EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color is a very nice, very clear, and very dark reddish brown with a large light tan head, and the aroma blends resin hops, floral hops, and a hint of caramel malts. The taste is mildly sweet, a touch bitter, and mildly umami, and the palate combines a slightly boozy finish, a medium body, oily texture, and a soft carbonation.
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown/black color with a massive tan head of at least 3 fingers that is very slow to recede. The head is a little annoying as I canít take a sip for quite a while. Head leaves lace as it settles. Hoppy aroma of slight citrus with a little hint of booze. Medium mouthfeel. The hops have a decent profile from start to finish. Iím surprised how present the alcohol is in this. Some roast as well. Decent flavors.
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
fletchfighters (1374) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A-- Poured a near cola color. Moderate pour got a three finger light brown head. Took itís time to recede but when it did it left all sorts of streaky lacing. Great head retention.
S-- Chocolate, grapefruit and lemon.
T-- Chocolate and lots of chocolate.
M-- Starts as chocolate in the mouth and changes to grapefruit and lemon. Chocolate becomes secondary. Slick grassy lemon finish with medium body and feel.
D-- Not a hop bomb at all, quite different. Really liked how it started as chocolate and then went to IPA flavors. Thought the nose could be better though, or bigger. Got a bit sour in the end but very enjoyable and excellent hidden ABV.
GarrettB (1374) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 March 28th, 2010 - Sometimes there is beer. And sometimes this is tragedy. This is a story with both. The OíDell Mountain Standard Ale is a much needed integration of Colorado ingredients, showing off the best of our state, and snubbing those world class hops and agriculture producers out closer to the West Coast. My sample poured with a thick, cream colored head and a dark, muddy brown body. A clean smell of wet stone, caramel and bread dominates the aroma, though not without a hint of the hops to come. The flavor is mostly savory - biscuits, bread, a touch of caramel, but a surprisingly mild hop dimension. Now, here comes the tragedy. I spilled the sample. Well, maybe not me, but somebody spilled the sample. Whatever happened, the beer was forcibly ejected from the glass and sent off onto greener pastures (or grayer sidewalks). This is a shame for so many reasons, least of which was this tasted like a good beer. Luckily, with the power of hindsight I know Iíll have another chance to drink it, but at least now I have my first impressions recorded.
Updated notes from July 18th, 2011 - Huge, pillowy head, forms geological abstractions, with a nice coffee/expresso brown colored head, The body Black with halos of cola brown. Star anise is prevalent in nose, with a puff of pepper, a lot of fig for the body, red wine oakiness.
Flavor, a surprisingly light body, springy, foamy, that oaky sharpness returns with generous alcohol,but hops have been pushed to the background. Noble hop. Aftertaste is long and whinnying aftertaste with a bit of raisin sweetness. But the palate doesnít linger at all. Interesting.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Denisí. Light reddish mahogany brown. Rich resinous, piney, slightly vegetal nose. Amazingly smooth for the ABV, juicy pine and dark chocolate with a soft hop linger. Lovely.
tennisjoel (1314) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting. Black body with a huge off white head, which literally took over 3 minutes to settle down. Very unique and interesting aroma with hops, vanilla, and other hard to describe notes. The hops are a bit muted for my tastes, but I think this is a good beer. It definitely doesnít taste like any beer (including black IPA) that Iíve tried up to this point. A bit of a floral hop flavor, soapy texture. Slightly odd but not bad. Aroma beats the flavor.
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.
Salmoniform (1272) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle to Glass. Dark hue with creamy tan head. Aroma is roast, toffee, caramel, coffee, citrus. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium body and crisp carbonation. Taste is dry sweet with a nice bitterness following and slightly astringent finish. Overall this is a decent brew.
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Devilís Advocate in Minneapolis. Pours a dark, dark brown color with a tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma is hoppy, mostly pine, some grapefruit citrus. Medium on the palate with creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, chocolate with just a little touch of roasted malt, lots of pine hops, a hint of citrus, and a clean, bitter pine finish. Nice intersection is chocolate and pine.