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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 (12752) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12187) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11913) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (11216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2007
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Date: 12/16/2007
Mode: Bottle
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
Rating: 2.5/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Dark brown pour. No real head. Aroma is coffee and chili peppers. Flavor is the same. Odd and good. Weird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10642) - Vero Beach, 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2007
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.

   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.

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