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Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

453 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 108
Gots: 55 | 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 Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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 Arenbeer
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%

.5l bottle into a Duvel Snifter Big thanks to finewinemike for this great brew!!!

Batch 277 Brewed 27.03.10

A- Pours thick and viscous like motor oil with a one finger dark chocolate milk/chocolate ice cream color head that doesn't leave much lacing but some really sexy alcohol feet on the side of the glass. Such an amazing looking beer.

S- Ton's of chocolate, burnt espresso, roasted malts, fresh leather, strange spice i can't put my hand on, and a strong alcohol note in the background.

T- A nice combo or creamy bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted caramel toffee malts hit the tongue first and quickly bring out nice oak and vanilla flavors with slight hints of dark fruits. As it goes down the throat the alcohol greets you giving the body a nice fullness and flavor but the after taste is what shines in my opinion. Tons of espresso and coffee flavors explode and are very bitter in flavor but provides a really nice finish to the beer and overall flavor.

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish.

Overall when I took this bottle out of the fridge I was ready for an average run of the mill tripple. But damn when I cracked this bad boy I knew the second this beer was pouring out it was going to be a winner. Probably honestly the most beautiful looking beer I've ever seen and the taste is short of one of the best I've had. This beer is a must try!!!

SkÅL!

Arenbeer, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of Jules11788
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

A: Pours a dark black espresso color; very small head, med-light lacing

S: Smoked wood, cocoa nibs, coffee beans

T: Strong smoky wood, roasted bitter espresso, slight tart finish. Superbly well-balanced and delicious flavors, with a very slight hint of booze

M: Medium-thick, very smooth, barely any alcohol sharpness at all.

O: Very delicious, one of the best RISs that I've ever had

Jules11788, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours the classic deep ebony colour with atanned head that retains well

S - Nice dark chocolate and hazelnut aromas from the bottle. Once poured becomes more boozy with a little expresso.

T - Up front some nice vanilla flavours, before some nice old coffee flavours kick in with some dark chocolate. The flavour is delicate and well balanced. A little roasted hazelnut on the finish and no sign of the 11%.

M - Full body with low carbonation that makes for a very smooth drop.

O - Loved this beer. And will definitely have more. The balance in this brew is very impressive. A little sweet, a little roast, a little booze, little choc, coffee etc etc. Not at all hot and well worth the money.

eric5bellies, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of brystmar
4.1/5  rDev -4%

Bottled on 2009-01-20.

Pitch black, minimal brown head. Traces of beady lace litter the glass. Nose opens up with bourbon-y booze and burnt / charred malts. Deep notes of chocolate and coffee flow forth as the aromas develop.

Roasted malts and chocolate lead the way; booze, coffee, burnt malts, dark fruits, and charcoal aren't far behind. Everything blends nicely in OT's thick, chewy, oily body. Minimal carbonation here, and it works nicely.

Split this beer 3 ways but find myself wanting more. A well-made RIS is always difficult to turn down.

brystmar, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%

A-Pours viscous, impenetrable black with a dense, tight coffee colored head. Fizzes down over a minute or so, leaving behind bits and pieces of sticky lace.

S-Roasted barley, baking chocolate, coffee, caramel.

T/M-Soft mouth feel, with low carbonation and a slightly boozy, roasty finish. Seemed somewhat harsh on the first few sips but seems to be mellowing. The flavor profile is in line with what I like about the imperial stout style (roasty/chocolaty/coffee flavors) but it's just too thin in the body. Doesn't kill the beer, but I'm very aware of it the more I drink this.

O-Probably the best stout I've had from Haandbryggeriet.

DaveHS, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -11%

Thanks for sharing this, Greg!

A: The beer pours black in color with a sizable tan head.

S: Rich notes of chocolate and roast with what seems to be oak. There's a fair amount of smoke to it as well as a light spice, seems like pepper. Molasses and just a hint of vanilla add some sweetness.

T: The flavor is much heavier on the smoke. A lot of roasted malt and dark chocolate with some hints of dark fruit and licorice. Espresso/coffee notes with a bit of earthiness to it.

M: Rather full bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: A bit smokey for me on the palate, but quite good otherwise.

womencantsail, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of ADZA
4.1/5  rDev -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.

ADZA, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of AmgineDanus
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

A - Black as night as it flowed into my snifter... a surprising black cherry tinted head sprung from the jet black darkness and ostensible viscosity

S - Roasted Malts. Espresso beans. Dark chocolate. Molasses?

