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ELEVEN - Ithaca Beer Company

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74 Reviews
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Reviews: 74
Hads: 96
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 14
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerTruth on 08-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with British, German, and French malts, American hops, and milk sugar, then aged for weeks on locally roasted Sumatra coffee beans.
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Photo of Murchmac
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Lum for sending this beer to me under duress. You see we had a bet on the Bills Pats MNF game to open the season. Needless to say Lum's blind allegiance to a perennial crappy team has yielded me an excellent beer to drink.

Black, dark black, head that vanishes into the darkness like T.O.'s debut as a Bill who quietly caught 2 passes and dropped many others. Gone, like the expectations that Owens carried into Buffalo International Airport that summer day. Oh and Moss, he had 141 yards that day.

Coffee, some heat, bakers chocolate. Smells like a team grasping defeat from the jaws of victory...

Immediately feel the coffee effects upon drinking it. Feel undercurrents of the milk stout in it too...some smoke, so that means there's fire right? When Leodis McKelvin went down and you saw the Patriots players jumping for joy, you thought maybe where there's smoke there's fire. Only after your first sweet sip of victory did you know, yes, he fumbled in the red zone. What a delicious beer. It tastes like the dark dread of fear and anxiety of Bills fans with 1 minute and 6 seconds left as Brady connects to Ben Watson to go up by a point. 1 minute people. How sweet this beer is...

Nice sweet aftertaste. This tastes a little better than the bookend to the 2003 season beating the Bills 31-0, or when Troy Brown intercepted Drew Bledsoe when he was a Bill. This beer will age as well as the memories of the Pats coming back to beat the Bills that game. Thanks Lum for making this even better.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears like pitch black dark roasted coffee and forms a mocha tan head that is fleeing and dwindles very quickly, thin speckled lacing is whimsical. I love all of these Excelsior brews that I've come across this is batch E!016 and this isn't the first time I've had it. This is my second encounter with the Eleven and it was a gift. It smells of ice brewed Sumatra coffee, this is great stuff. Aroma fills the senses with dark roasted malts and sharp acidity it's definitely creamed with milky lactose additions bringing that sharp character that works with the coffee additions. Flavor works so well this beer is kickin' with coffee. Creamy layers of coffee and chocolate this is a milke stout with layers of complexity and coffee. Mouthfeel is oily with fresh coffee beans cracked, incredible soft carbonation flows smoothly, the body is medium bodied and feels so good. Drinkability overall is solid I can't take it this 750 ml bottle drains itself. Awesome stuff between complexity/flavor/drinkability and feel to the experience this should be brewed again in the future. Awesome Ithaca beer much like Ten and Alpha Alpha. Great brews from this series.

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Photo of Jayli
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a deep dark opaque chocolate brown with a one finger of light brown sudsy head. Head recedes pretty quickly, leaving some spotty lacing.

S: This has to be one of the best beers that I have ever smelled. Nose is of milk/creaminess, nice roasted malts, and a great coffee aroma. Nose isn't overpowering, perfectly done.

T: Taste starts with roasted malt and dark bitter chocolate upfront. Middle has a touch of milk chocolate, toastiness, and cream. Finish has quite a bit, possible hop presence, and a distinct coffee bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat dry finish, coffee bitterness remains.

D: Oh this is extremely well down, well blended, very tasty and goes down far too easily. I could sit with this one all night.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Malt beverage with coffee added.

Our anniversary ale, ELEVEN is brewed with British, German, and French malts, American hopsand milk sugar. It's aged for weeks on locally roasted Sumatra Coffee Beans.

Enjoy the deep mocha color, sumptuous roasted aroma, rich flavor, and smooth creamy finish."

Picked this up at the brewery for $10, heard about this one for a while now, really been looking forward to it.

750 ml bottle poured into my Ithaca Excelsior! tulip. Batch# E!016.

