Terrapin 90 Shelling Scotch Ale | Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin 90 Shelling Scotch AleTerrapin 90 Shelling Scotch Ale
75 Ratings
Terrapin 90 Shelling Scotch AleTerrapin 90 Shelling Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Side Project #6

Added by glid02 on 05-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown sugar, yeast, malt, barley, flaked rye, raisins, plums, wallpaper, boozy oak and caramel, dirt. Smells like light fruits, pills, sink water, blue jeans, hops, meat, smoke, wood, candy, aged wine, apples, yeast, blueberries and espresso. Damn fine.

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3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber received in a trade with Blazer06. Thanks bro!

A - An opaque brown color. Not much head (maybe because its a few years old), and no lace on the glass.

S - Sweet and malty. Brown sugar. Delicious aroma. Alcohol is very present in the whiff as well

T - Like it smells, very sweet from the malts and rich. Very, very smooth all the way through. Brown bread, bananas, roasted malts. Tasty!

M - Nice carbonation. Medium bodied.

O - An excellent scotch ale. This is not one of my preferred styles, but it is growing on me. The more I have of them, the more I enjoy them. A great side project from Terrapin. I feel like it may have increased a bit in ABV as it aged over the last 2 years. Nice little buzz.

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3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. One and a half fingers of creamy/frothy beige head with below average retention and a small ring of lacing.

4.0 S: Biscuity and grainy malts. Some toffee, brown sugar, and a STRONG candied plum aroma. Doesn't stand out, but is very pleasant.

3.5 T: Really reserved for the style. There isn't enough sweetness, which can be explained by the thin body by wee heavy standards. Malts are again grainy and biscuity with the same toffee, brown sugar, and plum. The problem is that all of these flavors other than the graininess are present in low quantities.
3.0 M: Ligher medium to medium body. There's enough carbonation, but it isn't spritzy enough and the beer lies heavy on the tongue. Otherwise, super smooth.

4.0 D: This isn't the most flavorful, but it goes down super easy. I'd think nothing of drinking a few bombers of this by myself.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: A dark brown, verging on blackish color that doesn't want to let very much light pass through. Head foams up nicely from a vigorous pour, then settles down to a thick film.

S: Not too hugely strong smell although not weak by any means, however a very interesting one. Dark roasted malt give a toffee like aroma, and add a faint sweet/sour smell. Alcohol doesn't really make itself present yet.

T: Tastes like a more pronounced version of the smell. Roasted malts are easily perceived, caramelized sugar that almost seems burnt are present lending a slight bitterness to the taste. Some hop bitterness seems to balance it out although not much. Finishes with a miniature whiskey like alcohol sting.

M: A mellow medium bodied mouthfeel. The alcohol definitely creates a warming effect here.

D: More of a sipper at first because of the alcohol, but it grows on you. It is more drinkable than I thought it would be before I tried it.

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4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This makes a lovely casked beer. Had this on cask at the Brick Store Pub. Pours chestnut with a fine white head and very nice carbonation for a cask. On the nose there are interesting notes of banana bread, fresh brown bread, yeast, and more banana in the finish as well as a touch of chalk. Very appetizing. Taste is very similar, but loses some of the chalkiness and gains a little intensity. Sweet and smooth in the mouth, and the malt is not quite as firm as in some other 90s I've had. A nice warming fall beer.

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3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown with fiery orange accents... that becomes bloody crimson when backlit. A thick chunk of sandstone colored creaminess looks good following the pour and at all times thereafter. The head has remarkable persistence and does a decent job creating lace.

The nose is way too weak. Granted, there's still some suds in the way and the beer still has its starting chill, but that's the case with most of my reviews. Warming brings a little brown maltiness and an earthiness that bears at least a passing resemblance to the style.

90 Shelling Scotch Ale is too weak in the knees to be considered a good example of a wee heavy. In other words, it needs to be a wee bit heavier to seriously compete with the best versions. Let's make that 'needed to be' since this was a one-off release.

Although there's more flavor than aroma, it isn't exactly overwhelming the taste buds with malty excellence. Specific flavors include brown bread lightly sweetened with fruit marmalade, tobacco, and a moderate earthy nuttiness. The fact that it's (barely) more than 12 months old might have something to do with the lack of punch. Shouldn't a malt dominant beer of this ABV last at least that long?

The mouthfeel probably hasn't taken too much of a hit. It's lighter than expected (and desired), though it's smooth as silk and manages to be at least lightly creamy. Proper carbonation helps keep the score above average.

