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Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Side Project #11

Added by glid02 on 05-28-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 91
Reviews by BeerDawgs:
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.63/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - It poured a dark amber color. Hazy enough that you cannot see through it. Tan head.

S - Malts and hops come through.

T - Delicious, as is usual for a Terrapin side project. A little maltier than I am used to with a Terrapin. I tasted the malts first, then the hops. Sweet at first, than bitter at the end. A nice combination.

M - Carbonation with a bitter finish.

D - I could drink this all day long, although its not advised as its very strong! Delicious!

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Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off this is NOT an imperial pils,not even close,its a vienna and or marzen lager.Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a rich deep amber with a fluffy slight off white head that settles into a creamy mass.Aromas are clean except for a little caramel malt,much cleaner than expected.Very much a marzen on the palate,caramel with a bit of sweetish dough,a nice herbal sharpness of noble hop comes in a cleaner finish.Much lighter than expected in the mouth wich isnt such a bad thing,this should have been made in late September,I like it.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this beer. One of the best named beers I have tried in a long time.

The beer pours a amber color with a white head. The aroma is resiny hops and earthy hops with some toffee notes. The flavor is toffee, caramel, grapes and a little bit of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass, this beer pours a golden yellow with a light tan head.

The aroma is very European type hoppy. The aroma is very pale and floral, and draws on German (duh), but also some Belgium characteristics.

The taste follow suit. Toasty and floral. The flavor profile is backed by a rigid malt back bone with an slightly bitter hoppyness. Actually for this style this beer packs a little more bitterness then expected.

The mouthfeel is good without being to spectacular. The drinkability is also the same.

Personally, this is definably a lager on steroids. A welcomed change to the beers that have been gracing my pallet over the past few months.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew should have come with a warning signs do not consume solo. Poured a deep ruby amber body with a nice caramel tan head forming thick, sporadic lacing lines my 1/2 liter Oktoberfest mug. Aromatics offer up earthy/herbal noble hops and bready caramelized candy notes. A healthy dose of booze cinges the nose hairs, I should have took the warning shot with my first few sniffs. Flavor wise it beefed up the popular caramelized malts kicking up the ol' abv with more than normal impy O fest noble hop levels. At first when cooler this beer was drinking like a big but tame beast, as it warmed up the beast was uncaged. Alcohol and cloying malt presence made this beer a challenge while drinking alone. Mouthfeel has some syrupy moments but the healthy carbonation level and big alcohol were balanced out most of the time. Drinkability keep it to a cool 12 ounce pour and you'll be safe, quite the strange experience and the sweetness reach Diabetes inducing levels towards the end of the whole bottle.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Terrapin's website: Volume 11 in our Side Project Series of beers is The Terrapin Boom Shakalager! This out of the box Imperial Lager weighs in at a hefty 9.0% ABV. Handcrafted with all German malts, hops and yeast it has an aggressive flavor that will wind most anyone's Cuckoo clock.

This amber elixir has an aggressive balance of sweetness and bitterness that is complemented by a bombardment of citrus from dry hopping with German Tettnanger hops.

OG: 19.5 FG: 3.2 ABV: 9.0%

HOPS: Magnum, Perle, Hallertauer Mittelfruh, Tettnanger (dry hop) MALTS: Pilsner, Munich Malt, Vienna, CaraMunich III

Cask at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pilsner malts with good amounts of breadiness. Also present are mild floral hops with even more mild light citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust pilsner malt flavors with hints of darker malts kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are smooth bready flavors that fade midway through the sip to allow leafy and light citrus hop flavors to work their way into things. The hops carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

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

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass with no problems and could have another.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I was expecting a toned down version of their original imperial pilsner but I was given a mildly hoppy and robustly malty brew differing fairly substantially from the now defunct imperial pilsner. Worth a shot.

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Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of whitekiboko
2/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Gotta be one of the worst beer names. Ever.

Really nice appearance, and true to style: slight dirty white head, tiny bubbles holding firmly in a tight formation; color is a rusty copper color with very good clarity.

Aroma also seems true to style, if a little bit magnified. Damp caramel malts; grainy/dark-bread center; a hint of savory and sweet spice; apple cider; herbal; mild sulfur. Really nice, although the alcohol sneaks in a shoves some of that stuff to the margins, and I wish it wouldn't.

