Terrapin The Iron Tankard - Terrapin Beer Company

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very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9%
Wants: 25
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: glid02 on 04-08-2010)
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Reviews by Rbald42:
Photo of Rbald42
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anything to get the GA theatre back on it's feet.

A- Dark amber rose coloring. Quickly dissipating head.

S- Dark fruit (raisins), brown sugar and molasses, hints of pear or apple as well. Sugar sweetness at the end of the nose.

T- It's a bit underwhelming, and being honest I expected more from the nose as well. It's got the bready malt with hints of spice and nutmeg.Brown sugary sweetness with a bit of tannin in the aftertaste.

M- Is a bit thin in my opinion, carbonation is low, but for the style that's not a bad thing either. Others have commented about a watered-down feel and I have to agree as well.

D- For a bomber of old ale it's easily drinkable and overall it is an enjoyable beer to drink. I would buy more if it was priced a bit lower. I am a diehard Terrapin supporter but lately I keep expecting more.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Bottle number 2056 of 4884.

The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, maple and some dark fruit and cherry notes. The flavor is not as good as the aroma. I don't get any of the cherry notes that I got in the aroma. What I do get is a mix of toffee malt, leather and maple. The alcohol is well hidden for a beer that is nearly 10 percent ABV. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but I wish it tasted as good as it smelled.

Photo of mondegreen
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On cask at Terrapin's 8th Anniversary

Pours a dark greyish brown with a dense head. Smells of sweet malts and dark fruits esters. Taste is sweet and spicy, but not deep enough for an old ale. Very nice malt bill, I'm looking forward to aging it for a few years to see if it grows a little in complexity. The mouth is too thin for the style, I need my old ales to be viscous. The thin body and sweet flavor is a bad combo for drinkability. I have three in the cellar, let's hope time is good to them.

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Manuel's in Atlanta - this is apparently the only cask of this beer, glad I could try it. Here's a description of the beer from Terrapin:

From Spike: Iron Tankard "Old Stock Ale" is the first of four beers in Terrapin's Georgia Theatre Sessions. It is brewed with a generous portion of crystal malts for a full body and is lightly hopped. This malt forward beer has flavors of dark dried fruit, mellow alcoholic warmth and is unfiltered for your listening pleasure.

S.G. 20.8

F.G. 4.1

ABV 9.4%

Hops: Goldings

Malt: 2-row pale, Munich II, Crystal 65, Crystal 85, Special B

Pours an opaque ruddy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust caramel malts with just a hint of toastiness. Mild amounts of green apple and milder amounts of lighter fruits waft out from time to time along with good amounts of spicy hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy caramel malt flavors with the trademark crispness found in old ales kick things off. Shortly thereafter spicy hop flavors enter into things, fading into the background midway through the sip to allow indistinct light fruit flavors to show through. The spicy hop flavors reassert themselves and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought this was one of the more drinkable Old Ales I remember having - the flavors all worked well together. Worth a shot.

Photo of ltdantheman
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of trappistlover
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle courtesy of Beersommelier!) Pours a cloudy amber with than head. Aroma has some booze, caramel, tootsie roll, and dried fruits (date and fig). Taste follows suit with the date, fig and caramel leading the way. Medium to full bodied with chewy texture and slight bitter finish to go along with a little alcohol burn. This is a nice beer. Thanks Matt

Photo of jsanford
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my favorite style and i was thrilled to be able to grab these and try them all

brown, pretty much opaque. Very small head that faded almost instantly. Left behind a very nice lace all down the glass.

strong alchol smell, soo much so that it pretty much drowned out all other scents. I let it warm up to almost room temp, at which point some subtle hints of hops were able to finally start to break their way through. Taste was very hoppy, definaly is a bit young and could use some time to relax. Lots of alchol presence here really packed a big bite. Once you get past it the feel was actually quite smooth and creamy. Very nice feel. Again I really think it would improve with some aging. Right towards the end I finally sarted to pick up some of the more subtle hunts, with the most prominent being a nice raisin flavor.

This one definalty will pick up as time goes by

Photo of kk73
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass. Bottle #1069/4884. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - Pours a nice, deep, rich mahogany with a redish tinge. A generous two finger tan head which slowly dissapates into a tan ring around the glass leaving little lacing.

