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Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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243 Reviews
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Reviews: 243
Hads: 488
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 126
Gots: 64 | 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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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar, Escondido
Batch 676

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. (936 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,111 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.

A- Pours a solidly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch brown head that bears great retention time before slowly dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Highly resilient lacing leaves a thick sheet behind.

S- Heavy dark roast brings a lot of char to the nose and slight notes of dark chocolate and caramel.

T- More alcohol flavor in the taste than in the aroma with the strong dark roast providing a nice backdrop for it. Notes of coffee, molasses and more dark chocolate. Medium bitterness that works well with the heavy malt. Drinkable but definitely a sipper.

M- Semi-creamy yet a bit sharp from the booze. Medium carbonation and a very full body.

O- This is a fantastic-looking RIS but the rest of the elements don't quite live up to the appearance. Very good for the ABV. (882 characters)

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 507...much thanks to Zamaman!

Appearance: Black as a 2x should be, but the nice two fingers of tan head with gurgling bubbles where it meets the beer sets this apart. This is one sexy looking beer.

Smell: Dark chocolate, dark fruit, cocoa, tannic earthiness, roasted malt.

Taste: Subtly sweet dark fruit over nice malt to start. Middle of the tongue gives dark chocolate. Finish is slight hop bitterness over some bitter baker's chocolate. The alcohol factor in this beer is quite negligible. If I were blind, I'd easily have guessed this as only 7% or so...wow. Really smooth.

Mouthfeel: Viscous, velvety and smooth. Quite possibly the best mouthfeel I've ever experienced for a standard Imperial Stout, or any Stout, for that matter. The way this drinks is found few and far between, if ever.

Overall: This beer blew me away. It is balanced so well with a touch of sweetness but nothing that even approaches cloying. From the taste, to the mouthfeel to the smell, I haven't had many better for this style. Add in the fact that it hides the booze deceptively well and drinks so damn smooth; there's not much that can be improved upon here. This is a masterpiece, I can only imagine how good the barrel aged version is. (1,231 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,357 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(4.0) A: Dark reddish-brown (near black) with a tall dark mocha coloured head. Pours thick and heavy. Head slowly recedes to a thin blanket while leaving faint lacing.

(4.5) S: Dark chocolate, orange-banana, espresso, vanilla, and dark fruits (dates, cherries, raisins). This is very enticing with a more fruitier aroma that compliments the roast malt elements real nicely (chocolate orange-ish but better). Hint of bourbon like booze.

(4.5) T: Dark cocoa, rich caramel, dark fruits, tropical and citrus fruits, and vanilla. Diverse flavours including a varied mix of fruits (tropical, citrus, dark) and a smoky bourbon-like boozy quality that comes across quite smooth. Outstanding.

(4.25) M: Full bodied would be an understatement. Moderate carbonation. Slick with a semi-chalky and chewy texture.

(4.25) D: This is great and now wishing I picked up additional bottles. The varied fruit and roasted malt profile are standout attributes coupled with the great smooth and velvety nature of this. (1,001 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown black color with a decent brown head and some lacing

S-dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, dark malt, hint of smoke

T-chocolate, espresso, plums, raisins, dark roasted malt, light char, mild to moderate bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-great flavor and depth in this RIS and savored this one thoroughly (367 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes with a small tan head with a dark black color.

The aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, wood, ash, and some dark fruit.

The flavor has tons of dark fruit, licorice, sweet chocolates.

As it warms up. There's a huge dark burnt ashy flavor. It's like rotten wood almost with its dankness. It really has strong ash, but not offensive.

There is an easy finish with a slight bit of booze to clean things up. The mouthfeel is creamy and quite light for such a huge and roasty beer.

