Ithaca Excelsior! Twelve

Formerly brewed at Ithaca Beer Co.
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Ithaca, New York USA


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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Our Anniversary Ale, Twelve is reverently brewed with French malts and German hops then piously fermented with a special blend of Trappist yeast strains. Enjoy the burnished chestnut color, remarkable balance of fruity and spicy aromas, rich but dry flavor and long contemplative finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2011
a slightly above average quad. I would like to see how this beer develops in another year or two. I found it to be a bit over carbonated and a bit of a palate confuser fresh. I suspect it will grow into a better beer, maybe not a 5 but I do think some time in the cellar is what this beer needs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2011
(750ml bottle in trade). Pours a cloudy caramel color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is caramel, light citrusy hops and some chocolate. Taste is sweet with tootsie roll. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Smooth finish. Nice quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13548) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2011
A dark reddish copper ale with a thick moka head. In aroma, a sweet candy sugar with caramel, vailla, light Belgian hops. In mouth, a sweet burned sugar with curacao, coffee, molasses, tingling oily mouthfeel alcojol warmth, rich and sweet. Tasted August 6 2011.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2697) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Tasted on 8/23/11 from a 750mL bottle shared by ryan585, thanks to Ryan, Batch# E!023. Pours cloudy, opaque, dark brown with an average tan head that slowly recedes to some very thin spots of lace with a thin collar. The nose has some spicy yeast with a bunch of roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel, some alcoholic heat, and a bit of alcoholic heat. The flavor is lightly sweet with a good amount of caramel, and brown sugar malt with underlying spicy yeast, and a hint of burnt and hops bitterness. The body is full with light carbonation and a medium malty and alcoholic heat finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Aroma of apple cider, sour dough and slight clove. Pours dark hazy brown with a white film. Tastes sweet with cranberry, sour dough, and a delicious dark fruit aftertaste. A bit overwhelming but no lack of taste here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2011
750mL bottle, and a slow gusher that proved a problem because I wasnt paying attention.. poured deep chestnut with a sticky khaki head.. loved the color. The aroma picked up figs, nutty notes, and vinous fruits propped up by a little honey.. dry, spicy Belgian yeast and graham cracker sweetness laced throughout.. lots of candi sugar on the back of the nose.. a lot of fairly heavy sweetness, but everything worked together. The flavor followed suit, with honey, raisins, and bready notes on the heavy, sweet core.. dry cloves and peppery notes cut through nicely.. floral and earthy bitterness played a minor role.. finished thick and sweet, with rolling carbonation and belly warmth. Heavier-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. smooth feel across the middle, but it got caught up at times elsewhere.. overall a solid brew, but a tad heavy-handed with the sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (5309) - Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2011
750 ml bottle into goblet, batch E!020. Pours deep dark brown color with 1.5 fingers of light tan head with fantastic retention that reduces to a nice lacing cap. Some decent lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of strong nutmeg, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. Big on the nutty aromas here, pretty interesting. Taste of huge caramel, toffee, chocolate, and nuttiness. Big sweetness in the taste with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, and nuttiness with a bit of spiciness on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied. Alcohol is well hidden, none in the taste and a small warming on the finish. Nicely smooth drinking despite the level of carbonation and alcohol level. Overall, a very nice quadrupel from Ithaca!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7489) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2011 Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a very dark brown color with a large foamy tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was sweetish red wine, cherries, wood and brown sugar. The flavor was brown sugar, cherry, plum, molasses, bread and wood with a strong boozy undertone. The finish was long with wood, whiskey, plum, anise and brown sugar elements. Thick and full body. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AskForJenny (1082) - Ontario, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2011
0.75l - Yeasty nose, cherries and cane sugar on palate. A wonderful take on the Belgian style. Cellared this one for a little over a year first.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (16609) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 29, 2011
750mL bottle, pours an opaque orangey brown with a beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, candied sugar and brown sugar. Flavour is quite sweet and complex - candied sugar, maple syrup, toffee, slight dark fruits and slight espresso. Robust and complex flavour profile. Delicious.

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