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Obscurite - Ithaca Beer Company

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88
very good

82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A complex black stout brewed with Belgian candy sugar. Delicate chocolate aromatics cascade into coffee, dark fruit and vanilla flavors.

(Beer added by: MLaVioletteJr on 02-17-2014)
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Reviews by Billolick:
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Billolick

New York

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with best before notching area on the side of the label.

Pours darn near black, very dark tan head, leaves a thick collar and larger spots of lacing.

Dark grains and black coffee on the nose.

Flavorful stout, with more coffee, as well as dark chocolate, light smoke/wood, dark grains and some alcohol in the rear and in the finish.

Enjoyable, heady sipper.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 21:52:47 | More by Billolick
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Mgm54

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

07-26-2014 16:32:36 | More by Mgm54
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SuperHop18

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

07-22-2014 01:23:04 | More by SuperHop18
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill as part of Ithaca top takeover. Late spring 2014.

Pours dark black, light tan ring of foaming. Coffee/espresso nose. Lighter roaster coffee bitter taste.Sugary too and hints of vanilla bean. Carbonation is on the lighter side. Has a good taste, but not remarkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2014 13:44:00 | More by KTCamm
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very nice smelling beer with a rich sweet roasted malt base. Hints of chocolate milk, char, and alcohol are present too with just a hint of cherries at the very end.

It pours a deep rustic brown that appears black in my glass. The head is quite sizeable and formed late in the pour. It's long lasting with some spotty lacing.

The taste was good too and mainly followed the nose. It had a nice roasted character that dominated, but not overbearing. Malty coffee and sweet chocolate came through to balance the taste.
The feel is pretty thin given that it poured looking quite velvetty. Char and ash can be felt along the palate and ends with a rather robust alcohol warmth.

I liked the beer but thought the body was a bit thin and alcohol a bit high.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 10:36:21 | More by micromaniac129
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-08-2014 22:41:42 | More by skaboom420
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paulish

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-05-2014 02:05:20 | More by paulish
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 01/22/14 at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt, figs, dates
Head large (5 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to 8 mm ring and 2 mm layer
Lacing excellent – virtually covers the inside of the snifter with small bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins sweet and thick, tastes like dates,; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl; flavor ends with just a trace of bitterness.
Palate full, syrupy, soft carbonation

This is a pretty decent dark ale – the high alcohol content is totally hidden. It is slightly too sweet for my taste although the flavor is good.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2014 20:12:22 | More by Ozzylizard
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loupap

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +2%

06-29-2014 20:22:53 | More by loupap
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Really looking forward to this the only "American" Belgium Stout that comes to mind is Tiny from Weyerbacher and I loves that shit. $2.69 for the single.

A - Well damn is this a pretty stout. Deep dark opaque blackness with well over an inch of mocha tinted head.
S - Vanilla and chocolate highlight with a hint of lactic sourness. Smell doesn't seem very roasty or dry from the yeasts.
T - Slightly acidic with roasts and bittersweet chocolates. Hops are mixed pretty well with the chalky yeasts but in all it's kind of medicinal. I don't like it.
M - Medium bodied and quite thin dispute the massive ABV. Pity

Overall I loved their other takes on Belgium beers and even though this one is on style I couldn't see having another. Just not a great beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 02:36:48 | More by DrDemento456
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

06-02-2014 13:00:32 | More by mikefuski17
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

06-01-2014 12:45:43 | More by InspectorBob
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devilfluff

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

05-31-2014 02:20:18 | More by devilfluff
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Drknight

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%

05-30-2014 11:47:31 | More by Drknight
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T-34-85

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-24-2014 03:29:51 | More by T-34-85
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bluntedboywonder

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

05-24-2014 00:32:30 | More by bluntedboywonder
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MichiganderHB

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

05-22-2014 11:55:55 | More by MichiganderHB
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

05-21-2014 03:42:53 | More by IdrinkGas
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BB1313

Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 1/21/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a little light getting through; small mocha head that fades and leaves decent retention and lacing. The aromas are full of chocolate. Lots of malts and very subtle yeast. Some anise/black licorice in the mix as well. The flavors seem to match the nose. More chocolate with hints of coffee. Vanilla is there. It's bittersweet. Finishes dry for the most part. It's ultimately has more stout qualities than Belgian qualities, but it's a nice combo. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and feels somewhat thin. It has active carbonation and is easy to drink. There's an extremely subtle warmth in the finish, but no booziness at all. Alcohol goes unnoticed for the most part. It's a nice beer to relax with.

This is a nice brew. They nailed it, but left me thinking of what this could be at the same time. Nice chocolate flavors and stout characteristics make this enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2014 22:34:53 | More by BB1313
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bakers chocolate coloring with a saddle brown tinted head of 1.5 inch magnitude. Great retention . lending to a thin, skimmy milky covering. Lace coverage behind measures in the 50% coverage of the vessel.

S: The nose is of freshly grounded coffee beans, oily, roasty fresh, with vanilla, dry chocolate hints on the trial end. Moderate in strength it smells like a dry milk stout aroma wise.

T: The flavor is dry milk chocolate, with some creamer. Yeasty notes of banana are fresh with some pancake batter, and bittering chocolate. Fresh dough with a dry barnyard fade closes things out.

M: dry and bittering, creamy, light to medium bodied with a lingering chalky aftertaste.

O: Overall pretty good yeast factor, dry chocoalte creamy and bittering, consumed at the higher end of the drinking spectrum.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2014 00:33:40 | More by beerthulhu
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micropale

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-11-2014 21:12:23 | More by micropale
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-11-2014 00:06:24 | More by Oakenator
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

05-10-2014 18:24:43 | More by Omnium
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

05-08-2014 23:35:00 | More by ejimhof
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atrocity

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-29-2014 15:42:31 | More by atrocity
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Obscurite from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.