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Ithaca Excelsior! Eleven

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Formerly brewed at Ithaca Beer Company
Style: Stout
Ithaca, New York USA

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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Coffee flavored strong milk stout.
Our anniversary ale, ELEVEN is brewed with British, German and French malts, American hops and milk sugar. Itís aged for weeks on locally roasted Sumatra Coffee Beans.Enjoy the deep mocha color, sumptuous roasted aroma, rich flavor and smooth creamy finish. Our anniversary ale, ELEVEN is brewed with British, German and French malts, American hops and milk sugar. Itís aged for weeks on locally roasted Sumatra Coffee Beans.Enjoy the deep mocha color, sumptuous roasted aroma, rich flavor and smooth creamy finish.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Opaque dark brown pour with a thin off-white head. Intense stale coffee flavor. Bitter with lots of coffee flavor. Tastes stale and old.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2010
75cl bottle. Minimal tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, some earthy, chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, some chocolate, light earthy, burnt. Low carbonation, medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (4536) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2010
750ml bottle sampled at the DC Local Tasting. Pours a completely opaque black, with a creamy slightly eggshell head. The coffee aroma is very very nice, nutty, toasted bread. A little one dimensional but man, that coffee smells good. Flavor is also good. Coffee is obviously at the forefront, sweet, you can definitely sense the lacto sugars in there too. Finish is slightly thin, but thereís a lasting coffee bitterness. Drink this fresh, donít let that coffee fade.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jb (2143) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Nose is great, woody, very full roasted and toasted grain, chocolate. Donít get any coffee. Pour didnít have much head, very dark, mostly black with an off color of brown/cola. Rich palate, thick and chewy, tiny bubbles, coffee beans, some dark fruit, the coffee adds a dry and acidic profile and is interesting. Complex, nice stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (2814) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Great beer! Aroma was nice. Strong coffee aroma. Smells like an actual cup of coffee. Pour was perfect. Deep dark black with a pillowy, big bubbled thick tan head. Taste was also spectacular. Strong coffee with hints of chocolate with a bitter mouth drying aftertaste. One of the best stouts Iíve had this year. Nice strong carbonation. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5826) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours near black with a beige head. Smells like coffee, with a light sweetness. The flavor has a ton of coffee, roasted malt, and a light sweetness. Pretty good, but rather one dimensional.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matthewjk (887) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Poured from 750ml bottle / This might be what I would call "A tale of two stouts." One side is burnt, ashtray, garbage coffee; and the other side is a rich, smooth, creamy flavor. Itís the Waffle House coffee with cream stout! But damníed if I donít like it. Rater "Notalush" (see below) is right on with his comment: "they must have used some seriously crappy coffee in this..." The label claims using "locally roasted Sumatra Coffee," but this is a highly dubious statement. The creamy finish--with the burnt coffee still there--is what redeems this stout for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Near black in color. Large, beige head that leaves ample lace on the glass. No light shines through the glass, even on the edge. Deep dark chocolate and earthy nose. No coffee smell at all. The flavor continues the aroma profile except drier but with an essence of dried fruit, like raspberries and sour cherries. Lots of burnt toast! On the tongue, thereís a strong bitterness that is similar to coffee grounds--very surprising. Not at all creamy or sweet. Long lasting, black patent malt aftertaste. Overall, a very different stout with extraordinary burnt malt flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2009
750ml Bottle (Batch E!016): Aroma of coffee, wood, chocolate, oak, roasting, ash, Oreo cookie crumbles, coffee grinds, and cream or milk. Poured dark brown in color with a medium-sized, loose, rocky, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy and opaque. Lightly sparkling. Full of medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium bitter and slightly sweet. Tastes of coffee, roasting, chocolate, wood, ash, Oreo cookie crumbles, coffee grinds, light lactose, and a hint of cream. Medium body. SLightly dry, slightly chalky texture. Average carbonation. Coffee, ash, light chocolate, Oreo cookie finish is slightly dry and slightly chalky. AVB, whatever it is, is not noticeable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11929) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2009
(Draught) Pours a black body with a medium beige head. Aroma of smoke, coffee, subtle roasted hatch peppers, and some chocolate. Flavor of smoke, roasted malt, ash, coffee, caramel, and chocolate with a dry finish.


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