Pours an absolute black with a quick two finger light brown head that dies down to a thin layer of bubbles that last throughout. Not much in terms of lacing, a couple spots here and there but that's about it. Smell...ok folks, this is probably one of the most intense coffee aromas I've ever experienced in a beer. Strong fresh ground coffee beans with chocolate malts and a touch of vanilla. Some lactose and slight smokiness in the nose as well. Taste is seriously all about the coffee. Rich French roast coffee that was brewed this morning with cane sugar and a few drops of creamer. Aftertaste is sweet with cocoa powder, vanilla beans, and a touch of smoked malts. It's really hard to believe that this is beer. Body is surprisingly light with a fairly creamy feel and a touch aggressive carbonation. The abv is not listed on the bottle, but I can't imagine it being more than 6%...and if it is, Chief did a hell of a job masking the warmth. I enjoyed this most at close to room temperature. If you're a coffee lover, this is an absolute MUST! Another winner in the Excelsior! lineup, but what else did you expect? Hopefully multiple batches of this are brewed like there were of TEN. Cheers to the whole Ithaca crew for adding another amazing beer to your arsenal.

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Photo of aasher
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was shared with a good friend in what turned out to be a pretty solid tasting. It pours a viscous black in color with a one finger beige colored. The nose is initially straight sumatra coffee beans. Yes please. As far as flavors go, the melted chocolate integrates very well with the coffee and infinite lactose. Damn this one is smooth! I'd say it's pretty heavy on the mokah. The longer you sip it the better the blend. The coffee is so perfect at this point. It is exceptionally smooth and drinks oh so well. I'd say this beer is drinking perfectly right now. Pick one up if you still can!

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Photo of Proteus93
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a lighter, bubbly head that doesn't retain all that much. It's very sea-side foamy and dissipates to nothing very quickly. In some ways, there is an intriguing beauty to looking at a glass of straight up, black liquid.

S + T: Pleasant malts, coffee and cream, some vanilla. Overall, it's a rich mocha scent and flavour. Coffee is certainly the predominant flavour, but there is a cookie quality that comes to it with a little age. That does it incredibly well, at least at this point in time. The bottle states that it could be aged indefinitely, though I would likely feel that the oxidation could hurt it over the next couple of years. Nonetheless, this is a fantastic beer... both scent and aroma are incredible.

M + D: The body of the brew is a little lighter than a lot of more common in the stout style... most RIS will be thick or chewy, and this is neither. Rather, it's a modest body, assertively carbonated, yet on the lighter side. In this case, it serves the beer well. The coffee serves as 'the front line,' even over the beer quality. This is one I would hope to come by again, as the age doesn't hurt it at this point in time.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

Batch # E!016

A: Pours a dark cola brown on the verge of black with some faint lightening at the edges, much like Coke. Not a huge head, by any stretch of the imagination, but a pretty modest, fizzy/bubbly, 3/4 finger at its' fullest. Retention was fleeting and no lace was left behind. Carbonation was quite active.

S: There's definitely coffee in there. High quality, micro roast Sumatra. Temperature plays a big factor here as it was pretty hard to get any aroma out of this straight out of the fridge. As it warms, it wakes up. Second pour unleashes a bunch of cocoa in the nose.

T: Here's where this beer shines. Huge, high quality, dark roast Sumatra dominates from the beginning on through the finish. Also along for the ride are dark chocolate, tart berry, char, heavily roasted malt, cocoa, dark fruit, and milk chocolate.

M: Doesn't feel watery, and it doesn't feel like a coffee shake. Pleasantly dry coffee bitterness mingles with a touch of ashy smoke, creamy milk sugar, tangy berry, and rich savory chocolate.

D: An excellent coffee stout. So nice to be able to enjoy a coffee stout out of a 750 and not have it be 10% or more. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of jampics2
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle - I've been dying to try this one since hearing it was in the works only to have none show up in Ohio. But, the bottles finally made it (almost a year late, but better than never). Found a pair of these at Chucks in the cooler and snagged them.

Poured into a goblet, slightly chilled. Dark lovely cola brown. Head disappears almost instantly. Lots of big bubbles rising up - this almost looks like a cola.

Smell is coffee and cream, almost a touch stale though.

