Odin's Raven | Alpine Beer Company

BA SCORE
88%
Liked This Beer
4.1 w/ 117 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ZX6Chris on 12-20-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,474
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
117
Liked:
103
Avg:
4.1/5
pDev:
11.71%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of glitchedmind
1/5  rDev -75.6%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.16/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pitch black with tan head that fades quickly.

The smell is hard to pick up but slight hops and a little coffee.

The taste is overwhelming chocolate. You don't pick up on the high ABV at all but all I really got was chocolate. Also the chocolate wasn't clean and slightly bitter, like bakers chocolate, it was more syrupy and sweet.

Not a bad beer but probably the worst Alpine brew Ive had yet.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewery. Heavy black, short head. Roasty aroma, hint of cocoa powder. Flavor is really roasty, almost smoky. Not bad but I liked the mandarin nectar my girlfriend had even more.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.49/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kan, drank from a ccb snifter... pours a dark brown body, a touch to light, not much head but the carbonation seems ok... the aroma is roasty, oats, cream, chocolate, peanut butter undertones, not bad... the taste is very roasty, chocolate, creamy, not bad, but just average here

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Redgoatman
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BergBeer
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HoldenDurden
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pmarlowe
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Brien's. Tall, thin 10oz glass.

A: Pours viscous black, with a half finger of super fluffy head. Nice solid lacing and decent retention.

S: Roasted malt in the forefront, along with sweet milk chocolate.

T: Similar, with a mild coffee bitter aftertaste. There's kind of a sour coffee taste on the finish as well, as if this were a baltic porter. The chocolate and malt don't really integrate, oddly enough.

M: Medium-full body, light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, just rolling off your tongue, and a little sticky. Alcohol gives this some body.

O: Pretty good, but not as well integrated as it could be, and a slight off taste as well. I remember enjoying this a lot more last year; it seemed much more chocolatey.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz glass growler with twist lid acquired at Alpine four days ago and served into a Samuel Smith's nonical half-pint in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles. Expectations are through the roof given the brewery. Reviewed live.

Served after a substantial warming period following its removal from the refrigerator. The weight of the growler forced me to pour from right above the glass; no side-pouring was possible.

Paired with raclette.

A: Pours a gorgeous four finger head of beautiful rich dark tan colour, fantastic marvelous frothy smooth cream, ideal thickness, and amazing retention given the ABV; the head holds up for at least three minutes. Body colour is a solid jet black; nontransparent and opaque. Lacing isn't great, but it does exist. No bubble show. No visible yeast particles. This is looking damn fine.

Sm: Dark malts, delightfully subtle caramel, cream, subtle coffee with little roast, chocolate malt, and cocoa. A very subtle nuanced aroma, but surprisingly mild in strength. I don't detect any yeast or alcohol. Espresso on the back end. Fleeting hints of dark fruit when I look for it.

T: Coffee throughout, but joined with espresso and a hint of smooth roast in the second half. Chocolatey throughout, but most notably up front - where it's chocolate, chocolate malt, and cocoa powder all at the same time. Not as rich as it could be, but it's certainly well balanced. Great cream up front and on the finish. Caramel undertones. No real dark fruit; if it's there, it's buried - though I might concede that there's a hint of raisin. No alcohol comes through, not at all - an impressive feat at 10%. No yeast notes. Cold pressed coffee is dominant when I first start drinking - and it lends the beer focus without compromising the balance - but as I continue chocolate emerges as the unquestionably dominant note, and the balance starts to fall off somewhat. Subtly executed, but admittedly not quite as complex as other beers in the style. I will say it lacks any heat whatsoever. Drinks like it's about 7% ABV. Dark malts, chocolate malt, and maybe some biscuit malt form the complementary foundation. Has good body. That's tasty.

To be critical, it is a bit too sweet and chocolatey, but it does seem to be mellowing a bit as it warms.

