Terrapin Reunion Beer 2011 - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 153
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 7.42%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CampusCrew on 08-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A collaboration beer to benefit cancer research brewed by Terrapin and Schmaltz Brewing. Two versions of this beer brewed- this one by Terrapin, with gold foil over a Terrapin cap, and a Schmaltz Brewing version with silver foil.
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Photo of AgentMunky
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. From notes. Reviewed 14 September 2011.

A: Huge head with good retention. Black-dark, but lightly translucent.

S: Malty-sweet and well...beery. Some chocolate? Maybe?

T: Delicious! A brilliant medley of chocolates, milk and dark; coffee beans; and just a touch of hot spice to moderate the sweetness.

M: Well-balanced. Creamy, but not too thick. Excellent carbonation. Yum.

O: Good beer, but not as exceptional as I'd hoped. Still, recommended. I'd have another. (517 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: When held up to the light, this beer is clear but very dark reddish brown in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high tan colored head that died down but has good retention properties, consistently leaving a thick coating of bubbles on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of cocoa nibs are present in the nose along with some hints of chili peppers.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts off with flavors of cocoa nibs and notes of vanilla beans and is quickly followed by notes of spicy chili peppers that persist through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I picked this beer up because I saw it had cocoa nibs and vanilla beans but didn't notice that it also had chili peppers. Although this combination seemed a little awkward on paper, the spiciness of the chili peppers really seemed to work with this beer as they weren't overpowering and masked any apparent sweetness from the cocoa nibs. (1,027 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: dark brown body, millions of tiny specs floating. one inch of tan creamy head settles to a ring, lacing is minimial.

s: powdered cocoa, chili peppers and a muted vanilla presence.

t: cocoa and vanilla up front, then they are stomped intoi the ground by a still very hot pepper flavor.

m: medium body, good carbonation. sweet and spicy with a burn in the back of the throat to finish it off.

o: meh, but this beer is for a good cause so I would probably buy another one. (476 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and chilli peppers.

A: Cola pour is dark burgundy when backlighted. A healthy, rocky bronze-tan tinted head sits well atop with a stubborn rate of retention. The head is thick with a whipped cream structure that comes along with a glass defying cling of lace. Dense showering of micro-beads rise to the occassion along the inner vessel walls.

S: Rich chocolate nose, filled with cocoa powder, sweetened coffee, marshmellow, creamer and a soft chilli presence.

T: Rich brown ale malt defines the flavor, sweet cocoa, roasty coffee beans with a burnt sugar sweetness from the grains arrives upfront. Vanilla creamer highlights with a smooth fresh coffee flavor. Soft chilli heat brings up the rear with just the right amount of balance and warmth, not overvly done and played out so many other examples, but spicy, complimentary with just the right amount of ending flair without having to grab for a glass of chaser water.

M: Creamy mouthful, nice consistency with a bit of chilli heat on the tongue providing a gentle spicy warmth.

O: Overall a nicely crafted beer, balanced very well with cocoa and chilli each complimenting each other with highlights that don't drown each other out or is obnoxious like other examples. Not a marketing gimmick but one that truely focuses on a beers flavor and a good example and cause to utilize chilli peppers in more examples. Balanced just right. (1,435 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cola-brown with a fluffy khaki head that settles to a soapy haze. Malty aromas of brown sugar, caramel malt, cocoa, and vanilla. Sweet. Taste is similarly sweet, definitely getting more of the cocoa nibs and vanilla beans along with a fairly standard Brown Ale malt backbone. Not getting much cayenne flavors necessarily, but definitely getting a warming sensation in the back of my tongue and throat that's fairly pleasant. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately creamy, with a medium body and ample carbonation. A neat beer overall, looking forward to trying the tweaked 2012 version now! (592 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark cranberry brown body. Medium bubbled head with great retention and lace.

S - Intriguing nose. Vanilla, savory spice, pico de gallo, deep roast malt, brown sugar and caramel.

T - Great flavors with nice complexity. Sweet chocolate and caramel malt character. Huge chili note on the backend. Lingering elements of roast barley grain and merlot.

