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Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

475 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 475
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 Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +4%
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!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
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.
 

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 Knapp85
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle cracked by alfrantzell.

The pour is black, completely opaque, and in the glass it's a solid obsidian hue with no highlights, crowned by a dark chestnut brown head. Aromas of rich dark chocolate and espresso waft forth from the glass, tart cherries and anise beneath. On the palate it's fruity up-front, lightly acidic, followed by waves of dark chocolate and roast. The appearance belies the taste; it's a mellow, exceptionally smooth stout, even at warmer temperatures. There's a faint note of burnt malt mid-palate, which leads into a lingering finish of espresso and bakers chocolate. Medium-full in body, the mouthfeel is dry and velvety, the alcohol completely masked. This is very good.

Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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 very much imagine being akin to this particular offering. And why do I have a sudden compulsion to drink this on a Wednesday? Oh, right.

This beer pours a solid black oil, um, colour, the kind where light reflects off of the containing glass, so impenetrable is the liquid within, with but a thin fizzy membrane of mocha head, that dissolves in an instant, somehow leaving a bit of island group lace around the glass.

It smells forcefully of roasted caramel malt, gooey chocolate, mildly bitter coffee, real vanilla, and dark fruity whiskey. The taste is equal to the task with a big and hearty chocolate malt, cafe au lait, molasses, somewhat watered-down (don't tell the big guy!) sour dark fruit, a bit of damp smoke, and a solid, but not particularly edgy, alcohol warming.

The carbonation is barely there, merely a few lingering bubbles from the anemic opening act, the body a God among Gods - smooth, viscous, somewhat creamy, and verily tonsil-coating. It finishes unsurprisingly off-dry, prodded from in close by various drying contenders - chiefly booze, sour fruit, and some late to the party earthy, musty hops.

Oh my various Gods (sorry, Apu!), this is one hell of an RIS, and it goes down a fair bit easier than expected, due to its not quite so overly thick and heavy body, which is kind of overdone in domestic versions of the style. The expected flavours are there, indeed, and well-balanced in a teeming North Sea maelstrom, yet seem so, well, innocuous - just what that Valhalla wizard would want you to think.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.25/5  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!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an outstanding bottle of beer here, shared with a new beer friend most unexpectedly. a bottle from his cellar, maybe six years old or so, very exciting. this is one heck of a nice ale, different from the enormous american stout, but in that russian imperial type vein. dense dark brown color, almost black, with an inky shine and not much head, just a thin mocha colored film around the edges of the tumbler glass from which i drink it. the nose is real intense, as bitter and roasted as any malt bill i can remember, just gigantically dark and robust, but with the high alcohol content being entirely invisible. notes of burning tobacco and licorice start off the taste, espresso finishes it off. its so intensely dark grainy, unlike most others i have had. long bitter finish characterized by a slightly tannic grain property and a bakers chocolate type richness. a very memorable brew, as smooth as any in terms of texture. i imagine age has mellowed the booze, and made the body this silky. it also almost tastes and feels oak aged. a very patient sort of drink, highly refined, definitely scandinavian, and capable of warming anyone up on the coldest of winter nights. id like to get a fresh one to compare, but this was a special bottle.

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
95 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.