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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4.26
pDev:
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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to psiweaver for this one by way of IS BIF 2. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Viscous pour yields a massive, 3.5 finger, dense, dark mocha colored head with annoyingly good retention. Beer is opaque black. Lacing is chunky but sparse with average cling.

S: Nose tells me straight away that this one is a booze bomb. Chocolate, liquorice, raisins, prunes, and caramel are detectable but there's a significant amount of alcohol covering the aromas. A bit one-dimensional.

T: Boozy upfront with plums, chocolate, and cocoa in the back. Burnt malt bitterness and liquorice comes through a bit towards the middle but fades quickly and subtely. Sweet and fruity at the finish with a dark fruit and cocoa aftertastse.

M: Medium bodied and a bit too carbonated for my liking. Rather smooth and oily going down but I can taste all 11% of this one. Finish is messy and aftertaste lingers.

D: A real middle of the road RIS. A bit too boozy and hot in my opinion and way overcarbonated. The flavor is there, but its masked by all the alcohol. There are better offerings out there for this style.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown, almost opaque. A little murky, but quite enticing with the perfect tannish head. Long lasting with lots of lacing.

S - Sweet malts, dark bitter chocolate, dark fruity esters of raisins and a little banana.

F/M - Sweet dark malts, dark fruit esters of prunes and raisins. A little bit of banana and a little bit of chocolate flavors mix together. Medium bitterness with a clean, dry finish. Medium full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight warming in the belly.

D - OK, but this is quite a big beer. More than a bottle would be a challenge to put down by one's self.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at Plumpjack Wine Store in San Francisco. Batch 210, brewed January 1, 2009.

Poured into a 7oz. snifter.

Appearance: Poured out awfully thick and black, with a small, chestnut-colored head that slowly oozed upward from the depths. Head quickly retreated, settling as a thin halo. A quick swirl really accentuates this beer's girth, and momentarily awakens that initial head. Subsequent pours yielded more and more head, but I never saw any lacing. Impressive nonetheless.

Smell: Milk chocolate, soft nuts (e.g. pecans, walnuts), and butter toffee all displayed a strong presence from the get-go. As the beer slowly approached room temperature, dark currants and perfumy/flowery esters emerged and, sadly, displaced the original aromas I had grown so fond of. Still, the nose on Odin's Tipple is fantastic! Very complex and dynamic.

Taste: Dark chocolate, roasted barley, molasses, currants, and mocha. Light char and prickly, almost rum-like alcohol, come forth in the finish. After awhile, I started tasting barbecue, specifically barbecued red meat. I typically catch this flavor in heavier English and Scottish ales; I assume it's some sort of popular British malt (Maris Otter?). As with the smell, the taste was both complex and dynamic, though I enjoyed the taste even more. In fact, I'm getting dangerously close to giving the taste a perfect 5.0.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied, chewy, viscous, and definitely bold! Warm, dry, and bitter, but actually much easier/smoother than you'd think; in other words, the 11% ABV is hidden pretty well, and the year and a half of bottle conditioning probably killed the hop bitterness quite a bit. Light, rolling carbonation velvetizes (I know that's not a word, but it should be) the whole experience. Zero complaints here. Haandbryggerriet nailed it!

Drinkability: Such a complex and enjoyable RIS. It evolved throughout the session and each sip was sooo good. Mmmmm... Get yourself some!

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

Poured from the bottle into my Founders snifter

A - Black body with a big brown head resting on top. Menacing looking beer.I can't imagine a stout looking much better than this.

S - Roasted malts layered on top of espresso, dark chocolate and a heavy dose of booze. Smells a bit too hot. Light notes of sweet vanilla and caramel as well.

T - Big espresso flavor on top of a bitter chocolate body. Very bright acidic coffee flavor. Hints of sweetness but not much. A bit boozy in the finish with notes of smoke as well.

M - Medium to heavy body. Light carbonation, a little sticky and a bit dry.

