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Ithaca Excelsior! Fourteen

 (RETIRED)
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96
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Formerly brewed at Ithaca Beer Company
Style: Black IPA
Ithaca, New York USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Fourteen Anniversary Ale is a hoppy black ale bursting with so much flavor you might think you’re tasting double. Made with ingredients gathered from seven parts of the world, Fourteen will hold your tastebuds and never let go. Enjoy the intensely floral nose from dry-hopped Cascade and Galaxy hops, the surprisingly light body from 2-row barley, wheat malt, black wheat, and Caramalt, and the strong bitter frinish from Chinook, and Cascade hops. Fourteen is like a fast moving squall, dark and complex with a beautiful black rainbow finish.


Reynolds314's rating

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reynolds314 (2278) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 10, 2012
This wasnt my favorite. Very soapy hops and a light roasty backbone. Bitter on the finish and not subtle or great like their neighbors to the east in VT do it.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3423) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2014
(bottle - 750 ml) Dark brown pour with a tan head. Big hoppy aroma, surprising considering its age. Lots of hop bitterness still in it. Flavor has held up well as well. Bitter hops with a spicy hop bite near the middle and a roasty finish with some lingering burnt malt notes. Quite nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2553) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Pours thick dark dirty coffee with a nice darker caramel head. Aroma brings nice bitter roasted malts and earthy green hops. Flavor is similar bringing roasted piney citrus malts so nice on the tongue. Smooth roasted malty hops, such a great combo.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjhall89 (36) - - APR 13, 2014
Great use of hops in this dark ale. Very flavorful with all the right stout flavors and maybe some figs? Very tasty and malty, without an overbearing after-taste. Nose is just a little deceiving. I just wished they called it what it is: a cascadian dark ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2034) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2013
From a bomber. Pours opaque brown with a frothy off white head. Tastes strongly of raisins, grains, malt. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like raisins and dark fruits, malts, grains.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3453) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle shared by beerandblues2. Pours deep, dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, earthy and spicy hops, chocolate, faint brown sugar, and faint plums. Flavor is dry roast malts forward followed by dark chocolate and earthy hop bitterness with faint dark fruit sweetness underneath; dry roast finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (10119) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle courtesy of sonnycheeba, thank you sir. Almost completely black, bright beige head. Aroma is roasty with light floral grass. Taste is smooth coffee, cocoa, bitter pine finish. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9586) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a large, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, prunes and raisins with earthy and herbal hops. Flavor is dark bitter malt, medium hops and bitterness, dark fruits and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2031) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
A: Deep Opaque Hue, Passes Virtually No Light, Off White Head, Decent Lacing S: Milk Chocolate, Black Bread, Mild Piney, Mild Coffee T: Milk Chocolate, Bready, Semi Sweet Malts, Mild Roasted Coffee M: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Semi Malty Overall, somewhat mild on the hops but a decent, drinkable Black IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10904) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Capped 750 from Half Time. It’s been around awhile. Pours fairly black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is malty and earthy. Med + body. Flavor is malt, chocolate, and some earthy/floral hop. Think this one has been around long enough to lose the original hop intensity. But the chocolate and other flavors make it a good drink.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (1860) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2013
750 mL bottle. Not quite stout black with a small, short-lived yellow-brown head. The aroma has chocolate and roasted walnuts from the malts, and pine and tart citrus from the hops. The flavour has a couple of stages, with some lighter, surprisingly herbal flavours up front - maybe even light spearmint. The second half has more malty flavours, kinda like a caramilk bar.


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