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Old Habit - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 117
Hads: 162
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 16.88%
Wants: 64
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zdk9 on 06-06-2007

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.
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Reviews: 117 | Hads: 162
Photo of bobsy
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eric decided to split his bottle of batch E!017 with me last night, and I found it to be a very pleasant beer. Cheers man!

So, the first thing to note is that something is seriously amiss with this beer, but thankfully the flavour appears not to have suffered (yet). If the Fantome that preceded it was a gusher, this is a foamer, and an ever-rising tide of off-white bubbles heads slowly upwards after the bottle is cracked. A careful pour results in a pretty ale. A deep and rich mahogany body supports a good two fingers of foam, which displays fine retention and lacing.

Fruity cherry notes waft upwards, anlong with spicy yeast that would seem more at home in a Belgian Strong Dark than a rye beer, but get you nose in closer and you do start to pick up the uniqueness of the rye grains and the barrel aging. There certainly doesn't seem to be any negative aspects, which points to the infection limiting its major appearance to an over-active carbonation.

Barrel-aging is rarely handled this well, and it imparts a wonderfully spicy oak character and burst of vanilla into every sip. This, of course, plays off the natural spiciness of the rye grain, and the vanilla in the rye liquor. Its sweet and lightly fruity throughout (again I'm thinking cherries), but is balanced by a nice hop bite in the finish. Perhaps the only complaint I have is that its a little hot for its weight, but I certainly didn't have a problem finishing my share of the botle.

Despite the initial burst of head, the carbonation actually isn't all that bad. Its certainly active, but in a soft, rather than harsh, way. This helps to alleviate what is essentially a heavy beer, and makse the mouthfeel pleasing and complimentary.

So, while there seems to be something going on in this batch I don't think its had a negative effect yet, though I wouldn't advise cellaring it for any more time. This is a really nicely balanced beer, that incorporates barrel aging as a component rather than the dominant force of its flavour profile. Cheers Eric!

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle nearly exploded when I opened it. Batch E!017

A: Big, booming head on top of a cloudy red body with some floaters. Had to settle this one down before pouring a glass. Head is fizzing, but not going anywhere.

S: Nose is full of booze and raisins, sweet malts and more alcohol. Has a rum like smell, very boozy. Not sure if this would better with age, but for now...too much heat on the nose.

T: Sweet, but still very hot and hoppy on the palate. The rye is very strong here, needs a malt presence. Good grassy/citrus flavor that makes the beer. Still tastes like drinking liquor for some reason.

M: A hot mess. Has a smooth and syrupy quality but it's way too hot.

D: Hard to put this one pour back. Certainly not a beer to drink without some help.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch # FL017

Pours with a really aggressive light tan head that shows excellent structure and retention. Rose above the top of my tulip glass. Murky brown leather color. Slight reddish tones. Too dark to decipher the clarity of the beer. Thick rings of lacing.

Aroma is funky, sour with oak & cherry notes.

First impression. Doesn't taste anything like it smells. Many beers (and reviews) are noted that the flavor follows the aroma. This is completely the opposite. Flavor is slightly boozy (Bourbon) with vanilla, oaky with a more assertive hop profile than I had expected. Certainly finishes with a crisp rye ending. Perhaps the Rye nature is cutting a bit of what would be more of the sour flavors in this beer. Certain aspects cause you to expect a sour beer, but it's not really. As it warms, vanilla comes to the forefront even more with a slight cherry flavor. Fairly complex.

Body is much thicker than I would have anticipated. Lays thickly on your tongue. Warming from the boozy nature.

Certainly one to enjoy over the evening. Not sure what to make of it. Truth be told, I like the aroma better than the flavor.

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Photo of Brent
2.3/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Perhaps my bottle was not a good representation of the overall production of this beer, but I found it unpleasantly sour and harsh, more like a poorly-executed wild ale, although I don't believe we are dealing with an infection. The only beer that was a drain-pour during a BA gathering.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to grub for this one.

A - Dark, ruby brown with a huge head. Slight gusher when I popped the cap off and a faint sour aroma...hoping this isnt infected. Head is frothy brown with excellent retention and excellent lacing.

S - Light oakiness, hints of whisky, light sourness and a bit of spice. Very bold aroma with lots of smells blending together nicely.

T - Dry spiciness up front with sour dark fruits. Strong hints of oak, vanilla and whiskey. I'm fairly confident that this is infected, but I like it. The sour plays off the spicy very nicely.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and very well carbonated. Easy drinking.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times over the last couple of years, but the most recent bottle and the review comes from Ditmier... Eric is a beer buddy's homeboy. Enjoyed immensely at a tasting a while back and reviewed from notes.

