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Ode To A Russian Shipwright - Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 17
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jera1350 on 11-18-2011

Ode to a Russian Shipwright is my tribute to the brewing legacy of Peter the Great. I use rye and spruce, ingredients that were important to the Baltic region and sailors, to create a porter honoring the time and tastes of Peter. And true to legend, I've brewed it strong enough to survive a cold winter voyage (from the brewery to the house).
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Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 43
Reviews by billshmeinke:
Photo of billshmeinke
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks bman1113vr for sharing this rather random brew.

Looks like an imperial stout, pitch black, beige head and what not.

Smells of esters and phenols. Cloves, banana hints, some chocolate.

Taste doesn't differ. Some additional peppercorn like spice perhaps.

Medium bodied and super well carbonated.

Not terrible or anything, but I don't plan on trying to find a bottle for myself.

More User Reviews:
Photo of deebo
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black with an absolute ton of dense pillowy tan head thanks to a fairly aggressive pour.

S-Fruity yeasts are surprisingly strong and not what I expected. Sweet and toasted malt is also definitely there.

T-Sweet malt and hints of toasted barley malt are the stars here. A hint of yeast as well as that promised evergreen addition is detected in the end.

M-Really creamy. A lightly carbonated zing. Extremely smooth with perfect balance.

D-Amazing. I love the flavor and ease of drink of this beer.

O-Not an overpowering beer. Much different than I expected from an "imperial stout porter" but I really liked this beer and would like to see Joe keep brewing it. Great taste, smooth and drinkable, the keys of any great beer.

Photo of dc55110
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$10.99 for a 750ml Flip top. Poured into a 12oz tulip. This is the first release, of this the second ale, from the one man operation known as Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company. Bottle reads: Ale brewed with spruce tips, lightly hopped, unfiltered, re-fermented in the bottle.

Pours dark as night with a nice rolling mocha head. The head large and pillowy, a good five minutes pass before it has mostly dissipated, leaving a very good amount of lacing behind.

The smell is spicy rye malt, mixed with other smokey malts. The spruce is there but hiding delicately in the background. No sign of alcohol. A slight hint of bready yeast.

Big rye spiciness, followed more closely by the spruce. The finish is back with more rye and a nice amount of smokey malt and an ever so slight biscuity yeast note. There isn't the typical ripe fruit, coffee, cocoa that you would normally find in a stout.

The body is quite thin for a stout, even a porter. The carbonation is full and blends well with the rye. For being as thin as it is for the style, it still manages to coat the mouth and allow the flavors to linger.

This is a very interesting take on a Stout. Like Olvalde's other offering "Auroch's Horn" it really defies being pegged in a particular style. I love rye stouts and I find the rye is done very well and melds wonderfully with the spruce. I will definitely be acquiring another bottle or two of this. I think this is very well suited to the winter season, and would be great for sharing late at night in front of a roaring fire.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at the Ale Jail. An imperial stout porter? Well it certainly doesn't taste like your average imperial stout. For a strong, dark beer, it's a little lighter in body and dials back the big roast. Instead, there's a more interesting mix of cocoa and mild mocha with the spicy rye and herbal spruce. Nothing's overpowering, and nothing's normal - I like that. My only complaint is that I'm pulling a little rubber phenol out of the beer, but it's a minor knock on an otherwise awesome beer. Go find this and enjoy.

Photo of morimech
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from swingtop bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a massive tan head that had excellant retention. The eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Interesting aroma of rye and spruce. A little subtle smoke as well. Not picking up roasted malt but more of a chocolate malt charactor.

This beer is heavy in the rye department. The spicey nature of the rye is complimented by the spruce which plays a secondary or even tertiary role. Other flavor factors come from the dark malt and yeast esters. Has a Belgian yeast slant. All combine for a unique beer.

For a 8% ABV beer, the body is suitable and moderate. The carbonation is a little rough however. Not as smooth as I would of liked. A little fizzy in the finish.

