Terrapin Side Project The Dark Side

 
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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 Vader’s 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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Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2010
I have to thanks the great Leafs93 for this one. Pours a dark black color with a thin soapy caramel colored head. Has an aroma of coffee and roasted malts with hints of dark fruit and caramel. Has a sweet taste up front. The coffee then kicks in to spice it up. A nice level of carbonation that hits at a good spot. Some chocolate notes on the finish. Some smoke from the roasted malts, but not too smoky. I am not sure if it is the carbonation but I get some hop hits as well. A very nice IS. Complex. Unique. Everything works together almost perfect.

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dmac (6646) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2010
22 oz bottle shared by pineypower, thanks Dean. Poured a deep pitch black with a small to average sized foamy biege head. Aroma of vanilla extract, burnt chocoalte, yeast, burnt malts and sugar. Flavors of burnt toast, dark chocolate, vanilla extract, yeast and light alcohol. Smoth full bodied with very slight alcohol and soft carbonation. Really really good stuff.

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Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours black with a creamy beige head. Nose is hints of Belgian yeast with a good hop presence, cocoa and roasted malts.

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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.

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johnnnniee (4459) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Received in trade from brentk56, thanks for the opportunity! Pours a solid black with a huge tan head that Slowly subsides and leaves lots of stickies. The aroma is not what I expected, lots of caramel, chocolate, earth, and dark fruits, not much roast or Belgian yeast inspired esters. The flavor compensates with a bit of roast coffee and chocolate up front. Some caramel and dark cherries and raisins round out the flavor nicely but still not much in the way of Belgian inspiration. Medium to thick body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet creamy tart fruity type mouthfeel. This is a nice stout, it has a foreign extra meets quad kind of feel to it. The Belgian influence is subtle, but it works. This was probably a little better when fresh, I wish I hadn’t lost this one in the back of the stack.

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CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2009
First one to rate! 22 oz. picked up at Green’s on Ponce De Leon. The beer didn’t have one of those "oily" pours. Looked rather thin while pouring. Had nice chocolate-colored head that faded away very quickly. In fact, I couldn’t produce much of a head on this thing. Black in color. Belgian yeast and chocolate work well together. The aroma is a nice blend of what was previously mentioned. A nice coffee/roast backing to the aroma. This is a fairly pungent brew. Terrapin always seems to do a nice job with their stouts. Nice flavors blended together with this. First sip I get a deep Belgian Yeast and smooth chocolate flavor. Dark side has a solid roast backing that compliments the chocolate and yeast. Slight bitterness towards the end. Not overly sweet, which is a good thing. Relatively creamy texture. Terrapin did well with this Side Project. That roast flavor is damn good.

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craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2009
draft at Taco Mac, Windward. arrived a deep black pour with a thin tan head... some roasted malts, candi sugar and slight coffee notes across the nose... medium to light body with more roasted malts, slight chocolate, Belgian yeast and a nice sweetness... a bit light on the carbonation throughout... the Belgian yeast strain is a nice addition to the style and really changes things up... lighter body, sweeter, and less intense. very drinkable for an Imperial Stout. A very nice Side Project from Terrapin... I would say one of their best.

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ChainGangGuy (4949) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Appearance: Well, it certainly looks black! Capped with a long-lasting, tan-colored foam layer leaving craggy-looking lace on the way down. Smell: Roasty, malty nose smelling of robust coffee, blackened barley, hunks of unsweetened chocolate, alcohol-soaked plums and a hint of spice. Taste: Roasted malts with a taste of chilled coffee and bittersweet chocolate liqueur and charred barley. Dark fruitiness tasting of plums. Faintest hint of spicy phenols peeking out from underneath the deep maltiness. Moderate bitterness coming from the hops and richly roasted malts. Slight pinch of warming alcohol in the roasty, drying finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability: A tasty Imperial Stout, for sure, but I don’t get too much of the Belgian character coming through, certainly not as much as others like Weyerbacher Thirteen or 5 Seasons Westside’s Thor. Which, to be honest, is just fine by me!

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Drake (14358) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Bomber from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a deep, dark brown color appearing black in the glass. Medium sized dense, creamy brown head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and faint but heavy tobacco notes. Taste is sweet caramel, dark roasted malts, raisins, cherries, dark chocolate. Smooth, full bodied and very creamy. Very nice and complex and I like the way the Belgian yeast plays with the malts. Well done.

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Cletus (6351) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Bomber courtesy of durhambeer. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, spice, pepper. Tastes of spice, some chocolate, earthy, some nice roasty hints. Great job!


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