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Terrapin 90 Shelling Scotch Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin 90 Shelling Scotch AleTerrapin 90 Shelling Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

75 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 7.37%


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

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Side Project #6

(Beer added by: glid02 on 05-05-2009)
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Jazzcrop

California

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown sugar, yeast, malt, barley, flaked rye, raisins, plums, wallpaper, boozy oak and caramel, dirt. Smells like light fruits, pills, sink water, blue jeans, hops, meat, smoke, wood, candy, aged wine, apples, yeast, blueberries and espresso. Damn fine.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 02:48:38 | More by Jazzcrop
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber received in a trade with Blazer06. Thanks bro!

A - An opaque brown color. Not much head (maybe because its a few years old), and no lace on the glass.

S - Sweet and malty. Brown sugar. Delicious aroma. Alcohol is very present in the whiff as well

T - Like it smells, very sweet from the malts and rich. Very, very smooth all the way through. Brown bread, bananas, roasted malts. Tasty!

M - Nice carbonation. Medium bodied.

O - An excellent scotch ale. This is not one of my preferred styles, but it is growing on me. The more I have of them, the more I enjoy them. A great side project from Terrapin. I feel like it may have increased a bit in ABV as it aged over the last 2 years. Nice little buzz.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 01:01:02 | More by BeerDawgs
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. One and a half fingers of creamy/frothy beige head with below average retention and a small ring of lacing.

4.0 S: Biscuity and grainy malts. Some toffee, brown sugar, and a STRONG candied plum aroma. Doesn't stand out, but is very pleasant.

3.5 T: Really reserved for the style. There isn't enough sweetness, which can be explained by the thin body by wee heavy standards. Malts are again grainy and biscuity with the same toffee, brown sugar, and plum. The problem is that all of these flavors other than the graininess are present in low quantities.
3.0 M: Ligher medium to medium body. There's enough carbonation, but it isn't spritzy enough and the beer lies heavy on the tongue. Otherwise, super smooth.

4.0 D: This isn't the most flavorful, but it goes down super easy. I'd think nothing of drinking a few bombers of this by myself.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 03:48:57 | More by DavoleBomb
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harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: A dark brown, verging on blackish color that doesn't want to let very much light pass through. Head foams up nicely from a vigorous pour, then settles down to a thick film.

S: Not too hugely strong smell although not weak by any means, however a very interesting one. Dark roasted malt give a toffee like aroma, and add a faint sweet/sour smell. Alcohol doesn't really make itself present yet.

T: Tastes like a more pronounced version of the smell. Roasted malts are easily perceived, caramelized sugar that almost seems burnt are present lending a slight bitterness to the taste. Some hop bitterness seems to balance it out although not much. Finishes with a miniature whiskey like alcohol sting.

M: A mellow medium bodied mouthfeel. The alcohol definitely creates a warming effect here.

D: More of a sipper at first because of the alcohol, but it grows on you. It is more drinkable than I thought it would be before I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 01:01:30 | More by harpus
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This makes a lovely casked beer. Had this on cask at the Brick Store Pub. Pours chestnut with a fine white head and very nice carbonation for a cask. On the nose there are interesting notes of banana bread, fresh brown bread, yeast, and more banana in the finish as well as a touch of chalk. Very appetizing. Taste is very similar, but loses some of the chalkiness and gains a little intensity. Sweet and smooth in the mouth, and the malt is not quite as firm as in some other 90s I've had. A nice warming fall beer.

Serving type: cask

09-04-2010 20:08:47 | More by Georgiabeer
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown with fiery orange accents... that becomes bloody crimson when backlit. A thick chunk of sandstone colored creaminess looks good following the pour and at all times thereafter. The head has remarkable persistence and does a decent job creating lace.

The nose is way too weak. Granted, there's still some suds in the way and the beer still has its starting chill, but that's the case with most of my reviews. Warming brings a little brown maltiness and an earthiness that bears at least a passing resemblance to the style.

90 Shelling Scotch Ale is too weak in the knees to be considered a good example of a wee heavy. In other words, it needs to be a wee bit heavier to seriously compete with the best versions. Let's make that 'needed to be' since this was a one-off release.

Although there's more flavor than aroma, it isn't exactly overwhelming the taste buds with malty excellence. Specific flavors include brown bread lightly sweetened with fruit marmalade, tobacco, and a moderate earthy nuttiness. The fact that it's (barely) more than 12 months old might have something to do with the lack of punch. Shouldn't a malt dominant beer of this ABV last at least that long?

The mouthfeel probably hasn't taken too much of a hit. It's lighter than expected (and desired), though it's smooth as silk and manages to be at least lightly creamy. Proper carbonation helps keep the score above average.

