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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Odin's Raven - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
90
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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 158
Gots: 46 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ZX6Chris on 10-07-2011

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Ratings: 174 | Reviews: 39
Photo of stwok21
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

out of a bomber. aged for a year.

great nose with heavy bourbon and chocolate aroma

mouthfeel was very thin

great upfront taste with a lot going on. lots of dark fruits, chocolate, bourbon flavor was not lacking. sadly, the flavors flatlined FAST. never experienced this before with barrel-aged beers. was very odd.

maybe i should've drank it fresher. not sure what happened. for reference sake, next to firestone's offerings, this one pales in comparison. would not buy again.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 4.16 overall rating should be 4.17.

Type: Draft
Glass: 8-oz. snifter (I think)
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $9.00 (I think)
Purchased: Jan. 13, 2015
Consumed: Jan. 13, 2015
Misc.: On the Kiwi Herman release day

Poured a black color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy, tan head when I got it. Layered foamy lacing on the sides. Average-to-above average retention. (Sight - 4.13)

Smelled dark chocolate, sweet caramel, toffee, chocolate syrup, butterscotch, vanilla, bourbon and some booziness at the end. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted similar to the nose. Got butterscotch, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, caramel, some booziness that weighs on you, and some Jim Beam and Jack Daniels notes. (Taste - 4.13)

Medium body. Creamy, slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.25)

A pretty decent imperial stout overall. Wish I would have had another Kiwi Herman and tried this at a later date, but it was the first time I saw it on tap since I moved here in September. (Overall - 4.13)

4.17 | 93 | A-

Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in Alpine.

Appearance: used motor oil with a durable beige colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Aroma: Mainly BBA affects, including, of course, bourbon, with hints of oak.

Flavor: Rich, wood-toned bourbon nearly overpowers the dark roasted grains. Slightly sweet.

Feel: Full body with good but low carbonation.

O: Very well hidden ABV. Heartily recommended.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Decent khaki head. A little leggy. Some lacing and good retention.

Smell - Vanilla is most prominent. Chocolate. Bourbon comes behind it all. Oak also strong.

Taste - Chocolate and vanilla again are strongest. Bourbon heat. Astringent oak. Sweet caramel begins to dominate the flavor as it warms. Shades of fruity flavors as well.

Mouthfeel - A bit of barrel heat. Medium body, not very thick for a stout.

Overall - It has all the components of a bourbon stout, but doesn't seem to come together.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Going into this, I was a little scared, as the rumor the beer had been compromised (infected) was whirling about on BA. Anyways, popped the bottle over the sink, and alas, it was all good.

Poured out an impressive and hefty black color with significant, probably 1" head, dark beige in color, and very little bubbles that packed themselves densely around the rim of the pint glass.

Wow, the chocolate drizzle and bourbon taste so flippin' good. This is what imperial stouts, chocolate and bourbon is all about, clearly top tier. What was once a fearful opening has turned into a thoroughly enjoyable experience midway through the bottle. The chocolate remains rich, the bourbon is well integrated, not boozy, not a bourbon bomb, just in the right amount. The mouthfeel is outstanding, doesn't overly thin out the beer being in a barrel. You can find hints of coffee if you want to find them. Caramel too.

When you talk about The Bruery, FiftyFifty, KTG, BADL, BASC etc. . . you should also be talking about this beer. Alpine is not just about hops (although predominantly so). This is a world class bourbon barrel stout.

Photo of Mumbler
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap at the Alpine Pub

First time having this beer and I wasnt disappointed. It was everything I want in an Imperial stout. Choclate flavors with an amazing scent of bourban. No booziness at all it was extremly well balanced. Being on Nitro it was even more drinkable, I had 4. Went up to Alpine to drink IPA's and was pleasently suprised to see this beer on tap. It was so good that I just had to stick with it.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A-pours black with a 2 finger dark tan head. Big ring of lacing with some small blotches also.

S- big bourbon aromas right out the gate, chocolate, some light vanilla, and coffee.

T- big chocolate mixes with bold bourbon. Some nice light vanilla and bitter coffee.

M- medium body and carbonation. Some acidity and alcohol burn knocks the feel down a bit for me.

O- good BA stout but not very complex and has some abv burn after nearly a year after being bottled now. I did not pick up the buttery off flavors or aromas that some have. Bottle variation maybe?

Photo of jaasen64
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into HF stemmed glass. Thanks Tom (airfoil) for this one!

A- Pours a dark brown that appears an opaque dark black in the glass. About a finger of beige/mocha head that recedes fairly fast to a thin layer with some floating yeast sediment and leaving some light lacing.

S- Bourbon, light booze, light chocolate, fairly average aroma bourbon-barrel presence, nothing overly exciting but decent overall.

T- Light chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, light booze on finish with a vanilla chocolate finish that lingers for a little bit. Nice balance.

M- Medium bodied, light alcohol burn, smooth, fairly drinkable, slightly thin for a BA stout.

