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 Oakenshield53
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Maaaan, this is tasty. This is a glass of beer to pay attention to, right here.

Pours a very dark brown with a half-inch of tan foam which settles to a thin stripe, and the scent is definitely hop-forward. Slightly muted, not a bright sharp salad-bar tang of hops, but definite.

A disarmingly (for such a robust-looking brew) clean presentation at first, and then the roastiness and malt announce themselves like a warm towel slowly applied after a good shave, in the back of the throat and on the sides of the tongue. It finishes with a very interesting pine resin / grapefruit note, but the grapefruit thing is hard for me to work out; it's not the FLAVOR of grapefruit at all, the malty-bready-smoky atmosphere stays assuredly in place for a good while, but it's more that feeling you get on the top of the palate after drinking grapefruit juice.

This effect makes the smoky-malty flavor which stays hunkered down right there where you put it finish up with a nice, dry sharpness, rather than being thick and filling.

This is seriously delicious. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, brown to black coloring, with a thick, foamy, tan head. Nose of grapefruit, smoke, roasted coffee, pine resin, and subtle chocolate notes. Flavors are grapefruit forward, with a decent smoke overlay, subtle tropical fruit sweetness, and a bitter resinous hops highlight throughout. Smooth, light bodied, with a smoky, roasted, and extremely bitter aftertaste. The finish is dry, slightly frothy, with a resinous, bitter linger. Good beer.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Black glass denies light even at the edges. Holds a thin ropey tan foam head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Black IPA profile, heavy west coast hops with a toasted to burnt full base malt. Both knobs turned to 11.

Taste: The two monsters of malt and hop crash into and mostly dampen the other, leaving a strange, powerful balance. The hops eventually burn through the sweet barleywine strength malt and start a long, slow, oily burn that encourages the next sweet, extinguishing sip.

Feel: Prickly carbonation in a heavy beer, there's enough depth that it doesn't go fizzy, and goes a bit creamy. There is alcoholic heat, but it's just a spice in the hop oil numbing. A bit of a lip smacking chew.

Overall: Moar Kudos for Odell. MOAR ODELL!
A beast of a beer, but so much good flavor, if there's a flaw it is drowned out by the intensity of what's going on. This is like getting two beers, a roasted barleywine, and a super fresh IPA. If you like the style, this is a much try.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +7%

On draft at Whole Foods, Chandler, AZ.

Near black opaque body with a filmy beige head. Aromas of pine, chocolate, roast. Lovely balance. I'm not typically a of fan of black IPAs, but this is certainly noteworthy. Bitter chocolates and resinous hops. Silky mid palate finishing with some bitter chocolate and hop notes. Well done.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12 ounce bottle.

A- Massive frothy oatmeal-colored head with a pitch-black body. 4.5

S- Piney and resinous and citrusy up front. There's a sweet, vanilla-like and almost rye-like aroma deeper in. It's big aroma. 4.5

T- Deeply resinous, piney and then faintly citrusy, the hops by no means take the back seat here. At the finish I get a dry dark roast flavor and maybe even a tinge of coffee. 4

There's some hop bite on this, but it still manages a creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel. The finish has a mild bitterness and dryness that works quite well. 4.25

I probably should go buy a few more 4-packs before I can't find this on shelves any longer and kick myself for it. This is a damn good beer.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Update: Poured from a can dated Best By 2/17/17, into a tulip. The ABV on the new 2016 cans is 8.1%, so a fairly significant decrease from the previous 9.5%. Also, no longer called a Double Black IPA.
Appearance - black, but allows enough light in to notice carbonation and a mahogany tone is apparent against the light. Mountainous, mocha head with gobs of lace!
Smell - subtle pine, floral and citrus hops blended with chocolate and coffee!
Taste - Hops up front, dark coffee and chocolate malts finish on the palate. No longer as heavy as the previous version, and the hops are far more fruity in flavor!
Feel - complex brew! Wonderful balance with this one; fruity hops, robust coffee and chocolate malts. Nice medium body and with the reduction in ABV, this is far easier to kick back with!
Overall - I love the Black IPA style, and this updated version available in cans is a brilliant representation! Complex, balanced and tasty...very well done!

