Anniversary Sixteen - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: utopiajane on 12-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Dark Honey Saison
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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a huge fizzy slight fluffy 2+ finger head that fades at a med pace, nice fizzy messy lacing, pretty much pitch black beer with no real light getting through even on the thin parts.

Nose is interesting and unique, it mostly brings a Belgian base beer with mostly saison components, but also the nice toasty malt and grainy malts of a tripel, as well as big sweet Belgian candi sugar and little syrupy notes of like a Belgian strong, big floral phenols and spices, hint of orange peel too. Then comes a dark malt, a little bit of the dark malt but some caramel and toasty slightly roasty like dark malts, as well as a bit of mild fermented dry honey and mild esters.

Taste brings more of the same mix of Belgian beers and dark malts. First comes that saison note, wheat, grainy malts, toasty, etc. and into a bit of a blonde malt toasty flavor, as well as the mild dark malt flavors, caramel, hint of a roast like, mild fluffy nougat Carafa I think, but very light. The more Belgian flavors, a little candi sugar with a little syrupy note, and into the big yeast additions with plenty of phenols and some esters, as well as a warming booze character that gets slightly tingly with the phenols, and that seems to bring a slight hint of a honey character as well, and touches of spices and orange peel bitterness. Later a bit more bitterness comes through with a hint of an earthy spicy hop profile, but not much. The finish brings a bit more of the bitterness as it dries but stays sticky, a bit more tingly booze and phenols really come through on the finish, with a sticky dark malt flavor, hint of candi sugar and syrup.

Mouth is fuller bod, lots of fluffy tingly carbonation a bit too much, plenty of tingly warming booze as well, little syrupy.

Overall interesting, pretty tasty, a bit too much going on though as it's like every non-sour Belgian style beer mixed together with some dark malts and honey on top of it. But still nice characters and pretty tasty.

More User Reviews:
Photo of scootny
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark cola huge light brown head. Clear fluid. Very good lacing.

Nose is sweet and lightly bready. Hops are tight and cutting.

Taste is like a Belgian black IPA. Lots of roasted grains and char. Honey leaves a sweetness after the finish. Hops are plentiful leaving a leafiness in the back of my throat and a sandpaper dryness on my tongue. A bit of heat in the finish.

Feel is full and creamy with a crisp dryness in the swallow.

A nice brew.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent Belgian style made in America. Ale pours a deep DARK brown with tight beaded tan head and light lacing. Lots of character in the nose....dark plum, Belgian candy, strong esters and clove, fresh bread, and brown sugar. Taste has a lot going on as well. Belgian candy and honey up front and on the sides, plums, raisins, and hint of herbal spiciness from coriander comes thorough in a wave of excellent melodies on the back. Dry mouthfeel; highly carbonated, with an alcoholic warmth on the finish. A most excellent ale. Cheers.

Photo of rlee1390
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass, clear amber when pouring. Three finger tan head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Plums and other dark fruits, bananas, clove and then some honey.

T-Starts with belgian notes: dark fruits and clove. The honey is there but not as much as I was expecting. Semi well balanced.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-Better than I was expecting. The honey isn't very present though which I enjoyed.

Photo of 120minuteman
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer!

Complex beer with lots of flavor and a candy like aroma. Purply/black color with light carbonation. You can definitely taste the honey in this beer. Mildly bitter, with notes of maple syrup, brown sugar, and a hint of orange rind. A tasty winter warmer on a 0 degree night.

Hope to repeat soon!

Photo of tviz33
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle served in a tulip.

A- Black body and a huggggeee light tan head that hangs around for a few minutes. Spotty lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Wow, this is a remarkable delightful nose. Equal parts Belgian yeast, citrus, and honey. A well-balanced aroma I suppose. It's actually a bit like smelling hot cocoa mix, oddly enough.

T- Creamy and citrusy at the same time right up front. Dry towards the end and the honey appears in the middle.

M- Mouthfeel is right where it should be. Tingly carbonation but not so much that its champagne-like. Medium creamy feel. Where is the alcohol in this one? I don't get it at all.

