williamherbert (1486) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick black color with a light brown head that quickly goes away. Light produces a deep dark red that pokes through.
Strong coffee and licorice scent. Heavy and potend sweet malt scent. The coffee smell takes over. Hint of grape?
Dry coffeeish taste, with some sweetness to counter the bitter. Minor fruit flavor, grape and maybe a bit of cherry.
Thick mouth, foamy and remains on the tongue for a bit, but not for too long. Not overwhelming. Dry finish.
A nice, easy drinkin’ stout. Solid and a bit darker than expected. A very enjoyable stout.
Lubiere (12765) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark clear brown stout with a thin moka head. In aroma, sweet caramel Nestle Quick, with light vanilla. In mouth, a sustained roasted coffee and chocolate, lots of roasted bitterness, medium bodied, a bit oily mouthfeel.
GRM (3698) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown bottle, 355 ml, label read as Finger Lakes Stout, savoured on May 6 2007; eye: dark burgundy, light effervescence, clear, thin beige head; nose: caramelized roasted malt, vanilla, light chocolate, cocoa; mouth: lots of vanilla, roasted malt, lightly acrid, fizzy, a bit of grainy hops, finale in roasted malt that is slightly acrid and a good presence of vanilla, slightly oily texture, lightly bitter, medium body; overall: a bit disappointed
Bouteille brune, 355 ml, étiquette montre Finger Lakes Stout, savourée le 6 mai 2007; œil : bourgogne foncée, légère effervescence, claire, petite mousse beige; nez : malt torréfié caramélisé, vanille, léger chocolat, cacao; bouche : assez vanillée, malt torréfié, légèrement âcre, pétillante, petite amertume granuleuse, finale en malt torréfié légèrement âcre avec une bonne présence de vanille, texture légèrement huileuse, légèrement amère, corps moyen; en résumé : petite déception
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is is a sparkling deep brown-black beer with a rocky, warm tan head that disappears after a few minutes. When held to the light, I can see about 2 cm into it. The aroma is moderately malty. The primary smell is mild roasted coffee with some herbs and citrus. I can detect the Ithaca yeast: dusty and earthy. The flavor exhibits a good balance between malt and hops. The aftertaste reveals carbonized sugar and semi-dark chocolate. The mouth feel is slightly alkaline. This actually has some body-- not as watery as some of the other offerings from Ithaca.
probstblueribbon (3698) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle via Lubiere. App.: reddish hues, dark brown; small, light tan head. Aroma: slightly skunky dark-roast coffee, a bit of molasses, vanilla, chocolate and licorice. Palate: a bit thin with fairly lively carbonation. Flav.: black coffee, slight sweetness and saltiness, a mildly bitter aftertaste, a hint of hops and a bit alcoholic. Not bad.
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from variety pack. This also doesn’t say "Anniversary Stout" but just Finger Lakes Stout. I was prepared to be disappointed by the less than oil appearance... dark, but can still see some light through it. But the flavor is full and quite enjoyable, and like the other Ithaca brews, I underestimated this one. Hangs onto the tongue, but still that’s not always a bad thing. Not the stoutest stout I’ve had, but an enjoyable brew nonetheless.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from the brewery. Pours a deep reddish black with a medium sized tan head. Sweet aroma of caramel and red wine, with perhaps a touch of molasses. Flavor is quite vinous with roasted coffee and a bit of chocolate which build in the finish. Minimal hops presense, and amazingly sessionable for a stout. Wish they bottled this, as I would like to experiment with cellaring this about a year, just to see what happened.
Ron (3548) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks for the draft JB. DArk red in color with a sweet aroma. Toasted coffe and chocolate flavor. Not the best stout of the night.
jb (2898) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown color. Classic stout characteristics - coffee and chocolate aroma. Oily finish with some hops, seemed to go towards the dry stout end of the spectrum.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2008 [draft at MacGregor’s - Henrietta, NY] Deep red pour with a creamy tan head. Nice lacing and red highlights. Nice and rich aroma of roasted malts mixed with coffee and the slightest hint of chocolate. Smooth and chocolaty taste at the beginning with a nice and roasty middle and a slightly bitter yet sweet finish. A little thin, but otherwise very good.