riversideAK (5934) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of roast chocolate caramel and pine resiny hops. Pours black tan creamy head and nice lace. Flavors of chocolate caramel and roasted malts slightly oily and hoppily acidic. Pine resin moderate hop bitterness. Mostly rather balanced and drinkable. Solid.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown almost black color. Head was a two finger tan. That left plenty of lacing on the side of the glass as it went. Aroma was pines, spruce and hops. Flavor was the best of the Ipa, hops hops and more hops with some chocolate and caramel. Oily and sticky mouthfeel. Bitter finish. Great all around beer. The more I drink the more I love.
Ernest (7025) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate syrup, coffee), moderately hoppy (resin), with a note of pineapple juice.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, oily/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Surprisingly sour and it has a strange oily/slick/coating mouthfeel...very unpleasant to drink. On top of that, the aroma is really simple and not enticing. Very disjointed and aimless, kind of like the dump-bucket beer at an IPA-and-stout tasting. Weird.
highibus (770) - Vail, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with ruby edges. Beautiful aroma of piney citrus hops. Flavor is ok but a bit thin on the finish. A little disappointed in flavor but great aroma.
alexanderj (3462) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; poured a dark cola brown with a large light brown head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, cocoa, earth, meat, pine, yeast and alcohol. Flavor was seductive, complex, tasty but oh so drinkable. Caramel, cocoa, fruit, roasted malt, vanilla, earth and pine. As black IPA’s go, this one is up there for sure.
BeerSherpa (10) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mountain standard is the standard of black IPA’s, Danker than Dogfish’s India Brown!
bookman10 (806) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brownish-black with a fairly thick head. Strong scent of pine in the aroma. Flavor is a nice combination of citrus and pine with some sweetness in the background and finish. This is a very good IPA.
jandd1983 (3440) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
It poured a dark color with a small tan head. The aroma was floral pine and some roasted scents. The taste was very good with some nice bitter hops which come off piney and a little roasted malt and earthy flavors. A very good Black IPA.
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours very dark brown with one finger khaki head. Smell is a little piney with lemony citrus and some sweetness from the grains. The taste is smooth a fairly light, a bit different than the nose. The grain is stronger than the hops and has a moderately strong roast. The hop flavor is mostly in the finish with a bitterness that competes with the grains and a light pine and citrus that let’s it be smooth a malty but just enough bite to be an ipa. It is a clean beer with no off or extremely strong stand out flavors, just nice and mellow throughout. For the strength it does not show it. Another great brew from Odell.
Tmoney99 (12719) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear dark brown with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, chocolate, earthy hop with a small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a dry slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good complex beer.