Taste is much better than the nose led me to believe. Almost a perfect coffee and cream stout, much like Shorts Cup a Joe. Tons of coffee with some nice depth to its roast flirts with a creamy taste from the lactose. Some bitterness but overall a remarkable tasting beer with a TON of flavor.

Mouthfeel is good. The carb is strange on this one. Not terribly prickly but just feels a bit off, otherwise, this feels great!

Drinkability is excellent. I'm enjoying this and I'm glad I grabbed an extra bottle for a Ten/Eleven/Twelve vertical sometime soon.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duck Rabbit snifter. A sand colored head formed on top of a pitch black body. The single finger layer of foam dissipated quickly leaving nothing but swirling paisley shapes on the opaque body.

The nose has lots of roasted malts and black coffee aromas. Very nice, but pretty subtle...

The taste is similar to the nose, but much bolder. Starts off with a roasted coffee bean flavor that turns sweeter (like adding cream and sugar) in the middle before finishing with a bitterer, black coffee punch.

The mouth feel is a lot lighter that what you would expect. Lots of carbonation and creaminess.

This is a nice drinking brew. I intended to split this bottle with the wife, but finished it before she has a chance to do much more than grab a sip. Would love to get more...

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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle - poured chilled from the 750ml into a flared pint.

A- A dark opaque mocha color w/ reddish brown color at the base w/ thick cap of med brown. The head appears frothed w/ average sized beading - streamers of lace cling

S - A milk chocolate aroma w/ really sweet accent and roasty. Mild aroma of coffee w/ a creamy hint of vanilla

M - A moderately creamy feel w/ medium level of effervesence. The feel has a slight roasted texture, but overall malty w/ a smooth feel and mild sweet almost sugary finish

T - The flavor has a creamy maltiness that hints at lactose w/ light coffee and the taste has a subtle candy-like vanilla/carmel malt flavor w/ subtle milk chocolate smoothness in the taste. The hint of spice accents the stout w/ mild coffee bean notes...earthy, yet not dry w/ creamy as the best descriptor here. The flavor has a quality almost like tiramisu, w/ roasted coffee, cocoa and vanilla dessert flavors

D - The drikability is great w/ a smooth, not overroasted coffee and milk stout blend. So flavorful and subtle it tastes like under 5%, you only notice the alcohol as it nears cellar temp, a little strong/ sweet for more than 2 in a session IMO.

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Photo of nickd717
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft sampled.

A - Pours black with a medium tan head and good lacing.

S - Amazing aroma of coffee, roast, chocolate, and hints of dark fruit.

T - Coffee and cream, vanilla, roasted malt, burnt notes, mild smoke, and berries. This is damn good.

M - Finish is a bit dry yet palate is smooth. Just a bit watery for the style.

D - Good for the style. Overall this is a great beer.

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Photo of dbexpert
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh my god, Holy shit, those where the words drawn out by the aroma.
A. dark chocolate color w a tinge of an amber glow, Head definetly has a nice chocolate milk color
S. One of the better smelling beers, The coffee and rich roasted malt notes are extrordinary
T. Not sure of what i was looking for but definetly hits style but not over delivered, definitly a beer to be pared with a dessert. coffee is dominant, followed by rich robust roasted malt flavors, all though, well-balanced
M. rich, dominated by coffee notes, I would prefer a more cream texture, similiar to LH's milk stout, but good overall
D. Definitly not something i would consume in large quanities. The 750ml is enough expeirence to satisfy two people and maybe a third if you are willing to share

Definitly a beer to try. I would like to revist this beer after cellaring for a year or so. I think this would round out the flavor balance. If you find them buy two, One now, one to cellar! p.s. if you don't like coffee don't buy this beer and say it is awful because it taste like coffee, just say'n!

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Photo of KAP1356
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Batch E!016...

A - A dark black/brown with just a slightly lighter color around the edges of the glass. A small espresso colored head slowly fades to a nice tan lacing on the beer.

S - COFFEE!! BIG coffee aromas dominate the nose. I also detect some roasted malts and some slight chocolate as well. There is a sweetness present which I can only assume is the milk sugar coming through.

