Colorado Ithaca / Guanabara - Cervejaria Colorado

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DoubleJ on 10-10-2010

This beer is known as Ithaca in Brazil, but Guanabara in the US.
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Ratings: 150 | Reviews: 36
Photo of brap
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice rich flavor with chocolate and hint of fruit (dates?)

Really nice.

I liked the initial flavor a lot more than after working my way through the bottle, which is rare for me. It started to get a little cloying. Maybe it was too sweet. But this would be perfect in a neat little short pour.

Photo of Foxybrau
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A rich, true stout. Strong alcohol married by banana, milk chocolate, and sugared dark fruit. Sit down and stay a while.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brilliant deep dark brown with a 1” tan foam cap. Smell: Rich and chocolaty with a whiff of tobacco. Taste: Creamy chocolate with some grain notes. Mouthfeel: Medium body - light for an imperial stout and above average carbonation.

Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this from the bottle in a snifter at cellar temp.
The color is black and opaque with thin beige head with frothy with fine bead and spots of lace stick with good retention. The smell is fruity with dark cherry aroma and woody deep dark sugar smell wtih mild caramel from the malt with some cocoa accents. The feel is very good with moderate sweetness and mild roast with low bitterness medium carbonation and semi-dry finish with alcohol that is almost non apparent.

The taste has a strong chocolate malt character which I like with some caramel and light raisin with subtle spiced middle and light woody accent with hint of coffee-like earthy taste with a fruity dried type flavor in the mostly dry finish. Overall I consider this a pretty top notch stout. I would definitely try to find this again - a very good example of the style.

Photo of JebBeerFish
3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Faint banana in the nose. Slightly sweet stout, very unremarkable. Not a bad stout but so many other better stouts out there.

Photo of grandslamfam
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark, rich. Very aromatic. Definitely a 4.0 or higher. Had it from tap.

Photo of GregJ
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown to black with thin light brown head. Smells of dark roast mocha and chocolate. Tastes nutty, mocha, dark malt, sweet cocoa and a little astringency. Medium body, medium carbonation with dark roast malt and cocoa after taste.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with a light amount of gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and significant amounts of dark crimson highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy tan head that reduces to a thick film covering the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark fruits (plum and fig), dark malts, and roasted malts are present with a lighter aroma of lactose and some hints of brown sugar sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong aromas of dark and roasted malts with a moderate amount of brown sugar sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark fruits (plum and fig), some lighter flavors of licorice, and just a hint of lactose sweetness. Just a hint of bitterness in the finish.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light hints of alcohol warming.

O: Seems like a hybrid of a Russian Imperial Stout and a Milk Stout, very enjoyable with a light to moderate amount of sweetness and some notes of alcohol are present. Much more of a slow sipper than an easy drinker. Well constructed.

Photo of FLima
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Brazil.
Deepest black color with a thick caramel head with great retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, pine, caramels, rapadura and licorice.
Bold flavor with notes of licorice, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, plums, red fruits, cola, lots of anise, some lactose and nuts, rapadura, roasted malts and some citrusy. Dry aftertaste with a muffled but present bitterness.
Full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 10.5% abv is evident and it could be better hidden, but still harmonic with the overall beer. Sticky feeling.
Very complex and solid RIS, but balanced towards the sweet side of it and not counterbalanced by hops. The rapadura gave a nice and interesting local touch, though.
Good local offering, a pity it is not sold at Guanabara prices off-shore. Amazingly, locally an Old Rasputin has a better cost benefit, being cheaper and better.

Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cord out of a tall bottle and do a small tasting glass serves cool

Pores an ink black body with a mocha head

Some floral but mostly a breakfast syrup smell some booze

Mineral breakfast syrup toast smoke alcohol

Full body but light on the palate

Very highly competitive category these days this one certainly holds its ground with the lighter feel to the body

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

600 ml bottle into snifter, unknown bottle coding. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, molasses, toast, dark bread, licorice, raisin, herbal, light char, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, dark sugar, and light yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, licorice, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Light amount of earthy/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, light licorice, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of dark/roasted malt, dark sugar, and light yeast ester flavors; with a nice roasted sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, dark sugar, and light yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As the American-style craft beer culture broadens, the crossing of boundaries doesn't exactly lead to every brewer wanting to make beers just like those in America. Rather, when brewers in, say- Brazil, open up its taste, it's going to show a local flavor- and I welcome that in every sip.

Upon decanting the beer, its dark and luscious settling shows a dark "bark" brown with cola highlights and some chestnut hues slivering through. Regardless of its hazy wood appearance, its foam character builds upon the beer like creamy espresso creme. Dainty and confident, its low stature leads to long retention with gentle swirls of the glass.

