Mountain Standard Double Black IPA | Odell Brewing Company

249 Reviews
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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Added by Mebuzzard on 11-04-2009

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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 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 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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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz picked up today at the COOP .... Poured into my new CBS snifter.. 1" dark tan head atop deep dark brown brew... verging on black... nice sheets of lacing.

Nose is very nice... big citrus and a little pine.. some lite chocolate and a touch of sweetness.

Good bitterness up front.. resinous hops and a little sweet dark malt... the malts are more roasty black than chocolaty.. a little sweetness with warmth that helps bloom the flavors....

Body is a solid medium with good carbonation.

Glad we got this one in and am even happier I was able to try it fresh.


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Photo of jera1350
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolatey brown in color with a thin tan head that looks creamy and clings to the glass nicely.

Big juicy citrus hop scent on the nose along with a touch of milk chocolate sweetness.

Whoa, big flavor here. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus from the hops up front. Not to be outdone, the malt adds sweetness and plenty of chocolate. A nice little flow of fruits to blend with chocolatey goodness. A touch of bitterness on the palate in the aftertaste.

Very smooth. Not sticky at all. The carbonation is creamy and soft. Great feel.

This could very well be my favorite beer for the style. Tons of flavor from hops to malt. A nice balance of both in fact. Great beer.

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Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 12 oz bottle with a BB 021612

A-pours a dark brown color with a tan head and nice lacing.garnet highlights
S-was musty roasted malts with orange citrus hops a touch of chocolate and coffee
T- followed the nose musty roasted cocoa and malts with citrus hops
M- warm and bitter with hops and malts chewy and thick
O-tasty double very fresh loads of hops and malts

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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 bfields4
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown body. Almost black with a very brown hue. Thin lacy mocha head.

Nice mix of hop and malt to the aroma. Good resiny floral hop. Malty cocoa sweetness comes through in waves.

Sweet dark chocolate malt hits the same time as a bit of pine. Followed by a tinge of grapefruit and a hit of resiny hop. There's a bit of burnt roasty malt flavor and a little molasses before a nice finishing bitterness sets in.

Chewy smooth body. Nice carbonaton with the alcohol very well hidden behind very solid flavors. No complaints with this one for me. Odell keeps em' coming.

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Photo of claytong
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - black with murky auburn brown edges. nice semi tan head with great retention and lacing. super sticky on the sides, just beautiful.

smell - wow, fresh hops (smells like dank ass weed). then i have to dig to get some dark malts, walnut shell and caramel.

taste - quite mild when cold, i like it, roasted malts, fruity hops. simple but nice.

mouthfeel - bitterness sticks around a bit which is funny cause it didnt seem bitter upfront. sugary and bitter, eh. good body and great carbonation...this is also really fresh.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

A-Pours a jet black with some slight scarlet edges
that supports two fingers of dense,light-tan foam.The head showed good retention and deposited sticky ribbons of lacing on the glass.

S-Really pungent,fruity hop nose.Concentrated tropical fruit,tangerine,apricot,milk chocolate covered pineapple,sweet and perfumey floral hops similar to jasmine and mild coffee.

T-Punchy with great fruity hop bitterness and a supporting but nonaggressive chocolate/coffee character.Sweetened grapefruit,musky,tropical fruit(pineapple,mango),bright citrus,mild roast,sweetened coffee,slight pine and some fresh hop qualities(raw,leafy).

M-Medium bodied with a slick feel and bitter finish.Hop forward example of the style but the roastiness was there just understated.Kind of reminded me of a roasty Myrcenary(which is a good thing).A touch thin would be my only knock.

O-A seriously worthwhile ABA/Black DIPA.I will definitely be purchasing more.

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Photo of katan
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Thick and hazy - lots of body to this beer. Brown with a few amber highlights. Not really all that black except in the thickest parts. Head formation is thick and creamy, mocha in color.

S - Mega hoppy smell, lots of citrus and piney, a little bit zingy. No malts, this is DIPA first and black second. Really spicy overall.

T - Lots of citrus flavors from the mega hop backbone. Mid-stream develops alot of graininess, hoppiness and even a really solid bitterness. Finishes with just a little bit of maltiness, the black roast coming through.

M - Full bodied, thick and even a little bit creamy. Alcohol warmth is well hidden.

O/D - A good BIPA. I think its a bit of a IPA that just happens to be black colored, but I certainly see the aim of trying to bring in more roast balance. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of quaybr
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick head with heavy lacing. As black as you might assume from the name.

Smells of fresh grassy and citrusy hops with roasted malts holding them all together.

Flavor is foreshadowed by aroma. Dark malts try to provide a sturdy structure for the flavoring and bittering hops that punch through the entire time. Some brown sugar sweetness begins showing itself as the brew warms up. For a 9.5 ABV, the alcohol is well disguised by the hop-forward tongue.

The feel of the beer is a bit peculiar, but it works pretty damn well. It has a creamy body but doesn't seem nearly as thick as I would have guessed. Still, the creamy body covers the bitter hops to near perfect, only improving as it warms up.

