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Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 122
Gots: 61 | FT: 3
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Norway

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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Ratings: 485 | Reviews: 241
Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of BDTyre
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice, rich RIS from Norway. Jet black with a tight, thin brown head. Coffee-like in looks, and this comes through in the scent as well. Fresh roast coffee, brandy and dark chocolate. A background of raw alcohol is detectable.

Coffee liqueur, dark baker's chocolate, cream and brandy in the taste. Definite alcohol burn that sticks around. This could really shine, but as I work through this, the alcohol really becomes noticeable. It starts to dominate the other flavours.

Good, low carbonation. Hardly even a hiss when I opened the bottle. A bit thinner than I expected, but very smooth and creamy.

A nice RIS, but the alcohol is really powerful. It seems to calm somewhat as it warms, but it is still the dominant taste.

Photo of Damian
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt .9 fl oz bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Batch 210
Brewed 20.01.09
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a super viscous and oily, absolute pitch black. Dark as midnight with a deep, reddish-tan film of froth that faded to a thick, lasting ring.

The aroma was rich, smooth and potent. Nicely balanced between a roasty, smoky, coffee-like presence and a robust sweetness. The sweetness was a mix of molasses, brown sugar and stone fruits. Dark chocolate notes also came through strong. An oaky, bourbon-like alcohol kick was noticeable as well.

Lots of roast, char and bakers chocolate notes came through in the flavor profile. Definitely a bit more untamed than the nose. Plums and raisins were apparent. Some brown sugar, vanilla and licorice appeared as well. Espresso and tobacco notes were detectible. Smoky with a slightly ashy quality. The finish was a bit harsh. It started out quite tinny and soon turned a touch boozy and acrid.

The mouthfeel was the only real letdown of this beer. It was smooth and moderately creamy yet thinner than expected. The prickly, bubbly effervescence was a bit distracting as well.

Drinkability was notable considering the 11% ABV. This beer buried its alcohol quite well.

Despite the steep price tag (I paid nearly $11 for my bottle) I definitely enjoyed Odin's Tipple. I did however feel that this bottle seemed somewhat young (even though it was close to two years old at the time of consumption). If I had another chance, I might choose to put a bit more age on it.

Photo of jwinship83
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml capped bottle picked up because the store i was at had such a large display of it and ive only been impressed with the brewery so far. drank out of my stone IRS snifter.

A- this one pours an opaque black colored body with a small coffee colored head on top. the head is quick to become no more than a crown. not much to speak of as far as lacing goes.

S- the first thing i pick up in the nose are darkly roasted malts and dark chocolate. this one is also full of molasses. strong coffee at the end mixed with a little bit of alcohol.

T- the taste starts out with the dark roasted malts that i could smell, but it tastes far from being burnt. after that i get plenty of dark chocolate. the molasses i could smell comes back in the taste and offers up plenty of sweetness. hints of vanilla. a little bit of alcohol and alot of espresso at the end.

M- on the lesser side of full bodied with a nice and low level of carbonation that really works in this one. moderate warming form the alcohol, but i would still have trouble guessing that it was 11%. on the sweeter side rather than dry.

D- easy to finish. it practically drinks itself. man, this was a pleasant surprise. ill be picking more of this stuff up to drink now, and to sit on for a while. check out this under the radar beer now!

Photo of Proteus93
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD on the way up to LBI. What better way to kick off vacation than a big, dark brew! It must be added that service at State Line was exceptional today, making small talk and they were genuinely interested in my business which was greatly appreciate, but that's for another review in another place. Bottle notes Batch 210, brewed 20.01.09. Seeing that makes it a year and a half old, it will be taken strongly into consideration.

A: Black as night, topped with a fleeting, though exceptionally dark head. Very brown ring of lace surrounds it and then dwindles away to nothing. Granted, at 11%, that's not too surprising.

S: Big aroma... bitter chocolate notes, some charry elements, along with dark fruit - lots of plum n particular. There's another fruity quality to it... almost like black currant, maybe. It's rounded out with some anise and saltiness... touches of oxidation seem to be coming through.

T: Intense, just like the nose. Big, roasted malt and charcoal flavour... chocolate is there, but not in the same way as I detect it in the aroma. There's more of the saltiness in the flavour and some sherry that don't hurt it too badly. That said, I would kinda shy away from this being a long-term aging candidate as it seems to be showing signs of it now. The cap did seem to come off a little easily, so that could play a part in it. Some of the fruitiness is there, dark 'berry' like flavours... though they are layered with the bitterness and burnt taste.

