mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Taco Mac Metropolis, served in a pint glass. This batch was from 2009, aged in house. It poured a very hazy orange color with no head. Each sip left lots of sticky lace. Obviously there was a lot going on in this one. The aroma was surprisingly laid back and subdued, just some hints of malty sweetness and various hops. Lots of malty flavors up front, a bit sweet but is complimented by a big hop kick. Some citrus paired with some earthiness as well. Finished with a light bitterness and a bit of sweetness. This was kind of a mess but actually turned out nicely. I am sure the age mellowed it a bit, good stuff.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy copper color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, oak, vanilla, some crystal malt, and earthy hops. Flavor is chocolate, roast, caramel, toast, and a bitter citrus earthy finish.
LilBeerDoctor (3441) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2009 On draft at ACBF09. Pours a cloudy orange/brown with a small head. Aroma of grassy hops and caramel malt. Flavor is quite sweet with lots of caramel and sweet malt. No hops in the flavor though. Hmm, I was let down by this one.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Terrapin. Poured cloudy light brown with off-white head. Aroma is really nice mix of sweet malt, chocolate, maple, citrus hops, and oak. Taste is really sweet and oaky, with some fruity notes coming through as well - citrus and others. Mouth is pretty full and sticky. Finishes with a little hop bite and some smooth oak. A really enjoyable brew.
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft from East West Connector Taco Mac. I found it to be on the sweeter side. The idea of throwing in a plethora of ingredients sounds good, but I think it takes away from the beer. Nothing about it stuck it to me, but it was still a good beer.
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Terrapin Brewery. Pours a cloudy brown with a tan head. Aroma of sweet honey, caramel, oak and malts. Lots of malts in the flavor. Full bodied with a ton of sweetness, honey, caramel, molasses, maple syrup and a ton of malt. Nice beer and thanks to the guys in Athens for making sure I got to taste it.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2009
Date: April 11, 2009
Appearance: cloudy burnt orange, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma, touch of chocolate, spicy hops, light earthyness, growing oak
Flavor: rich malt flavor, rich dark caramel, nice chocolate, big oaky character, nice balancing earthyness without being hoppy, touch of vanilla, light herbal spicyness in the finish
Date: May 08, 2009
Source: taco mac kennesaw
Score: 3.8 to 4.0
Aroma: light spicy oak aroma balanced by dark malts
Flavor: oak flavor dominates with the rich chocolate and caramel malts playing catch up, malty sweetness comes in a second wave to add richness and balance, touch of alcohol at the bottom of the pint glass
Date: May 11, 2009
Source: taco mac va highlands
Words: fuggles dry hop
fuggles takes over the base beer with too much woodsy earthyness,
Date: May 11, 2009
Source: taco mac va highlands
Words: pearl dry hop
picking up more of a sweet fruity character that does a good job complementing the base beer,
Date: October 04, 2009
Source: taco mac kennesaw
still rich and oaky, not much change over five months, a rare treat to find a lost keg on tap,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Taco Mac (not that it’s available any other way...). Pours a slightly cloudy brownish-orange amber with a thin white head. The aroma is complex and malty with awesome notes of fruit and spice. There are aromas of chocolate-covered cherries, maple syrup, and molasses. It has a very nutty quality and subtle herbal notes. It smells very sweet. The flavor starts bready with aromatic, herbal, somewhat medicinal qualities. You can also taste up front a little bit of ethanol with spices and lots of malt sweetness. At midpalate, there is a soft, herbal bitterness with lots of caramel and toffee. The finish is aromatic citrus (bitter orange marmalade), soft earthy hops, some almost astringent, floral, herbal qualities, and grainy semi-sweet malt. There is some warming and bitter ethanol in finish. The mouthfeel is crisply carbonated but subsides into a frothy creaminess. It is also full in body. Overall, a very nice, very interesting, sweet, malty ale!
unclemattie (4166) - Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2009
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tap @ TacoMac. Terrapin’s offering to their 30th Birthday. 30 F’n ingredients!!! Cloudy, deep copper \ orange \ light brown color. Creamy almond colored head. Huge lacing down the length of the pint glass. Aroma is of everything in this world that is good. From honey to wood, caramel to straw, freshly milled malts, honey roasted malts, big citrus hops, some light grass. Light raisin and some apple, nice vanilla, and more honey. Flavor is a big predilection of sweetness. Big sweetness that some would call cloying. Superbly balanced. Nice hop. Calming bitterness with a hint of citrus essence and spice. Flavor is out of this world. It is beers like this that makes American Brewing #1 in the world. Full bodied. Smooth, sweet and creamy. Heavenly. This beer even finishes with a hint of Pinot Grigio fruitiness. Thank you, SPIKE!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Taco Mac Metropolis. Happy Birthday!
Pours a cloudy orangish brown with a soapy tan head that shows decent retention and lacing.
I had to let the beer warm up a bit before I could smell anything, and when I did it wasn’t overpoweringly aromatic. There were hops up front but with tons of caramel malts and lots of different fruits that I couldn’t differentiate between. The spices became more evident as it warmed as well.
The taste was a better and more powerful version of the nose. Where to start? There was an initial floral hop bitterness that almost immediately gave way to a wildly varying array of sweet fruits, caramel and vanilla sweetness and plenty of different spices. I’d be kidding myself if I said I could figure out half of the things I was tasting. I definitely do think I got some rye spiciness and some tobacco in the finish though.
The mouthfeel is medium to full with a sticky thickness from both the sweet aspects and the hops in the flavor that lingers for a while.
Well, I really think I need to sit down and have another glass of this one as I know it’s a good beer, but I had trouble getting a cohesive beer with all the things going on. That said, I really think it would come together extremely well over time...if only they had bottled it.