Odin's Tipple | HaandBryggeriet

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Odin's TippleOdin's Tipple

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Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A most impressive Stout; maybe labeled as a Russian Imperial but it shares some similarities with Tropical Stouts and Foreign Export Stouts. Yes, you gotta like a bit of a sweeter Stout.

A very dark, viscous, and creamy pour lands in the chalice and soon builds a medium brown head that retains well but does eventually succumb to the weight and alcohol of the beer. Showing sticky legging, this is proving to be a complicated session.

Roast and malty-sweet sugars lead the way in aroma. Caramels and milk sugars give a huge base that the chocolates and coffees have a trouble to overcome. Vanilla and toffee also make their way into the aromatic mix.

Very sweetly flavored with molasses, toffee, brown sugar, and lactose. But a big rebuttal of cocoa, espresso, and dry roast strive to balance the beer but ultimately fall a bit short- leaving the beer sweeter and richer. Light elements of char and smoke also make their way into the finish as the beer warms.

The body of the beer is decidedly full, rich, and robust. ...and despite the roast character and alcoholic warmth, the beer remains on the sugary side with a long linger of roast, toffee, and coffee.

With all the nuances of 'does this beer do what it should per style', I list a lot of criticism of the beer. But in reality the beer has a remarkable balance and power that cannot be denied. It's a wonderful beer that I could enjoy on every occasion in which it is available. A true joy to drink.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of THSmusicman
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of okono
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 210. Motor oil black with the single darkest crown of milk chocolate colored foam in the history of stout. The head is crackly and unsticky, though, and doesn't look great as it descends. No lace is a significant negative too.

The nose delivers loads of dark chocolate and has an interesting and unexpected tang of wild yeast. Check that. It *was* expected because I read the brewery's English website before cracking the crown. Actually, it smells like this big brew was aged in barrels that previously held Islay Scotch, thanks to a pleasing background peaty sourness.

Odin's Tipple is not your typical Russian Imperial stout. It is, however, thunderously tasty beer that blasts the taste buds into blissful oblivion with power and complexity each time the glass is upended. Who cares what the beer looks like if it tastes this incredible.

The key to its success is plenty of the blackest malts and, especially, the masterstroke of using some variety of wild yeast (probably not Brettanomyces). Specific flavors include high-cacao bittersweet chocolate, chicory coffee, blackstrap molasses, loads of black licorice, two puffs of smoke, and a wee dram of Lagavulin 16 year old Scotch whisky.

The body/mouthfeel started out as if it belonged on a slightly smaller beer. With warming it has become whipping cream smooth and crushed velvety plush. More full and more sappy-sticky wouldn't have worked as well. What a treat for the senses this is.

Prior to this morning, Dark Force was my favorite HaandBryggeriet offering. I would have to review them side-by-side to be sure, but it looks like Odin's Tipple has vaulted into the top spot with room to spare. By the gods, this is a great tipple!

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Photo of popery
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at City Beer Store, San Francisco. Batch #210. Brewed 20.01.09.

This is a big imperial stout brewed by the Norse HaandBryggeriet and recently bottled for the first time (or so I've read). They call it a Dark Norse Ale and brewed it with Brettanomyces clausenii, lending a sour flavor unique to imperial stouts, in my experience.

The beer pours opaquely black with a dark brown head. It's one of the darkest heads that I've ever seen on a beer.

HaandBryggeriet nailed the imperial stout aroma. There are richly roasted malt notes of chocolate and coffee. Alcohol rears its head a bit, but it's a welcome addition on a big beer. There is a touch of oakiness that you pick up in the nose more after you taste it. Some sort of hoppiness is lurking underneath, but it's definitely not the star of the show. The brett doesn't really emerge in the aroma; the other smells are probably a bit too strong and rich for its relatively delicate character. That said, it really nails imperial stout for my money. I imagine it will grow a bit more floral and fruity as time passes for a cellared bottle. Dark stone fruits, plums, cherries, lurk beneath the waves of roasted malt.

The flavor is deep, dark and interesting. The roasted malt is strong and rich. There are notes of bitter, oily coffee beans, dark chocolate and burnt caramel. I believe that the beer is aged on oak (as are many of the beers from this brewer) as there is an apparent oaken dryness that screams fancy Russian Imperial Stout. The brett brings everything together with a round, fruity sourness that shines through the high alcohol content. It's not a strong brett flavor, but it's there and it's very interesting in the big, delicious stout. I can imagine this beer aging incredibly as sweet, dark stone fruit flavors develop from the roasted malt and complex yeast. The alcohol will calm down a bit, as it is still drinking a bit hot. Clearly, the alcohol presence didn't take away from my enjoyment of the beer.

