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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georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Bottle #735. Pours a thick dark brown with a thin tan head. Slight roast coffee aroma nothing overwhelming. Tastes like a coffee drink you might get at Starbucks. Not too strong but nothing spectacular.

apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2007
Well, I love espresso and I love bock let’s see about this: a murky dark brown-hued beer without a head at all. The aroma is very malty, roasty, woody and even some coffee there, but they are not well-integrated. The same is true for the flavor. The flavor also has a strong earthiness, like beets or something that tastes like soil. Sweet and malty finish.

notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2007
Bottle #59 - dark brown/mahogany colored beer that stirs up a small tan head only after a vigorous pour - strong coffee aroma, with notes of charred wood, chocolate and black cherries - kind of thin-bodied - powerful, burnt coffee flavor, with a following artificial sweetness that tastes a lot like Sweet ’n Low - a touch of smoke and that charred character from the aroma - some cocoa and dried fruit try to show themselves late, but are overpowered by the other flavors - an interesting, albeit not completely successful experiment.

BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Bottle: Pours a dark brownish black color, nice light head and lacing. Nose of coffee and alcohol, light vegetal notes and charcoal/cocoa roast; some astringency. The flavor is sweet and tarry, a bit smoky and lots of coffee. Lots of caramel and grass. Unbalanced but full bodied, a aleish and some cherry notes in the tail. Thanks Indiana_Red for sharing!

emobassfoo (178) - Webster, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2007 Rated while drinking: Bottle #954 Pours an extremely dark burgundy color; can hardly see through it! Off-white head quickly diminishes but leaves real nice lacing. Smells of coffee, burnt nuts and roasted malt. Quite fragrant. Has a thick iced coffee taste. Lots of roastiness. Yum. Pretty smooth on the palate, but kind of burns from the acidic coffee. Lived up to its expectations, and really good. A perfect dessert or breakfast beer, but can easily be utilized in any session or tasting.

shadey (2172) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 5, 2007
750ml bottle. Fresh. The pour is black/brown with only a wisp of off-white head. Aroma is sweet like a bock and yet bitter like coffee. Flavor is slightly sour initially, then sweet, the bitter appears in the finish. The body is ok, but odd. As an experiment, I’m glad I tried it, but I think the results were a little messy and I think I can rule out the mixture of espresso and bock as appealing. As a final note, I’m really happy to see Ithaca experimenting like this and I’m anxious to see what else they can produce. The other beers in this series have been really interesting and sometimes very exciting.

Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2007
On the roof in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Pours dark with a thin, dense espresso head. Reserved aromas of coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Flavors are a bit understated as well--not nearly as intense as expexted--and follow directly from the aroma with some unique yeast strain aspects. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery and fails to deliver the intensity that this beer is setting up for.

weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this. Bottle 284... Appears a dark brown with caramel edges. The 1 finger, tan head slowly fades out and leaves spotty bits of lacing around the glass. Smell is of espresso, brown sugar, caramel, and roasted nuts. Taste is of the mentioned aromas with an obvious lean towards the coffee. Hints of cocoa found when you dig a little bit. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with vanilla and espresso hanging on to the dry finish.

jason (1836) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Bottle #284. Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing the bottle. Pours a dark body with thin head. aroma is of roasted coffee, malty. Flavor has a coffee stout taste, sugary, sweet. Well done by Ithaca.

hopdog (13267) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2007
750ml bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Bottle labeled, Released June 07, Bottle # 284. I love bottles that are labeled with bottle #s, but don’t tell you how many were actually bottled (284 or 300 or 20,000,000?). But I digress. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized tan head. Aromas of coffee grounds, nutty, caramel, and chocolate. I love coffee beers and the coffee was definitely there in the aromas. Tastes of coffee (there, but not as strong as the aromas), vanilla, caramel, and mocha.

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