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Terrapin The Dark Side Belgian Style Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin The Dark Side Belgian Style Imperial StoutTerrapin The Dark Side Belgian Style Imperial Stout

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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%

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

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Side project #9

(Beer added by: BeerSox on 12-14-2009)
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Reviews by everetends:
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle I picked up from Hop City in Atlanta, GA. Was very to see this was on the shelf on my last visit. I am a sucker for the Side Projects and Terrapin in general (not to mention Star Wars references). Served this bad boy up in a snifta.

A: Pours a dark black in color. The black is nice and glossy, pretty vibrant for . . . black. There is no seeing through this for sure. The head was a bit disappointing. It built incredibly slowly but brought up a fluffy dark brown color. Sadly, it doesn't last but for a couple minutes. It falls to a thin ring with a very thin mass in the center floating around. Lace slides back into the glass, but it is very spotty as it goes up. The reason it slides back in is because this beer is oily slick. Leaves a thin and clear film on the glass, keeping any stickiness from happening. It still looks good, just wish the head was a bit more.

S: I like this and I can't really say why. Its got a heavy alcohol presence coming across first. After that, I am getting a lot of heavily roasted grains and malt. Getting a lot of dark chocolate coming out here. There is a really earthy, coffee aroma coming across. Just has a very natural smell to it if that makes sense. Almost dirty at times. I am not getting much from the Belgian Yeast strain, but it is there. If you really concentrate, on the backend it smells like you just opened a package of brown sugar. Very damn good.

T: I don't know. It seems kind of light here at times. Not really getting much of a Belgian character to it. It falls more into a normal Imperial Stout kind of range. Lots of dark and milk chocolate working in here. Malts have a good amount of roast to it and the grains are a little bitter at times. Getting some molasses and brown sugar. Coffee presence rounds things out, very dark and strong.

M: Heavy side of medium in body. Can't really get into the full bodied nature because of a hefty carbonation kicking in here. This is slick and coating though. Has some weight to it on the palate, just sticks and latches on. Alcohol is high, and has some heavy warming quality to it. Perfect for this cold ass night. Aftertaste is coffee and dark chocolate.

D: Well, I do like it but it fell short for me. It seems just more like a normal Impy Stout than a Belgian. All Belgian qualities are pretty muted. The alcohol is a bit too high. This is hot and it could probably do well with some age on it. I think it age, more qualities might be exposed once the alcohol fades. Its pretty easy drinking, but not too dynamic. I want more but it will do. Keep getting crazy with it Terrapin.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 06:12:40 | More by everetends
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Terrapin The Dark Side Belgian Style Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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