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Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 112
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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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a black so dark it's impossible to come up with new ways to describe it, with about two fingers of dark mocha head that drops after a few minutes to a thin hint of foam. Some lacing, but it slowly drops back into the beer. But some incredible legs if you swirl. The beer is so dark there are no color highlights around the edges of the glass.

Aromas of dark cocoa, roasted malts, a hint of dark fruit, and an eye watering whiff of alcohol.

First sip is like an alcoholic mocha coffee drink. Some alcohol burn, deep roasted coffee, dark cocoa, and a slight carbonic bite. Surprising how well carbonated this is for such a big beer. Finish transforms from cocoa to a lingering alcohol burn. As it warms, you get some licorise and caramel notes. Very complex, very well done. More than just a hodge-podge of flavors. They meld together very well.

Mouthfeel is huge, chewy, like eating a rich dark chocolate bar. A slight prickle from the carbonation.

Very dangerously drinkable. This is definitely a sipper. I'll have to grab a few bottles to lay down for a few years in the cellar.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BATCH 277 BREWED 27.03.10

This pours black. I feel that this is only appropriate, given the name of the product. It has a head of almost two-fingers worth of some of the darkest chocolate brown colored foam that I've ever seen. The retention is very good and recedes to a surface covering film. The lacing is great, but keeps sliding down the sludginess and back into the liquid.

Dark cocoa notes and black strap molasses are the dominant smells here. Undertones of dark berries and light hints of dark roasted coffee. Mild traces of brown sugars and toffees. A touch of smokiness and toasted pecans.
Very nicely complex.

Smoked malts dominate the flavor. They are somewhat balanced by a rich, deep, dark, chocolate presence. Anise (licorice) and molasses earthiness. Light traces of vanilla caramels. Some mild hints at berry sweetness and a very faint hint of saltiness. The finish is all fudgey chocolate, cut down to size by some warming alcohol booziness.

This one is nicely thick-bodied. The high carbonation level, even though it's tiny little bubbles, doesn't really provide much creaminess.

At 11.00%abv (and drinking close to it) this is not a slammer. It's perfect though, for sitting back and sipping on, as you contemplate some of lifes many questions....or the days siege.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After a frostier than expected night out with friends, enjoying Louisiana-styled home-cookin' and averting our eyes from another crap-tastic Blazers defeat, decided on a sipper to conclude the evening. Talk of the Kevin Durant/Greg Oden miss and the current sad state of the team may have played a part in snagging the "Odin's Tipple" from the chilly depths of the cellar. Close enough...

An 0,5L bottle (Batch 277, Brewed 27.03.10) poured to a snifter. A pick-up from Beaumont Market a little while back.

A: A slurry of blackness dumps from the bottle, extinguishing all traces of light: a marvel in the dark arts...of brewing. Capped by a crackling foam pile, a full finger high of rust-tinted sienna. Despite ebbing a little too quickly, the end result is a clinging ring and freckled half-covering of silky cream. Speckles of lace try in vain to stick, ultimately being pulled back to the murky depths.

S: Chambord and vanilla-laced coffee liqueur and slightly tangy cacao are all present. Strength is very good, fusel fumes are maybe a little too revealing.

T: Rich chocolate cake and earthy blackberries explode right away. Plenty of ground chocolate bar, spicy and musty bittersweetness. Woody char matches brief moments of oatmeal sugars. Muddy dark fudge and dry pepper dashes in the finish. Yeah, there's a little booziness here, but Oh, good god (of Norse mythology) this is delicious!

M: Each sip evolves: a spry effervescence enlivens the tongue; just as quickly, a soothing warmth begins to simmer. Coating begins squarely in the middle of the mouth, creeping outward, grabbing the cheeks, enveloping the teeth with a fine grit. Think espresso, or a fine french press, here: it's thick without being sticky or syrupy whatsoever and lingers for an eternity. Exceptional.

D: There's no getting around a tingly glow and a thickening heaviness, but this a 'wow' beer in just about every way. I'm not really surprised, as much of what I've tried from HaandBryggeriet has been wonderful, but this takes it to another level. At 8 months since bottling, I'm in love now. Could it get better? Time will tell, because I'm buying more. Highly recommended.

Photo of billab914
3.98/5  rDev -7%
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 Lazerlobe
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed 1/20/09

This poured in my snifter much like molten black crayon. The initial head had tinges of black in the chocolate brown cap. Burnt malts, molasses, dark fruits, peat smoke, bakers chocolate all mix quite harmoniously in to a complex nose.

