onceblind (9708) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2011
GABF 2011. murky dark brown with a frothy light beige head. Big sticky hop aroma-grapefruit, juicy tropical mango and pineapple, slight chocolate tone. Outstanding hoppy sweet aroma. Juicy hop flavor, sweet chocolate, with an amazing balance between both. Big body with medium booziness, some dark fruit, a ton of citrus, loads of floral hop, but is also very sweet with dark malts. Crazy good.
BeerSherpa (10) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Mountain standard is the standard of black IPA’s, Danker than Dogfish’s India Brown! Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2012
12 oz bottle poured into tulip with a date of 5/10/12 on bottle.
From a recent trade courtesy patFC320
Appearance: This offering from Odell poured a dark brown/black with a 1 finger size frothy light brown head. Nice reddish hue on edges when held up to the light. Nice lacing evident.
Smell: Surprisingly this is a very complex smelling beer with the hops standing out first. There is the floral and piney hops and the citrus hops present all at the same time. Then the dark malts come through with some bitter chocolate and toasted qualities. This is a very complex smelling beer.
Taste: Wow not what I was expecting. There are some nice hops present but also the malts to counter those hops. Just a wonderful balance of fruity hops and malt to prevent this from being too bitter. Perfect balance represented here between the two as the hops also prevent this from being too sweet. The alcohol is non existent in the mouth.
Mouthfeel: Nice creaminess with a slight thickness at first but then almost thinning out on the swallow when the hops shine with the aftertaste.
Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this double black IPA because I found it to be perfectly balanced without one aspect overpowering. It is too bad Odell does not distribute to my state because this is one I’d seek out on a regular basis. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Pours a deep almost black with just a hint of brownish amber when you hold up to the light. Medium creamy tan head that laced. Aroma of oranges, milk chocolate dipped oranges with a hint or caramel or toffee bits. Great hop nose. Hop flavor profile is great too. Mostly citrus pine and hints of floral hops. Bitterness is there buy nicely "restrained". Def IPA territory without being too much. Malts come together nicely. Roast level is low to none which again makes for one of the best black IPAs I have had to date! DenverLogan (1220) - LA, California, USA - OCT 1, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2014 Poured from a 12oz bottle into a medium Duvel glass.
Pours a brown with large amber head and lace.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, burnt malts, peat, dark chocolate, musty notes.
Significant carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of burnt malts, espresso, bitter chocolate, carob, straw and grapefruit hops. Overall very full bodies with a bitter edge but also lots of sweet malts, dark chocolate, and dark malts to form quite a tasty big black IPA....up there with my favorites.
IndianaRed (4647) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2013
On tap at Prefunk, Boise, ID. Black with a thick tan head. Dense and lasting. Lacing that almost completely coats the glass. Rich soft roast and hoppy aroma. Huge sweet roasty chocolate flavor. The hops are second string here but this is a delicious brew. Thick and chocolatey. Just barely bitter enough to make it into the BIPA style. I’ve had export stouts or imperial porters like this. Very nice. zizzybalubba (1870) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2013
On tap at the brewery in Ft. Collins, CO. Dark brown pour with a light tan head. Aroma of pine and grapefruit rind upfront with coffee in the background. The flavor is the opposite; dark chocolate and coffee are the most present with the hops taking a backseat and merely complementing the dark roasted malt flavor. A very well done black IPA. slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"12 ouncer from a 4-pack. after Stone SSR and 15th AV, I don’t think any other black ipa hangs with this bad boy. had it before bringing in the chrostmas tree...and they smelled the same! well, maybe a little more roast in the beer, but you get the idea. the hops used blended expertly with the dark malt to create a rich, piney brew, with roasted barley, licorice, chocolate, and an overall feeling of joy towards fellow man in the background. Similar to Deschutes Hop in the Dark but bigger. DEElicious. Between a 4.3 and a 4.4! Tasted damn fresh too!" 13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2010
750 ml bottle from Tournament. Black pour, luscious creamy tan head. Fresh, piny hops aroma. Nice prickly carbonation mouthfeel, Flavor is a combo of roasted malt and more fresh, resinous, piny hops. Awesome beer. portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle. Pour is brown black with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is floral pine and roasted scents. Taste is great with nice bitter hops which come off piny and roasted malt and earthy flavors. Palate is medium feel with a somewhat creamy texture and finishes chaulky. This is solid and like it as much if not more than Southern Tiers Iniquity.