cheap (6076) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Had this at the RB Pgh Tasting, lthy’s place, 5/21/11. Big thanks to MrChopin for this brew. This bottle was batch 017. Big thick pour once we got this foaming bomb to stop erupting & spilling over. The taste and palate is enormous thick chewy cloying something. The aroma is also cloyingly sweet. Thick and quite alky taste continues. Rude, nasty barley wine taste impression. Even tho a few of us here said it was infected, its difficult for my to differentiate this from other barley wines. No CO2. Does have a somewhat rude hint of sourness on the backend, I guess this attribute is what others are identifying as infected. Yes, a pretty interesting brew, and that mildly tart finish makes it unique among BWs. Thanks Kevin for the opportunity to have this beer, otherwise I probably never would have had this in a lifetime! lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Brown-red, beige cover. Foamy. Aroma is lots of caramel. Taste is lots of caramel, some dark fruity. Something a bit off. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle from Theresa’s Next Door, opened at DLD. Pours a ruddy brown with a ton of crap floating in it as it was a light gusher. robust foam on top. Nose is a brett infection, some funky notes but more horsey than I’d like. Some sweet vanilla and oak notes come through as does a certain cherry note. Fruity. On taste, this is an odd one. There is an overwhelming bitterness that grows unpleasant after a while, but the base flavors that do exist are round and full. Light spicy cherry type notes with some light sweetnees. It is astringent though. Damn, should have been a better beer. nimbleprop (8750) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2011
750ml bottle pours a caramel brown with some cloudy, brown head. Smells infected. Nose is tart, sweet, estery, candy sugar. Flavor is sweet, apples, raisins, caramel, crystal malts. Finish is full bodied and sweet. FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2011
750 ml bottle. Gusher for me too, luckily I had a glass nearby and let it pour down the bottle into the glass. Didnt seem to want to stop gushing for quite some time. Pours a deep amber red with a small light tan froth. Aroma is a but metallic but that settled out. Picked up some dark fruit, black cherry, a bit sharp with some sweet nutty earthy notes. Flavor has a sweet and sour component. Lots of wood from the barrel, dark fruit, black cherry again, a bit of a vinous note, though its a soft tartness that works with the sweetness and earthy hops. A bit spicy in the finish which has a touch of cheesy funk. Medium to medium full body and a fizzy carbonation. I don’t think it was too bad, I enjoyed a lot of aspects of the beer.
dmac (6457) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2011
INFECTED. That basically should sum up the review but I will continue. If there was a sour barley wine style then this would bea great example. Poured a deep dark brown body with a HUGE beige head. Aroma of sour fruits, green apple and sour cherry, chocolate, funk, medicinal notes and band aids. Fizzy body with strong carbontion. Flavor of chocolate, bad medicine, band aids and sour cherries. DRAINPOUR. pineypower (3346) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Bottle thanks to JTclockwork. Bottle didn’t gush, but by the aroma of the pour it was slightly infected. Aroma is of some light funky notes and a touch of some fruit. Aside from the funk, the taste is of some light roast, sour apples, some spice and that funk creeping in there again. Would like to try a non-infected bottle, but as a sour this doesn’t do too bad. jtclockwork (17264) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle shared at Dmac’s. Pours black with tan head. Nose of funky sour apple, barrel and funk. Taste of funky sour apple skins, rye, wood, caramel, funk and toffee. Clearly infected, though still consumable as a sour. matthewjk (1127) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 19, 2011
I’ll I can say right now is that I’m extremely upset! I just put down $10 for a champaign bottle from Ithaca that I thought I was going to enjoy immensely. This Bullshit exploded on me and all over my desk. Damn thing was like a volcano. I had pour a great deal of it out just to stop the effluence. I’m not even sure if this is safe to drink, but of course I did. Folks are talking about "infection" on here, but I have no idea what this is about. All I know is that I have never had a beer gush like that--never. Okay...after I cleaned up the surrounding area I got into it. Strong whiskey, vanilla, and tartness on the nose and tongue. The beverage is so turbid that it looks dangerous to drink. Some nice flavors actually, but this whole thing really pissed me off. I want nothing to do with this company ever again. Dead serious. Batch# E!017 nickd717 (4886) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 5, 2011
750ml bottle thanks to Crack1Open on BA. Major gusher!!! Hazy weird reddish-brown appearance with a massive fizzy tan head. Bretty, funky, oaky, aroma with slight dark fruit, infection evident. Tart bretty flavor with an odd acrid finish. Some plum and fig notes. Not good. Medium-bodied with carbonation WAY too high. This is terrible. Ithaca needs to do something about this infection problem.