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Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

Odin's TippleOdin's Tipple

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

430 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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


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Norway

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Batch 277, brewed 27/3/2010.

4.0 A: Wow is this black. I thought I knew what black is, but apparently I had no clue. The head on this is also the darkest I've ever seen. It's dark brown and there was initially a good three fingers of it. Mainly frothy with good retention, but not much in terms of lacing.

5.0 S: This sure as hell is interesting. The wild yeast doesn't really give a funk in the normal sense, but it does give flavors that I can say that I've never had. It's like a rancid chocolate (if that can even happen), but it isn't at all unpleasing. Or maybe a tangy earthiness is more appropriate. Either way, it's wonderful. Otherwise, this is quite sweet with tons of chocolate and caramel. An ever so light roastiness helps to add balance along with touches of peat and chicory.

4.5 T: The taste is just as wonderful. Bold, rich chocolate throughout. Sweet with caramel, but not cloying in the least. Rather, the sweetness can be likened to biting into an overripe plum. Again a light roastiness. Hints of coffee with some chicory in there. The "earthy tanginess" is back and adds several layers of complexity and ties all the other flavors together.

5.0 M: Just made it to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and incredibly smooth for a beer this big. No hints of alcohol at any point.

5.0 D: This is simply a fantastic brew. Aside from the wild yeast, it seems pretty simple, but it is so incredibly tasty and smooth. I wish more US breweries would start leaning toward this kind of brewing instead of making over-hyped, over-rated, overly cloying messes.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 23:34:32 | More by DavoleBomb
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one at our tasting.

A-pours a viscous dense black motor oil looking liquid with a dark brown, mahogony head.

S-deeply roasted malts up front, notes of acetone behind, hints of coffee and chocolate in the middle, lots of dark fruit sweetness in the back, plums raisins, and a touch of cherry.

T-lots of chalkiness up front, notes of tobacco, lots of roasted dark malts, light coffee and chocolate. the finish adds acetone and sweetness, plums and raisins soaked in rum.

M-big feel, full bodied, creamy but a little grainy in the back, lots of carbonation, crisp finish and slightly dry.

D-this is huge, not insanely drinkable but a decent job on the flavors. a little boozy in the back but still a ton of roasted malts and a good balance of sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 22:42:29 | More by cpetrone84
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ADZA

Australia

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick dark as night black hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a one finger chocolate laced head and sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is very rich and spot on with aromas of dark chocolate,rich xmas cake,boozy alcohol and cherries soaked in brandy,the mouthfeel is full bodied,warming and slick with tastes of roasted dark expresso,dark belgian chocolate,roasted malts,chocolate coated cherries,rich fruit cake and finished with a roasty,boozy finish and overall its definately a sipper with its high ABV and perfect for the cold winter nights cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 12:16:57 | More by ADZA
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ehammond1


4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pug & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A dark black, if there is such a thing. No light makes it through the body of this beer. Thin brown crown atop, leaving the glass oily and shiny.

Lots of dark, rich chocolate and roasted malt, along with a touch of an earthy/sweet molasses.

The flavor is similar to the aroma--an abundance of roasted, black malts, earthy bitterness, and lots of dark chocolate.

Full in body with low-moderate carbonation.

Big, bold, expressive, flavorful, and bitter. A great imperial stout.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 19:39:18 | More by ehammond1
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained from kjyost. Review notes from 8.16.11.
Batch 329. Bottled on 3/12/10
Poured in to Founder's Tulip glass.

A - Ooured a dark inky black colour with one finger of espresso coloured head that slowly dissipated.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee; light dark fruit notes in the background.

T - Roasted malts and some noticeable alcohol up front that settles down after a few sips. Chocolate, light coffee, smoke, molasses and a bitterness that stays present throughout to balance out the sweetness. Once the alcohol settles down, the flavours really show up with some some light licorice and dark fruit notes coming through in the background to compliment the aforementioned flavours.

M - Medium to full body, Light to moderate carbonation.

O - An excellent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 03:10:51 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same deal as everyone else has noted: brewed 1/20/09. Wasn't sure what this was when I picked it up, but I couldn't resist the Norse mythology-themed name and label. And the two others I've had by this brewery were very good to amazing.

