Odin's Tipple - HaandBryggeriet

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242 Reviews
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Reviews: 242
Hads: 487
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 6.57%
Wants: 126
Gots: 62 | 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 BuckeyeNation
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 210. Motor oil black with the single darkest crown of milk chocolate colored foam in the history of stout. The head is crackly and unsticky, though, and doesn't look great as it descends. No lace is a significant negative too.

The nose delivers loads of dark chocolate and has an interesting and unexpected tang of wild yeast. Check that. It *was* expected because I read the brewery's English website before cracking the crown. Actually, it smells like this big brew was aged in barrels that previously held Islay Scotch, thanks to a pleasing background peaty sourness.

Odin's Tipple is not your typical Russian Imperial stout. It is, however, thunderously tasty beer that blasts the taste buds into blissful oblivion with power and complexity each time the glass is upended. Who cares what the beer looks like if it tastes this incredible.

The key to its success is plenty of the blackest malts and, especially, the masterstroke of using some variety of wild yeast (probably not Brettanomyces). Specific flavors include high-cacao bittersweet chocolate, chicory coffee, blackstrap molasses, loads of black licorice, two puffs of smoke, and a wee dram of Lagavulin 16 year old Scotch whisky.

The body/mouthfeel started out as if it belonged on a slightly smaller beer. With warming it has become whipping cream smooth and crushed velvety plush. More full and more sappy-sticky wouldn't have worked as well. What a treat for the senses this is.

Prior to this morning, Dark Force was my favorite HaandBryggeriet offering. I would have to review them side-by-side to be sure, but it looks like Odin's Tipple has vaulted into the top spot with room to spare. By the gods, this is a great tipple! (1,704 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Odin's Tipple on tap at Alewife Baltimore, served in a 6-oz wine glass.

Appearance: Deep oily black, no head, no carbonation, no lacing. Looks like an old bourbon.

Smell: Booze, oak, vanilla. Whiskey through and through. Fairly one-dimensional but incredibly enticing.

Taste: Dark chocolate, sugars, mild bitterness from some very faint hops on the back. Some licorice.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium body. Chewy and thick, but well balanced. Boozy taste, but alcohol is well hidden.

Drinkability: Very high for a beer this big. Goes down easy. (It helps, of course, that it was served in a 6-oz glass) (615 characters)

Photo of silentjay
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

viscous brownish black pour with one of the darkest heads I have seen that raises to two-fingers, slowly settles to less than one and laces well.

lots of cacao, molasses, black licorice, coffee, vanilla extract, and some more chocolate. a touch of booze harshness as well, but not much considering the ABV.

lots of dry bitter baking chocolate hit first. Then comes some dark molasses, brown sugar, black licorice, dates, figs,vanilla bean, black currants, espresso, caramel, toffee, and some other subtle flavors all intermingle in this one. very nice, complex, and delicious. almost reminds me of a Belgian-style Imperial Stout due to the fruitiness.

heavy/medium body with maybe a bit too much carbonation for the style, but its about where it should be. A nice bitter yet sweet finish lingers on for a while and there is a touch of stickiness left on the palate.

drinks too well for an 11% beer. alcohol is well integrated. its there, and its noticeable, but its interplay with the other flavors is what takes this beer to exemplary levels.

This one can stand up and compete with the best of them. (1,105 characters)

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to my brother for bringing this out. Popped this one as a breakfasr beer...

Poured from a 500ml into an Old Raspy pint glass...

A - Pours black with a 2 finger dark brown head. Adequate amount of head retention, with a good amount of lacing. Nice...

S - Chocolate, licorice, dark friuts, and coffee...

T - Lots of chocolate notes followed by caramel, licorice, and dark roasted malts. Abv very well hidden. This one is tasty...

M - Full bodied with lots of carbonation...

D - Definitely something I would be interested in trying again. Really smooth for an eleven percenter. Solid RIS...

Cheers... (619 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black fudge. Darkest of chocolate brown foam crowns and crops the top with immense density and height. Which keeps an insane amount of foam the whole way thru, never skimping on lots of foam. Lacing is drippy and oily based with some glare based swiss cheese holed patterns. Dark Norse ale indeed!

