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Terrapin Boom ShakalagerTerrapin Boom Shakalager

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
Photo of nlmartin
1.27/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer was served cold in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a clear deep copper coloration. The head is white and resolved to a ring of foam rapidly.

Smell: The aroma is of toasted grain, caramel, then it goes kind of weird with a herb infused alcohol rubbed onto metal. Man this one is astringent smelling.

Taste: I taste caramel and solvents. Needless to say I dont like this one bit.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer has an astringent alcohol feel. In short this beer is a total wreck. I dont like it. This one goes down the drain.

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Photo of whitekiboko
2/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.11/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This one came along in a sweet box from gford217. Ryan011235 was over when I cracked this. He got me all psyched out about this beer. I offered to split it with him but he opted for some bacon vodka. That gives you an idea of his opinion about this beer.

A- This beer doesnt look bad. It throws copious lacing all down the glass. Its a medium hazed, toffee colored beer.

S- Lots of dough, as to be expected from one of these types of beers. But alcohol is out of line. It brings astringency and heat that isnt welcome in my house. Beyond that, there is tons of sickly sweet smells of butterscotch and toffee.

T- In line with the nose this beer is a blitzkrieg of sweetness and alcohol. Lots of fusel alcohol and butterscotch and dough.

D- I finished this bottle but it seemed like it took forever.

This type of beer doesnt need imperializing.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.18/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass on 9/8/10

PDXHops warned me about this one, but I asked him to send it anyway...

Perfectly clear, burnt amber-brown. Carbonation is vigorous enough to produce over two fingers of foam. Though the head starts to dissipate quickly, it settles to 1/4th inch retention. A few spots of lace remain.

The aroma is earthy & very grainy. Toasted bread, a spot of caramel & hints of grass. Yeast notes are fairly prominent, offering a modest dough aroma & a musty bent. Faintly soapy. Not bad, not great. Kind of restrained, actually.

One sip tells me most of what I need to know. Extremely medicinal & somewhat numbing; not a good sign after the first drink. I don't know the abv, but there's a distinct alcohol presence. Though not overly hot, the alcohol seems rather inappropriate for the style. Second sip confirms toasted bread, lots of grains, a subtly spicy hop note & a slight caramel sweetness. Honestly, this beer tastes dirty.

Medium, maybe closer to full, bodied with low carbonation. Graininess rolls about. Slightly numbing finish. I took a good minute or two for the medicinal taste to leave my mouth; it's a terrible aftertaste. It hangs well after the finish.

I'm not impressed with this one. I'm going to put the other half in the fridge & drink it after a while. It isn't drain-pour territory but I'm not looking forward to finishing it.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.2/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into a nonic pint glass. Slightly hazy orange/amber with a modest off-white head that doesn't stick around too long and leaves little in the way of lacing.

Floral and citrus notes seem to waft here and there through a rather boozy nose. A bit bready, a bit sweet.

Not a smooth drinker. The sweet maltiness is rather meek, just about drowned out by alcohol and, to a lesser degree, a spicy/prickly bitterness that didn't show up in the nose at all. These flavors linger in the finish.

Overall impression: Something seems a little off here. It could certainly stand a more robust maltiness (both toasted and sweet). Maybe a bit of cellaring would help it come together. Not something I'd recommend in its current state, though. I'm not convinced this is a style that benefits from "imperializing".

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Photo of adamette
2.32/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. brown bomber bottle that my brother in law Steven and his friend Allison brought up from Atlanta into a plastic “ocean fishes” glass (the best thing that I could find while on vacation in the Outer Banks, NC). No observed best by date.

A Thick, fluffy light brown head over an opaque brown body. This is easily the darkest, most foreboding lager that I can recall seeing. 4.0

S Really has the smell of a Belgian dubbel with its significant malt presence and muted hop presence. It is not much like the Marzen/Oktoberfest style which is listed here on BA. Rating provided in terms of its stated style and the reality of what I smell. 2.0

T Huge malt presence, muted hops with an emphasis on earthy barley malt notes. Again, it reminds me more of a Belgian dubbel than any Marzen/Oktoberfest that I have ever had. I will again provide a rating based on the style stated on the label. 2.0

M Thick and syrupy, it certainly has a nice mouthfeel presence. 4.0

D/O Not good. It is not easy to find and has a reasonably high ABV. I would not be able to drink more than one of these. 2.0

Notes: Big dissapointment that it tasted like another style beer. On top of that, I was underwhelmed by the earthy barley malt. This beer is evidence for me that it is not just about boosting the ABV, the malt presence and calling it a winner. I really think this beer is kind of a mess.

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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 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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Photo of Arbitrator
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bomber into a glass. A generous extra from jophish17. Thanks Joe!

A: Pours a crystal clear amber body in the glass. With a finger of (short lived) off-white head adorning it, the pour makes for a beautiful looking brew. Too bad the head vanishes so quickly. Thin collar, no lacing.

