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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

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Super dark mocha coffee brown like head. Filled with wonderful styrofoam bubbles all uniform in appearance, growing easily on the pour two to three fingers tall. Head settles slowly on to a very dark walnut brown/black body, quite opaque hardly see through. Always leaves a big puck, and it's very uniform and even while settling which is quite impressive. A truly great looking brew.

Bouquet is quite interesting with a good heated/warm angle. Sort of fruity, hard to pinpoint but comes off like a banana liqueur. Faint coffee and even fainter dark chocolate angle as the warmth seems to overpower it a little, but leaving a creamy character. Faint chewy hints, and soft body possibly hinting. Quite impressive.

First impression seems to focus on the mouthfeel, which is slightly wet but hinting at playful carbonation. Classic roast character comes but missing some malt depth and body. Great boozy character which only seems large once it's past your esophagus. Dark malts come out a little grainy, missing the chewy and creamy qualities hinting on the nose. Dry barley action comes quite a bit also. Fruity quality hinted doesn't come out on the palate but the dry roasty warmth does.

I was expecting more than what appearances and smells hinted at, but it still comes out as a solid beer worth drinking.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch 349 (2011 bottle?), opened in 2013.

A - Straight black body with no highlights; one of the darkest beers I've seen. Dark milk chocolate head settles into a medium halo. Low lace.

S - Cocoa powder, brown sugar, dark fruits, light balsamic vinegar, chocolate cookies.

T - Very sweet; caramel, light brown sugar, chocolate cookies, touch of booze, pumpernickel bread, burnt toast. Nice integration.

M - Thick, full body, low carbonation. About spot on for an RIS.

O - A little too sweet for the style, but otherwise well crafted.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to zestar for sending this my way. Served in a Darkness snifter. Bottle is from Batch 210, bottled January 20th, 2009. Listening to some Wagner while consuming this one.

A - A hard-ish pour yields a finger of the darkest foam I've ever seen - darker than Zhukov! - that's an angry-looking red-brown color. It quickly dissipates to a thick, irregular, collar and some light haze. A few splotches of lace are left on the sides of the glass. Body is unsurprisingly pitch black. This beer is pretty intimidating.

S - Upon popping the cap I was greeted by the intense aroma of roasted malts, baker's chocolate, cake, caramel, some char, and a touch of anise and booze as it warms. Nice balance of sweet, bitter, and roast elements.

T - The taste unfortunately loses some of the rich and complex sweetness from the nose, and instead amps up the char, smoke, and roast elements. There's a touch of oxidation apparent as well, and a bitter espresso finish. As it warms a little more dark chocolate truffle comes out, but not quite enough to keep things balanced.

M - Body is medium-full, silky smooth, lower in carbonation, and hides the heat of 11% surprisingly well. There's a bit of residual stickiness but it dissipates fairly quickly. This is the way things ought to be, particularly when drinking from the skull's of your enemies.

D - I dig the 500ml serving size - big enough to share, but still reasonable for one to consume without dozing off afterward. The import price tag is a little steep, but this is is just as good if not better than many of the hyped brewery-only releases. It's obviously a sipper, but one that never grows tiring.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 210 -- Bottled on 20 01 09 (January 20, 2009). Served in a tulip glass. Beer is pitch black and forms a thin head of dark brown bubbles that breaks and moves to the walls of the glass. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady, small bubbles.

Aroma is strong, sweet, lots of alcohol in the aroma. Its not hot, its almost liquor like.

Beer is hugely thick in the mouth. not much carbonation but there is a syrupy character to it and TON of late roast, coffee, a little smoke, lots of dark grains. Pretty sweet. Roast is nearly an aftertaste, this is seriously a big beer. Very sweet, very good. I'm not sure I'll be able to drink the whole thing though. Its a lot of beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained from kjyost. Review notes from 8.16.11.
Batch 329. Bottled on 3/12/10
Poured in to Founder's Tulip glass.

A - Ooured a dark inky black colour with one finger of espresso coloured head that slowly dissipated.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee; light dark fruit notes in the background.

T - Roasted malts and some noticeable alcohol up front that settles down after a few sips. Chocolate, light coffee, smoke, molasses and a bitterness that stays present throughout to balance out the sweetness. Once the alcohol settles down, the flavours really show up with some some light licorice and dark fruit notes coming through in the background to compliment the aforementioned flavours.

M - Medium to full body, Light to moderate carbonation.

O - An excellent example of the style.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Son of a beehive..this is a great beer. I had one in the 'cellar' and found one at Total Beverage today. So the one I bought replace the fridge beer, and the latter went into my belly.

