Terrapin Side Project The Dark Side



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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Terrapin Side Project #9: The Dark Side, a Belgian Style Imperial Stout. Come on over to "The Dark Side" for the latest brew in the Terrapin "Side Project" series. Brewed with evil intentions, this Belgian Style Imperial Stout is made with copious amounts of dark grains that make this beer as dark as the underside of Vaders cape. "The Dark Side" is fermented with a unique Belgian yeast strain which sets this Imperial Stout light years ahead of its time.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (2117) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2011
22 oz. bottle. Pours pitch black with a sizable, light brown head. The aroma is coffee, raw chocolate, molasses, ripe bananas, and figs. The flavor is very sweet, with roasted bitterness through the finish. The palate is medium, malty, creamy, and very effervescent for a stout. Overall, a very delicious and complex beer. I hope they bring this one back around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8930) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Bomber. Pours a totally opaque black color with a large brown head- a good sign. The aroma is heavy roast and metal, even pushing toward sour, loads of plum and cherries. A lovely flavor dominated by sweet dark fruits, plum, raisins, berries, some chocolates, dry almonds, heavily roasted malts, very smooth. A bit of light banana esters and pepper. This is an awesome beer, a great FES. Its smooth and tasty. I could drink a liter at least.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 28, 2011
Black, tan head. Nose is coacoa, ashy dark fruits, rich dark caramel, it has a dusty roast malt character too. The cocoa is like coacoa krispies but not sweet. Quite nice. Flavor is a nice ashy dark fruit tartness, big coffee and roast malt, alcohol, some fruity yeast. Finish is big roast, some caramel and lots of tha wonderful burnt fruit. Nice soft body with great silky carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (6952) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2011
Got 22 oz bottle in a trade with CaptainCougar. Small beige head with some lace. Low carbonation. Nose of Chocolate, dark fruit like a plum. Taste is velvety, with chocolate and lots of dark fruit up front, leading to a slight, easy alcohol burn in the finish with a nice dry component. Very clean mouthfeel. As it warmed, the flavor continued to develop, but wasnt terribly complex BUT you cant pick up the high ABV at all! Really tasty, really smooth and very drinkable. A nice treat on Easter Sunday, thanks Tom!! This was great and I liked it a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2011
Bottle. Black pour with a tan head. Smell is sweet and full of roasted malts and a little bit of chocolate. Taste is kind of sweet and somewhat refreshing. This one may have been too cold, but it worked, and it was a pretty good beer. I dont know if this one gets made anymore, but I would buy some if I saw it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7585) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2011
Bouteille de 22 oz partage lors dune dgustation Ratebeer Montral. Arme: Lgre odeur de crales grilles. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Prsence dun mince col beige mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de chocolat et de crales grilles avec une pointe de caramel. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Lgre prsence de torrfaction en arrire got. (Rating #3575)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
bottle into my Narke tulip...Pours a light black, the head is light tan as well, light carbonation, a head of about half a finger that is gone right away, no lacing...The aroma and taste are both very light and almost boring. Light coffee, a little sweet, just blah. Light feel on the mouth, but this is decently drinkable. I crushed a bottle my self pretty quickly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (8296) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Pours a dark brown, good foam, B+ lacing .. . light burnt fruit, tar, and roasted bread crust .. . really nice use of the belgian yeast, an imperial foreign if there ever was one .. . abit thin but i liked it .. . irish rugby is boss! 24-8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle someone shared at March BA Tasting. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is of licorice and roast malt. Taste is of licorice and roast malt. Mouthfeel is medium with some alcohol. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2011
My Bottom Line:
This Belgian-style Imperial Stouts sweet chocolate and caramel flavors evolve into fruit and roasted bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the mahogany-hued dark brown.
-This is not as attenuated as most Belgian-style Stouts, but that might suit most North American palates.
-Black beans seep from the malt, hop and yeast trio.
-The soft bubbling makes the prevalent sweetness even more apparent.
-This is not nearly as complex, or comforting, as most brews of the same family.


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