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Terrapin Phlux Capacitor - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Phlux CapacitorTerrapin Phlux Capacitor

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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 14
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 04-30-2012)
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Reviews by GeezLynn:
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3.46/5  rDev -5.5%

Dingy dark brown color, with a huge eggshell head. Great retention.
Aroma is pretty simple. Oak is obvious with a little underlying toasty brown malt. Not much to get excited about.
Flavor is basically a mirror of the aroma - heavy oak, with some nutty malt underneath. As I drink more, the oak becomes more pleasant and a little less overpowering. Flashes of raisin and some of the cinnamon-like character I get from beers with heavy oak additions and dark malt. Finishes bitter and somewhat dry.
Medium bodied, with soft carbonation that works well with the beer.

Not too much to say about this one. Seemingly a pretty bland base beer that’s been oaked too heavily. Not terrible, but not something I’d pursue.

08-21-2013 18:17:22 | More by GeezLynn
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +21%

The latest Side Project,#16.Poured into an imperial nonic a hazed deep amber with a thinner lacey slight off white head atop.Sharp resiny hops and light oak from the aging in the nose,some sweet alcohol zip is there as well,the hops are real assertive wich is a very good thing.Somewhat boozy and fruity with some caramel that quickly melds into resiny sticky hops,love the balance and love the big hops!This style is my favorite style when done right and this is done right,big hefty boozy malty and a large dose of deep resiny hops,I loved it.I love the hop burps left behind.

04-30-2012 21:41:29 | More by oberon
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

10-05-2012 22:58:42 | More by bellce0
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

08-29-2013 16:23:48 | More by megamass
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-03-2012 17:49:38 | More by mctizzz
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

09-21-2012 02:10:38 | More by acurtis
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-10-2012 04:35:40 | More by ltdantheman
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-03-2012 03:46:28 | More by Riverared
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +23%

On tap at Busy Bee in Raleigh

A - dark amber with a thin white head

S - bread, chocolate, floral, grapefruit, strong hop aroma

T - bread, alcohol, piny, grapefruit, chocolate

M - smooth, medium bodied, well carbonated

This to me is an odd in between version of a regular IPA and a black ale. It has characteristics of both. It's a solid beer worth trying.

06-08-2012 21:26:28 | More by tdm168
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-26-2012 01:14:01 | More by hyoung41
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

06-19-2014 20:15:04 | More by burnzgtm
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4.08/5  rDev +11.5%

I'm not normally a terrapin fan, but I'm not sure why this beer is so poorly rated...

This beer has a lot going on it. The aroma is very complex with an almost sherry (palo cortado) like oxidized aroma: chocolate, hazlenuts and toffee. It's quite boozy on the nose, but not much in the way of higher alcohols.

The palate is quite dense, creamy with some angular wood notes adding interest. The booze attacks and recedes in waves, with lots of flavor and aromas intermixed. It tastes pretty similar to the nose, but the push and pull is really what sets it apart.

I would probably only drink one of these in a sitting, but I really liked it - and I consider myself quite picky in the strong ale/barleywine categories.


02-14-2013 12:55:45 | More by Corkpuller
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-16-2013 01:03:28 | More by Kegatron
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

08-29-2012 20:14:51 | More by beergorrilla
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

08-02-2012 12:58:22 | More by BourbonDemocrat
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South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -10.4%

Served from tap into an imperial pint. Poured a deep red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, caramel, sweet alcohol, spice, and subtle dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, banana, spice, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. I have to be honest about the flavor on this one… The alcohol dominated this brew. Upon my first sip I was concerned that this beer wanted to beat me up and steal my lunch money. It was a big bruiser of a beer despite the alcohol content not being THAT high. The look and aroma were pretty decent for the style though. Glad I got to try this one on tap as I doubt I could have handled a bomber of this to the face on my own.

07-03-2012 10:48:11 | More by thagr81us
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

S: Bold nuttiness with some wood. Some fruitiness as well.

L: Very dark brown, white head that dissipates, some lacing.

T: Cedar wood with a nutty brown malt. Some toffee and coca, but quite dry throughout. Some hop character, but restrained. Some wood, but definitely in balance. Finishes fairly dry with residual maltiness and wood.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Just a bit of alcohol.

Really enjoyed this. Like a brown ale times 10. Not too sweet or malty like a barleywine. Really well balanced overall.

06-13-2012 03:08:46 | More by bum732
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

08-14-2012 21:46:15 | More by Keith_R
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

08-02-2012 16:50:53 | More by dtx00
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3.55/5  rDev -3%

On tap at Al's in a snifter.

A: The strong ale is dark, a deep brown color. Opaque of course. The strong ale does sport an unusual hued head - looking off white like pancake batter.

S: The strong ale's firm malt foundation is unshakeable - a thick richness that can't hide anywhere. The oak? The oak, though, is late to the party, hesitant to show up. That leaves the malts to do the heavy lifiting until very late in the game.

T: Caramel and brown sugar, toasted breads also. The effect is a resplendent, decadent body that, curiously, lacks oak. Seriously, I struggled with the part of the mix. The transition from cold to warm things improved a big, adding an oak chip feel. That finish actually is nice, but only after it warms. Brown sugar and oak, along with the rich caramel, lingers on my palate. That finish makes up for the lack of oak earlier.

M: The finish is an apex. Before that, the ale struggles with itself. A malt-rich strong ale if that's what you're looking for.

07-15-2012 15:23:58 | More by akorsak
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

08-25-2014 02:35:09 | More by KevinGordon
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

06-26-2012 03:41:25 | More by Beejay
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

02-01-2014 05:05:00 | More by jsanford
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4.05/5  rDev +10.7%

A - deep mahogany with a thin tad head that retains well

S - brown sugar, oak, fruit, slight spice

T - oak, chocolate malty presence well balanced by a piney hop bitterness, boozy

M - less than syrupy but quite chewy

Malt dominant with heavy wood tones. some notes of chocolate and fruit. A big boozy bomb with character, right up my alley and a nice example of the style.

06-21-2012 01:25:43 | More by Vec2267
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-17-2013 22:32:03 | More by JohnQVD
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Terrapin Phlux Capacitor from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.