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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 17.08%
Wants: 157
Gots: 42 | FT: 4
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1%

zestar, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

nmann08, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.83/5  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.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

ygtbsm94, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Knapp85, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1%

largadeer, May 19, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -1%

SocalKicks, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

MasterSki, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

mdfb79, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

MarkyMOD, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of yourefragile
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

yourefragile, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

orangesol, Mar 24, 2013
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.

Huhzubendah, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  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.

chinchill, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

HopHead84, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  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.

Alieniloquium, Oct 12, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -56.7%

Rhettroactive, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of gford217
3.23/5  rDev -20%
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.

gford217, Mar 08, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

DmanGTR, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
2.6/5  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.

FosterJM, May 17, 2012
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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Odin's Raven from Alpine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.