goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear golden brown color with a beige head. The aroma has smooth coffee and nice milk chocolate notes. Light ashey notes. The flavor is milk chocolately and semi-dry. Light-medium body.
beastiefan2k (2762) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a very dark brown body, not black, and a tiny head that quickly fades. Lighter hues on the surface of the glass but no visibilty inside. Aroma is dry roasty espresso with nothing behind that. Makes me think like the base beer is nothing special and they added espresso. Taste is also espresso but not as roasty as the aroma suggests and then there is this lagered-mineral flavor and a lagered-fruitiness, which I dont like. A thin, watery, light bodied beer. Overall not much substance behind the espresso, but the espresso is nice. The yeastie part of beer is the best. 750ml bottle, bottle #121 (out of a billion!), Maredsous taller thinner goblet glass.
DocLock (8376) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another winner from jah noth, botle 750. The pour is deep brown with 1-finger khaki head. Aroma is scotch/dark malty, with figs, brown sugar, and chocoff notes. The taste is scotch malty, with slight rauch hints, and mid-palate figgy fruit, chocoff, and brown sugar. Medium in palate heft and with a uniqueness that I’ve come to expect from Ithaca, this one is very nice.
JoeMcPhee (8817) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle #662. Big thanks to beastiefan2k and Ms. beastiefan2k for scoring this one for me. Dark brown, ruby highlights and a thick tan head. Perfectly translucent and very inviting. Aroma is lovely, milk chocolate, cold coffee and a deep rich maltiness. Soft clean caramelly malts. As it warms, it starts to get a bit of vegetal character. Lots of coffee and light toasted malts. Light astringency on the back. Too much coffee for my tastes, but what is there is decent.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle picked up from Ithaca; shared with Axilla. They were hand labeling the bottles while I was there. Gotta love it. Obviously aroma of coffee. Color of black coffee with a bit of creamer.
Medium carbination. Not bad at all. The standard Ithaca Hop taste which coupled well with this beer. I bet Ithaca would make a killer Imperial Coffee Stout.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 750ml. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Funky, slightly sour, and smoky aroma of light hops, chocolate and coffee. Smooth flavor, similar to the aroma, but with a kind of a weak, oily finish. Not bad, but I was expecting more.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle via aug 2007 secret santa (thanks!). Pours a dark brown/black with an average beige head. Nose is roasted coffee. mmmm taste is roasted coffee, vanilla, plum, strawberries, almonds and more coffee. Body is medium, carbonation is too high. This is VERY yummy stuff. Almost world class in fact. Just cut down on the carbonation and i think it would be world class...I love love good coffee flavored beer, but this is the first time i have had it in a bock, and it works quite well in this case. Nice work Ithaca!******wow, i just nitroed this beer and the flavors REALLY come out from under all the carbonation this way.....i can’t change the rating, but it makes it about a 4.5 with nitro....
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It’s not really a beer, more like a high alcohol coffee soda. Sweet nose, coffee and alcohol. Black pour, no head, surprising, because it wants to explode out of the bottle. Sweet taste, coffee, cocoa, caramel, and sugar. Is there any malt here? Without a strong, strong malt backbone this is a sweet soda, not a doppelbock. I liked it. But it’s not a doppel, it’s a soda. Would be great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
IndianaRed (2758) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a very dark brown with a smal light tan head and spotty lacing. Aroma is strongly of coffee and some chocolate. Flavor is farily sweet and of chared wood, bitterswet chocolate again and coffee again. A bit thin but a tasty combination. Thanks to Jah Noth for this rare sample.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another goodie from my Secret Santa - thanks!!! A deep dark pour, not particularly full-bodied and without significant lacing. The aroma is big and the flavor is absolutely huge - lovely espresso flavor - but it doesn’t actually taste at all like a doppelbock to me, with very little of the malts I come to recognize and enjoy. Basically it could be another coffee porter, albeit a good one. Happy to have it and would gladly quaff again.