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Odin's Raven | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ZX6Chris on 12-20-2010

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Photo of dmsohyea
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Eriktheipaman
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
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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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night with a cappuccino tan head

Smell - nothing special I really don't get anything other than a carbonation smell

Taste - tons of bitter dark chocolate and surprisingly some almond as well. The alcohol is hidden well and it finished with an aftertaste of thick chocolate. As it warms up I get more and more chocolate to this with a stronger presence of alcohol. The aftertaste of chocolate followed me out the pub.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at O'Brien's

A:  Looks black, but the lighting is quite dim at my table so I can't be sure. The head was the color of dark toffee before it receded. A ring of lacing sticks to the glass.

S: The is quite robust, Imperial, if you will. Dark chocolate is very pronounced, and blackstrap molasses trails close behind. Some booze is noticeable, and malt is pretty roasted and slightly burnt. Somewhere between sweet and dry, with a restrained brown sugar presence. Caramel becomes apparent as the beer approaches room temperature. Hops are earthy with a little pine bobbing up between the persistent waves of chocolate, molasses, and roast.

T: Upper moderate roasted malt profile with green hops and an upper moderate bitterness. Chocolate is dark and strong. Alcohol is noticeable in the flavor, but at an appropriate level for the style. Molasses is evident. The finish is of bitter chocolate with a dash of coffee and some alcohol. The beer reveals a sweet midpalate, but ultimately dries out and is slightly burnt at the end.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and creamy with some astringency and alcohol warming.

Overall: A beast of an Imperial Stout. It actually reminds me a little of the 2010 batch of Dark Lord. Not my style, but well crafted. A small glass was sufficient.

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Photo of MatthewPatthew
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer is jet black with a slim head.

S: Pushes the limit of how much Chocolate and Roasted malt aroma I can enjoy without overdoing it. Has a hint of smokiness too.

T: Lots of roasted malt with a smoky flavor that arrives really late. Delicious.

M: Very smooth, little carbonation. Heavy bodied with no hint of the high alcohol content.

D: Dangerously drinkable, you'd never know if was 10%.

Also, this is mis-marked. They call it a Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Blacker than the blackest black times infinity... no really I held it up to the lightbulb... I think the light is actually being sucked INTO it, It pours viscous with a tight band of medium brown head.

S: Roasty, slightly boozy with some carmel and malty notes perhaps a bit of anise on the tail end

T: Smooth, toasty and bitter flavors of roasted barley, Dry... hints of pipe or cigar tobacco not boozy as I was expecting, the ABV is quite hidden.. certainly not sweet although there are whispers of carmelized sugar in the finish.

M: Full bodied, slightly oily, thick... spot on for the style

D: I always struggle with the idea of "drinkability"... is it sessionable? will ones palate stand up to the immense flavor of an Imperial Stout glass after glass? no.. but the flavor is never overpowering nor inundating. It is delicious and I am pouring another right now!

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Odin's Raven from Alpine Beer Company
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