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Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate PorterTerrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

303 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%


Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Side Project #4

(Beer added by: BeerSox on 12-27-2008)
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at brewery tour in pint glass. Several 4oz pours. Keg tapped that day.

Pitch black with a thick one or two finger head depending on the pour. The head settles to a thick cap and leaves a strong lacing on the glass.

Roasted malts along with a little bit of coffee. The chocolate isn't so obvious.

The malts are burnt and slightly bitter balanced by the sweeter chocolate flavors. Very little hop bitterness. Full bodied. The finish is the lingering malts with a little bit of chocolate sticking around.

This is definitely one of the better chocolate beers I have had. The chocolate doesn't overtake the flavor, and the rest of the beer stands up well on its own. Extremely drinkable as well. I couldn't get enough at the brewery. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2008 05:13:14 | More by BeerSox
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nanofreak

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first review, so that should be considered.

A: It is a deep dark brew with a nice brown head that quickly fades.

S: Dark roasty malts with a slight undertone of chocolate. Not the amount of chocolate that was expected.

T: This is a great porter. In the initial taste, that is all you get. Just as you swallow a very nice pleasant amount of chocolate hits the pallet. This chocolate taste gets even greater as the beer warms.

M: One word, thin. I have to admit I was very close to giving it a 3.5 on the mouthfeel. It is almost surprising how much flavor was packed into this beer based on how watery it was.

D: Aaaand... here is the problem. It is way to drinkable to be seasonal. It goes down very smooth, very easy, no bite just a lot of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 05:02:35 | More by nanofreak
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown in a nonic pint glass, with a luscious 2 fingers of creamy light tan froth. Rays of red shine through the bottom.

Really pleasant, enticing aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon and cocoa nibs. Very subtle yet fragrant chocolatey whiffs.

Light bodied allowing the chocolate flavor to shine. Subtle chocolate bitterness on the front end. Spicy chocolate on the back end. My palate is nicely dusted with such a nice chocolate flavor. As it warms, more of the hop flavor is starting to come out yet it plays second fiddle to the nice chocolate flavor. So smooth and balanced.

A joy to drink and such a unique offering by Terrapin. So glad they didn't load this up with hops and make this a mess to drink. An American Porter under 6% with all this flavor?! Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 00:52:14 | More by RustyDiamond
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Fattmatt73

Georgia

4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To start I'm not a huge fan of chocolate stouts or porters, this beer has a very nice appearance, nice head that retracts quickly with very nice lacing.

Aroma of rich chocolate with a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel is rich yet medium bodied.

Taste is of chocolate yet not sweet or bitter.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, great taste without being too sweet or rich.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 05:08:27 | More by Fattmatt73
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really looking forward to this release from Terrapin, and it doesn't let me down. Very nice beer, and although the chocolate flavor is there, and quite deep, its not one dimensional at all. Pours black with a pretty thin head and some very light lacing. Very nice roasty and chocolately aromas that are somewhat dark and nutty. The taste has a good deal of bitterness to it from deeply roasted grains and dark chocolate, and more of that nuttiness from the cocoa nibs. Not sweet at all, and really nice chocolate flavors from the high quality chocolate used. I have to say that this one of the better chocolate beers I have had. To me this seems calibers better than Southern Tiers Chokolat as far as the chocolate flavor goes. A bit of cocoa roundness and cream on the finish and the bitter chocolate and roasted flavors continue through to the finish. There is also a hint of chocolate liquor as it warms. Rich, dark, nutty, roasted, chocolatey deliciousness! The mouthfeel is deep and rich with a creamy finish. An absolute delight and to me at least, the best side project so far.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 00:23:50 | More by Georgiabeer
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Samminator

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber, no visible freshness date, purchased cold stock from Suwanee's Beverage Superstore.

Poured into a clean-rinsed pint glass. 2-finger head quickly dissipates to a thin ring.

