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Alpine Beer Company Odin’s Raven

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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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We came up with a new beer. It’s an Imperial Stout and we’re calling it “Odin’s Raven.” As many of you older locals remember the famous anchorman Ron Burgundy doing the news and his favorite expletive “Great Odin’s Raven.” We want to pay tribute to a funny, funny man. Thanks Ron. We’re releasing, for growler fills only, this 10% elixir this Saturday, December 18th as soon as the brewery opens. You’ll also be able to order pints, or smaller, of “Odin’s Raven” at the pub starting Saturday.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Berard (429) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Draft. Pours black with thick crime colored head. Rich chocolate coffee aroma. Superior complex flavor but oddly light mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun (3701) - Santa Monica, California, USA - APR 19, 2015
Tap, black pour, tan head, nose is chocolate, taste is chocolate, coffee, vanilla

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thome50 (1197) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - APR 9, 2015
April First Tuesday Libertine Bottle Share. Growler from the Libertine guys. Pours a deep black with very little head. Aroma is coffee and sweetener. Taste is a burnt coffee but not in a bad way. Works well here with some marshmallow and spice. Better than the old BA bottles I’ve had that were infected.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6722) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 2, 2015
roasted malt and cocoa (a little fudge like even) especially in the flavor. Good smooth stout, though it didn’t blow anyone away - everyone enjoyed it.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (2900) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2015
(Échantillonné au Bagby Fest): Un décadent biscuit ŕ la mélasse et mocha avec une combinaison de saveurs qui laisse miroiter une impression réussie d’Everett. Un des nombreux moments forts du Bagby Fest.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (3032) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Draft at the brewery. Pours very dark brown with a creamy fizzy tan head and decent lacing. Tastes like sweet chocolate, dry ash, roasted malt, molasses, and a hint of burnt coffee. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like chocolate syrup, molasses, ash, and dark coffee.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BucannonXC5 (1036) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Type: 64-oz. growler Glass: Karl Strauss 26th Anniversary snifter glass From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif. Price: $20.69 (I think) Purchased: March 6, 2015 Consumed: March 6, 2015 Misc.: Brewery had it at 11 pct. ABV, not 10 pct. Like Beer Advocate; I served this a bit too cold Poured a pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy, tan head, which thinned out pretty quickly. Too dark to see any bubbles. Healthy amount of layered, spiderweb lacing. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.75) Smelled roasted coffee malts, smoky campfire, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, toffee and light bitter crayon. Not unusual for the style, but still very good on the nose. (Smell - 4.13) Tasted roasty nuts, dirty dark chocolate, roasty coffee malts, smoky fire, toffee, light molasses, caramel, sticky brown sugar, dark cocoa powder and leftover chocolate syrup of a chocolate milk. Definitely doesn’t taste 11 percent. Scary. Grew on me after a few sips. Better than the smell. Really wanted to drop a 4.38, but couldn’t quite pull the trigger. (Taste - 4.25) Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. Very nice. (Feel - 4.50) This was a very tasty beer. I didn’t look back, but had to be better than the BBA version I had a couple of months ago. This growler though. (Overall - 4.25) 4.23 94 A-

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12101) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2014
Keg at Pizza Port Carlsbad, 21/04/14. Pitch black with a big dirty tan head that retains well, good lacing ensues. Nose is bitter roast, light spice, dark chocolate, mineral notes, light booze. Taste comprises roast malt, dark chocolate, toffee fudge, spice, molasses. Full body, fine carbonation, lightly warming booze in the close. Solid impy but a few notches away from top draw.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (12833) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2014
Draught at the brewpub in Alpine. Pitch black beer with a beautiful lasting beige, brownish head. Roasted chocolate and vanilla aroma, licorice, cocoa, biscuits, cream, tar notes. Roasted tar and coffee flavor, licorice, figs, raisins, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla notes, some tar and soot. Really nice Impy with alcohol well hidden.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (970) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Had this on tap at Ritual Tavern and then got a growler fill from brewery the next day when I was out in that area on a mountain bike trip at Noble Canyon ($20 with tax). Normally I love to get a hoppy growler fill while out at Alpine, but I liked the Odin’s enough to opt out of the hops this time around. Pours just shy of pitch black with two fingers of mocha colored foam. AROMA of very dark high-cacao chocolate, hard roasted and somewhat burnt malts, and nutty coffee. FLAVOR of bittersweet chocolate brownie, smoky roasted malts, creamy vanilla, roasted nuts, and espresso. Much more roasty-bitterness and burnt malt flavors then sweetness here. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, but the huge ABV is almost completely concealed. Somehow I imagine Ron Burgundy drinking a crappy pale lager, but nice to have his expletive attached to such a great beer from one of the very best San Diego breweries. (44, 850)


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