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Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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95
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447 Ratings
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Ratings: 447
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 105
Gots: 54 | FT: 3
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Norway

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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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle into tulip glass at ~50 degrees.

Pours an oily jet black body with no transparency whatsoever. Has 1f of grey/brown effervescent head, which fades to a ring of film, and surprisingly no lacing.

Aromas are unique (and I'm totally congested while reviewing this) - citrusy orange peel, dark chocolate, vodka-like alcohol vapors ... seems almost like a medicinal cordial.

Flavors pick up the aromas and carry them forward with some charcoal and black licorice in the aftertaste for good measure. Mouthfeel is about what you'd expect for an 11% - decent carbonation keeps it from being sticky.

This is a delicious and interesting beer, but a one-and-done on the drinkability meter.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 02:48:17 | More by BeerImmediately
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What in the heck was this thing, lol. Seriously I just had this one pop up on the radar and when I was down in the CLBA area saw it on the shelf and decided to pick one up. Did not waste any time and served it up at a cozy 55 degrees and poured into a tulip glass. Consumed on 02/04/2010.
 
The pour was near perfect and not at all what I was expecting. Darkest thing I may have ever seen in a glass, seriously, it was intense looking. Not a drop of light could be seen through the dense, abyss like blackness. A smallish, perhaps an inch of head peaks up over the top of the glass and settles down very quickly, coating the sides and the interior of the glass and really just making this look like a monster, easily one of the most impressive looking beers I have seen in a long, long time. Aroma is all over the place, roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, tar, tobacco, and peat, what the hell is this thing. Warming it only seems to complicate the matter as now what I am dealing with. A confluence of everything dark and warming. Smooth, nearly perfect flavor seeps in through every crack in my tongue. I have to admit had it not been a touch hot, I would have to give it a nod for perfect flavor. Rich dark Belgian yeast, notes of charcoal and leather, hints of brown sugar and a deep, resonant smoke note that seems to really just topple you. Warming and soothing, I could probably have nothing but this on a cold winter night and be perfectly content. Quite simply one of the best and most outstanding dark ales I have ever come across in my life.
 
Overall this is a hard one to beat. I was no where near expecting the level of complexity I was dealt here, simply phenomenal. One of the greatest ales I have ever run across. Outstanding on nearly every level. Please go get this one now.
 

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 17:28:43 | More by mikesgroove
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle an opaque purple-black with a quickly-fading quarter inch of reddish-mocha head.

Aroma of dark ripe fruits, molasses, chocolate and booze.

Big dark ripe fruit taste along with coffee, burnt malts, and booze. The 11% alcohol is definitely present in this one.

Medium bodied, warming and smooth with a light carbonation.

This is a beer with a boozy personality but still quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 02:27:30 | More by Monkeyknife
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Jayli

Massachusetts

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

Picked this up after a tasting at Gordon's in Waltham

A: This beer pours a rich thick as motor oil, opaque black. A one finger of creamy chocolate brown head sits on top and retains nicely. Nice sheets of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is very boozy upfront. Beyond that dark bitter chocolate, mocha, dark fruit, and roasted malts.

T: Taste on this is booozy! WOW booziness but begins to settle as the beer warms. Sweet molasses, caramel malts, and milk chocolate start this one off. Dark fruit become apparent with hints of plum and dates. Roasty character comes through in the middle. Roasted malts, some burnt malts, and dark chocolate comes through. Finish has a bit of hop nature to it, espresso, and alcohol burn.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, thick rich and somewhat chewy

D: This is a beast of a beer - but damn tasty. Has a bit of heat from alcohol but a nice one to sit and enjoy a glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 02:17:21 | More by Jayli
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cvfish

Louisiana

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

A - This beer poured a solid black color that produced a beautiful fluffy brown color that had great retention and laced the side of the glass wonderfully

S - The aromas produced by this beer were insane amounts of roasted malts, dark chocolate, minor amounts of dark fruits, sweet mocha cappuccino and some molasses

T - The taste of this beer was right in line with the nose, huge amounts of roasted by the campfire malts, dark, bittersweet chocolate, a little more dark fruits (cherries and plums) than the nose, and milky, mocha cappuccino finish

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium to heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This great beer does not get the recognition it deserves, it is a wonderfully crafted RIS, this beer is definitely made to be a sipper

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 20:07:58 | More by cvfish
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jjayjaye