Lite tan head and a lightly hazed deep amber.. great lacing.

I catch the barrel aging out of the gate.. not over done but well presented and adds a great complexity immediately.. malty with some spice.. touches of chocolate.

Spiciness abounds in the palate... lite cherry and caramel.. nice vanilla mid palate .. again some chocolate that reminds me of a boozy cordial without all the sweetness... Great medium body with a lighter than expected carbonation... very smooth I like the way it circulates around the palate.

This is an excellent brew that I need to remember to try and trade for again.. Fantastically complex and ramps up the definition of "rye beer" for sure... Rye Wine maybe??!!


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Photo of corby112
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color that is completely opaque with slight mahogany/plum edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy beige head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Visible yeast chunks as well.

Roasted malt aroma with touches of dark fruit, earthy hops, subtle peppery spice and a nice bit of oaky vanilla bourbon/whiskey. The whiskey presence is prominent but doesn't dominate or overpower the other notes. Hints of chocolate, caramel and rye malt alongside some plum, raisin and vinous grape. This beer smells amazing!

Surprisingly earthy and musty flavored medium body which is very complex, balancing a lot of different flavors and providing something very unique. Earthy dry hops up front are quickly countered by a rich roasted malt profile with a touch of sweetness. This sweetness is enhanced by the dark fruit notes, again mostly raisin, fig, grape and plum. Slight oaky tannis comes through toward the end of the palate with a nice whiskey presence that isn't too overwhelming. It's a nice change of pace to drink a barrel aged beer that isn't dominated by hot booze. Subtlety can be a good thing sometimes. The finish is slightly dry with a bit of peppery zest. At first I thought that this beer was a bit too soily and earthy but as I make my way through the 750 and it warms I'm starting to really enjoy it.

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Photo of mikey711
3.07/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch E!017

A: Murky deep brown, almost light mud, with way too much head as it was a bit of a gusher. Also the head held too well. The lacing was great

S: Heavy vanilla wood notes, some rye spice, brown sugar. Also some cherry and raspberry notes

T: Very earthy tasting. at times i felt like i was chewing on damop wood. The whiskey does provide a bit of smokiness and there is a pronounce chocolate note, but this one just seemed like a bit of a mess to me. Maybe I just wasnt in the mood for this type of beer but it really turned me off a bit

M: Very boozy but I think with some cellaring this will drastically improve

D: From the first sip I was not enjoying it. I did get more into as the night progressed but it is definitely a bit green

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Photo of Gmann
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml capped and foiled bottle. Pours a chestnut brown color with an outrageous pillowy tan head that just won't dissipate. It has been sitting for several minutes and there is barely any reduction in the head. Needless to say it is leaving crazy chunk lacing all over the glass. The aroma has a big oak sourness with hints of whiskey and vanilla. The taste is of oak and vanilla. The oaky sourness is not as big in the taste and the whiskey is noticable but not overpowering. There is also some red wine, caramel, chocolate and a lightly roasted malt flavors. The rye takes a distant backseat to the bolder oak and whiskey but does add a light spicy sour characteristic. Moderate body with fairly soft carbonation, the feel is a bit sticky and at times the abv can seem hot. The malt body does a good job supporting the strong flavors of this brew and helps keep everything in check. This is a very tastey barrel ages brew. The oak and whiskey do not blast you over your head but work very well with its supporting cast.

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Photo of asabreed
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

25.6 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Had to pick up another bottle from the series, and will continue to do so when I can and they're available.

Appearance: What I love about this is that every time you pour it it's like the first time, which, maybe oddly enough, doesn't happen as often with beers. And even after the initial pour, there's head and lacing around the neck of the bottle. But nothing's out of control -- it's just Belgian-like, through and through, which was unexpected. And the color's somewhere between an RIS and an amber, with a ton of gorgeously deep red and blacks going on, nearly opaque.

Smell: The complexity to this sucker is out of control. Big lambic woody sourness at first, along with the spiciness from the rye, the pungency of the hop tandem, charred notes of wood from the malt, along with some caramel, vanilla, and roasted chocolate, and some vanilla caramel booziness from the whiskey. And when it warms the whiskey notes mix with the tart and hugely pungent cherry aromas, along with other tropical and blisteringly ripe fruit that mixes well with the spicy rye notes. Always-changing and morphing and bringing weird notes as the temperature changes. There's TLC going on. Big time.

