was as dry as the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara Desert. Zounds!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 02:01:14 | More by woodychandler
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DoubleJ

California

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When I bought it, I thought that the label read "tripple". Oh well, an imperial stout ain't a bad thing to get. From a 500 ml bottle brewed on 3/27/10, on to the beer:

The pour provides a lot of exictement with its big, oozy body that looks like motor oil, and a head so tan it's nearly fur brown in color. It settles to a ½ inch thick ring. The nose changes aromas quickly. At first it like sweet espresso with chocolate syrup notes. As it sits in the glass, the nose becomes more like licorice with a trickle of smoked meat. I prefered the first stage more.

No shortage of tastiness here, Odin's Tipple got it. I'll need to peel off the layers just to find specific notes in this one. It starts of like mocha with a little bit of alcohol and agave (does that make it like tequilla?). Licorice and molten lava cake eventually come around. DId somebody say coconut? I just did. Some of the 11% alcohol is felt, only a little hot. Chocolate covered coffee beans linger on in the afertaste, which ends the taste on a high note. The thick body and residue of this beer is a good feeling, but the buzzy carbonation (at least initially) is a disruption to the harmony. One could only imagine how much more fun the ride could get if there were less jumpy carbonation.

In overall context, Odin's Tipple is a worthy tipple. There's a mound of complexity that awaits the taste buds in this massive Nordic ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 07:06:26 | More by DoubleJ
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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