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Ithaca Excelsior! Ten

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RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
Imperial American Extra Strong and Special Double Red Ale. Our anniversary beer, TEN is brewed with too many malts to list and an excess of American hops, including several additions during fermentation. Enjoy the russet color, aggressively hoppy aroma and flavor, rich body and fiery finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Thanks to bmanning for sharing this in a tasting. A: Pours a beautiful crimson with a nice white head. S: Lots of sweet malt and some leftover hops; sweetness comes through from all angles. T: Malt sweetness and still some remaining piney, tropical bitterness from the hops. M: Medium-heavy with a good amount of carbonation. D: Quite drinkable. A very solid brew--wish they’d make it again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-27-2009

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2010
On tap @ Blind Tiger. Deep brown/amber color. Strong malty aroma with some earthy and roasty notes, along with a light caramel sweetness and some hoppy notes. Full bodied and dry with a touch of bitterness. A little bit of heat from the high alcohol but not too much. Very smooth with good carbonation. Long, lingering finish. Another quality beer from Ithaca.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours a very deep red amber color with very minimal head. The aroma is loaded with malty sweetness and caramel with a slight touch of hops. The taste is super sweet but was expected. Drinks actually fairly easy. Minimal alcohol notes for a 10% abv beer. Medium mouthfeel. starts with the aforementioned malt sweetness with a subtle hoppiness in the back end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jow (3527) - New York, USA - NOV 3, 2010
On tap at Blind Tiger VSK event. Pours a murky reddish brown coloration. Nice chewy malt flavor with cedar, plums, earthiness, and some hoppy backbone. finishes dry and warm, very nice beer glad I made the trek downtown to try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Cloudy, murky, brownish, no head. Aroma is oxidized through and through, slight malt sweetness in backend. Flavor much the same. Cloying, syruppy sweet mouthfeel. Decent at best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (3168) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2010
Thanks to Cletus for this. Reminds me of Lagunitas Imp Red a lot. Pours a cloudy brownish red with a thin off white head the quickly disappears. Aroma is intense earthy hops and malt. Spice that tickles the nostrils. Taste is a blast of gorgeous bitter and a huge malt mouthfeel. Slightly spicy that plays on the tongue long after the liquid is gone. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Bottle, part of a tasting of batch 1 Ten at the Ithaca beer co tasting room. Absolutely awesome. I was worried this wouldn’t be aging that well, but it’s coming along very nicely. Tastes like a barleywine....not like "double Cascazilla" I was expecting. Smooth, sweet, with just enough complexity that it’s changing a bit every sip.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2010
A: snifter. pours a deep rich amber/mahogany color. dark and rich. nice light caramel colored head. good retention rate. good lacing. S: nice rich hop aroma, mostly oranges and pine. huge alcohol nose...massive. some sweet malts in the nose, slightly roasted hints. T: huge alcohol taste...but it doesn’t kill the beer. wonderful caramel malt flavors. great malt backbone. good use of the hops, great balance with the malts. great flavor for a Double Red Ale. citrus, pine needles and some burnt caramel. long lingering aftertaste. M: nice and warming mouthfeel. full-bodied, and enjoyable. good solid palate. D: very nice brew, although 10% might be a little rough for most, especially in a 750mL. This is definitely worthy of a try if not more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. On the label there is nice description of the beer and a batch number. (Batch # e ! 014) Appearance: The body has a deep russet brown color with a deep hazy orange glow when held up to the light. The pour produces a one finger thick white foam head which fades to just a thin film covering. Lacing is minimal, slick and spotty. Smell: There are loads of nice citrusy hop notes in the nose as well as a solid base of sweet malt and sweet alcohol. Taste/Palate: It starts with a deep rich base of sweet malt. It reveals hints of caramel, dark dried fruit and dark alcohol laced cake. This make for nice mellow warmth though out. Hop flavor is also present and adds some mild citrus as well as earthy and spicy bitter notes. The palate has a big full body soft carbonation and firm smooth, almost sticky texture. Notes: Its big 10% abv, complex maltiness and mouth feel make for a solid and enjoyable slow sipping ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2010
750ml bottle from Belmont Party Supply. Pours reddish amber with tan head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, faded hops, and roasted malts. Flavors of chewy malts, caramel, toffee, and muted hops. Really just a malt bomb at this point.

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