Odin's Tipple | HaandBryggeriet

Odin's TippleOdin's Tipple
BA SCORE
4.27/5
556 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#828
Reviews:
256
Ratings:
556
pDev:
10.54%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
144
Gots:
85
Trade:
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Photo of bradfordjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of ScottP
3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of xodin
3.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black, no transparency, and no head. Has a decent piney and floral aroma, with some spice and hints of alcohol. Taste is full bodied and bland, but hits you in the swallow with coffee, roasted malts, and peppery alcohol. While the 11% ABV is impressive, it seems to lack much spirit. The flavor is better than several imperial stouts I have tasted, but I am overall underwhelmed. Though, I should mention that I am not 100% confident in the method of storage used for this brew prior to purchase.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.56/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours pitch black, almost syropy, with a fine layer of head which dissipates almost immediately with no lacing.

S - Chocolate, espresso, vanilla and a hint of earthiness alongside some detectable ABV.

T - This one is intense with the chocolate and coffe coming through on the top and a hint of vanilla on the finish. Very rich and chocolaty with the ABV reasonably well hidden.

M - This one needs a carbonation lift, IMO. It was a tad too thick and a bit more carbonation would've made it much more enjoyable.

O - A tasty Russian Imperial Stout and certainly glad I was able to try it, but I'm not hugely impressed. It's a bold beer and not for the faint of heart, but I've certainly enjoyed other RIS's more than this one in particular.

Edit: I'm inclined to think this one lost some carbonation in its travels, especially given the other ratings on this site; but it is what it is.

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Photo of whitehouse50
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 277

Brewed March 27, 2010

from tasting notes...

A - this could be the definition of black, probably the darkest i've ever seen. The head? it looks like it fell asleep on a tanning bed for too long

S - big roasted burnt malts, slight hint of vanilla

T - noticeably hot with a bite on your tongue, i'm guessing a combo of the carbonation and alcohol. Lots of big roasty flavors, sweet molasses

M/D - full bodied, surprisingly thin for being so dark, but also velvty

Overall this wasn't great, wasn't bad, the alcohol was distinctly present and i felt took away from the roasty sweetness of the beer. I wished the alcohol had mellowed out some more especially since the bottle is 20 months old. At $10 per bottle I'll pass.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pitch black with a minimal brown head. Struggled to get much of a head. Minimal lacing. Thin collar. Love the name and the bottle though.
S: dark dried fruit, bourbon/whiskey, coffee, chocolate, and a bit of funky sourness.
T: all of the above improving as it warms. Syrupy dark sweetness with touches of bitterness, roast, and a sour twang attempting to balance out the residual sugars of the deep dark malts.
M: full and thick but seems a touch watery for the size/style due to the lack of carbonation.
O: worth a try...would love this with some more co2 which is my personal preference. Seemed undercarbonated even allowing for style.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours jet black with a slim creamy chocolate brown head. Looks amazing.

Smell -- Roast malt, bread pudding, toffee, cocoa, sherry, licorice, and mild spices.

Taste -- Toffee, roast malt, spice, malt, cocoa, tart berries, earthy yeast, sherry, and some wet cardboard. Alcohol is quite apparent. Doesn't quite live up to the nose.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability -- It's a very unique RIS, more in line with those from Belgium than the classic English and English-styled versions. Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice, rich RIS from Norway. Jet black with a tight, thin brown head. Coffee-like in looks, and this comes through in the scent as well. Fresh roast coffee, brandy and dark chocolate. A background of raw alcohol is detectable.

Coffee liqueur, dark baker's chocolate, cream and brandy in the taste. Definite alcohol burn that sticks around. This could really shine, but as I work through this, the alcohol really becomes noticeable. It starts to dominate the other flavours.

Good, low carbonation. Hardly even a hiss when I opened the bottle. A bit thinner than I expected, but very smooth and creamy.

A nice RIS, but the alcohol is really powerful. It seems to calm somewhat as it warms, but it is still the dominant taste.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leitmotif
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of claytong
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Exiled
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Casey3236
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reaper16
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500mL bottle - Batch 210, brewed 01/20/09 - served into a tulip

Pours an absolute pitch black. It doesn't appear to sit too heavily in the glass. The head is perhaps the darkest I've ever seen. It is totally a burnt sienna color. It isn't even a single finger in size but it certainly makes an impression.

The aromas explode out of the glass with vigor. Milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, sunken figs (I don't know what that means, but that is what I typed. I think I meant drunken figs), blackberry, stale cocoa powder. The aromas aren't exceptional or original but they are strong and their particular proportions and progressions make for a unique nose.

Right up front you can tell this beer straddles some strange line between Double Stout and Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Lots of sweet dark fruits meets lots of stale roasted flavors. There's booze, too. This doesn't taste like Black Albert, which is to say that Odin's Tipple is not a clear Imperial Stout w/ Belgian yeast flavors. This is straight-up style confusion. Which isn't a bad thing; this beer tastes good. Would that the chocolate tastes be fuller this beer might score higher.

The mouthfeel is nearly too thin for an imperial stout... at first. Miraculously, the beer thickens up with warmth to something suitable. The drinkability is pretty average for the style. The alcohol is up there and you can taste it and the stale chocolate flavors get to be a little too much after a while.

This is a confusing beer. A good one, though. Definitely try it if you see it on the shelves.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of peensteen
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Rutager for the bottle!

Jet black in colour, faint ring of tan head, no lace, even a hard swirl produces any head, lokks fairly still and inky. Smell is full of dark chocolate, big deep roast, anise/liquorice notes with a bit of dark fruit, ends with char and chocolate. Taste of dark chocolate and soy sauce, deeply roasted near burnt malt, mildly astringent, liqorice with darker fruit. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Not bad but the burnt and astringent flavours become a little much after 8oz, solid effort otherwise.

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Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 556 ratings
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