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Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

444 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 102
Gots: 53 | 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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busternuggz

California

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 17 oz. bottle into a Belgian glass. Odin mounts Sleipnir, his spear Gungnir firm in hand, and prepares to do battle on my palate. I play some Blind Guardian and prepare for glory.
Pours thick and gloopy, opaque black absolutely impenetrable by light, as dark as a winter night on the fjords of Norway. A beautiful rich chocolate brown 1/4" head that unfortunately fades pretty quick. Leaves thick foamy lacing. So close to a 5 appearance.
Rich cocoa and molasses hits me first on the nose, with a charred undertone and a hint of burnt sugar. A little boozy, but forgiveably so.
Big and rich! Smoky/burnt wood dominates the taste, like the smoke from a viking ship burned in funeral ceremony. Closely followed by bitter chocolate, some molasses, with a brief fade to coffee beans leading into a pleasant and unique bitter, smoky, charred finish, like inhaling the ashes of your enemies. Well balanced for how huge and malty it is.
Pretty nice texture, well carbonated. Comes on strong like a charging berserker, but fades nicely to a medium body and leaves a nice coat on the tongue.
As I wrap up this review I've got like 2/3 of the bottle left. A formidable opponent, I dread and embrace it like Ragnarok. The smokiness and the hugeness make it a sipper. It does not tread lightly. My tongue is being pillaged and I pray I die with my glass in hand, and am permitted into Valhalla.
This is a monster, rich and fairly complex. I recommend splitting it with one or two people, and be prepared for a smoky onslaught. Odin will grant you no mercy.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 01:55:36 | More by busternuggz
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John_M

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an impressive thick looking blackish brown, with good head retention and fair lacing. On the nose, the licorise comes on strong, though I also get a considerable amount of dark chocolate and coffee as well. The flavors generally replicate the nose, though the chocolaten and coffee dominate in this rich, full flavored beer. The beer is moderately sweet, but there's some underlying bitterness that helps to balance this beer and keep it from becoming cloying. Mouthfeel is rich and full, with a fairly long finish. Drinkability isn't bad, though the combination of licorise, moderate sweetness and noticeable alcohol wears on me just a bit. Nevertheless, this is a very fine, very enjoyable RIS.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2010 19:32:08 | More by John_M
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn! What an amazing beer. Poured with a small brown, fine head that slowly faded and no lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is malt, saw mill, tree bark, earth, dark ripe fruit, molasses. Flavor is massivly sweet but tempered, I guess, by the wild yeast to make it much more user friendly. Strange how even though it's sweet, you want to have another hit at it. Body is sexy and carbonation while low is good. Finish goes sweet cocoa and has some length. Don't pick up much alcohol. Excellent beer! Bravo Haand!!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 23:29:59 | More by drpimento
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the whole Norse/Viking thing they have going on with this beer. Poured in to a Sam Adams perfect pint glass, this beer comes out like motor oil. Possibly one of the blackest, sludgiest looking brews I have come across, with a quick to fade head of dark brown froth. Nose is of dark fruit such as cherry and plum, and also has a real dark chocolate side to it. A bit of char shows up as well, rounding out the sweet smells. The taste is very similar, again with dark fudge like chocolate and more dark fruit. Alcohol can definitely be tasted and felt, but it never becomes hot. Mouthfeel is on the rich and thick side, only getting more complex as it warms to room temperature. Drinkability is stellar for a beer of this size and strength. Sip with caution, but I have to admit that it didn't take me long to polish this off. Odin's Tipple is one of the best stouts, and beers that I have had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 21:59:19 | More by jamie2dope
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer poured jet black with a thin mocha colored head that slowly faded away leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark fruits in the nose, which is somewhat sweet. The smell also has some hints of chocolate and alcohol.
T: The taste is very rich and complex with flavors of chocolate, dark fruits and licorice. The taste becomes more complex as the beer warms up. Some malty sweetness is also present.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate but isn't that thick. It is relatively smooth and the alcohol provides a little bit of warming sensations. Not much carbonation is perceptible.
D: This is a great beer to sip; the alcohol doesn't stand out that much in the taste but it can quickly catch up to you given the strength.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 01:18:13 | More by metter98
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AMo