Its sweet and toasty aromatics lead with heavy molasses and buckwheat honey. Its following columbian coffee, toasted almond, and slightly milk chocolate scent gives the stout a softer-than-usual demeanor. Heading into taste, more nutty aromas emerge with impressions of peanut, cashew and pecan.

As the taste opens, the beer's robust sweetness rushes upon the palate with the flavor of deep toffee, off-molasses, rich honey and a pep of maple. Its middle palate grows in hearty sweetness as a fruity grape, licorice and rootish chicory taste is revealed. Finishing on the sweeter side, balances of smoked embers, fennel and vinous alcohol rounds out the beer's luscious taste.

Medium-full in body, the beer's body is light and carefree- allowing all the roasty sweetness to run amuck. As ts light creaminess separates from the malt, a dryness ensues which can also reveal unpleasant taste- none of that happens with this stark and stern flavor spread.

At the end of the day, Colorado's Guanabara has impressed me with yet another flavor that borrows from America's high gravity nature, but also addresses the earthy sweetness that's better appreciated by the taste of South America- and deservingly so.

Photo of Sludgeman
4.61/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from MN in my luggage. VAL 13A6015 on the bottle. Poured into a chalice.

WOW! Who thought Brazil could make a great beer much less a great stout! Before I had this bought this beer I had never heard of the Brazilian brewery. My expectations were low. The black rapadura fruit definitely gives it complexity, especially in the aroma if one takes the time to look behind the dark fruit. A really great stout. 4.5

A – Pours a black with a reddish tint, opaque with a thin dark tan head that dissipates quickly, some alcohol legs, good lacing 4.5

S – Dark fruit, raisins, dates, some whiskey, a tinch of spice hiding behind all the dark fruit, even a bit of smoke 4.75

T – An even combination of roasty malt, dark fruit, followed at the end by some whiskey. Alcohol is evident but not invasive, some sweetness in the middle, a tinch of caramel. 4.5

MF – Medium-bodied, semi-dry finish. I like the finish a lot – does not finish slick or heavy or syrupy like its taste might belie. 5.0

Photo of Nostrajonus
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark brown pour with a one finger tan head that leaves virtually no lacing.

S- I can smell all of the 10.5% abv. There are some mild dark chocolate undertones here, and the overall smell is sweet and rich.

T- The ABV didn't come through in the taste as it did in the smell, this thang is smooooth! Subtle bitterness from the hops, and the dark rich malt is very noticable. The sweetness from the black rapadura cane sugar is also a welcomed addition.

M- This drinks rather syrupy and leaves the mouth slightly coated with imperial stout goodness after every swallow.

O-Guanabara is a interesting take on a Russian Imperial Stout. It was less hoppy than I anticipated, and I enjoyed the addition of the cane sugar for sweetness. I have now tried three beers from Cervejaria Colorado: Bertho, Vixnu, and Guanabara. I have been extremely satisfied with their brews, and I will continue to look for them at the store.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

imperial stout from brazil with a raw unrefined crystalline sugar added, which imparts not only additional fermentables for strength, but also a lovely molasses earthy sweetness in the finish which is just right. the color on this is a matte black color, with less than an inch of head, patchy and tan. the nose is curious, sweet, but still with all the dark roasted barley bitterness and chocolate malt density. earthy in a new way upon the first sip, its not just malty but also sort of volcanic or ancient and hard, difficult to explain really, but the grain bitterness melds into a beautiful raw sugar sweetness with an expertly hidden alcohol kick, which can be felt but not detected in aroma or flavor. this is quite a bit different from the american big stouts, lighter in body for sure, but there is a craftsmanship to this that is very pronounced. a delicious beer in all facets, and one i have frankly overlooked for far to long.

Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent mahogany with a thumb of mocha colored head. Nice oily sheen, traces of head retention & lacing

S: Carob & coffee, dark fruit & licorice, boozeyness & oak

T: Follows the nose, plus much molasses , figgyness & dryness & charred grain up front. More dryness, figs, raisins, dark chocolate & charred grain & woody hops & more dark chocolate, carob & leafy hops as this warms, plus more molasses. Finishes dry, with booze burn, a touch of vanilla, oak, caramel, figs & caramel, plus leafy hops & figs

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, body thins out as this warms, a touch of boozey warmth as well

Super complex beer, pretty darn drinkable, spot on for the style. Not world-class, but knocking on the door. Both beers I've tried from these guys have impressed, will hope I can get more. Worth seeking out

Photo of jdhilt
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Deep brown almost black color, some yeast left in bottle. Prickly carbonation and medium bodied. very light chocolate nose and flavor is sugar, chocolate and molasses. The 10% abv is hidden. $9.99 for a 20oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up from Central Market while I was in San Antonio, TX.