New York

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours as if it's going to be light bodied, opaque darkness with a shallow loose yet impressive dark brown colored head that fades quickly without leaving much lacing. Audibly effervescent for a moment. LET THIS ONE WARM UP...the smell is very nice and complex. You first get a boozy cherry rich chocolate then sweet figs and line of roasted malt. The flavor is amazing but there is surprisingly little texture in the mouth to support it. The feel is surprisingly carbonated and tangy with a blush of alcohol yet, it finishes quickly and quite dry yet very smooth with a teasing light hint of the baker's chocolate and licorice (4.25). An incredible drinker, the 11% ABV is really well integrated. Another one that I dragged back with me from West Lakeview Liquors in Chitown (REALLY GOOD PEOPLE!!). Highly Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 17:49:12 | More by jjayjaye
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Flightoficarus

Washington

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

Ah, my first Norwegian beer. Couldn't resist the Norse mythology theme on this one. This should be interesting!

Serving type - Bottle into Orval goblet

Appearance - Pours the absolute darkest black I've ever seen a beer pour! Barely any foam rose up from the pour, but what did show up was dark ruby colored, just to give you an idea of how dark it is. Looks brutal!

Smell - Smell is of intense espresso, roasted malts, chocolate, a little bit of caramel and dark fruits, spices, and alcohol (it is 11%, so that's expected). Quite complex. This is a very unique stout.

Taste - Intense roasted espresso, chocolate, roasted malt with a biscuit-like texture, slight hints of caramel, and a bit of alcohol burn going down. This one is not for the timid, and I expect more flavors to show up as this beer warms up a bit.

Mouthfeel - Not quite as thick as I was expecting for an 11% beer like this, but still pretty full-bodied. Just, surprisingly drinkable for this style of beer I guess. A nice creamy texture to it though!

Drinkability - The ABV, while subdued enough in the flavors, still makes it's presence known, and warns you that this is no session beer. A definite sipper.

Overall - This is a very unique take on the Imperial stout style. It's almost hard for me to classify it as strictly that, as there's a good deal of complexity and other factors that make this one different. If you're a fan of extremely dark, and strong beers, you will enjoy this. It is quite spendy ($11.50 or so for the bottle I bought), but it's worth trying for the experience. Looking forward to trying some other Scandinavian beers in the future!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 07:56:04 | More by Flightoficarus
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MM3

Netherlands

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

The beer I had was bottled in January of 2009. So the beer was not even a year old.

Appearance: The beer is black with a dark brown head, which dissapears quickly. The fome is like the one of Cola.

Smell: The smell was a bit like coffee, chocolate and a bit of sweetness.

Taste: The taste was roasted with a bit of alcohol sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The body beer felt very thick with a nice refreshing carbonation.

Drinkability: The beer is easy to drink, even though it taste and smells a bit extreme.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 20:55:17 | More by MM3
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avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint glass. Had a jet black color and a totally opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A big, strong aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee - all the good things in a Russian Imperial Stout.

T: Tasted like it smelled. Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and even a little smokiness to it. Very well balanced.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: An incredibly drinkable stout. Well made, easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 14:20:22 | More by avalon07
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largadeer

California

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

Bottle cracked by alfrantzell.

The pour is black, completely opaque, and in the glass it's a solid obsidian hue with no highlights, crowned by a dark chestnut brown head. Aromas of rich dark chocolate and espresso waft forth from the glass, tart cherries and anise beneath. On the palate it's fruity up-front, lightly acidic, followed by waves of dark chocolate and roast. The appearance belies the taste; it's a mellow, exceptionally smooth stout, even at warmer temperatures. There's a faint note of burnt malt mid-palate, which leads into a lingering finish of espresso and bakers chocolate. Medium-full in body, the mouthfeel is dry and velvety, the alcohol completely masked. This is very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 00:28:47 | More by largadeer
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BigDank

South Dakota

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So far the best beer I've had by this brewery. If only I had a large amount of cash to put towards beer I would buy a couple cases just to sit on and a couple more to drink as this is one the best RIS's I've tried in my time. 11% gives it a nice warming sensation as it slowly makes it's way down to the stomach coating everything along the way like slow running molasses. Pour is thick and dark like having grabbed a glass fresh from an oil well with a beautiful dark brown head that sticks around for a little while just to let you know it's there. Definitely was not what I was expecting as until the time that I bought it I had not payed attention and thought the title was "Odin's Triple". Once I realized what it was there was no keeping me from buying it up and trying the hell out of it. RIS's are my favorite side by side with the IPAs so it was no question. Smell is strong of decadent roasted malt and the flavor is something to be revered. I have a strong taste for these type of thick, heavy, intensely flavored stouts so to me the drinkability is excellent but to some it may be a little over the top but I would still recommend this one be given a chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 04:31:18 | More by BigDank
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same deal as everyone else has noted: brewed 1/20/09. Wasn't sure what this was when I picked it up, but I couldn't resist the Norse mythology-themed name and label. And the two others I've had by this brewery were very good to amazing.

