Ode To A Russian Shipwright | Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

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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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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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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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3.86/5  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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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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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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4.21/5  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%

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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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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%

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

2012 vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a beautiful pitch black/brown with wondrous 3 inch dark mocha head. Excellent retention and lacing. Quite a beauty.
S: Spice, dark chocolate, roasted caramel malt, grains/rye, and spruce. Very nice.
T: Spice and spruce (just a hint of the spruce) up front. Gives way to spicy rye, roasted caramel malt, and some sharp hops. Honestly, gets a bit jumbled here...lacks definition of the flavor profile. A note of honey emerges with warming...spice and spruce also become more prominent.
M: Light-medium body. Not sure of the ABV since it isn't on the bottle or their website, but I would guess around 9%. Moderately sticky sweet (esp. with warming). Finish is moderately sharp and mildly bitter. Spice lingers decently on the palate.
D: Certainly a solid and interesting brew from a promising new-ish brewery. Worth a go. Serves as a nice winter warmer.

1/30/14: 2013 Vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a deep, dark black/brown with 1-2 inch dark mocha head. Excellent retention. (5)
S: Spice and spruce, dark chocolate, roasted caramel malt, and grain/rye. Love the aroma. (4.5)
T: Spice and spruce up front (like the aroma in this edition). Spicy rye, dark chocolate, roasted caramel malt, and some background hop notes. Honey emerges with warming. Better definition with this edition. (4)
M: Medium body. Sticky sweet. Fairly thick, hefty feel. Finish is more sharp and bitter (hop notes). Spice lingers wonderfully on the palate. (4)
D: Excellent drinkability, especially for style. Solid brew. I find the 2013 even better than the 2012. Olvalde has consistently shown good improvement in most of its beers over the past few years. (4.5)

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