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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:
#829
Reviews:
257
Ratings:
562
pDev:
10.54%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of SawDog505
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz snifter. Pours a viscous black, with a two inch mocha head, that leaves nice lace behind. Smell is licorice, dark fruit, tobacco, smoke, roasted coffee beans, and dark chocolate. Taste is all of that, as aggressive as the nose, loads of tobacco, extremely complex, vanilla, molasses seep in, and some warming alcohol in the finish. Body is chewy but smooth, perfect amount of life for the style, dry, and a sipper that goes down a touch fast because of the different flavors you pick up from every sip. One of the most complex stouts I have ever had, but that doesn't mean I love every flavor I get.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, charcoal, dark fruit licorice, oak and coffee. Palate was full bodied and smooth with a dry warming finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, oak, dark fruit, roasted malt, light licorice and light coffee with a smooth dry warming lingering fruity finish.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Russian imperial stout from a Norwegian brewer – now that is something I’ve never come across until now. Their Flanders Oud Bruin was incredible, so I have high hopes for this “Dark Norse Ale.”

A: My god, that is the darkest beer I have ever seen. Pours like motor oil, sludgy and black, with nothing but tiny, momentary bubbles for a head – and even those are a deep, chestnut brown. Tiny circles of lacing.

S: Dark chocolate aromas swell maddeningly from the body: bittersweet, savory scents that one could only describe as rich. As with many great Russian imperial stouts, there’s a bold scent of oaky alcohol that brings this nose to a powerful height, accompanied by a deep, earthy fruitiness. Espresso, tobacco, fig, black currant, char, malted milk, and decadent honey scents abound. Invitingly smoky toward the end.

T: POWER in a glass – what a drink. It builds slowly and carefully, tasting first of mild, nutty earthiness: cinnamon-roasted almonds, raisin, hazelnut, and smooth oak. Nutty umami tastes, mainly. Then, with a surge of intensity, there’s bitter cacao, stinging alcohol, leafy hops, fiery pepper, and pure cinnamon powder. And as soon as the spice hits, it’s gone, fleeing the palate with such haste that it makes you wonder how the brewer did it. Wow. The aftertaste is thick and chocolaty, leaving residual sugars on the tongue so long that it’s nearly all you remember after it’s gone (almost like it had been brewed with lactose sugar). Touch of alcoholic dryness lingers, as well, with a mighty layer of smoke.

M: This beer has almost no carbonation and, with such a thick body, comes out with the consistency of milk. It’s not all that bad, but it does get hard to handle after half the bottle is gone. Make this an hour-long sipper, folks.

O: Another astounding beer from this brewer – it really is a brew fit for a Norse god. Strong and complex, there’s really nothing more you could ask for in a Russian imperial stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Damian
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt .9 fl oz bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Batch 210
Brewed 20.01.09
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a super viscous and oily, absolute pitch black. Dark as midnight with a deep, reddish-tan film of froth that faded to a thick, lasting ring.

The aroma was rich, smooth and potent. Nicely balanced between a roasty, smoky, coffee-like presence and a robust sweetness. The sweetness was a mix of molasses, brown sugar and stone fruits. Dark chocolate notes also came through strong. An oaky, bourbon-like alcohol kick was noticeable as well.

Lots of roast, char and bakers chocolate notes came through in the flavor profile. Definitely a bit more untamed than the nose. Plums and raisins were apparent. Some brown sugar, vanilla and licorice appeared as well. Espresso and tobacco notes were detectible. Smoky with a slightly ashy quality. The finish was a bit harsh. It started out quite tinny and soon turned a touch boozy and acrid.

The mouthfeel was the only real letdown of this beer. It was smooth and moderately creamy yet thinner than expected. The prickly, bubbly effervescence was a bit distracting as well.

Drinkability was notable considering the 11% ABV. This beer buried its alcohol quite well.