Into the snifter it goes and holy mother of Thor, this is an absolutely insane-looking beer (in the very best of ways). I noticed right during the pour that the liquid was not only spent-oil black, but that it looked raw, unfiltered and as old as the gods. Once in the glass, one of the most beautiful mocha browns I've ever seen forms a large fluffy head, which minimizes, but never totally dies, and stays bountiful for long enough that it can't be awhile. Drop-dead gorgeous, or perhaps "mightily majestic" puts it better.

Mocha/coffee tones permeate the nose, as does graham cracker and a spicy alcohol jab. Plum and fig work in, as well, with dark chocolate around the edges. My wife called out from beyond the closed door of this room: "wow, I can smell your beer from here!" Cool!

Flavor mirrors the aroma in all ways, and in the best ways. Mocha/coffee is slightly bitter but far from harsh; husky nuttiness front, center and finish; graham cracker comes in strongly, presumably something imparted by the malt; dark fruits are just trim around the edges, adding something juicier and sweeter for balance against the earthy, bitter tones; alcohol, at a considerable 11%, is present as a warming glow that underscores but doesn't overtake. I've had quite a few beers with less alcohol that are much less balanced. That's the key here, in addition to the amazing flavors: balance. The finish is long and leans heavily toward dark chocolate and graham cracker. Another beer that reminds me of liquid s'mores.

The mouthfeel is not terrible by any means, but askew to what I was hoping for and expecting. Who wouldn't expect, based on looks, smell and flavor, for the mouthfeel to be a gooey, creamy, chewy, barely-carbonated gob of melted chocolate sludge? This is far from that. There are tons of tiny bubbles dancing on the tongue, giving this an atypically lively buoyancy. Yet it has a nice velvety glide, and there's also a thickness and stickiness present which satisfies the part of me that wanted something creamier. The unexpected carbonation sizzle is like throwing puffed rice into fine chocolate, which I imagine some chocolate connoisseurs find appalling (who knows, guess we should look into chocolateadvocate.com and find out, eh?). I respect the brewer's decision to take this beer another way and not give in to standards and expectations.

Wowza, this is amazing. Presumably there are high quality ingredients going into this at every level, and there is certainly attention to depth and balance. Probably not a stretch to say this is a must-try for all lovers of big, bold stouts. Odin's Tipple has been on the market for at least several months now...why isn't it a more talked-about beer? Maybe I'm just nuts.

[Addendum after reading some previous reviews: many people noting how boozy it is, but I'm not feeling that. Maybe it's aged just long enough to chill that out?]

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 20:53:11 | More by Metalmonk
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YankChef

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into val dieu goblet... brewed on 1/20/09

appearance: black as black can be head is even incredibly dark, i would say the head is the color of cocoa powder, head dissipated quickly

aroma: boozy and aromas of dark fruit and caramelized sugar, a bit of peppercorn type spice, perhaps some coffee and chocolate but i thick thats more from the appearance messing wiith my mind then the actual aroma

flavor: INTENSE booze roastiness and booziness... Also has a sharpness that is akin to peppery like trigeminal response, hops are more powerful than i expected and this is absolutely nothing like dark force in anyway except the color. Booze are a little overwhelming but im getting used to it and as my palate adjusts to the hops the richer coffee, jammy kind of flavors come out and really present themselves

overall: i wanted something dark rich and tasty and this delivered big time, really really huge beer that is still hot and should not be drank yet like everything else in my cellar!!! I really regret popping this now and will have to seek out more immediately to cellar, Will be on the short list of best RIS with i would say 2 years on it will be what this brew needs... the score is an indication of the beer now, im not going to rate it how i believe it will eventually be

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 05:26:10 | More by YankChef
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Jmoore50

Nevada

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at Saint James Infirmary in Reno, Nevada.

Appearance is awesome, motor oil black. This thing poured black, and very few imperial stouts can boast something like that. Nice cocoa head, and the body was thick. No lacing, but with 11% you cannot really complain.

The smell was grain, earth, cocoa, malt. Just really deep dark smells, no coffee either which is in almost every RIS these days.

