Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet
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4.19/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.
A- Pours a solidly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch brown head that bears great retention time before slowly dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Highly resilient lacing leaves a thick sheet behind.
S- Heavy dark roast brings a lot of char to the nose and slight notes of dark chocolate and caramel.
T- More alcohol flavor in the taste than in the aroma with the strong dark roast providing a nice backdrop for it. Notes of coffee, molasses and more dark chocolate. Medium bitterness that works well with the heavy malt. Drinkable but definitely a sipper.
M- Semi-creamy yet a bit sharp from the booze. Medium carbonation and a very full body.
O- This is a fantastic-looking RIS but the rest of the elements don't quite live up to the appearance. Very good for the ABV.
10-06-2013 05:14:34 | More by Immortale25
4.75/5 rDev +11.2%
Batch 507...much thanks to Zamaman!
Appearance: Black as a 2x should be, but the nice two fingers of tan head with gurgling bubbles where it meets the beer sets this apart. This is one sexy looking beer.
Smell: Dark chocolate, dark fruit, cocoa, tannic earthiness, roasted malt.
Taste: Subtly sweet dark fruit over nice malt to start. Middle of the tongue gives dark chocolate. Finish is slight hop bitterness over some bitter baker's chocolate. The alcohol factor in this beer is quite negligible. If I were blind, I'd easily have guessed this as only 7% or so...wow. Really smooth.
Mouthfeel: Viscous, velvety and smooth. Quite possibly the best mouthfeel I've ever experienced for a standard Imperial Stout, or any Stout, for that matter. The way this drinks is found few and far between, if ever.
Overall: This beer blew me away. It is balanced so well with a touch of sweetness but nothing that even approaches cloying. From the taste, to the mouthfeel to the smell, I haven't had many better for this style. Add in the fact that it hides the booze deceptively well and drinks so damn smooth; there's not much that can be improved upon here. This is a masterpiece, I can only imagine how good the barrel aged version is.
10-05-2013 00:38:25 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
4.06/5 rDev -4.9%
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.
Super dark mocha coffee brown like head. Filled with wonderful styrofoam bubbles all uniform in appearance, growing easily on the pour two to three fingers tall. Head settles slowly on to a very dark walnut brown/black body, quite opaque hardly see through. Always leaves a big puck, and it's very uniform and even while settling which is quite impressive. A truly great looking brew.
Bouquet is quite interesting with a good heated/warm angle. Sort of fruity, hard to pinpoint but comes off like a banana liqueur. Faint coffee and even fainter dark chocolate angle as the warmth seems to overpower it a little, but leaving a creamy character. Faint chewy hints, and soft body possibly hinting. Quite impressive.
First impression seems to focus on the mouthfeel, which is slightly wet but hinting at playful carbonation. Classic roast character comes but missing some malt depth and body. Great boozy character which only seems large once it's past your esophagus. Dark malts come out a little grainy, missing the chewy and creamy qualities hinting on the nose. Dry barley action comes quite a bit also. Fruity quality hinted doesn't come out on the palate but the dry roasty warmth does.
I was expecting more than what appearances and smells hinted at, but it still comes out as a solid beer worth drinking.
10-01-2013 01:06:49 | More by smakawhat
Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
95 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.