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Olvalde Ode to a Russian Shipwright

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Strong porter brewed with rye and spruce. As always, unfiltered and re-fermented in the bottle.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
EHopper (619) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Ok, I see that people like this, or at least find it amusing/interesting. It just didn’t come together for me. Seemed like I was drinking two different liquids that were never meant to be together.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
peteinSD (1281) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with a thin froth of tan foam. Rye, light spruce, and perhaps some thin chocolate roast in the aroma. Taste is heavy on the spruce with a fruity spice. Odd taste. Clean, relatively light mouthfeel. Weird candied taste is throwing me off.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nsanders (426) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2013
2013 750 mL swingtop. Near black with a thin tan head. Spruce, soy sauce, blueberry, and roasted malts. Moderately sweet with a soapy herbal finish. Body is lighter with active fine carbonation, but has sort of a lingering, soapy feel. Probably better served with a meal than enjoyed on its own to offset the aftertaste.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nuplastikk (4127) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2013
750 flip top bottle. Opens with a tremendous pop. Aroma shoots right out at you. Unfortunately this one seems a little infected...pours with a massive foamy beige head. Rye and spruce tones sort of mask it, but there are some unpleasant sour undertones. Like a really unimpressive amateur hour version of Anchor Christmas. Opened in late November 2013...sat on this one too long. Very disappointing.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (1312) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Pour is dark with tan head..Nose is smoke, dry, musty, chocolate..Taste is chocolate, spice, dry, musty, coffee

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma has some spruce notes as well as some chocolate and mint. The flavor is full of menthol, spearmint, chocolate and roasted malt. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2220) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. From notes. Holy spruce batman! I get a lot of pine resin and a good dose of citrus, but the spruce totally dominates. Regardless, I like it quite a bit.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2013
@RBSG-Minni–750-thanks Joe-tight tan-black. A-slight sour, roasty med malt, some spice. T-slight sour, roasty med malt, some spice/harsh resin-petrol by product.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jesterdeal (1655) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Aroma was smokey but kind of hoppy as well. Notes of molasses and pine. Pours black with white lacing. Taste is smokey but sweet and hoppy. The blend almost gives it a tire rubber taste. It’s okay.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2013
(750ml flip-top bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a murky amber-brown body with a medium dense tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, sulfur, caramel, light charred grains, and spruce. Flavor of spruce, coffee, raisins,roasted malt, sulfur, earth, vanilla, and toffee with a dry finish.


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