Dark Humor | Ithaca Beer Company

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4.02 w/ 85 ratings

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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 52
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of suspect
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a small wide-mouthed glass. Picked up this growler at the brewery a little over 10 days ago.

A: Deep mahogany brown in color with a milk chocolate colored head that measures about 1 finger high. Head disappears shortly after pouring. Leads to spotty lacing that remains present throughout.

S: Toasted malt, chocolate, fruity tones and the famous Brett earthy smell. Wonderful aromatic notes that all blend nicely together. Nothing too strong, yet the complex tones all add up to a really powerful nose.

T: Hot damn. Follows the nose almost exactly with toasted malts, chocolate and fruit tones with hints of coffee that wasn't initially picked up in the nose (by me...probably was there, I just didn't find it amongst all of the other wonderful smells). All of those fine flavors are wrapped up nicely in the brett yeast's sour flavors. This was without a doubt, the best porter I've ever had.

M: Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated creating a creamy mouthfeel that leads me to want to drink more and more and more.

O: Holy cow. I wasn't expecting to like this nearly as much as I did. I am familiar with the Brettanomyces yeast through Orval and I wasn't sure I would like this in a porter. Wow was I wrong. This beer is really fantastic and I'll be headed to the brewery for another growler asap. Bravo, Ithaca and Iron Hill, bravo.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to my man up north for this growler, i was thrilled to death to be able to try this one! Gotta love two new ithaca growlers!

pour was jet black with a small tan head that kept a ring around the entire glass leaving a good bit of lacing up and down the sides of the glass that really looked to be quite nice to me. aroma is deep peat and smoke, much more then i really thought it would be, nicely done. warming brings up lots of oak and touches of vanilla in the flavor. the grape and slightly sour character from the barrels is not very noticeable until it really warms and by that time it is still quite light but near perfectly placed. rich and smooth, with a deep smoke flavor that leaves a long lasting oak note on the palate an a light, but enjoyable finish that really gives a nice rounded profile.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

man was I waiting for the firkenteenth at J Ryan's. Dark Humor has been totally anticipated by all my friends from our favorite local brewery. Looking forward to this...

A- pours an opaque, dark body with a small mocha like head of foam. Minimal lacing, but a hearty looking brew nonetheless

S- there it is... a good whiff of brett that blends with a malted sweet flavor. The scent flows through with a robust finish that creates an initial outlay of the deemed "brett porter"

T- can you say one in a million??? Look, I will never declare that I have the most experienced palate on the east coast. Nevertheless, Dark Humor delivers with a roasted flavor that is enrobed in the brett experience. The end snaps your tongue with a charcoal flavor and disappears with that expected bready flavor. Man this is unique. I need more (oh yeah I will be getting growler fills at the brewery this thursday)

M- the flavor creates a secondary coating barrier on your mouth. It's good and crisp

D- ok, the best part... Dark Humor is so drinkable and unstoppable with flavor. Hate to be redundant, but the concept of a brett porter that was on cask is unbelievable. Ithaca, you have delivered a brew that will echoe with differentiation.... this is that good

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Photo of sliverX
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented with a pitch black snifter with a thick mocha head very nice
Smell is nice dark chocolate not picking much else up
Tastes is bitter in a funky brett way but backed by chocolate and coffee and a nice hop bite at the end
Medium bodied and suited perfectly nice carbonation
Over all a very interesting and delicious twist. Can only hope this isn't just a one and never again .
On tap at Mr. Goodbar

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Damico
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet light bitter chocolate notes on top of light cherries, absolutely awesome aroma. The brew pours awesome dark black with a huge creamy mocha colored head frothing on top. The flavor is light tart chocolate covered cherries on a creamy body,need I write more,

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Photo of cbutova
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sunset Grill.

A- Pitch black in a tulip. Small tan head with a nice creamy texture. Spotty lace on the glass.

S- Brett + porter = sour cherries, barnyard, smoke, licoriceand roast malts.

T- Like the nose but more intense and complex. Dark roast malt, cocoa, licorice, coffee thrown into a barnyard of sour cherries and straw

MF- Lighter end body with moderate carbonation. Tart makes me pucker up a bit.

Probably the best random menu choice I have ever made. All Brett porter is a great idea.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Ithaca tulip from a Growler I got at the tasting room in Ithaca, NY at the end of Memorial Day weekend

A- Very dark, almost black. Solid carbonation, but not as much head as I would expect and very little lacing

S- Smells like a bitter chocolate, with a definate 'funk' to it

T- Very malty, typical porter taste, but then the back end hits with that beautiful sour taste. It is an excellent combination of flavors. The trend lately has been combining malt with hops, but I think this combo of malt and Brett works much better.

M- It is rather light drinking given the color and style. I find myself wanted to 'chug' rather than sip, because it is light in my mouth, yet the flavor and taste is all there, I'm lovin' it.

O- This collaboration I between Iron Hill and Ithaca is a one-off (I believe), but this could definately be a regular or seasonal at least. This beer is fantastic and I'm sad the growler is about kicked.

