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Terrapin Side Project 90 Shelling Scotch Ale

Formerly brewed at Terrapin Beer Company
Style: Scotch Ale
Athens, Georgia USA
Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Volume 6: Traditionally, the Scotch call this beer 90 shilling. At Terrapin, we know it as 90 Shelling. Magnificently malty, this 90 Shelling Scotch Ale pays tribute to the full bodied ales of Scotland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2009
bottle at redlight redlight. Rich malty aromas, molasses, caramel malts, spicy hops. Pours toffee colored amber with a thin white head. Rich malts, caramel, toffee, light molasses, some nutty malt flavors, its very malty but not super sweet, a nice balance. Dark fruits, dates, dried figs also. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2009 22oz bottle poured into my trusty Terrapin snifter. Pours deep, deep ruby with a decent creamy off-white head that shows good retention and lacing. The aroma is very interesting and the first impression I got was of smoky malts. There is plenty of caramel and dark fruit sweetness throughout and a little bit of spiciness as it warms as well. The taste is really outstanding and a clear step up from the aroma. There is much fuller, richer malt backbone than I was expecting and the spices make their presence felt with a tingling on the palate, especially through the finish. Lots of sweet, juicy dark fruit show up as well, though the smoke is not as prevalent as the aroma. The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of things and almost chewy with the big sweetness just coating the palate. Im really impressed with this effort from Terrapin and Id probably rate it the best of the Side Project series thus far. A great Scotch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (5124) - Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Pours a nice clear dark brown, warm and somewhere between copper and mahogany, with a nice thick and fairly persistent head - quite appetizing. Aroma is malty, yeasty and slightly fruity. Flavor is surprisingly mouth-filling, malty and spicy with a firm hoppy undertone and just a sliver of bitterness. There are hints of molasses, caramel, toffee and apple. Texture is tingly, lively, just a little bit rough so it scampers down the pipes rather than just sliding down like milk or pop. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Appearance: Arrived at my high top bar table a clear, but rather dark brown body with some golden-brown hints at the edges and capped by a layer of ivory-hued foam. Smell: Sweetish, largely malty aroma of meticulously toasted crusty bread, caramelized sugars, earthy hints, and even a delicate fruitiness. Taste: Initial upfront maltiness tasting of toasted loaf bread with some sweet additions of dark caramel, toffee, and a thin drizzle of treacle. A distinct fruitiness kicks in tastes of golden raisins and a meager dash of apricot schnapps. The hop bitterness present is altogether mild and respectfully discreet. The various flavors begin to be jacketed in a pervasive earthiness. The taste of caramelized sugar and earthy hints deepen and further develop with some slight warming. Smooth, semi-sweet finish with a lingering alcohol warmth and touch of fruitiness. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel. Drinkability: A satisfying 90/- Scottish-style brew from Terrapin. Its enjoyable to slowly, quietly sip but also good to simply quaff down greedily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (4006) - - MAY 17, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2011 re-rate. clear brown with no head. nose is fudgy and tootsie rolls. flavors are mildly sweet fudge and burnt chocolate chip cookies. this one is great after 2.5 years.

22oz bottle. deep brown under a small beige head. aroma of fudge, molasses, tootsie rolls, raisins, toast. palate is medium bodied and smooth. malt dominated with an earthy flavors, tootsie roll, toast, and raisin. 5/17/09

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Purchased at Greens on Ponce De Leon. I noticed others had the cask version. This is bottled, so obviously there are going to be differences. Nice dark appearance with little head. Fairly dark in comparison with the other scotch ales that I have had before. Caramel toast flavor. A little smokey in the aroma as well. Decent aroma, but somewhat weak in my opinion. Nice smooth texture. Malty flavor. Sweet flavor. Subtle toast, and smoke flavor. Decent brew, but I was expecting more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2009
Cask at brewery party. Poured a cloudy redish brown with a small head. Aroma of lots of malt, caramel, little fruit. Taste also very malty, some caramel, little spice. Mouth is big and carbonation was mild. A very enjoyable scotch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2012
Name: SP 06 90 Shelling
Date: April 11, 2009
Mode: Firkin
Source: Brewery
Appearance: muddy dark brown, frothy beige head
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma, touch of chocolate, light earthy peat
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of dark caramel, touch of chocolate, light earthy smokey character for balance

Name: SP 06 90 Shelling
Date: May 29, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: Hop City Atlanta
Aroma: sweet and smokey aroma, dark caramel sweetness, touch of fruit, light smokey peat
Flavor: rich caramel flavor, dark caramel sweetness brings out a bit of chocolate, light smokeyness

Name: SP 06 90 Shelling
Date: October 06, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Aroma: aroma has really dried out, dry dark caramel, light earthyness, touch of peat, hint of sherry
Flavor: sweet caramel and sherry flavor, light earthy peat, no bitterness

Name: SP 06 90 Shelling
Date: May 12, 2012
Mode: draft
Source: bsp
huge tartness, sour cherry, rich chocolate, long sour finish, outstanding beer of the terrapin takeover day,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+ /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2009
Cask at the 7th ann party. Big and malty. A really nice beer. Well crafted. Smooth and creamy.

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