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Ithaca Excelsior! Kaffinator Double Espresso Bock

Formerly brewed at Ithaca Beer Company
Style: Doppelbock
Ithaca, New York USA


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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
A Continental Breakfast Lager brewed with European Malt, Hops, and locally roasted Gimme! Coffee. It is fermented with a German lager yeast and then, just before bottling, freshly pulled espresso shots are added at an alarming rate. Enjoy the deep, dark color, intense aroma, assertive flavors of mocha and toast, and brisk but smooth finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Pours an oaque black with a short-lived tan head. Authentic coffee aromas that genuinely smell like froathy lattes, with deep roasted coffee beans and some lactic notes. This tastes very similar to an espresso cola I had in NYC, but I forget the name. The booze is hidden so well, you wouldnt know it was there. The bitterness in the finish really rounds the beer out. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth with gentle carbonation that works well with the flavour profile. Overall, this is a very drinkable, sessionable brew that I would love with breakfast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Courtesy of Drink4satan! Pours a rich murky dark brown color with a small tan head. Nose of pungent lactid acid, cream, heavily deep roasted malts, of coffee / expresso richness. Initial taste of black coffee or expresso comparability. Moving into a creamy mid palate. FInishing with a heavily roasted malts and dark chocolate bitterness. Medium body. Great palate duration. Dry finish. Sticky lips and mouthfeel. Absolutely delicous and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 Bottle courtesy of littlebreeze on BA. Thanks! Light black pour with very little head. Smell is burnt coffee grounds. Taste is nicely flavored of coffee, with a thinnish body. Biting, bubbly carbonation which really grew on me although I normally dislike thin bubbly bodies on richer flavored beers. Almost refreshing, and very nice and drinkable. Would definitely have again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Date: 12/16/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

clear dark brown, wispy beige head, bits of lace, sweet dark caramel malt aroma offset by a coffee character, big roasted coffee flavor, a touch of ashy character, dark caramel sweetness tries to come in for balanc but falls short, bitter dark roast finish,

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 9/20
Rating: 2.5/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Suprised that the head didnt last longer and the nose was a tad weak. But after that, it is all downhill- very smooth across the tongue and a lovely sweet malt element that blends well with the coffee notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Wow. This was really dark and coffee like. I enjoyed this. Very smooth and delicious. Hard to describe, but this is a beer that, if it was cheaper, I would go back to again and again. Warm and delish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2007
12.23.07 750ml at tsarmans apartment. A scrumlicious dark NON-stout coffee flavor. Really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Draft at Hop Devil. Strong, balanced coffee aroma. Good chocolate, nice and dry, cream flavors. Thick, rich, creamy, and dangerously drinkable. Way underrated if you ask me, but maybe the kegs came out better than the bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Bottle sampled on 9/14/07: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a nicely-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of sweet biscuity milk chocolate and espresso beans. Body starts with nice viscosity and sweet dark caramel and chocolate with good coffee balance. Finishes earthy and doughy sweet with nice complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2007
(bottle - 750 ml) Dark brown pour with a generous amount of tan foam and good carbonation. Aroma isnt as intense as expected. Very light coffee aroma with some cream and a light touch of caramel. Flavor is quite intense. Smooth and slightly sweet coffee flavor at the beginning with a little cream in the middle and a touch of yeast, followed by a very bitter and roasted coffee finish. Finishes very smooth with a touch of sweet cream. Very, very nice.

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