O- This was a decent overall barrel-aged stout. Definitely not the best I've had, but fairly enjoyable. I'd have this again, but I probably wouldn't recommend going out of your way to obtain it.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brandon for this bottle of excellence. Bottle shared at a tasting with a couple friends. Review from notes.

Poured very dark brown, nearly black, with mahogany and garnet hues in the light. Tan head that retained nicely, forming trails of lace on the mini Duvel tulip. Very nice aroma with a well balanced blend of bourbon, oak, and roasty imperial stout. Hints of vanilla, wood, and caramel is mixed with a more prominent burnt toast, ash, half and half, and cocoa. Flavors are akin to that of the aroma, however the bourbon undertones are more pronounced and actually contributes more to my liking of this beer. The finish is long with some sweetness from the bourbon and beer, but also a bit of earthy/herbal bitterness from the hop profile. I like that the hops are relatively subdued through the whole experience so as not to take away from the other flavors, yet is there in the background just enough to prevent the beer from becoming a cloying mess. Carbonation is moderate, yet the body is actually thinner than I prefer in a big beer with so much going on. A little top heavy if you will... I think it needs a bigger base to support it. Otherwise, a very nicely made barrel aged stout that I'm sure can age well. I am quite grateful for the chance to experience this beer.

Photo of MasterSki
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from eyeenjoybeer. I've had this before courtesy of Chris (spycow) but didn't take complete notes. Served in a plastic cup on Freddy's boat.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a thin ring and wispy thin cap, leaving behind a few splotches of lace. Body is pitch black.

S - Reminds me of the buttercream chocolates from Pot of Gold. Caramel and vanilla sweetness, with a hint of oak and not much bourbon presence at all. There's also a musky note, as well as some lightly tart cherries, just like in BA Token.

T - The taste has more oak and whiskey flavor, as well as some charred malts, in addition to hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Not nearly as sweet and buttery as the aroma, but with a strange astringency to it.

M - Medium bodied with lower carbonation. Tannic and dry, with some warming alcohol presence.

D - Yeah, there's something odd with this beer, but it's not as bad as BA Token was. I'm confused as to what would produce this combination of off flavors, as the beer wasn't over-carbonated or particularly sour - just buttery and slightly funky. We managed to finish the bottle, but I don't think anyone really enjoyed it. A shame, because I enjoyed the base beer a fair bit.

Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a small tan head. Roasted malt on the nose with some chocolate, cocoa, and coffee. Bourbon, vanilla, and some oak. Flavor is quite roasty with lots of oak and bourbon. A bit of vanilla, some toffee and molasses, and chocolate. Decent sweetness on the finish.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Black with a huge tan head. Spotty lacing down the glass. Looks incredible.

S: I get a lot of bourbon, dark chocolate, coconut and roasted malt. A bit of butterscotch as well. Smells pretty tasty.

T: Milk chocolate, toffee, butterscotch, roasted malt, bourbon and coffee. A touch of dry dark chocolate on the finish. Delicious.

Photo of MikeSr619
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the anticipation of buying it, to the finishing the 22 of it, this beer is amazing. Alpine is really coming along with their stouts and this was no different.

Extremely big bourbon taste to it and they warn you up front it will be just like that. Big and bold all the way thru. I only wish I could have gotten more than 4 at once.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ehammond1 for sharing this at DarthKostrizer's tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, cookie dough, wood, and bourbon. Taste is exactly the same as the smell. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barrel aged stout with some very nice aromas and flavors.

Photo of ehammond1
2.06/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, nanobrew!

(Aged for 6+ months)

Nearly black in color, though truly dark brown, with a small dark brown head that doesn't last for long and leaves small dots of stick down the glass.

Unfortunate and distinctly flawed aroma: lots of melted butter and margarine, along with a bit of roast, chocolate, and barrel.

The flavor too is off, with lots of melted butter/margarine flavor, and some barrel character.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

An unfortunate, buttery mess.

Photo of FosterJM
2.61/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1289th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
22 oz bottle

Thanks Brian (Nanobrew) for this one
Shared with Nanobrew, Sebowski, Ehammond1, JazzPatel & MrHirschybar

App- Medium density brown. A little bit of black to it in the glass. A small head formed and was gone. A couple dots of cling.

Smell- Huge amounts of melted better. I dont like to use the word Diacetyl. The brewer at mother earth may get mad at me. Huge amounts of apple on the nose as well.

Taste- Not very tasty here. A large problem. The butter follows the nose and then the apple comes back. Has a bit of chocolate but I couldnt finish my glass.

Mouth- A light-medium body with a low-medium carbonation. The butter/apple combo gives way to more chocolate.

