Colorado Ithaca / Guanabara | Cervejaria Colorado

Colorado Ithaca / GuanabaraColorado Ithaca / Guanabara
BA SCORE
3.98/5
176 Ratings
Colorado Ithaca / GuanabaraColorado Ithaca / Guanabara
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cervejaria Colorado
Brazil
cervejariacolorado.com.br

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is known as Ithaca in Brazil, but Guanabara in the US.

Added by DoubleJ on 10-10-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,361
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
176
pDev:
9.3%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
24
Trade:
4
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Photo of dandy14
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of emeyer
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Craftahead
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kevanb
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600ml bottle poured into a Half Acre holiday snifter glass. Enjoyed on 1.29.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a deep, jet black color, thick and viscous as it pours with a bone colored head, about a finger high with looser bubbles, good retention and lace. The aroma is booming with roasted character, rich grains, brown sugar, light stone fruits and bittersweet chocolate. The flavors again have a monster roastiness, bitter dark chocolate, light coffee, stone fruits linger with dark, malted barley, nice balance of sweetness and roast that is very smooth and rich. The mouthfeel is thick, chewy and coating. It has a bit more carbonation than expected, lively with an easy finish that offers some warmth.

Verdict: A very worth Russian Imperial Stout from Brazil. While not the most complex or unique beer, it's brewed fantastically well to style and is likely one of the more underrated beers in the style. Robust, rich, balanced, a great buy.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$1.99? Sign me up.

Pours a hazel brown that forms a deep, rich blackness in the glass. The head is angry brownish red and settles to a thin ring.

Aromas of Peruvian chocolate, some coffee and roast malts. A strong chemical super glue note ghosts in and out of the nose pretty strongly. I can only guess this is the alcohol speaking up.

Flavor has me surprised and astounded. Right out front it buzzes with authority of juices of fig and plum, flooding the way for a dry punch of chocolates, roast coffee (without being coffee forward), and lightly singed black licorice. Seriously impressive.

The feel is an enigma - juicy, carbonated, and dry. In that order yet all at the same time. The finish is unmistakably dry and dehydrated.

I'm going back for more. This was an absolute steal. Great Russian stout from...Brazil??

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Photo of JMS1512
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSchwartz
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of matuto
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap, sampled in a 150 ml glass. Very sweet. Good aroma. Somewhat dry. Heavy body.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600ml Bottle

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, with a fizzy light tan head, minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, nice vanilla note, with some chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is pretty nice, malty, very nice chocolate/toffee notes, vanilla sweetness. Full/Medium body, ABV hidden fairly well. Overall, a pretty tasty brew, caught me by surprise, really never knew what this would taste like.

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Photo of Syracuse12
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of proctah
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Walbert_Neto
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zuidman
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Duff27
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600 mL bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A bit of a fizzy dark khaki-colored head that never develops more than about an 1/8th inch thick. It remains a lacy film and surging carbonation continues to feed the thin head, visible through the pitch-black liquid. On the pour it showed much more of a dark brown color though. 4

Smells like dark fruit first and foremost, plums and figs like a Belgian. Brown sugar and caramel sweetness show some oomph. Blind I'd think this a floral, fruity Belgian. It smells great, but not particularly like a stout. 4

Aaaaand it tastes like a Belgian. Like a Belgian Dark really, plenty malty and chocolatey but highly fruity and floral and sweet too. Caramel flavors take on an old ale sort of quality, giving off a grape sucker taste. The finish lingers like maple syrup. 4

The body is a bit thin where I am looking for thicker and viscous, but it sure drinks well. Easy-drinking for a 10 percenter. Plenty of sweet stickiness though and a light floral feel. The finish is lovely with a dry, oaken sweetness like after a bite of pancakes with maple syrup. 4

Perhaps thin and not quite your expected imperial stout but this a tasty beer with rich, varied flavors.

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Photo of browniewithnuts
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikus
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blown away. No date on label, had a feeling (based on the store) that this may have been at least a year on the shelf... guess I have no evidence of that, but whatever. Shared with my stout expert (wife) and I used my Kane sample-sized snifter. Absolute black murky cauldron with a faint ring of lacing, occasional bubble rising to the surface added to the effect. Nose of caramel, dark toffee, clean roasted malt, and burnt sugar. Coffee apparent in the taste that was not on the nose. Burnt sugar quality (not offensive, but complex), and molasses notes round out the excellent flavor profile. A lot going on here! Deep, viscous, chewy mouthfeel coats the mouth and lingers. Amazing stout. Viva Brazil! Unique toasted character, and no doubt unique with the use of black rapadura . Brew with local ingredients! Guanabara will definitely be at the forefront of the wave of Brazilian beers that we are likely to start seeing in the next couple of years!

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Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 176 ratings
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