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Ithaca / Iron Hill Dark Humor

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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
This beer is a 100% Brett fermented collaboration porter, luxuriously chocolaty and earthy sour character. Brewed in together by Iron Hill Brewery Media, and Ithaca Beer Co.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5770) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Draft, Teresa’s. Pours a black body with a nice frothy light brown head that had excellent retention. The nose is nicely chocolaty and roasty with just a slight lactic sourness. The flavor is very reminiscent of New Glarus Old World Porter. Slightly sour, but more chocolate than "wild" character, which is fine by me. Finishes with a bretty kick and lingers on with some sour cherry like notes. Medium bodied with nice soft carbonation. Again, very much like NG Old World.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Goodgrief (1978) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAY 29, 2011
On tap at Media. I had the Ithaca version last night. Didn’t like this one as much. The Ithaca version had more of a tart fruit sour funk, while this one was more of a milky sour milk like sour. Roasty with mild chocolate notes. Woody. I can’t say. that I really loved it.
Earlier Rating: 5/28/2011 Total Score: 3.7
On tap at Capone’s. Really dark pour with a roasty chocolatey aroma. Flavor was roasted bitterness, hints of chocolate and even some dark fruitiness. The sour twist was interesting, but I’m not sure I thought it really worked as it gave the beer a little astringency. Worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3458) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2011
On tap at Capone’s. Pours a dark brown color with a white film atop the beer. Aroma of roasted malt, dark cherry, and a hint of vinegar. Roasted malt and chocolate up front with a clear break followed by just enough cherry and brett sour finish. Really nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11196) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2011
On tap at Capone’s. Collaboration between Ithaca & Iron Hill. Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Some lacing left on the glass. Aromas of dark fruits, cherry pits, roast, light vinegar, and some brett. Tastes of chocolate covered cherries, brett, the same lighter vinegar, and dark fruits. Light sour finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (4151) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2011
yeah I get the earthy funkification part. I’m just not sure I approve. Pours nearly black with a light brown head that leaves a bit of lacing. The tongue has some scorched maltiness with some hop bitterness. Different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 22, 2011
A - Pours a rich brown-black color with a finger of frothy brownish head. The head fades down fairly quickly to a thin ring leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of some sweet roasted caramel malt and some evidence of brett in some sourness and a hint of dark fruit. T - Starts off with a mix of some sweet malt and some sourness and a touch of dark fruit. Through the middle some stronger roasted malt flavors and sourness come through with a hint of chocolate flavor. The finish is a mix of some sweet malt and some sourness that lingers nicely. M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Feels really smooth. There is some nice lingering sourness on the tongue after the beer finishes. D - Very drinkable. Very interesting flavor combination here of the brett elements and the porter. Everything seems to mix together and work very well. The sourness is nice and does not overpower the beer.

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