Ernest (7696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate syrup, coffee), moderately hoppy (resin), with a note of pineapple juice.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, oily/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Surprisingly sour and it has a strange oily/slick/coating mouthfeel...very unpleasant to drink. On top of that, the aroma is really simple and not enticing. Very disjointed and aimless, kind of like the dump-bucket beer at an IPA-and-stout tasting. Weird. highibus (821) - Vail, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Pours black with ruby edges. Beautiful aroma of piney citrus hops. Flavor is ok but a bit thin on the finish. A little disappointed in flavor but great aroma. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle; poured a dark cola brown with a large light brown head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, cocoa, earth, meat, pine, yeast and alcohol. Flavor was seductive, complex, tasty but oh so drinkable. Caramel, cocoa, fruit, roasted malt, vanilla, earth and pine. As black IPA’s go, this one is up there for sure. BeerSherpa (10) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Mountain standard is the standard of black IPA’s, Danker than Dogfish’s India Brown! bookman10 (1121) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Pours a dark brownish-black with a fairly thick head. Strong scent of pine in the aroma. Flavor is a nice combination of citrus and pine with some sweetness in the background and finish. This is a very good IPA.
jandd1983 (4330) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2011
It poured a dark color with a small tan head. The aroma was floral pine and some roasted scents. The taste was very good with some nice bitter hops which come off piney and a little roasted malt and earthy flavors. A very good Black IPA. freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Bottle pours very dark brown with one finger khaki head. Smell is a little piney with lemony citrus and some sweetness from the grains. The taste is smooth a fairly light, a bit different than the nose. The grain is stronger than the hops and has a moderately strong roast. The hop flavor is mostly in the finish with a bitterness that competes with the grains and a light pine and citrus that let’s it be smooth a malty but just enough bite to be an ipa. It is a clean beer with no off or extremely strong stand out flavors, just nice and mellow throughout. For the strength it does not show it. Another great brew from Odell. Tmoney99 (14494) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear dark brown with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, chocolate, earthy hop with a small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a dry slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good complex beer. sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - DEC 9, 2011
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is very nice--lots of hops bursting out of the glass, particularly grapefruit rind and tangerine. Some roasted malt peeks through at times as well. Taste is quite hoppy up front--more pine than in the aroma--then almost a woody spiciness, some alcohol, and roasted malt. Quite full mouthfeel, somewhat dry, long finish. Overall, a fairly nice beer with good aroma...the taste I’m less crazy about. I guess I would prefer to try this as a "regular" IPA without the roasted malt, but it was interesting nonetheless. shadbow (84) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Looks great. Nice color, head. Can smell the hops. Tastes like a nice black IPA w good hops light on the bitter. Can’t believe this is 10%?!
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