Odin's Tipple | HaandBryggeriet

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Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet
Norway | website

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 REDAMI
4.86/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 0.5L bottle into Orval chalice.

L-Black molasses pour with dark brown lacing. No head retention.

S-Roasted malts, burnt sugar, chocolate, grain.

T-Chocolate! Cocoa nibs, roasted barley, slight bitterness on the back. Alcohol well hidden.

F-Smooth and dangerous.

This beer may disappear as fast as your sobriety. Not as heavy as many Russian Imperials but better for it. Incredibly balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of stortore
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark chocolate color, opaque, with a small head, some loose cling. Oily looking. Boy, this smells really good. Rich roasted malts, lots of dark chocolate, molasses, some coffee and vanilla. Taste is roasted malts- a little less than the nose, still a lot of dark chocolate, more coffee, molasses, light vanilla, a little yeast. Really smooth for the ABV, full bodied. the taste lingers.

Nothing complex or unique, just wonderfully executed. Roasty and delicious, great chocolate flavor. Have no idea how often this comes around, but even at a very high price point, it's well worth a purchase.

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Photo of calmasahinducow
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

October 2015 batch 906. The label says Dark Norse Ale and I wasn't sure what to expect, but BA labels it as an RIS. For an RIS it's very smoky and I'm not sure it fits the style. That being said, the mouthfeel is fantastic as is the aroma: chocolate, plums and a hint of cherry. Overall this was a delicious beer.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque body topped by a moderate tan head that is fairly creamy. No lacing to speak of.

S: Great coffee aromas. There are hints of cacao and smoke underneath, with a very, very mild fruity quality. No real representation from the wild yeast here or on taste, perhaps outside of this fruitiness.

T: Dominated by roasty cacao notes and coffee, with a bit of licorice and a touch of something I can best describe as mildly astringent smokiness in the finish. It isn't intense, or bad, or even ashy (though it comes close to being almost like the milder astringency of an ashy stout) it is just a little 'rough around the edges' and I think could improve with 6-12 months to smooth those rough corners.

M: Pretty creamy and silky, a bit chewy. Thinner than many an 11% RIS, but far from thin.

O: Somewhat like Lost Abbey Serpent's Stout or Dieu du Ciel! Grande Noirceur, but better than both. Reminiscent (vaguely) of Alchemist Luscious - though in this case not as good. Would love to try a BA version.

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

Bottle date: July 15 B 874

Opaque, coal-black body; thick, sticky, tan head. Deep chocolate and roasted grain aroma; sweet with notes of dark, dried fruits; plum. Many flavors mirroring the aroma; hints of sweetness; mild coffee notes; light boozy quality; touch of astringency. Heavy body; smooth; thick; velvety mouthfeel.

Big and balanced dark ale, packed with flavor and character. There is a depth and richness throughout the entire sensory experience. An excellent northern Europe beer offering.

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Photo of Warren2621
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Holy Grale in Louisville in a snifter

Look: Completely viscous, with a half finger light tan head with medium dissipation, little lacing

Smell: smokey porky hints with coffee and raisin coming through. Odd considering the "single chocolate malt" description

Taste: Raisin and smoke with some coffee. Very smooth and and deceiving for 11%

Feel: Medium body sipper with a hot alcohol presence.

Overall: Could have convinced me this was a quad with the feel and taste, but was surprised to see it on the menu as an imperial stout

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Photo of thebeers
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Plum black with a thin milk-chocolate-colored head that's slow to build. Intense aroma of plums, chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Thick, almost chewy mouthfeel. The taste is quite smooth, with the aromas nicely blended, and then a slight bitterness on the back end. Like a cross between a doppelbock and a roasty stout. Great beer.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 0,5 L bottle into snifter. Stamped "July 15 B 874".
A: Pours a thick, dark black with just a thin skim of dark mocha head that quickly develops and quickly recedes.
S: Chocolate malt, molasses, raisin, vanilla, and hint of cherry.
T: Dark dry chocolate malt (akin to baker's chocolate), dark dried fruit, leather, wood char and smoke, dark cherry, blackberry, vanilla, and a hint of anise.
M: Very smooth (especially for style). Medium-heavy body (drinks lighter than the 11% ABV). Mildly sweet and dry.
D: Definitely an interesting take on the style. At first, I wasn't a huge fan (too much chocolate malt...the balance seemed off). But as the beer warmed, I warmed up to it. So...definitely drink this at the proper temp for best enjoyment. Would pair well with heavier meat fare.

