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Fourteen | Ithaca Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fourteen Anniversary Ale is a hoppy black ale bursting with so much flavor you might think you’re tasting double. Made with ingredients gathered from seven parts of the world, Fourteen will seize hold your taste buds and never let go. Enjoy the intensely floral nose from dry-hopped Cascade and Galaxy hops, the surprisingly light body from 2-row barley, wheat malt, black wheat, and Caramalt, and the strong bitter finish from Chinook, and Cascade hops. Fourteen is like a fast-moving squall, dark and complex with a beautiful black rainbow finish.

Added by Holland on 04-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
152
pDev:
8.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
18
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 152 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty stuff from Premier. Big black body and grayish soapy head. Roast aroma. Big roast flavour with citrus the secondary taste, dry bittersweet chocolate finish. I would prefer more hoppiness. Still great drinkability, and I was able to use as a transition beer. Big mouthfeel.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a massive and sticky tan head that leaves quite a bit of lacing around the glass

Smell: Black bread, chocolate and pine with hints of citrus and coffee

Taste: Opens with black bread and chocolate flavors, but by mid-palate, the piney hops add another dimension; coffee and a hint of citrus in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Layers of flavor here and very well balanced; though I would have preferred a bit more citrus in the hop profile, this is still a fine beer

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of deep roasted malt with bitter hops. Taste is not as complex as I would have hoped with some roasted malt notes that are pretty dominant and a hops profile that is bitter but limited in complexity and not as dominant as I would have expected. Body was quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not as hops-centric as expected and not something I would purchase gain considering the price tag.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/23/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus, roasted malts and some chocolate.

T: The taste starts with a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in along with some background chocolate flavor creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time.

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3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown, nearly black in color. A modest foam and not overly carbonated in the mouth.

Nice resiny flavor with a good dose of the dank hops and burnt malt. what makes it pleasant is the malty sweetness that gives the stuff some foundation. Hops are piney and spicy.

A fruity tart taste gives this some balance. Hoppy enough to give a little tingle to the lips, but mellows out to a modest hop burn. On tap at The Perch in downtown Philly. [notes from 05/24/2012 visit]

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a couple of snifters. Thanks go to wishuwerebeer for bringing this one along.

Pours what appears to be black at first, but holding this up to the light actually reveals a deep ruby body, topped with rich ½ finger of mocha colored head. This flares up to a near full finger when swirled, leaving back lots of rich spotty froth. The aroma smells fresh, floral, and peppery in the nose, with an almost leafy tobacco scent and additional notes of herbs and pine thrown in as well. Darker malty notes of some chocolate and roasted coffee sit along the back.

Those hops really have explosiveness to them in the taste, with bitterness; spice, herbal notes, and then some vegetal character all having a strong presence here the whole way through the profile. Some sweeter flavors of chocolate and caramel just hang on the edges of those hops, while dark roast props things up from the back. Hops return in the finish though with some strong lingering resins. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied and crisp on the tongue, with more of a smooth creaminess across the back that keeps this flowing nicely. There’s a touch of alcohol on the tail-end of this but overall this is pretty smooth for the size.

This was a nice big Black Ale with a pretty pronounced aggressiveness to it but the bitterness never really got out of hand, as the overall complexity of the profiles kept things in check. I really love this style when breweries bring it with the higher alcohol and robust flavors. This has some attitude. Thanks for the share Bryan!

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3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into Pumking chalice. Dark brown in color with a thin spotty head to it. Decent lacing out of what was there though.

In the aroma I get sugary malts mixing with some residual citrusy hops. There is a little dark candied fruit to it as well. The hops feel a little faded, but not bad. Decent aroma, but probably not as good as it once was.

The taste again show some citrusy hops but they end up playing a backseat to the sugary, candied malts. It just felt too sweet and sugary overall with not enough hop presence anymore.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, it was a decent beer but the hops felt a little faded at this point. The sugary malts and candied fruit flavors were a little too much at this point as well. Not a bad beer, but probably not as good as it once was.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Frothy beige head which leaves plenty of stringy lace. Near black color where no light shines through.

I smell black olives initially. My wife smells sassafras. Either way, not like any beer we've smelled before.

The taste starts with fresh cream but gives way dark, unsweetened cocoa. Rich body. The finish is like black coffee.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown/black with the faintest of garnet highlights when held to light. smallish off white head leaves lots of lace on the way down. Smells of pine and resin with bits of grapefruit and roast. Taste is a bit sweet and roasty with caramel and chocolate but with lots of pine resin and citrus. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. This is a great beer, I really enjoyed it. Hoppy porter, black ale, ipa, ah who cares its good.

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Photo of stakem
2.79/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750ml bottle secured at Ithaca while there for the LeBleu release. I got to try some samples that day so it cured my curiosity until I had a chance to open a bottle with some friends. From notes taken a couple months ago:

Poured into a mathing Ithaca tulip, the brew appears a very dark brown to black. When held to the light, a deep color of mahogany and ruby clarity is seen through the body. A finger of tan head sits arop and leaves spotty lace as it recedes.

The smell of this is bright with cascade hops to the point of being too much. It imparts a bit of veggie aspext mixed with yeast and sulfur. My overall impression of this brew's aroma is that it is dirty and not terribly enjoyable.

The taste is super bitter. The combination of over-hopping and the burnt flavor of the grain makes this harsh. It is oily and displays a flavor that is veggie-like just like the aroma suggested. Somewhat herbal, the oily nature of this brew persists into the aftertaste with a mild fruit and rindy element overtop of ash and dirt.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is oily in the feel and a bit acrid. I had a very hard time with a half pour of this. Trying to tank an entire 750ml of this yourself is pure lunacy.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this one. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Very dark brown body.

S - Smells like chocolate, but with some faded citrus and pine hops in the periphery - Not surprising seem as this is from late April. There's some roasted malts, as well as a touch of bread and caramel.

T - Taste is similar, with roasted grains, biscuit, caramel, chocolate and sugar cookie malt flavors dominating and pine and citrus hops in the periphery. There's a touch of coffee and black malt astringency, but it actually serves to balance the sweetness of the beer a bit.

M - Medium-full body, with pleasant carbonation. The wheat gives this a touch of grit and a midlly dry and tannic finish. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden too - would have guessed closer to 7%.

D - An enjoyable beer that manages to work despite a flavor I don't generally care for much (black malt). The malt complexity is also sufficient that this is still interested after the hops have mostly faded out. Pretty easy to drink too. Hopefully Ithaca revisits this one, as I'd like to try it really fresh.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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Fourteen from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 152 ratings
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