Deep dark chocolate meets espresso with a waft of warmth for a boost of what comes across as a rum laced chocolate truffle. A bit much on the alcohol, which, thankfully dims as it sits. Notes to some smokeyness and tobacco. Damn nice on the chocolate!

Taste is more chocolate, twangy tangy, yet less intense then the aroma, but steady, firm, and smooth with a solid creamy sense of dark chocolate. Subtle nuances to dark cherry, molasses, a bit of plum and a warming espresso finish without a whole lot of bitterness. Which is quite nice. The dryness is dusted with chocolate and coffee, no bitter burntness, just a tug to some nutmeg and vanilla spice reaches from the depths of its chocolatey core.

Smooth creamy full body with the just the right amount of alcoholic warmth sifting thru each sip. Great chocolatey tang and malty dark fruit hinted too twang underneath and a delicately fluffy textured dry finish.

One solid treat of a RIS. Perhaps the warmth gets in the way at certain times, but for the most part this stuff is down right super solid. Norse represents amoung the beer kingdom after all!!?!!

Batch 277 - brewed 3/27/2010 (1,448 characters)

Photo of far333
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown without crossing over to black, a dark brown head rises up minimally and then receds back to a soapy mass of lopsided bubbles.

Aroma of cocoa and espresso, some bourbon notes. An alcohol sting rises up.

Rich flavor of cocoa and espresso, licorice and smoke, some leather, notes of bourbon, currant, sharp unsweetened chocolate and brown sugar. Assertive bitterness balances, but no hop flavors coming through. High ABV does not detract of give a boozey feel.

Dry and tannic, thin mouthfeel, a bit warming.

Delicious beer, good sipper. (549 characters)

Photo of crusian
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from Steins in New Orleans.
been looking for this one for a while.
Pours like a thick ass stout. not sure why they call it a dark norse ale... though I guess it is.
he head is unlike anything I have ever seen. it stays at 1 finger the entire hour I drink it. lacing is off the chart. Smells and tastes like carbonated coffee. Worth the wait I have been putting in. I wish I had bought more. ends with a very bitter finish. Overall, nice. I want more, but only bought 1. (476 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Son of a beehive..this is a great beer. I had one in the 'cellar' and found one at Total Beverage today. So the one I bought replace the fridge beer, and the latter went into my belly.

Popped the cap to be greeted with a swift aroma of prune; sharp. Chocolate and molasses came to the rescue, along with some smoked meat.

Looks awesome. Black. Not brown black...just black. Head is very dark brown, thick and creamy. Lacing lacks just a bit.

Ah, Hell...what a great complexity this beer is. Chocolate flavors, coffee hints, prune/plum backbone. Tobacco, umami, smoke....nothing overpowers. Well balanced. For the love of Pete, this is a great beer.

At 11% abv, this beer drinks fantastic. It's complex, but seem simple. Nothing overpowers, all flavors are solid. Damn fine beer...glad I bought another. This one was in the 'cellar' for about 3 months. (857 characters)

Photo of msmezher
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had Odin's Tipple on tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach.

A: Poured almost black, low carbonation and slight head.
S: The alcohol was apparent in the smell, but so were hints of chocolate, roasted coffee, malts, and dried fruit.
T: Matched the smell, taste of alcohol is present but not bad, very malty, with a slightly smokey taste mixed in with the chocolate, coffee, and fruit.
D: I wouldn't want to put down too much of this in a single sitting, but as far as the one I had, very drinkable. (496 characters)

Photo of Thur123
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed 01/20/09

This brew pours a pitch black (no light goin' through this one) with a small amount of deep caramel colored head that fades quickly. The smell is subdued in this, maybe because it's a year old. The beer smells of chocolate with roasted bread character along side, a bit of dark fruits comes through but mostly this smells like rich chocolate, both sweet and bitter.

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The flavor has to be one of the mellowest for an RIS I've come across. This flavor is big chocolate malt that comes across on a very light body, much less heavy than expected. Big on sweet milk chocolate in addition to a back end that resembles dark bitter chocolate. At 11% or more now the alcohol is very well hidden. I have to imagine it's the wild yeast that sets this apart with its light body and great drinkability. The flavor I'm getting normally comes from a beer that's thick as syrup (not so literally). But this is very light bodied and drinkable for the style. (974 characters)

Photo of Brabander
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brewer was also at the Borefts festival in Bodegraven, the Netherlands. In De Molen, a fine dutch brewery there were a lot of good breweries.

