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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 Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.

A- Pours a solidly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch brown head that bears great retention time before slowly dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Highly resilient lacing leaves a thick sheet behind.

S- Heavy dark roast brings a lot of char to the nose and slight notes of dark chocolate and caramel.

T- More alcohol flavor in the taste than in the aroma with the strong dark roast providing a nice backdrop for it. Notes of coffee, molasses and more dark chocolate. Medium bitterness that works well with the heavy malt. Drinkable but definitely a sipper.

M- Semi-creamy yet a bit sharp from the booze. Medium carbonation and a very full body.

O- This is a fantastic-looking RIS but the rest of the elements don't quite live up to the appearance. Very good for the ABV.

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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint glass. Had a jet black color and a totally opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A big, strong aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee - all the good things in a Russian Imperial Stout.

T: Tasted like it smelled. Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and even a little smokiness to it. Very well balanced.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: An incredibly drinkable stout. Well made, easy to drink.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown head of about one finger froths up and dissipates to nothing. Viscous black oil with dark brown highlights and an everlasting glass coating that tints my Chimay glass a light brown color.

The aroma has lots of milk chocolate, currant coffe, and brownies.

The tast is an oil slick of super roasted malts that imparts numerous dark flavors. Dark and milk chocolate blended together well. Mocha coffee flavors and some nice warmth from the alcohol.

A ery good Norse sipper!

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

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: Oily black bodied beer with small brown head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Heavy malts that are roasty and sweet. Dark fruits are noted as well. really an aeromatic RIS.

Taste: Big malt profile with not a lot og hops coming through. The malt profile is more sweet than roasty, but its fairly balanced between these characterists. The sweet part of the malts come from notes of chocolate candy bar, dark chocolate, and subtle rasins / fig. Little bit of coffee roastiness at mid-palate and in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium boded beer with low end of moderate carbonation levels. Super smooth easily drinking RIS. It has a little bit of silkiness to it as well. No alcohol burn, its just awesome.

Overall: Probably one of the better non-barrel aged RIS that I have had it quite some time. It impressed me!

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Photo of rfgetz
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black with cap of dense, dark brown head, good lacing. Scent is a potent mix of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, notes of char, molasses, chicory, earth, oak, vanilla... fantastically complex. Taste brings the components of scent together in a fantastically flavored brew... roast and char before bitter dark chocolate, dark fruit and faint roasted coffee take over, backbone is earthy, oaky, lightly funkdified (ahh wild yeast) with splashes of bark spice and vanilla. Full bodies, smooth and alcohol hidden well. A great surprise on draft and well worth its slightly hefty price tag.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to kjyost for this bottle. Batch 329, brewed 3.12.10.

A - Insanely black. One finger of dark brown head fades to a film fast with a ring around it. When swirled it sticks hard to the glass. Very Imperial. No lace and barely any retention. The thick and syrupy appearance of this brings this up...normally I wouldn't think much of a beer with no lacing or retention but the darkness of this and thickness of it is cool.

S - Hugely chocolatey. Lot's of wood, some slight coffee, molasses and brown sugar with dark fruits. Extremely inviting.

T - Very chocolatey again with a mild booze note. Dark sugars, molasses, and strong roasted malts. A mix of chocolate and dark roasted malts blending with all the other complex flavours makes this a great Imperial Stout.

M - Very mild carbonation which is nice with a full body and a dark chocolate/coffee bitterness.

O/D - Extremely good. A greatly complex and drinkable Imperial Stout. Not much to say other than the chocolate, coffee, molasses (which I've never tasted stronger), and roasted notes. Excellent.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. Batch #297. Brewed 30-06-10.

(A)- Pours a thick pitch black color. Produced some tan bubbles, though they stuck around for awhile.

(S)- A deep roasted aroma. Bits of baked bread, raisin, cocoa, and coffee grounds. Faint bits of licorice as it warmed.

(T)- Like the smell, a nice roasted profile with baked bread, raisin, cocoa, and coffee. Finishes with a bizarre coca-cola flavor/sweetness.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level and smooth. Nice and roasty, though very sweet in a sugary way with that underlying cola/dr. pepper aspect to it. A bit slick / Oily feeling.

(D)- Overall, a solid stout. Would like to see how this is fresher, but if its this sweet now, I am not sure how much I would have liked it fresher. Nonetheless, an enjoyable stout.

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

500ml. Batch 210. Viscous black pour with a finger of dark brown head. A dark brew indeed.

Aroma is laden with roasted malt, molasses, darker chocolate and a boozy quality. A hint of pineyness in there.