The second beer from Olvalde Farm is another excellant beer. I wanted more spruce. I will purchase more of this beer while it is available.

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to laymansbeerfan for this great beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark black color. Just a hint of light can be seen around the edges of the glass. About a finger of tan head that dissipates slowly.

Smell – Chocolate, caramel, slight dark fruits, slight roast and spruce mixed with vanilla.

Taste – Begins with a nice roasty malt and chocolate flavor. Bits of hops, spruce, coffee, and hints of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, nice and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall – A pretty good beer. Wish there was a bit more spruce in it.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml swingtop bottle, 2012 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a couple inch frothy tan head that stays around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like molasses, spruce, dark fruit, roasted malt, and a bit of smoke. It tastes like dark fruit, molasses, spruce, roasted malt, and some spice and chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and creamy with high but soft carbonation. I think it's a good brew, I know I'd like to have this again. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of yamar68
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2012 vintage:

Dark and swampy brown body with a massive, creamy pale khaki set of carb that leaves drastic lacing... nice.

Nutty, conifer, caramel candy, licorice, molasses, pine sap, sweet vanilla... the base aromas are reminiscent of Anchor Christmas. No detectable alcohol presence.

Unique. Exquisite mouthfeel... medicinal evergreen qualities, sesame oil, nutty malt notes, not quite as spot-on as I remember last year's batch being, but still quite interesting and tasty. Cola and root beer flavors... ginger.

Probably the best imperial stout porter brewed with spruce tips that I've had. ;)

Photo of mwilbur
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a beautiful pitch black/brown with wondrous 3 inch dark mocha head. Excellent retention and lacing. Quite a beauty.
S: Spice, dark chocolate, roasted caramel malt, grains/rye, and spruce. Very nice.
T: Spice and spruce (just a hint of the spruce) up front. Gives way to spicy rye, roasted caramel malt, and some sharp hops. Honestly, gets a bit jumbled here...lacks definition of the flavor profile. A note of honey emerges with warming...spice and spruce also become more prominent.
M: Light-medium body. Not sure of the ABV since it isn't on the bottle or their website, but I would guess around 9%. Moderately sticky sweet (esp. with warming). Finish is moderately sharp and mildly bitter. Spice lingers decently on the palate.
D: Certainly a solid and interesting brew from a promising new-ish brewery. Worth a go. Serves as a nice winter warmer.

1/30/14: 2013 Vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a deep, dark black/brown with 1-2 inch dark mocha head. Excellent retention. (5)
S: Spice and spruce, dark chocolate, roasted caramel malt, and grain/rye. Love the aroma. (4.5)
T: Spice and spruce up front (like the aroma in this edition). Spicy rye, dark chocolate, roasted caramel malt, and some background hop notes. Honey emerges with warming. Better definition with this edition. (4)
M: Medium body. Sticky sweet. Fairly thick, hefty feel. Finish is more sharp and bitter (hop notes). Spice lingers wonderfully on the palate. (4)
D: Excellent drinkability, especially for style. Solid brew. I find the 2013 even better than the 2012. Olvalde has consistently shown good improvement in most of its beers over the past few years. (4.5)

Photo of theCoder
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Heritage Liquors Beer Geek Christmas 12/8/11 poured by the brewer himself. Limited to roughly 130 cases (due to his Spruce trees only producing enough spruce tips to brew that much)

A = Pours blackish, just a beautiful head with a hint of brown that leaves some sexy legs on the glass.

S = The smell sure is tough to describe. There is a hint of some hops but the spruce pops in there strong in the end. You will also notice bits of malt and the porter just slightly, I won't lie those spruce tips are very apparent. What I loved most about this beer was this element, it makes you feel like you are in the middle of a forest surrounded by spruce trees which smell wonderful when the tips pop.

T = You will notice feint hops but the spruce overrun it with a heavy porter finish. Not much stout element there, I almost wonder if it was the yeast used not quite sure. When I get more time with this I will work on nailing that down more. There's some alcohol there in the finish you will notice as well. Fades fast of the pallet which surprised me a bit, with how beefy this is up front I expected it to last a bit longer.

