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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 Re-rate, on tap at Hop Devil Grill, NYC. Not much of a re-rate from bottle to tap, my numbers and notes are pretty much identical! I just wanted to record that I had it in NYC as well on tap. Bottle shared with Mds, Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and Gregclow, courtesy of ? . Very dark brown, small white head. Aroma of some coffee, lactic sourness, odd but ok. taste features lots of roast, very sweet, some coffee bitterness. Acidic as well. Watery. Alcohol at the end. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Tap at Barcade’s 3rd Anniversary Party: Deep brown color with amber at the edges in the light. The aroma is mainly roasted barley, with a fair amount of chocolate and only light suggestions of coffee bean resins. The flavor is where the coffee comes out, tons of roast. Just seems a bit metallic and one dimensional. They should have put more emphasis on the base beer, rather than just dowsing it with espresso in the fermenter. Seems like a mediocre lager drowning in roasted coffee. The finish is borderline soy sauce-y, espresso like and a bit salty. Not altogether a success, just decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2007
Bottle. Black body with a small but nice tan head. Mild roasty aroma of coffee, muted underlying malt. Modest roast throughout with coffee notes to it, sweet malty notes in the background are tertiary at most. (6+) Smooth average palate (3+) Meh, I am just not getting into the coffee aspects with are the dominant flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2007
Bottle. pours a dark brown body with a bright, white, small head. Really potent coffee aroma, thinning wateriness, nuts, and bread. Picks up a bit better in the flavour- caramel, some alcohol warmth, plenty of sweet chocolate, nuts, and coffee. I enjoyed this a lot but moreso in the flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2012 Very dark brown, tan head. nose is coffee, rich malt, brown sugar, slight alcohol, dark fruits. The coffee is dominant but interplays well with the rich bock. Flavor is coffee, roasty but not burnt, stron enough bock flavors. Some caramel in the finish. More bitter than a traditional bock due to the coffee. Could use a little more body. Coffee is extremely well done here - other breweries could learn from this one. Re-rate 6/19/12 7/3/6/3/15 Hot pepper, coffee, malt. Flavor is honey, pepper, coffee, malt sweetness. Nice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2007
June 07. 940 Bottle. Beer is dark golden brown with a small, frothy, light brown, rapidly and totally diminishing head.<P>The aroma is malty with moderate notes of roasted grain/wort, light notes of caramel biscuit an chocolate syrup;Light note of resin/pine; Light note of damp garden soil, moderate note of sour brewed coffee.<P>The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter with a long, lightly bitter, lightly acidic, lightly sweet finish.<P>The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is fizzy.<P>Agree with Ernest, not bad but not very engaging. Bock-and-espresso balance isn’t achieved.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (coffee, roasted/burnt grain/nuts, chocolate, husks), with notes of minerals. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. The coffee character is fine, but tends to dominate everything else (only trace bock-like character)...little bit of burnt nuts and chocolate mixed with a bit of raw vegetal/husky notes. It’s an assertive enough nose, but one-dimensional and not very refined. Good balance in the mouth. This is my last sample of the Excelsior series; my overall feeling is that the brewer may have tried a bit too hard to be novel (all four recipes are unusual in some way). They’re certainly interesting from an idea perspective (I was excited to try them), but none of them really worked very well for me in the glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Pours very dark mahogany with a light tan head that rises and fades quickly. Aroma of lots of coffee, along with some light plum/raisin and chocolate notes. As expected, a big coffee flavor, with just enough of a sweet cocoa background to support the bitter espresso. Creamy, medium-full body. Decent, but this is for coffee lovers only.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Jimmack Invitational 2007. Dark brown in color, almost looks like cola. small to medium sized head. Aroma is alot of coffee, some chocolate in the background. Taste was skewed to the coffee side, with some chocolate and toasty malts in the background. A bit astringent from the coffee, finishes moderately bitter. Light to medium body, thought it could use more of a malt backbone to back up the espresso. Coffee lovers will like this for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Jimmack ’07. Poured a dark brown. Initial coffee right up front. Taste was coffee , coffee, and a touch of peper. Nice brew here. Thanks.

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