I had this next to Alesmith Speedway and preferred this. What a fantastic brew. (573 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (818 characters)

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

8 oz draft @the farmers cabinet

11% ABV
Appearance: very dark and rich with small tan head
Smell: Rich malts and chocolate
Taste: Sweet and creamy chocolate on the front end and bitter dark chocolate on the finish.
Verdict: three distinct flavors and transitions that are well balanced.
4.5 out of 5 (300 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of freneticamnesic
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - poured thick and black, syrupy, with a very thin dark brown head that dissipated rather quickly

S - Hard to detect much in this one. I did smell some coffee or roast malts, but it was very very subtle

T - Tastes of toffee, brown sugar, some hoppiness and dark fruits at first, finishing with some very nice coffee and a hint of hop bitterness at the end

M - Creamy, moderate carbonation. Very smooth and full. Really what I like in an imperial stout

Overall, the beer looked and tasted fantastic. This is really what I enjoy in this style, and I was very impressed with how well balanced and delicious this beer was. I purchased this at random, having never heard of it before, whilst here in Denmark, and I'm very happy I found this beer, would definitely drink it again! Only real reason I marked this down is because of how light the smell was. I would of liked a little bit more than what was there. But that's really a minor issue compared to the rest. (965 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L poured into a snifter

A- Pours pitch black like dirty motor oil. Insanely dark beer and one of the darkers brown heads I have ever seen on a beer. A surprisingly large head with good retention. Intense alcohol legs. A sight for sore Eyes.

S- Super roasty. A pungent dryness on the nose. A refreshing, strong bitterness to compliment the intense roasted notes. A massive dark chocolate and burnt caramel. A touch of smoke and yeast.

T- A massively roasty beer. A pungent burnt dryness on the tongue. A strong lingering bitterness that helps balance. A lot of smoke and ash in this beer. Deep down there is a hint of a dark fruit and cherry pit. A burnt caramel and leathery taste. A manly tasting and massively roasty RIS.

M- Thick. A bit high on the bitterness and carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden and taste but is there in feel.

O- This is a fantastic RIS. One of the best non barrel aged stouts I have had. Great stuff. (935 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A pitch black body with a deep brown/mocha colored head. The head was very large and took a while to poor because it was so large.

S: Very subtle aromas present, they are not strong by any stretch of the imagination. There is very subtle chocolate, coffee, and very darkly roasted grains.

T: Amazingly rich flavors. There is roasted malt in the front of this beer. There is a rich chocolate and coffee flavors accompanying as well.

M: Very heavy and silky body with perfect carbonation.

O: Great RIS. One of the better ones out there. Well worth getting. (561 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Rutager for the bottle!

Jet black in colour, faint ring of tan head, no lace, even a hard swirl produces any head, lokks fairly still and inky. Smell is full of dark chocolate, big deep roast, anise/liquorice notes with a bit of dark fruit, ends with char and chocolate. Taste of dark chocolate and soy sauce, deeply roasted near burnt malt, mildly astringent, liqorice with darker fruit. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Not bad but the burnt and astringent flavours become a little much after 8oz, solid effort otherwise. (538 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
2.16/5  rDev -49.4%
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... (466 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz snifter. Pours a viscous black, with a two inch mocha head, that leaves nice lace behind. Smell is licorice, dark fruit, tobacco, smoke, roasted coffee beans, and dark chocolate. Taste is all of that, as aggressive as the nose, loads of tobacco, extremely complex, vanilla, molasses seep in, and some warming alcohol in the finish. Body is chewy but smooth, perfect amount of life for the style, dry, and a sipper that goes down a touch fast because of the different flavors you pick up from every sip. One of the most complex stouts I have ever had, but that doesn't mean I love every flavor I get. (619 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle purchased in a snow storm by my beautiful wife in Lousiville, at the Louisville Beer Store.