O = An amazing winter beer, it really feels, tastes, and smells like winter. I highly recommend this if you can come across a bottle. I have two, one in which I'll open with friends and then age one. After talking with the brewer he hoped to only do one shipment of 80 cases and age the last batch on oak, but it sold so fast he decided to ship it instead. He told me to sit on a bottle if I could as he'd love to hear how it ages and feels it'll age well. This I can agree with 100%, with that alcohol finish and strong spruce front I imagine that will all balance out and the Stout/Porter elements will come through stronger with some age.

Grab it if you can (or two).

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml swing top bottle, really liked this bottle

A- pours a medium and thin black color with a nice tan head and a fair amount of lacing on glass

S- was rye and spruce with a chocolate/ toffee smell

T- this is a unique imperial stout/porter it starts with spruce and rye it has fig and fruit a nice belgian yeast note with more light but dark fruit tastes, i pick up vanilla and hints of caramel and chocolate

M- was medium carbonation and light for an imperial stout but it was so tasty and so drinkable

O- a pleasure to drink so tasty and smooth a porter a stout or a hybrid of both. really liked this brew

Photo of MBrausen
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml swing-cap into a CBS snifter.

A. Pours a dark black, creamy mocha head about 1.5 finger deep

S. Smells of sweet chocolate, heavy lactose, finishes with oatmeal and sweet fruit, and almost a slight bourbon smell.

T. Super sweet milk, milk chocolate and tart fruit. A fair amount of lactose to thise.

M. Soft and sweet feel, a little thin and watery for the style, smooth and wet finish.

O. A good beer, with a lot of potential. Barrely againg or some thickening could really bring out the potential. Could be something really special. Right now, it's just a good overall milk stout, and I'm not normally one for milk stouts.

Photo of Oakenshield53
4/5  rDev +4.2%

My wife came home with this one, which was good luck, since the spruce tip component might have kept me away for a good while.

There's a lot going on here, man. My descriptive powers are well overmatched by the contents of this bottle, but in three words, it's really good.

In a few more words - the spruce component surprised me - not because I didn't know it was there, but because I liked it so much. This is a beer you have one pint of, and pay attention to.

But the odd thing was, I got what I'd call kind of an olive tapenade flavor from this. Maybe not a good phrase to use in conjunction with a beverage, but it works, and the flavor stayed with me through the rest of the bottle.

This showed up right around dinner time, so I had it with some good crusty bread and a sharp cheddar, and it was a righteous combo.

Photo of chanokokoro
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml swingtop bottle into an unbranded snifter/short-stemmed tulip

Pours a dark cola brown with a two finger foamy beige head. Excellent retention and ample splotchy lacing on the glass. The lightest hint of dark fruit, anise, a touch of bakers chocolate, and piney, spruce accents. Dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, and black licorice combine for a fairly complex brew. Finishes with smooth, pleasant fresh spruce and a hint of mint. Definitely more porter than stout-- medium body, slick with vibrant carbonation. A really interesting take on an imperial porter. Extremely inventive and a brew that is thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a near black color. The head is an inch and a half in height, and recedes very slowly into a half in cap of lacing that sticks around until the beer is gone. The aroma is of roasted malt, rye, and spruce. The taste has a lot more spruce and floral notes than the aroma. The rye and roasted malt are present, but in the background. The finish in long lasting, and very pleasant. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mild carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very good beer that I will surely drink again. I can't say I've ever had anything quite like it, and I consider that a real plus.

Photo of KFBR392
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Three fingers of creamy head with a medium brown, tan color form on the pour and settle in to about one finger while drinking. Above average active carbonation in the glass while drinking. The color on the pour was a dark brown color and sits black in the glass.

Smell: Lots of the spruce tips on the front which provide a refreshing pine and straw aroma. Grassy hop tones brighten up the medium bodied malt tones. The malt comes off with a breathable sweetness with some roasted accents. Not really what I expected but unique and enticing.

