Bourbon Barrel-Aged Odin's Raven | Alpine Beer Company

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Odin's RavenBourbon Barrel-Aged Odin's Raven

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ZX6Chris on 10-07-2011

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Photo of camil1mj
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received from Thome50. Shared in line at the Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice.

A: Dark brown with a light, bubbly brown head. Minimal lacing.

S: Whiskey dominates with some smells of roasted malt underneath.

T: This one is fairly alcohol forward. Lots of whiskey upfront. Roasted chocolate and coffee flavors in the finish.

M: Light bodied for my liking on this style. Good amount of carbonation.

O: Overall not the best BA stout, but a solid offering. Glad I have a generous trading partner who sent this to me without having to trade a lot for it because of the low bottle count.

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Photo of rand
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes taken at the pub, 10/7/11

From tap to tulip glass

Starts out pouring like Odin's Raven, jet black with a coffee-tan head. But notes of bourbon immediately stream out of the glass, carried by strong alcohol volatiles.

The taste is far more layered and nuanced than the nose. Odin's Raven's Hershey's chocolate avalanche is subdued and matched by the wood and bourbon. Mid-sip, notes of raisin and prunes pop through, backed by a bready, chewy complexion. The alcohol and bourbon never dominate, but leave a strong impression at the finish, drying and cleansing the palate.

This is as good as any stout I've tried. Unfortunately, they only made a tiny batch so the masses won't get to experience this until they expand and make more, which could be awhile.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, shared by Adam, served in a snifter.

Black body with a foamy, mocha colored two finger thick head. Balanced, smooth aroma of milk chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, vanilla and butter. Chocolate syrup presence in the body is much more subdued than the non-BA version of this, but still immediately identifiable. The bourbon adds a slight fruity character and there is again an off butter flavor in the finish also with slight coffee bitterness. Slightly lighter bodied than expected, but not a major problem. Ok, so this appears to be having QC issues like the BA Token, but I didn't mind it in this beer and immediately dumped my BA Token sample. I liked the way this drinking now, but saving this is probably pointless.

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Photo of seeswo
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed blind. Pours black with some cocoa foam. Looks the part. The nose is cocoa, roasted malt, coffee with very minimal barrel influence of oak, vanilla and bourbon. Knowing the pool of beers this came from, I knew immediately what it was from sipping it. Diacetyl strikes Alpine again. Butterscotch and artificial butter flavor layer on top of the cocoa, roasted malt, mild vanilla and bourbon. Not boozy. Moderate mouthfeel and carbonation with a somewhat slick, oily texture. Overall, this beer would have been decent, but not great (B/B+) without the diacetyl off-flavor. With it, it is a let down. I love Alpine a ton, but they need to get this under control.

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Photo of BrewtifulMind
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Alpine brewpub as part of a flight

The apperance on this was jet-black, with a small mocha colored head. It eased into a ring of foam on the outer edges of the glass, leaving no lacing behind. I got really heavy chocolate and roasted malt scents up front, some roasted coffee, and a slight bourbon and oak scent. The smells grew more intense as it warmed. The taste was very chocolatey, you can definitely tell this was brewed with Hershey's chocolate syrup. Very good. There are also notes of nice, roasted malts, vanilla, agave, a slight bourbon warmth, and an earthy oak flavor to cap it off. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy, really nice. I wasn't necessarily bowled-over by this brew, but I would say it is worth seeking out.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Carlos, thanks!

A: Black with an inch of light brown foam. There's a little lacing on the glass.

S: Oak and chocolate with a little green apple. Malt is moderately roasted with a little coffee. Vanilla is light and the bourbon is even lighter.

T: Dark chocolate, moderately roasted malt, and a little coffee. Oak reminds me of the wood of a sapling. I get cocoa and a little caramel with a dash of vanilla. There's just a little bourbon in the flavor. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky and sticky.

Overall: The barrel influence is subtle compared to something like Great, but it's still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of SDDanC
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip. Pours a finger of head, nice creamy chocolate, black body. Nose isn't very profound, coffee, chocolate and slight bourbon. A bit of vanilla. On the tongue, great amount of chocolate, minute bourbon, roasty dark malt. Coats the tongue well, nice lacing down the glass, overall good beer. Very fair job by alpine, but could have used a little more bourbon character.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the pub.
A - Pours black with a dark brown edge to the light, has a big tan head that leaves lacing on the glass as it fades. Very appealing.
S - The nose hits you with strong bourbon alcohol notes, caramel and a hit of chocolate.
T - The taste is pretty strong of bourbon characters, roastiness in the malts, chocolate, a noticable oak character and some vanilla.
M - This is the only place the beer fell short of my hopes. I wish this beer had a little more body to it, which I understand seems to be harder to achieve with barrel aging. I like my big stouts thick.
O - It's a great barrel aged beer that doesn't hide the bourbon characters, just wish I could have got some bottles.

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Photo of Armand
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got it ice cold from the tap. Had to let it warm up a bit. The bourbon hit the nose right away. The first sip was too cold, but as it warmed up it had lots of character to it.

