bu11zeye (12150) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(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.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
clear dark brown, wispy beige head, bits of lace,
sweet dark caramel malt aroma offset by a coffee character,
big roasted coffee flavor, a touch of ashy character, dark caramel sweetness tries to come in for balanc but falls short, bitter dark roast finish,
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 9/20
BeerandBlues2 (10691) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle at the Relentless Thirst Gathering in Richmond, VA, 8.29.09. Pours a dark amber color with a medium head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is very roasty dark coffee with some caramel also. Taste is bitter coffee and dark roasted malts. Medium bodied.
daknole (10220) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour. No real head. Aroma is coffee and chili peppers. Flavor is the same. Odd and good. Weird.
hopscotch (10075) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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!
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Bottle labeled, Released June 07, Bottle # 284. I love bottles that are labeled with bottle #s, but don’t tell you how many were actually bottled (284 or 300 or 20,000,000?). But I digress. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized tan head. Aromas of coffee grounds, nutty, caramel, and chocolate. I love coffee beers and the coffee was definitely there in the aromas. Tastes of coffee (there, but not as strong as the aromas), vanilla, caramel, and mocha.
Sammy (9443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Although Alesmith Speedway Stout is the original, this would go great in a vertical tasting. Smooth and the 7.2% abv is serviceable, I shared out quite a bit at Cole’s from my bomber. Dark black, chocolate, coffee, tasty and enjoyable.
JoeMcPhee (8962) - 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.
DocLock (8500) - 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.