RSRIZZO (1986) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2010
750ml bottle corked and caged poured onto a Tulip at 41°. Color is black, a hint of maroon showing when held up to a light. Carbonation is good producing a big tan head. Aroma is big on the hops with a back note of roasted malt. The bold medium body has a smooth mouth feel with a slight fizziness. Flavor jumps out with a deep roasted taste of coffee and chocolate then a bit of floral hops comes in followed by a mellow bitterness. In the after taste the hops turn from floral to a very light citrus and the bitterness comes up giving it a slightly dry feel. This brew rocks, it may be the best Black IPA I have had so far. Its amazingly complex and rich yet very drinkable. Its only down fall is the $13.50 price tag, if it was a little less I would drink it everyday. Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Pours a dark red/brown with light brown head. Smells very hoppy and roasty. Has an amazing combination of warm roasty flavors and complex hop aromas. The flavors combine well enough to balance out. There’s not much as far as coffee aromas go (which I like). Ends with a subtle yet distinct war roasty flavor. 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. UncleKorm (1319) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle poured a clear dark brown hue w/ a huge thick long lasting tan head and excellent lacing. Big fresh hoppy aromas, pine, grapefruit rind, roast, malts, and chocolate. Initial flavor is a light sweet with a moderate bitter finish of long duration. Tastes are malty chocolates and roasted malt, pine hops, a hint of citrus, and a clean, bitter pine finish. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel average carbonation, and a warm finish. Frahmo (316) - Idaho, USA - OCT 18, 2013
12 oz bottle, poured a nice black with a single finger of brown foam. Strong malty taste on a medium body. Bitter flavors are toned down. Alcohol content is barely noticable. One of my favorite beers!
rougeau13 (3032) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Dark dark dark with a milk shake-ish cream colored head. Thick tons of lacing. Super smooth. Super fruity. Super piney. Superb. KevinReddirt (169) - Midland, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2017
Given to me to sample by a very good beer friend from his cellar. It came in a 12 oz. bottle with some nifty artwork on the label. The pour yields a stout-like dark, almost jet black, body along with a foamy beige top that leaves a good accounting of the sips I take. The nose is unexpected for an IPA, earthy, malty and some spice. A drink gives an interesting combination of malt and resin, biscuit and a vanilla-chocolate finish. A touch of bitterness lingers. Quite involved, very appealing. A great Black IPA, better than most Imperial IPAs. A great day indeed. Oh, and the bottle says 10.6% abv. Strong in many ways. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Corked bottle and served in a Duvel snifter, mucho thanks Dave (dcschiller) for the bottle. Basically opaque ’cept for a amber highlight towards the bottom of the snifter, creamy fading head, outstanding lacework upon the glassware. Plenty of herbal, resiny, piney, and dank hops on the nose, Hopalicious! Also more than a full force of dark charred, sweet chocolate, and roasty toasted malts too. Peppery and clove esters, leather, tar, tobacco, minerals, and dirt, yea dirt works here. arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2010
I am sure there is no way the flavor profile could match that nose... well damn it anyway, it not only matched the aroma it beat it! Crisp and dank resiny hops kick your face in and then the smooth beat of the malts caress you into wanting more hop abuse. Boozy, yep. Astringent yep. Take no prisoners, yep. Not for the weak minded, yep. I completely dig this brash, aggressive, beer. A tour de force of charred malt and dank resiny PNW hops. Okay, I just raved about Terrapin Capt’n Krunkles... well this rocks it out even more, now my #2 Black Ipa. Shiz., I am shocked by Odell honestly. I would have never guessed they had this brew in them. Well I am happy they did!
Pours jet black with a thick brown head and tons of lacing. Aromas are alcohol, malt, and pine hops. The taste is bitter hops and burnt malt. The moutfeel is creamy and long. Delicious! bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Very dark brownish-black with massive light brown head and nice lacing.
Aroma: Pine, grapefruit, coffee, dark chocolate and a floral rose-like aroma.
Taste: Great juxtaposition of pine & grapefruit accented hops and coffee & bittersweet chocolate roasted malts. Ends somewhat bitter, spicy and floral; just generally very well balanced.
Palate: Smooth medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Very dry finish.
Overall: Delicious - great melding of Porter and IPA, imperialized. Would love to have this again - I split the 750 and was jealous of the other 375.