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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

137 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 17.33%
Wants: 153
Gots: 42 | FT: 6
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ZX6Chris on 10-07-2011)
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DJButters

California

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-14-2011 17:54:45 | More by DJButters
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Armand

California

5/5  rDev +23.8%

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.

10-10-2011 22:35:50 | More by Armand
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-16-2011 17:39:36 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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Rempo

Indiana

5/5  rDev +23.8%

04-20-2013 21:03:27 | More by Rempo
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Domeshot14

California

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-18-2011 22:38:10 | More by Domeshot14
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tbeq00

California

5/5  rDev +23.8%

05-05-2012 00:23:03 | More by tbeq00
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doughanson78

Washington

5/5  rDev +23.8%

03-03-2012 07:02:51 | More by doughanson78
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sdpaul

California

5/5  rDev +23.8%

02-11-2013 19:35:39 | More by sdpaul
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Mumbler

California

4.95/5  rDev +22.5%

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.

03-10-2013 16:29:10 | More by Mumbler
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rand

California

4.88/5  rDev +20.8%

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.

11-21-2011 10:46:15 | More by rand
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mctizzz

California

4.85/5  rDev +20%

08-08-2014 06:33:40 | More by mctizzz
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Vanlingleipa

California

4.85/5  rDev +20%

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.

10-08-2011 02:33:15 | More by Vanlingleipa
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MicroBeerMan1980

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

08-25-2014 08:01:16 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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bespin15

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

07-22-2012 15:00:25 | More by bespin15
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4.7/5  rDev +16.3%

On-tap at the pub.
A - Pours black with a dark brown edge to the light, has a big tan head that leaves lacing on the glass as it fades. Very appealing.
S - The nose hits you with strong bourbon alcohol notes, caramel and a hit of chocolate.
T - The taste is pretty strong of bourbon characters, roastiness in the malts, chocolate, a noticable oak character and some vanilla.
M - This is the only place the beer fell short of my hopes. I wish this beer had a little more body to it, which I understand seems to be harder to achieve with barrel aging. I like my big stouts thick.
O - It's a great barrel aged beer that doesn't hide the bourbon characters, just wish I could have got some bottles.

10-11-2011 21:22:54 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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dmsohyea

California

4.58/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

10-07-2011 21:31:48 | More by dmsohyea
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johndoe8

California

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

A: look was jet black, with a healthy amount of carbonation. good head retention and lacing.

S: one whiff and you kinda knew you were in for a treat (well, I guess some beers smell awesome and taste horrible, but this was def not the case for this beer). definitely bourbon, little oak, light chocolate on the nose. definitely was excited from the nose.

T: this is just an extremely tasty barrel-aged stout. it reminded me much of the 1st deliverance i had, except the heat was much much more manageable, giving me a much more enjoyable taste and making it much more drinkable. the flavors opened up a lot more as it warmed up as well. lots of chocolate, bourbon, oak flavors. yummm....

M: mouthfeel was spot on. full body, but not too syrupy or thin, just like how i like my stouts. carbonation was also spot on.

O: was an extremely pleasant experience, esp after the slightly disappointing barrel-aged token release just last month. i hope the bottles are identical to what i had on tap.

10-08-2011 01:22:06 | More by johndoe8
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MrVonzipper

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

06-03-2012 18:53:25 | More by MrVonzipper
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Hirshi

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-07-2014 16:53:08 | More by Hirshi
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SDStoneEnthusiast

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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jeff1973

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-31-2014 20:36:10 | More by jeff1973
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California

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

06-30-2014 22:25:35 | More by Huskyninja
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Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Odin's Raven from Alpine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.