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Alpine Beer Company Odin’s Raven

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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2842) - 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 (990) - 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 (11111) - 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 (12025) - 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 (959) - 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)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheresyourball (528) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Growler. Pours deep black with a small brown head. Nose is chocolate, ash, vanilla. Flavor follows with some ester notes and heavy malt. Alcohol is well hidden. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHOFF43 (1760) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Tap @ Alpine. Pours dark with creamy brown head. Tons of roasted malt, coffee and some chocolate. Enjoyable but not great. Taste is heavy roasted malts, bitter chocolate,slight coffee.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (8040) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
On tap at Alpine, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is very strong with roasted notes and burnt chocolate. Flavour brings out complex roasted malts, and dry burnt espresso. Delicious stuff - really well-balanced. Awesome impie - just the way I like it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9091) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Tap at Alpine. This one is never bottled- tap only. Small pour into tulip- excellent gray rocky foam with good retention and lacing. Nose is heavy sanitizer, detergent. Either sanitizer for the beer lines or for the glassware. Nose opens up slightly after 10-15 minutes to some savory like beef jerky and maybe a flash of vanilla. Really forcing it to get a good aroma. Taste is ashy, bitter, harsher soil. Palate is thin, lemony, light. Not much going on. Would be okay for stout. For Imperial Stout, this is not going to play ball. Sweet grape soda thing going on as it warms. Another product of intense and dedicated Alpine circle jerking.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2201) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 22, 2013
On tap @ Toronado: Black, rich, roasty with thick undertones of chocolate. Thick pillow of head. I was too lazy and faded to care to jot any other notes down. Somehow I was able to drink the barrel aged version of this beer months before the original recipe.


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