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Terrapin The Iron Tankard - Terrapin Beer Company

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40 Reviews
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Reviews: 40
Hads: 62
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 6.67%
Wants: 25
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: glid02 on 04-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of dmunroe
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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 - (389 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
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! (1,179 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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 (876 characters)

Photo of drseamus
4.29/5  rDev +10%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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! (473 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (1,621 characters)

Photo of firkinhophead
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (1,218 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of kk73
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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! (280 characters)

Photo of ugaterrapin
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (888 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22ox bottle poured into a chalice. I like Old Ales, and I like beers for a cause. Nice to see Terapin take on both. Pours brown with a fair head that fades to a thin ring. Smells strongly of bubblegum and with some citrusy hops. More bubblegum in the taste, as well as some tangy malt and fairly mellow citrusy hops. A pretty nice package. Smooth and well integrated, and a nice effort overall. (394 characters)

Photo of bcostner1
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in ATL and held onto it for about a year before popping it open.

A: Dark brownish red. Essentially opaque.

S: Smells of sweet, rich caramel. Some dark fruits (dates, raisins) and yeast are definitely present as well.

T: Much like the aroma. Tastes sweet with caramel, brown sugar, a little molasses, and dark fruits. Definitely get more than a hint of yeast as well. To me, it had lots of qualities almost consistent with a belgian quad. I really liked it a lot.

M: A little on the slick side and definitely coats and hangs around for a while. I split the bomber with my brother in law and half of it was definitely enough for me in one sitting.

O: Overall, I really enjoyed this beer a lot and am glad that I picked it up when I did. I'm also glad that I aged it for about a year before drinking it because I think that year only made it smoother and helped to meld the flavors together into the smooth, fine beer that it was. Definitely recommend trying it if you can find it lying around anywhere. (1,021 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle 1778/4884 poured into a snifter.

Pours a light mahogany that shots deep, slightly hazy amber in the light. There's a smallish beige head that recedes to a small collar with some legs along the sides.

The aroma is very sweet with lots of sugar-coated dark fruits, caramel and even hints of chocolate. Some booze and spices leave the nostrils burning a bit after each whiff. Really nice nose.

The taste isn't quite as impressive as the nose. It's got a bit of a watered down taste with booze-soaked fruits and caramel and bready malts dominating. Very sweet and sticky with a slight alcohol burn in the finish.

The mouthfeel is slick and very sweet with very low carbonation and maybe a tad on the thin side overall honestly.

Overall, another solid beer from Terrapin. It's a big sweet, malty old ale with a bit of spice and lots of fruit. Nothing groundbreaking but still very tasty. (899 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle $13 at Beverage World in Ft. Oglethorp, Georgia. Alas there was no Golden ticket in my box. Dark brown color, looks like an old ale to me. Smells boozy, caramel, boozy, malty. Tastes almost exactly like North Coast Old Stock Ale in my opinion which is a very good thing. Booze in the taste, raisin, caramel, some toffee. The booziness held back drinkability a bit but this was a very good effort from Terrapin and I like the fund-raising aspect a lot. (463 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle (Bottle 1628/4884) - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. A tidy sum. As I'm a stingy sourpuss these days, I'll set up both the box and accompanying brochure to quietly remind me that this is all in the name of charity.

Appearance: Hazed body, the color of rich mahogany wood. Slight head of off-white foam eventually settles into a glass encircling ring.

Smell: The aroma smell prodigiously malty, with full notes of caramel sauce, light brown sugar, and loaf bread. Additional large scents of Angostura bitters and black cherry cordial. Additional small scent of unsalted peanuts.

Taste: Maltiness tasting of well-toasted, crusty bread, brown sugar, and additional caramelized, near burnt sugars. Lesser, lighter nuttiness. Slight fig and sweet cherry fruitiness. Noble hops yield a snap of aniseed spiciness with a minute herbal backing. Medium-low bitterness. Sweet, spicy finish with a pinch of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A decent, respectable brew. And for charity. Yes, for charity. If anyone would like to see a picture of my enjoyment for The Iron Tankard, I believe that can be arranged via Flickr. (1,212 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
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... (1,099 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours copper/brown, a lot of red under the light, with a small beige head that reduces to a whispy covering and foamy ring, leaves some spots of lacing.

Aroma is heavy on the alcohol, with raisins, figs, dark fruits, bread & toast, caramel, brown sugar, and some spice.

Flavor is very malty, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, toast, spice and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full, slick, somewhat prickly carbonation.

Even being way too young, this is quite good, gonna have to pick up at least one more to cellar. (528 characters)

Photo of bamadog
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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+. (1,894 characters)

Photo of pixieskid
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes; 5/27/10.

Pours a rich dark brown with a thin off white head.

Med bodied with a slick yet frothy mouth-feel and moderate carbonation.

Rich/sweet malt presence upfront with a slight citrus hop note.
Strong notes of raisins and candied orange dominate the palate.

Finishes with a mild residual sweetness.

Overall, I was underwhelmed, but I am glad I was able to purchase this beer that will help the preservation of a GA "relic".

As usual, Terrapin did not disappoint, but didn't blow me away either. (516 characters)

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Terrapin The Iron Tankard from Terrapin Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.