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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2008
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy nut brown body with a spare beige head. Aroma of roasted nuts, burnt dark caramel, light coffee, and some sulfur. Flavor of diluted coffee, maple syrup, caramel malt, light cocoa, and brown sugar.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2008
I had higher hopes for this. It wasn’t bad, just didn’t quite pan out. Nice looking - large tan head, black body, ruby highlights. Both the aroma and flavor appeared slightly washed-out to me, a bit indistinct, coffee and chocolate are predominant, with some slight toasted or roasted character. Mostly coffee notes on the tongue, stale hop character, no bitterness and very slight sweetness - almost entirely roast. Palate smooth but watery and a bit insipid, high carbonation, very dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2008
Thanks to Joshua and Buck for this great beer--Poured a deep dark brown with a creamy beige-tan head. Strong sweet coffee nose with a nice toasted maltiness. Doesn’t play like a bock until it warms up and you began to address the malts come out more and more. Acidic caffeinated finish. A true breakfast brew. I liked it a lot!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 6, 2008
i dont think i could describe this beer any better than the commercial description does. pours a dark creamy mocha color...definitely with a strong aroma of coffee. the flavor is more coffee with big sweet malt and a light toastiness. really felt like something i would drink in the morning for breakfast

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Pours a very dark brown with a darker tan/brown head. Nose is definitely coffee influenced. Flavor is strong with coffee, but it seems to be watery a bit too much after the initial shock of flavor wears off. Feel is the same, a bit thin on the liquid and very little carbonation. I have to say this is not as well made as Old Habit, which I appreciated much more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12100) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Bottle 903 received via trade with jah noth. Pours dark brown with a large, frothy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, coffee, nutty), light hops (herbs, grass), average yeast (leather, broth) with notes of wood. Full bodied, gritty texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2932) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Never really heard of a doppelbock with coffee, but got to give Ithaca credit for putting out something unusual. Aroma is in fact dominated by coffee, the usual dark fruit aroma of a doppelbock is there, but in the background. Color is dark brown with reddish highlights and a thin tan head. Palate is bubbly with cola taste, espresso, chocolate and a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle: Cola colored, thin to moderate light beige head, dies quickly, sparce lacing.   Whoa, that is a rather strong nose of Coffee.   Underlying Bock is not very noticeable.   Some hints of Vanilla.   Wow, rather Coffee oriented on the tongue.   Not as bitter as expected, but does have that Coffee bean bite.   Really good malt base.   Those who like Coffee should really enjoy this one.   A bit more dominant that I would care for.   While the beer itself has a good malt base, the Bock is quite secondary to the Coffee onslaught.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Lingering Coffee well after the finish.   I almost felt as if I was drinking Coffee with some heavy cream in it, but without much sugar.   There should be a new category because I think it is difficult to even put this in a Bock category.   Thanks Dan for this interesting brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2007
[746-20071008] 750mL (w/ jerc, tuqueboy). Roasted malt alcohol aroma with notes of coffee. Dark brown black body with a medium-lasting foamy light tan head. Initially sour flavour, bitter dry roast finish, and coffee throughout. Full body. Interesting dessert beer, nice if in the mood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 28, 2007
This beer was dumped into a stem glass with a dark brown and a thick head which faded and left some thin laceing along the sides of the glass. the aroma is nice and strong with a nice rich coffee and roasted malt. There was also some yeast residue left in the bottom of the glass. As it warms and you take your first sip it has a initial bitter sweet earthness which is very pleasing. The more you drink it it starts to taste more coffee like almost like a coffee soda because it is very black and full bodied.

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