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Terrapin Reunion Beer 2010 - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Reunion Beer 2010Terrapin Reunion Beer 2010

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BA SCORE
82
good

95 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 95
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.11%


Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mondegreen on 06-30-2010)
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper to brown color with a small off white head. In the aroma, small fruit hints and somewhat woody. In the taste, dry, dark cherry and a small alcohol hint. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry cherry aftertaste. Nice dark cherry hint and nice wood without being oaky.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2010 16:03:22 | More by OWSLEY069
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Smokin Joe's for the Big Pour Event.

A-pours a hazy coppr brown color with a thin off white head.

S-the nose brings lots of burnt candied fruit with some slightly burnt caramel and toffee with a grainy yeasty component lieing underneath.

T-messy malts, burnt sugars, caramel, and candied fruits. it is very sweet and sugary sticking to the teeth. the finish is grainy, bitter, dirty and the grain seems to linger.

M-the feel is soft but the body is thin and falls off further in the back. sharply carbonated bite in the finish.

D-messy malts and sugars with an overcarbonated finish and thin body make for a rather unpleasant brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2010 14:34:42 | More by cpetrone84
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Trappeze, poured into a snifter. Smell of molasses, brown sugary caramel, toffee, Candi sugar and yumminess. Taste includes raisin and dates with some Interesting yeast characteristics. Actually can't taste any alcohol whatsoever. Pretty tasty brew and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 02:58:36 | More by KickbacksSteve
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glid02

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Leon's Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with hints of toastiness. Also present are good amounts of spicy hops and hints of dark fruit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy caramel malt flavors with moderate amounts of toastiness kick things off. Midway through the sip hints of hop spiciness make an appearance before fading out a bit and letting the malt flavors sweeten. Very light hints of toffee flavors make a brief appearance before fading out into a fairly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and while I got a lot of scotch ale out of it I didn't get a whole lot of Belgian. Still, a solid beer that's worth a shot and a good cause to support.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 14:24:50 | More by glid02
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.88/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Comes out of the tap a dark, rich, warm, barely transparent mahogany with a decent pale tan head - very appetizing. Lively, spicy aroma has hints of caramel and wood. Strong flavor is spicy, malty and nutty with tones of cloves and caramel and a woody hint. Smooth, fizzy texture leaves behind a nice tingle, while spicy and nutty flavors linger.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 02:44:43 | More by Cyberkedi
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at a special release party held at Barley's in Greenville, SC. Served from tap into a tulip. Pours a dark dark brown with a one finger off-white head. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of spices, citrus, and a nice sour note. The flavor was of spices, alcohol, fruit, and sweet malt. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew that was very smooth with a spicy kick. It was very light on the palate but still maintained bold flavoring that were quite nice. Looking forward to the actual release of this one so I can snag up a few bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2010 12:17:34 | More by thagr81us
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mondegreen

Georgia

2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-Tap at Trappeze Pub in Athens.

This is listed as a "Belgian Style Scotch Ale" brewed with Rochefort yeast. Sounds promising.

Pours a very dark brown with a decent head. Not much lacing on this one.

Nose is mostly Belgian yeast. A touch of spice here or there, but really pretty one dimensional. Taste follows. Up front, this beer is as smooth as cola with a slight sweetness. On the back end I get all the Belgian yeast flavors. Not so much Scotch Ale, though.

Mouth is medium heavy, it goes down smooth. There just isn't much going on. The prospect of a Belgian Style Scotch Ale sounded like a great idea. We just need more Scotch Ale flavors.

I hate rating a Terrapin beer so low, but this one just isn't doing it for me. Come to think of it, Reunion 2009 was a bust for me too, even though I didn't review it. Maybe it's just this particular series.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2010 00:08:00 | More by mondegreen
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cosmicevan

New York

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not sure where i got this...pretty sure i picked it up in NC a while back...but when my personal glass whale showed up today...i needed a terrapin beer stat and "a beer for hope" sounded perfect. enjoyed from a 22 oz terrapin oversized snifter.

a - brew filled the massive glass and poured a ruby purple with a finger of bubbly cream colored head that bubbled away leaving a thin patchy skin of bubbles on the surface. spotty and streaky lacing clung to the glass.

s - fairly malty with some nuttiness and grape. subtle but to style.

