Imperial Stout
Odell Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
3.82 | pDev: 9.69%
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ark brown liquid, essentially black with no light penetration what so ever. Rich deep, and thick chocolate colored lace then formed on the top of it

rich and sweet, the first notes to hit me were a nice sweet milk chocolate, lactose, and a nice burnt caramel aroma. Very sweet, with hints of coffee throughout. A nice mixture of roasted malts, and not overly heavy. No, hint of the alcohol in it at all which was very nice. Rich milk chocolate, molasses and vanilla hints were the first right out of the gate. Very sweet with lots of lactose sugar like flavors coming in, probably from the oatmeal. A slight warming on the back of the throat, but other then that there was literally no hint of the alcohol

Nov 04, 2011
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emmasdad from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap yesterday evening at the Odell Brewing Company. Poured a rich, opaque black with a good bit of off-white foam on top. Aromas of roasted malt, baker's chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. On the palate, this one was fairly full bodied, with flavors of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt.

Jul 09, 2011
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ClockworkOrange from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic Imperial pint glass. The stout appears nearly opaque black with two fingers of creamy, lingering ecru foam. A great looking pour. Nose and flavor consist of medium roasted grains, earthy bitter hops, a touch of citrus, milk chocolate covered raisins, and some vanilla. A notch better than medium bodied and amply carbonated. Smooth and drinkable, certainly worth your time.

May 28, 2009
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tr4nc3d from Kansas

3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a ruby/velvet red color with a 2inch light brown head. Head goes away but leaves an island of bubbles on top with magnificent lacing. This looks very appealing and tasty.

Smell is very sweet, plums, vanilla, molasses, chocolate covered strawberries, roasted malts, smoked woodchips, grapes. I'am getting a lot of smell from this one. Its making my mouth water just waiting to take a drink.

I get a chocolate like taste upfront, followed by some tartness(a bit too much), dark chocolate, and a mild hop bitterness in the end. Your still left with that sweet tartness in the mouth once your done.

Light body with a sweet tartness and no noticeable carbonation.

This is to sweet for me and could not see myself drinking this beer ever again.

Mar 19, 2009
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Oxymoron from Colorado

3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black color with some viscous to it. Dark around the edges with a slight red hint. A soft tan head when originally poured but give it a swirl and a solid tan head comes out and stays for the full tasting. Ok lacing as well.

The nose is rich and malty. Some stronger chocolate and roast notes. Almost like a Mexican chocolate bean type of thing. Minor coffee and hints of vanilla and a light woody aroma. The yeast is light but distinctive when Odells. The esters come out with prunes and definite raisins. Almost like a sugar covered raisin with the sweetness. Some heat but has back down as ages.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out but more of generic malt flavor. Some remnants of chocolate and roast but limited compared to the nose. A more milky but not exactly lactic quality comes out. The woody notes are still there but light. Some nutty flavors into the finish. Some yeasty notes but lighter versus the nose.

The body is between moderate and full. Would like a bit more depth but ok. Carbonation is good and supports the beer. Overall a good imperial stout but lacks that depth that I want in the flavor. Great balance overall though.

Feb 19, 2009
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Guzzler78 from Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/black. Leaves a medium tan head, about 3/4".
Smells of chocolate, molasses, getting some vanilla hints.
Tastes of dark roasted malts, chocolate, some bitter coffee notes, a bit of hot alcohol at the end.
A full mouthfeel, coats with a little creaminess.
I good drinker, a decent Imperial Stout.

