Barrel Aged Mountain Standard
Odell Brewing Company

Barrel Aged Mountain StandardBarrel Aged Mountain Standard
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American Black Ale
4.03 | pDev: 8.93%
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Barrel Aged Mountain StandardBarrel Aged Mountain Standard
Notes: Tucked away in a dark corner of our cellar, a liquid as black as coal rests peacefully in bourbon barrels. You know it as Double Black IPA. After a full trip around the sun, the beer has developed into a whole new beast, with notes of roasted malt, sweet chocolate, raisin and caramel.
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 63
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Delayed review from notes, enjoyed several months ago.
Pours a very dark brown with a tan head.
The aroma is citrus, chocolate and vanilla. A hint of roast.
Taste is citrus, a touch of chocolate, vanilla and a bit of pine. Mollasses and big barrel presence as it warms.
Creamy, smooth, luxurious.
Just great.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: After a slowly building bubble show, the head sets in at two full fingers of beige foam topping the espresso colored liquid; splashy lacing coats the glass

Smell: Bourbon-infused chocolate and caramel with hints of raisin; piney hops emerge underneath

Taste: The Bourbon is well-integrated into the chocolate and caramel flavors, on the front end, with the raisin emerging; in the middle, modest pine tones arrive, after the swallow, but the sweeter elements prevail in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Barrel aging a black IPA seems like an unusual idea but the result here is closer to an old ale; very enjoyable

Thanks, NathanBeets, for the opportunity

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Photo of NathanBeets
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black, black as night. Off-white, caramel coating head.

Smell of strong caramel toffee notes, dark fruits, raisin comes to mind first.

Mouth feel and pour is thin. But that was expected.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. '2017' stamped on label.
Cola colored body, with just very slight mahogany highlights at the edges when presented to light. Beige colored head settles to swirly cap and ring. Some spots of lacing, but minimal.
Faint hops for aroma, but strong in dark malts and dark fruit. Just a hint of lighter chocolate.
Tastes like a black IPA with bourbon/oak barrel notes. Dark roasty malts, sweet chocolate/caramel, dark fruit, and some fruity/piney hops.
Medium mouth feel, with that lighter touch coming from the oak barrel (almost like vanilla).
I don't think a black IPA is often barrel aged so there is not much to compare this to. It really has its strong points, but is this the right beer to barrel age? I liked the beer and would look for it again in a future release. With further aging I think the hops would disappear.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, I initially passed on it because of its price, but it was still on the shelf at my next visit, so I decided to give it a shot. Rigorous pour reveals a tall, rocky, khaki head that slowly fades atop a near black colored ale. Boozy aroma of mainly bourbon with some vanilla, oak, chocolate, and roast. Flavor is similar to aroma with bourbon, oak, chocolate and vanilla in the forefront with notes of caramel, toffee, raisin, cherry, roasted barley, and earthy hops in the background. Full body, ample carbonation, alcohol is present but more warming than overly boozy. Overall, I think it's good, but I think it is overpriced.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a dark black opaque color with a small tan head that dissipates very quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: Notes of vanilla, oak, some grape, and cherry, mix with some raisin and a noticeable alcohol.

T: Vanilla, oak, some grape and cherry, mixed with some dark malt, almost smoked malt and a little raisin. A bit of a strong kick from the alcohol at the end.

F: Medium to full body with a strong almost soda like carbonation.

O: Not many Black IPA characteristics but I do like the bourbon character.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 bottle into a snifter.

L: When pouring appears thin brown but in the glass its solid black. Half finger of low density white head with minimal retention and little to no lacing.

S: Nose is barrel dominated, charred oak, bourbon and vanilla.

T: Now the base beer shows up, plenty of hop character and chocolate malt to balance out the barrel heavy nose. Finishes nice and clean for the style.

F: Feels thinner bodied than I remember the base, very slick on the tongue, lower carbonation, drinks very easy...almost too easy.

O: Wish I'd bought more. Hitting many things of preference for my palate. You probably have to enjoy Cascadian Black Ales to get down with this one. Another Odell hit for my tastes.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy dark brown and sits black in the glass with a thin half finger of frothy foam.

Nice piney and grassy hops with roasted malt and chocolate lending a sturdy platform. Subtle oak and bourbony notes to add.

Roastiness comes across in flavor strong too while chocolate also makes its presence while the hop profile takes a back seat. The oak and bourbon comes through in flavor as well, but are laid back.

Full-bodied, medium carbonation, roasty, slightly bitter finish.

Overall, an interesting style in itself and a strong candidate for barrel aging. This brew needs a little something, but is overall very good.

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Photo of rifleman_zach
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark into a snifter, great smell first off. Notes of a great IPA mixed with the thick rich smells of a nice stout. Nose is bourbon and a little bready. Mouthfeel is amazing, I'm not one to rate mouthfeel often but this one is nice. Finish is smooth with a slight roasty bourbony burn but very smooth not bitter at all. I NEED to find another and try to age it!

