Ithaca Vitus
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ajm (1067) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 7, 2008
UPDATED: APR 6, 2009 Stupendous and extremely unique. Who makes grape-flavored beer? There’s Midas Touch, maybe Lamvinus... help me out here. This and Kuhnhenn came right out of nowhere at EBF 2008 and were a treat. A very nice, bright flavor (grapes, as promised) that was pretty well balanced. Among the very brassy carbonated Belgian browns (not like Achel or Rochefort) this was almost like champagne. Very nicely done!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2008
BCTC. The Supplication to Brute’s Temptation, I say. This has an intense oak aroma with some nice underlying cherry. Grapey flavor with a calm sour is backed by a metric ton of oak. Mellow and lovely. This isn’t a smack you in the face sour, but it still works rather well. When these barrels have been used a few more times and lose most of their oak flavor this should really come together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2969) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - Durham, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8811) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Labeled as "Ithaca Vitus," draft @ BCTC. Pours a dark, pitty red-raspberry color; light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Loads of dried dark fruits, cherries, and dust in the aroma; some fresh stemmy fruits and grassiness. Medium mouthfeel: light carbonation; dried cherries, light tartness; some dust and citrus notes; a touch stemmy and flabby in the mouth, though generous. Lengthy finish: tannic red fruits, ashy, and toasty malts; slight tartness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilBeerDoctor (3567) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12367) - 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.

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