First i thought i read Odins Triple and when i aked for it the brewer poured it in my the Molen tasting glass. I saw this wasn't a triple. He told me that tipple stand for sipping a beer.

And indeed, it was a real sipping beer. Poured in the glass the beer is very dark with lots of chocolate and coffee.

Very drinkable, soft and easy. I am not really a stout lover but this one was more than OK. (546 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black and makes a three-finger, medium looking, dark, mocha, chocolate colored head with decent retention. Head is fluffy and really noisy. Pitch black in the glass and next to zero carbonation evident. Head eventually disappears and only a ring remains, with lots of carbonation decorating the top. A ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Some roasted malts, dark cherries, dark fruits, and notes of dark chocolate as well. A touch of booze to boot. Cocoa powder becomes more apparent as it settles. Bold and complex aromas for sure.

TASTE: Some roasted malts, with dark cherries everywhere and a good alcohol bite as well. Some spicy booze in there; perhaps some rum flavors. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder show up on the finish. A spicy, boozy, and chocolaty aftertaste is bold and lingers nicely.

PALATE: Medium body with higher levels of carbonation. Somewhat airy on the palate, and not creamy or smooth enough. Basically, the typical feel for a Danish stout. Goes down light and finishes slightly mouth-coating with lots of lingering heat.

OVERALL: An interesting and tasty brew, but the thin and airy palate keeps it back, much like it does a number of Danish stouts. A tasty treat I would have again, but don't think I would go out of my way. One worth checking out if you get the chance. (1,448 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to psiweaver for this one by way of IS BIF 2. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Viscous pour yields a massive, 3.5 finger, dense, dark mocha colored head with annoyingly good retention. Beer is opaque black. Lacing is chunky but sparse with average cling.

S: Nose tells me straight away that this one is a booze bomb. Chocolate, liquorice, raisins, prunes, and caramel are detectable but there's a significant amount of alcohol covering the aromas. A bit one-dimensional.

T: Boozy upfront with plums, chocolate, and cocoa in the back. Burnt malt bitterness and liquorice comes through a bit towards the middle but fades quickly and subtely. Sweet and fruity at the finish with a dark fruit and cocoa aftertastse.

M: Medium bodied and a bit too carbonated for my liking. Rather smooth and oily going down but I can taste all 11% of this one. Finish is messy and aftertaste lingers.

D: A real middle of the road RIS. A bit too boozy and hot in my opinion and way overcarbonated. The flavor is there, but its masked by all the alcohol. There are better offerings out there for this style. (1,125 characters)

Photo of domtronzero
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown, almost opaque. A little murky, but quite enticing with the perfect tannish head. Long lasting with lots of lacing.

S - Sweet malts, dark bitter chocolate, dark fruity esters of raisins and a little banana.

F/M - Sweet dark malts, dark fruit esters of prunes and raisins. A little bit of banana and a little bit of chocolate flavors mix together. Medium bitterness with a clean, dry finish. Medium full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight warming in the belly.

D - OK, but this is quite a big beer. More than a bottle would be a challenge to put down by one's self. (593 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at Plumpjack Wine Store in San Francisco. Batch 210, brewed January 1, 2009.

Poured into a 7oz. snifter.

Appearance: Poured out awfully thick and black, with a small, chestnut-colored head that slowly oozed upward from the depths. Head quickly retreated, settling as a thin halo. A quick swirl really accentuates this beer's girth, and momentarily awakens that initial head. Subsequent pours yielded more and more head, but I never saw any lacing. Impressive nonetheless.

Smell: Milk chocolate, soft nuts (e.g. pecans, walnuts), and butter toffee all displayed a strong presence from the get-go. As the beer slowly approached room temperature, dark currants and perfumy/flowery esters emerged and, sadly, displaced the original aromas I had grown so fond of. Still, the nose on Odin's Tipple is fantastic! Very complex and dynamic.

