1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dark Humor - Ithaca Beer Company

Not Rated.
Dark Humor
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
89
very good

84 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 84
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.66%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 52 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mfunk9786:
Photo of mfunk9786
mfunk9786

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Didn't expect to like this as much as I did. Picked up a growler from Iron Hill Media (An aside: I wish Iron Hill weren't so touchy about filling my flip-top growlers, taking home theirs is always a race against the clock to finish a half gallon of beer before it goes flat, which takes place in about a day. Ugh.)

Anyway... the beer pours a lovely ruby-toned black, and smells like it tastes - like a particularly sour cherry dunked in dark chocolate. I really didn't expect Ithaca and Iron Hill to be able to pull off such a masterful use of brett, and was expecting something like an infected bottle of Abyss (especially when very fresh without as much of a chance to come together) but I was very impressed with what we've got here. And I'm surprised that Russian River didn't jump all over the idea of an all-brett porter first, it's really quite novel. This is right up there with Bell's Cherry Stout as one of my favorite sour/chocolate combination beers, and I'll definitely be picking up another growler soon if it hangs around. I'm very lucky to live close to one of the sources of this stunner of a beer.

Serving type: growler

05-27-2011 04:22:06 | More by mfunk9786
More User Reviews:
Photo of DrunkinYogi
DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-03-2014 03:14:40 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of Casey3236
Casey3236

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

12-04-2013 02:05:06 | More by Casey3236
Photo of bigfnjoe
bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

12-01-2013 15:42:38 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of danwho
danwho

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

10-24-2013 16:58:49 | More by danwho
Photo of ejimhof
ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.6%

12-25-2012 22:04:51 | More by ejimhof
Photo of wattoclone
wattoclone

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +24.1%

09-12-2012 13:07:14 | More by wattoclone
Photo of thagr81us
thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-10-2012 03:57:28 | More by thagr81us
Photo of jclaydev
jclaydev

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

02-11-2012 22:43:23 | More by jclaydev
Photo of JohnQBeer
JohnQBeer

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

01-19-2012 02:13:22 | More by JohnQBeer
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2012 00:23:39 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of hotmanflab666
hotmanflab666

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

01-04-2012 03:52:23 | More by hotmanflab666
Photo of OBIrish24
OBIrish24

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

12-27-2011 02:31:34 | More by OBIrish24
Photo of SMason
SMason

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

12-21-2011 10:05:57 | More by SMason
Photo of ROGUE16
ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-20-2011 03:21:58 | More by ROGUE16
Photo of BeerMe42
BeerMe42

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -38%

12-19-2011 16:09:19 | More by BeerMe42
Photo of jsanford
jsanford

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 01:32:20 | More by jsanford
Photo of GrindFatherBob
GrindFatherBob

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

12-14-2011 17:00:56 | More by GrindFatherBob
Photo of bluntedboywonder
bluntedboywonder

New York

5/5  rDev +24.1%

12-09-2011 21:32:37 | More by bluntedboywonder
Photo of mdfb79
mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 20:10:08 | More by mdfb79
Photo of timtim
timtim

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 13:40:15 | More by timtim
Photo of ChrisPro
ChrisPro

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

12-05-2011 03:48:39 | More by ChrisPro
Photo of nmann08
nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-04-2011 21:19:35 | More by nmann08
Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
VoiceOfTheSoul

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 01:49:34 | More by VoiceOfTheSoul
Photo of dwoolley1
dwoolley1

New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-01-2011 19:32:23 | More by dwoolley1
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Dark Humor from Ithaca Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.