T - Bold maltiness and strong espresso flavors greet the tastebuds, followed by a hint of chocolate. As it mellows in your mouth, the warm alcohol blends with some faint dark fruits.

M - Thick and viscous; heavy, yet smooth.

O - Very Solid brew here. Strong like bull, yet smooth and balanced nicely. Truly one to imbibe slowly when you're not planning on going anywhere.

AmgineDanus, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Best before 03/12/2014

A: Black liquid with 1/8" light brown head.

S: Dark chocolate, espresso, and figs.

T: Espresso, bacon (believe it or not) and figs with a black coffee aftertaste.

M: Thick viscosity with a low level of carbonation.

O: Very thick and complex. This beer has the otherworldly power to convert others. A sipper for sure.

DaftCaskBC, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev +3%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

A - hard pour resulted in a pitch black with a short brown head that dissipated to a consistent ring
S - black licorice, espresso, cola, cocoa, and light mustiness
T - very smoky roasty dominance, cold pressed coffee, cocoa powder, finishing with milk chocolate and alcohol sweetness
M - chewy and oily, with a smoky dryness
O - big bold flavour with the high ABV not noticeable, I salute the dark Norse gods

joemcgrath27, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%

Odin's Tipple--a beer that I liked so much I special-ordered a case of it--announces from the get-go that it means serious business. The aromas that ooze out of the bottle in fog-like thickness are reminiscent of bourbon and cognac, mixed with milk chocolate, coffee, tobacco, and heavy cream, and thus remind me of a very expensive country club soiree.

On the tongue, the beer is even darker than the nose implies, beginning with a massive shot of black malt, coffee, tobacco ash, bourbon, and vanilla that promises to remove the enamel off your teeth if left too long. Dark fruit esters such as black cherries, figs, and raisins play merry havoc with the tastebuds. Towards the end of the mouthful--if the brew is held there for a good score of seconds--the beer can get a bit alcoholic as the sugars die off, and a heavy vodka undercurrent exposes itself, marking one of the beer's few weaknesses. But at 11% ABV, it's actually more remarkable that this flavor isn't present in the main mouthful, which speaks highly of the beer's potent flavors. When swallowed with relative quickness, the aftertaste is a lovely cacophony of black malt, char, and tobacco, with just a hint of heavy cream sweetness. Mouthfeel is a creamy medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium to medium-light.

Overall, this is a fantastic brew, though obviously not intended for anyone who is not serious about black flavors so big that it usually takes me about ninety minutes to finish off the half-liter bottle; I honestly can't sip the beer faster than that, as it becomes overwhelming. But overwhelming in a good way, like submerging your head into a swimming pool of melted chocolate, or trying to shotgun a bottle of 40-year-old whiskey. In other words, this is a sipping beer. So pull up a chair, enjoy the sunset, and be merry. You're going to be there for a while.

jondeelee, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

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 sweemzander
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

sweemzander, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of CampusCrew
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%

appearance: deep dark brown nearly black, nice dark brown head retention

smell: coffee, loaded chocolate

taste: tons of dark raw chocolate, some woody noted but not barrel aged, dark fruits, notoverly boozy, but tastes big

mouthfeel: full bodied

drinkability: a all world stout! This is how you do it. They get it.

CampusCrew, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

500ml bottle. The King of Gods looks out menacingly, yet temptingly, holding a horn of his chosen tipple, which I can very much imagine being akin to this particular offering. And why do I have a sudden compulsion to drink this on a Wednesday? Oh, right.

This beer pours a solid black oil, um, colour, the kind where light reflects off of the containing glass, so impenetrable is the liquid within, with but a thin fizzy membrane of mocha head, that dissolves in an instant, somehow leaving a bit of island group lace around the glass.

It smells forcefully of roasted caramel malt, gooey chocolate, mildly bitter coffee, real vanilla, and dark fruity whiskey. The taste is equal to the task with a big and hearty chocolate malt, cafe au lait, molasses, somewhat watered-down (don't tell the big guy!) sour dark fruit, a bit of damp smoke, and a solid, but not particularly edgy, alcohol warming.

The carbonation is barely there, merely a few lingering bubbles from the anemic opening act, the body a God among Gods - smooth, viscous, somewhat creamy, and verily tonsil-coating. It finishes unsurprisingly off-dry, prodded from in close by various drying contenders - chiefly booze, sour fruit, and some late to the party earthy, musty hops.

