Rye Hipster Brunch Stout
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #69
Ranked #274
4.47 | pDev: 5.59%
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States
Rye Hipster Brunch StoutRye Hipster Brunch Stout
Notes: A delectable stout with coffee, maple syrup, and bacon with rye malt added, and then aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels.
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4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hits you on the nose with maple, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate.
Taste follows suit but with loads of fudge and caramel as well, contrasted with a little bite from the rye and high ABV. I didn't taste much bacon per se but there is a nice saltiness to complement the maple and chocolate.
Overall a very well balanced beer with a smooth marshmallowy mouthfeel. This is a boozy dessert brew but it goes down easy and keeps you wanting more. Highly recommend!

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4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 FL OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
Bottled 11/12/18

This beer pours black and is topped with a minimal mocha head that leaves spotty lacing.

I get chocolate, vanilla, coffee, wood, and a little spice from the rum. The chocolate and vanilla really stand out as it warms.

The chocolate is the star of the show. Coffee and vanilla do not shy away either. I get a little rum. The finish is a little dry and woody.

Full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

This is a delicious beer. I don't know if the year in the cellar helped, but it sure didn't seem to hurt it.

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4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cola brown color with a massive khaki head that settles slowly to a ring and leaves ample blotches of lacing. Smells of maple, whiskey, roasted malts and some coffee. Tastes of maple, roasted malts, dark chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, coffee, caramel, molasses and a bit of oak. Full bodied, soft carbonatio , creamy mouth feel.

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EMH73 from New York, Dec 25, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 2019 bottle. Seems a bit too sweet and hot right now. Not getting the bacon at all. Will set a few bottles aside to see if some age help. Dark brown, minimal head, no retention.

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4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dec 14 2019. 12oz bottle date 11-13-19 poured into a tulip glass. Purchased at ML. Will highlight differences versus last years review.

Pour: same but maybe deeper black/brown. Still one of the most beautiful pours around. 5

Nose: still maple upfront, pretty much the same. 3.75

Taste: similar but enjoying much more than last years 4 rating. 4.25

Mouthfeel: awesome. Seems much fuller than last year. Moderate carbonation, marshmallow feel. Awesome. 4.75

Overall: really enjoying this, seemingly more than last year. Absolutely worth trying one and likely buying more! 4.5


Dec 1 2018. 12oz bottle dated 11-18-18. Poured into a pint glass. Purchased at Barrels & Vines.

Pour: dark brown with a hint of red. Huge tan head that slowly dissapted into a thick ring and layer of cloud. Only cleared meat they very end. Huge lacing throughout. Awesome. 5

Nose: huge maple overshadowed everything else. A little coffee and sweet booze. 4

Taste: maple fudge, coffee, dark chocolate and caramel. Some spice and maybe a little bacon saltiness on the backend. Not too sweet but still huge maple. Rye is there to help balance the maple. 4

Mouthfeel: moderate to high carbonation. A little thinner than a milkshake. Oily. 4

Overall: really good. Not sure it’s a go to stout for me but absolutely worth trying. I’ve got another to try and will see how it stands up the second time around. 4.25

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Wolvmar from Michigan, Dec 08, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. Beer is part of my trade with @jhavs, thanks!
The beer pours a rich cola brown color with dense khaki colored head of about 1 cm foams up and fades quickly to a tight and clingy edge layer. There is also a wispy island in the center of my glass. No light passes through my glass.
The aroma is rich and malty with some dark chocolate and vanilla mixing with some sweet rye whiskey notes. I dont get anything for hops here and while it smells like whiskey, it isnt boozy or hot at this point. So the 11% is sneaky so far.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture and very fine rolling carbonation. Really nice feel on my palate, with average to thicker body.
Flavor starts with a lot of chocolate, both sweet and dark varieties. This gives way to some brown sugar and maple syrup and vanilla, all fairly sweet but not cloying. Im not getting any of the coffee or bacon as promised on the bottle, but this is a 2017 vintage so that could have faded by now. There is a bit of whiskey on the finish and some warmth on the swallow which reveals the 11% now. Hops dont show up here similar to the nose.
This is a big beer on the edge of sweeter stout, and is complex and hides its booze. Id be glad to drink this again and am now tuned in to a new brewery that wasnt on my radar.

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sulldaddy from Connecticut, Oct 28, 2019
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4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: dark black body with a small tan head that slowly grows out if the body of the beer.

S: bourbon, oak, vanilla, and chocolate come out swinging. Slightly Smoky finish.

T: chocolate, and vanilla up front. Oak following with a hint of smoke goodness and the aftertaste of nutty coffee.

M: medium thick, lower carbonation, and creamy feel.

O: overall a really enjoyable beer. Complex and interesting.