T - Big bold coffee flavors with a great milky sweetness to it. Some great chocolate flavors mix very well with what is otherwise a completely coffee dominated flavor profile. It may be the coffee, but I also detect some dark fruits as well.

M - Very creamy and smooth, as I would expect from a milk stout. Nice velvet texture that just smooths over the palate.

D - Quite drinkable and enjoyable. It was a fun one to drink even despite the intense/heavy coffee presence.

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Photo of klewis
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a thin, quickly dissipating head. Little lacing.

S: Fresh coffee grinds with light anise.

T: Malty with a mild sweetness and full flavor. Chocolate up front followed by a strong but pleasant coffee aftertaste. Quite nice.

M: Medium/full -bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: A solid beer at a reasonable price. Worth buying again.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Brookline at Wine Gallery. Served in a stein.

A - Two and a half fingers of quick dissolving tan foam that leaves a few isolated spots of lace and a solid cap. Dark, dark, brown color, that would be transparent if held to a very bright light. Some nice hints of lighter browns and reds.

S - Wow - there is a ton of coffee in this bad boy! There's also a good amount of baker's chocolate, lactose sugar, a hint of vanilla, and even a bit of floral hop character.

T - The taste is quite similar, but with a fair amount of roasty bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste features an odd and slightly off-putting old coffee flavor, which brings this beer down a tiny bit.

M - Carbonation is a little too tingly for my liking, and the body is medium-thin but still fairly smooth. Lots of residual stickiness.

D - Very drinkable at 7.5%, as the alcohol is very well-hidden and the flavor is quite nice. Not as intense or "special" tasting as the TEN, but still a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of philbe311
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!016

A - A huge cascading frothy medium to dark brown head with modest retention that settles comfortably at about one fingers worth before receding until a creamy rich lacing... A completely opaque black abyss... No noticeable carbonation though some random bubbles can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass...

S - The forefront is dominated by delectable coffee beans... Buried under the surface are notes of roasted malts, sugars, and a touch of chocolate...

T - The coffee isn't as predominate on the palette and blends will with notes of milk chocolate, roasted malts, and just the faintest hint of charred smoke... The aftertaste is comprised of an acidic coffee bitterness...

M - Medium bodied with just the lightest prickle of carbonation... Extremely smooth... A touch of creaminess...

D - Easy drinking sip after sip... Not as full bodied or intense as I expected, but that's not necessarily a bad thing... My glass hasn't even hit the table before I'm contemplating another sip... A job well done by the fine folks at Ithaca...

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Photo of jaxon53
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to mikereaser for sending me this in the Coffee BIF. Never had a chance to try this before. Served this chilled, in a snifter, rom a 750 ml bottle.

Appearance: ELEVEN pours out a deep black, that cannot be penetrated by a single ray of light. A somewhat hard pour results in about an inch and a half of pillowy, coffee brown foam. Head sat nicely for a while and slowly settled into a quarter inch of creamy foam. Glass was completely coated with thick lace.

Smell: Smooth coffee aromas were quite strong. Light cocoa in the background fit nicely with the coffee. Thick waves of roasted malt were noted along with some faint toffee. Just the slightest bit of smoke.

Taste: Rich coffee flavor. Plenty of smoky roasted malt. Light toffee and a faint berry flavor deep in the backgound. Finishes bitter with another blast of freshly ground, roasted coffee. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Borderline full bodied. Lower carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable for such a big brew. A rather tasty beer from Ithaca.

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Photo of Stigs
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 bottle, split - served in a small snifter

A - barely a finger of loose bubbly khaki colored foam settles to some floating bubbles and a thing ring. the beer is pretty much pitch black in color.

S - fresh, bold french roast coffee. slightly burnt and charred malts, cream, and a touch of nuts and dark chocolate.

T - on the sweeter side with the cream/lactose really coming through though cut into sharply by some still lively fresh coffee flavors. other more subtle notes of toasted nuts and some milk chocolate.

M - thick and syrupy with a lingering creamy sweetness that sticks to the mouth. moderate carbonation. lingering burnt coffee and lactose coat the throat.

