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Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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world-class

485 Ratings
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 121
Gots: 61 | FT: 3
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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of billab914
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a pint glass. Batch 467

Pours a pitch black color with no head whatsoever. 0 carbonation here. It's probably the darkest beer I've ever seen. Smell is of roasted malts and dark chocolate, though not too strong. Taste is big in your face harsh roasted cocoa malts with a strong alcohol flavor. this is a very big beer. Extremely full bodied, not quite syrupy but close. definitely a sipper. not too easy to drink.

overall i wish it had more of a flavor profile. its big, just as i imagined it would be from the bottle artwork, but its not that complex. As a big fan of RIS' i still like this one, but if you arent a fan of the style then stay away as this is a horrible introductory beer to the style. I think i've been spoiled as I've had just about every other world class billed RIS' in the past.

Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Whole thing into one glass. Nice. Batch 297. Brewed 6/30/2010

Appearance - Vigorously dumped into the glass with a slight mocha head that settles to nothing at all. It's dark. That's about it.

Smell - Alcohol burn in the nostrils as I search for flavors. Definite hop presence about it. Dark roast takes a back seat to hops and booze. It's actually a bit discomforting to take big whiffs of it.

Taste - It is tasty, though. Chocolate malts are most predominant. Deeper roasted malts seem lost here. Molasses sweetness that doesn't really build into anything cloying. Hop flavor builds into a grassy bitter finish that thins out the flavors. The combination with a really boozy finish kinda kills the endgame of this beer, but it's a vast improvement over the alcohol-ridden smell.

Mouthfeel - It's not really that tough to drink, considering the hoppiness and bitterness, but it's not easy. Boozy burn in the finish with a warming sensation. A little thin feeling despite that I can't imagine this thing is low in final gravity.

Overall - The size of this stout works against it. Where's the roasty flavors? A lot of the characteristics I'm looking for are completely lost in the alcohol and hops. They're all there, but masked by sugars and fermented sugars.

Photo of PEIhop
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of liamt07
4.58/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Dark norse ale 11% abv. Batch 210. Brewed 20.01.09. Consumed 12.05.10.

A: Poured a viscose dark sherry with dark plum tones when hitting the glass and catching light. A dark nutmeg colored head, fairly thin, quickly dissipate to a bare reflective surface leaving no signs of lacing. Some carbonation bubbles gather at the bottom of the glass before quickly getting released into the wild. Labeled as a dark norse ale and wont get no arguments here.

S: The nose was vinous with dark grapes, plums and sherry notes with a dark roasted malting. The 11% is incredibly well hidden. There is a scent of lightly burnt cake breadiness right from the oven. The complexity is kept fairly simple yet the aroma is very smooth and vinous.

T: Burnt currant first comes to mind flavor wise. Again a burnt cake breadiness mixed with a rich espresso bean bitterness. Dark fruit of plums, raisins and sherry notes combine with a soft warmth of alcohol which seemed way below its advertised 11%. Creamer laced dark roast gives this an earthy roastedness with a gentle coverage of burnt chocolate and a wet minerality of coffee grounds for a lacing. There appears to be a bit of fruitiness from the yeast trying to come through beneath the dark malts with just enough umph to make you aware of its presence and give you a general appreciation.

M: Medium bodied, bordering on full, with an oily slick texture that effortlessly slides around the tongue. No carbonation is detected while a beautiful wet coffee ground roastedness ensures for a fade and coating on the tongue.

D: A meal within itself. A dark hearty tripel worthy of consumption by any Norse god let alone mere mortal. Very enjoyable and you don't even notice the 11% making this a smooth downer much more atone to a 7%er.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours black with blood red highlights, quite dramatic. Thin medium tan head that dissipates rapidly, leaving modest lacing. Powerful dark fruits, dark malt and alcohol aroma. The most powerful fruit aroma I've ever experienced from a beer. Dark chocolate, malt, molasses and dark fruits, very intense. Vanilla, fruit and light coffee middle and finish with light hops. A remarkable, intense beer. Really glad I was able to try this. Hope I see it again.

Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch 349 (2011 bottle?), opened in 2013.

A - Straight black body with no highlights; one of the darkest beers I've seen. Dark milk chocolate head settles into a medium halo. Low lace.

S - Cocoa powder, brown sugar, dark fruits, light balsamic vinegar, chocolate cookies.

