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Terrapin The Iron Tankard - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 62
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 9%
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 womencantsail
3.15/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of TheBeerologist
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a brownish burgundy hue with a thin head and a little bit of lacing sticking to the glass. Brown sugar and malts dominate the nose with caramel, slight spice, and dark fruits accents. The flavor is not too complex consisting of lots o caramel maltiness, brown sugar, and a mild spice note. There seems to be raisins or figs as well. It kind has a leathery flavor. The beer was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a slick mild sweet and spice finish. Pretty good drinkability but nothing spectacular. I'm still at least glad I got to try it.

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Photo of mondegreen
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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

Terrapin Beer Company's
Georgia Theatre: The Iron Tankard Old Stock Ale

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Photo of nerdrocker101
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle.

The body sits mahogany with a head that resembles a settled Georgia born cola. A light lacing. Slow yet steady stream of bubbles continue on long after the pour.

It holds an aroma of ripe fruits mostly green raisins. Tastes like the lovechild of Raisinettes and Sugarbabies after a night of streaking.

Moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Overall a pretty good brew. Hopefully the rest of the Ga. Theatre series will turn put this well.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of afordney
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reddish in color, a bit cloudy, nice thick head. and a little lacing left around the glass

Carmel and sweetness in the open a little alcohol aroma in the finish

strong alcohol flavors a bit of malty sweetness

a bit syrupy and slightly toward the bitterness. not overpowering however.

seems like it would be good for winter nice body to it to warm you up. a little strong, but pretty tasty.

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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.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Buebie
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with gford217

Poured from the gold wrapped bomber. A little under 2 inches of tan head, leaving a thin cap and thin full coverage lace that leave legs down the glass.
Color is a dark amber with redish color.
Aroma is malt forward with a touch of vinous notes, plums and a little burnt caramel.

Mouthfeel is slick with a full of dextrin feel.
Flavor has much dark fruit, very malty and mildly sweet. There is some bittering going on midway through and into the swallow that lingers a while. I cannot tell if its hops or somthing else. Its almost an acidic earthy flavor. Some roast grains and what could be dark chocolate grain.
A bit of sweet caramel malty flavors coming back into the finish.

Overall a spot on beer for the style. Enjoyable for sure.

Thanks Grant!

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Photo of pixieskid
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special Thanks to Bhalter8 for providing this beer. Ben's a great trading partner and a great guy. Bottle # 1939 of 4884

A thick beige head forms as your pour this beer. The beer is a straight amber color with excellent clarity and no visible carbonation.

Aroma is quite fruity with some caramel malt tones in the rear. Seems to be a little spice here as well.

Flavor has plenty of smooth caramel from front to back. Also a ton of fruit in the flavor as well. There is a slight sense of the alcohol near the finish, but it's not hot at all. The overwhelming flavor in the end here is the sweet caramel.

Medium body slight carbonation and very smooth.

I'd say this beer is definitely true to the style, I'm just not sure it's overly exciting. Still very glad to have had the opportunity to try this.

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Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bamadog
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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+.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.89/5  rDev 0%
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...

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of gford217
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of bcostner1
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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