M - Warm, medium body.

O - Nice spice with the malt and sweetness needed to back it up. (444 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown pour, really near black. No head and very little lace.

Rich, chocolate nose. Chiles come storming through the chocolate. Getting the vanilla bean in there two. More complex than the Hebrew version.

Taste is nice and chocolate. Vanilla comes in midway through and finishes with a strong chile flavor. More like a chocolate chile porter to me.

Feel is medium to heavy.

Overall, I'd give the edge to Terrapin here. (433 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my Lost Abbey tumbler. Pours a brownish mahogany with a frothy, one inch, khaki-colored head. There's quite a bit of effervescence present in solution, as well as a light snap, crackle and pop as the head slowly recedes into an 1/8th inch skim. Nose is really interesting - toasted malts, light fruity esters, marshmallow fluff and cocoa nibs. Taste follows nose; however, it's not as sweet as suggested by the nose. There's also a faint metallic quality present in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in consistency with an assertive carbonation that leaves a residual tingle at the back of the throat between quaffs. There's also a light acidity interspersed through the body and a kiss of heat at the finish - must be from the chili pepper. Overall, a pretty interesting take on a Brown Ale, although there are definitely some porter-esque qualities. I wouldn't recommend this beer for cellaring. (932 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Quite malty, chocolate danish, some dark fruit, candied orange, pumpernickle breadiness.

L: Dark brown, some ruby highlights. Light tan creamy head with ok retention. Great lacing.

T: Cocoa nibs up front with a light bready maltiness. Medium low bitterness with additional cocoa and just a touch of earthiness. Faint chili heat. Finishes with a touch of toffee and dry cocoa.

M: Medium carbonation, medium bodied, fairly light. Alcohol barely noticeable.

Not bad, heat barely detectable. Liked how not heavy it is, considering the alcohol. (547 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to n2185 for the bottle. I've been meaning to drink this for a little while, but just now getting around to it. I have the Shmaltz version, too, and am looking forward to comparing them.

Pours a deep brown color. It looks murky and chocolatey, but light behind it reveals clarity and reddish tones. One finger of very dense light yellowish-tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell is quite good, and everything I'd expect from a juiced-up brown ale. Sugary caramel malts, strong vanilla presence, and some faint tingling that almost convinces me of spice.

Taste is interesting. Starts out rich with malts, before a surge of vanilla and a hint of chocolate wash up. Just when I think it's all over, the chili pepper comes zipping through like a racecar, leaving a trail of prickly heat in my mouth. A very different brown ale, and I really like the well-moderated effect of the chili in it.

Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Most of the beer finishes out quickly, but that chili pepper just clings to my mouth.

I quite like this beer. Not sure if it's more a brown ale or a chili beer, but whatever it is, it's good. The vanilla seems a bit out of place, but it does add some richness to balance out the heat. The thing that's most impressive is how the spiciness is right on point - any stronger, and I don't think I'd like it, any weaker and it wouldn't provide the same pop. (1,389 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split and shared at a tasting this last weekend.

Pours a ruddy dark brown. An inch-thick beige head caps it off. Light lace left behind. The aroma bursts with vanilla notes. Mild spiciness to it as well. This is another sweet one for the night. This beer is a little on the thin side. This drinks really "wet." Wouldn't mind this being a little on the thicker side to bolster the sweetness. Starts out with the vanilla leading the pack, melds into a mild cinnamon and allspice concoction. This is where I think it finishes, but oh does this finish. The heat from the peppers, though seemingly absent at first, bring up the rear and add a nice tingly singe to the palate. This lingers for awhile too, until I can get another sip, where the sweetness brings everything back to balance. I love the complexity to this one. Each flavor was noted, and each worked together well. One of the highlights of the night. (917 characters)

Photo of Gushue3
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shmaltz version, thanks J for the bottle

A- Pours medium brown into my glass and has a finger light brown head. Beer is very dark and can just be seen through when held to light, dark brown and red.

S Sweet dark fruits almost dark cherry and a light cocoa.