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HaandBryggeriet Odin's Tipple pours a dark molases hue with a dark brown, short, short lasting head. Final rest is to an opaque brownish black liquid. Aromas are strong and well noticed. Pleasant of dark fruit with a little sour. Smokey hints also come about. Mouthfeel is sleak, medium dense, and mildly carbonated. Well made and continually changing for the better.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 17:49:09 | More by AMo
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD on the way up to LBI. What better way to kick off vacation than a big, dark brew! It must be added that service at State Line was exceptional today, making small talk and they were genuinely interested in my business which was greatly appreciate, but that's for another review in another place. Bottle notes Batch 210, brewed 20.01.09. Seeing that makes it a year and a half old, it will be taken strongly into consideration.

A: Black as night, topped with a fleeting, though exceptionally dark head. Very brown ring of lace surrounds it and then dwindles away to nothing. Granted, at 11%, that's not too surprising.

S: Big aroma... bitter chocolate notes, some charry elements, along with dark fruit - lots of plum n particular. There's another fruity quality to it... almost like black currant, maybe. It's rounded out with some anise and saltiness... touches of oxidation seem to be coming through.

T: Intense, just like the nose. Big, roasted malt and charcoal flavour... chocolate is there, but not in the same way as I detect it in the aroma. There's more of the saltiness in the flavour and some sherry that don't hurt it too badly. That said, I would kinda shy away from this being a long-term aging candidate as it seems to be showing signs of it now. The cap did seem to come off a little easily, so that could play a part in it. Some of the fruitiness is there, dark 'berry' like flavours... though they are layered with the bitterness and burnt taste.

M + D: American brews made in the style of RIS tend to be quite big in body - chewy, rich, a real mouthful. I find Belgian style stouts to be a little more 'liquid.' This beer has a body more like the latter... though rather slick, leaving a bit of a residual and thin coating over the tongue on the finish which promotes a little more alcohol warming. A rather nice beer, though if my bottle is any indication, it would probably be one I'd suggest digging into now if it's being stored. Most definitely a sipping brew, and about right for a rainy day. Maybe a little boozy for a hot one, but it did me just fine!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 02:30:14 | More by Proteus93
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maximum12

Minnesota

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

Spied a few bottles of this on a local store shelf - very briefly, as it turned out - & grabbed one. First brew I've tried from 'The Hand'. Batch 210, brewed 1-20-09, 500ML bottle. Pre-aged!

Pours a dour, swirling black, much like the wall clouds that just passed over my humble abode. Odin would have liked the thunder, I'm sure. Bonus point for a cool bottle & commentary on the label, I was a fan of Norse mythology in my younger years. Smell is commit-me rich, malts deeper than Moria, chocolate, alcohol, more malts, backed by malts. The very definition of promising.

Odin's Tipple is startlingly charred, with little hint of it in the nose. We will now pause for my expectations & palate to adjust. Ahh, that's better. The sweet, rich malts of the nose give way to bitter, surly, blackened, charred malts spilling over the edge of the glass. I swim around in the muck looking for other ingredients, & spot them only fleetingly; they fail to break the stranglehold of the roast. Standard stuff: toast, cocoa, etc. The only things worth noting are a backdraft of wild blackberry, which *almost* showed up in the head, & a wealth of warming, soothing alcohol. I'll sleep well tonight.

This ain't no subtle RIS, either. Heavy, filling, ready to rumble. It is, however, cheerily easy to sip for such a stout fellow, as I try to plumb its depths for more subtlety.

Well, I've passed up plenty of beers from Haand due to the price; this one still had the $9.99 tag attached. Worth it for a touch more than a pint? Debatable. Good beer? Not debatable. Really enjoyed the wild fruit evident in this one, played really well off the roast. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 02:20:08 | More by maximum12
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Xul

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black - there are no dark ruby highlights when held up to the light, or traces of dark brown - this is straight off a Spinal Tap album cover. Head is one inch frothy, dark brown that recedes quickly into spotty lacing over the top of the beer.

S: Roasty, dark chocolate out front gives way to a big dark fruit character with dark cherries, figs, plums, raisins, and a vinous quality that's rather like port. Coffee and vanilla notes lurk in the background.

