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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mribm (460) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Poured a dark black and tasted like chocolate and coffewith some hops mixed in. It seemed to me to be more of a stout than a double bock. I expected the caffeine in the espresso to keep me awake, however I didn’t notice that it was present. This was a very nice beer that my son shared with me. I would definately try this again (if he buys it!)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Courtesy of Drink4satan! Pours a rich murky dark brown color with a small tan head. Nose of pungent lactid acid, cream, heavily deep roasted malts, of coffee / expresso richness. Initial taste of black coffee or expresso comparability. Moving into a creamy mid palate. FInishing with a heavily roasted malts and dark chocolate bitterness. Medium body. Great palate duration. Dry finish. Sticky lips and mouthfeel. Absolutely delicous and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Sweet aroma of caramel and chestnuts. Brown amber in color with a quickly disappearing head. Nice semi-sweet toffee flavor with roast chocolate and coffee. Some butterscotch. This is a great beer - definitely a proud moment for Ithaca and one of the better lagers I have had in awhile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanSD (2382) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2008
750 ml bottle from Matthew. Pours a very dark brown color with amber highlights and a medium khaki head. The aroma is big with dark chocolate, coffee and a bit of smoked malts. The flavor is straightforward with mocha, a touch of cola and abundant dark biter chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth and malty. The finish is medium in duration with more linger coffee. Overall: This beer really appealed to me. I love it. Thanks Matthew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mbrandon2w (109) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Sampled at ABF Night of the Lagers. Nice coffee aroma. The coffee flavor is balanced well with the malty bock flavor. Overall a great, interesting bock surprisingly well pulled off. A beer I’d have for breakfast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Wow. This was really dark and coffee like. I enjoyed this. Very smooth and delicious. Hard to describe, but this is a beer that, if it was cheaper, I would go back to again and again. Warm and delish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Pours an oaque black with a short-lived tan head. Authentic coffee aromas that genuinely smell like froathy lattes, with deep roasted coffee beans and some lactic notes. This tastes very similar to an espresso cola I had in NYC, but I forget the name. The booze is hidden so well, you wouldn’t know it was there. The bitterness in the finish really rounds the beer out. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth with gentle carbonation that works well with the flavour profile. Overall, this is a very drinkable, sessionable brew that I would love with breakfast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2008
750 via trade a while back. Shared with my girlfriend Cyn. Poured into my Celebrator Glass, pours dark brown with a 1 finger tan head. Nose is pretty cool, very malty and lots of coffee. Taste is really nice with tons of coffee and some deep dark malts. This is a damn nice espresso doppelbock. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2007
(Tap) Pours an opaque brown color with little head. Strong coffee aroma, with a touch of vanilla. Taste very similar. Lots of coffee, chocolate, and roasted grain flavors in here. Also had some more subtle notes of vanilla and sugar. Excellent palate, with a rich and creamy body. As mentioned by other raters, this beer would be perfect for breakfast or dessert!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2007
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....

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