dangjdangel (36) - - OCT 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting collaboration between terrapin and Schmaltz. Similar to the 2011 from last year, maybe a little sweeter than I remember. You can really taste the chocolate and spice that went into this one. The sweetness is a bit distracting after a few sips, best shared with friends or with a small pour.
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jkwood04 (3742) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours very dark brown with a lacy, light tan head. Aroma of roasted, caramel, and chocolate malts, more chocolate, some vanilla, and a decent amount of hops. Flavor the same, with a nice blend. Smooth texture. A pretty good beer.
Daytonbeer (634) - Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with orange hue. Very little head. Aroma of cinnamon, chocolate, and malts.Taste is malty and bready, with spices on the front end. Reminds me of a mild winter warmer.
Dorwart (2356) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, another combination brew from two of my favorite breweries. Not so sure about the combinations in this one though. Decent sized tan head of fine bubbles. Lots of cinnamon in the aroma with some ginger and flowers upon deep inhale. Color is a very dark mahagony brown. Ohhh, surprisingly smooth and lively flavor. Up front vanilla and a hint of cocoa then mellows out to some smooth and soft malts. The cinnamon in very minor in the flavor unlike in the aroma. No real alcohol presence. This brew really surprised me. Not at all what I expected from reading the bottle and from the aroma. Pretty bereft of hops though which is standard for the style but unusual for Terrapin. Right up Schmaltz’s alley with their bombastic malt bombs which I love so much! Another fine combination brew!
Sammy (8351) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
interesting aroma, spicy. Brown, Bubbly head, lacey. Big Cinnamon beer. Decent drinkability, decent brown. Average mouthfeel.
Another good Radek bottle.
thirdeye11 (5479) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22oz bomber) cloudy medium rich brown with a Thai creamy medium tan colored head that lasts forever. Nose of cream, cinnamon, spices, peppers, rich chocolate. Taste of Mexican chocolate, spicy, cocoa, nutty, roasty, hazelnut, coffee, complex and unique. Creamy linger, medium body.
jrodooo5 (910) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours dark brown with a thin white head that leaves little lacing. The aroma is primarily chocolate and vanilla. This beer is very smooth and drinkable. It has a creamy mouthfeel and then ends with a touch of bitterness. Easily one of the most complex and tasty browns I’ve tried and quite possibly the best yet!
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grabbed from Knightly Spirits on a whim and enjoyed watching a thunderstorm. This was tasty and pretty, crazy complex for a brown ale. Picked up most of the ingredients but the cinamon seemed shy. Yummy.
NachlamSie (2723) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Suttree’s High Gravity Tavern. pours a dark, dark brown. I thought this was intended to be a stout judging by its appearance. The aroma is very sweet with suggestions of cola, brownies, raisins and fig. The palate is bubbly, not what I was expecting and the flavor is very sugary. It doesn’t become offensive in a small serving, but it’s hard for me to really enjoy. I’m reading the description now that states cinnamon was used, but I didn’t get that. I definitely got the chocolate and vanilla though. While not bad, I probably won’t be getting this one again.
smith4498 (2980) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Doing a side by side tasting with the Shmaltz version. Appearance - T: dark caramel color with thin tan head. S: a little darker brown than the Terrapin version with a larger tan head. Aroma - T: mostly chocolate, vanilla and toasted malts with some caramel and cinnamon. S: similar aromas to the Terrapin but with cinnamon being more dominant. Flavor: T: toasted malts, chocolate and caramel with some vanilla, cinnamon and nuttiness. S: cinnamon, toasted malts and chocolate with some vanilla and nuttiness. Mouthfeel - T: medium body with average carbonation. S: medium body with softer carbonation and creamier mouthfeel than the Terrapin. Overall I liked the Terrapin version better.