Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster - Terrapin Beer Company
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4/5 rDev +4.2%
Great to finally have this oaked.Poured into a standard pint a clear rich amber with a thinner slightly off white head atop that lasted well.Toastiness and brownsugar notes slightly out weigh the resiny hops,faint toast from the oak is there as well.A mix of caramel and brown sugar sweetness mixed with piney hops,again the oak is subdued wich might be a good thing.It's solid, not amazing by any strech but just a good oak aged hopped up "big" amber.
11-28-2012 22:22:00 | More by oberon
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
12oz brown bottle with a vintage date.
All hazed out with a rusty brown color, the lacing on top is the saving grace for appearance. Massive malt nose; caramel, brioche, faint honey, pineapple, guava, mild hop resin, oak, & booze. Very smooth, big bodied, ripe fruit, brown bread, oak, ample hop bitterness, very warming alcohol, light syrup, caramel, leafy, orange rind, mild spice, semi-sweet oaky finish.
One thing I love about this beer is that the hoppiness was not over done but rather steady throughout. An excellent tipple here.
11-28-2013 06:56:35 | More by Jason
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. "Vintage 2012"
Pours a deep brownish red color. Opaque, can't see through it with the haze. A skim light tan, off yellowish colored head that retains nicely. Spotty lace.
More malty than hoppy in the aroma which I did not expect based on the name. Molasses, brown sugar, caramalized malt, as it warms a bit of booziness comes out, very slight oak tannin, and some old stale hops. Not quite as complex as the taste.
Deep caramel malt, oaky tannins, brown sugar, molasses, light roasted grain, not really finding any hops, pretty much all malt. Very slight warming. Finishes with hints of woody pine hop bitterness. A nice sweetness overall.
Fairly heavy bodied, carbonation slightly creamy, good for the style. Rich malt sweetness. A slight bitterness lingers.
To me this is a barleywine or maybe even an old ale, and a pretty good one at that. But call it what you will, a good beer either way.
03-24-2013 17:12:10 | More by dogfishandi
4.47/5 rDev +16.4%
Tried this at the Brick Store in Atlanta.
Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.
Smells mostly of floral hops. I was surprised how big the aroma was, I was expecting it to be toned down more from the barrel. There are also piney hop aromas to go along with earthy malt undertones that grow more pungent as the beer warms.
Tastes very good. After the smell I was prepared for the amount of hoppiness found in the un-aged version, but I was surprised that it was much more toned down. Earthy malt flavors dominate, with almost equal amounts of piney hop flavors. Bitterness at the end is pretty solid.
Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit thicker than the normal version with more subdued carbonation. Very smooth.
Drinkability is great. I would've had a few more of these had I not had a few others on my must-try list. Definitely give this one a shot if you see it around.
11-10-2008 01:28:17 | More by glid02
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
pours a dark red color with a frothy tan head
smell is of american hops, with a sort of pineapple, gummy bear, fresh produce smell right off the top...a dark vanilla bean is there too
taste is thick, the alcohol is very present in the taste. vanilla is prominent too. the hops arent that noticeable in the taste
mouth feel is thick and leaves out dry from the alcohol
overall this beer is fan F*(^^%$#tastic!
12-30-2012 23:47:47 | More by nickthegun12
4.11/5 rDev +7%
Appearance - Pours a deep rusty color with a half finger of khaki colored head. Fair retention, resulting in a fine layer of suds on the surface. Lacing is small and spotty with good stick.
Smell - Hits on big notes of toffee and caramel. Woody notes. Light citrus twang. Hints of coconut?
Taste - Big, predominant caramel body, backed by prominent notes of oak woodiness and soft citrus. Hits on toffee and faint coconut, along with some malt roast that touches on coffee. Mildly warming alcohol character in the finish to go along with everything else.
Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable for the size.
Overall - Hmm, looks, smells and drinks like a barleywine more than anything and, well, isn't that basically what it is? Maybe it was more hoppy back in October, but whatever was there is mostly gone by now. What's left is good and certainly drinkable, but it's more malty than hoppy these days. Regardless, a hell of a beer.
04-05-2014 04:38:08 | More by TheSixthRing
Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
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