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Ode To A Russian Shipwright - Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.95%
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:
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).

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 11-18-2011)
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xmorgan

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

08-09-2013 00:37:58 | More by xmorgan
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07-10-2013 08:53:35 | More by jaminjohnson
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deebo

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

03-24-2012 01:11:08 | More by deebo
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

09-29-2012 04:36:38 | More by NilocRellim
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Cynic-ale

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

08-01-2013 13:16:41 | More by Cynic-ale
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dc55110

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev 0%

$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.

11-20-2011 03:47:39 | More by dc55110
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

06-24-2012 15:42:22 | More by acurtis
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Minnesota

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Minnesota

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07-19-2012 02:45:53 | More by Oboogie
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +7%

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.

12-22-2011 05:50:25 | More by tempest
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Iowa

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morimech

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

11-26-2011 18:07:28 | More by morimech
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-08-2012 20:53:43 | More by dtx00
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

02-21-2012 03:53:23 | More by SpdKilz
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +9%

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.

12-20-2012 23:08:48 | More by bluejacket74
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nightwing002

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-12-2011 20:27:17 | More by nightwing002
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%

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. ;)

12-30-2012 01:49:43 | More by yamar68
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MacDonaldT84

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-08-2012 08:57:16 | More by MacDonaldT84
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%

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)

12-23-2012 05:22:43 | More by mwilbur
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16%

05-23-2013 03:27:22 | More by MN_Beerticker
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allouez86

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-09-2012 21:00:06 | More by allouez86
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theCoder

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

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).

12-10-2011 17:30:06 | More by theCoder
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Sender

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16%

04-15-2012 17:07:16 | More by Sender
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Ode To A Russian Shipwright from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
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