t - as the nose suggested, classic scotch ale flavorings of nuts and grapes. malt dominated with no sign of any hops. there is definitely a glazing of oxidation and the flavor carries a bit of a tin vibe, but i quickly became adjusted to it. big caramel.

m - medium bodied, but chewy. almost winter warmer feeling.

o - overall, nice scotch ale. nothing mind blowing, but very true to style and enjoyable. the bottle i have is beginning to show some age (though i never had this fresh), it feels like it is still holding well and should be fine for a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 02:28:02 | More by cosmicevan
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel dark fruit, bourbon and vanilla. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent variation of style, it’s a decent beer to drink if you want something slightly different.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 22:21:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade quite a while ago. Can't remember who from, but thanks whomever. Review is from notes taken on 12/3/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is the standard dark coppery color and has a really solid ruby hue to it; starts with a very scant and short light tan head that fades to nothing other than a faint wisp in the center and a thin ring around the surface; body is dark, but has solid clarity; can't see much carbonation in this one;

Smell: Smell is solid -- a bit sweeter than a lot of other Scotch Ales, despite their tendency to be sweeter anyway, and there is definitely a banana-like scent to it as well; bit of a chewy and yeasty breadiness underneath it all; for being close to 9%, the alcohol is invisible in the nose.

Taste: I think this beer is quite solid, and I'm a little disappointed to see that it's only averaged a B at the time of this review; a lot of caramel and a slight touch of bittersweet chocolate to it as well; maltiness to it, and there's that underlying peaty/smokey aspect that comes with the style; the Belgian style yeast adds a nice new dimension though and brings a nice smooth, mellow banana aspect to it and I feel that there is also just a touch of Candi to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight, and it's a bit chewy and sticky; carbonation is still present, and I'm pleasantly surprised by that as I really can't see any, but it makes its appearance and keeps it lively - I was a little worried it may come across flat and watery because of it, but nope, came through just fine; a thick coating is left all over the roof of the mouth; belly is left a little warm -- the only place where the alcohol has made an appearance.

Overall: I wish this was something that was available as at least a seasonal offering, it would make a great late fall/early winter beer as it has a nice sweetness, depth and warmth.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 03:07:08 | More by bamadog
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sidetracked

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep ruby red with a light cream head that lingers as a thin film.

Slightly sweet aroma with some alcohol presence. Light candied dark fruit and toffee.

Upfront taste is sweet candied dark fruits and caramel. Toasted bready malt and sweet caramel middle. Finish is less sweet; lots of bready malts, some light fruity esters, a little alcohol. Lingering light sweetness.

Medium body, syrupy with medium to low carbonation.

Not understanding the "Belgian style" about this beer. Just seems like a heavier scotch ale. Decent, but nothing special.

6/15/2011

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 03:29:14 | More by sidetracked
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. $8.99. I think I bought it at Beer Run. Another unintentionally aged beers.

Appearance: Not too pretty really. Hazy brownish red. Clears some with warming. Very thin head with almost no retention. A spot or two of lace.

Smell: Toast and caramel. Spicy yeast including a bit of clove. There is a bit of leafy hops in the background.

Taste: Quite prominent Belgian yeast spiciness and a bit too much on the clove. Caramel sweetness with a slightly steely flavor. Little bite of ethanol and a slight hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is much better than the head suggests. Its just about right. Feels pretty big and slightly sticky.

Overall: This is OK. I don't like it when Belgian yeasts start spitting out loads of clove, and that's what happened here. Nice caramel maltiness though.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 01:26:26 | More by rapidsequence
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jsanford

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Snifter.

Pours a hazy mahogany with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving perhaps just a spot or two of haze. Sweet, malty aromas of brown sugar, molasses, and raisin dominate the nose, and the taste follows through similarly, but with a good amount of Belgian character from the yeast, Sweet and more then a bit boozy, but surprisingly easy drinking. Mouthfeel is a touch thinner then I'd like, and lacking that "stickiness" that I like in my Scotch Ales. Probably about medium-bodied overall, with a decent amount of carbonation. Overall a solid beer, but an amazing cause!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 04:11:58 | More by jsanford
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scottfrie

California

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter.

