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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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753 Ratings

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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 124
Gots: 86 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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 mdfb79
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/18/11 notes.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, pine hops, and light coffee.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, citrus hops, chocolate, light fruit, pine hops, vanilla and coffee.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice Black IPA. Al the roasted characteristics and hops meld together nicely. The nose is a little more hoppier than the taste, which is in turn more roasted and chocolatey. Would like to have it again sometime.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

A- Great looking beer, I guess being a black ale, not a stout, not a porter and not being less that a black ale gives it a window of being dark but still letting some light through. Dark teakwood color, a thin layer of head and pretty strong lacing.

S- Smell like chocolate chip cookies and coffee.

T- Super drinkable. It's delicious really, I am surprised at how much I like this beer. Kind of that chocolate coffee forward flavor then a hoppy finish, not too hoppy to take away the smoothness of the taste here.

M- Thin, not sure that is a bad thing. Very little leftover mouthfeel in terms of tongue pricks or aftertaste. The carbonation is good for the flavor profile just enough to keep it an easy drinker.

O- Really good beer, just drinking it knowing it is pure quality. After Mycenary and now this I gotta say Odell is on my radar big time.

Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark brown/black

S-Nice blend of cocoa and leafy hops..really impresses on the nose.

T-Hops are a little more forward on the taste....interesting hop dimensions...some bright citrus....and some grungy pine and weed like notes...roasted malts....also some darker cocoa...

M-Rich...fuller bodied....feels bigger than a regular black iPA...body fits...

O-Top notch effort. Wouldn't expect anything else...

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till February 16, 2012.

A very large cocoa light brown, almost coffee light tan like head out of the pour, large four fingers deep and uniform with lots of retention. Clumpy, like a chocolate milkshake, sitting on a simple very DARK body which on closer appearance is walnut black with red hues towards the bottom. Sticky lacing visible all over. Real impressive.

Nose is a distinct sense of malt, but more so of salted beef jerky. This smells like a rauchbier in many ways. Hints of dry tobacco as well. Very out worldly!

Taste is quite unusual but really blurs the style line. THick bodied like a good imperial stout with malty richness, incredibly velvet texture that goes like nothing. Dense. Rich. Compelling. Chocolate and roast. Not so much of an "IPA" like hop angle (slightly on the finish), but who cares! Malty rich, dry finishing with a hint of bitter, but incredibly velvety.

Overall, really enjoying this, an extremely unique beer, rich and distinct, have never had anything like it. Man I really like this brewery.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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

Appearance: Very dark, ruby red, nearly black and opaque. Nice, off-white head that lingers and leaves nice rings down the glass.

Smell: Roasted, burnt grains. Nutty. A gentle sugary sweetness in the nose. A subtle hop aroma fills things out.

Taste: Coffee, a hint of chocolate, and the roasted grains. A well-rounded bitterness finishes things off. Alcohol warmth shows through at the end.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, no over-bearing carbonation.

Overall: Bottle is dated 2/16/12A. With a 9.5% ABV, this is still an easy drinking beer. Nice touch with the Colorado-grown hops. I would have expected more over-the-top hop aroma and flavor for something labeled "double", but despite its high ABV, this beer comes across as very well-balanced and superbly drinkable. For lovers of roasted flavored dark beers with a bit of a hidden kick.

Photo of JayS2629
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black coffee color with a one finger tan head that fades slowly into a creamy film. Leaves thin walls of lace on a tulip glass.

The aroma is full of hops. Big floral and herbal bouquet with big grapefruit undertows. Hints of pine with light caramel and chocolate notes.

The flavor is dominated by the hops, so right off it is not balanced against the malt the way I like a black IPA. If we are gonna double the hops, double the malt. The malt flavors of chocolate and bitter coffee take a back seat to a huge leafy, herbal and grapefruit flavor. Grapefruit and other citrus notes dominate. Nice blend of hops, but the malt character is lacking a lot of depth. Hops linger.

Medium body, smooth

Overall, enjoyable but lacking in depth. One sided, not balanced.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of biggred1
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, coffee colored with a creamy tan head that leaves sheets of sticky film on the glass. The nose is pretty amazing, roasty coffee-like notes with toffee, mint and fruity hop aromas. Delicious and hoppy with enough roastiness to separate it from regular DIPA flavors. Chicory, leafy hop flavors and plenty of malty beefiness to back it up. Full bodied and creamy with no noticeable alcohol heat and a touch of chalkiness in the finish. One of the best Black Ales I've tried.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of riored4v
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip with a 1 finger, khaki colored, rocky head. Dark black body. Some good lacing.

Aroma had some great citrus and grapefruit up front with some pleasant roasty notes in the back. Mild maltiness. Some subtle notes or orange as well.

Taste was excellent. Strong hop flavors up front that consisted of floral, citrusy with grapefruit and orange really coming forward. Some moderate sweetness with a great balance of roasted malts. Slight chocolate. Finish is slightly bitter with some piney-ness and more citrusy goodness. Very good. No signs of ABV

Mouthfeel was a bit more than medium bodies. Medium carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall an excellent DIPA that is extremely drinkable at 9.5%. Could easily have a few of these with the excellent balance between bitterness and maltiness.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to SalukiAlum for this bottle.

A: Pours a super dark brown, almost black. There is about one full finger of khaki colored head that settles nicely into a thin frothy layer above the beer.

S: Honestly... I'm just picking up a ton of hops. There are some great floral and citrus notes that burst through. And there is only the slightest toasted malt presence. If I didn't see this beer, I'd think it was a standard IPA. (edit: I pick up more of a roasty characteristic as it warms).

T: The taste is really interesting. The first blast is sweet malt and citrus hops. I then get bombarded with toast and more floral hops. The finish is bittersweet with hints of licorice. I wasn't expecting that at all. Really nice flavor.

M: Medium bodied beer. Starts off smooth and sweet, but finishes a bit bitter and cloying.

O: I'm really enjoying this brew. I don't think I could have more than one in a sitting, but I'd seek it out at a bar if I were in the mood.

Photo of climax
3.49/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in CST, 12/8/2011. It pours a nice brown with ruby red highlights. The head is fluffy and large, retention and lacing are very pleasing.

The aroma is bursting with citrus hop flavor, well ahead of the roasted dark malts. Pineapple and mandarin oranges really make a statement for Colorado hops. The malt backing is there, but none too bold and somewhat funky. The hop bill is excellent, but the demeanor of the malt and lack of overall intensity, for a 9.5% beer, drag things down - albeit the alcohol is hidden very well.

That juicy citrus character from the nose holds true in the taste. Tropical fruits offer sweetness, balancing out the contrasting resiny grapefruit flavors. Now the malt begins to take on positive qualities, especially in the finish. Bitter coffee, a dash of chocolate, and some astringency keep the finish roasty and dry. I still think the malt profile is lacking a bit of spunk and identity.

The body is on the medium side, with a pretty fluffy texture. Carbonation is quite mild, adding just a slight tang, not to interrupt the pristine smoothness.

For the style, I don't think it stands up to it's counterparts on the West Coast. Yet, it's a style that lacks concrete ground rules, so difference of opinion should be vast. For me, I just don't think the flavor is as perfected as it could be from a quality brewery like Odell. A bit too messy IMO.

Mountain Standard Double Black IPA from Odell Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 753 ratings.