markwise (4427) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from the Tampa Tasting Group. Pours dark brown and red with a white head. Nose is some rye, some pepper, and some noticeable darkish fruit and spice. Flavor is much the same but very easy-drinking and enjoyable; barely any lager characteristics noticeable. I like how easy this beer is to drink.
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Terrapin is staying relatively busy these days. Oak-aging just about their entire lineup, there’s always the Side Project series, and now they’ve started up the Midnight Project Series, a collaboration effort with Colorado brewery, Left Hand.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a full, frothy, beige-colored head. Fine layering of lacing on the way down.
Smell: Roasty, nutty, chocolaty nose predominately with large background notes of spiced, bread chock full of grain. Lesser hint of dried fruit.
Taste: Roasty malts with flavors of burnt caramel, baker’s chocolate, roasted nuts, and licorice witness transient hints of malt sweetness before the thriving rye spiciness and resinous hop kick. Slight touch of dried fruits. Bitterness goes round and round with the roasty, increasingly coffee-ish malts and overall ample taste of grainy, fresh-baked bread. Finishes dry with a roasty bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Quite the chewy, velvety body!
Drinkability: I would generally recommend this, sure. I’m typically more of a maltmouth instead of a hophead, but I didn’t find this unacceptably or objectionably bitter as some seem to have. Lookin’ forward to the next Midnight Series release, which seems to be in a year, so please blast me out a polite reminder e-mail sometime beforehand.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an almost cleer deep brown color with a medium sized beige head. Chocolate notes with some ash and light hops in the aroma. Mild roasty malt flavor. Fairly spicy, rye, with some ash. Dry and clean bitter finish. Light to medium bodied.
Beerman6686 (4206) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a pretty dark brown almost black color with an off white/tan head. Aroma was really roasted aromas with hints of smoke and rye. Flavor was really unique, some sweetness, burnt/smoke flavors and a nice sourish rye finish.
nick76 (4180) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is good with toasted malt, chocolate, hops, and rye. The appearance is red-brown with a nice head. The flavor is astringent and somewhat like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall it’s a little disappointing when it comes to flavor.
unclemattie (4134) - Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brew one, Vintage 2008.
22oz bottle. Very dark, dark brown color. Light tan head. Spicy, peppery aroma of the rye. Loads of roast. Burnt grain scent. A good bit of chocolate malts as well. Very thick body, like a heavy viscous motor oil. Nice flavor, lots of char, a bit of spice. Finishes with a nice earthy hop. Citrus with dark chocolate is a great touch of flavor to leave behind. Has aged beautifully.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz from Sam’s, Durham. Fairly nice pour, deep brown and with an appealing two-finger head. Aroma is richly spicy, with rye notes blending together with some dry roasts and malts. Slightly leafy quality to the taste, but perhaps that’s just the bitters in there, and there’s a mild fruity quality deep in there too. The rye isn’t too prominent, I suppose, and I agree with others who feel this resembles a dry stout on some level. But it’s enjoyable, whatever we decide to call it.
emacgee (3981) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown and sits dark brown with a one finger fizzy tan head. The aroma is earthy, malty, spicy, mild roasty character. The flavor is spicy, metallic, bitter, earthy, waxy, mild roastyness. The palate is waxy and bitter and finishes astringent.
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Ethan. Thanks. Pours like dark brown cola with a small tan head that fades fast. Nose is seriously lacking with some minor rye maybe. Metalic and astringent flavor with a slightly silky mouthfeel. Pretty disappointing overall. I ike rye beers, this is not good though.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a very dense, tightly beaded, four-finger thic head that belies the relatively low alcohol of this beer. As the head slowly subsides it leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass. The head is a lightly browned, creamed-amber color. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber color that could be confused for black in a dark’ish bar; when held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, deep cranberry hue. A sniff of the aroma from the freshly popped bottle yielded a signature rye spiciness. A deeper inspection of the beer yields sweet, candied malt notes, spicy rye notes, toasted, almost burnt whole grain bread aromas, as well as a significant whole grain character that seems quite wholesome. Hop character contributes a nice sweet-citrus character and in combination with some of the caramelized malt a not of berries. After smelling this for a bit, I realize that much of the candied malt aromatics seem to be induced by citrus hop notes. This is a fairly complex smelling beer, it is only a mix of grain / malt and hop character (no fermentation character to speak of), but it remains quite interesting. I like that despite the ample hop notes, caramelized malt and toasted grain character the spicy rye notes are still able to be quite noticeable.
Thick and viscous feeling as this rolls across my tongue; in fact the texture from the rye is clearly evident, this is most definitely a sipping brew despite the moderate alcohol. Biting hops contribute a bitterness to the finish as well as an orange-zest, ruby red grapefruit and tangerine flavors to the middle of this beer. The hop character is ample, but mixes with a roasted malt character that reminds me of deeply toasted grain, a touch of bitter burnt grain, and even a touch of acidity from the burnt malt; at times the roast grain notes can almost hide the ample citrusy hop character. The hops have an almost bitter citrus oil component to it that turns to pine sap like flavors at times. The spicy rye flavors seem to get a bit lost trying to compete with the dark malt and, especially, the expressive hop notes.
Despite this being ten months old that hop character is still a bit too much in this beer. I do likely a nicely hopped beer from time to time, but here it gets in the way of noticing the nice spicy rye notes and the other malt complexity (the nose was actually more complex than the flavor ends up being). Even the roast malt and the hops seem to not do the best job of playing well together; the two can be just a bit cacophonous in the integration and aren’t nearly as harmonious as one might like. Having said that this is still a nice beer, as with other heavily rye-based beers, the texture can certainly take a bit of getting used to, but it makes for a chewy, hardy-seeming beer that is nice to sip upon.