Despite the steep price tag (I paid nearly $11 for my bottle) I definitely enjoyed Odin's Tipple. I did however feel that this bottle seemed somewhat young (even though it was close to two years old at the time of consumption). If I had another chance, I might choose to put a bit more age on it.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a tall 500 ml brown bottle. Best before 03.12.14, and this is batch 329. Pours out opaque pitch black on colour, foamy deep mocha head that retains for a few minutes and then settles to nothing.

Peaty Whisky, cocoa, molasses, licorice, coffee grounds and Kaluha, and soft rounded roasted malt. Very enticing!

Only 3 sips in and this is one of the best RIP's I've ever tried. Sweet, almost sticky alcohol up front, cocoa and licorice, molasses and a blast of alcohol warmth in the middle, with tiramisu, dark dried fruit, coffee and rounded roasted malt on the finish. Quite the mouthfull!

Full-bodied mouthfeel, slick and slippery smooth texture, low carbonation.

Well then, gets a little overwhelming after a while with a pint sized sample, and this stuff delivers the goods all the way. It certainly doesn't hide the alcohol content but incorporates it very well into the overall character and package. As mentioned above, probably one of the best of the style I've ever tried, this is definitely worth seeking out. I'll be going back for more.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a ridiculously inky, jet black with a small milk chocolate brown head that fizzles out after a couple minutes. This beer looks evil. Smells roasty, charr, bittersweet chocolate, anise, black cherries, alcohol fumes. Taste is huge and deeply complex. Starts off with huge ripe dark fruits, figs, raisins up front and then melds into this amazing roasty, burnt charr flavor with a smokiness that I would associate with peat, and some anise....this finish is LOOONG. God, viscous mouthfeel but not as heavy as I would have thought, judging by the look of it...perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Semi-dry finish. This is truly a phenomenal beer. A good RIS is typically a "man's beer" but this is a man's RIS. Holy crap!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

batch 210 Brewed on 1/20/09

Total darkness=void of any light with a fizzy dark-brown head and falls a bit with long retention thereafter. This one has an aged, heavy look, oily for sure.

Dankest dark chocolate malt, cocoa, all-spice, herbs, earhty wheat, brown sugar, "Chunky" candy bar, vanilla and some marshmellow's and creamy espresso.

A full and thick beast, a true heavy weight with roastie malt complexity, roasty nuts, chocolate bars but a very mellow, bitter chocolate, not very sweet and with a herbal edge. The hops provide a rightous earthy, dry effect that only come off slightly bitter and is in perfect balance. Malty complexity is huge, roastie, flat chocolate, i could use a hit of sweetness and it lacks the bark berries and fruity edge that i love so much when it appears in huge stouts. Oh well, can't have everything! graham cracker's and dried charred wheat pop out later with even more earthiness from the hops. The heat comes off pretty hot and tingly and it adds a bit o depth and respect. The feel is also chalky, slick, heavy and hot.

lay this beast down for a year or so, it should mature really well!

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Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 210 bottled 20-01-09.

500 mL brown bottle served cool into my Watou glass.

Odin's Tipple is inky black with only a touch of light coming through during the pour. The head might be the darkest I've ever seen but it's short-lived and doesn't leave much lace behind.

Aroma is unusal but pleasant. It's boozy, fruity, and lacks in the areas that most American versions would be most abundant - roasty and hoppy. Sweetness in vanilla and cherries is very nice.

Flavor is exceptionally strong. All of the sudden the roast is at the forefront. Huge dark malt flavor with espresso roast coffee beans and a bit of dark chocolate. Lots of bitterness but it doesn't seem to be from hops. Just huge in every respect.

Mouthfeel is full in body and moderate carbonation, the latter being slightly too much in my opinion. The alcohol certainly makes itself known but it falls short of being hot, thankfully.

Basically a big badass stout. I've had many an imperial/double/RIS in my day but this one is so over-the-top in flavor it's ridiculous. A slow sipper for sure and one that must be on every stout fan's short list of beers to seek out.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black color that pours like slick motor oil. Only a tiny head, but man is it dark, dark caramel brown. Foamy and bubbly head. Doesn't have great retention, but a nice thin lace left.

