Ithaca Geektoberfest
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 4.02/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Geektoberfest is definitely not a traditional Oktoberfest beer. It is a blend of 7 different craft beers brewed at Shmaltz, Ithaca, and Captain Lawrence. The beer has been called the absolutely most expensive kitchen sink beer ever produced. The Captain Lawrence beer is a sour brown that was aged in port barrels for over 2 years. The beer from Ithaca is their nut brown ale that’s been aged in barrels that were previously used for Sam Adams Utopias. The beers from Shmaltz are 4 different years of Jewbelation as well as Rejewvenator and Human Blockhead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (8275) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Draft. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Dark fruity tart aroma, with caramel malts and funky berries. The flavor has a good balance of sweetness and tartness, big dark fruits, berries, and a medium acidity. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2012
A dark clear brown ale with a thick receding mocha head. In aroma, a beautiful sour cherry with dark candy sugar, very beautiful. In mouth, a good sour attack, oily, covering the mouth, puckering ground cherries, rich and complex. On tap at Bierkraft, Dec. 29 2011.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (5866) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
On draft at Beer Revolution. Really excited to try this one. It pours very dark red with a huge, stable tan head. The aroma is rich with big notes of black cherries and mild leather-like funk in the background. There are lighter notes of wood and brown sugar. The flavor is awesome and rich with cherries, dates, caramel and hints of citrus and leather. Medium levels of acetic acid give it a kick without going overboard. Right on the line as far as my tastes go. Theres hints of nuttiness near the finish. Overall, the cherries and funk dominate this beer with a good level of sweetness balancing the acetic character nicely. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Draught at Churchkey. Hazy brown pour, good sized frothy head. Beautiful notes of the nose of vinous grape, port, tart cherry, dark fruit, and touches of wood. Flavor brings more good sour profile, with balsamic vinegar and apple cider vinegar and a touch of acetic, mixing nicely with the fruit components. Hides the 10% impressively well. Damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9565) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Originally rated this in the wrong spot. Problem solved since I tracked down the Coney Island version and have now had both. Original rating from EBF last year. Pouring at the Night of the Barrels at EBF. Pours a hazy brown with a thin beige head. Big cocoa and toast. Tons of cocoa, chocolate and caramel. Lots of chocolate, smooth caramel. Long chocolate, sweet cocoa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2011
On tap at Night of the Funk. Reviewed from notes. Pours a dark brown color with a short, but lasting, off-white head. A bit of spotty lacing and a thin cap as it goes down. The nose brings forward some light woody notes to go along with a sour cherry brightness. Roast lingers in the background. The taste combines a nice sharp roast with a acidic cherry character. A bit of the cherry pits, which plays nicely in there. Good carbonation and a dry, moderately-acidic finish. Ithaca always brings it as these festivals, and they were one of the best at this one. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 05-17-2011

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