7/31/16 update: Giving this another go...same stamp on this bottle too.
A: Pours a thick, viscous super-dark brown with 1/4 inch dark mocha head that fairly quickly settles to a thin skim. (4.25)
S: Dry dark chocolate, dark cherries, leather, and wood. (3.5)
T: Smooth dark chocolate, molasses, smoked wood, dark dried fruit, leather, and a hint of anise. (4)
M: Surprisingly smooth. Medium-heavy body. Thick and velvety feel. Subtly sweet. Mildly dry throughout. (4)
D: Perhaps has lost a half-step, but still doing quite well after cellaring for almost a year. The chocolate malt has softened (good thing), but some of the softer notes (blackberry and vanilla) are no longer present (not a good thing).

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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 khmel
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is fantastic. It pours a truly opaque, silky oil-black with a small, dark brown head that quickly dissipates. The smell is delicious with notes of rye, smokey chocolate and perhaps a hint of prune (?). But it's the balanced taste that marks this as one of the best Russian imperial stouts on the planet in my mind. Rye and oak up front with dark malt and maybe even a little bourbon in the middle. Lots of bitter chocolate in the finish with just a tint of hops. Really excellent. The mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, though not as slippery or thick as some executions of the style. All around a fantastic beer from Norway. Odin would be proud.

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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 superspak
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter; batch 210, brewed on 1/20/2009. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense dark brown head with decent retention, that reduces to a spotty cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, light smoke, light licorice, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, light smoke, light licorice, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, light smoke/licorice, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and slightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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

Cuban coffee appearing body with tan brown short-lived head. Cocoa nibs, coffee, vanilla, smoky roasted malt nose and flavors with a hint of licorice at finish. Complex brew that is flavorful and drinkable. Its 11% ABV is well disguised in its big flavors.

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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 TruePerception
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

HaandBryggeriet's Odin's Tipple, dark Norse ale. 11% ABV.

A: What tiny ring of head is there is deep cocoa brown, with a golden hue. Head quickly dissipates to nothing. Decent sheeting, which seems to hold indefinitely, and holds a slight, brown inkiness for several seconds. The beer has a slight dark brown hue to it, but otherwise is pure black, all the way to the bottom of the dimple. Methinks they used darker malts! Ring around the top is very deep brown, once head has faded, and almost oily looking.

S: Very deep aromas to this one. Deeply roasted coffee, extremely dark chocolate, slight tobacco, very dark molasses. A fair amount of sweetness. Slight motor oil, maybe. Slight licorice.

T/MF: Extremely black, deeply roasted coffee dominates the palate. A fair bit of graphite on the finish; holds for quite a while. Slightly smooth, with just a touch of carbonation. Sweet cocoa starts the finish, but quickly fades out against the graphite. Blackened toffee towards the middle. There's a lot in there, but the deep roasty flavor makes the other flavors hard to find.

Might go well with a very light cake, or similar dessert. Or perhaps, as a replacement for Kahlua in tiramisu. The flavors are a bit deeper than I would usually go for, but paired with the right foods, this might do just fine.

Poured from a .5 liter bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

A-Black with a small brown head that faded fast

S-smoked roasted chocolate aroma with a bourbon smell

T-smoke, roast, chocolate and alcohol taste at first, then you get a good hop aftertaste that turns into a sweet chocolate finish

M-full body and low carbonation

O- I let this one warm up before before I started drinking this one, and it turned out great. The beer became smoother the more I had.

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Photo of TRiGS
4.56/5  rDev +7%

I've tried my fair share of RIS's and this one is one of the best by far. Pours thick and black as night, beautiful dark brown head that dissipates very quickly. Cocoa and vanilla on the nose. Tastes incredible; strong notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Truly an world-class interpretation of the RIS style. May Odin bring good fortune to those who have the pleasure of consuming this divine ale.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really, really, really, really did juggle up whether to review this brew for number 400 or not - on the one hand I've heard so many good things about HaandBryggeriet's Odin's Tipple that it was a dead cert for 400. However I do believe I've found an even more insane-gigantic-colossal brew for that insane-gigantic-colossal number that it will put Odin to shame, but enough of that, let's waste no further time cracking open this giant slayer.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours into the glass like Barry White pouring his soul into a song about a sensual sexy lady. The body is an impenetrable black, a sea of ink into which stricken sailors drown. There was a mocha head at one stage but that ceased to be more than a thin lace ring around the glass.

