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Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
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450 Ratings
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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 106
Gots: 55 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: popery on 06-02-2009)
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%

Reviewed from notes:
On tap at Armsby Abbey

A: Black, about a 1/2 inch of light mocha brown head, leaves a little ring of lacing/head.

S: Chocolate, dark fruits, licorice/anise quality sweetness, hint of coffee, roasted malts, touch of solvent-like alcohol.

T: Lots of heavy roasted malts, almost char, with a hint of smoke. On the front of the palate is the chocolate, just a little coffee coming through as a very dark roasted quality. Lots of dark fruit and vinous qualities in the middle through finish. Sweetness is probably more on the anisette side (alcohol is noticeable). That said, it isn't very sweet, just has a touch of sweetness that completely disappears from the middle to finish. Has a bit of an astringent, boozy finish (almost solvent like). Extremely dry finish with a lingering bitterness and solvent flavor I didn't much care for.

M: Medium to full body, light to medium carbonation, a little smooth in the front to middle, but a bit harsh on the end. Extremely dry, bitter, and somewhat astringent finish.

O: I loved this beer up to the finish. It finishes too dry and has a bitter, astringent aftertaste that turned me off and didn't really have me begging for another sip. I'll probably try this again if given the opportunity, but I'm not sure I'll be buying a bottle for $9+. A solid beer though.

05-02-2011 00:13:40 | More by Satchboogie
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xodin

Louisiana

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%

Pours pitch black, no transparency, and no head. Has a decent piney and floral aroma, with some spice and hints of alcohol. Taste is full bodied and bland, but hits you in the swallow with coffee, roasted malts, and peppery alcohol. While the 11% ABV is impressive, it seems to lack much spirit. The flavor is better than several imperial stouts I have tasted, but I am overall underwhelmed. Though, I should mention that I am not 100% confident in the method of storage used for this brew prior to purchase.

04-24-2011 22:59:05 | More by xodin
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Manoftyr

New York

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%

Batch 297, brewed June 30th 2010.

Appearance-Pours into snifter black as night with that slick motor oil consistency I like to see, some dark-mocha head rises but quickly disipates and leaves little in the way of lacing or legs; still looks pretty enough in the glass though.

Aroma-A lot of roast and burnt chocolate, almost with a peaty character; I smell smoke in this beer. Just the faintest warming of alcohol lets you know this beast is packing an ABV.

Taste-Again roast, lots and lots of roast; they must've used a ton of blackened malt in this thing. Very dark bitter chocolate is also noted, some burnt molasses, loads of black licorice and that faint hint of smoke noted on the aroma. There's the faintest hint of a lactic taste towards the end of the middle right where it hits the finish while the finish itself is bone dry. It's all surprisingly comlex really. I'm finding it all much less sweet than most of the other reviewrs though.

Mouthfeel-Smooth and creamy with an ideal level of plushness; not quite so full as other RISes though.

Drinkability/Overall-Hail the Gods this is a great beer and a befitting tribute to ol' One Eye himself, I wish I had a whole hornful of this stuff instead of my meager snifter. Delightful.

04-22-2011 23:53:25 | More by Manoftyr
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aasher

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +3%

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.

04-19-2011 02:10:14 | More by aasher
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DoubleJ

California

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

When I bought it, I thought that the label read "tripple". Oh well, an imperial stout ain't a bad thing to get. From a 500 ml bottle brewed on 3/27/10, on to the beer:

The pour provides a lot of exictement with its big, oozy body that looks like motor oil, and a head so tan it's nearly fur brown in color. It settles to a ½ inch thick ring. The nose changes aromas quickly. At first it like sweet espresso with chocolate syrup notes. As it sits in the glass, the nose becomes more like licorice with a trickle of smoked meat. I prefered the first stage more.

No shortage of tastiness here, Odin's Tipple got it. I'll need to peel off the layers just to find specific notes in this one. It starts of like mocha with a little bit of alcohol and agave (does that make it like tequilla?). Licorice and molten lava cake eventually come around. DId somebody say coconut? I just did. Some of the 11% alcohol is felt, only a little hot. Chocolate covered coffee beans linger on in the afertaste, which ends the taste on a high note. The thick body and residue of this beer is a good feeling, but the buzzy carbonation (at least initially) is a disruption to the harmony. One could only imagine how much more fun the ride could get if there were less jumpy carbonation.

