GarrettB (1607) - 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 (2541) - 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 (25009) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
29th May 2011rxeight (3111) - Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2013
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.
Extra from toomanybeers. Pretty good stuff. Nice blend of malt and hops. Slight citrius and slight floral. Medium body and easy to drink. Seems way lighter than 9.5. Not in same league as dubhe or wookey but next step down.
ajnepple (6704) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2013
On tap at Washington’s Sports Bar and Grill (Fort Collins). Black with a small head and no lacing. Roasted malt aroma and flavor, with chocolate, coffee and light hops. Medium to full body, pretty smooth and semi-creamy. Nice! weihenweizen (3890) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2013
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle bottled February 26, 2013 poured into a snifter. Pours black with big fluffy beige head. Medium small bubble lacing, medium carbonation, and nice hop aroma. Taste is roasty, fresh herbal hops, evergreen, and nice lighter bitter finish. ABV is well covered, probably my favorite black IPA. kevinator (2268) - The Colony, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2013
I would classify this as an imperial black IPA. The aroma was a balance of dark roasted malts and piney hops. It had a dark color with a little bit of reddish-brown seeping through. It was a good balance of roasted and bitter with a little bit of smoke thrown in. The alcohol was well hidden. It had a medium weight palate with a below-average carbonation. Nicely done. Doofgoblin (513) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2013
A dark rich but hoppy treat. The aroma is slightly underwhelming but some typical toasty and hoppy notes are present. Taste is better with rich malt sweetness and a light fruitiness under the dark flavors. Finish is bitter but smooth and faintly creamy... Really nice show from Odell. bytemesis (8584) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle, thanks Jim! Pours clear reddish mahogany, small beige head, some lacing. Aroma is roasty, pine, citrus. Flavor is about the same, light sweet, medium bitter, roasty. Medium body.