Taste: First, as it warms, you have the woodiness, the charred malts, the caramel nature, the sourness, a bit of anise, some charcoal. But there's a huge amount of spice, rye, and sharply effulgent estery sweetness in the way of tart cherries and candied caramel granny smith apple that do some great things too. Long lingering finish where the chocolate, caramel, and barrel notes come in, along with the booziness and sharpness of the whiskey notes, that seem to play with the rye spiciness and pungent hop character extremely well. Is this a Rye Beer? Barley Wine? Imperial Amber? What the hell is this thing? It's heady, wonderful, and encapsulating is what it is.

Mouthfeel: If this were up to the 11% or 12% range, maybe this could be cloying, but that's the other thing they get right here: they don't overdo it in the least. Like a slow-motion balloon popping in your mouth that expels slow clouds into every cavity. Just awesome.

Drinkability: A wonderful beer all around, and though I had Brute at the brewery almost a month ago, and have yet to open the bottle I'm hoping to save, I'm not sure it can beat Old Habit once I sit down to actually try it from the bottle. This is one of those "Whoa" brews for me, where the complexity, the drinkability, and the experience just click, left and right and up and down and everywhere. I haven't had an experience like this with a beer since Cuvee de Tomme, which makes me realize that Ithaca needs to 1) Keep doing what they're doing, 2) Get their beers to keep moving across the country, and 3) Keep making beers in this series. It's been about three hours now since I've been sipping on this, and I have a hard time believing that this isn't worth more than what I paid for it, which I believe was somewhere in the 11$-$13 range. This is how you experiment, folks. And this is how you get it right. Can't wait to try more, and more, and more, from the series.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into my little samuel smith flute, this beer is a gorgeous rubyish brown .nice persistent head that leaves great lacing. honestly i can't say anything bad about it.

nose has some slight whiskey with an alcohol burn,bit of vanilla from the wood. slight bit of tart dark fruits.s

this is a great beer.nice notes of raisiny dark fruits,slight amount of spice from the rye, followed by very nice notes of whiskey and oak.somewhat fruity-esque mineral flavor in the finish,pretty intriguing though.that is the only way i can describe it.

mouthfeel is great.full bodied and creamy with a nice amount of carbonation to accentuate the flavors.

overall this is a great rye beer. wish it had wider availability.

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Photo of DrewOSU
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Shared by Newtonty, thanks man.

A: Pours a dirty red with a more brownish head. Good carbonation on pour, lacing webs the side of the glass on the initial pour

S: Big nose on this one. I get apple with a rye backer. I don't get any whiskey, but I get a lot of wood from the barrels.

M/T: Heavier medium body, big carbonation bite on the tongue, followed by BIG malt and BIG wood flavor. Even after swallow, you still get have the rye after effect. Surprisingly big beer, but what I have kind of come to expect from Ithaca after having a Ten and Brute. Huge flavor, a nice surprise. Even with the big flavor and medium body, does not leave a lasting aftertaste that backs up in the mouth.

D: A good sipper, great malt taste, without chunky aftertaste. Nice treat, but not a daily drinker.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one newtonty. Batch E!017 - served at fridge temp.

This one pours a gorgeous brown with ruby highlights. The head on this thing is huge, light brown and leaves and aggressive lacing down the sides of my glass.

The nose is big and full of rye, ginger and funk. Talk about a unique smelling beer!

The mouth starts with heat and the barrel. Rye is all over the place on this one, with a big, musty, almost smoky body. The carbonation is high and the overall flavor is full, big and hot.

This is one unique beer! I like it...

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Photo of younger35
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew quite a bit back from BeerTruth in the original Fight Club BIF. This has been gently aging and hopefully it's the right time to open. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Batch E!007

Appearance- Pours a deep purplish brown with ruby hints underneath a decent half finger head with a spotty cap and thick bubbly collar. Loads of loads of lacing is left on the glass from the half finger cap that is left the entire brewsky.
Smell- Surprisingly fruity and bright with an immediate kick of green apple and cherry. A bit of spicy rye in the nose as well as a bit of vanilla from the barrels. Speaking of which the whiskey isn't really discernable but the wood is noticeable. Some toffee or burnt sugars come through really making this quite a damn nice nose.
Taste- Pretty intense and spicy with a big rye presence but it doesn't have that bitter sort of quench that I don't like in rye. Although the brew does lean toward bitter its more of a fruity hoppy bitter. Maybe a kiss of dark cherry or raisin as the barrel slowly seeps in. The oak is faint but it adds a bit of vanilla and like the bottle says; nuts. The alcohol is noticeable and it adds to the spice of the rye. The finish is fairly dry with a soft lingering fruitiness.
Mouthfeel- Surprisingly light body that I'd classify as medium-ish with a crisp bit of carbonation. The beer is dry and slightly warm from the alcohol.
Drinkability- I definitely like a touch of rye in my brews but usually in high doses I don't tend to love the beer. This was definitely an exception. They managed to use a ton of rye while still keeping this balanced and super tasty. An extremely unique beer to say the least that I enjoyed quite a bit. Thanks Adam!