S: Liquid 85% cocoa dark chocolate with notes of roast coffee and vanilla. A Russian Imperial Stout in its classic sense: Dark, brooding and stoic, not unlike the archetypal Russian hero in a Tolstoy novel.

T: Taste is a heady combination of the above: 85% cocoa dark chocolate, roast coffee and vanilla. Finishes more bitter than dry and leaves a bold imprint on your tongue in the after taste, a giant wet footprint of roasted malt and medicinal bitter hops, with a hint of smoke.

M: Oily, heavy with an undefinable tar-like viscosity as you would expect from a Stout of this calibre.

D: This is spot on for what you would expect in a Russian Imperial Stout, however without slanting in the direction of either coffee or chocolate it doesn't interest me as much as Founders Breakfast Stout (coffee) or Xiquic And The Hero Twins (chocolate), brews which are able to find more of a niche for me - sometimes I just feel like coffee and other times I just feel like chocolate. Let's get one thing straight though: This is an epic Stout that says "Skål bitches!" with every sip, mighty God effort Odin.

Food match: I wouldn't if I were you. Cigars would be the only appropriate pairing for this Goliath.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an outstanding bottle of beer here, shared with a new beer friend most unexpectedly. a bottle from his cellar, maybe six years old or so, very exciting. this is one heck of a nice ale, different from the enormous american stout, but in that russian imperial type vein. dense dark brown color, almost black, with an inky shine and not much head, just a thin mocha colored film around the edges of the tumbler glass from which i drink it. the nose is real intense, as bitter and roasted as any malt bill i can remember, just gigantically dark and robust, but with the high alcohol content being entirely invisible. notes of burning tobacco and licorice start off the taste, espresso finishes it off. its so intensely dark grainy, unlike most others i have had. long bitter finish characterized by a slightly tannic grain property and a bakers chocolate type richness. a very memorable brew, as smooth as any in terms of texture. i imagine age has mellowed the booze, and made the body this silky. it also almost tastes and feels oak aged. a very patient sort of drink, highly refined, definitely scandinavian, and capable of warming anyone up on the coldest of winter nights. id like to get a fresh one to compare, but this was a special bottle.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar, Escondido
Batch 676

A: poured thick and viscous in a pint glass. Beautiful darkness, coco tan head settling to an inch+ and holding briefly as the drink comes to room temp, resting at a nice thin layer. Classic RIS look,

S: creamy chocolate puddling, fully roasted malt, not too smokey and very pleasant on the nose.

T: powdered cocoa-chocolate first on the tongue and a very woody flavor. Nutmeg and some berries, the berry flavor is complex and seems more pronounced the warmer the beer gets. Alcohol is definitely there, heat and not unpleasant for those (like me) that like to know there's a bite. Heat lasts until your next sip.

M: thick and luscious, coats the whole mouth. Perfect for the style.

O: extremely enjoyable. Complex flavor and heat that let's you settle in and sip the night away. This one surprised me and I'm going to the store tomorrow to get more to store for next winter.

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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 stephens101
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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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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 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 PsilohsaiBiN
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 507...much thanks to Zamaman!

Appearance: Black as a 2x should be, but the nice two fingers of tan head with gurgling bubbles where it meets the beer sets this apart. This is one sexy looking beer.

Smell: Dark chocolate, dark fruit, cocoa, tannic earthiness, roasted malt.

Taste: Subtly sweet dark fruit over nice malt to start. Middle of the tongue gives dark chocolate. Finish is slight hop bitterness over some bitter baker's chocolate. The alcohol factor in this beer is quite negligible. If I were blind, I'd easily have guessed this as only 7% or so...wow. Really smooth.

Mouthfeel: Viscous, velvety and smooth. Quite possibly the best mouthfeel I've ever experienced for a standard Imperial Stout, or any Stout, for that matter. The way this drinks is found few and far between, if ever.

Overall: This beer blew me away. It is balanced so well with a touch of sweetness but nothing that even approaches cloying. From the taste, to the mouthfeel to the smell, I haven't had many better for this style. Add in the fact that it hides the booze deceptively well and drinks so damn smooth; there's not much that can be improved upon here. This is a masterpiece, I can only imagine how good the barrel aged version is.

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