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 Dope
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pitch-black pour with a small but thick light brown head. Fades somewhat slowly, leaving decent lacing.

S: Wonderful fruity yeast smell with lots of banana in particular. As it warms, dark fruit like cherry, fig and raisin override. Roasted malt pokes through with some bitter char, coffee and chocolate.

T: Loaded with fruit up front. Again, raisins, figs, cherries, maybe apricot and grape? Hints of banana. The roasted malt kicks in in the middle with some coffee and chocolate mainly. Bitter char, earth and some toffee lingers in the aftertaste with just hints of the fruits. Bits of spices here and there as well.

M: Medium bodied, silky smooth.

O: Not a TON of belgian yeast but the fruitiness is quite prominent. Mainly like a super fruity RIS than a belgian stout but not every beer fits nicely into a category either. Unique and tasty.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. No date or info.

I got a bottle of this from Rochefort10NH (thanks Keith!) then another from Onenote81 (thanks Jon!) before I removed it from my wants. Glad it's good!

A - Clear on the pour, it's totally black in the glass, worthy of the awesome name. A low tan head has little retention and a little lace.

S - Milk chocolate and oak are present right away. Belgian yeast adds a slight funk to the smooth roasted malts. A very light coffee infusion on the finish.

T - Belgian yeast comes through a lot more full in the flavor and adds slight fruity nuances to the rich milk chocolate and coffee taste. Very nice.

M - Medium-full bodied and smooth with a low carbonation feel and silky swallow. It goes down nicely.

D - A sipping beer with a great flavor and nice feel, it's splendid. A good bottle from one of my favorite southern Breweries! This would be great in the dead of winter.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of argock
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.59.

A: Very dark brown, nearly black, with ruby edges and short, tan head that fades quickly and leaves only a few spots of lace.

S: Nice roasted malt aromas combined with dark fruits and earthy herbal hopping. Chocolate and coffee aromas also come through. Some mild fruity yeast is there as well.

T: Roasted malt governs the flavor, but more chocolate, coffee, and fruity Belgian yeast character comes through than is present in the aroma. Still, the flavor is pleasant but not overly complex. Fruity yeast esters accent along with earthy, herbal, grassy hops. Definitely an enjoyable brew.

M: A lot less carbonated than I was expecting for a Belgian yeast-fermented beer. The low-medium carbonation gives a slightly tacky mouthfeel. Body is medium-full with a dark malty-chocolate aftertaste.

D: A good, drinkable brew. I hate to say it, but I tasted Weyerbacher Tiny witin the last week, and for the flavor, aroma, and the price, it has Terrapin Dark Side beat by a sizeable margin.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours an opaque black liquid with a dark tan colored head that is hard to force and has limited retention and almost no lacing

S-the nose is average in strength and brings roasted barley up front, notes of coffee and wild yeast with dark fruits of plum at the finish

T-the taste follows the nose but shows the alcohol. a light roasted barley taste with hints of coffee. not really any yeast flavors but more dark fruits here, mostly plum and maybe some black cherry. the alcohol becomes present at the finish and also brings a fair amount of phenol taste.

M-medium body and silky smooth. the perfect amount of carbonation allowing this to slide down the back of the throat. if only a thicker and more viscous it would be unbelievable

D-pretty solid but nothing speacial. a few minor issues with this but it is decent. love the silky smooth feeling just wish the body was fuller.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an oily dark brown, nearly black, with a thick and fairy persistent beige head. Aroma is strong and smoky with definite tones of roast coffee, unsweetened chocolate and molasses. Lip-smacking, mouth-filling flavor has the typical coffee and unsweet chocolate tones of a good Imperial Stout plus hints of molasses and caramel and even just a shade of hops and a touch of sweetness. Texture is silky smooth and just a little tingly, not quite as thick as most stouts.

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Photo of wedge
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one for xmas '09...

Pitch black with a creamy tan ring on top. Dark, rich aroma - purple fruit, chocolate, caramel, and a touch of licorice. Sweet roasted malt flavors...chocolate, coffee, prune, plum. Less upfront dark fruitiness than the smell. The sweet mocha-like aftertaste pretty much covers up any alcohol. Medium-plus body and creamy. Tasty!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a light brown head. In the aroma, sweet coffee and a Belgian like yeast. In the taste, dry coffee, sweet Belgian sugar and yeast, and almost licorice like. A smooth and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry licorice and alcohol aftertaste. Nice flavor and smooth, however a bit boozy in the aftertaste.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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 birchstick
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bhalter8 for providing this beer. Great trading partner, great guy.

One finger of tan foamy head. No light gets through this dark beer. Deep brown and almost black.
No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is of licorice, dark roast malt.

Flavor certainly has the licorice flavor, light smoke and plenty of dark roast malt. Behind this is plenty of light fruit. Interesting getting some peach. There is also a Swiss milk chocolate flavor that is very smooth. I really enjoy this.

