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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by glid02 on 04-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
62
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
9%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
12
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 62
Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my favorite style and i was thrilled to be able to grab these and try them all

brown, pretty much opaque. Very small head that faded almost instantly. Left behind a very nice lace all down the glass.

strong alchol smell, soo much so that it pretty much drowned out all other scents. I let it warm up to almost room temp, at which point some subtle hints of hops were able to finally start to break their way through. Taste was very hoppy, definaly is a bit young and could use some time to relax. Lots of alchol presence here really packed a big bite. Once you get past it the feel was actually quite smooth and creamy. Very nice feel. Again I really think it would improve with some aging. Right towards the end I finally sarted to pick up some of the more subtle hunts, with the most prominent being a nice raisin flavor.

This one definalty will pick up as time goes by

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Photo of trappistlover
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle courtesy of Beersommelier!) Pours a cloudy amber with than head. Aroma has some booze, caramel, tootsie roll, and dried fruits (date and fig). Taste follows suit with the date, fig and caramel leading the way. Medium to full bodied with chewy texture and slight bitter finish to go along with a little alcohol burn. This is a nice beer. Thanks Matt

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Photo of afordney
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reddish in color, a bit cloudy, nice thick head. and a little lacing left around the glass

Carmel and sweetness in the open a little alcohol aroma in the finish

strong alcohol flavors a bit of malty sweetness

a bit syrupy and slightly toward the bitterness. not overpowering however.

seems like it would be good for winter nice body to it to warm you up. a little strong, but pretty tasty.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A rich mahogany. Nice head retention and lace on the glass. Very cloudy.

S - Fairly sweet. Dried fruit, nectar. Maybe brown sugar. Fabulous smell. Now time to get in my belly...

T - Wow, very impressive. Sweeter than I imagined, but not too sweet. Lots of fruit characteristics. Maple syrup.

M - Very smooth, medium bodied. Fairly high carbonation.

D - As good as it is, it is very strong, so I will stop at a pint. But the strong ABV is well hidden. Great beer!

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

Review from notes. Thanks to Jay for bringing this treat.

Mahogany/maple with a bubbly white head. Decently clear, a couple of specks that don't interfere. Nice subtle caramel, leather, and a hint of sweet tobacco. Touch of toffee, but the aforementioned characteristics definitely shine through. Deliciously medium bodied with smooth and velvety carbonation. A sipper for sure, with a bit of alcohol warmth that only adds to the greatness. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Bottle number 2056 of 4884.

The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, maple and some dark fruit and cherry notes. The flavor is not as good as the aroma. I don't get any of the cherry notes that I got in the aroma. What I do get is a mix of toffee malt, leather and maple. The alcohol is well hidden for a beer that is nearly 10 percent ABV. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but I wish it tasted as good as it smelled.

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Photo of kk73
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass. Bottle #1069/4884. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - Pours a nice, deep, rich mahogany with a redish tinge. A generous two finger tan head which slowly dissapates into a tan ring around the glass leaving little lacing.

S - Dark fruit, molasses, raisins, figs, and caramel malts. Very interesting compared to all the IPAs Ive been drinking lately.

T - Tastes like it smells, with tons of caramel malts. Sweet but not overly sweet, some brown sugar and molasses, and dried raisins.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium to light bodied. Very little alcohol detection, and light carbonation, which I think helps out this beer.

D - Was not blown away, but an overall solid beer imo. Not familiar with this style and this may only be the second or third old ale Ive ever had. But I thought it was good and very glad to have gotten to try a bottle.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle $13 at Beverage World in Ft. Oglethorp, Georgia. Alas there was no Golden ticket in my box. Dark brown color, looks like an old ale to me. Smells boozy, caramel, boozy, malty. Tastes almost exactly like North Coast Old Stock Ale in my opinion which is a very good thing. Booze in the taste, raisin, caramel, some toffee. The booziness held back drinkability a bit but this was a very good effort from Terrapin and I like the fund-raising aspect a lot.

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Photo of Buebie
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with gford217

Poured from the gold wrapped bomber. A little under 2 inches of tan head, leaving a thin cap and thin full coverage lace that leave legs down the glass.
Color is a dark amber with redish color.
Aroma is malt forward with a touch of vinous notes, plums and a little burnt caramel.

Mouthfeel is slick with a full of dextrin feel.
Flavor has much dark fruit, very malty and mildly sweet. There is some bittering going on midway through and into the swallow that lingers a while. I cannot tell if its hops or somthing else. Its almost an acidic earthy flavor. Some roast grains and what could be dark chocolate grain.
A bit of sweet caramel malty flavors coming back into the finish.

Overall a spot on beer for the style. Enjoyable for sure.

Thanks Grant!

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special Thanks to Bhalter8 for providing this beer. Ben's a great trading partner and a great guy. Bottle # 1939 of 4884

A thick beige head forms as your pour this beer. The beer is a straight amber color with excellent clarity and no visible carbonation.

Aroma is quite fruity with some caramel malt tones in the rear. Seems to be a little spice here as well.

