I have been quite pleased with the beers I’ve tried from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company thus far, and tonight I will be checking out another of their beers. It is an American Porter with an unlisted ABV called Olvalde Ode To A Russian Shipwright, and it utilizes spruce tips. I will be sampling the 2013 release.
Olvalde Ode To A Russian Shipwright is a black bodied beer, with mahogany hues shining through when held up to a light. A fairly large, frothy tan head tops it off, with a solid sheet of lacing clinging to the glass.
The nose is focused on roasted and caramel malts, with the spruce tips an almost minty accent.
The taste translates pretty well from the nose, starting with darker malts, lightly roasted with caramel highlights, background spicy rye, hints of darker fruity esters, a touch of earthy hop bitterness, a dash of citrusy hop flavor, with the spruce providing a spicy, minty finish. Medium bodied with some astringency.
Every beer that I have had from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company has been something unique and quite tasty, and Ode To A Russian Shipwright continues on down the same path. The spruce is held to a supporting role, mingling with the base beer in appropriate proportions. If you are in Minnesota, I would recommend checking this beer out, as well as their whole line.
Olvalde Ode To A Russian Shipwright : B+
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz