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:
555
Reviews:
256
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.56%
 
 
Wants:
145
Gots:
85
For Trade:
3
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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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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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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

Thick, viscous, and as black as can be. A fine, bubbly ring of mocha brown head is all that's yeilded after a steady pour, speaking to its high ABV.

You can tell this is big as soon as you pop the cap with the smell of alcohol and dark fruits filling the air before your nose gets anywhere close. Wow, this is really big. Deep and heavy roasted malts, coffee beans, syrupy and viscous dark chocolate. Black licorice undertones and acetone make the big but unoffensive alcohol character in the nose. Mulled dates and alcohol soaked dark raisons add a fruity sweetness. A good dose of molasses is in there as well and even a touch of smoke. The complexity on the nose is amazing, covering a myriad of RIS characteristics without being overpowering and all over the place.

The sweetness is much more lively and fruity than I had expected and this seems to be amplified by the alcohol. Molasses laced raisons, plums, dates, and figs scour across the palate over a smooth and soft chocolate plateau. The roastiness comes more in the finish but it's not in your face and doesn't dominate over any of the sweet characteristics of the beer. Instead it plays off of them, giving it a fantastic balance. Alcohol comes in a more medicinal form, grazing the back of the palate before quickly washing away. It comes in the feel going down. There's a light smokiness to it as well that's paired with a maple sweetness, giving it a pleasant sweet woody touch.

The sticky and viscous feel doesn't stop this from going down smoothly. It's rich, it's creamy, it's big, and its perfectly balanced.

The RIS's I've had prior to this with the same magnitude punch you in the face with alcohol and roasty bitterness; this does neither. Despite how big it is, the chocolatey and smokey characters come off as soft and smooth. Its complexity increases as it warms and I really appreciate that. HaandBryggeriet is my favorite Norwegian brewery and this offering tops all others I've had from them to date. For me, this is a must grab, being a testament to how great an RIS can be.

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

Batch 297
Brewed 30.06.10

Poured into snifter. Might be the blackest beer I've ever seen. Strong pour results in a fingers worth of dark brown head. Becomes a creamy crown for the rest of the session. It's a looker.

I got smacked in the face with the aroma. Really complex...alcohol is definitely present with charred wood and sweet dark fruit. Also pick up a hint of mollases.

Taste has alot going on.Dark cherry, chocolate, maple syrup, charred wood. All this is backed by a slow alcohol burn. A slow sipper that opens up further as it warms.

Mouthfeel is heavy. Some may say to much so, but I enjoy it. Still goes down pretty smooth.

Overall...I really like this beer. So complex and warm. It is a little hot but doesn't distract. It's a big boy RIS for sure. My first offering from Haandbryggeriet was a home run. Look forward to trying more.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, viscous, black color with a one-finger, brown head of sudsy foam. It left streaky sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, molasses and boozy notes.

T - It tasted of bitter chocolate, burnt molasses, toffee and strong boozy flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a nice alcohol warmth.

O - This is a really outstanding Russian Imperial Stout. Glad I picked it up after a recommendation.

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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a stemmed pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with tall, thick, tan head. Quickly dissipates leaving a pleasing tan ring on edge of glass. The body is totally black.

Smell: Dominate notes of roasty malts, creamy milk chocolates and a definite touch of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet throughout the body. Much like the smell, this brew tastes like chocolate and roasted malt. Definitely sweet; almost vanilla notes (like bourbon aging?) - probably just my imagination. Slight booziness, though it is masked very well. Despite the simplistic description, this brew hints of complex flavors and serious depth; tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied. The creaminess of this "dark norse ale" does credit to balance the viscous, almost syrupy tendencies and helps stave off some pallet fatigue rounding out the brew nicely.

Overall: An exceptional beer, even out of the bottle. Would love to try this on tap if at all possible. The contrast of warm booze, sweet-creamy chocolate and dark, roasty malts creates an impressively complex drink - skal!

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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 Casey10
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a must have beer been looking for it for awhile and spotted it while at Redstone Liquiors while I spent some time in Mass. I was really happy to try this as was looking for it for some time.

A - Dark no lacing but no light is shining through.

S - Nice black liquiorice smell some chocolate.

T - nice smooth taste really a nice coffee taste.

M - wow really hot but a must have.

O - really if you can find it a must have really good. It is strong and coffee like well worth trying though.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 297 30.06.10 (6/30/10 perhaps?)

I curse you Jimmy J. I curse you for being such a good guy and BA member. Most of all, I curse you for finding this great beer before me. Draught2012, brought this beer over for a tasting a few months ago and while I had heard of the brewer, the beer itself was unknown to me. 25% into the glass I was already cursing Jimmy. How dare he find this gem before me?…… I kid, I kid. Thanks much Jimmy. What a great beer. So glad to sit and actually post a review based on the additional bottle you brought for me.

Not much of a head on the beer, just a light bronze foam that stays for a while and retreats to a thin film across the top of the liquid. Black, Black, and more black. No light, no how. No lace either.

Black Licorice, Brown sugar. Back and forth, back and forth. I thought of Black Sambuca for a moment.

Wow, this is just a wonderful beer. It starts of as really nice and gets better as it opens up. There is simplicity to its complexity. But it works. A spicy brown sugar that is soon revealed as black licorice or anise. A slight note of cocoa in the background and almost a warmth from a certain type of pepper.. Perhaps Ancho chile. Not spicy, but a warming heat. On the other hand, almost a cooling menthol affect in the aftertaste. As it warms more dark fruit comes out and reveals itself.

The body is a touch light for my personal preference, but the flavor makes up for it. A touch slick. The carbonation is a slight as possible while still being called carbonation.

This is a beer that continues to evolve as you work your way through the glass. I love this complexity more than most single flavor components. I say that it’s a beer you can play in while you work through the glass.

I curse you Jimmy J! ;-) You need to try this beer.

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Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
4.26 out of 5 based on 555 ratings.
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