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Odin's Raven - Alpine Beer Company

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Odin's Raven
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 15
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ZX6Chris on 12-20-2010)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap the day after Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and a very nice chocolate chip cookie dough aroma. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and slight coffee beans. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout but I think it smells better than it tastes. Still solid all around.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.2%

zestar, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

acurtis, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

SocalKicks, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kan for sharing this growler. Served in a HopCat tulip glass.

A - A finger of light mocha foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind some tiny spots of lace. Black body with a glint of brown transparency at the fringes.

S - Molasses, dark roasted malts, pumpernickel bread, chocolate, earthy hops, some dark fruits, and cereal grains.

T - Taste has more intense smoke and roast character, with copious amounts of semisweet chocolate, and a nice residual char bitterness.

M - Creamy medium-full body. Nice mild carbonation tingle keeps things from getting too heavy. Alcohol is apparently quite well-hidden.

D - This was pretty easy to drink - was a little surprised to see it clocking in at 10%. I went back for more after sampling other beers, and I'd certainly have it again if offered.

MasterSki, May 08, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Rifugium, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz glass growler with twist lid acquired at Alpine four days ago and served into a Samuel Smith's nonical half-pint in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles. Expectations are through the roof given the brewery. Reviewed live.

Served after a substantial warming period following its removal from the refrigerator. The weight of the growler forced me to pour from right above the glass; no side-pouring was possible.

Paired with raclette.

A: Pours a gorgeous four finger head of beautiful rich dark tan colour, fantastic marvelous frothy smooth cream, ideal thickness, and amazing retention given the ABV; the head holds up for at least three minutes. Body colour is a solid jet black; nontransparent and opaque. Lacing isn't great, but it does exist. No bubble show. No visible yeast particles. This is looking damn fine.

Sm: Dark malts, delightfully subtle caramel, cream, subtle coffee with little roast, chocolate malt, and cocoa. A very subtle nuanced aroma, but surprisingly mild in strength. I don't detect any yeast or alcohol. Espresso on the back end. Fleeting hints of dark fruit when I look for it.

T: Coffee throughout, but joined with espresso and a hint of smooth roast in the second half. Chocolatey throughout, but most notably up front - where it's chocolate, chocolate malt, and cocoa powder all at the same time. Not as rich as it could be, but it's certainly well balanced. Great cream up front and on the finish. Caramel undertones. No real dark fruit; if it's there, it's buried - though I might concede that there's a hint of raisin. No alcohol comes through, not at all - an impressive feat at 10%. No yeast notes. Cold pressed coffee is dominant when I first start drinking - and it lends the beer focus without compromising the balance - but as I continue chocolate emerges as the unquestionably dominant note, and the balance starts to fall off somewhat. Subtly executed, but admittedly not quite as complex as other beers in the style. I will say it lacks any heat whatsoever. Drinks like it's about 7% ABV. Dark malts, chocolate malt, and maybe some biscuit malt form the complementary foundation. Has good body. That's tasty.

To be critical, it is a bit too sweet and chocolatey, but it does seem to be mellowing a bit as it warms.

Mf: Surprisingly smooth and wet for the style, aiding the drinkability but perhaps restraining the full potential of the flavours. Near perfect carbonation if slightly low to aid consumption. There's no carbonation sharpness here; it'll glide down nice and easy. Good presence on the palate, if a bit understated. Good thickness. Complements the flavours quite well.

That said, I'd prefer it coarse and dry to really bring out the bold flavours.

Dr: While it's relative lack of complexity prevents it from true greatness, this remains an incredibly solid and drinkable example of the style. ABV is absurdly well hidden. I'll enjoy finishing this growler, and I'd definitely get it again. Another good beer from Alpine. I can't wait to try the bourbon barrel aged version. Fans of the style will enjoy this one, though I don't know that it's worth going out of your way to trade for. One of the most drinkable beers in this style and at this ABV, period.

High B

kojevergas, Dec 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

drewone, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alpine, I thought they said it was 11%+?
Pours out black, 3/4" tan head. Seems pretty viscous. Aroma was heavy handed with the chocolate syrup, for the better.

Yummy semi sweet dark chocolate syrup feel, no alcohol noticeable, good chewiness and massive smooth feel without the use of oatmeal, it must be the chocolate syrup. This is about the most chocolate I've had this side of Class V, Chocolate Rain, Rogue Choc. Stout, that's about it. As it is, any beer that is heavy on the coffee or chocolate is bound to be a little polarizing, but I loved this one, and so did the old lady. Not really complex, just easy drinking/chewing through the massive chocolate existence. There's chocolate, and there's dark chocolate, which is the MO of this bad boy.

I really liked how the chocolate wasn't overly sweet, (minimally actually) and the alcohol was very well hidden. Highly recommend, my favorite beer of the visit, to a brewery predominantly known for its hoppy stuff. Easily the most underrated brewery in San Diego, maybe CA, maybe the world.

