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

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BA SCORE
90
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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 16.05%
Wants: 158
Gots: 44 | FT: 3
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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Photo of jaasen64
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into HF stemmed glass. Thanks Tom (airfoil) for this one!

A- Pours a dark brown that appears an opaque dark black in the glass. About a finger of beige/mocha head that recedes fairly fast to a thin layer with some floating yeast sediment and leaving some light lacing.

S- Bourbon, light booze, light chocolate, fairly average aroma bourbon-barrel presence, nothing overly exciting but decent overall.

T- Light chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, light booze on finish with a vanilla chocolate finish that lingers for a little bit. Nice balance.

M- Medium bodied, light alcohol burn, smooth, fairly drinkable, slightly thin for a BA stout.

O- This was a decent overall barrel-aged stout. Definitely not the best I've had, but fairly enjoyable. I'd have this again, but I probably wouldn't recommend going out of your way to obtain it.

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of IrishColonial
2/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Auror
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DonFrap
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
1.75/5  rDev -56.8%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of AverageWhiteGuy
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Mister_Joshy
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of MasterSki
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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 bespin15
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of mv945
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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 glitchedmind
1/5  rDev -75.3%

Photo of HopsintheSack
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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 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 MrVonzipper
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Odin's Raven from Alpine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.