T - Very sweet; caramel, light brown sugar, chocolate cookies, touch of booze, pumpernickel bread, burnt toast. Nice integration.

M - Thick, full body, low carbonation. About spot on for an RIS.

O - A little too sweet for the style, but otherwise well crafted.

Photo of aasher
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is Batch 210, bottled January 20, 2009. It pours a midnight black with a thick, motor oil like body. The head is the darkest I've ever seen on a beer. It's very, very dark brown with red highlights. The head dissipates within two minutes to leave a thin dark khaki lacing around the my Founders snifter. It smells of sweet milk chocolate, pretzels, dark roasted malts, caramel malts, and coffee. The nose is is very intriguing. After taking a few sniffs it makes me want some chocolate covered pretzels. It's very quaffable. The flavor is very sweet. It tastes like a more chocolaty Darkness. It's very rich and leaves a nice after taste of light roast and milk chocolate. I definitely like it more than Darkness that's for sure. It does give off a little alcohol though, even at two plus years old. It's incredibly smooth though and coats your entire mouth. Overall this is an excellent Russian Imperial Stout. The beer it reminds me of most is Founders Breakfast Stout, but even an imperial version of that. It's just too bad that this won't be available in Indiana much longer.

Photo of wordemupg
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip May,2,2011

A jet black right out of the bottle, I'm talking dark liquid, just a thumbs width of mocha head that's gone very fast leaving no lace but it dose leave what looks like a glass full of motor oil

S some booze with lots of dark fruit, chocolate, faint smoke and licorice and some brandy perhaps

T the faint smoke turns into strong charred wood, the licorice comes out a little more and the chocolate becomes darker, espresso I couldn't smell is massive in the mouth, some molasses plays on the tongue and other then that it tastes as it smells

M thick, rich, creamy goodness. this one has a little heat but it somehow adds to its perfection in this area, I got a little stuck in my teeth and will be tasting it next week at this rate

O the look was carried by the blackness but other then that this beer is comes through in all areas, 4.75 may have been dropped if it was an option

when you throw in the 7$ price tag the decision makes even more sense, if you can buy this beer do so and drink it, after that but a dozen more to age and trade.

Photo of glid02
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours black as black can be with a one-finger dark brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts, dark chocolate, and molasses, in that order. As it warms the malt flavors gain complexity and hints of dark fruits enter into things.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors up front are joined by sweet molasses and dark chocolate flavors almost immediately. Midway through the sip mild amounts of dark fruit flavors - plums and raisins - enter into things and fade out before a mildly bitter endingn.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with soft yet assertive carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass very easily, especially for an 11.0% beer, and could easily have another.

Overall this beer lived up to the (admittedly subdued) hype. A very well done RIS and one that's well worth a shot.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown head of about one finger froths up and dissipates to nothing. Viscous black oil with dark brown highlights and an everlasting glass coating that tints my Chimay glass a light brown color.

The aroma has lots of milk chocolate, currant coffe, and brownies.

The tast is an oil slick of super roasted malts that imparts numerous dark flavors. Dark and milk chocolate blended together well. Mocha coffee flavors and some nice warmth from the alcohol.

A ery good Norse sipper!

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint glass. Had a jet black color and a totally opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A big, strong aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee - all the good things in a Russian Imperial Stout.

T: Tasted like it smelled. Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and even a little smokiness to it. Very well balanced.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: An incredibly drinkable stout. Well made, easy to drink.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, Batch 507 (3500 bottles). Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half brown head that didn't stay around for too long. There's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and burnt/charred malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some dark fruit and licorice. It starts off with the burnt/charred/roasty flavors being the strongest, but the dark fruit flavors come out more as the beer warms up. There's also a lingering bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and oily with good carbonation. I think this is a pretty nice brew, I don't know why it took so long for me to try this one. $9.99 a bottle.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BMart
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Cyberkedi
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich black sable with a dark tan head - what I got was rather thin, but this was an artifact of the way it was poured. I'm sure a first pour would have yielded a nice thick head. Aroma fills the nose with rich chocolate, fine coffee, and nutty and molasses hints. Excellent flavor is like a high-quality mocha, fine chocolate and high-quality coffee; it is sweet but not cloying with nutty and molasses undertones. Texture is thick, smooth, oily and fizzy, leaving a tingly and slightly sweet finish. A real winner!

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Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
95 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.