M + D: American brews made in the style of RIS tend to be quite big in body - chewy, rich, a real mouthful. I find Belgian style stouts to be a little more 'liquid.' This beer has a body more like the latter... though rather slick, leaving a bit of a residual and thin coating over the tongue on the finish which promotes a little more alcohol warming. A rather nice beer, though if my bottle is any indication, it would probably be one I'd suggest digging into now if it's being stored. Most definitely a sipping brew, and about right for a rainy day. Maybe a little boozy for a hot one, but it did me just fine!

Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a deep, dark brown with hardly any head. The nose is quite weak, especially for an RIS. The flavor profile is a solid combination of malt and dark fruits with roasted bitterness on the finish. There is also a touch of alcohol warmth on the finish as well. This is a very good, but not great offering.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From: Ultimate Wine Store, NJ
Date: None, but "Batch 349"
Glass: Tulip

Odin's Tipple is a very strong, ethanol-aggressive imperial stout that I would normally lambast as an example of poor brewing and restraint, but the other flavors generally overwhelm this error, an are so rich and delicious, that it's difficult to find fault with the overall beer as a whole. One that, despite the obvious ethanol, I'd purchase again if ever seen.

Pours a 1cm head of the darkest brown foam I have ever seen: the bubbles are intensely small and packed, making this look very frothy, like you could pick it apart with a fork. Retention is about average for the style, lasting only a minute or so as it fades to a thin ring of foam around the perimeter of the glass. Body is an opaque brown to black, with no visible carbonation.

Aroma of burnt toast, molasses, roasted malt that yields the darkest of chocolate and slight coffee, a bit of prune and raisin, and ethanol.

Front of palate picks up roasted malt sweetness mixed with acridity, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Mid-palate of roasted malt yielding very dark chocolate, burnt coffee, ethanol. Ethanol is well-tasted on the back of the palate, and while this is somewhat problematic, it's also virtually drowned amidst a swirling cascade of dark chocolate syrup, Turkish coffee, and burnt bread. Aftertaste is of ethanol, lingering chocolate, stale coffee, and raisin puree.

Beer is medium-heavy to heavy in body weight, with medium-low levels of carbonation. The result is a beer with just enough carbonation to slowly propel this across the palate in an appropriate fashion for an imperial stout. Ethanol heat is definitely felt across the entire palate, both warming and annoying after a time. Substantial stickiness across the palate

Photo of klipper
2/5  rDev -53.3%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of heygeebee
2.16/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From Platinum Cellars. Bottled 6/11. Batch 376.

Pours jet black and oily out of the bottle, and... Flat. Oh dear. Not good. No lacing no film.

Aromas are muted, licorice, roasts.

Taste is the same, but really missing a whole lot. Moderate roasts moderate chocolate.

Mouthfeel is, well,you can guess, understated. Medium to heavyweight, oily, cloying.

Really, I don't want to pan this but a flat aged RIS is a worry, and does no one any favours. And expensive...

Photo of ryanpj
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of beagle75
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Tilley4
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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...

Photo of SLeffler27
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Maillard
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of claytong
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Jimmys
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

0.5L bottle into tulip. Batch 507. 1 of 3500 bottles.

A: this stuff is dark. pours maybe a shade under black, but seriously dark. even the head looks miserable. dark grey to start, transitions to a dark chocolate brown. retention is firm. lacing limited.

S: rich dark chocolate, lots of vanilla. smells like dessert. certainly some coffee. oats. a little bit of heat.

T: a lot of sweet dark chocolate starts the body off. unfermented sugars keeps things warm. a little bit of alcohol. this beer has a distinctively earthy finish. tobacco for sure, reminds me of when you finish a cigar.

M: super smooth. exactly what a stout of this size should be, has the texture of a firm whole milk. full bodied.

D: all I keep thinking about is sweet cane sugar and a boatload of tobacco. it really is a cigar of an imperial stout. terrifically smooth and worth picking up if you are a fan of these big guys.

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephens101
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A strong, dark tan head fills up the glass, fading in it's own good time. Guess the color here...it's black!

Rich, ripened dark fruits (plum, raspberry, prune and cherry) flow powerful to the nose, followed by dark bread, faint notes of vinegar and a vein of molasses. Complex and promising.

Tastes dark and roasty with a caramel sweetened middle backed up by sturdy oaken notes. A licorice smoothness takes over after a quick hit of fusel alcohol rises. A heavy sipper of course, but honed enough to avoid unneeded weight.

The complexity of this brew resides throughout, and results in a fully realized stout that lives up to it's name.

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Blakaeris
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of artoolemomo
3/5  rDev -29.9%

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.

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Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
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