Into the snifter it goes and holy mother of Thor, this is an absolutely insane-looking beer (in the very best of ways). I noticed right during the pour that the liquid was not only spent-oil black, but that it looked raw, unfiltered and as old as the gods. Once in the glass, one of the most beautiful mocha browns I've ever seen forms a large fluffy head, which minimizes, but never totally dies, and stays bountiful for long enough that it can't be awhile. Drop-dead gorgeous, or perhaps "mightily majestic" puts it better.

Mocha/coffee tones permeate the nose, as does graham cracker and a spicy alcohol jab. Plum and fig work in, as well, with dark chocolate around the edges. My wife called out from beyond the closed door of this room: "wow, I can smell your beer from here!" Cool!

Flavor mirrors the aroma in all ways, and in the best ways. Mocha/coffee is slightly bitter but far from harsh; husky nuttiness front, center and finish; graham cracker comes in strongly, presumably something imparted by the malt; dark fruits are just trim around the edges, adding something juicier and sweeter for balance against the earthy, bitter tones; alcohol, at a considerable 11%, is present as a warming glow that underscores but doesn't overtake. I've had quite a few beers with less alcohol that are much less balanced. That's the key here, in addition to the amazing flavors: balance. The finish is long and leans heavily toward dark chocolate and graham cracker. Another beer that reminds me of liquid s'mores.

The mouthfeel is not terrible by any means, but askew to what I was hoping for and expecting. Who wouldn't expect, based on looks, smell and flavor, for the mouthfeel to be a gooey, creamy, chewy, barely-carbonated gob of melted chocolate sludge? This is far from that. There are tons of tiny bubbles dancing on the tongue, giving this an atypically lively buoyancy. Yet it has a nice velvety glide, and there's also a thickness and stickiness present which satisfies the part of me that wanted something creamier. The unexpected carbonation sizzle is like throwing puffed rice into fine chocolate, which I imagine some chocolate connoisseurs find appalling (who knows, guess we should look into chocolateadvocate.com and find out, eh?). I respect the brewer's decision to take this beer another way and not give in to standards and expectations.

Wowza, this is amazing. Presumably there are high quality ingredients going into this at every level, and there is certainly attention to depth and balance. Probably not a stretch to say this is a must-try for all lovers of big, bold stouts. Odin's Tipple has been on the market for at least several months now...why isn't it a more talked-about beer? Maybe I'm just nuts.

[Addendum after reading some previous reviews: many people noting how boozy it is, but I'm not feeling that. Maybe it's aged just long enough to chill that out?]

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 20:53:11 | More by Metalmonk
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Batch 210
Brewed 20.01.09

A: I love how this beer looks! Pours an inky midnight black with the darkest of dark brown heads perched on top. It gradually recedes to a fat and creamy ring that leaves a fair amount of lace on the glass. Carbonation is incredibly still. When a bubble or two manage to break the surface, it resembles the type of slow bubbles that are released underwater by rotting vegetation.

S: Huge aromas of charred campfire wood, burnt malt, vanilla, espresso, dark chocolate, caramelized brown sugar, booze soaked dark fruit, chocolate covered cherries, rum raisin bread pudding, cocoa, and Belgian chocolate.

T: Exactly as above with the addition of more of an ever so slight, raw booze flavor.

M: Excellent balance. Peppery, dry, and bitter which is countered by sweet, slick, and coating. The finish hangs around for ages and develops into equal parts sweet and savory, dry and slick, and rough and tender. A bit of solvent alcohol, also, that tightens things up and keeps them from getting too sweet.

D: I was so impressed by this beer. I'm convinced that the Haand brewers can do no wrong. Seek this one out at all costs!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 01:56:34 | More by GbVDave
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to kjyost for this bottle. Batch 329, brewed 3.12.10.

A - Insanely black. One finger of dark brown head fades to a film fast with a ring around it. When swirled it sticks hard to the glass. Very Imperial. No lace and barely any retention. The thick and syrupy appearance of this brings this up...normally I wouldn't think much of a beer with no lacing or retention but the darkness of this and thickness of it is cool.