Taste: Dark chocolate, roasted barley, molasses, currants, and mocha. Light char and prickly, almost rum-like alcohol, come forth in the finish. After awhile, I started tasting barbecue, specifically barbecued red meat. I typically catch this flavor in heavier English and Scottish ales; I assume it's some sort of popular British malt (Maris Otter?). As with the smell, the taste was both complex and dynamic, though I enjoyed the taste even more. In fact, I'm getting dangerously close to giving the taste a perfect 5.0.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied, chewy, viscous, and definitely bold! Warm, dry, and bitter, but actually much easier/smoother than you'd think; in other words, the 11% ABV is hidden pretty well, and the year and a half of bottle conditioning probably killed the hop bitterness quite a bit. Light, rolling carbonation velvetizes (I know that's not a word, but it should be) the whole experience. Zero complaints here. Haandbryggerriet nailed it!

Drinkability: Such a complex and enjoyable RIS. It evolved throughout the session and each sip was sooo good. Mmmmm... Get yourself some! (1,960 characters)

Photo of jpmclaug
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Founders snifter

A - Black body with a big brown head resting on top. Menacing looking beer.I can't imagine a stout looking much better than this.

S - Roasted malts layered on top of espresso, dark chocolate and a heavy dose of booze. Smells a bit too hot. Light notes of sweet vanilla and caramel as well.

T - Big espresso flavor on top of a bitter chocolate body. Very bright acidic coffee flavor. Hints of sweetness but not much. A bit boozy in the finish with notes of smoke as well.

M - Medium to heavy body. Light carbonation, a little sticky and a bit dry.

D - A little bit too astringent for my taste, also a bit hot. This beer might do better with some age on it. Still a pretty solid beer and certainly worth trying. I might buy another bottle and come back to this one in a few years. (831 characters)

Photo of TheJollyHop
3.21/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Deep brown and richly dense head crowning a near jet black body; viscous pour and characteristically clingy Brussels lacing.

Caramel laced cherries and rubbing alcohol pinned beneath roasted barley on the nose; some band-aid phenolic scents as well.

Creamy and tongue coating, with a higher than expected level of carbonation that keeps the body on the more medium side.

The major fault with this beer is the alcohol content. It is just way too overpowering, and swallows up the majority of the more subtle flavors. Leaves behind almost a muted, roasted chocolate flavor. The beer isn't astringent, nor is it too sweet, so those are a couple of pluses. All in all, I think this beer would be much better weighing in around 8% fresh or after several years of aging. (767 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a very dark chocolate brown with a firm dark brown head. Opaque as all get out.

S: Lots of chocolate, hints of smoke, nice.

T: Chocolate dominates, brownies. Mild roasted malt notes, and I really liked the subtle dark fruit flavours. An interesting take on the RIS style as the yeast character makes an appearance.

M: Super heavy and full-bodied, thick. A very mild acidity brings a bit of refreshment even with how big the beer is.

D: Cool beer, tasty, as a Norse mythology buff, anything with Odin in the name is a must buy. I'm glad that Beachwood is making HaandBryggeriet available in the Southland, not only as a Norseman, but as a fan of great beer. (695 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich black sable with a dark tan head - what I got was rather thin, but this was an artifact of the way it was poured. I'm sure a first pour would have yielded a nice thick head. Aroma fills the nose with rich chocolate, fine coffee, and nutty and molasses hints. Excellent flavor is like a high-quality mocha, fine chocolate and high-quality coffee; it is sweet but not cloying with nutty and molasses undertones. Texture is thick, smooth, oily and fizzy, leaving a tingly and slightly sweet finish. A real winner! (523 characters)

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

Many, many thanks to kkipple for this gem. Wasn't expecting to see this one. I like the sound of "Dark Norse Ale."

Odin's Tipple is an ominous onyx color. Pitch black. No light cuts through at all. The Norse Gods would approve. A very dark mocha head caps it off. It's rather ominous itself. It rises to about a finger and a half before falling rather quickly. Lacing was light, but a little sticky.

The nose is tremendous. Bittersweet dark chocolate blends perfectly with a strong espresso/roasted coffee presence. Smells a little charred or burnt. A light sweet chocolate scent emerges with just a touch of caramel in its wake. At the secondary level, there's some molasses and black licorice. Alcohol is easily noted, but that should come as no real surprise. It is 11% abv. Too much, eh? What kind of Norseman are you?

