Terrapin The Dark Side Belgian Style Imperial Stout | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin The Dark Side Belgian Style Imperial StoutTerrapin The Dark Side Belgian Style Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Side project #9

Added by BeerSox on 12-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 183 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with hints of unsweetened chocolate. As it warms good amounts of light fruits - dried bananas - waft out but remain second "banana" to the roasted malt and chocolate aromas.

Tastes good. Roasted malt flavors up front are joined shortly by dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip mild dark fruit flavors - raisins mostly with hints of prunes - enter into things. As with the smell as it warms very small amounts of banana flavors are present. The ending is mildly bitter and leaves fruit flavors - either dark or light - lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and didn't think it drank like an 8.5% ABV beer.

Overall this was another very good SP however it still hasn't eclipsed my favorite in the series SP5. That being said it's not far behind and is worth a shot.

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Photo of gford217
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one sits almost completely opaque black in the glass with a smallish tan head that recedes fairly quickly to a small collar.

The aroma is deeply roasted black malts, cocoa and some light coffee hints. There is also some light fruity esters and maybe some banana sweetness in the background as well.

The taste is more of the same with an initial chocolate-covered raisin sweetness on top of the dark roasted malts. The finish is roasted but with the Belgian yeast sweetness keeping this from getting too dry.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for an impy stout with good carbonation. The Belgian twist certainly adds to the drinkability but probably keeps the body a little lighter than I would want ideally in this style. Still, it's an interesting take on the style.

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Photo of raverjames
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black and thick. Nice white head with great retention.
S: Roasted malts and caramel. There is a bit of fig smell that comes from the Belgian yeast. There is also some clove that comes out as the beer warms up.
T: Roasty and chocolaty. It is like a tasty version of chocolate covered raisins. Very nice and smooth.
M: Not too thick, but still a bit sweet. Quite smooth as it warms up.
D: As easy as it is to drink this brew, it is still a strong imperial stout. The Belgian yeast gives some refreshing fruity qualities which help the drinkability.
This was an excellent Belgian Imperial Stout and one of my favorite Terrapin side projects.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber found at Beverage World in Ft. O/Chattanooga. Pours dark brown/black in the glass with a small tan head. No lacing.

Aroma is some coffee, light chocolate and roasted malts. Pretty subdued, not terribly impressive.

Flavor is chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts, nice but still not very big.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, quite carbonated, almost refreshing which is different for an imperial stout. This factor makes the beer most interesting to me. Pretty nice. Will buy another.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am nursing a head cold and probably shouldn't be reviewing this, but even through the phlegm and sudafed drymouth I can perceive that this is a whopper of a beer.

Completely black with some caramel brown around the very edges of my tulip glass. Nose is full of fresh roasted coffee, malts, and sugar (molasses). Head is a bit anemic and not much lace to speak of. This seems to be a problem with a number of Side Projects.

Rich, full mouthfeel is evident right off the bat, but not overly sweet. Deep malt flavors, dark chocolate, coffee. Some tangy dark fruit (prunes, raisin) from the yeast. Solid, bracing bitterness, but not astringent. A bit of herbal hops. Very little alcohol in the nose, but a bit evident on the tongue. Beautifully balanced, excellent body. Lacking only a bit more of the luxurious carbonation of the best Belgians.

Probably the best Side Project yet. Right up there with Monk's Revenge. Look for an edit when my head clears.

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Photo of Minkybut
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this big beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was opaque and black as can be. It poured a nice tan head. This beer really packs a wallop. The chocolate flavors ooze out of the bottle and dazzle you with rich moistness that covers the high ABV well. I will buy this beer again.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Color is nice and dark like expected and pours with a small caramely head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

S: lovely roastiness with a little bit of chocolate and coffee. Nothing to unexpected

T: I love the roasted taste with this. Just like the smell I get the hints of chocolate and coffee taste and has a very slight background of some sort of fruit sweetness. After every sip i breathe through my nose and get tones of the roasted flavors. lovely

M: At first sip my mouth dries out and I can taste every level of the beer then halfway through the sweetness shows itself and gives it a real nice balance. Its not a syrupy stout like an imperial but has the big flavors.

D: This is one of my favorite side projects. Every time I take a sip i want another and another. Really well made in my eyes. Seems like its the way a belgium stout should be like. Lovely balance good flavor and not to powerful. way to go Terrapin

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Photo of BeerSox
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber into 25 oz snifter.

The overall appearance is like any other Imperial Stout, pitch black with a steady brown head. The aroma is very roasty, with hints of molasses, raisin, coffee and chocolate. The flavor is bitter, mostly from the malts, with a little bit of bitter chocolate to compliment. In both the aroma and flavor the Belgian yeast gives off its characteristics, adding dark fruit and some light spiciness. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation, adding some fizz to the tongue.

Terrapin has created another gem with this one. Exactly what a Belgian Stout should be. Highly recommended.

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Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 183 ratings