S - Dark fruit, molasses, raisins, figs, and caramel malts. Very interesting compared to all the IPAs Ive been drinking lately.

T - Tastes like it smells, with tons of caramel malts. Sweet but not overly sweet, some brown sugar and molasses, and dried raisins.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium to light bodied. Very little alcohol detection, and light carbonation, which I think helps out this beer.

D - Was not blown away, but an overall solid beer imo. Not familiar with this style and this may only be the second or third old ale Ive ever had. But I thought it was good and very glad to have gotten to try a bottle.

Photo of richbrew
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Intriguing notes of raisin, caramel and brown sugar sweetness melodically fill the nose preparing you for what is to come in the taste. The taste follows suit, as expected from the aromas in a delicious interpretation of an old ale from Spike. What wasn't expected was how amazingly well the abv is hidden in this beer. Really amazing on such a young, old ale. Very impressive. Terrapin, please reprise this as a full time brew, please.

Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by hoppymcgee at our most recent tasting.

Pours dark amber/mahogany color with very little head on it that recedes immediately.

Aromas begin with a great deal of fruity strawberry, blackberry and some other dark fruits. You get some more of the caramel and toffee maltiness as it warms a little

The tastes begin with huge amounts of sweet, toasted bready malts. Caramels and toffee jump in followed by the dark fruitiness once again. As it warms the sweet, sugary malt flavors become a bit too dominant overall and the fruit notes become lost.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. Quite slick overall but seems to work for the style.

Overall this was a decent beer but a little too sweet in the end for my liking. Maybe a few more years of cellaring would allow the sweetness to mellow out but I have my doubts. Thinking this was just a tad heavy on the medium caramel malts and not enough of the darker/higher lovibond caramel malts that add the nice balanced dark fruitiness. More hops would have also helped the balance and allowed this to age gracefully, alas...

Photo of GeezLynn
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 1869/4884

A: Dull, rusty brown body with a short-lived white head.
S: Smells very sweet, heavy on the caramel malt. Fruity, like apple pie apple sauce without spices.
T: Very malt-driven and fruity. Shows apple/pear, with some tartness and a touch of roasted malt. There is also a brief sweetness and a flash of pine somewhere in there. The light roast mentioned carries through the slightly dry finish.
M: Medium bodied and sticky. Carbonation is small but still plenty of it.

Pretty good beer for a worthwhile cause (Athens is an awesome place). Not an amazing beer, but plenty interesting. To me this tastes like it could still go a few more years.

Photo of womencantsail
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The pour is dark amber/mahogany in color with very little head on it.

S: There is a good sweetness to the nose, quite a bit of brown sugar, caramel, and raisins. A hint of spice, but nothing compared to the sweetness.

T: As much sweetness as the nose gives off, the flavor is disappointing. Sure, it is sweet, but sort of one-dimensional and a bit watery. Brown sugar, caramel, and that's about it.

M: The body is a bit thin and watery for an old ale, with a very low carbonation.

D: Terrapin always make a good effort, but this one is another that just doesn't really hit the mark. I wouldn't bother with this one.

Photo of ugaterrapin
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my DFH Signature glass.

A: Pours a deep nutty brown color. It is fairly hazy with about a finger and a half of off white head resting on top. After it receded some nice lacing continues to linger on the top.

S: The main thing noticed in the aroma is dark fruits. Prune and raisin are the predominate smells. There are some slight sugary undertones as well.

T: There are many different subtle tastes in this beer. I am picking up some sweet fruit flavors along with some slight caramel flavors. The alcohol is masked well, but is slightly noticeable on the finish. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I was expecting for a higher gravity beer.

Overall this is a good beer. It is nice to drink something from Terrapin that deviates significantly from their regular line up. It is also nice to know that drinking this beer will help the rebuilding of the Georgia Theatre.

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mikeincharleston
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of robwestcott
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured cold from the bottle an opaque dark maple syrup brown to a founders brewing goblet with a big bubbled, short lasting tan head leaving serious sticky lace after each sip.

aroma of molasses and dark buttery brown sugar, a bit of alcohol as well.

molasses, brown sugar, graham crackers, almonds(?).

medium bodied, big carbonation, subtle hot, sweet.

nice old ale, aged over a year, hot but not overwhelming.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sorghum, cherries, and alcohol all swirl into a lush and masculine mix of English wholesome goodness. Malty rich with all the complexities expected from strong English ales, except for maturation.

