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Ithaca Excelsior! Kaffinator Double Espresso Bock

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


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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
A Continental Breakfast Lager brewed with European Malt, Hops, and locally roasted Gimme! Coffee. It is fermented with a German lager yeast and then, just before bottling, freshly pulled espresso shots are added at an alarming rate. Enjoy the deep, dark color, intense aroma, assertive flavors of mocha and toast, and brisk but smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle shared by daknole. Brown pour with a small foamy head. Lots of coffee in there with a strange spicy undertone. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Dark brown pour. No real head. Aroma is coffee and chili peppers. Flavor is the same. Odd and good. Weird.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Bottle at the Relentless Thirst Tasting on 08/29/2009. Dark brown body with a medium creamy tan head. Big coffee and roast aroma. Big coffee flavor with some roast and chocolate. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11913) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2009
750 mL bottle at the Relentless Thirst Gathering in Richmond, VA, 8.29.09. Pours a dark amber color with a medium head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is very roasty dark coffee with some caramel also. Taste is bitter coffee and dark roasted malts. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AskForJenny (1066) - Ontario, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2009
0.75l - The roasted coffee meshed well with the woody notes of the bock style. A twist on the style with good results. I’m in no rush for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Poured an effervescent dark mahogany with a fizzy light tan head. Somewhat sweet aroma of dark fruit with a touch of smoky molasses... bock-like, but not as rich as some of the style standouts. Flavor is nice and complex with notes of smoky molasses and bitter coffee with vinous fruits hanging in the background. The coffee made its presence known without becoming overpowering. A rare case when a beer’s taste stands out as its strongest attribute.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
NickTheElder (25) - California, USA - APR 9, 2009
Bottle shared by Hophead22. Roasted coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee... need I say more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - APR 8, 2009
Bottle shared by Hophead22. Pours black with a red tint and no head. Aroma is Coffee with a hint of vanilla. Flavor is very much like cold coffee. a touch of graininess but that’s about it. Maybe a little mocha. Thin bodied but still somewhat creamy. One dimensional but still tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
750ml bottle from goryshkewych, thanks george. Very dark brown pour. Cofee aroma of course, but not as intense as I expected. Very smooth, slight espresso, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2009
750mL bottle, June 07 release, #105. Poured clear, healthy medium brown with a swirly dusting of tan head. The aroma picked up a lovely blend of aged caramel, moderately-roasted espresso, chocolate, and earthy notes.. intermittent wafts of brown sugar and vanilla.. excellent! The flavor opened with lightly sour, blacker malts with charred espresso and caramel rolling in shortly afterward.. coffee bitterness played well with earthy bitters on the edges.. finished dry and a bit grainy with a warm impression. Medium-bodied with low carbonation that moved it well across the palate.. lengthy, memorable finish. I really dug this one.

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