Old Habit | Ithaca Beer Company

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Old HabitOld Habit

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Robust American Ale brewed with four different Rye Malts, fresh Centennial and Crystal Hops and our proprietary Ale Yeast. It is partly fermented in Tennesee Rye Whiskey Barrels, then carefully blended. Enjoy the gorgeous ruby color, strong aromas of vanilla and black cherry, earthy flavors of nuts and oak and the warm spicy finish.

Added by zdk9 on 06-06-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of brydeen
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed as part of Blind BIF round 8

A: Pours a very murky brown, with very bubbly, but surprisingly thin off white head. Dissipates quickly, except for a thin stubborn layer.

S: A light tartness up front, quickly enveloped by a smooth sweetness. Caramel, toffee, and vanilla present. I'm thinking barrel aged, likely whiskey. A slight char aroma too. Intriguing.

T: Rich toffee, and slightly buttery. Reminiscent of a werther's hard candy. The slightest tartness on the back of the tongue in the aftertaste. Almost like apple cider, with light spices. Apple brandy maybe? Consider me perplexed.

M: Surprisingly smoother than expected, and medium to full bodied. Really creamy, but over carbonation is its downfall. Alcohol is hidden very well.

O: Jekyll & Hyde between the smell and taste. The tartness in the nose is very prominent, but very subdued in the taste. It's tasty, but just a little muddled

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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an Excelsior Tulip.

A: Reddish brown color. Mild pour leads to a fizzy two finger khaki colored head that dissipates pretty quickly. Lacing is spotty but present.

S: Nose full of rye malts and whiskey. Some funk is present as well but I have no idea where that comes from. Fruity notes as well in the form of cherry and boysenberry.

T: Very malt-forward with fruity notes as listed above along with some nuttiness, vanilla and whiskey.

M: Creamy smooth which is odd considering how quickly the fizz faded. Alcohol burn on the end of the sip...at the very end. And the burn lingers a bit as well, in a nice way, like a good bourbon.

O: This is an excellent beer that gets better as it warms. I will definitely seek out another.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.66/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

New batch E!045. Amazing. Had it years back when cheif was still there and was amazing then. But Ididnt remember it being this good. Slightly sour and a bit fruity with a some vanilla taste in the finish complement of the burboun barrels. A very complex beer and overall just awesome. One of the best beers I've had in a while. Right up there with brute, le blue and the original ithaca 10!

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a very deep amber with a tan head that fades and leaves a nice lacing
S-oak and cherry with some dark fruit
T-cherries and plums mixed with the spiciness and vanilla flavor of the oak barrels, finishes with some citrus
M-medium-full bodied, smooth and creamy
O-Really smooth and complex beer. Extremely well crafted

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with a few friends. Old Habit pours a dark reddish-orange color with a small head. The nose contains brown sugar, oak, cherry and rye. A very interesting beer so far and we have not even gotten to the taste ! Taste has spices, such as cinnamon and vanilla, along with plums, cherries and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium, some carbonation. The finish is a tad bitter, but still pleasant. Overall, a unique beer done well that I was glad to have had the opportunity to try.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle. 2008 Vintage (infected). Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a ruddy cloudy garnet hue with a nice three finger head with tons of side lacing.

S - Aromas of barrel and sour/funk infection. Yep, this 2008 batch is definitely infected but smells nice and tasty. Almost like a funky lambic.

T - Sharp bitterness and slight metallic taste with light funky flavours. Off funk, as opposed to barnyard funk. There is slight rye and cherries but mostly just infection.

M - Mouthfeel isnt all that bad but there is more of that sharp, metallic feel and taste that lingers.

O - Overall this isnt that bad considering its infected. It makes for an interesting brew.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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Old Habit from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 164 ratings