Taste: Spruce tips dominate the front of this brew with significant hop accents. Flavors of wintergreen, pine, prairie grass, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and orange peel. Really complex and challenging to wrap the palate around. A grainy malt body warms up toward the back end of the beer with some strong spiced flavors. Cinnamon, coriander, and some vegetal flavors linger long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied for a Stout/Porter. Carbonation has a light, soft feeling on the palate which makes for an incredibly drinkable brew.

Overall: Definitely not what I was expecting. The more traditional malt tones take a far backseat to the spruce and hops going on here. Drinking this fresh has got to be the way to go as I could see some of the unique tones significantly fainting after some time. Great stuff from a one man show.

Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2012 vintage 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing Christmasy red/green colour label and a swingtop cap acquired at Four Firkins in Minnesota last year and served into an Odell stem-tulip/snifter glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high. Reviewed as an imperial porter.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Yields a loud pop upon opening, followed by beer surging outwards. Luckily, I caught it with the glass.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a three finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Okay consistency. Retention is above average - about four minutes. Spotty inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a very dark brown-black. Opaque. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's looking pretty standard for an imperial porter. There's nothing unique or special about it, but there are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Plenty of spruce; that note hasn't faded with age. Also some pine (probably from the hops) and sap notes. Cream. Dark malts. Some rye.

It's got a unique aroma profile for an imperial porter. The spruce is a definite highlight. That said, it might be a bit medicinal. The flavour profile will tell.

A fairly pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength. No yeast character, overt hop character, or alcohol is detectable.

T: Has a dark malt foundation with cream, spruce tones, and pine atop. Floral and piney hop character. Caramel. Herbal notes. Fairly simple for an imperial porter; there isn't a lot going on. But it's balanced enough, and enjoyable.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I do like it for what it is.

Average depth and duration of flavour. Below average intensity of flavour for the style. A cohesive build, but not a gestalt one.

Luckily, it's never medicinal, but it does feel a bit herbal.

Mf: Smooth, wet, thick, unrefreshing, and full-bodied. Okay presence on the palate, but it's certainly not ideal or custom-tailored specifically to the flavour profile. Not as soft as it should be. Good carbonation; bottle conditioning was
an excellent choice here.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, rough, gushed, hot, or boozy. Not crisp. Unrefreshing.

Dr: Downable stuff for what it is but not a great imperial porter by any means. I dig the spruce and I always applaud new takes on a style, but the execution here isn't all that impressive. I wouldn't get this again, but I'm glad I tried it. Props to Olvade for making it a swingtop; I always hate it when I'm stuck with a huge bottle of a real heavy beer and prefer smaller format bottles or swingtops. Hides its ABV well. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's worth trying once. One of the better executions of spruce that I've had. The premise is better than the execution, though.

B-

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Zipp's on 12/23. Consumed on 12/28.

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a two-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. Nice retention and sticky rings of lace were left behind.

S - It smelled of chocolate - dark chocolate with burnt molasses and notes of spruce.

T - Delicious dark chocolate flavors with toffee and caramel. Some burnt molasses and a definite spruce taste.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish. A touch of alcohol warmth, too.

O - This is a great beer. I'm glad I picked this up on my trip to Minnesota!

Photo of garymuchow
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First, this isn't much of a porter or stout, but that's not to say it isn't good. It is. It's quite good. But unique.
Second, I'm glad I sat on it for a bit, and getting some next time and sitting on that would probably be even better.
Aroma is mostly like a farmhouse ale. Kinda' funky and a little fruity, but mostly yeast character.
Looks like a stout. Black body, tan creamy head.
Doesn't taste like a stout though. The dark malts offer a great platform for the yeasty character, but any roast and dark malt flavors are in the background. Taste retains some of the farmhouse qualities, but that too is in the background. Really tasty fruity complexity up front. I don't know if its from the spruce or yeast or combination but there is a yummy kinda' vanilla (but not really) taste that blends into a creaminess and smoothness. This is also part of a herbal/spiciness that is delicious.
Smooth for a slightly lighter body.
This was good and worth another, easily.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

consumed on 7/8, while I was "on Hiatus." big thanks to mnbearsfan for this excellent extra!!! enjoyed from my blue point snifter globe.

