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Ithaca Excelsior! Kaffinator Double Espresso Bock

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

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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2008
bottle #769 from 6/2007 by way of alldaydrinker.

pours on the brown side of ruby brown with a small agitated beige head which quickly fades. it does manage to deposit some spotty lacing before it goes. smells like a really nice porter... spent wet coffee grounds, toasty grains, molasses, brown sugar, scalded cream and lots o maltiness. it*s barely sweet on the palate and the coffee taste is much more tame than the aroma... flavors of amped up malt powder, chocolate, graham crackers and light ashiness with a dry slightly sour finish. nice mellow coffee bean aftertaste... mmm. medium body with an airy texture and super creamy lush mouth feel.

terribly delicious but very uncomplicated. i could probably drink another one right now if i had it, though! 7/4/7/4/16/3.8

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Draft. Pours a brown body with a tan head. Nice roasty coffee, caramel, chocolate, then burnt malt, a lager notes and a hint of vanilla. Good brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2008
<b>In short: </b>A coffee infused doublebock. A clash of styles more than a bright idea. Quite drinkable nonetheless.
<b>How: </b>Bottle 750ml, 6+ months old.
<b>The look: </b>Extremely dark ruby body (almost black) topped by a small beige head
<b>In long: </b>Nose of black coffee and molasses. Taste is burnt black malts, roasted coffee beans, black coffee, molasses, black liquorice candies and hints of vanilla. Moderately roasted, moderately sweet, very soft carbonation. The coffee flavour is present but certainly not overwhelming and that’s a good thing. Individual flavours by themselves are ok but there’s something about a bock and coffee that just doesn’t mesh well as with stout and coffee. Coffee is to stouts what mustard is to hamburgers, and coffee is to bocks what mustard is to pancakes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomthompson89 (1896) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2008
bottle from Premier Gourmet, nose is coffee, sweet malts kinda smokey, and a bit of hops. flavor carries through little creamier then i expected but enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4857) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2008
25 oz bottle, bottled 6/2007. Pours a clear dark brown body with a small fizzy beige head that ran to a thin ring. Really nice interplay between the clean malts and the intense coffee in the nose. Sweet yet roasty smelling, nutty, toasty, chocolate, wonderful. The nose is better than the taste though. The espresso is hidden up front by the toasty nutty malt and does emerge nicely on the finish, but it’s below my expectations. I don’t really get a whole lot of Doppelbock character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, has a nice smooth clean finish with nice moderately soft fizzy carbonation. Nice lingering finish. Overall, pretty solid, I thought that if nothing else it was very drinkable. I could probably put down another 750 of this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Pours deep brown/black with a fine tan head. Aroma is dry with coffee and mild malty qualities. Flavor is stale coffee with an excellent sweet backing. The mouthfeel really pulls it together. Good beer!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Bottle: Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma, coffee, chocolate, fruits. Flavor, espresso, chocolate, caramel, some dark fruits, dry roasted notes on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Courtesy ChzMan. Dark beown/black. Tan head. A ton of roasty malt and fresh coffee, lightly bready. Full body, just smoother than balanced. Solid.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2008
750 via trade a while back. Shared with my girlfriend Cyn. Poured into my Celebrator Glass, pours dark brown with a 1 finger tan head. Nose is pretty cool, very malty and lots of coffee. Taste is really nice with tons of coffee and some deep dark malts. This is a damn nice espresso doppelbock. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanSD (2070) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 8, 2008
750 ml bottle from Matthew. Pours a very dark brown color with amber highlights and a medium khaki head. The aroma is big with dark chocolate, coffee and a bit of smoked malts. The flavor is straightforward with mocha, a touch of cola and abundant dark biter chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth and malty. The finish is medium in duration with more linger coffee. Overall: This beer really appealed to me. I love it. Thanks Matthew.


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