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Old Habit - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 68
Gots: 21 | FT: 4
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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infestaxion

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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch E!007

A - Reddish brown with a finger beige head that has good retention.

S - Whiskey and rye malt. Very subtle.

T - Whiskey up front then the sweetness from the rye kicks in. Nice caramel notes and some vanilla. A bit of warmth at the end.

M - Kind of thin on the body and not a lot of carbonation.

D - Pretty easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 04:16:20 | More by infestaxion
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S: A light tartness up front, quickly enveloped by a smooth sweetness. Caramel, toffee, and vanilla present. I'm thinking barrel aged, likely whiskey. A slight char aroma too. Intriguing.

T: Rich toffee, and slightly buttery. Reminiscent of a werther's hard candy. The slightest tartness on the back of the tongue in the aftertaste. Almost like apple cider, with light spices. Apple brandy maybe? Consider me perplexed.

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S: Nose full of rye malts and whiskey. Some funk is present as well but I have no idea where that comes from. Fruity notes as well in the form of cherry and boysenberry.

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Old Habit from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.