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TWELVE - Ithaca Beer Company

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TWELVETWELVE

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BA SCORE
87
very good

134 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 18
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: klewis on 01-01-2010)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Gusher warning! I lost about a sixth of the bottle in a few seconds. I aged this more than a year. Dark caramel colour, rich aroma of yeast and caramel and candi, and booze. Above average mouthfeel, rich, right on the style. Good spiciness. A sipper, still good drinkability.

10-02-2011 02:04:33 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

10-15-2012 02:40:47 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch E!020.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and dark fruits. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors.

11-11-2012 08:24:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +11%

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a chalice. The nose is some pretty dark brown with a nice tan and creamy head. The nose brings forward some really nice dark fruits with some fig and dates being the most prominent. The taste is more dark fruits with a bit of booze and quite a bit of complexity. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy with a really nice body. Drinks quite well and I'd love to see how this ages.

11-12-2010 02:49:30 | More by Thorpe429
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-22-2014 06:22:31 | More by zestar
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.63/5  rDev -58.2%

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige/amber color ale with a huge off-white head with good retention and some lacing. Bottle was quite a gusher which makes me wonder if everything was fine. Aroma is grossly oversweet with lots of notes of dry fruits. Taste is quite unbalanced with loads of sugar and excessively sweet dry plums and gross caramel notes. Body is quite full with excessive carbonation (even for the style) and no detectable alcohol. I either got a bad bottle or this is one incredible mess.

08-17-2010 18:27:14 | More by Phyl21ca
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

Very happy to be able to try this one, now I just gotta pop that 11 I have been on the lookout for and we will have the vertical in the books.

Pour is massive, nice medium brown color with a good bit of cloudiness and sediment in the bottom of the glass. Huge off white head rises up almost the width of the hand in a snifter before getting massively rocky and cratered and settling itself out nicely. Dark fruits and brown sugar like spices are dominating it here early on for me. Warming yields plums, figs, raisins, and a touch of alcohol that seems to prickle at the nose a touch. First sip is well carbonated and a touch hot, needs to mellow for a few months I would think. Rich raisins and plums, roasted malts, a touch of peat and leather in the back giving it some much needed balance. Nice dry finish here caps it off well leaving just a hint of fruit and sugary glaze on the palate until you come back for the next sip.

Overall not the biggest quad I have ever had but I really think it serves its purpose quite well. Give it some age I am sure this will end up being simply outstanding.

02-07-2010 14:21:00 | More by mikesgroove
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-28-2012 15:05:46 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-28-2012 21:22:22 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-31-2012 08:39:59 | More by ygtbsm94
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-29-2013 06:16:07 | More by GRG1313
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-03-2013 03:38:25 | More by jaydoc
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

I have had a few of the Excelsior series of brews from Ithaca and have been impressed with most of them,glad to try this one.Poured into a chalice with a huge blooming off white head a hazed amber brown,the head was all encompassing.A mix of spicy yeast,toast,and caramel in the nose,there is some fruity esters as well.Flavors of the spicy yeast like clove and white pepper,mixed with rich caramel at mid swallow,the fruit is subdued in my opinion.It begins to get a bit sticky after a bit but is pretty solid,its not overly complex but again pretty good.

04-07-2010 23:17:50 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to Trxxpaxxs for this bottle!

Batch E!028. Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a hazy sienna-ruby topped by a third-of-a-finger of short-lived dirty tan bubbles. That's right, not even a real head, just a collection of foam-like bubbles at the surface. The nose comprises brown sugar, dark wheat, clove, light cocoa, light fig, and a light kiss of red grape. The taste holds notes of cocoa, fig, dark fruits (in the back), cashew, light wood, banana, dark greens, cinnamon, brown sugar, clove, and a touch of pine resin. The flavors kinda clash slightly at times, while at others they mesh beautifully. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, kinda grainy feel. Overall, a decently solid quad, one that is currently showing some age, but still has some wisdom to impart to us.

12-26-2011 05:06:50 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2/5  rDev -48.7%

11-14-2011 23:38:05 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Shared with many people at my cellar cleaning.

Light fizzy head, semi clear dark chestnut brown color.

Nose nice molasses and barrel, toasty nutty hazelnut, rummy, little toasted coconut, brown sugar.