S - Hugely chocolatey. Lot's of wood, some slight coffee, molasses and brown sugar with dark fruits. Extremely inviting.

T - Very chocolatey again with a mild booze note. Dark sugars, molasses, and strong roasted malts. A mix of chocolate and dark roasted malts blending with all the other complex flavours makes this a great Imperial Stout.

M - Very mild carbonation which is nice with a full body and a dark chocolate/coffee bitterness.

O/D - Extremely good. A greatly complex and drinkable Imperial Stout. Not much to say other than the chocolate, coffee, molasses (which I've never tasted stronger), and roasted notes. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 03:49:25 | More by tbeckett
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billab914

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Portsmouth tulip glass. At first it poured a full glass of dense chocolaty foam. It took a bit to settle down but when it did it was a very thick, pitch black color with a modest head left. It had some excellent head retention to it, lasting well into drinking it.

The aroma has a lot of bitter-sweet chocolaty flavors coming through. A bit of a roasty, slight coffee like flavor is there. It's pretty sweet with some brown sugary like flavors to it as well.

The taste shows a lot of malty sweetness to it. Bitter-sweet chocolate and roasted malts really come out in it. I get some brown sugar sweetness in it as well. It has a bit of a burntness to it as you get to the finish that lends a dry bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and carbonation is moderate for the style. Drinkability is pretty good, it was a nice beer to sip on this evening. It had a lot of flavors going on but they managed to work together pretty nicely. A very nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 03:52:53 | More by billab914
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cosmicevan

New York

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

many a thanks goes out to DaftCaskBC!

a - opened the bottle and filled my cbs snifter. poured a rich lush black. a very thin brown head bubbled away as soon as it appeared. brew is dark and ominous with a soft brown lid.

s - lots of booze. roasted malts. some cherries. has a mentholated thing going on from the alc. smells pretty serious.

t - oh wow. really comes alive in taste. big bold chocolate and roasted malts. booze is better hidden behind the indulgent chocolate.

m - body is huge and full. rich but drinkable. leaves a tingle in my mouth and feels like i'm drinking whiskey.

o - overall, ya know those little chocolates that have booze in them. BAM...this is a whiskey one. rather enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 04:19:18 | More by cosmicevan
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emmasdad

Colorado

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

Bottle poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, charcoal, dark fruit licorice, oak and coffee. Palate was full bodied and smooth with a dry warming finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, oak, dark fruit, roasted malt, light licorice and light coffee with a smooth dry warming lingering fruity finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 05:07:25 | More by emmasdad
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msubulldog25

Oregon

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

After a frostier than expected night out with friends, enjoying Louisiana-styled home-cookin' and averting our eyes from another crap-tastic Blazers defeat, decided on a sipper to conclude the evening. Talk of the Kevin Durant/Greg Oden miss and the current sad state of the team may have played a part in snagging the "Odin's Tipple" from the chilly depths of the cellar. Close enough...

An 0,5L bottle (Batch 277, Brewed 27.03.10) poured to a snifter. A pick-up from Beaumont Market a little while back.

A: A slurry of blackness dumps from the bottle, extinguishing all traces of light: a marvel in the dark arts...of brewing. Capped by a crackling foam pile, a full finger high of rust-tinted sienna. Despite ebbing a little too quickly, the end result is a clinging ring and freckled half-covering of silky cream. Speckles of lace try in vain to stick, ultimately being pulled back to the murky depths.

S: Chambord and vanilla-laced coffee liqueur and slightly tangy cacao are all present. Strength is very good, fusel fumes are maybe a little too revealing.

T: Rich chocolate cake and earthy blackberries explode right away. Plenty of ground chocolate bar, spicy and musty bittersweetness. Woody char matches brief moments of oatmeal sugars. Muddy dark fudge and dry pepper dashes in the finish. Yeah, there's a little booziness here, but Oh, good god (of Norse mythology) this is delicious!

