Terrapin Liquid Bliss - Terrapin Beer Company

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86
very good

1,168 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,168
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 65
Gots: 289 | FT: 9
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TerjUGA on 11-13-2012

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: two finger tan head on a deep dark brown body with fairly thick lacing. Roasted malt, both roasted peanuts and peanut butter which is actually better represented in the aroma than I would expect. Roasted malt and toffee base with what I think is just the right amount of peanut butter flavor which I imagine required quite a large amount to be this prevalent. Fairly thick body and moderate carbonation. Much better than I was expecting. Nice degree of sweetness. Still a fairly simple brew.

Photo of brentk56
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pretty dark brown color with auburn highlights; a nice bubble show leads to a two inch head that leaves strips of lacing; leggy, too

Smell: Smells more like a bag of malt than anything else; rather surprising as I was looking for chocolate and peanut butter

Taste: Roasted grains, up front, with milk chocolate flavor developing in the middle; the peanut butter appears, after the swallow, but an nutskin bitterness overwhelms the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have had a few chocolate/peanut butter beers over time and I find this one a bit lacking compared to others - a bit too thin in the mouthfeel and a disappointing lack of real peanut butter flavor

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When the day is long, the emotions are stirred and the frustrations are high; there's that one point where you can sleep on all that tarnish, or you can wash it all away in a single sip. That's what Terrapin's Liquid Bliss does.

Either the darkest of brown or the dimmest of black, the dark beer straddles the hues of both porter and stout yet casting a creamy froth of mocha-stained foam. Once the nose nestles inside the glass, the muscles relax as dark chocolate, coffee and hot cocoa begin to caress the senses. Absolute decadence slathers over the tastebuds with the milk chocolate flavors that only malt and cocoa can produce.

Its silky smooth taste and texture creep onto the middle where velvet and cream reside. Its taste of heavy cream and slightly cooked caramels are laden with delightful chocolate, vanilla and smooth cold-press coffee. Then once the flavors begin to subside, another flavor enters stage right with the roasted nutty sweetness of peanut butter. Where the beer leads with stout influence up to now, the late flavors are equal parts chocolate and peanut, seemingly of the reese cup variety.

While the beer's finish with its stout stature firmly intact, its obvious cocoa, coffee and cream ensures such. However, the medium-full beer keeps such velvety touch and that peanut secondary character to allow the finish of peanut butter cup lingering long after the bulk of taste closes.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

how uncommon is this? a peanut butter porter! although i have seen many attempts, this might be the only one i would drink again, its delicious. man it must be hard to use that ingredient in a beer, not just because of its texture, but because of its fat content, not water soluble right? so how do you do it? its awesome. i also like that its subtle, i mean, this is a rich roasty porter before its a peanut butter beer, and i love that aspect. the peanut butter is almost faint in the nose, and a little more forward in the flavor, but still nowhere near over the top. it adds a fitting nuttiness that works with both the grains and the yeast, and there is a bitter roast to this that cuts any sweetness that might be present from the peanut butter. what i think i like the most, in addition to all the layers going on with the flavor, is the texture. its silky smooth, not greasy or oily or sticky or sweet or any of the feels i usually think about with peanut butter, so thats awesome, and i score it highly there not because i love the way it feels necessarily, its not that different from other good porters, but because it is none of those feels that would be out of place in a beer. fun fun beer, i could even have a few of them. so keen to try the banana edition.

Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Sticks and Stones in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass nearly pitch black with a minimal head.Aromas of roasted nuts and chocolate,to me almost like nutella with the chocolate and roasted nuts.Starts out semi sweet with chocolate standing out over top of molasses,the roasty nuttiness is a nice finish to the sweetness.Iam not normally really into these kinds of beers but I gotta say this wasn't to bad.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, very dark brown body with a few glimmers of ruby when it catches the light. Modestly-sized, light beige head.

Smell: Dark maltiness, hints of sweetish chocolate, caramel and gentle roast mingled with the butter whats made of peanuts. Thin sliver of dark fruitiness.