Terrapin 90 Shelling Scotch Ale (a turtle reference, not an artillery reference) is slightly better than Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter and is worse that the rest of the Side Project beers that I've had so far. Thanks to Mavajo for the bomber.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured dark brown in color with a thin white lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma has a malty flavor to it with caramel and toffee both playing big roles. It also has some chocolate and some hints of dark fruit coming through.

The taste has a good amount of caramel and toffee malt sweetness with a little coffee and chocolate coming through in the finish. It has a little cola like sweetness to it in the taste. The chocolate came through more as it warmed up.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe slightly on the thicker side. Carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some nice malt flavors to it and was pretty tasty overall.

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3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this bomber on 3/29/10.

A - Poured a clear bronze-colored liquid with a sparse but creamy beige head that settled into a thin ring of retention with a dot in the middle of the glass and no lacing.

S - Sweet, leafy tobacco mixed with coffee and chocolate notes, as well as rich caramel and toffee attributes. Further in the backround, a hint of earthy tones and molasses slowly emerges as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - Lots of chocolate character with hints of sweet tobacco and coffee notes. Malt character combines sweet caramel and toffee notes. Finishes with earthy hop notes and hints of molasses and licorice.

M - Medium bodied with quite a bit of bristly carbonation and light syrupy texture. Finishes with a touch of hop bitterness and residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Fine Scotch ale with quite a complex malt character combining chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel and toffee. This was another above average Side Project release from Terrapin.

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3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a surprising dark brown with not much head, retention or lacing. The beer is fairly clear.

The aroma is light alcohol not a ton of other stuff going on here.

The taste is a little scothy bur overall pretty boring.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked this at a recent tasting in Williamsburg, VA. Poured from the bottle to a tulip and the review is from notes taken on 2/25/2010.

Appearance: Pour is a very dark burnt caramel and coppery color with some deep ruby highlights when held to the light; starts with a one figner light tan head that fades to a thin, but firm, skim; body is nearly opaque; fast and tiny carbonation is present near the surface and sides of the glass; spotty washes of loose lacing.

Smell: A wet grainy/grassy smell -- very earthy; light caramel notes; slightly bready quality to it and there is a very faint whiff of chocolate notes as well as it warms up.

Taste: Bready/wheaty; a light caramel note with a near cola-like sweetness; light choclately aspect; caramel becomes much more prominent as it sits out longer and warms up; slightly peaty by the end, but not really smokey.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, but it's quite soft; body is of medium weight and thickness; there is a nice and firm coating left behind; overall, it's quite a smooth drinking beer.

Drinkability: Definitely solid, but I was hoping for something a little more robust in the mouth and flavor departments. I would definitely buy it again and perhaps drink it a little fresher.

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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this one on tap at Piper's Pub off their draft lineup...quality stuff. Appears a deep mahogany brown hue with a light tan head. Nose is slightly smokey malts herbal low roaring hops deep caramel and earthy tones as well. Flavor was great one of the best interpretations of the style American brewed to date. Ample sweetness bright chest nut character, earthy smoked malt flavor caramel and a hint of vanilla and oak but I know this wasn't barrel aged it was just complex. Mouthfeel was fuller bodied full of malts added a good bit of girth alcohol was well hidden smooth flowing on the palate I welcome more of this in the future. Drinkability is smooth and complex I drank this side by side with some hoppy ales and this one couldn't be beat in the complexity department so much going on I really enjoyed this style brewed by Terrapin.

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4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received a bottle from Palmej1 in a BIF. Thanks to Jacob!!

Poured from a bomber into a Gordon's Finest Gold Scotch Thistle glass.

A - Poured with a thick off white head with tight bubbles, about an inch of head. Leaves fairly quickly leaving thick lace and legs on the side. Color is a deep ruby. Dead on for style. Lace down the glass as you quaff it.

S - Malt Monster! Sweet, chewy, malty, a little alcohol. Can't wait to dive into this beer!

T - first sip - malt, slick, hints of cognac at the back of the tongue. A little vanilla, oak? faint hints of a barrel? smoke? peat? Not an off flavor, not a fault. Very subtle at the end. Very nice!

M - malt, medium bodied. Chewy. Not cloying in its sweetness.

D - On a cold winter night in Chicago, I could down a few bottles. Would probably feel it the next day, but, oh, what a ride. Outstanding beer!

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3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bruisin' Ales. Dark brown colour with lots of lace dots. Good drinkability from lots of malting, and that detracted from style however. Some chocolate malt, and a bit of residual smoke. Spiciness in there, think cardomon.Average mouthfeel.

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