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Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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484 Ratings
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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 117
Gots: 60 | 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 trygger87
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!

Photo of Gmann
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Reaper16
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

Photo of Dubber55
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of pielager
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.11/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jedwards for sharing!!
Deep dark brown. Brown head that goes to ring. Smell is roasty malt, dark chocolate some coffee. Taste is big - roasty, chocolate, black licorice, charcoal and some alcohol. Medium body fine carbonation which is active. Overall a really tasty beer with a big load of roasty flavor

Photo of Jwale73
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jedwards for sharing. Poured one shade shy of black with a kakhi-colored sudsy swirl - no head with just a few spots of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expressed coffee, booze, licorice, cocoa and a roasted quality. Taste follows nose; however, an ashy quality also comes out in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel was medium-light, with an easy carbonation - perhaps a little lighter than anticipated, with a little acidity that comes out towards the back. I haven't had much from this brewer, but this was a pretty tasty brew I have to say with a very interesting character for the style.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Label on the back says, "Batch 210" & "Brewed 20.01.09"

This is a fine looking stout. Absolutely black with no light at all passing through when held up to the lamp. Even pouring from the bottle it poured like thick ink. Head is medium brown and aproximately a quarter of an inch thick. This looks wonderful.
Smell is quite powerful and very rich with big chocolate, vanilla, cooked raisins, dates and other dark fruits, a bit of wet timber (perhaps a damp piece of hickory) and a touch of alcohol, but nothing like what I had prepared myself for at 11%.
Nearly everything present in the nose is likewise present in the flavour. There *is* a boozy warmth which announces itself about a second after you swallow a sip, but it still isn't as assertive as one would anticipate at 11%. Bitter chocolate, a touch of toffee, some vanilla, dark fruit, this stout seems to have quite alot going on.
Mouthfeel is heavy, thick, chewy, solid...everything I look for in a stout as far as feel goes. While certainly one to enjoy slowly, as stated earlier, I feel this smells and drinks considerably less than 11%.
Without a doubt, a very soldily crafted stout, and a spectacular representation of the style. Well done.

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

An amazing extra from richbrew! Poured hard from 1pint 9oz bottle into snifter on 4/18. This one was BLACK with a dark brown head that dissappears quick. The nose is wonderful- dark fruit, bitter chocolate, malty goodness and a little booze detected. The taste follows suit plus coffee, roasted malt, a little vanilla, a bit of alcohol in the finish. This treat is full bodied and oily with expected carbonation for an impy. Very very good so drink slow and let it linger

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

500ml. Batch 210. Viscous black pour with a finger of dark brown head. A dark brew indeed.

Aroma is laden with roasted malt, molasses, darker chocolate and a boozy quality. A hint of pineyness in there.

Big malty taste. Roasty, earthy, a little anise a little oak. Molasses, chocolate and caramel. Espresso hop and oaky booze finish. A lot going on, but not overloaded and well balanced for sure.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, not super thick but palette coating for sure. Carbonation was just a tad prickly, if it mellowed to creaminess this would be great.

Certainly a sipper as it is a bit warming. Not as thick as some, so that helps the drinkability back up a bit.

Expectations were high after reading some reviews here and it did not disappoint. With the price of craft ever increasing, I didn't even consider this all that high of a price either.

Rightly belongs amongst the names listed on the right here.

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

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Mauite snifter. Body is a thick, deep black with some chestnut highlights, topped by a small, creamy dark brown head. Aroma of rich dark malt, notes of chocolate and mocha, along with a whiff of peat smoke.
Palate is full of rich, dark malt, with a ton of dark fruit notes up front (prune and raisin). Notes of dark chocolate, mocha, peat, and a hint of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Body is creamy and luscious, an absolute pleasure to drink. This is definitely a slow-sipper, but is well-crafted enough to justify its premium pricetag. A hat tip to the Norwegians for turning out such a tasty offering.

Photo of Tilley4
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this one up on suggestion of Kane up at Roof Brothers on a recent trip up and decided to crack it open tonight while watching the season finale of "Ax Men".

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Brewed in 2009, Batch 210

Pours a menacing black, oozing out of the bottle very thick and viscously... Slowly forms a 2 inch head of mocha and almost a little reddish as mentioned that quickly disappears to a small ring... Its definitely midnight black for sure, no brown here... Would've liked the head to stick around a little longer and perhaps a little more lacing...