Taste: Chocolate laced dark malts with the growing peanut butter flavor surrounding it like a German death squad. Hints of black olive, dark fruit. Rise of blonde caramel. Minimal hop character and bitterness. Semi-dry finish, soft in feel, with lingering flavors of peanuts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Agreeably sleek mouthfeel.

Overall: Better than anticipated! Admittedly, while I don't have any particular beef with p-butter, I've never really reveled in it. As a kid, I ducked PBJ sandwiches and would readily trade away Reese's Peanut Butter Cups come Halloween.

Photo of oline73
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not quite as sweet as I expected. This is definitely a dark chocolate beer. Nice roast level but the peanut butter is too mild. The favors don't pop and there's no real peanut butter in the smell. I would have liked more intensity in flavor and a thicker mouthfeel. I'd pass in the future.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin "Liquid Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "3.1.2015 14323.324"

Well it looks like I'm just under the wire for the "BEST IF ENJOYED BY" date on this one. I don't notice any oxidation or find any flaws.

I'm surprised that this beer has so many negative reviews, and so many very good reviews. It must be the "style", or perhaps a misunderstanding of what it is. Regardless, it must have done well enough that Terrapin took it from one of their "Side Project" beers into full time production.

Personally I think this is one of the best peanut butter beers on the market (although it actually uses a peanut extract). There's enough PB that you get it clearly in the nose, and clearly in the flavor, but then it becomes just another component (nutty) as the chocolatey malt steps forward. So perhaps it's too sweet for some, and I could agree with that if it was a standard porter, or maybe even just a "chocolate porter", but as a "chocolate peanut butter porter" you kind of have to expect that it's a little sweet. And yet it's not quite a full-on dessert beer - you can drink one of these and not find it cloying. So I guess it's one of those beers that you either like or don't like because you can't really argue that it's not to style. If you found a defect, that would be one thing, but as it's currently designated, as long as it roughly fits into the "porter" guidelines... "all's fair in love and war".

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, peanut butter and roasted malts

T: The taste starts out with the peanut butter and chocolate flavors which remain dominant throughout. Then a hearty roasted malt character quickly follows along with some creaminess. The hops presence is extremely mild as you would expect but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good variation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the peanut butter flavor.

Photo of jlindros
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light creamy fizzy head, fades almost instantly, very dark but bit of light coming through.

Nose nice peanut butter, roasted peanuts, bit of toasty and light powdered chocolate, light bready.

Taste is sticky syrupy sweet almost a mess of molasses sugar. Peanut butter again, light toasty nuts, very light watery powdered cocoa, light nutty and touch of bread. Thin but syrupy. Finish is dry but watery and light sticky, light bitterness and watery chocolate and but of peanut butter.

Mouth is med to thin bodied, decent but lighter carb.

Overall interesting to try, nice peanut butter flavors, but just way too thin and watery, and choc even tastes watered down, and it has that molasses sugar mess flavor which also adds a bit of meh.

Photo of Slatetank
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this at Wegmans in a mix-a-six, enjoyed chilled from the 12oz in a stout glass.

The color is dark black-opaque with pale tan head and fine bead, moderately well sticking lace with okay retention. The smell is is rich with cocoa aroma and peanut butter scent with roasty and nutty yet lightly sweet with a creamy almost vanilla odor. The feel is very good with smooth creamy body and roasted texture with medium carbonation and slightly bitter roasted grain to counter the slightly sweet middle with creamy body and semi-dry finish.

The taste is pretty accurate to the description of a chocolate peanut butter combo with toasted grain and peanut flavor and slight hint of herbal hops in the background with mildly creamy taste of yeast and nutty flavor continuing with subtle cocoa into the dry finish with mild alcohol in the taste. The flavor has a decent overall effect but nothing astounding taste-wise a pretty decent and drinkable porter with peanut butter cup flavor and it is not rich or sweet basically a quality dark ale.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Dark brown-black pour with a small mocha head that receded to a ringlet; minimal lacing. I wasn't aware that this was a peanut butter beer, but one sniff, and it was pretty obvious; otherwise, chocolate malts, and not much else. Dark malts in the taste, pretty sweet and not a lot of roastiness, toasted grains, again, the peanut butter comes through, not so much that it's right in your face. Body was just barely on the fuller side of medium, with a slightly chewy texture, lower carbonation. Quite good overall.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Pitch black nice mocha tan head, forms evenly across the sides of my chalice, Big peanut butter nose, dark roasted malt provides chocolate, this is good stuff...dessert in a beer. Flavor brings more peanut butter notes with dark chocolate better than Sweet Baby Jesus, roasted malt and the peanut butter flavor mesh so well this is a treat. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied not something I could drink in number but it's oh so tasty on the palate. Overall the type of dark beer I wanna get to know again and again, great stuff from Athens, GA!!!

