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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ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2010
22oz, foil wrapped bomber from grape & gourmet. pours an inky black with a thin, but lasting light brown head and a sticky ring of lace. aroma is great with big, dark chocolate, roasted almonds, and ash up front with notes of molasses, banana, and dark fruits coming through as this one warms. flavor is wonderful with beautiful, bittersweet dark chocolate, creamy toffee, molasses, and sweet, dark malts with subtle hints of belgian yeast, dried raisins and cherries, and roast coffee on the finish. palate is full bodied yet very drinkable with a smooth, velvety mouthfeel and light carbonation. overall, another well done side project from terrapin.

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daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Dark,dark brown with a quickly fading brown head. Aroma has some chcolate and roast with a hint of the belgian yeast. Flavor is a mix of lightly roasted malt, molasses, burned sugar, chocolate and the belgian yeast. All in all this is a pretty harmonious blend of ingredients. NIce beer.

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TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Tap at Capones. Pours a deep black with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, toffee, chocolate and light Belgian yeast character. Flavor of light smoke, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, caramel and roasted malt.

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Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Bottle. Aroma of light toffee, deep roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Poured really deep blackish brown. Flavor of mostly coffee a touch of vanilla and toffee and a hint of raisin. Palate was medium bodied yet well coating. Overall, another fine tasty offering from Terrapin.

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nickd717 (5008) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
Bomber from Chip’s in Kill Devil Hills. Nice appearance: black in color with a large tan head. Aroma is excellent with roast, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is very intense and enjoyable. Rich dark and milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and slight Belgian yeast. Palate is slightly above average, smooth and fairly full with a good carbonation level. This is really an excellent beer. As far as Belgian-style imperial stouts go, I like Midnight Sun Sloth better, but this is a very good one.

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SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
On-tap at Bocktown tonight. Served in a 12 oz snifter. A- Body is a nearly opaque dark brown/nearly black hue that is served with a nice 2 finger or so light brown foamy head. Head eventually fades to 1 finger but has perfect retention from there. Plenty of lacing lacing left all the way down the glass. S- Nose is wonderful. A big roasted malt aroma balances well with light toffee, caramel, and vanilla aromas...smells like a coffee house. T- Taste is similar to the smell. The roasted malt and coffee tones seems to be the main character all the way through but sweet accents of caramel;, molasses, vanilla, and toffee balance with it well. Finish is similar to initial flavor and a minimal impression of the whole profile lingers on the palate. P- Medium carbonation and a heavy body that is thick and pretty creamy. O- This follows the profile of a nice espresso stout very well. Not so sure about a Belgian Stout-but this is still a nice, very well executed brew. ABV is nearly undetectable as well. Would like to have this again. Serving type: on-tap

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milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - APR 28, 2010
Nice roasted aroma, with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt, followed by notes of plums, ripe figs and fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. Flavor is quite similar...very roasted with fruity notes. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Overall a very tasty stout.

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SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2010
(22oz bomber thanks to travita). Pours a jet black with nice tan head. Aroma of rich dark roast, espresso, faint fruit. Flavor is very much the same. Mouth feel is heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall, some very tasty stuff!

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brigg (727) - New York, USA - MAY 11, 2010
(bottle) A black body with a small chocolate head. The aroma is sweet with roasted malt and caramel, fruit, light alcohol, honey, chocolate and nuts. Thick, creamy body. The flavor is roasted malt, caramel, with sweet fruit, and chocolate notes, and moderately acidic, lactose.

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jrmac (335) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Beer pours black with a tan head. Aroma is cocoa, coffee, malt. Palate is chocolate with a kiss of coffee. Body is creamy, and quite honestly one of the most drinkable stouts I have run across in a while. Outstanding effort.


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