My, that is thick! Peaty chocolate milk shake with liberal molasses, cookie dough, licorice and black patent malt. The flavor goes from smoky to sweet as the palate orients itself, no one note dominating for too long.

Creamy and decent carbonation, leaving a rich aftertaste reminiscent of cigars and chocolate cake.

Wonderful stuff.

Photo of Damian
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt .9 fl oz bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Batch 210
Brewed 20.01.09
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a super viscous and oily, absolute pitch black. Dark as midnight with a deep, reddish-tan film of froth that faded to a thick, lasting ring.

The aroma was rich, smooth and potent. Nicely balanced between a roasty, smoky, coffee-like presence and a robust sweetness. The sweetness was a mix of molasses, brown sugar and stone fruits. Dark chocolate notes also came through strong. An oaky, bourbon-like alcohol kick was noticeable as well.

Lots of roast, char and bakers chocolate notes came through in the flavor profile. Definitely a bit more untamed than the nose. Plums and raisins were apparent. Some brown sugar, vanilla and licorice appeared as well. Espresso and tobacco notes were detectible. Smoky with a slightly ashy quality. The finish was a bit harsh. It started out quite tinny and soon turned a touch boozy and acrid.

The mouthfeel was the only real letdown of this beer. It was smooth and moderately creamy yet thinner than expected. The prickly, bubbly effervescence was a bit distracting as well.

Drinkability was notable considering the 11% ABV. This beer buried its alcohol quite well.

Despite the steep price tag (I paid nearly $11 for my bottle) I definitely enjoyed Odin's Tipple. I did however feel that this bottle seemed somewhat young (even though it was close to two years old at the time of consumption). If I had another chance, I might choose to put a bit more age on it.

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 eclaycamp
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been gloomy and cold all day today, with this on and off drizzle, so I find myself in the mood for a stout. Tonight I'm having Odin's Tipple. I found this on an excursion a few months back. I'm a big fan of Norse mythology, so when I saw a beer by the name of Odin's Tipple, billing itself as a "Strong Norse Ale" I just had to check it out. I've had some of Haandbryggeriet's other beers, namely the Dark Force Stout. This is batch 210, brewed on January 20th of 2009, so it should be sufficiently aged. I'm using a snifter glass for the occasion, as I suspect the 11% abv means that this will be a classic example of a sipping beer, as all proper Russian Imperial Stouts should be. Pours black, pretty much pitch black, with a coffee foam head leaving decent lacing. Aroma is roasted dark chocolate tinged with black licorice. Actually, the more I smell it the more that's all I get - black licorice. Interesting. First taste is a punch in the mouth. Huge billowing roasted chocolate up front with an even bigger alcohol bite at the end. Pronounced warming in the chest as it goes down. Dang, this thing is good but it packs a serious punch. Second drink, more of a sip, is more of the same. Roasted raisin hits the tongue first, bittersweet chocolate finishes. I feel like there's some hints of orange in this, which works very well with the huge chocolate flavors going on. I'm partial to the Russian Imperial Stout as a style anyway, but this is right up there with some of my other favorites. The big roasted and chocolate flavors really make this winner on a rainy night like tonight.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 210. Motor oil black with the single darkest crown of milk chocolate colored foam in the history of stout. The head is crackly and unsticky, though, and doesn't look great as it descends. No lace is a significant negative too.

The nose delivers loads of dark chocolate and has an interesting and unexpected tang of wild yeast. Check that. It *was* expected because I read the brewery's English website before cracking the crown. Actually, it smells like this big brew was aged in barrels that previously held Islay Scotch, thanks to a pleasing background peaty sourness.

Odin's Tipple is not your typical Russian Imperial stout. It is, however, thunderously tasty beer that blasts the taste buds into blissful oblivion with power and complexity each time the glass is upended. Who cares what the beer looks like if it tastes this incredible.

The key to its success is plenty of the blackest malts and, especially, the masterstroke of using some variety of wild yeast (probably not Brettanomyces). Specific flavors include high-cacao bittersweet chocolate, chicory coffee, blackstrap molasses, loads of black licorice, two puffs of smoke, and a wee dram of Lagavulin 16 year old Scotch whisky.

The body/mouthfeel started out as if it belonged on a slightly smaller beer. With warming it has become whipping cream smooth and crushed velvety plush. More full and more sappy-sticky wouldn't have worked as well. What a treat for the senses this is.

