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Old Habit by Ithaca Beer Company
Rye Beer
9.00 % ABV

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Review by Lum on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 18 5 9 0
Released: June '07
Bottle#: 1522

Been hanging on to this one,. waiting for the "right day".

Pours a very dark, carmel looking brown. Rather syrupy on the pour, viscous. Small head, almond in color, dissipates rather quickly, little to no lacing. Cloudy in appearance... I'm into it...

Aroma is sweet and very malty. True to the style, the rye comes through nicely. Hint of vanilla, dark fruits (raisins). Slight spice, slight hops scent.

Very tasty. Mmmm, yum. Malty, absolutely can taste the rye, oak too. Raisins, cherries for fruit. Somewhat bready. Toffee, with a touch of vanilla. Taste follows the nose nicely. Slight hops bitterness. The rye notes are continuous, clear thru into the aftertaste, where it is accompanied by a hint of woodsy smoke. Very pleasant.

Medium body, slick and a bit syrupy. Carbonation is perfect, IMO, just noticeable, light tingle on the tongue.

This is very nice, enjoyable. The alcohol is well hidden, except for the warm feeling in the throat/chest, and not noticeable till I stood up... it sneaks up on 'ya. Perfect on a cold, blustery snowy day... think I will have another...
Highly recommended!!!

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 0

Big thanks go out to bakes for this bottle.

Bottle #834, Released June 07

A - By the looks of the big dimple in the bottle cap here, they must be hand bottling these. Garnet colored body that is dark, but shows through in the light. Head starts about half an inch tall, but is now a skim across the top. Oatmeal colored and made up of small bubbles.

S - Big time vanilla here along with a light woodiness. Rye in more abundance than I think I have smelled in any beer before. There is a sweetness of red fruit to it, with fig and black cherry. Light hops mix in, but are fairly subdued. Alcohol is present with Rye Whiskey odors, but isn't overpowering.

T - Huge rye notes all over with this beer, which isn't a bad thing. The other flavors just sort of seem to swirl around the rye. Big sweetness up front with the black cherry that I picked up in the odor. There's some charred wood playing around in here, but I really don't get huge whisky. It's there, but light. Hazelnuts. Finishes spicy, with the flavor of black pepper. Pepper and rye continue into the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with fine carbonation that tickles the tongue a bit.

D - Very easy going down. In fact, dangerously easy to drink when you factor in this one weighing in at 9%. I like rye beers and this ranks towards the top of the ones I have tasted.

Served In: Pint Glass

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