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TWELVE - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%


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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cosmicevan

New York

3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch E!020

a - opened the bottle and filled my la trappe chalice. classic quad color of deep purple with a reddish tint, but the creamy head that i look for in this style was nowhere to be found.

s - spicy nutmeg and a lot of earthy notes. dark fruit is there, but has taken a backseat to the spicy earthy odor. the earthiness is very barley and grain smelling.

t - the same earthy barley found on the nose is what the taste is all about. there is a lot of sweetness in the flavor as well. not sure if this one really works that well for me. certainly not the authentic yeasty quad that i love, but another spicy american take that kind of misses the mark for the style in my opinion. very grainy instead of creamy...and too sweet in a nutmeggy way.

m - medium bodied and good carbonation. booze isn't in your face, but sweetness is a bit.

o - overall this brew is very grape-juice like and not quad-like, could use a few steps off of the sweetness and a bit more creaminess to the body. it isn't bad, but not something that i will seek out again. kind of wish it was a 12oz bottle and not a 750.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 01:42:15 | More by cosmicevan
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DaveHS

California

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to trxxpaxxs for this. Batch E!028

A-Pours muddy chocolate brown with 1/2 inch of foamy tan head. Reduces slowly, leaving soapy lacing.

S-Dark stewed fruit, condensed milk, caramel, booze.

T/M-Stewed plums, cinnamon, smoky wood, clove, candi sugar, molasses. Thin body for a quad, which exposes some boozy phenolic character. The finish is papery and a bit smoky.

O-Pretty good at the start, but it falls apart in the finish. Not a traditional quad flavor profile, but certainly interesting and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 03:16:40 | More by DaveHS
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch E!020

A - It pours an initially impressive fig-brown hue, capped with a big honey-tan head. Two seconds later it looks closer to flat soda. Still, the style tends to be this way.

S - The smell is more like the Dubbels I am familiar with, rather than BSDA or Quad. Medium and orchard fruits are available in the nose: bruised peach, bruised and brown apple, plum, pluot, and carambola. Some cinnamon spice, too. There is also a healthy dose of grain, from impressions of straw and raw barley, to sweet oat and roast barley.

T - The good: there is a nutty and carob-like overtone to this beer which is quite reminiscent of a few of the better Dubbels I can recall. The comparison to Dubbel is, I guess, laudable, given the ABV. Nuances of various shades of grain, bruised and browned orchard fruits, unripe papaya and sharp, spicy alcohol give this flavor a broad enough spectrum to keep it interesting. The bad: the flavor is neither complex nor vibrant enough for the style. A quad should be more dynamic than this two-note offering (grain, orchard/stone fruit). Also, the flavor does not change throughout the quaff: it tastes the same when it crosses your lips as it does while lingering for a good minute after said sip. This bothers me for some reason.

M - The feel is too thin and not expansive enough to handle the booze. Not terrible, per se, but no great shakes either.

O - I like this quite a bit more than the score will reflect. I seem to rate stringently on Quads.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 19:29:16 | More by ktrillionaire
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 fl oz mL brown champagne bottle served in a goblet.

Batch #E!028

Deep mahogany-hued caramel in color beneath a creamy, off-white head that leaves an intact whispy sheet.

Sweet Belgian candied sugar; residual brown sugar whaffs of sweetness. Deep molasses, fig, raisin, plum; notes of rounded citrus: orange, grapefruit. The alcohol aroma is pronounced, but balanced.

The sweetness is noticed immediately and lasts throughout the sip; however, the range of flavors provide a decent balance. Dark fruit: plum, grape, fig, and raisin with a touch of tartness; orange peel, lemon, green apple. The warming alcohol is a little too heavy-handed, but doesn't rob this quadrupel of its other flavors.

Medium in body; remarkably smooth considering the slightly bulky alcohol presence. Just a shade over-carbonated.

A lot of really good flavors going on here despite the somewhat bulkiness of the alcohol character. Definitely one to be shared...with a monk.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 23:57:31 | More by NEhophead
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Pahn

New York

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch E!023.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch, frothy, off-white head that dissipates quickly and lacelessly. Pours hazy dark red and leaves a few sweeping peaks of lacing that fade to spots.