S - Amazing aroma that is complex, mouthwatering and overall wonderful. Slightly burnt molasses, tons of anise and some tart vinous aroma. A nice peaty, Islay, and oaky aroma also shows up. There's roasted malt and dark chocolate in there as well just as you would expect. Very intriguing, inviting and complex; can't wait to try it now.

T - A bit more chocolately/brownie flavor than the nose suggested but the burnt molasses/caramel and tart dark fruit and anise/licorice still is stronger than the chocolate and roasted malt. Good Isaly, oaky, peaty flavor comes out at different times. Like the nose suggested this is a complex beer with dark fruit, chocolate, anise, and oaky/woody flavors all going in and out. Slightly more tart dark fruit and anise than the others, but not by much.

M - Medium to full (closer to full) body with slightly lower carbonation. Very smooth, velvety feel. Great mouthfeel.

D - Definitely a sipper that is not an everyday beer, but I thoroughly enjoyed the beer. No real problem finishing the 500 mL bottle and would gladly have another.

Notes: Batch 210 bottled 01/20/09. Very good, interesting and complex beer. Plenty of different flavors including dark fruit, anise, chocolate, roasted malt, oak/Islay/peat, and molasses. Really tasty RIS, slightly more tart/dark fruit/anise than chocolate/malt so it is a nice change of pace. I would gladly get this again although price may prohibit that (darn import prices). Definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of stephens101
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A strong, dark tan head fills up the glass, fading in it's own good time. Guess the color here...it's black!

Rich, ripened dark fruits (plum, raspberry, prune and cherry) flow powerful to the nose, followed by dark bread, faint notes of vinegar and a vein of molasses. Complex and promising.

Tastes dark and roasty with a caramel sweetened middle backed up by sturdy oaken notes. A licorice smoothness takes over after a quick hit of fusel alcohol rises. A heavy sipper of course, but honed enough to avoid unneeded weight.

The complexity of this brew resides throughout, and results in a fully realized stout that lives up to it's name.

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.1/5  rDev -4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Arbitrator
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by Bubba83. Thanks, Kevin! From notes.

A: Pours a motor-oil black with very slight edge translucence. It's a little leggy, which is surprising (and pleasing).

S: Roasted grain, dark chocolate -- it has a very "meaty" aroma (autolysis?) with a little smoke. Dark fruit. Very rich and 'filling' on the nose.

T: This hits all the right flavors for an RIS: roasted grain, dark chocolate, raisins. The latter works well with the meatiness and smoke of the beer; the flavors are very complementary and in harmony. There is some char in the aftertaste.

M: Rich, velvety body. It has a lush, wet finish with lingering stickiness.

O: Kevin mentioned that this was bottled with brett, but we couldn't pick it up at all. Given how far the beer is from dry, it seems the brett hasn't even started to work. Maybe it'll have some more of that as it ages. But fresh, it tastes just fine.

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4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Bobby8405 and Todes, for sharing this ridiculously evil nectar of the Norse Gods.

A - It pours a wicked and sinister silky black with a small and exceptionally dark umber-hued cap of foam. It deserves bonus points (that I am not giving) for the extremely awesome graphics on the label.

S - The smell is great. Aromatic cocoa, charred wood, dark malty-fruity impressions, notes of espresso, and a peppery-spicy element from the hop profile.

T - This is some real deal stuff. The flavor is big and rich; replete with bitter cocoa, smoky and woody impressions, cherry, vanilla, burnt coffee nuances, and the charred sweetness of crème Brulee crust. I will seek this one out again for sure.

M - Thick and rich, but not unreasonably so, and unbelievably smooth.

D - Highly recommendable. Very very solid brew.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite ale thus far from Haand. Really opens up at cellar temp.

Pours a thick, oilish black with a dark mocha head. Not the best retention, but quite impressive.

Chocolate, coffee, plums, cherries, ripe berries, fruity alcohol, bitter hops and a subtle wild yeast presence.

Thick, silky body is well carbonated. A bit boozy, but nothing wrong with that.

Impressive stuff. Will age very well.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
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