Bourbon Cask Aged 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: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by morimech on 03-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by jjanega08:
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4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage

A= Pours a deep black color with an average looking brown head that rises to a finger and holds pretty steady there. There is some spotty lacing.

S= The smell has a definite bourbon aroma with a little oak in there. There is a nice sort of juniper spice from the original ode. A nice dark roasty malt aroma comes through as well.

T= The taste is again a nice bourbon flavor which I notice first. The bourbon is about perfect in this. It isn't overpowering and lets the juniper as well as the roasty malt come through while still coming through. This is about as perfect as the mix of bourbon and beer can get.

M= Super smooth and creamy.

O= This beer is a supriser. I liked the original ode and for some reason didn't think this would be as good. I was wrong. This beer is wonderful. A great mix of bourbon and a wonderful beer. Get this beer if you see it it's worth it.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle. Ale brewed with spruce tips and aged in oak bourbon barrels. Pours black with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Some sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is interesting to say the least. Spruce and bourbon together, who would of known it would be a good combination? Smells like neither but the sum of all parts gives off a vinous, herbal, and woody aroma with sweet caramel undertones. I also pick up some rye.

The flavor is not nearly as impressive but still very good. Much more bourbon with its caramel and vanilla. Mild spruce flavor. Not as much malt and lacks the rye kick that the aroma left me wanting. Regular Ode has a smokiness that I do not get from this beer.

Not the biggest barrel-aged beer but this is a relatively low ABV beer compared to most of those. Superbly bottle conditioned as this aspect always impress from Olvalde.

A very good beer. The barrel overpowered the other aspects of the beer in the flavor, but another winner from Olvalde Farms.

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Photo of Rutager
1.85/5  rDev -49%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Thanks Steasy66!

Appearance. Pours black with 2.5 fingers of khaki head that never really settles to less than half a finger.

Smell. Bourbon and raisins, light sourness, and some decent barrel notes. Hmm, smells infected.

Taste. Acidity seems out of place, going to have to say this one's infected. Some dark fruits and chocolate, a bit of bourbon and wood. Hard to get past this acidity.

Mouthfeel. Thin and watery ...probably due to the infection. Medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Not good at all. Hopefully this isn't what the brewer intended, with the acidity I think not.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I found the regular Ode to a Russian Shipwright to be a very unique take on the style... with plenty of spruce which had an interesting relationship with that big creamy, high carbed mouthfeel. I've been looking forward to this bourbon version ever since I heard about it.

It pours just as regz Ode does... dark cola brown, near pitch black in the center, a healthy layer of creamy khaki foam paints the glass with lace as it recedes to form a thin cap. Black velvet.

Big caramel, mellow bourbon, vanilla oak, definite spruce presence... the conifer and bourbon elements are much more well integrated then I would have expected. I'd be interested to see how this continues to meld with time.

Surprisingly tame on the palate. Soft bourbon notes layered over prickly pine and caramel/toffee. There might even be a little bit of red berry character on the late finish.

This is certainly just as, if not more interesting than its base. Nice. Here's to hoping batch 2 is as good! (still a little bitter about b2 Rhubarb Auroch's...) Give it a go for sure. You won't be disappointed.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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2.23/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Found this bottle hanging around suspiciously a while back, picked it up, & relocated it to the fridge. Finally getting around to it. 750ML swing-top bomber with a thin line of tap to keep the top swung in the proper direction.

Top popped with a minor explosion. Predictably, the beer pours hot, & I have to be delicate to keep the fizz in the glasses. Given the 'cask' in the name I guess I assume this would be tamer in the carbonation category. Dark. Scent is drifting between 'odd' & 'off'. No bourbon, just a bit of spruce mixed with rain-pattered earth. Hmmm.

Ode to a Russian Shipwright - Bourbon Cask Aged is like watching beautiful twins bloody one another. The bourbon is there, the spruce is there, but the combination feels like a horror flick taking place in my mouth...blech. The huge carbonation of Ode is here too, & it's not helping. I feel like I'm going to have to get up & belch in the middle of the night after just a few sips.

Olvalde's first miss for me. I don't know if this is an off bottle or the flavors just didn't work for me. I was really looking forward to it, but it's downright awful. Sad sigh.

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Bourbon Cask Aged Ode To A Russian Shipwright from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 27 ratings