T: Starts out with semi-sweet chocolate before opening up into dark fruits much like the nose, except some blackberries have joined the proverbial party. The port quality is a bit more subdued in the mid-palate, although it makes its return on the backend. Vanilla swirls around lightly as the fruit dies down and a big roasted coffee and chocolate comes in late and carries through to a long finish with slightly bitter coffee, chocolate, and the aforementioned port notes.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation, could be a touch creamier but its velvety smoothness is excellent.

D: The alcohol isn't entirely hidden but since it mostly manifests itself in the form of port notes, it's more of an enhancement than a detraction. Excellent beer and I'll definitley be picking up a couple more of these while I can.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 05:45:28 | More by Xul
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big, black body with a thin, dark, tan head. One of the darker heads I've seen in awhile. Some nice waves of lacing. Looks good.

Lots of roasty, chocolaty, molasses notes on the nose. A bit of port and wine mixed with alcohol and dark fruits. Really liking the fruit and chocolate pairing.

The flavor is full of smooth, chocolaty, dark malts and fruit. Lots of dark roasted malts, yet still quite sweet. Has a vinous, dark fruit presence that I picked up on in the Wild Thing as well. Could be a byproduct of the house yeast. Really nice mix of figs, grapes, port, molasses and chocolate. Some alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a like-able amount of warming alcohol. Low carbonation, but good for the style. It would be nice if this were a little thicker, but still quite good.

Tasty stuff. The drinkability is good. It's not too hard to notice the ABV, but it isn't abrasive and it doesn't get in the way of the flavor or enjoyment. Lots of great flavor and a smooth body. A treat to drink and good for a cold Winter's night. Excellent with chocolate cake. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 03:50:01 | More by sisuspeed
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trygger87

California

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

Picked up a bottle of this stuff in SF CA.
Beer pours a solid black with no head but there is carbonation. The smell is of fine dark rum with a very malty back bone. Flavor is deep, with dark booze soaked fruits hitting you first followed by an almost sherry like quality. Mouth feel is pretty dry for such a big beer, but it still lingers. Drinkability is really good considering its 11 percent. I would buy this one again!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 03:27:54 | More by trygger87
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Gmann

New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a used motor oil black sludge color with a creamy dense brown head that settles into a solid ring. The aroma is of milk chocolate, light charred wood, roasted malt and some tin. Nice big roasted malt flavor, some smoke and charred wood, bitter chocolate, some booze soaked dark fruity; perhaps some raisins or fig. There is also an undercurrent of vanilla and caramel. A big malty brew yet there is an unrippen cherry or lemon tartness that cuts the body of this beer. The feel is thick, with some tingly carbonation to give it some spunk. Sweet overall but has some dry and sour aspects. The ABV peaks here and there, can finish sticky at times. Damn, this is a good RIS. Extremely malty with nice woody/earthy flavors. This brewery makes a great malty brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 04:01:13 | More by Gmann
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500mL bottle - Batch 210, brewed 01/20/09 - served into a tulip

Pours an absolute pitch black. It doesn't appear to sit too heavily in the glass. The head is perhaps the darkest I've ever seen. It is totally a burnt sienna color. It isn't even a single finger in size but it certainly makes an impression.

The aromas explode out of the glass with vigor. Milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, sunken figs (I don't know what that means, but that is what I typed. I think I meant drunken figs), blackberry, stale cocoa powder. The aromas aren't exceptional or original but they are strong and their particular proportions and progressions make for a unique nose.

Right up front you can tell this beer straddles some strange line between Double Stout and Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Lots of sweet dark fruits meets lots of stale roasted flavors. There's booze, too. This doesn't taste like Black Albert, which is to say that Odin's Tipple is not a clear Imperial Stout w/ Belgian yeast flavors. This is straight-up style confusion. Which isn't a bad thing; this beer tastes good. Would that the chocolate tastes be fuller this beer might score higher.

The mouthfeel is nearly too thin for an imperial stout... at first. Miraculously, the beer thickens up with warmth to something suitable. The drinkability is pretty average for the style. The alcohol is up there and you can taste it and the stale chocolate flavors get to be a little too much after a while.