D - solid around, this actually held up quite nicely and hasnt shown much loss or oxidation (i've kept it in cold storage since purchasing). sweetness can be over the top at times but no real problem drinking the majority of this bottle myself.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, Batch# E!016. Pours a very dark brown/black color with a slight head and not much lacing. The smell is a strong coffee aroma with some roasted malts. The taste is excellent. Strong delicious coffee taste. Not too boozy and a bit of sweetness. You can tell this beer has some age on it but the flavors are still present. Somewhat of a slow drinking beer but mighty tasty. Ithaca continues to impress me.

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Photo of animal69
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a thin almost opaque brown/black color w/ very little lt. brown head and no lace to speak of in my snifter, a serious deficit for a milk stout

S- smell is almost all cold coffee from the start, some nuts, raisony/dates and coconut-like notes come into play as it warms however the coffee almost completely covers them, no alcohol detected

T- taste is also chock full of cold, stale sweetened coffee (yet not in a bad way), a little bit of minerally bitterness more from hops than the coffee, an earthy, "meaty" note midway, finish is also coffee-laden with notes of toffee and darker fruit and not a hint of booze

M- a nice med. body, hardly any co2 left in this one, left a flat, slick feeling overall

D- a quite drinkable beer, wish i had a fresher one tho, the flatness cost it points here also

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was happy to see this in the vicinity, so finally I'm pouring it into a Portsmouth snifter...

Wow - this head is bready...lots of muffin tunnels...a fair amount of light maple candy color. Sort of like a heady root beer. Color isn't quite espresso dark; it's more like Dunkin iced coffee dark. Would expect a little more thickness, but it still looks good. Decent retention.

The scent is sort of like a tinny version of Peche Mortel. A shitload of coffee smacks the nose like a 4th-line goon in a hockey fight. A very dry slate-like character and a fair amount of hop grass rounds this out.

Y'know, I'm getting a lot of smoke here. Smoke...or slate...or charcoal dust. Very husky with a rauch-like tendency. A bit of warmth cleans it up to reveal some HUGE malt and coffee notes. It's interesting how quickly this burns off and is a nice reminder about letting beers breathe for at least a few minutes.

It may be psychological but the coffee flavor feels like it's pulsing through my veins at the moment. Very dry and slate-like. Hop grass mixes actually quite well with the coffee to create a little balance with the hardcore chocolate and roasted malts. It's a little uneven, albeit very good, and I'm still not sure how warm or cold to drink this. Definitely not enough weight at room temperature but cold would be a waste. A freaky tweener, this Eleven.

I'm finding myself ready to devour this, even though I don't know what to make of it. The coffee has transformed me to The Great Cornholio so I'm bouncing off the fucking walls at the moment. "Butt-head, what happened to Beavis?" "He like ate 27 candy bars...and then he drank a 6-pack of root beer..." "...Nicar-AGUA...AGUA for my bung-hooole..." OK, I'll stop now...wait, didn't Beavis pull that shit at a coffeehouse spoken word night or something? Obviously I watched too much TV in 1995 - and forgot even more of it...

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Photo of younger35
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew from BeerTruth a few months ago. Drank one fresh and now let's see what some time has done to the coffee. Drank from my Surly pint glass while brewing in 8 degree weather.

Appearance- Pours a super dark brownish black with a nice frothy one finger light brown head. A small spotty cap and collar remain along with almost zero lacing.
Smell- Loads and loads of coffee permeate out of the glass on this one. Very charred with that deep French roast and a bit of light vanilla sweetness hides in there. Not overly chocolaty as I think the coffee hides most of it but what is detectable is milky and raw.
Taste- Starts lightly sweet with a light kiss of vanilla and plenty of milk chocolate (like opposite of the nose). The coffee is less noticeable in the taste than nose but it's definitely still there. A pinch of char but mostly the beer is geared more toward the sweet side (light though). Some caramel and or toffee really add to the nice richness of the beer. The finish has a touch of a citric bitterness and some lingering vanilla.
Mouthfeel- Medium feel that borders on thick with a nice creamy feel from the light carbonation.
Drinkability- Super drinkable beer that is everything I was hoping it'd be when I heard about it. The coffee could be kicked up a notch but I'm a coffee nut and anymore might be a bit much for others. Great beer, thanks Adam!