Terrapin 90 Shelling Scotch Ale (a turtle reference, not an artillery reference) is slightly better than Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter and is worse that the rest of the Side Project beers that I've had so far. Thanks to Mavajo for the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 14:14:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
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billab914

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured dark brown in color with a thin white lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma has a malty flavor to it with caramel and toffee both playing big roles. It also has some chocolate and some hints of dark fruit coming through.

The taste has a good amount of caramel and toffee malt sweetness with a little coffee and chocolate coming through in the finish. It has a little cola like sweetness to it in the taste. The chocolate came through more as it warmed up.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe slightly on the thicker side. Carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some nice malt flavors to it and was pretty tasty overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 23:38:55 | More by billab914
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this bomber on 3/29/10.

A - Poured a clear bronze-colored liquid with a sparse but creamy beige head that settled into a thin ring of retention with a dot in the middle of the glass and no lacing.

S - Sweet, leafy tobacco mixed with coffee and chocolate notes, as well as rich caramel and toffee attributes. Further in the backround, a hint of earthy tones and molasses slowly emerges as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - Lots of chocolate character with hints of sweet tobacco and coffee notes. Malt character combines sweet caramel and toffee notes. Finishes with earthy hop notes and hints of molasses and licorice.

M - Medium bodied with quite a bit of bristly carbonation and light syrupy texture. Finishes with a touch of hop bitterness and residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Fine Scotch ale with quite a complex malt character combining chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel and toffee. This was another above average Side Project release from Terrapin.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 02:15:04 | More by ffejherb
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a surprising dark brown with not much head, retention or lacing. The beer is fairly clear.

The aroma is light alcohol not a ton of other stuff going on here.

The taste is a little scothy bur overall pretty boring.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 01:10:37 | More by jrallen34
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bamadog

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked this at a recent tasting in Williamsburg, VA. Poured from the bottle to a tulip and the review is from notes taken on 2/25/2010.

Appearance: Pour is a very dark burnt caramel and coppery color with some deep ruby highlights when held to the light; starts with a one figner light tan head that fades to a thin, but firm, skim; body is nearly opaque; fast and tiny carbonation is present near the surface and sides of the glass; spotty washes of loose lacing.

Smell: A wet grainy/grassy smell -- very earthy; light caramel notes; slightly bready quality to it and there is a very faint whiff of chocolate notes as well as it warms up.

Taste: Bready/wheaty; a light caramel note with a near cola-like sweetness; light choclately aspect; caramel becomes much more prominent as it sits out longer and warms up; slightly peaty by the end, but not really smokey.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, but it's quite soft; body is of medium weight and thickness; there is a nice and firm coating left behind; overall, it's quite a smooth drinking beer.

Drinkability: Definitely solid, but I was hoping for something a little more robust in the mouth and flavor departments. I would definitely buy it again and perhaps drink it a little fresher.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 20:09:26 | More by bamadog
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this one on tap at Piper's Pub off their draft lineup...quality stuff. Appears a deep mahogany brown hue with a light tan head. Nose is slightly smokey malts herbal low roaring hops deep caramel and earthy tones as well. Flavor was great one of the best interpretations of the style American brewed to date. Ample sweetness bright chest nut character, earthy smoked malt flavor caramel and a hint of vanilla and oak but I know this wasn't barrel aged it was just complex. Mouthfeel was fuller bodied full of malts added a good bit of girth alcohol was well hidden smooth flowing on the palate I welcome more of this in the future. Drinkability is smooth and complex I drank this side by side with some hoppy ales and this one couldn't be beat in the complexity department so much going on I really enjoyed this style brewed by Terrapin.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2010 23:18:28 | More by WVbeergeek
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received a bottle from Palmej1 in a BIF. Thanks to Jacob!!

Poured from a bomber into a Gordon's Finest Gold Scotch Thistle glass.

A - Poured with a thick off white head with tight bubbles, about an inch of head. Leaves fairly quickly leaving thick lace and legs on the side. Color is a deep ruby. Dead on for style. Lace down the glass as you quaff it.

S - Malt Monster! Sweet, chewy, malty, a little alcohol. Can't wait to dive into this beer!

T - first sip - malt, slick, hints of cognac at the back of the tongue. A little vanilla, oak? faint hints of a barrel? smoke? peat? Not an off flavor, not a fault. Very subtle at the end. Very nice!

M - malt, medium bodied. Chewy. Not cloying in its sweetness.

