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RATINGS: 305   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 Coloradoís 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 MSTís act of balance and harmony within nature or your glass. As the seasonís darkness sets in why shouldnít your beer become darker as well?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (1295) - New York, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottled. Pours pitch black with frothy white/tan head and lacing. Aroma is orange, lemon little bit of lime, not much roasted malt character but definitely a biscuit bready maltiness. Flavor is hop forward with a definite very prevalent roasted malt character. Really awesome balance. Little bit of chocolate and coffee as well. Some lemon peel and citrus present. Hop and a little bit of coffee bitterness. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (4024) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle, courtesy of a kind soul... shared in a location remote of my dining room.
Pours basically black with a good head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma has some light licorice and roast, but it basically focused around piney and citrus forward hoppiness.

The flavor is decently dry with a light roast character. The hoppiness is bracing on this one with lots of fruit and a little pine. Itís got a low-moderate level of bitterness & the booze level is pretty well controlled.

Double Black IPA is silly to me, but this is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markducommun (926) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Clear, mahogany brown. Light tan head. Light molasses, some floral aromas, light pine. Some alcohol on the nose. Fairly bitter, rounded out by a moderate sweetness. Fairly long, acidic finish. Medium body, some carbonation. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBeerFanatic (1018) - Friona, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Pours a dark caramel color with thick creamy head with great retention. Big aromas of pine/citrus, slight pineapple, chocolate and coffee. Flavors of pine and chocolate upfront, slight earthy/herbal hops and a slight blend of caramel. More on the hop side but has a big malt backbone. Medium to high sweetness with a medium bitterness. On the sweet side all around but the hops poke their heads above it all to make a strong presence. One of the more enjoyable beers Iíve had in a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stephenj007 (121) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2014
12 oz bottle pour, chestnut brown, with a thin, tan head. Notes of roasted, sweet malts, and mild pine and spice. Tastes are more along the lines of a hoppy lager I think. There is a bit more sweet notes than hop notes going on here. Also, I notice the presence of some oak and maybe bourbon notes? Similar to barrel aging? Maybe itís just the high abv throwing me off here (9.5%). The palate is heavy, and a bit sticky. A very good, winter style brew as advertised. The warmth from the alcohol is nice, and the full body tastes / aromas are enjoyable. Just not sure if this fits all the way into the IPA category, but certainly hits the "double black" labeling!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle thanks to my Winter Secret Santa. Very dark brown pour with a small head that fades to a messy ring. Aromas are chocolate, pine, grapefruit, mild roast, and cedar. Tastes pretty malty. Lots of sweet milk chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. Not much hops surprisingly. Very light bitterness, just a touch of pine and citrus in the finish. Medium body. High, foamy carbonation doesnít seem to fit. Disappointed. This has been on my want list for a while. Itís not terrible but itís certainly not a top notch Black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2716) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Pours an espresso color with a foamy light brown head. Notes of chocolate syrup, pink grapefruit, coffee, roasted malt. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle: Very dark brown color, topped with a huge tan head. Takes forever to die backÖ lots of thick sheet lacing. The nose is a sweet blend of citrus and pine with roast and subtle chocolate. More roast in the taste, as well as more pine. Enough citrus to sweeten the pot a little, a lingering hops finish and lightly earthy and nutty on the back end. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2014
36cl, new American brew Anno 2010, thx alot to Alejandro for bringing this over!, complex bitter brew, roasted/woody/bitter and slightly spicy/fruity, very balanced, hazy, rocky head, good Winter brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HuskerTan (1714) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle. A- Hoppy, piney, citrus, black pepper, spices, musty, roasty. A- Black color, dark brown liquid, tan head. T- Bitter, rye, pepper, earthy, pine, caramel. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish. O- A lovely black IPA and one of the better Iíve had in the style. I liked the bottle artwork a lot. The beer was well balanced and just a nicely brewed beer.

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