D - A little bit too astringent for my taste, also a bit hot. This beer might do better with some age on it. Still a pretty solid beer and certainly worth trying. I might buy another bottle and come back to this one in a few years.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
3.21/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Deep brown and richly dense head crowning a near jet black body; viscous pour and characteristically clingy Brussels lacing.

Caramel laced cherries and rubbing alcohol pinned beneath roasted barley on the nose; some band-aid phenolic scents as well.

Creamy and tongue coating, with a higher than expected level of carbonation that keeps the body on the more medium side.

The major fault with this beer is the alcohol content. It is just way too overpowering, and swallows up the majority of the more subtle flavors. Leaves behind almost a muted, roasted chocolate flavor. The beer isn't astringent, nor is it too sweet, so those are a couple of pluses. All in all, I think this beer would be much better weighing in around 8% fresh or after several years of aging.

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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 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 prototypic
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many, many thanks to kkipple for this gem. Wasn't expecting to see this one. I like the sound of "Dark Norse Ale."

Odin's Tipple is an ominous onyx color. Pitch black. No light cuts through at all. The Norse Gods would approve. A very dark mocha head caps it off. It's rather ominous itself. It rises to about a finger and a half before falling rather quickly. Lacing was light, but a little sticky.

The nose is tremendous. Bittersweet dark chocolate blends perfectly with a strong espresso/roasted coffee presence. Smells a little charred or burnt. A light sweet chocolate scent emerges with just a touch of caramel in its wake. At the secondary level, there's some molasses and black licorice. Alcohol is easily noted, but that should come as no real surprise. It is 11% abv. Too much, eh? What kind of Norseman are you?

The flavor is every bit as impressive. It's very rich, deep, and complex. One sip is all it takes to become a believer in the power of the Norse Gods. The roasted and chocolate malt base is incredibly sturdy and flavorful. The chocolate variety is like bittersweet, dark chocolate fudge. A little caramel sweetness is noted and complements the other malts well. Roasted coffee and espresso flavors explode on the palate. I'm a coffee fan, so that's a homerun for me. Lighter, subtle notes of black licorice, anise, and charcoal add a ton of character and complexity. Alcohol is somewhat prominent and has a bit of a warming effect. But, if you're a true Norseman, that shouldn't bother you. It finishes with a nice mix of malts and coffee.

Odin's Tipple has a medium body that thickens a little with warming. I wouldn't quite call it full, but it's getting closer. Carbonation is light, and it has a nice, smooth feel. Just a little more body would bump it up a notch. Drinkability is very high. This is one tasty stout that's far too easy to drink, especially for its size. To say I'm enjoying it is an understatement.

There's no question in my mind...Odin's Tipple is the nectar of the Norse Gods. Let there be no doubt. I was told this was good by a very credible source. It is indeed. Damn good. HaandBryggeriat definitely hit a homerun here. This is one big, badass stout that deserves your attention. Do not shy away. It's calling your inner Norseman. Awesome stuff, Dan! Thanks a ton!

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

pours dead black with a mocha-colored head of foam that fizzles down to creamy ring.
aroma of coffee, alcohol, burnt sugar, malted milk chocolate. quite boozy.
taste is rum-soaked chocolate covered espresso beans (if that were possible), molasses, late herbal bitterness, a bit of licorice, charcoal, fusel alcohol. burnt flavors come out more as it warms.
mouthfeel is medium, with only a faint lingering of stickiness on the lips. relatively dry, with a certain oily slickness. a bit prickly in the finish, and leaves some hot alcohol on the breath.
great balance and flavors, but a bit too hot to be world class. would age like a champ.

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Photo of WorldWideStout
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Body is extremely dark brown. Head is probably the darkest I've ever seen, seems to have a tinge of red in it as well. It only creeps up to one finger and doesn't last long, however. Not too much lacing.

S: The first smell I got when I was pouring it out was actually that of pumpkins and bananas. Subsequent sniffs reveal a good amount of milk and semi-sweet chocolate, as well as some alcoholic burn.

