b3shine (2465) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter (thanks alexsdad06). Looks good; a cloudy brown with beige head that quickly dissipates into lacing. Smells and tastes sweet and a little boozy. Average on the palate. Decent beer.
Zombeer (55) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A strong beer but nice and tasty as a slow sipper. I wouldnít pay $9 a bottle again, but Iím glad I tried it. Nice buzz!!!
NikkTwist (965) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Khyber. Red brown pour with a foamy tan head. Tasting overripe medium red fruits - juicy plums, figs, strawberries - and light earthy oaky notes masked behind some alcohol drenched charred wood and some dry hop bitterness. Peppery finish. Low carbonation. High ABV is not hidden. Feels like a mix of different brews. Maybe that is how they do it on Vulcan.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a hazy dark copper color thatís completely opaque with a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Sweet malt aroma with hints of dry oak, earthy hops and vinous dark fruit. Slightly earthy with a musty wood character followed by leather, caramel and toffee. As it warms the dark fruit notes come out with hints of plum, raisin and fig. Thereís also a slight diacetyl cream presence but itís pretty faint.
Medium bodied with a strong barrel presence thatís countered by leathery and sweet malts, zesty spice, earthy hops and vinous fruit. Tastes like virgin oak barrels were used with lots of dry, ashy oak that slightly overpowers the other flavors. After it warms, there is some leathery malt and boozy heat but itís lacking the sweetness and complexity that the nose suggests. The diacetyl character is gone but itís lacking in complexity with lots of wooden toothpick flavor, leathery malt and boozy heat. The ABV us poorly masked and the vinous dark fruit notes found in the nose are very faint. I was really excited to try this beer but it was a bit of a letdown.
msante79 (2127) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Santa. Pours clear copper with white head. Aromas of tons of sweet malt, herbal notes, earthy hops, caramel, and spices. Flavors of sweet herbal malts, sweet caramel, earthy hops, some spices. Palate is thick and messy. One of the few Terrapin brews I didnít care for.
Beerman6686 (3186) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a semi murky medium brown color with a beige head. Aroma was of wood, soapy hops, some dark fruits and toffee. Flavor was mainly light roast and dried fruits with mild fruity notes. interesting, but nothing stands out much.
Drake (6600) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Beer Run. Pours a hazy medium brown color with a medium sized frothy brown head. Good head retention. Aroma of wood, caramel, toffee and a spicy finish. The taste is strong peppery wood notes, herbal hops, apples and toffeeish malts that are kinda buried. Medium-full bodied, linger bitterness, low carbonation. A little bit of a mess, but decent.
Dorwart (2269) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin tan head of fine bubbles that dissipates rather quickly. Hoppy aroma with some spruce, and perfume along with some cherry cordial and sweet malts. Dark mahagony brown in color. Nutmeg, more pine and some hazelnuts in the flavor along with a light roastyness and a bit of gritty and dry bitterness. Light alcohol presence. Finishes dry and a bit chalky with a slight spicyness and roasted malts. A pretty good american strong ale.
ben4321 (3032) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 7/28/12
Aroma: The nose has a lot going on, including: wood/oak, caramel, vanilla, earth, trees, and grass
Appearance: This one pours a dark reddish-brown color with a small beige head and light-medium lace
Flavor: The taste of this beer is fairly complex as well, there seems to be a lot going on in this one, with malty sweetness, booze, and a some hoppy flavors all present, however the oak definitely dominates
Palate: This one is full bodied, the almost 10% ABV is surprisingly almost completely free of heat, it has a fairly thick, sticky, and almost chewy mouthfeel, and it concludes with a fairly lengthy, dry finish
This is a pretty interesting beer. I certainly didnít know what to expect when I first opened it, but what I got was rather unique. There was a lot going on here, but it didnít really feel that muddled. Iíd be curious to see how this one ages, I get the feeling it would evolve quite a bit, though I canít really get a feel for what that evolution would do to the beer.
Damico (1979) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours unclear thick amber in color with a sandy head. The aroma is a bit of lemon citrus and then the wooden oak dominates for sure with a bit of booze. Brings oak flavors dominating again, no vanilla but more dry notes on the end.