Jan 15, 2009
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younger35 from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No idea where I received this brew. I think I got it last year from the Black Booty BIF. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a deep dark black that allows zero light to penetrate even the stem portion of the glass. A very small head forms that recedes fairly slowly leaving no cap and a super thin collar. A bit of spotty lacing is left but nothing to write home about.
Smell- Lots of sweet milk chocolate that reminds me of Tootsie Rolls and Yoo-hoo. Some lighter meringue or cream adds a bit of a lactose like sweetness. A bit of roast and maybe a twinge of coffee along with a smidgen of citrus. Mostly just loads of sweet chocolate though.
Taste- The nose pretty much explains the beer EXACTLY. Starts off with a slightly sweet chocolate or cocoa tinge that again reminds me a lot of Tootsie Rolls. Considering there isn't much of an overly roasted aspect it really lets the chocolate, coffee (to a lesser extent) and cream shine. Some caramel and vanilla round out the sweetness while a light bitter citric bite creeps in toward the end to help balance things a bit. The citrus is a moot point though IMO. It doesn't hurt anything but doesn't add much. The milk chocolaty goodness of this beer is in charge.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin for the style with pretty crisp carbonation that kind of impedes the silky smoothness that is hiding in here somewhere.
Drinkability- Well I honestly wasn't expecting too much out of the brew. When I moved about a year ago my girlfriend and I stopped in Colorado to snag a hotel and I had a couple Odell brews. While tasty, they didn't re-invent the wheel or blow my mind. This is a really tasty Impy Stout that pleasantly surprised me. Thanks to whoever sent this!

Jan 04, 2009
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a brown head. Nose is molasses mostly. Flavor brings the same in mild quantities. Thick and robust enough, but not overpowering or too intense. Smooth liquid feel. Low but iting carbonation. A fairly robust double stout that's easy to drink.

Nov 16, 2008
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Proteus93 from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark cola brown... essentially black. A modest little head, very light tan... more of an offwhite. A little lattice of lacing.

S: Light chocolate notes, cardboard/papery aroma. Got something that almost reminded me of plain, salted potato chips. Kinda strange.

T: Spent coffee, light soy, some cardboardy notes... I imagine it must be somewhat oxidated. Some alcohol notes, and a little tiny bit of bitter chocolate.

M + D: Light carbonation, a little creamy, but a bit light. Not one of the better stouts I've had in recent memory, though it could have potentially been off.

Nov 13, 2008
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CrellMoset from Virginia

3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of objectivemonkey - thanks!! Split w/ proteus93, w/ my portion poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, bordering on something darker, with a fast-fading half-finger chocolate head. Lacing is like flecks of bubbles thrown around the glass,

Aroma: Nice dirty, earthy cocoa, some greasiness (Sean gets regular ol' salty potato chips), maple syrup, a few stray lactose notes. It's pleasant if not groundbreaking, and perhaps a little off. I like potato chips. As it warms, an estery alcohol note emerges, accompanied by some slight oxidation.

Taste: Sweet, with tons of darker notes, some citrus, other fruits, and a little too much alcohol. I get licorice, dark chocolate, some tart milky notes, cherries. Lots of dirty, woody earthiness. A little too tart, and perhaps off (though I'm not as certain w/ this one as I have been w/ others), but not terrible.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick, syrupy, and cloying. Uneven, w/ mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Alcohol is far too prominent for such a low abv%, and there are a few too many funky off notes, some tartness, a little too much milkiness. Everything that's supposed to be there is there, but it's just a little ... off.

Nov 13, 2008
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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to unclejedi for this one.

Etched on the side of the label is 1 2008: I assume that is the bottling date. Also, according to the label on the bottle, this one is 8.2%abv.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pitch black with a touch of raisin colored higlights. A small, white head forms and leaves almost immediately. No lacing, not much retention.

Aroma is very sweet. Heavy on the molasses; the black strap kind. Even doses of brown sugar and maple syrup. This one is kind of malty in the aroma and nothing much else. Molasses is about all I get, which disappoints me.

The flavor closely mimics the aroma but isnt quite as sweet, although this one is on the sweet side for an Imperial Stout. Molasses, licorice, some coffee malt with a good amount of breadiness. A touch of hop bitterness in the end somewhat balances this one out. Alcohol is moderate but gives a warm feeling on the face and ears.

