ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very, very nice looking beer. It’s a very dark brown color with a light/medium brown colored head. The aroma is slightly malty, almost roasted, but it has a really nice combination of earthy hops and roasted malts. Gentle and very nice. It has somewhat if a dull mouth feel and my first impression was that of an imperial brown ale crossed with an IPA. Tastes like an IPA, but with tiny hints of smooth, earthy roasted malts and finishes extremely clean. Overall, this is a a fantastic beer that combines everything in a really easy-to-drink package. One of my favorite black IPAs. Oh, and you would never guess by the flavor how much alcohol is in this!
gregwilsonstl (1352) - Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smellsvery floral. Black and sweet. No head. Hoppy. Heavy. Ruhlman said its superb.
smokewindow (4) - - OCT 21, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 oz bottle into a frosty glass. Thin white head that leaves behind nice lacing. The beer itself is a dark brown with aromas of fruity, caramel malts and citrus hops. Sips very smooth with nice sugary malt character and a hop bitterness on the back end. Reminds me of a roastier Myrcenary, go figure. Overall this is a very nice Black IPA. Ranks second in my book only to thw Wookey Jack.
tubintheyampa (12) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perfectly balanced black IPA! I’ve had it on tap at a local bar in Ft. Collins, and from a bottle (that I poured into a glass). For some reason I enjoyed it more from a bottle which does not really make sense to me. Either way, this beer deserves a nice rating, for it will be one that I buy often. The high alcohol content is nicely hidden amongst its delicate flavors.
JaffaHawk23 (76) - Broomfield(via Iowa City), Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this a couple times in the last couple weeks at Lucky Pie in Louisville, CO. A really nicely balanced ’dark brown’ IPA. Creamy mouthfeel. Warm malts and some lightly spiced hops make this a really nice autumnal mountain brew.
Goodgrief (1855) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Marriott Denver Center City Hotel. Um, it wasn’t black. Maybe our was mislabeled. Pour was a slightly dark amber. Strong hops, citrus and resin, very bitter. It was just okay.
wilnatp (632) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stanley’s Beer Fest 10/6, BOTTLE. Pour is dark brown with hints of red. Aroma of citrus, caramel, pine, Taste is well balanced. Mouthfeel is almost creamy.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 10/1/2012 at Odells Brewery. This Black IPA pours a dark brown color from the tap. Medium sized beige foamy head. The aroma is roasted malts and citrusy hops. A medium bodied Black IPA. The malts are fruity, roasty and sweet. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity. Decent carbonation. Nice balance. Seems a little sweet for a black IPA, but it works. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with some lingering hop bitterness.
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
What a pillowy head that lingers. Strong malt aroma with sprucey hop notes as well. This is the perfect black double ipa. Strong hop character with a huge malt backbone.
GarrettB (1201) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 March 28th, 2010 - Sometimes there is beer. And sometimes this is tragedy. This is a story with both. The O’Dell Mountain Standard Ale is a much needed integration of Colorado ingredients, showing off the best of our state, and snubbing those world class hops and agriculture producers out closer to the West Coast. My sample poured with a thick, cream colored head and a dark, muddy brown body. A clean smell of wet stone, caramel and bread dominates the aroma, though not without a hint of the hops to come. The flavor is mostly savory - biscuits, bread, a touch of caramel, but a surprisingly mild hop dimension. Now, here comes the tragedy. I spilled the sample. Well, maybe not me, but somebody spilled the sample. Whatever happened, the beer was forcibly ejected from the glass and sent off onto greener pastures (or grayer sidewalks). This is a shame for so many reasons, least of which was this tasted like a good beer. Luckily, with the power of hindsight I know I’ll have another chance to drink it, but at least now I have my first impressions recorded.
Updated notes from July 18th, 2011 - Huge, pillowy head, forms geological abstractions, with a nice coffee/expresso brown colored head, The body Black with halos of cola brown. Star anise is prevalent in nose, with a puff of pepper, a lot of fig for the body, red wine oakiness.
Flavor, a surprisingly light body, springy, foamy, that oaky sharpness returns with generous alcohol,but hops have been pushed to the background. Noble hop. Aftertaste is long and whinnying aftertaste with a bit of raisin sweetness. But the palate doesn’t linger at all. Interesting.