Terrapin Boom Shakalager | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Boom ShakalagerTerrapin Boom Shakalager

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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 kels
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice coppery-amber color with a good 1 1/2 finger fizzy white head that fades immediately into nothingness and leaves little to no lacing behind. Exceptional clarity reveals light course of carbonation running within.

Aroma gives away deep, sweet caramelly malt sweetness, almost honey-like. Slight metallic note hangs in the background.

Taste is very marzen with a jarring kick of alcohol. Very bready and hearty with a sharp, slightly unpleasant stinging heat. Ubersticky mouthfeel; quite slick and viscous. Leaves stickiness all over the lips and palate in the aftertaste.

Drinkability is moderate. It's a decent beer, but the sharp alcohol and the way it catches up to you over time takes it down a notch for me. The "imperial" part of this beer didn't leave me thinking that it was a marzen +, but more took away from the stuff I generally enjoy about marzens.

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Photo of tchenery
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber-slightly orange, mostly reddish amber color. It has a thin lacing head. It looks very bright.

There is a slight sweet roasted malt smell to the beer, and almost a fruit smell as well.

The taste is a warm one, definitely showing it's strength. It has a puckering bitterness to it, with a sweet candy/bubblegummy malt flavor. It is definitely smooth like a traditional lager and has some raisin-y, plum flavors, but doesn't taste like anything else out there. I would prefer a more roasted flavor.

It leaves the mouth pretty dry. This is definitely a one and done beer.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered this on on tap without knowing it was one of the side projects, thinking it was a thirst quenching lager. Boy was I in for a surprise!

Pours a deep amber with a nice cream head that leaves some lacing.

Nose is sweet malts, pretty faint, not much else.

Taste is sweet malts, some woodiness and a slight hop bitterness. This one is more like an American Strong Ale without the strong hop bitterness and a strong alcohol presence.

Not a bad beer, don't be fooled by the lager in the name, this one is an Imperial Marzen.

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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 GeezLynn
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep red-amber shade with faint white head. Nice looking beer.

Aroma is sweet caramel and pale malts. Also some breadyness with yeast undertones. Not a whole lot of hop presence to describe.

Sweet and malty, with some sharp, earthy noble hops. Definitely one of heaviest caramel malt/sugar combinations I've ever experienced in a lager. Raw spicy alcohol burn very apparent in the finish.

Feel is sticky, similar to what the flavor would suggest. Syrupy and a little heavy. Has a somewhat "dead" feel to it and could use more carbonation.

As a whole, this beer is a little on the heavy side with a lot of sugar and alcohol, but is pretty well done if you can get past its deficiencies. As long as you don't go into it expecting a summer lager and enjoy big sipping bocks, this is worth a try. Certainly doesn't need to become a regular in the rotation, however.

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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 KickbacksSteve
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jacksonville. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Clear, amber body, with thin off-white head. Soapy, thin lacing. Aroma is an intense amalgam of sweet malts, hops and a bit of alcohol. Taste is a bit hot, as expected, but I was prepared after the aroma. The German ingredients mesh together well, but I feel that the beer could actually use a few months to "cool off". This may add to the sweetness but it should be interesting to chart this one's progress for a little while.

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Photo of gford217
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear deep amber with a small fizzy beige head that recedes to a thin collar and leaves only spotty lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with caramelized pale malts and toasted bread. A bit of floral and grassy German hops and some spiciness from the yeast.

The taste is thick and almost syrupy sweet with a bit of toasted grains and corn syrup even. There is only a hint of the floral hops and the finish is spicy and tingly with alcohol.

The mouthfeel is, as mentioned earlier, close to syrupy due to the heavy sweetness and the alcohol is definitely evident. The carbonation is low and isn't active enough to offset the heft of sugary sweetness.

This is certainly an imperial version of a lager as it's not all that drinkable and the alcohol and sweet malts really dominate from start to finish. Interesting take on a style I don't drink very often.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: amber-hued body with beatiful copper glow, thinnish, near white head. decent lacing.

Smell: toasty amber malts, and mostly caramel malts. slight citrus from hops.

Taste: sweetish flavor of amber malts, huge caramel. Very much a imperial marzen with low bitterness. Unbalanaced. Dominated carmael malt and huge alcohol hit all the way through. No hiding the heat ofd this beer. It's the hottest lager I have ever had.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: You have to respect Spike for always pushing the bar on creating new beers for us. but, I just don't think I would crave this beer very often. But, I respect the attempt of creating an imperial lager type beer because most haven't tried.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $7.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, GA.

Appearance: Slips out a clear-looking, copper-brown body with a well-sized, reasonably dense, off-white head.

Smell: Large wafts of lightly sweet-scented German malts giving off scents of toasted bread and grain. Secondary notes of floral-toned hops with a hint of spiciness.

Taste: Rich German maltiness, primarily the sweet toasted bread amalgam of Vienna and Munich malts. Medium-light sweetness throughout. Light Red Delicious apple fruitiness. Spicy, floral Noble hops imparting a medium degree of bitterness which lingers a bit beyond the drying finish. Negligible warming alcohol character.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Very slight stickiness in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Overall, it's fairly good for one of these 'imperialized' lagers, but personally, I'd have been happier to see a lighter, sleeker version of this, as a heavy lager doesn't exactly hit the spot on a sweltering afternoon in the mid-90's.

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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 atsprings
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle labeled Bavarian Style Imperial Lager, so certainly not an Imperial Pilsner, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass pours a crisp bubbly orange with a thin light tan head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is sweet malts with a slight floral hop presence. The taste is toasted malts with a nice bit of burnt caramel and a decent hop backbone, very much like a strong Märzen. The beer is medium bodied with slight alcohol presence, but not as much as I expected in a 9% lager. This is a very decent Imperial Lager, even on a hot Summer evening.

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

Beer served in a Terrapin pint glass. Forms a dangerously huge head that robs me of nearly 2 ounces of beer. Head falls away in a few minutes leaving no lacing on the glass. Beer is moderate carbonated and dark red to brown with a lot of haze. It looks OK.

Aroma is kind of grainy with a lot of malt sweetness in there. Interesting aroma overall.

Beer is medium body and a little bitter. Mostly sweet up front with nice midpalate character. For an imperial pilsner or whatever this is, its about what you'd expect. Drinkability is OK and mouthfeel is OK.

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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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