Smell: Effervescent, grassy, grape, a little floral. Mild cola. Earthy. After a little time in the bottle, starts to suggest some dark fruit and sweetness. Eventually settles into the nice grape/fig note that largely characterizes the flavor, with floral highlights. Would be scored higher if the smell weren't kind of faint; everything happening is good, it's just not very complex and a little too subdued.

Taste: First impression: not bad. Smooth and grape-like. Strong Belgian yeast influence, but neither spicy nor tangy. Long potato-bread-like finish.

To be blunt, it tastes a little washed out. I like a subtler Belgian strong dark ale now and then, but this is going too far. That said, the semi-dry finish goes really well with full-ish body and low bitterness.

Further into the bottle, the taste opens up a little bit, with a dominant grape/fig/Belgian yeast note that has a hint of sourness to it. A lot more happens in the aftertaste than anywhere else; it gets bready, spicy, fruity. For a bit of a self-indulgent analogy, it's like reading a very good essay about a boring movie. Interesting enough, but I'd prefer a good movie.

The alcohol heat really accumulates (12% ABV? Not hidden in this beer...), but thankfully it is not offensive at all, and actually elevates the few flavor elements that are happening.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Great semi-dry finish.

Overall: This is a good beer, but not a great beer. Everything about it over-promises; it's made by Ithaca (easily one of my top 5 American breweries), it's an anniversary release, it's a quadrupel, it's 12%ABV (serious brewers don't make the beer 12% ABV because they want to get trashed, they do it because they're getting big flavor from adding all that sugar in). On no front does it deliver the expected greatness.

This beer is, to me, like a well-made but uninspiring Cabernet Sauvignon. I like it, and I'll drink all of it... but I'm spending most of the experience wishing the beer were better. Tasty enough, but not an impressive effort, and (to again be kind of blunt) the idea of comparing it to Belgian heavyweights like Saint Bernardus 12, Chimay blue, Rochefort 10, etc. is laughable. This is worth noting not just because the beer purports to be in the same style, but also because the brewers at Ithaca have made comparable (if not superior) beers to those on more than one occasion.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 01:00:39 | More by Pahn
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Wegman's in Buffalo. Pours a murky brown colour with hints of amber. Thin white head dissipates fairly quickly. Smells of vanilla, brown sugar, plums, butterscotch and some mild chocolate. Quite a complex aroma. Flavour is very sweet, aftertaste is dominated by brown sugar. Smooth mouthfeel. This is quite easy to drink, I had the bomber by myself with no issue.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 03:26:38 | More by kwjd
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kzoobrew

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut colored body capped by a one and a half finger white sand head. The body is very clear, no sign of haze. The head fades back leaving a slim cap. Spotty lacing clings to the glass.

Dark berry and caramel aromas are plentiful. Subtle floral scents can be noted buried beneath. I really enjoy the aroma but it simply is not very complex.

Flavor does mimic the aroma, only slightly more complex. Deep berry and red grape flavor sit heavily on the tongue up front. Subtle caramel and chocolate flavors. Soft floral and limited floral flavors.

Medium bodied, you but appropriate carbonation. Very smooth texture. The finish is much drier than expected.

Overall a decent beer. The lack of depth and complexity really does it no favors though. Easy to drink but hard to stay interested.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 01:13:19 | More by kzoobrew
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch E!028

A-Dark brown half a finger of head not much lacing.

S-Artifical, alcohol. Some fruit notes.

T-Once again seems artifical. Tastes a little earthy but not much in the way of bitter. Once again alcohol is present.

M-Dry and light

D-Sorta disappointed in this beer. I've had a few Ithaca beers and they have been decent but this one fell short. Maybe I need to try some more Quads but this didn't seem to do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 20:04:04 | More by rlee1390
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

750ml bottle topped with a bronze wrapper. sampled march 5/2011.

pours pale brown with small cap of dense dark than head. the head drops quickly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. earthy and woody. dark fruit - date, plum, raisin. hint of alcohol. sweet caramel and toffee. bit of molasses. white bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. hint of chocolate.

taste is nice. dark chocolate. earthy and woody. date, plum, and raisin again. sweet caramel and toffee. bit of molasses. white bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. light alcohol. low bitterness level. bit of coffee. faint belgian yeasty spice. an american take on a quad, blending in some brown/stout aspects. as it warms more of the dark fruit comes out, making it lean a little more back toward belgium.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. slightly prickly medium-high carbonation.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good depth. not your typical quad, but interesting none the less.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 03:10:01 | More by grub
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle picked up in Buffalo.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange, brown away from the light, thick and rocky light tan head forms and settles down to a medium layer and ring around the glass, some lace spots stick.