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Photo of gatornation
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark mahogany color with a tan head and some lacing looks nice. Smell is roasted malts with wood and caramel. Taste follows without a barrel presence, more wood and some dark fruits with some hops . Mouth feel was sweet with malts and some hops woody vanilla and slight bourbon. $8.99 a bottle so i was letdown by this, was expecting more , would not buy again but glad to try it.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours black with a small white-ish head that goes away pretty quickly.
S - aroma is woody and not very strong.
T - Flavor is smoke, malt and dark chocolate. Just a little barrel, and the alcohol is very reserved.
M - Carbonation is below average, mouth feel is average.
O - Glad I tried this. Very interesting beer, was not sure what to expect. Very drinkable for a big abv.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Rastal Teku glass from a 12 fluid oz bottle on April 30, 2017. Look is nearly black with a two finger tan head and lingering lacing. Smell and taste is roasted malt, dark dried fruit, chocolate and bourbon. Feel is full in body with a creamy finish.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Odell Barrel Aged Mountain Standard, 10.6% ABV. Pours very dark brown or light black, thickish with a slight head. Nose is bourbon, fruity, and bready. Taste follows, with a pleasant bourbon burn, and almost no bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel and overall excellent. I like this much better than regular Mountain Standard, which I find way too bitter.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of creme head slowly forming on top after an aggressive pour. Head retention is fair with tight patches of lacing left behind. Aroma is pine and earthy hops, biscuit and nutty malts, and oak, barrel, and a little bourbon. Flavor profile is complex and delicious, with notes of pine, resin, and earthy hops, nutty, biscuit malts, and oak, raisins, and caramel with a tiny sampler of bourbon on the back. Despite all the notes, the complexity keeps various notes in check, keeping it drinkable and enjoyable through every sip. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a fizzy, graininess to it. Overall, a well crafted barrel aged black IPA that produces a huge aroma and flavor profile, especially as it warms coming straight out of the fridge.

Served in a 12oz snifter. Bottle.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not quite black pour, small receding head of tannish foam. Caramel aromas abound with roasted malt, miniscule presence from the oak barrel. And, this is pretty big, oxidation like what you get from aged Barleywines/Old Ales. Caramel and roasted malt, sweet on the top of that from milk chocolate, toffee, and light oxidation. Not as face forward as in the smell but it’s there. Not in a horrendous way. Nicer enough and I am sure that I will give it a good enough rating but I don’t think I will buy it again. You know. .

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Photo of puck1225
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really like the regular Mountain Standard. This version is good, but not great. I poured it from a bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark brown with a thin beige head and decent lacing. Liked the smell, apples and dark grapes. The taste is sweet with raisins, prunes and other dark fruit. A bit boozey And a bit of dark chocolate. Hoppiness is a bit lost here. Overall, a good beer but I will stick to the original.

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Photo of spoony
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle to a tulip.

A-The beer is good looking. There is a fat finger of tan head. The foam is dense and pillowy and retention is good. The beer beneath is almost pitch black, with just a few red highlights that show when held against the light.

S-The aroma is kinda all over the place. I sniff some cocoa, as well as dark fruits (raisin, dates, and prune), as well as some toffee and a bit of licorice. I also sniff a good bit of orange citrus that even gets close to tropical with hints of guava. The alcohol is noticeable and gets spicy as the beer warms to room temperature.

T-The taste is similarly active, but it is pretty well layered on the palate. The beer's primary flavor is sweet dark fruit. I pick up dates, figs, golden, raisin, some toffee, and that same orange citrus note as the smell. The finish is slightly sticky and the alcohol is obvious, but not intrusive.

M-The body is medium in heft with a semi-creamy carbonation.

O-As a fan of the regular Mountain Standard, I was curious to see how some time in the barrel would affect things. It certainly did not hurt the looks, but the smell and taste were a little odd. Not much in the way of barrel comes through and the result is a hoppy and boozy schwarz bier. I can't say I dislike it, but I don't know that I need to drink it again.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is mild whiskey, fruit and slightly earthy dark malts. The flavor is mild whiskey, fruit, dark malts and a mix of acidity and warming alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.22/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle purchased for $9. Dark black, looks liek a porter. No bourbon barrel in the aroma or in the flavor, very disappointing. Tastes sweet like raisins or prunes, I think there might be some hops as well. So disappointing that I poured it out. Waste of $9.

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Photo of beergoot
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown body topped with a thick, creamy head. Aroma brings notes of charred and roasted grains; some booze elements; chocolate. Rich, dark chocolate sweetness to the flavor; boozy brownies; low-level bitterness. Velvety mouthfeel; some sharp alcohol and bitter, biting qualities to counterbalance the residual sugars.

This is a rich and luscious super version of O'Dell's regular Mountain Standard offering with a nice, bold barrel-aged alcohol edge. Great balance, and outstanding complexity with the flavors. I don't know what kind of wooden barrels were used with the aging phase (probably some sort of whiskey is my guess), but that factor adds a very fine element to the overall picture. Good stuff...

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't know why I bought this... I am totally against BA IPAs, but I guess I'll try any black IPA.

Well, this turned out to be a slightly hoppy and thin BA porter. I don't know what I was expecting.

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Photo of dcotom
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a clear glass goblet. Deep blackish brown in color, with tan highlights and a two-finger tan head. Aromas and flavors tend heavily toward bourbon and barrel. Lots of malty sweetness, plus some oaky sourness on the palate. As it warmed, notes of dark roasted malt, espresso bean, and licorice began to present themselves. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Finish is a little sweet, with a touch of lingering burnt-coffee bitterness on the aftertaste. Even at cellar temp, the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. Very good, but some time in the cellar might mitigate some of the oaky harshness.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coffee black with a frothy mocha head.

Aroma of dripping barrel, anise, and caramel.

Flavor is much the same, leaning much towards Boulevards BBQ, with a slight hop bite at the end. Lots of barrel. Some anise, licorice, molasses.

Feel is thick and sticky, with slight hop oils following.

Overall, this is definitely more of a barrel beer than it is an IPA. Still good though. Much like a hoppy quad.

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Barrel Aged Mountain Standard from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 63 ratings