I like this beer alot. I wouldn't want more than one a night, but it's tasty. I was completely shocked to see this was 9.5 % alcohol. This style of beer still kind of eludes me, but it's growing on me - many thanks to this brew.

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Photo of DividedAvery
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into New Belgium Snifter

A: Pours very black. Black black if you will. Maintains a creamy white head that lingers nicely.

S: Roast dominates my nose followed closely by hop fruitiness and bitterness. Grapefruit and citrus are the main fruits here and it smells heavenly

T: Great taste! Some awesome chocolate flavors followed closely by some fruit and a slightly bitter cleansing finish. I have had quite a few CDA/Black IPAs and this is definitely one of the very best

M: Creamy and smooth the feel resembles a decent stout. Love everything about this beer

O: Great great beer by some really great brewers up at Odell. I had this one on tap a couple weeks ago and I gotta say it's almost as good from a bottle. Love that these came in 4 packs his year, gonna buy a lot of it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours an obsidian black, shiny almost, and solid, with a 2 inch creamy head. smells like huge hops, and rich slow roasted chocolate malts. sensational presentation, same as all the others in odell's 4 pack series. taste is immediately hoppy and strong, imperial in nature. the "black" part kicks in in the middle, smoothing out the bitter hops with a certain patience that really accentuates the local colorado hops. seasonally appropriate and fairly crisp in the finish, this is a really exceptional beer. that is becoming a pattern for odell. huge abv makes this 4 pack a really nice warm buzz!

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours deep mahogany (as stated) with some ruby highlights when the light shows through - a massive light tan, chunky, and soap-like head bellows up and sticks around. Only when I take sips does the head even begin to give way leaving thick remnants of bubbly lace behind. The tangy smell of grapefruit, lemon citrus and sweet hops shines through all backed by a nice roasty malt balance that brings about burnt sugar and subtle chocolate. The taste follows the nose pretty well and is slightly reminiscent of Bigfoot in a way - massive hops coat the tongue while cloaking the chocolate afterbite that comes flowing through next - tasty brew - but there's a catch. The mouthfeel, for me, was overwhelming. There is a lot of carbonation to the point where my mouth is almost filling with fizzy bubbles/frothiness with each sip and it's hard to put down such a thick bodied beer while trying to drink down air at the same time. The mouthfeel did not take away from my enjoyment of this beer as I just sipped it slowly and took in the nice complex taste. Good beer, but tough to put down by myself in one sitting for sure!!


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Photo of AlexFields
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to colejacobs for sending me this as an extra. Consumed in July 2011.

True to its name, it pours pretty black, but you can notice a reddish mahogany tint if you look closely in the light. The head is HUGE, it was almost a gusher. The head bubbles like a boiling pit of magical ooze in a witch's cauldron. Even after it dies down it's pretty intimidating.

I smell fruit--bananas, some tropical stuff like guava or papaya maybe. Smells nice and sweet but with a strong hop profile as well.

This is yummy. Tangy dark fruit all over the place, floral and citrus hops, dark malts and cocoa and a roasty porter like backbone.

Great mouthfeel, heckufalot of carbonation in this one as was obvious from the pour.

I really like this beer! Even with a bit of age on it, it's probably the best black ale I've had to date. It's got all the best aspects of the hops and of the dark malt and they find a perfect balance. I can't wait to try the regular Mountain Standard!


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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown and fills to the top with a small fluffy, dusty, tanned, brownish foam rising to cap it. Looks almost black in most light but put it up to a stronger light source and you'll find its actually a very dark mahogany. Nice. Lots of lacing cakes the glass in broken sheets and stringy globs very well and it keeps a good ring of foam around the edge top.

Lofty, warming, sweet, roastified, hoppy aroma of black tea twisted with lots of lemon, some orange, papaya, and grapefruit also tend to add to the nose upon bigger wiffs. The hoppyness seems very green and fresh punching with citrus while the roasted malts add a unique mix of tea aromas and airy earthyness.

Taste is partially roasty sweet, yet enticingly tangy and rich. Full on citrus roundedness with mostly orange tones taking over on the tongue while it gets spritzed with some lemon along the way. Maybe some mango too. Some of the earthy tea-like features from the nose are lightly floating around in the background and pick up pace as it flows into the finish where, there, it lingers strongly and boldly with a wonderful blend of the citrusy tangy stuff and its roasted malty play. Warmth ensues in the gullet once it settles in about half way through the 750. Making for a nice lengthy session of drinkin'.

Hearty, wholesome, tangy, semi-rich, fairly full in body with an overall smoothness of citrusy rounded tang and lofty touch to hoppy dryness, and a solid lip smacking orangeyness showing late across the finish.

This is one solid Black IPA and very Odell! Yum!

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

Sampled from a small snifter.

The pour here is quite beautiful. A strong tan head sits on top of a fine looking black ale. Not quite as black as midnight, but black. And the head of super foamy and very enticing.

Upon first whiff, this beer gives off some heavy fruited and floral notes--quite hoppy. This initial smell is then offset by some of the elements from the dark malts, such as some bitter chocolate, cereal grains, and vanilla.