Popped the cap to be greeted with a swift aroma of prune; sharp. Chocolate and molasses came to the rescue, along with some smoked meat.

Looks awesome. Black. Not brown black...just black. Head is very dark brown, thick and creamy. Lacing lacks just a bit.

Ah, Hell...what a great complexity this beer is. Chocolate flavors, coffee hints, prune/plum backbone. Tobacco, umami, smoke....nothing overpowers. Well balanced. For the love of Pete, this is a great beer.

At 11% abv, this beer drinks fantastic. It's complex, but seem simple. Nothing overpowers, all flavors are solid. Damn fine beer...glad I bought another. This one was in the 'cellar' for about 3 months.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When I bought it, I thought that the label read "tripple". Oh well, an imperial stout ain't a bad thing to get. From a 500 ml bottle brewed on 3/27/10, on to the beer:

The pour provides a lot of exictement with its big, oozy body that looks like motor oil, and a head so tan it's nearly fur brown in color. It settles to a ½ inch thick ring. The nose changes aromas quickly. At first it like sweet espresso with chocolate syrup notes. As it sits in the glass, the nose becomes more like licorice with a trickle of smoked meat. I prefered the first stage more.

No shortage of tastiness here, Odin's Tipple got it. I'll need to peel off the layers just to find specific notes in this one. It starts of like mocha with a little bit of alcohol and agave (does that make it like tequilla?). Licorice and molten lava cake eventually come around. DId somebody say coconut? I just did. Some of the 11% alcohol is felt, only a little hot. Chocolate covered coffee beans linger on in the afertaste, which ends the taste on a high note. The thick body and residue of this beer is a good feeling, but the buzzy carbonation (at least initially) is a disruption to the harmony. One could only imagine how much more fun the ride could get if there were less jumpy carbonation.

In overall context, Odin's Tipple is a worthy tipple. There's a mound of complexity that awaits the taste buds in this massive Nordic ale.

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Photo of liamt07
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from New Beer Distributors in NYC, 500ml into a snifter - split with others. Batch 210, brewed January 20, 2009. Nice to pick up something over 2 years old that's been aged relatively nicely.

Pours pitch black, with a dark dirty brown head. Falls to a thick collar and has a good amount of retention. Super viscous coming out of the bottle - looks like a Mikkeller stout. Nose is heavy on tar, charcoal, deep and viscous caramel, brown sugar with a hint of smoke. Yum yum. Taste has a huge dark chocolate component, again with some tar, brown sugar and smoke. Complex and brings me back for another sip time after time. Warming up, some dark fruits begin to appear, but remains buried beneath everything else. Thick, viscous, rich and charred mouthfeel. Great drinkability, if solely due to how yummy this was and having nothing to do with the alcohol content. Exceptional.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours black with blood red highlights, quite dramatic. Thin medium tan head that dissipates rapidly, leaving modest lacing. Powerful dark fruits, dark malt and alcohol aroma. The most powerful fruit aroma I've ever experienced from a beer. Dark chocolate, malt, molasses and dark fruits, very intense. Vanilla, fruit and light coffee middle and finish with light hops. A remarkable, intense beer. Really glad I was able to try this. Hope I see it again.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for bringing this beer back to me from Lafayette, LA.

Batch 210 bottled 1/20/09. The beer pours black with a mocha-colored head. The aroma is dark fruit and chocolate. The flavor is dark fruit with some coffee and chocolate characteristics. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. The mouthfeel is chewy and nice and thick while the carbonation is low. A nice, fruity Russian Imperial Stout that lived up to its high rating.

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Photo of aasher
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is Batch 210, bottled January 20, 2009. It pours a midnight black with a thick, motor oil like body. The head is the darkest I've ever seen on a beer. It's very, very dark brown with red highlights. The head dissipates within two minutes to leave a thin dark khaki lacing around the my Founders snifter. It smells of sweet milk chocolate, pretzels, dark roasted malts, caramel malts, and coffee. The nose is is very intriguing. After taking a few sniffs it makes me want some chocolate covered pretzels. It's very quaffable. The flavor is very sweet. It tastes like a more chocolaty Darkness. It's very rich and leaves a nice after taste of light roast and milk chocolate. I definitely like it more than Darkness that's for sure. It does give off a little alcohol though, even at two plus years old. It's incredibly smooth though and coats your entire mouth. Overall this is an excellent Russian Imperial Stout. The beer it reminds me of most is Founders Breakfast Stout, but even an imperial version of that. It's just too bad that this won't be available in Indiana much longer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a very dark chocolate brown with a firm dark brown head. Opaque as all get out.

