GothGargoyle (1159) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid black with a light brown head. Aroma is smoked wood, grilled mushrooms, roasted grains. Medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel, slightly tart on the palate with a slightly nutty finish. Taste is plum, chocolate, Pinot noir, dates, hint of smoke and coffee. Slightly unusual but very enjoyable.
Inbreak (2013) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 21.03.2013, 0,5l bottle @ home:
Fyldig lett tørr syrlig lukt med preg av mørk malt, humle, tre, mugg, syrlig frukt, mørk sjokolade, karamell, lakris, kaffi, syregras. Lett tørr og syrlig smak med preg av mugg, mørk malt, humle, tre, syregras, mørk sjokolade, sitrus, alkohol. Middels bitterhet som set litt. Grei nokk.
Beer4000 (4435) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled @ Haand 2013. Finally I got the opportunity to taste this one, the regular version is my favorite from Haandbryggeriet. Black body with a small sized brown head, looks great. Fantastic aromas like the regular Odin – dark malt, coffee, chocolate, pleasant alcohol and some wood additionally. Flavor has dark, smooth roasted malt, dark berries, coffee, chocolate, balanced bitterness and some almost berry type acidity, moderate funky and again wood. Fine body and a long aftertaste. Fantastic stuff, but honestly I still prefer the regular version. It seems to be more balanced in a very smooth and pleasant way.
gunnfryd (10429) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Haand 2013. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is oak, alcohol, roasted malt, coffee, licorice. Flavour is oak, alcohol, roasted malt, coffee, licorice. Full body. Very nice beer.
anders37 (16539) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ yespr. Pours a black color with a small tan head. has a roasted malty woody chocolate aroma. roasted malty vinous woody chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate and caramel finish.
Theis (13357) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at yesprs - Thanks. Pitch black - brown head. Sweetness, carcoal, high malty, oakey, acid, bitterness, fruity, tartness, nice wooden, coconut, dry wooden, oakey. Nice.
popery (1392) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black, wall to wall, with a dark brown head. This is a very dark beer. Happy memories of the original version are coming back to me from that walnut-dark chocolate mocha head. Just a bit of lacing but pretty good retention for a big barrel-aged stout. I imagine the brett helps.
The aroma has a whole bunch of dark chocolate and roast, and it’s shot through with a blackberry fruitiness. There’s a mild oak presence, sweet, gooey caramel, and a well-blended vanilla note that grows rather strong as the beer warms. There’s also red wine, molasses, cherry, raspberry, raisin, plum, cocoa, coffee and a touch of vinegar. And it all works beautifully together.
The taste starts with sweet caramel before roast and dark chocolate start to kick up. The blackberry-red wine-cherry fruitiness quickly peeks its head up and announces that this is no normal imperial stout. There’s a sour twang to beer, but it just enhances the rest of the flavors and tastes very little like an unintentionally soured stout. It’s reminds me of a fancy raspberry and dark chocolate truffle. Mild roast and wood bitterness in the finish.
The mouthfeel is a bit thinned out by the the barrel, but there’s still plenty of body, and the flavor is full and rich. Very little booze.
For me, HaandBryggeriet’s best work is Odin’s Tipple, and this beer is a worthy twist on its base. Personally, I like the subtle approach, but it’s worth noting that it’s not all that different from the normal stuff. There’s a bit more vanilla and maybe a bit more fruit at this point in its age, but nothing really screams barrel-aged. That said, why mess with excellence? This is a big sipper of a beer with oodles of complexity to chew through.
Brittany3272 (7) - - JUL 24, 2013 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This was absolutely horrible. I couldn’t stand the taste. Like old gym sock shredded and put in a beer. I wasn’t even impressed with the packaging. Disappointing.
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 07/23/2013. Pours black, medium fluffy dark mocha head, dies to the surface relatively quickly, thin ring of lacing. Aroma is dry roasted chocolate malts, cocoa powder, espresso, dark berry sweetness, subtle vanilla with expansive woody finish. Taste is mildly acetic coffee, red wine notes, dark chocolate, more wood in the finish. Thick body, slick. Interesting, really nice.
allfreej (552) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 14, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark-brown to black pour. Medium brown foamy head with great lacing.
Full mouthfeel, slightly slick.
Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, sandalwood in the nose.
Huge roasty malt. Sweet up front with a tangy, sour finish. Nice hint of alcohol warmth.
A great beer made better by barrel aging. I'll certainly seek out more of this and hope I can find a couple more bottles.
---Rated via Beer Buddy from my iPad.