Mountain Standard Double Black IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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Mountain Standard Double Black IPAMountain Standard Double Black IPA

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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 133
Gots: 89 | FT: 3
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Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 11-04-2009

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Ratings: 763 | Reviews: 230
Reviews by tavernjef:
Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown and fills to the top with a small fluffy, dusty, tanned, brownish foam rising to cap it. Looks almost black in most light but put it up to a stronger light source and you'll find its actually a very dark mahogany. Nice. Lots of lacing cakes the glass in broken sheets and stringy globs very well and it keeps a good ring of foam around the edge top.

Lofty, warming, sweet, roastified, hoppy aroma of black tea twisted with lots of lemon, some orange, papaya, and grapefruit also tend to add to the nose upon bigger wiffs. The hoppyness seems very green and fresh punching with citrus while the roasted malts add a unique mix of tea aromas and airy earthyness.

Taste is partially roasty sweet, yet enticingly tangy and rich. Full on citrus roundedness with mostly orange tones taking over on the tongue while it gets spritzed with some lemon along the way. Maybe some mango too. Some of the earthy tea-like features from the nose are lightly floating around in the background and pick up pace as it flows into the finish where, there, it lingers strongly and boldly with a wonderful blend of the citrusy tangy stuff and its roasted malty play. Warmth ensues in the gullet once it settles in about half way through the 750. Making for a nice lengthy session of drinkin'.

Hearty, wholesome, tangy, semi-rich, fairly full in body with an overall smoothness of citrusy rounded tang and lofty touch to hoppy dryness, and a solid lip smacking orangeyness showing late across the finish.

This is one solid Black IPA and very Odell! Yum!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Wow are Odell corks tight! Pours dark brown/black with a monstrous creamy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted malts, some black licorice, and resiny piney tarry hops.

The flavor is roasted malts with a little sweetness and a good amount of fruity, medium bitter, hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a very solid, well balanced, brew. Nothing over the top, but very drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden but the warming sneaks up on you.

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: A shade away form full on black, epic looking lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Peppermint, orange zest, carob, sweet coffee, plum pudding, figs, dark bread, alcohol.

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, medium body, full jacket of hop flavor, thick wild herb, mint, pine, orange and lime zest, warming alcohol, slight roasted grain, burnt sugar, toastet bread crust.

Odell is serious when the said "Double", the hops are amped with a level of alcohol is tells you that you better be sipping and of course the malt to back everything up is just enough. I really love where Odell is taking this style.

Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a huge tan head. The aroma has a lot of pine and resin notes, with some darker malt thrown in. The flavor is very similar, with the strong pine and resin notes from the hops really coming through strong. There is also some chocolate and lightly roasted malt, as well as some cream and a low amount of bitterness. There is also a slight medicinal flavor, but I can't pick out what it is caused by. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark brownish-black with massive light brown head and nice lacing.

Smell: 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.

Feel: Smooth medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Very dry finish.

Drinkability: 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.

Photo of pat61
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am still trying to get over the oxymoron of a black IPA but here goes: Grassy hops, light roast, hints of chocolate very faint spice suggesting anise on the nose. Pours brilliant black to dark brown under a 3” tan cap. It is very creamy with an underlying sweetness with light roast – but no burnt flavors, dark sugars suggestive of light chocolate, faint fruit and spice on the palate. Less hop bitterness than expected. Medium body and a little more than medium on the carbonation. Not as hot or warming as your would expect for 9.5% abv. Very drinkable.

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice glass. Bottle best by date is 4/12/12.

Appearance: Pours dark and black with only a little bit of brownish ruby red shining through the bottom of the glass. Moderate amount of bubbles and a decent two fingers of off white head that stick around pretty good. Lots of lace on the glass.

Smell: Very roasty and hoppy. Big aroma of dark roasted malts with good hints of chocolate and a little coffee. A fairly strong hop presence with lots of earthy hops, pine resin, and some citrus grapefruit and pineapple. Nice mixture of fruity and floral hops with the malt.

Taste: Taste is very hoppy upfront with a nice blend of citrus and earthy hops. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and pine resin. Midway comes a very hearty backing of bready dark roasted malts. Nice notes of chocolate with a little coffee in the back end. Some spice hangs on to the tongue. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat oily. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A very good take on a Black Ale. Very big and robust flavors but well balanced.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark brown pour, slight tan head to it. Amazing fruity aroma. Beer looks so dark, but smells so tropical.

Big tropical hop flavor, pineapple and mango in a double black ipa, love it. Perfect carbonation for the appearance and the mouthfeel, something I've had an issue with from these guys before, but not here. Don't really want to call it complex because its really just a big hop mouthfeel of tropical citrus with a black appearance. I don't taste any of the chocolate, coffee or cream that others do, I think there might just be a projection of color =flavor bias.

Close your eyes and drink it, very drinkable, hides the alcohol extremely well. Got this from koufax21 for xmas, a great gift indeed.

Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark brown in a red-orange hue. Nice 2 finger frothy head. The aroma gives off the smokyness hinting at the hoppiness to come. The smoky flavor is a little overpowering which is expected from a black ipa. Wish it was a little more subtle. Taste also hangs out a bit in the back of your pallet. A good beer nonetheless.

Photo of Auraan
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep coffee black with a one finger off-white head. Quite stout like in appearance, but very nice. Scents of peat moss, pine, roast malt and black coffee. True to style, the earthy qualities and hops shine through, backed by a nice roast and black malt scent. Very well done. Taste is roast malt, a bit of alcohol mingling in the background and finish, an ample level of piney hops, citrus pith and grapefruit, some very faint hints of coffee and sweetness and a nice earthiness in the background. It's a very good set of flavors, hoppy yet roasty, bitter with an earthy hint. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation and some alcohol burn with an oily-slick finish. Very good, quite nice to drink. Overall this is a good black IPA. It's got the hops, it's got the earthiness and it's got the roastiness to compete with others in it's class.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12 ounce bottle.

A- Massive frothy oatmeal-colored head with a pitch-black body. 4.5

S- Piney and resinous and citrusy up front. There's a sweet, vanilla-like and almost rye-like aroma deeper in. It's big aroma. 4.5

T- Deeply resinous, piney and then faintly citrusy, the hops by no means take the back seat here. At the finish I get a dry dark roast flavor and maybe even a tinge of coffee. 4

There's some hop bite on this, but it still manages a creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel. The finish has a mild bitterness and dryness that works quite well. 4.25

I probably should go buy a few more 4-packs before I can't find this on shelves any longer and kick myself for it. This is a damn good beer.

Photo of GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle with cork and cage. Served cold into my Watou goblet.

Odell's Double Black IPA is actually a really dark brown, Coca-Cola color, with good clarity evident as it's poured. The head is thick and stick with good retention and great lacing left behind as it slowly settles.

Aroma is very hoppy with similar qualities to their regular year-round IPA. There is lots of nice citrus and pine with any sense of roasty malts being far in the background.

Flavor is both bitter and roasty but surprisingly balanced. The citrus still comes through as the dominany flavor but there is the addition of some roasted coffee and dark chocolate. At times it even tastes a little minty which goes nicely with the chocolate. It's a combination that seems like 90% big IPA and 10% stout.

Mouthfeel is lighter in body than expected, maybe because of the dark color. Carbonation is just right.

Overall a very good example of the style. Unfortunately pretty expensive but still worth a try.

Edit: now available in 4 packs and much more reasonably priced.

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From tasting notes:
A: Good head retention, with a cloudy body appearance.
S: A nice herbal, pine aroma with notes of flowers, good aroma on this one.
T/M: A full bodied taste, with just the right amount of bitterness. Hoppy character. A medium intensity on this mouthfeel and overall taste.
D: A so so brew, nothing too special for the limited format and price.

Photo of Demosthenes503
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received via a beer trade. Poured from bottle into over sized tulip glass

A: Thick foamy head with good retention. Very dark black, almost entirely opaque

S: Sweet roasted malt notes with some floral hoppiness on the nose. Smells like it's going to be quite smooth

T: Sweet malts are up front in this beer, closely followed piney bitterness from the hops. The bitterness lingers and the malts give way to a mild smokiness/coffee flavor.

M: Medium to thick bodied and yet with enough carbonation to give it a "bite" and remain refreshing.

Overall, this is almost exactly what I expect a Black IPA to be. Sweet and thick like a porter with a very well balanced hoppy bitterness

Photo of dbossman
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy dark redish brown with a huge billowing head; great head retention--but almost too much

S: Sweet woody pine presence; a bit of a caramel malt backbone; alcohol burns through a bit

T: A little sour up front with a strong alcohol burn; this has a faded hop presence--but it still has a citrus/ pine quality

F: A bit thin but overall fairly decent mouth feel

D: Pretty strong alcohol presence; this beer is good but it's a bit too much at times

Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was thrilled to see this at MacaDoodles in Joplin, MO!

Bottle opens with a gentle pop with an effervescent mahogany color & 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Good head retention & nice sheet of lacing crawling down my Boulevard Tank #7 Goblet

S: Pineyness & orange rind, they both fade once warm

T: Pineyness, grapefruit & some brown bread up front, along with a touch of rye spicyness & roasty malt up front. Dryness, more roasty malt try to hold the line against herbal hops, pine sap, & grapefruit, plus a faint bit of black currant underneath the hop assault s this warms. Finishes with a kiss of booze burn, some dark chocolate, herbal & grapefruitty hops & along with much pine, damn near pulled a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation. Great balance, just bit warmer than I like

Drinks pretty easy for the ABV, this is one for the hopheads!

Photo of Glibber
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bitter Creek in Boise. Dark coffee in color with a small mocha head that did not lace the glass much. Low in carbination, but a nice hop burst and with eyes closed it is easy to imagine the beer as an amber color. With eyes open you can taste a little coffee bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden, and the hops are relatively mild- I really enjoyed this- as did my wife who is not much for hoppy beer.