In overall context, Odin's Tipple is a worthy tipple. There's a mound of complexity that awaits the taste buds in this massive Nordic ale.

04-15-2011 07:06:26 | More by DoubleJ
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aerozeppl

New York

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%

A: Pours an intense black color with just the slightest hint of coffee colored head. Barely a whisper that quickly retreated to the edge of my glass. You could see how thick this beer is upon the pour.

S: The nose is highlighted by an intense chocolate smell. Rich and deep. A little bit of alcohol.The chocolate is kind of one dimensional but damn it smells good.

T: Again huge chocolate notes. A touch of a something weird. On their website they say they used a wild yeast for this and that might explain it. It is not tart or anything near that but it has a nice earthy quality to it. They also stress the recipe is simple and I agree.

M: Nice and thick. Super low carbonation.

D: A nice sipper. I really have enjoyed just about everything I have had from them. Really nice take on the style with a twist. Worth checking out.

04-15-2011 00:15:55 | More by aerozeppl
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juanbon

Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%

A. Pours very dark with fair amount of lacing and minimal head.
S. A little booze, a little roast, but overall not much to smell.
T. Delicious roasted/sweet balance with fantastic carbonation (think 90 minute but in a RIS). First sip was so intense I expected it to get old quickly, but new flavors come & go with each sip. Strong chocolate, coffee, some dark fruitiness, wood, serious malt, and a little booze surfaces after a few seconds.
M. Smooth, large, viscous = what I want in a RIS.
O. Among the best RIS's I've tried on tap, along with Rasputin. Highly recommended.

04-09-2011 18:24:18 | More by juanbon
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Wowcoolman

California

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

The one-eyed god on the label lifts up the object that is this beer's namesake. Maybe you have a tipple or two lying around your house?
Pours jet black and maintains a handsome brown head. As the beer warms, pleasant roasted malts with mesquite wood aromas are present. Savor this one and don't drink it too cold.
The taste- intense molasses and chocolate malts. Boozy, but not too hot. My bottle had excellent carbonation. Overall very balanced, very enjoyable. Though clearly in the RIS camp, the style listed on the label is "Dark Norse Ale".

04-06-2011 05:58:34 | More by Wowcoolman
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%

A: pitch black with a minimal brown head. Struggled to get much of a head. Minimal lacing. Thin collar. Love the name and the bottle though.
S: dark dried fruit, bourbon/whiskey, coffee, chocolate, and a bit of funky sourness.
T: all of the above improving as it warms. Syrupy dark sweetness with touches of bitterness, roast, and a sour twang attempting to balance out the residual sugars of the deep dark malts.
M: full and thick but seems a touch watery for the size/style due to the lack of carbonation.
O: worth a try...would love this with some more co2 which is my personal preference. Seemed undercarbonated even allowing for style.

04-03-2011 00:02:01 | More by MrMcGibblets
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

500ml capped bottle picked up because the store i was at had such a large display of it and ive only been impressed with the brewery so far. drank out of my stone IRS snifter.

A- this one pours an opaque black colored body with a small coffee colored head on top. the head is quick to become no more than a crown. not much to speak of as far as lacing goes.

S- the first thing i pick up in the nose are darkly roasted malts and dark chocolate. this one is also full of molasses. strong coffee at the end mixed with a little bit of alcohol.

T- the taste starts out with the dark roasted malts that i could smell, but it tastes far from being burnt. after that i get plenty of dark chocolate. the molasses i could smell comes back in the taste and offers up plenty of sweetness. hints of vanilla. a little bit of alcohol and alot of espresso at the end.

M- on the lesser side of full bodied with a nice and low level of carbonation that really works in this one. moderate warming form the alcohol, but i would still have trouble guessing that it was 11%. on the sweeter side rather than dry.