Kind of sickly sweet and syrupy on the tongue with a bitterness at the end. Chalky as well. This is one of the sweetes Impy Stouts I have had, and sad to say, I am not a fan. Seems unbalanced and just kind of all over the place. I received this in a trade so I am thankful, but this wasnt my cup of tea.

Oct 06, 2008
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AMo from Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Odell Brewing Co. Imperial Stout pours a dense jet black with a short stiff tan head. The smell is medium strong of dark roasted malts. It tastes mellow of malt, chocolate, and coffee like flavors. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, but exceptionally smooth with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Overall drinkability is very good. The best attribute has to be this brews silky smooth feel. The taste was very enjoyable and well blended, but it just didn't stand out in a very bold way. Still, its a good stout that I've enjoyed and felt like I got my moneys worth.

Sep 23, 2008
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from jpm30, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a very thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong chocolate along with roasted malts, some coffee, some dark fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise full of chocolate as you would expect with back ground flavors of dark fruit, bourbon and coffee. The malt character is very hearty as normal for the style. There's a very mild hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, there are certainly several other big stouts that I would choose first, but this is still a very solid beer.

Sep 11, 2008
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swizzlenuts from Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is completely black, except a slight part at the bottom. There is a small head and a small bit of carbonation. The nose is very roasty and smoky. The beer tastes like the nose but only more watered down; it doesn't really taste good nor bad. Almost like a mix of a stout and smoky bacon flavours. The beer isn't very thick like a RIS should be, and it's not that drinkable.

Aug 18, 2008
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Crosling from Colorado

2.81/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark brown color with ruby edges. Very light tan colored head. If the foam didn't last well, I would have given this a 1/5 for an appearance score, but since it did, I will score it a 2/5. Imperial Stouts need to appear black in the glass and the head should be much a darker shade. Nose of powdered chocolate with a light hint of fruit. Nice, but very sparse and lacking key elements. Flavor wise, it's pretty brash (this sample even has some bottle age), poorly flavored and lacking richness. Very sparse flavors of light chocolate and fruit. I don't get it. Odell is too good of a brewery to bottle this timid tiny beer. For next bottling, call it "Imperial Stout Light."

Jul 30, 2008
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Goliath from Illinois

3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black and completely opaque with a one inch light tan head. Decent retention and some fine bubbley lacing.

Aroma is alright. Kind of boozy, plenty of grain, and some roasted malts.

Taste is alright. Some big grainy notes, dark roasted malts with a decent bitterness. Kind of disappointing.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and gently carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. Alcohol is moderate and fairly easy to consume, but flavor is uninspiring and boring. Reminds me more of a doppelbock than an Imperial Stout.

Jul 29, 2008
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donaldchapman from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown to black in color, with substantial tan head.

S - Roasty malt aromas, chocolate, slight hop, and slight alcohol aromas.

T - Big malty caramel flavors accompanied by dark roast coffee and hints of toast, with a substantial bitterness. Dark fruits, cherries, plums, etc.

M - Full bodied beer with appropriate carbonation, and a pleasant alcohol warmth.

This is a great beer, it is full, with great flavors of dark fruits and roasty grains. Very well done.

Jul 14, 2008
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a rocky beige head that sends a nice pattern of lace around the chalice

Smell: Fruitier than I would have expected, a bit plummy in fact

Taste: Starts out with the plum flavor and follows up with a nod to the hops, somewhat grainy, in fact; after the swallow, charcoal and bitter chocolate flavors appear, but the beer retains its grainy character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The last of my Odell beers and, unfortunately, a disappointment; I was really looking forward to this, having thoroughly enjoyed every other beer of theirs I have tasted; not bad, just different, and not compelling

Thanks, brewjones, for the extra

Jul 13, 2008
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coldmeat23 from Oklahoma

4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
2008 Single Batch Series 8.2% abv

Black liquid with light making it brownish red at the edges. One finger head that dissappears quickly and leaves a thin film.

Light coffee scents with sweet cream. Hints of chocolate. Slighty floral. But, you have to work to find them all. The nose is not very pronounced.