A: Pours a very dark cedar red with a thin, greasy tan head that faded into a thick collar that left a ton of tiny spotty of lacing down the glass.
S: Strong notes of sweet malt and dark fruits with a good dose of alcohol vapor.
T: Lightly roasted and sweet flavors of toffee, caramel, molasses, raisin, marshmallow-esque vanilla, and honey. There is also a touch of earthy hops, flavors of plums and other dark fruits, as well as a mild spiciness. The Belgian yeast is noticeable and gives a distinct bready spicy character. Finish is lightly bitter/sour, and the aftertaste is drying.
M: Slick oily mouthfeel with a touch of warming alcohol. Body has a medium thickness to it and the carbonation is tingly and even.
O: Interesting flavor, sweet and a spicy. It became a bit tedious half way through the bottle, but overall it was pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 00:41:17 | More by scottfrie
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BamaViper1

Alabama

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter.

The Terrapin Reunion Belgian Scotch Ale pours a coffee-colored, slightly transluscent brown into the glass forming a very thin edge of white head that stays only on the edge of the glass. There are only tiny whisps of lacing appear after drinking which eventually disappear.

The beer smells of brown sugar and cinnamon and Belgian yeasty funk. Lots and lots of malt. It's quite nice.

The beer tastes of malty goodness surrounded by hints of that cinnamon and spice as well as brown sugar. Mingled into it all is that Belgian funk, present but not overpowering?

This beer has a light-medium, medium body, overall lighter than I expected. The carbonation is good and the Belgian finish is long, I just wish the beer were a little heavier.

Overall I like the beer. A great malty goodness of a scotch ale. It has it's faults, but I would drink this beer again. My girlfriend likes it too. Support the institute for Myeloma Bone and Cancer Research by trying it for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 05:35:58 | More by BamaViper1
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FattyJLE

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650.6 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

S - Malty caramel sweetness and fruitiness of pears,raisins and dark cherries.

A - Deep, clear brown with a half inch off white head and lacing that doesn't persist long. Streams of effervescence.

T - Sweet, sugary malts upfront. Dark fruits (predominantly raisins) and a slightly roasty, burnt caramel flavor in the middle. Lingering boozy, sweet finish. Favorable presence of alcohol but well hidden.

M - Moderate bodied but surprisingly light, given the style and the ABV. A little too light for my taste, but interesting.

O - A very interesting brew. The strong dark fruit character, presumably the result of the Trappist Belgian yeast strain provides a unique complexity to the Scotch Ale style. While I wouldn't enjoy much of this beer at a session, it is certainly a well-crafted product. Another quality brew from Terrapin.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 03:37:23 | More by FattyJLE
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Out of the bottle the body forms an apparent dark brown chestnut/caramel like body, but when shone to light it becomes a gorgeous ruby red. Head doesn't stick around much of it's foamy nature, kind of light in appearance and a simple light tan.

Bouquet is a good strong thick malt typical of a Scotch Ale but, mixes an airy whisp of Belgian like yeast. At first it's seems kind of odd, but after sometime I seem to enjoy it more. There's a little hint of banana and fruity esters too.

On taste though it comes off as a cross between several different styles. Malty banana palate like a Marzen/Doppelbock, spicy yeast like a Hefeweizen, and then finishes like a Scotch Ale with steely like caramel. Body though is incredibly wet and finish doesn't last. Tongue gets numb after awhile

Overall I am kind of not thrilled with this, it tastes like a complete mess. The cause is great though.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 21:38:23 | More by smakawhat
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dtivp

West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium dark hazy brown with ruby highlights, small 1/2 finger off white head that fades quickly , spotty lacing.

Aroma of caramel, yeast and dark fruit and a hint of alcohol.

Taste was slightly sweet of caramel, brown sugar, malt and a slight bitter end.

Mouthfeel was medium body light carbonation, a sweet smooth beginning and a slightly dry end.

Overall a nice beer, easy drinking, needs a little more thickness for a scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 17:43:42 | More by dtivp
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

another one i am finally getting around to typing up.