D- easy to finish. it practically drinks itself. man, this was a pleasant surprise. ill be picking more of this stuff up to drink now, and to sit on for a while. check out this under the radar beer now!

03-11-2011 05:14:36 | More by jwinship83
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zoso1967

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Odin's Tipple pours an incredibly deep and dark brown that is completely opaque. I was not expecting this beer to be this black. Less than a month ago I proclaimed that Founders Imperial Stout had the darkest head I had ever seen on a beer, but this fella has it beat. The head is almost chocolate milk like in color, but melts into the beer at an unfortunate pace and leaves only mediocre lacing.

The aroma is quite complex, but first and foremost it is roasty, chocolaty and delicious. Along with those aromas are hints of earthy spice and booze soaked dried fruit. I also pick up just a hint of sourness and perhaps some citrus.

The flavor is similar to the aroma but the roasty qualities are amped up even more. It starts off super astringent with char and dark roasted coffee. This then gives way to a bit of a disappointing middle that is slightly chocolaty and sour with less of the fruitiness from the aroma. It finishes much like it started with plenty of roasted malt, bitter cocoa, anise and even a bit of smoke on the end. Alcohol is evident throughout.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium and quite prickly. I am not sure if the prickly character is the result of carbonation or all the roasted malts. It finishes slightly dry but quite gracefully.

So once again my wife has found a very nice beer that I may have passed up. For some reason I thought this was Odin's "trippel" and was pretty shocked when it turned out to be a serious stout. Overall I thought this was pretty good, but it could have been great if it had a bit more sweetness in the middle.

03-03-2011 20:33:03 | More by zoso1967
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Bottle. Batch 277, bottled March 27, 2010. Just under 1 year old. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a two finger dark brown head, very bubbly and fizzy, yet takes a long time to dissipate, holding a firm cap all the way down the glass and leaving some temporary spots of lacing.

Aroma is anise, dark fruits, black currant, raisins, plums, figs, dark roasted malts, smoke/char, some chocolate and coffee, herbal/earthy hops. Good strength.

Flavor is anise, lots of chocolate kind of like brownie batter, overripe dark fruits, coffee, dark roasted malts, hints of smoke, some alcohol on the finish, fairly sweet, finishes with some astringency and a touch of sourness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, creamy, yet relatively high carbonation.

Very good and unique RIS due to using wild yeast which explains the tart/sour character I'm picking up. This was on my "to do" list for quite a while and I'm glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

02-27-2011 22:00:18 | More by elgiacomo
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thstevens12

Washington

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

Served on-tap at Publick House in Brookline.

Appearance: Dark drown, with a deep khaki colored head. The head clings as a foamy layer over the beer for the duration of the tasting. Impressive color and retention.
4.5

Smell: Coffee and dark chocolate flavors dominate. Figs on the nose as well as latte foam.
4

Taste: Dark chocolate and dark cherry/fig comes to the forefront. Smoked malt and lightly roasted bitterness follow. Quite sweet for the style, but not unpleasant.
4

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is where this beer really shines. It lightly coats the tongue with velvety creaminess. Medium density.
4.5

Drinkability: Very high for the style-honestly high for any style. I could have had more than the 10 oz pour that I did have.
4.5

02-20-2011 22:28:21 | More by thstevens12
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -13.3%

Appearance -- Pours jet black with a slim creamy chocolate brown head. Looks amazing.

Smell -- Roast malt, bread pudding, toffee, cocoa, sherry, licorice, and mild spices.

Taste -- Toffee, roast malt, spice, malt, cocoa, tart berries, earthy yeast, sherry, and some wet cardboard. Alcohol is quite apparent. Doesn't quite live up to the nose.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability -- It's a very unique RIS, more in line with those from Belgium than the classic English and English-styled versions. Glad to have tried it.

02-13-2011 18:46:15 | More by yeahnatenelson
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%

A - Pitch black color that pours like slick motor oil. Only a tiny head, but man is it dark, dark caramel brown. Foamy and bubbly head. Doesn't have great retention, but a nice thin lace left.

