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Terrapin Reunion Beer 2010 | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mondegreen on 06-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of crossovert
1.25/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

650ml bottle. "An American Belgian Styled Scotch ale" Pretty convoluted if you ask me. Just call it an ale.

It pours a dark, deep purpleish/red/brown with a foamy off-white head that leaves a few spots of lacing.

The smell is perfumey and alcoholic with notes of nail polish remover and vodka. I can't really get past the burning smell. It also smells pretty caramally.

The flavor isn't necessarily hot and boozy but I feel the alcohol accounts for the taste. It is fruity like wine, very vinous with a weird green vegetable taste. There is also a cloying sweetness that is too much. There is a hint of scotch ale in here, but only a hint.

This is an epic failure, what a horrible beer.

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1.25/5  rDev -65.2%

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Chilled bomber into a glass. Opened by nickd717. Thanks Nick.

A: Pours a hazy, medium-brown body. The head is about one finger in height, off-white in color. Retention is decent.

S: Fruity esters of plum, prunes. Possibly a touch of clove, but that could be the power of suggestion. I definitely smell the caramel, which is brash and dominant. I don't pick up much else in the way of malt characteristics. Pretty simplistic. I was hoping for more from a Belgian yeast strain.

T: About the same as the nose. It's not all that complex. The caramel dominates; there are no secondary malt characteristics to pick up. The yeast doesn't do much for the flavor.

M: Might be a little dry for a scotch ale, but that's not a criticism. Actually, the yeast could stand to do more work and express itself; the beer could afford to be drier and still be tasty.

O: No one cared to finish the bomber; it wound up getting poured in favor of a number of other beers on the table.

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2.41/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz Terrapin-brewed bottle.

Pours brown with virtually no head at all, holds the faintest of rings. Unattractive.

Aroma is heavy on fruity esters, alcohol, some caramel, a bit of smoke. Good strength but not terribly enticing.

Flavor is (and I'm searching here) some fruit, raisins, apples, pears, banana, bit of caramel and some alcohol, but it just does not come together well at all...a mess, gets harder and harder to get down.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, nearly flat, oily and a bit sticky.

OK, either I got a bad bottle or this is just a failed attempt at a hybrid Belgian & Scotch Ale. Would rather have a Rochefort or Dirty Bastard on their own. Hell, mix those two together and you're certain to have a better beer than this. Does kind of remind me of a Dark Triple, but not a very good one. Flat, messy, lifeless, and somewhat expensive...not a good combination. Yes, it is for a good cause, but I'd rather donate $8 directly to Myeloma research than be subjected to another bottle of this...

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2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Smokin Joe's for the Big Pour Event.

A-pours a hazy coppr brown color with a thin off white head.

S-the nose brings lots of burnt candied fruit with some slightly burnt caramel and toffee with a grainy yeasty component lieing underneath.

T-messy malts, burnt sugars, caramel, and candied fruits. it is very sweet and sugary sticking to the teeth. the finish is grainy, bitter, dirty and the grain seems to linger.

M-the feel is soft but the body is thin and falls off further in the back. sharply carbonated bite in the finish.

D-messy malts and sugars with an overcarbonated finish and thin body make for a rather unpleasant brew.

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Photo of mondegreen
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-Tap at Trappeze Pub in Athens.

This is listed as a "Belgian Style Scotch Ale" brewed with Rochefort yeast. Sounds promising.

Pours a very dark brown with a decent head. Not much lacing on this one.

Nose is mostly Belgian yeast. A touch of spice here or there, but really pretty one dimensional. Taste follows. Up front, this beer is as smooth as cola with a slight sweetness. On the back end I get all the Belgian yeast flavors. Not so much Scotch Ale, though.

Mouth is medium heavy, it goes down smooth. There just isn't much going on. The prospect of a Belgian Style Scotch Ale sounded like a great idea. We just need more Scotch Ale flavors.

I hate rating a Terrapin beer so low, but this one just isn't doing it for me. Come to think of it, Reunion 2009 was a bust for me too, even though I didn't review it. Maybe it's just this particular series.

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2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, this brew pours a deep burgundy, almost black, with no head at all.

S: The aroma on this one is really bland. I've smell sweeter, more pronounced beers from BMC than this brew. Really disappointing.

T: The flavor is a little toasty with a strong malt carmelness. I'm trying to pick out the Trappist yeast strain they used, but I'd have to say it didn't add much of anything to this brew.

MF: The mouthfeel isn't bad, but it really isn't anything to brag about. Not much carbonation, and light to medium bodied.

D: For this style, the drinkability is higher then average. I've had far too many Scotch ales that were beyond way tooo sweet. (Cite CCB Big Sound).

Overall, What was Terrapin thinking with this one? This is the beer that they brew in honor of Virginia who lost her battle with Multiple Myeloma? I'm really disappointed, and for the price...I almost want a refund. I almost sent this one as a trade extra....so glad I didn't.

