Bourbon Barrel-Aged Odin's Raven - Alpine Beer Company
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3.03/5 rDev -24.8%
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.
03-11-2012 06:01:56 | More by DovaliHops
3.23/5 rDev -19.9%
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.
03-08-2012 03:52:22 | More by gford217
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
02-25-2012 20:22:20 | More by ZX6Chris
3.83/5 rDev -5%
into 25cl glass. Thanks to nogidrew86 for this!
Pours a little low-carbed, but still some nice bubbles. creamy head settles to the outside of the glass. Lots of dark fruit and roasted malt. Almost a twang of tartness, very slight though. Sweet bourbon in the nose and taste. Not a ton of bourbon flavor, but I like it. Roast is heavy. Mouthfeel is soft- low carbonation, but still enough to work for the beer. Beer is a little hot but I like a bold beer sometimes. Easy to down the bottle, worth seeking out. I enjoyed this one over about an hour's time.
01-08-2012 02:58:50 | More by ShogoKawada
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
01-04-2012 20:24:55 | More by mdfb79
District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
01-03-2012 00:11:04 | More by Huhzubendah
3.9/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
01-02-2012 23:56:41 | More by Thorpe429
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
12-23-2011 13:42:04 | More by camil1mj
4.88/5 rDev +21.1%
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
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
11-17-2011 17:16:27 | More by yourefragile
2.98/5 rDev -26.1%
Enjoyed blind. Pours black with some cocoa foam. Looks the part. The nose is cocoa, roasted malt, coffee with very minimal barrel influence of oak, vanilla and bourbon. Knowing the pool of beers this came from, I knew immediately what it was from sipping it. Diacetyl strikes Alpine again. Butterscotch and artificial butter flavor layer on top of the cocoa, roasted malt, mild vanilla and bourbon. Not boozy. Moderate mouthfeel and carbonation with a somewhat slick, oily texture. Overall, this beer would have been decent, but not great (B/B+) without the diacetyl off-flavor. With it, it is a let down. I love Alpine a ton, but they need to get this under control.
11-14-2011 18:07:10 | More by seeswo
4.03/5 rDev 0%
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.
11-13-2011 19:56:47 | More by BrewtifulMind
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Odin's Raven from Alpine Beer Company
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