Terrapin Side Project #23 Guano Loco - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 7
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oberon on 06-24-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed chestsnut brown with a clingy thinner off white head atop.Some fresh chili notes in the nose with very light brown sugar,I would have liked a little more form the nose.The chili'es are no joke on the palate with the fresh roasted flavor dominating over top of bitter chocolate and earth.I wanna like this beer more than I do because I like the chili spice but there just isn't enough of everything that goes with it like chocolate,earth,brown sugar etc....It's a decent beer and I really like the spice,just kinda balance it out a little.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

When I opened the bottle the carbonation actually started to slowly erupt out of the bottle. It fades to a quarter inch tightly knit mahogany brown head. Brussels lacing. This brew is deep dark brown colored and not much light is creeping through. I smell plenty of rich dark brown chocolate brown and spicy chili pepper. The taste is a complicated blend of rich dark chocolate and spicy chili peppers. The heat is a deep,yet moderately playful burn. I could not stand more than a sip of Stone Punishment,but this is a much milder experience. The mouth is thick,carbonated and with moderate heat.

Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle that became volcanic upon opening ... Perhaps a consequence of recent travel.

Aroma. Cinnamon, chillies, other spices.  Layered and complex. 
Flavor plenty of chillie pepper in here, with medium (for beer) heat. Still, less pepper and pepper heat than the nose suggests.

Near mild burn in the medium body, medium carbonation. 

O: a very interesting brew that is worth trying.

Photo of riotontheroad
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

just enough pepper without pushing the envelope.any more would be too much

Photo of weirdohappy
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Not impressed with this. Can smell, and possibly taste the peppers, but little to no brownie noticeable to me. Not sure what I expected, but this is not something I would drink again

Photo of gillagorilla
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Sample at Max's on 7/23/14 (from notes)

A: Dark, dark brown.

S: Spice and that is about it here.

T: Weird warning to it with a light spice. Odd overall flavor with no brownie/chocolate flavors that I got.

M: Spice particulates and light carbonation.

O: I had bought a bottle of this, but then returned it when I found out it was going to be on tap at Max's for their Terrapin Takeover. I'm glad that I did.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

- side project #23. a chili pepper brownie beer.

A: Dark chocolate pour, a one inch mocha tinted head of moderate retention. Light lace stickage.

S: Softly roasted sweet chocolate roast and light chili pepper spicing. Some dried green pepper.

T: Flavor was roasty chocolate more so then brownie, which is a good thing, and roasted chili pepper skins. Burnt currant sweetness, dark fruitiness, with a light cypress hopping. Mild anise spicing, sweet fennel, with a light warming of dried chili pepper skin on the finish as well some dried citric elements.

M: Light bodied, slick oily feel, warming spicy chili pepper warmth on the hold. Decent amount of carbonation.

O: A spicy chili pepper with a stout backing with a perfect amount of gentle chili warmth that does not interfere with drinkability. Let this warm up a bit for some added chili and alcohol glow. All in all a good beer B.

Photo of sneth019
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite browns, not a whole lot of pepper but def. there.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Fairly dark reddish brown. Still plenty of light getting through. Thick messy tan head and lacing.
smell: first sniff yielded spices that commenced salivation. Prominent but relatively mild ancho with a chocolate backdrop. Wouldn't pass for a "complex" or "intricate" nose, but it's as advertised, a "chili pepper brownie ale" and a damn fine nose i think.
taste: Very tasty. Profile the same as the nose with a slightly hot finish.
overall: Well done. Dig this very much.

Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in a mini snifter.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a spotty cluster of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- You can really smell the chilies, making me glad I just got a 5 oz pour cuz I'm kind of a wuss.

T- Wow, the heat from the chilies sets in and then it turns to an incredibly peppery finish. Mild tones of chocolate bring a small amount of sweetness but it's certainly the chilies that are on display here.

M- Obviously very tingly from the spiciness but not too crazy. Kind of burns the back of the throat after a while. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- This is great but I really can only handle a small pour of it. Regardless, they accomplished what they set out to do with this beer which is to give a big dose of zingy spice that goes quite well with the chocolate.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.99. Released June 2014. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours deep brown with a finger and a half beige head. A thin cap remains that deposits a fair bit of lace.

Smells of chili, cocoa, sugar and a mild almost cinnamon character.

Taste follows the nose with a good deal of pepper, cakey chocolate, caramel, cinnamon and molasses. There is a nice heat from the peppers but it retains their flavor as well. Very flavorful with almost no trace of alcohol.

Creamy, medium body with decent bite of carbonation. Finishes with moderate chili heat, cocoa powder and sweet malt.

This is good stuff. Almost a chili beer in that those peppers are fairly dominant but the chocolate and malty sweetness is enough to keep it in check. I'll be buying more of these for sure.

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4/5  rDev +9%

Poured into an ikea snifter. The liquid is pitch black, and the pour kicks up a thick brown head that fades quickly and leaves just a smattering of lace.

Aroma is lots of milk chocolate with undertones of mint. Only a slight peppery heat on the nose.

Taste is amazing milk chocolate. Tons of creamy chocolate flavor without adding any charred or bitter notes! The spiciness creeps up on you, and is a slightly smoky ancho/chipotle flavor. Finish is sweet, and leaves you with fading hints of chocolate and a burning sensation that grows and lingers on your tongue.

Mouthfeel is nicely thick without being viscous, with just slight carbonation.

Overall, really nice chili stout - much sweeter than Bomb! or Mexican Cake, in a good way, IMO.

