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Terrapin The Iron Tankard - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin The Iron TankardTerrapin The Iron Tankard

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BA SCORE
87
very good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9%


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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dmunroe

Georgia

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 -

Serving type: cask

04-20-2010 02:49:14 | More by dmunroe
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mondegreen

Georgia

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.

Serving type: cask

04-18-2010 03:21:19 | More by mondegreen
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glid02

Georgia

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.

Serving type: cask

04-08-2010 02:58:27 | More by glid02
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.54/5  rDev -9%
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
3.54/5.00

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 02:14:12 | More by Jadjunk
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bamadog

Kentucky

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+.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 00:39:52 | More by bamadog
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 04:46:21 | More by GeezLynn
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TheBeerologist

Rhode Island

3.23/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 00:21:24 | More by TheBeerologist
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

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...

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 21:27:29 | More by TheGordianKnot
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billab914

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 19:58:41 | More by billab914
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claspada

New Jersey

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...

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 17:19:32 | More by claspada
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drseamus

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 14:13:49 | More by drseamus
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robwestcott

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 01:16:03 | More by robwestcott
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 15:40:52 | More by BEERchitect
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bcostner1

Tennessee

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 15:21:39 | More by bcostner1
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 06:15:56 | More by mikesgroove
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trappistlover

Arizona

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

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 04:22:04 | More by trappistlover
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afordney

Tennessee

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 23:46:48 | More by afordney
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 00:13:07 | More by BeerDawgs
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DmanGTR

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 05:55:59 | More by DmanGTR
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 06:29:07 | More by Mora2000
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kk73

Hawaii

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 06:56:37 | More by kk73
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 20:51:54 | More by ArrogantB
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Buebie

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 03:52:13 | More by Buebie
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 23:13:47 | More by Reagan1984
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axeman9182

New Jersey

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 03:00:20 | More by axeman9182
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Terrapin The Iron Tankard from Terrapin Beer Company
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