T Very interesting. Sweeter fruity tastes upfront along with light chocolate. Ending is sweet malts and almost a buttery rich taste. The finish is peppery but not hot. Lots of different things going on in here. Interesting stuff.

M Much lighter than I expected. A lighter medium feel and light carbonation, goes down pretty smooth.

O Interesting stuff to say the lease. Lots of different tastes and scents that are pleasing. Would to try some more again. (719 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a brown color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: nice amount of vanilla and some spiciness is detctable.

Taste: light chocolate, big vanilla, some dark fruit sweetness, and a moderate bitterness is followed up by a sharp bite of chili peppers as you swallow. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Very crisp throughout. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a unique beer where the vanilla is big up front but the spiciness follows. Slow sipping beer, and one glass is more than enough in a session. (583 characters)

Photo of KevinBrewer
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Deep mahogany with a moderate tan head that dissipates to a half-finger covering, leaving almost no lacing.

N- Dusty chocolate malt, subtle vanilla, and light fruity, vinous notes. Some green chili aroma in there as well.

T- Chocolate malt upfront with a cocoa-powder quality to it. Vanilla bean flavor is prominent, riding slightly underneath the chocolate malt. The heat from the chilies is noticeable immediately upon the first sip, but it remains pretty mild throughout. Good amount of chili flavor adds a nice complexity. Clean, moderate-to-mild bitterness has a subtle herbal quality. Long, bittersweet finish has a nice toasty maltiness accented with some chocolate malt. Also a good amount of chili flavor and heat with subtle lingering vanilla in the finish. Aftertaste of green chilies, toasty pale malt, and cocoa.

M- This beer has an incredible, sturdy, medium body from the various tannins that cocoa nibs, dark malts, chilies, and vanilla beans provide. Moderate carbonation with a bittersweet finish.

O- Really a delicious beer. The various ingredients work so well together. The cocoa nibs blend incredibly well with the chocolate malt, and the chilies add just the right amount of heat, so they don't detract from the overall flavor. Chili beers have a tendency to be heavy-handed with the heat, and this beer nails it with balance. (1,356 characters)

Photo of muskiesman
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

'Dark Ale brewed with Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla and Chili Peppers'.

12 oz. bottle - He Brew cap. Poured into a tulip glass

A: Dark and lonely an off white head of two fingers looms a lacing as it warms

S: Big time cocoa and vanilla plus a spicyeness must be the pepper

T: Lots of chocolate but quickly cut by the vanilla, alcohol then the peppery finish. maybe the only problem with this beer is the difficult finish

M: Starts were silky and warm but ends on a thinning note

O: Very tastee but the mix could be controlled a little better (538 characters)

Photo of Merkur
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Beer pours a very dark brown color with a great amount of head. About 2 fingers worth of khaki colored head.

Smell is not as powerful as I would have though. It smells sweet of mainly chocolate and then also slightly peppery from the chiles.

Beer tastes extremely sweet. The vanilla taste is very powerful, before giving way to some sweet chocolate taste. Very tasty. The chiles only provide a bit of spicy on the backend, but frankly, not very much, which is a good thing.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side and would have been better served by being a bit thicker.

Overall a solid, different tasting beer. (659 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle - gold foil wrap over a Terrapin cap. Poured to a teardrop glass after warming probably 15 minutes out of the fridge, then several more after the pour. Big thanks to my man Metalmonk for hookup!

A collaboration between brewers Schmaltz/He'Brew and Terrapin, with Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Co. - a benefit toward the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, too.

'Dark Ale brewed with Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla and Chili Peppers'.

A: In the right light, that's really a perfect looking beer, an inky darkness that only reveals the tiniest creeping bubbles at the edge. Fluffy almond head crests at almost 2 fingers (I think the shape of the glass help here) and drops in a steady decline, forming a lumpy pockmarked cream. Lace is perfect, sticking in fraying stripes and iridescent sheets. The only drawback that prevents a '5'? I mentioned the 'right light', right? Well, under the strong halogens of our kitchen hood, there's not only many more bubbles showing through the cinnamon-colored liquid, there's also a fair amount of hanging sediment/adjunct(?). I'll choose to mostly ignore this and give the high marks it deserves.