The flavor is every bit as impressive. It's very rich, deep, and complex. One sip is all it takes to become a believer in the power of the Norse Gods. The roasted and chocolate malt base is incredibly sturdy and flavorful. The chocolate variety is like bittersweet, dark chocolate fudge. A little caramel sweetness is noted and complements the other malts well. Roasted coffee and espresso flavors explode on the palate. I'm a coffee fan, so that's a homerun for me. Lighter, subtle notes of black licorice, anise, and charcoal add a ton of character and complexity. Alcohol is somewhat prominent and has a bit of a warming effect. But, if you're a true Norseman, that shouldn't bother you. It finishes with a nice mix of malts and coffee.

Odin's Tipple has a medium body that thickens a little with warming. I wouldn't quite call it full, but it's getting closer. Carbonation is light, and it has a nice, smooth feel. Just a little more body would bump it up a notch. Drinkability is very high. This is one tasty stout that's far too easy to drink, especially for its size. To say I'm enjoying it is an understatement.

There's no question in my mind...Odin's Tipple is the nectar of the Norse Gods. Let there be no doubt. I was told this was good by a very credible source. It is indeed. Damn good. HaandBryggeriat definitely hit a homerun here. This is one big, badass stout that deserves your attention. Do not shy away. It's calling your inner Norseman. Awesome stuff, Dan! Thanks a ton! (2,320 characters)

Photo of firkinhophead
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours dead black with a mocha-colored head of foam that fizzles down to creamy ring.
aroma of coffee, alcohol, burnt sugar, malted milk chocolate. quite boozy.
taste is rum-soaked chocolate covered espresso beans (if that were possible), molasses, late herbal bitterness, a bit of licorice, charcoal, fusel alcohol. burnt flavors come out more as it warms.
mouthfeel is medium, with only a faint lingering of stickiness on the lips. relatively dry, with a certain oily slickness. a bit prickly in the finish, and leaves some hot alcohol on the breath.
great balance and flavors, but a bit too hot to be world class. would age like a champ. (639 characters)

Photo of WorldWideStout
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Body is extremely dark brown. Head is probably the darkest I've ever seen, seems to have a tinge of red in it as well. It only creeps up to one finger and doesn't last long, however. Not too much lacing.

S: The first smell I got when I was pouring it out was actually that of pumpkins and bananas. Subsequent sniffs reveal a good amount of milk and semi-sweet chocolate, as well as some alcoholic burn.

T: I get some gentle smokiness right at the start, along with banana and pumpkin bread. Towards the middle rich chocolate has the lime light, with alcohol esthers playing a supporting role. The finish turns into more of a fudgy chocolate, with an alcoholic burn still present. The aftertaste for me was peanut butter, something I haven't particularly detected in a beer before. I'd like to give this more of a 4.25, but am bumping it up rather than down to reflect what I think is closer to what the overall score should be.

M: Very thick, but not accompanied by that velvety smoothness some thick beers have unfortunately. I had to chew the beer, which I like in a stout. The alcohol tingled and burned my mouth a little too much.

D: This was a real heavy hitter. I enjoyed my 16.9 oz to the last drop, but it was slow going. The heavy mouthfeel and fairly noticeable alcoholic presence made it a classic sipper, and I certainly would not want more than one in a night.

This beer had some very tasty notes, especially of chocolate. I'm glad I have one to age, as I felt the large presence of alcohol was the only real weakness of the brew. I wouldn't have it that often even if it was available to me, however, as it's a strong beer in all facets. Odin's Tipple is indeed a fitting name. (1,703 characters)

Photo of fear025
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Dark malts with a little smoke and chocolate.

Appearance:Opaque black with chocolate brown head.

Taste:Dark malts, chocolate, smoke, and oak. There are some raisins in the flavor too.

Mouthfeel:Medium-thick with a little harsh bitterness at the end.

Drinkability:Really well done, fantastic chocolaty beer. (316 characters)

Photo of busternuggz
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (1,559 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (735 characters)

Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
94 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.