Odin's Tipple

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #52
Ranked #991
4.3 | pDev: 10.47%
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Notes: Odin's Tipple was meant to be a strong beer, but we changed our minds...its still strong but we wont follow the mega strong trend. It should be possible to make great beer without the extreme alcohol potency. Odins Tipple is now approx 11% abv, it’s a dark almost black beer from lots and lots of chocolate malt. Its the malt that contributes the flavor...no added coffee or anything else, Its got a great body without being old engine oil and still very drinkable due to the wild yeast we use. This beer is made with a single strain of wild yeast and the recipe is dead simple.
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Beersnake1 from California

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle tasted at fridge temp (and allowed to warm for a while). Pours motor oil black with almost no head. No noise when I cracked the cap. Nose is straight black licorice, molasses, charred wood, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. The taste is smooth and intense. Tons of black licorice and burnt wood. A bit of walnuts, almonds, bread, blackberries, sponge toffee, and some leather. This is a classic (and amazing) Russian imperial stout. Mouthfeel is crazy thick and creamy. I need more of this in my life.

May 22, 2021
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a small snifter.

A: Inky black pour with a half inch of brown head that settles out after a time. Tiny dots of lacing.

S: Tons of chocolate malt and roast. German chocolate cake and chocolate truffles. Blanket of roast. Chocolate covered espresso beans. Slightly woody. Berry skins, hints of raspberry and black currant. Faint asprin/medicinal quality.

T: Wave of roast up front. Cracked French roast coffee beans, woody, mildly acidic. Lots of bitter dark chocolate. Some chocolate cake buried beneath the roast. Definite estery character of fruit skins- mostly blackberry, plum, and a bit of black currant. Static yeasty note in the background is fairly quiet, but lightly musty and almost a bit medicinal. Quick brush of spicy alcohol. Little bit of oily, balancing hop bitterness with a moderate piney flavor. Finish dries a little with a lot of lingering roast and a kiss of smoke.

M: Full bodied with some heft. Rich, chewy without being sticky, round and silky. Ample but gentle carbonation.

O: A hefty and highly roasty (but well-controlled) imperial stout that has just a faint bit of rustic yeast character. Aside from that bit of unique flair, it's pretty straightforward but also well executed. Definitely worth a look.

Mar 20, 2021
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rawbraves from Colorado

4.86/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle at 48 degrees. Immediately surprised how smooth it is for an Imperial Stout. No real tell tail signs of bitterness. Dangerously smooth at 10%+ ABV. Wish it had a little more of a head to fill the stout glass properly. Would rank in my top 5 of the style and would drink again and again.

Feb 01, 2021
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Best by 5/7/2021"; drank 12/25/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance. An even pour yielded a small tan head; decent lace.

Fresh earth, cream, mild clove & faint berry notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Fresh earth, cream, faint clove & faint berry flavors.

Pretty thin & not real "imperial", but certainly drinkable.

Dec 25, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Pours nearly black and opaque, with a two-finger mottled tan foamy head. The head lingers fairly well than gives way to excellent lacing. Not as viscous as many of the style, but a nice looking brew.

The aromas are somewhat sweet for a true RIS. Chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits all are present on the nose, with booze present as well. Toasted, even charred graininess as well. Herbal notes, and a bit of anise as well. The wild yeast billed by the brewer is definitely present. A bit "off" for the proclaimed style, but very pleasant nonetheless.

The flavor follows the nose--this is a sweet malt bomb relative to the style, at least on the front of the palate, and the wild yeast again delivers. More like an American Imperial in many ways. However, as the brew crosses the rest of the tongue, tobacco, char, toasted/charred grains, dark fruits, and anise/licorice all mix and marry in solid harmony. Just a shade of booze at the finish, but the ABV is well hidden.

The brew has a full bodied feel, but it is just a shade lighter than many others of the style. Almost zero carbonation, and as a result it feels almost chalky at the finish; but definitely not sticky in any way.

This straddles the line between RIS and AIS styles. Charred and flavorful like the former, malty sweet and boozy like the latter. An excellent brew regardless of its classification.

Feb 17, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 11.2oz bottle in a snifter. This decent RIS pours a murky
blackish brown with subtle brown highlights and a decent head of
tan foam that settles to a thick ring, thin light pool, and shows some
scant lacing. Nose of bitter dark chocolate malt and touches of
coffee with tons of char. Flavors follow the nose but exceed with
presentation with a bakers chocolate note that is resoundingly
bitter with a moderate coffee and heavy char. Dark fruit shows
on the rear with some warmth. Decent mouth feel; full body,
smooth, slick, coating, low carbonation, and a char and bitter
malt finish.

A solid little brew.