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Photo of majorbase2
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a good sized brown head with pretty good retention. Definitely resembles a Stout. Good deal of lacing. Smells of lightly roasted chocolate and coffee, as well as sweet, dark fruit and light citrus hops The alcohol is definitely there. The taste reveals some slightly more tamely roasted malts (as compared to the aroma). Licorice and sweet molasses go along with the chocolate as it warms. The taste is harder to completely pinpoint than I had expected. A good amount of bitterness, but this is one beer that I would say could benefit from even more bitterness, which would've complimented (in my opinion) some of the fruit, molasses, and overall sweetness. Incredibly easy to drink- I could probably down 3-4 of these in an hour, which is impressive considering the ABV (second straight time I've had that sentiment regarding a beer from Odell). Overall, a little bit less than what I was hoping for, but if you're looking for a balanced taste, with high ABV and drinkability, this one is a good bet.

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Photo of ANiklaus
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a regular pint glass. This is an extremely interesting beer that crosses over different styles of beer and makes for a lovely flavor. I poured this at fridge temperature and drank over the course of half an hour to experience the flavor at different temperatures.

Appearance: At initial pour this beer has an extremely dark color with three quarters of head. It almost looks like a Russian or chocolate milk stout it is so dark. This initially intrigued me as my friend I was trying this with is an extreme fan of Russian and milk stouts. Throughout, the carbonation is medium-heavy. Some foam sticks to the glass as it is drank.

Smell: Honestly, this beer's smell has no imperfections and is one of the most pleasant to sniff. It smells hoppier the warmer it gets. Smells of chocolate and milk break through. Some malt.

Taste: An extremely tasty beer, but I do wish the hops were more apparent as it is advertised as an imperial IPA. It tastes like a Russian stout just as much an IPA, this is not necessarily a bad thing though. My friend and I both really liked this beer. He preferred it colder and I preferred it slightly warmer as I am the hop whore.

Moutfeel: I very much enjoyed the entire experience of drinking this beer. As much as I enjoyed the initial flavor and the sensation, it only got better as I drank it. The finish is perfectly smooth.

Overall: This a spectacular beer that mixes the best of the imperial IPA world with the Russian/imperial stout world. Extremely dark with only the hint of hops that one would expect. This is like a mix of Odell's Myrcenary with Lugene's. I feel like Odell should advertise this as some imperial stout IPA as that is the best description I can think of. The best food pairing I can imagine is some barbecued brisket. Fantastic beer that merged my friend's favorite flavor with mine. Highly recommend for a stout lover trying to get into IPAs.

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Photo of sheeley
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Near perfect for me. I enjoy milk/imperial stouts, and I was not expecting to like this beer. The color is very dark and the head is quite nice. Smell: Notes of chocolate and milk. Again, not what I expected, but I loved it. As the beer warms to room temperature, the hoppiness of the IPA comes to the forefront. Taste/mouthfeel: This is a unique beer. At the pour, the beer was chilled and I very much enjoyed the stout-eske characteristics of malt and body. As the beer rose in temperature, I both smelled and tasted more hops, which I personally did not care for as much. My first sip was perhaps the best; the flavors all came at me in progression for a hell of a ride, finishing with the signature hoppiness of an IPA that I expected. Overall, this beer intrigued me. It strikes me as a hybrid of a stout and an IPA. I will likely try it again just for another chance to decipher all that is going on in its taste.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark, used-motor oil black capped by a creamy, tan, two-finger head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind a nice wall of lacing.

S - Upon opening the bottle, there is a light nose of chocolate and malt - not much hinting at what lies within! In the glass, licorice, molasses, and alcohol notes begin to come out.

T - Chocolate malt upfront. The body is a delicious blend of dark rum, licorice, and molasses overlain on a rich, chocolate backbone. A bit more chocolate and touch of bitterness as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a complex and delightful finish of candied plum, dark rum, and chocolate.

M - Full bodied and creamy like a good stout, but also embodies some of the chewyness of a well-crafted IPA. Just about perfect!

