GarrettB (1599) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 March 28th, 2010 - Sometimes there is beer. And sometimes this is tragedy. This is a story with both. The O’Dell 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 I’ll 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 doesn’t linger at all. Interesting. ryanfolty (2545) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2012
September 15, 2012 on tap at the Autumn Brew Review in Minneapolis. Muddy brown pour with limited head. Roasty, hoppy and sweet aroma and taste. Watery and a nasty bitter finish and aftertaste. ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Dark brown with a medium head and a medium body. Aroma of pine, some toasted bread, and some lemon. Flavor favors the hops, but there is still a notable chocolatelyness that rounds out the beer. Lubiere (13898) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2012
A deep dark black IPA with a thick brown head. In aroma, a smooth bitter chocolate with nice floral hops, nice and smooth. In mouth, a nice smooth chocolate malt with light piney hops, nice and smooth. Bottle at Mondial 2012, June 10 2012. fletchfighters (1527) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
A-- Poured a near cola color. Moderate pour got a three finger light brown head. Took it’s 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.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 6, 2012
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. alexsdad06 (10381) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2012
750 ml bottle from boltz7555. Pours dark brown with mahogany highlights and a large beige head. The aroma has nice roasted malts, earthy and citrus hops and some mild sweetness. The flavor has roasted malts, earthy hops, lighter citrus hops with decent bitterness to the finish. Medium plus body and easy to drink. Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2012
12 oz bottle poured into tulip with a date of 5/10/12 on bottle.
From a recent trade courtesy patFC320
Appearance: This offering from Odell poured a dark brown/black with a 1 finger size frothy light brown head. Nice reddish hue on edges when held up to the light. Nice lacing evident.
Smell: Surprisingly this is a very complex smelling beer with the hops standing out first. There is the floral and piney hops and the citrus hops present all at the same time. Then the dark malts come through with some bitter chocolate and toasted qualities. This is a very complex smelling beer.
Taste: Wow not what I was expecting. There are some nice hops present but also the malts to counter those hops. Just a wonderful balance of fruity hops and malt to prevent this from being too bitter. Perfect balance represented here between the two as the hops also prevent this from being too sweet. The alcohol is non existent in the mouth.
Mouthfeel: Nice creaminess with a slight thickness at first but then almost thinning out on the swallow when the hops shine with the aftertaste.
Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this double black IPA because I found it to be perfectly balanced without one aspect overpowering. It is too bad Odell does not distribute to my state because this is one I’d seek out on a regular basis. Steasy66 (1155) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2012
12 oz into Duvel Tulip
Black with light brown head that isn’t 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. dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2012
Bottle at Denis’. 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.