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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A Robust American Ale brewed with four different rye malts, fresh centennial and crystal hops and our proprietary ale yeast. It is partly fermented in Tennessee rye whiskey barrels, then carefully blended. Enjoy the gorgeous ruby color, strong aromas of vanilla and black cherry, earthy flavors of nuts and oak and the warm, spicy finish.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (4536) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2011
750ml bottle pours a caramel brown with some cloudy, brown head. Smells infected. Nose is tart, sweet, estery, candy sugar. Flavor is sweet, apples, raisins, caramel, crystal malts. Finish is full bodied and sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2011
750 ml bottle. Gusher for me too, luckily I had a glass nearby and let it pour down the bottle into the glass. Didnt seem to want to stop gushing for quite some time. Pours a deep amber red with a small light tan froth. Aroma is a but metallic but that settled out. Picked up some dark fruit, black cherry, a bit sharp with some sweet nutty earthy notes. Flavor has a sweet and sour component. Lots of wood from the barrel, dark fruit, black cherry again, a bit of a vinous note, though its a soft tartness that works with the sweetness and earthy hops. A bit spicy in the finish which has a touch of cheesy funk. Medium to medium full body and a fizzy carbonation. I donít think it was too bad, I enjoyed a lot of aspects of the beer.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dmac (3887) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2011
INFECTED. That basically should sum up the review but I will continue. If there was a sour barley wine style then this would bea great example. Poured a deep dark brown body with a HUGE beige head. Aroma of sour fruits, green apple and sour cherry, chocolate, funk, medicinal notes and band aids. Fizzy body with strong carbontion. Flavor of chocolate, bad medicine, band aids and sour cherries. DRAINPOUR.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Bottle thanks to JTclockwork. Bottle didnít gush, but by the aroma of the pour it was slightly infected. Aroma is of some light funky notes and a touch of some fruit. Aside from the funk, the taste is of some light roast, sour apples, some spice and that funk creeping in there again. Would like to try a non-infected bottle, but as a sour this doesnít do too bad.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (7897) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011
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.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
matthewjk (887) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2011
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

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
nickd717 (3457) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 5, 2011
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Anker (723) - HillerÝd, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2010
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.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jake65 (2588) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
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


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