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Old Habit - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

151 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 17.35%


Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Robust American Ale brewed with four different Rye Malts, fresh Centennial and Crystal Hops and our proprietary Ale Yeast. It is partly fermented in Tennesee Rye Whiskey Barrels, then carefully blended. Enjoy the gorgeous ruby color, strong aromas of vanilla and black cherry, earthy flavors of nuts and oak and the warm spicy finish.

(Beer added by: zdk9 on 06-06-2007)
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IBUnit63

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4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!007 into Duvel tulip during LNBA high time...around 3 AM

Beautiful full= finger head - buttery rye bread color - almost maple dulce de leche. Chewy and bready. Chestnut brown - more like cherrywood with a tinge of mahogany - in color. Good lacing.

There's deep, copious amounts of caramel malt with a slightly austere and metallic bushel of rye in there. Hop profile is a little piney - let this warm, most definitely.

First sip is colder than it needs to be but damn...so friggin' COMFORTING. The malt is like the heaviest winter blanket - huge, thick and warm. Subtle dark texture...austerity from the oak and a light but effective bourbon topcoat. The hop presence is mild but keeps the other elements in line from getting too big for their britches. Almost like a rye TEN. Lots of Beautiful Chemistry going on here. Dark roast of maly isn't hefty at all...very soothing.

This has one of the most comforting palate feels. Hops have a grass/pine bite and a little acidity to mesh perfectly with the huge amount of caramel and rye malt. Alcohol is present but restrained. Everything a nighttime beer should be.

Drinks a lot more quickly than it should...EXCELLENT product!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 15:03:50 | More by IBUnit63
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Old Habit from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.