Big malty taste. Roasty, earthy, a little anise a little oak. Molasses, chocolate and caramel. Espresso hop and oaky booze finish. A lot going on, but not overloaded and well balanced for sure.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, not super thick but palette coating for sure. Carbonation was just a tad prickly, if it mellowed to creaminess this would be great.

Certainly a sipper as it is a bit warming. Not as thick as some, so that helps the drinkability back up a bit.

Expectations were high after reading some reviews here and it did not disappoint. With the price of craft ever increasing, I didn't even consider this all that high of a price either.

Rightly belongs amongst the names listed on the right here.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jedwards for sharing. Poured one shade shy of black with a kakhi-colored sudsy swirl - no head with just a few spots of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expressed coffee, booze, licorice, cocoa and a roasted quality. Taste follows nose; however, an ashy quality also comes out in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel was medium-light, with an easy carbonation - perhaps a little lighter than anticipated, with a little acidity that comes out towards the back. I haven't had much from this brewer, but this was a pretty tasty brew I have to say with a very interesting character for the style.

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Photo of drpimento
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn! What an amazing beer. Poured with a small brown, fine head that slowly faded and no lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is malt, saw mill, tree bark, earth, dark ripe fruit, molasses. Flavor is massivly sweet but tempered, I guess, by the wild yeast to make it much more user friendly. Strange how even though it's sweet, you want to have another hit at it. Body is sexy and carbonation while low is good. Finish goes sweet cocoa and has some length. Don't pick up much alcohol. Excellent beer! Bravo Haand!!

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Photo of dgilks
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch, oily, light sucking black with a big, short lasted, creamy, chocolate brown head.

Amazingly fruity with a big alcohol hit as well. There's also some chocolate in here and some roast but the alcohol and fruit is intense.

Sweet malt with an oddly smooth, roasty edge. Some bitter chocolate. Complex alcohol and some fruity esters add an amazing amount of depth. A big, sweet, somewhat roasty RIS.

Full body with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly oily.

Delicious malt with some excellent ancillary character. I find this a bit boozy but see a wonderful underlying beer.

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Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spied a few bottles of this on a local store shelf - very briefly, as it turned out - & grabbed one. First brew I've tried from 'The Hand'. Batch 210, brewed 1-20-09, 500ML bottle. Pre-aged!

Pours a dour, swirling black, much like the wall clouds that just passed over my humble abode. Odin would have liked the thunder, I'm sure. Bonus point for a cool bottle & commentary on the label, I was a fan of Norse mythology in my younger years. Smell is commit-me rich, malts deeper than Moria, chocolate, alcohol, more malts, backed by malts. The very definition of promising.

Odin's Tipple is startlingly charred, with little hint of it in the nose. We will now pause for my expectations & palate to adjust. Ahh, that's better. The sweet, rich malts of the nose give way to bitter, surly, blackened, charred malts spilling over the edge of the glass. I swim around in the muck looking for other ingredients, & spot them only fleetingly; they fail to break the stranglehold of the roast. Standard stuff: toast, cocoa, etc. The only things worth noting are a backdraft of wild blackberry, which *almost* showed up in the head, & a wealth of warming, soothing alcohol. I'll sleep well tonight.

This ain't no subtle RIS, either. Heavy, filling, ready to rumble. It is, however, cheerily easy to sip for such a stout fellow, as I try to plumb its depths for more subtlety.

Well, I've passed up plenty of beers from Haand due to the price; this one still had the $9.99 tag attached. Worth it for a touch more than a pint? Debatable. Good beer? Not debatable. Really enjoyed the wild fruit evident in this one, played really well off the roast. Excellent!

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Photo of glid02
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours black as black can be with a one-finger dark brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts, dark chocolate, and molasses, in that order. As it warms the malt flavors gain complexity and hints of dark fruits enter into things.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors up front are joined by sweet molasses and dark chocolate flavors almost immediately. Midway through the sip mild amounts of dark fruit flavors - plums and raisins - enter into things and fade out before a mildly bitter endingn.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with soft yet assertive carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass very easily, especially for an 11.0% beer, and could easily have another.

Overall this beer lived up to the (admittedly subdued) hype. A very well done RIS and one that's well worth a shot.

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Photo of Rutager
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours like viscous, dirty motor oil (I know people throw that shit around, but damn...)with not much for a head. What's there is dark brown.

Smell. Big and boozy chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Some deep roasted malts and a hint of molasses.

Taste. Yeah. Big dark chocolate, molasses, toffee and vanilla with just a bit of smokey wood. Not too shabby my Nordic friends!!

