Mountain Standard Double Black IPA | Odell Brewing Company

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Mountain Standard Double Black IPAMountain Standard Double Black IPA

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of bashiba
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice deep black with ruby highlights and a thick and creamy head.

The smell is surprisingly sweet and malty with just a light bit tropical hops and a bit of lightly smokey roasted barley.

The flavor is more malt dominated than I would expect for this style. Sweet malts and light roasty malts dominate with just a light herbal hop prescence. Some nice chocolate flavors come through as well.

The mouthfeel is light and resiny.

Strange Black IPA, drinks more like a slightly hoppy big porter.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.11/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chris at our Fight Night 1 tasting.

A - Not a bad looking beer. Darker than expected foam in a very dark brown beer that is almost black. Some light still comes through when held to a light source.

S - Cascade hops, floral notes, hints of some roasted malts. Little bit sugary.

T - Not a big fan of this particular brew. It's okay, but slightly piney with the cascade and some citrus and lemon. The flavors ren't really mixing together very well here. This isn't horrid, but I'im not a big fan at all.

M - Medium bodied, something of a sugar feel, moderate carbonation.

D - Average beer, average drinkability, alcohol does come through a little bit, wouldn't drink again.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.11/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle. Best before 2/23/12. Black colored brew, with a dense head of tan foam. Excellent retention and coaty lace. Aroma of toffee malt with a background of peppery, pine hops. The alcohol is a hint noticible. I was expecting more of the hop bouquet but didn't really get it.

I'm not real impressed with the flavor. It's like a higher ABV nutty brown ale, with a strong caramel and toffee sweetness. This grassy hop balance balance is there, but the flavors just don't seem to go together for some reason. I hate to say it, but it's almost off-putting. Moderately bitter at the back, the taste lingers on after the finish without much change. Mouthfeel seems unremarkable, and the carbonation is nice.

I can't put my finger on where this went wrong, but it did. This beer doesn't stack up with any other so-called Black IPA's I've tried, and perhaps because it seems quite different. Maybe the hop variety doesn't mesh well with these malts? Perhaps it needs to be more roasty/stout-like and less nutty sweet? Either way I can't recommend it.

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Photo of beagle75
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Light lacing remains.

S: Piney and slightly fruity, the smell is distinctly dark with refined malt that suggests sweetness. Yeast influences seem minimal in the smell, and alcohol is not detected.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with intense piney hop aromatics and mild roasted malt. Acidity is intensely carbonic, causing a rift between the beginning and middle. It sweetens somewhat in the middle where transient honey can be found. This beer finishes moderately bitter and also at its most roasty, drying out to the greatest extent yet. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, intensely acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This high-test black IPA from O'Dell's is tolerable but not really noteworthy.Hops are one-note pine delivered at the starting gun, while rampant acidity represents the single greatest detriment. In a field of hoppy offerings from this brewery, it would be difficult to return to this one any time soon--the IPA and (especially) Myrcenary are both so much better.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.31/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Chris, drank from a perfect pint glass.... The beer pours a dark mahoany with a huge light tan head. Great retention, is a looker... Average aroma of a little roast, soapy hops, some pine hops, boring and hops are off... The taste is a little better but not much. Soap is still prominent, with citrus rhine, roast and hops. I don't like the finish or feel on this.

Not a big fan, I'd pass in the future.

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Photo of drewba
3.34/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a four-pack that cost $10.49. Black color, mocha head, looks good. Smell is hoppy citrus but I was disappointed after hearing this compared to Pliny (lies). Flavor is decently hoppy but again not on the level of Stone 15th. The roast flavor really conflicted with the citrus, like oranges dunked in bitter coffee. I would have preferred chocolate covered oranges but oh we'll. Still, this is a decent beer and a much better value than when it was in 750's.

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Photo of MLoxxer
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A visually pleasing black IPA (which in my mind is a strange name for a style, as how can a beer be both black and pale at the same time?). I was served this beer in a pint glass which was filled from the tap at Yia Yia's in Lincoln Nebraska. Although the head collapsed quickly, very respectable lacing was left behind. The flavor is more hoppy than malty, leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste. The body is pleasingly light. If this is really a 9.5% ABV beer, it's hard to tell as it is very drinkable. This is a nicely crafted brew and recommended to fans of the style.

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Photo of climax
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of drop6301
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First Review. Just saying.

Poured from a bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter glass.
Note: Reviewer suspects some aging. See Aroma.

Appearance: I like the look. A nice abysmal black color with a nice creamy-tan, two finger head holding on for some time. Lacing was great.