The feel is a bit rough on the palate, but it will mellow and it's such a great, big flavor that I'm willing to forgive the current faults. The drinkability will also improve for similar reasons. I wish that I could afford a case of this beer for the cellar. This is a phenomenal beer. If you see it, tough out the price and grab some bottles. A big, delicious imperial stout brewed with brett sounds like a lock for aging.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle purchased in a snow storm by my beautiful wife in Lousiville, at the Louisville Beer Store.

Pours jet black with a thick mocha head. The lacing is luxurious, viscous and oily. The taste changes dramatically as it warms, as is true with any grand brew. It's almost smokey to a fault when cold but warm, tobacco in a glass. Lots of earth and some dark cordial cherry without the overt sweetness. The mouthfeel is slick up front with a very bitter finish. One hell of a great beer that I'd enjoy pairing with something sweet and tart in the future, a cobler perhaps? Gr8 brew. Thanks Chez!

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Photo of ElGordo
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Mauite snifter. Body is a thick, deep black with some chestnut highlights, topped by a small, creamy dark brown head. Aroma of rich dark malt, notes of chocolate and mocha, along with a whiff of peat smoke.
Palate is full of rich, dark malt, with a ton of dark fruit notes up front (prune and raisin). Notes of dark chocolate, mocha, peat, and a hint of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Body is creamy and luscious, an absolute pleasure to drink. This is definitely a slow-sipper, but is well-crafted enough to justify its premium pricetag. A hat tip to the Norwegians for turning out such a tasty offering.

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Photo of trygger87
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this stuff in SF CA.
Beer pours a solid black with no head but there is carbonation. The smell is of fine dark rum with a very malty back bone. Flavor is deep, with dark booze soaked fruits hitting you first followed by an almost sherry like quality. Mouth feel is pretty dry for such a big beer, but it still lingers. Drinkability is really good considering its 11 percent. I would buy this one again!

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Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this gem thanks to roopy40. Poured into oversized DFH snifter.

A: Poured super thick, like motor oil, almost pitch black color with touch of brown haze, really dark brown almost dark chocolate colored thick head about 1 finger that has great retention, not sure if I should pour this into my car or use it to suck the souls from the unworthy, as I take a sip or two I watch the brown frothy head dance and swirl around the black lake below, it's hypnotizing

N: I could smell this thing from the pour a furlong away, chocolate and roasted malts just bellow from the abyss, slight dark sweet fruits tickle the nose giving way for hints of sweetness soon to come

T: After nosing this thing for about 10 minutes I finally decided to sip this luscious beauty, starts with lots of chocolate and roasted malts, as expected, i can feel the color being sucked from my tongue as the beer blankets it, lots of spice flavors and earthy char come through, this is actually really spicey surprisingly, while I'm chewing this trying to swallow its leaving a dry bitter earthy taste around, and on the back of the throat as it goes down, lots of alcohol also warm and burn a little too much in fact.

M: Incredibly thick and chewy, it really makes me feel like this just came fresh from my engine block, super spicey as well, leaves a big thick frothy brown syrupy remnants on the side of the glass

F: It leaves a cold vacant feeling on the mouth as the sweet thickness dries out very quick and leaves a spicey feeling on the tongue and back of the throat... almost as if my mouth was just burned out with dry ice made from the souls of pygmies

Final thoughts: Wow, this is a super thick chocolate and roasted malt bomb with lots of spicey flavors that actually kinda burn, lots of alcohol and earthy char. Felt like this thing came straight out of a Tim Burton movie, super dark and spicey, slow to enjoy, a little confusing but mesmerizing. Long sipper but very enjoyable.

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Photo of wnh
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous, jet black topped by a brick-red-tinted dark tan head. Perhaps the most beautiful head I've seen on a beer.

Aromas of char and smoke up front, followed by crusty slightly overcooked brownies, deep earthy molasses, toasted nuts, and an oak-like sweetness. Delicious.

Deep and complex on the palate, with charred oak, alcohol, roasted and burnt grain, chocolate, and on and on. Thick and viscous, mouthcoating. Long lingering roasty bitterness. Heavy and contemplative, and certainly a sipper.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After a frostier than expected night out with friends, enjoying Louisiana-styled home-cookin' and averting our eyes from another crap-tastic Blazers defeat, decided on a sipper to conclude the evening. Talk of the Kevin Durant/Greg Oden miss and the current sad state of the team may have played a part in snagging the "Odin's Tipple" from the chilly depths of the cellar. Close enough...

An 0,5L bottle (Batch 277, Brewed 27.03.10) poured to a snifter. A pick-up from Beaumont Market a little while back.

A: A slurry of blackness dumps from the bottle, extinguishing all traces of light: a marvel in the dark arts...of brewing. Capped by a crackling foam pile, a full finger high of rust-tinted sienna. Despite ebbing a little too quickly, the end result is a clinging ring and freckled half-covering of silky cream. Speckles of lace try in vain to stick, ultimately being pulled back to the murky depths.

