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Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

461 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 109
Gots: 59 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of nickfl
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours with a dark, orange-brown head on top of a completely opaque, black body. The foam settles rapidly and leaves very little lace.

S - A rich malt aroma with lots of sweet caramel, cocoa, and molasses with just a hint of spicy coffee. There is a distinct aroma of baked goods that reminds me of brownies or chocolate cake.

T - Dark chocolate and chicory up front with some spicy notes of cinnamon and allspice. The chocolate is augmented in the middle by sweet, dark caramel with some burnt candy notes and a hint of cola. It finishes with an increasingly spicy character with chocolate, pepper, chilis, molasses, and lots of licorice. The complex, grainy sweetness is balanced moderate bitterness and a spicy alcohol note that lingers on the tongue. The aftertaste is just as complex as the first sip with lots of coffee, chocolate, smoke and some spicy cigar tobacco notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish with a bit of alcoholic warmth in the back of the throat.

D - Damn, those Norwegians can brew! I have been consistently impressed (and often blown away) by Haandbryggeriet over the last couple of years and Odin's Tipple is yet another home run. This beer has an insanely dark head of foam that promises rich, malty complexity and an intense roasted grain character. The aroma is full of complex chocolate and rich malt with just a hint of smoke that is just the sort of subtle touch that so often pushes this brewery's beer over the threshold from very good to truly world class. The flavor is just as deep and even more complex than the aroma, but it does not have the over the top roast qualities that the color of the beer implies that it might. Instead it is a subtle, velvety malt landscape that is highlighted by a masterful spiciness and a dark caramel character that one normally only experiences in very fine Belgian Dark Strong Ales. I don't know how this beer is spiced (if it is even spiced at all), but it has a wealth of peppery, smoky notes that blend with the earthy chocolate in a way that reminds me of a good mole poblano. Lingering smoke and tobacco character seals the deal and, along with the spicy but not quite hot alcohol, gives a brief impression of brandy before it fades into memory. In conclusion, buy this beer! It is one of the best efforts from a brewery that has produced several of the best beers that I have ever had the pleasure of sipping.

nickfl, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brewed On date of 6/30/2010, poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a very hearty roasted malt character followed by sweet flavors of chocolate and dark fruit. Then there’s some alcohol sting that comes in. The hops presence is very mild which is expected in a big stout like this that is nearly 4 years old. There’s still a good balance since the sweetness doesn’t over-power the beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp but quite viscous, medium body, light carbonation (due to the age), finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, I have sampled this beer fresh and it was much better than what I’m drinking now. However, while it might seem a little past its prime, I’ll allot for some possible storage deficiencies and say that it’s still pretty good.

TheManiacalOne, May 07, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

MasterSki, May 19, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

jlindros, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

drabmuh, May 18, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Rifugium, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Halcyondays, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

drewone, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev 0%
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!

woodychandler, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of corby112
2.45/5  rDev -42.8%
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.

corby112, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I brought this one to Ffej of July IX

A - Pours pitch black with a thick two finger tall khaki colored head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of rich coffee, dark roasted malt, bakers chocolate, light vanilla, and some dry oak. Only the faintest hint of booze.

T - Starts off with plenty of dark roasted malts quickly giving way to a mix of rich coffee, sweet bakers chocolate, and some lightly charred drying wood tannins. The booze is hidden very well, offering only a glimpse toward the end of each sip. The finish is a mix of dark roast and a some sweetness, lingering for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel with plenty of roast in the finish. The alcohol is hidden very well.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this one. It was the perfect beer to have in-between all the sours we were drinking. It had plenty of rich flavors going on but it never got to the point of being overpowering.

orangesol, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4.75/5  rDev +11%
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.

weeare138, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet, Batch 210 brewed Jan 20, 2009. Lovely beer, this. Pours black with slight head, but what head there is is dark brown and settles to a ring. Quite roasty, and even nutty up front in the aroma department. Lots of black licorice, some espresso notes, and and some earthy bitterness round out the nose. I ,love the flavors here- big and bold, but beautifully integrated. Lots more licorice, coffee and chocolate notes, frresh cream, and a nice bitter undercurrent throughout while a sweet, charred sugar topnote runs through the flavor as well. There is also a luscious dark cocoa aftertaste that lingers quite a while. I've become more and more partial to recent Scandanavian brews, and I think this is a good example of how emulations of American style craft beers are often done very well over there. Quite full bodied and even a little prickly at first, but picks up creamier notes as the taste continues. Quite a nice beer.

