Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet
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4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
I really, really, really, really did juggle up whether to review this brew for number 400 or not - on the one hand I've heard so many good things about HaandBryggeriet's Odin's Tipple that it was a dead cert for 400. However I do believe I've found an even more insane-gigantic-colossal brew for that insane-gigantic-colossal number that it will put Odin to shame, but enough of that, let's waste no further time cracking open this giant slayer.
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.
A: Pours into the glass like Barry White pouring his soul into a song about a sensual sexy lady. The body is an impenetrable black, a sea of ink into which stricken sailors drown. There was a mocha head at one stage but that ceased to be more than a thin lace ring around the glass.
S: Liquid 85% cocoa dark chocolate with notes of roast coffee and vanilla. A Russian Imperial Stout in its classic sense: Dark, brooding and stoic, not unlike the archetypal Russian hero in a Tolstoy novel.
T: Taste is a heady combination of the above: 85% cocoa dark chocolate, roast coffee and vanilla. Finishes more bitter than dry and leaves a bold imprint on your tongue in the after taste, a giant wet footprint of roasted malt and medicinal bitter hops, with a hint of smoke.
M: Oily, heavy with an undefinable tar-like viscosity as you would expect from a Stout of this calibre.
D: This is spot on for what you would expect in a Russian Imperial Stout, however without slanting in the direction of either coffee or chocolate it doesn't interest me as much as Founders Breakfast Stout (coffee) or Xiquic And The Hero Twins (chocolate), brews which are able to find more of a niche for me - sometimes I just feel like coffee and other times I just feel like chocolate. Let's get one thing straight though: This is an epic Stout that says "Skål bitches!" with every sip, mighty God effort Odin.
Food match: I wouldn't if I were you. Cigars would be the only appropriate pairing for this Goliath.
08-06-2014 10:13:52 | More by doktorhops
4.31/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
06-23-2014 17:37:25 | More by StonedTrippin
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
Purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar, Escondido
A: poured thick and viscous in a pint glass. Beautiful darkness, coco tan head settling to an inch+ and holding briefly as the drink comes to room temp, resting at a nice thin layer. Classic RIS look,
S: creamy chocolate puddling, fully roasted malt, not too smokey and very pleasant on the nose.
T: powdered cocoa-chocolate first on the tongue and a very woody flavor. Nutmeg and some berries, the berry flavor is complex and seems more pronounced the warmer the beer gets. Alcohol is definitely there, heat and not unpleasant for those (like me) that like to know there's a bite. Heat lasts until your next sip.
M: thick and luscious, coats the whole mouth. Perfect for the style.
O: extremely enjoyable. Complex flavor and heat that let's you settle in and sip the night away. This one surprised me and I'm going to the store tomorrow to get more to store for next winter.
05-17-2014 01:40:14 | More by Bonsall_Phil
4.04/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
05-07-2014 03:58:59 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
05-07-2014 00:43:46 | More by stephens101
Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
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