Dark Humor - Ithaca Beer Company

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89
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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 52
Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to mikesgroove to sharing this one with me! Served from growler into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, tangerine, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, citrus, citrus hop, floral, and tangerine. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The citrus on this one was really nice on both the flavor and aroma. Really well balanced and enjoyable. Definitely glad I got the chance to try this one and I suggest you do the same.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour served in a pint glass for $7.00.

A: A frothy, medium brown head of 1 finger goes quickly. The body is completely black and nothing can be seen through the other side of the glass. As the drinking continues, half sheets of lace are stuck behind. Not bad, but a very standard appearance.

S & T: Dark malts, heavy roast and chocolate - all backed by a strong brett component (100% brett fermentation), plus some rich soil and a little wood. Cherry and other dark berry fruits are modest but noticeable. Dark earth and leather work their way in on both the upper and lower palate, and the fruitiness much more noticeable on the lower.

M: Medium body with a semi thick texture. A predictably dry finish and above average effervescence wipes the tongue clean.

O: Dark Humor is a very well executed all-brett porter. If you like brett dominated beers, you will definitely appreciate this one.

Photo of jsanford
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Churchkey in D.C.

Pours a dark brown with a soapy ivory head. Lots of earthy Brett aromas (I can't help but smell peanut) with a good amount of chocolate and a bit of banana. Taste is predominately bitter chocolate and earthy Brett, luckily not getting that peanut sensation here. Smooth and creamy, with a medium-full body and fairly low carbonation. Overall a very interesting beer, love seeing different takes on what Brett can do!

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/1/11 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, roasted malts, coffee, light fruit, light wood, and light toasted malts. The sour brett jumps out up front and mixes nicely with the roasted qualities. I'm a fan.

t - Tastes of brett, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Less coffee than the nose, and more sour breet mixing with the roasted malts. Again, I like it.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - Overall an interesting beer, but I enjoyed it quite a beer. I love the smell of brett so thought the nose was great; something I'd certainly order again if I saw it on a menu.

Photo of timtim
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very dark brown (almost black) with a tan head that holds very well and leaves pretty lace. nose is cocoa powder, marshmallow and chocolate covered cherries with just a hint of earth, mushroom and roast. taste is chocolate covered mildly sour cherries and other dark fruits with touches of roasty malt, earth and a marshmallowy finish. sounds strange, and there are lots of layers here, but definitely works somehow. medium-full body is soft and pillowy. very clean finish. 100% brett? really? nice collaboration here.

Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Iron Hill - Media into a tulip.

A Pours a pitch black, different from the porter from which it was spawned, tan 1.5 finger head that shrinks to about half a finger without drinking, once a sip is taken is leaves a foamy layer on top with thick bubbbly lacing.

S Roasty and tart, cocoa, slight cola scent, earthy, thyme.

T Sweet and roasty, carmelly, earthy, very strong tart and bitter, but its quite smooth as long as it doesnt sit too long in your mouth thats when it realy kicks in, raspberries and tart cherries with slight sour strawberry, thyme (esp in the belches), hidden hints of citrus like lime.

M Biting sourness on the front and sides with strong burnt-like bitterness in the back, smooth still and abundantly carbonated.

O Immensely complex, like a huge party and everyones dancing and swirling and having a great time with sourness and roastiness being the long lingerers at the end of the party.

This was a great collab between Iron Hill and Ithaca. I love what the guys at Iron Hill - Media have been doing.

Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

An interesting and unlikely collaboration between Ithaca and Iron Hill. This beer was a dark cedary-brown color, not quite opaque, and a small cap of tan head that receded to a ringlet. Smell of dark toasty malts, yeast, pumpernickel, and light spice with a harbinger of sour fruit. Hints of coffee. Taste was a little thinned out at first, but filled out a bit after my taste buds adjusted; brown sugar, molasses, coffee grounds, dark bread, and an odd spicy yeast sensation (100% Brett in a porter? neat). Sour but tame, funky but not overbearingly so. Medium mouthfeel, and moderately drinkable.

Photo of MsRif
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark with a quickly dissipating head. Had an aroma of molasses, smoky flavor and dark fruit. Tasted of roasty malts, dark fruits...a tad bit of sweetness.

Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Finish is bitter. It was hardly a "bad" brew...but I think this will be my only time trying it. Complexity was poor...while there were several flavors, they were not balanced adequately. Average brew.

Photo of wcintula
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome to finally stumble across this beer. Had on tap at Mexi Q in Astoria.

