Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet
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4.48/5 rDev +4.9%
Appearance: Pitch black. Hardly pours a head at all, but you can see that it's not supposed to: it's oily and soupy, maybe the thickest beer I've seen. What does remain of the head is a brownish layer of foam.
Aroma: Rich, leathery, malty. Strong alcohol, wood smoke, burnt coffee, licorice. Heavy stuff, no doubt about it!
Taste: This is packed in with burnt toast, espresso, raw chocolate, and malt. You can't hide the alcohol in a beer like this, but it's not overwhelming by any means, it's well supported by the robust body.
Mouthfeel: Velvet! Heavy body, but so smooth. Oily. No carbonation.
Overall: I wasn't really in the mood for this beer when I drank it, but it did convert me. It's an impressive concoction, not to be taken lightly. Beer of gods, no less!
05-15-2012 00:40:53 | More by Arborescence
3.55/5 rDev -16.9%
500 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Whole thing into one glass. Nice. Batch 297. Brewed 6/30/2010
Appearance - Vigorously dumped into the glass with a slight mocha head that settles to nothing at all. It's dark. That's about it.
Smell - Alcohol burn in the nostrils as I search for flavors. Definite hop presence about it. Dark roast takes a back seat to hops and booze. It's actually a bit discomforting to take big whiffs of it.
Taste - It is tasty, though. Chocolate malts are most predominant. Deeper roasted malts seem lost here. Molasses sweetness that doesn't really build into anything cloying. Hop flavor builds into a grassy bitter finish that thins out the flavors. The combination with a really boozy finish kinda kills the endgame of this beer, but it's a vast improvement over the alcohol-ridden smell.
Mouthfeel - It's not really that tough to drink, considering the hoppiness and bitterness, but it's not easy. Boozy burn in the finish with a warming sensation. A little thin feeling despite that I can't imagine this thing is low in final gravity.
Overall - The size of this stout works against it. Where's the roasty flavors? A lot of the characteristics I'm looking for are completely lost in the alcohol and hops. They're all there, but masked by sugars and fermented sugars.
04-20-2012 01:22:24 | More by Alieniloquium
4.23/5 rDev -0.9%
This poured out as a very dark black color. The beer looks like heavily used motor oil. The head is very minimal on this one even with an aggressive pour. The smell of the beer is rich with sweet malt aromas with plenty of chocolaty roasted notes as well. The taste of the beer has some burnt flavors, with a subtle sweetness in there that almost give off some elements of dried fermented dark fruits. The mouthfeel of the beer was heavy, it had a love carbonation to it. Overall I found that this one got better as it warmed up... by the last couple sips the booze on the nose had increased and it also left some heat behind in the finish after swallowing. All in all though this beer is good, really nicely done.
03-29-2012 01:41:19 | More by Knapp85
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
Poured into a tulip glass. Black in the pour and black in the glass. Only a little head, but it's black too.
Powerful smell of burnt malt, molasses and brown sugar.
Bold tasting with waves of flavor. First burnt wood and molasses. Second a burnt sweetness, touch of bitterness and then alcohol.
Texture of tar, sticky and alcohol heat. No carbonation, heavy body.
My words don't do it justice. It is simply amazingly complex.
03-15-2012 01:54:31 | More by Fatehunter
4.68/5 rDev +9.6%
Poured a dark reddish brown, almost a murky purple, just a thin soap ring of a head.
The smell is big, sweet candy fruit, light smoke, and chocolate.
I don't know where to begin on the flavor, wave upon wave of huge flavor comes at you, big smoked malts, sweet candy and fruit, a huge blast of syrupy chocolate, a powerful shot of anise and fennel. This beer is almost overpoweringly decandant, a desert beer like no other, every sip seems to bring on new flavors. Now im getting Vanilla, butterscotch, and mint along with a dark heavy molasses. A sweet excess, but done in a great way.
The mouthfeel is very warm and thick, syrupy.
This beer almost defies explanation, and really needs to be experienced, just great!
03-03-2012 02:07:02 | More by bashiba
4.8/5 rDev +12.4%
Pours very dark brown, almost purple in color. Head is a very slight tan ring.