Mouthfeel. Full and warming. Very low carbonation which suits this one nicely.

Overall. This beer has turned my crappy day around. Nice.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from half-litre bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Batch 297. Brewed 30 June 2010.

A: Pours black and viscous. Little head breaks about into whitish bubbles that cling to the side. Completely opaque; so black it sucks up the light.

S: Complex, but bourbony. Oats? Whiffs of alcohol; berries and booze.

T: Utterly fantanbulous. It is actually viscous, thick, and imposing. Lots of alcohol, whiskey-like, but also roasted malts, sweet vanilla, and blackberry. A swirling whorl of flavour and emotion. The writeup on the back sums it up well: "...the 'Hand' brewers imagine Odin in later years, when his victories on the battlefield were but shadowy memories, his reflections tended toward loftier themes such as life's meaning, and his drink would have been a deep, dark, and contemplative one." A deep, dark, contemplative brew indeed. Yum.

M: Very little carbonation after a year and a half, but smooth...it rolls off the tongue.

O: I almost gave this a 5, but something held me back. Trust your gut. That said, this is wonderful imperial stout that is highly recommended to everyone. I would love to drink again. Completely worth the price. Hot damn.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

many a thanks goes out to DaftCaskBC!

a - opened the bottle and filled my cbs snifter. poured a rich lush black. a very thin brown head bubbled away as soon as it appeared. brew is dark and ominous with a soft brown lid.

s - lots of booze. roasted malts. some cherries. has a mentholated thing going on from the alc. smells pretty serious.

t - oh wow. really comes alive in taste. big bold chocolate and roasted malts. booze is better hidden behind the indulgent chocolate.

m - body is huge and full. rich but drinkable. leaves a tingle in my mouth and feels like i'm drinking whiskey.

o - overall, ya know those little chocolates that have booze in them. BAM...this is a whiskey one. rather enjoyable.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one at our tasting.

A-pours a viscous dense black motor oil looking liquid with a dark brown, mahogony head.

S-deeply roasted malts up front, notes of acetone behind, hints of coffee and chocolate in the middle, lots of dark fruit sweetness in the back, plums raisins, and a touch of cherry.

T-lots of chalkiness up front, notes of tobacco, lots of roasted dark malts, light coffee and chocolate. the finish adds acetone and sweetness, plums and raisins soaked in rum.

M-big feel, full bodied, creamy but a little grainy in the back, lots of carbonation, crisp finish and slightly dry.

D-this is huge, not insanely drinkable but a decent job on the flavors. a little boozy in the back but still a ton of roasted malts and a good balance of sweetness.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich black sable with a dark tan head - what I got was rather thin, but this was an artifact of the way it was poured. I'm sure a first pour would have yielded a nice thick head. Aroma fills the nose with rich chocolate, fine coffee, and nutty and molasses hints. Excellent flavor is like a high-quality mocha, fine chocolate and high-quality coffee; it is sweet but not cloying with nutty and molasses undertones. Texture is thick, smooth, oily and fizzy, leaving a tingly and slightly sweet finish. A real winner!

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Photo of andrenaline
3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
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 twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle pours a blacker-than-night color with a bubbly black head...easily the darkest foam I have ever seen on a beer. Fades fast and leaves nothing in it's wake; no lace, no sheen, nothing...like looking down into an abyss.

Nose is dark fruits and sweet molasses. Smoke and dark bread come through and make for a most complex aroma. Black licorice and alcohol as it warms.

Thick, syrupy, mentholated roasty coffee. Very interesting and actually kinda crazy tasting. Molasses, brown sugar and mild spices. Not as smooth as I thought it might be, but there seems to be some potential here for some nice things to happen as it ages. Glad I have one more bottle to cellar awhile.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a remarkable imperial stout in this bottled version, which is up to the reputation. Thick and long roasted notes, with plenty of chocolate, dash of coffee, and a nice bitter licorice hint in the finish.

An earlier draft tasting, a month ago in DC, presented a very different brew, with an overwhelming ash character, which was nowhere where this is. Thanks to the guys of Cervezorama for encouraging me to give it a second go.

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Photo of popery
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at City Beer Store, San Francisco. Batch #210. Brewed 20.01.09.

This is a big imperial stout brewed by the Norse HaandBryggeriet and recently bottled for the first time (or so I've read). They call it a Dark Norse Ale and brewed it with Brettanomyces clausenii, lending a sour flavor unique to imperial stouts, in my experience.

The beer pours opaquely black with a dark brown head. It's one of the darkest heads that I've ever seen on a beer.

