Anniversary Sixteen | Ithaca Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark Honey Saison

Added by utopiajane on 12-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by jlindros:
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3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a huge fizzy slight fluffy 2+ finger head that fades at a med pace, nice fizzy messy lacing, pretty much pitch black beer with no real light getting through even on the thin parts.

Nose is interesting and unique, it mostly brings a Belgian base beer with mostly saison components, but also the nice toasty malt and grainy malts of a tripel, as well as big sweet Belgian candi sugar and little syrupy notes of like a Belgian strong, big floral phenols and spices, hint of orange peel too. Then comes a dark malt, a little bit of the dark malt but some caramel and toasty slightly roasty like dark malts, as well as a bit of mild fermented dry honey and mild esters.

Taste brings more of the same mix of Belgian beers and dark malts. First comes that saison note, wheat, grainy malts, toasty, etc. and into a bit of a blonde malt toasty flavor, as well as the mild dark malt flavors, caramel, hint of a roast like, mild fluffy nougat Carafa I think, but very light. The more Belgian flavors, a little candi sugar with a little syrupy note, and into the big yeast additions with plenty of phenols and some esters, as well as a warming booze character that gets slightly tingly with the phenols, and that seems to bring a slight hint of a honey character as well, and touches of spices and orange peel bitterness. Later a bit more bitterness comes through with a hint of an earthy spicy hop profile, but not much. The finish brings a bit more of the bitterness as it dries but stays sticky, a bit more tingly booze and phenols really come through on the finish, with a sticky dark malt flavor, hint of candi sugar and syrup.

Mouth is fuller bod, lots of fluffy tingly carbonation a bit too much, plenty of tingly warming booze as well, little syrupy.

Overall interesting, pretty tasty, a bit too much going on though as it's like every non-sour Belgian style beer mixed together with some dark malts and honey on top of it. But still nice characters and pretty tasty.

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More User Reviews:
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mindfuldave
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of scootny
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark cola huge light brown head. Clear fluid. Very good lacing.

Nose is sweet and lightly bready. Hops are tight and cutting.

Taste is like a Belgian black IPA. Lots of roasted grains and char. Honey leaves a sweetness after the finish. Hops are plentiful leaving a leafiness in the back of my throat and a sandpaper dryness on my tongue. A bit of heat in the finish.

Feel is full and creamy with a crisp dryness in the swallow.

A nice brew.

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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent Belgian style made in America. Ale pours a deep DARK brown with tight beaded tan head and light lacing. Lots of character in the nose....dark plum, Belgian candy, strong esters and clove, fresh bread, and brown sugar. Taste has a lot going on as well. Belgian candy and honey up front and on the sides, plums, raisins, and hint of herbal spiciness from coriander comes thorough in a wave of excellent melodies on the back. Dry mouthfeel; highly carbonated, with an alcoholic warmth on the finish. A most excellent ale. Cheers.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rlee1390
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass, clear amber when pouring. Three finger tan head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Plums and other dark fruits, bananas, clove and then some honey.

T-Starts with belgian notes: dark fruits and clove. The honey is there but not as much as I was expecting. Semi well balanced.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-Better than I was expecting. The honey isn't very present though which I enjoyed.

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Photo of 120minuteman
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer!

Complex beer with lots of flavor and a candy like aroma. Purply/black color with light carbonation. You can definitely taste the honey in this beer. Mildly bitter, with notes of maple syrup, brown sugar, and a hint of orange rind. A tasty winter warmer on a 0 degree night.

Hope to repeat soon!

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.28/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of tviz33
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle served in a tulip.

A- Black body and a huggggeee light tan head that hangs around for a few minutes. Spotty lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Wow, this is a remarkable delightful nose. Equal parts Belgian yeast, citrus, and honey. A well-balanced aroma I suppose. It's actually a bit like smelling hot cocoa mix, oddly enough.

T- Creamy and citrusy at the same time right up front. Dry towards the end and the honey appears in the middle.

M- Mouthfeel is right where it should be. Tingly carbonation but not so much that its champagne-like. Medium creamy feel. Where is the alcohol in this one? I don't get it at all.

O- Just a great beer by Ithaca. Don't even hesitate if you see it.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

When poured in a Duvel tulip it was very dark brown and allowed no light to pass through. There was a decent light brown head that covered the entire surface while the beer was consumed and it left heavy lacing. It smelled Belgian with that yeasty, bready smell with some clove and honey peeking in every once in a while. The taste was similar with the malty sweetness showing more as it warmed. Also tasted the honey, clove and a bit of pepper. The ending had a nice surprising hop bitterness that wrapped up the experience. It was a nice chewy beer with a decent amount of carbonation that tickled the tongue and helped release all of the flavors. Really a tasty beer. I didn't have it fresh but I have no complaints.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 8/17/2014 at Pour Farm in New Bedford, MA, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains funky Belgian yeast, roasted malts, some chocolate, spices and dark fruit.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and roasted malts. Then some sweet flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, honey, licorice and spices come in. The hops presence is mild and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are better dark Belgian-style beers that I would choose before this one.

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Anniversary Sixteen from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 83 ratings