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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 16.54%
Wants: 154
Gots: 44 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

warnerry, Dec 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

AverageWhiteGuy, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Mister_Joshy
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.4/5  rDev -16%
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 DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

DarthKostrizer, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

bespin15, Jul 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

mv945, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

leschkie, Jun 17, 2012
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.

notchucknorris, Jun 12, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.3%

glitchedmind, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of HopsintheSack
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

HopsintheSack, Jun 05, 2012
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.

MikeSr619, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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 MrVonzipper
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

MrVonzipper, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
2.05/5  rDev -49.4%
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.

ehammond1, May 18, 2012
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2.6/5  rDev -35.8%
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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5/5  rDev +23.5%

tbeq00, May 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

ygtbsm94, Mar 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

JMRSN, Mar 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

nmann08, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

DovaliHops, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of gford217
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

gford217, Mar 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

doughanson78, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of ZX6Chris
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

ZX6Chris, Feb 25, 2012
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Odin's Raven from Alpine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.