MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tan, creamy head with a purple black body. Moderate bitterness and medium body. Alcohol is mildly apparent but unfortunately plays a bigger role than Iíd like. Good malt presence.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from Tournament. Black pour, luscious creamy tan head. Fresh, piny hops aroma. Nice prickly carbonation mouthfeel, Flavor is a combo of roasted malt and more fresh, resinous, piny hops. Awesome beer.
jbuskirk (496) - Holdrege, 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.
commonshawn (477) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap. Black color with tan white head. Subtle pleasing aroma. Smooth at first then perfect balance of sweet malty and alcohol. Excellent.
chicowv (465) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle: Pours dark, mostly black with hints of dark brown around the edges. Nice tan head, dissipates but still has penty of CO2 release. Aroma is hoppy, mostly cirtus and floral with a slight toasted bread and doughy quality. Taste is nice and hop forward, complex and well balanced with the roasted malts. Smooth, slightly bubbly, almost oily from all the hops. Great offering, probably my favorite Odell to date.
DWestrick (456) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome imperial black ipa. The new standard IMO. Excellent complexities that packs a punch world class
commonmac (447) - 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!
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2013 On tap 1/19/2013. Appearance is dark brown with a thin frothy head and little lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine with plenty of malt character too. Taste starts off malty and sweet with a nice bready flavor and then a great hoppy grapefruit character with little bitterness. Excellent black IPA.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark brown. Lots of head. Nice sweet caramel malt backbone. Hoppiness is strong without a ton of bittering on the palate. Really enjoyable brew.
TylerGreenDC (405) - - 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?!