Prior to this morning, Dark Force was my favorite HaandBryggeriet offering. I would have to review them side-by-side to be sure, but it looks like Odin's Tipple has vaulted into the top spot with room to spare. By the gods, this is a great tipple!

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Odin's Tipple on tap at Alewife Baltimore, served in a 6-oz wine glass.

Appearance: Deep oily black, no head, no carbonation, no lacing. Looks like an old bourbon.

Smell: Booze, oak, vanilla. Whiskey through and through. Fairly one-dimensional but incredibly enticing.

Taste: Dark chocolate, sugars, mild bitterness from some very faint hops on the back. Some licorice.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium body. Chewy and thick, but well balanced. Boozy taste, but alcohol is well hidden.

Drinkability: Very high for a beer this big. Goes down easy. (It helps, of course, that it was served in a 6-oz glass)

Photo of silentjay
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

viscous brownish black pour with one of the darkest heads I have seen that raises to two-fingers, slowly settles to less than one and laces well.

lots of cacao, molasses, black licorice, coffee, vanilla extract, and some more chocolate. a touch of booze harshness as well, but not much considering the ABV.

lots of dry bitter baking chocolate hit first. Then comes some dark molasses, brown sugar, black licorice, dates, figs,vanilla bean, black currants, espresso, caramel, toffee, and some other subtle flavors all intermingle in this one. very nice, complex, and delicious. almost reminds me of a Belgian-style Imperial Stout due to the fruitiness.

heavy/medium body with maybe a bit too much carbonation for the style, but its about where it should be. A nice bitter yet sweet finish lingers on for a while and there is a touch of stickiness left on the palate.

drinks too well for an 11% beer. alcohol is well integrated. its there, and its noticeable, but its interplay with the other flavors is what takes this beer to exemplary levels.

This one can stand up and compete with the best of them.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to my brother for bringing this out. Popped this one as a breakfasr beer...

Poured from a 500ml into an Old Raspy pint glass...

A - Pours black with a 2 finger dark brown head. Adequate amount of head retention, with a good amount of lacing. Nice...

S - Chocolate, licorice, dark friuts, and coffee...

T - Lots of chocolate notes followed by caramel, licorice, and dark roasted malts. Abv very well hidden. This one is tasty...

M - Full bodied with lots of carbonation...

D - Definitely something I would be interested in trying again. Really smooth for an eleven percenter. Solid RIS...

Cheers...

Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black fudge. Darkest of chocolate brown foam crowns and crops the top with immense density and height. Which keeps an insane amount of foam the whole way thru, never skimping on lots of foam. Lacing is drippy and oily based with some glare based swiss cheese holed patterns. Dark Norse ale indeed!

Deep dark chocolate meets espresso with a waft of warmth for a boost of what comes across as a rum laced chocolate truffle. A bit much on the alcohol, which, thankfully dims as it sits. Notes to some smokeyness and tobacco. Damn nice on the chocolate!

Taste is more chocolate, twangy tangy, yet less intense then the aroma, but steady, firm, and smooth with a solid creamy sense of dark chocolate. Subtle nuances to dark cherry, molasses, a bit of plum and a warming espresso finish without a whole lot of bitterness. Which is quite nice. The dryness is dusted with chocolate and coffee, no bitter burntness, just a tug to some nutmeg and vanilla spice reaches from the depths of its chocolatey core.

Smooth creamy full body with the just the right amount of alcoholic warmth sifting thru each sip. Great chocolatey tang and malty dark fruit hinted too twang underneath and a delicately fluffy textured dry finish.

One solid treat of a RIS. Perhaps the warmth gets in the way at certain times, but for the most part this stuff is down right super solid. Norse represents amoung the beer kingdom after all!!?!!

Batch 277 - brewed 3/27/2010

Photo of far333
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown without crossing over to black, a dark brown head rises up minimally and then receds back to a soapy mass of lopsided bubbles.

Aroma of cocoa and espresso, some bourbon notes. An alcohol sting rises up.

Rich flavor of cocoa and espresso, licorice and smoke, some leather, notes of bourbon, currant, sharp unsweetened chocolate and brown sugar. Assertive bitterness balances, but no hop flavors coming through. High ABV does not detract of give a boozey feel.

Dry and tannic, thin mouthfeel, a bit warming.

Delicious beer, good sipper.

Photo of crusian
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from Steins in New Orleans.
been looking for this one for a while.
Pours like a thick ass stout. not sure why they call it a dark norse ale... though I guess it is.
he head is unlike anything I have ever seen. it stays at 1 finger the entire hour I drink it. lacing is off the chart. Smells and tastes like carbonated coffee. Worth the wait I have been putting in. I wish I had bought more. ends with a very bitter finish. Overall, nice. I want more, but only bought 1.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Son of a beehive..this is a great beer. I had one in the 'cellar' and found one at Total Beverage today. So the one I bought replace the fridge beer, and the latter went into my belly.

Popped the cap to be greeted with a swift aroma of prune; sharp. Chocolate and molasses came to the rescue, along with some smoked meat.

Looks awesome. Black. Not brown black...just black. Head is very dark brown, thick and creamy. Lacing lacks just a bit.

Ah, Hell...what a great complexity this beer is. Chocolate flavors, coffee hints, prune/plum backbone. Tobacco, umami, smoke....nothing overpowers. Well balanced. For the love of Pete, this is a great beer.

At 11% abv, this beer drinks fantastic. It's complex, but seem simple. Nothing overpowers, all flavors are solid. Damn fine beer...glad I bought another. This one was in the 'cellar' for about 3 months.

Photo of msmezher
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had Odin's Tipple on tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach.

A: Poured almost black, low carbonation and slight head.
S: The alcohol was apparent in the smell, but so were hints of chocolate, roasted coffee, malts, and dried fruit.
T: Matched the smell, taste of alcohol is present but not bad, very malty, with a slightly smokey taste mixed in with the chocolate, coffee, and fruit.
D: I wouldn't want to put down too much of this in a single sitting, but as far as the one I had, very drinkable.

Photo of Thur123
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed 01/20/09

This brew pours a pitch black (no light goin' through this one) with a small amount of deep caramel colored head that fades quickly. The smell is subdued in this, maybe because it's a year old. The beer smells of chocolate with roasted bread character along side, a bit of dark fruits comes through but mostly this smells like rich chocolate, both sweet and bitter.

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The flavor has to be one of the mellowest for an RIS I've come across. This flavor is big chocolate malt that comes across on a very light body, much less heavy than expected. Big on sweet milk chocolate in addition to a back end that resembles dark bitter chocolate. At 11% or more now the alcohol is very well hidden. I have to imagine it's the wild yeast that sets this apart with its light body and great drinkability. The flavor I'm getting normally comes from a beer that's thick as syrup (not so literally). But this is very light bodied and drinkable for the style.

Photo of Brabander
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brewer was also at the Borefts festival in Bodegraven, the Netherlands. In De Molen, a fine dutch brewery there were a lot of good breweries.

First i thought i read Odins Triple and when i aked for it the brewer poured it in my the Molen tasting glass. I saw this wasn't a triple. He told me that tipple stand for sipping a beer.

And indeed, it was a real sipping beer. Poured in the glass the beer is very dark with lots of chocolate and coffee.

Very drinkable, soft and easy. I am not really a stout lover but this one was more than OK.

Photo of Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black and makes a three-finger, medium looking, dark, mocha, chocolate colored head with decent retention. Head is fluffy and really noisy. Pitch black in the glass and next to zero carbonation evident. Head eventually disappears and only a ring remains, with lots of carbonation decorating the top. A ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Some roasted malts, dark cherries, dark fruits, and notes of dark chocolate as well. A touch of booze to boot. Cocoa powder becomes more apparent as it settles. Bold and complex aromas for sure.

TASTE: Some roasted malts, with dark cherries everywhere and a good alcohol bite as well. Some spicy booze in there; perhaps some rum flavors. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder show up on the finish. A spicy, boozy, and chocolaty aftertaste is bold and lingers nicely.

PALATE: Medium body with higher levels of carbonation. Somewhat airy on the palate, and not creamy or smooth enough. Basically, the typical feel for a Danish stout. Goes down light and finishes slightly mouth-coating with lots of lingering heat.

OVERALL: An interesting and tasty brew, but the thin and airy palate keeps it back, much like it does a number of Danish stouts. A tasty treat I would have again, but don't think I would go out of my way. One worth checking out if you get the chance.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to psiweaver for this one by way of IS BIF 2. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Viscous pour yields a massive, 3.5 finger, dense, dark mocha colored head with annoyingly good retention. Beer is opaque black. Lacing is chunky but sparse with average cling.

S: Nose tells me straight away that this one is a booze bomb. Chocolate, liquorice, raisins, prunes, and caramel are detectable but there's a significant amount of alcohol covering the aromas. A bit one-dimensional.