The taste was good. Really deep dark malt could be tasted as well as a slight bitter cocoa taste. Really nice mellow flavor, not overdone in any specific characteristic.

The mouthfeel was flat and boring, a little hot from the alcohol.

The drinkability was good because it was a nice brew to sit and drink over the coarse of an hour or so. Enjoyable.

J

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 01:27:03 | More by Jmoore50
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Got this gem thanks to roopy40. Poured into oversized DFH snifter.

A: Poured super thick, like motor oil, almost pitch black color with touch of brown haze, really dark brown almost dark chocolate colored thick head about 1 finger that has great retention, not sure if I should pour this into my car or use it to suck the souls from the unworthy, as I take a sip or two I watch the brown frothy head dance and swirl around the black lake below, it's hypnotizing

N: I could smell this thing from the pour a furlong away, chocolate and roasted malts just bellow from the abyss, slight dark sweet fruits tickle the nose giving way for hints of sweetness soon to come

T: After nosing this thing for about 10 minutes I finally decided to sip this luscious beauty, starts with lots of chocolate and roasted malts, as expected, i can feel the color being sucked from my tongue as the beer blankets it, lots of spice flavors and earthy char come through, this is actually really spicey surprisingly, while I'm chewing this trying to swallow its leaving a dry bitter earthy taste around, and on the back of the throat as it goes down, lots of alcohol also warm and burn a little too much in fact.

M: Incredibly thick and chewy, it really makes me feel like this just came fresh from my engine block, super spicey as well, leaves a big thick frothy brown syrupy remnants on the side of the glass

F: It leaves a cold vacant feeling on the mouth as the sweet thickness dries out very quick and leaves a spicey feeling on the tongue and back of the throat... almost as if my mouth was just burned out with dry ice made from the souls of pygmies

Final thoughts: Wow, this is a super thick chocolate and roasted malt bomb with lots of spicey flavors that actually kinda burn, lots of alcohol and earthy char. Felt like this thing came straight out of a Tim Burton movie, super dark and spicey, slow to enjoy, a little confusing but mesmerizing. Long sipper but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 01:45:09 | More by jlindros
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rye726

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite ale thus far from Haand. Really opens up at cellar temp.

Pours a thick, oilish black with a dark mocha head. Not the best retention, but quite impressive.

Chocolate, coffee, plums, cherries, ripe berries, fruity alcohol, bitter hops and a subtle wild yeast presence.

Thick, silky body is well carbonated. A bit boozy, but nothing wrong with that.

Impressive stuff. Will age very well.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 06:35:33 | More by rye726
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet, Batch 210 brewed Jan 20, 2009. Lovely beer, this. Pours black with slight head, but what head there is is dark brown and settles to a ring. Quite roasty, and even nutty up front in the aroma department. Lots of black licorice, some espresso notes, and and some earthy bitterness round out the nose. I ,love the flavors here- big and bold, but beautifully integrated. Lots more licorice, coffee and chocolate notes, frresh cream, and a nice bitter undercurrent throughout while a sweet, charred sugar topnote runs through the flavor as well. There is also a luscious dark cocoa aftertaste that lingers quite a while. I've become more and more partial to recent Scandanavian brews, and I think this is a good example of how emulations of American style craft beers are often done very well over there. Quite full bodied and even a little prickly at first, but picks up creamier notes as the taste continues. Quite a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 00:41:28 | More by Georgiabeer
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Extremely dark brown thick body with mocha colored head that disappears quickly. Thin halo remains. Too dark to see carbonation inside the body but I doubt that it exists considering how little head there is on top. Enticingly dark though.

Nose: Roast malt abounds. Charred oak wood. Seems almost light and dry... hard to believe that 11% of my glass is alcohol. Some raisin, some resin, black cherries. Intriguing.

Mouth: Toasted malts in the beginning , like Rice Crispies, toasted grains. As it moves back it spreads on the palate, like burnt toast flavored jam. Sweet & robust, molasses & roasted malts. Body is thick and coating. I would like to see this beer at 8-9% as opposed to 11%, but I guess that's not up to me. There's a slight nail polish remover, acetate flavor occurrence in the finish that I don't care for, but this is not a bad beer. A bit too much residual sugar but drinkable none-the-less.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 20:44:21 | More by clickpush
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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

I have NEVER seen a head as dark a brown as this! It quickly eased into wisps, but the ring was deep brown. The color was a deep, dark brown bordering on outright black. Nose had a dark chocolate scent with an underlying charcoal smell. Mouthfeel was thick like pudding with an effervescence that was determined to scrub my tastebuds while smashing them into submission. Finish was as dry as the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara Desert. Zounds!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 02:01:14 | More by woodychandler
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Bubba83

California

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a snifter at 50 degrees. My 2nd offering from HaandBryggeriet, absolutely loved the Nissefar.

