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Dark Humor - Ithaca Beer Company

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Dark Humor
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
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)
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Photo of rfgetz
2.2/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a murky light to medium brown color, some chalkyness to its appearence, small cap of tan head. Scent tastes lightly roasty, earthy and muddy, no massive brett presence, notes of cheap milk chocolate. One sip and I knew i was in for something different... sour pumpernickle bread, sour cherries, roasted nuts, cheap milk chocolate, rancid fruit, rancid yogurt, damp earth, musty wood... a lot of notes that I wouldnt look for in a beer. Medium bodied, chalky, highly carbonated for the style.

This is my second experience with a wild yeast porter, and the other, from Dock Street was much more appropriate to showcase the yeast.

rfgetz, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of BeerMe42
2.5/5  rDev -38%

BeerMe42, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of stegmakk
2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from cask at J. Ryan's Firkenteenth event.

A - Beer looked GOOD. Dark opaque motor oil with a good amount of tan head and a little lacing.

S - Roated malt with a hint of something else...couldn't quite put my finger on it until the taste

T - OK...maybe I am one of the only ones that did not like this beer. I got a roasted coffee up front with a ton of sour flavor and some bitter coffee at the end. TOO much sour tasting for an american porter in my opinion.

M - Crisp smooth

O - It LOOKS good and feels good...just didn't taste good. If the sournees was smoother or blended well, this could be decent. But the usual chocolatey taste of some of my favorite porters got drowned out by the sourness.

stegmakk, May 15, 2011
Photo of oline73
2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
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?

oline73, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -25.6%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Lillie1128
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my black Terrapin pint glass

A - Pours a deep espresso with a medium coffee colored head

S - Hoppy and a little sour

T - Kind of sour, very interesting. Finishes with a mild hoppy note. Think mine might have gotten a little funky in the mail

M - medium, a little carbonated

D - pretty easy to drink

Thanks to BobCS for this one!

Lillie1128, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of MsRif
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

MsRif, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of beer4colin
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

beer4colin, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of OBIrish24
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of hotmanflab666
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

hotmanflab666, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

ChrisPro, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

bigfnjoe, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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

THECPJ, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Rifugium, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of jsanford
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!

jsanford, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

DrBier, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of PassMeAZima
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

PassMeAZima, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

akorsak, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Cole's, the only bar on elmwood open on July 4th. Dark, creamy, thick chocolate.Great porter. Very drinkable. Yes, thick chocolate milk shake, with some roasted coffee. As good as it sounds. Rich malty chocolate aroma. Ithaca on a roll.

Sammy, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ithaca Ale House Memorial Day weekend 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a medium to dark brown color with a good tan head that stuck around as a thin cap for awhile before fading and leaving some spotty lacing. The nose carried some slight roast along with chocolate and a bit of brown sugar. Beyond that, a moderate amount of funk, though that didn't really come into play until the flavor and finish. Good funky presence in the taste along with some brown sugar and slight roast. Interesting combo that I really enjoyed. Medium body and a somewhat-dry finish. Good brew.

Thorpe429, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

jlindros, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at good dog in philly

Pours a deep brown color, almost black, thick tanned head retains well. Spotty and cloudy lacing on the glass.

Pretty interesting nose with chocolate, nutty brown malt, light sweetness. The brett funk is also apparent with tartness.

Starts off like a regular porter with roasted malts and some chocolate undertones. Fairly sweet with some solid body, followed by bretty funk. Not necessarily sour but definite tartness towards the finish, which is a bit strong and dry.

Medium body, higher carbonation, lasting finish and smoothness. This was pretty much what I was expecting, and I wasn't disappointed.

xnicknj, May 23, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

yourefragile, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
3.95/5  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.

Tucquan, Jul 30, 2011
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Dark Humor from Ithaca Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.