Colorado Ithaca / Guanabara | Cervejaria Colorado

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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
Ratings:
173
Reviews:
38
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.54%
 
 
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13
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24
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of FLima
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Brazil.
Deepest black color with a thick caramel head with great retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, pine, caramels, rapadura and licorice.
Bold flavor with notes of licorice, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, plums, red fruits, cola, lots of anise, some lactose and nuts, rapadura, roasted malts and some citrusy. Dry aftertaste with a muffled but present bitterness.
Full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 10.5% abv is evident and it could be better hidden, but still harmonic with the overall beer. Sticky feeling.
Very complex and solid RIS, but balanced towards the sweet side of it and not counterbalanced by hops. The rapadura gave a nice and interesting local touch, though.
Good local offering, a pity it is not sold at Guanabara prices off-shore. Amazingly, locally an Old Rasputin has a better cost benefit, being cheaper and better.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Cord out of a tall bottle and do a small tasting glass serves cool

Pores an ink black body with a mocha head

Some floral but mostly a breakfast syrup smell some booze

Mineral breakfast syrup toast smoke alcohol

Full body but light on the palate

Very highly competitive category these days this one certainly holds its ground with the lighter feel to the body

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

600 ml bottle into snifter, unknown bottle coding. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, molasses, toast, dark bread, licorice, raisin, herbal, light char, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, dark sugar, and light yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, licorice, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Light amount of earthy/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, light licorice, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of dark/roasted malt, dark sugar, and light yeast ester flavors; with a nice roasted sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, dark sugar, and light yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As the American-style craft beer culture broadens, the crossing of boundaries doesn't exactly lead to every brewer wanting to make beers just like those in America. Rather, when brewers in, say- Brazil, open up its taste, it's going to show a local flavor- and I welcome that in every sip.

Upon decanting the beer, its dark and luscious settling shows a dark "bark" brown with cola highlights and some chestnut hues slivering through. Regardless of its hazy wood appearance, its foam character builds upon the beer like creamy espresso creme. Dainty and confident, its low stature leads to long retention with gentle swirls of the glass.

Its sweet and toasty aromatics lead with heavy molasses and buckwheat honey. Its following columbian coffee, toasted almond, and slightly milk chocolate scent gives the stout a softer-than-usual demeanor. Heading into taste, more nutty aromas emerge with impressions of peanut, cashew and pecan.

As the taste opens, the beer's robust sweetness rushes upon the palate with the flavor of deep toffee, off-molasses, rich honey and a pep of maple. Its middle palate grows in hearty sweetness as a fruity grape, licorice and rootish chicory taste is revealed. Finishing on the sweeter side, balances of smoked embers, fennel and vinous alcohol rounds out the beer's luscious taste.

Medium-full in body, the beer's body is light and carefree- allowing all the roasty sweetness to run amuck. As ts light creaminess separates from the malt, a dryness ensues which can also reveal unpleasant taste- none of that happens with this stark and stern flavor spread.

At the end of the day, Colorado's Guanabara has impressed me with yet another flavor that borrows from America's high gravity nature, but also addresses the earthy sweetness that's better appreciated by the taste of South America- and deservingly so.

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Colorado Ithaca / Guanabara from Cervejaria Colorado
4.09 out of 5 based on 173 ratings.
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