O- Just a great beer by Ithaca. Don't even hesitate if you see it.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 8/17/2014 at Pour Farm in New Bedford, MA, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains funky Belgian yeast, roasted malts, some chocolate, spices and dark fruit.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and roasted malts. Then some sweet flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, honey, licorice and spices come in. The hops presence is mild and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are better dark Belgian-style beers that I would choose before this one.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter ad split with Stopper. The bottle is a gift from my brother Brian who bought it at the brewery.
The beer pours a dark cola brown with a creamy tan head of about 2 cm. The head fades slowly throughout the sampling.
The aroma is mild overall with some sweet floral notes mixing with toffee and molasses.
Maybe a little chocolate, but overall the nose is mild.
First sip reveals a light body and fine fizzy carbonation. Drinks very smooth and easy, no heat from the ABV.
Flavors are mild but I get some dark fruit and sweet malt with chocolate and there are some sweeter floral notes too. I dont get any peppery booze nor heat for a bigger beer.
I dont dislike anything about this beer but the flavor and nose are very mild and I was hoping for a little more there. No flaws just hoped for more complexity and boldness on the flavors.

Glad I had a chance to try this one-off.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a large lively tan head, excellent retention and good lacing.

Smells of sour musty yeast and grain with a touch of honey and some slight floral notes.

Taste is the Belgian yeast definitely with a touch of clove. Some chewy malt pushes through with toffee notes. The honey is subdued in the background and coats the mouth with a smooth creamy feel. It finishes with some bitter herb and spice notes.

Photo of utopiajane
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours dark and deep with a fat creamy head of tan foam that is slow to fall and leaves sheets of lace to look at. This beer will mesmerize you with both it's darkness and it's it's clarity. It is the color of black walnut but has lighter brown hues, golden honey highlights and a faint hint of ruby when you look into it deeply. The exceptional clarity causes it to glow a bit from the glass. Leaves sheets of lace as you drink.

The nose is tremendous and bright. It has an earthy belgian yest and a flaky and light biscuit malt. The fruit is powerful and fresh. Citrus with it's bright zest is like morning dew. The honey is light and sweet and very tempting to the nose. There are also dark fruits on this nose. They are defiantly light and there's even a hint of tart cherry. Lemongrass, crisp wheat and an airy smoothness.

The taste is pristine. Vibrant fruits with a breath of honey. The mouthfeel is amazing. It's well carbonated, sparkling carbonation. Yet it has a substantial mouthfeel. The malt is a light biscuit that is kissed by some sticky honey. Pleasantly sticky. The different malts in this have created a creaminess, a smoothness and a flavor that is unique. There is a chalky dryness to the middle that excites the palate and cleanses it for an aftertaste that leaves the citrus at the front and brings the dark fruits to the aftertaste with a bit of spice and pepper. It's juicy.

This is a terrific beer from Ithaca . it's dark as night yet aglow with flavors. It's complex and easy to drink. It's exciting as the beer drinks with so much character in each of it's aspects. You could talk about any one component at length. It unfolds and continues to delight with it's lightness and variations. This beer has texture and is layered so that it brings something a little different to the palate with each sip. Not a hint of alcohol either on the nose or in the drink and it's just wonderful..

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer review #666...for what that's worth. 750ml into Duvel tulip at 45 degrees or so.

Pours with a massive, frothy, tan head over a deep amber edged brown body. Lots of lacing.

Aromas are light, tangy, and inviting. Very light roast - almost like a cocoa, and a decent amount of sweetness. It draws you in.

Mouthfeel is really smooth... borders on creamy, without losing the crisp... if that makes sense. Tangy, with a light bitterness in the flavor. Limey, grassy, and hoppy, with some bark bite, and a roasted malt finish that almost leaves you with a brown-ale-like finish. I kid you not. The finish is fairly dry, but not overly so.

I really enjoyed this - it may not be quite up to the caliber of some of the other amazing Excelsior versions I've enjoyed in the past, but that's a high bar they've set for themselves. I do appreciate the uniqueness of this one, melding Saison with Dark Ale.

Afterthought: Kind of shocked at some of the shitty scores I've seen, with no review - c'mon folks, it's a one-off anniversary ale... at least take the 5 minutes to enter why you think it's average or mediocre. Cause I don't see it. My glass is half full.

Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a huge amount of khaki colored head that disappears somewhat slowly leaving an almost black colored beer, no visible highlights seen

S-Belgian yeast, honey, light dark fruits, and a hint of cocoa

T-taste is similar to the smell, bready backbone with a yeasty kick, dark fruits, honey sweetness and a bit of cocoa in the finish

M-medium body, medium to high carbonation

Overall I enjoyed this one, a nice combo of Saison and BSDA. I'll look for other beers from this series.

Anniversary Sixteen from Ithaca Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.