The world’s least expected booze collaboration — between Virginia’s Catoctin Creek and shock/thrash metal band GWAR — is back with a second edition: Ragnarök Rye: Oderus Edition.
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This year marks the tenth anniversary of the passing of Oderus Urungus, and to commemorate his immortal spirit, together with GWAR we are releasing a bottle just for Oderus!
“With jubilation we announce the Oderus Edition of Ragnarök Rye. Featuring art from the Scumdog himself there is no more fitting beverage to consume before vanquishing your foes on the battlefield or at a small gathering, relishing in tales of conquest amongst your comrades,” says guitarist Pustulus Maximus.
Raise a glass to the memory of Oderus Urungus, the legendary frontman of intergalactic warriors and shock rock legends GWAR. This special bottling of Ragnarök Rye whisky is a bold and spicy tribute to Oderus’s larger-than-life personality and unapologetic irreverence. Whether you’re a die-hard GWAR fan or just looking for a unique and delicious whisky to enjoy, Ragnarök Rye is as exceptional as the Immortal Corruptor himself … Hail Oderus!
This year’s expression has a special label of Oderus Urungus, drawn by Dave Brockie himself, with a commemorative pewter bartop featuring Oderus.
Oderus Urungus, for those not in the know, is the GWAR stage name of Dave Brockie, who died of a heroin overdose in 2014.
As for what’s in the bottle, it starts with the same spirit as last year’s GWAR release, a 100% rye whisky that has been aged with white oak, sugar maple, and cherrywood. For the Oderus edition, another finishing barrel — rum — has been added to the mix. “For extra chaos!”
Why not? Drink some blood and get in here with us!
Boldly grainy, spicy, and char-heavy notes attack the nose, primarily alternating between aromas of torched grass and cigar ash. The very essence of rye cereal is on full display, green and peppery, with a layer of toasted almonds and brooding, ashy smoke. The promised chaos on the palate doesn’t quite materialize; the power of the underlying rye is more than enough to deal with a little maple wood and ex-rum casking. There is however some welcome sweetness here, again a mix of nutmeg-heavy Christmas spice and raisins, though it’s punctuated by black pepper and tobacco notes. All told it’s arguably sweeter than the prior Ragnarok version — though I don’t have a sample on hand to put them side by side. The finish sees notes of lavender and clean linen, almost perfumed at times, something I didn’t pick up on in 2022.
In the end, while seasoned rye fans will find this approachable, more casual whiskey fans may find the experience a tad overwhelming. Any seasoned GWAR fan will have no complaints.
B+ / $99 / catoctincreekdistilling.com