T: I get some gentle smokiness right at the start, along with banana and pumpkin bread. Towards the middle rich chocolate has the lime light, with alcohol esthers playing a supporting role. The finish turns into more of a fudgy chocolate, with an alcoholic burn still present. The aftertaste for me was peanut butter, something I haven't particularly detected in a beer before. I'd like to give this more of a 4.25, but am bumping it up rather than down to reflect what I think is closer to what the overall score should be.

M: Very thick, but not accompanied by that velvety smoothness some thick beers have unfortunately. I had to chew the beer, which I like in a stout. The alcohol tingled and burned my mouth a little too much.

D: This was a real heavy hitter. I enjoyed my 16.9 oz to the last drop, but it was slow going. The heavy mouthfeel and fairly noticeable alcoholic presence made it a classic sipper, and I certainly would not want more than one in a night.

This beer had some very tasty notes, especially of chocolate. I'm glad I have one to age, as I felt the large presence of alcohol was the only real weakness of the brew. I wouldn't have it that often even if it was available to me, however, as it's a strong beer in all facets. Odin's Tipple is indeed a fitting name.

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Photo of fear025
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Dark malts with a little smoke and chocolate.

Appearance:Opaque black with chocolate brown head.

Taste:Dark malts, chocolate, smoke, and oak. There are some raisins in the flavor too.

Mouthfeel:Medium-thick with a little harsh bitterness at the end.

Drinkability:Really well done, fantastic chocolaty beer.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 17 oz. bottle into a Belgian glass. Odin mounts Sleipnir, his spear Gungnir firm in hand, and prepares to do battle on my palate. I play some Blind Guardian and prepare for glory.
Pours thick and gloopy, opaque black absolutely impenetrable by light, as dark as a winter night on the fjords of Norway. A beautiful rich chocolate brown 1/4" head that unfortunately fades pretty quick. Leaves thick foamy lacing. So close to a 5 appearance.
Rich cocoa and molasses hits me first on the nose, with a charred undertone and a hint of burnt sugar. A little boozy, but forgiveably so.
Big and rich! Smoky/burnt wood dominates the taste, like the smoke from a viking ship burned in funeral ceremony. Closely followed by bitter chocolate, some molasses, with a brief fade to coffee beans leading into a pleasant and unique bitter, smoky, charred finish, like inhaling the ashes of your enemies. Well balanced for how huge and malty it is.
Pretty nice texture, well carbonated. Comes on strong like a charging berserker, but fades nicely to a medium body and leaves a nice coat on the tongue.
As I wrap up this review I've got like 2/3 of the bottle left. A formidable opponent, I dread and embrace it like Ragnarok. The smokiness and the hugeness make it a sipper. It does not tread lightly. My tongue is being pillaged and I pray I die with my glass in hand, and am permitted into Valhalla.
This is a monster, rich and fairly complex. I recommend splitting it with one or two people, and be prepared for a smoky onslaught. Odin will grant you no mercy.

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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 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 jamie2dope
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the whole Norse/Viking thing they have going on with this beer. Poured in to a Sam Adams perfect pint glass, this beer comes out like motor oil. Possibly one of the blackest, sludgiest looking brews I have come across, with a quick to fade head of dark brown froth. Nose is of dark fruit such as cherry and plum, and also has a real dark chocolate side to it. A bit of char shows up as well, rounding out the sweet smells. The taste is very similar, again with dark fudge like chocolate and more dark fruit. Alcohol can definitely be tasted and felt, but it never becomes hot. Mouthfeel is on the rich and thick side, only getting more complex as it warms to room temperature. Drinkability is stellar for a beer of this size and strength. Sip with caution, but I have to admit that it didn't take me long to polish this off. Odin's Tipple is one of the best stouts, and beers that I have had in a while.