A: Cavernous brown, some ruby notes evident when held up to the light. Large clumps of lacing slowly sliding the side of the glass.

S: Mild malt aroma. Power-of-suggestion: the title "Dos Cocoas" makes me think I am smelling chocolate, but I don't think so.

T: This is an excellent example of what a Porter should be - danky sweet earth with a lovely bloom of cocoa bitterness centered at the extreme right-rear and left-rear of the tongue, near the back molars and the saliva ducts. Terrapin has nailed it here. The cocoa is subtle and refined - honestly, I think this same effect could have been achieved with malts alone, without the adjunct.

M: Smooth, slick, and creamy, leaving a pleasant sticky coat on the tongue and the roof of the mouth.

D: Highly drinkable. Could easily knock back 6 pints of this stuff. At $6.50, though, this is more of a special treat for me. I also think of that hefty price as a means of supporting my local brewery and of encouraging creativity by voting a resounding "Yes!" to these types of projects.

#4 is by far the best "Side Project" for Terrapin this year.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 00:26:59 | More by Samminator
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Big78CJ

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty new brew from Terrapin (4th in the Side Project series from Spike). It is a porter brewed with cocoa nibs and some other chocolate source (over 120 lbs of chocolate used in the brewing process).

I have had this on cask as well as from the fermenter but I am reviewing it from the keg at Trappeze as it was the cleanest taste and the only time I took notes.

The beer pours a nice rich brown with mahogany notes where the light peaks through. A frothy tan head sits on top but didn't last too long.

The smell is of bitter chocolate (unlike the YooHoo smell & taste from the cask) and rich roasty malt.

Flavor profile follows the smell nearly perfectly, with a bitter chocolate taste and some tasty burnt/roasted malt backing. Hops were unnoticeable for me.

The body was a bit thin but I think fit the beer quite well. The cask was way thinner and, I thought, noticeably inferior as a result.

I definitely intend to pick up a few of these bottles (maybe a case) to share with friends.

As a side note, I believe Trappeze purchased 8 kegs (4 of which they are cellaring) so it should be available off and on according to how they decide to run through the other 4.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2009 18:05:12 | More by Big78CJ
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ruckzuck

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark brown that turns kind of chocolaty shockingly enough when held up to light. Fairly thin khaki head which dissipated somewhat fast

S - there's some roasted malt at work here (again, who would've thought) along with a nice hint of dark chocolate (the best kind of chocolate if you were wondering). Maybe a bit of nuttiness? Nice

T - the taste is similar to the smell initially, but the chocolate is much more pronounced here IMO. Really hits throughout the beer, especially in the finish and aftertaste a lot, but the roasted malt is still in the house. The chocolate flavor is fairly dark and delicious, and as such kicks rich amounts of ass (it's also rich, which kicks rich amounts of ass). I love this bitter chocolate aftertaste/finish. Did I say that already? Really, I mean it this time

M - fairly nice body, and this bad boy goes down smoothly and delightfully as it dances across the tongue

D - oh man, do I want another one of these? Hell yes I do. My girlfriend is currently not in the room, and I'm tempted to pour her glass into mine. I mean, I'm not going to because that would make me a bad boyfriend, but you (probably) know how it is. Delicious. Glad I have 3 more. Would totally pick up another one next time I'm at Green's (if there are any left) or have one at Brick Store Pub, the #1 beer bar (disclaimer: BSP is only #1 in my heart and is actually #2 on BA as somehow some other place is #1). This is probably the best Side Project yet. Terrapin is an awesome, awesome brewery, and I hope they keep doing rad stuff like this. Good work, dudes

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 03:26:01 | More by ruckzuck
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a deep sable, opaque and almost black, with a nice tan head. Aroma is not strong but appetizing, like a fine mocha with some malty hints. Flavor is strong, like quality roast coffee with a chocolaty undertone and nutty and caramel hints, as well as a touch of sweetness. Texture is very smooth and not at all watery.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2009 02:50:03 | More by Cyberkedi
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firkinhophead

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich walnut brown with a little purple around the edges. A one-finger head settles to a filmy of foam that lingers all the way to the bottom.

