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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
94
outstanding

719 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 117
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 11-15-2010)
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Photo of beersis81
4/5  rDev -5%

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

Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A - Deep brown with shades of dark red up to light. Light brown, bubbly head.

S - Faint molasses, dark fruits, some roasted malt. The hops are noticeable right away. Not overpowering but inviting. Nose gets better as it warms.

T - Dark, roasted malt with a bit of smokiness and a pleasant, syrupy sweetness. A hop presence in the finish balances out the beer with a subtle bitterness. Chocolate comes out as the beer warms.

M - Slight carbonation, roasted, malty, goodness sticks to your mouth. Nothing cloying. Great drinkability. Great beer.

Everything about this beer gets better as it warms. Give it time and your patience will pay off!

Photo of drewba
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours deeply black with tints on brown. The cream-colored head puffs up about one finger and doesn't stick around for long. A tiny film sticks around for the duration, but the legs and lacing are lacking.

S - Dingy pine, stale citrus, metallic, vegetal. Strange.

T - The malt profile comes off as kind of muted/faded, struggling to find a real reason to be here. It's a little nutty, a little bready, a little roasty, but the real star here is the pine and fresh citrus. There is a distinct black licorice flavor going on; I'm baffled because I cannot stand licorice, but it really isn't bothering me...

M - medium bodied, very slight carbonation; nice.

O - First of all, this beer is dangerous. Has 9.5% abv, but drinks like 6% - proceed cautiously. It's also supremely drinkable; the bitterness is almost too low with very little aftertaste. At the risk of Ding rolling over in his early BA grave, this is sessionable.

Photo of johnnyboy76
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Scotchboy
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mountain Standard Double Black IPA, 12oz with a best before date of February 23, 2012. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pours dark brown/black with tons of red hues; I can see right through on the edges. Beer has a big, rocky tan head that leaves good lace.

S: Extremely hoppy nose for a Black IPA; its West Coast pithy, pungent pine, spicy tropical fruits, with some very light chocolate and roast notes from the malts.

T: Hops upfront again, with a buried roasted chocolate malt presence that works (slightly) to smooth out the bitterness. Hops are piney, with herbal and woody flavors.

The malts cut through the hops on the palette and help this beer finish with a light roasty sweetness instead of an overwhelming dryness.

MF: Moderate feel with some creaminess, light carbonation and light dryness.

O: This beer has some good darker notes but its mostly about the hops...dank, astringent, hoppy...and good.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle that pours a deep brown, nearly black color with a small, creamy light tan head. Good retention and good lacing.

Light hop aroma blending with dark malt and cocoa notes. The hop aroma is mostly citrus leaning toward tropical.

The flavor is an interesting blend of a stout/porter and an IPA. The hop notes are more muted than an IPA but the dark, sweet malt notes are similarly downplayed. A good balance overall that works well.

Medium mouthfeel that tends to finish thicker than it begins. Another good brew from Odell.

Photo of dfh
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of Abrengle
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of doucmehu
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'11 12oz. poured into Boulevard snifter fairly cold. Pours a deep, dark brown with hints of burgundy at the edges, with a creamy mocha head that sticks nicely. Smells strongly of sticky pine resin and some citrus hops, with a subtle cocoa roasted malt that becomes more prevalent as it warms. A solid hop profile on this beer, with the pine and orange citrus flavors melding well. The malt roast is subdued, but again shows up more as this warms. Nice bitter finish to follow the creamy but finely carbonated mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a solid black ale from Odell. The flavors are bold, but not fatigue-inducing. This, along with the hidden abv could be dangerous, as I could easily have 2-3 of these.

Photo of herman77
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark dark brown, with a foamy off white head with great retention. Very big bands of frothy lacing.

S: Dank, wet hops. Pine and a bit of citrus hops. A hint of chocolate and a bit of sweet, dark fruit like malts. More than anything, it reminds me of a damp forest after it rains.

T: Pine and citrus hops up front. A bit of toasted malt and some malt sweetness. Finishes with a bit of sweetness and some citrus hops. Surprisingly not that flavorful for being 9.5%

M: Medium to fuller body. A lot thicker than I thought it would be. Very smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

O: Not my favorite black IPA. Not bad by any means, just wasn't doing much for me. ABV is pretty well hidden though. But I don't think I would drink this again.

Photo of rjlCO
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of pigc
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with three finger brown sugar colored head.

S - Citrus, pine, orange. Faint chocolate malt.

T - Starts out with a bitter chocolate followed by a wave a piney, citrus hops.

M - Medium with average carbonation.

O - This beer is like riding a roller coaster. First it's malty, then it's hoppy, then it's malty again. I love it. Like a stout and IPA rolled into one. The 9.5 abv is not apparent. This beer is dangerously drinkable. Another great brew from Odell.

Photo of joelBfrasier
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of nh2032
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of baconsausage
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep dark brown, some wispy head that fades to a scattering of clouds on the surface. Smells like roast and citrus in harmony, with a bit of pine. The taste is not a balance, citrus forward with a bitter backbone that enhances the bitters in the roast. Roast flavor is mild, subdued, abd overall this seems to disappear from the palate with a wink. Mouth is right, and this drinks easy, just lacking in the lasting department.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours black, a nice big head that just floats on the beer, nice lacing, the head retention is off the charts

Smell is a little subtle for such a dark beer but roasted malts mostly

Taste - Expected it to be more malt forward but was pleasantly surprised to find out that the hops showed up in force with a nice roasted malt flavor as well.

Mouthfeel was nice, not too carbonated, not too thick.

Overall - a really balanced Black IPA but imo not big enough to boast double in the title. None the less this is a very solid beer and a great example of the style.

Photo of IpeeA
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Humulus85
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter.

It produced a very dense, light khaki, 2-finger head. Superb retention from a head that never quite goes away, and some fine lacing. Poured a near black, that only let a bit of light through at the edges.

Everything I've come to expect from a strong Black Ale. Roasted malt competing with piney hops and a solid boozy backbone.

There seem to be malty Black Ales and hoppy Black Ales, and this is of the malty variety. The initial clash of hops and malt is won by the malt The hops lend an overall dryness, that lingers throughout, but roasted and caramel malt is dominant in the middle. A touch of alcohol, but not as much as I was expecting from the 9.5%.

You would think this would be heavier than it actually is. There is modest, but adequate, carbonation, and the dry finish aids in it's drinkability.

Overall this is a well balanced and drinkable, strong, Black Ale. It lacks the complexity and sheer amount of flavor for me to justify it being a "Double", but it is damn smooth for the level of flavor and alcohol. A solid example of the style. Cheers!

Photo of Coplains
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of dankster
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from my four pack. thank you to my friend at quail creek for saving for me!

A- very dark almost black with a slight red hue. good tan head and lacing

S- big wet hops is the first thing i get. then some chocolate and dark fruits like plum come though for me.

T- Dam this is good! super clean hops with nice malt back. fruit comes though as it warms a little.

M- really good, not to thin but not super thick either

O- I love this beer. so happy odell put this into four packs this year. you would never know this beer is 9.5% ABV by drinking it! possibly deadly in the wrong hands (mine included lol)

Photo of vasdef42
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of mfield14
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of dixonmp
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev -5%

Mountain Standard Double Black IPA from Odell Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.