While the appearance and smell hints at tradition, the taste does anything but. Yeah, it's got some dark bread elements, and lots of caramel characters, but if this is a Marzen/Oktoberfest, it's a surly, boisterous, eccentric one, at best. Herbal and mildy hot spices flash by (probably the alcohol talking), a kind of cake batter-y thing that brings in cinnamon, or, wait, butterscotch? Neither, maybe, but in that ballpark. Some kind of tropical fruit too, although I can't put my finger on it. Alcohol borders on solvent, but never totally gets in the way. A strained, grassy, herbal tea bigness pushes in too. That's also the prevailing element of the finish, an astringent greenness, so this is clearly hopped-up American style. Somewhat of a mess, I admit, but I kind of dig it. Not sure why. Maybe because it's puzzling, and has enough attractive elements to entice rather than appall.

Great feel, having a slippery, buttery glide over the tongue, a decent carbonation tingle, and has that sweet and light vibe of its more traditional, lower-ABV counterparts. Excellent.

I can hang. But I probably wouldn't buy another. I think style guidelines serve a purpose, but I also think they're there to be smashed to pieces by innovators. This isn't the best Imperial lager of any sort that I've ever had, but it's interesting. And when the label reads "not that this off-beat, big beer is going to be brewed to a traditional style or anything," you can hardly fault this wretchedly-named beer for being untrue to style.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head. 

S- The aroma is malty with some sweet caramel and a moderate touch of hops. The aroma is pretty subdued.

T- The taste like the aroma is dominated by the malts and caramel with a spiciness coming through in the middle along with a lingering bitterness and warmth from the alcohol in the finish. I'm just not digging the flavor profile in this one.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- I love Terrapin and pretty much the entire SP series but I was let down by this one. Not something I would purchase again. 

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Photo of Mavajo
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with a moderate white head. Nose and taste are pretty much exactly what you would expect - bready malts, toffee, and resiny hops (which might be the only surprise in this brew). Basically, this is just a big lager - and that's exactly how it tastes. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Basically, it hits all the right notes, but it just doesn't impress. There's nothing special here whatsoever. Another Side Project disappointment, IMO. Had it once, and won't have it again. It doesn't do anything wrong, so there's nothing I can really mark it down one - but there's just no reason to drink more than one. It's not interesting in any way.

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Photo of ebby82
2.36/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an amber red into a snifter with minimal head. The aroma isn't much, a bit of sweetness perhaps. The taste, however, is not very pleasant. I'm not sure how to describe it other than terribly boozy. Perhaps without any hops to hide behind, a lager shouldn't be this alcoholic. I don't like it, and I don't plan to finish it. Fortunately, I bought it on sale, so I didn't lose much.

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Photo of jmhart
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce from Green's on Ponce poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep bronze with a surprising white head. Head is moderately dense but fades fairly quickly. Not much carbonation in the appearance, which is good.

S- Strong sweet malts, toffee but maybe a little more grainy. Some floral hops linger on the nose after the sugar fades.

T- Delicious sweet malts combined with crisp floral hops. There's a bit of tartness to it. Definitely some toffee, and something sweet/tart like apple....yes, that's it: a muted carmel covered apple combined with some noble hops for a bit of bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, maybe a bit more. Less body than I would have expected from an "imperal lager" but not a disappointment. A fair amount of carbonation and not so much bite from the alcohol.

D- This was a really delicious beer. Smooth drinking, with a decent body and some wonderful flavors. However, it's a weird brew as a summer release. The dark profile and deep flavors almost make this much more of a fall beer. It's too big, dark, and dehydrating for the summer. Not really refreshing at all like a good Munich lager or Czech Pils.

So, overall, good beer, but definitely a weird summer release. I'd buy 2 or 3 and save them until the temperature starts to cool off. Maybe that's Terrapin's intent.