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Beejay from Virginia, Oct 20, 2019
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4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited for this one.
Pours a small bubbly but thick dense mocha colored smaller head with good retention that doesn't seem to fade, nice messy lacing, almost pitch black beer, nice legs

Nose brings a plethora of awesomeness, starts with the first wave of dark chocolate, cocoa, and into caramel, vanilla, a little smokey bacon and maple syrupy to go with it, maple really start to take off, with some nice background smokey notes, then a bit nutty, and quickly into some fudgey notes, then back to dark chocolate cocoa again for another wave, flash of coffee and roast, with a little vanilla oak and hint of whiskey, and more maple to finish it off

Taste brings more of everything from the nose again, big maple out front, with some nutty flavors as well, some bitterness coming through with a little spicy hop note but not much, and a little alcohol warmth, then more dark chocolate cocoa and fudgey characters, some caramel and a little nougat as well as mild roasty coffee, then big vanilla, like raw vanilla and vanilla barrel notes, with a little whiskey but not much, hint of baking spices, fudgey cocoa and layers of dark chocolate, very rich with a little chocolate cookie dough, and just a touch of smokey maple bacon, semi sweet sticky finish, lingering dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel notes, little bitterness and mild whiskey, a touch of alcohol, and lots more maple

Mouth is fuller bod, rich creamy almost chewy, medium to lighter carb but on point, just a touch of alcohol

Overall very good, great base stout with lots of great characters, although I wish the barrel came through a bit more, but otherwise very good

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Sep 15, 2019
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4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Form the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This mighty brew pours a
rich obsidian with a nice head of tan foam that subsides to a
thick ring, thin pooling layer, and shows nice lacing. Nose of
coffee, smoke, bourbon, brulee, char, vanilla, dark chocolate,
and sweet maple notes. Flavors follow the nose but exceed with
a quality presentation. Waves of sweet bourbon and brown sugars
wash over notes of vanilla cream and maple with coffee and
dark sweet chocolate mingling with cola and balanced char and smoke.
Excellent mouth feel; full body, smooth, rich, light carbonation,
coating, lightly slick, and finishing warm and sweet.

Overall, a EXCEPTIONAL brew from a great little brewery!


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Photo of Buck89
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap into a pint glass. Nice looking beer with a medium creamy tan head that hung around longer than I expected. Aroma was rich with maple, coffee, chocolate, and faint whiskey. Taste followed closely. Very chocolatey at first, giving way to maple and coffee. The rye was there primarily at the finish adding a slightly spicy element. I didn’t pick up any overt bacon but it was perhaps slightly salty. Overall just a delicious and complex beer.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Jul 11, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body, nearly black in appearance; extremely dense and creamy head, very thick. Deep and rich aroma mixing notes of cocoa nibs and bitter chocolate; mocha and coffee notes. Big chocolate flavor with maple sweetness and strong yet complementary alcohol presence; roasted grain. Heavy body; thick and sludgy; boozy heat tempering moderately sweet residual sugar bulk.

This is a bold one. Dark and rich in flavor and aroma although I didn't pickup any specific rye notes or bacon. But for an imperial/breakfast/pastry stout, this one has balls. My sample has the following date info: MFG 11/12/18. This certainly has aged well. It is definitely a beer meal feast in a bottle...

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beergoot from Colorado, Jun 13, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with two fingers of khaki foam that retains well. Aroma is vanilla bean, caramel, molasses, maple syrup, raisins, coffee and hearty roasty, toasty, earthy, caramely malts. There is a little bit of heat via the whiskey, but it's dry and light, complimenting the sugary onset well. Flavor profile is vanilla bean, coffee, maple syrup all right up front, starting off each sip as sweet. Raisins and molasses follow for a little additional sweetness. Roasty, toasty, caramely, earthy malts and rye whiskey close it out, with the rye drawing out a little of the sweetness. Mouth feel is thick with a creamy, velvety texture. Overall, big, flavorful and sweet. Malts help to balance out the sugary additions, with rye whiskey working overtime to counteract sugary onset.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, May 27, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brown to Black and viscous, with a one and half finger mocha head and good lacing.

S: Maple and rye whiskey melt my heart. Dark bitter chocolate here too.

T: Very sweet but entirely sippable. Follows the nose with notes of coffee, char, and leather.

F: Medium-heavy weight with okay carbonation and some booziness. Smooth but wish it was thicker.

O: I didn't get bacon but maybe some of the salt. This was a great drink and experience.

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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington, May 08, 2019
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4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with a foamy tan head that disappears quickly. Aromas of maple syrup and rye whiskey. A hint of chocolate and vanilla. Taste is SWEET. The maple syrup hits first. A hint of bacon with vanilla and whiskey. Good mouth feel.

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dd53grif from Michigan, Apr 28, 2019
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4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Odd Side Rye Hipster Brunch Stout, 11% ABV. Pours black with a one finger tan head. Nose is coffee, maple, and rye. Taste is sweet maple, chocolate, roast malt, rye, coffee, and a slight bitter close. Outstanding mouthfeel, overall outstanding to world-class. Couldn't detect any hipster in the nose or flavor, thank god.

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bbtkd from South Dakota, Apr 28, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Tan head. Dark brown color. Nearing black.

Similar to CW stouts. A lot of great flavors but a little light in body. Maple syrup, coffee, rye whiskey, chocolate, and vanilla all show. Not sure id be able to pinpoint the bacon, but I can see it’s sort of there. Tasty.