S: Floral notes with a hint of citrus, earth, and spice. I kind of like the aroma. Malt is noticeable as a pungent blend of toast and some caramel.

T: Much less complex than the nose suggests. A small spicy, earth flavor on the hop side, with toast representing the malt faction. They're both bullied by a powerful presence of booze, which makes the beer feel slick and hot.

M: Hot finish. Medium-bodied. Low-medium carbonation.

D: It wasn't undrinkable, but it wasn't particularly enjoyable, either. I'd skip it.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of Bitterbill
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle courtesy of Ding!

A clear copper colour with a 1 finger head of foam and some spotty lacing, it sure looks the part of a Marzen, damn the upped abv.

Oodles of sweet malt greet my nosebuds, it smells fruity as well. Some light graininess in the background. Can't say the same for the alcohol. It's there.

The taste is grainy, some caramel sweetness but less than I expect going by the smell, and plenty of alcohol and hoppy bitterness, something I was NOT looking forward to.. Very very warming and actually kind of burns my throat. Some of the "Imperials" of lower abv styles I've been able to deal with/enjoy. Sadly, not this one.

Medium bodied bordering on full, with medium carbonation, it has a good enough mouthfeel.

Drinkability? Let me just say that I'd PASS if someone offered me one. It isn't to my liking any which way...

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Photo of Augustiner719
2.52/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very nice amber marzen colored body with a nice creamy lager style head. Nice lacing and very filtered body. A bit more red than most marzens. The aroma is very true to German oktoberfests. Sweet bready malts overlapped by spicy yeasty aromas. The taste is close to terrible. Take paulaner Oktoberfest and add a shot of vodka to it. The booze comes through way too much and the malts don't hold a candle to the booze in this sucker. Basically tastes like a distiller Oktoberfest. Gross. Mouthfeel is flat and leaves a booze residue that lingers for minutes. There is lots of flavor packed in this, unfortunately it's not integrated with the booze. Drinkability gets a low score and this really isn't recommended to anyone.

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Photo of Ego
2.61/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

rises up to a nice full 2 fingers of froth on an easy pour (easy like a sunday evening), light caramel orange hue with lots of carbonation pilgrims taking the old crusade trail to the holy land of head, lacing is pretty good, the head stays consistent at about half a finger throughout the interview. This beer is a nice set of cleavage...

grainy, bready, not unusual for a lager, nothing to go gaga over

taste etc...
lagerized IPA with lots of alcohol? the malts are trying to carry this beer but the hops and alcohol is undermining the effort. the mouthfeel is good, nice body with proper carbonation.

the hop aftertaste is just strange here, it is almost too sweet mixing in with the malts, it has almost an ashen flavor in there as well... I can't recommend this. worst swill ever ? heavens no, but terrapin makes much better product than this normally. cheers for the effort at least.

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Photo of mntlover
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours a a clear copper color with a decent two finger sized tan head that falls with some lacing.

Aroma is big malty, bready notes for a second almost smelled like banana bread but that passed. There are light fruity notes mingled with toasted grains hints of nuts but mostly just big on malt.

Taste is woo lots of malt is the first thing you notice sadly the next thing you notice is alcohol. Defiantly a malt bomb big at start some caramel noted might be hints of fruit but everything is overwhelmed by the alcohol that is now stuck in my mouth. Some bittering hops mingle with alcohol for the finish. Man this one smelled so nice but tastes not so good, or should say the finish is bad.

Mouthfeel is good big medium good level of carbonation.

Drinkability is well terrible, man if they could of hid the alcohol it would of been wonderful, but they didn't. Alcohol blends and goes well with some styles however a Marzen is not one of them Imperial or not.

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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 mothman
2.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pils glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki head. Decent retention with some lace. Color is a clear orange gold.

Aroma: Light grassy hop aroma, with some pale malts. Biscuit flavors. Not too much for a 9% beer.

Taste: Grassy hops with some pineapple and fruit flavors. Biscuit malts with some bready flavors. The booze shows a lot here, not in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and dry. Rather large bodied for the style with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and bland.

Overall, this beer just isn't for me. Way too big for the style making it pretty undrinkable. Not too big of flavors either.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a reddish amber color with a slight head. Clean aroma with some malt notes. Weird hoppy malty flavor that doesn't really jive well with me. Fruit like taste with almost notes of pineapple. Lingering bitterness in the end. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Overall a beer that I would not jump at again.

