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RATINGS: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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As the Colorado hop growers prove they can produce world class hops, we as a Colorado craft brewer want to showcase what our state can offer, not only with the ingredients used in crafting them. Mountain Standard Double Black IPA showcases the homegrown hops our brewers helped pick from farms along Colorado’s western slope. MST pours committingly dark with a light brown head and a slightly roasted hoppy nose. An ephemeral bitterness, the result of combining roasted malts with an assertive American hop profile, contributes to MST’s act of balance and harmony within nature or your glass. As the season’s darkness sets in why shouldn’t your beer become darker as well?


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1358) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with thin lasting tan head. Great aroma of fresh citrus hops and resenous pine. Medium body with healthy pine and underlying burnt malts. Well balanced. Enjoyable brew

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Tap - a fairly creamy and smooth body for this style and strength - loads of green, oily, fresh hop flavor and aroma - a lot of black ipas fail to balance this with the chewy malt, but this does a fairly good job of it - the malt adds just enough of a sweetness to balance the hops and then gets the hell out of the way - slight roast on the back end that actually works well with the greenness of the hops - tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beaver (1290) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2010
750ml bottle. Wow are Odell corks tight! Pours dark brown/black with a monstrous creamy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted malts, some black licorice, and resiny piney tarry hops.

The flavor is roasted malts with a little sweetness and a good amount of fruity, medium bitter, hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a very solid, well balanced, brew. Nothing over the top, but very drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden but the warming sneaks up on you.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoth (506) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Pours inky brown, completely black and opaque in the glass, with a big tan head, very fine clinging lacing. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, toffee, coffee, and toast. Medium-full body, zesty and dry. Mild sweetness, then a tiny bit crisp, medium-strong bitter finish. A big, complex brew. Excellent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (2634) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2010
750 ml. bottle. Pours a fluffy beige head, with some lacing, over a clear brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is pine and citrus to start, then a bit of chocolate with a light sour tinge......taste is light sweet to start with a bit of toffee/caramel, then heavy pine resin and grapefruit with light cocoa/chocolate tones, in the finish there is a lingering amalgam of cocoa, pine and citrus.....mouth feel is on the light side of medium, alcohol well hidden carbonation high. This seems unbalanced, with the malt back bone needing more representation in the aromas and flavors. It lacks some of the richness as well as malty sweetness a double most often has. The hops used were Chinook and Cascade. BJCP 6/3/13/4/6

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2010
2010 bottle. Wow, they grapefruity hops stand out immediately! The pour is an opaque, dark brown color with a full, dark beige, rocky, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting but leaves scattered lace all over. The nose is full of juicy citrus hops with pink grapefruit, light resinous pine, a bit mineral, danky floral, faint dark breads, and only hints at some roast. The flavor is still hoppy but gains a bit of dark malt sweetness and roast; still plenty of pink grapefruit and danky floral tones, lightly resinous, hints of smoke, some dark coffee roast, dark bread toast, and just a bit of dark chocolate in the more than medium bitterness. The palate is medium to full, soft to lively, velvety, and creamy. The finish is still full of the grapefruit notes, smoky dark chocolate, mineral notes, and the floral notes left on the tongue. I had a beer from SKA made with hops from the Western slope of CO just like this one and got the same off-note; it is almost like a dirty smell/taste. Granted this beer was put together much better than the SKA brew, but that off-note took away from what could have been a very nice BIPA. Still, as is the beer is good and certainly deceptive but nothing compared to last years version. I think I am just accustomed to my American hops coming from the Northwest.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Good solid amount of citrusy hops here. Love the sustainable angle too. Roasty notes are there but play a nice background note. My first taste of Odell’s and I like it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8020) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2010
draft. sand colored fine bubbled head, near black body. nose is ipa-like citrus and pine tar, wet, dank and spicy, while the malt is heavy with toasted bread crumbs, light cream, light to medium chocolate, all coated in green zesty buzzing hop oil. medium chewiness, medium body, mostly smooth. enjoyable but seems to have a concrete/mineral yeast note late.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2012 Tasted on tap at the brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado. Creamy head with a great dark, hoppy aroma. Very tasty dark body with a very floral, hoppy aroma. Despite the high ABV, you can’t taste it. Highly recommended.


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