rajendra82 (980) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2008 Terrapin’s second side project sounded great even before it came out, because a RoggenRauchbier is a triple departure from normal American craft brewing because of the use of smoking, rye malt, and lager yeast. But then again Terrapin is no normal brewery. Like the first one, this side project came in a 22 oz. bomber. The beer was poured into a pint glass, and it looked amber brown in color with limited carbonation that formed a ring of foam. The smell was sweet and smoky, but not quite in your face like the real Bamberg offerings. The taste was a beautiful mix of smoke, sweetness, and spice. The three elements were in a harmony I was not anticipating, but on second thoughts this should indeed have been anticipated from this true lager. Some hops were also noticeable, but they had taken on a decidedly supporting role this time. Not sure what the ABV was in this one, but it had to be close to a bock, as the body was medium thick and filling. I enjoyed it much better than the first side project,due to a more focussed and unique vision. Keep them rolling fellas, and I will be eagerly waiting.
Hangover (1092) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUN 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coppery/red pour with a thin tan head. Sweet and smoky aroma, but not overpowering like some other smoked beers. Medium bodied, nice carbonation and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Sweet and malty up front, a few dark fruity notes in the middle and a very mild smoke finish. This is a tasty brew but not especially bold. I do appreciate the light smokiness that actually contributes to the flavor rather than makes you think you ate a cigar. Terrapin always represents GA with awesome brews.
ChainGangGuy (4535) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, chestnut-hued body with a one-inch tall, off-white head.
Smell: Rather mild aroma, which was not at all the case with the draft offered at the brewery, but we do have some distant notes of smoke, toasted brown sugar, and rye.
Taste: Subtly sweet maltiness tasting lightly of toffee and light brown sugar. Essence of smoke. Pinch of table sugar. Underlying rye spice component. Lager yeastiness. Drying, malty finish with a bit of tanginess.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A pleasant, relatively easy drinking beer from Terrapin. Something makes SSSteve want to score this higher.
SSSteve (3958) - - JUN 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2011 re-rate. 12/20/11 don’t you love it when you find beer? i stashed several of the early side projects in a box at my folks house and forgot about them 3.5 years ago. probably not the best choice for aging, but i’ll try it! pours like liquid caramel with no head. nose is quite sweet with caramel. flavor is, again, caramel. faint smoke in the distance and some sharp rye notes still hanging around. moderate carbonation. it held up pretty well considering the style. a little bit of sweet cardboard, but it still drinkable. keep original rating.
a clear rusty brown beer under a small off-white head. mild, subtle aromas of burnt toffee, toasted nuts, and a hint of smoke. palate is fairly light and dry. flavors of light, dry, clean woody smoke (not meaty, jerky), and the crispness of rye malt with a light toffee sweetness. much more interesting than series 1. something makes me want to score this higher. 6/14/08
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2009 Bottle. Pours a dark, clear copper brown. The head is small and bubbly leaving a ring of foam around the rim with a little bit of lacing. Smell is of sweet caramelt malt and smoke, though a very subtle aroma like sitting around a campfire at a distance. The rye kicks in after the initial sweetness and lingers in the nose with the smoke. The smoke is less dominant in the taste as the sweet malts are the main taste up front. The rye and smoke mix interestingly on the palate with neither dominating. Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. It’s actually pretty creamy but with a nice crisp finish with the rye. This is one of the more drinkable rauchbiers I’ve tasted due to the subtle nature of the smoke. A great beer for a warm spring afternoon and an extremely interesting mix of rye and smoke beers.
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 On tap at the Terrpain brewau. Beer pours a clear brown. Aroma of rye malt and smoke. Smoke obviously present, but not overwhelming. Taste is also of rye malt and smoke, with some spice in the finish. Body is average, with mild carbonation; beer drank well on a VERY hot day. Finishes without too much smoke. Overall, a nice and unique brew.