Bourbon Barrel Aged Olaf The Stout | HammerHeart Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
HammerHeart Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
hammerheartbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Rotating

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#4,326
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
15
pDev:
5.77%
 
 
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4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

what a gorgeous bottle of beer! and i dont just mean the badass label and black wax (so sexy in the bottle), but also in terms of the liquid of course, which is rich and dense, earthy and spicy, and full of complexities beyond even what i am used to from these guys. enormous thanks to my buddy for bringing this to denver and sharing it with me, i love hammerheart, and this is glorious stuff! black as the night, foamy tan headed, dense but also alive, intimidating in the glass with the bottle beside it, glad to be sharing! the bottle says 10.5% despite the listing here, so maybe a newer batch. it says batch 211, whatever that means. huge rye malt character to this, almost assuredly some dark rye too, not just the dry earthy pale stuff, this has that roasted spice, ground coffee beans, campfire smoke, charred oak, raw cocoa, and even a lit cigar aspect, really complex but totally headed by the rye, which has to be a huge part of this grain bill! the malt is awesome, like brown bread and chocolate, drying wind blown wheat field vibe, late fall, dark skies. i dont get a ton of bourbon from it, maybe slight vanilla and booze, but there is enough rye and earthy dryness in this to make it not at all sweet or whiskey forward, plenty of wood and burnt notes, but not the spirit itself so much. bitter coffee finish, black pepper, decaying wood. this is big beer, not boozy necessarily, but just heavy and complex, smoky and hearty, wintery for sure. its one for sharing, but its a special brew, entirely unique in its rye intensity, and so smooth going down. i have a ton of love and respect for these guys, and they keep impressing me each time. the bottles they have out there now look awesome too, so glad its being packaged a little bit. one of the most original operations in the country, and this stout could stand up to any in existence in terms of cohesive complexity i reckon...

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Photo of maximum12
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

RYE! On it. Pricey 750ML bottle with rubbery black wax. Batch 211 bottled 5.18.17. Split with the wife. Some of the coolest bottle artwork I’ve seen; my younger self, Players Handbook under my arm, just squealed in glee a bit.

The pour is as black as the heart of my old boss, & even a hard pour yields reluctant, scattered bubbles. Smells like a malt beheading, thick, rich, viscous, dry, chocolatey. Good.

Olaf the Stout is like being waterboarded with rye. Strap me to the back board & let ‘er rip, Cheney! Rye enters my body in volumes that ensures I’ll be sweating it out eventually: massive spicy rye, fields of earthy rye, & if it didn’t say ‘bourbon’ on the label, I’d swear there were rye whiskey barrels involved. Heavy roast is the only thing that can fully stand up to the rye. Other additions include pepper, sun bleached driftwood. No bourbon. Nice & thick. I could have taken the bottle solo, easy.

Perhaps the best Hammerheart beer I’ve had to date, this beer is a Van Gogh in rye. Only misses the top shelf due to the bourbon, advertised & paid for but missing – but still an excellent beer. At half the price this would be a staple in my fridge (or if the base beer was just as good).

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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Great Flood in Louisville KY

A. Very pitch black, poured to the brim but a fine bubble amber head slowly retreats to a similar film. Cylindrical laces.

S. Smoked malts, dark malts, bourbon soaked oak, bitter sweet chocolate, coco powder, and coffee.

T. Smoke on front, bourbon in middle, and bitter coffee on end. Complex and straightforward at the same time.

M. Full body, rich, silky, moderately thick, moderate carbonation.

O. I was impressed. I always compare this style to Bo and Luke - I am a KY boy - and this holds up. The smoke is not overpowering and the bitterness on the end balances this beer nicely.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Bourbon Barrel Aged Olaf The Stout from HammerHeart Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 15 ratings