Stunning look to the beer, pours in pretty thick and has a nice amount of smooth frothy head. It really does look like motor oil, no chance of seeing any color at all even through the sides of the glass when held up to light. Head fades fairly quick for an impy stout but it leaves a fairly thick ring of very fine creamy dark mocha colored head that stays around until the end. Minimal lacing if any at all.

Smells like dark caramel, molasses, vanilla, cocoa nibs, and subtle hints of coffee. There is also a tobacco leaf type of smell with some random earthyness. A little bit of alcohol sting if you really inhale.

Mmmm, this beer has many complexities in the flavor department. The first thing that comes to mind is pure chocolate, really high quality, rich dark chocolate. From there the vanilla builds and there's caramel too, dark caramel. When it hits the sides of my tongue I get some twang and brief suggestions of dark fruits, perhaps from the brett, but not much. In addition, the hops follow and are pretty vibrant for an Impy Stout. As I begin swallowing I notice a bit of heat and a lot of tobacco leaf character, which I have never really been able to pick out in a beer until this one.

Mouthfeel is among the best of any beer I have ever had, and can't be improved upon in my opinion. Silky, soft, creamy, oily, without being too chewy and has some really small bubbles to keep things a little bit "poppy" in the mouth.

What a terrific beer, this brewery has done nothing but impress me. I would actually recommend giving this another year if you own a bottle, because I reckon the alcohol heat might subside a bit and the brett character may come out to play a little more to make this beer even more insanely complex. I'm definitely going to look for another bottle to age. Keep up the great work my friends in Norway!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 07:30:44 | More by Bubba83
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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

500ml bottle. Batch 210 Brewed 20 01 09.

Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized brown head. Brown edges. Aromas of chocolate, roastiness, cofeee, and caramel. Tastes of chocolate, roastiness, coffee, caramel, vanilla, and lightly earthy. Medium alcohol in the finish. Oily and thick body.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 22:17:06 | More by hopdog
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popery

California

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

Purchased at City Beer Store, San Francisco. Batch #210. Brewed 20.01.09.

This is a big imperial stout brewed by the Norse HaandBryggeriet and recently bottled for the first time (or so I've read). They call it a Dark Norse Ale and brewed it with Brettanomyces clausenii, lending a sour flavor unique to imperial stouts, in my experience.

The beer pours opaquely black with a dark brown head. It's one of the darkest heads that I've ever seen on a beer.

HaandBryggeriet nailed the imperial stout aroma. There are richly roasted malt notes of chocolate and coffee. Alcohol rears its head a bit, but it's a welcome addition on a big beer. There is a touch of oakiness that you pick up in the nose more after you taste it. Some sort of hoppiness is lurking underneath, but it's definitely not the star of the show. The brett doesn't really emerge in the aroma; the other smells are probably a bit too strong and rich for its relatively delicate character. That said, it really nails imperial stout for my money. I imagine it will grow a bit more floral and fruity as time passes for a cellared bottle. Dark stone fruits, plums, cherries, lurk beneath the waves of roasted malt.

The flavor is deep, dark and interesting. The roasted malt is strong and rich. There are notes of bitter, oily coffee beans, dark chocolate and burnt caramel. I believe that the beer is aged on oak (as are many of the beers from this brewer) as there is an apparent oaken dryness that screams fancy Russian Imperial Stout. The brett brings everything together with a round, fruity sourness that shines through the high alcohol content. It's not a strong brett flavor, but it's there and it's very interesting in the big, delicious stout. I can imagine this beer aging incredibly as sweet, dark stone fruit flavors develop from the roasted malt and complex yeast. The alcohol will calm down a bit, as it is still drinking a bit hot. Clearly, the alcohol presence didn't take away from my enjoyment of the beer.

The feel is a bit rough on the palate, but it will mellow and it's such a great, big flavor that I'm willing to forgive the current faults. The drinkability will also improve for similar reasons. I wish that I could afford a case of this beer for the cellar. This is a phenomenal beer. If you see it, tough out the price and grab some bottles. A big, delicious imperial stout brewed with brett sounds like a lock for aging.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 04:22:13 | More by popery
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Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
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