Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle poured into tulip with a date of 5/10/12 on bottle.
From a recent trade courtesy patFC320
Appearance: This offering from Odell poured a dark brown/black with a 1 finger size frothy light brown head. Nice reddish hue on edges when held up to the light. Nice lacing evident.
Smell: Surprisingly this is a very complex smelling beer with the hops standing out first. There is the floral and piney hops and the citrus hops present all at the same time. Then the dark malts come through with some bitter chocolate and toasted qualities. This is a very complex smelling beer.
Taste: Wow not what I was expecting. There are some nice hops present but also the malts to counter those hops. Just a wonderful balance of fruity hops and malt to prevent this from being too bitter. Perfect balance represented here between the two as the hops also prevent this from being too sweet. The alcohol is non existent in the mouth.
Mouthfeel: Nice creaminess with a slight thickness at first but then almost thinning out on the swallow when the hops shine with the aftertaste.
Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this double black IPA because I found it to be perfectly balanced without one aspect overpowering. It is too bad Odell does not distribute to my state because this is one I’d seek out on a regular basis.
Sammy (10326) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from whole foods. Shwartzbier up front, with complementary hops in finish.
Hanoi (709) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nose is citrus pine, lemons, soy, seaweed,hint of charcoal. Taste is light coco, coffee hint of cola, leading to soy, hint of cream. Second sip brings more of the hops in the pine finish. Third brings some sticky black fruits and more roast notes.
This is one of the very few black IPA’s I’ve enjoyed. The hops are restrained, brining a pleasing bitterness, rather than a disjointed hop bomb.
superspak (3972) - Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/4/2016. Pours slightly hazy very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Awesome appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, light coffee/smoke, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate roast/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, light coffee/smoke, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate roast/bready malt flavors; with a great bitter/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Black DIPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate roast/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
weordie (567) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a huge, tan, foamy head. Blackberries, roasted malt and pine on the aroma. A nice, roasted malt flavour, earthy, with a gentle bitterness to finish. Does not drink at 9.5% which could be dangerous.
Concealer (1036) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Clear dark brown with a thick, soapy, foamy, tab head that lasts and laces. Aromas of roasted malt, pine, grapefruit, light chocolate and coffee. Flavor is the same. Medium plus bodied, creamy and smooth with dry, roasty end.
nickd717 (3860) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours darkest brown with a lasting light brown head. The aroma is toasty malts and earthy, leafy hops. The flavor is mostly dry with a touch of sweetness and a bitter finish.Medium full body with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall quite enjoyable, very good but not outstanding for this style.
kaser (4905) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic beer. Subtle cocoa and coffee notes. Thick black draft pour at the bridge in St. Louis. Foamy sticky head. Malts and even fruits. So good. Hard to describe
lightbias (397) - USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is damn nice. I haven’t had a black IPA since the Knee Deep Midnight Hoppyness that made my head turn this hard. I Maugham even like this better. Tasty, malty, hoppy, an awesome mouthfeel and a great finish. I need to find this in a bottle!
BeerRenter76 (473) - Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a big fan of this style, but this is a really nice beer Deep brown almost black body with ruby highlights. The cap is leaving decent lace behind. Aromas of citrus hops and roasted malts. Flavor blends the hops and roasted malts nicely, well balanced. Overall a nice offering from Odell.
beerbaaron (1844) - Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep mahogany. Lasting medium frothy beige head. Outstanding balance all around. Not all in your face. Big but not heavy, full of character, and still easy to drink. Very nice. Another please..