Aroma is very chocolate-y, even through my stuffy nose. Other than that, I am picking up a bit of brown sugar, some peaty malt, and maybe a touch of grassy hops.

Taste is of powdery cocoa, just as advertised, with some smokey malts, raisin, caramel, and earth. Some bittersweet chocolate and coffee in there, as well. Hop flavor seems limited to some grassy, hay-like notes and a bit of citrusy tang. The tang may also come from the yeast. Bitterness is subdued but is more than adequate to counter the malts, which are pleasantly dry and toasty.

Solid body--smooth and mouth-coating, with a gentle carbonation. Very pleasing mouthfeel from beginning to end with a dry, peaty finish. Alcohol becomes a bit more evident as it warms, but I would be surprised if it were more 7 percent.

Fantastic, easy-drinking porter in the English tradition. I could drink it all day. This is one of my favorite styles and this version satisfies all my requirements for a porter--smokey, rich, a hint of dried dark fruit, and a dry, tangy finish. Well done and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 03:46:07 | More by firkinhophead
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HeyItsChili

China

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours dark brown with a thick, foamy, brown head that sticks around a while.

S - As the namesake suggests, the flavor is full of cocoa goodness, there's a teeny bit of malt coming through, and maybe a hint of hop, but without a doubt the cocoa is notably dominant.

T - Cocoa, chocolate syrup, coffee, toasty malt.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium carbonation.

Notes - Really delicious. Not a lot more to say than that.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 16:18:34 | More by HeyItsChili
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown that looks completely black without holding it up to light. Head is one finger of tan foam into a crown.

Smells similar to terrapins sublime wake and bake. Surprisingly low on the chocolate, more roasted Malts.

Taste is also surprisingly low on chocolate. It makes for a damn good porter but someone expecting choklat will be let down. Cream, coffee, roasted flavors are prominent with little to no alcohol or hop presence. Taste and body similar to a milk stout.

Mouth is medium in body and carbonation. I'd love to see a thicker and flatter version of this.

Very good drink but really misleading. A damn solid porter but not worth the special release status and price.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 02:07:24 | More by sonicdescent
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spointon

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a trade with the super BA everetends (thanks Gilly!). I poured this from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into my Fuller's pint glass.

A= This ale poured a dark blackish brown color with a 2" light tan creamy head. The head took a long time to settle and eventually formed a 1/8" creamy cap that retained all the way and left some streaky lace behind.

S= The aroma was all malty sweetness, chocolate, ovaltine, and a very faint roasted grain note.

T= Lovely light toast/roast on the grains gave this a hint of coffee and dark chocolate bitterness which balanced nicely with the sweet malt and sugary/milky creaminess. Really nice in the taste department! Esters were minimal and the hops were faint and earthy. Finish was even and dried out just a bit. Aftertaste was sublime in a chocolate sort of way.

MF= Medium bodied and creamy-smooth. Carbonation was mostly on the soft side lending a slickness in the back of the mouth.

D= Extremely enjoyable and very drinkable. If Terrapin has not made this a year round offering yet, they bloody well should. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 06:55:21 | More by spointon
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azorie

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark, black chocolate goodness. Pored into a mug, some slight lacing. not much head there at all.

S: Coffee and toasted and big chocolate presence. no hops detected

T: toasty malt and chocolate, with some dark coffee almost burnt flavor, but the big dark chocolate dominated this brew. No hops in this beer taste.

M: creamy, medium body, smooth.

D: Easy to drink a bomber or two.

This is like my 12 bottle of this stuff and its hard to find now, but it was great while it lasted.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 19:59:40 | More by azorie
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nickfl

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours opaque black with one finger of medium brown head and ruby highlights. Head retention is reasonable and a little bit of lace clings to the glass in its wake.

