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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Terrapin Side Project #9: The Dark Side, a Belgian Style Imperial Stout. Come on over to "The Dark Side" for the latest brew in the Terrapin "Side Project" series. Brewed with evil intentions, this Belgian Style Imperial Stout is made with copious amounts of dark grains that make this beer as dark as the underside of Vader’s cape. "The Dark Side" is fermented with a unique Belgian yeast strain which sets this Imperial Stout light years ahead of its time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3511) - Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2010
This one is interesting. The Belgian-style yeast is apparent. There’s a lingering sweetness in the flavor, but the beer isn’t all that sweet until then. The roast is there, but it’s unable to stand out among the sweeter aromas created by the yeast. Could probably use a little age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Bottle. Poured deep dark brown, almost black and a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, fruit, chocolate, coffee, candi sugar. Taste is chocolate, fruit, sweet candied malt and sugar, light yeast, some light hop bitterness. Finish has some tartness, hop bitterness, and more fruit. Body isn’t huge like other imperial stouts, medium body with nice soft carbonation. Overall, a nice hybrid stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
22oz bomber. Pours very dark brown with brown red highlights and an almost non-existent thin ring of tan foam. The aroma has loads of dark chocolate and espresso. There is also some fruit, light alcohol, slight must, and thick vinous malt. The flavor is chocolate-covered fruit with waves of cakey caramel and a dryness - as if eating dry cocoa powder. The finish is bittersweet with a firm earthy hop bitterness, coffee, and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is tingly and frothy with a medium-full body. Overall, a smooth, flavorful, big stout. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2009
draft at Taco Mac, Windward. arrived a deep black pour with a thin tan head... some roasted malts, candi sugar and slight coffee notes across the nose... medium to light body with more roasted malts, slight chocolate, Belgian yeast and a nice sweetness... a bit light on the carbonation throughout... the Belgian yeast strain is a nice addition to the style and really changes things up... lighter body, sweeter, and less intense. very drinkable for an Imperial Stout. A very nice Side Project from Terrapin... I would say one of their best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2009
This one sits almost completely opaque black in the glass with a smallish tan head that recedes fairly quickly to a small collar. The aroma is deeply roasted black malts, cocoa and some light coffee hints. There is also some light fruity esters and maybe some banana sweetness in the background as well. The taste is more of the same with an initial chocolate-covered raisin sweetness on top of the dark roasted malts. The finish is roasted but with the Belgian yeast sweetness keeping this from getting too dry. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for an impy stout with good carbonation. The Belgian twist certainly adds to the drinkability but probably keeps the body a little lighter than I would want ideally in this style. Still, it’s an interesting take on the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bennylava (99) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
22oz bottle. Black color with tan head. Very roasty aroma and a nice roasty coffee-like stout flavor with a nice Belgian yeast profile in the finish. Very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2009
22oz bomber found at Beverage World in Ft. O/Chattanooga. Pours dark brown/black in the glass with a small tan head. No lacing. Aroma is some coffee, light chocolate and roasted malts. Pretty subdued, not terribly impressive. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts, nice but still not very big. Mouthfeel is on the light side, quite carbonated, almost refreshing which is different for an imperial stout. This factor makes the beer most interesting to me. Pretty nice. Will buy another.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 18, 2009
22oz bottle. rather thick, oily pour with a completely black body under a medium sized brown head. sweet milk chocolate, and strong creamed coffee, chocolate chip cookies aroma. flavor is robust chocolate, sweet cream, a bit of toast. faintest hint of tartness. medium body with a fairly dry finish. creamy and smooth. no bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (5697) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2009
A cleverly named beer that should appeal to geeks, both the beer and sci-fi variety. What more appropriate name could there be for an "imperial" stout than the "Dark Side"? But, how is the liquid, you say? It has a faint charred oak aroma. The pour is a viscous black, with a thin tan head. The flavor is coffee up front, slightly vinous at midpalate, then has a brief appearance of candy sugars, ending with charred oak. It’s sort of tame for an imperial stout, and nothing really jumps out at me. My hope was for a bit of brett, but alas, there was none. It is tasty, well balanced, and quaffable, but needs some oompf.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2009
First one to rate! 22 oz. picked up at Green’s on Ponce De Leon. The beer didn’t have one of those "oily" pours. Looked rather thin while pouring. Had nice chocolate-colored head that faded away very quickly. In fact, I couldn’t produce much of a head on this thing. Black in color. Belgian yeast and chocolate work well together. The aroma is a nice blend of what was previously mentioned. A nice coffee/roast backing to the aroma. This is a fairly pungent brew. Terrapin always seems to do a nice job with their stouts. Nice flavors blended together with this. First sip I get a deep Belgian Yeast and smooth chocolate flavor. Dark side has a solid roast backing that compliments the chocolate and yeast. Slight bitterness towards the end. Not overly sweet, which is a good thing. Relatively creamy texture. Terrapin did well with this Side Project. That roast flavor is damn good.

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