Pouring a medium garnet color with strands of deep amber and copper impeeding, the beer's ample carbonation builds a sticky, lightly tanned head that's both stubborn and persistent with lace.

Molassas, sorghum, and toffee round out the sweet malts, but also with a firm and rich biscuity backbone. Esters of cherry, apple, berries, and appricot sing in true English fashion. And with the prominant alcohols tickling the nose, the aromas are chocked full of flavor and complexity.

Flavors closely mimick the aromas, with malt and sweetness leading the way. Deeply caramelized malts give rich sweetness and breadiness that bleed into the fruity esters and clean yeasty notion. Alcohols give rise to the cherry fruitiness and sweeter side of alcohol.

A rich and lush body of malt, biscuit, and bread create supreme creaminess early and never subsides until a deep and alcoholic-dryish finish. Alcohol warmth turns heat from time to time, adding a touch of roughness to the finish.

A fine English strong ale, but it really needs to mellow quite a bit. The influence from age will degrade the fusal alcohols, and introduce complex and smooth sherry notes along with savory soy and melanoidins that make English old ales so delicious.

Photo of rolive
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of firkinhophead
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful reddish brown with a 1/2 finger head that dissipates fairly rapidly. A ring of foam clings to the edges. A little swirling shows an active carbonation and some heavy legs.

nice rich aroma of caramel and toasted raisin bread, booze, and whiskey-like malt. Hint of brown sugar sweetness, and some clove.

Taste is spot on for the style, if a bit hot and thin. Nice layers of dry, toasty malt, dark boozy plums and cherries, and herbal/spicy hops. A bit more body and sweetness wouldn't hurt, but I like the way this drinks, nevertheless. Leaves some fusels on the breath and a lingering woody malt. Kind of reminds me of Brooklyn's Manhattan Project, trying to bring in some of the elements as the classic cocktail--the dry malt, alcohol, cherries, and bitter herbs.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth but definitely not slick or silky. Carbonation is right where it should be--light to moderate, with just a bit of burst on the tongue.

Drinkability is great for such a big beer, although some might be put off by the whiskey-like alcohol bite. I like it. Perfect for after dinner.

Well done, Terrapin. One of my favorite one-offs so far. Definitely going to put a bottle or two of this away to age a bit.

Photo of bamadog
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Terrapin is a great brewery, probably one of my all time favorites so I'm pretty pumped to be cracking this. Review is from notes taken on 8/23/2012 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Looks good on the pour -- a little viscous (hoping it's got a chewy mouthfeel); body is a nice deep caramel brown with a touch of ruby to it; body is murky and cloudy; starts with a short 1/4 finger head that is a light and creamy tan; thin streams of carbonation bubbles up near the sides keeping the thick ring at the surface alive and well.

Smell: Smells good enough to drink -- plenty of sweet, sweet caramel with some hints of butterscotch; a warm spiciness lingers in there as well; smells kind of like a target candy with those awesome creamy centers; slight whiff of alcohol.

Taste: Not bad, but it's slightly disappointing as it falls a touch shy of what the nose presents to me; flavors are a touch watery, but they do match up with the nose in terms of sweet caramel and a sweet creaminess as well; there is still a fair bit of bitter, slightly citric hoppiness in it; alcohol provides a bit of a bite in the back as well. Solid overall, just not as good as I had hoped. Better than average, still.

Mouthfeel: Body is a touch lighter than medium; has an ever so slight watery aspect to it -- reminds me of my stouts when I homebrew -- just doesn't come out quite like I'd like it to; carbonation is spot on -- lively, prickly, but not sharp; alcohol provides a warming sensation through the slightly thick and moist sticky coating sticking around on the palate.

Overall: I wouldn't turn it down, and honestly, if Terrapin put it out annually in four or six pack format, I'd age it for a few years and do a vertical to see how it does with some more time on it. I think with another year under its cap, the hoppiness would round out a bit more and make this beer a solid B, B+.

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Terrapin The Iron Tankard from Terrapin Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.