Dark Humor | Ithaca Beer Company

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85 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
85
Reviews:
52
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
12.47%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
2
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0
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

An interesting and unlikely collaboration between Ithaca and Iron Hill. This beer was a dark cedary-brown color, not quite opaque, and a small cap of tan head that receded to a ringlet. Smell of dark toasty malts, yeast, pumpernickel, and light spice with a harbinger of sour fruit. Hints of coffee. Taste was a little thinned out at first, but filled out a bit after my taste buds adjusted; brown sugar, molasses, coffee grounds, dark bread, and an odd spicy yeast sensation (100% Brett in a porter? neat). Sour but tame, funky but not overbearingly so. Medium mouthfeel, and moderately drinkable.

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Photo of MsRif
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark with a quickly dissipating head. Had an aroma of molasses, smoky flavor and dark fruit. Tasted of roasty malts, dark fruits...a tad bit of sweetness.

Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Finish is bitter. It was hardly a "bad" brew...but I think this will be my only time trying it. Complexity was poor...while there were several flavors, they were not balanced adequately. Average brew.

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Photo of wcintula
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome to finally stumble across this beer. Had on tap at Mexi Q in Astoria.

Poured into a shaker pint with a black body and a small, thin tan head. Strong roasted malt, coffee-like aromas are noted. Drinks something more like a stout than a porter, but I get it. Peat and smoke overtake and leave light bitter and sour notes as supporting roles. Not wowed, but it's a good beer.

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Photo of oline73
2.97/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on-tap at Capone's. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours black with a layer of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Quite sweet, ripe dark fruit and some molasses. Not very sour.

Taste: Here, there is some sourness. Mild roast, but nothing in the tastes pops out and gets your attention. A bit wine like.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with almost no carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I wasn't super impressed with this beer. A bit muddled and confusing. I may not get the sour porter style, who knows?

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Photo of ShanePB
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Capone's in a 13 oz snifter glass.

A: Dark black body with a small slightly off-white head. Thick, patchy sticky lacing covers the glass walls and keeps a moderate retention ring around the edges. A really nice looking beer that seems to combine both porter qualities with the effervescence of a wild ale.

S: Roasted malts are up-front initially followed by a raspberry sweetness. Almonds, faintly bitter coffee beans, a funky tartness and chocolate covered cherries in the back end. Rich, robust and yet fruity and tart.

T: Sweet dark fruits (plum, black cherry), chocolate and roasted coffee beans are first. Tart red fruits like raspberry and cherry are mid-palate giving a nice transition from the roasted malty front of the beer. A few residual coffee notes are in the linger after the funk leaves the mouth.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied but still bubbly and active. It is somewhat dry on the palate in the finish, perhaps a combination of the tartness and bitter roasted flavors.

I'm noticing a trend growing here, combining the darker roasted malts, akin to a Porter or Stout and then throwing in some souring bacteria. It's new, it's different and generally it seems to be working. Tart of Darkness, Zwet.be and now Dark Humor are all beers I actually did enjoy that exhibit this new flavor profile. Keep them coming.

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Photo of beer4colin
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Served in a 12 oz tulip at Union Brewhouse? Pours a dark mahogany with thin wispy head that dissipates quickly with little lace.
S - Toasted brown sugar and slight smoke.
T - Big start with coffee and burnt toast. finish is surprisingly subdued and dissolves into a lemony taste.
MF - a tad thin for a porter. Maybe I have just had too many Founders lately but this is very light and watery.
OA - not Ithaca's best. Gorges Smoked Porter is much better. I'll be passing in the future.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Creamy small head fades slowly pretty much pitch black color.

Nose dry stout, almost chalky, powdered chocolate, roast, nutty, some brett spicy funk.

Taste comes with porter at first, chocolate powdered and bakers, roasted malts, caramel, bit creamy. Then some funk but not a lot, light soured malt flavors, light dry bready funk. Finishes very dry, bit of funk and lots of lingering dark malts.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, decent carb

Pretty good, not a funky as I expected, nice porter flavors and malts, light soured malts.

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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown colored beer with a tan head that faded to a thin cap and left a little bit of lace.

S - Little bit of roast, some chocolate, brown sugar malts. Dark fruits and a little bit of funk.

T - Brown sugar, roast, bit of dark fruit. It's a little bit different, with some cherries, yeast and cocoa. Not bad, very interesting tasting.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Fairly unique beer, although not quite as funky as I would have guessed. Has some nice stuff going on the, pretty good, wouldn't mind drinking again.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bartrash for this extra. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to a thin ring. Dark brown body that is slightly lighter at the fringes.

S - Chocolate marshmallows, sugary malts, and a light musky funk in the periphery. Never would have guessed this was a 100% brett beer. As it warms up it gets a touch medicinal, but it's mostly chocolate and dark fruits.

T - Taste is unusual - a mix of slightly sour cherries, milk chocolate, bread and yeast, and a light medicinal note in the finish. Reminds me a bit of Cherry Cola. Somewhat watery, but otherwise quite nice.

M - Smooth texture, medium body, lower carbonation, and a dry clean finish. Alcohol isn't present at all.

D - This was quite nice - a very interesting beer. I had no problem consuming a few pours of this one and I'd certainly try it again if they make a new batch.

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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Matt awhile back.

Jet black color with a thin mocha head that fades to a wispy collar with thin lacing. Smells like a robust porter; chocolate, roast malt, brown sugar with only a hint of sour and dark fruit. Flavor is an interesting clashing contrast of a slightly sweet roast malt and chocolate porter with a healthy dose of bretty funk and light sourness in the finish. Medium bodied with a dry slightly bitter finish. Not quite perfect, and a little jarring at times, but I like all the flavors contributing and would love to have this again.

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Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the brewery.

A: The porter is dark, a forboding stout that envelops all colors of the spectrum. The darkness is punctuated by a dark, tan colored head that stands in sharp contrast. Lacing follows as the head recedes.

S: The strong bite of the porter is a cunning mix of sourness and hoppiness, possibly the oddest porter I've ever come across. Sweet cherry aromas mix with the dark, overly roasted porter notes and side of hops. The funky brett is a bold aroma against the dark roasted malts. Plenty of cherry coming out of the brett.

T: More roasted flavors, strong and dominant. The chocolate, coffee and burnt toast straddles the line with the brett. The dark roasts running into an immediate wall of funk. The transition is awkward at times. The sweet fruity dirtiness of the brett struggles against the dark porter flavors. Interesting.

M: Clean mouthfeel although the intense cherry brett flavors can easily be mistaken for the bite of citrus hops.

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Dark Humor from Ithaca Beer Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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