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Colorado Ithaca / Guanabara - Cervejaria Colorado

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Colorado Ithaca / GuanabaraColorado Ithaca / Guanabara

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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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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
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Huhzubendah, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Goobastic
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Goobastic, Oct 27, 2013
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.

fdig23, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of JoeMans
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

JoeMans, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of hockeypuck
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

hockeypuck, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of hardy008
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

hardy008, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Benny3000
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Benny3000, Oct 09, 2013
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.

Brenden, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of hellhammermario
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

hellhammermario, Oct 06, 2013
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.

Flounder57, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Bung, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of carlitos92
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

carlitos92, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

sweemzander, Sep 20, 2013
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 Bandi
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Bandi, Sep 08, 2013
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 Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Knapp85, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of jlindros
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
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +0.5%

SocalKicks, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Andrew526
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Andrew526, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.5%

nmann08, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color forming a medium bubbled beige head. Low retention and only few spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet and roasty. Dark chocolate. Toffee. Caramel malts and rapadura

T: Sweet upfront. Notes of dark chocolate. Toffee. Candy sugar, brown sugar, rapadura. Strong notes of roasted malts. In overall, a bit too sweet with a nice roasted bitter end

M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Sweet and roasted aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Nice Imperial Stout. Only a bit too sweet for the style

eduardolinhalis, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
4.23/5  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...

EgadBananas, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Hellmeh
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Hellmeh, Jul 04, 2013
Colorado Ithaca / Guanabara from Cervejaria Colorado
89 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.