Rye Hipster Brunch Stout
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #82
Ranked #279
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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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rye Hipster Brunch Stout from Oddside Brewing. Purchased on 24/5/21 from cooler at Central Market, SAT. $ 30.30 (including tax)/4-pack of 12 oz bottles ($0.631/oz). Stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 26/5/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Possible date code on label may be “LTG11/2/20” – it’s hard to read. Served at 54.5 degrees in a hand washed and dried glass coffee cup, my travel beer glass. Final temperature 58.6 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Amber Brown (SRM 18), hazy.
Body – Deep Brown (SRM 30), opaque. When rear-lite, same.
Head – Average (Maximum 2.5 cm, aggressive center pour), camel, high density, leaving a four to five mm crown fed by effervescence and a thin partial cap.
Lacing – Excellent! As the level drops, the surface of the glass is coated with overlapping sheets of extremely tiny bubbles. By the end, the bands have separated.
Aroma – 4 – Medium roasted malt, whiskey, no hops, no yeast, no maple syrup, no coffee.
Flavor – 4.5 – Begins with lightly sweet chocolate malt and some better rye flavor than the rye whiskey I normally drink, no hops, no yeast, no coffee, and thankfully no bacon although there is a slight smokiness. Remarkedly, no ethanol (12.7% ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 4.5 – Full, creamy, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.25 Damn good although a bit pricey – best Oddside brew I’ve had to date. The appearance is typical stout but at 12.7% ABV the head and lacing are remarkable. The aroma isn’t bad and lacks a harsh whiskey burn. Flavor is particularly good, highlighting the malt and the rye whiskey barrels, smooth and sweet. No vanillin from the barrels, xin loi. Bacon is only evident in a slight smokiness. The mouthfeel is a delight.

May 26, 2021
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ExtraKings from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into snifter glass

Look: Near black with a very light tan head. Moving the glass around presents a much darker brown head though.

Smell: Vanilla, coffee, almost coconut in the mix with some expected oaky, roasty smells.

Taste: Immediately sweet maple and fudge recedes into oaky, whiskey profile. As it warms, it definitely becomes more or a rye showcase, which pairs all the better with the upfront sugary taste

Feel: Thick but incredibly smooth and creamy

Overall: A lovely BA beer with a nice balance of sweet, flavorful adjuncts and emphasis on the barrel and dry oakey notes.

Mar 08, 2021
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pour is a translucent black with a finger of deep khaki head that fades to a small cap on the glass.
nose is a hint of bourbon, coffee, maple, latte,
taste is a hint of smoked malt (bacon?) followed by bourbon and maple. strong coffee and bourbon on the finish along with dark chocolate.
mouthfeel is medium low carbonation and a bit thinner than i'd anticipate for the style.

Feb 20, 2021
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TBoneJones from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Boom flavor. There’s somehow a delicious cherry/ amaretto flavor to this, with how the bacon and maple sweetness blend in this rye beer. Medium chew/ sticky. Taste is amazing. Move over just a little bit CBS.
Update: The only beer I’ve revisited to notch-up the rating a bit, because it’s the only beer I recall tasting better each time I grab a bottle. The 4-pack is pricey but this one is worth it. Next time that’ll be the grab. Whatever they did here, is great.

Feb 14, 2021
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donspublic from Texas

4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip, good 1+ finger light tan head. Good retention and lacing. Jet black in the glass, no light passes thru. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a good whiff of whiskey. Taste follows the nose, surprisingly good shot of maple sweetness on the front then the roast, chocolate and coffee come forward, there is vanillin in the middle and more whiskey notes on the finish. There is some spiciness on the end. The bacon eludes me, but I am fine with that, nice drinking beer. Oh and drinks so well for the abv..

Feb 12, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Label is stamped 'MFG11/2/20'.
Very dark brown colored body, with garnet and red mahogany back lit edge. Persistent skinny finger of light tan head. Leaves heavy sheets of lacing on the non drinking side.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate, maple, vanilla, spicy rye barrel, and toffee. Confectionery overall.
Taste is accentuated with the spicy rye barrel, while the sweet components of chocolate, vanilla, maple, and toffee blend so well together. Is there bacon here? Not really prominent, but maybe it adds into the barrel notes, as a little smoke action.
Creamy and a little more than medium in mouth feel. Low carbonation.
Well made and blended flavored stout. Higher ABV% is hidden away. Very pleasant sipping beer, and the aftertaste brings a second wave of enjoyable flavors, with the smooth rye barrel, chocolate, vanilla, and toffee. Really best as a beer that one can experience over an extended length of time.

