Ode To A Russian Shipwright | Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

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Ode To A Russian ShipwrightOde To A Russian Shipwright

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Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ode to a Russian Shipwright is my tribute to the brewing legacy of Peter the Great. I use rye and spruce, ingredients that were important to the Baltic region and sailors, to create a porter honoring the time and tastes of Peter. And true to legend, I've brewed it strong enough to survive a cold winter voyage (from the brewery to the house).

Added by jera1350 on 11-18-2011

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3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2013 bottling

Appearance: A slight gusher, the beer pours coffee colored with a one finger tan head; splashy lacing and decent retention

Smell: Smoky chocolate tones with a vegetal, sprucey character

Taste: Dark fruit and somewhat tart cherry tones merge with chocolate, up front, with the spruce and the smoke kicking in; the finish presents a blend of this unusual array of flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation; has a Belgian stout feel

Overall: Interesting combination of ingredients but the concept isn't doing any favors for my palate

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black with an absolute ton of dense pillowy tan head thanks to a fairly aggressive pour.

S-Fruity yeasts are surprisingly strong and not what I expected. Sweet and toasted malt is also definitely there.

T-Sweet malt and hints of toasted barley malt are the stars here. A hint of yeast as well as that promised evergreen addition is detected in the end.

M-Really creamy. A lightly carbonated zing. Extremely smooth with perfect balance.

D-Amazing. I love the flavor and ease of drink of this beer.

O-Not an overpowering beer. Much different than I expected from an "imperial stout porter" but I really liked this beer and would like to see Joe keep brewing it. Great taste, smooth and drinkable, the keys of any great beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours bright dark brown under a 2” tan foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Spicy, spruce and malt.
T: Has a Baltic Porter kind of palate with a Belgian yeast character and then there are those amazing spruce tips. Some rye spiciness. Finishes with a trace of tartness.
F: Medium, medium full body, very soft, fine carbonation.
O: Creative and well made porter. More of a Baltic Porter by way of Belgium.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of dc55110
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$10.99 for a 750ml Flip top. Poured into a 12oz tulip. This is the first release, of this the second ale, from the one man operation known as Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company. Bottle reads: Ale brewed with spruce tips, lightly hopped, unfiltered, re-fermented in the bottle.

Pours dark as night with a nice rolling mocha head. The head large and pillowy, a good five minutes pass before it has mostly dissipated, leaving a very good amount of lacing behind.

The smell is spicy rye malt, mixed with other smokey malts. The spruce is there but hiding delicately in the background. No sign of alcohol. A slight hint of bready yeast.

Big rye spiciness, followed more closely by the spruce. The finish is back with more rye and a nice amount of smokey malt and an ever so slight biscuity yeast note. There isn't the typical ripe fruit, coffee, cocoa that you would normally find in a stout.

The body is quite thin for a stout, even a porter. The carbonation is full and blends well with the rye. For being as thin as it is for the style, it still manages to coat the mouth and allow the flavors to linger.

This is a very interesting take on a Stout. Like Olvalde's other offering "Auroch's Horn" it really defies being pegged in a particular style. I love rye stouts and I find the rye is done very well and melds wonderfully with the spruce. I will definitely be acquiring another bottle or two of this. I think this is very well suited to the winter season, and would be great for sharing late at night in front of a roaring fire.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at the Ale Jail. An imperial stout porter? Well it certainly doesn't taste like your average imperial stout. For a strong, dark beer, it's a little lighter in body and dials back the big roast. Instead, there's a more interesting mix of cocoa and mild mocha with the spicy rye and herbal spruce. Nothing's overpowering, and nothing's normal - I like that. My only complaint is that I'm pulling a little rubber phenol out of the beer, but it's a minor knock on an otherwise awesome beer. Go find this and enjoy.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of morimech
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from swingtop bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a massive tan head that had excellant retention. The eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Interesting aroma of rye and spruce. A little subtle smoke as well. Not picking up roasted malt but more of a chocolate malt charactor.

This beer is heavy in the rye department. The spicey nature of the rye is complimented by the spruce which plays a secondary or even tertiary role. Other flavor factors come from the dark malt and yeast esters. Has a Belgian yeast slant. All combine for a unique beer.

For a 8% ABV beer, the body is suitable and moderate. The carbonation is a little rough however. Not as smooth as I would of liked. A little fizzy in the finish.

The second beer from Olvalde Farm is another excellant beer. I wanted more spruce. I will purchase more of this beer while it is available.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to laymansbeerfan for this great beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark black color. Just a hint of light can be seen around the edges of the glass. About a finger of tan head that dissipates slowly.

Smell – Chocolate, caramel, slight dark fruits, slight roast and spruce mixed with vanilla.

Taste – Begins with a nice roasty malt and chocolate flavor. Bits of hops, spruce, coffee, and hints of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, nice and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall – A pretty good beer. Wish there was a bit more spruce in it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml swingtop bottle, 2012 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a couple inch frothy tan head that stays around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like molasses, spruce, dark fruit, roasted malt, and a bit of smoke. It tastes like dark fruit, molasses, spruce, roasted malt, and some spice and chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and creamy with high but soft carbonation. I think it's a good brew, I know I'd like to have this again. Definitely worth trying.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of yamar68
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2012 vintage:

Dark and swampy brown body with a massive, creamy pale khaki set of carb that leaves drastic lacing... nice.

Nutty, conifer, caramel candy, licorice, molasses, pine sap, sweet vanilla... the base aromas are reminiscent of Anchor Christmas. No detectable alcohol presence.

Unique. Exquisite mouthfeel... medicinal evergreen qualities, sesame oil, nutty malt notes, not quite as spot-on as I remember last year's batch being, but still quite interesting and tasty. Cola and root beer flavors... ginger.

Probably the best imperial stout porter brewed with spruce tips that I've had. ;)

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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