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Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured jet black with a thin mocha colored head that slowly faded away leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark fruits in the nose, which is somewhat sweet. The smell also has some hints of chocolate and alcohol.
T: The taste is very rich and complex with flavors of chocolate, dark fruits and licorice. The taste becomes more complex as the beer warms up. Some malty sweetness is also present.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate but isn't that thick. It is relatively smooth and the alcohol provides a little bit of warming sensations. Not much carbonation is perceptible.
D: This is a great beer to sip; the alcohol doesn't stand out that much in the taste but it can quickly catch up to you given the strength.

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

HaandBryggeriet Odin's Tipple pours a dark molases hue with a dark brown, short, short lasting head. Final rest is to an opaque brownish black liquid. Aromas are strong and well noticed. Pleasant of dark fruit with a little sour. Smokey hints also come about. Mouthfeel is sleak, medium dense, and mildly carbonated. Well made and continually changing for the better.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD on the way up to LBI. What better way to kick off vacation than a big, dark brew! It must be added that service at State Line was exceptional today, making small talk and they were genuinely interested in my business which was greatly appreciate, but that's for another review in another place. Bottle notes Batch 210, brewed 20.01.09. Seeing that makes it a year and a half old, it will be taken strongly into consideration.

A: Black as night, topped with a fleeting, though exceptionally dark head. Very brown ring of lace surrounds it and then dwindles away to nothing. Granted, at 11%, that's not too surprising.

S: Big aroma... bitter chocolate notes, some charry elements, along with dark fruit - lots of plum n particular. There's another fruity quality to it... almost like black currant, maybe. It's rounded out with some anise and saltiness... touches of oxidation seem to be coming through.

T: Intense, just like the nose. Big, roasted malt and charcoal flavour... chocolate is there, but not in the same way as I detect it in the aroma. There's more of the saltiness in the flavour and some sherry that don't hurt it too badly. That said, I would kinda shy away from this being a long-term aging candidate as it seems to be showing signs of it now. The cap did seem to come off a little easily, so that could play a part in it. Some of the fruitiness is there, dark 'berry' like flavours... though they are layered with the bitterness and burnt taste.

M + D: American brews made in the style of RIS tend to be quite big in body - chewy, rich, a real mouthful. I find Belgian style stouts to be a little more 'liquid.' This beer has a body more like the latter... though rather slick, leaving a bit of a residual and thin coating over the tongue on the finish which promotes a little more alcohol warming. A rather nice beer, though if my bottle is any indication, it would probably be one I'd suggest digging into now if it's being stored. Most definitely a sipping brew, and about right for a rainy day. Maybe a little boozy for a hot one, but it did me just fine!

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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 Xul
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black - there are no dark ruby highlights when held up to the light, or traces of dark brown - this is straight off a Spinal Tap album cover. Head is one inch frothy, dark brown that recedes quickly into spotty lacing over the top of the beer.

S: Roasty, dark chocolate out front gives way to a big dark fruit character with dark cherries, figs, plums, raisins, and a vinous quality that's rather like port. Coffee and vanilla notes lurk in the background.

T: Starts out with semi-sweet chocolate before opening up into dark fruits much like the nose, except some blackberries have joined the proverbial party. The port quality is a bit more subdued in the mid-palate, although it makes its return on the backend. Vanilla swirls around lightly as the fruit dies down and a big roasted coffee and chocolate comes in late and carries through to a long finish with slightly bitter coffee, chocolate, and the aforementioned port notes.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation, could be a touch creamier but its velvety smoothness is excellent.

D: The alcohol isn't entirely hidden but since it mostly manifests itself in the form of port notes, it's more of an enhancement than a detraction. Excellent beer and I'll definitley be picking up a couple more of these while I can.

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

Pours a big, black body with a thin, dark, tan head. One of the darker heads I've seen in awhile. Some nice waves of lacing. Looks good.

Lots of roasty, chocolaty, molasses notes on the nose. A bit of port and wine mixed with alcohol and dark fruits. Really liking the fruit and chocolate pairing.

