I just bought a four pack of Odell Brewing Company's Mountain Standard Double Black IPA and have to say WOW! This stuff, although expensive, is amazing (It does come in at 9.5 ABV so it's really two beers in one
). I had tried their standard IPA (7.0 ABV) and was somewhat turned off by the strong hop presence (if you like strong hops, try this beer). The Double Black though was as close to a perfect balance as I have come across.
To put things into perspective, My favorite goto pours are Grain Belt Premium and Sam Adams Boston Lager. Special occassions would see either Guinness or Rogue Dead Guy.