Terrapin The Iron Tankard - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 62
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 6.67%
Wants: 25
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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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 BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (1,430 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 womencantsail
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (622 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 Mora2000
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (709 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 Gobzilla
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (602 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 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 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 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 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 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 Reagan1984
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (805 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 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 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 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)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.55/5  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 (2,143 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 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 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 Buebie
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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! (793 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)

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