Georgiabeer, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

900th review! 500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled 1/20/2009. Pours dense pitch black color with a small foamy dark brown head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lace and a small patch of foam in the center. Minimal lacing on the glass, but plenty of alcohol legs cling to the glass. Aromas of big dark cocoa, char, smoke, oak, molasses, caramel, licorice, earth, toast, raisin, prune, and light herbal. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength and complexity. Quite intense but not overbearing at all. Taste of big dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, toast, smoke, vanilla, raisin, licorice, prune, earth, oak, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, licorice, and earth on the finish for a good bit. High complexity of flavors are nicely balanced; and change across the palate over time. No cloying sweetness at all. Medium-low carbonation and very full bodied; with a nice creamy, slick, and fairly oily mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Definitely a slow sipper. Overall this is a highly excellent imperial stout. Nice flavor balance and complexity; and quite smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyable.

superspak, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

DoubleJ, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +11%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Son of a beehive..this is a great beer. I had one in the 'cellar' and found one at Total Beverage today. So the one I bought replace the fridge beer, and the latter went into my belly.

Popped the cap to be greeted with a swift aroma of prune; sharp. Chocolate and molasses came to the rescue, along with some smoked meat.

Looks awesome. Black. Not brown black...just black. Head is very dark brown, thick and creamy. Lacing lacks just a bit.

Ah, Hell...what a great complexity this beer is. Chocolate flavors, coffee hints, prune/plum backbone. Tobacco, umami, smoke....nothing overpowers. Well balanced. For the love of Pete, this is a great beer.

At 11% abv, this beer drinks fantastic. It's complex, but seem simple. Nothing overpowers, all flavors are solid. Damn fine beer...glad I bought another. This one was in the 'cellar' for about 3 months.

Mebuzzard, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Super dark mocha coffee brown like head. Filled with wonderful styrofoam bubbles all uniform in appearance, growing easily on the pour two to three fingers tall. Head settles slowly on to a very dark walnut brown/black body, quite opaque hardly see through. Always leaves a big puck, and it's very uniform and even while settling which is quite impressive. A truly great looking brew.

Bouquet is quite interesting with a good heated/warm angle. Sort of fruity, hard to pinpoint but comes off like a banana liqueur. Faint coffee and even fainter dark chocolate angle as the warmth seems to overpower it a little, but leaving a creamy character. Faint chewy hints, and soft body possibly hinting. Quite impressive.

First impression seems to focus on the mouthfeel, which is slightly wet but hinting at playful carbonation. Classic roast character comes but missing some malt depth and body. Great boozy character which only seems large once it's past your esophagus. Dark malts come out a little grainy, missing the chewy and creamy qualities hinting on the nose. Dry barley action comes quite a bit also. Fruity quality hinted doesn't come out on the palate but the dry roasty warmth does.

I was expecting more than what appearances and smells hinted at, but it still comes out as a solid beer worth drinking.

smakawhat, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -6.5%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an impressive thick looking blackish brown, with good head retention and fair lacing. On the nose, the licorise comes on strong, though I also get a considerable amount of dark chocolate and coffee as well. The flavors generally replicate the nose, though the chocolaten and coffee dominate in this rich, full flavored beer. The beer is moderately sweet, but there's some underlying bitterness that helps to balance this beer and keep it from becoming cloying. Mouthfeel is rich and full, with a fairly long finish. Drinkability isn't bad, though the combination of licorise, moderate sweetness and noticeable alcohol wears on me just a bit. Nevertheless, this is a very fine, very enjoyable RIS.

John_M, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

rab53, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Latarnik, May 31, 2014
Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
95 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.