rangerred (896) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a hazy very dark brown with a one finger tan head. Poor head retention and a just a small bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Lots of spicy, earthy hop aroma with a decent amount of oak thrown in. It is all kind of muddled, however, with a little bit of toffee and caramel spread around the edges. Nothing offensive but it is just a little messy.
Oak figures very prominent in the flavor with the hops taking somewhat of a back seat. Earthy hops prop up the oak but much like the aroma, there is really no strong definition or separation of flavors. Toffee and caramel are mild in the background along with just moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is sticky sweet with drinkability being somewhat limited.
Overall, a nice attempt by Terrapin but Iím not so sure that it works. It is just a little bit of a mess. Glad I got to try it as I normally love oak aged beers but this one just doesnít really work for me.
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Poured amber with a medium-sized, dense tan head. Aroma was vanilla, caramel, malt, resinous hops. Flavor was very malty, lots of caramel, some toffee, pine, and citrus, and notes of oak and vanilla. Quite malty, moderately bitter, moderately sweet. Slightly thick, oily mouthfeel. Quite good.
Bama_Hog1 (35) - Hoover, Alabama, USA - JAN 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big bold hop aroma with strong malt malty character. Hints of oak, vanilla, lead with a fruity hop finish. Pours thick and deep dark brownish red. Requires a "hard" pour which creates a thick tan foamy head with good lacing. A very complex ale, yet well balanced with hop and malt.
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BMMillsy (1265) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark red into my tulip with a small/medium cream colored head. Aroma us heavy pine and malt, toffee, caramel, with some oak. Very nice, but worrying there may be too much oak. Candy sweetness up front, not much hop bite or flavor. A very nice mellow vanilla left on the palate that I really like here though. Maybe a hint of dark cherry. Not like anything I have had before. Sweet, bordering on too much so but the smooth finish dials it back a bit. Slick resiny mouthfeel. Interesting. As a red ale, this kills it, but classified here as a DIPA it would seem to miss the mark. I donít think I could classify this as a DIPA, so yum.
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obguthr (3652) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oak, cherries, and orange nose. Cloudy rust, thin yellow head. Cherries and whole orange flavor. Finishes with bread dough, black pepper. Well oaked throughout.
ReggieDunlap (3021) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a hazy copper color with a medium tan head. Aroma has big earthy hoppiness, a bit of pine, and dark fruits. Flavor is a boozy muddled mess of doughy caramel malts, earthy hops, and medicinal bitterness...sweet frutiness and oaky bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and resinous with a boozy/fruity/oaky finish.
mansquito (3281) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Total Wine, Fairfax 4-pack: Pours a brownish amber with a beige head. Aroma is oak barrel, some vanilla, hops, and a healthy helping of maltiness. Taste is not particularly bitter, as the hops are somewhat attenuated. he malts are more prominent and the hops play second whistle. The oaking is clear and evident and adds some complexity. Minor bitterness. This is somewhat sweet, but not excessively so.
mikem409 (1476) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma if hop and oak. Pours red medium head. Taste is sweet loads bitter hops some oak
Ughsmash (7098) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured clear, deep garnet with a toasted beige head. The aroma picked up lots of oak and very juicy fruits (apricots, pear, and pineapple).. peppery accents.. warm and welcoming. The flavor found sweet, but alcohol-fueled fruits and a touch of molasses at the core.. fruit, black pepper, and rye bitterness plus lots of toasty oak around.. picked up some tasty vanilla on the finish.. aggressive and very oaky, but it worked. Medium-bodied with low-ish carbonation on the palate.. buttery feel on the middle.. a little hot at times. Overall this was worth the drink.
PorterPounder (5358) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 12 oz bottle. Pours a dark copper with a sticky off-white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Fresh fragrant aroma with some bubble gum accents, some cherry notes. Flavor is full bodied and bold with some roasted accents, some vanilla, a bit of nuttiness, and some back end booziness. Mouthhfeel has a nice thickness to it. Pretty decent.