S - Amazing aroma that is complex, mouthwatering and overall wonderful. Slightly burnt molasses, tons of anise and some tart vinous aroma. A nice peaty, Islay, and oaky aroma also shows up. There's roasted malt and dark chocolate in there as well just as you would expect. Very intriguing, inviting and complex; can't wait to try it now.

T - A bit more chocolately/brownie flavor than the nose suggested but the burnt molasses/caramel and tart dark fruit and anise/licorice still is stronger than the chocolate and roasted malt. Good Isaly, oaky, peaty flavor comes out at different times. Like the nose suggested this is a complex beer with dark fruit, chocolate, anise, and oaky/woody flavors all going in and out. Slightly more tart dark fruit and anise than the others, but not by much.

M - Medium to full (closer to full) body with slightly lower carbonation. Very smooth, velvety feel. Great mouthfeel.

D - Definitely a sipper that is not an everyday beer, but I thoroughly enjoyed the beer. No real problem finishing the 500 mL bottle and would gladly have another.

Notes: Batch 210 bottled 01/20/09. Very good, interesting and complex beer. Plenty of different flavors including dark fruit, anise, chocolate, roasted malt, oak/Islay/peat, and molasses. Really tasty RIS, slightly more tart/dark fruit/anise than chocolate/malt so it is a nice change of pace. I would gladly get this again although price may prohibit that (darn import prices). Definitely worth picking up.

02-10-2011 07:03:58 | More by FreshHawk
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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!

01-11-2011 02:52:40 | More by BeerAdvocate
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beerenjoyer1

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

This brew is awesome! it goes along with my family lineage, Scandinavian. The appearance is very dark with medium brown foam that has some "legs" as the glass empties. The smell is nice and does not give indication of the big taste. The taste is big and full with chocolate, coffee, carbonation, and a little sting of alcohol. The feel of the beer is, again, very full, more so than other Russian Imperial Stout that I have had. The drinkablility is subject to each person judgement, but I would be careful, as this is a very big beer. I love it! I wish I had more but I got this bottle in Amsterdam at the Beer King.

01-11-2011 00:49:18 | More by beerenjoyer1
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%

500 mL bottle pours a blacker-than-night color with a bubbly black head...easily the darkest foam I have ever seen on a beer. Fades fast and leaves nothing in it's wake; no lace, no sheen, nothing...like looking down into an abyss.

Nose is dark fruits and sweet molasses. Smoke and dark bread come through and make for a most complex aroma. Black licorice and alcohol as it warms.

Thick, syrupy, mentholated roasty coffee. Very interesting and actually kinda crazy tasting. Molasses, brown sugar and mild spices. Not as smooth as I thought it might be, but there seems to be some potential here for some nice things to happen as it ages. Glad I have one more bottle to cellar awhile.

01-02-2011 22:32:22 | More by twiggamortis420
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%

Pours a ridiculously inky, jet black with a small milk chocolate brown head that fizzles out after a couple minutes. This beer looks evil. Smells roasty, charr, bittersweet chocolate, anise, black cherries, alcohol fumes. Taste is huge and deeply complex. Starts off with huge ripe dark fruits, figs, raisins up front and then melds into this amazing roasty, burnt charr flavor with a smokiness that I would associate with peat, and some anise....this finish is LOOONG. God, viscous mouthfeel but not as heavy as I would have thought, judging by the look of it...perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Semi-dry finish. This is truly a phenomenal beer. A good RIS is typically a "man's beer" but this is a man's RIS. Holy crap!

01-02-2011 01:46:04 | More by Doomcifer
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +3%

a: This had a black body and poured with one of the darkest brown heads I've seen.

s: Intense and unique nose on this. I found plenty of strong, roasty cocoa. While nice, that isn't the unique part. The intentional sourness and light smoke is what sets this apart. There are dark fruit elements to the sourness which isn't all that rare in stouts. But there is something else here that isn't common and its very difficult to describe. Its kind of a musty, sour peatiness.

t: This is every bit as good as the smell would suggest. I tasted lots of rich, dark chocolate accented by unusual notes smokey char and musty, dark fruits. I didn't taste as mush sourness as I smelled, but the finish was a combination of strong roast and sour grain.

m: Not as full-bodied as I would have liked, with fizzy carbonation.

d: Absolutely unique and beyond my ability to describe. I loved this one.