D - On a cold winter night in Chicago, I could down a few bottles. Would probably feel it the next day, but, oh, what a ride. Outstanding beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 00:44:42 | More by JamnesCameron
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bruisin' Ales. Dark brown colour with lots of lace dots. Good drinkability from lots of malting, and that detracted from style however. Some chocolate malt, and a bit of residual smoke. Spiciness in there, think cardomon.Average mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 16:26:46 | More by Sammy
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wryepicures

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmm....

Poured from a bottle purchased in June 09, then left to rest until now. Dark clear mahogany, nice off-white puffy head with low/good retention.

Aromas of caramelly, nutty malts. Hints of chocolate, some fruits, smoke. Some toastiness, sticky toffee as well.

Flavors strongly of toasted, bready, caramelly malts. Some sweet fruits, more toffee, slight spicy kick. Grainy, almost dry/bitter finish. Earthy hop flavor is subtle.

Medium body, lowish carbonation, smooth, slight lingering bitter from the malts. Alcohol warmth, very smooth and nice on the colder nights. I'd like a bit more body.

Style-wise, its pretty typical maybe a little less smoke/peat than others. I love the style, and I now I'm pretty bummed that I'll likely never drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 00:51:37 | More by wryepicures
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This 22oz, gold foiled bottle courtesy of bhalter8. Thanks Ben!

This is always a hit or near miss style for me so I'll see how this one goes.

It pours a lovely clear dark amber brown with less than an inch of foam that is shrinking quickly. Despite the small amount of foam, the lacing is very good.

The smell is very malty with lots of sweet tones, some from brown sugar but mostly caramel. Deep whiffs reveal some alcohol.

The taste is also very malty.... with lots of caramel but I'm also getting good notes of chocolate, a light earthiness with some roast, and some dark fruit flavours. Happily, I think the alcohol is kept in check very well. A very good tasting Scotch Ale, for sure!

It's on the low end of medium bodied and the carbonation is lightly done. A little bit of a fuller body would improve things, I think, but as is, it's a nice fit.

Drinkability? This is one of the sweeter examples of the style and that fits my palate to a T. The malty goodness has me yearning for more... sip after sip, every one of them enjoyable. Now this is a tasty and very drinkable brew! I like!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 16:33:53 | More by Bitterbill
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown pour with two fingers of head in my tulip. Smell is thick, potent malts. Big caramel and toast. Powerful enough that I smelled it when pouring.

The taste is quite solid, if unspectacular. Scotch ales can be very hit or miss for me, based on the uniqueness of the malt profile. This one is actually fairly middle of the road and standard for what I would expect a good (but not standout) scotch ale to taste like. Lightly toasted grains, faint hints of caramel sweetness. Toasted malt aftertaste that lingers for a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of a carbonation sting. This was definitely a very nice, drinkable beer. Good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 02:58:03 | More by alcstradamus
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Traditionally, the Scotch call this beer 90 Shilling. At Terrapin, we know it as "90 Shelling". Magnificintly malty, this 90 Shelling Scotch Ale pays tribute to the full bodied ales of Scotland."

Pours from the 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Small white head that recedes immediatly. The beverage is ruby brown in color with bright crimson highlights. Almost like a slightly watered down Root Beer color.

Aroma is pure malty goodness. Chocolate, loads of caramel, dark, figgy fruits, slightly peaty and smoky.

A bit of smokiness hits the palate first. Then the sweet caramel and chocolate malts are known. The fruits are also well represented with mostly prunes and a bit of raisin as well. Certainly sweet but not overly cloying. No hops anywhere.

I liked this one. Almost like a doppelbock with the sweetness and big caramel flavor. However, the mouthfeel is a bit thin and maybe a little too much carbonation. In between a sipper and a drinker; I prefer the former. This was number 6 in the series and the third best.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 17:56:13 | More by SaCkErZ9
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Wasatch

Utah

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Wespatrick for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil/Capped

Pours a nice clean/clear brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel. The taste is malty, sweet, with lots of caramel, some spicyness. Medium body, the finish is dry and slightly bitter. Drinkable, this is a nice little brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 23:28:37 | More by Wasatch
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 SAS brought over while we talked about his job interview tomorrow.. He likes Scotch ales.. So do I :-) Seemed like the perfect fit following the Berkshire BA Wee Heavy... My share poured into my Delrium goblet.

Lite tan head looks like meringue.. great retention and lace atop a dark brown brew.

Nose is thick and malty.. caramel and earthy ... smells very nice.. pretty clean.. no real fruity esters like the Berkshire.

Flavor is proper wee heavy... it tastes "dark", but never burnt... hints of smoke maybe from the yeast, but I doubt any smoked malt was used.. good Scotch ale flavors but not as rich as I was hoping... lower carbonation lends to a sorta thicker brew.