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Photo of asabreed
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Watched during The Office episode where Pam and Jim get married. Figured I'd vicariously celebrate a TV wedding with them. Picked up at the brewery a few weeks ago.

Appearance: A little lighter in color than a lot of other stouts, though I'm not sure if this is a double, a RIS, a regular stout or what. I'd guess maybe 7-9% ABV, but who knows with all that coffee? Not much head at all, and it's a feat to try and get some lacing on this sucker. What saves it, however, is the awesome sludgy translucence on the edges, surrounded by the pupil-black body, adding a kind of weirdly layered and pretty dimension that I haven't seen in many stouts.

Smell: That's big time coffee, folks. Roasted, toasted, mosted, which isn't even a word. There's some subtle chocolate sweetness coming into play also, but I'm not sure if that's from the lactose or not. There's also some creaminess involved, or some silkiness, in the aroma, which, again, may be due to the lactose, but once again, I'm not sure. But for as strong as it is, there's something calming about all the bitterness and roasted nature of it, and it seems to sing.

Taste: I think the lactose here was a good move, as it adds a dimension of sweetness without seeming too fake or overly sweet. And there's a creaminess that kind of reminds me of super strong black coffee doused with cream and sugar. And you know, I never thought that "morning beers" could ever be taken seriously, but if there ever was a morning beer, this would be it, as long as you're not driving of course. Your breath would smell like coffee, also, and certainly not brew. Finish is semi and welcomingly acrid, with some creamy sweetness and huge roasted bitterness, nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: A pretty creamy beer overall, not really chewy, and it thankfully is more medium-bodied, which makes me think at this point it could possibly be in the 6-7% range ABV-wise, but again, I'm probably totally off.

Drinkability: You have to start out, if you're not, with "Not being a coffee drinker..." with this brew. It's infused with coffee, not defined by nuanced hints of coffee, so beware. That said I really like it and find it an enjoyable sipper. I feel like I'm typing really fast also, so maybe the caffeinated nature of it is getting to me. I wonder how this will do being cellared also. I'm glad I tried it, and another plus in the Excelsior Series from Ithaca.

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Photo of ptra1004
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

So for my first review here, I decided on the Ithaca Eleven because I have not yet been disappointed with their Excelsior beers, and I thought I'd get a leg up to see if it was BA tasting worthy for next weekend. Someone before me mention it as an unusual stout, I'd have to agree.

Poured from the bottle, I got no head to speak of and not a ton of carbonation afterwards. Not one to let that be a deal breaker though, I LOVE the color. It's an intense dark black/blue/brown that lets no light pass. Beautiful.

The aroma is where I have a problem. This is strictly a personal problem in that we compost everything in our house, coffee grounds included. This beer reminds me very much of that smell. Great earthy undertones, but a lot of coffee ground in front.

I liken the taste to a coffee flavored Belgian (beer, not person). I'm unsure of the yeast they used, but I get some spicy flavor to accent the coffee and malt. It's delicious.

Great mouthfeel, not overly or under viscous, just right.

I don't know if I can finish the whole 750. Definitely share this one with a friend (or enemy if you wish to win them over). I will most likely buy and share more of this one! Good job Ithaca!

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Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with just a hint of tawny highlights; the head was very modest and frittered away quickly, leaving just a few dots of lace

Smell: Smells like a rich cup of Sumatra with just a bit of sugar and lactose

Taste: Strong coffee flavor at the outset, with a developing lactic sourness that overwhelms by mid-palate; hints of chocolate and sugar linger underneath, after the swallow, but the profile is somewhat one dimensional

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation; a bit thin for the style

Overall: I have bumped up the scores by .5 across the board to account for the age and oxidation factor; I suspect this beer was a lot better in its youth but as other reviewers have noted, it has not aged particularly well

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ELEVEN from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.