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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

226 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 226
Hads: 769
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 4.35%
Wants: 135
Gots: 91 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 11-04-2009

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Reviews: 226 | Hads: 769
Photo of haggadah
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I generally don't like stouts. They're too much of everything, and very little balance. But Mountain Standard made a believer out of me. It's strong, and hella spicy. And then the alcohol hits you. If a beer could be exciting, this is it for me. The taste will distract you from whatever else you're doing; you can't ignore it. (327 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (best by February 18, 2014) into a tulip.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces about two fat fingers of khaki head with so-so retention. The lacing is solid and leaves nice waves of foam on the way down the glass. The beer is pretty black and opaque. Good-looking stuff.

S-The aroma is heavy on the citrus with orang zest, grapefruit, and maybe a bit of slightly sweeter fruit like tangerine. There is very little to suggest I'm drinking a black ale at first, but as the brew warms up, I get a bit of rye bread and cocoa.

T-The taste is also heavy on the citrus with zesty orange and grapefruit, as a well as some pine bitterness. The hops are nicely balanced by cocoa and milk chocolate notes from the malts. Roasted flavors are pretty subdued, but there is a nice bit of chocolate going on. Alcohol is well-concealed.

M-The feel is medium to slightly heavy in body for the style. Carbonation is average.

O-This is a hop-heavy example of the style that drinks much like a IIPA, so props to Odell for truth in advertising this Double Black IPA. This tasty beer that hides its alcohol well and provides a nice balance between citrus hops and chocolate-forward malts. A nice hoppy beer for this brisk winter evening and a good break from my stout binge of the past few weeks. (1,301 characters)

Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Poured into a new belgium globe. Best by date of february 2014. Conservative pour yields three fingers of light tan head. Thick and creamy head built up slowly. Lots of stickage on the glass and the head retains nicely.

Smell: Hops take the forefront of the nose with fruity and pine notes. Also chocolate and coffee finish off the nose. Smell fantastic. Like the more hop forward aroma and think that is what this style should bring.

Taste: Initial blast of fruity hops immediately gives way to roasted malts. Hop bitterness lingers throughout but also melds with the dark malts of the beer, for a delicious brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Hop bite throughout with roastiness mixing in with the fruity hops. No bite of alcohol despite the higher abv.

By far the best black IPA I have had as it should be since it is the most expensive. More flavorful with the hops and the malt over any other I have tried. Odell brewing does it again. WOW just a fantastic "black IPA" that blows any others that I have tried out of the water. Don't really have any complaints about this beer. (1,093 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (2,056 characters)

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Red with dark heart. Sort of like pomegranate juice in the sun. Thick head that persists over time.
Smell: Assertive smells of malty sweetness coupled with hops bitterness in the background. Notes of chocolate, fresh bread and uncooked batter. Definite yeasty pungency.
Taste: Smokey sweet malt flavor comes on strong, but dissipates quickly. Tastes commingle half way through a drink, combining to create a taste that is none of its components. Finishes with a lingering savory taste anchored in the hoppy bitterness.
Mouth: Smooth and soft. Heavy and approaching a syrupy lingering sweetness usually associated with stouts. (632 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So I will open by admitting that if it's done really well, I really like a good CDA. This is an excellent example.

Pours into the glass like a porter: deep brown bordering on black with a modest tan head that leaves traces of itself around, marking the depth on the glass as I enjoy the liquid below it.

The nose starts off slightly sweet: almost a floral hop with chocolate roasty body. Delving deeper into my nose hole, the oily hops take on a pine characteristic, and some of the alcohol starts to seep through.

When it hits your lips though...

Flavour starts off like a big juicy DIPA, with juicy hops and a full body with enough malt sweetness to balance. Then the tongue realizes that instead of just being good old caramel or bread, that's chocolate butting its way in. Some sweet honey, alcohol is more present on the tongue than on the nose, some coffee and finishes with the pine and grapefruit bitterness (again) of a great DIPA.

The bitter lingers on the tongue as it is wont to do, but it's not just piney hops, it's bakers chocolate and the thick smoothe body as well that sticks with you. There's a little bit of alcohol flavour, but there's essentially no burn, and I would easily believe this were in the 6% range as opposed to almost 10% if I didn't know better. Well hidden.

As I said up top, I am a fan of well done Cascadian Darks. This is one of the best I've had. This continues the trend I've noticed since moving to the midwest: I'd never had their product before, but holy shit those folks at Odells know what they're doing. This is an outstanding beer from an amazing brewery. I don't think it's hyperbole to say I'd put it among my favourite beers I've had. Period. (1,702 characters)

Photo of drop6301
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First Review. Just saying.

