rajendra82 (947) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had the Terrapin version of this beer last night, so tonight was selected for the Schmaltz version. The color of the beer was reddish brown, a lot darker than what I recall from yesterday, and the body looked a bit more cloudy today as well. The head on the other hand was much bigger than yesterday, at two finger thick, and was much more durable. The smell of the beer today was a lot less chocolate laden, and actually featured coffee and cinnamon much more prominently. The vanilla was quite hidden in the nose. The taste was more coffee driven as well, although the chocolate was quite noticeable as a second flavor. Cinnamon was much more aggressive here than the Terrapin version, and the vanilla much more muted. The body felt a little thinner than the beer from yesterday. There was astringency, but it was more of a steady feel from the beginning to the end, rather than a turn from sweetness to it, as was the case yesterday. I commented yesterday that the beer felt more like a Schmaltz offering than a Terrapin release. Oddly the one today, that was actually from Schmaltz, felt closer to the Terrapin Wake N’ Bake beer. Isn’t collaboration great?
Headbanger (3231) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle 10/20/13 (Binny’s Naperville)-44° in Mug-Pours dark brown with big tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and peppers. Taste of peppers, chocolate, malt, and coffee. This medium bodied brew has so much going on but in a good way. This beer Rocks.
Westchesterco (841) - mclean, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured from a bottle it is cola floored beer with a flight head. The aroma is lot sherry and the taste picks up that flavor and lingers sweetly on the palate.
Cybercat (3223) - Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong aroma has notes of powdery semi-sweet chocolate, roast malt, coffee and licorice. Pours a clear sienna with a fairly thick, though not overly persistent, light tan head. Delightful flavor has caramel, chocolate, roast coffee, earthy, nutty and subtle licorice notes. It is also a little sweet, but has an almost peppery tone that balances the sweetness. Smooth texture is firm, thick, and fairly fizzy. Dear Terrapin: Please do more collabs!
unclemattie (4130) - Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Very dark brown. Good lacing. Smells of spicy pepper tingle. Coffee nose, peppers, dark chocolate/cocoa. Loads of cold brewed coffee flavor, some chocolate. Finishes with hints of cinnamon & coffee beans. Thicker bodied than the Terrapin, more coffee, less vanilla. (3853)
Lubiere (9765) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A clear mahogany brown ale with a thick lacing brown head. In aroma, sweet nutty coffee malt with caramel notes, chocolate, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet chocolate malt with coffee, nuts, very nice and interesting. Bottle at Brooklyn Pour 2013.