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 tchaos
3/5  rDev -11%

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 jzeilinger
3.64/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orange brown color with a light creamy head and moderate carbonation. The color doesn't bother me at all but I've never known a lager to be anyhing but clear.

S - Caramel, toffee, candy sugar, light sugary floral aroma, and a little bready. Had I not read the label, I would swear this is a Belgian style as opposed to German.

T - Mimics the nose with lightly toasted caramel toffee, bready malt, and a moderate amount of floral citrus bitterness. Taste is fairly constant throughout the sip and midway through the 9% alcohol starts to peek through. The malt sweetness and hops provide a slight tang.

M - Medium body that's a little chewy, carbonation is sprightly on the tongue.

O - This is a weird one. I read Terrapin's description of the beer "Making this beer with no rules, rhyme or reason, we created a beer that was not meant to fit in, to be fit in, or squeezed into a particular style. This lager will challenge your beer drinking pallet and put a smile on your beer drinking face!", I think they accomplished their goal. The palette challenge with this one is it doesn't fit into any particular style, it makes me scratch my head after a half a bomber, and I throw my hands up in frustration and then enjoy the rest of the glass. Why bother...it's different and unique and after all, that's what makes it so fun with this beer...why conform? Because they give it a lager title, I give this a B; for creativity purposes, if they wouldn't have given it a lager label, I would have rated it higher.

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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 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 dtivp
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark amber gold with a finger and a half dirty white head that dissipates quickly into a thin ring with light lacing.

Aroma of bread, malt and a hint of alcohol.

Taste of yeasty bread, a slight caramel sweetness,and a slight hop bitter ending. The alcohol was there from start to finish.

Mouthfeel was creamy medium body with very good carbonation, a little too much alcohol warming.

This was an OK beer, the alcohol needs toned down a bit, not the best Terrapin has to offer.

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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 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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Photo of Gavage
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: light caramel, some grassiness, and a hint of lemon citrus.

Taste: caramel, lemon zest, pear and apple sweetness, a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is quite prominent.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Drinkability: slower sipping marzen. Decent flavor profile but one bomber is more than enough in a session.

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Photo of breweryaprntc13
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber/ passion fruit with a thick two finger dirty white, fizzy head which quickly recedes leaving thin to no lacing.

Caramel and base malts are heavy, ester and alcohol notes as well, slight citrus aroma detectable.

As the smell suggested, caramel/ base malt flavors leads, slight bitterness picked up, some earth and citrus hops noticeable, estery flavor in the finish.

Smooth but highly carbonated.

Very drinkable but not very impressive, does not offer much.

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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 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 harpus
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep bronze color with a 1 inch off white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: I get some sugary matly apples with some hints of caramel blended in. Some hints of banana on the backend. Ok.

T: The label seems to very well describe this one correctly. I get some malts banana with some creamy malts. I also get some bitter earthiness on the backend blended with some faint hints of alcohol. Good.

M: Medium body with a very good carbonation feel. Very good.

D: This ones goes down very easy.

All in all, this is a decent brew. Not worth hunting, but if you have access and like the lighter beers, then definitely give this a try.

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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 Chaney
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The style "Imperial Octoberfest" has always been an enigma to me. I've always seen the Octoberfest style as sessionable, accessible to many palates, and anti-high octane. What's next? Perhaps a chocolate Witbier?

A: Poured a fairly clear ruby red, with about a finger and a half, frothy off-white head, and minimal lacing. I would have never tagged this as a Marzen... more like an amber ale.

S: Kind of faint here, but I tend to get that from lagers a lot. The Noble (Tettnanger) hops gave this a subtle, musty, yet unmistakable floral flair. Also, I got some bready, German malts, booze, and a tinge of candy-like sweetness.

T: Pretty citrusy for a Marzen, yet the yeasty elements wash over the hoppy ones allowing me to experience this as an Octoberfest, rather than a hop bomb. A bit on the boozy side though.

M: Like I mentioned, the booze was not always masked by the ingredients, and the sugar content became a bit cloying in the long stretch. The carbonation was fine and the fairly thick, bready quality was nice.

D: Since the brews started hitting the shelves in DC a couple of years ago, I have become a huge Terrapin fan. While this particular brew was not exactly my bag style-wise, I hope they keep experimenting with far-out stuff.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured Medium Dark Amber with about a finger and a half of off White head.

S - Typical German style smell with Citrus, Caramel, Bread, and Spice.

T - Tastes of Caramel, Citrus, Mango, Peach, and Cinnamon.

M - All most Perfect mouthfeel, Nice Bitterness, Great Carbonation, but a little too sweet.

D - Very nice Drinkability for the Alcohol content. I wish I would have purchased more than one. I wonder what this beer would have tasted like 4 months ago on the date I originally purchased it.

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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 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 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 Minkybut
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into the tumbler at 45 degree. The beer was a orange peachy color with a fair head.The head was tan colored. The smell of this beer was hoppy and it tasted a little hoppy also. Finish of the beer was bitter with a sweetness just before the bitterness hit. I did not like beer all that much.

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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 Gosox8787
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into my Smuttynose snifter glass. Served at room temperature.

Appearance: Medium to light brown with a pillowy, two finger, beige head. Good retention. Receded to a thin coating on top.

Aroma: Heavy butterscotch and toffee notes upfront. Really sweet. An almost spicy hop note way in the background.

Taste: Caramel, butterscotch, and toffee notes make for a very sweet profile upfront. The hop notes are way in the background here too. Very sweet, but this is pretty smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly creamy. I am getting an almost feel toward the end of each sip too.

Drinkability: As an imperial Oktoberfest, this is high in ABV. I could barely finish one bomber. I would have preferred about half that.

Overall, an interesting take on the style. Really sweet and pretty smooth considering the ABV. Doubt I would seek this out again, but I enjoyed it enough.

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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 beersensei305
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copperish in color with a tan head. The smell is of caramel and some fruit and hops. At first I don't really care for the taste, but thats becasue the beer is cold. It gets better as it warms and the beers inherit flavors come to life. Mid-range hoppiness, earthy ones, with alcohol. There is some sweetiness from the fruit. Odd brew, I couldn't have more than one.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Orangish-amber and very clear. Thick light brown head, about two fingers thick. Excellent retention and thick sheets of lace left behind.

S - Bready vienna malts and some floral and citrus notes. Very clean aroma. Floral notes come through stronger as the beer warms a bit.

T - Fusel alcohol up front is a bit off-putting initially, but the sweet bready malts and floral hops quickly come in and pull it all together. Some citrus hoppiness in there as well.

M/D - Medium bodied and a bit sticky. The alcohol is a touch overwhelming but not horrible. All in all, a decent beer but certainly nothing earth shattering.

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