wchesser (2071) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Dark brown translucent and cloudy, Medium to thick head. Nose is mild hop resin and oak. Very balanced with great toasted malt flavours and sweetness against the hop back. Alcohol clocks 9.5% but is fully integrated. Mouthwatering acid and largely back palate. DalzAle (2036) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle Very dark brown/black pour, lots of carbonation and a roasted malt and orange aroma. Flavor is creamy orange, bitter coppery hops, vanilla and finishes with a lingering spicy finish. Not a huge fan of the style, but this was pretty good. Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2011
12 oz 4 pack.
Dark brown pour with a medium tan head.
aroma is piney hop, lighter citrus, chocolately roasted malt under that.
flavour is a very nice combination of sweet milk chocolate maltiness and piney hop. Nice roasted malt flavour without the astringent burnt quality that I often get. Alcohol is blended in nicely as well. Very drinkable beer. Goodgrief (2022) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - OCT 14, 2012
On tap at Marriott Denver Center City Hotel. Um, it wasnít black. Maybe our was mislabeled. Pour was a slightly dark amber. Strong hops, citrus and resin, very bitter. It was just okay. beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Deep mahogany. Lasting medium frothy beige head. Outstanding balance all around. Not all in your face. Big but not heavy, full of character, and still easy to drink. Very nice. Another please..
RSRIZZO (1984) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2010
750ml bottle corked and caged poured onto a Tulip at 41į. Color is black, a hint of maroon showing when held up to a light. Carbonation is good producing a big tan head. Aroma is big on the hops with a back note of roasted malt. The bold medium body has a smooth mouth feel with a slight fizziness. Flavor jumps out with a deep roasted taste of coffee and chocolate then a bit of floral hops comes in followed by a mellow bitterness. In the after taste the hops turn from floral to a very light citrus and the bitterness comes up giving it a slightly dry feel. This brew rocks, it may be the best Black IPA I have had so far. Its amazingly complex and rich yet very drinkable. Its only down fall is the $13.50 price tag, if it was a little less I would drink it everyday. SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Nearly black pour with a foamy head. Aroma of grapefruit peel, citrus and floral hops, roasted malt, and a bit of cocoa. Flavor roasted coffee and malt up front, with a nice hop bitterness coming through on the finish. Delicious! pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Tap: Dark color with reddish tints. Dry, hoppy aroma with hints of grapefruit and dry pine needles. A bitter-sweet taste with notes of leather followed by mild hop bitterness. Quite enjoyable. MetalNHopHead (1887) - 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 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. MacBoost (1886) - Victor, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Pours a dark ruby red with a thin khaki head. Aromas of floral hops, some roast and oddly enough, coffee. Taste is pretty standard for a black ipa, but the thin mouthfeel really detracts from this one. Meh.