Smell is neat, sweet and sugary, quite yeasty with a lot of dark fruit, big plum character, some raisin/date, brown sugar, alcohol, a bit of wood/earthiness, really crazy fruit character, caramel, a bit of wafer, pretty neat.

Taste is very sweet, tons of raisin and plum, dates, caramel, lots of brown sugar, candi sugar, big biscuit through the middle, alcohol, a bit of woodiness, a touch of roastiness, huge sweet and intense fruit character in the finish, pretty nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, some warmth, a bit sticky and sweet, pretty crazy character for a quad, real rich with a ton of dark fruit.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 02:50:40 | More by Viggo
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark mahogany liquid with a tan head of medium height, this is an interesting beer. The smell isn't overly engaging. A little nutty malt scents and a touch of citric hops...some distant esters, but overall a restrained aroma. The taste, however, is spectacular...malty, toasted, moderately burnt grain and malt, complex and peppery, yeasty flavors. Chocolate and alcohol, tannic nut shells, dark malts, and spice. Great! The mouthfeel is full, with a warming sensation. Nice, lingering finish. All in all, this is a fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 02:45:39 | More by Suds
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prodgerm

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: From a 750ml bomber into a 12 oz. stem ware glass. (Yes, I drink my better beers out of wine glasses.) The label waxes poetic in the description of this beer; "reverently brewed ...piously fermented. Defying existing style guidelines... " well they got us ready for sensory sensation. Batch #E! 028.

A; Pours a rich dark translucent chestnut brown; good carbonation but not the gusher some others have noted, with one finger of head holding well, giving off to fine lacing.

S: The Quad yeast comes right off the top followed by sweet malt with perhaps just a hint of fruit. For a 12 abv beer the alcohol does not make its self known to the nose.

T; Medium body, I have had quads with a fuller mouth feel. Sweet, very smooth - malt, fruit (think prune), yeast with no hint of hops. Many layers of taste. Again no alcohol taste or burn. This is a sipping beer - the 750ml was more then enough for two with dinner; though this beer would do well on its own with cheese and nuts.

Served from a 750ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 02:16:58 | More by prodgerm
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generallee

New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a chalice glass. The label has a nice description of the beer and the Excelsior Series from Ithaca. There is also a batch number for the beer. (Batch # E!020)

Appearance: It pours with great carbonation (gusher) which fills the glass and makes for a huge light tan head. This tall head hangs on very well and makes lots of cool lacing patterns on the glass. Under the tall volumes head lays a very cloudy, dark mahogany beer, which is full of yeast sediment.

Smell: The aroma fills the nose with the foreshadowing of a sweet malty bomb. It is full of dark sweet caramelized maltiness and dust yeast.

Taste/Palate: There is a heavy sweetness with lots of dark caramel sweetness, sweet bread and some dark fruit like raisins and plum. It also has a layer of dusty and almost leather like earthy yeast as well. Hops are very distant on this beer and offer very little to balance the sweetness of the malt. It has a fairly heavy feel and full body with plenty of carbonation to help move the sweet malt moving along.

Notes: To me this beer comes of as more of a very sweet low hopped Barleywine with a slight Belgian twist. Still it is an interesting quadruple. I should also note that the 12%abv is very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 00:32:23 | More by generallee
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After opening the bottle it started to gush out foam not very fast but fast enough that I immediately grabbed a glass and begun to pour into my Chimay chalice.

Look - It pours a dark amber murky brown with a very fluffy white/off-white colored head and the head lingers for several minutes.

Smell - Dark fruits, some Belgium yeast, a little brown sugar and some very well hidden alcohol. None of the aromas are very powerful they are very subtle.

Taste - Just like in the nose there are some dark fruits (fig, plum, raisins etc etc) there is a hint of spice that I didn't find in the nose. The alcohol is very well covered up but compared to other quads that I have had this is a little dry.