This is a confusing beer. A good one, though. Definitely try it if you see it on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 02:54:25 | More by Reaper16
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

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

'09 vintage thanks to either Kevin or Chris!

A- Boday is an opaque dark brown-nearly black hue that does not let light shine through. Pours with a 1/2 finger deep brown foamy head-which eventually fades to a thick collar.

S- Big, black, and rich. Typical and good for an RIS- plum, anise, raisin, cocoa, a hint of dark chocolate.

T- The highlight of the flavor is very dark roasted malt. Dark chocolate comes througg initially as well as a bit of smokey ash. The finish is more balanced with typical RIS (see noes) characters coming through more. A faint roasted malt flavor lingers on the palate.

M- Soft carbonation and a thick, heavy body.

D- This is a good RIS overall with a nice roasted character addition. If I had not had so many world class brews from this style I may have ranked it higher-because this is a very good, enjoyable brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 02:13:10 | More by PittBeerGirl
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nickfl

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours with a dark, orange-brown head on top of a completely opaque, black body. The foam settles rapidly and leaves very little lace.

S - A rich malt aroma with lots of sweet caramel, cocoa, and molasses with just a hint of spicy coffee. There is a distinct aroma of baked goods that reminds me of brownies or chocolate cake.

T - Dark chocolate and chicory up front with some spicy notes of cinnamon and allspice. The chocolate is augmented in the middle by sweet, dark caramel with some burnt candy notes and a hint of cola. It finishes with an increasingly spicy character with chocolate, pepper, chilis, molasses, and lots of licorice. The complex, grainy sweetness is balanced moderate bitterness and a spicy alcohol note that lingers on the tongue. The aftertaste is just as complex as the first sip with lots of coffee, chocolate, smoke and some spicy cigar tobacco notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish with a bit of alcoholic warmth in the back of the throat.

D - Damn, those Norwegians can brew! I have been consistently impressed (and often blown away) by Haandbryggeriet over the last couple of years and Odin's Tipple is yet another home run. This beer has an insanely dark head of foam that promises rich, malty complexity and an intense roasted grain character. The aroma is full of complex chocolate and rich malt with just a hint of smoke that is just the sort of subtle touch that so often pushes this brewery's beer over the threshold from very good to truly world class. The flavor is just as deep and even more complex than the aroma, but it does not have the over the top roast qualities that the color of the beer implies that it might. Instead it is a subtle, velvety malt landscape that is highlighted by a masterful spiciness and a dark caramel character that one normally only experiences in very fine Belgian Dark Strong Ales. I don't know how this beer is spiced (if it is even spiced at all), but it has a wealth of peppery, smoky notes that blend with the earthy chocolate in a way that reminds me of a good mole poblano. Lingering smoke and tobacco character seals the deal and, along with the spicy but not quite hot alcohol, gives a brief impression of brandy before it fades into memory. In conclusion, buy this beer! It is one of the best efforts from a brewery that has produced several of the best beers that I have ever had the pleasure of sipping.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 05:30:18 | More by nickfl
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

A most impressive Stout; maybe labeled as a Russian Imperial but it shares some similarities with Tropical Stouts and Foreign Export Stouts. Yes, you gotta like a bit of a sweeter Stout.

A very dark, viscous, and creamy pour lands in the chalice and soon builds a medium brown head that retains well but does eventually succumb to the weight and alcohol of the beer. Showing sticky legging, this is proving to be a complicated session.

Roast and malty-sweet sugars lead the way in aroma. Caramels and milk sugars give a huge base that the chocolates and coffees have a trouble to overcome. Vanilla and toffee also make their way into the aromatic mix.

Very sweetly flavored with molasses, toffee, brown sugar, and lactose. But a big rebuttal of cocoa, espresso, and dry roast strive to balance the beer but ultimately fall a bit short- leaving the beer sweeter and richer. Light elements of char and smoke also make their way into the finish as the beer warms.

The body of the beer is decidedly full, rich, and robust. ...and despite the roast character and alcoholic warmth, the beer remains on the sugary side with a long linger of roast, toffee, and coffee.