Photo of jakobivester
4/5  rDev +9%


Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

First of all, why has no one commented on the fact that this beer is "Bat Shit Crazy?" That's what the name means, right???

Bottle, served @ 38° F, in a snifter, and allowed to warm through the session.

A: Dark brown, with a tan, 2-finger head that quickly dissipates to persistent lacing that decorates the glass as we go...

S: Smoky pepper. Also som sweetness coming through, and a faint spiciness.

T: First thing I notice is the pepper. Not "criminally" spicy, but just enough. Balanced sweet/cocoa/heat...

M: Similar to other Terrapin offerings, they haven't got the thickness or stickiness that other breweries have relied on for their "top-tier" beers. More fullness would certainly push Terrapin to the next level.

O: Great beer. The side-projects are always "exciting" to try. I also got a kick out of the name. Not sure why, as SweetWater has had overly creative names forever....

Photo of SebD
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it. It has a nice tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of chili peppers, some cinnamon, sweet chocolate and some roastiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a subtle heat from the chili peppers, perhaps a touch of cinnamon, some chocolate and rich cocoa.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. This turned out being better then I thought it would be. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of ttroha
4/5  rDev +9%

Bottle from a friend. Aroma of chocolate and caramel. Taste is bitter and chocolate, followed by hop chili at the back end. Very, very spicy and delicious.

Photo of memphischas
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Chocolate and "red hots" the candy. A little on the thin side

Photo of PostRockandCats
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber into a glass.

L: Beautiful dark, almost black beer with a lovely creamy head that sticks around. Fine bubbles.

S: Fresh chilis. Fresh and bright! Bit of malt at the end. The chilis, though. I keep smelling the beer...

T: I taste the whole chili- the seed, the skin, the flesh. Very green and fresh. Bit of dark chocolate throughout and some biscuit at the end, but the chili takes my attention. Which is fine and lovely and I'm 1000% okay with this. It's delish. I think some spices or smoke might make this more interesting, though.

F: Medium to heavy. Coats the mouth, but doesn't stick around.

O: LOVE this! I've really not explored chili beers much, and this makes me want to try all of them.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: deep mahogany color, looks almost black through the thick of it but around the sides its easily brown. a finger and a half of a tan head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a slight lacing behind. opaque and maybe a little bit of sediment too 3.75/5

Smell: the two major forces in this one are chocolate and chiles. chiles are most similar to chipotle to me as there is a little bit of a cooked aspect to it. maybe a little bit of chocolate wheat and dark, unsweetened malts. 4/5

Taste: slightly bitter chocolate mixes with some chipotle peppers. some burnt malt tastes along with a little bit of alcohol. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: fairly heavy but not quite viscous. some lingering burnt bitterness and chile taste. some warmth but not near as much as there is flavor. 3.5/5

Overall: This is a pretty good beer, but I have a hard time coming up with a rating on this one. its certainly what they say it is on the bottle. rating this against chile beers I'd rate it fairly high but I don't think its something I would go for again. 3.75/5

Photo of Finley020
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Definitely a beer to share. Right off the pour into the glass you know you will be drinking a beer brewed with chili and chocolate as advertised. Such an overpowering set of flavors, it tends to blow out your pallet. You absolutely get the earthy chili flavors, slight smokeyness, and the fudge chocolate notes, but they will dominate anything else you are eating or drinking. It wasn't necessarily spicy, but gives you those nice toasty flavors of a fire roasted chili. Not a bad beer, but definitely pushing the boundaries.

Photo of Paincane
4/5  rDev +9%

Almost black body with thin tan head. Dark chocolate and chili pepper aromas and flavors. Sweet and spicy brew that ends with nice heat.

Photo of Circleo12
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice, dark roasted color, brown/black, with a minimal amount of head, which dissipates quickly.

Smell: If you took a semi-fresh baked brownie mix, and chopped in some peppers into the batter before you baked it, you'd have what Guano Loco smells like. A perfect blend of chocolate and spicy pepper.

Taste: Sweetness of the chocolate hits your palette first, and lingers...right up until you swallow this one down. Then, the slight burn comes into play. Burn lingers long enough to satisfy the pepper beer-aholics. This one is mighty tasty.

Mouthfeel: The burn is present, if you let this one linger in your mouth for a little bit. Definitely a solid brown ale with some zing.

Overall: I'm a fan. I've not found too many pepper beers that have gotten it right enough for me to enjoy. Mexican Cake to me, is ok, a bit heavy at times. This one, perfect balance of spice vs chocolate, and a great representation of the flavor profile Spike and the gang at Terrapin were going for.

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

On draft, pours a murky dark brown with red hues. Looks like dirty water with a thin ring of white head circling the top of the glass.

The smell is fresh garden pepper and chili pepper, milk chocolate, brown sugar, roasted oats and malt balls. The nose reminds me of Christmas morning when I would rip open a box of "Whoppers" and take that first wiff of the malt balls.

The flavor is tricky. You take your first sip and boom, is this chocolate milk? A nice malty milkshake? No, wait, something is happening, why is this so peppery and earthy? Yup, pretty much it. Has a unique caramel roast finish. This is fine, I think its interesting, maybe even fun, but I wonder why go and ruin a good chocolate porter with peppers.

Photo of sb3000
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Overall great pepper beer! Very balanced. Nose is very chocolate-pepper. Flavors are a vivid follow throughout! Some heat on the finish. Top 3 pepper beers for me. 1 being the New Belgium Cocoa Molè. Thank you Terrapin for a great beer!

Photo of jaswilson2
1/5  rDev -72.8%

not good

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Terrapin Side Project #23 Guano Loco from Terrapin Beer Company
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