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:
552
Reviews:
255
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.56%
 
 
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brewed On date of 6/30/2010, poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a very hearty roasted malt character followed by sweet flavors of chocolate and dark fruit. Then there’s some alcohol sting that comes in. The hops presence is very mild which is expected in a big stout like this that is nearly 4 years old. There’s still a good balance since the sweetness doesn’t over-power the beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp but quite viscous, medium body, light carbonation (due to the age), finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, I have sampled this beer fresh and it was much better than what I’m drinking now. However, while it might seem a little past its prime, I’ll allot for some possible storage deficiencies and say that it’s still pretty good.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Very nice! Served in a snifter, this beer poured pitch black with a creamy cap of the darkest mocha head I think I've ever seen on a beer. Aroma of rich chocolate, molasses, and dark roasted malts. Taste of luscious, smooth chocolate, with an obvious boozy quality, dark malts, licorice, maple and caramel, and hints of light spice. An implied earthiness, but otherwise no hops to speak of. Smooth and full-bodied, heavy on the alcohol, but extremely quaffable nonetheless.

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Photo of billab914
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Portsmouth tulip glass. At first it poured a full glass of dense chocolaty foam. It took a bit to settle down but when it did it was a very thick, pitch black color with a modest head left. It had some excellent head retention to it, lasting well into drinking it.

The aroma has a lot of bitter-sweet chocolaty flavors coming through. A bit of a roasty, slight coffee like flavor is there. It's pretty sweet with some brown sugary like flavors to it as well.

The taste shows a lot of malty sweetness to it. Bitter-sweet chocolate and roasted malts really come out in it. I get some brown sugar sweetness in it as well. It has a bit of a burntness to it as you get to the finish that lends a dry bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and carbonation is moderate for the style. Drinkability is pretty good, it was a nice beer to sip on this evening. It had a lot of flavors going on but they managed to work together pretty nicely. A very nice beer overall.

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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 drewone
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What in the heck was this thing, lol. Seriously I just had this one pop up on the radar and when I was down in the CLBA area saw it on the shelf and decided to pick one up. Did not waste any time and served it up at a cozy 55 degrees and poured into a tulip glass. Consumed on 02/04/2010.
 
The pour was near perfect and not at all what I was expecting. Darkest thing I may have ever seen in a glass, seriously, it was intense looking. Not a drop of light could be seen through the dense, abyss like blackness. A smallish, perhaps an inch of head peaks up over the top of the glass and settles down very quickly, coating the sides and the interior of the glass and really just making this look like a monster, easily one of the most impressive looking beers I have seen in a long, long time. Aroma is all over the place, roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, tar, tobacco, and peat, what the hell is this thing. Warming it only seems to complicate the matter as now what I am dealing with. A confluence of everything dark and warming. Smooth, nearly perfect flavor seeps in through every crack in my tongue. I have to admit had it not been a touch hot, I would have to give it a nod for perfect flavor. Rich dark Belgian yeast, notes of charcoal and leather, hints of brown sugar and a deep, resonant smoke note that seems to really just topple you. Warming and soothing, I could probably have nothing but this on a cold winter night and be perfectly content. Quite simply one of the best and most outstanding dark ales I have ever come across in my life.
 
Overall this is a hard one to beat. I was no where near expecting the level of complexity I was dealt here, simply phenomenal. One of the greatest ales I have ever run across. Outstanding on nearly every level. Please go get this one now.
 

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Photo of smithj4
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of womencantsail
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Greg!

A: The beer pours black in color with a sizable tan head.

S: Rich notes of chocolate and roast with what seems to be oak. There's a fair amount of smoke to it as well as a light spice, seems like pepper. Molasses and just a hint of vanilla add some sweetness.

T: The flavor is much heavier on the smoke. A lot of roasted malt and dark chocolate with some hints of dark fruit and licorice. Espresso/coffee notes with a bit of earthiness to it.

M: Rather full bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: A bit smokey for me on the palate, but quite good otherwise.

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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 orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I brought this one to Ffej of July IX

A - Pours pitch black with a thick two finger tall khaki colored head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of rich coffee, dark roasted malt, bakers chocolate, light vanilla, and some dry oak. Only the faintest hint of booze.

T - Starts off with plenty of dark roasted malts quickly giving way to a mix of rich coffee, sweet bakers chocolate, and some lightly charred drying wood tannins. The booze is hidden very well, offering only a glimpse toward the end of each sip. The finish is a mix of dark roast and a some sweetness, lingering for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel with plenty of roast in the finish. The alcohol is hidden very well.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this one. It was the perfect beer to have in-between all the sours we were drinking. It had plenty of rich flavors going on but it never got to the point of being overpowering.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have NEVER seen a head as dark a brown as this! It quickly eased into wisps, but the ring was deep brown. The color was a deep, dark brown bordering on outright black. Nose had a dark chocolate scent with an underlying charcoal smell. Mouthfeel was thick like pudding with an effervescence that was determined to scrub my tastebuds while smashing them into submission. Finish was as dry as the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara Desert. Zounds!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours an opaque black as dark as the feathers of Huginn and Muninn, with a slight head of burnt umber that fades quickly into Hel. The nose holds plenty to dark malts, molasses, a tinge of alcohol, darkly brown sugar, a hint of figs, and some subtle smoke. The taste generally follows: the molasses, brown sugar, and malts form the backbone of flavor, with some figs, plums, black grapes, and burnt wheat making up...the rib cage?...and a slight aolcohol burn mixed with toffee, coffee, and nuts forming the rest of the body. This body is quite thick and heavy, with minor carbonation and is as surprisingly smooth as Sleipnir galloping 'cross the air (those eight legs just seem so ungangly...). Though rather (nicely) chewy and with a relatively high ABV, this stout is one highly drinkable brew, suitable to be hand-delivered by the valkyries while being escorted to Asgard. Indeed, the truly heroic will appreciate this fully!

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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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Photo of Zaphog
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of dfhhead25
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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 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 VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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