LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Appearance: Pours a midnight black with a large fluffy head, that subsides to about 1/8 inch of creamy beige foam.DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Aroma: Big herbal hops, medium roast, sassafras.
Taste: Chocolate malt,big herbal hops. roast, big abrasive bittering hops.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with lively carbonation.
Overall: A unique roasty black ale. This came across as more like a big porter or stout as opposed to a double IPA with color.
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. tennisjoel (1476) - 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. wchesser (2111) - 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. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2010
750 ml bottle from Total Wine - Pours a brown color with a large light tan head. Aroma is floral, pine, and citrus hops with a touch of roasted malt trying to stick its head in there. flavor is big pine hops and roasted malt. The hops really linger in the finish. Medium body. Drink this one sooner than later. A good beer.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2011
(bottle) black with huge tan head. Pine hops aroma. Flavor is roast malt, coffee, pine hops. GarrettB (1622) - 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. JaffaHawk23 (76) - Broomfield(via Iowa City), Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Had this a couple times in the last couple weeks at Lucky Pie in Louisville, CO. A really nicely balanced ’dark brown’ IPA. Creamy mouthfeel. Warm malts and some lightly spiced hops make this a really nice autumnal mountain brew. piscator34 (2577) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 15, 2012
Draft and bottle sample. Very dark brown in colour with medium carbonation. Strong aromatic mix of pine sap, white grapefruit, roast, and coffee. Strong flavors of citrus, black pepper, and more pine sap blend well with notes of toffee, and dark chocolate. Fairly weighty on the palate, but the strong leafy bitterness balances things out nicely. It seems like just about every aspect of this beer is intense, aside from the apparent alcohol (which it hides well). I think a different hop blend would have suited my taste better, this is still a very well made black IPA. madmitch76 (25101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
29th May 2011
Opaque dark brown beer. Amazing head! A quick swirl left a perfect spiral galaxy shape in the pale tan head! Typical Odell deftness and balance. Sotfish and semi dry palate. Fresh creamy dark malt well balanced with piney smooth hops. Just a trace of hop fruit. Smooth finish. Very well joined up.