12-29-2010 16:36:37 | More by DIM
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emmasdad

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Bottle into a tulip:

A: Jet, jet, jet black. Small ruby red/dark brown head with minimal retention, and almost no lacing. It looks incredible.

S: Chocolate, cherries, burnt bread, vanilla, anise, coffee. The smell of the brew is just astounding for the style. Perfect.

T: A wall of burnt, chocolate spicy goodness. Each component of this brew is expertly melded into one. Chocolate, dark fruit, spice, and dark malt dance and linger enticingly on the palate. Dry, crisp finish.

M: Full and lush.

D: I am headed back to the store tomorrow to buy them out. Great brew.

12-27-2010 02:21:25 | More by Neffbeer
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

A - Dark brown color with this brew, leaves a nice almond colored head that leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

S - Dark chocolate and some dark fruits like blackberries, some hints of coffee as well

T- Wonderful beer, especially when aged, this beer tasted just like the smell with some hints of dark malts. Very nice

M - The mouthfeel was somewhat heavy but nothing overbearing

D -Great beer but not more than one bottle at a sitting.

12-21-2010 21:25:53 | More by thedoubler55
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r0nyn

New York

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from a bottle into my DFH snifter. Split with fellow BA infi. Batch 210, brewed 1.20.09.

Pours a super inky brown that coalesces into murky blackness in the glass. There's a decent quarter-inch sized head that's a darker shade of tan, leaving a lot of sticky lacing that clumps against the glass in spots and streaks. Nose is interesting. Initially it smells a bit like paint thinner(?!), but that quickly transitions into the dark, semi-sweet baker's chocolate aroma that I love smelling out of my stouts. God, it almost smells like a batch of fresh brownies. Wow, just wow. With a few concentrated whiffs, there's some roasted coffee, dark fruits and a slight bit of booziness that can be detected.

Taste is roasted malts to start, with the dark cocoa from the smell following up and permeating the entire flavor experience. Lots of bittersweet chocolate everywhere, along with hints of dried figs, dates and plums. Nuances of caramel and vanilla also come through. The bitter coffee and chocolate show up again on the back end, providing a little bit of a lingering aftertaste. As it warms, there's just a slight hint of alcohol warmth, but not very much. Very complex, very tasty. I'm impressed. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, with a fullish body and just the right amount of carbonation leading into the drying finish. Eminently pleasing through and through.

Drinkability is excellent. You don't really detect the 11% ABV, so that coupled with the fact that the taste is wonderfully complex and flavorful makes this brew one to be reckoned with. I dunno what a tipple is, but I know that Odin's is damn delicious. I definitely need to have this superb Russian Imperial Stout again.

12-17-2010 03:11:43 | More by r0nyn
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infi

New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

2009, 500 mL bottle, courtesy of BA r0nyn. 12/15 notes.

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Consistently, true opaque and black. Absolutely no light is able to get through. Nice dark-tainted mocha head sits above the liquid with moderate retention and no lacing. The nose was pretty interesting. At first, this stout smelt unusually like paint with some turpentine qualities (no idea). But after a few minutes of some room warmth, a ton of semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa emerged out of the glass with a small hint of malt. Such an interesting anomaly of aromas, but it all nicely turned for the better.

Odin's Tipple is not godlike per se in taste, but it holds its own quite well. Tons of natural honey-infused sweetness underneath this huge amount of dark fruit character. Gigantic amount of prunes, figs, currants and blackberries, all smothered in European chocolate fondue. The finish has a nice cocoa and nutty essence with a thin alcoholic burn. Quite bearable and easy for an 11% beer.

Mouthfeel was just about right: not too thin and not too thick. Coated the inner linings particularly well. Liquid silk with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is high, due to the smoothness and fun taste. The 11% was not deterring at all; I easily enjoyed it.

12-17-2010 02:56:42 | More by infi
Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
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