I wanted more complexities out of this one.. but it was still pretty much square on the style... just not the standout I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 09:03:41 | More by JohnGalt1
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Charleston Beer Exchange.

Dull light tan foamy head. Two fingers thick Really tight little bubbles.

Aroma is quite nice and rather full. Big toasted malt/caramel and slight cinnamon. The slightest moment of alcohol in the aroma. Some molasses perhaps.

Flavor has even more caramel than the aroma does. Toasted bread, some nutty notes, slight mineral flavor. The sweetness is light brown sugar. In the finish there is a touch of alcohol that is nicely balanced with some sweetness. As it continues to warm there is some fruity esters that come out, but they are slight and remain in the background. This is all about the toasted, caramel malt flavors.

Fairly bold mouth feel, very smooth. Slight carbonation.

Nicely drinkable and another nice offering from Terrapin. They have quite a nice line-up

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2009 17:10:27 | More by Reagan1984
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Anthony1

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour was very nice, rich dark brown with a light reddish tone to it on the sides. Light tan head reached up about a half inch and settled down to a smooth, light pillow. Nice light aroma of caramel and light bready notes. Smooth and very sweet. medium body with a strong creamy feeling. Lots of rich, sweet notes here, hints of honey and loads of caramel melt across the tongue. Very rich and creamy feel

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 16:33:12 | More by Anthony1
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The sixth offering in the Terrapin Side Project series, 90 Shelling Scotch Ale is presented in a chilled bomber bottle with neck-and-crown-swaddled in golden foil. A crack of the cap and a brisk pour into my Delirium Tremens tulip yields a fantastically clear brew that glows brilliant ruby when held to bright backlighting. A finger-thick cap of pale beige foam rests atop the drink, retreating slowly into a sticky sheet that skim-coats the insides of my glass with a scattershot film of lacing.

The aroma is richly malty and savory-sweet. Layers of warm toasted grainy smells are interspersed with sticky caramel, sugary toffee, and a crumble of dark brown bread. A wee nip of perfumey fruit adds a luscious dimension.

The taste is warm and sweetly grainy, with light, medium, and dark caramels claiming stardom on the center stage. The supporting cast of flavors is headlined by buttery-smooth toffee and further refined by a husky scratch of sedate-but-peppery alcohol. A pinch of brown-sugar crusted red apple skins offers a balancing tweak of desirable astringency and a dusting of tea-like dryness lingers in the finish.

The drink is fullish in body with a mild and proportional tingle of fine carbonation. A really nice sipper.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 02:14:26 | More by cvstrickland
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nick76

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is deep brown with an average head. The aroma is both sweet and smokey with the smoke taking a back seat. There is also some hops. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth and full. Overall this is a great beer and one I want to have again.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 23:36:45 | More by nick76
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twenty-two ounce bottle pours a clear but dark mahogany body with a small beige head. Some patchy and sheet lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is solid, but subtle. Toffee, caramel, toasted brown bread, earthy hops, and some charred coffee beans.

Mouthfeel has a creamy carbonation, medium body, and slight chewiness.

Taste is well integrated. Toffee and caramel malt sweetness, an earthy hop bitterness; a hint of coffee highlights a subtle roastiness, a vague pome fruitiness, a note of plums, and a faint dark bread. Everything works together well here. Alcohol stays very well hidden but adds some warmth at the finish.

Very drinkable, particularly for the style. On the malty side of the scale, certainly, but nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 02:36:07 | More by merlin48
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: A dark brown, verging on blackish color that doesn't want to let very much light pass through. Head foams up nicely from a vigorous pour, then settles down to a thick film.

S: Not too hugely strong smell although not weak by any means, however a very interesting one. Dark roasted malt give a toffee like aroma, and add a faint sweet/sour smell. Alcohol doesn't really make itself present yet.

T: Tastes like a more pronounced version of the smell. Roasted malts are easily perceived, caramelized sugar that almost seems burnt are present lending a slight bitterness to the taste. Some hop bitterness seems to balance it out although not much. Finishes with a miniature whiskey like alcohol sting.

M: A mellow medium bodied mouthfeel. The alcohol definitely creates a warming effect here.

D: More of a sipper at first because of the alcohol, but it grows on you. It is more drinkable than I thought it would be before I tried it.

Notes: A deep interesting brew with some good roasted flavor. I haven't had many scotch ales, but this one just seems to have an authentic flavor to it. I love the side project series and this is a good addition.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 04:34:39 | More by dpodratsky3
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Terrapin 90 Shelling Scotch Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.