HaandBryggeriet nailed the imperial stout aroma. There are richly roasted malt notes of chocolate and coffee. Alcohol rears its head a bit, but it's a welcome addition on a big beer. There is a touch of oakiness that you pick up in the nose more after you taste it. Some sort of hoppiness is lurking underneath, but it's definitely not the star of the show. The brett doesn't really emerge in the aroma; the other smells are probably a bit too strong and rich for its relatively delicate character. That said, it really nails imperial stout for my money. I imagine it will grow a bit more floral and fruity as time passes for a cellared bottle. Dark stone fruits, plums, cherries, lurk beneath the waves of roasted malt.

The flavor is deep, dark and interesting. The roasted malt is strong and rich. There are notes of bitter, oily coffee beans, dark chocolate and burnt caramel. I believe that the beer is aged on oak (as are many of the beers from this brewer) as there is an apparent oaken dryness that screams fancy Russian Imperial Stout. The brett brings everything together with a round, fruity sourness that shines through the high alcohol content. It's not a strong brett flavor, but it's there and it's very interesting in the big, delicious stout. I can imagine this beer aging incredibly as sweet, dark stone fruit flavors develop from the roasted malt and complex yeast. The alcohol will calm down a bit, as it is still drinking a bit hot. Clearly, the alcohol presence didn't take away from my enjoyment of the beer.

The feel is a bit rough on the palate, but it will mellow and it's such a great, big flavor that I'm willing to forgive the current faults. The drinkability will also improve for similar reasons. I wish that I could afford a case of this beer for the cellar. This is a phenomenal beer. If you see it, tough out the price and grab some bottles. A big, delicious imperial stout brewed with brett sounds like a lock for aging.

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

Opaque black fudge. Darkest of chocolate brown foam crowns and crops the top with immense density and height. Which keeps an insane amount of foam the whole way thru, never skimping on lots of foam. Lacing is drippy and oily based with some glare based swiss cheese holed patterns. Dark Norse ale indeed!

Deep dark chocolate meets espresso with a waft of warmth for a boost of what comes across as a rum laced chocolate truffle. A bit much on the alcohol, which, thankfully dims as it sits. Notes to some smokeyness and tobacco. Damn nice on the chocolate!

Taste is more chocolate, twangy tangy, yet less intense then the aroma, but steady, firm, and smooth with a solid creamy sense of dark chocolate. Subtle nuances to dark cherry, molasses, a bit of plum and a warming espresso finish without a whole lot of bitterness. Which is quite nice. The dryness is dusted with chocolate and coffee, no bitter burntness, just a tug to some nutmeg and vanilla spice reaches from the depths of its chocolatey core.

Smooth creamy full body with the just the right amount of alcoholic warmth sifting thru each sip. Great chocolatey tang and malty dark fruit hinted too twang underneath and a delicately fluffy textured dry finish.

One solid treat of a RIS. Perhaps the warmth gets in the way at certain times, but for the most part this stuff is down right super solid. Norse represents amoung the beer kingdom after all!!?!!

Batch 277 - brewed 3/27/2010

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Black in the pour and black in the glass. Only a little head, but it's black too.

Powerful smell of burnt malt, molasses and brown sugar.

Bold tasting with waves of flavor. First burnt wood and molasses. Second a burnt sweetness, touch of bitterness and then alcohol.

Texture of tar, sticky and alcohol heat. No carbonation, heavy body.

My words don't do it justice. It is simply amazingly complex.

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Photo of Dope
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Batch 507 (bottle count 3500)

A: Pitch black pour with a dark chocolate brown head. Foam is big and very dense. Fades very slowly with great head retention - never fully fades. Almost no lacing sticks around, it all slides down the glass.

S: Lots of chalky, ashy char in this one. Dark bitter cocoa. A bit earthy perhaps?

T: Loads of char, cocoa and smoke up front with some sweet caramel in there too. Very meaty in the middle, like drinking charred bbq beef. Turns a bit bitter, acrid, ashy and chalky in the finish with tons of char and smoke and more meat (less here though). Long acrid, earthy, charry finish with the tiniest hints of dark fruits. Charred meat lingers between sips.

M: Light carbonation, heavy and thick.

O: Well, definitely a must-try for the umami lover. This beer is basically bbq campfire char, smoke and meat from start to finish. Little in the way of typical roasted malt characteristic such as chocolate and coffee or even anise. Not as complex as I would like for a big 11% RIS for sure. I wasn't a huge fan as I'm not much into smoke or umami in my beer and this beer brings it in spades. Nice mouthfeel at least, properly thick and chewy. Decent balance of flavor despite the relative simplicity.

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