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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hamilton23 (610) - Alpine, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Poured from 22oz bottle. Pours very dark brown nearly black with a nice amount of tan head. Aroma is chocolate, dried fruit and alcohol. Taste is sweet, chocolate, dried fruit and some Belgian yeast taste. Good mouthfeel. This is a tasty beer. I will need to get more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steelcitybrew (430) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2011
old review, has some weird fruitness in the nose but nuts and cocoa are dominate. taste is really solid with cocoa and yeast. overall a weird but good brew

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2011
In short: A fruity stout with too much soy sauce. Decent beer, nothing more.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed about 10 months after the beer release.
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head
In long: Nose is toasted dark malts and a cold cup of black coffee. Taste of burnt chocolate cake, barley, a lot of cold black coffee, some dark fruits, milk chocolate, some soy sauce, some molasses, some caramel. A little acidity in the finish. After-taste of soy sauce. Body is creamy but not particularly lively. Overall this is a beer without any flaws but it is also a beer without any wow! It is just there, easy to drink, easy to forget. Nothing special about this Dark Side. Also I think that “Luke. Come join me on the Dark Side. We have Twinkies here” would have saved a long fight scene and the dreadful sequel Return Of The Jedi.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2011
A deep dark stout with no head. In aroma, loads of dark chocolate powder, cherry blossoms, warming alcohol. In mouth, a vinous sweet chocolate malt with maderized notes, a bit of soy sauce, interesting. On tap at Mr. Beery’s , Jan 3 2011.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5556) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown/black color with a small creamy beige head. The aroma had dark fruits favoring plums, dark chocolate and a touch of cocoa, but was never bursting with any of these. The flavor had a bit more going on; dark chocolate, plums and other dark fruits, cocoa, all nicely balanced. Medium plus bodied with a smooth presentation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Arayaga2 (1796) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Dark brown black, with a chocolatey aroma. Taste was the same with a thick and cloying fruity perfume that I found mildly revolting. I will have to try a bottle, since the taps may have been foul, though they were new.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11209) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2010
Black with a lasting tan head. Aroma of licorice, malt, ink and soy sauce. Sweet flavour of licorice and roasted malts, with notes of soy sauce, caramel and toffee.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (5863) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Black color/ light brown head. Smoky, fruity, belgian yeast, black licorice aromas. Full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Sweet black licorice, belgian spice flavors with some wine, tobacco.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2010
lots of dark and charred malt flavor. a very definite smoked malt character as well, even though it’s not mentioned on the label, i think they may have tried to add a subtle amount for complexity.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Appearance: black with a miniscule head; top heavy draft pour. Small bubbly collar. Swirls with nothing much else.
Nose: tart and a bit bright; play off each other. Prunes, plums, and dates along with black root. More tartness leads into licorice with sour milk nipping at the back. As she warms up the nose really opens up with more sour followed by dry earthy black chocolates. Black earth, potting soil.
Palate: very clean mouthfeel; thin but not detrimentally so. Lots of sour lactose character which bleeds into and taints wonderfully all her dark fruits, pitted, and also complimentarily tart. Yeasty Belgian influence thanks to the Belgian yeast strain used. Burnt wood and earth late in the finish along with slightly charred baker’s chocolate. Tartness big in the middle; dries top of tongue while sides of tongue and cheeks tingle. Plum skins and grape skins. Just as the nose, her palate sours up as she warms up. Little apparent carbonation; not flat, just clean and well attenuated. Barnyard and horsey underneath.
Final Thoughts: very good. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but what I got was fantastic. Reminded me of the Madrugada Obscura from Jolly Pumpkin, another soured stout. Brisk, refreshing, and thirst inducing. I could drink her on a regular basis and never grow tired.


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