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2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I only have one synthetic cork topper and I was in the middle of my Ommegang Belgian Scotch Ale review when I realized I wanted to break my mid-week beer quantity rules and taste another beer. So I poured the rest of the Ommegang to be able to use the cork on this one. Not much of a leap if you read that review. Still a risk.

Read my Scotty Karate review if you want to know about my ongoing Scotch Ale replacement journey.

Here we go.

First - a nod to Terrapin for their annual Myeloma homage. I read that on the bottle and on here. I salute them. Not just for the great act of commemoration of their fallen friend and others, like myself who have similar bone/blood diseases, but for doing it in an understated classy way.

Can't help but compare this to the Ommegang I just finished 10 minutes ago. Man these beers make me want to go back in time and try the actual Scotch Ales that they were allegedly brewing in Belgian for the Scotsmen in WWI! I'd love to try a Rochefort or Westy Scotch Ale!

Head is almost non-existant with any kind of pour. But a nice subdued lacing and coffee ring there.

Wow. Carbonation. Going to let this sit for a few minutes. Too cold for sure.

This seems like way less of a true study of either the Belgian or the Scotch Ale styles, and more of a "Let's try this and see..." There's a drawing of hops on the front label (Ah yes, the Americans worship them as if they were the only thing that ever gave beer flavor) which seems to be, once again, where the focus lies.

The flavor itself is a little tricky. You can taste a tiny bit of malt and caramel, and the Belgian yeast comes through for sure - but its all overpowered by the hoppiness. Happily, in this case the mouthfeel and creaminess as it warms offsets anything overly bitter.

I really think some of these American breweries have to stop it already with the hops when they're not making a hop-heavy style. Otherwise, you're just making something that could have been achieved by a mixing blend. This is another hoppy, overly Belgian that doesn't have enough of the Scotch to call it a Scotch Ale. This again is a Scotch Ale flavored American Belgian.

Drinkability-wise - the alcohol level is hardly noticed at all. The mouthfeel would bring you back for a 2nd glass, but I'm not going back for a third.

Not a drainpour but not a love connection.

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2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 09/05/10 notes. Bought at Norm's in Vienna, VA.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with one finger of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of metal, toasted malts, bready malts, caramel malts.

t - Tastes of sugar, dark fruits, booze, metal, bready malts, and caramel malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - Not a big fan of this one. Thought it has a weird metallic smell and taste. Wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this from my friend JohnQVegas-- thanks Dustin! I actually found some time to sit down and review something instead of just dictating the review to my phone (and having it join the 25 other reviews that I still need to type up!)

Served chilled into a snifter.

Pours a clear and dark body-- deep brooding red, some hints of brown and a small, tan head. Retention and lacing are a little below what I was expecting. I do like the color though.

The smell is huge dark fruit-- dark sweet cherries and plums come at me first. Some raisin/fig notes blend into a boozy alcohol bite that fights with the candied sugar smells for dominance of the nose. The booze is taking the lead as this beer warms.

The taste is sweet- some earthy malts, perhaps a little smokey character? Then the sweet dark fruits and the candied sugar. The estery and yeasty phenols are creeping in towards the finish which highlights a big warming sensation. The body is respectably medium but feels undercarbonated to me.

Overall, the cause is better than the beer. The brew isn't bad-- but is isn't what I've come to expect from these special release Terrapin bottles! The beer is one that I'll finish the bottle, but wouldn't want another one.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of steve8robin
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on a trip to GA. 22oz bottle...

A: Super dark brown that has a murky look through it. Small off white head that quickly fades to a lace on top the brew. Good.

S: Bananas blended with bubble gum and strong scents of candy sugars. Very belgian in the scent. Some booziness and fruit in the middle. Good.

T: Watery banana upfront with some bitter sugared malts. Kind of a strange metallic taste blended in. Kind of weird. Eh.

M: Very light bodied with a light carbonation. Nope, not good here.

D: Strange flavors to get through here. Decent.

All in all, this brew is not worth your time. The flavors do not blend well. There are many better brews in the style.

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3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, medium-to-dark brown body with a modestly-sized, ivory-hued head.

Smell: This year's Reunion release smells predominately of tooth-rotting sugar and spice and a melange of alcohol-infused fruits, with any deeper maltiness barely coming to the surface.

Taste: Toasty, lightly nutty malts with sweet tastes of caramelized sugars as well as a dose of firmly-packed brown sugar. Maybe even a teensy pinch of chocolate powder in there as well. Exceedingly fruity, you've got plenty of plums, figs, bananas, and alcohol-spritzed, tart-ish black cherries. Also, some fruit-flavored bubble gum. Then, a bit of clove and coriander spiciness. Minimal hop character and bitterness. Even some cutting alcohol joins the fray, but it still remains a bit sugary, leaving it a very slow sipper for me. Smooth, sweetish, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Reunion '10 schlepps between the characteristics of the scotch ale and Belgian yeast strain, all while handing out a good dose of booziness. It's a good cause and an attractive-looking label, though!

