Ithaca / Iron Hill Dark Humor

Formerly brewed at Ithaca Beer Co.
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Ithaca, New York USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap


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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
This beer is a 100% Brett fermented collaboration porter, luxuriously chocolaty and earthy sour character. Brewed in together by Iron Hill Brewery Media, and Ithaca Beer Co.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgncc (3128) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2012 Awesome aroma of wood, roasted malt, chocolate, vinegar, brown mustard, musty. Like wood paneling in a damp basement. The appearance is the predictable deep brown/black, tan head. The flavor is like the aroma, wood first, sour, funk, musty, vinegar, chocolate. More sour in the flavor than the aroma. The finish is lingering sour, wood, roasty. Medium in body, even a tad thin. Excellent. Unique and inventive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2011
On tap at Capones. Pours a black color with off white foam head. Aroma of brett and roast. Sweet chocolate carmel tart taste. Suprisingly smooth and delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Black with a light tan sustained head, some ruby notes around the edges... lightly bretty aroma, light roast, the brett while being mildly pungent dominates... brett again dominates the flavor, with notes of funk, some roast and some chocolate being present as well... surprised how much the brett has done to this beer... lively medium bodied, dry finish... any hoppiness is lost as well... interesting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2011
On tap at Capones. Pours a brown color with a nice tan head. Has a chocolate berry smell to it. Taste is somewhat similar with a slight sour after taste. Its actually better than I thought it would be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
reggiedunlop (3709) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2011
On nitro at capones...pours deep brown with a thin and tight mocha head...slow cascading. Nice chocolate aroma also has a hint of vanilla and slight sour notes. Flavor is chocolatey in the beginning and end and sour in the middle...lightly winey. Mouthfeel is super creamy but not heavy with a finish that pleasantly turns from tart/sour to lingering roasty cocoa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Tap at Brouwerij Lane. Poured a dark black with a thin beige head. Nose is distinctly coffee and chocolate, then the funk kicks in. The first few sips the rich porter base carried the flavor. After a few though the funk augments and medium strongly. But there is an odd separation. Almost as if the beer is going down 2 channels in your taste buds. Midly sour in finish with some lingering bitterness from the malts and cofffee. Interesting and pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2011
(Draught) Pours a black body with a fizzy tan head. Aroma of leather, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and some mustiness. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, some sourness, and grass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Draft @ tap & mallet. Dark black color, thin light tan ring. Nice tart touched roasty nose, some grape hints in there as well. Roasty underlying beer with some chocolate..over this the brett gives it a lively,just slightly tart character. The chocolate as well as the bretty grape flavors grow as it warms. Drinkable and nice...the brett isnt overpowering but tweaks the beer slightly to make it more drinkable, Im assuming...dont remember if Ive had an ithaca porter base beer, not to mention this one. In any event, a good thing to find on tap here, Im glad to have tried it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle... Medium brown, with a watery tan head... Nose of bready cocoa nibs, unique... The taste is a bit weird, sour plums and cherries, a touch of chocolate... Ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Growler trade on BA - thanks! Fairly oily dark brown pour, with very thin carbonation, just a few lasting bubbles. Nutty and chocolate base comes through most emphatically in the nose. Body is medium, a touch too watery perhaps. Flavors are fairly interesting, with a mild tartness thats not really like the NG but I can see why folks would say that. I found it more like those moderately infected bottles of Shorts Uber Goober. Pleasant, but the brett character didnt mesh quite enough with the roasty chocolatey stuff to work fully for me.

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