Poured from a bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter glass.
Note: Reviewer suspects some aging. See Aroma.

Appearance: I like the look. A nice abysmal black color with a nice creamy-tan, two finger head holding on for some time. Lacing was great.

Aroma: The hop character was hidden in the roast- chocolate-alcohol aroma. (I suspect that the beer was not exactly fresh because there was a subdued hop character with another funky smell.) I also picked up a some smoky character. After all of that there was a little Piney-citrus.

Taste: Like the aroma, the malt character stood out. There was the roasti-chocolate. The alcohol flavor was there. The bitterness seemed to come from both hops and malt, which I thought made it meld well. I Picked up a resinous-piney taste. Citrus notes. A dry end with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Some warming from the alcohol.

Overall: I liked the beer. I'm unfamiliar with the style, but it seems a little more hop American hops character would have made it great. (1,057 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.5 - This is a pretty good looking beer, definitely lives up to their double IPA. Dark brown-black colored beer with a nice off white-tan head that leaves great lacing on the glass.
S - 4.0 - Some citrusy/piney hops with roasted malts/coffee in the background. What a black IPA should smell like.
T - 4.5 - Definitely a lot of the same citrusy orange zest, grapefruit, and pineapple flavors seen in Myrcenary but with a dark roasted malt background.
M - 4.5 - medium mouth feel. Definitely half way in between a stout and an IPA. Alc is there but appropriate for the style. Aftertaste is bitter citrusy hops.
O - 4.5 - Nice. I liked this the first time I had it, and I like it again now. Great beer. (708 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle courtesy of SalukiAlum (I think) pours a dark brown color with a nice creamy cap of tan head. Awesome retention and even better lacing. Its nice when a beer label is actually informative, looks like this is an uber fresh example since last Saturday was DST fallback.

Nose is fruity hops with a chalky, roasted maltiness that combines to give it a plum-like aroma. Smells pretty good, not acrid or overly bitter.

The hops definitly dig deep right from the start all the way to a pithy finish, there is a ton of hops in here. The malts are thankfully not as roasty as some of these Black IPAs can get. Hops are lush, fruity and bright, also fairly unique in this style. Excellent beverage, Odell can make some damn fine hoppy beers. (745 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: The body is espresso bean black with only the faintest of a brown hue coming through the edges in the light. The head is a frothy mocha color that slowly recedes to a bubbly film. Sheets of webby lacing like a net cover the glass.

Aroma: Hoppy and piny up front, then covered in a sweet oily black licorice with faint roasted malts in the background.

Taste: Very hoppy and piny at first. A nice spiciness follows from the alcohol, with more chocolate in the palate than in the nose. Also an underlying fruit sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry and quite sharp from the alcohol.

Overall: Delicious as a sipper. Quite strong though. (674 characters)

Photo of mcflypie
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A seasonal favorite here in Colorado and elsewhere:

A: Dark, sexy, and nice off-white thick lacing bubbles.

S: Roasted malts, sweet, and hoppiness,

T: Roasted, slight smokey/malty and hoppy.

M: Bitter and robust; hoppy, dark, and malty.

O: Great beer. Classic Colorado brew! A legend!! (294 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pure black color that doesn't let any light through. Medium to larger head, about 2.5 fingers, that both retains and laces tremendously well.

S- Piney and resinous right off the bat, this one is moderately to very bitter. Hops is basically the only scent on this one, with none of the dark malts making it through the sticky hops bitterness.

T- Starts just like in the scent, with a bold, piney hops bitterness. That flavor profile sticks around through most of the drink, until the end, when the dark malt flavors kick in. The dark malts start off slightly bitter and burnt, similar to a dry stout. Some chocolate flavors kick in right before the hops make a slight return to end it with a little bit of a bite.

M- Thicker and smooth and the dark malts give the whole beer a good amount of creamy feel. Carbonation is closer to the level of a regular IPA, but the mix of darker flavors really adds to the smooth feel.

Overall, this is among the better IPA's I've had, and probably the best black IPA. A very good beer. (1,034 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled September 10th. 12 oz.

A: Opaque body with a nice dark coffee color. Creamy tan head with nice retention.

S: Nice citrus hop presence balanced with caramel, chocolate malt.

T: For lack of a better description, this could be a Myrcenary/Cutthroat Porter hybrid, with more focus on Myrcenary. Similar hop profile as Myrcenary and balanced perfectly for the style. Tons of hop flavor without much bitterness.

M: Creamy, not too thick. Good carbonation. Almost perfect.