Feb 15, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Haand Bryggeriet Odin's Tipple Imperial Stout, 10.2% ABV. Pours black with a .33 finger brown head. Nose is faint chocolate and roast malt. Taste is roast malt, and strong bitterness. Decent mouthfeel, overall very good - just not a fan of the bitterness.

Nov 19, 2018
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a goblet from the bottle.

Appearance: Thick brown tinted black body with a thick dark tan head rising roughly a notch above one finger's length.

Smell: Deep smoked malts. Light and definitely an acquired scent.

Taste: Bitter brew and heavy malts with deep hints of smoked hops and sweet brown sugar.

Mouth: Dry feel with full body. Medium carbonation, very fn sticky.

Overall: Good brew, well above average and creates. White distinction of Russian versus American imperial stouts. Happy drinking and always in a glass. Salud!

Jul 14, 2018
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EmperorBevis from England

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet black body with decent enough tan head
Aroma is full on chocolate malt balls with extra cocoa
Flavour is irished up olvaltine malt milk drink
Full bodied

Mar 22, 2018
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DJ-Hophead from England

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, Bottles and Books, Bristol - Pours jet black with a minimal tanned head. Medium carbonation. Aroma - roasted malts - chocolate, coffee, licorice notes. Taste - Roasted malts to the fore, licorice, woody/charry notes, long dry bitter finish. Very well executed and put together RIS.

Feb 24, 2018
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

When I opened it, I was not able to drink it, because of this ashy acrid taste especially in the aftertaste. I prefer chocolate above coffee notes in any dark beer but this goes beyond coffee. It speaks for itself that at the end of the night after a couple of cigarettes, I was able to finish it. I will avoid this in the future

Dec 03, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From 32 Great Power. In Teku glass. Watching House of Cards 1x13-2x01. Everything well balanced, with the alcohol well integrated.As time passes, its bitterness start to increase but without breaking the balanced feeling

Jul 09, 2017
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laketang from Arizona

4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

july 15 B 874 batch
pours super dark brown with a reddish hue and
a typical burnt butter colored rim.
definitely has an anise aroma.
if I get chocolate it's just a hint.
nice licorice and a hint of gingersnap taste
I could see drinking this by a roaring fire in a
hut in the norse countryside in the dead of winter!

Dec 17, 2016
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spacecake9 from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours black with no head, just a tiny ring around the edge.
S - Not a strong aroma. Just a little bit of roasted malt.
T - Flavor is dark and roasty. More cold coffee than dark chocolate.
M - Medium mouth feel, low carbonation.
O - The label calls it a Dark Norse Ale, while BA calls it an RIS. Dark ale seems more like it. I expect more head, stronger aroma and thicker mouth feel with an RIS. A fine beer but nothing special in my book.

Nov 13, 2016
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours darkness in a glass, dark brown 2-finger head, nice retention.
Clean and appropriate smell, full of roasted tones, chocolate, coffee, licorice.
Taste follows the smell plus wood tones.
Full body, mild carbonation.
RIS as it has to be.

Oct 29, 2016
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REDAMI from Ohio

4.86/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 0.5L bottle into Orval chalice.

L-Black molasses pour with dark brown lacing. No head retention.

S-Roasted malts, burnt sugar, chocolate, grain.

T-Chocolate! Cocoa nibs, roasted barley, slight bitterness on the back. Alcohol well hidden.

F-Smooth and dangerous.

This beer may disappear as fast as your sobriety. Not as heavy as many Russian Imperials but better for it. Incredibly balanced and drinkable.

Aug 14, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark chocolate color, opaque, with a small head, some loose cling. Oily looking. Boy, this smells really good. Rich roasted malts, lots of dark chocolate, molasses, some coffee and vanilla. Taste is roasted malts- a little less than the nose, still a lot of dark chocolate, more coffee, molasses, light vanilla, a little yeast. Really smooth for the ABV, full bodied. the taste lingers.

Nothing complex or unique, just wonderfully executed. Roasty and delicious, great chocolate flavor. Have no idea how often this comes around, but even at a very high price point, it's well worth a purchase.

Jul 02, 2016
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calmasahinducow from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

October 2015 batch 906. The label says Dark Norse Ale and I wasn't sure what to expect, but BA labels it as an RIS. For an RIS it's very smoky and I'm not sure it fits the style. That being said, the mouthfeel is fantastic as is the aroma: chocolate, plums and a hint of cherry. Overall this was a delicious beer.

Jun 19, 2016
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Bugs318 from Canada (QC)

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque body topped by a moderate tan head that is fairly creamy. No lacing to speak of.

S: Great coffee aromas. There are hints of cacao and smoke underneath, with a very, very mild fruity quality. No real representation from the wild yeast here or on taste, perhaps outside of this fruitiness.

T: Dominated by roasty cacao notes and coffee, with a bit of licorice and a touch of something I can best describe as mildly astringent smokiness in the finish. It isn't intense, or bad, or even ashy (though it comes close to being almost like the milder astringency of an ashy stout) it is just a little 'rough around the edges' and I think could improve with 6-12 months to smooth those rough corners.