S - Mild, coffee-like roastiness, a hint of cocoa powder, and nutty malt.

T - Toffee, chocolate and toasted, nutty malt. Stronger chocolate notes appear in the middle and a flavor of chalky, dark baker's chocolate with slightly smoky charcoal. Some malt bitterness asserts itself in the finish along with a hint of hops, but it is just enough to balance and the beer finishes smoothly with the chocolate notes lingering on the palate.

M - Moderately thick body, medium carbonation, and a fairly dry finish that leaves a strange waxy, fatty but not slick, sensation on the tongue that convincingly reminds me of brittle, dark chocolate.

D - It takes a while for this beer to open up and really display its character, but once it does it reveals a deep chocolatey goodness. The character of the chocolate comes out much better in the flavor than in the somewhat weak aroma. I have had other fine chocolate beers, but this one has an unusually convincing realism to the chocolate notes that comes, I think, not so much from the flavor as from a strange, chocolate like mouthfeel that I can hardly describe. A very nice beer overall; and one that I enjoyed more than I expected to.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 06:22:44 | More by nickfl
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mullenite

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a half finger tan head that dissipated quickly into a thin ring around the glass.

Nose is a dark chocolate that was burnt. Compared to other chocolate beers (Young's, Brooklyn, Bison), I'd expect a stronger chocolate scent.

Pretty much all chocolate in the taste, very dark chocolate. Bittersweet to start, very bitter dark chocolate to finish. Tastes like the 80-whatever percent Lindt Chocolate.

Moderately heavy mouthfeel as expected for the style. Thin but sharp carbonation.

Very easily drinkable; makes me want chocolate chip cookies to go with it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 12:40:15 | More by mullenite
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glid02

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a murky dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes slowly into a thin pancake on top and leaves spiderweb lacing on the side of the glass.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with hints of unsweetened chocolate and caramel. The chocolate was more understated than I was expecting.

Tastes good. Smooth roasted malts start things off, then more unsweetened chocolate joins in, with the smallest hint of vanilla. Ends with a bitterness that's just right.

Mouthfeel is good. I would like if it were just a bit thicker, but it still goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability is good. It was very easy to finish off my half of the bomber, and I could have a few of these. It's so smooth with mild flavors that play off of each other very well.

Overall this is another solid beer from the SP series, and I look forward to seeing what's on deck.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 17:21:06 | More by glid02
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CrazyMacHarris99

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from on-tap at Fatheads, V-Day 09

Pours a black color with slight brown highlights. Small tan head with some nice lacing left behind. The smell is malty, with big chocolate and toffee notes. Slight coffee in there as well. The taste is pretty much the same malty, chocolaty, and some toffee and coffee. Medium body, this one has a big velvety body. Very smooth and creamy. Terrapin does it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2009 06:47:28 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
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alucardswordlol

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked this beer up at my first stop in town since I moved here : Brawley's Beverage :).

Anyway, poured into a regular pint glass with very little head retention as it is a porter. What colour there was in the head was a nice shade of mocha.

For me the aroma was the strong point of this beer: chocolate, vanilla, and coffee melding together to create a wonderful scent.

The mouthfeel was as good as it gets for a porter, nice and light with a wee bit of fizz at the back of the tongue. Very Drinkable.

Taste: Beer does exactly what it says on the tin, very mild flavours up front and then you are hit with a pleasant ratio of cocoa/vanilla at the end. One of the better porters out there.

Overall: A very drinkable chocolate beer that really brings out the best in the porter style. I look at this beer sort of akin to what session ales are to IPAs. A respectable (relatively) low alcohol alternative to beers such as Chokolat/Founders Breakfast Stout. If I find myself with another glass of this beer throughout the remainder of my life, I will consider myself fortunate.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 19:41:22 | More by alucardswordlol
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a recent trade with RustyDiamond. Great trader!