Photo of kjritt
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served from a bottle into a glass.

a. little to no head but good lacing. very dark but not pitch.

s. excellent. hop and malt. pine. a very good colorado smell, like the mountains on a cold, snowy day such as this one is.

t. as it says on the bottle, a perfect amount of bitterness. though more than that might indicate, the aftertaste which lingers on the tongue is quite tart and tasty. the hops in this are extraordinary. again pine. a lot of character in this one.

m. tartness on the tongue and the back of the throat. slighlty syrupy.

o. the best black ipa i've ever had. being from colorado, i love a good colorado brew, and this one is exceptional. reminds me of the moutains with snow falling with the smell of pine needles permeating even the cold. a wonderful beverage.

Photo of DonDirkA
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells piney and a bit resinous with notes of roastiness. Up front theres a dark creaminess, almost chocolatey followed right on the heels by piney hops and it closes with roasted malts that tie the taste up. You get a little bit of leftover bitterness but not as strong as would usually occur with an American DIPA. This is a real nice example of a black IPA done well.

Photo of Blargimus
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into tulip. Best by 5/10/2012, but I've had it fresher before.

Pours a deep brown with a wonderfully tall tan head.

Past the exp. date, the smell is mostly molasses and malt, but there's still enough hops to let you know it's an IPA. From memory of it fresh, it's heavily hopped.

Strong bitter backbone, but very sweet. Caramel, molasses, dark malt. Some roastiness. Superb.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick. Really coats the tongue, and fairly low carbonation is perfect.

A+, and one of Odell's finest.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - impenetrable black, two fingers of tan head retained extremely well, bits of lacing here and there
S - big pine resin and leafy hop aromas, some toffee and roasty/smoky notes also
T - pine resin and earthy hops up front, followed by roasty and light molasses malts, leafy and earthiness rounds out the with a faint touch of alcohol
M - relatively light bodied, smooth though the middle with hop bitterness picking up through a medium dry finish, no trace of the 9.5% ABV makes it dangerously drinkable
O - fairly unassuming at first but the flavours build along with the drinkability making for an outstanding example of a style that I hope grows in popularity

Photo of bashiba
3.03/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice deep black with ruby highlights and a thick and creamy head.

The smell is surprisingly sweet and malty with just a light bit tropical hops and a bit of lightly smokey roasted barley.

The flavor is more malt dominated than I would expect for this style. Sweet malts and light roasty malts dominate with just a light herbal hop prescence. Some nice chocolate flavors come through as well.

The mouthfeel is light and resiny.

Strange Black IPA, drinks more like a slightly hoppy big porter.

Photo of hdelavega
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a very frothy looking light tan head.
Very interesting aroma, nice balance between hop bitterness and malty sweetness. Defiantly some sweet tobacco, and roasty coffee bean aroma.
Nice flavor, it is defiantly an IPA. A lot of black IPAs are to sweet IMO but this defiantly is dominated by bitter flavors not to say the malty sweetness is not there.
Medium body with a carbonation on the high side of medium.
Overall a very nice, I would easily place this as my favorite black IPA to date.

Photo of nickhiller
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pour is a deep dark brown, thick one and a half finger head subsides to a frothy dusting across the surface leaving behind some light lacing

S: black currant exactly like Ribena, blackberry sorbet and blueberry muffin, Welch's concord grape juice, deliciously fruity without being too flowery and sweet.

T: so interesting, I've never tasted anything like it, burnt smoky charred 100% concord or blueberry-acai juice. Perfect balance, the smoke, bitter and floral hops and sweet roasted malts are all in sync. This may sound weird (and gross to some people) but even the burps taste great--fresh hops.

M: perfect carbonation, smooth and creamy with a creaminess that lasts and lasts without going flat. The ABV is present in that it is warming, but largely invisible in terms of

D: This is why I drink beer. Though they are hands down my favorite brewery, Odell has really outdone themselves with this one. I've never tasted anything like it and yet it is unbelievably drinkable. I'm just sad that it's over.

Photo of thagr81us
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed during Hobo Tasting #4 with mikesgroove (as always) at RJ Rockers Brewery during a Thursday Taste & Tour session. Massive thanks goes out to jmkratt for sending me this bottle! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and slight roasted malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. Probably the standout of Hobo Tasting #4 in my opinion (not sure about what Mike thinks). Had a great balanced flavor going on here as well as a great aroma to back it up. We even let the owner/brewmaster of RJ Rockers sample a little bit of this one and he agreed that it was a damn fine beer. This one had all the citrus I could ask for in an IPA as well as the roastiness you would get in a nice Porter. Not much more you can ask for in my opinion. This was probably one of the best examples of a Black IPA (Black Ale, whatever...) that I have had to-date. An absolute must try for anyone, fan of the style or not.

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Mountain Standard Double Black IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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