Terrapin The Iron Tankard - Terrapin Beer Company
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3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
06-17-2011 15:40:52 | More by BEERchitect
4.38/5 rDev +12.6%
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
05-29-2011 06:15:56 | More by mikesgroove
3.13/5 rDev -19.5%
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.
06-28-2010 08:11:44 | More by womencantsail
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
06-16-2010 21:17:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.55/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
12-24-2010 06:29:07 | More by Mora2000
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
05-10-2010 00:43:54 | More by Georgiabeer
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
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
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.
04-08-2010 02:58:27 | More by glid02
4.08/5 rDev +4.9%
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!
06-18-2010 00:56:16 | More by Cyberkedi
3.85/5 rDev -1%
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...
11-14-2011 17:19:32 | More by claspada
3.88/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
04-21-2010 02:14:54 | More by gford217
3.28/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
06-28-2010 18:34:00 | More by Gobzilla
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
01-27-2011 05:55:59 | More by DmanGTR
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
10-10-2010 20:51:54 | More by ArrogantB
3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
09-17-2010 23:13:47 | More by Reagan1984
4.28/5 rDev +10%
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.
06-07-2010 00:38:50 | More by wagenvolks
Terrapin The Iron Tankard from Terrapin Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.