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Terrapin Phlux Capacitor - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Phlux CapacitorTerrapin Phlux Capacitor

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
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:
Beer added by: oberon on 04-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Lob
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of George2744
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of wceaton
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Beejay
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of MikeDATL
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of rapidsequence
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from Pints O'Plenty.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish brown. Tan head with short retention. Some decent lacing.

Smell: Very sweet smelling with lots of oaky vanilla. Brown sugar and maple syrup. Some sweet, almost cake-like malty aromas. Pretty sure this thing has Chinook in it-- it smells vaguely like an out of date Arrogant Bastard, with some oak added.

Taste: Yes, very sweet and lots of oak flavor. Its pretty hoppy, but not bitter enough to balance out all the candy-like flavors. A bit of bitter alcohol burn near the end, and a long, sweet, malty finish.

Moouthfeel: Nothing really wrong here I guess. Carbonation seems a bit on the lower side, but that's OK for a sipper. Some oaky tannins remain after each sip.

Overall: Its OK, but not really that well executed. Seems like a not too great strong, hoppy, brown ale that they oaked. I can't shake the out of date Arrogant Bastard comparison in my mind either.

Photo of RyanGoodman
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BrokenStones
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of babaracas
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy red tinged dark brown with half inch of fast fading tan fizz. Smell: dark brown sugar, fig, oak (slightly smoky), anise note. Taste: heavily caramelized sugar, dried dates, sweetness is cut by a somewhat citric bite along with some tannin action. Vanilla-ish flavor comes along and then everything dries out considerably. Booze soaked raisin in the finish. Oak is dialed up a bit too high. Not sure what they were going for here. It's tasty, but I'm left far more interested in the base beer than what's in my glass.

Photo of RandyBoBandy
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Immortale25
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a solid brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and spotty surface foam. Very resilient webs of lacing.

S- Strong, borderline astringent oak with a semi-grassy hop aroma. Slight hint of rubber.

T- Ouch. Lots of rubber and band-aid astringency in the onset with some brief roast midway before ending back where it started at the rubber. I guess that's the oak I'm tasting, but it's just too heavy on the resins, smoke or whatever is producing the astringency. As the drink progresses, things get more bearable and the hops are able to peek out a bit but the oak never ends up being complimentary.

M- Medium-heavy slick body with medium fluffy carbonation.

O- I can see how bourbon drinkers might be down with this one, but I just can't get into it. I will say, though, that the alcohol is well-hidden and ups the drinkability.

Photo of Vec2267
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ohtheguilt
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap an opaque, slightly reddish sable with a thick, light golden tan head. Strong aroma is malty and yeasty and has a curious resin-like, almost varnish-like, overtone. Malty flavor has that same resin overtone plus hints of hops, wood and horehound. Smooth texture has good, firm body and a subtle fizz. Maybe this ale’s origin in another dimension (with voyeuristic intentions) is what gives it that odd taste.

Photo of kizyle
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ColSanders123
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of silentjay
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of freduardo
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jzauder
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 22oz bomber on 6/13/2012

Appearance: looked like a dark Belgian ale, a very pleasing dark burgundy color. Just a little bit of foam that rapidly disappeared

Smell: A very clean, resin-y aroma. I picked up a cherry flavor at first with hops on the back end

Taste: You could almost confuse this for a barleywine with it's rich flavor. The oak barrels give it a heavy, almost whiskey-like aftertaste. Medium carbonation. It's a strong beer, but the alcohol sneaks up on you.

Mouthfeel: thick at first, but the aftertaste is very smooth.

Overall: I feel like this would pair well with a cigar. I'm not totally into the whole wood-barrel aging (usually because it mellows out any hop flavors), but the oak works here. It gives the beer a flavor almost like whiskey or brandy. Strong ales aren't my preferred style, but I would definitely try this one again and again. Very complex beer, but drinkable.

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