With all the nuances of 'does this beer do what it should per style', I list a lot of criticism of the beer. But in reality the beer has a remarkable balance and power that cannot be denied. It's a wonderful beer that I could enjoy on every occasion in which it is available. A true joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 03:59:17 | More by BEERchitect
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Dubber55

New York

3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 210
Brewed 20.01.09

Pours a thick, pitch black with 1/2 finger mocha colored head. No lacing and very little retention. The bubbles settle to form a collar around the beer. Really nice.

Aromas I get are espresso/coffee, leather, smoke, tobacco, rum soaked raisins, and alcohol.

The taste starts off with roasted barley, chocolate, and coffee. Then, I taste something similar to a sweet wine, licorice, and chocolate. The alcohol is noticeable in the aftertaste. Has a warming effect. This beer has a roasty and dry finish..

The mouthfeel is definitely on the heavier side. Thick, chewy, creamy, viscous. It feels like a meal in a glass. Carbonation is medium to high for an imperial stout.

The drinkability is good. Nice balance of flavors. The alcohol is a bit strong at times.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 02:31:06 | More by Dubber55
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pielager

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

No matter how I held this one up to the ceiling lights--nothing very, very dark. Not as dark as the Gulf Coast is soon to be (god help us!). Batch 210 like some of the other folks. So far it is the very best "dark" beer I have drank yet, though a little heavy on the ABV% but that is to be expected with a massive one like this.

Taste: A lot of chocolate/coffee blend without over-powering sweetness that some of these can come with.

Mouth feel: Thick with PLENTY of carbonation. I recommend to open and pour over an open sink especially if it is warm---any HaandBryggeriet brew for that matter. Conserve it, savor it.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 05:39:53 | More by pielager
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one at our tasting.

A-pours a viscous dense black motor oil looking liquid with a dark brown, mahogony head.

S-deeply roasted malts up front, notes of acetone behind, hints of coffee and chocolate in the middle, lots of dark fruit sweetness in the back, plums raisins, and a touch of cherry.

T-lots of chalkiness up front, notes of tobacco, lots of roasted dark malts, light coffee and chocolate. the finish adds acetone and sweetness, plums and raisins soaked in rum.

M-big feel, full bodied, creamy but a little grainy in the back, lots of carbonation, crisp finish and slightly dry.

D-this is huge, not insanely drinkable but a decent job on the flavors. a little boozy in the back but still a ton of roasted malts and a good balance of sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 22:42:29 | More by cpetrone84
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GilGarp

Colorado

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

Batch 210 bottled 20-01-09.

500 mL brown bottle served cool into my Watou glass.

Odin's Tipple is inky black with only a touch of light coming through during the pour. The head might be the darkest I've ever seen but it's short-lived and doesn't leave much lace behind.

Aroma is unusal but pleasant. It's boozy, fruity, and lacks in the areas that most American versions would be most abundant - roasty and hoppy. Sweetness in vanilla and cherries is very nice.

Flavor is exceptionally strong. All of the sudden the roast is at the forefront. Huge dark malt flavor with espresso roast coffee beans and a bit of dark chocolate. Lots of bitterness but it doesn't seem to be from hops. Just huge in every respect.

Mouthfeel is full in body and moderate carbonation, the latter being slightly too much in my opinion. The alcohol certainly makes itself known but it falls short of being hot, thankfully.

Basically a big badass stout. I've had many an imperial/double/RIS in my day but this one is so over-the-top in flavor it's ridiculous. A slow sipper for sure and one that must be on every stout fan's short list of beers to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 03:53:10 | More by GilGarp
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark black with a very nice mocha head and some good retention.

S: Loads of molasses, dark roasted malt, anisa, hints of maple, oak, and plenty of chocolate.

T: All of the above with some added hop bitterness. The roasted characteristics are nice, but toward the end distract a bit from the other flavors, which are quite a bit more subtle.

M: Full body with nice, low carbonation.

D: As with the taste, drinkability is a bit affected by the balance of the flavors. However, all around this is a really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 21:29:06 | More by Thorpe429
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Thanks to my brother for bringing this beer back to me from Lafayette, LA.

