legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Poured a deep cola colour with a big, lively head. Not as hoppy as I would have thought and the alcohol is well hidden. Bif (2346) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2016
On tap. Pours a black color with a nice head and some lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, bit of malt sweetness and pine in the background. Taste of roasted malt, a subtle sweetness with a bit of dark fruit and hint of chocolate. Nice bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, Nice blend of hops and malt that make this a tasty treat. csaso (2321) - Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Bottle - small head, very dark brown color, hoppy aroma, very hoppy flavor up front with a mild roast malt flavor at the very end - better than I thought it would be craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2011
taster at Odell on 11/18/11. deep ruby / brown pour with a 1+ finger creamy tan head. deep floral / citrus hop nose. medium body with chewy citrus / pine hops backed by nice roasted malts and light chocolate. really nice flavoring hop use. sweet malt / bitter finish - a bit dry. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
750ml bottle shared at the Black Friday tasting. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. The nose is citrus and roast. The taste is citrus, light chocolate and resin. Medium bodied. Good stuff.
kwoeltje (2234) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2011
(bottle) black with huge tan head. Pine hops aroma. Flavor is roast malt, coffee, pine hops. Beerdrinker79 (2218) - Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2012
12 oz. bottle- Pours dark brown to black with a nice thick frothy tan head and spiderweb lacework. Aroma is spicy piney hops. The taste is a powerful beer that excellently balances the hops and malt, roasted chocolate malt combined with a wonderful spicy hop flavor, very creamy, alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing. Body is medium, carbonation is also medium. Great beer, just when I was ready to give up on the Black IPA style, Odell shows how it should be done. ROGUE (2216) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - SEP 24, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with a large tan colored head, good retention and lacing. Aroma is dark malts with lots of citrus and piney hops, along with caramel, dark fruit, slightly roasted. Taste has a floral, slightly spicy hop character up front that leads into some rich bready, caramel malt. Finish lends some spicy earthy hoppiness that blends nicely with the malts. Hop flavors linger into the aftertaste. Medium bodied, maybe medium-full, with a light carbonation that lends a smooth feel. MetalNHopHead (2191) - 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. wchesser (2140) - 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.