Pours jet black with a thick mocha head. The lacing is luxurious, viscous and oily. The taste changes dramatically as it warms, as is true with any grand brew. It's almost smokey to a fault when cold but warm, tobacco in a glass. Lots of earth and some dark cordial cherry without the overt sweetness. The mouthfeel is slick up front with a very bitter finish. One hell of a great beer that I'd enjoy pairing with something sweet and tart in the future, a cobler perhaps? Gr8 brew. Thanks Chez! (608 characters)

Photo of haazer
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Standard all black looking stout, topped with a dense brown sugar head. Very low on top of brew from the pour. Becomes a lite ring.

S- Dark toasty malts, a some bitter chocolate. You can detect the smokiness, and a bit of tobacco to go with it. A little peat also. I picked up some vanilla too.

T- Same as the aroma but the smoky flavor is input more. It really does work well with the stout. Charred wood comes to mind, and the bitter chocolate is a nice underlying flavor. Just thenright amount of heat is present but alcohol not tasted.

M- While I dig the flavor greatly the mouth I feel is lacking. It's silky but I feel it's the lightest bodied RIS I've ever had. Very low carbonation too.

O- I dig smoky beers but the mouthfeel took this from a great beer to a good beer. I'd definitely recommend trying and would pair with a stogie had I a bottle, but tweak the carbonation an make this thicker would be my "tipple" for future batches. Christ that was lame. (974 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.4/5  rDev +3%
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. (905 characters)

Photo of PaterMorse
2.6/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I'm happy to shrug off the "sissy" label; but this was just over the top. I acknowledge that some folks prefer Russian Imperial Stouts; I simply enjoy sampling them now and again. To me, the line for this beer is between those who drank Jagermeister in their younger days because it was a quick buzz and those who sipped it because it was enjoyably tasty. I was the former...

A: One of the best looking stouts I've sean. Pours flat-out black. Dark brown head with redddish hues. Gorgeous! Gone too quickly, but leaves a nice "tan on black" centered massing of lace. As dark, thick & syrupy as any stout I've ever seen. A+

S: Licorice. Jagermeister. Fruit (cherries) & spice. On second pour, chocolate notes in the head; but then back to Jagermeister.

T: Wow! Neck-snapper, nose clearer, throat burner. Packs a wallop, with some real heat to it. Unfortunately, the heat's not just in the taste (as with the Tyranena Benji's Smoked Imperial Porter); it's also in the mouth and down the hatch.

M: Creamy, full body.

O: Again, this obviously gets good marks; and I'd like to be in the "cool club" of those who claim "World Class" status... But I'll just be the lame kid in the corner who sheepishly (but candidly) proclaims: "This wasn't too enjoyable..."

Repeat? Maybe a pint or two to serve when with friends sampling different RIS pours -- purely for comparision. But I'd never choose it again on personal preference (just like I wouldn't actually say, "Yes, I'd really love a Jagermeister for its taste...").

Two Words: "Rocket Fuel" or "Jagermeister Lite" (1,564 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Batch 507 (bottle count 3500)

A: Pitch black pour with a dark chocolate brown head. Foam is big and very dense. Fades very slowly with great head retention - never fully fades. Almost no lacing sticks around, it all slides down the glass.

S: Lots of chalky, ashy char in this one. Dark bitter cocoa. A bit earthy perhaps?

T: Loads of char, cocoa and smoke up front with some sweet caramel in there too. Very meaty in the middle, like drinking charred bbq beef. Turns a bit bitter, acrid, ashy and chalky in the finish with tons of char and smoke and more meat (less here though). Long acrid, earthy, charry finish with the tiniest hints of dark fruits. Charred meat lingers between sips.

M: Light carbonation, heavy and thick.

O: Well, definitely a must-try for the umami lover. This beer is basically bbq campfire char, smoke and meat from start to finish. Little in the way of typical roasted malt characteristic such as chocolate and coffee or even anise. Not as complex as I would like for a big 11% RIS for sure. I wasn't a huge fan as I'm not much into smoke or umami in my beer and this beer brings it in spades. Nice mouthfeel at least, properly thick and chewy. Decent balance of flavor despite the relative simplicity. (1,233 characters)

Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
95 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.