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Terrapin The Iron Tankard - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin The Iron TankardTerrapin The Iron Tankard

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BA SCORE
87
very good

62 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9%
Wants: 25
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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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Photo of dowen44
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

dowen44, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of billab914
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.

billab914, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

brandoman63, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of richbrew
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +2.8%

freduardo, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -22.9%

jophish17, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of claspada
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...

claspada, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of drseamus
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

drseamus, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

robwestcott, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of bcostner1
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

bcostner1, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
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

mikesgroove, May 29, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

(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

trappistlover, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of afordney
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

afordney, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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!

BeerDawgs, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of DmanGTR
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.

DmanGTR, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of kk73
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

kk73, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of ArrogantB
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.

ArrogantB, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Buebie
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

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!

Buebie, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
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.

Reagan1984, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

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!

axeman9182, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of nerdrocker101
3.58/5  rDev -8%

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.

nerdrocker101, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
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.

Gobzilla, Jun 28, 2010
Terrapin The Iron Tankard from Terrapin Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.