Terrapin Phlux Capacitor - Terrapin Beer Company
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3.45/5 rDev -5.7%
On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ
A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a thin off white head that left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of boozy alcohol in the nose; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: You really need to warm up this beer to get flavors other than alcohol out of the taste as then there are some hints of oak. The alcohol and notes of bitterness linger through the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish and a good amount of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is a trifecta when it comes to alcohol because it's very noticeable in the smell, taste and mouthfeel. This isn't one of the easiest beers to drink.
10-06-2012 12:33:39 | More by metter98
4.09/5 rDev +11.7%
Like a bull in a china shop, Terrapin's Side Project 16 unleashes its brash and boastful taste on the palate with a flood of malt flavor, a pang of hop bitterness and the woodsy rusticity from oak- As this trifecta of taste pummels the palate, it seems to do so with some love and care.
Pouring a dark and russet brown, its rusty and reddish hues dip and weave through its heavy haze. Building a dense sand-stained head above, its tightly woven froth is in it for the duration, trailing with concentric rings at each sip.
Deeply malty with toffee, toast, brown sugar and a hint of molasses and maple, its savory and sweeter tone is supported by bready underpinnings, seemingly of spice-cake or rum-cake. As notes of orange peels and sawdust waft about the nose, that fist sip is seeming more and more intimidating.
All that malty-sweet goodness of the nose is assured in taste. Those cake-like flavors are delicately laces with spice, toast and nuttiness to allows roasted chestnuts and French toast to come about. The middle balances with citrus tones of grapefruit, oranges and tangy verbena flavor. As the sweetness breaks apart slightly, its finish allows for a sharply resinous finish to dry the palate and bitter it up a bit. Lighter oaken echoes swirl about the palate as the malt further lifts and the hops latch onto the throat.
Full bodied and long to resist any fading, the bread and sweeter textures accompany the hops and oak deep into the finish. Its spicy alcohol bite and oaky powdery texture offers a slim sense of lightness even though its cake character continues in lighter capacity.
Reminding me of Stone's Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale, the balance, power and controlled chaos is both impressive and scary- both for the brewer and for my own taste buds.
04-10-2014 19:18:07 | More by BEERchitect
4.25/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
06-07-2012 23:21:31 | More by kylehay2004
3.78/5 rDev +3.3%
22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a very dark reddish-brown body with a tall, unabashed, light beige head. A smudge of lace here and there as it goes. Well, it looks promising, hopefully it'll perform better than their anniversary beer I had earlier in the day.
Smell: Oven-toasted nuts and a notable note of dark bread crusts with a small edge of roast, chocolate, but it's mild, at best. Spicy oak wood, zestfully earthy hops hinting at dried citrus, pine needles, sun-dried grasses, and even a sliver of cleansing spearmint.
Taste: The first sip made me think of an emboldened Hop Karma given a dose of oak, and, well, that initial impression stayed with me until it was long gone. Toasted bread, toasted nuts, with a small helping of lowly sweet caramel and even less than a hint of chocolate and roast. Earthy, piney hops with some citrus, a little mint, and a full-on grassiness. The oak character remains fairly subtle, be it in the nose or the on the tongue, though warmth allows it to come out more, though the hefty hopping and myriad of dark crystal malts provide plenty of interference. Robustly bitter throughout. Dry, grassy, slightly oaken finish with a long bitterness.
Mouthfeel: A little beyond medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: The fervent Side Project release pace has, at least for now, slowed to about a one-per-year trickle, though it hasn't stopped the Terrapin new-beer parade as we've got Easy Rider, Road Warrior Kolsch (didn't catch it), Tree Hugger (been meaning to try it), their 10th Anniversary beer (ugh), and, presumably, another Reunion: a Beer for Hope release. This one, I thought it was alright -- I still can't shake my thinking it's a Hop Karma bumped up and given a touch of oak.
05-14-2012 22:40:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
3.63/5 rDev -0.8%
Thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit) for this interestingly named beer at least.
Decent but small creamy head darker colored, nice lacing, super murky chestnut color
Nose pretty good, toasty brown malts, nice toasty oak, light sweet reddish candy malt aromas, molasses, caramel, toffee, hint of earthy hops with a light celery like herbal, hint of vanilla, aromatic.