Appearance: Pours a near black with hints of brown around the edges. Head is a light brown color, tight, and short-lived: decays to a sticky halo within a minute. Light lacing.

Smell: Chocolate malt, coffee, more chocolate, dairy, cocoa powder, and possibly almonds.

Taste: Chocolate malt and spice in the beginning and roasted malt with a touch of hops in the finish. As simple as that sounds, this is absolutely delicious! Chocolate and roasted aromas go together very well, and still leave room for a clean, hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Spicy, full-bodied, milky, malty, and clean. I think that sums it up. Definitely heavier, and possibly spicier/hoppier, than your average porter.

Drinkability: Very tasty. Glad I had the opportunity to try this one. Spiciness can get a bit strong if you drink it too fast, so drink it slow. (Also, spiciness/carbonation die down if you wait long enough.) This allows the chocolate and roasted flavors to assert themselves a bit more as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 06:08:58 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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everetends

Alabama

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber I picked up at Green's off Ponce in Atlanta, GA. Served up in a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a really nice dark brown color which I think that it is the darkest brown you can possibly get without it being black. As you pour, the stream appears to let some light through and adds some reddish hues to the pour. As it rests in the glass, it doesn't let any light through but still remains noticably brown. A pretty tame pour gave up about a finger of tan head that receeded down to a fluffy ring. The ring does its best to produce some lacing, but a touch of foam slowly slides down the glass back into the glass. Still a good looking brew.

S: Smells really damned good. Just so much damned chocolate coming out. First thing that comes to mind is that this smells a bit like a packet of hot chocolate mix. Then I smell what is not unlike that smell you get when you open up a chocolate milk. Then still, more chocolate comes out in the form fresh dark chocolate. There is a touch of roasty malt presence, but hands down, this nose is all about the chocolate.

T: Once again, can we say chocolate? A really nice chocolate milkshake flavor comes out with a sweet milky flavor. Lots of milk chocolate along with that hot chocolate mix flavor and dark chocolate. Nicely roasted malt adds a nice compliment to the slight bitterness you get off of the dark chocolate flavors. There is also a nuttiness coming out that reminds me a bit of hazelnut. Tasty.

M: This beer is medium in body and is light on the palate. The makes you feel like you are going to get a thick and chewy beer, but this beer is a touch on the thin side but works. Carbonation is light, no real fizziness on the palate. ABV is light and really doesn't show up in the feel or flavor. Aftertaste is mostly just some chocolately goodness.

D: This brew goes down pretty easily. Lots of sweet flavors but they don't give you that sugar shock sensation. All around solid brew that is quite good. I had been looking forward to this one for a while and I was not disappointed at all. Tis a shame this is just a one off, I would love to see this make the seasonal line or maybe a new year around. Very good indeed.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 05:24:52 | More by everetends
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears nearly pitch black in hue with a nice sized creamy textured tan head lacing forms fine and evenly with each sip. Smell wise it stays in the chocolate realm rather nicely, bringing powdered cocoa and dry dark chocolate nearly burnt roasted malts together. Among the chocolate I can detect mild raisin sweetness with a creamy cereal edge that stands up well to and even complements the chocolate aging. Flavor really bursts with chocolate not in a Hershey's syrup style like Choklat, but with much finesse that brings out dark cocoa nibs and milk chocolate powder aspects into a solid stand up porter. It definitely retains it's porter characteristics which gives it more credibility as a true chocolate beer rather than some form of liquid diabetes. The semi sweet chocolate notes blend with dark roasted malts that border on coffee at times, large base of creamy mildly tart fruit characteristics come around as well creating a complex and welcoming experience. The chocolate and dark roasts gives it a good amount of acidity which may add to the almost lactic creamy character that becomes more and more evident with each sip, another factor in addition to the dark roasted malts that provides another flavor to offset the actual chocolate adjuncts. A medium bodied porter that manages to stay away from sticky drinks rather clean finishes somewhat dry but with enough sweetness as to not kill the palate with dark patent roasted malt. Carbonation is smooth and creamy, a gentle giant of a beer clocking in at a manageable alcohol volume which is quite a nice change up from the typical extreme beer offering. This one allows some sessionability without inducing total head rush, which makes me respect the brewers even more, thanks god Spike is a Steelers fan. I was just drinking Wake and Bake imperial pints and IBA aged on vanilla beans on cask at Piper's Pub in the Burgh. However, my bro who resides in Georgia recently brought this one along in his carry on, he got it cheaper than the average Pittsburgh price but after the travel expenses thanks for this expensive brew that will help me and my wife celebrate the birth of our new baby boy, Nico Angelo Rasicci.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 04:16:34 | More by WVbeergeek
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter glass at Kickbacks in Jacksonville Florida.

