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Colorado Ithaca / Guanabara - Cervejaria Colorado

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Colorado Ithaca / GuanabaraColorado Ithaca / Guanabara

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very good

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Cervejaria Colorado visit their website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is known as Ithaca in Brazil, but Guanabara in the US.

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 10-10-2010)
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Mugenlude, Feb 24, 2014
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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.

rhoadsrage, May 28, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
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

Sludgeman, Feb 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

st9647v3, Sep 13, 2014
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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

jneiswender, Jun 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

BrewClint, Feb 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Hellmeh, Jul 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Pug, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Scepter, Feb 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Chevelle66, Mar 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

pa_tex, Mar 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Goobastic, Oct 27, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

DoubleJ, Oct 10, 2010
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Colorado Ithaca / Guanabara from Cervejaria Colorado
89 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.