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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Belgian Brown, spiked with Brettanomyces Lambicus and aged 1 year in a 3rd use Tennessee Whiskey Barrel. Finished with hand-crushed wild grapes from the woods next to Ithaca’s loading dock


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackForestCO (976) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle shared by mentor, thanks Paul. Poured a deep crimson-brown color with some red highlights and a thin off-white head that faded to a ring. Aroma of lightly sweet bourbon, a bit of chocolate, some hints of grape and cherry paired with some soft, earthy yeastiness. The aroma was decent, but it was pretty subdued...you really had to dig to pick elements out. Lightly tart, smooth entry with some tart fruit (grape and cherry) that leads into a moderate yeast dryness with some oak paired with apple on the finish. Low carbonation and decent mouthfeel. Overall, it was a decent beer, but it didn’t really have an outstanding qualities to set it apart from other beers in the same category.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Pros: Very nice dark ruby color. Aroma shows a lot of depth, chocolate, wood (bourbon, wine.)

Cons: Very mild flavor, not a lot of complexity or depth. Not a lot of fruit character. Really thin body.

A high quality beer, but it wouldn’t be one I’d collect.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2008
(Draught) Pours a hazy dark red body with a small beige head. Aroma of leather, sour fruit, light whiskey, and some roasted malt. Flavor of sour cherry, citrus, grapes, and light funkiness with a dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Tap from 08 Night of the Funk. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, sweetish, darkish fruits, hints of sweet whiskey meshing nicely with these fruits. Flavor exhibits a decent tartness overlapping with the rest from the aroma. Very nice, very interesting beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilBeerDoctor (3409) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Tap sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a dirty brown with a bubbly head. Aroma of whiskey, predominantly, and slight roast and chocolate. Flavor is tart initially (a surprised based on the aroma) with a whiskey finish. The whiskey notes are still too dominant in this beer for a lot of the sour and grapey notes to come out. An ok beer, but I really don’t know why this was aged in whiskey-- it just ruins the beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Dark brown pour. Distinct balsamic aroma. Lightly sour. Rich, yet the light acidity make it quite refreshing. Well balanced.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11316) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2008
(BCTC, draft) Small beige head atop dark brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, Brett/cherry, some wood. Taste is medium sweey, wood/cherry/Brett, wood in finish. Light-medium body, some effervescence.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 Dark brown and clear, with an off-white/tan head. Nose contains some light smoke, more prominent tart bready crackers, some acidic medicinal notes… flavor has a medium sourness, some light to moderate acidity, somewhat puckery, very vibrant, with licorice, bran and cereal grains playing around with some dark fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2359) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2008
BCTC’08 as Vitus. Pours a murky brown color with absolutely no clarity. Aroma is sweet, strong brown ale with plummy malts. And then a very nice subdued fruit sourness. Taste has light acidity with a nice sourness and Welcher’s grape juice (in a good way). I really liked this, I though the malts of the brown ale gave a nice back drop to a decent sourness. Then the earthy dark grapes added a very nice dimension to the beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3928) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Labeled as "Ithaca Vitus," draft @ BCTC. Pours dark brown with crimson red edges and some tan lace. Nose of dark and red fruits with a bit of tartness from the brett. Flavor is heavily oaked, more dark and red fruits, some mild tartness. A bit too woody for my liking, but still a very nice sour ale.


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