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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 Vaderís cape. "The Dark Side" is fermented with a unique Belgian yeast strain which sets this Imperial Stout light years ahead of its time.

   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 bakerís 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 wasnít 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (5171) - Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Pours out an oily dark brown, nearly black, with a thick and fairy persistent beige head. Aroma is strong and smoky with definite tones of roast coffee, unsweetened chocolate and molasses. Lip-smacking, mouth-filling flavor has the typical coffee and unsweet chocolate tones of a good Imperial Stout plus hints of molasses and caramel and even just a shade of hops and a touch of sweetness. Texture is silky smooth and just a little tingly, not quite as thick as most stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkSong (357) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2010
1 Pint 6 ounce bottle. Pours a inky black with a large cappuccino colored head. It has the aroma of chocolate and espresso with a little yeast. This is a fantastic beer. It has a nice thick texture that seems to coat the mouth and throat. It tastes of chocolate, smoke, vanilla, licorice and espresso. I absolutely loved this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2010
22oz - Black, tan creamy head. Roasted bakerís chocolate and mild coffee aromas are well layered over notes of vanilla oatmeal cream cake, plum and dark currant throughout. Intense roasted bittersweet cocoa-coffee flavors are well balanced on a dark vanilla berry and warm golden raisin backdrop. Kiss of hop bitterness rounds this to near perfection. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, bittersweet finish. One of the best Terrapin side projects I have encountered...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (1251) - USA - MAR 10, 2010
Black appearance with a thin tan head. Aroma isnít overpowering, some chocolate, slight coffee. Taste is surprisingly smooth for an imperial stout which might be due to the Belgian influence. Overall flavor is rich dark chocolate with a fairly bittersweet finish. Not overbearing but still fairly flavorful, would find this again if it wasnít a one-off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Bottle. Aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, maybe a hint of cherry, graham cracker, dough. Flavor continues to have that touch of dough from the yeast, but (fortunately imo) does not go crazy on Belgian yeast overload, as anticipated by a general lack of phenols and esters in the nose. The chocolate notes continue to hold a dark line with the feeling of cocoa powder as well. Sweet due to the style, but for the style/strength, quite dry and drinkable. Not terribly complex, but otherwise really nice effort at whatever sort of stout you want to call it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Shared with nick. Pour is a thick black with brown head than lasts as a thin cover on top of the beer. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted wheat and malts. Flavor is smooth bodies toasty dark chocolate. Malts and dark cherry in the followthrough. Nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hamilton23 (619) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Pours dark, very dark with a small brown head. Aromas of espresso roasted coffee. Flavors of banana, coffee and a little chocolate. Mouth coating on the palate. Well integrated alcohol. Another excellent offering from Terrapin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14170) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Bottle from craftbeerdesign. To whom I am truly thankful. Try finding this on the left coast! Pours black in a goblet, but the narrow point above the stem is ruby garnet viewed against halogen. The head was tan, not a lot, and went down quickly. The aroma is really dark toast with dark fruit. Full bodied with not a lot of carbonation. Flavor starts very smokey. Thereís still a Dr. Pepper prune aspect, and a hint of creosote. Thereís a whole lot going on here, and it finishes rather earthy. Iíll wager the barrel aged version would be heaven, but this is close.

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