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Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in NC

Pours an effervescent honey/amber color with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Fairly nice head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness, oakyness, & orange piko tea

T: Breadyness, toffee, booze, metallic hops & a touch of woodyness up front, there is a faint spicyness (cinnamon I think). Heat persists as this warms, along with orange piko, caramel & woody hops, plus breadyness. Finishes dry, bready with a touch of peach schnapps, this almost came together

MF: Chewy with low carbonation, balances nicely, but a touch too hot

Given the "imperial" nature here ( I'd just call it a hellesbock) this drinks alright, seems to be begging for another 2+ months in the cellar. I had much higher hopes

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear deep copper, capped with a finger of off-white head. This retains with a thinner look but this stays soft and creamy, with a good frothy flare-up to it that leaves a good bit of sticky lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Hops offer up some flavor here in the aroma, with a layer of spice, earth, and gentle floral tones that all sit on top of tangy malt notes of caramel and toast. The spiciness of the hops really works nicely here with the bready sweetness of the malt. Almost liked a spiced cookie thing going on. There is a touch of alcohol heft here but it just gives this some fullness in the nose.

Those Noble hops have some aggressiveness to them, bringing earthy flavors, green citrus, and a spicy and gritty bitterness to the table and lay with a certain amount of heaviness on the tongue. Thick sticky notes of toffee and toasted bread swoop in from behind and do their best to offer up some balance but the hops really control this profile for the most part. Those earthy hops linger with some dryness and some leftover bitterness that gets a little borderline harsh at times. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a big creamy sharpness to the feel that almost gets a little bit too carbonated at times in the back of the throat. There is some alcohol heft present in the body but it is mostly confined to feel and luckily stays out of the flavors.

I wasn't a big fan of the few examples of this "Imperial Oktoberfest" style that I've had before but this was probably the closest that I've come to really liking one. While fairly hop forward at first, this did even out nicely as it warmed up and achieved a smooth balance between the hops, malt, and alcohol that I wasn't expecting as I neared the bottom of the glass. Well done Side Project effort from Terrapin here that I wouldn't mind seeing them refine and explore again down the line.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks to Supernova777 for busting this one out. Josh I'll bring more to share next time!

A- Pours a deeper amber color. One finger off white light tan head shows great retention overall. Ring style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- This one was a little off putting at first but I grew into it. Tons of bready caramel malts in the front of the beer. Some light citrus hops in this which didn't belong I thought but I didn't mind overall. Some light rock candy style sweetness as well. More earthy hops toward the back which is where the Noble hops shines. Big dose of alcohol tingles the nose as I take deep sniffs.

T- Tons of caramel malts in the front of the beer with a light citrus hop bite. THe hops die fast though in the flavor. The alcohol makes its first appearance in the middle with a bready backbone shinning through as well. A light yeasty taste toward the end with more caramel bready malts. The ending of this is Noble hops coming through with a nice bitter earthy bite to the overall beer. The alcohol does creep up once again in the very ending of the beer. It actually goes well with the overall ending.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style and beer. Caramel malts left on the palate with a hint of alcohol. Aftertaste is mostly alcohol, caramel malts, and a lot of Noble hops. Flavors were as balanced as they were going to get without taking away anything from this style. No real off flavors but the alcohol was off putting when it first hit the palate. Medium heavy drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer was good. A interesting take on a simple style to begin with. Once this beer warms up a little the alcohol really shines making it hard to drink a full 22oz by yourself..unless you like a faint medicinal flavor in your beer. A good treat to split with a friend or three.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 08/31/2010:

22 oz. poured at 42* into an Ayinger weizen glass.

A: It pours medium brown with red hues and 2 fingers of fluff with great retention and even better lace.

S: The nose is unlike anything I've come across. Funky hops, bready malts, cherry, and booze are the most noticeable.

T: The taste is more "normal" if you will; moderate hoppiness, bittersweet malts, some banana, and a meaty finish.

M: It is a little "hot" as the carbonation fades and the beer warms.

D: It was certainly enjoyable but especially so when it was at a cooler temperature. It ought to be drank fast.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty hazy beige color lager with an average size foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of sweet malt base with some floral hops is quite interesting. Taste is also an interesting mix between some sweet malt with are offset by floral hops with light bittering and dry finish. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Maybe a tad too sweet for the style with not enough dry hops.

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Photo of jsanford
2.87/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my nifty Terrapin Pint glass

A - Clear copper with a thin white head. Minimal retention and no lacing. Kinda boring.

S - Sweet toffee and caramel malt dominates initially, followed my earthy hops and a bit of spiciness. There is some noticeable alcohol in there as well.

T - Sweet malt with a bitter earthy finish. The bitterness lingers for quite some time and borders on a unpleasant solvent taste. Not digging this too much.