Jan 18, 2021
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BigIronH from Michigan

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This beer is truly 5 stars for me, and the price of 23$ for a 4 pack of bottles reflects it. This beer has changed my perception of what a bourbon barrel stout can and should be. The first smell is of bourbon and chocolate with coffee on the backend with lingering charred oak. The body and feel of this beer is excellent as well. All the thickness and chewiness I expected from the melding flavors was present. The creaminess of it leaves residual flavor. The flavors are more complex than anything I've ever personally had so I struggle to describe it. The initial flavor that comes through is definitely the bourbon, immediately followed by a sweet maple like melted chocolate flavor that is very enjoyable but doesn't over power the rye. As you finish the drink the coffee flavors really come through and the savory, salty flavor of the bacon lingers toward the end. Overall, I've never enjoyed a stout more than this. I can't wait to try it again.

Jan 02, 2021
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of rye whiskey, chocolate, toffee, caramel and vanilla. Big, bold roasty flavors with oak, vanilla, chocolate and toffee.

Jan 01, 2021
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours nearly black with 1/8 inch light tan head with big bubbles that dissipate leaving a ring around the glass and scattered foam across the surface of the beer. Smells like maple syrup and rye. Taste of maple, molasses, salty bacon, rye malt, smoke. Pretty interesting and complex flavor profile. Nice full body. Overall really good, like brunch in a can.

Dec 26, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stout- it's not just for breakfast anymore. Odd Side brewers roll out a syrupy, thick elixir of a stout that's meant for those who sleep in just a little. Brunch never had it so good.

Very dark brown, but not quite full-on black, Rye Hipster Brunch pours rich with a cream layering of syrupy nature to the eye. With a rounded scent of maple, smoke, molasses, mesquite and toasted spice, the nose is met with the scent of IHoP, if IHoP were on fire. Sweet on the tongue, its maple influence is paramount with slightly less intense malt flavors delivering caramel, toffee, molasses and brown sugar.

As the rich stout rolls onto the middle palate, the more toasty and roasty influence bring their own dark roast coffee, burnt toast, dark chocolate and roasted walnut flavors before the barrel has its turn. Rye whisky delivers a caramelized spice with hints of wood tannins, nuttiness and peppercorn along with the husken grit of rye whisky as the hop bitterness arrives in order to bolster the beer's spicy bite.

Full bodied but certainly not as chewy or cloying as expected, the barrel aged stout finishes long and lush with dark roast malts and with a spicy aftertaste that outlasts the maple flavors, and without the scent of new plaid or hair gel anywhere in sight.

Dec 23, 2020
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illini77 from Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Was very excited to try this and it did not disappoint. Poured jet black with a very thin layer of foam. Smell is strongly of maple and chocolate. The flavors in this beer are phenomenal. Initially the maple dominated with a mellow aftertaste of booze and smoky bacon. As it warmed up the maple remained but I picked up notes of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. The best part about this beer is the mouthfeel - I am newer to the stout game but this is one of the chewiest I've tried.

Overall this beer blew away my high expectations.

Dec 19, 2020
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andrewjraab from Michigan

4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark brown with some reddish tints glowing around the glass. A thin blanket of creamy caramel colored head with webbing of lace.

S - This brew is a party for your senses - huge coffee and chocolate aroma, smokey, maple syrup, vanilla beans, boozy, caramel, roasted malts.

T - This one really blows your hair back - Huge roasted and caramel malts, followed by loads of chocolate, cocoa nibs, fudge, roasted coffee, vanilla, some booze definitely present on the back end as it warms your soul. Creamy and smooth mouth feel.

O - Another BYTO stout from Odd side. A world class stout bucket list type stout.

Nov 22, 2020
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Chris7482 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just a fantastic beer. Sweet and roasty, balanced with a great mouth feel. Leaves you satisfied but wanting more. Definitely a dangerous one, hides the alchohol tremendously. Try it if you can!!!

Oct 21, 2020
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SHDoyle from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Description: Black, glassy, smooth appearance with no head and only a few bubbles on the pour. Whiskey and oak aromas dominate, followed by oak and chocolate, coffee, roasted notes. Very strong smell (in a good way) that you can pick up from a few feet away. Taste is more coffee forward than the smell and whiskey is apparent...maybe a little too apparent, with alcohol making the beer somewhat hot. Aftertaste is sweet, probably from the syrup and there is a hint of bacon smokiness. There's more going on in the flavor as well, but admittedly I couldn't parse out all the individual elements. Feel is thick and viscous and it coats the mouth but had more carbonation than I expected.

Overall: 4.5 (This beer is very good and I would definitely drink it again) All around great stout. The flavor profile was rich and diverse, even to the point of getting a little muddled for me. Nevertheless, still a very good beer and one worth trying.

Jul 29, 2020
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Thebeerhunter89 from Wisconsin

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!

Feb 01, 2020
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buschbeer from Ohio

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.

Jan 18, 2020
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EMH73 from New York

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.

Dec 25, 2019
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zonker17 from Texas

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.

Dec 20, 2019
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Wolvmar from Michigan

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

Dec 08, 2019
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

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.

Oct 28, 2019
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Beejay from Virginia

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.

Oct 20, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

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

Sep 15, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

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!


Aug 18, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

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.

Jul 11, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

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...

Jun 13, 2019
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