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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2236) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2008
Dark brown in colour, thin brown coloured head, light lacing. The aroma was roasty, some toasted coffee beans, mild sweetness, light chocolate. The aroma was roasty, some sweetness, lots of malts, some light fruits, noticable coffee. Sweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes lingering, excellent coffee bitterness.

This was pretty good, a nice twist on a doppelbock.

750ml bottle from the Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York.
Opened on December 24, 2007.
Bottle from June 2007, Bottle # 835.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Bottle shared by ogglethorp: Dark brown pour, about a finger’s worth of white fluffy head. Aroma is a bit of wet cardboard, lactose, and traces of coffee. Flavor is all the richness of an iced espresso straight from the machine, crema and all with a roasted and lingering bitterness. Finish is a little warm. Just tastes like it was lacking something.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3376) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2008
750 ml bottle purchased at the brewery last August. Pours very dark brown, not quite black, with a moderate tan head that lasted until about mid-glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of coffee, roasted malt and some chocolate. The flavor is similar with coffee, roasted malt and chocolate all present. Thankfully, although the coffee is strong, it is not overdone. Moderate coffee bitterness at the finish. I could see myself picking this up occassionally if it were in a 12 oz. bottle. 750 ml is a bit much for a coffee beer - at least for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3055) - Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2008
Pours a clear, but very dark ruby brown, black from a distance. Heavily carbonated, but the head fades completely and quickly. The flavor is a little like cola with a sweet caramelly maltiness. There’s a definite coffee flavor and aroma, especially early on, but it tastes a little on the stale side.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6016) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2008
At the BBB63 comes to Tampa gathering, thanks to Quake for the brew:

Muddy brown with a small head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of coffee, raisins, chocolate, caramel, earthy and floral esters, and a hint of charred smoke as well. The taste starts twangy with sweet mocha notes before the coffee flavor kicks it into high gear. A tad herbal and flowery as well. The mouth feel is lively and thin (thanks to the coffee methinks). Not too shabby and different for sure.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Courtesy Quake1028. Cloudy copper color with a thin white head. Slightly sweet aroma, mild coffee notes, some nuttiness. Taste is much the same - sweet dark fruits along with very mild coffee bitterness that does just enough to compliment the sweetness. Subdued but strikes an interesting balance of flavors. Very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6846) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Courtesy of Quake1028. Pours clear dark brown with white head. The aroma is big, roasty, burnt, smoky, nutty and coffee. Wow. A lot going on. The taste is the same as the nose and seems pretty even and blended. I get roasty malts, burnt malts, coffee and nuttiness that runs to midway and eases into the finish. Yummy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Courtesy of someone cool. Thank you.

Dark brown pour with reddish highlights....tan head, great retention and some nice drip lacing....nose consists of coffee beans, espresso beans, chocolate, dark malts, some vanilla as well....flavor composition is very similar, a little more concentrated on the coffee/espresso aspects than the aroma, but delicious all the same....very creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied with rounded edges....finish is all coffee, roasted malts and chocolate....great stuff....

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9100) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Bottle... March 08 Tampa Bay Tasting... Clear, very dark, old copper lager with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. Cocoa, spent coffee grounds and a mild lactic acid note form the aroma. Medium-bodied with modest carbonation. Moderately sweet chocolate with good coffee. Lightly acrid with reticent bitterness. Medium-bodied with modest carbonation. Mocha finish. A big THANKS to Quake1028 for providing the bottle!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Courtesy Quake1028. Pours a dark maroon with a reddish hue and light beige head. Smells of big coffee, with a good balance of dark fruits and vanilla cream. The flavor is nicely balanced for a coffee beer. Wasnt too overpowering in its coffee presence which was pleasant. Some chocolate and dark currant seem to show up in the finish. Very tasty brew. Light coffee aftertaste and pretty smooth. Nice.


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