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4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Didn't expect to like this as much as I did. Picked up a growler from Iron Hill Media (An aside: I wish Iron Hill weren't so touchy about filling my flip-top growlers, taking home theirs is always a race against the clock to finish a half gallon of beer before it goes flat, which takes place in about a day. Ugh.)

Anyway... the beer pours a lovely ruby-toned black, and smells like it tastes - like a particularly sour cherry dunked in dark chocolate. I really didn't expect Ithaca and Iron Hill to be able to pull off such a masterful use of brett, and was expecting something like an infected bottle of Abyss (especially when very fresh without as much of a chance to come together) but I was very impressed with what we've got here. And I'm surprised that Russian River didn't jump all over the idea of an all-brett porter first, it's really quite novel. This is right up there with Bell's Cherry Stout as one of my favorite sour/chocolate combination beers, and I'll definitely be picking up another growler soon if it hangs around. I'm very lucky to live close to one of the sources of this stunner of a beer.

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4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at the brewery in a taster glass.

A- Pitch black with a 1 finger tan head that sticks around.

S- Dark roasted malt smokiness, that's quickly taken over by brett and funk.

T- Just like the aroma. Thick creamy malts that have been burnt and smoked. Tons of funk and brett dry out the mouth after it goes down leaving you wanting more.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and I nice dry sour finish.

If they weren't out of stock on growlers I would have definitely gotten one filled. Such a damn good beer!


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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a nice mix of roasted and caramel malts along with a very aggressive Brett aroma. The roasted malts and Brett sourness compliment each other well. The taste is great as well. It has a damn fine malt flavor that boasts of roasted and caramel malts. It has a bit of caramel sweetness as well as a mild earthy feel. The Brett character is quite aggressive. It lingers on in the finish with a good deal of funk. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. The porters of the past used to get a slight Brett character due to barrel contamination. This one is unique and well done.

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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Iron Monkey in Jersey City. Served in a pint glass. Minimal head upon arrival. Had a nice toasty aroma. Has a nice roasted taste that gives way to a malty sweetness. The taste has hints of chocolate. Has a smooth mouthfeel. Enjoyable even in warmer weather.

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4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Bukowski into my trusty mug

A - Pours a deep dark brownish black. Slight head off colored brown.

S - Bitey from the brett

T - Sweet, cheery pie tang at the start and switches to slightly roasted flavor followed by tartness

M - very smooth goes down incredibly easy with nice dried out wild finish

D - goes down way smooth

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4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a rich brown-black color with a finger of frothy brownish head. The head fades down fairly quickly to a thin ring leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of some sweet roasted caramel malt and some evidence of brett in some sourness and a hint of dark fruit.

T - Starts off with a mix of some sweet malt and some sourness and a touch of dark fruit. Through the middle some stronger roasted malt flavors and sourness come through with a hint of chocolate flavor. The finish is a mix of some sweet malt and some sourness that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Feels really smooth. There is some nice lingering sourness on the tongue after the beer finishes.

D - Very drinkable. Very interesting flavor combination here of the brett elements and the porter. Everything seems to mix together and work very well. The sourness is nice and does not overpower the beer.

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4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Iron Hill - Media into a tulip.

A Pours a pitch black, different from the porter from which it was spawned, tan 1.5 finger head that shrinks to about half a finger without drinking, once a sip is taken is leaves a foamy layer on top with thick bubbbly lacing.

S Roasty and tart, cocoa, slight cola scent, earthy, thyme.

T Sweet and roasty, carmelly, earthy, very strong tart and bitter, but its quite smooth as long as it doesnt sit too long in your mouth thats when it realy kicks in, raspberries and tart cherries with slight sour strawberry, thyme (esp in the belches), hidden hints of citrus like lime.

M Biting sourness on the front and sides with strong burnt-like bitterness in the back, smooth still and abundantly carbonated.

O Immensely complex, like a huge party and everyones dancing and swirling and having a great time with sourness and roastiness being the long lingerers at the end of the party.

This was a great collab between Iron Hill and Ithaca. I love what the guys at Iron Hill - Media have been doing.

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4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour served in a pint glass for $7.00.

A: A frothy, medium brown head of 1 finger goes quickly. The body is completely black and nothing can be seen through the other side of the glass. As the drinking continues, half sheets of lace are stuck behind. Not bad, but a very standard appearance.

S & T: Dark malts, heavy roast and chocolate - all backed by a strong brett component (100% brett fermentation), plus some rich soil and a little wood. Cherry and other dark berry fruits are modest but noticeable. Dark earth and leather work their way in on both the upper and lower palate, and the fruitiness much more noticeable on the lower.

M: Medium body with a semi thick texture. A predictably dry finish and above average effervescence wipes the tongue clean.

O: Dark Humor is a very well executed all-brett porter. If you like brett dominated beers, you will definitely appreciate this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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Dark Humor from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 81.2% out of 100 with 85 ratings
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