M: Each sip evolves: a spry effervescence enlivens the tongue; just as quickly, a soothing warmth begins to simmer. Coating begins squarely in the middle of the mouth, creeping outward, grabbing the cheeks, enveloping the teeth with a fine grit. Think espresso, or a fine french press, here: it's thick without being sticky or syrupy whatsoever and lingers for an eternity. Exceptional.

D: There's no getting around a tingly glow and a thickening heaviness, but this a 'wow' beer in just about every way. I'm not really surprised, as much of what I've tried from HaandBryggeriet has been wonderful, but this takes it to another level. At 8 months since bottling, I'm in love now. Could it get better? Time will tell, because I'm buying more. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 06:21:41 | More by msubulldog25
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

Seriously, we have never seen a head this dark; the color even pushes the envelope of black. Sweetness in the nose of burnt dried plums, chocolate and espresso. Very viscous, crispness is all tied up in the syrupy body. Dried plum? Sure. Ripe cherries as well. Then the onslaught of charred grain. Alcohol is very warm, but the choco-like flavors weigh it down a bit. Boozy, charred wood, ripe cherries and dried plums again in the finish. Skål to epic beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 02:52:40 | More by BeerAdvocate
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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

From a tall 500 ml brown bottle. Best before 03.12.14, and this is batch 329. Pours out opaque pitch black on colour, foamy deep mocha head that retains for a few minutes and then settles to nothing.

Peaty Whisky, cocoa, molasses, licorice, coffee grounds and Kaluha, and soft rounded roasted malt. Very enticing!

Only 3 sips in and this is one of the best RIP's I've ever tried. Sweet, almost sticky alcohol up front, cocoa and licorice, molasses and a blast of alcohol warmth in the middle, with tiramisu, dark dried fruit, coffee and rounded roasted malt on the finish. Quite the mouthfull!

Full-bodied mouthfeel, slick and slippery smooth texture, low carbonation.

Well then, gets a little overwhelming after a while with a pint sized sample, and this stuff delivers the goods all the way. It certainly doesn't hide the alcohol content but incorporates it very well into the overall character and package. As mentioned above, probably one of the best of the style I've ever tried, this is definitely worth seeking out. I'll be going back for more.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 03:57:14 | More by IronDjinn
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black with cap of dense, dark brown head, good lacing. Scent is a potent mix of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, notes of char, molasses, chicory, earth, oak, vanilla... fantastically complex. Taste brings the components of scent together in a fantastically flavored brew... roast and char before bitter dark chocolate, dark fruit and faint roasted coffee take over, backbone is earthy, oaky, lightly funkdified (ahh wild yeast) with splashes of bark spice and vanilla. Full bodies, smooth and alcohol hidden well. A great surprise on draft and well worth its slightly hefty price tag.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2011 15:51:26 | More by rfgetz
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prototypic

Ohio

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

Many, many thanks to kkipple for this gem. Wasn't expecting to see this one. I like the sound of "Dark Norse Ale."

Odin's Tipple is an ominous onyx color. Pitch black. No light cuts through at all. The Norse Gods would approve. A very dark mocha head caps it off. It's rather ominous itself. It rises to about a finger and a half before falling rather quickly. Lacing was light, but a little sticky.

The nose is tremendous. Bittersweet dark chocolate blends perfectly with a strong espresso/roasted coffee presence. Smells a little charred or burnt. A light sweet chocolate scent emerges with just a touch of caramel in its wake. At the secondary level, there's some molasses and black licorice. Alcohol is easily noted, but that should come as no real surprise. It is 11% abv. Too much, eh? What kind of Norseman are you?

The flavor is every bit as impressive. It's very rich, deep, and complex. One sip is all it takes to become a believer in the power of the Norse Gods. The roasted and chocolate malt base is incredibly sturdy and flavorful. The chocolate variety is like bittersweet, dark chocolate fudge. A little caramel sweetness is noted and complements the other malts well. Roasted coffee and espresso flavors explode on the palate. I'm a coffee fan, so that's a homerun for me. Lighter, subtle notes of black licorice, anise, and charcoal add a ton of character and complexity. Alcohol is somewhat prominent and has a bit of a warming effect. But, if you're a true Norseman, that shouldn't bother you. It finishes with a nice mix of malts and coffee.