The flavor is full of smooth, chocolaty, dark malts and fruit. Lots of dark roasted malts, yet still quite sweet. Has a vinous, dark fruit presence that I picked up on in the Wild Thing as well. Could be a byproduct of the house yeast. Really nice mix of figs, grapes, port, molasses and chocolate. Some alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a like-able amount of warming alcohol. Low carbonation, but good for the style. It would be nice if this were a little thicker, but still quite good.

Tasty stuff. The drinkability is good. It's not too hard to notice the ABV, but it isn't abrasive and it doesn't get in the way of the flavor or enjoyment. Lots of great flavor and a smooth body. A treat to drink and good for a cold Winter's night. Excellent with chocolate cake. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of trygger87
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this stuff in SF CA.
Beer pours a solid black with no head but there is carbonation. The smell is of fine dark rum with a very malty back bone. Flavor is deep, with dark booze soaked fruits hitting you first followed by an almost sherry like quality. Mouth feel is pretty dry for such a big beer, but it still lingers. Drinkability is really good considering its 11 percent. I would buy this one again!

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

Pours a used motor oil black sludge color with a creamy dense brown head that settles into a solid ring. The aroma is of milk chocolate, light charred wood, roasted malt and some tin. Nice big roasted malt flavor, some smoke and charred wood, bitter chocolate, some booze soaked dark fruity; perhaps some raisins or fig. There is also an undercurrent of vanilla and caramel. A big malty brew yet there is an unrippen cherry or lemon tartness that cuts the body of this beer. The feel is thick, with some tingly carbonation to give it some spunk. Sweet overall but has some dry and sour aspects. The ABV peaks here and there, can finish sticky at times. Damn, this is a good RIS. Extremely malty with nice woody/earthy flavors. This brewery makes a great malty brew.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500mL bottle - Batch 210, brewed 01/20/09 - served into a tulip

Pours an absolute pitch black. It doesn't appear to sit too heavily in the glass. The head is perhaps the darkest I've ever seen. It is totally a burnt sienna color. It isn't even a single finger in size but it certainly makes an impression.

The aromas explode out of the glass with vigor. Milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, sunken figs (I don't know what that means, but that is what I typed. I think I meant drunken figs), blackberry, stale cocoa powder. The aromas aren't exceptional or original but they are strong and their particular proportions and progressions make for a unique nose.

Right up front you can tell this beer straddles some strange line between Double Stout and Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Lots of sweet dark fruits meets lots of stale roasted flavors. There's booze, too. This doesn't taste like Black Albert, which is to say that Odin's Tipple is not a clear Imperial Stout w/ Belgian yeast flavors. This is straight-up style confusion. Which isn't a bad thing; this beer tastes good. Would that the chocolate tastes be fuller this beer might score higher.

The mouthfeel is nearly too thin for an imperial stout... at first. Miraculously, the beer thickens up with warmth to something suitable. The drinkability is pretty average for the style. The alcohol is up there and you can taste it and the stale chocolate flavors get to be a little too much after a while.

This is a confusing beer. A good one, though. Definitely try it if you see it on the shelves.

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

'09 vintage thanks to either Kevin or Chris!

A- Boday is an opaque dark brown-nearly black hue that does not let light shine through. Pours with a 1/2 finger deep brown foamy head-which eventually fades to a thick collar.

S- Big, black, and rich. Typical and good for an RIS- plum, anise, raisin, cocoa, a hint of dark chocolate.

T- The highlight of the flavor is very dark roasted malt. Dark chocolate comes througg initially as well as a bit of smokey ash. The finish is more balanced with typical RIS (see noes) characters coming through more. A faint roasted malt flavor lingers on the palate.

M- Soft carbonation and a thick, heavy body.

D- This is a good RIS overall with a nice roasted character addition. If I had not had so many world class brews from this style I may have ranked it higher-because this is a very good, enjoyable brew overall.

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Odin's Tipple from HaandBryggeriet
4.26 out of 5 based on 552 ratings.
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