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Terrapin Reunion Beer 2010Terrapin Reunion Beer 2010

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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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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of farrago
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You get a little more than a finger's worth of very loose, bigger bubbles for a head, poor retention, just about nada for lacing too. Deep amber to brown color, dark enough that it pushes transparency to the edge, clean though with no haze, more coppery orange at the rims. Heavy duty esters in the nose, banana, bubblegum, vanilla fudge, barely makes room to accommodate the molasses, brown sugar, butterscotch notes, not to forget the fig, date, golden raisin, dried apricot fruit scents, makes you think it's a one trick pony until the bitter hoppy burst before it finally evaporates. Full-bodied, real heavy, doesn't anchor itself on the palate as much as sink to the bottom of the sea. More banana, fruitcake, maple syrup, molasses, caramelized brown sugar, milk chocolate, you name it. Were it not so heavy you might consider the texture to be creamy, certainly the weak carbonation would not stand in the way of such a judgment. Offers a dose of floral dew and orange juice, the hops have less maneuvering room here than in the nose. It's truly an enjoyable beer but no easy quaff and arguably best understood as a "dessert beer" to give it the best chance to shine.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with minimal head on top of an aroma that is a mix of roasted malts along with some bready sweet malts as well asa a yeasty, sour fruit hop aroma. A decent scotch ale taste as the malts have a noticeable presence of roasted and some caramel and dark chocolate. Unfortunately, doesn't mix too well with belgian yeast strain and some fruity hops like orange and grape - sweet fruits. Slightly smooth and creamy beer but the beer is not well mixed so the finish is funky. Not a bad beer to try but just can't decide which way to go and suffers for it.

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Photo of terrapinfan88
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: poured into a Duvel tulip, Hazy brown, not much visible carbonation, one finger head with decent retention and good lacing.

Smell: Dark fruits, raisin especially, some sweet earthier malts like caramel.

Taste: Raisin, deep sweet Belgian malts up front bright sweet malts on the back end with a smooth transition from one to the other, an Earthy dry after taste with a hint of slightly smoked malts.

Mouthfeel: Subtle carbonation up front but the swallow is smooth.

Drinkability: Good for the style. Cant imagine being able to have more than 35oz just because of the sweetness. But its a delightful treat that I can see my self having two glasses of with a steak at a good steak place.

Something I would definitely have again. Id really like to try it with some good ol red meat. Nice beer but not something I could drink all night.

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Photo of cpetrone84
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 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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Photo of mdfb79
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 Gavage
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark bronze color with a 1/2" head. No lace develops.

Smell: caramel and belgian yeast are easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, dark fruti sweetness, molasses, belgian yeast, brown sugar, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavors. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Long aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer is definitely a slow sipping beer. Worth a try as it has a nice flavor profile.

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Photo of beer2day
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep ruby red color with some browninsh tint. 1-finger reddish cream head. The head disappears very quickly though. Almost no lace. Nice color, but wish the glass showed a little more texture.

Big malt nose. Floral. Caramel, molasses and candy sugar. Quite appealing.

Sweet syrup texture. Almost sugary. Lots of candy sugar and molasses in the flavor just as in the nose. Thick, chewy bread. The molasses combines with the scotch ale feel for a very interesting texture. Creamy, with the faintest hint of carbonation in the finish. Getting an herbal vibe as the glass warms.

Overall, pretty easy to drink. Hides the abv dangerously well. Goes down pretty easy for a beer this rich and strong.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Trappeze, poured into a snifter. Smell of molasses, brown sugary caramel, toffee, Candi sugar and yumminess. Taste includes raisin and dates with some Interesting yeast characteristics. Actually can't taste any alcohol whatsoever. Pretty tasty brew and easy to drink.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to craytonic for this one

Pours a deep brown with a finger of head that dies down to a bubbly collar.

The aroma is lightly toasted malt, Belgian yeast and spices, sweet caramel, and floral hoppiness. A bit of alcohol burn.

The flavor doesn't really remind me of a wee heavy at all. I realize that this is a "Belgian Style" wee heavy....but it is more reminiscent of just a straight up dubbel. Pretty nice though. Some caramel and raisin sweetness and bready malts. Lots of spices...nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper.

The body is a bit too light for a wee heavy but damn near perfect for a dubbel. Tough to score here.

Overall this beer is very tasty and this 8.5% ABV bomber is disappearing quickly. Judged on its own merits rather than the Beer Advocate style listing, it is a winner

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.29/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, I remember years ago first having Belgian style Scotch Ales in Atlanta, usually in bottles, and usually at the very first Taco Macs. This beer, to me, captures the essence of those days. Pours a very dark, slightly murky brown with a fairly slight head- not the most attractive beer in the world. Quite a few Belgian yeast notes in the nose, with an especially pronounced bubblegum aroma, some spice notes, and the firm malt characteristic of Scotch Ales. The taste is a beautiful balance between the caramel and spice notes of a Scotch Ale and the bubblegum and clove of the Belgian yeast, with some fruity components from both the malt and the yeast. Very smooth, with a bit of spice on the finish. I think they did a very good job capturing a pretty unique style.

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Leon's Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with hints of toastiness. Also present are good amounts of spicy hops and hints of dark fruit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy caramel malt flavors with moderate amounts of toastiness kick things off. Midway through the sip hints of hop spiciness make an appearance before fading out a bit and letting the malt flavors sweeten. Very light hints of toffee flavors make a brief appearance before fading out into a fairly sweet ending.

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

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and while I got a lot of scotch ale out of it I didn't get a whole lot of Belgian. Still, a solid beer that's worth a shot and a good cause to support.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of fairly long-lasting, foamy head. OK lacing.

S: Smelled of Belgian yeast, malt, and a little hops.