Batch 210 bottled 1/20/09. The beer pours black with a mocha-colored head. The aroma is dark fruit and chocolate. The flavor is dark fruit with some coffee and chocolate characteristics. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. The mouthfeel is chewy and nice and thick while the carbonation is low. A nice, fruity Russian Imperial Stout that lived up to its high rating.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 01:49:16 | More by Mora2000
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MasterSki

Illinois

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

Thanks to zestar for sending this my way. Served in a Darkness snifter. Bottle is from Batch 210, bottled January 20th, 2009. Listening to some Wagner while consuming this one.

A - A hard-ish pour yields a finger of the darkest foam I've ever seen - darker than Zhukov! - that's an angry-looking red-brown color. It quickly dissipates to a thick, irregular, collar and some light haze. A few splotches of lace are left on the sides of the glass. Body is unsurprisingly pitch black. This beer is pretty intimidating.

S - Upon popping the cap I was greeted by the intense aroma of roasted malts, baker's chocolate, cake, caramel, some char, and a touch of anise and booze as it warms. Nice balance of sweet, bitter, and roast elements.

T - The taste unfortunately loses some of the rich and complex sweetness from the nose, and instead amps up the char, smoke, and roast elements. There's a touch of oxidation apparent as well, and a bitter espresso finish. As it warms a little more dark chocolate truffle comes out, but not quite enough to keep things balanced.

M - Body is medium-full, silky smooth, lower in carbonation, and hides the heat of 11% surprisingly well. There's a bit of residual stickiness but it dissipates fairly quickly. This is the way things ought to be, particularly when drinking from the skull's of your enemies.

D - I dig the 500ml serving size - big enough to share, but still reasonable for one to consume without dozing off afterward. The import price tag is a little steep, but this is is just as good if not better than many of the hyped brewery-only releases. It's obviously a sipper, but one that never grows tiring.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 00:39:31 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 210 -- Bottled on 20 01 09 (January 20, 2009). Served in a tulip glass. Beer is pitch black and forms a thin head of dark brown bubbles that breaks and moves to the walls of the glass. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady, small bubbles.

Aroma is strong, sweet, lots of alcohol in the aroma. Its not hot, its almost liquor like.

Beer is hugely thick in the mouth. not much carbonation but there is a syrupy character to it and TON of late roast, coffee, a little smoke, lots of dark grains. Pretty sweet. Roast is nearly an aftertaste, this is seriously a big beer. Very sweet, very good. I'm not sure I'll be able to drink the whole thing though. Its a lot of beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 03:31:30 | More by drabmuh
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Dark norse ale 11% abv. Batch 210. Brewed 20.01.09. Consumed 12.05.10.

A: Poured a viscose dark sherry with dark plum tones when hitting the glass and catching light. A dark nutmeg colored head, fairly thin, quickly dissipate to a bare reflective surface leaving no signs of lacing. Some carbonation bubbles gather at the bottom of the glass before quickly getting released into the wild. Labeled as a dark norse ale and wont get no arguments here.

S: The nose was vinous with dark grapes, plums and sherry notes with a dark roasted malting. The 11% is incredibly well hidden. There is a scent of lightly burnt cake breadiness right from the oven. The complexity is kept fairly simple yet the aroma is very smooth and vinous.

T: Burnt currant first comes to mind flavor wise. Again a burnt cake breadiness mixed with a rich espresso bean bitterness. Dark fruit of plums, raisins and sherry notes combine with a soft warmth of alcohol which seemed way below its advertised 11%. Creamer laced dark roast gives this an earthy roastedness with a gentle coverage of burnt chocolate and a wet minerality of coffee grounds for a lacing. There appears to be a bit of fruitiness from the yeast trying to come through beneath the dark malts with just enough umph to make you aware of its presence and give you a general appreciation.

M: Medium bodied, bordering on full, with an oily slick texture that effortlessly slides around the tongue. No carbonation is detected while a beautiful wet coffee ground roastedness ensures for a fade and coating on the tongue.

D: A meal within itself. A dark hearty tripel worthy of consumption by any Norse god let alone mere mortal. Very enjoyable and you don't even notice the 11% making this a smooth downer much more atone to a 7%er.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 22:37:05 | More by beerthulhu
Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
95 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.