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Terrapin Georgia Theatre Session: The Iron Tankard Old Stock Ale

Formerly brewed at Terrapin Beer Company
Style: Old Ale
Athens, Georgia USA


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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Brew 1 – March 2010 – “The Iron Tankard” Old Stock Ale – The building started as a YMCA in 1889 and had a huge iron swimming pool in the basement.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Dark garnet pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is toffee, raisin, and dark fruit. Mouth-feel is alcoholic and sticky. Molasses, fig, honey, and raisin. Warming finish. Good stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Cask. Appearance is a dirty brown, with a small tan head. Nose is really sweet and malty, dark fruit, must. Taste is very sweet, with the same dark fruit and sweet malt. Mouth is full and sticky. A brew that’s made to sip and enjoy in small quantities. Finish is a little hoppy bitter, though the hops aren’t that present early in the taste. Overall, a nice brew that will likely age well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4270) - Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Has a nice malty, yeasty and slightly spicy aroma. It pours out a dark clear mahogany with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled pale tan head. Flavor is spicy, mainly cloves and cinnamon, with a good malty tone and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is sharp, fizzy and tingly. Way to go!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4595) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2010
22 ounce bottle (Bottle 1628/4884) - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. A tidy sum. As I’m a stingy sourpuss these days, I’ll set up both the box and accompanying brochure to quietly remind me that this is all in the name of charity. Appearance: Hazed body, the color of rich mahogany wood. Slight head of off-white foam eventually settles into a glass encircling ring. Smell: The aroma smell prodigiously malty, with full notes of caramel sauce, light brown sugar, and loaf bread. Additional large scents of Angostura bitters and black cherry cordial. Additional small scent of unsalted peanuts. Taste: Maltiness tasting of well-toasted, crusty bread, brown sugar, and additional caramelized, near burnt sugars. Lesser, lighter nuttiness. Slight fig and sweet cherry fruitiness. Noble hops yield a snap of aniseed spiciness with a minute herbal backing. Medium-low bitterness. Sweet, spicy finish with a pinch of alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability: A decent, respectable brew. And for charity. Yes, for charity. If anyone would like to see a picture of my enjoyment for The Iron Tankard, I believe that can be arranged via Flickr.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (4045) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Bottle thanks to kiefdog: Poured a caramel brown with light brown head. Aroma is burnt malt, bubblegum and old pungent funk dark fruits. Taste is fruit almost bubblegum like, burnt malt, and loads of sugar. Finished slick and sugary on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Courtesy of kiefdog. It pours clear deep copper with thin off white head. The aroma is musty raisins, prunes and dried plums as well as a bit of honey like sweetness and sweet red apple. The taste is pretty darn smooth with sweet sugar stewed raisins and prunes and then picking up a bit of malt and caramel malt sweetness. The smooth slick sweetness rolls right into the finish along with a pleasing thin layer of sweet caramel candy. This all comes together very nicely and I’d love to try it with a year of age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Sweet fruit aroma, also some breadiness. Fairly sweet malt flavor, but not overly so. Molasses, fig, plum, brown sugar. Definite alcohol presence, yeast. Slight hops on the finish. Quite drinkable, nice ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3656) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle from brewery rep at Proof. Amber pour with off-white head. Malt and caramel aroma. Tastes of honey and sticky hops. Nice - good balance. Little warmth. Half ass rate here - sweet for my tastes, but liked it overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NachlamSie (3060) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Bomber from Hop City. Pours a very cloudy, murky brown color with a small head. The aroma is sweet and syrupy in a way one may expect from a sweeter British barleywine. Nuts, molasses, figs and a little leather are in the malt forward nose. The palate is sort of dense with a fair stickiness to it. Hops are suddenly noticed once I take a few sips. There is a decent, though not defined, bite to the brew. Sweet figs, honey, nuts, deli meat. . .it’s a well balanced and complex ale. The only downside to this one is it gets sticky sweet rather quickly. Limited to a 6 oz. serving, one can truly enjoy this one. I’m having an entire pint so take that into consideration.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Thanks kiefdog for the share. Pours copper amber with an off-white head. Nose is malt, brown sugar, caramel, hops, and sugar. Flavor is similar with malt that is batted around with hops off-setting the sweetness of the old ale. Finishes with some malt and noticeable bitterness finishing. Decent, but all in all, hoppier than I like my Old Ales.

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