O: Another awesome beer from the best brewery in Colorado. (539 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from FremontBar. THANKS! I miss me some Odell.

Ap. - Deepest brilliant brown. Fluffy khaki head. Excellent lacing.

Ar. - Light citrus hops, a touch of pine and roast.

T. - The roast is nearly unnoticeable with all the citrus hops. Tangerine, grapefruit, hint of charred pineapple. Toasty bread, clean malt and hint of smoke. Complex!

M. - Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Touch of alcohol burn.

O. - One of my favorite Odell seasonals. A standout even with their stellar line up. (495 characters)

Photo of JeffH
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a Best By date of 1/8/13. Pours an incredibly dark black with a light tan head with great lacing. The aroma the brown sugar and coffee, clearly the age on this beer has dulled the hop character of the DIPA, but what remains is an intriguing beer. The flavor mirrors the aroma, lots of dark roast coffee and big malty sweetness. The end still has a good hop bitterness but very little other hop characteristics, and the finish is slightly sweet with an alcohol warming. Overall, I am very impressed with this beer's aging ability. (555 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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 (664 characters)

Photo of argock
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear rounded glass mug. Did not record the freshness date although I remember that it was in May 2013. Purchased by my brother Greg from a Minneapolis-area bottle shop. Tasted in early April 2013 and reviewed from notes.

A: Very dark brown to black with 1-finger of dark beige head with average retention but sticky lacing.

S: Big roasty notes with bright citrus hops, more on the lemon and grapefruit side than orange, with some herbal and earthy notes as well. Dark maltiness with a dark rye breadiness is there too.

T: A very well-composed beer with a great balance of roast, dark maltiness with some raisin and date fruitiness, and bright citrus hopping with lemon, lime, and grapefruit being most prominent. There is no acrid or astringent character, it is incredibly smooth and easy to drink as the flavors are well melded. It reminds me a little bit of the Stone Anniversary CDA from a year or so ago.

M: Very drinkable with a medium body and relatively low carbonation to yield a creamy overall experience.

O: A really impressive high-ABV CDA that is smooth, flavorful, and balanced with hops and maltiness both making bold statements. A really impressive beer that I think should be a standard-bearer for, dare I say it, imperial American Black Ale or CDA. (1,311 characters)

Photo of BeerRefugee
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with moderate tan head. Good retention and moderate lacing. Moderate aroma of citrus and floral hops with a hint of roast. Flavor is a nice balance--bitter chocolate and toasted grains are there, but just enough to contrast with the nice hop profile. Not as much black patent bitterness as many black IPAs and a nice mix of citrus and piney hops. Medium mouthfeel and a clean finish. Very nice. (418 characters)

Photo of PieOhMy
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip. Bottle dated 3/13/13.

A. Dark carmel, nearly black. Two fingers of light tan head. Dissipates quickly.

S. Roasted malts. Hint of melon and pine.

T. Sweet malts, toffee give way to bitter hops. Slight bitter aftertaste. Hides alcohol well.

M. Chewy. Smooth finish.

O. Mountain Standard is an outstanding balanced IPA. Smooth and tasty - almost too much so for the 9.5 ABV. Will be back for more. (418 characters)

Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of XxNitExX
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A- Pours nearly jet black with a little red highlights. Has a tan head that shows all kinds of lacing but doesn't stick around for very long.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, with a floral hop aroma also. Smells delicious, no strong alcohol presence.

T- All kinds of roasted malts, toffee, caramel, coffee, chocolate, but has a decent amount of hop bitterness to help even it out. Awesome beer.

M- Goes down very very very smooth. Not a black ipa because of the lack of hops but a great overall beer (547 characters)

Photo of Demosthenes503
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
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 (680 characters)

Photo of fatmusic14
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Kaos

A - Pours incredibly dark, thick creamy head, great lacing. Not completely opaque, but close to it

S - Smells like an IPA, hints of mocha and mint

T - Tastes tremendous, subtle tones of hops, coffee, pine, citrus

M - great carbonation, drinkability, a real pleasure to drink

O - Grab a 4 pack at any cost (331 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle to a Smutty pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark amber/black with one finger creamy head. Tons of lacing.

Smell- Piney hops. Dark roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee bitterness. Grass.

Taste- Bitter chocolate. Coffee. Earthy hops. Roasty malts. Nice bitter finish. Slight booze at the back of my throat.

Mouthfeel- Ridiculously smooth. Creamy with some mild carbonation. Like drinking a porter.

Overall- This is what a black IPA should be like. Beautiful cross between a porter and an IPA. (518 characters)

Mountain Standard Double Black IPA from Odell Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.