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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
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
152
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
8.46%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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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 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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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 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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Photo of mactrail
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 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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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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Photo of billab914
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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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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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 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 Gobzilla
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very dark brown in color with brown highlights and a nice half finger of beige bubbly head that left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass. Plenty of hop character upfront in the aroma with a little citrus pine, some roastiness, chocolate notes and signs of caramel. The hop profile was quite nice on the palate consisting of piney, citrusy, mild earthy and floral notes but with good roastiness, a bit of chocolate flavor, mild caramel sweetness with a nice malty backbone. The brew was medium in body with good amount of carbonation which has a semi sweet, hoppy, roasty, crisp and mild bitter finish. I though it was a very well done dark IPA and was damn good too.

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

Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Poured dark brown, settled black. Half a finger of espresso coloured head formed and reduced to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Huge bitter hop aroma up front with grapefruit, earthy and light tropical fruit aromas. The roast plays a secondary role here but is definitely present.

T - Big bitterness up front with fresh hop flavours present - some citrus, pine and passion fruit. The roast enters in the middle with some hints of chocolate and provide a good sweetness to balance out the hopping.

M - Medium body. Some good hop resin present. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a brown color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: hints of citrus and soft roasted tones comes through to the nose.

Taste: some wheat, hints of chocolate , orange citrus, very mild pine, and a light roasted tone makes up a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry at the finish. Aftertaste is focused on wheat and roasted tones.

Overall: an easy drinking beer. Definitely easy to drink the bomber in a single short session.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for 10$

Appearance - Black/Brown colour with an average size fizzy/frothy dark beige coloured head. It's too dark to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There are also some roasted/smokey notes and chocolate/coffee and some very very faint grapefruit. It ends with a fairly bitter malty/hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – Perhaps I am a little late to the party on this one. It had a bit of a hop bite, but basically tasted like a stout/porter. I think I picked up my bottle in November 2012, so I guess some of the hoppy/fruity flavours are all gone now. Still a good beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Savemore Discount Beverage, Clifton Park, NY. Capped and sealed.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dark brown skim over the clear brownish ruby brew. Head stays at an uneven skim, with leggy, slow-falling lace. Aroma is blackstrap and alcohol.

Taste is moderately rich dark malts upfront, the middle finds dark fruits and coffee notes fighting for prominence, and the close is bitter in both the hoppy and coffee manner, with an alcoholic warmth. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, and drinkability is very easy. This one could be a bit hoppier, but other than that, not much complaint.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark near black, solid cap of dense khaki bubbles, good sticky lacing. Scent dominated by juicy tropical and citrus notes, moderate pine, malt backbone quite complex for beer of this style with notes of toast, roast and freshly dried grain. Taste brings components of scent together nicely, wonderful hop profile and deep, multi-dimensional grain presence. Medium bodied, dry. Solid beer, one of the better in the style.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bomber poured into a wine glass

Pours an ink black with a thin, one finger light tan colored cap. Some sheets of lace coat the inside of the glass. The cap falls to form a thin layer of foam of the liquid, forming some cool designs.

Extremely mild roast, clean cracked wheat, with grapefruit and soft tropical fruit. A burst of fresh flowers and a bit of an herbal/grassy dankness. A very clean malt bill.

Grapefruit and tropical fruit up front before pale malt and wheat take hold. Grassy notes mix with some mild milk chocolate. Grapefruit and grassy bitterness then sweeps the palate. I am really impressed with this malt bill. One of the better ones I have come across in a Black IPA.

Medium body with a smooth, creamy feel. A moderate bitterness lingers.

Solid Black IPA on all fronts. Moderate hoppyness with a touch of roast and milk chocolate, but never detracting from the hops. Nice work.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass but a deep ruby around the edges, two finger light tan head with great lacing.

S-Some roasted malt and coffee with a good deal of hops.

T-Starts with roasted malt and slight coffee notes, ends bitter with some hops.

M-Medium bodied, carbonated and smooth.

O-Another good Black IPA, not sure why on earth they say you can age this beer... I wouldn't.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a tan head. In the aroma, orange to grapefruit citrus hops. In the taste, grapefruit citrus rind hops with a dryer end. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry grapefruit citrus rind in the aftertaste. Great hops, but no roast whatsoever. I enjoyed it though.

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

A: Pours a dark brown with a big dense light brown head. Fades slowly, leaving heavy lacing everywhere.

S: Plethora of strong hop aromas. Piney with citrusy elements - mainly grapefruit. Just a smidge of roasted malt hiding behind the hoppiness; some decent char and chocolate.

T: Again, hoppy up front with pine and grapefruit but accompanied by a nice sweet caramel and maybe even a little wheat? The roasted malt kicks in afterwards with some nice chocolate. A bunch of bitter char and coffee in the finish along with a bit of leftover pine and hints of resin linger.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a little drying from the piney bitterness in the aftertaste.

O: An excellent black ale. Very hoppy both in the aroma and in the taste. Doesn't overpower the roasted malt too badly though, making is a nicely balanced and complex brew. A must-have for people who love the hoppier side of black ales.

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Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a dense khaki colored head that settled into a sparse cap and left some webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of scorched caramel, bitter grapefruit rind and pinepple. The aroma is mostly hop driven, not much from the malt.

Definitely more malty in the taste. The malt is rather smooth; it has a light bitter roast with some sweet caramel and a lactose type of sweetness. Some bakers chocolate notes as well. The hops are mainly bitter and range from grapefruit rind to grass to piney sap. Ends up being more hoppy than anything else.

Moderate body with active carbonation. Starts off real smooth and balanced but finishes with a slight piney bitterness. ABV is well hidden.

Not a huge fan of the style but I like that they didn't really bring in too much bitterness from the malt. The hops have enough of a citrus note to add some brightness to the beer. Very enjoyable for the style that can be a mess of flavors.

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

A-dark black color with a small tan head and some lacing

S-dark roasted malt, pine, hints of citrus, a slight earthiness

T-dark roasted malt, citrus, pine, slightly peppery, nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-this black ale had nice flavor, but I prefer others in the category that have better balance

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

A: black with a thick tan head that sticks to the glass and replenishes itself when you take a drink.

S: the hops come through most, giving it a citrus and pine smell, but there are some roasted notes present.

T: some hops citrus notes come through, but it's a lot of bitterness from the hops, some sweet malt, and some roasted flavor.

M: great carbonation and medium body give this a crisp feel, which works well with the style.

O: I'm not a fan of black IPAs, but this is alright. Still only got one bottle at the LeBleu release, but it's solid and I'd recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the style.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1241st Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 Ml

2012 Release

Thanks to mjtiernan for this one!

App- A very very dark almost black pour. No beer can really be black but damned if this isnt close to it. A very dark brown 3 finger head with super strong lace and cling.

Smell- Much smoother than I thought it would be on the nose. The hops on this one created an interesting mix of chocolate, roasty, hoppy and sweet. A interesting tinge of a espresso/coffee mix came in.

Taste- A very nice black IPA. Not as smooth as James or Stone 15 which I use as my benchmarks, but much less roasty and replaced by a great hoppy citrus punch from the Galaxy. Well layered and quite delicious. The ABV adds a nice layer of flavor of a boozy quality.

Mouth- A bit of a lighter medium body with a certain creamy feel that I pick up on CDA's. A medium carbonation. Leaves residual malts and citrus.

Drink- A very good CDA. Lots of flavors and a bit more hoppy than the others. Great use of the Galaxy as well. I would like this one again.

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