nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 Bottle, batch E!006. Ruddy red-brown pour with a fine cream colored head. Great aroma, reminds me of the winter yulesmith right away. Great balance of sweetness and hops - really sticky with plenty of citrus, honey, light caramel and brown sugar. Alcohol comes through with some spices - really, really floral. Flavor is really similar. Nice round hops with just enough sweetness to balance. Smooth bitter finish, alcohol in the back of the tongue. Great body. Easily Ithaca’s best beer. Very well done. Rerate - Batch #E!009 - not as impressive as the previous batch that I tasted. I’m getting some rye which I didn’t taste any of the first time.
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2008 Bottle, Batch E!006, first bottle purchased from Finger Lakes Beverage Center, Ithaca, NY. Pours a ruddy brown, ruby red in direct light. Off-white to tan head, 2-finger, big bubbles, lasts considerably and laces beautifully. Nose is a cascade bomb: grapefruit, pine resin, sweet candied fruits and raisins - very assertive hop aroma. Taste is more balanced but still strongly hoppy: citrus in tangerine and grapefruit, slight fruity sweetness, very nice caramel malt backbone mellows everything out. Slight peppery spiciness, perhaps from the tinge of alcohol in the finish. Lasting, strongly bitter aftertaste. Rasping on the palate, creamy with very fine and strong carbonation. Excellent. Right there with Old Habit at the top of Ithaca’s stable.
Rerate: Had this on tap last night. Even better than when I first tried it, with a subtle but perceptible smoked malt note in the taste and a wonderful, sublime aroma.
bu11zeye (11952) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draft) Pours a hazy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of herbs, tobacco, wet leaves, caramel, and citrus. Flavor of citrusy hops, caramel malt, tobacco, and herbs with dry, somewhat bitter finish.