Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Split a bomber of this with fellow BA danielnovak3 in the hotel room before the CBS release. Poured into a Deschutes snifter.
A: Pours a jet black with a khaki head. Bubbly and has some nice lace down the glass.
S: Black licorice, roasted malts, and sweet chocolate are all present. Finishes with a sweet vanilla and some faint dark fruits.
T: Man, the taste hid some great flavors. There is the big chocolate and roasted malts from the nose with a just a little bit of leather mixed in. But there is also a smokey oak smell that was completely hidden in the nose. Itís almost overwhelming, but thereís just enough to make it work and it is really integrated. The alcohol is well hidden.
M: Very heavy, close to syrup. Surprisingly drinkable though.
O: Some age as done some wonders to this bad boy. Pop it open now if you still have it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-02-2011
adnielsen (7559) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Steveís Ouse, acquired in a trade a while back. Black appearance with a dark brown head that dissipates a bit quickly. Light anise, roasty chocolate malty, mild vanilla aroma. Dark fruity, rich chocolate bar, vanilla, Hersheyís, mild anise flavor. Delicious, tasty beer.
Huhzubendah (2159) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!
This beer appears nearly black, with a thick beige head that leaves some decent lacing in its wake. The aroma is primarily of roasted malt and alcohol. The flavor brings a lot of heat, with the typical stout characteristics a bit out of balance. Itís quite roasty with a formidable alcohol presence throughout. The feel is medium to full bodied. A small sample was plenty. There are many better examples of this style available.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-10-2011
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
My pour is a very thick and creamy looking black color, with a full-sized mocha head.
The aroma is smooth, balanced, and relatively chocolate forward. Milk chocolate more than dark chocolate, with smooth lightly roasted dark malts, and a bit of coffee and cream.
In my opinion, this beer has improved nicely with the age it has on it at the moment. The front of the beer has a nice milky sweetness, some dark chocolate, roasted malt character, some vanilla, a bit of espresso, and there are a bit of resiny hop bitterness toward the end.
Even from the appearance, I could tell this would be a chewy, viscous beer, and the prophecy was fulfilled with each sip. The carbonation is light, gentle, and smooth. There is a sweet stickiness that is left on the lips after each sip.
This is a nice offering from Terrapin overall.
adamjackson (1747) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Wally for sharing this with us. Poured into my Hill Farmstead glass at cellar temperature.
A - No head, great lacing and light amber color on the edges of the glass. Midnight black beer.
S - Bourbon, cocoa and roasted malts with a hint of figs
T - Rye whiskey, chocolate milk, heavy malts
M - Very heavy, lots of booze, sweet and roasty. Dry finish.
O - Great beer but a bit too heavy. The booze is hot and needs to cool off a bit. Maybe another year and it would have been fantastic.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
651mL Pours clear, deep sepia with a larger, creamy beige head. Decent retention and weak lace. Thick mocha and chocolate mousse nose with muted Mexican chocolate. Taste up front is briny, salty, moving to bitter chocolate, ending thin and metallic with iron and tart lemon. Lots of earthen soil and iron rich dirt. Gritty mouthfeel. Eh.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Vladyís pours a pitch black as you would expect. 2 finger mocha head is poured. Sticks around for a good bit. Everything looks go so far.
Aroma is where it falls apart. I was hoping for a big roasty smell here but itís really hiding. Instead itís a very sweet aroma. Chocolate is the number one thing here followed by alcohol. The over 10% isnít hiding here. The smell finishes off with dark fruits and molasses. I love RIS that give off a big ďWow that smells fantasticĒ aroma. This one just doesnít do that.
In the taste the alcohol peaks through again but itís honestly not that bad and doesnít get in the way. The roastiness I was hoping is again missing for the most part. Instead itís a sweet taste. Molasses, caramel, and dark fruits with a after taste of bitter chocolate. Once again it just felt like something was missing here. Close to being really good but just falling short.
Mouthfeel is pretty nice though. Very slick, creamy, and smooth. Probably itís best aspect.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting... Thanks to Beerlando for this one in a trade. I sat on it for about a year and it was tasting great now. A black pour with a tan head. A hint of that older stout taste with a lot of roast a bitterness that seemed to have left with nice caramel malt sweetness. Chocolate, coffee, toasted sugars and grains. Really nice drinking beer.
BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - JAN 25, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love this beer! Very floral in smell and taste. Will definitely hit the spot.
alex4r (58) - - JAN 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First time trying this beer.
Pours a dark dark brown color, not as dark as I expected. Very thin head that vanishes quickly leaving a thin edge. The nose is very nice: Dark Fruits very prevalent, nice roastiness, a little bit of sweetness as well, licorice.
Medium/full body, not as thick and syrupy as I would like: also, cholcolate and a very pleasant bitterness.
Best brew I have tried from Terrapin but they lose points for brewing in a hell hole like Athens, Georgia.