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Colorado Ithaca / Guanabara - Cervejaria Colorado

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 7
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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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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 rhoadsrage
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Val 13 AGO 13
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thick tan head that is sticky and slides back into the inky body after each sip.

S- The aroma of banana bread blends with dark molasses and roasted black malt leads to a rich dark chocolate malt finish. Some brewer’s licorice aromas come through as it opens.

T- The mellow but full inky deep roasted chocolate malt is followed by a dark molasses taste, without any tin taste, and some dark fruity with prune hints. There is a nice touch of sweetness and dark roasted flavor that lingers after each sip. A nice char note comes through as the beer opens aswell.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel is creamy in texture with a nice alcohol heat that compliments the flavor.

O- This beer has a rich smooth malt flavor with a great depth and it is really enhanced by the burnt rapadura sugar. This beer is well balance, delicious and a great beer to sip on cool damp days of spring. It really should have it’s own 1-day festival, and some wax on the top.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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 bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

600 ml bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly sweet, the brew smells like chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, dark fruit, and something that reminds me of brown sugar (which I assume is the Black Rapadura cane sugar listed on the label). The taste is very sweet just like the aroma, it tastes like chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit (cherries), roasted malt, vanilla, and some coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, it's a sweeter tasting Imperial Stout. I certainly wouldn't mind buying this again in the future!

Photo of EgadBananas
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very stoked to find this at a local bar in Curitiba!

Pitch black, with a minimal brown head that dissipates to a thick ring.

Smells of anise, plum, raisin, chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar, light coffee.

Tastes of brown sugar, caramel, high roast, chocolate, raisins, dates and pecans.

Full bodied, thick, chewy almost.

Impressive, I must say. I really hope I can get a bottle to go to bring back stateside...

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Zorro
4.09/5  rDev +3%
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 jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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 SadMachine
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm not 100% certain this is the same beer as my bottle has different artwork than displayed here, and it was not wax sealed. However it is named Guanabara, brewed by Cerveja Colorado, and a 10% imperial stout (this label specifies it was brewed with black rapadura if that makes any difference), so I'm just going to review it here and if it doesn't belong a new entry can be made.

A: Poured into Stone IRS snifter, it is black as night w/ a 2+ finger light tan head that slowly recedes, leaving pretty nice lacing.

S: The aroma is very unique and unlike any other stout I've had before, imperial or not. Sweet cane sugar and a vinous character is what is most up front. Maybe a hint of standard malts and roastiness, but this mostly just smells sweet/sugary.

T: It opens up as one would expect from the nose, albeit with a moderate amount of boozy flavor that was not detectable in the aroma. The middle mellows and brings the vinous character to the forefront. The finish is surprising with a healthy dose of roasted bitter bite, but this is very welcome after a lot of sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is creamy and viscous, with just enough carbonation.

O: Overall I am very impressed with my first beer from Cerveja Colorado. Brazil may have a bright craft beer future with these guys leading the charge!

Photo of GregJ
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
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%

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 jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mocha colored creamy fizzy head that hits about 1/2 finger before quickly fading back, lacing sits on the side before slowly climbing back down with the thick legs of the beer, pitch black beer with no light getting through.

Nose gives that big molasses syrup aroma, must be the raw can sugar, an earthy root like sweet aroma, licorice root, some super dark chocolate bitter earthy dark chocolate, light roasty aroma with a bit of rich earthy coffee too, mocha and baker's chocolate, a little nutty even. It gets a hint of a creamy oatmeal like too.

Taste starts with tons of dark malts again, big roasty dark malts, some earthy coffee as well, but not really acrid which is nice. The roast does bring some bitterness of it's own, as well as hints of earthy hops I believe. Then waves of chocolate, tons of super dark bitter chocolate, baker's, and a little mocha too. Again it gets creamy, oatmeal like creamy taste, almost chewy level of thick rich creaminess. I get some molasses character again, pure cane sugar and earthy root flavors, with a little licorice root and baking spices. Hint of caramel and nutty toffee. The bitterness continues to grow as it goes, and fairly sweet overall but not overly sweet surprisingly. Booze is hidden well too, but comes through with just a hint of warmth. Finish is sweet and syrupy still but not too much either, a bit more booze warmth and bitterness, more roasty malts and dakr chocolate with a creamy thick mouth feel lingering.

