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Colorado Ithaca / Guanabara - Cervejaria Colorado

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BA SCORE
89
very good

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Brazil

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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

t0rin0, Sep 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

djrn2, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

nmann08, Jul 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

acurtis, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev -3%
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.

metter98, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

BEERchitect, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

kjkinsey, Mar 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

ygtbsm94, Aug 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

jaydoc, Nov 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Knapp85, Sep 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

largadeer, Apr 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

SocalKicks, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
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

russpowell, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Revolución Mexican Steakhouse. Served in a snifter.

A - Big creamy mocha foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind tons of lacing. Extremely dark brown body that is near-black and opaque.

S - Big roast, licorice, and molasses, with dark chocolate, and something that is reminiscent of candi sugar I'm guessing that's the rapadura sugar? Well-hidden alcohol. Gets increasingly sweet as it warms up.

T - The taste is a bit mellower, with more chocolate, caramel, and other sweet flavors, and less of the anise and roast I initially perceived. Vaguely reminiscent of coffee cake with the roast, caramel, and chocolate flavors. Again, not much in the way of alcohol.

M - Big and sticky texture, with a hint of alcohol warmth by the end of the glass. Lightly roasty in the finish before revealing some lingering stickiness. Surprising moderate carbonation keeps things from getting too heavy.

D - A nice Imperial stout that blends American sweetness and European roast and anise flavors. I had no problem putting down a snifter on my own, and for 10.5% this is fairly drinkable.

MasterSki, Apr 16, 2013
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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.

StonedTrippin, Feb 06, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

jlindros, Aug 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

MarkyMOD, Nov 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 600 mL bottle,

A: Pours black with a moderate light tan head, solid retention.

S: Dark chocolate, hints of dark fruit - raisin plum.

T: Lots of roasted malt, hints of charcoal upfront. Dominated in the middle by fruit and chocolate, quite tasty.

M: Smooth, strong, full-bodied.

D: A beer that can stand with anything in America. Well made and flavourful.

Halcyondays, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

orangesol, Jan 07, 2014
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.

dbrauneis, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
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
Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  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.

DoubleJ, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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.

Zorro, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

jdhilt, Oct 31, 2013
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Colorado Ithaca / Guanabara from Cervejaria Colorado
89 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.