CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Nice off-white more towards a chocolate colored head. This beer has a nice head to
it.VERY dark brown, if not black in color. This beer looks pretty good. I purchased this awhile
ago,and a few at that, but decided to rate it finally, so this one has had time to settle a bit
A little too weak on the aroma. A VERY subtle porter/stout like aroma. I smell the rye, and some
sweet grain, but this aroma is just too faint for me. I am a little disappointed considering
Terrapin is one of my favorite brewers, and Left Hand is up there also. Wow, this beer has a damn
good palate. This beer is extremely smooth and creamy. Actually, for a lager based beer this
beer has an amazing palate. Slight rye taste towards the end, with a great bittering hop to follow.
The toasted coffee like flavor is also excellent. What this beer lacks in aroma makes up in flavor.
This beer has a nice bittering hop that just linger in your mouth. Overall, I am pretty damn impressed
with the flavor and palate, but not so much with the aroma. Great brew. BeerHawk (1811) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Bottle shared by Butters or Springslicker. Both brought a bottle and I am not sure which we opened. Poured a red-brown with a thin off-white head that left spotty lacing. Aromas of rye, earthy and toasted malts. The flavor finds rye, chocolate, and some light spices. Medium to full body that starts sweet and ends bitter. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2008
A cola-brown body shows deep and dark at the center, translucent at the far edges. Creamy and tan in color, the medium-sized head displays good retention, leaving nice swaths of velvety lacing on the glass. The aroma is unique, a distinct rye overtone showing along with cocoa powder, burnt caramel, mild earthy spice, and hints of molasses. Flavors follow suit, cocoa powder sweetness countered with earthy hop notes, rye grains lending a unique freshness to the equation. There is a hint of nuttiness within, as well. Substantial and creamy on the palate, it drinks easy, but feels quite full bodied for a relatively low ABV beer. This is tasty stuff, and serves as a nice break from the mundane. Tmoney99 (15135) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Bottle from World of Beer, Clearwater, FL.
Poured dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt, rye and nutty aroma. Medium to full body and a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
My expectations where met with a drinkable complex beer.
jrob21 (3889) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Dark brown almost black color with a deep red hue. Pretty interesting look. Reminds me a bit of a lite porter and has some chocolate and bittersweet flavors in there. Aroma has a little cocoa to accentuate the chocolate experience I am getting. The back of the palate has a little bit of red fruit and the finish is on the surprising side of bitter.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2008
650 mL bottle. Poured a thick ruby black with a one finger brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and pancake syrup. Flavor was spicy with chocolate and caramel notes and a citrus hop note. Very different beer. Both Left Hand and Terrapin can pat themselves on the back for this one. Great effort. aracauna (3710) - Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2008
This beer was surprisingly viscous at the pour, but did not come across as overly thick or cloying in the mouthfeel. This is a surprisingly malty lager. Lots of spice from the rye, some slight astringency. A very light roast backs up the rest. Pretty tasty beer. matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2008
This was the TITS… one of my most favored and most astounding beers of 2008. An opaque body that was so velvety and silky, I can’t even remember drinking a beer with such a texture. The huge addition of rye added a stunning spicy complexity that gave this beer the depth of time & space. Chocolaty, spicy, hints of coffee and toffee, with a tangerine hoppyness… an Outstanding drinking experience. douglas88 (9797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Bomber shared by Eric. Pours out a very dark brown color with a bubbly light brown head. The aroma is very light, some roasted malts, and some sweet notes, perhaps maple syrup. The taste was also smooth and light, sweet hops, citrus like hop flavors, chocolates, and a grainy earthy malt. Pretty nice, but nothing really stood out. Not terrorizing, but nice.
PorterPounder (8364) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 22 oz bomber. Pours a very dark ruby red leading to black with a nice silky mocha colored head. Aroma is rather strange with some toe jam accents and baking bread. Flavor is an improvement on the aroma with some
strong citrus notes, hints of licorice, some Christmas spices and a touch of mint. Nice thick mouthfeel. Good collaboration.