Poured a hazel brown with a nice 1 inch head that slowly faded lacing up the sides. Much visible carbonation and a noticeable hissing sound. Smell was very nutty, and I mean that literally. Smell was of nuts and caramel with a hint of hops and just a touch of alcohol, smells like its gonna warm you up. The taste was very very sweet, syrupy and lots of dark fruit flavors. Very sugary sweet, no real taste of alcohol, which at 8%abv is a nice touch.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 05:46:52 | More by mikesgroove
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is a hazy, opaque, deeply dark ruby-brown coloring with no head. Heavy sweet malt aromas, with some dark fruit characteristics of dates and figs. Almost has a port wine scent at times. The beer is surprisingly crisp and sharp in mouth...I was absolutely expecting a slick, heavier feel to it. The flavors are heavy and dark, with a prune and fig sweetness that is centered in the palate, and some slight peppery bitter characteristics around the edges. Smokey notes towards the end of the flavors helps to tie everything up, and a hint of booze that every Scotch should have, in my opinion. The finish is sharp and crisp, with a slight drying. The aftertaste is almost syrupy with the bevy of dark sweet flavors and overall heaviness to the body. Decent brew, and for a good cause!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 00:48:16 | More by GarthDanielson
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a very faint head over a 'thin' (for the style) looking orange/brown body, with noticeable carbonation flowing up.

Aromas are full of caramel, with bready/yeasty quality coming through secondarily. Not bad.

Rich on the palate, with the typical flavors of toffee, caramel, and roasted malt, but also incorporates plenty of navel oranges and citrus-like bitterness in the finish. More carbonation than a typical scotch ale - the Belgian yeast influence, maybe?

Overall, it's not bad for the style, and I give them credit for trying something I've never experienced before.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 01:48:30 | More by BeerImmediately
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Reunion 2010 brew was a nod to Virginia MacLean. She died of cancer in 2007 and was of Scottish heritage, hench... this Scotch/Wee Heavy brew. Rest in peace Virginia...

A: Dark brown, with ever the slightest ruby color when held up to a light source. Very little head overall.

S: Brown sugar, with tons of dark fruit... and with no hop presence (which is appropriate for this style).

T: Meh... Belgian stuff cut through, but not too much. I actually kinda dug the candy quality. This was a tad more fruity than most Wee Heavys that I've tried.

M: Sugar content aplenty... but with malt, malt, and even more malt! The carbonation was low to moderate.

O: I really wanted to like this beer due to it's worth cause, but it was another halfway attempt from a normally great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 00:33:09 | More by Chaney
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$7.99 for a 750ml bottle.

A: extremely, deep, dark copper color, clear, nice head when poured but it quickly dissipated
S: medium nose, nice roasted malt, somewhat cloying, faint hint of Belgium character
T: nice beer, definitely hits the mark for what it is described as (Scottish ale with Belgian influence), sweeter roasted malt up front with good Belgian yeasty finish, hops are there in finish but malt dominates, good job without being too Scottish or too Belgium, doesn't taste like an 8.5% ABV beer - much less
M: rounded, sweet, cloying like a scotch ale
O: decent beer, and hits the mark, good job, this would be good on a winter's night

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 22:02:39 | More by wisrarebeer
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crossovert

Illinois

1.23/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

650ml bottle. "An American Belgian Styled Scotch ale" Pretty convoluted if you ask me. Just call it an ale.

It pours a dark, deep purpleish/red/brown with a foamy off-white head that leaves a few spots of lacing.

The smell is perfumey and alcoholic with notes of nail polish remover and vodka. I can't really get past the burning smell. It also smells pretty caramally.

The flavor isn't necessarily hot and boozy but I feel the alcohol accounts for the taste. It is fruity like wine, very vinous with a weird green vegetable taste. There is also a cloying sweetness that is too much. There is a hint of scotch ale in here, but only a hint.

This is an epic failure, what a horrible beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 01:32:54 | More by crossovert
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Arbitrator

California

2.25/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Chilled bomber into a glass. Opened by nickd717. Thanks Nick.

A: Pours a hazy, medium-brown body. The head is about one finger in height, off-white in color. Retention is decent.

S: Fruity esters of plum, prunes. Possibly a touch of clove, but that could be the power of suggestion. I definitely smell the caramel, which is brash and dominant. I don't pick up much else in the way of malt characteristics. Pretty simplistic. I was hoping for more from a Belgian yeast strain.

T: About the same as the nose. It's not all that complex. The caramel dominates; there are no secondary malt characteristics to pick up. The yeast doesn't do much for the flavor.

M: Might be a little dry for a scotch ale, but that's not a criticism. Actually, the yeast could stand to do more work and express itself; the beer could afford to be drier and still be tasty.

O: No one cared to finish the bomber; it wound up getting poured in favor of a number of other beers on the table.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 04:34:36 | More by Arbitrator
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Terrapin Reunion Beer 2010 from Terrapin Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.