The Nightman Leaveth
Odd Side Ales

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Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #116
Ranked #3,598
4.2 | pDev: 5.24%
Apr 14, 2022
Mar 05, 2017
The Nightman LeavethThe Nightman Leaveth
Notes: We aged this imperial milk stout to perfection in Rye whiskey barrels and added vanilla beans. The result is a slightly sweet, smooth, creamy stout with an underlying rye spiciness and boozy finish.
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4.25 by szmnnl99 from Michigan on Apr 14, 2022
4.27 by Mxsluis from Michigan on Mar 16, 2022
4.46 by HopBelT from Belgium on Feb 17, 2022
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4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by dd53grif from Michigan

Pours a black color with a minimal head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of bourbon and roasted malts. Taste is dark chocolate, sweet vanilla and alcohol. Thick with a warming alcohol finish

Nov 30, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BigIronH from Michigan

Pours an oily pitch black. 2 fingers of foamy tan head. Nose is sweet vanilla, rye, raisin, cola, and dark fruit. Taste follows suit largely with vanilla taking center stage followed by light whiskey and barrel and dark fruit on the backend. Feel is soft and velvety. Would drink again.

Oct 09, 2021
3.37 by stephenlee93 from England on Sep 18, 2021
4.19 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on May 10, 2021
4.36 by JensUrup from Denmark on Mar 06, 2021
4.25 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 02, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by andrewjraab from Michigan

A - Motor Oil black with a huge swath of mocha head. Nice sticky and spotty clouds on the glass after each sip. Even after an hour + after pouring a quick swirl reinvigorates the head.

S - Oak char, vanilla, chocolate, malts and grain, boozy, cocoa nibs, toffee.

T - Huge flavors here - cocoa, roasted coffee, vanilla beans, milk chocolate, booze in present, but not overpowering. Nicely balanced with a creamy mouthfeel.

O- Another knockout punch from Odd Side...extremely well crafted brew that is a must have.

Nov 21, 2020
4.12 by TP2MSU from Michigan on Jun 24, 2020
4.37 by Kuelsken from Michigan on Mar 28, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by stortore from Illinois

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 9/24/18, had 4/16/19.

Pours a dark brown, somewhat opaque, with a half inch foamy head and some foamy lacing. Aromas of medium roast malt, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, light rye whiskey, toffee, caramel, some tobacco and char, light oak. The vanilla takes the lead in the flavor, followed by chocolate, rye whiskey, malt, cocoa, caramel, some oak and char, light molasses and tobacco. Smooth, a good medium to full body, well carbonated.

The vanilla is excellent, the barrels show best when really warm. Well executed and very enjoyable.

Mar 18, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by larryi86 from Delaware

Thank you Sturgeon83 for this
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a small mocha head.

S- Chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, some caramel, roasted malts.

T- Chocolate, rye, whiskey, vanilla, some caramel, some roasted malts.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- A tasty barrel aged stout that is a little heavy on the barrel but the chocolate and vanilla help balance it.

Feb 23, 2020
4 by BdM from Netherlands on Dec 29, 2019
4.32 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Dec 11, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

12 ounce bottle, looks like the stamp on the label says it was packaged on 09/26/18. Thanks to Brutaltruth and Darlene for this one! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with almost an inch tan head. Head retention is OK, but there's a lot of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like vanilla, rye whiskey, fudge, caramel, brown sugar, and roasted malt. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some cream, coffee and dark bread flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and a bit coating with a moderate amount of soft carbonation. Drinks pretty easy for being 11%. If you're into sweeter tasting and/or imperial stouts, then you need to try this one. I really liked it!

Sep 13, 2019
4.39 by Fishwhisperer from Michigan on Sep 05, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 12 oz bottle and poured in a snifter. This nice imperial
pours a rich blackish brown with a nice head of off white foam that
settles to a thin ring, light layer, and shows subtle lacing. Nose of
coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, cream, and vanilla with char and
booze. Flavors surpass the nose nicely with char and spicy rye
whiskey notes with coffee and dark chocolate on the mid palate
and finishing with vanilla and dark rye bread notes dunked in
boozy warmth and cream. Nice mouth feel; full body, smooth,
warming, low carbonation, and a rich warming finish.

Overall a SOLID brew from a solid brewery!


