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

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 180
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.09%
Wants: 158
Gots: 46 | FT: 4
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California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ZX6Chris on 10-07-2011

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Photo of Armand
5/5  rDev +22.2%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of Mumbler
4.95/5  rDev +21%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of rand
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of Vanlingleipa
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (694 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not sure on the lower ratings on this, as the version I had in Feb of '15 was delicious, glorious nose of chocolate and bourbon and a restrained sweetness perhaps imparted by the use of agave. Sure, a little thin, but also craz drinkable. Props. (245 characters)

Photo of johndoe8
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (993 characters)

Photo of dmsohyea
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of MikeSr619
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of Schmaltzy
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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 (730 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alpine for 2011 BA Odin's Raven release. Tulip glass.

A: Pours viscous black with light sand colored foam, some lacing and great head retention (lasting for the entire pour).

S: Very light bourbon, cocoa, vanilla extract, and milk chocolate. Balanced, with no aroma dominating.

T: Light touch of bourbon, medium roast coffee, grainy malt and some chocolate syrup (though less so than regular Odin's), and slight alcohol taste which unfortunately sits on the tongue for the finish.

M: Medium body and light smooth carbonation.

O: Very nicely done, with a light touch on the barrel which is always nice. Less of a chocolate syrup bomb than regular Odin's Raven (which I love). Some age would hopefully take off some of the alcohol bite. Glad to see how Alpine's barrel program is progressing. (805 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (1,125 characters)

Photo of Kshock
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks just like BA Token, Jet black with a nice tan head residing on top.

S- Lots more bourbon and wood character on this beer. You can tell this was the full barrel aged beer of the two. The aroma is much more pungent, but not over the top. Really nice chocolate, coffee, and vanilla notes.

T- Same thing the nose led on, good chocolate, coffee and vanilla notes. All are well balanced and not super intense. Really enjoyed this beer.

M- Med to heavy feel on the palate. Some what dry on the back end.

O- Great showing again from the boys at Alpine (556 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of ZX6Chris
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, shared by Adam, served in a snifter.

Black body with a foamy, mocha colored two finger thick head. Balanced, smooth aroma of milk chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, vanilla and butter. Chocolate syrup presence in the body is much more subdued than the non-BA version of this, but still immediately identifiable. The bourbon adds a slight fruity character and there is again an off butter flavor in the finish also with slight coffee bitterness. Slightly lighter bodied than expected, but not a major problem. Ok, so this appears to be having QC issues like the BA Token, but I didn't mind it in this beer and immediately dumped my BA Token sample. I liked the way this drinking now, but saving this is probably pointless. (728 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,293 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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- (1,191 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,006 characters)

Photo of camil1mj
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of SDDanC
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of BrewtifulMind
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (743 characters)

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Odin's Raven from Alpine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.