S: I'm used to a brown ale smelling of toasted grain and caramel and little else. This is no 'ordinary' brown, of course, and the use of varied ingredients works decidedly well in the nose. Love the 'pepper' and 'vanilla' interplay, a mild and sweet warmth that tingles in my nose with something slightly candy-like, say 'Red Hots'. Cocoa adds some earthiness, accents the grainy undertones. Not the strongest aroma, but definitely has some nice nuances.

T: Soft chocolate-y flavors, dusty cocoa and earthy grains - I've had a chocolate chip-laden bread that was similar. Vanilla's sweetness isn't as present in the flavor as the aroma, but peppery spice is amplified, a subtle heat that builds gradually and accents well.

M: Not as thick or rich as expected from a 'bigger' beer, but no big deal. Following an initial burst of carbonation, there's a silky smooth coating feel... so despite a body that's a little watery, the texture is spot on. Just a little heat (both from the pepper capsaicin and possibly some latent alcohol) makes for a nice, lasting finish.

O: A rather delicious treat and a nice surprise from a cross-country friend (thanks again, Jeff). As a fan of dark beers with interesting additives, this does good things with all of them. Kick those flavors and aromas up a notch and I'm elevating this from 'strong like' to 'love'.

Cheers, also, to Virginia MacLean, the woman whose life this beer honors. (2,578 characters)

Photo of hurricanelars
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass at the Heorot in Muncie Indiana. Super dark with an inch and a half of tan head. Looks incredible.

Smell is somewhat sweet with chocolate mixed in. Taste is sweet at first with roasted malts and chocolate coming close after. Slight peppery notes at the end but nothing like others described. Not sure if this is because it's on tap vs bottle or what. Very little carbonation gives it a slightly unpleasant mouth feel. Overall a pretty good beer but not something I would seek out. It was nice to see a Terrapin beer in Indiana though. (561 characters)

Photo of Mississipping
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with some amber highlights when held to light. A small tan head forms quickly and falls fairly slowly with moderate lacing left behind on the edges of the glass.

S: Sweet up front with a good bit of vanilla and dark chocolate. The peppers aren't as apparent in the aroma as I was hoping, but they are there if you search for them.

T: Just like the aroma, vanilla and chocolate dominate completely. The peppers are somewhat more pronounced in the taste, but again, they are pretty subtle. I would have like to see a bit more of them, but it doesn't destroy the beer by any means.

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied with very little carbonation. This is probably my least favorite part of the beer. Starts out sweet and transitions to slightly spicy and malty. Just a hint of a peppery bite at the end in the throat.

D: Really nice aroma and taste, but lacking a little in mouthfeel. Not quite what I expected, but I really enjoyed it and would like to try it again. Overall, pretty darn good. (1,018 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours an almost completely opaque black with a 1/2 inch of head that shrivels down to a 1/4 inch ring around the edge of the glass. Has sticky lacing as well as a couple clusters of bubbles on the surface.

S- Chocolaty but in a spicy way. Also some mint that creates a mint chocolate chip aroma hybrid. Mild notes of vanilla.

T- Well then! Sweet, nutty chocolate in the beginning leads to a burst of chilies. Still getting a bit of mint but it's overpowered by the spiciness of the chilies. A capsaicin burn is very apparent and lingering, yet relatively mild compared to some other brews I've had. Still, the chilies are the dominant flavor by far. Also some black pepper notes.

M- Hot and somewhat dry. Medium carbonation.

O- In a class all its own. Like nothing I've ever had before. Well done. (868 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
2.49/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a deep dark brown with three fingers of khaki head.

Smells of esters hints of cocoa. Fairly bland and boring.

Vanilla sweetness and cocoa dominate an estery fig like base beer with some dry smokiness and a touch of heat on the finish. The vanilla and cocoa flavors are kinda sickly sweet and dot really mesh well.

Pretty awful overall. (344 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always happy to drink a beer on behalf of charitable contributions. Thanks to both breweries for their work for cancer research. More selfishly, thanks to the breweries for a tasty, tasty beer for me to enjoy!