Mf: Surprisingly smooth and wet for the style, aiding the drinkability but perhaps restraining the full potential of the flavours. Near perfect carbonation if slightly low to aid consumption. There's no carbonation sharpness here; it'll glide down nice and easy. Good presence on the palate, if a bit understated. Good thickness. Complements the flavours quite well.

That said, I'd prefer it coarse and dry to really bring out the bold flavours.

Dr: While it's relative lack of complexity prevents it from true greatness, this remains an incredibly solid and drinkable example of the style. ABV is absurdly well hidden. I'll enjoy finishing this growler, and I'd definitely get it again. Another good beer from Alpine. I can't wait to try the bourbon barrel aged version. Fans of the style will enjoy this one, though I don't know that it's worth going out of your way to trade for. One of the most drinkable beers in this style and at this ABV, period.

High B

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the pub – half pint
02/28/14

Out of retirment...

A: Black coffee look in the frosty glass. Has some burnt brown tones to it but still completely impervious to any light. Thin layer of turbinado sugar on top that settles out rapidly to a small swirl. Light dots of lace are left behind.

S: Aromas bring forth some intense roasted barley notes with lightly toasted coffee bean. There are soft undercurrents of sweetened cocoa accompanied with a mild whiff of alcohol. Smells nice and roasty.

T: Significant roasted barley flavors of charcoal and coffee. It is very roasty and a touch harsh or burnt in that way. There is some nice semi sweet chocolate and brown sugar layered in to balance all the roast with a mild hop bitterness there. Stale pines and some earthy minerals. Alcohol is kept in nice order with only some minor heat sensed. Finish is a bit metallic to me. It’s a solid RIS but far from being special.

M: The body is medium full and slightly on the heavy side with more of a slick feeling overall. Not syrupy. There is a touch of drying in the finish and some mild alcohol heat. Nice smooth and slick feel.

D: A nice RIS with some intense roast barley action but falls short of being something great. Could use a little less roast and some further dimensions of dark fruits and chocolate. Need to revisit. Bottles would be nice.

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Photo of Mic-Lee
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, but not black. Lacing is rather weak.

S: Nice chocolatey smell. Delicate, earthy and warm.

T: Very chocolatey and sweet. Espresso is extremely pronounced as well. Alcohol is well masked. Hardly taste it at all at 11%. Pretty amazing in that regard.

M: Medium body. Goes well with the flavors.

O: This was a tasty stout, but I felt it lacked complexity. I was hoping for more than just espresso and chocolate, but I didn't really get much else. It goes down easy though and is tasty, and those qualities make it an above average beer but nothing stellar.

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Photo of dmsohyea
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Alpine Brewpub, served in a taster glass.

A - Pitch black with dark brown head. Not many brews have a head this color. Retention is OK and lacing is moderate.

S - Strong chocolate flavor, with some brown sugar and vanilla. Really quite nice and the flavors are very detectable.

T - burnt malt and brown sugar with a huge chocolate and vanilla finish. Some alcohol lingers on the finish but only in a warming way. Not bad at all with the exception of a little false sweetener taste somewhere in the mid palate.

M - Average for the style. Maybe a little more carb and a bit thinner than expected. Still smooth and drinkable, though.

O - a good RIS, but not world class. I may have this again someday.

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Photo of mabermud
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Alpine Brewing Restaurant.

Thick, off-white, milky head. Aroma of medium roast, lactose, and chocolate. Taste is the same. A bit thin in the mouth. Milky smooth, if that is even a description...

Overall - I have had this a few times, but it's been a year or two since then. A little bit of a let down. A bit like a milk Stout...

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at tha Spot - Alpine Beer Company.

Dank and nasty (nasty = "good" to you centurions out there). Not Raul's fav, but it had those nice oatmeal and chocolate textures - kinda like when my baby mama made me Quakers and squirted some Hersey on it - I like the sentiment, girl, but you ain't there yet.

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Odin's Raven from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 88% out of 100 with 117 ratings
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