Odin's Tipple has a medium body that thickens a little with warming. I wouldn't quite call it full, but it's getting closer. Carbonation is light, and it has a nice, smooth feel. Just a little more body would bump it up a notch. Drinkability is very high. This is one tasty stout that's far too easy to drink, especially for its size. To say I'm enjoying it is an understatement.

There's no question in my mind...Odin's Tipple is the nectar of the Norse Gods. Let there be no doubt. I was told this was good by a very credible source. It is indeed. Damn good. HaandBryggeriat definitely hit a homerun here. This is one big, badass stout that deserves your attention. Do not shy away. It's calling your inner Norseman. Awesome stuff, Dan! Thanks a ton!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 02:59:45 | More by prototypic
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. Batch #297. Brewed 30-06-10.

(A)- Pours a thick pitch black color. Produced some tan bubbles, though they stuck around for awhile.

(S)- A deep roasted aroma. Bits of baked bread, raisin, cocoa, and coffee grounds. Faint bits of licorice as it warmed.

(T)- Like the smell, a nice roasted profile with baked bread, raisin, cocoa, and coffee. Finishes with a bizarre coca-cola flavor/sweetness.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level and smooth. Nice and roasty, though very sweet in a sugary way with that underlying cola/dr. pepper aspect to it. A bit slick / Oily feeling.

(D)- Overall, a solid stout. Would like to see how this is fresher, but if its this sweet now, I am not sure how much I would have liked it fresher. Nonetheless, an enjoyable stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 04:18:31 | More by sweemzander
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

Batch 297 30.06.10 (6/30/10 perhaps?)

I curse you Jimmy J. I curse you for being such a good guy and BA member. Most of all, I curse you for finding this great beer before me. Draught2012, brought this beer over for a tasting a few months ago and while I had heard of the brewer, the beer itself was unknown to me. 25% into the glass I was already cursing Jimmy. How dare he find this gem before me?…… I kid, I kid. Thanks much Jimmy. What a great beer. So glad to sit and actually post a review based on the additional bottle you brought for me.

Not much of a head on the beer, just a light bronze foam that stays for a while and retreats to a thin film across the top of the liquid. Black, Black, and more black. No light, no how. No lace either.

Black Licorice, Brown sugar. Back and forth, back and forth. I thought of Black Sambuca for a moment.

Wow, this is just a wonderful beer. It starts of as really nice and gets better as it opens up. There is simplicity to its complexity. But it works. A spicy brown sugar that is soon revealed as black licorice or anise. A slight note of cocoa in the background and almost a warmth from a certain type of pepper.. Perhaps Ancho chile. Not spicy, but a warming heat. On the other hand, almost a cooling menthol affect in the aftertaste. As it warms more dark fruit comes out and reveals itself.

The body is a touch light for my personal preference, but the flavor makes up for it. A touch slick. The carbonation is a slight as possible while still being called carbonation.

This is a beer that continues to evolve as you work your way through the glass. I love this complexity more than most single flavor components. I say that it’s a beer you can play in while you work through the glass.

I curse you Jimmy J! ;-) You need to try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 21:36:21 | More by Reagan1984
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from New Beer Distributors in NYC, 500ml into a snifter - split with others. Batch 210, brewed January 20, 2009. Nice to pick up something over 2 years old that's been aged relatively nicely.

Pours pitch black, with a dark dirty brown head. Falls to a thick collar and has a good amount of retention. Super viscous coming out of the bottle - looks like a Mikkeller stout. Nose is heavy on tar, charcoal, deep and viscous caramel, brown sugar with a hint of smoke. Yum yum. Taste has a huge dark chocolate component, again with some tar, brown sugar and smoke. Complex and brings me back for another sip time after time. Warming up, some dark fruits begin to appear, but remains buried beneath everything else. Thick, viscous, rich and charred mouthfeel. Great drinkability, if solely due to how yummy this was and having nothing to do with the alcohol content. Exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 01:05:10 | More by liamt07
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AgentMunky

California

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 03:49:37 | More by AgentMunky
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Bobby8405 and Todes, for sharing this ridiculously evil nectar of the Norse Gods.