Photo of chinchill
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 bottle with a BB date of Jan. 2015 notched on the label.
Pours thick, opaque and near black. Weak head.
Looks rich, and the aroma confimrs this, with the most nutty aroma I've ever run acoss in a liquid. Hints of chocolate and dark roasted malts too, which are much more apparent in the remarkable flavor. Still, more nutty than malty and more malty than chocolate. Excellent swee/bitter balance.

O: "flavors never before so eloquently combined in a liquid or solid form."? ... maybe. Superb.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet clear extremely dark brown in color (almost black) with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some moderate amounts of coal brown + amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to medium to large sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, dark malts, cocoa, and a light aroma of peanut butter (more like a chocolate peanut version of Nutella).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark malts with a lighter flavor of roasted malts. That is followed by a slightly sweet chocolate/cocoa peanut butter (similar to Nutella). Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly slick.

O: Definitely one of the better chocolate/peanut butter porters/stouts that I have tried, I have had a couple of other beers similar in style but this is one of the more successful - a nice combination of flavors without a lot of associated sweetness. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this one.

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

I know, I know, more bottles, right? I was just in such a state of Bliss yesterday, following Wild Beer's Bliss that when I saw this at The Friendly Greek's Bottle Shop, I could not resist a little bit more Blissfulness in my life! It also occurs to me that it is brewed in Athens, Georgia, where that group of hard-charging partiers on "Party Down South" is based. Maybe they could take a tour of the brewery ... I'd love to see a hardcore AIPA in Daddy's funnel!

From the bottle: "Unlock your inner Zen and delve into the Yin[z] and Yang of two decadent flavors. Focus on the harmonic togetherness of chocolate and peanut butter as it takes you to a place that you never thought possible ... a 'liquid Bliss.'"; "'Brewed With Peace of Mind'".

I have said it before, but one of the things that I really dig about these dark-colored beers is the way that the pseudo-cascade is truly obvious when I employ a heavy-handed pour. Once it settled, it produced two-plus fingers of dense, deep-tan/light-brown head with excellent retention. I am going to call the color an Opaque Black (SRM = 44) because with settling, I am unable to get any light penetration. Nose smelled like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in my glass! It reminds me of my late Pops, who loved them and Tastykake Peanut Butter TandyTakes, white cakes with a top layer of peanut butter and fully enrobed in chocolate. Mouthfeel was medium, but I felt as though it should be fuller. Taste was spot-on chocolate and peanut butter. Wow! It was a bit sweet for my hophead palate, which is why I do not make it a regular thing at the Spring House Taproom, but it was truth in advertising. Finish was sweet, but not cloying, which would be a definite possibility with this admixture. I can take one at a time, but I am going back to something else after this.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with a thin brown head that has decent retention

S - roasted malts, nutty, sweet

T - creamy, nutty, roasted malts, fruity, sweet

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This was an intriguing beer. It was nutty and had sweet fruitiness to it, but it was still had the typical porter qualities. It was a bit unique with the addition of peanut butter. I applaud them for trying something different. It's worth a try, but I won't be seeking this out again.

Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured unto my Founders glass, Close to black in color with a foamy, dark tan colored head to it. Decent lacing. Pretty nice looking beer of the style overall.

Aroma shows off the peanuts pretty well without being overwhelming. Milky chocolate and roasted malts blend in well. It comes together surprisingly well.

The taste shows a little more of the chocolate to it, which I like. The peanuts are a little more reserved at first, but compliment very well in the finish. Some roasted malts in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is thin for the style and just a little creamy. Carbonation is average. Overall, I thought it was a pretty solid beer. It came together much better then I anticipated. I thought the chocolate and peanut butter were well balanced and very flavorful. Very nice beer overall.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Poured a dark brown bordering black color. Off white head.