S: Lots of chocolate, hints of smoke, nice.

T: Chocolate dominates, brownies. Mild roasted malt notes, and I really liked the subtle dark fruit flavours. An interesting take on the RIS style as the yeast character makes an appearance.

M: Super heavy and full-bodied, thick. A very mild acidity brings a bit of refreshment even with how big the beer is.

D: Cool beer, tasty, as a Norse mythology buff, anything with Odin in the name is a must buy. I'm glad that Beachwood is making HaandBryggeriet available in the Southland, not only as a Norseman, but as a fan of great beer.

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an impressive thick looking blackish brown, with good head retention and fair lacing. On the nose, the licorise comes on strong, though I also get a considerable amount of dark chocolate and coffee as well. The flavors generally replicate the nose, though the chocolaten and coffee dominate in this rich, full flavored beer. The beer is moderately sweet, but there's some underlying bitterness that helps to balance this beer and keep it from becoming cloying. Mouthfeel is rich and full, with a fairly long finish. Drinkability isn't bad, though the combination of licorise, moderate sweetness and noticeable alcohol wears on me just a bit. Nevertheless, this is a very fine, very enjoyable RIS.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet, Batch 210 brewed Jan 20, 2009. Lovely beer, this. Pours black with slight head, but what head there is is dark brown and settles to a ring. Quite roasty, and even nutty up front in the aroma department. Lots of black licorice, some espresso notes, and and some earthy bitterness round out the nose. I ,love the flavors here- big and bold, but beautifully integrated. Lots more licorice, coffee and chocolate notes, frresh cream, and a nice bitter undercurrent throughout while a sweet, charred sugar topnote runs through the flavor as well. There is also a luscious dark cocoa aftertaste that lingers quite a while. I've become more and more partial to recent Scandanavian brews, and I think this is a good example of how emulations of American style craft beers are often done very well over there. Quite full bodied and even a little prickly at first, but picks up creamier notes as the taste continues. Quite a nice beer.

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Photo of dar482
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes with a small tan head with a dark black color.

The aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, wood, ash, and some dark fruit.

The flavor has tons of dark fruit, licorice, sweet chocolates.

As it warms up. There's a huge dark burnt ashy flavor. It's like rotten wood almost with its dankness. It really has strong ash, but not offensive.

There is an easy finish with a slight bit of booze to clean things up. The mouthfeel is creamy and quite light for such a huge and roasty beer.

I had this next to Alesmith Speedway and preferred this. What a fantastic brew.

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Photo of weeare138
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft @ TND -
Appears a dense, dark mocha black with a fluffy tan head that slowly fades into a pillory cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of intense bakers cocoa, French truffles, Italian espresso, turbinado sugar, and a touch of ripe fruit with an earthy bitterness. Insanely complex.
Taste is of the aromas with a flow of toasted nuts and chocolate truffles combining in a superior beverage that is fit for outworldly dominance.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, warming, and full of sheer love. I can honestly say that drinking this beer is an escape and a truly refreshing slice of heaven...or Valhalla.
Excellent beer by the Norweigens.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Uncaps without a hint of carbonation escaping. Hmm, an inauspicious start.

Pours pleasant, despite this: a rich, thick, oily black with a fine ring of deep chocolate brown bubbles around the edge of the glass. Some fine gauzy lace when it's tilted, but not much in the way of carbonation proper. I mean, really, this is a sinister looking beer.

Nose is incredible. Thick dark roast coupled with gorgeous, sensuous, devilish sweetness, touched with smoke, laden with gravity. Hints of char and pepper in the sinuses, everything you could possibly want. Just phenomenal.

Taste is also excellent, but it doesn't rise to the levels of bliss the nose was promising. In fact, it starts off surprisingly light, without a big-bodied sweetness on the front, or a big roasty character. Instead, the feel creates a chewy nothingness, before the roast and depth creep up later. By the mid-palate, you're in the middle of a bold crescendo, with roasted malt, liquorice and a hint of toffee making a clamour. And by the end, a huge rush of coffee and high-cacao chocolate gives a powerful finale. It's great stuff, but it's surprising how late they leave it to hit you with everything they've got.

Very backward on the palate, but that creates a genuine interest in the beer. And Haand are nothing if not interesting.

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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 beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Dark norse ale 11% abv. Batch 210. Brewed 20.01.09. Consumed 12.05.10.