Taste strong oak, pure oak chips, toasty, light vanilla. Malts are toasty brown molasses caramel toffee hint smoke. Then earthy hops, some pine like pine tree sap not hops, syrupy, chewy. Finish is quite sweet, more oak and spruce pine sap, bitterness, woody esters, light booze and spicy chewy hops
Mouth is syrupy med bodied, decent fluffy carb,
Overall meh, a few flavors I wouldn't like in there, nothing special, oak is way over done (which I know since i've done it in my homebrews a few times), and the spruce like pine is not nice, weird bitterness, although there are some saving decent flavors in there.
08-18-2012 01:09:29 | More by jlindros
3.85/5 rDev +5.2%
First had: on tap at Barcade, Philly, PA
Poured a dark mahogany, mostly clear, with a finger of tan head; moderate retention and lacing. Lots of toasty elements in the nose, bready, nutty, citrus and pine hops with a dash of spice. Taste of toasted bready, somewhat nutty, caramel, very woody, a dash of dark chocolate, moderately hopped with notes of citrus zest and pine, and again a little bit of indistinct spice. Medium body, pretty easily drinkable, for a decent beer overall.
06-05-2012 03:03:32 | More by Rifugium
2.78/5 rDev -24%
Pours a hazy dark copper color that's completely opaque with a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Sweet malt aroma with hints of dry oak, earthy hops and vinous dark fruit. Slightly earthy with a musty wood character followed by leather, caramel and toffee. As it warms the dark fruit notes come out with hints of plum, raisin and fig. There's also a slight diacetyl cream presence but it's pretty faint.
Medium bodied with a strong barrel presence that's countered by leathery and sweet malts, zesty spice, earthy hops and vinous fruit. Tastes like virgin oak barrels were used with lots of dry, ashy oak that slightly overpowers the other flavors. After it warms, there is some leathery malt and boozy heat but it's lacking the sweetness and complexity that the nose suggests. The diacetyl character is gone but it's lacking in complexity with lots of wooden toothpick flavor, leathery malt and boozy heat. The ABV us poorly masked and the vinous dark fruit notes found in the nose are very faint. I was really excited to try this beer but it was a bit of a letdown.
08-15-2012 07:54:23 | More by corby112
3.5/5 rDev -4.4%
A: Poured a reddish brown color with good carbonation leaving a small tannish cap which fades leaving a nice dose of bubbles and light lacing
S: Sugar sweetness, dark fruits and oak
T: Immediate caramel, toffee and brown sugar sweetness with underlying dark fruits, the beer then opens up creating a huge sweet American oak presence leaving a rathr sweet, slick and oak tannin finish with a light touch of vanilla.
M: Medium bodied but a tad thin on body for nearly a 10% ABV beer of this style, booze is masked on the palate. Sweet, sticky and a little decadent
O: Not to shabby, I rather enjoyed this beer. I do not believe this beer will be cellar worthy considering the thin body and heat. Nice to drink fresh though.
08-16-2012 13:57:02 | More by barleywinefiend
2.8/5 rDev -23.5%
Once again an over oaked beer from Terrapin. I like strong ales of various types, and they can indeed benefit from a touch of wood, but Terrapin has a noticeably heavy hand with the oak. In this case, the beer has a strong spicy, woody note in the nose and especially in the flavor that pretty much dominates the other components. Some residual sweetness comes through, but otherwise, this is overwhelmingly woody. The beer pours a slightly murky orangish brown with a head that fades away to a thin ring. I'd prefer some balance here and a defter hand with the oak.
07-01-2012 02:52:48 | More by Georgiabeer
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
3.35/5 rDev -8.5%
Served on tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ
A: Pours a hazy yet almost opaque mahogany to medium brown in color with minimal amounts of visibel carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall dark beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Huge aromas of eye-watering booze along with lighter notes of dark fruit (raisin) and oak. Additionally there are notes of molasses and the booze mellows as the beer warms up.
T: Very similar to the smell with some dark fruit (raisin) sweetness upfront with molasses, oak, and vanilla notes. Heavy amounts of alcohol in the taste.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Significant amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.
O: The alcohol is far too noticeable in all three phases of this beer - past, present, and future (smell, taste, and mouthfeel). Great name for this beer but not an easy one to drink and did not live up to my expectations.
10-06-2012 17:13:37 | More by dbrauneis
Terrapin Phlux Capacitor from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.