T: Boozy upfront with plums, chocolate, and cocoa in the back. Burnt malt bitterness and liquorice comes through a bit towards the middle but fades quickly and subtely. Sweet and fruity at the finish with a dark fruit and cocoa aftertastse.

M: Medium bodied and a bit too carbonated for my liking. Rather smooth and oily going down but I can taste all 11% of this one. Finish is messy and aftertaste lingers.

D: A real middle of the road RIS. A bit too boozy and hot in my opinion and way overcarbonated. The flavor is there, but its masked by all the alcohol. There are better offerings out there for this style.

Photo of domtronzero
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown, almost opaque. A little murky, but quite enticing with the perfect tannish head. Long lasting with lots of lacing.

S - Sweet malts, dark bitter chocolate, dark fruity esters of raisins and a little banana.

F/M - Sweet dark malts, dark fruit esters of prunes and raisins. A little bit of banana and a little bit of chocolate flavors mix together. Medium bitterness with a clean, dry finish. Medium full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight warming in the belly.

D - OK, but this is quite a big beer. More than a bottle would be a challenge to put down by one's self.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at Plumpjack Wine Store in San Francisco. Batch 210, brewed January 1, 2009.

Poured into a 7oz. snifter.

Appearance: Poured out awfully thick and black, with a small, chestnut-colored head that slowly oozed upward from the depths. Head quickly retreated, settling as a thin halo. A quick swirl really accentuates this beer's girth, and momentarily awakens that initial head. Subsequent pours yielded more and more head, but I never saw any lacing. Impressive nonetheless.

Smell: Milk chocolate, soft nuts (e.g. pecans, walnuts), and butter toffee all displayed a strong presence from the get-go. As the beer slowly approached room temperature, dark currants and perfumy/flowery esters emerged and, sadly, displaced the original aromas I had grown so fond of. Still, the nose on Odin's Tipple is fantastic! Very complex and dynamic.

Taste: Dark chocolate, roasted barley, molasses, currants, and mocha. Light char and prickly, almost rum-like alcohol, come forth in the finish. After awhile, I started tasting barbecue, specifically barbecued red meat. I typically catch this flavor in heavier English and Scottish ales; I assume it's some sort of popular British malt (Maris Otter?). As with the smell, the taste was both complex and dynamic, though I enjoyed the taste even more. In fact, I'm getting dangerously close to giving the taste a perfect 5.0.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied, chewy, viscous, and definitely bold! Warm, dry, and bitter, but actually much easier/smoother than you'd think; in other words, the 11% ABV is hidden pretty well, and the year and a half of bottle conditioning probably killed the hop bitterness quite a bit. Light, rolling carbonation velvetizes (I know that's not a word, but it should be) the whole experience. Zero complaints here. Haandbryggerriet nailed it!

Drinkability: Such a complex and enjoyable RIS. It evolved throughout the session and each sip was sooo good. Mmmmm... Get yourself some!

Photo of jpmclaug
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Founders snifter

A - Black body with a big brown head resting on top. Menacing looking beer.I can't imagine a stout looking much better than this.

S - Roasted malts layered on top of espresso, dark chocolate and a heavy dose of booze. Smells a bit too hot. Light notes of sweet vanilla and caramel as well.

T - Big espresso flavor on top of a bitter chocolate body. Very bright acidic coffee flavor. Hints of sweetness but not much. A bit boozy in the finish with notes of smoke as well.

M - Medium to heavy body. Light carbonation, a little sticky and a bit dry.

D - A little bit too astringent for my taste, also a bit hot. This beer might do better with some age on it. Still a pretty solid beer and certainly worth trying. I might buy another bottle and come back to this one in a few years.

Photo of TheJollyHop
3.18/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Deep brown and richly dense head crowning a near jet black body; viscous pour and characteristically clingy Brussels lacing.

Caramel laced cherries and rubbing alcohol pinned beneath roasted barley on the nose; some band-aid phenolic scents as well.

Creamy and tongue coating, with a higher than expected level of carbonation that keeps the body on the more medium side.

The major fault with this beer is the alcohol content. It is just way too overpowering, and swallows up the majority of the more subtle flavors. Leaves behind almost a muted, roasted chocolate flavor. The beer isn't astringent, nor is it too sweet, so those are a couple of pluses. All in all, I think this beer would be much better weighing in around 8% fresh or after several years of aging.

Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
95 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.