Terrapin Phlux Capacitor - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 14
Gots: 11 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Saucer as part of Raleigh Beer week.

Dark caramel brown pour with 1/2 finger of mildly red-tinted cream head poured into a snifter. Light retention and thick strands of lace.

Raisin and figs come to the nose first, along with burnt (almost scorched) caramel. Very nice balance of flavors, but not quite as strong as I was hoping.

Raisin and figs really come out in the flavor, especially in the finish. Finish borders on being sour. Beer gets a bit big with yeast. Moderate alcholol burn.

Syurpy smooth with substantial body.

Well done.

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A: 1.5 finger head with nice retention on a deep murky brown with no light getting through.

S: chocolate and caramel malts with breads, yeast, oak and cedar notes. Nicely complex.

T: very woody with oak and cedar prevailing in the middle and finish. Chocolate and caramel malts up front. Finish is slightly tart with also some brown sugar sweetness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall:  a touch boozy which I think is accentuated by the strong wood presence. Although I feel the taste is simple, it does a good job of bringing in wood notes which dominate but don't offend.

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Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a small clear goblet. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.49.

A: Murky brown with soft short cap of light beige head with decent retention and only a few scraps of lace.

S: Vinous aroma with fairly bland malt but tannic oak with some herbal, earthy hopping

T: The maltiness is muddled and doesn't have enough sweetness, breadiness, or other desirable malt character -- mainly too tannic oak carries the flavor on its own with some dark malt sourness. The hops are herbal and earthy.

M: Soft carbonation with some boozy feel but not syrupy.

O: Not what I was hoping for -- I was hoping for something more in the vein of Oaked Arrogant Bastard, but instead this has some flat maltiness with very tannic oakiness.

Wow -- what a difference 10-11 months can make. Consumed at 55F from an oversized wineglass. My original overall score for this fresh was 3.28. I let one bottle age, refrigerated at 35-40F for most of the time period. THis beer has made leaps and bounds. This tastes like an exceptional oak-aged American barleywine with spectacular minty, woody, herbal, earthy hops notes, and big malt flavors with burnt caramel, toffee, rum raisin, and treacle. THe oak flavor has the slightest hint of vanilla but mainly finishes with a mildly tannic, slightly drying finish. The mouthfeel is low carbonation and there is still some booziness in the feel. I am really impressed and, compared to the fresh version, this is a completely different beer. I think this beer could probably be even better in 4-6 more months to let the booze fade a little further without going away completely and letting the malt flavors come together even a little more. Still, I am shocked at how much better this beer is with a pretty minor amount of age. I would seek this out and I plan to see if I can find it in town this weekend -- it blends the best of oak, American hoppiness, and subtle but rounded maltiness.

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Terrapin Phlux Capacitor from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.