A-Nice mocha head. Dark coffee like. No light seeping in.

S-Bourbon, mocha, strong coffee, rich malt

T-Strong mocha, coffee, bourbon hits the palate and stays all the way down.

M-Full bodied with a silky finish. Taste stays with you for a while.

Going to drink a a bottle this Christmas and the other I'm sure it's gonna age nicely. Overall this is a great BA Stout you gotta' try.

On tap at the brewery...worth the wait line.

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Photo of Kshock
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks just like BA Token, Jet black with a nice tan head residing on top.

S- Lots more bourbon and wood character on this beer. You can tell this was the full barrel aged beer of the two. The aroma is much more pungent, but not over the top. Really nice chocolate, coffee, and vanilla notes.

T- Same thing the nose led on, good chocolate, coffee and vanilla notes. All are well balanced and not super intense. Really enjoyed this beer.

M- Med to heavy feel on the palate. Some what dry on the back end.

O- Great showing again from the boys at Alpine

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Photo of Vanlingleipa
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is what BA Token should have been - sharp, vibrant flavors. Wonderful beer. Hopefully more will be made someday. Spendy at $20 for a 22 ozer but well worth the price.

Poured into a snifter at the Alpine beerpub. Just the right amount of carb - about an 1/4" of medium brown head. Full mouthfeel.

Definite bourbon taste - but little burning alcohol, followed by malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. The taste sensation is a little bit like allowing a square of chocolate to melt into a cup of irish coffee.

Only problem is that the tap pour was cold and as someone was holding my place in line (thanks, Jeremy), didn't have time let it warm and release even more flavor.

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Photo of johndoe8
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: look was jet black, with a healthy amount of carbonation. good head retention and lacing.

S: one whiff and you kinda knew you were in for a treat (well, I guess some beers smell awesome and taste horrible, but this was def not the case for this beer). definitely bourbon, little oak, light chocolate on the nose. definitely was excited from the nose.

T: this is just an extremely tasty barrel-aged stout. it reminded me much of the 1st deliverance i had, except the heat was much much more manageable, giving me a much more enjoyable taste and making it much more drinkable. the flavors opened up a lot more as it warmed up as well. lots of chocolate, bourbon, oak flavors. yummm....

M: mouthfeel was spot on. full body, but not too syrupy or thin, just like how i like my stouts. carbonation was also spot on.

O: was an extremely pleasant experience, esp after the slightly disappointing barrel-aged token release just last month. i hope the bottles are identical to what i had on tap.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alpine for 2011 BA Odin's Raven release. Tulip glass.

A: Pours viscous black with light sand colored foam, some lacing and great head retention (lasting for the entire pour).

S: Very light bourbon, cocoa, vanilla extract, and milk chocolate. Balanced, with no aroma dominating.

T: Light touch of bourbon, medium roast coffee, grainy malt and some chocolate syrup (though less so than regular Odin's), and slight alcohol taste which unfortunately sits on the tongue for the finish.

M: Medium body and light smooth carbonation.

O: Very nicely done, with a light touch on the barrel which is always nice. Less of a chocolate syrup bomb than regular Odin's Raven (which I love). Some age would hopefully take off some of the alcohol bite. Glad to see how Alpine's barrel program is progressing.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice dark brown with 2 finger head that dies down leaving slight lacing
S- wow loads of bourbon... working through the bourbon i find brown sugar, caramel, roasted coffee beans and once it warmed i could really smell fresh cut green apples that were dipped in dark chocolate and caramel.
T- hits you with bourbon and roasted malts, chocolate, brown sugar, some vanilla then finishes with nice sweet and charred oak.
M- nice carbonation slightly fluffy. a little lighter mouthfeel than i like my stouts.
D- very good drinkability due to the lighter carb and body but the bourbon is pretty warm so i dont see myself drinking too much until it mellows.
O- give it some time in the bottle but this should be great with a year on it

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Photo of dmsohyea
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the release in Alpine. Served in a taster glass.

A - Dark brown with a small brown head, a little lace, good retention. Didn't really take a long time to look at it as it was gone in a flash.

S - Dark roasty malt, brown sugar, chocolate, bourbon. Nice.

T - Nicely balanced sweetness from the chocolate and residual sugars with the slight bight of bourbon on the finish. There is a good chocolate backbone with supporting coffee, vanilla, and brown sugar flavors. Bourbon is not strong but well integrated.

M - Solid medium body, not too oily and not too thin. Very nice. Carbonation is lower moderate.

O - very tasty. Many of us waiting in line took turns sampling this in the pub and not one of us came back disappointed. I like it a bit better than the recent BA Token.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very black, creamy mocha .5 inch head, sticky lace abounds.

S - Hersheys syrup in buckets! Wood and booze in the background.

T - Smell plus massive booze! A hot beer for sure. Burns the throat a little. Nice cocoa finish.

M - Medium to heavy body, good carb and great balance for such a big beer. Very creamy texture.

D - AT 11%, it's a wicked beer. The 6 oz taster was enough for the moment. I will have to pop a bottle open soon.

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