Reunion Beer 11 pours as any well made Brown Ale would- solid brown in color, the beer shares garnet highlights and a light tan head. The oils from cocoa nibs and capsasin both impeed the head character that's common among brown ales.

Rich with deeply caramelized malt, chocolate (chocolate milk), medium toast, and a nutty mix all set the tone with a rich, robust, and sweet flavor. The mid palate reveals the growing spice and vegital flavor of chili pappers that rises to near-concerning intensity just before the finish. Malty-rich from beginning to end, the chocolate flavor and malt sweetness provides great temperment to the assertive pepper flavor and heat. Alcohol and capsasin help to disguise the otherwise sweet finish.

Somewhat simple in design, the beer benefits from cocoa and pepper combinations that evoke curriosity and turn the focus slightly away from the moderately brewed Brown Ale and toward the spicy/sweet additions. (1,155 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown with a finger of creamy off white head. Good retention and mild lacing.

Smell: Quite sweet with strong notes of caramel and vanilla. Very mild chili pepper and some dark fruit.

Taste: Sweet malt with strong dark fruit notes. Very mild vanilla notes, not really picking up the chocolate. The chili peppers show up after a bit, a nice slow burn. It gets quite hot in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Big fan of this beer. Only thing that would have been better is more vanilla. (622 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reunion Ale '11 joins Terrapin with Shmaltz, and it's the "brown" and "Shmaltz" parts of the equation I'm most excited about, as they do unique browns very well all by themselves. (This is the gold foil Terrapin bottling.)

Pours as advertised: brown brown brown, with a dirty white head that sits on top like puffed brown rice, thin but long lasting and leaving tiny strings of lace on the glass.

Aroma isn't exactly neutral, just a little less busy/complex than expected, considering this was brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and chili peppers. It's the peppers I smell most of those three, mingling with lightly mineral and largely nutty, sweet malty aromas.

Wow. There are two things happening here that I have never tasted mingled together so nicely, whether in a beer, a dessert, or elsewhere. Big fluffy vanilla flavors merge seamlessly with the chili peppers, and while I get the cocoa flavor way back, along with the nutty malt base you expect in a brown ale of any size, it's really the vanilla/pepper mixture that rocks my world. Overall there's a very s'mores-ish type thing happening here. The smooth, creamy, rounded texture helps. The chili pepper lingers longest into the finish, and while it might be too much for some people, it's just right for me, and it's thankfully not the only thing going on here. The bed of chocolate/cocoa/nut/vanilla adds some depth.

This beer was based on a dessert, according to the label, and I wonder if that dessert was as aggressive with the heat as this one is. I'm sure it was just as delicious, if not more so. As long as you like chili pepper in your beer, and if only used tastefully, as it is here, how can you not like this? (1,683 characters)

Photo of One2Remeber
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Light tan body, deep murky colored. Rich head, brownish color that does not stay around long fading into a lacy bubbly ring around the edges. Indication of strong carbonation, as you swish around glass head quickly comes back.

S: Tremendous aroma, very inviting. Traditional notes for a brown ale style, mildly sweet and nutty. Smells like it is going to be very chewy like a granola bar.

T: First sip put a smile on my face as a warming sensation hits the back on my throat, like indulging in some heavily sauced hot wings. Crazy transitions of flavor, starts off sweet then chewy soft like a chocolate oatmeal candy and finished with spicy hotness.

M: A bubbly sensation takes over after the beer passes the initial first sip. Almost too dominant taking away from the all the great flavors going on. Lightly hop bitterness serves as backbone and provides a smooth slide for all the transitions of flavor.

O: Reminds me of Hop Karma with a subdued hop presence as the spices and malts are allowed to shine. This brown ale is in a class of its own. Extremely drinkable while making one want to savor every sip. Two servings would be great to sip on for a couple hours and I would personally not want to switch to another style, unless it was a dominant stout with peppers like Chocolate Yeti. (1,329 characters)

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Terrapin Reunion Beer 2011 from Terrapin Beer Company
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