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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 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 Jadjunk
2.87/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Boom Shaka-Lager is the next installment in Terrapin's "Side Project" series if beers. This Imperial Lager is made exclusively with German malts, German Hops and a true Bavarian lager yeast strain. While 99% of the beers brewed with Terrapin are ales, we figured we should show some love to the lager style as well. Not that this one-beat, big beer is going to be brewed to a traditional style or anything. Spike's Brewing Words of Wisdom: Guaranteed to turn any Fest Hall Fraulein's head." Brewed in the style of an Oktoberfest/Märzen. Side Project #11 released in May 2010, some bottles are still floating around in the Athens, Georgia area.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to an imperial pint glass. Served north of 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Head pours a cream white foam over a deep amber body with a deep haze and ample carbonation. Head retention is quite good, lacing is medium thick and consistent. A nice appearance. 4.25

(Smell) Aroma is largely muddied with time but there is a notable bready sweet malt, a touch of caramel, and a murky grass hop note. Very heavy yeast presence, slightly phenolic and even a touch oxidized. Aroma hasn't maintained well. 2.75

(Taste) Up front caramel and rye bread with a syrupy sweet presence. Sharp alcohol on the finish exposed through a faded body but a residual caramel sweetness still remains for a mildly dry finish. Hop presence is pretty much gone. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Creamy and smooth with a syrupy sweet finish and booze. Body is heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. 3.5

(Overall) It's past it's prime, I'm afraid, but still manages to be really sweet and heavily-bodied nonetheless, which isn't all that impressive by German Lager standards. 3

Terrapin Beer Company's
Side Project Volume 11: Boom Shakalager Bavarian Style Imperial Lager

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Photo of GallowsThief
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bomber into the old trusty Duvel tulip.

A - Golden amber pour. Has a nice frothy two inch off white head. Whole lot of lacing as well.

S - Bready smell right up front. Very subtle sweetness.

T - Suprisingly strong alcohol flavor maybe too much. Hoppy and a bit bitter. Ends of with some pepper spiciness.

M - Creamy and slick feel. Get some lingering alcohol left in the mouth.

D - If you like it sure. Was not one of my favorites from Terrapin.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Bruery tulip.

Pours very dark reddish copper with just a bit of haze, and a thinnish light-khaki head that settles quickly into a layer of soapy, sudsy remnants. Nice lacing, even if the retention is a bit lacking.

Nose is a bit muddled; hops come through a bit soapy, earthy, herbal, with a clear red fruit note (strawberries, candied cherries) sitting on top of a barely-breaking-through toasty, bready caramel sweetness. The red fruit note is a bit overbearing, coming through with some noticeable alcohol presence as well. Kind of odd overall.

Taste... hmmm. Where to begin. All the things that come through in the nose are right there in the taste. Soapy, slightly over-bearing astringent hop bitterness comes in first, followed by the mix of red-fruit sweetness and vaguely boozey alcohol that sort of hovers over and masks the toasty-sweet malt underneath. Finish is long, aggressively hoppy, quite a bit of lingering bitterness and alcohol. You can clearly taste the underlying marzen influence, but... well, it just falls flat. Everything gets muddled, the beer ends up being coarse and unrefined on all fronts, and it just really isn't that pleasant. Not a drain pour, but not stellar. Hard to rate this one to style because of how far outside the style it is; I wavered between a 2.5 and a 3.0 for a long time. Should probably be counted as a 2.75 in real life.

Mouthfeel is a bit harshly carbonated, medium bodied, with just a bit of alcohol burn. Coarse, again.

Drinkability is sub-par. Nothing on this beer at all really makes me want to drink it. Again, not a drain pour, and not entirely unenjoyable, but if you've had a beer along these lines that's really well crafted (the Sierra Nevada ANniversary Imp. Helles Bock comes to mind) this one just doesn't measure up in any category.

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2.92/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked up this Terrapin bomber in Roanoke, $7.99 at a grocery store. I was more excited about this side project than any other to date, based on my conversion to Bavarian lagers in kick-ass old (OLD) brewpubs in southern Germany.

The beer pours a dark copper color, more reddish than I expected, clear, with a thin spotty head. Maybe so little foam due to the high ABV.

It smells sweet and malty and bready, sugar and toasted malts. It tastes stronger than I'd want for the style, some alcohol burn that doesn't make this feel like an authentic Bavarian lager. Marzens should be easy to pound in quantity, and non-marzen lagers especially shouldn't be this abrasive, least in my opinion.

Thickish body and sticky mouthfeel, again pretty aggresive for a lager. I guess that's why it's called "imperial", nice they're pushing boundaries but it's not really enjoyable.

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Photo of jefferz5000
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle received as an extra from a past trade.

Pours a rich amber hue with a decent creamy off-white head, which fizzles to a thin coating that rests on the surface.

Aroma is of sweet malts, somewhat bready, almost like that Hawaiian bread. It's pleasant.

The taste, however, isn't quite as subtle. It's quite bitter and the alcohol presence is pretty noticeable, especially in the aftertaste, where it is anything but pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, and actually not bad.

Overall, this is pretty big, and not very enticing. I don't know if I'm going to make it through the whole bomber. A disappointment because it started off alright.

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Terrapin Boom Shakalager from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 115 ratings
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