S: Chambord and vanilla-laced coffee liqueur and slightly tangy cacao are all present. Strength is very good, fusel fumes are maybe a little too revealing.

T: Rich chocolate cake and earthy blackberries explode right away. Plenty of ground chocolate bar, spicy and musty bittersweetness. Woody char matches brief moments of oatmeal sugars. Muddy dark fudge and dry pepper dashes in the finish. Yeah, there's a little booziness here, but Oh, good god (of Norse mythology) this is delicious!

M: Each sip evolves: a spry effervescence enlivens the tongue; just as quickly, a soothing warmth begins to simmer. Coating begins squarely in the middle of the mouth, creeping outward, grabbing the cheeks, enveloping the teeth with a fine grit. Think espresso, or a fine french press, here: it's thick without being sticky or syrupy whatsoever and lingers for an eternity. Exceptional.

D: There's no getting around a tingly glow and a thickening heaviness, but this a 'wow' beer in just about every way. I'm not really surprised, as much of what I've tried from HaandBryggeriet has been wonderful, but this takes it to another level. At 8 months since bottling, I'm in love now. Could it get better? Time will tell, because I'm buying more. Highly recommended.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like used motor oil, this comes spewing out of the bottle. Vigorously poured, it produces about a small fingers worth of mocha head that dissipates to a creamy, thin layer.

Huge burnt and roasted malt notes pour out on the nose, with ample chocolate, coffee, currents, dark fruits, and molasses.

Bittersweet dark chocolate, milk chocolate, espresso, lactose, sweet fruit notes, roasted, slightly charred. Wow. This is up there among my favorite RIS's now...

Full bodied, creamy, coating and chewy. Very low carbonation.

Overall, this is definitely a stellar RIS! Drinkability is great: Little to no alcohol is noticeable, expect for the warm feeling you get in your belly after some sips. I think I'll have to go buy up the rest at the store!

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been gloomy and cold all day today, with this on and off drizzle, so I find myself in the mood for a stout. Tonight I'm having Odin's Tipple. I found this on an excursion a few months back. I'm a big fan of Norse mythology, so when I saw a beer by the name of Odin's Tipple, billing itself as a "Strong Norse Ale" I just had to check it out. I've had some of Haandbryggeriet's other beers, namely the Dark Force Stout. This is batch 210, brewed on January 20th of 2009, so it should be sufficiently aged. I'm using a snifter glass for the occasion, as I suspect the 11% abv means that this will be a classic example of a sipping beer, as all proper Russian Imperial Stouts should be. Pours black, pretty much pitch black, with a coffee foam head leaving decent lacing. Aroma is roasted dark chocolate tinged with black licorice. Actually, the more I smell it the more that's all I get - black licorice. Interesting. First taste is a punch in the mouth. Huge billowing roasted chocolate up front with an even bigger alcohol bite at the end. Pronounced warming in the chest as it goes down. Dang, this thing is good but it packs a serious punch. Second drink, more of a sip, is more of the same. Roasted raisin hits the tongue first, bittersweet chocolate finishes. I feel like there's some hints of orange in this, which works very well with the huge chocolate flavors going on. I'm partial to the Russian Imperial Stout as a style anyway, but this is right up there with some of my other favorites. The big roasted and chocolate flavors really make this winner on a rainy night like tonight.

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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint glass. Had a jet black color and a totally opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A big, strong aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee - all the good things in a Russian Imperial Stout.

T: Tasted like it smelled. Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and even a little smokiness to it. Very well balanced.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: An incredibly drinkable stout. Well made, easy to drink.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L poured into a snifter

A- Pours pitch black like dirty motor oil. Insanely dark beer and one of the darkers brown heads I have ever seen on a beer. A surprisingly large head with good retention. Intense alcohol legs. A sight for sore Eyes.

S- Super roasty. A pungent dryness on the nose. A refreshing, strong bitterness to compliment the intense roasted notes. A massive dark chocolate and burnt caramel. A touch of smoke and yeast.

T- A massively roasty beer. A pungent burnt dryness on the tongue. A strong lingering bitterness that helps balance. A lot of smoke and ash in this beer. Deep down there is a hint of a dark fruit and cherry pit. A burnt caramel and leathery taste. A manly tasting and massively roasty RIS.

M- Thick. A bit high on the bitterness and carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden and taste but is there in feel.

O- This is a fantastic RIS. One of the best non barrel aged stouts I have had. Great stuff.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 297 30.06.10 (6/30/10 perhaps?)