Poured into a shaker pint with a black body and a small, thin tan head. Strong roasted malt, coffee-like aromas are noted. Drinks something more like a stout than a porter, but I get it. Peat and smoke overtake and leave light bitter and sour notes as supporting roles. Not wowed, but it's a good beer.

Photo of oline73
2.97/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on-tap at Capone's. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours black with a layer of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Quite sweet, ripe dark fruit and some molasses. Not very sour.

Taste: Here, there is some sourness. Mild roast, but nothing in the tastes pops out and gets your attention. A bit wine like.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with almost no carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I wasn't super impressed with this beer. A bit muddled and confusing. I may not get the sour porter style, who knows?

Photo of ShanePB
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Capone's in a 13 oz snifter glass.

A: Dark black body with a small slightly off-white head. Thick, patchy sticky lacing covers the glass walls and keeps a moderate retention ring around the edges. A really nice looking beer that seems to combine both porter qualities with the effervescence of a wild ale.

S: Roasted malts are up-front initially followed by a raspberry sweetness. Almonds, faintly bitter coffee beans, a funky tartness and chocolate covered cherries in the back end. Rich, robust and yet fruity and tart.

T: Sweet dark fruits (plum, black cherry), chocolate and roasted coffee beans are first. Tart red fruits like raspberry and cherry are mid-palate giving a nice transition from the roasted malty front of the beer. A few residual coffee notes are in the linger after the funk leaves the mouth.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied but still bubbly and active. It is somewhat dry on the palate in the finish, perhaps a combination of the tartness and bitter roasted flavors.

I'm noticing a trend growing here, combining the darker roasted malts, akin to a Porter or Stout and then throwing in some souring bacteria. It's new, it's different and generally it seems to be working. Tart of Darkness, Zwet.be and now Dark Humor are all beers I actually did enjoy that exhibit this new flavor profile. Keep them coming.

Photo of beer4colin
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Served in a 12 oz tulip at Union Brewhouse? Pours a dark mahogany with thin wispy head that dissipates quickly with little lace.
S - Toasted brown sugar and slight smoke.
T - Big start with coffee and burnt toast. finish is surprisingly subdued and dissolves into a lemony taste.
MF - a tad thin for a porter. Maybe I have just had too many Founders lately but this is very light and watery.
OA - not Ithaca's best. Gorges Smoked Porter is much better. I'll be passing in the future.

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Creamy small head fades slowly pretty much pitch black color.

Nose dry stout, almost chalky, powdered chocolate, roast, nutty, some brett spicy funk.

Taste comes with porter at first, chocolate powdered and bakers, roasted malts, caramel, bit creamy. Then some funk but not a lot, light soured malt flavors, light dry bready funk. Finishes very dry, bit of funk and lots of lingering dark malts.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, decent carb

Pretty good, not a funky as I expected, nice porter flavors and malts, light soured malts.

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown colored beer with a tan head that faded to a thin cap and left a little bit of lace.

S - Little bit of roast, some chocolate, brown sugar malts. Dark fruits and a little bit of funk.

T - Brown sugar, roast, bit of dark fruit. It's a little bit different, with some cherries, yeast and cocoa. Not bad, very interesting tasting.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Fairly unique beer, although not quite as funky as I would have guessed. Has some nice stuff going on the, pretty good, wouldn't mind drinking again.

Photo of MasterSki
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bartrash for this extra. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to a thin ring. Dark brown body that is slightly lighter at the fringes.

S - Chocolate marshmallows, sugary malts, and a light musky funk in the periphery. Never would have guessed this was a 100% brett beer. As it warms up it gets a touch medicinal, but it's mostly chocolate and dark fruits.

T - Taste is unusual - a mix of slightly sour cherries, milk chocolate, bread and yeast, and a light medicinal note in the finish. Reminds me a bit of Cherry Cola. Somewhat watery, but otherwise quite nice.

M - Smooth texture, medium body, lower carbonation, and a dry clean finish. Alcohol isn't present at all.

D - This was quite nice - a very interesting beer. I had no problem consuming a few pours of this one and I'd certainly try it again if they make a new batch.

Photo of yourefragile
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Matt awhile back.

Jet black color with a thin mocha head that fades to a wispy collar with thin lacing. Smells like a robust porter; chocolate, roast malt, brown sugar with only a hint of sour and dark fruit. Flavor is an interesting clashing contrast of a slightly sweet roast malt and chocolate porter with a healthy dose of bretty funk and light sourness in the finish. Medium bodied with a dry slightly bitter finish. Not quite perfect, and a little jarring at times, but I like all the flavors contributing and would love to have this again.

Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the brewery.