I figured that I'd finally pull this out of my refrigerator and review it after a hard weekend of working on the house and selling some car parts. The fact that today we switched back to Mountain Standard Time from daylight savings is only icing on the cake! This is a fantastically complex and rich beer that blends the attributes of two of my favorite styles: hardy stouts and IPAs. It is really just absolutely delicious and I could see myself drinking a couple of these in an evening if only I could erase from my memory the disaster resulting from $2 a pint Old Rasputin....

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark burgundy brown color with a thin but even layer of toffee colored foam which sticks to the sides of the glass like glue.

S - Chocolate roasted malt, light char, and tangy citrus.

T - Follows the nose: Bitter chocolate roast throughout and ends with a tangy grapefruit/citrus, and pine finish. The lingering flavor on the palate is chocolate bitterness and a resiny coating of citrus.

M - Thick medium body and almost creamy carbonation.

O - Definitely worth trying and I'm not a fan at all of Black IPA's.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with dense creamy tan head. Heavy lacing left behind and great head retention. Nose starts with some nice herbal hops along with some bright fruity notes. This is paired with a nice robust roasted barley note. Taste is herbal up front with plenty of roasted notes and piney hop notes. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. Overall, I'm not a huge fan of the black IPA since they often seem gimmicky. This one melds the dark malts nicely with the hop profile and makes for a delicious beer.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Newcastle Brown Ale signature glass. The pour is black (predictably) with a well-formed beige head that retains quite well for such high ABV. Very porter-like in appearance. The nose is roasty, but also hoppy and fruity. It reminds me of espresso and lemon.

The beer has a medium body with an interesting flavor. It's neither super-roasty nor super-hoppy. It has some nice roasted notes up front with plenty of sweetness to balance it out. The beer gets fruitier as it travels over the palate. The finish is slightly sweet, lemony, and leaves a hint of roastiness lingering. The feel is nice and creamy and it hides its alcohol extremely well.

I don't drink Black IPAs very often, but I always appreciate a good one. The blend of light roastiness and lemony hoppiness makes for an interesting, complex flavor. This one is a good one.

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Photo of colts9016
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 46 degrees.

Appearance: A two finger head that is medium tan color with great retention. The head left a good amount of lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is dark brown, like used motor oil. A few highlight in the beer which are a deep rich mahogany in color. Overall a very good appearance.

Smell. A deep rich roasted malt aroma, with biscuit, chocolate, and coffee aromas. The hops of the beer is rich grapefruit, pine and citrus. In the background is a hint of phenol.

Taste: A rich roasted malt with yeast, bittersweet chocolate, and espresso. The hops in the flavor is rich and full bodied, with grapefruit, pine, and lemons.

Mouth feel of the beer is astringent, coating, warm, and carbonated.

Overall: This is a very good example of a black IPA, the body of the beer is solid, and the hops gives a well rounded performance. I really enjoyed drinking this beer.

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Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pored 12 oz bottle into snifter. Best by 2/27/14

A - A very dark walnut wood color, almost black with a 2 finger khaki Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Big roasted malts give this a bitter chocolate and coffee forward nose. Some floral, earthy. pine hops play along.

T - Taste is more hop forward compared to the nose. I pick up some piney, earthy hops, but the bitterness eventually yields to the roasted malts. The dark chocolate and light coffee are on display in the middle. It finishes with some piney hops and as someone else mentioned a little mint.

M - Medium body with a richness and good carbonation.

O - A nice black ale that does a good job melding the roasted malts and bitter hops together. The alcohol is not present and it is quite nice.

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Photo of kwc017
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maui Brewing Company pint glass. Super dark, almost pure black. Smell is wonderful. Malt, Chocolate, hop, a little mint as well. Taste is, well, sip, sip, sip. You feel the alcohol more than you can taste it. I'm sure it could creep up on you pretty quick. Taste is malty goodness, chocolate, hop and more hop. Great beer from a world class brewery. Cheers!

