shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an almost opaque black color with a brown head. Aroma is caramel, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, roast, and some bitter roasty notes. Flavor is caramel, cocoa, roast, chocolate, and a bitter roasty finish.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting. Poured dark brown, tan head. Aroma of heavy chocolate, vanilla, oak. Taste is similar with a lot of chocolate and some interesting oak notes. Mouth is medium bodied, and the finish is smooth. Overall, another interesting oak-infused Terrapin brew.
ChainGangGuy (4862) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Dark brown, near black body with a smallish, bubbly, off-white head.
Smell: The nose of a mildly chocolaty porter steeped in oak with lesser notes of roasted malt and decaffeinated coffee. Thatís what weíve got here.
Taste: Initial roasted maltiness with a light sweetness and a vague, mild chocolate taste that, while never exactly abundant in the standard Side Project version, is further slackened to make room for the oak. Minor earthy, roasty bitterness. Stark dry finish with a light, lingering hint of oak.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Man oh man, Terrapin sure does have a rich passion for oaking their products! Why, thereís hardly a beer of theirs that they havenít given the oak treatment. And while itís true, I havenít always liked the results, I did appreciate this one and certainly commend them for honing their oaking skills.
jrob21 (3527) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at ACAT. Not getting a ton of the oak character here. The only hint I get is some wood on the back end. Bready chocolate aroma. Nice chewy chocolate malt flavor.
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Date: January 31, 2009
Source: Beerfest, ACAT
Appearance: opaque dark brown, wispy beige head
Aroma: dark dry chocolate aroma, earthyness keeps it dry
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, just a touch of caramel sweetness, earthyness keeps it pretty dry
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20