Terrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk Stout - Terrapin Beer Company
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Reviews by elgiacomo:
4.6/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
22oz bottle, Fall 2009 release. HUGE thanks to Ryan for completely surprising me with a bottle of this! A brew I thought I’d never get a chance to try! Served lightly chilled in a New Belgium snifter.
Pours dark brown to black with an active one finger brown head that recedes to a ring and wispy island, leaving just temporary spots of lacing behind.
Aroma is espresso and coffee, milk chocolate, chocolate milk, roasted malts, underlying notes of raisins and dark fruit, toast, nuts, and caramel. Very good strength becoming excellent as it warms. The coffee is holding up superbly and I gotta say that Terrapin’s coffee beer aroma is second to none.
Flavor is a nice wave of coffee and espresso, smooth milk chocolate, some lactic sweetness, roasted malts, raisins, figs, dates and other dark fruits, toasted bread, a little caramel and toffee, moderate to good sweetness, little to no bitterness or alcohol. Very tasty!
Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium bodied, a little creamy, lowish carbonation, fairly soft.
OK, so this is pretty freaking fantastic particularly since it is a coffee milk stout that is over 1.5 years old. It has held up very well and if it is this good now...I could only imagine what it must have been like when fresh, but my head may explode with dreams of deliciousness if I did.
Easily the best Sweet/Milk Stout I've ever had and the only one that could be better would be a fresh sample of this so I'm gonna leave a bit of headroom in the score in case Terrapin and Left Hand ever decide to have mercy on us and brew this again.
Serving type: bottle
05-15-2011 22:21:37 | More by elgiacomo
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2.48/5 rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Excited to try this long time want. Really enjoy Left Hand's milk stout and I hear good things about Terrapin, so this one is right up my alley. Not sure what to expect from a 7% milk stout with two and a half years on it. We'll see I guess. Thanks again Stakem for hooking me up with this one!
From a bomber into a snifter
Brew Two 2009
Collaboration with Left Hand Brewing
APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, dark tan head with good retention. Black body and medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a ring and good wisp on top. A splotchy wisp remains to the end and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.
SMELL: Decent nose still. Roasted coffee and espresso come out first, then some sweet cream, vanilla, milk chocolate and caramel notes. A slight roasted touch shows through as well. Nose is quite nice, though it’s really mild at this point. Perhaps it was more impressive in its younger years.
TASTE: Doesn’t quite have it any more. This has definitely faded quite a bit at this point. Flavor is very lacking up front, with perhaps a light hint of roasted malts and caramel sweetness, but not much at all. Flavor comes out more after the swallow, with caramel and vanilla cream sweetness mostly, though some light roasted notes and stale coffee are there as well. Not all that impressive really, and very, very mild. Unimpressive aftertaste of light, stale coffee, a hint of bitter chocolate and some sweet, creamy milk sugar notes linger on the palate. It’s not off-putting or anything, but it’s got to be a faint shadow of its former self at this point. Very little coffee or espresso, which were still present in the nose somewhat, and simply too mild and unimpressive overall. Too bad we can’t all taste it fresh any more.
PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Slightly lighter on the palate, but creamy enough still. Goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Could use a touch more weight, but it’s fine otherwise.
OVERALL: What a disappointment. If I'm honest though, I kind of expected this. Medium ABV milk stouts aren't the best candidates for aging. Mild aromas, less than mild flavors, and any hint of coffee was somewhat stale. I could certainly drink it just fine, but it just wasn’t anything worth even thinking about. That said, it would be nice if Terrapin and Left Hand got together for a second round of this one. Though I was never able to taste it fresh, I certainly taste remnants of its former glory; this was probably a great beer when just brewed. Right now, unfortunately, it is a faded and relatively boring beer. Really glad to have had the chance to try this long time want, but at this point, it’s not at all worth hunting down. If you’ve got a bottle, do something with it, as it’s well past its prime. Thanks again for the trade Stakem. Appreciate the chance to try this one.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2012 13:55:18 | More by Jeffo
Terrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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