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mothman from Minnesota, Apr 21, 2019
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4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice glass, this beer pours out a dark, clear brown and forms in the glass black with minimal highlights. It forms almost two fingers worth of dense, creamy, tightly packed, well held, peanut butter fudge colored crown. It leaves a heavy wall of lacing as the crown slowly recedes.

The nose brings a roasty coffee covered with notes of sweet maple and a smoke to it that does make you think of bacon. It’s got some milky, slightly bitter chocolate lying underneath and a hint of rye with a spicy note. It also has, just when you think it’s done expanding, a hit of warm barrel and booziness.

The taste follows suit to the nose. Layers of fudgey chocolate mixing with a beautifully balanced smoke quality. Rye stays slightly present the whole way through, but isn’t overpowering, while sweet and roasty notes of the maple and coffee paint a perfect background. Barrels don’t play a huge role, but are definitely a part of the team, adding a nice dry oak factor.

Although it’s not the thickest beer ever made, it does provide nice depth with a chewy, fudge like body. Smokey/oak notes provide a dry finish. The carbonation is where it should be. It’s on the low side, but not so low that it makes it feel flat by any means. I do however wonder if this would affect the aging of this beer.

Overall, I really enjoyed drinking this and think it’s a beautifully crafted brew.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Haven’t found a much better BBA Stout than this. Perfect balance with strong chocolate taste at first followed by vanilla, maple, coffee, smoke and finishes with a whiskey feel and warmth. You would never guess the ABV until you have had a couple. Tried it at the OSA Taproom in Grand Haven, MI

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Ghenry303 from Michigan, Mar 25, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! Got this in a trade a few months back and I knew it would be good but holy cow this is truly great. A lot going on and it all works. So smooth, you’d never guess the ABV. Kudos!

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JLK7299 from North Carolina, Mar 20, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a dark tan, tight head that dissipates pretty quickly.
Smell is big and boozy as soon as the bottle is cracked. The rye whiskey is very much in evidence. Also notes of date and a light smokiness. The whiskey is prevalent though.
Taste is remarkably chocolatey and soft. The whiskey bite is hiding there on the tail end but the upfront impression is chocolatey as heck. There are notes of coffee/mocha and maybe a bit of cherry, nice little barrel/vanilla/whiskey fumes thing that lingers as well. Very complex and well blended. Delish!
Mouthfeel is spot on awesome. Big and rich with a clean, velvety smooth finish. Quite nice, quite nice indeed.
This beer far surpassed my expectations. Right up to the first sip I was not sure what to expect but I surely didn't expect this decadent gem. Don't sleep on ol' odd side, this is a smash success.

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4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle, dated 11/13/18. Pours mostly black with a medium sized khaki head that lasts a while. Smells and tastes nicely of maple syrup, cocoa, coffee, rye, spice, barrel, smoke, vanilla, molasses, and roasted malt. Great intensity and very complex. Medium bitterness, sweetness, and dryness. No noticeable alcohol. Above average body and below average carbonation for the style. Overall, I'm impressed by this one; it's balanced, complex, and unique.

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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin, Jan 30, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 11/12/18 poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black with a very thin head
S: Maple, rye, coffee, smoke/bacon towards the finish with some cocoa/caramel as well. Quite complex
T: Smooth, chocolate, maple, coffee, caramel, rye. Delicious and complex
M: Full-bodied, a bit sweet, very smooth
O: One of the better BA stouts I’ve had. Highly recommended

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4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I’ve been looking for this beer and was very happy to find it in bottles at a local store. Pours a nice deep dark brown, almost black color with darker tan head and some nice spotty lingering lacing. Smells of maple, whiskey, wood, a little coffee and chocolate. Tastes of maple, wood, sweeter whiskey, vanilla, caramel and malt. The coffee and chocolate flavors are definitely more muted and in the background and I don’t really taste any bacon, though there may be just a hint of some smokiness. Smooth, full, slightly creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation. A nice sipper and the high ABV is fairly well hidden but there’s definitely some warming alcohol. An excellent beer!

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Jan 05, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was murky black with deep mocha colored head.

Smell - The sweetness of the maple and malts made its presence known in the nose with light chocolate.

Taste - At the front, sweet chocolate malts were accompanied by maple. The next later was the smoke of the sinful bacon. The rye was not overly hot, but created a nice undercurrent. The malts and smoked leaned more bitter in back.

Mouthfeel - For a stout, the beer seemed somewhat thin.

Overall - This is a decadently sinful beer that is worth seeking for its smoke and sweetness.

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4.01/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Released a couple weeks ago.

A: Pours very dark, dull brown with a cap of light tan head. Decent retention but minimal lacing.

S: Hefty amount of vanilla bean, a bit of roast, espresso, and chocolate. Very light savory bacon, syrup, and round grainy rye.

T: Medium roast coffee, moderate roastiness, milk chocolate, and a touch of sweet maple. Not getting any bacon.

M: Medium-full body, mildly creamy, with medium-light carbonation. Slight warming from the alcohol.

O: Not bad. Barrel treatment and adjuncts are pretty light, and the base isn’t exceptional enough to make this without more contribution from the adjuncts.

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pmarlowe from Virginia, Dec 07, 2018
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