Mouthfeel - It has a nice malty feel but not sticky, it seems a little too carbonated.

Drinkability - This is a good quad but when compared to others this really isn't in the top 5 for me, when compared to others I find it a little wanting in all areas.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 21:22:47 | More by phisigben
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A delicious wine bottle to end an evening with friends.

Appearance:
Musty dark brown with a rich haziness. A tan head of epic proportions formed upon pouring into my tulip, the fizz started bursting from within before I had even fully removed the cap. Dark notes of coffee and hazelnut play off walls of my glass even after the head has removed itself from the party...and fizzled down to a thin ring around the circumference. The beer is alive and ready to make an impact; the sediment is present and ready to be enjoyed.

Smell:
Dark, rich, fruity esters that let me know this beer is going to be full bodied and strong. There is fruit from the yeast and a dirty earthiness from the strength. I am choosing to try this beer according to the recommendation of >50 degrees, the aroma profile has much more funk and character than it would being chilled.

Taste:
Excellent beer, notes of fig, black tea, tobacco, raisin, yeast bread, sweet malt, and a dry, cranberry-like tartness towards the end. This beer would be excellent paired with a stew, I wish I had the opportunity to test my hypothesis. This is the type of taste that coats your tongue like a cigar and sticks around for the ride. Oily and rich, how else can you summarize a beer of this caliber.

Mouthfeel:
The beer is excelsior, how could you not note its overall superiority to other beers. It's rich and potent, earthy and funky, yet balanced. I enjoy the lingering sweetness in tandem with a fruit dryness that has me both satiated and awaiting my next sip. There are offending sour and bitter notes that make the beer more interesting in contrast to the malt's richness and yeast's breadiness.

Drinkability:
Fairly priced at $9, which is slightly below some Belgians (about on par with Ommegang's 3 philosophers). I would prefer a 3 philosophers over this beer, but it offers a slight variation that is refreshingly different and unique. The strength of this beer is masked well, therefore drink responsibly... I would have another and it's the perfect size to share with a companion.

Update:
Consumed in July of 2012 and still an outstanding quad.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 06:50:55 | More by ThePorterSorter
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, batch E!020, allowed to warm some before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

I crack open the bottle, and there's a massive gush and persistent foam over. It takes almost half an hour for the beer to fully settle down. When it does, it pours a color that dances between the expected plum and more of a burnt chestnut color. The light tan head is massive and impressive on the first pour, sticking around forever and leaving gobs of lacing. Subsequent pours are a bit less impressive though. Nose is a fairly nice blend of brown sugar, alcohol infused dark fruits, and a hint of spice. The flavor shows more of a shift towards caremlized brown sugar, which works well considering the beer is relatively dry for a quad. There's still plenty of rum soaked plums and raisins, along with just a touch of fig and clove. The body is a little bit light for the style. Carbonation is picture perfect, but I wish the overall mouthfeel came off a little bit creamier. All in all Ithaca's Twelve is pretty darn good beer. Especially after a year, as I think the alcohol presence in the flavor profile is picture perfect, enough to give a warming sensation without even hinting at a boozy quality. It's a very good quad, and a worthy celebration of another anniversary for Ithaca.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 00:22:01 | More by axeman9182
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scootny

New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gusher!!! After pouring off a bit it still kept sending foam up the neck and into the sink. Got another glass. A kind of muddy brown with a nice sized head, a bit soapy looking but nice. Smell is toasted malts and sweet toffee. Some Belgian funk and fruit esters. Taste is sweet and malty with a good brown bread and molasses center. A nice cocoa dusting as it moves toward the finish. Hops are mild but there is a metallic bitterness that may be from the yeast. Normally it would be on the bottom but the explosive opening would have mixed it into the whole bottle. Too bad as a smoother finish would have moved the score. Feel is aces however. Thick and creamy with a rich texture. Quite drinkable in spite of the metallic yeast and another bottle sampling is in the offing. No trace of the high abv and still a good tasting brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 02:38:18 | More by scootny
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Andy for sharing this bottle with me! Poured into a tulip. The body is medium to dark brown with a violet tint to the body. About a finger of off white creamy head resides on top and retains for a bit. Malty sweetness in the aroma. Mostly dark fruits, figs, dates, plums and a small rustic dirty finish to it. The taste is very sweet and malty. Flavors of really ripe grapes and musty sweetness to it. Brown sugar and a lingering aroma of toffee round out the flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit light for the style and the carbonation could be toned down a bit. Overall though, it's sound and drinks with good flavors and well hidden alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 03:12:51 | More by Bendurgin
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. Nice dark plum color. The head is nearly white, but a hint of very very light red hues are also apparent. It's about one inch and shrinks to a light layer atop the body.