M: Pretty creamy and silky, a bit chewy. Thinner than many an 11% RIS, but far from thin.

O: Somewhat like Lost Abbey Serpent's Stout or Dieu du Ciel! Grande Noirceur, but better than both. Reminiscent (vaguely) of Alchemist Luscious - though in this case not as good. Would love to try a BA version.

Apr 22, 2016
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beergoot from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date: July 15 B 874

Opaque, coal-black body; thick, sticky, tan head. Deep chocolate and roasted grain aroma; sweet with notes of dark, dried fruits; plum. Many flavors mirroring the aroma; hints of sweetness; mild coffee notes; light boozy quality; touch of astringency. Heavy body; smooth; thick; velvety mouthfeel.

Big and balanced dark ale, packed with flavor and character. There is a depth and richness throughout the entire sensory experience. An excellent northern Europe beer offering.

Mar 02, 2016
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Warren2621 from Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Holy Grale in Louisville in a snifter

Look: Completely viscous, with a half finger light tan head with medium dissipation, little lacing

Smell: smokey porky hints with coffee and raisin coming through. Odd considering the "single chocolate malt" description

Taste: Raisin and smoke with some coffee. Very smooth and and deceiving for 11%

Feel: Medium body sipper with a hot alcohol presence.

Overall: Could have convinced me this was a quad with the feel and taste, but was surprised to see it on the menu as an imperial stout

Oct 30, 2015
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Plum black with a thin milk-chocolate-colored head that's slow to build. Intense aroma of plums, chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Thick, almost chewy mouthfeel. The taste is quite smooth, with the aromas nicely blended, and then a slight bitterness on the back end. Like a cross between a doppelbock and a roasty stout. Great beer.

Oct 25, 2015
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 0,5 L bottle into snifter. Stamped "July 15 B 874".
A: Pours a thick, dark black with just a thin skim of dark mocha head that quickly develops and quickly recedes.
S: Chocolate malt, molasses, raisin, vanilla, and hint of cherry.
T: Dark dry chocolate malt (akin to baker's chocolate), dark dried fruit, leather, wood char and smoke, dark cherry, blackberry, vanilla, and a hint of anise.
M: Very smooth (especially for style). Medium-heavy body (drinks lighter than the 11% ABV). Mildly sweet and dry.
D: Definitely an interesting take on the style. At first, I wasn't a huge fan (too much chocolate malt...the balance seemed off). But as the beer warmed, I warmed up to it. So...definitely drink this at the proper temp for best enjoyment. Would pair well with heavier meat fare.

7/31/16 update: Giving this another go...same stamp on this bottle too.
A: Pours a thick, viscous super-dark brown with 1/4 inch dark mocha head that fairly quickly settles to a thin skim. (4.25)
S: Dry dark chocolate, dark cherries, leather, and wood. (3.5)
T: Smooth dark chocolate, molasses, smoked wood, dark dried fruit, leather, and a hint of anise. (4)
M: Surprisingly smooth. Medium-heavy body. Thick and velvety feel. Subtly sweet. Mildly dry throughout. (4)
D: Perhaps has lost a half-step, but still doing quite well after cellaring for almost a year. The chocolate malt has softened (good thing), but some of the softer notes (blackberry and vanilla) are no longer present (not a good thing).

Oct 25, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Curran yesterday, thanks man.

This one pours a fairly deep and dark black, with a small head, and basically no lacing.

Smells like intense charred roastiness, burnt dark fruit, very bitter chocolate, and honestly, earthy mushrooms.

This is a really kind of organic tasting stout. The finish is very bitter, and really reminds of earthy, meaty, mushrooms. This is not a bad thing, just unexpected. Up front is intensely charred roasted malt, some light smoke, wood, very mild dark fruit, and licorice. It's nice to have a stout that doesn't just lean on the usual chocolate and coffee flavors, this one is quite unique in execution.

This is medium bodied, not quite as thick as the 11% ABV would suggest, but still substantial enough. There's a low level of carbonation.

A really unique and fairly tasty stout here.

Oct 09, 2015
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khmel from Ukraine

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is fantastic. It pours a truly opaque, silky oil-black with a small, dark brown head that quickly dissipates. The smell is delicious with notes of rye, smokey chocolate and perhaps a hint of prune (?). But it's the balanced taste that marks this as one of the best Russian imperial stouts on the planet in my mind. Rye and oak up front with dark malt and maybe even a little bourbon in the middle. Lots of bitter chocolate in the finish with just a tint of hops. Really excellent. The mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, though not as slippery or thick as some executions of the style. All around a fantastic beer from Norway. Odin would be proud.

Aug 12, 2015
Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 586 ratings