Aroma: The hop character was hidden in the roast- chocolate-alcohol aroma. (I suspect that the beer was not exactly fresh because there was a subdued hop character with another funky smell.) I also picked up a some smoky character. After all of that there was a little Piney-citrus.

Taste: Like the aroma, the malt character stood out. There was the roasti-chocolate. The alcohol flavor was there. The bitterness seemed to come from both hops and malt, which I thought made it meld well. I Picked up a resinous-piney taste. Citrus notes. A dry end with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Some warming from the alcohol.

Overall: I liked the beer. I'm unfamiliar with the style, but it seems a little more hop American hops character would have made it great.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says best by 2/16/12, which suggests it was bottled around 16 October 2011.

Pours dark coffee brown, nearly black in the glass, with a big frothy grayish tan head. Great retention and lacing. A good-looking beer.

For some reason I have a hard time detecting nuance in black IPAs. I get fruity hops - oranges, mostly. And dark roasted malts with a bit of char. They blend together quite well, making for a nice balance of smooth and sharp.

Taste is less to my liking. This is the side of this style of beer that just doesn't do it for me - totally dominated by what I see as the negative sides of both pieces. From the hops, I get bitterness. From the malts, I get charred or burnt grain. These don't totally overshadow the pleasant flavors, but they're way more prominent than I'd like them to be.

On the heavier and thicker side. Feels like a porter in the mouth, actually. Smooth and fluffy, with carbonation present mostly as a light froth in the mouth. I like it. Finish is quicker than I'd expect, mostly bitter but pulling out at just the right time.

I really like everything about this beer, except for the taste. It's just too much bitter and char and too little anything else. But the look, the feel, the smell are all so good! Is this really 9.5%? Yikes. Better stop at one. Not sure whether I want another one, anyway.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown/black color with a massive tan head of at least 3 fingers that is very slow to recede. The head is a little annoying as I can't take a sip for quite a while. Head leaves lace as it settles. Hoppy aroma of slight citrus with a little hint of booze. Medium mouthfeel. The hops have a decent profile from start to finish. I'm surprised how present the alcohol is in this. Some roast as well. Decent flavors.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black with a massive rocky tan head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is roasted dark grain, chocolate, and musty hop.

Taste is a little lighter than expected. Roasted dark grain up front. Chocolate and dark fruit make an appearance. Finishes with a slight bitterness and lingering chocolate sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. A thicker feel would be appreciated.

Overall a little too much on the sweet side for a black IPA. Plenty of chocolate sweetness.

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Photo of RHCP313
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Great Divide brewpub tulip.

Cracked a bottle that survived in my checked luggage from Denver. Opened toward the end of a Blackhawks victory. Cheers.

A: Pours a very dark brown, closer to black with garnet and ruby highlights when held to the light. One finger of khaki head forms and dissipates leaving long walls of lace on the sides of my glass. A thin layer of khaki head tops the rested beer.

S: Some bold fruits up front, plum, fig and raisin. Flowery, with herbal hops coming through. Slightly smoky. Some brown sugar and a bit of mild yeast.

T: Nice balance of roasted malt notes and sugary, bready sweetness. Candied fruits with some smoke and wood coming through.

M: Medium bodied, smooth even carbonation with a mouthfeel that is just slick enough but leaves nice dry flavors at the back of the palate.

O: I'm sure glad a few of these made it through my checked luggage. This is a wonderful example of the style, puts its own stamp on the style with a nice smoky and woody quality balanced with a slight bready sweetness. The closest comparison I can think of is New Glarus' Black Top– also a great offering. However, it is unique and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of TheBigLebrewski
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting features:

A touch of grey in the head - a color I've never seen.

Very, very well-balanced, especially considering the ABV and age. Enough hops to leave some spice alongside a pleasant, not at all overl-sweet malt backbone. I was expecting a thin barleywine feel to this beer, but the spiciness gives it a character of its own.

Mouthfeel is a lot less viscous than I expected, but this beer did drink in some surprising ways. Either way, enjoyably thin for the style, color, and content.

Overall, better then expected, but it different and more typical ways than I had imagined.

Get some. And a fucking awesome bottle, by the way.

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Photo of herman77
3.66/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to spycow for sharing this one. Served in a Heady Topper stange-like glass.

A - Nice looking Black DIPA. Big tan foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Body is an extremely dark brown that verges on black in low light, but reveals a glint of transparency when held to the light.

S - Soapy Cascade hops, lemon zest, some pine, and not a ton of roast malt character. This has held up surprisingly well after nearly three months. However I just don't dig the hop flavors in use here.

