ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very, very nice looking beer. Itís a very dark brown color with a light/medium brown colored head. The aroma is slightly malty, almost roasted, but it has a really nice combination of earthy hops and roasted malts. Gentle and very nice. It has somewhat if a dull mouth feel and my first impression was that of an imperial brown ale crossed with an IPA. Tastes like an IPA, but with tiny hints of smooth, earthy roasted malts and finishes extremely clean. Overall, this is a a fantastic beer that combines everything in a really easy-to-drink package. One of my favorite black IPAs. Oh, and you would never guess by the flavor how much alcohol is in this!
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours black with a khaki head. Aroma is a wonderful mixture of roasted malt and fresh candied hops. Flavor performs just as admirably. Overall body is moderate and the bitterness is well balanced. Bravo!
GarrettB (1476) - 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.
MetalNHopHead (1457) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 11, 2014
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
fletchfighters (1410) - 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.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from a four-pack that cost $10.49. Black color, mocha head, looks good. Smell is hoppy citrus but I was disappointed after hearing this compared to Pliny (lies). Flavor is decently hoppy but again not on the level of Stone 15th. The roast flavor really conflicted with the citrus, like oranges dunked in bitter coffee. I would have preferred chocolate covered oranges but oh weíll. Still, this is a decent beer and a much better value than when it was in 750ís.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-09-2011 18:22:22
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma and flavor are roasted malt, caramel, piney, citrusy hops.. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden.
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.
GlasgowTAD (1389) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown black with brown head. Aroma is fruity and roasty. Taste is peach sweet, mango sweet, slight roastiness, hint of coffee.
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.