Aroma is rich and malty dark grain sweetness, chocolate and anise. Underlying dark fruit and aromatic cedar. alcohol comes on hot and strong.
Taste is massive malty sweetness. Smokey dark grain, generous chocolate, and anise. Plenty of bourbon soaked dark fruit - notably date and raisin. Finishes with more of the aromatic cedar quality from the nose, nutmeg and mild peppery spice.
Mouthfeel is full, chewy and sticky.
Very interesting. Flavor is so rich and bold. Smokey, sweet, fruity, and spicy. All in one unusual beer. I haven't had anything quite like it. This is one that needs to be experienced.
03-03-2012 02:06:19 | More by Blakaeris
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours syrupy and black with a modest, dense head that is black walnut. The head quickly dissipates, leaving no lace. Wow! Each swirl leaves actual legs on the Dogfish Head snifter.
Odin’s is a cocktail of chocolate syrup and dark, roasted malts that drips sweetness. Progressing through coffee, vanilla, molasses…this one continues to unfold with each sip, ultimately leading to tobacco, bourbon and licorice.
Sweet, though nowhere near that suggested by the aroma. Roasted malts help bring balance. Flavors include molasses, cocoa, licorice and a light smokiness. Each sip opens new portals including blackberries. There is a long, full finish of malted chocolate.
Rich, full and velvety. Alcohol is as expected. There is lively carbonation.
This is a fantastically decadent beer, worthy of its namesake. Indulgence hardly describes the experience of wonderful flavors and aromas that cause warm memories to rush forward.
02-19-2012 13:18:07 | More by SLeffler27
4.68/5 rDev +9.6%
500ml savoured in my duvel glass
Pours the deepest of black and oily, with definitely the darkest 2cm head I've ever seen. Looks intimidating.
Charcoal upfront, soy sauce and abrasive permanent marker, ouch my nose just cried for mercy. As it warms, delicious whisky and cocoa nibs dominate.
Delicious, rich layers of all kinds of chocolate, liquorice, raisins, dark rum and syrupy espresso - wow! The finish showcases the most satisfyingly rich toasted malt bitterness, wow again.
The mouthfeel is something to be believed, very creamy indeed. It's like drinking some sort mythological melted chocolate that doesn't actually exist yet.
Very few times in my life will I come across such a beer that is so delicious and rewarding. Seek. Out. This. Beer.
Definitely one of the most underrated breweries out there.
02-10-2012 10:21:10 | More by
4.55/5 rDev +6.6%
A: Little bit of beige head. Black, impenetrable.
S: Yum! Dark chocolate malts. Roasted notes. Alcohol, nutty. Maybe some fruitiness.
T: Lots of roasted malts. Vanilla and blackberries. A little nutty. Bourbony alcohol. SO good.
M: Thick, silky, and smooth.
O: This is delicious. I love it, I will definitely have another if I ever come across one. Definitely recommended.
02-08-2012 03:57:48 | More by Meerkey
4.58/5 rDev +7.3%
Poured from half-litre bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Batch 297. Brewed 30 June 2010.
A: Pours black and viscous. Little head breaks about into whitish bubbles that cling to the side. Completely opaque; so black it sucks up the light.
S: Complex, but bourbony. Oats? Whiffs of alcohol; berries and booze.
T: Utterly fantanbulous. It is actually viscous, thick, and imposing. Lots of alcohol, whiskey-like, but also roasted malts, sweet vanilla, and blackberry. A swirling whorl of flavour and emotion. The writeup on the back sums it up well: "...the 'Hand' brewers imagine Odin in later years, when his victories on the battlefield were but shadowy memories, his reflections tended toward loftier themes such as life's meaning, and his drink would have been a deep, dark, and contemplative one." A deep, dark, contemplative brew indeed. Yum.
M: Very little carbonation after a year and a half, but smooth...it rolls off the tongue.
O: I almost gave this a 5, but something held me back. Trust your gut. That said, this is wonderful imperial stout that is highly recommended to everyone. I would love to drink again. Completely worth the price. Hot damn.
02-08-2012 03:49:37 | More by AgentMunky
Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
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