Beerandraiderfan, May 17, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at O'Brien's

A:  Looks black, but the lighting is quite dim at my table so I can't be sure. The head was the color of dark toffee before it receded. A ring of lacing sticks to the glass.

S: The is quite robust, Imperial, if you will. Dark chocolate is very pronounced, and blackstrap molasses trails close behind. Some booze is noticeable, and malt is pretty roasted and slightly burnt. Somewhere between sweet and dry, with a restrained brown sugar presence. Caramel becomes apparent as the beer approaches room temperature. Hops are earthy with a little pine bobbing up between the persistent waves of chocolate, molasses, and roast.

T: Upper moderate roasted malt profile with green hops and an upper moderate bitterness. Chocolate is dark and strong. Alcohol is noticeable in the flavor, but at an appropriate level for the style. Molasses is evident. The finish is of bitter chocolate with a dash of coffee and some alcohol. The beer reveals a sweet midpalate, but ultimately dries out and is slightly burnt at the end.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and creamy with some astringency and alcohol warming.

Overall: A beast of an Imperial Stout. It actually reminds me a little of the 2010 batch of Dark Lord. Not my style, but well crafted. A small glass was sufficient.

HopHead84, Jan 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kan, drank from a ccb snifter... pours a dark brown body, a touch to light, not much head but the carbonation seems ok... the aroma is roasty, oats, cream, chocolate, peanut butter undertones, not bad... the taste is very roasty, chocolate, creamy, not bad, but just average here

jrallen34, May 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

chippo33, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of AgentZero
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to Kan. Fitting to be drinking a beer with a reference to Odin as Thor has just come out. Useless trivia, Odin's ravens were named Thought and Memory.

A - Black beer, tan head, little bit of spotting on the sides and a little bit of lace.

S - Roasted notes, chocolate, little bit of char, and some oak. This has a lot of nice things going on that balance together quite well. More on the roasty side, which I greatly like.

T - Great roasted notes with some chocolate that doesn't get too sweet. Taste is not as complex as the nose, but is quite good.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Really good beer that is quite easy to get down at 10%. Would love to drink this regularly.

AgentZero, May 16, 2011
Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -2.2%

bsuedekum, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1110th Review on BA
Draft to 10oz

@Downtown Johnny Browns

App- Had the color of coffee and chocolate mixed together with a medium brown colored 1/2 finger head with huge cling

Smell- Good blending of cocoa powder, dark chocolate, fresh brewed coffee, roasted nuts and espresso beans

Taste- Very roasty with deep espresso and touches of plum and chocolate that is a bit creamy and lush

Mouth- light medium and medium carbed. Silky and smooth. With traces of chocolate and cream.

Drink- Damn! Very good! Its sneaky good and just has a great base flavor with pockets of layers.

FosterJM, Feb 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

CheapBeerBuzz, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

warnerry, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Sean9689
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to Kan for sharing this one, my hero! Poured into Cantillon tulip/snifter thingy.

A - Pours black, tan/mocha-colored head, nice thick collar, slight tan whisps on top, spotty lacing.

S - Huge roast, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, and a slight char. The roast is really nice and is most of the nose, which I very much enjoy. The oak, vanilla, and dark chocolate follow behind, and add a nice level of complexity.

T - Dark chocolate up front, oak, roast, slight malty sweetness. The dark chocolate overtakes the roast on the palate, but everything is still there that I found on the nose. Perhaps a bit more enjoyable on the nose to me. There's a nice oak/slightly bitter finish.

M - Full, rich and smooth, dry creamy finish.

O - Very enjoyable, very solid. Alpine continue to make beer that range from excellent to outfnstanding, and this one falls right into that range. Overall, one of my favorite breweries with yet another solid beer, and a stout, at that! Recommend.

Sean9689, May 09, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Downtown Johnny Brown's
San Diego, CA

Incredibly dark brown bordering on black with a moderately sized dark brown, thick, stiff head atop. Eventually this leaves lines and sheets of lacing down the glass--plenty of stick.

The aroma is rich and filled with stinging bittersweet chocolate, espresso, roast, and a hint of dark fruit. Complete, though I just wished everything in it was even more bold and expressive.

The flavor is certainly expressive and bold enough: lots of chocolate coming in waves of both bitterness and sweetness, roasted malt, hop bitterness, and a hint of dark fruit.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

A delicious big stout.

ehammond1, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of srandycarter
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last bottle from the release. Happy New Year!

A - Prune black/brown, barely a ring, very spotty lace.

S - Hershey's syrup, chocolate chip cookies, a tad of soy sauce.

T - Nice big sweet toasty malt, bittered without question.

M - Medium to full, good carb, fair balance.

D - Have to say, good stuff, but without looking at my notes, I have a feeling I liked the growler better.

srandycarter, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

DarthKostrizer, May 10, 2013
Photo of akang
4/5  rDev -2.2%

akang, Nov 05, 2013
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Odin's Raven from Alpine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.