Aug 31, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by beersampler6 from Michigan

Wow this is really amazing. Tried this one on tap at Odd Side Ales. Looks outstanding - dark rich black color, opaque as night, nice thin cap of off-white head and abundant sheets of lacing that just coated the glass. Smells of dark rich mocha fudge, medium roast coffee, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, malt, nuttiness, a little oak and rye. Taste follows the nose. Very balanced and rich and flavorful yet not too heavy. The high ABV is very well-hidden and this beer isn’t as boozy as I would have expected. Smooth, moderately creamy, luscious mouthfeel that coats the palate. Just the right amount of carbonation. Truly an amazing beer.

Jul 09, 2019
4.23 by Dave2234 from Minnesota on Jun 06, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours black with a finger of khaki foam that does not retain long. Aroma is roasty, toasty, nutty, caramely malts with large chunks of chocolate, cocoa nibs, toffee and vanilla bean. There is a touch of heat from the whiskey, but it molds into the beer well with the rye portion absolutely drawing the aroma to a close. Flavor profile is sticky, with notes of cocoa nibs, chocolate, vanilla beans and rye whiskey and roasty, toasty, caramely, bready malts. It starts lightly sweet, then fades into a lightly bitter, malt center, and then closes with a little whiskey heat and sugar. Whiskey is very pleasant, adding a little dry spice to it, and keeps the sugary notes from lingering on the tongue long. Heat is tame, and well suited for the beer. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a velvety, creamy texture. Overall, big flavor notes with a pleasant drop of rye whiskey in the mix.

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

May 27, 2019
4.18 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on May 16, 2019
3.98 by krl2112 from Illinois on Apr 12, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice glass, this beer pours out a dark, coffee like brown. It forms a pinky width of caramel colored crown that holds well. Leaves very slight lacing.

The nose carries notes of milk chocolate, warm bourbon, dry oak, vanilla sweetness with a nice rye presence of bread and spiciness. I really like the rye bread presence. I’m digging that.

The taste brings in a nice char element to rest on top of that milky chocolate. Doughy rye bread comes in somewhere in the middle before finishing with a vanilla sweetness.

It’s creamy and silky, like the style should be. The chocolate notes make it even “milky”. There is a warm bourbon there, without being too much and the rye leaves with a little spiciness on the tongue.

Overall, I really enjoyed this brew.

Apr 04, 2019
4.04 by Nunya from Ohio on Apr 01, 2019
4.46 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Mar 23, 2019
4.34 by Buck_Jones from Michigan on Feb 24, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

A - Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is cinnamon, milk chocolate and vanilla.

T - The taste is vanilla, milk chocolate, cinnamon, lactose, oak and rye.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft finish.

O - Pretty solid BBA sout. The flavors are on the sweet side making this a slow sipper.

Jan 29, 2019
4.54 by DruC4 from Michigan on Jan 16, 2019
4.25 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Dec 24, 2018
4.25 by epercuoco from Minnesota on Dec 23, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Pours dark like crude oil. Nose is soft, coffee, chocolate and scrumptious. Head is creamy almost crema like in color. Taste is also sift and chocolatey. Good imperial stout.

Dec 17, 2018
4.25 by gobuccos from Ohio on Dec 15, 2018
4.16 by RobinLee from Wisconsin on Dec 13, 2018
4 by Tracker83 from Michigan on Dec 07, 2018
4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois on Dec 02, 2018
4.25 by Giggy from Michigan on Dec 01, 2018
4 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Nov 30, 2018
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

poured into CS tulip; served at fridge tempurature.

Appearance: black bodied stout with light brown colored head.

Smell: Lots of vanilla. Lots of rye spice. musty oak. milk chocolate. All smell authentic; no artificial fakeness here.

Taste: Vanilla is rich and sweet; you taste it from start to finish in this beer. Hint of bourbon, rye, and oak to help offset the sweetness. Light roasted malt and chocolate malt combo that is on point. Finishes with vanilla richness and a hint of bitterness from the malts.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied stout; low yet creamy carbonation. Slightly thin body. Very smooth barrel notes; not boozy at all.

Overall: Vanilla bomb; rye & bourbon balance it out. Another fantastic barrel aged offering from Oddsides; they seem to do really well with barrel aging and adjunct brewing in higher abv beer styles.

Nov 29, 2018
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