The flavor is along par with what the aroma leads one to believe. It is bittersweet at first, with the hops colliding with the dark chocolate malts. Flavors of chocolate, honey, cinnamon, dark fruit, and caramel come to mind. Some other elements hidden away in the background are burnt brown sugar and black cherry.

Overall, I think this is a good beer. The black ipa style is interesting to begin just doesn't seem to make sense. But, it is being made, and provides a strange balance in terms of what an IPA can or should be.

The Mountain Standard from Odell's was a nice treat...brought back from Colorado by a good friend. The beer is good...has a complex, creamy flavor, and, for the style, does a great job.

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Photo of jdense
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle shared at inaugural meeting of Eastern Oregon chapter of DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) in fabulous Baker City, OR 5/26/11.

Pours dark brown, almost opaque, one finger tan head, no visible carbonation due to hue, minimal lacing. There's not much going on in the nose, waited for the brew to warm up when it took on a mild roast and grassy note character, some vanilla notes from the barrel aging. Pretty smooth, some mild bitterness once it warmed, floral and grassy hops, I picked up some caramel, fairly well balanced. Mouthfeel a bit on the thin side, good effervescence,alcohol is still pretty prominent, sticky. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed, I'd been setting on this for a couple of months which may have led to the hops fading a bit. But we ended up doing a side by side with Turmoil, and this beer ended up far short of that world class CDA. Worth a try, but at this price point I won't be buying another.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

420th review on BA
bottle to mug
750 ML C/C

App- Cola caramel brown with a huge three finger head. Very puffy and crackely. Not a lot of stick but decent.

Smell- Huge hoppy notes with a malt background. This was not what I expected to find. The hops lean towards a deep citrus rind.

Taste- As with the nose this was very different from what I thought it would be. I was thinking it was a very traditional brown with a little hop kick to balance the malt forwardness of the style. This was much more hoppy and took a detour from the style. It was good but didnt knock my socks off.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. A little yeasty like bubble and softness.

Drink- A very good brown ale albeit a little off from center of the style. Hoppy, soft, bubbly. If I didnt have to trade for it, I would get it again.

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Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark but not quite completely black. A large tan head forms and has excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Very hoppy nose of Cascades. I find the citrus hops and roasted malt makes an odd combination. Some alcohol is also detected.

Hops are the main player in the flavor. Fruity, piney, and some earthy, herbal qualities. Not as sweet as say, Back in Black, but more of a roasted malt element. Bitterness does not seem to be that high. Alcohol adds a little heat in the finish.

Just a tick into medium body. Feels lighter than a lot of DIPAs. Very nice carbonation. Love the soft texture of this.

The alcohol loweres the drinkability. MST is exactly what it claims to be, a hoppy, dark beer with a high ABV.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the hobo tasting at RJ Rockers last night, we went with some damn good DIPA's that I will be the first to admit knocked me for a bit of a loop after a long break. But got a love good beer, good company, and being surrounded by fermenters, still does not beat a chucky cheese. Poured into a pint glass and enjoyed on 02/17/2011.

Nice dark pour, black with a light touch of brown on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Smooth tan lacing graces the top for just a few moments before settling back down and leaving behind a nice ring around the glass. Aroma is hops at first, earthy but the malts really set it apart as I pick up the deep roast coming through and balancing it nicely. Flavor mirrors it perfectly as you get that quick and upfront hit of bright hops that seems to prepare the palate and open your eyes and then smooth roasted malt flavors coat the tongue. Hints of brown sugar, earthy malts and hints of light pine finish it out nicely and leave the dry finish and smooth flavor behind. 9.5% is seductively hidden and made for an interesting ride.

Overall a great example of the style and a nice way to start off the day!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed during Hobo Tasting #4 with mikesgroove (as always) at RJ Rockers Brewery during a Thursday Taste & Tour session. Massive thanks goes out to jmkratt for sending me this bottle! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and slight roasted malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. Probably the standout of Hobo Tasting #4 in my opinion (not sure about what Mike thinks). Had a great balanced flavor going on here as well as a great aroma to back it up. We even let the owner/brewmaster of RJ Rockers sample a little bit of this one and he agreed that it was a damn fine beer. This one had all the citrus I could ask for in an IPA as well as the roastiness you would get in a nice Porter. Not much more you can ask for in my opinion. This was probably one of the best examples of a Black IPA (Black Ale, whatever...) that I have had to-date. An absolute must try for anyone, fan of the style or not.

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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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The pour is a turbid brown color with a huge, soapy khaki colored head that sticks to the rim of the glass.

S: A nice big citrus nose to the beer, primarily grapefruit, with some other fruit notes such as pineapple. Pretty resinous and piney, but plenty of malt character here too. Solid toast, chocolate, and toffee.

T: The malts start things off with lots of toffee and bread flavor. The chocolate notes are quite nice and play well off of the big grapefruit hop character. The flavor is surprisingly creamy and quite smooth. There is a moderate level of bitterness here.

M: Medium to full in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: A nice hopped up brown ale here. Maybe a bit too strong to drink that much of, but it tasted quite good.

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Mountain Standard Double Black IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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