GarrettB (1599) - 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. piscator34 (2529) - 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. weihenweizen (3824) - 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 (2205) - 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 (8360) - 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. phaleslu (10246) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2010
750 ml bottle from Randall’s. Pours a very dark brown color with a big, sticky tan head. Aroma of piney hops, grapefruit citrus, peppery spices, roasted malts, toasted sugar, and cream. Flavor is essentially the same, with a nice balance of earthy hops and roasted malts. Medium-bodied, with a roasty mouthfeel and medium to high carbonation. Good black IPA, tried back-to-back with the Grand Teton Trout hop and rated the same. Strykzone (7355) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. Dark brown with a big funky tan head. Aroma is all hops and there are plenty of them. Flavor is nice citrus and funky roasted notes. It is bready, piney, and funky. Interesting and tasty. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2011
750ml from the Wine and Cheese Place, the Lou. Another excellent, aggressively hopped entry in the MR series, long may it thrive. Big boiling black pour, with a silky body, rocky pale head, and tons of sticky lacing. Intense nose of sharp spice and fruity hops. The taste is definitely more fruity, with just a hint of roasts, making this assuredly an IPA. I found it overall to be really satisfying and complex, nearly at the level of Stone SSR. Nickls (2535) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle shared by Travlr. Black-brown body. Grapefruit and citrus hops in the aroma with slight hints of chocolate and roast. Hops are more assertive in the flavor with a nice little burn, followed with chocolate and toast. Medium body, and pretty clean and drier. Nice.