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near black with just a light hinge of brown, half finger of tan head, nice lacing

Smell is well very nice, like mix of Myrcenary and a imperial stout, tropical at first with a lot of pineapple and oranges then turns in to a roasted note, chocolate, espresso, and more chocolate

Taste is like a spicy and piney hoppy imperial stout, you do get a little orange citrus that mixed with a chocolate very nicely, cocoa, vanilla, pine, pineapple, spruce and a light toffee, you can feel the alcohol ever so lightly in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side, not quite like some big stouts but certainly higher then most DIPAs, medium light carbonation, slight dryness on the backend

Wow, I thought New Glarus Black Top had its self together as far as the blending of the styles goes. This is quite a bit bigger beer, but it is in perfect harmony between hops, malt, alcohol presence and feel. Really good stuff. I am trying this for the first time and it is 5 days before its best by date, I know it is not that old but I do wonder if I would like it as much fresh with more of a hop bite, either way I am glad I was able to get some for 6.50 a 4 pack!

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Photo of Russ_Guill
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours deep black with a medium head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma is chocolatey and malty, with pleasing piney hop fragrance.

The taste is a combination of hop bitterness, chocolate malt, and slight alcohol burn. The bitterness remains, but the chocolate lingers on the back of the tongue even longer.

Medium mouthfeel; not too heavy and not too light. Just right.

Overall, this is a fun and complex beer. The hops balance well against the chocolate maltiness.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- black as tar. 1 finger khaki head. Outstanding lacing

S- One of the more hop present Black IPAs I have had. Lots of citrus and hop character. Minty almost. Dig deep to find the roasted notes the labeling speaks of.

T- Hop forward again with the roast and malt settling in well towards the finish. Juicy initially before the charred toast and spice comes through.

M- Mid body. Warmth is certainly there, making this a great feel in the winter. Maybe a little slick feel.

O- Amazing really. The biggest problem I have with most black IPAs is that they are really more of a hoppy stout than a dark ipa. This one stays true to form better than any other that I have tried.

Reviewed 1-19-14
Best by 1-22-14
4 pk for $11

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Photo of haggadah
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I generally don't like stouts. They're too much of everything, and very little balance. But Mountain Standard made a believer out of me. It's strong, and hella spicy. And then the alcohol hits you. If a beer could be exciting, this is it for me. The taste will distract you from whatever else you're doing; you can't ignore it.

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Photo of spoony
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (best by February 18, 2014) into a tulip.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces about two fat fingers of khaki head with so-so retention. The lacing is solid and leaves nice waves of foam on the way down the glass. The beer is pretty black and opaque. Good-looking stuff.

S-The aroma is heavy on the citrus with orang zest, grapefruit, and maybe a bit of slightly sweeter fruit like tangerine. There is very little to suggest I'm drinking a black ale at first, but as the brew warms up, I get a bit of rye bread and cocoa.

T-The taste is also heavy on the citrus with zesty orange and grapefruit, as a well as some pine bitterness. The hops are nicely balanced by cocoa and milk chocolate notes from the malts. Roasted flavors are pretty subdued, but there is a nice bit of chocolate going on. Alcohol is well-concealed.

M-The feel is medium to slightly heavy in body for the style. Carbonation is average.

O-This is a hop-heavy example of the style that drinks much like a IIPA, so props to Odell for truth in advertising this Double Black IPA. This tasty beer that hides its alcohol well and provides a nice balance between citrus hops and chocolate-forward malts. A nice hoppy beer for this brisk winter evening and a good break from my stout binge of the past few weeks.

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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Poured into a new belgium globe. Best by date of february 2014. Conservative pour yields three fingers of light tan head. Thick and creamy head built up slowly. Lots of stickage on the glass and the head retains nicely.

Smell: Hops take the forefront of the nose with fruity and pine notes. Also chocolate and coffee finish off the nose. Smell fantastic. Like the more hop forward aroma and think that is what this style should bring.

Taste: Initial blast of fruity hops immediately gives way to roasted malts. Hop bitterness lingers throughout but also melds with the dark malts of the beer, for a delicious brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Hop bite throughout with roastiness mixing in with the fruity hops. No bite of alcohol despite the higher abv.

