HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2010
Cask @ 2010 ATL Cask Ale Tasting. Poured dark brown with a thin tan head. Nose is dark toasted malt, dark fruit, wood, molasses, chocolate, and Belgian yeast. Medium to full chewy body, slightly oily with soft carbonation. Flavor is vinous with dark caramel malts, chocolate, wood, slight smoke, fig, date, light anise and brown sugar. The wood really adds complexity to the base beer and it interacts well with the spice. Finishes roasted and woody. Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Cask. Poured clearish dark dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is sweet. Cherry wood must add much more sweetness than some other woods. Other notes in the aroma are sweet malt, maple, and roasted malt. Taste is also sweet, with some spice (like the non wood version), roasted malt, and some faint fruit. Mouth is full. Overall, another nice cask version from Terrapin, though a bit sweet for my taste. ChainGangGuy (4919) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Appearance: Dispensed a clearish, very dark brown body with no head formation beyond a few random bubbles.
Smell: Lightly sweet-scented dark malts, then some bolder roasted malts, then notes of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Lesser accents of dark fruit, spice, and wood.
Taste: Dark, roasty malts representin’ the fine flavors of chocolate, deeply toasted caramel, and coffee. Notably sweet. Vinous dark fruitiness. Grows increasingly roasty midway through. Touch of yeast-derived spiciness. Subtle, subdued wood character underneath all of the maltiness. Finishes warming and with a dry dark roastiness. Dusting of chocolate powder in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full, smooth body. Low carbonation.
Drinkability: Dark Side is a pleasant beer even without the cask treatment and oak wood aging, though it’s still appreciated and even welcomed. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Cask @ ATL Cask Fest. Pours black. Nose is roasted malt, sour cherry, mild smoke, some yeast and spice. Flavor is smooth as hell, roasty grain and smokiness, hints of tart cherry and yeasty breadiness, dry wood. Beauty! jrob21 (3773) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Cask at ACAT 2010. Very complementary addition to a beer that needed a little more complexity and body. All of which you get with this iteration. Wood adds a little more depth to the finish and flavor and the cherry complements the already present smooth chocolate really well. A little tart and fruity on the back of the palate.
unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting, 2010. 5 Seasons Prado. Firkin. kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
DARK pour. Aroma of wood. Scents of oak, mesquite sweetness. Touch of fresh baked baked sugar cookies. Flavor has a good roast. Very mellowed out by the wood. Some sweet malt. Finishes with some burn, some roast. Touch of oak tannins added to the bitter factor. Mellowing is a very nice touch to a really powerful brew.
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2010
Name: SP 09 Dark Side, Cherry Wood
Date: December 22, 2009
Source: Taco Mac, Prado
Appearance: black, frothy tan head
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma, light sweetness
Flavor: sweet dark chocolate flavor, lots of sweet fruity esters, hint of fruity tartness, an interesting wood character that must be the cherry brings out more of the sweet fruity esters, the wood blooms as it warms and breaths
Overall: I had no idea what to expect from cherry wood but I think I like it, cask has more of the sweet fruity esters as compared to the roastier draft version
Name: SP 09 Dark Side, Cherry Wood
Date: January 30, 2010
Source: Atlanta Cask Ale Fest
a touch more wood after a month adds more complexity and depth of character, this beer could sit on this wood for many more months and keep developing,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4