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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (5171) - 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 (4809) - 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. It’s enjoyable to slowly, quietly sip but also good to simply quaff down greedily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Originally reviewed: 7/7/09. Pours a deep tawny amber with a thin off-white head on top. Little retention and little lacing. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, and toasted bread. The mouth is crisp, yet smooth. Just enough carbonation on the tongue to be pleasant. Flavor profile is of deep caramel malts washed in hops. There’s a decent hop bite on the finish that I wasn’t expecting. Bready aftertaste. This is a very good Scotch Ale. Not as bold as the Wee Heavies, but very satisfying.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10883) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Courtesy of TampaBrew. Pours clear deep amber with thin tan head. The aroma is a mix of thick musty earthiness and dark grape candy followed by a thin layer of boysenberry. The taste is similar with a thick tasty sweet malts and earthiness combination to go along with sweet dark fruity notes of grapes and prunes. It thins out into the finish with notes of sweet malts re-surging to the surface. Good stuff. Might be the most enjoyable Side Project for me to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2009

Glass:Tripel Karmeliet.
Appearance:Dark brown with red highlights and a thin tan head.
Aroma:Heavy caramel, chocolate, toffee and some brown sugar.
Flavor:Caramel with brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup and a hint of chocolate to finish.
Palate:Full body with mild carbonation.
Overall:Not much different from most good Scotch ales, but still a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Poured dark brown. Nose is stale malt, sweet caramel. This is a nice malt bomb. Flavors of caramel malt, thick meaty molasses, hints of smoke. Finishes smooth sweet an malty. The best side project so far. This should be a regular Terrapin offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 24, 2009
22oz bottle pours dark copper, off white head. aroma and taste, roasted malts, plenty of grains, warming abv with light chocolate finish and some bitterness. Light dark fruits notes, cherries / raisins. Nice scotch, extremely drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2009
bomber. pours a deep brown with no head... some distant sweet malt aromas with a bit of dark fruit... massive body up front, tapering off towards the back... big candi sugar sweet notes up front with big malts, dark fruits and some caramel... towards the back there is some lingering cherry and raisin notes that come forward offering a very pleasant strong finish. turns into a nice sipper after it warms up a bit... nice scotch ale.... one of the best Side Projects so far...

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