The aroma consists largely of plum and a bit of brown sugar. Nice strong malty aroma.

The taste is very sweet, but not cloying, with a kiss of hop finish. It should be noted, the finish is also sweet. There is a strong dried fruit and brown sugar flavor profile.

This is a very carbonated version of this style. Not bad, but not necessarily what is expected of the style, as it's a little sharp. The body is light to medium.

A nice drinker. One of the better U.S. examples I've had. I would try this again, perhaps It would be interesting with age.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 03:02:49 | More by andrewinski1
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 2/19/2010. Bottle. Pours black with a thick, foamy tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts, burnt roasted malt, Belgian yeast, and light spices. Flavor of the same roasted nuts and mal and Belgian yeast. Definitely lacks the fruity notes of the traditional quads and I certainly wouldn't have guessed this was a quad just from tasting it. It reminds me more of a dark BSA like Bruery Two Turtle Doves. Nonetheless, it was very good and tasty!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 18:46:49 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, batch 020.

A gusher right out of the fridge, with a couple of ounces on the countertop even with a glass at the ready. Two inches of liquid with four of rocky foam which continued to climb up out of the glass. A solid, dense biege foam cap for the duration of the glass with plenty of spongy lacing. The body is mahogany with ruby hues.

Aromatics lead off with grape jam, Jolly Ranchers, clove-spiked cotton candy, and rum-soaked raisins. Plenty fruity and very quad-like.

Medium bodied with a tacky, sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft with a prickly edge.

Grape bubble gum, plump malt, dark sugars, plums, raisins, and dark rum start the palate.
Warming alcohol adds some depth and heft, but is seriously well hidden.

Finishes with lingering grape jam, rum, raisins, and warming alcohol.

Great quad. Bigger than average and the sweetness is in check. Plenty of quad character and no hint of infection, contrary to what the gusher eludes to.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 00:52:31 | More by brewandbbq
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep shade of ruby with a frothy off white head that slowly recedes but never dissipates. Smells of spicy Belgian esters, lots of dark fruit and caramel in there. Sweet tasting with load of caramel and melanoids, spicy yeast and hints of dark fruit and alcohol. I was hoping there would be more dark fruit in the taste but as I expected from the aroma it seems lacking. Sweet sticky mouthfeel, thick body, moderate level of carbonation. Nice sipper, but seems to be missing that indescribable something that makes it world class.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 22:10:50 | More by johnnnniee
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Boto

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: Thanks to my brother-in-law for sharing this. This one pours a fairly opaque brown color. There was a fairly substantial head, but it didn't last long. It left a little lacing. Nice aroma of yeast, breadiness, candi sugar, dark fruits. The taste is along the same lines. Dark fruits, some candi and caramel sugar, breadiness. The alcohol is hidden in this one. A real nice Quad.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 21:19:05 | More by Boto
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ToAzwethinkweizm

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 15 December 2010
Glass: Standard 10oz snifter
Type: 750ml

Poured into two snifters, and shared with my father. Poured slightly aggressive for a 2-finger head, reducing to a film, with lacing covering ~80% of the glass. Color is cloudy dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of a heavy yet pleasant Belgian yeast strain, slight smoke, leather, candi sugar, toasted malt and raisins. Taste is splendid and complex. The Belgian yeast is subtle and not overpowering. Flavors follow of very sweet candi sugar, light smoke, sweet raisins, and lightly roasted malts.

This beer dries the palate like an expensive wine, begging my brain to reach for another sip. There is hardly hotness of alcohol...impressive for a 12% quad. Nicely done, Ithaca. You're quickly becoming my favorite brewery.

EDIT: I should have waited to review until I reached the end of the bottle. The last pour is very yeasty but very delicious, and adds a milk chocolate flavor to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

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