T: Tasted of malt and caramel up front and then you get a big burst Belgian yeast and hops in the finish. This is a very unusual flavor combination to say the least.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is one of those beers I'm still undecided on. Worth a shot if you're looking for something unusual.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
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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Photo of Buebie
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Belgian Scotch ale...not somthing I can say I've run into before.

Poured from the gold tine wrapped bomber into an oversized wine glass. A semi rigorous pour has produced very little head. Not more then a film really, of a tan brown, looking like a cola head. Even on a mean swirl it doesnt bring up much. Settling to a collar.
Color is a darker brown showing some redish hues. Holding to light brings some deep auburn color.

Aroma is more of the belgian then the scotch ale, but does provide a good amount of carmelised sugars, dark fruit and candy like sweetness. A bit of burnt toast, it sure is malty.
But a bit subdued in the aroma.

An interesting flavor indeed, it is good though. Starting out sweet with caramelized sugars, brown sugar, hints of vanilla. The traditional malty caramel and roasted malt flavor is undoubtedly present here. But mouthfeel is a tad thing and extra crisp, giving way to the feel only a belgian yeast could provide. Crisp and finishing a bit more dry.

Drinkability is seemingly high for the abv. Its is mighty tasty, a great exploration of style vs fermenting yeast. A good combo though making for an interesting and tasty brew. Couldnt even call it a quad, because essentially its not, but it does share similarities.

Thank you Grant for this brew, its like nothing I've had before.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass a deep mahogany brown with a tinge of amber,not any head to speak of really,seemed to be almost uncarbonated .Aromas are great,dark fruit,candied sugar,light Belgian yeast,even a hint of smoky peat.Flavors have a gummy,fruity sweetness with light phenols,its quite alcoholic as it warms.I have had Belgian/Scotch dark ales before and this doesnt measure up for me,I like the cause and the strory on the label,the beer..eh.

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Photo of elgiacomo
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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Photo of jmhart
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Hop City about two weeks after its release.

22 oz poured into a snifter.

A- Poured a dark brown, hints of crimson. Crystal clear. Nearly zero head. On my last glass, I poured EXTREMELY vigorously and only then got about a 1/2 finger head that faded immediately. No lacing, hardly any carbonation in the appearance.

S- Rich malty aroma with hints of caramel and hazelnut and an earthy after-aroma.

T- A caramel banana bread taste with a bit of woodiness, but not as much as I'd like.

M- Medium-bodied, a little syrupy. Not much bite at all, neither alcohol or carbonation. A bit more bite would have been nice.

D- I really appreciate the effort on this one, but it's a little too sweet for me. I wish it had a bit more bite and maybe some earthier notes to it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.85/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Comes out of the tap a dark, rich, warm, barely transparent mahogany with a decent pale tan head - very appetizing. Lively, spicy aroma has hints of caramel and wood. Strong flavor is spicy, malty and nutty with tones of cloves and caramel and a woody hint. Smooth, fizzy texture leaves behind a nice tingle, while spicy and nutty flavors linger.

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Photo of babaracas
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown tinted dark red with thin, fast fading head and a couple small blobs of lace. Smell: it's all Belgian dark upfront with some Scotch ale characteristics coming through in the back. big caramel, raisin, woodsy, bready. Taste: caramel, a little banana, raisin bread, a little wood smoke. The Belgian dark and the Scotch ale elements are both here but the Belgian wins out by a large margin. Pretty enjoyable though, not as sweet or heavy as a lot of scotch ales.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.72/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Belgian Style Scotch Ale, really? Wouldn't that put the brewing country in the North Sea somewhere? Anyway, on with the show.

The pour was similar to a quad, with deep reddish brown color, and not much carbonation. The smell was different than most beers, with a high concentration of ripe fruits and vanilla, a brett like wild streak, and then whiff of hops. The taste was exceptional. The richness of the malt shine through but avoided any sort of cloying tendencies. The ripe fruits were present throughout the sip, and finish was actually quite dry. There was a significant warmth in the finish. The body was soft and creamy and not very thick. This dis not exhibit much in terms of the Scotch influences, but the Belgian Yeast strain made you forget all that. One of the finest American interpretations of Belgian style brewing.

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Photo of gford217
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a small creamy beige head that recedes quickly to a thin collar with little lacing to speak of.

The aroma is a cross between a scotch ale and a belgian dark. It's got some chocolate and banana sweetness with caramel malts. There is only a hint of the smoked peat character that I like in scotch ales.

The taste is a bit maltier with the caramel malts and hints of smoke coming out a little more than in the aroma. The bananas are still present with the Belgian yeast making its presence felt. The finish is dry but still very fruity.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sugary sweet.

This is one of the fruiter scotch ales I've tasted which shouldn't surprise me given the description but still doesn't match up with the best in the style if you really enjoy the smoke and peat character (which I do). Tasty beer though.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burgundy in color, with a thin, off-white head that fades immediately, leaving a few patches.
Smell is roasted, caramelly malts, with some subtle, grassy hops. Fig and raisin notes, as well as some brown sugar notes.
Taste is bready, caramelly notes with some toasted notes. Buttery notes come in as well, with some fig and raisin, as well as some toffee. Just a little bit of Belgian yeast coming in and lingering to the finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a clean finish. Low level of carbonation.
Drinkability is good. Good beer for this interesting style.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at a special release party held at Barley's in Greenville, SC. Served from tap into a tulip. Pours a dark dark brown with a one finger off-white head. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of spices, citrus, and a nice sour note. The flavor was of spices, alcohol, fruit, and sweet malt. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew that was very smooth with a spicy kick. It was very light on the palate but still maintained bold flavoring that were quite nice. Looking forward to the actual release of this one so I can snag up a few bottles.

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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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