Lonick (2509) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2017 Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Bottle @Craigs (The Budget week tasting, rating backlog). Pours brown, almost black tan head. Nose is chocolate, slight coffee. Taste is raisin, fruit cake, roasted malts, very nice. Beerandhockey8 (417) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - JUN 28, 2017
From 12oz bottle to snifter. Pour is a black brown color, thick tan head. Nose is malty, hoppy, licorice, dark fruit. Taste is sweet, medium bodied. Rich and oily finish. Great dark ipa culchiem (4070) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 16, 2017
Can from McHughs. Ruby brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of earthy malt. Flavour is roasted hop, chocolate, dry malt, bitter fruit, creamy roast finish. KevinReddirt (198) - Midland, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2017
Given to me to sample by a very good beer friend from his cellar. It came in a 12 oz. bottle with some nifty artwork on the label. The pour yields a stout-like dark, almost jet black, body along with a foamy beige top that leaves a good accounting of the sips I take. The nose is unexpected for an IPA, earthy, malty and some spice. A drink gives an interesting combination of malt and resin, biscuit and a vanilla-chocolate finish. A touch of bitterness lingers. Quite involved, very appealing. A great Black IPA, better than most Imperial IPAs. A great day indeed. Oh, and the bottle says 10.6% abv. Strong in many ways. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2017
Bottle. Blackish-dark brown with a medium beige head that slowly recedes to a fine film. The aroma packs a wallop and I can smell this one from across my desk--no real need to set this under my nose to get a whiff. The aroma features pine, oak barrel, cocoa and toffee. The taste echoes the notes detected in the aroma. The palate is full and the carbonation is soft. Finished long and dry. Overall: Good stuff.
wlajwl (6950) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2017
Aroma is pine/pine needles, spices and dark malts. The flavor is dark malts, chocolate, pine needles, grapefruit and an acidic/bitter/slightly sour finish. jmohno (1642) - Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2017
Cocoa nibs aroma, complex fruits, dark fruit, woody cherry toasted coconut. Same taste, some cola, not much booze, complex dark malts, fairly malty, mild dryish finish. KInd of a barleywine, more malty than ipa. AshtonMcCobb (6774) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk dregs run.
Appearance - opaque brown to black.
Nose - toffee and marmalade.
Taste - more of the same. Luscious marmalade and toffee. A touch of chocolate kicking I around the finish.
Palate - medium bodied with a creamy yet tangy texture and a long dry tangy finish.
Overall - like this.
nihtila (3754) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 10, 2017
Bottle at Craigs. Dark brown. Nose is pine, light roast, faint sweetness. Tastes similar, piney hops, light coffee and chocolate, light booze. Decent. allmyvinyl (10845) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 10, 2017
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown, with a thin beige head. Aromas pine, burnt toast. Taste is light bitter, pine, caramel. Bitter finish.