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Photo of infestaxion
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joe for busting this out. Served in a 2009 Night of the Living Ales taster glass. Batch E!007.

A - This is a terrific looking high-gravity brew. Two fingers of tannish foam that dissipates slowly and leaves tons of lacing. Nice transparent reddish-brown color.

S - Good old ale smell to this one - apple, caramel, roasted malts, burnt sugars, molasses, some spicy rye. There's still a bit of faded hop character as well that's a nice addition.

T - Similar to the smell, but with some added chocolate flavors and a touch of whiskey bite. The malt profile is very similar to Kuhnhenn brews. I'm a little inarticulate after a few drinks tonight, but it's quite delicious. Aftertaste is surprisingly clean. Well hidden ABV.

M - Solid medium body with a good sticky residual feel and a little bit of heat. Lower carbonation that suits the style

D - Surprisingly drinkable for a 9% brew, I went through my glass really quick. The clean aftertaste and lower carbonation make it easy to down.

Another solid brew from Ithaca! Slowly working my way through the Excelsior series.

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Photo of maximum12
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

E Class thanks to jjayjaye for sending me my first taste of Ithaca. I'm a big fan of rye beers & rye in my beer, & mix that up with a couple different kinds of hops & rye whiskey bottles...my expectations are pretty high. Let's get to it.

Split the bomber with my wife. Right off, big props to Ithaca for putting a little wedge that peels the pretty top away, no knife, no wait to get to the beer. Very dark, slinky red in color, with no light penetration at all. Really no head to speak of. Smells mostly of the barrel.

Speaking of barrels, Old Habit's defining characteristics are multiple, which is tough to do. The whiskey barrels were done up right, the taste is running alongside the rye, neither putting a black-spiked heel on the throat of the other. The rye, which I'm used to being a pleasant backup fiddle to hops or other ingredients, are the star here, & they're deep & yummy. The rye malts bring out touches of vanilla, chocolate, & the finish is that dry, woody bite to the tongue. All sorts of cool stuff going on here! The rye alone is enough to carry this beer, & the rye whiskey adds a nice, cool chasm to it. The hops advertised on the bottle are no where to be found by my taste buds.

Mouthfeel is flat, deadly, & dark. Little to no carbonation, which feels right here. I'm currently lusting after my wife's half of the bomber; that merits a good score, don't it?

Damn, this is an excellent beer. Rye, bourbon, barrrel - it melds together & works like it was meant to be welded at the Creation. I have a couple more Ithaca brews courtesy of jjayjaye, I can't wait to get to them. Salut!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown body with a towering tan head. The tan head is a slow forming one, as the the carboantion starts in the bottom and can be seen moving to the top of the beer as the nice cap of foam rises up. Ok retention, but not lacing at all.

Whiskey is definitely apparent in the smell, as is vanilla and wood characteristics. A bit of a rye aroma is all I pick up though. I also notice the black cherry that the bottle claims will be there, but honestly, I'm not sure I would have been able to identify the sweet, dark, fruit without help.

Right off the bat I notice barrel characterisitcs that include whiskey, vanilla, and oak. After that there is a chocolate flavor that I did not expect. The chocolate teams up with dark fruit (again, we'll call it black cherry) and the whiskey itself to make an interesting blend right off the bat. Old Habit's initial flavors definitely catch your attention in a good way and then follows with more complexity. Bitter and spicy hops hang around in the backround, clustered in the middle of the flavor. The malted rye is not hugely noticeable, but it accounts for itself with a slightly biting quality. Also, a dash of alcohol warming comes into the finish. Overall, it is significant to note that this one is tilted toward the malt profile in a big way; the hops take a back seat. I was skeptical about how a rye beer would turn out when barrel aged, but this certainly was a good experiment.

The body is big and thick, which works for a barrel aged beer that is this complex. Carbonation is defintely on the low side.

Drinkability on this one is great, I will buy another bottle of Old Habit whenever it is released again.

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Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an opaque, dark burgundy color with a light brown, bubbly head of foam. It left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of biscuity malt, rye, caramel and some hints of chocolate. There was a bready aroma, too.

