jmohno (1620) - 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. Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours black wig off white head. Aroma is very piney, sweet citrus, chocolate. Taste is smooth, easy, creamy, medium bodied, good bitterness. Done very well. GarrettB (1602) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 March 28th, 2010 - Sometimes there is beer. And sometimes this is tragedy. This is a story with both. The O’Dell Mountain Standard Ale is a much needed integration of Colorado ingredients, showing off the best of our state, and snubbing those world class hops and agriculture producers out closer to the West Coast. My sample poured with a thick, cream colored head and a dark, muddy brown body. A clean smell of wet stone, caramel and bread dominates the aroma, though not without a hint of the hops to come. The flavor is mostly savory - biscuits, bread, a touch of caramel, but a surprisingly mild hop dimension. Now, here comes the tragedy. I spilled the sample. Well, maybe not me, but somebody spilled the sample. Whatever happened, the beer was forcibly ejected from the glass and sent off onto greener pastures (or grayer sidewalks). This is a shame for so many reasons, least of which was this tasted like a good beer. Luckily, with the power of hindsight I know I’ll have another chance to drink it, but at least now I have my first impressions recorded.
Updated notes from July 18th, 2011 - Huge, pillowy head, forms geological abstractions, with a nice coffee/expresso brown colored head, The body Black with halos of cola brown. Star anise is prevalent in nose, with a puff of pepper, a lot of fig for the body, red wine oakiness.
Flavor, a surprisingly light body, springy, foamy, that oaky sharpness returns with generous alcohol,but hops have been pushed to the background. Noble hop. Aftertaste is long and whinnying aftertaste with a bit of raisin sweetness. But the palate doesn’t linger at all. Interesting. Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2012
12oz bottle thanks to mar.
Deep black brew with some tan head. Lovin the nose - roasted malt, pine and citrus hops, and a little chocolate. More chocolate in the flavor with some nuttiness. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Almost as good as Stone's More Brown Than Black. Hoppy yet malty; malty yet hoppy. Great flavor with just a nice tinge of bitterness. Home run!
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fletchfighters (1532) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
A-- Poured a near cola color. Moderate pour got a three finger light brown head. Took it’s time to recede but when it did it left all sorts of streaky lacing. Great head retention.
S-- Chocolate, grapefruit and lemon.
T-- Chocolate and lots of chocolate.
M-- Starts as chocolate in the mouth and changes to grapefruit and lemon. Chocolate becomes secondary. Slick grassy lemon finish with medium body and feel.
D-- Not a hop bomb at all, quite different. Really liked how it started as chocolate and then went to IPA flavors. Thought the nose could be better though, or bigger. Got a bit sour in the end but very enjoyable and excellent hidden ABV.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2012
This is a very, very nice looking beer. It’s a very dark brown color with a light/medium brown colored head. The aroma is slightly malty, almost roasted, but it has a really nice combination of earthy hops and roasted malts. Gentle and very nice. It has somewhat if a dull mouth feel and my first impression was that of an imperial brown ale crossed with an IPA. Tastes like an IPA, but with tiny hints of smooth, earthy roasted malts and finishes extremely clean. Overall, this is a a fantastic beer that combines everything in a really easy-to-drink package. One of my favorite black IPAs. Oh, and you would never guess by the flavor how much alcohol is in this! dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle pours black with a khaki head. Aroma is a wonderful mixture of roasted malt and fresh candied hops. Flavor performs just as admirably. Overall body is moderate and the bitterness is well balanced. Bravo! tennisjoel (1460) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Interesting. Black body with a huge off white head, which literally took over 3 minutes to settle down. Very unique and interesting aroma with hops, vanilla, and other hard to describe notes. The hops are a bit muted for my tastes, but I think this is a good beer. It definitely doesn’t taste like any beer (including black IPA) that I’ve tried up to this point. A bit of a floral hop flavor, soapy texture. Slightly odd but not bad. Aroma beats the flavor. arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
12oz bottle from a four-pack that cost $10.49. Black color, mocha head, looks good. Smell is hoppy citrus but I was disappointed after hearing this compared to Pliny (lies). Flavor is decently hoppy but again not on the level of Stone 15th. The roast flavor really conflicted with the citrus, like oranges dunked in bitter coffee. I would have preferred chocolate covered oranges but oh we’ll. Still, this is a decent beer and a much better value than when it was in 750’s.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-09-2011 18:22:22