A: The porter is dark, a forboding stout that envelops all colors of the spectrum. The darkness is punctuated by a dark, tan colored head that stands in sharp contrast. Lacing follows as the head recedes.

S: The strong bite of the porter is a cunning mix of sourness and hoppiness, possibly the oddest porter I've ever come across. Sweet cherry aromas mix with the dark, overly roasted porter notes and side of hops. The funky brett is a bold aroma against the dark roasted malts. Plenty of cherry coming out of the brett.

T: More roasted flavors, strong and dominant. The chocolate, coffee and burnt toast straddles the line with the brett. The dark roasts running into an immediate wall of funk. The transition is awkward at times. The sweet fruity dirtiness of the brett struggles against the dark porter flavors. Interesting.

M: Clean mouthfeel although the intense cherry brett flavors can easily be mistaken for the bite of citrus hops.

Photo of Tucquan
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-07-30 At Capone's in Norristown, PA

A - Black as the night with a 1-finger tan head and remarkable lacing coating all of the glass.

S - -Mild coffee and chocolate malt.

T - Bold and unusual. Strong mixture of funky sour and sweet coffee, chocolate and mild vanilla. They pulled it off. While rich, it dries out nicely.

M - Creamy. Medium body and light carbonation.

O - Very nice. Never had a beer like this. Worth checking out.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro at Capone's in Philadelphia.

The beer appears jet black, with a thick, creamy, beige head. The glass is completely coated with a heavy sheet of tan lacing. The aroma is of fruit, roast, fudge, cream, and vanilla. The flavor is unique to say the least. Chocolate ice cream with raspberry topping. Quite tasty. Sweetness grows with time. Really well done, and likely best in small quantities. One serving is plenty, though I did enjoy my sample.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at the brewery in a taster glass.

A- Pitch black with a 1 finger tan head that sticks around.

S- Dark roasted malt smokiness, that's quickly taken over by brett and funk.

T- Just like the aroma. Thick creamy malts that have been burnt and smoked. Tons of funk and brett dry out the mouth after it goes down leaving you wanting more.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and I nice dry sour finish.

If they weren't out of stock on growlers I would have definitely gotten one filled. Such a damn good beer!

SkÅL!

Photo of cbutova
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sunset Grill.

A- Pitch black in a tulip. Small tan head with a nice creamy texture. Spotty lace on the glass.

S- Brett + porter = sour cherries, barnyard, smoke, licoriceand roast malts.

T- Like the nose but more intense and complex. Dark roast malt, cocoa, licorice, coffee thrown into a barnyard of sour cherries and straw

MF- Lighter end body with moderate carbonation. Tart makes me pucker up a bit.

Probably the best random menu choice I have ever made. All Brett porter is a great idea.

Photo of Damico
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet light bitter chocolate notes on top of light cherries, absolutely awesome aroma. The brew pours awesome dark black with a huge creamy mocha colored head frothing on top. The flavor is light tart chocolate covered cherries on a creamy body,need I write more,

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with redish hue and 1 finger head

smell: roast, malts, funk from the brett, sour

taste: sour, roasted malts, tart

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: interesting take on a porter. good but not great.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to my man up north for this growler, i was thrilled to death to be able to try this one! Gotta love two new ithaca growlers!

pour was jet black with a small tan head that kept a ring around the entire glass leaving a good bit of lacing up and down the sides of the glass that really looked to be quite nice to me. aroma is deep peat and smoke, much more then i really thought it would be, nicely done. warming brings up lots of oak and touches of vanilla in the flavor. the grape and slightly sour character from the barrels is not very noticeable until it really warms and by that time it is still quite light but near perfectly placed. rich and smooth, with a deep smoke flavor that leaves a long lasting oak note on the palate an a light, but enjoyable finish that really gives a nice rounded profile.

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

Served on-tap at Cole's in Buffalo.

A: Pitch black, with a thin tan head. Small bubbles line the rim of the goblet. Lacing is solid. Sticky lacing that fades to thinner and smaller.

S: Roasty and sour. Tons of toasted malted barley with nice yeasty and hoppy notes.

T: Roasted malts, smoke, sour, and tons of brett yeast. It coats nicely on the palate. It's kind of sticky and chewy. There is a lingering sour flavor but it has nice balance.

D: It's quite a beer. I'm really enjoying this, but I don't know if I want more than 1 glass. The brett sour explosion is intense in this beer.

O: I had this in a 2 oz. sample at ACBF and hated it. Having a full glass of this on-tap seems to make a difference. I like this beer.

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Dark Humor from Ithaca Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.