T - It tasted very malty with bready caramel flavors. The rye added a slight bitterness as did the chocolate.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium to full bodied brew.

D - I really enjoyed this rye beer. It's my first from Ithaca and I hope to have more from them.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!007 -- thanks to bgthang for the share at a small BA gathering.

Pours a rich, chestnut-sienna body with a beautiful, light brown head. The cap of tiny bubbles sticks around for quite a while, leaving some nicely draped splotches of lacing. Wafting upward comes notes of caramel-toffee candy, lots of brown sugar, amber malts, and a pinch of aromatic rye.

Old Habit hits the palate running with a huge burst of oaken woodiness, followed immediately by notes of spicy rye and sugary, toffee malts. Prune and fig chime in from the yeastiness, making for a wholly delicious, complex rye beer--perhaps the best one I've ever had. Mouthfeel is smooth and juicy, with a nicely carbonated medium body that finishes with a kiss of rye and hops. Dee-lish. Incredible beer. [Insert additional generic rave]. Will definitely be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Im sampling a June 2007 bottle # 950 at cellar temp poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a clear deep amber hue with bright ruby highlights. A fine fizzy beige head foams up minimally and fades to a clingy edge layer rapidly.
Aroma is malty with some caramel and toffee, but hits hard with sweet vanilla and brown sugar. There is a bit of bready scent mixed in too, but faint.
First sip reveals an average body and fine tingly carbonation. The flavor is sweet vanilla and toffee up front, rolls to just a bit of herbal rye, and finishes with a bit of dry wooden oak and some general booziness. Not a hot finish, just that general "wow this is a stonrg beer" flavor.
Hurts the drinkability a little bit, but overall it is well made, just a bit of a sipper, I actually wish I had someone to split my 750 with.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle labeled E!007

A: Chestnut brown, some haziness. A fluffy and thick, rich head. Retention is very nice.

S: A big rye aroma... Like, a crispy rye bread. Not as many fusel alcohols as I might expect in comparison to the rye grain scents. Some powdery, unsweetened chocolate notes. I keep sniffing this over and over... Very good.

T: Big rye whiskey dominates. The powdery chocolate is there, again, but an after-thought. A leafy bitterness and a big, roasty malt backbone. Nice stuff

M: Big, creamy body... Quite rich and smooth. A nice, shimmering carbonation, and a load of flavour on the finish. A nice warming, a little after the fact.

D: Big sipper, and a flavour that pairs nicely. A very impressive brew, and one I found to be extraordinary. Awesome beer.

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Photo of beertunes
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was released June 07 and is bottle #1905. Poured into sturdy chalice. Poured with minimal carbonation and no head or lacing. Poured a very deep, rich brown with a slight reddish tinge. A strong, deep, raisiny aroma with a slight spice note. A strong alcohol presence in the first sip that's not as noticeable on the following tastes. The earthy, fruitish taste followed the aroma closely. The sharp taste I usually find in rye beers is subdued, perhaps due to the age? Body is very full and pleasing, substantial without being overpowering. Very drinkable, but with 9% ABV you probably won't be drinking several in a row. I find myself wishing I had tried this fresher and saved a bottle for now, I think it would make for an interesting vertical tasting.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at a BA friend's house last night.
Came in a 750 ml bottle E!007 (whatever that means).
Appearance: medium brown color. Light brown head, smallish.
Aroma: Spicy, whiskey, oak. Malty sweetness. A great blend of flavors.
Taste: whiskey, oakey, spicy, hoppy, A magnificent blend of flavors. I love rye beers and this is definitely the best of the style. Quite a suprise. Add to wants has been clicked.
Mouthfeel: Incredible, creamy, excellent.
Drinkability: I could've put this whole 750 away by myself, easily.

Quite a surprise. Far and away the best Ithaca beer I've had.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If it is from New York and is tasty as hell, you can consider it on its way to Florida via the man known as BeerTruth! Thanks Adam.

A: Pours a nice deep shade of brown with a nice foamy head. The retention is good with nice chunky of lace left behind.

S: This one has a little age on it but the aromas have not muted a bit. The barrel really stands out. Nice woody oak notes with hints of vanilla. Dark brown sugar comes next with a nice dose of hops.

T: Very similar to the aroma. The barrel really comes through with bold bourbon qualities. Oak, and vanilla are up front. There is a sold caramel malt character as well. The finish is a bit hoppy with a little spice from the rye. Tasty stuff.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

D: Very drinkable for the ABV. Ithaca is a grossly under rated brewery. Keep sending them my way Adam.

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Old Habit from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.