nearbeer (5671) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2008
650 ml. Translucent deep chestnut with a half-inch head that lasts and leaves Swiss cheese lacing behind. Aroma of peppery rye bread, molasses and light licorice. Flavor is similar with some fresh herb-hops peeking through as well. Nice bittersweet charry finish. Heavy body is smooth, peppery-tingly and roasty dry. Damn fine lager. burg326 (5630) - Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2012
22 ounce bottle pours a coca-cola brown color, aromas of chocolate, roast, malt, and some rye. Flavors follow suit, nice light rye spiciness overall. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle Shared at Ryan & Max’s Tasting @ Pauls. Pours a brune body with a tan head. Malty body with hints of caramel chocolate and a spicy rye accent still coming across as a bit light and grainy however. Some light smoke notes and roasted malt. Decent enough. mar (5458) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2010
bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. poured black with a cream head. nose is rye, hops, chocolate, and cocoa. nice on the palate, flavor is rye, chocolate, hops, and a bitter finish. markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bomber from the Tampa Tasting Group. Pours dark brown and red with a white head. Nose is some rye, some pepper, and some noticeable darkish fruit and spice. Flavor is much the same but very easy-drinking and enjoyable; barely any lager characteristics noticeable. I like how easy this beer is to drink.
nickd717 (4999) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 19, 2010
Bomber shared by chswimmer on BA. Thanks, Craig.
Pours a clear dark brown color with a light tan head that has decent retention.
Aroma is fairly simple. Roasty with rye notes, maybe some coffee. Didn’t really pick up too much else going on. Nice though.
Flavor has a little more going on. Once again, rye and roast are dominant. Some bitter coffee, and an earthy and resinous hop character. Good stuff.
Medium body and average carbonation level.
A pretty good beer overall. Fairly drinkable. ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Terrapin is staying relatively busy these days. Oak-aging just about their entire lineup, there’s always the Side Project series, and now they’ve started up the Midnight Project Series, a collaboration effort with Colorado brewery, Left Hand.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a full, frothy, beige-colored head. Fine layering of lacing on the way down.
Smell: Roasty, nutty, chocolaty nose predominately with large background notes of spiced, bread chock full of grain. Lesser hint of dried fruit.
Taste: Roasty malts with flavors of burnt caramel, baker’s chocolate, roasted nuts, and licorice witness transient hints of malt sweetness before the thriving rye spiciness and resinous hop kick. Slight touch of dried fruits. Bitterness goes round and round with the roasty, increasingly coffee-ish malts and overall ample taste of grainy, fresh-baked bread. Finishes dry with a roasty bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Quite the chewy, velvety body!
Drinkability: I would generally recommend this, sure. I’m typically more of a maltmouth instead of a hophead, but I didn’t find this unacceptably or objectionably bitter as some seem to have. Lookin’ forward to the next Midnight Series release, which seems to be in a year, so please blast me out a polite reminder e-mail sometime beforehand. emacgee (4712) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Pours brown and sits dark brown with a one finger fizzy tan head. The aroma is earthy, malty, spicy, mild roasty character. The flavor is spicy, metallic, bitter, earthy, waxy, mild roastyness. The palate is waxy and bitter and finishes astringent. johnnnniee (4457) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Received in trade from KarrHeel03, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a dark brown color with beautiful garnet highlights and a good sized tightly bubbled tannish head that persists forever.
Smells of cherries and plums, chocolate, caramel, rye bread and a slight spiciness as well. Very little hops left, but I believe this bottle is almost 2 years old so they’ve surely faded.
Taste is a creamy chocolaty spicy fruity affair. Definitely a unique take on a black lager. Smooth with chocolate and brown sugar notes up front meld towards a fruity spicy rye character that lingers long after every sip. Super creamy mouthfeel, Medium body and carbonation level. I really enjoyed this one. I wonder how this would have been fresher, but I thoroughly enjoyed it as is. unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2010
Brew one, Vintage 2008.
22oz bottle. Very dark, dark brown color. Light tan head. Spicy, peppery aroma of the rye. Loads of roast. Burnt grain scent. A good bit of chocolate malts as well. Very thick body, like a heavy viscous motor oil. Nice flavor, lots of char, a bit of spice. Finishes with a nice earthy hop. Citrus with dark chocolate is a great touch of flavor to leave behind. Has aged beautifully.