Drink- Damn it. So off. Like I said. Didnt even finish it.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.02/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thank you Bdige for giving me the opportunity to try this! Pours a pitch black, thick liquid, with a large tan/gray head. Scent is a little strange...slightly tart aroma with some dark chocolate and roasted malt. From the first sniff, I started worrying I got one of the infected bottles. Taste was definitely off. Immediately, I got a tart, burnt charcoal kinda flavor. There was some roasted malt flavors with dark chocolate...bitter dark chocolate. Some strange buttery flavors as well. If there was any bourbon flavor to this beer, I definitely had to search for it. Mouthfeel was medium and lightly carbonated. Drinkability is not very good. Overall, I had very high hopes for this beer. Very disappointed, as there must have been some bugs that got into it and made it develop these off flavors. Had a small sip of it when it was fresh and it was a completely different beer. It is not an undrinkable beer, but definitely not good.

Photo of gford217
3.19/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle.

Pours pitch black with a big tan head that recedes quickly to a thin cap.

Aroma is interesting and unexpected, and not really in a good way. It's super sweet with butterscoth immediately coming to mind with a combination of vanilla extract, chocolate. The barrel presence is subtle with light bourbon and oak in the nose.

The taste starts with some heavily roasted malts mixed with chocolate and vanilla. The bourbon and oak are definitely there, especially in the finish. But there is also some of the butterscotch sweetness throughout.

The mouthfeel is thin to moderate for the style with low carbonation. Very slick.

I'm not exactly sure this is what the beer was intended to taste like with the diacetyl starting to come out, but I enjoyed it a little bit anyway.

Photo of ZX6Chris
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black beer with a big mocha head. Thick tight 1 inch head that settles to a thin layer.

S-Chocolate, sweet bourbon. A little tart in the end.

T-Coffee, oak, dark chocolate and a tart finish, maybe there a little cherry flavor in there.

M-Medium bodied and well carbonated. Dry on the finish.

O-Apparently i love sour stouts. This has been in my cellar since release and it has a pleasant tartness to it. Damn good beer.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

into 25cl glass. Thanks to nogidrew86 for this!

Pours a little low-carbed, but still some nice bubbles. creamy head settles to the outside of the glass. Lots of dark fruit and roasted malt. Almost a twang of tartness, very slight though. Sweet bourbon in the nose and taste. Not a ton of bourbon flavor, but I like it. Roast is heavy. Mouthfeel is soft- low carbonation, but still enough to work for the beer. Beer is a little hot but I like a bold beer sometimes. Easy to down the bottle, worth seeking out. I enjoyed this one over about an hour's time.

Photo of mdfb79
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 01/02/12 notes. Big thanks to Nugganooch for sending this one my way. Shared with some friends, 22 oz. bottle int a tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head, amd low to moderate carbonation evident. Looks great.

s - Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, very light bourbon, sweet chocolate, and dark fruits. A very nice, balanced stout, though not much bourbon at all.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, sweet cream or vanilla, dark chocolate, light oak and bourbon, but again not much. Very nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, pretty smooth body.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit. I think it is a very nice, balanced American Stout, though it does not have very much bourbon to it whatsoever. I liked it better than their BA Token, though the bourbon came through in that one a little more. Worth checking out as it is just a good stout in general, but if you're looking for a bourbon stout, this isn't for you.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan.

The beer is dark brown with a lasting beige head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing on the glass. The aroma brings roasted malt, chocolates. Smells like a porter. The aroma is pleasant, though I don't detect a lot of the bourbon character. Light bourbon in the taste, along with a tasty chocolaty roast character. Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Overall, very good.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mdfb79. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours near black with a thin off-white head and a bit of lacing. Thin collar throughout. Nose carries some roast and quite a bit of chocolate. Some malty sweetness as well. Very light bourbon. More bourbon in the flavor along with chocolate and a touch of roast. Medium body with low-medium carbonation. Smooth. Pretty good.

Photo of camil1mj
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received from Thome50. Shared in line at the Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice.

A: Dark brown with a light, bubbly brown head. Minimal lacing.

S: Whiskey dominates with some smells of roasted malt underneath.

T: This one is fairly alcohol forward. Lots of whiskey upfront. Roasted chocolate and coffee flavors in the finish.

M: Light bodied for my liking on this style. Good amount of carbonation.

O: Overall not the best BA stout, but a solid offering. Glad I have a generous trading partner who sent this to me without having to trade a lot for it because of the low bottle count.

Photo of rand
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes taken at the pub, 10/7/11

From tap to tulip glass

Starts out pouring like Odin's Raven, jet black with a coffee-tan head. But notes of bourbon immediately stream out of the glass, carried by strong alcohol volatiles.

The taste is far more layered and nuanced than the nose. Odin's Raven's Hershey's chocolate avalanche is subdued and matched by the wood and bourbon. Mid-sip, notes of raisin and prunes pop through, backed by a bready, chewy complexion. The alcohol and bourbon never dominate, but leave a strong impression at the finish, drying and cleansing the palate.

This is as good as any stout I've tried. Unfortunately, they only made a tiny batch so the masses won't get to experience this until they expand and make more, which could be awhile.

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Odin's Raven from Alpine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.