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

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BA SCORE
90
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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 15.8%
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: 173 | Reviews: 39
Reviews by Vanlingleipa:
Photo of Vanlingleipa
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is what BA Token should have been - sharp, vibrant flavors. Wonderful beer. Hopefully more will be made someday. Spendy at $20 for a 22 ozer but well worth the price.

Poured into a snifter at the Alpine beerpub. Just the right amount of carb - about an 1/4" of medium brown head. Full mouthfeel.

Definite bourbon taste - but little burning alcohol, followed by malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. The taste sensation is a little bit like allowing a square of chocolate to melt into a cup of irish coffee.

Only problem is that the tap pour was cold and as someone was holding my place in line (thanks, Jeremy), didn't have time let it warm and release even more flavor.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
2.06/5  rDev -49.1%
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 Beerandraiderfan
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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 chinchill
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -7.4%
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 Armand
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got it ice cold from the tap. Had to let it warm up a bit. The bourbon hit the nose right away. The first sip was too cold, but as it warmed up it had lots of character to it.

A-Nice mocha head. Dark coffee like. No light seeping in.

S-Bourbon, mocha, strong coffee, rich malt

T-Strong mocha, coffee, bourbon hits the palate and stays all the way down.

M-Full bodied with a silky finish. Taste stays with you for a while.

Going to drink a a bottle this Christmas and the other I'm sure it's gonna age nicely. Overall this is a great BA Stout you gotta' try.

On tap at the brewery...worth the wait line.

Photo of camil1mj
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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 dmsohyea
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the release in Alpine. Served in a taster glass.

A - Dark brown with a small brown head, a little lace, good retention. Didn't really take a long time to look at it as it was gone in a flash.

S - Dark roasty malt, brown sugar, chocolate, bourbon. Nice.

T - Nicely balanced sweetness from the chocolate and residual sugars with the slight bight of bourbon on the finish. There is a good chocolate backbone with supporting coffee, vanilla, and brown sugar flavors. Bourbon is not strong but well integrated.

M - Solid medium body, not too oily and not too thin. Very nice. Carbonation is lower moderate.

O - very tasty. Many of us waiting in line took turns sampling this in the pub and not one of us came back disappointed. I like it a bit better than the recent BA Token.

Photo of SDDanC
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip. Pours a finger of head, nice creamy chocolate, black body. Nose isn't very profound, coffee, chocolate and slight bourbon. A bit of vanilla. On the tongue, great amount of chocolate, minute bourbon, roasty dark malt. Coats the tongue well, nice lacing down the glass, overall good beer. Very fair job by alpine, but could have used a little more bourbon character.

Photo of Mumbler
4.95/5  rDev +22.2%
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 rand
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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 womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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 FosterJM
2.61/5  rDev -35.6%
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 ZX6Chris
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Schmaltzy
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice dark brown with 2 finger head that dies down leaving slight lacing
S- wow loads of bourbon... working through the bourbon i find brown sugar, caramel, roasted coffee beans and once it warmed i could really smell fresh cut green apples that were dipped in dark chocolate and caramel.
T- hits you with bourbon and roasted malts, chocolate, brown sugar, some vanilla then finishes with nice sweet and charred oak.
M- nice carbonation slightly fluffy. a little lighter mouthfeel than i like my stouts.
D- very good drinkability due to the lighter carb and body but the bourbon is pretty warm so i dont see myself drinking too much until it mellows.
O- give it some time in the bottle but this should be great with a year on it

Photo of notchucknorris
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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 stwok21
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
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 HopHead84
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/16/2011

Bottle shared by Carlos, thanks!

A: Black with an inch of light brown foam. There's a little lacing on the glass.

S: Oak and chocolate with a little green apple. Malt is moderately roasted with a little coffee. Vanilla is light and the bourbon is even lighter.

T: Dark chocolate, moderately roasted malt, and a little coffee. Oak reminds me of the wood of a sapling. I get cocoa and a little caramel with a dash of vanilla. There's just a little bourbon in the flavor. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky and sticky.

Overall: The barrel influence is subtle compared to something like Great, but it's still an enjoyable beer.

Photo of srandycarter
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very black, creamy mocha .5 inch head, sticky lace abounds.

S - Hersheys syrup in buckets! Wood and booze in the background.

T - Smell plus massive booze! A hot beer for sure. Burns the throat a little. Nice cocoa finish.

M - Medium to heavy body, good carb and great balance for such a big beer. Very creamy texture.

D - AT 11%, it's a wicked beer. The 6 oz taster was enough for the moment. I will have to pop a bottle open soon.

Photo of BrewtifulMind
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Alpine brewpub as part of a flight

The apperance on this was jet-black, with a small mocha colored head. It eased into a ring of foam on the outer edges of the glass, leaving no lacing behind. I got really heavy chocolate and roasted malt scents up front, some roasted coffee, and a slight bourbon and oak scent. The smells grew more intense as it warmed. The taste was very chocolatey, you can definitely tell this was brewed with Hershey's chocolate syrup. Very good. There are also notes of nice, roasted malts, vanilla, agave, a slight bourbon warmth, and an earthy oak flavor to cap it off. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy, really nice. I wasn't necessarily bowled-over by this brew, but I would say it is worth seeking out.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
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 MikeSr619
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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 seeswo
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed blind. Pours black with some cocoa foam. Looks the part. The nose is cocoa, roasted malt, coffee with very minimal barrel influence of oak, vanilla and bourbon. Knowing the pool of beers this came from, I knew immediately what it was from sipping it. Diacetyl strikes Alpine again. Butterscotch and artificial butter flavor layer on top of the cocoa, roasted malt, mild vanilla and bourbon. Not boozy. Moderate mouthfeel and carbonation with a somewhat slick, oily texture. Overall, this beer would have been decent, but not great (B/B+) without the diacetyl off-flavor. With it, it is a let down. I love Alpine a ton, but they need to get this under control.

Photo of gford217
3.19/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Odin's Raven from Alpine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.