Tastes of heavily creamed espresso. Sweet maltiness. Light sprinkling of cocoa powder.

Feels very good in the mouth for a stout. As it is an Imperial Stout, I was a bit let down. I thought it should be a bit thicker and more full-bodied. (It lost a point for this.)

I could go on drinking these all night, and I think I probably will.

Jul 10, 2008
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FightingEntropy from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark black, opaque beer with no other highlights to speak of with a tan head that builds up very easily and falls after a bit to a thin film.

S: Biscuity malt with lots of coffee and a bit of chocolate. Minerals as well, but not in a bad way.

T: Smooth and oily at the same time. Chocolate is more pronounced in the taste, and more roast than the coffee in the nose.

M: full bodied and slick, almost chewy. Nice.

D: I've bought a couple of six packs of this beer while in South Dakota since I don't think it's distributed locally, which is unusual for me. Good recom for me--I don't rebuy too many six packs.

Overall: Since it's a one off, get some if you can, even if it's summer. Good beer at any time.

Jul 02, 2008
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corey0212 from Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a trade with raverjames!!

I know we shouldn't talk about this type of thing, but I gotta say...this is one of the most handsome looking bottles of beer I've ever seen. Pours an almost-black color with lots of cola-brown highlights, slight tan head fades over a few minutes, and not a lot of lacing. Lots of bittersweet chocolate in the nose, roasted coffee aroma with some espresso and spicy alcohol in there. An almost sugary/vanilla bean taste with burnt coffee edges, more bittersweet chocolate. A bit thin and dry for an Imperial Stout, but really pretty tasty.

Jun 25, 2008
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Hojaminbag from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer in a trade with Vancer. Thanks for the throw-in Vance!

Dark brown/black opaque body with a slight brown head. Small retention, a little bit of lacing.

Smells nice as soon as I pour. Coffee notes and some sweetness. Even some floral notes.

Taste is complex and nice. Some very nice malty sweetness up front. The middle has some more malt flavor, but I pick out a little bit of hops in there too. Finishes with a dry coffee flavor. Nice tasting stout. The mouthfeel is a little off, too light and thin. It does not feel like a stout in my mouth.

Pretty drinkable for a stout, and a solid brew all around.

Jun 18, 2008
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tedpeer from Iowa

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce poured into a Bell snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown almost black. Full head, settled to a quarter inch. Moderate lacing.

S - Roasted coffee and chocolate.

T - Coffee and hops. A little alcohol warmth at the end.

M - Lightly carbonated. Smooth. Thin for an imperial.

D - Drinking a couple of these wouldn't be an issue.

Jun 15, 2008
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wagenvolks from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shout out to my friend, Tim, who flew this bottle back w/ him from Fort Collins, CO.

Pours a dirty brown hue with a fair amount of tan custard head. Body is semi-opaque, but lets in a little more light than it should around the edges. Slight lacing and (like most OBC brews) a high carbonation level. The aroma is a pleasant blend of toasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and musky hops. Not as "in-your-face" as most Impy Stouts, but the subtlety works.

I'm diggin the flavor, too. Roasted coffee and chocolate malts, a bit on the grainy side, but still enjoyable. Hops are definatlely in effect, leaving an earthy-bitter bite to the back of the palate. My only major qualms with this beer is the mouthfeel. Normally, the light, super-well-carbonated bodies of Odell's brews dazzle the palate (e.g. their IPA and Dbl. Pilsner), but with this Imperial Stout, I needed something more rich and creamy, per the style. Overall, however, this was a tasty, well-crafted beer. It might be better categorized as a regular "Stout", but hey, who am I to judge?

May 28, 2008
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from russpowell via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" brown head above the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head fades gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is slightly soured dark grain husks. Taste starts with moderately sweet maltiness upfront, touches of bitterness inthe middle, and a slightly off close. Mouthfeel is relatively smooth, and drinkability is good. But this one isn't very imperial.

May 10, 2008
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