M - Quite smooth with a medium body and medium carbonation.

D - Honestly, I didn't even get through the whole bottle, the astringent alcohol taste really got to me about halfway in.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber colored liquid coming through immediately. This was followed up closely by some nice carbonation that could be seen through the very clear liquid that was in the glass. No real substantial head on this one which was kind of surprising, and this led to not much in the way of side glass lace either.

The aroma was rather light and muted, some decent malts, and a ton of bready like flavors, but overall just a touch too light for me. Crisp, clean feel, which was nice and adequately carbonated, but again, just a touch too light to really be effective. Smooth flavor started with a light hint of caramel and a touch of earthy grains. This quickly floated away though and the only thing left was a nice touch of biscuit like flavor that linger for a moment. Very session able as it was light enough to be thoroughly and quickly enjoyed.

Overall not a bad beer by any aspect,

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Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin's Boom Shakalager, a play on Sly Stone's boom shaka laka from "I Wanta Take Ya Higher", but you probably already knew that. A 22 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Bright clear, copper color and an almost immediately disappearing head and no lacing whatsoever.

Smells sweet and malty with perhaps some caramel. Taste is similar with an additional medicinal, herbal and slightly bitter taste and a dry finish. Pretty well hidden alcohol, with a warmth in the gut about the only clue Boom Shakalager is 9% abv.

Has a fair mouthfeel, a little heavier than you would think with low carbonation. I won't have any trouble drinking the rest of the bottle this hotlanta evening, but it wasn't as refreshing as I had hoped for.

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Photo of largadeer
2.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A generous extra from craytonic. Thanks!

The pour is nice, a reddish-amber hue, and once in the glass it has a solid and well-sustained head. It's what you would expect from a marzen, but a shade darker.

The aroma is on the sweet side, but clean - toasty and nutty Munich malts, faint peppery spice, a bit of date and caramel. It could be mistaken for a light doppelbock.

Caramel malt flavors are prominent, but there's plenty of nuance: peppery spice, stone fruit and dates, light earthy hops. The problem is that it has no finesse, it's like a doppelbock without enough dark malt to balance the sweetness and alcohol. It's slightly cloying up-front, and a bit astringent in the finish, which has some noticeable alcohol and an astringent grain husk flavor. In the American quest to imperialize everything, there are bound to be some (actually, many) failures, and this is one of them - this style really just doesn't work with the amped up alcohol and sweetness, it ruins the delicacy that makes a good marzen so appealing. Not that this is terrible, it's just unnecessary.

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Photo of obywan59
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparant amber with a 1 1/2 finger cream colored head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a thin layer with a ring around it and minimal lacing.

Sweet, almost fruity malts with a light hop presence. Some yeasty, doughy bread and some light citrus as well.

At first, thick sweet malts with some light bitter hops in the end, but after eating some salty nuts, the bitterness is much more pronounced, overpowering the malty sweetness. A square of milk chocolate almost eliminates the sweetness, and brings out the tart, citrusy hops.

On the thick side, but not too syrupy. Consistent alcohol burn in the throat.

The thickness slowed me down a bit, and the 9% ABV even more. I was feeling it halfway through the first glass.

Overall, not a top-ranking beer, but one I would happily sasmple again.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
2.46/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a New Holland High Gravity series tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy amber hue with about a finger of light tan head. Head is a mix of small and medium sized bubbles. Pours with a definite fizziness. Does leave some lacing.

Aromas of toffee malt, but also some acetone(?)which could be a sign of infection. May be a play of the hops and malt, but there is definitely a whiff of nail polish remover. After it warms a bit, the acetone flavor is gone and more of the malt and hops come through. But they are not in balance (the hops dominate), and there is not much there to remind you of an O'fest.

First sip is of alcohol, malt, and bitterness in that order. Bitterness is a little astringent. Not very well balanced. An imperial anything should show the same balance of flavors as the original beer, just in bigger proportions. This is not that enjoyable. It tastes hot and harsh.

Mouthfeel is dry and bitter, a touch puckering. The astringency plays a dominate role in mouthfeel with this one.

Drinkability is low, I'll finish the bomber, but it will take a while, and I won't be going back for more. Interesting attempt, but misses the mark on aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel.

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Terrapin Boom Shakalager from Terrapin Beer Company
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