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Colorado Ithaca / Guanabara - Cervejaria Colorado

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Colorado Ithaca / GuanabaraColorado Ithaca / Guanabara

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very good

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 2
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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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

10-06-2013 04:31:22 | More by hellhammermario
Photo of Flounder57


4.24/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

09-27-2013 05:51:16 | More by Flounder57
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

09-22-2013 02:04:44 | More by Bung
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

09-21-2013 02:36:21 | More by carlitos92
Photo of sweemzander


3.64/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

09-20-2013 18:00:54 | More by sweemzander
Photo of Zorro


4.06/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

09-14-2013 00:13:30 | More by Zorro
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.3%

09-08-2013 01:39:53 | More by Bandi
Photo of metter98

New York

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

09-08-2013 01:38:58 | More by metter98
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

09-01-2013 05:26:00 | More by Knapp85
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

08-18-2013 18:17:54 | More by jlindros
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

08-18-2013 01:33:54 | More by SocalKicks
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

07-23-2013 12:15:00 | More by Andrew526
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

07-21-2013 01:30:08 | More by nmann08
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

07-19-2013 17:58:38 | More by eduardolinhalis
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4.23/5  rDev +6%

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...

07-13-2013 21:19:34 | More by EgadBananas
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

07-04-2013 01:36:31 | More by Hellmeh
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-28-2013 21:09:44 | More by srbcurti
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4.6/5  rDev +15.3%

(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.

05-28-2013 19:03:25 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of bluejacket74


4.24/5  rDev +6.3%

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!

05-25-2013 21:33:40 | More by bluejacket74
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

05-04-2013 23:48:23 | More by kaelingirl
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4.24/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

05-03-2013 06:37:04 | More by Lawl3ss
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

05-02-2013 22:49:33 | More by JohnBender
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

04-29-2013 20:15:38 | More by TomTown
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New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +5%

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!

04-17-2013 05:19:51 | More by SadMachine
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

04-16-2013 21:48:13 | More by MasterSki
Colorado Ithaca / Guanabara from Cervejaria Colorado
89 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.