By far the best black IPA I have had as it should be since it is the most expensive. More flavorful with the hops and the malt over any other I have tried. Odell brewing does it again. WOW just a fantastic "black IPA" that blows any others that I have tried out of the water. Don't really have any complaints about this beer.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown glass bottle with a drink by date of 1/22/14 marked on the label. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - Pitch black body with next to no light filtering through. When held up directly in front of a light source, there is a dull burgundy hue visible. Atop the body sits a healthy three-finger head, and I must've gotten a little carried away with the aggressiveness of my pour, as this baby is coming over the edges. Head is rich, dense foam the color of chocolate mousse, and the pocking begins immediately, giving it the look of the inside of an english muffin. As it dissipates, it leaves sticky, webbed lacing around the glass. As I drink it down, it again leaves pronounced, sticky rings.

Smell - Notes of roasted malt, charred bread, earthy, soil-like hop characteristics, and a faint medicinal quality that seems to fade as the liquid warms to room temperature. There is a pretty detectible presence from the alcohol as well, leaving those familiar piercing esters. I wish it was a bit more aromatic.

Taste - There is a lot of the alcohol character in the taste, along with more subtle elements of dark fruits--black currants, dates, plums and some fainter notes of roasted cacao and maybe fresh-brewed coffee. There is a slightly sourish twinge on the finish--not sour like you'd expect from wild bacteria, but sour like you might expect from some kinds of grain or bread, like wheat and rye.

Mouthfeel - Semisweet finish, with a body on the heavy side of moderate, along with ample carbonation. There is a silky feel on the tongue after the swig has been swallowed.

Overall, a decent take on the black ale style. I wish there was a bit more hop presence, as the crazy blend of floral, herbal hops and earthy, roasty malts is what I love about the "black IPA" style in the first place. I also think the ABV level on this one gets a bit away from them, imparting more heat than I would expect, even of an imperial version of the style. Trust me, however, when I say I won't mind finishing the 4-pack.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Red with dark heart. Sort of like pomegranate juice in the sun. Thick head that persists over time.
Smell: Assertive smells of malty sweetness coupled with hops bitterness in the background. Notes of chocolate, fresh bread and uncooked batter. Definite yeasty pungency.
Taste: Smokey sweet malt flavor comes on strong, but dissipates quickly. Tastes commingle half way through a drink, combining to create a taste that is none of its components. Finishes with a lingering savory taste anchored in the hoppy bitterness.
Mouth: Smooth and soft. Heavy and approaching a syrupy lingering sweetness usually associated with stouts.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So I will open by admitting that if it's done really well, I really like a good CDA. This is an excellent example.

Pours into the glass like a porter: deep brown bordering on black with a modest tan head that leaves traces of itself around, marking the depth on the glass as I enjoy the liquid below it.

The nose starts off slightly sweet: almost a floral hop with chocolate roasty body. Delving deeper into my nose hole, the oily hops take on a pine characteristic, and some of the alcohol starts to seep through.

When it hits your lips though...

Flavour starts off like a big juicy DIPA, with juicy hops and a full body with enough malt sweetness to balance. Then the tongue realizes that instead of just being good old caramel or bread, that's chocolate butting its way in. Some sweet honey, alcohol is more present on the tongue than on the nose, some coffee and finishes with the pine and grapefruit bitterness (again) of a great DIPA.

The bitter lingers on the tongue as it is wont to do, but it's not just piney hops, it's bakers chocolate and the thick smoothe body as well that sticks with you. There's a little bit of alcohol flavour, but there's essentially no burn, and I would easily believe this were in the 6% range as opposed to almost 10% if I didn't know better. Well hidden.

As I said up top, I am a fan of well done Cascadian Darks. This is one of the best I've had. This continues the trend I've noticed since moving to the midwest: I'd never had their product before, but holy shit those folks at Odells know what they're doing. This is an outstanding beer from an amazing brewery. I don't think it's hyperbole to say I'd put it among my favourite beers I've had. Period.

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Mountain Standard Double Black IPA from Odell Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 840 ratings.
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