BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at the brewery. Poured a deep, clear tan-amber color with a thick beige head that left good lacing. Toasty aroma with hints of toffee, nuts, and an ESB-esque minerally, earthy hoppiness. Smooth, lightly sweet entry with some toasted malts and undertones of soft caramel, toffee, and a light nuttiness that is taken over by a moderately sharp, minerally hops that finish with a light sweetness. Moderate carbonation with a decent hop bite, but still a tad watery. Not a huge fan of the abrasiveness present in both the malts and the sharp hops, but still an alright beer.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet caramel malt and pepper nose. Deep amber color, foamy head. Resin chocolate sweetness, good bitterness. Medium body, medium carbonation, lemon burnt toast finish. Solid beer, reminds me of New Belgium’s 2 below.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel apple aroma. Clear amber in color with a fluffy white head. Beautiful. Quaffable caramel. Straightforward tasty, easy drinking caramel ale. Soft in palate, some fruits mix with caramel malts, slight English hops and a quick finish. A very nice drinker.
drjay44 (3269) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thin head with good duration, some lacing, over a clear amber body....nose is slightly floral, not overly big....tastes initially moderately sweet malts then medium hopping....mouth feel is medium...good balance...slightly light to my palate.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My next door neighbor gave me a bottle of this to try. Very very enjoyable brew!!! Maltly and aromatic and bottom line tastes great!!! Full bodied with lots of gravity in every sip. O’Dell doesn’t make an inferrior beer. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who enjoys this style of ale.
GardenGabe (137) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours crystal clear camel with a dense creamy head which lingers. Big lacing. Slight aroma of hops. Nice hoppy flavor, surprisingly little malt. Not terrible complex or fruity. Thin mouth feel but a nice mild finish.
sebletitje (8789) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtsey of russpowell.
Pours orange amber with light tan head.
Aroma is malty and grainy.
Taste, malty and floral hops. Light notes of caramel and light spices with the lingering hops. Dry finish.
Very decent seasonal, easy to drink.
Ibrew2or3 (7957) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of sebletitje. Pours clear copper with solid gold edges and thin off white head. Looks tasty. The aroma is a hodge podge of maltiness coming from crystal malts, mild lightly roasted malts and sweet malts followed by fruity notes. The taste is fruity ester dominated with raisins, prunes and apricots. Beyond midway a bit of roasted malts and crystal malts help bring the taste to closure.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of Tampa Tasting Group. Pours a hazy caramel color with thin white head that settles quickly and provides only minimal lacing. Aroma is caramel, sweet grapes, floral hops, some citrus and grapefruit. Flavor is sweet and citrusy with a notable hop presence, ripe dark fruit, some hints of caramel and honey. Slightly watery mouthfeel with a quick, thin finish.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a little white head that dimishes quickly. Smell is some caramel and malts. Taste is similar. A decent winter beer. However, there is better out there