Taste similar, sweet brown sugar, candy malt, little syrupy malt, some warming booze, mild chewy earthy spicy hops, sticky and syrupy. Finish is hot booze, more earthy spicy hops, syrupy caramel molasses like candy, etc.

Mouth is fuller bod and syrupy, nice popping carb.

Overall not bad, but not as special as I expected it to be, a bit too sweet and sticky overall, so def could have improved.

12-23-2013 02:34:41 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a tremendous dark fruit and caramel malt scent. The taste is good as well. It has a really nice roasted and crystal malt flavor highlighted with the addition of Belgian yeast esters. It boasts of dark fruits and roasted malt character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking quad. It's complex, but not overly so. It has good malt flavor with excellent yeast character.

01-10-2010 23:30:21 | More by WesWes
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

First had: bottle share at Beermongers, Portland, OR
Vintage bottle consumed in Dec. '11. Thanks to writerLJberg for the share!

Heard a lot of reports of gushers on this one, but fortunately we didn't have that problem. Poured a hazy cider brown color with a generous cap of off-white head even in our little sampler glasses. Aroma of caramel and ripe fruits. Huge pear profile in the aroma, and also very dominant in the taste. Also notes of caramel, brown sugar, and dried fruits--aside from the pear--and a bit of leather; nearly nothing to mention as far as hops go. Very smooth and flavorful, probably really benefited from aging. I really liked this one.

01-12-2012 09:49:56 | More by Rifugium
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-25-2012 18:42:02 | More by mdfb79
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-03-2014 03:15:44 | More by DrunkinYogi
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beernads

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-24-2013 00:58:05 | More by beernads
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -18.5%

Appearance: pours a hazy brown color with a 1/2" head that falls to a surface foam quickly.

Smell: huge malt and fruit sweetness along with a tinge of alcohol. Some earthiness is also detectable.

Taste: big malt profile here. Dark fruit sweetness, brown sugar, earthy tones, yeast, warming alcohol, and a moderate bitterness. This comes across a bit unbalanced as the sweetness is overpowering.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth throughout with a velvety finish. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Drinkability: between the big sweetness and alcohol, an 6 oz pour was more than enough in a session. Definite slow sipping beer.

02-05-2011 22:16:38 | More by Gavage
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-17-2013 19:01:07 | More by imperialking
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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

Capped and foiled bomber, Batch E!020, $11.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours murky darker brown. The head is huge, rocky and long lasting, going to multi layered froth, and leaving world class lacing. Dark, ripe fruit infused nose, with raisins, rum, and a spiced up yeasty snap. Full flavor NY State take on the classic Belgian style. Soft and buttery mouthfeel, this one is quite yummy already, curious what a year or two in the bottle would do. More ripe fruit, raisins, figs, vanilla, cloves, warming alcohol, yeasty spiced up finish. Flavorful, complex and nicely crafted, understated,highly drinkable..real nice job here by Ithaca

02-16-2010 23:40:45 | More by Billolick
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%

Served on-tap at Teresa's Next Door for their Ithaca night in a tulip glass.

TWELVE is chestnut brown in color with some reddish trim if you look close enough. On the top lays a scattered cap of burnt sugar colored foam that's kinda condensed. This fades to a small ring around the glass. Only some poka-dot lacing sticks.

Malt driven but supposedly there is some hops in there, I can't pick them out. What's weird about this is I'm getting alot of roast that's reminding me of coffee, I've never smelled anything like it in a quad. Some sugary sweetness and some dark fruits. Some lingering spice

Well, there it is again, roast and coffee, I thought I was going crazy but it's there. Blocking that out, some dark fruit with fig and plum, maybe some berries. The malt is there but not as sweet as Belgian versions. There is a nice amount of Belgian yeast giving out bread and keeping this in check.

A big medium bodied beer that is malt forward, yet does not come off as silky smooth like a bernie 12 or the like. Carbonation is pretty light and a afterthought. The aftertaste is pretty tame as well. Truthfully, I thought i was drinking some perkulator dopplebock, perhaps I'm off my rocker. I have no problems with the feel though.

I'm glad I had 12 but won't be going back for it. Perhaps aging a bottle will take out all that roast but for no it's getting in the way. This is good beer and perhaps just a different approach on the style. Need some more fruit flavor and malt sweetness.

03-06-2010 04:35:50 | More by BARFLYB
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TWELVE from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.