A: Poured a viscose dark sherry with dark plum tones when hitting the glass and catching light. A dark nutmeg colored head, fairly thin, quickly dissipate to a bare reflective surface leaving no signs of lacing. Some carbonation bubbles gather at the bottom of the glass before quickly getting released into the wild. Labeled as a dark norse ale and wont get no arguments here.

S: The nose was vinous with dark grapes, plums and sherry notes with a dark roasted malting. The 11% is incredibly well hidden. There is a scent of lightly burnt cake breadiness right from the oven. The complexity is kept fairly simple yet the aroma is very smooth and vinous.

T: Burnt currant first comes to mind flavor wise. Again a burnt cake breadiness mixed with a rich espresso bean bitterness. Dark fruit of plums, raisins and sherry notes combine with a soft warmth of alcohol which seemed way below its advertised 11%. Creamer laced dark roast gives this an earthy roastedness with a gentle coverage of burnt chocolate and a wet minerality of coffee grounds for a lacing. There appears to be a bit of fruitiness from the yeast trying to come through beneath the dark malts with just enough umph to make you aware of its presence and give you a general appreciation.

M: Medium bodied, bordering on full, with an oily slick texture that effortlessly slides around the tongue. No carbonation is detected while a beautiful wet coffee ground roastedness ensures for a fade and coating on the tongue.

D: A meal within itself. A dark hearty tripel worthy of consumption by any Norse god let alone mere mortal. Very enjoyable and you don't even notice the 11% making this a smooth downer much more atone to a 7%er.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a pint glass. Batch 467

Pours a pitch black color with no head whatsoever. 0 carbonation here. It's probably the darkest beer I've ever seen. Smell is of roasted malts and dark chocolate, though not too strong. Taste is big in your face harsh roasted cocoa malts with a strong alcohol flavor. this is a very big beer. Extremely full bodied, not quite syrupy but close. definitely a sipper. not too easy to drink.

overall i wish it had more of a flavor profile. its big, just as i imagined it would be from the bottle artwork, but its not that complex. As a big fan of RIS' i still like this one, but if you arent a fan of the style then stay away as this is a horrible introductory beer to the style. I think i've been spoiled as I've had just about every other world class billed RIS' in the past.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip May,2,2011

A jet black right out of the bottle, I'm talking dark liquid, just a thumbs width of mocha head that's gone very fast leaving no lace but it dose leave what looks like a glass full of motor oil

S some booze with lots of dark fruit, chocolate, faint smoke and licorice and some brandy perhaps

T the faint smoke turns into strong charred wood, the licorice comes out a little more and the chocolate becomes darker, espresso I couldn't smell is massive in the mouth, some molasses plays on the tongue and other then that it tastes as it smells

M thick, rich, creamy goodness. this one has a little heat but it somehow adds to its perfection in this area, I got a little stuck in my teeth and will be tasting it next week at this rate

O the look was carried by the blackness but other then that this beer is comes through in all areas, 4.75 may have been dropped if it was an option

when you throw in the 7$ price tag the decision makes even more sense, if you can buy this beer do so and drink it, after that but a dozen more to age and trade.

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Photo of pat61
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours opaque black with a thick dark brown film of foam.
S: the nose is Belgian yeast with a dark malt background of chocolate and coffee.
T: Big fruit, caramel, complex malts.
F: This is a full bodied beer that is very soft in the mouth.
O: suggests a hybrid between a Belgian quad, a Russian Imperial Stout and a Barleywine.

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Photo of barczar
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black color with a modest deep tan head that fades to a ring of foam.

Aroma is deeply roast malt and heavy soy, with alcohol reminiscent of brandy. Very unique. Notes of chocolate are subdued.

Flavor is incredible, soy initially, opening to dark fruit and berries, finishing with nutty, roasty malt. Very complex. I've never experienced such a melding of contrasting flavors.
A bit of floral hop emerges late. Licorice and sherry also surface. There's a vinous character that adds complexity.

Body is fairly thick, smooth, with minimal carbonation and substantial alcohol warmth.

Excellent brew! Glad I bought a bottle.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, Batch 507 (3500 bottles). Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half brown head that didn't stay around for too long. There's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and burnt/charred malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some dark fruit and licorice. It starts off with the burnt/charred/roasty flavors being the strongest, but the dark fruit flavors come out more as the beer warms up. There's also a lingering bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and oily with good carbonation. I think this is a pretty nice brew, I don't know why it took so long for me to try this one. $9.99 a bottle.

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Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
4.26 out of 5 based on 544 ratings.
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