Mouth is full bodied, very thick and rich, creamy, heavy, light warming booze balanced well by the sweetness and heavy dark malts, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, big beer with lots of dark malts and still doesn't get acrid, nice booze bitterness and sweet malt balance, lots of nice earthy flavors too from the Rapadura, enjoyable sipper.

Photo of jdhilt
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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 sweemzander
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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 BEERchitect
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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 JebBeerFish
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
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 Nostrajonus
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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 grandslamfam
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
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 DoubleJ
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It looks like Colorado took a page from the American school of making RIS, then packaging it as though The Bruery did it. The cap is covered in wax, and it is packaged in a wooden box and bubble wrapped inside. From a 600 ml bottle that I'm very thankful of sfoley333 for sharing, on to the beer:

It's black alright. The head is little and goes away, but the glop left by the beer in the glass is worth noting. The nose isn't a roast bomb like some. It is balanced and powerful. Raisin, molasses, cherry chocolate, hints of esters.

The folks at Colorado must have liked Stone IRS a lot, because that is what Ithaca reminds me of. Light chocolate flavors, molasses, cherry,....all I know is that I like it a lot! It's also got that big and chewy mouthfeel that I like in an imperial stout. At 10.5 ABV, it's going down at a good pace, hinting to the reader that the booze is hidden.

Needless to say I was excited to try a Brazilian made imeperial stout. My high expections were met with ease. Despite the high price tag of R$50 a bottle, everyone should try this beauty.

Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +5%
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 Foxybrau
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
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 paulozanello
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was brewed as a special "one of" back in 2009 and it stood on the Colorado Brewery's cellar for about 6 months before it got approved by the very archaic Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture. It had to change it's original name " Vintage Black Rapadura " to Ithaca. On to the beer:

It pours a dark brown, almost black color with faint red hues under the foam when looked against the light. The head is light brown and persists for about a minute or so receding down to a circular layer of foam on the edges of the glass. Lacing is moderate.

Aroma is not as strong as it should be but on the other hand it is very complex: molasses, dark fruits, chocolate and dark malts.

Taste is wonderful starting out sweet with molasses, plums, figs, then trasitioning to dark chocolate notes and finishing sweet again with some Belgian yeast esters like banana. Aftertaste is long lasting with almost no bitterness.

Body is heavy on this one. It has some alcohol noticeable but it fits the bill or this style. Carbonation is perfect and not too high. A warmth sensation from the 10.5 abv fills the throat after each sip.

Overall a very nice beer from Brazil, definitely one of the best available in the country. It was brewed with a Belgian ale yeast that gives off some unwanted banana esters for a RIS but other than that it is just delicious. I remember having this beer back when it was just brewed and it did get much better with the aging.

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Near room- temp 600 ml bottle into a stemmed tulip. Real Ale RIS tulip, actually. Fairly sure the best-by date is August 15, 2013.

Look- Deep brown-black with three fingers of loose off-white head. Good retention for the ABV- maybe too good, takes forever to fall. Minimal lacing.

Smell- Nougat and blackcurrant, fruitier and sweeter than expected. Cocoa and shortbread, light booze, some roasty aromas in the backdrop. Barleywine-esque.

Taste- Well, that's unique. Distinctly English-y maltiness, mild-moderate char, pronounced estery character. Raisin, brown sugar, black cherry, browned toast. Roasty bite to the finish coupled with bittersweet chocolate. Not as sweet as the aroma would suggest. Aftertaste lingers- light rye bread, cold-press coffee. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, mellow carbonation. Smooth, chewy texture, full feel but finishes surprisingly clean. Mild warming on the back end, but not too boozy for 10%.

Overall- Snagged this 600 ml bottle for about $6 at a local chain grocery store, very, very respectable at that price and a very pleasant surprise. Interesting ester profile, not quite sure what to make of it, reminiscent of a barleywine-turned-stout. Definitely worth trying. Highly recommended- I'll be snagging a few more to set aside.

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Colorado Ithaca / Guanabara from Cervejaria Colorado
89 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.