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Terrapin The Iron Tankard - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
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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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 richbrew
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of dowen44
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of axeman9182
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade (forget which of my trading partners it came from though, sorry!), this 22oz bomber (#1769/4884) was poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a murky color that's caught halfway between plum and brown. The initial pour yielded about a finger's worth of light caramel foam, but a more aggressive follow up pour got the head up to two finger's worth. Either way though, for a big beer with this kind of ABV I don't hold it against the beer too much. The nose is of dark fruits primarily, with some alcohol in play as well (in a good way), but it the lack of any remaining head makes the smell a little weak. No such problems with the taste, absolutely delicious. Each sip leads off with a swirl of caramel before fading into sweet dark fruits soaked in a little bit of alcohol. Carbonation is nice and low, picture perfect for the style, body is just a tad on the thin side though. Between the great flavor and the seamless integration of the little bit of alcohol into the overall flavor this beer is ridiculously drinkable, for a beer of it's heft it disappeared from my glass very quickly. Looking forward to trying the rest of the Theater Sessions brews!

Photo of dmunroe
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Cask at Terrapin Brewery for their 8th Anniversary.

Pour - Deep Red but with no head -(Cask)

Aroma - Bananas and Fig

Taste - Caramel, Molasses and Hops - No really booze taste that you get with most Old Ales.

A lot more Drinkable than I thought going into it. - Bought a few bottles that I will pop soon and compare - Glad I got to try this on Cask - I missed the one at Manuels -

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 drseamus
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light brown body, nice highlights, some tan head.

S: Dark fruits, dark sugar, molasses, and a touch of booze. Exactly what an old ale should be.

T: Wow...this is tasty. The dark fruits are in the flavor also. Raisins are rocking hard followed by a little booze. When someone is aiming to make an old ale this is that they are thinking of.

M: Actually fairly light bodied for what it is. There is a slight lingering burn from the alcohol.

D: Pretty good beer. I like old ales and this is a great example.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared by stopbarking at the June BA tasting in Austin.

Pours with a rustic, amber body that shows a deep haze and a retained, sawdust-colored head. Nice lacing left behind on the tasting glass. The aroma is largely muted for the style, but has a subtle nuttiness with sweet fruits in the background, namely apricot, cherry, and fig.

The flavor is also slightly sweet from toffee & caramel malts. Still a bit green with respect to the hop level, but Iron Tankard is still drinking excellently this early in its inception. A nutty finish with peppery booze seals the deal. Great carbonation, very tight and creamy which complements the medium-thick body well. Not overly heavy or sticky, either. All in all, a nice special release from Terrapin, and one I might just have to trade for to see how it ages.

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A rich mahogany. Nice head retention and lace on the glass. Very cloudy.

S - Fairly sweet. Dried fruit, nectar. Maybe brown sugar. Fabulous smell. Now time to get in my belly...

T - Wow, very impressive. Sweeter than I imagined, but not too sweet. Lots of fruit characteristics. Maple syrup.

M - Very smooth, medium bodied. Fairly high carbonation.

D - As good as it is, it is very strong, so I will stop at a pint. But the strong ABV is well hidden. Great beer!

Photo of billn3
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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

Review from notes. Thanks to Jay for bringing this treat.

Mahogany/maple with a bubbly white head. Decently clear, a couple of specks that don't interfere. Nice subtle caramel, leather, and a hint of sweet tobacco. Touch of toffee, but the aforementioned characteristics definitely shine through. Deliciously medium bodied with smooth and velvety carbonation. A sipper for sure, with a bit of alcohol warmth that only adds to the greatness. A pleasure to drink.

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 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 chefmikeanderson
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Amber red with little to no head

S: everything i would expect from the style. raisin sweetness with some molasses with a note of alcohol. smells "young"

T: lots of nice malty sweet dark flavors. mostly raisiny but like the smell it has that undeveloped flavor that will only come with time. lots of potential that im excited about. caramel raisin little molasses

M: coats my mouth with sweetness but lacking a little carbonation to stimulate the palate

D: I can drink this super easy. It doesn't fell like a 9.4% beer thats for sure. I wish it had more body but it still has promising flavor for years to come.

Photo of rajendra82
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was brewed to raise money for the Georgia Theatre restoration project, and came in a nice box containing the information about the fundraiser. Inside the box was a little pamphlet, and a 22 oz. hand numbered bomber (1089/4884) of this beer. The beer came out brown, and formed a two finger thick head in the tulip glass. The smell was sweet and spicy, and had a lot of banana, cherry, ginger, and orange peel in it. The taste was a lot similar to wheatwine with lots of banana, and some notes of clove. The beer was quite sweet and silky thick on the palette and exhibited a warm and soothing finish. I usually prefer my stock ales with more hops than this beer had, but otherwise it was a pleasing experience.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a nice malty, yeasty and slightly spicy aroma. It pours out a dark clear mahogany with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled pale tan head. Flavor is spicy, mainly cloves and cinnamon, with a good malty tone and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is sharp, fizzy and tingly. Way to go!

Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared at a Nashville tasting, thanks John! Poured into DL snifter...

A- Dark murky amber into the glass. Poured a cm head that died quickly leaving no lacing behind. Fairly basic.

S- A lot of caramel and toffee, like a ton. Very sweet, but soft and not in your face. Has a hint of playdoh as well that I assume is oxidation? Earthy tones with a little musty aroma that adds depth to the nose.

T/M- A little thin, but much like the nose this is sweet and not overpowering. Flan flavored with some ethanol tones. The caramel aspect really reminds me of one of those chewy caramels cubes thats wrapped in clear plastic. Mild plastic flavors, some chocolate milk, and raw cocao. Not much carbonation, but smooth feel; just wish body was a little bigger.

O- This was surprisingly very good. It was sweet, buy not cloying or overly boozy as some of these come off to me. I wouldn't mind having one of these myself , probably wouldn't hold on to for much much longer, but its a tasty beer! Not sure the $15 price tag will make me get it right away though, as I'm told these are still on Athens' shelves...

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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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.