Dark Theory | Odell Brewing Company

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3.85/5
Very Good
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
odellbrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Karibourgeois on 02-01-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
61
pDev:
8.83%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

some cherry. almost stout finish. big head. not so much cherry. licorice.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mbw314
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bryan12345
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Harrison8
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark burgundy that borders on black. There is a finger of khaki head on top. Head retention is okay with no lacing. Aroma is black cherry, and toasted and nutted malts. Not much to the aroma, it just comes off dark with a tinge of sourness. Flavor profile is black cherry, and plum. Toasted, and nutted malts show through as well. Mouth feel is slightly fizzy and grainy, with a medium thickness. Overall, loads of black cherry, but not the cleanest beer. It's a little harsh.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

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Photo of YalovaIA
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of strohme2
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 vintage 750ml, split into 4 tulips. Looks like cherry cola, hints of red. Fine bubbled head leaves quickly but leaves small ring around inside of glass.
The nose is vinegar and oak wood. Ripe dark cherry, oak, vanilla. As a sour beginner this beer is delicious but glad to have split.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Such a dark amber in color that it is nearly impossible to see through. There's a fingernail of brown on top that dissipates quickly. I'm left with a fingernail around the rim and most of the top. The aroma is of woodsy oak and dark cherries. I'm tasting dark cherries, woodsy oak, and some faint brettanoymyces. The mouth is moderately carbonated, very dry, and bit thin for the style.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one didnt impress me as much as i hoped it would, i think the sourness is strange with this dark malty base. its real bacterial, vinegar forward, sort of flanders-esque, sharp, acetic, and astringent, and that contrasts a little bit with the smooth dark grain in here, and the bitter roast is amplified by it quite a lot. a more robust cherry profile might serve to bridge the gap between those two elements a little bit, but the cherries dont fill that role here. instead, they taste jammy and cooked down, concentrated and more desserty than natural, which isnt all the way compatible with this particular brand of sourness either i am afraid. some nice malt depth though, coffee and cocoa and caramelized malt sugars, the cherries taste stewed in there, and if this were not soured and just fermented with normal ale yeast, it might be a pretty delicious brew, but all the vinegar acidity busts up a lot of the natural cohesion between the other elements, and it feels disjointed overall to me, but disclaimer here, i have never been huge into that vinegar bacterial sour profile, its not my preference, so if you love that, maybe you will have a different opinion of this one, but for me it was more disrupting than enhancing...

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Photo of bnes09
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite likely the first sour porter I've ever tasted. Interesting style. Dark color with a sturdy, tan head. Malty with subtle roastiness and acid. Not a ton of cherry however.

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Photo of Blazer22
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sethcroisant
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, almost black color, with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of sour black cherry with a hint of toffee. Rich cherry flavor with a strong sour presence.

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Photo of Rizzy17
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dustin22martin
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kovfer
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth. If anything I expected it to be more tart, but it is quite nice with just enough malty flavor.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml
Caged/Corked
2017 Cellar Series
Bottled Conditioned

Poured into a goblet a very nice dark brown color, with some really nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, which also leaves a very nice medium size island and some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with lots of cherries, chocolate, plums, figs, slight bourbon/oak. The taste is really nice, malty, yeasty, slightly roasty, very nice touch of cherries, plums, figs, with some nice chocolate, slight bourbon, with some oakyness, tart/sour. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew from Odell. Glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wonderweasel
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark brown, some fizzing on top of the brew that dissipates

S - cherries, vinegar, and over-ripe apple/pear

T - Dark cherries, wild yeast, sour puckering on your lips. A lot of tart. Very enjoyable

F - Medium body and carbonation, oily slick

O - A ton of character, with different flavors in every sip. Well done.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Dark Theory from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 61 ratings