Odin's Tipple | HaandBryggeriet

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Odin's TippleOdin's Tipple
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet
Norway
haandbryggeriet.net

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.

Added by popery on 06-02-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
555
Reviews:
256
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.56%
 
 
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1/5  rDev -76.5%

Photo of ahbithwabm
1.5/5  rDev -64.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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2/5  rDev -53.1%

Photo of heygeebee
2.16/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From Platinum Cellars. Bottled 6/11. Batch 376.

Pours jet black and oily out of the bottle, and... Flat. Oh dear. Not good. No lacing no film.

Aromas are muted, licorice, roasts.

Taste is the same, but really missing a whole lot. Moderate roasts moderate chocolate.

Mouthfeel is, well,you can guess, understated. Medium to heavyweight, oily, cloying.

Really, I don't want to pan this but a flat aged RIS is a worry, and does no one any favours. And expensive...

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Photo of corby112
2.52/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours pitch black with a minuscule mocha colored head that immediately disappears leaving no lacing.

Sweet, slightly roasted aroma with lots of dark malt and booze. Hints of chocolate cake, coffee and oatmeal along with slight vinous fruit character. The chocolate-y malt character is nice but the strong alcohol overwhelms it a bit.

Medium bodied with very little carbonation making it almost flat. Extremely sweet with lots of booze, chocolate malt and dark fruit. Subtle peppery spice up front followed by a sweet, slightly roasted malt flavor with hints of chocolate, coffee and toast. Toward the end of the palate there is a vinous dark fruit presence. All of this is overpowered by a really prominent boozy sweetness. Not really hot but cloying sweet and dry.

I've been looking forward to trying this beer for a while but it was a pretty big disappointment. Hardly any carbonation to speak of and overwhelmingly boozy. Not really complex or interesting. I forced myself to drink half of the bottle and dumped the rest.

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Photo of PaterMorse
2.6/5  rDev -39%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I'm happy to shrug off the "sissy" label; but this was just over the top. I acknowledge that some folks prefer Russian Imperial Stouts; I simply enjoy sampling them now and again. To me, the line for this beer is between those who drank Jagermeister in their younger days because it was a quick buzz and those who sipped it because it was enjoyably tasty. I was the former...

A: One of the best looking stouts I've sean. Pours flat-out black. Dark brown head with redddish hues. Gorgeous! Gone too quickly, but leaves a nice "tan on black" centered massing of lace. As dark, thick & syrupy as any stout I've ever seen. A+

S: Licorice. Jagermeister. Fruit (cherries) & spice. On second pour, chocolate notes in the head; but then back to Jagermeister.

T: Wow! Neck-snapper, nose clearer, throat burner. Packs a wallop, with some real heat to it. Unfortunately, the heat's not just in the taste (as with the Tyranena Benji's Smoked Imperial Porter); it's also in the mouth and down the hatch.

M: Creamy, full body.

O: Again, this obviously gets good marks; and I'd like to be in the "cool club" of those who claim "World Class" status... But I'll just be the lame kid in the corner who sheepishly (but candidly) proclaims: "This wasn't too enjoyable..."

Repeat? Maybe a pint or two to serve when with friends sampling different RIS pours -- purely for comparision. But I'd never choose it again on personal preference (just like I wouldn't actually say, "Yes, I'd really love a Jagermeister for its taste...").

Two Words: "Rocket Fuel" or "Jagermeister Lite"

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Photo of MAB
2.6/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I guess I'm the wet blanket here, but I didn't particularly like or enjoy this beer. I'm a stout fan, even imperial stouts, but this was way too much like cold coffee for my tastes.
The color is Black. Not dark brown; black. Like oil. You can't see any light through it.
It pours as a thick liquid, too. Not quite syrup, but obviously thick.
Very little aroma, other than the roasted barley.
The taste is all coffee and I'm not a fan of coffee, hot or cold.
The mouthfeel was odd. Cloying is about the only way I can think to describe it.

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2.96/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark bubbly head with almost no retention. Aroma of black chocolate and lactose notes are quite dominant with some warming alcohol that can also be easily detected. Taste is also dominated by huge black chocolates notes with some sweet notes reminiscent of lactose and some fusel alcohol notes which are not the most pleasant. Body is full with engine oil texture with almost zero carbonation and a ton of alcohol was easily noticeable. Definitely sub-par with way too much alcohol noticeable and some what gross sweet notes.

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3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of bvermilion
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -29.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to psiweaver for this one by way of IS BIF 2. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Viscous pour yields a massive, 3.5 finger, dense, dark mocha colored head with annoyingly good retention. Beer is opaque black. Lacing is chunky but sparse with average cling.

S: Nose tells me straight away that this one is a booze bomb. Chocolate, liquorice, raisins, prunes, and caramel are detectable but there's a significant amount of alcohol covering the aromas. A bit one-dimensional.

T: Boozy upfront with plums, chocolate, and cocoa in the back. Burnt malt bitterness and liquorice comes through a bit towards the middle but fades quickly and subtely. Sweet and fruity at the finish with a dark fruit and cocoa aftertastse.

M: Medium bodied and a bit too carbonated for my liking. Rather smooth and oily going down but I can taste all 11% of this one. Finish is messy and aftertaste lingers.

D: A real middle of the road RIS. A bit too boozy and hot in my opinion and way overcarbonated. The flavor is there, but its masked by all the alcohol. There are better offerings out there for this style.

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3.21/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Deep brown and richly dense head crowning a near jet black body; viscous pour and characteristically clingy Brussels lacing.

Caramel laced cherries and rubbing alcohol pinned beneath roasted barley on the nose; some band-aid phenolic scents as well.

Creamy and tongue coating, with a higher than expected level of carbonation that keeps the body on the more medium side.

The major fault with this beer is the alcohol content. It is just way too overpowering, and swallows up the majority of the more subtle flavors. Leaves behind almost a muted, roasted chocolate flavor. The beer isn't astringent, nor is it too sweet, so those are a couple of pluses. All in all, I think this beer would be much better weighing in around 8% fresh or after several years of aging.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Whole thing into one glass. Nice. Batch 297. Brewed 6/30/2010

Appearance - Vigorously dumped into the glass with a slight mocha head that settles to nothing at all. It's dark. That's about it.

Smell - Alcohol burn in the nostrils as I search for flavors. Definite hop presence about it. Dark roast takes a back seat to hops and booze. It's actually a bit discomforting to take big whiffs of it.

Taste - It is tasty, though. Chocolate malts are most predominant. Deeper roasted malts seem lost here. Molasses sweetness that doesn't really build into anything cloying. Hop flavor builds into a grassy bitter finish that thins out the flavors. The combination with a really boozy finish kinda kills the endgame of this beer, but it's a vast improvement over the alcohol-ridden smell.

Mouthfeel - It's not really that tough to drink, considering the hoppiness and bitterness, but it's not easy. Boozy burn in the finish with a warming sensation. A little thin feeling despite that I can't imagine this thing is low in final gravity.

Overall - The size of this stout works against it. Where's the roasty flavors? A lot of the characteristics I'm looking for are completely lost in the alcohol and hops. They're all there, but masked by sugars and fermented sugars.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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