gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
That rare touch of grey in the head.
Very, very well-balanced, especially considering the ABV and age. Enough hops to leave some spice alongside a pleasant, not at all overly-sweet malt backbone. I was expecting a thin barleywine feel to this beer, but the spiciness gives it a character of its own.
Mouthfeel is a lot less viscous than I expected, but this beer did drink in some surprising ways. Either way, enjoyably thin for the style, color, and content.
Overall, better then expected, but it different and more typical ways than I had imagined.
Get some. And a fucking awesome bottle, by the way.
maltman53 (156) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - NOV 12, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark French roasted coffee color, hoppy nose, palate is like a stout meets a West Coast IPA, caramel/coffee all over the palate, yet a beautiful balance hides the 9.5% ABV, ending with a crisp, hoppy, deep roasted malty finish. This beer is stout meets DIPA. Outstanding!
TylerGreenDC (140) - - OCT 5, 2013
2.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
In 12oz bottle. Wonderful aroma of pine and dark chocolate, but from there it?s all downhill. Taste is syrupy with dark chocolate and mud. Mouthfeel is sticky, Nyquil-esque. Must be better on draft?!
Beardaxe (128) - - DEC 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from growler into tulip glass. Strong pine hoppy aroma. Nice palate, not too thin. Strong piney hops with a touch of citrus. Only the barest hint of something darker. Much more like a regular IPA than a black IPA. Nicely carbonated and good mouthfeel.
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Frahmo (125) - Idaho, USA - OCT 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, poured a nice black with a single finger of brown foam. Strong malty taste on a medium body. Bitter flavors are toned down. Alcohol content is barely noticable. One of my favorite beers!
resevil787 (123) - Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very dark clear reddish brown. Light brown head, medium lacing. Just like all other odellís, the aroma does not disappoint. Aroma is moderate to heavy hops - floral, resin, citrus. Taste is moderate to heavy bitter sweet. Long duration. Medium to heavy body. Great beer.
JustDrinkIt (116) - Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really a solid beer. It could be just me, and probably is, but for a 9.5avb beer this is surprisingly session-able. Great roasty malt flavor and a solid hop note to back it up. Iíll go back for more again and again.
commonmac (107) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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!
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
What a pillowy head that lingers. Strong malt aroma with sprucey hop notes as well. This is the perfect black double ipa. Strong hop character with a huge malt backbone.
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle - poured into a pint glass
AROMA: Hoppy and malty.
APPEARANCE: Pours dark brownish to black. A lot of head on this one that is more on the creamy side in color.
TASTE: Piney hops and roasted malts. The hop taste dominates though.
PALATE: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation with a slightly bitter finish.
OVERALL: A really good Black IPA, this is about the 5th one Iíve had in this style and is near the top IMO (the others Stone Sublimely, Sprecher Black IPA, Lakefront IBA, & Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet).