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RATINGS: 304   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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?


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Concealer (1174) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2015
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2010
2010 bottle. Wow, they grapefruity hops stand out immediately! The pour is an opaque, dark brown color with a full, dark beige, rocky, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting but leaves scattered lace all over. The nose is full of juicy citrus hops with pink grapefruit, light resinous pine, a bit mineral, danky floral, faint dark breads, and only hints at some roast. The flavor is still hoppy but gains a bit of dark malt sweetness and roast; still plenty of pink grapefruit and danky floral tones, lightly resinous, hints of smoke, some dark coffee roast, dark bread toast, and just a bit of dark chocolate in the more than medium bitterness. The palate is medium to full, soft to lively, velvety, and creamy. The finish is still full of the grapefruit notes, smoky dark chocolate, mineral notes, and the floral notes left on the tongue. I had a beer from SKA made with hops from the Western slope of CO just like this one and got the same off-note; it is almost like a dirty smell/taste. Granted this beer was put together much better than the SKA brew, but that off-note took away from what could have been a very nice BIPA. Still, as is the beer is good and certainly deceptive but nothing compared to last years version. I think I am just accustomed to my American hops coming from the Northwest.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Steasy66 (1116) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2012
12 oz into Duvel Tulip Black with light brown head that isnít going anywhere. Aroma of mild hops, a bit of roast, slightly sweet, nothing special. Decent hoppy flavor, a bit too sweet, lacking roast. This beer seems somewhere in between a stout and a black IPA. Nothing I would buy again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DenverLogan (1098) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2014 Poured from a 12oz bottle into a medium Duvel glass. Pours a brown with large amber head and lace. Aroma of dark roasted malts, burnt malts, peat, dark chocolate, musty notes. Significant carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of burnt malts, espresso, bitter chocolate, carob, straw and grapefruit hops. Overall very full bodies with a bitter edge but also lots of sweet malts, dark chocolate, and dark malts to form quite a tasty big black IPA....up there with my favorites.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Experiment_Ale (1096) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2013
At Odell. Pours black small head. Aroma is thin, earthy hops. Taste is earthy dirt hops malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Large bottle. Pours black with a big, tan head. Nose is of citrus and cola. Taste is of citrus, but is overpowered by roast malt and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and resinous with some bitterness. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ianwelby (1091) - SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2016
Dark red, bitter fruit aroma. Rich, fruity taste. Malty and tangy hop. Rich, apple-y aftertaste. Really good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnmike (1084) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Iíve had this both on tap and from the bottle. I actually prefer the bottle version of this one.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
commonshawn (1048) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Tap. Black color with tan white head. Subtle pleasing aroma. Smooth at first then perfect balance of sweet malty and alcohol. Excellent.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
commonmac (1043) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Tap pour at Town Hall Lanes. A questionable glass holding a wonderful, nearly perfect beer. A roasted malty ale leads but coupled by a compliment of hops. Just a great beer that showcases taste, mouthfeel, aftertaste, and perfection. Please go out and order this one!


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