Colorado Ithaca / Guanabara - Cervejaria Colorado

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 154
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 5.81%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | FT: 4
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Brazil

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 EgadBananas
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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... (419 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (1,038 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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! (720 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,287 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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! (1,310 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (1,090 characters)

Photo of paulozanello
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,444 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,080 characters)

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Colorado Ithaca / Guanabara from Cervejaria Colorado
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