Terrapin The Iron Tankard - Terrapin Beer Company
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3.54/5 rDev -9%
"Circa 1889, the cornerstone on the first YMCA in the South was laid at the corner of Clayton and Lumpkin streets in Athens, Ga. In the basement of the building was a 168 square-foot indoor pool dubbed the "Iron Tank." When the guys in the pool got rowdy, their splashing would often douse the kerosene lamps that lit the subterranean tank. True to its roots, the Georgia Theatre is still the kind of place where the lights go down when the guys get rowdy around a "tank" ard. Iron Tankard, an old stock ale, is the first brew in Terrapin's Georgia Theatre Sessions." Brewed in the style of an Old Ale, this limited release brew was released alongside three other Georgia Theatre Sessions beers from 2010. Available in 22 oz. bottles and previously limited draft.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Terrapin snifter. Served above 56º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a thin creamy tan-white head over a hazy medium brown body. Retention is low, lacing is light and spotty. 3.25
(Smell) Grain booze at first, warming yields a fruity yeast profile of licorice and figs amongst a moderate syrup and bready caramel malt sweetness and body. Hints of vanilla and maple generate further depth to the aroma. Potency is medium-high. The booziness is seemingly inevitable but aside from this glaring sharpness, the aroma is spot-on for the style. 3.75
(Taste) Light bready grain malt and alcohol are joined by a subtle maple sweetness. Very boozy overall, with the grain alcohol called out by a fairly simple malt and yeast profile otherwise. Hop profile is faded. 3.5
(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, chewy and oily. Carbonation adds some froth yet keeps the texture fairly smooth and undistracted. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is high, very focal in this beer. 3.5
(Overall) A fairly boozy but generally enjoyable old ale even at its grand age. Don't expect a lot of complexity or depth beyond the alcohol and malt profile, but for many who enjoy an old ale there should be something worthwhile to enjoy in this beer. 3.5
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Georgia Theatre: The Iron Tankard Old Stock Ale
03-21-2014 02:14:12 | More by Jadjunk
3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
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+.
08-24-2012 00:39:52 | More by bamadog
3.7/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
02-22-2012 04:46:21 | More by GeezLynn
3.23/5 rDev -17%
22oz bottle that I received as a Secret Santa gift - poured into a pint glass
This beer poured a beautiful reddish amber hue with virtually no head and seemingly little carbonation.
Smelled very sweet and quite strongly of caramel.
Tasted overwhelmingly of carmel and brown sugar, almost a hint of molasses, but overall very sweet with a hint of alcohol. For the most part though the 9.4% is hidden under the sweetness. Little carbonation present in this bottle, almost flat, which was unexpected though actually seemed to help me enjoy this a little more than is typical for sweet beers like this.
Overall this was a fairly sweet drink that was pleasant but not one to search out again.
02-17-2012 00:21:24 | More by TheBeerologist
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
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...
01-09-2012 21:27:29 | More by TheGordianKnot
3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
Reviewed from notes. 22oz bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured a hazy, caramel brown color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.
The aroma had notes of brown sugar and caramel malts mixing with some darker fruit and cherry flavors. The taste follows up with more malty, caramel and brown sugar notes. A little bit of the cherry like ark fruits are there as well.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer, but not an outstanding one of the style. It was flavorful and drinkable, but it also felt a little unbalanced towards the sweet, fruity, malty side of the spectrum at times. Pretty good tasting beer overall though.
11-30-2011 19:58:41 | More by billab914
Terrapin The Iron Tankard from Terrapin Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.