Ithaca Excelsior! Kaffinator Double Espresso Bock

Formerly brewed at Ithaca Beer Co.
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Poured a clear golden brown color with a beige head. The aroma has smooth coffee and nice milk chocolate notes. Light ashey notes. The flavor is milk chocolately and semi-dry. Light-medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (3822) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Pours with a very dark brown body, not black, and a tiny head that quickly fades. Lighter hues on the surface of the glass but no visibilty inside. Aroma is dry roasty espresso with nothing behind that. Makes me think like the base beer is nothing special and they added espresso. Taste is also espresso but not as roasty as the aroma suggests and then there is this lagered-mineral flavor and a lagered-fruitiness, which I dont like. A thin, watery, light bodied beer. Overall not much substance behind the espresso, but the espresso is nice. The yeastie part of beer is the best. 750ml bottle, bottle #121 (out of a billion!), Maredsous taller thinner goblet glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (10465) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Another winner from jah noth, botle 750. The pour is deep brown with 1-finger khaki head. Aroma is scotch/dark malty, with figs, brown sugar, and chocoff notes. The taste is scotch malty, with slight rauch hints, and mid-palate figgy fruit, chocoff, and brown sugar. Medium in palate heft and with a uniqueness that Ive come to expect from Ithaca, this one is very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2007
750 ml bottle #662. Big thanks to beastiefan2k and Ms. beastiefan2k for scoring this one for me. Dark brown, ruby highlights and a thick tan head. Perfectly translucent and very inviting. Aroma is lovely, milk chocolate, cold coffee and a deep rich maltiness. Soft clean caramelly malts. As it warms, it starts to get a bit of vegetal character. Lots of coffee and light toasted malts. Light astringency on the back. Too much coffee for my tastes, but what is there is decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2007
750ml bottle picked up from Ithaca; shared with Axilla. They were hand labeling the bottles while I was there. Gotta love it. Obviously aroma of coffee. Color of black coffee with a bit of creamer. Medium carbination. Not bad at all. The standard Ithaca Hop taste which coupled well with this beer. I bet Ithaca would make a killer Imperial Coffee Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Bottle, 750ml. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Funky, slightly sour, and smoky aroma of light hops, chocolate and coffee. Smooth flavor, similar to the aroma, but with a kind of a weak, oily finish. Not bad, but I was expecting more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2007
750ml bottle via aug 2007 secret santa (thanks!). Pours a dark brown/black with an average beige head. Nose is roasted coffee. mmmm taste is roasted coffee, vanilla, plum, strawberries, almonds and more coffee. Body is medium, carbonation is too high. This is VERY yummy stuff. Almost world class in fact. Just cut down on the carbonation and i think it would be world class...I love love good coffee flavored beer, but this is the first time i have had it in a bock, and it works quite well in this case. Nice work Ithaca!******wow, i just nitroed this beer and the flavors REALLY come out from under all the carbonation this way.....i cant change the rating, but it makes it about a 4.5 with nitro....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Its not really a beer, more like a high alcohol coffee soda. Sweet nose, coffee and alcohol. Black pour, no head, surprising, because it wants to explode out of the bottle. Sweet taste, coffee, cocoa, caramel, and sugar. Is there any malt here? Without a strong, strong malt backbone this is a sweet soda, not a doppelbock. I liked it. But its not a doppel, its a soda. Would be great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (4265) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Bottle pours a very dark brown with a smal light tan head and spotty lacing. Aroma is strongly of coffee and some chocolate. Flavor is farily sweet and of chared wood, bitterswet chocolate again and coffee again. A bit thin but a tasty combination. Thanks to Jah Noth for this rare sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Another goodie from my Secret Santa - thanks!!! A deep dark pour, not particularly full-bodied and without significant lacing. The aroma is big and the flavor is absolutely huge - lovely espresso flavor - but it doesnt actually taste at all like a doppelbock to me, with very little of the malts I come to recognize and enjoy. Basically it could be another coffee porter, albeit a good one. Happy to have it and would gladly quaff again.

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