A - It pours a wicked and sinister silky black with a small and exceptionally dark umber-hued cap of foam. It deserves bonus points (that I am not giving) for the extremely awesome graphics on the label.

S - The smell is great. Aromatic cocoa, charred wood, dark malty-fruity impressions, notes of espresso, and a peppery-spicy element from the hop profile.

T - This is some real deal stuff. The flavor is big and rich; replete with bitter cocoa, smoky and woody impressions, cherry, vanilla, burnt coffee nuances, and the charred sweetness of crème Brulee crust. I will seek this one out again for sure.

M - Thick and rich, but not unreasonably so, and unbelievably smooth.

D - Highly recommendable. Very very solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 04:48:32 | More by ktrillionaire
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black and makes a three-finger, medium looking, dark, mocha, chocolate colored head with decent retention. Head is fluffy and really noisy. Pitch black in the glass and next to zero carbonation evident. Head eventually disappears and only a ring remains, with lots of carbonation decorating the top. A ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Some roasted malts, dark cherries, dark fruits, and notes of dark chocolate as well. A touch of booze to boot. Cocoa powder becomes more apparent as it settles. Bold and complex aromas for sure.

TASTE: Some roasted malts, with dark cherries everywhere and a good alcohol bite as well. Some spicy booze in there; perhaps some rum flavors. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder show up on the finish. A spicy, boozy, and chocolaty aftertaste is bold and lingers nicely.

PALATE: Medium body with higher levels of carbonation. Somewhat airy on the palate, and not creamy or smooth enough. Basically, the typical feel for a Danish stout. Goes down light and finishes slightly mouth-coating with lots of lingering heat.

OVERALL: An interesting and tasty brew, but the thin and airy palate keeps it back, much like it does a number of Danish stouts. A tasty treat I would have again, but don't think I would go out of my way. One worth checking out if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 11:43:38 | More by Jeffo
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rye726

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite ale thus far from Haand. Really opens up at cellar temp.

Pours a thick, oilish black with a dark mocha head. Not the best retention, but quite impressive.

Chocolate, coffee, plums, cherries, ripe berries, fruity alcohol, bitter hops and a subtle wild yeast presence.

Thick, silky body is well carbonated. A bit boozy, but nothing wrong with that.

Impressive stuff. Will age very well.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 06:35:33 | More by rye726
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

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

Like used motor oil, this comes spewing out of the bottle. Vigorously poured, it produces about a small fingers worth of mocha head that dissipates to a creamy, thin layer.

Huge burnt and roasted malt notes pour out on the nose, with ample chocolate, coffee, currents, dark fruits, and molasses.

Bittersweet dark chocolate, milk chocolate, espresso, lactose, sweet fruit notes, roasted, slightly charred. Wow. This is up there among my favorite RIS's now...

Full bodied, creamy, coating and chewy. Very low carbonation.

Overall, this is definitely a stellar RIS! Drinkability is great: Little to no alcohol is noticeable, expect for the warm feeling you get in your belly after some sips. I think I'll have to go buy up the rest at the store!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 00:51:49 | More by EgadBananas
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Arbitrator

California

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

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by Bubba83. Thanks, Kevin! From notes.

A: Pours a motor-oil black with very slight edge translucence. It's a little leggy, which is surprising (and pleasing).

S: Roasted grain, dark chocolate -- it has a very "meaty" aroma (autolysis?) with a little smoke. Dark fruit. Very rich and 'filling' on the nose.

T: This hits all the right flavors for an RIS: roasted grain, dark chocolate, raisins. The latter works well with the meatiness and smoke of the beer; the flavors are very complementary and in harmony. There is some char in the aftertaste.

M: Rich, velvety body. It has a lush, wet finish with lingering stickiness.

O: Kevin mentioned that this was bottled with brett, but we couldn't pick it up at all. Given how far the beer is from dry, it seems the brett hasn't even started to work. Maybe it'll have some more of that as it ages. But fresh, it tastes just fine.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 20:21:58 | More by Arbitrator
Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
95 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.