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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Enjoyed at the Flossmoor Station RB tasting, 1/16/2010: This poured a clear medium brown body with a white head. The aroma was malty, caramel with a hit of butterscotch, and had a touch of light stone fruit. It seemed a bit thin for the style. And it was too sweet for the style, caramel/toffee/butterscotch with a soft grassy bitterness that enters near the end. Okay and has a clever name, but I was hoping for more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2010
Bottle generously shared by ajm -- thank you, sir. Pours a filtered amber color with a trim off-white head. Smells of barley and alphabet soup. Not my bag. Tastes much the same with a cloying medicinal cherry taste that comes out of nowhere along with some chewy malt. Unfortunately, not a fan.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2010
bottle by way of shyam on 12/20/2009. clear garnet brown pour with a small off white head and some spotty lace. odd aroma... something sulphuric and vegetal is in front of notes of buttery caramel/toffee, spice, fruit(?) and iron. the palate seems to be missing something... it is rather dead and flabby. flavors of malt, caramel, green pepper skin, cherry fruitiness (deep in the back) and that same vegetal thing. it seems to be a bit light bodied as well. 5/3/4/2.5/12/2.7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernbourbon (1537) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle shared by Adam at RB gathering. Pour is clear brown with a small tan head. This beer had a lightly malty character with some notes of cedar, brown sugar, and booze. Fairly light body overall. Certainly solid, but just no as rich and full as I was hoping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Chitown RB gathering Jan 2010: bottle shared by Adam, thanks

Mahogany hued with a frothy off-white head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of caramel, fig, smoke, slight iodine and salt, some earthy yeast esters and a touch of grassy hops. The taste has a nice sweet malt Melanoidin and Crystal/Caramel character along with a dab of apricot fruitiness backed by a light salty and mineral tones. Some faint bitterness shows at the end. The body is far too thin for the flavor profile IMO. While this is good some dextrin or oats added to help the body and a splash more of peated malt would go a long way in improving this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 17, 2010
bottle shared by flssmrbrewalum at chicagoland ratebeer gathering. Pours a clear brown with a small beige head. Notes of bread, peat, dough. A little underwealming, but not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (3973) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Brown red w/ a white head of mixed sized bubbles. Big malts in the nose, lots of raisin and a little chocolate. Carbonation lightens a mildly sticky mouthfeel where I feel this beer would have been better of just being it’s own sweet self.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2010
22oz bottle from Adam... Pours a transparent medium brown with a wispy off-white head... Aroma of peat with a little vegetable... Sweet with peat and caramel. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Bottle thanks to kp: Pours a transparent dark copper amber mahogany with a thin ring of off-white head. Aroma of sweet doughy dark caramel malts with some lightly smoky peat character. Starts with good fullness and a nice dark malty sweetness with some light peat flavor and dark fruity complexity before a drier, toasty finish. A pretty well-balanced and authentic Scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Bottle from craftbeerdesign - thank you Geoff! Nose of malt and maybe paint cocoa. Color light brown. Flavor was less thick and peaty than I am used to in a Scotch. Rather light on the malt, with a weird grainy thing happening.

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