Mountain Standard Double Black IPA - Odell Brewing Company
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3.84/5 rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown glass bottle with a drink by date of 1/22/14 marked on the label. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.
Appearance - Pitch black body with next to no light filtering through. When held up directly in front of a light source, there is a dull burgundy hue visible. Atop the body sits a healthy three-finger head, and I must've gotten a little carried away with the aggressiveness of my pour, as this baby is coming over the edges. Head is rich, dense foam the color of chocolate mousse, and the pocking begins immediately, giving it the look of the inside of an english muffin. As it dissipates, it leaves sticky, webbed lacing around the glass. As I drink it down, it again leaves pronounced, sticky rings.
Smell - Notes of roasted malt, charred bread, earthy, soil-like hop characteristics, and a faint medicinal quality that seems to fade as the liquid warms to room temperature. There is a pretty detectible presence from the alcohol as well, leaving those familiar piercing esters. I wish it was a bit more aromatic.
Taste - There is a lot of the alcohol character in the taste, along with more subtle elements of dark fruits--black currants, dates, plums and some fainter notes of roasted cacao and maybe fresh-brewed coffee. There is a slightly sourish twinge on the finish--not sour like you'd expect from wild bacteria, but sour like you might expect from some kinds of grain or bread, like wheat and rye.
Mouthfeel - Semisweet finish, with a body on the heavy side of moderate, along with ample carbonation. There is a silky feel on the tongue after the swig has been swallowed.
Overall, a decent take on the black ale style. I wish there was a bit more hop presence, as the crazy blend of floral, herbal hops and earthy, roasty malts is what I love about the "black IPA" style in the first place. I also think the ABV level on this one gets a bit away from them, imparting more heat than I would expect, even of an imperial version of the style. Trust me, however, when I say I won't mind finishing the 4-pack.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2013 00:54:11 | More by LambicPentameter
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