I curse you Jimmy J. I curse you for being such a good guy and BA member. Most of all, I curse you for finding this great beer before me. Draught2012, brought this beer over for a tasting a few months ago and while I had heard of the brewer, the beer itself was unknown to me. 25% into the glass I was already cursing Jimmy. How dare he find this gem before me?…… I kid, I kid. Thanks much Jimmy. What a great beer. So glad to sit and actually post a review based on the additional bottle you brought for me.

Not much of a head on the beer, just a light bronze foam that stays for a while and retreats to a thin film across the top of the liquid. Black, Black, and more black. No light, no how. No lace either.

Black Licorice, Brown sugar. Back and forth, back and forth. I thought of Black Sambuca for a moment.

Wow, this is just a wonderful beer. It starts of as really nice and gets better as it opens up. There is simplicity to its complexity. But it works. A spicy brown sugar that is soon revealed as black licorice or anise. A slight note of cocoa in the background and almost a warmth from a certain type of pepper.. Perhaps Ancho chile. Not spicy, but a warming heat. On the other hand, almost a cooling menthol affect in the aftertaste. As it warms more dark fruit comes out and reveals itself.

The body is a touch light for my personal preference, but the flavor makes up for it. A touch slick. The carbonation is a slight as possible while still being called carbonation.

This is a beer that continues to evolve as you work your way through the glass. I love this complexity more than most single flavor components. I say that it’s a beer you can play in while you work through the glass.

I curse you Jimmy J! ;-) You need to try this beer.

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Photo of Merlin68
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AdamSteve
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fatehunter
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Black in the pour and black in the glass. Only a little head, but it's black too.

Powerful smell of burnt malt, molasses and brown sugar.

Bold tasting with waves of flavor. First burnt wood and molasses. Second a burnt sweetness, touch of bitterness and then alcohol.

Texture of tar, sticky and alcohol heat. No carbonation, heavy body.

My words don't do it justice. It is simply amazingly complex.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, dark brown with a nice little head that disappates quickly.

The scent is subtle but holds some sweet malt and caramel textures.

The taste is sublime...burnt malts but a nice sweet malt character. A touch of chocolate but stronger caramel notes its sweet yet stout. The burnt malt character acts as a backbone but its offset with the sweet caramel that makes this a fine, fine ale.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours the classic deep ebony colour with atanned head that retains well

S - Nice dark chocolate and hazelnut aromas from the bottle. Once poured becomes more boozy with a little expresso.

T - Up front some nice vanilla flavours, before some nice old coffee flavours kick in with some dark chocolate. The flavour is delicate and well balanced. A little roasted hazelnut on the finish and no sign of the 11%.

M - Full body with low carbonation that makes for a very smooth drop.

O - Loved this beer. And will definitely have more. The balance in this brew is very impressive. A little sweet, a little roast, a little booze, little choc, coffee etc etc. Not at all hot and well worth the money.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(4.0) A: Dark reddish-brown (near black) with a tall dark mocha coloured head. Pours thick and heavy. Head slowly recedes to a thin blanket while leaving faint lacing.

(4.5) S: Dark chocolate, orange-banana, espresso, vanilla, and dark fruits (dates, cherries, raisins). This is very enticing with a more fruitier aroma that compliments the roast malt elements real nicely (chocolate orange-ish but better). Hint of bourbon like booze.

(4.5) T: Dark cocoa, rich caramel, dark fruits, tropical and citrus fruits, and vanilla. Diverse flavours including a varied mix of fruits (tropical, citrus, dark) and a smoky bourbon-like boozy quality that comes across quite smooth. Outstanding.

(4.25) M: Full bodied would be an understatement. Moderate carbonation. Slick with a semi-chalky and chewy texture.

(4.25) D: This is great and now wishing I picked up additional bottles. The varied fruit and roasted malt profile are standout attributes coupled with the great smooth and velvety nature of this.

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Photo of DIM
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This had a black body and poured with one of the darkest brown heads I've seen.

s: Intense and unique nose on this. I found plenty of strong, roasty cocoa. While nice, that isn't the unique part. The intentional sourness and light smoke is what sets this apart. There are dark fruit elements to the sourness which isn't all that rare in stouts. But there is something else here that isn't common and its very difficult to describe. Its kind of a musty, sour peatiness.

t: This is every bit as good as the smell would suggest. I tasted lots of rich, dark chocolate accented by unusual notes smokey char and musty, dark fruits. I didn't taste as mush sourness as I smelled, but the finish was a combination of strong roast and sour grain.

m: Not as full-bodied as I would have liked, with fizzy carbonation.

d: Absolutely unique and beyond my ability to describe. I loved this one.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown black color with a decent brown head and some lacing

S-dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, dark malt, hint of smoke

T-chocolate, espresso, plums, raisins, dark roasted malt, light char, mild to moderate bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-great flavor and depth in this RIS and savored this one thoroughly

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Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
4.26 out of 5 based on 552 ratings.
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