wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2012
I like the description on ratebeer better than the bottle’s description. Certainly more of a Strong American Ale than an American Ale.
No head but great all around other than that. Caramel and oak stick out in the Aroma. Caramel flavor continues in the taste. You feel this one throughout your mouth. Overall an impressive beer! Shag (3026) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Thiw poured a reddish brown color with a beige head. The aroma contains some caramel, citrus, toffee, and strong herbal notes. The flavor is both bitter and sweet. Oddly some butterscotch, citrus, caramel, and some whiskey notes. This is like arrogant bastard on crack with some wuthers originals. Finish is malty and bitter. Some oak and alcohol showing up. Good stuff but all over the place. Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Bomber - thanks to OmegaX!nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Appearance - Golden, clean body, thin head
Aroma - Pine, hops, wood, honey, sweet basil, honeydew
Taste - Dry, oak, honey malts, sticky, fruity
This is my favorite beer from Terrapin by far. The aroma was so hoppy and earthy, you could almost taste it from the scent. With a smooth body, oaky and fruity undertones, the explosive and dry finish was most satisfying. Wow.
Murky caramel with thin off-white head. Nose of caramel, dates, figs, and booze. Sticky, semi-thick with good carbonation. Somewhat bitterball over with nice dried dark fruits. Not exactly an 80 degree in the summer beer, but very good. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2012
bottle from Triangle Wine. ok aroma, sweet, oaky. cocoa, caramel. banana. Dark orangy brown color, good head, spotty lace with a steady ring. Sweet flavor. Medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry sweet finish. good, not really doing much for, it’s fine, finish is my favorite part. nice sweet oakiness there.
OmegaX (1375) - Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Bomber. Aroma is tons of oak, some pine, chocolate, and latex. Not bad. Taste is tons of oak, some caramel, and a bit of light pine as well. Body is dark brown with a tan head. I’m liking these Terrapin beers as of late. Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours a ruby/brown, dark, smaller tan head. Smell is some booze, thick creamy vanilla coated fruit, oak. Taste is smooth, creamy vanilla, dark ripe fruits, oak, pretty sweet, super rich malty. Very rich creamy mouthfeel. Pretty nice but I hope Terrapin keePs pushing. I am still waiting for the next big Wake n Bake typed beer (as in widely regarded). kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012
ChainGangGuy (4896) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Name: SP 16 Phlux Capacitor
Date: May 10, 2012
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: muddy dark brown, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet vanilla aroma, oaky, touch of chocolate
Flavor: big oaky flavor, sweet vanilla, rich chocolate, but the oak takes control, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
rajendra82 (1095) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Appearance: Pours out a very dark reddish-brown body with a tall, unabashed, light beige head. A smudge of lace here and there as it goes. Well, it looks promising, hopefully it’ll perform better than their anniversary beer I had earlier in the day.
Smell: Oven-toasted nuts and a notable note of dark bread crusts with a small edge of roast, chocolate, but it’s mild, at best. Spicy oak wood, zestfully earthy hops hinting at dried citrus, pine needles, sun-dried grasses, and even a sliver of cleansing spearmint.
Taste: The first sip made me think of an emboldened Hop Karma given a dose of oak, and, well, that initial impression stayed with me until it was long gone. Toasted bread, toasted nuts, with a small helping of lowly sweet caramel and even less than a hint of chocolate and roast. Earthy, piney hops with some citrus, a little mint, and a full-on grassiness. The oak character remains fairly subtle, be it in the nose or the on the tongue, though warmth allows it to come out more, though the hefty hopping and myriad of dark crystal malts provide plenty of interference. Robustly bitter throughout. Dry, grassy, slightly oaken finish with a long bitterness.
Mouthfeel: A little beyond medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: The fervent Side Project release pace has, at least for now, slowed to about a one-per-year trickle, though it hasn’t stopped the Terrapin new-beer parade as we’ve got Easy Rider, Road Warrior Kolsch (didn’t catch it), Tree Hugger (been meaning to try it), their 10th Anniversary beer (ugh), and, presumably, another Reunion: a Beer for Hope release. This one, I thought it was alright -- I still can’t shake my thinking it’s a Hop Karma bumped up and given a touch of oak.
The murky brown body reminded me of a Belgian Dubbel, and was topped off by a two finger thick head. The look was unremarkable, but the oaky and hoppy smell was quite a nose hair burner. The taste was presented a somewhat unpleasant mix of wood aged astringency and hop bitterness up front when the beer was cold. There were notes of coffee and chocolate mid palette, and the finish was woody and abrupt. I found the beer to be quite thin bodied. Gets sweeter and more rounded with a warm up, which takes a lot of the harsh edges off.