SMELL: Smell of chocolate and peanut butter. A bit of coffee and vanilla around the edges,

TASTE: Peanut flavor, a bit of cocoa and char. Slight twang but not too bad. Would certainly suffice if you're into the chocolate, peanut butter porter thing.

FEEL: Full bodied well carbonated.

OVERALL: Very tasty peanut butter ale. A niche beer, and definitely not for everyone, but certainly good for what it is.

Photo of smakawhat
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Creamed simple straightforward one finger head. Light coffee to tan brown, quite thin bubbles actually and managing to stay upright. A classic dark walnut brown body with some red highlights and a little bit of clarity to it underneath the cap. A bit small on the head creation, but otherwise fun.

That aroma just rips. It's ripping thick and truly creamy peanut butter. There's definitely a candy store corner action to it, but there's not much hint of anything else, no roast, or even chocolate, but it's a great one note wonder for what it is.

Palate delivers perfectly. Good notes of thick peanut richness. Aftertaste really hits the classic porter character. Light char, slightly toned down and a wonderful simple roast aftertaste. The mid palate forgoes chocolate notes strangely, and the peanut and nutty character really dominates, but without a lot of sugars or overpowering obvious slamming character. Nutty and airy, with a whisp of almost smoke and ash to match simple light porter character.

A real excellent example, if a bit light on the palate. Very fun beer that nails peanut nicely and just a fun beer to drink.

Photo of HopHead84
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2/02/2013

Thanks to Julian for the great extra. The beer sounds interesting. Snifter

A: Black with two fingers of light brown bubbly cream. Good retention.

S: Peanut butter, sugar cookie, and milk chocolate with some dark chocolate as well. There's a little vanilla and a touch of roast. Not unlike nutella.

T: Nutty milk and dark chocolate with a touch of molasses and just a little roast. There's a decided peanut presence throughout that's complimentary and makes things interesting. Low bitterness.

M: Upper medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy, sticky, and silky.

Overall: Well executed. Definitely recommended.

Photo of chippo33
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3.25

amazing nose, thin, spritzy mouthfeel

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown-to-black coloring with a thin, sparse, light tan head. Steady flow of carbonation throughout the body, too. Aromas of fresh baked chocolate brownies, peanut bitter rich and sweet, roasted notes, and a subtle sugary highlight. Flavors are subtle roasted chocolate, bittersweet, with a peanut butter backbone that is richly sweet. Nice balance, with a hint of roasted coffee. Mid-bodied, slightly dry, and smooth in mouth. The aftertaste is a solid blend of chocolate and peanut butter, again both sweet and slightly dry. The finish is smooth, dry, and with a solid linger. Decent brew for the flavor profile, and fits the style well.

Photo of Duff27
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half inch short lives head leaves a small collar. Brown body with lighter edges. Some lacing left.

Chocolate on the nose. Maybe if I close my eyes and focus I'd pick out some peanut butter.

Pick up on the peanut butter cuppiness. May only guess chocolate if i didnt know there was peanut butter in this. Pretty easy drinking.

Good carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

Overall it was decent. Wouldn't go out of my way for it but worth a try if it's in front of ya. Thanks the share egrace84.

Photo of flagmantho
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich, dark brown with apparently plenty of haze. Head pours a thin finger of frothy tan foam. Pretty nice!

Smell: roasty porter aroma with definite chocolate and peanut notes. One of the nuttiest beers I've smelled. It's a bizarre combination, and while I'm not 100% sure how well it works for me, it is definitely as-advertised.

Taste: much like the aroma, in that there is definitely a peanut butter character and a chocolate character here. The sweetness actually renders a bit of a hazelnut effect. It's decent, and definitely an interesting experiment, but it doesn't really grab me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a nice, rich creaminess. Quite good indeed.

Overall: again, an interesting beer, and certainly drinkable in its way. But this particular nutty combination is not for me.

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Terrapin Liquid Bliss from Terrapin Beer Company
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