Oh my various Gods (sorry, Apu!), this is one hell of an RIS, and it goes down a fair bit easier than expected, due to its not quite so overly thick and heavy body, which is kind of overdone in domestic versions of the style. The expected flavours are there, indeed, and well-balanced in a teeming North Sea maelstrom, yet seem so, well, innocuous - just what that Valhalla wizard would want you to think.

biboergosum, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of MAB
2.55/5  rDev -40.3%

I guess I'm the wet blanket here, but I didn't particularly like or enjoy this beer. I'm a stout fan, even imperial stouts, but this was way too much like cold coffee for my tastes.
The color is Black. Not dark brown; black. Like oil. You can't see any light through it.
It pours as a thick liquid, too. Not quite syrup, but obviously thick.
Very little aroma, other than the roasted barley.
The taste is all coffee and I'm not a fan of coffee, hot or cold.
The mouthfeel was odd. Cloying is about the only way I can think to describe it.

MAB, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of BasementBer
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

A special beer, or possibly a special style, im not quite sure.

A: Tar, head is nonexistent except for the slightly less black cocoa brown rippling bubbles that surface. Its just black. Lacing is actually coating of beer.

S: Chocolate and thick, yup the thickness comes through the smell..somehow. Oak, whiskey, syrup...sweet notes.

T: Brownies but also an earthy flavor with lots of chocolate thickness. There is a whiskey-ish flavor that is making is slightly more like rye malt than roasted.

M: Just like tar, thick and coating. doesn't have the burn down the back of the throat you would expect from this abv.

D: Cant even get through one!

BasementBer, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

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!

EgadBananas, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of marty21
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Batch: 329 Brewed 03.12.10 Best Before 3.12.14

A: Pours pitch black with one finger worth of very dark brown head. One of the darkest beers i've ever seen. Settles to a ring around the glass and left a couple specs of lacing but not much.

S: Lots of dark chocolate with a bit of roasted malt. Also a bit of dark fruit in there. I don’t pick up any alcohol on the nose.

T: Dark chocolate and roasted malt. I do get some faint coffee characteristics in the finish as well but for the most part it’s very sweet. You don’t taste any alcohol but you can definitely feel it warming your throat after you swallow.

M: Light carbonation with a full body that’s very smooth.

O: I was a little turned off by the price of this beer but after trying it now it was well worth it. I’ll hopefully get to pick up some more of this beer in the near future and maybe set one or two aside to age.

marty21, May 30, 2011
Photo of liamt07
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

liamt07, May 27, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -8%

Interesting take on a RIS. Aroma is big malty, boozy, sugar. Very dark body, almost no head. A sipper of big chocolate, more than coffee, more sweet than bitterness. I would have liked even more wild yeast dominating it, that would have made it less popular. Boozy aftertaste.Not as thick as expecte from a RIS.
Thanks for sharing Liam07.

Sammy, May 22, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a super thick pitch black with a huge 3 inch dark chocolate colored head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. The head is probably the darkest color I have ever seen in any beer. Small legs of lacing slowly drip back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits, roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and alcohol. As the beer warms I am getting some toffee and butterscotch aromas too. First taste is of candied dark fruits, dark malts, followed by a chocolate chip cookie dough aftertaste. Slight alcohol warmth in the throat. A good level of carbonation with a very smooth and creamy feel with each sip. Overall, this is a great RIS with a very complex set of aromas and flavors that mix together very well.

UCLABrewN84, May 19, 2011
Photo of BDTyre
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%

Nice, rich RIS from Norway. Jet black with a tight, thin brown head. Coffee-like in looks, and this comes through in the scent as well. Fresh roast coffee, brandy and dark chocolate. A background of raw alcohol is detectable.

Coffee liqueur, dark baker's chocolate, cream and brandy in the taste. Definite alcohol burn that sticks around. This could really shine, but as I work through this, the alcohol really becomes noticeable. It starts to dominate the other flavours.

Good, low carbonation. Hardly even a hiss when I opened the bottle. A bit thinner than I expected, but very smooth and creamy.

A nice RIS, but the alcohol is really powerful. It seems to calm somewhat as it warms, but it is still the dominant taste.

BDTyre, May 16, 2011
Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
95 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.