2011 vintage

a - first off, LOVE the bottle…this is one that I will save and try to get my local growler spots to fill. a 750 swingtop...gotta love it. that being said, the brew poured a deep chocolate black with a generous three fingers plus of foamy creamy tan head that slowly dissolved away leaving large chunks of lacing on the glass. looks alive.

s - smell has a really nice vanilla char. spruce trees on top of a great roasted malt.

t - taste is a bright burst of fresh pine followed by some cold chocolate milk. the spruce tips give it a really crisp over charring. hints of vanilla and sappy pine needles over roasted malts and cocoa powder. caramel was huge at first, but has since subsided.

m - has a bit of that porter charriness. the spruce tips keep it light and fresh feeling instead of falling into dark stout territory.

o - this one seems to walk the line between stout and porter with the spruce nudging it to the porter side. rather unique. rather tasty. excellent treat. very glad i got to try (and love having a swing top 750 as a souvenir!

bottle

Photo of NickBus
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - The spruce comes out right away in the aroma, but after the beer opens a little the malt character takes over. Medium malt aroma — nutty, roasty and with hints of dark fruits — with medium-light earthy English hop aroma and, of course, spruce.

Appearance - Dark brown, almost black with ruby highlights and a thick, foamy brown head and good retention.

Flavor - Medium-light roastiness with lots of caramel and some nuttiness. Also some kind of dark fruit or maybe even black licorice flavor mixed in somewhere. Tasty overall, but a little too sweet in my opinion. There's also a mint-like flavor that I'm guessing is coming from the spruce tips... Can't say I'm not enjoying it.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and lightly creamy, with just a bit of pop from the medium-high carbonation. Finishes smooth with a light sweetness that lingers on the palate. Surprisingly little alcohol warming for an imperial.

Overall - Very drinkable. Rich and complex, with new flavors coming out the deeper you get into the bottle. Perfect Christmas beer. Good overall, but a little more roast character and a little less sweetness would make this a great beer.

Photo of RingnesExtra
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This imperial porter pours rich and dark with an overly carbonated head. The high carbonation is indicative of a product that was put in the market a few months too soon. The large bubbles and appearance remind me of a dark colored soft drink. The appearance aside, I appreciate the concept of this product as it is unique with the spruce tips blending seamlessly into a robust tasting porter. I purchased two 25.4 oz. bottles and will place the second one in my cellar to age for at least six months as I expect the carbonation to subside and produce a smoother tasting product.

Photo of DenverLogan
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark...small amber head. Dark roasted malt and slight spruce aroma. I'll admit...I love good spruce brews but the spruce doesn't usually last long. Here we have a Imperial Stout Porter..uh..what's that...well ... OK...this is damn tasty. I'd say more of a rich dark beer than porter or stout, but with the spruce it's very tasty. Rich and fulfilling and easy to drink but there's some strangeness...but I like it...!!!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with an herbal flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable and fairly tasty.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with a finger's worth of eggshell head. Retention is decent, and lacing runs freely down the side of the glass.

S: Roasted malts give hints of chocolate and espresso, along with some dark fruit aromas. Spruce is present, but is masked by a strong yeast presence.

T: Coffee and chocolate, along with some prune and other dark fruits up front. Yeast is present on the palate much like the aroma, but the spruce is much more defined in the finish.

Notes: Complex and full-bodied, this brew has a lot going on. ABV must be up there, as the beer is warming with each sip. It grows more and more on me as I drink it. This is a unique beer, and it's one that I hope to enjoy again time after time. Although from southeastern Minnesota, this beer screams "up north".

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Ode To A Russian Shipwright from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.