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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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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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 62
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 nerdrocker101
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (474 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 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 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 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 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 firkinhophead
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful reddish brown with a 1/2 finger head that dissipates fairly rapidly. A ring of foam clings to the edges. A little swirling shows an active carbonation and some heavy legs.

nice rich aroma of caramel and toasted raisin bread, booze, and whiskey-like malt. Hint of brown sugar sweetness, and some clove.

Taste is spot on for the style, if a bit hot and thin. Nice layers of dry, toasty malt, dark boozy plums and cherries, and herbal/spicy hops. A bit more body and sweetness wouldn't hurt, but I like the way this drinks, nevertheless. Leaves some fusels on the breath and a lingering woody malt. Kind of reminds me of Brooklyn's Manhattan Project, trying to bring in some of the elements as the classic cocktail--the dry malt, alcohol, cherries, and bitter herbs.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth but definitely not slick or silky. Carbonation is right where it should be--light to moderate, with just a bit of burst on the tongue.

Drinkability is great for such a big beer, although some might be put off by the whiskey-like alcohol bite. I like it. Perfect for after dinner.

Well done, Terrapin. One of my favorite one-offs so far. Definitely going to put a bottle or two of this away to age a bit. (1,218 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 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 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 ugaterrapin
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (888 characters)

Photo of Rbald42
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (824 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 dmunroe
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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 - (389 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 mondegreen
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Intriguing notes of raisin, caramel and brown sugar sweetness melodically fill the nose preparing you for what is to come in the taste. The taste follows suit, as expected from the aromas in a delicious interpretation of an old ale from Spike. What wasn't expected was how amazingly well the abv is hidden in this beer. Really amazing on such a young, old ale. Very impressive. Terrapin, please reprise this as a full time brew, please. (436 characters)

Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Amber red with little to no head

S: everything i would expect from the style. raisin sweetness with some molasses with a note of alcohol. smells "young"

T: lots of nice malty sweet dark flavors. mostly raisiny but like the smell it has that undeveloped flavor that will only come with time. lots of potential that im excited about. caramel raisin little molasses

M: coats my mouth with sweetness but lacking a little carbonation to stimulate the palate

D: I can drink this super easy. It doesn't fell like a 9.4% beer thats for sure. I wish it had more body but it still has promising flavor for years to come. (618 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)

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Terrapin The Iron Tankard from Terrapin Beer Company
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