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RATINGS: 261   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 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?


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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (1143) - Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Smellsvery floral. Black and sweet. No head. Hoppy. Heavy. Ruhlman said its superb.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stephenj007 (112) - 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!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
umich03jm (2179) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2340) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Pours an espresso color with a foamy light brown head. Notes of chocolate syrup, pink grapefruit, coffee, roasted malt. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2730) - Boise, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HuskerTan (573) - Holdrege, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CopterScott (160) - Kansas, USA - NOV 28, 2014
pours a dark brown almost black color with a thin off-while head. aroma is citrus hops and chocolate. Flavor is big chocolate, citrus malts, and darker fruits. Reminds me of dark chocolate covered fruit, but not overly sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng (1544) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Draft. Pours deep black with a firm tan head. Nose is both hoppy and burnt maltiness. Taste is very bitter and roasty also. Alcohol is a bit in your face at the end. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhilJackson80 (379) - Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2014
12 oz Bottle. Tasted on 11/18/14. Beer from Total Wine Lewisville, TX. Aroma has roasted malt, hops & some notes chocolate. Taste has a rich & smooth flavor that is well balanced & easy to drink. A very nice black IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jbuskirk (486) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Odell is one of my longtime favorite breweries and the Black IPA style is quickly becoming one of my most sought-after styles. So itís no great surprise to find that I really liked this beer. A lot. Let me start off by saying that the bottle art is insanely cool. Yes, I love most of Odellís art, but this design deserves special recognition. The appearance of this brew is a work of art in its own right. This ale has a definitive shade of black that reveals some brown and mahogany color when held up to light. Head is a gorgeous toasted marshmallow color with a clean look and smooth surface. The aroma reveals fresh roasted coffee sensations and some sweet booze from the 9.5% ABV. Flavor is exceptionally balanced. The coffee and hop dynamics are almost at a perfect equilibrium. Palate is flawless. Itís sleek going down and leaves behind a boozy bitterness that gets caked onto everything. While Mountain Standard doesnít dethrone Stoneís Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale as my favorite Black IPA, itís quite possibly the smoothest Black IPA Iíve had. Itís the most beautiful by far.


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