Flavor has plenty of smooth caramel from front to back. Also a ton of fruit in the flavor as well. There is a slight sense of the alcohol near the finish, but it's not hot at all. The overwhelming flavor in the end here is the sweet caramel.

Medium body slight carbonation and very smooth.

I'd say this beer is definitely true to the style, I'm just not sure it's overly exciting. Still very glad to have had the opportunity to try this.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade (forget which of my trading partners it came from though, sorry!), this 22oz bomber (#1769/4884) was poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a murky color that's caught halfway between plum and brown. The initial pour yielded about a finger's worth of light caramel foam, but a more aggressive follow up pour got the head up to two finger's worth. Either way though, for a big beer with this kind of ABV I don't hold it against the beer too much. The nose is of dark fruits primarily, with some alcohol in play as well (in a good way), but it the lack of any remaining head makes the smell a little weak. No such problems with the taste, absolutely delicious. Each sip leads off with a swirl of caramel before fading into sweet dark fruits soaked in a little bit of alcohol. Carbonation is nice and low, picture perfect for the style, body is just a tad on the thin side though. Between the great flavor and the seamless integration of the little bit of alcohol into the overall flavor this beer is ridiculously drinkable, for a beer of it's heft it disappeared from my glass very quickly. Looking forward to trying the rest of the Theater Sessions brews!

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Photo of nerdrocker101
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle.

The body sits mahogany with a head that resembles a settled Georgia born cola. A light lacing. Slow yet steady stream of bubbles continue on long after the pour.

It holds an aroma of ripe fruits mostly green raisins. Tastes like the lovechild of Raisinettes and Sugarbabies after a night of streaking.

Moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Overall a pretty good brew. Hopefully the rest of the Ga. Theatre series will turn put this well.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a brownish burgundy hue with a thin head and a little bit of lacing sticking to the glass. Brown sugar and malts dominate the nose with caramel, slight spice, and dark fruits accents. The flavor is not too complex consisting of lots o caramel maltiness, brown sugar, and a mild spice note. There seems to be raisins or figs as well. It kind has a leathery flavor. The beer was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a slick mild sweet and spice finish. Pretty good drinkability but nothing spectacular. I'm still at least glad I got to try it.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The pour is dark amber/mahogany in color with very little head on it.

S: There is a good sweetness to the nose, quite a bit of brown sugar, caramel, and raisins. A hint of spice, but nothing compared to the sweetness.

T: As much sweetness as the nose gives off, the flavor is disappointing. Sure, it is sweet, but sort of one-dimensional and a bit watery. Brown sugar, caramel, and that's about it.

M: The body is a bit thin and watery for an old ale, with a very low carbonation.

D: Terrapin always make a good effort, but this one is another that just doesn't really hit the mark. I wouldn't bother with this one.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes; 5/27/10.

Pours a rich dark brown with a thin off white head.

Med bodied with a slick yet frothy mouth-feel and moderate carbonation.

Rich/sweet malt presence upfront with a slight citrus hop note.
Strong notes of raisins and candied orange dominate the palate.

Finishes with a mild residual sweetness.

Overall, I was underwhelmed, but I am glad I was able to purchase this beer that will help the preservation of a GA "relic".

As usual, Terrapin did not disappoint, but didn't blow me away either.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a nice malty, yeasty and slightly spicy aroma. It pours out a dark clear mahogany with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled pale tan head. Flavor is spicy, mainly cloves and cinnamon, with a good malty tone and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is sharp, fizzy and tingly. Way to go!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle (Bottle 1628/4884) - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. A tidy sum. As I'm a stingy sourpuss these days, I'll set up both the box and accompanying brochure to quietly remind me that this is all in the name of charity.

Appearance: Hazed body, the color of rich mahogany wood. Slight head of off-white foam eventually settles into a glass encircling ring.

Smell: The aroma smell prodigiously malty, with full notes of caramel sauce, light brown sugar, and loaf bread. Additional large scents of Angostura bitters and black cherry cordial. Additional small scent of unsalted peanuts.

Taste: Maltiness tasting of well-toasted, crusty bread, brown sugar, and additional caramelized, near burnt sugars. Lesser, lighter nuttiness. Slight fig and sweet cherry fruitiness. Noble hops yield a snap of aniseed spiciness with a minute herbal backing. Medium-low bitterness. Sweet, spicy finish with a pinch of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A decent, respectable brew. And for charity. Yes, for charity. If anyone would like to see a picture of my enjoyment for The Iron Tankard, I believe that can be arranged via Flickr.

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

pours a beautiful reddish brown with a 1/2 finger head that dissipates fairly rapidly. A ring of foam clings to the edges. A little swirling shows an active carbonation and some heavy legs.

nice rich aroma of caramel and toasted raisin bread, booze, and whiskey-like malt. Hint of brown sugar sweetness, and some clove.

