Spiced Ode To A Russian Shipwright - Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
4.09/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Ode to a Russian Shipwright has a unique taste. It starts out strong and has a bit of a bite as it hits the palate but then you get into the rich roasted barley and rye flavors. As it settles in your mouth there is a hint of pine from the spruce tips they use.
Appearance - Beautiful! Deep dark and rich brown to almost black color, with a nice two finger head that reduces a bit, with a nice tan amount of lacing.
Aroma - The aroma is malty spicy and sweet, very little hop aroma, and oddly you do not smell the spruce, but instead a hunt if spice.
Taste - in comparison to other dark stouts (from Ireland for example) this is a very smooth brew. Again, starts off strong but mellows with a few tastes of lightly sweet rye and dark roasted barley and then that hint of spruce finishes it off. Hop flavor was minimal.
Mouthfeel - It is a full-body brew with a "north woods" after taste. It is not too sweet. The carbonation was good for this type of beer.
Overall - Darn good if you like rich dark full-bodied stouts. I like this brew, but would not drink more than a glass at a time. Pretty strong alcohol content and very filling.
Serving type: bottle poured into a pint glass
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2014 20:42:16 | More by DrCDPriest
3.41/5 rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Dark brown that appears black in the glass. A massive tan colored head forms and is slow to settle to a very thick cap. A moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.
Aromatic from the spices. I would guess cardamom or ginger. Smells like a ginger bread cookie or one of those Scandenavian deserts that are popular around the holidays in this region. The spice overwhelms the other components of this beer.
Flavor does not work for me. The spice, rye, and spruce do not work for me. They compete and do not compliment each other. Some people might enjoy this flavor but I do not. Some alcohol flavor in the finish. Slightly cloying spice aftertaste.
Superbly bottle-conditioned as all Olvalde Farm beers are. No exception here.
Not successful to this drinker although it is obviously superbly crafted. The flavor just does not appeal to me.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2013 19:22:57 | More by morimech
Spiced Ode To A Russian Shipwright from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.