jgb9348 (5472) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black in colour, tan head which fades, but not too quickly. A nice roasted and burnt aroma. A medium-full bodied beer with spicy and burnt characteristics with a very full malt flavour. A bit stong, but a great overall beer!
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
i’m pretty impressed, especially having been less than blown away by most of ithaca’s bottled offerings. this, however, has a nice roasted nose, although it could be more noticeable, a rich malt flavor and a long-lasting aftertaste. very good.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark chestnut with ruby hues. Small, foamy dark tan head. Easy going carbonation. Warm aroma of lactose, oats, roasted chocolate and flaked barley. Initially fluffy with a solid body beneath, quick hit of alcohol and a deep malt backbone. Medium thick body. Dry, roasted and full with rich malt flavors and alcohol esters. Hint of lactic sweetness and oat smoothness. Long roasted chocolate aftertaste. Finishes with peanuts, a touch of plum and a thick roasted barley note. This is outstanding and even more impressive knowing it’s probably from last years batch.