minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Strong coffee bean aroma. Coffee in the flavor but not as much. Not very high roast level for these kinds of things, and doesn’t quite have that pungent coffee oil quality in the taste that would push this over the top. But still quite a nice beer. hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2010
Bottle at chriso’s pre-GBBF ’Raise the Roof’ Shindig ’10. Very dark brown, near black. beige head. Aroma and taste of the day before yesterday’s cold cafetiere with cheap German coffee from Lidl. Something not right here. cgarvieuk (24462) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 31, 2010
bottle at chris o pre GBBF ...eep brown black ... coffee roast malt nost ... soft roast ... big chocolate .... big coffee roast ... soft easy coffee ... very drinkable Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 29, 2010
Bottle at RBSG. Noticed a few people around me didn’t groove on this one, but I sure did. Pours cola brown to black, nose is fudgy chocolate, fruit, caramel, coffee. Flavours of berries and chinese food; odd, but it works! plus coffee, ash, graphite, tar. Tasty. Drake (13728) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Bottle opened at RBSG. Pours a dark brown color with a hazy medium head. Decent head retention and lacing. Dark roasty coffee aroma with chocolate and a smoky note, as well as something a bit tart and off. The taste is chocolate, cherries, coffee and a smoky note. Definitely past its prime now and a little bit off.
AskForJenny (1086) - Ontario, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2010
0.75l E!016- Black liquid under dark tan head. Licorice and stinky cabbage on nose, really killed the thing. No real flavor, watery feel. Miss DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2010
750 from Capone’s. Pours dark blackish brown w 2 f ow head. Nose is a nice medley of fresh ground coffee, jalapeno oils, dark roasty malt. Tastes rich, dark malty with a huge dark choc and rich coffee and jalapeno oil flavor. Not real hefty of palate, but complex and smooth throughout. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Bottle shared at a BA/RB tasting... Poured near black with a khaki head. Lots of chocolate, cocoa malts with roasted, dark fruit tones. Fudge, lactose, bitter hops too. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2010
750ml bottle, batch E!016
Pours a deep dark brow, almost black color with slight mahogany edges when held to a light source. Completely opaque with visible carbonation bubbling up the side of the glass. One finger dark mocha head that very quickly dissipates into a thin ring. No lacing at all.
Deep roasted malt aroma with hints of dark fruit, lactic cream and earthy hops. Hints of chocolate, burnt coffee bean, toffee, oatmeal ans slightly acrid burnt character. The lactic presence and dark fruits give off a slight licorice and soy scent. There is a lot going on here, too much possibly and the aroma is slightly off putting.
Slightly viscous medium body with a very prominent roasted malt flavor. There is a nice luscious chocolate malt presence underneath but it is overpowered by the acrid burnt toast and deep roasted coffee presence. There is also an overwhelming bitter earthy hop presence up front which compliments the roasted character but cancels out any lactic creaminess(I’m not picking up much) and smooth maltiness. The dark fruit and licorice character from the aroma becomes more evident as this beer warms. This beer is complex but not very well balanced and even though it is only 7.5% this beer tasted pretty hot. I’m a fan of Ithaca and a big fan of the Excelsior! Series but this beer was very disappointing.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2010
bottle at RBWG, pours black with a medium off white head. Aroma is strong coffee and chocolate. Flavor is rich burnt caramel and bitter roasted malt with a light coffee lingering in the finish. This would rule at breakfast.