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 (1907) - 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 (646) - 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 (5340) - 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 (1278) - 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.
ryanfolty (2204) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
September 15, 2012 on tap at the Autumn Brew Review in Minneapolis. Muddy brown pour with limited head. Roasty, hoppy and sweet aroma and taste. Watery and a nasty bitter finish and aftertaste.
ads135 (3690) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with a medium head and a medium body. Aroma of pine, some toasted bread, and some lemon. Flavor favors the hops, but there is still a notable chocolatelyness that rounds out the beer.
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark black IPA with a thick brown head. In aroma, a smooth bitter chocolate with nice floral hops, nice and smooth. In mouth, a nice smooth chocolate malt with light piney hops, nice and smooth. Bottle at Mondial 2012, June 10 2012.
fletchfighters (1298) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A-- Poured a near cola color. Moderate pour got a three finger light brown head. Took it’s time to recede but when it did it left all sorts of streaky lacing. Great head retention.
S-- Chocolate, grapefruit and lemon.
T-- Chocolate and lots of chocolate.
M-- Starts as chocolate in the mouth and changes to grapefruit and lemon. Chocolate becomes secondary. Slick grassy lemon finish with medium body and feel.
D-- Not a hop bomb at all, quite different. Really liked how it started as chocolate and then went to IPA flavors. Thought the nose could be better though, or bigger. Got a bit sour in the end but very enjoyable and excellent hidden ABV.