T - The taste is a little more in line with my expectations. Heavy on sugar cookie malt character, but with plenty of unripe grapefruit and lemon too. Residual bitterness is present, but thankfully well-attenuated. Some alcohol is apparent too.

M - Medium body that seems a little undersized, some grain character and tingly carbonation, and a fairly clean, lightly sticky finish.

D - I finished my pour, but I wasn't all that impressed with this one. It's a decent Black DIPA that isn't as palate-raping as Sublimely Self-Righteous, and doesn't have the unpleasant burnt malt quality of Iniquity. I'd try it again if fresh on-tap, but I won't be seeking it out again.

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Photo of MarcWP
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with small cream colored head.

Smells super hoppy. Peppery and citrusy with a tad bit of floral fruit orchard.

The taste is pretty much bitter hops all the way. You get a little bit
of the dark malt character but not much. The malt bill mostly comes out in the mouthfeel. Which is medium to medium full and slight creamy.

Overall pretty good but a bit too much hops to give it any interesting difference from an IPA.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a bells tulip glass.

A- Pours a 3 finger foamy tan head, really sticky lacing, well carbonated, really dark brown/red color, red hues coming off the bottom.
S- Nice hops coming out upfront, citrus, pine, some grapefruit, slight roasted malt aroma.
T- The taste is interesting, nice bitter sweet taste, sweet citrus, pine, grapefruit, slight peach, I can definitely pick out some roasted malt notes, slight smokiness, the roastiness comes out in the finish.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, smooth drinking, crisp finish.
O- Its easy drinking especially for being 9.5% abv, the hoppy characteristics balanced out with the roasted notes come together nicely. Not amazing but enjoyable

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Photo of meeekyh
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odells makes some fine Colorado beers, that is to say they make World Class beers and and I know from experience that this one is no exception. Today I am drinking it from a pint glass filled from a 12 oz bottle. The head is one and a half fingers tall, dark tan and leaves thick lacing. Smells are heavy on the hops (piney variety) and a bit medicinal with a smidgen of dark-roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is tart and bitter with an emphasis on the hops, as in the nose, and a middling sweetness that ties it all together. Mouthfeel is smooth and full with good carbonation and a lingering dry finish. As all beers of quality and complexity it really starts to shine as it warms bringing out the cacao and citrus.

I like it but the 9.5% shows through in a medicinal way that I prefer to avoid in my beers. The balance is good and the other flavors strong enough that it is not a predominate flavor but it is not as well hidden as I would like overall. Drinkability suffers only slightly for this flaw but the lasting impression I am left with is one of satisfaction and intrigue.

I will happily classify this beer among its peers as a departure for its imperial nature but a damn fine dark, hoppy beer.


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Photo of baconsausage
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of yamar68
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like the blackest of coffee with a finger of tan head and indiscernible beading. Nice lacing. This beer is extremely well balanced, atypical of the style. Roasted black malts are blanketed with an understated mix of hops. Nose caries through to the tongue. Comes across more as a "hoppy something darker" than a "darker something hoppy" - quite tasty though. The feel is suitable, as is the carbonation. Overall, a well-balanced Cascadian Dark Ale ;)

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From tasting notes:
A: Good head retention, with a cloudy body appearance.
S: A nice herbal, pine aroma with notes of flowers, good aroma on this one.
T/M: A full bodied taste, with just the right amount of bitterness. Hoppy character. A medium intensity on this mouthfeel and overall taste.
D: A so so brew, nothing too special for the limited format and price.

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

A deep chestnut color in the pour. Asked the gentlemen pouring (at Wynkoop private pouring) what style this might be he said probably a brown IPA. Ok, I'm not a huge fan of nailing down the style, but as a reviewer it's hard to mark. Head was fluffy and white, good retention. A nice whaff of floral hops in the nose undercut a bit by some caramel maltiness. First sip is crisp, floral. A nice malt backbone, caramel and sticky bread. Malty finish. Residual hops gives a clean overtone. This is a good beer. Not sure why it's corked. Not sure if this will stand up to any aging.

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Photo of jimbus
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice dark coloration which glows a deep brown on the edges when held to light...light toffee one finger head - smell is lightly roasty and nutty, but you have to work your sniffer pretty hard to discern anything - flavors of sweetness, bitterness, hops, and roasted malt are well balanced - mouthfeel is a bit light and lacks some of that enamel ripping hoppiness that I like, but not too light - overall, a solid brew...this is a tought style to nail, but when done right, can be a beautiful thing. an excellent offering from Odell!

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