Smooth mouth feel, slight carbonation. Really nice.

I really enjoyed this more than I thought. Not as much Belgian influence as I suspected. I assume the licorice is part of this.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes in December 09

A - poured very dark brown/black with auburn hues. Tannish head, not much lace. Looks good so far. 4.0

S - Vanilla, lots of fruit sweetness reminiscent of a blend of pears, currants, and figs, melding with chocolate and light expresso. Bit of leather too. 4.0

T - Very much like the aroma but more pronounced roasted and chocolate malts. Not too fruity. This is really good! 4.5

M - Medium body, nicely carbonated to creaminess. Could use some more viscosity. 3.5

D - Very good, I would get this again. 4.0

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Photo of JayQue
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is more of a stout than a BSDA. Roasted malts, hints of coffee and chocolate, fairly rich.

Poured into a plastic Tastes Unlimited pint glass. Really dense, dark color with a medium size light brown head. Some lacing on the glass (would have been more with a real glass).

Aroma is stout....roasted malts, chocolate and coffee...with the malts most dominant.

Taste included a little Belgian yeasts but still primarily a stout.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy...Smooth, no hint of the 8.50 abv.

Drinkability is pretty good, a smooth, rich stout with some Belgian overtones. Not great, but pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/17/2010. Bottle thanks to Tsotsi. Pours black with a small dark tan head. Aroma of chocolate, lactose, sweet roasted malt. Flavor also of sweet chocolate and lactose with some roasted, charred malt notes in the finish. Very drinkable and I really enjoyed the smooth, milky mouthfeel. Great foreign stout from Terrapin!

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Photo of bacher468
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bocktown tonight. Served in a 12 oz snifter.

A- Body is a nearly opaque dark brown/nearly black hue that is served with a nice 2 finger or so light brown foamy head. Head eventually fades to 1 finger but has perfect retention from there. Plenty of lacing lacing left all the way down the glass.

S- Nose is wonderful. A big roasted malt aroma balances well with light toffee, caramel, and vanilla aromas...smells like a coffee house.

T- Taste is similar to the smell. The roasted malt and coffee tones seems to be the main character all the way through but sweet accents of caramel;, molasses, vanilla, and toffee balance with it well. Finish is similar to initial flavor and a minimal impression of the whole profile lingers on the palate.

M- Medium carbonation and a heavy body that is thick and pretty creamy.

D- This follows the profile of a nice espresso stout very well. Not so sure about a Belgian Stout-but this is still a nice, very well executed brew. ABV is nearly undetectable as well. Would like to have this again.

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Photo of deereless
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium ring of espresso like foam, dark brown to black in color, visible viscosity, what little head there is has some serious staying power, no significant lacing - 4.25, S: Some spicy zest to the nose, noticeable alcohol but not overpowering, slight burnt molasses and ash, some dried cherries - 4.50, D: Sturdy sweetness and dark molasses, dates and figs, alcohol, medium hop bite with a fair share of earthiness and citrus, also a touch fruity, quite a bit of roasted grains and some chocolate - 4.50, M: Nice and creamy - 4.50, D: A nice combination using a Belgian yeast in a Russian Imperial Stout - it works well, very drinkable and one I'd gladly drink again - 4.25

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Photo of DIM
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Its a stout, black body with a thick, foamy brown head.

s: On mild side overall and the Belgian quality is difficult to discern. I got plenty of roast that was largely characterless with hints of chocolate and boozy fruit.

t: Lots of roasty/toasty malt that is tasty but not all that complex. The finish tastes of char and this is when the Belgian yeast kicks in, just as a fairly subdued tingle though.

m: Big bodied, both creamy and chewy with active, foamy carbonation.

d: Weyerbacher XIII set the bar pretty high and this just doen't quite measure up. I enjoyed it overall, I just wish there had been a stronger "Belgian" presence.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from Sebletitje. Thanks a bunch! I've never tried a Belgian Imperial Stout, so I am quite interested in what I am about to taste.

A: pours like a typical imperial stout... black, opaque, some white head, no retention.

S: the nose is interesting, an intense roasted malt profile has a dominant presence on the front, lots of chocolate and coffee, then I pick up some of the fruity notes that I am familiar with from Belgian style beers. I'm not entirely sure of what I think about these two opposing profiles together, but it is quite intriguing.

T: Whoa... the palate throws me for a loop. It drinks more like a Belgian Dark ale with lots of grapes, candied sugar etc... but is then followed by the roasty profile that dominated the nose. This beer has two distinct and separate flavors and the finish is all imperial stout. The flavors seem to combat each other a little bit.. I like all the flavors but they fail to meld. In other words, there is no balance.

MF: thick and creamy, nice imperial stout body, chewy mouthfeel

D: I'm torn about this beer. Like I said, all the flavors are nice, but it seems to be two flavors that contradict each other. The end result is confusing to the palate. I would drink it again but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Terrapin The Dark Side Belgian Style Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 183 ratings