The beer is dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of roast with prominent chocolate. Bold and flavorful. Rich and smooth with moderately low carbonation. A nice balance of bittering hops with sweet chocolate and roast. A touch of warming alcohol in the finish. Overall, this was quite tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of fdig23
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle.

Appearance: Deep dark brown, zero head.

Nose: Pure, rich blackstrap molasses, a bit of brighter sugar, toffee, and rich creamy milk chocolate.

Taste: Big sweet sugar and molasses punch up front that's balanced very nicely with a bit of smoke and some dried meat. This "Rapadura" sugar has a really nice, unique sweet and savory flavor combination. It fades into a nice earthy charcoal. Definitely unique and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and sugary. A bit too thin. The bottle says the body is lightened to make it more drinkable, but the flavor makes it a perfect slow-sipper. If they beefed up the body on this it would be incredible.

Overall: Really impressed with this. Unique beer from a unique place. Makes me hopeful for more good beer from South America.

Photo of hardy008
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with an almost one finger tan head, with nice retention and lacing. Nice aroma with dark roasted malt, molasses, and chocolate. There is also a sugar aroma which I believe is rapadura sugar.

Tastes much like it smells with dark roasted malt. molasses, bittersweet chocolate, and the rapadura sugar. There is also some hop bitterness for balance, and this beer has 50 IBUs. The alcohol is well hidden for a 10.5 % beer.

Full bodied with modest carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. Worth trying if you get the chance.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guanabara, my first from this unique brewery, gives me hops that something good is happening in Brazil as it looks good. it's pretty thick, not exactly viscous, but it's a nicely heavy-looking near-black brew that manages a good, strong tan head. It's about a full finger tall, it holds up for the session, and it leaves patchy lacing. If looks give me an idea of this beer, good things are ahead.
The aroma shows a substantial malts base with some roast but a somewhat sweeter edge, light notes of toffee, dark fruits and molasses sneaking into a dark chocolate bittersweetness. The sugars seem to provide a note like coffee liqueur.
The taste follows suit, though there's a bit more of a gentle smokiness over everything, seeming to be naturally derived from the roast. While there's a little sweetness, it's more bittersweet, and the cane sugar gives an interesting complement with the majority of the sweetness boiled out. There's a little bit of a stemmy thing, but in tune with the strong malt and the flavors it gives.
The body has a nice thickness, and these guys got the style right. It's not the heaviest, and it shouldn't be, but it's a big, thick, robust and full-bodied stout with just a nip of crispness and plenty of smoothness.

Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

20 oz bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter. Good till 8/13/15. Batch 48. Found this at Liquorworld in Cambridge.

Appearance: This beer poured a small mocha color head that for the most part was still there. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Molasses, chocolate, roasted coffee, raisins, a little smoke, alcohol, and tobacco.

Taste: Sweet can sugar molasses, smoke, raisins, chocolate, roasted coffee, tobacco, warm alcohol, and very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy smooth, full bodied, warm alcohol, tingly bitterness, and low to medium carbonation. Good stuff.

Overall: This is extremely solid RIS. Happy to have found this rare find. Should have saved it for another year.

Photo of sweemzander
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours practically pitch black. Some good tan froth and lacing formed.

(S)- Quite sweet and rich. Tons of chocolate, raisin, and brown sugar.

(T)- Very very sweet. It is not shy of brown sugar; very sweet with some cocoa, raisin, and vanilla poking through.

(M)- Smooth carbonation level meets an extremely sweet profile overall, and I mean sweet.

(O)- Its very sweet, though I still like what I see. Not sure if age will help this, since it might just get even sweeter.

Photo of Zorro
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown colored beer with a tall brown colored head.

Smells sweet and fruity with a strong cherry and anise aroma. Some chocolate and caramel with some patent malt and coffee. Strong Kahlua aroma and a slight tobacco scent.

Starts out sweet and fruity with a strong bitter snap at the end. Tutti frutti fruit flavor. Little bit of chocolate and coffee. That is about it for the flavor, could be more complex.

Mouthfeel is about average for the style.

Overall a tasty RIS on the sweet and lighter side.

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but when held up to the light, the edge of the glass is clear dark red. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lactose and dark malts are present in the nose along with hints of brown sugar.
T: The taste has flavors of lactose and dark malts along with notes of brown sugar along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be more like an Imperial Milk Stout instead of a Russian Imperial Stout and lacks roasted malts and much in the way of bitterness, but in any event, it is extremely drinkable considering the strength because any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste. All of the flavors seem to mesh well together.

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Colorado Ithaca / Guanabara from Cervejaria Colorado
89 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.