Huge complex aromas here with everything from oak to chocolate to hops here... There's a big dark fruit presence here as well as a big dose of cocoa and hops and also a big smokiness that reminds me of a smoked porter... It's wonderfully complex especially after warming for a bit... There's a deep coffee presence here as well... There's so much going on it's hard to single out one thing... This is very nice...

What a sipper this one is...It's loaded with deep dark roasted malt character, lots of fudgey brownie chocolate, a smokiness that adds a character I've never seen in an RIS before...A little sweet at first but not cloying... A touch of booziness in the mix as well... As I said, this one is a definite sipper... Not one to be rushed at all... This would definitely be a good dessert beer as it could stand alone or maybe with a nice cheesecake or some fresh berries... This is a crazy brew... It's a little on the thin side for an RIS but I'm not gonna punish it too much for that...

Overall, a unique offering from the folks at Haand and one that I would recommend to RIS lovers looking for something out of the ordinary... The smokiness and overall complexity make this one stand out from an ever-growing field of huge stouts... I liked this one a lot...

Photo of Beaver13
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, batch 210 brewed on 2001.09. Pours a dark opaque black with a smallish dark brown head that goes to a thin film that retains and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, black licorice, dark fruits and alcohol.

The flavor is roasted malts, black licorice, alcohol and a little coffee and dark fruits with a pretty big charred bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth creamy carbonation.

Overall, for the first couple of sips, I thought it was too over the top with too much alcohol and charred bitterness. But as I drank the rest of the bottle, it smoothed out and the flavors blended better and weren't as abrasive. In the end, I liked it. It's a bit pricey for a regular buy though at $10 a bottle.

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

Pours a viscous, jet black topped by a brick-red-tinted dark tan head. Perhaps the most beautiful head I've seen on a beer.

Aromas of char and smoke up front, followed by crusty slightly overcooked brownies, deep earthy molasses, toasted nuts, and an oak-like sweetness. Delicious.

Deep and complex on the palate, with charred oak, alcohol, roasted and burnt grain, chocolate, and on and on. Thick and viscous, mouthcoating. Long lingering roasty bitterness. Heavy and contemplative, and certainly a sipper.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Well, well, finally decided to open up a bottle of Odin's Tipple. Or, as I shall now call it, Odin's Kkipple. Seriously, Dan is largely responsible for most people in the Carolinas having heard of this beer. Maybe even Georgia. I'm sure he's got some pull there, too. Anyway, at his request, I bought a bottle, so now it's time to give it a shot. Batch 210, brewed 1/20/09.

Classic motor oil pour. Holy hell, this beer is dark. It's an evil looking beer. The tan (which oddly looks kind of red, too) head reaches two fingers, then quickly fizzles away. Put your ear to this beer...it's like Rice Krispies. Or the wick fizzing away on one of those old-timey bombs. The latter is probably more appropriate, as an explosion awaits. Sadly, not much stickage, or this would be an easy 5.

There is a hell of a lot going in the nose of this beer. I don't think my nose is seasoned enough to pick it all out just yet. Honestly, the first smell I pick up is a scotch-ale like peat quality. There's tobacco, wood, thick molasses, coffee, leather, dark (maybe even tart) fruits...maybe other things, something really cool that I don't even know about. Yeah, it seemed like a good time to quote Old School. Back to the nose. It's sweet, sour, roasty, smoky, wild Belgian yeast-y...just the works. So, how's it taste?

Holy freaking God is how it tastes. You absolutely want to drink this one as close to 55F as possible, so you get the full experience. Huge roasted barley, sweet chocolate/molasses/brown sugar, smoke (seriously, this thing has got a bit of a scotch ale vibe). Oh, and not a hint of alcohol. Now how can you beat that?

What's not to love about the texture of this beer? It's thick, rich, oily, has loads of lasting flavors, and is perfectly carbonated. Yes.

Immensely drinkable for an 11% RIS. Of course, maybe that's because it has tons of depth to the flavor, and relies on more than a handle of bourbon poured in. It's truly sad to see the glass empty. Truly one of the best I've ever tasted.

Moral of the story: kkipple knows what he's talking about.

Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
95 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.