Appearance: Black body with a medium tan head. A small cap of foam on top of the beer. Moderate lacing. You can get about a one finger of head from aggitating the beer by swirling.

Smell: Bakers Cocoa and a premium dark chocolate candy bar.

Taste: This one has a really nice chocolate flavor. Tasting like a dark chocolate bar and it finishes with some bittersweet chocolate. Not really a whole lot of complexity, but this is great for people who love chocolate foward beers. I really enjoy it!

Mouthfeel: It is decent mouthfeel on this porter considering it age. Not as heavy as I would have liked, but it was still pretty decent. I am going to say medium body with low carbonation.

Overall: This is a really old beer. At least 3 years, according to the first review of this beer on this site. I was really excited to get a chance to try such a rare beer, its number 4 out of 15 of the Terrapin Side Projects! I really liked it and probably will not get to have another bottle of this beer ever...but i would love to have one more bottle to share with my local beer friends. Excellent Chocolate Porter! Terrapin continues to impress!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 02:52:45 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A delicate and delicious chocolate Porter. This may have been the most cocoa-rich beer that I have had, if I hadn't had Southern Tier's Choklat several times before.

The seriously dark brown pour looks much more like a Stout than a Porter. Completely opaque, the beer forms a part froathy/part fizzy head that fails to retain under the oils of cocoa nibs. A slight ring of foam persists arround the edges of the glass along with timid pockets of foam and mild lace.

Bittersweet cocoa aromas dominate the nose with a distant follow up of nutty coffees, mild caramel, and true barely malt. Fairly simple in its complexity, the beer makes up for in sheer intensity of cocoa.

Flavors fare the same way- cocoa and bittersweet chocolates take center stage with a mild supportive balance of caramel malts, vanilla, and coffee-ish bitterness in the finish. Herbal notes of tree bark or chicory give an earthy counterpart in the reduction of hops.

A creamy upstart illudes to smoothness, fullness, and a silky smooth, velvety finish. But the beer's bitterness (part from cocoa, coffee, and hops) carries a harsher minerally feel instead. These don't completely undermine the beer but makes it unable to live up to the lofty expectations.

A very succulent, savory, and seductive beer, especially in the aroma and initial taste. The harsher second half detracts a bit from the promising up start.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 04:29:20 | More by BEERchitect
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bhalter8

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep, dark brown (only due to the light edges would I say brown, its almost black). Head is rather thin, but a dark tan color. It looks robust! The smell is somewhat lacking, considering the name, especially. There is a nice tinge of chocolate and malt, but no more than a tinge. Funny, that even with that light smell, the taste is spectacular. The bitter chocolate that must have been used in this tastes perfect when balanced with the malts. This is a very smooth drinking porter, even with the distinct flavor. I have been enjoying the entire 22 oz bomber, and still doing well. I am thinking this one had to be a bit lower on the ABV than the rest of the side projects from Terrapin. Highly enjoyable beer, especially for the rare cold weather here in Georgia.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 02:04:42 | More by bhalter8
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