Taste is spot on for the style, if a bit hot and thin. Nice layers of dry, toasty malt, dark boozy plums and cherries, and herbal/spicy hops. A bit more body and sweetness wouldn't hurt, but I like the way this drinks, nevertheless. Leaves some fusels on the breath and a lingering woody malt. Kind of reminds me of Brooklyn's Manhattan Project, trying to bring in some of the elements as the classic cocktail--the dry malt, alcohol, cherries, and bitter herbs.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth but definitely not slick or silky. Carbonation is right where it should be--light to moderate, with just a bit of burst on the tongue.

Drinkability is great for such a big beer, although some might be put off by the whiskey-like alcohol bite. I like it. Perfect for after dinner.

Well done, Terrapin. One of my favorite one-offs so far. Definitely going to put a bottle or two of this away to age a bit.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared by stopbarking at the June BA tasting in Austin.

Pours with a rustic, amber body that shows a deep haze and a retained, sawdust-colored head. Nice lacing left behind on the tasting glass. The aroma is largely muted for the style, but has a subtle nuttiness with sweet fruits in the background, namely apricot, cherry, and fig.

The flavor is also slightly sweet from toffee & caramel malts. Still a bit green with respect to the hop level, but Iron Tankard is still drinking excellently this early in its inception. A nutty finish with peppery booze seals the deal. Great carbonation, very tight and creamy which complements the medium-thick body well. Not overly heavy or sticky, either. All in all, a nice special release from Terrapin, and one I might just have to trade for to see how it ages.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22ox bottle poured into a chalice. I like Old Ales, and I like beers for a cause. Nice to see Terapin take on both. Pours brown with a fair head that fades to a thin ring. Smells strongly of bubblegum and with some citrusy hops. More bubblegum in the taste, as well as some tangy malt and fairly mellow citrusy hops. A pretty nice package. Smooth and well integrated, and a nice effort overall.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was brewed to raise money for the Georgia Theatre restoration project, and came in a nice box containing the information about the fundraiser. Inside the box was a little pamphlet, and a 22 oz. hand numbered bomber (1089/4884) of this beer. The beer came out brown, and formed a two finger thick head in the tulip glass. The smell was sweet and spicy, and had a lot of banana, cherry, ginger, and orange peel in it. The taste was a lot similar to wheatwine with lots of banana, and some notes of clove. The beer was quite sweet and silky thick on the palette and exhibited a warm and soothing finish. I usually prefer my stock ales with more hops than this beer had, but otherwise it was a pleasing experience.

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Photo of ugaterrapin
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my DFH Signature glass.

A: Pours a deep nutty brown color. It is fairly hazy with about a finger and a half of off white head resting on top. After it receded some nice lacing continues to linger on the top.

S: The main thing noticed in the aroma is dark fruits. Prune and raisin are the predominate smells. There are some slight sugary undertones as well.

T: There are many different subtle tastes in this beer. I am picking up some sweet fruit flavors along with some slight caramel flavors. The alcohol is masked well, but is slightly noticeable on the finish. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I was expecting for a higher gravity beer.

Overall this is a good beer. It is nice to drink something from Terrapin that deviates significantly from their regular line up. It is also nice to know that drinking this beer will help the rebuilding of the Georgia Theatre.

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Photo of Rbald42
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anything to get the GA theatre back on it's feet.

A- Dark amber rose coloring. Quickly dissipating head.

S- Dark fruit (raisins), brown sugar and molasses, hints of pear or apple as well. Sugar sweetness at the end of the nose.

T- It's a bit underwhelming, and being honest I expected more from the nose as well. It's got the bready malt with hints of spice and nutmeg.Brown sugary sweetness with a bit of tannin in the aftertaste.

M- Is a bit thin in my opinion, carbonation is low, but for the style that's not a bad thing either. Others have commented about a watered-down feel and I have to agree as well.

D- For a bomber of old ale it's easily drinkable and overall it is an enjoyable beer to drink. I would buy more if it was priced a bit lower. I am a diehard Terrapin supporter but lately I keep expecting more.

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Photo of gford217
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle 1778/4884 poured into a snifter.

Pours a light mahogany that shots deep, slightly hazy amber in the light. There's a smallish beige head that recedes to a small collar with some legs along the sides.

The aroma is very sweet with lots of sugar-coated dark fruits, caramel and even hints of chocolate. Some booze and spices leave the nostrils burning a bit after each whiff. Really nice nose.

The taste isn't quite as impressive as the nose. It's got a bit of a watered down taste with booze-soaked fruits and caramel and bready malts dominating. Very sweet and sticky with a slight alcohol burn in the finish.

The mouthfeel is slick and very sweet with very low carbonation and maybe a tad on the thin side overall honestly.

Overall, another solid beer from Terrapin. It's a big sweet, malty old ale with a bit of spice and lots of fruit. Nothing groundbreaking but still very tasty.

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

On Cask at Terrapin Brewery for their 8th Anniversary.

Pour - Deep Red but with no head -(Cask)

Aroma - Bananas and Fig

Taste - Caramel, Molasses and Hops - No really booze taste that you get with most Old Ales.

A lot more Drinkable than I thought going into it. - Bought a few bottles that I will pop soon and compare - Glad I got to try this on Cask - I missed the one at Manuels -

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