Terrapin Side Project 90 Shelling Scotch Ale

Formerly brewed at Terrapin Beer Company
Style: Scotch Ale
Athens, Georgia USA
Serve in Thistle


on tap


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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Volume 6: Traditionally, the Scotch call this beer 90 shilling. At Terrapin, we know it as “90 Shelling.” Magnificently malty, this 90 Shelling Scotch Ale pays tribute to the full bodied ales of Scotland.

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jkwalking05 (4743) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Brown in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of peat, caramel, and malt. Taste is of malt, earth, caramel, and corn.

savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 23, 2009
22 oz bottle thanks to Grant. Pours a clear deep dark brown with a small light tan head that quickly fades to a small ring. Aroma of dark caramel, dark fruit, and light smokey wood. Flavor is mostly sweet and malty with a light roasty bitterness. Medium body with mild carbonation and slick mouth feel. Overall this is very nice, big and malty like a Scotch ale should be without being a malt bomb. Thanks Grant.

ganache (6031) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Bomber from jrob21 – thanks again! Huge and rich malty nose, caramel and earth, woody, nutty undertones, medium alcohol, and lots of dark, pitted, possibly candied fruits – figs, light prunes, brown sugar. Some nice bg Oktoberfest notes. Pour is a really dark ruby, black when not under light, with a creamy yet not rocky off-white head. Taste is likewise richly malty, low but contributory bitterness, medium chocolate, wood and nuts with strong, swashbuckling accents of firm peaty smokiness. Not nearly as sweet as expected, I’d even call this dry. Full body, still effervescent. More of a souped-up [hah!] brown ale than a classic Scotch ale, but the great malt complexity here makes this well worth seeking for all those interested in that sort of thing.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2009
In short: An lean session scotch ale with a light annoying buttery flavour. Acceptable
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed about 6 months after the beer release. Mini-tasting session with some of the Montreal crew.
The look: Clear dark ruby body topped by an off-white ring of foam
In long: Nose is rather fruity for the style with dried fruits and plums. Taste is buttery toffee, wet bread, mix bag of fruits. Some woody hops. Body is soft and lean for the style. All in all this is just an ok beer. Lacks the corpulence of a good scotch ale but it is easy to drink, almost a session beer. If it wasn’t the for this light annoying buttery flavour I would have enjoyed it for what it is. Terrapin can brew some kick-ass beer (Rye Squared for instance) but I have not been impressed by any of their Side Project lineup. But it’s ok, side projects are what they are, side projects. Terrapin Side Project lineup is as ordinary as Woody Allen the jazz musician performer side project. But I must it is a lot better than Jacques Villeneuve the recording artist side project. A lot better.

TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2009
22 oz bottle from I do not know. My 5th in the series, 1 left in the cellar. Pours a nice brown, dark, fairly transparent, a nice moderate very light brown head, sticks around decent, dark reddish edges. Aromas are sweeter malts, biscuits and toffee, nut and nougat, caramel and some light vanilla, less peat than I’d expect for the style. A bit one dimensional, however a style that usually is. Initial is medium bodied, maybe a bit more with an emphasis on biscuits, caramel, toffee, nuts, a faint vanilla underneath, a bit of sweetness, dark fruits and raisins come in, a faint bitterness on the backend and subtle vanilla and sweet malts. Sweet, but not overbearing, toasty and sweet, light hops on the backend. A bit one sided and one dimensional, but drinks well and is overall enjoyable.

tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2009
nice dark pour with whitish beige foam. nose is sweet but nice some brown sugar and malts. flavor was too sweet not cloying but sweet. ok but not a great one

MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2009
My Bottom Line:
Toffee-laden bready malts and berry fruitiness ride this Scotch Ale’s peaceful effervescence for a delicate sipping experience.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the dark burgundy.
-This doesn’t have enough body for my tastes in the style.
-Menthol allusions are found in the flavor profile.
-The nose is lightly earthy and perhaps smoky.


Sammy (12599) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2009
Rich malty aroma, nice white head, a littl smoke in the finish. Slightly better than average mouthfeel. On sweet side, but not cloying.

Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2009
BOMBER. Pours a mahogany body with a tan head. Malty body with some light wooden notes, toffee with some light coco notes. Chewy with a full body and a light warming. Bitter sweet nutty dry finish. Nice.

Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Bomber. Pours a deep dark amber/brown with a foamy one finger tan head. The nose is light chocolate, roasted nuts, caramel and molasses. The taste is faint smoky peat, toffee, cocoa and nuts. Medium, semi-creamy mouthfeel. Not bad, better than the Hoppin Frog Scotch I just had.

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