jtclockwork (6213) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at Dmacís. Pours black with tan head. Nose of funky sour apple, barrel and funk. Taste of funky sour apple skins, rye, wood, caramel, funk and toffee. Clearly infected, though still consumable as a sour.
matthewjk (800) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Iíll I can say right now is that Iím extremely upset! I just put down $10 for a champaign bottle from Ithaca that I thought I was going to enjoy immensely. This Bullshit exploded on me and all over my desk. Damn thing was like a volcano. I had pour a great deal of it out just to stop the effluence. Iím not even sure if this is safe to drink, but of course I did. Folks are talking about "infection" on here, but I have no idea what this is about. All I know is that I have never had a beer gush like that--never. Okay...after I cleaned up the surrounding area I got into it. Strong whiskey, vanilla, and tartness on the nose and tongue. The beverage is so turbid that it looks dangerous to drink. Some nice flavors actually, but this whole thing really pissed me off. I want nothing to do with this company ever again. Dead serious. Batch# E!017
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 5, 2011
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
750ml bottle thanks to Crack1Open on BA. Major gusher!!! Hazy weird reddish-brown appearance with a massive fizzy tan head. Bretty, funky, oaky, aroma with slight dark fruit, infection evident. Tart bretty flavor with an odd acrid finish. Some plum and fig notes. Not good. Medium-bodied with carbonation WAY too high. This is terrible. Ithaca needs to do something about this infection problem.
Anker (723) - HillerÝd, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle traded by Maxxdaddy - very appreciated!
Pours a hazy brown colour with a tan dense head.
The aroma is dominated by caramel malt, ripe fruit, alcohol and hops.
Flavour is sweet ripe fruit, caramel, alcohol, oak and hops.
jake65 (2434) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Placeholder rating: Bottle from Ditmier - thanks Eric! Made the mistake of opening this at the island before a nasty gushing mess shot forth all over the floor, counter, and sink. Fun. Dark auburn color with a nice, creamy khaki head. Nose is malt forward with ample bourbon barrel notes. It has the dry, acidic, sour scent... Son of a bitch. Canít get much past the acetaldehyde... what malty and soft bourbon notes I can pick up are really jammed by the infection. Finish just brutally sour and plastic-filled. A tragedy. Did a quick search on other cases of infection, but to no avail. Iíd love to revisit and properly rate this... so, ISO.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
E!017 batch. Possibly infected. Poured into a tulip.
A: Pours A very dark mahogany with a bit of an almost purple hue. Pours with one of the most massively billowing heads Iíve seen and it stays up for a long, long time, leaving thick lacing in its wake.
S: Initial whiff is a bit of sourness, so Iím guessing this is at least partially infected; however, if I hadnít heard about these issues, Iíd think it was appropriate. The sourness fits in quite well with the zip from the rye and the bit of whiskey that comes through in the nose. Iím actually really enjoying how this has all come together, intended or not. As the beer warms, the sourness fades a bit as well, bringing out more of the whiskey.
T: A very slight amount of sourness (and maybe itís just my mind playing tricks), nice whiskey, spicy rye, a bit of alcohol heat, and hints of dark fruits.
M: Quite creamy and on the heavy side of medium-bodied. A slight alcohol touch.
D: Pretty drinkable. Nice complexity comes through, especially as it warms.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-23-2010
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch 17 bottle.
Pours a murky brownish red with an enormous frothy beige head. In fact, I poured the initial glass and when I went back for more, the beer had foamed out of the bottle. Great lacing.
Aroma has lightly tart cherries, musty earth notes and plenty of spicy rye. The whiskey is present but not dominant with some vanilla and oak from the barrel as well.
The taste starts out with a mixture of smooth, spicy rye and tart cherries. The backbone features dark fruits and yeast with a finish that definitely features the whiskey and some dry oaky notes.
The mouthfeel is crazy smooth due to the rye with the cherry tartness catching me off guard a bit.
This is a complex beer and, like others have said, itís unclear if the tart fruit character is intentional or not. Iím leaning toward a slight infection but I enjoyed the beer nonetheless.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Definitely an infected bottle. Poured ruby/rust color with a thick, khaki head. Tart, wild yeast notes on the nose. Lots of carbonation, foamy, very full bodies. Bitter, cocoa, malted grains and lots of alcohol with spicy yeast flavors. Finished with vanilla, whiskey, and a yeast funkiness.
gormanb (173) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
amazing aroma- oak, whiskey, chocolate, yeast, bread, brown sugar, orange peel. pours deep red/brown with sandy resilient head. taste is oak, whiskey, bittersweet chocolate, alcohol, brown sugar, maple, roasted rye malt, caramel finish. palate is sticky, full bodied with some carbonation. This is an awesome beer!
jrob21 (2166) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
There are a couple of interesting notes here. The hop bitterness on the finish is very c-hop ish but all other notes of the hops are muted by the rest of what is going on with this beer. In fact there is almost too much going on that it does not quite come through as well as it was intentioned I am afraid. Aroma is a little fruity, a little spicy, and a little musty. Hops, hops, and yeast. Working together a little strangely again. Some wood and nuttiness from the barrel. A little bit of gritty, musty, earthy, dirty flavors mid palate followed but a stinging hop bitterness. I got it, it is not complementary these flavors.