stephenj007 (123) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2014
12 oz bottle pour, chestnut brown, with a thin, tan head. Notes of roasted, sweet malts, and mild pine and spice. Tastes are more along the lines of a hoppy lager I think. There is a bit more sweet notes than hop notes going on here. Also, I notice the presence of some oak and maybe bourbon notes? Similar to barrel aging? Maybe it’s just the high abv throwing me off here (9.5%). The palate is heavy, and a bit sticky.
A very good, winter style brew as advertised. The warmth from the alcohol is nice, and the full body tastes / aromas are enjoyable.
Just not sure if this fits all the way into the IPA category, but certainly hits the "double black" labeling! umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle thanks to my Winter Secret Santa. Very dark brown pour with a small head that fades to a messy ring. Aromas are chocolate, pine, grapefruit, mild roast, and cedar. Tastes pretty malty. Lots of sweet milk chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. Not much hops surprisingly. Very light bitterness, just a touch of pine and citrus in the finish. Medium body. High, foamy carbonation doesn’t seem to fit. Disappointed. This has been on my want list for a while. It’s not terrible but it’s certainly not a top notch Black IPA. ilovedarkbeer (2741) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Pours an espresso color with a foamy light brown head. Notes of chocolate syrup, pink grapefruit, coffee, roasted malt. Nice. jake65 (3695) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle: Very dark brown color, topped with a huge tan head. Takes forever to die back… lots of thick sheet lacing. The nose is a sweet blend of citrus and pine with roast and subtle chocolate. More roast in the taste, as well as more pine. Enough citrus to sweeten the pot a little, a lingering hops finish and lightly earthy and nutty on the back end. Good stuff. BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2014
36cl, new American brew Anno 2010, thx alot to Alejandro for bringing this over!, complex bitter brew, roasted/woody/bitter and slightly spicy/fruity, very balanced, hazy, rocky head, good Winter brew
HuskerTan (2203) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - DEC 1, 2014
A- Hoppy, piney, citrus, black pepper, spices, musty, roasty.
A- Black color, dark brown liquid, tan head.
T- Bitter, rye, pepper, earthy, pine, caramel.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish.
O- A lovely black IPA and one of the better I’ve had in the style. I liked the bottle artwork a lot. The beer was well balanced and just a nicely brewed beer. CopterScott (254) - Kansas, USA - NOV 28, 2014
pours a dark brown almost black color with a thin off-while head. aroma is citrus hops and chocolate. Flavor is big chocolate, citrus malts, and darker fruits. Reminds me of dark chocolate covered fruit, but not overly sweet. bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Draft. Pours deep black with a firm tan head. Nose is both hoppy and burnt maltiness. Taste is very bitter and roasty also. Alcohol is a bit in your face at the end. Nice. PhilJackson80 (531) - Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2014
12 oz Bottle. Tasted on 11/18/14. Beer from Total Wine Lewisville, TX. Aroma has roasted malt, hops & some notes chocolate. Taste has a rich & smooth flavor that is well balanced & easy to drink. A very nice black IPA.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Odell is one of my longtime favorite breweries and the Black IPA style is quickly becoming one of my most sought-after styles. So it’s 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 Odell’s 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. It’s sleek going down and leaves behind a boozy bitterness that gets caked onto everything. While Mountain Standard doesn’t dethrone Stone’s Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale as my favorite Black IPA, it’s quite possibly the smoothest Black IPA I’ve had. It’s the most beautiful by far.