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Ithaca Excelsior! Eleven

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


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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Coffee flavored strong milk stout.
Our anniversary ale, ELEVEN is brewed with British, German and French malts, American hops and milk sugar. It’s 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. It’s aged for weeks on locally roasted Sumatra Coffee Beans.Enjoy the deep mocha color, sumptuous roasted aroma, rich flavor and smooth creamy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2011
Part of the Exelior anniversary series. A good though not overwhelming beer. Incredible coffee nose. Black with somebubbles. Lactose to make it a sweeter milk stout, and that adds a little sourness in the finish. Carbonation has eased off through cellaring a coupl of year. A little light on mouthfeel. Not so great for coffee fans, but decent drinkability.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6326) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle @ Seabass going away party, Jan15th ’11 Décidément, après la bière au café de Funky Buddha, je continue dans cette lancée avec cette excellent bière au café venant de Ithaca. De couleur brune foncée, mousse de teinte beige. Café est bien présent tant au nez que au palais. Le tut prend une superbe dimension en bouche ou je note de très bonnes notes de café au lait avec des teintes de chocolat. Mon seul point négatif est que la bière peut être du à son age est un peu trop amer et effervescente.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle acquired from fiver29 in trade, thanks! : Basically opaque with some amber highlights around the edges, minimal head nor lace. The aroma has notes of coffee, toffee, bakers chocolate, blackberry, plum, slight lactic sourness and even a touch of Brettanomyces horse blanket esters. The taste is dark fruits, chocolate, toasted bread, caramel and lots of coffee. There is also lots of lacto sourness and rancid hop oils. Quite pity and yeasty fitting a Belgian styled stout that I honestly was not expecting. Additionally the "wild yeast" character seems to have eating up far too many fermentables causing the beer to be far too thin-bodied, it is sprite and sharp despite the apparent lack of carbonation. I guess this was suppose to be soured or is a combination with some infection as well? Anyway not enough stoutie character on the palate for me, more than a tad disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2011
750 ml bottle likely from TheEpeeist. Thanks! Pours a nice dark blackish brown hue, opaque except for some light brown and ruby edges. A moderate brownish frothy head sits atop, dies to a decent layer, laces ok. Aromas are coffee grounds, a bit old, not rich espresso but earthy smokey coffee grounds, some roasted malts, flourishes of cocoa, a touch acrid on the nose. Coffee dominant. Initial is medium bodied, maybe a touch later, coffee and grounds envelope the palate, roasty with a touch of nuttiness, earthy, roasted malts, toast and some touches of cocoa, cream, caramel, faint anise. Lingering coffee and cream in small traces. Light touches of tobacco, earth, ashy wood and smoke (Not meaty smoke though). Strong and roasty, coffee dominant. But not necessarily sweet at all. Instead, displays a depth of roast, if not a little overdone and a little past it’s prime as the coffee has grown a touch acrid. The strength and roast take over, the sweetness or slight lactose have died out somewhat. I still get what it was, but it seems quite roasty now. Still it’s quite tasty for a coffee fan, and despite it’s strength does go down easy enough

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10073) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid roasted coffee and chocolate malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted burnt coffee flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2010
Bottled@Chriso pre-GBBF "Rock the roof down" tasting. Quite much pitch black colour with a mediumsized beigeish brown head, that leaves some lace. Aroma is sweet malts, some roasted notes, quite much coffee, alcohol as well as some chocolate. Flavour is being quite much the same. Coffeeish and roasted malts in aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (15493) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2010
Bottle @Chris O. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty coffee and milk chocolate flavor with some hoppy hints. Has a roasted malty coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Dark brown with a tan head. Lots of coffee aroma along with some malts, chocolate, a bit of smoke. Medium to full bodied with a decent amount of bitterness but balanced by a bit of sweetness. Very smooth, nice long finish. A great stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris O’s "Has anyone seen my stool?" tasting.
Black body with a tan head. Big malt and chocolate and an excellent tarry note. Smoky leather finish. Damn good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7001) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2010
750mL bottle. Poured deeper cola brown with a lovely initial cap of tan head.. if the head didn’t fizzle out so quickly, it would’ve been a 5. The aroma picked up a hefty dose of coffee that was chock fulla creamer.. warm and decadently sweet.. I wanted to warm some up, but it didn’t happen. The flavor found coffee and a touch of chocolate at the sweet core.. veins of lactic and green coffee bean sourness rode through the end.. a little fruit and berry influence along with roasty coffee and lightly soured milk on the long finish.. a tad sharp on the aftertaste. Medium-bodied and a bit grainy on the palate.. the sourness became slightly annoying by the end.. overall decent balance and flow. This was a very good brew that I’d gladly drink again.

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