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3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a small head of off-white foam on top of an opaque, dark brown body. The head settles rapidly and leaves virtually no lace.

S - A very strong yeast aroma with notes of clove and bubble gum. Some molasses and dark caramel malt characteristics in the background.

T - Lots of spicy yeast flavor up front with notes of clove and bubble gum as well as some fruity caramel malt. Notes of molasses and plum clash in the middle with a bit of spicy hop flavor. The beer finishes with increasingly phenolic yeast character and molasses and cola malt notes that are not quite balanced by the light bitterness.

M - Thick, syrupy body, moderately low carbonation, and a sticky sweet finish.

D - Wow, what a mess. The malt is overbearing and one dimensional with a sweet caramel/molasses character that turns to a cloying cola flavor in the finish. The malt is unpleasant enough by itself, but it is completely overshadowed by the yeast. There is a huge note of bubble gum in the nose and it expresses as a very spicy, phenolic flavor. Though it is never quite medicinal, the spicy yeast notes really clash with the dark malt and are lacking in the dark fruit characteristics that one might have hoped for from a Belgian yeast in this sort of beer. The final nail in the coffin is the lack of carbonation. The beer is nearly flat, which I can see from the perspective of a scotch ale, but it leaves the beer seeming overly sweet and flabby in the finish when a more Belgian level of carbonation might have been able to lift some of the flavors and made the beer more drinkable. Terrapin has brewed some really nice beers lately (particularly Hopzilla) but this is certainly not one of them. Not something that I would drink again.

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3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzy beige head vanishes quickly above a deep reddish, dark amber body.

Orange rind and light pine aroma, with a caramelized sugar backbone. Some toffee notes.

Darker caramel malt flavor with floral perfumy notes and a fruity finish.

Peppery alcohol mouthfeel with some sweetness rounding out the edges. Nice balance of soft and prickly.

Pretty drinkable, alcohol not all that noticeable. Reminds me of a holiday winter warmer, a style that doesn't normally excite me. The Belgian yeast provides a nice intricacy of mouthfeel and some fruitiness but detracts from the best part of a scotch ale, the robust malt character.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Out of the bottle the body forms an apparent dark brown chestnut/caramel like body, but when shone to light it becomes a gorgeous ruby red. Head doesn't stick around much of it's foamy nature, kind of light in appearance and a simple light tan.

Bouquet is a good strong thick malt typical of a Scotch Ale but, mixes an airy whisp of Belgian like yeast. At first it's seems kind of odd, but after sometime I seem to enjoy it more. There's a little hint of banana and fruity esters too.

On taste though it comes off as a cross between several different styles. Malty banana palate like a Marzen/Doppelbock, spicy yeast like a Hefeweizen, and then finishes like a Scotch Ale with steely like caramel. Body though is incredibly wet and finish doesn't last. Tongue gets numb after awhile

Overall I am kind of not thrilled with this, it tastes like a complete mess. The cause is great though.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an Imperial pint lgass. Beer is brown and hazy with a pathetic head and almost no lacing.

Beer smells like malt and mild caramel with some oddness.

Beer is really light in body and mildly sweet with a hint of caramel. Mild roast at the back, its really thin though. Its too thin for the style and I'm not really feeling this one. Too bad this is the last beer of the night for me.

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3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$7.99 for a 750ml bottle.

A: extremely, deep, dark copper color, clear, nice head when poured but it quickly dissipated
S: medium nose, nice roasted malt, somewhat cloying, faint hint of Belgium character
T: nice beer, definitely hits the mark for what it is described as (Scottish ale with Belgian influence), sweeter roasted malt up front with good Belgian yeasty finish, hops are there in finish but malt dominates, good job without being too Scottish or too Belgium, doesn't taste like an 8.5% ABV beer - much less
M: rounded, sweet, cloying like a scotch ale
O: decent beer, and hits the mark, good job, this would be good on a winter's night

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3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter.

A: Pours a very dark cedar red with a thin, greasy tan head that faded into a thick collar that left a ton of tiny spotty of lacing down the glass.
S: Strong notes of sweet malt and dark fruits with a good dose of alcohol vapor.
T: Lightly roasted and sweet flavors of toffee, caramel, molasses, raisin, marshmallow-esque vanilla, and honey. There is also a touch of earthy hops, flavors of plums and other dark fruits, as well as a mild spiciness. The Belgian yeast is noticeable and gives a distinct bready spicy character. Finish is lightly bitter/sour, and the aftertaste is drying.
M: Slick oily mouthfeel with a touch of warming alcohol. Body has a medium thickness to it and the carbonation is tingly and even.
O: Interesting flavor, sweet and a spicy. It became a bit tedious half way through the bottle, but overall it was pretty enjoyable.

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Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 100 ratings
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