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Terrapin Phlux CapacitorTerrapin Phlux Capacitor

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by oberon on 04-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of 7ate9
2.01/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A medium brown pour with decent head and retention.

This sniff is almost all wood. A raw, green unpleasant wood that comes across as cheap wood chips or green cedar. Upon warming a bit more, some malt characteristics wrestle through and the wood takes on a not much more pleasant herbal, sweet-gale-like nose.

The taste is even more dominated by wood. A whisper of spiciness and malt hit the front of the palate and then the finish hits hard with herbal, green, chewing-on-a-pencil-type of wood flavor and strong, solventy alcohol. the finish lingers for minutes but I wish it wouldn't.

Very dry, tannic, with an unpleasantly hot, acrid finish.

It was hard for me to drink. The wood character was completely unpleasant and dominates the entire experience. The mouthfeel was unpleasantly dry with a brutal chewed asprin finish that makes this beer a struggle to get through.

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Photo of bigkingken
2.32/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I was drawn in to this bomber by the artwork on the label and the desire to try something creative from Terrapin. There was almost no hop aroma coming out of the head after or during the pour. It's dark, brown, and ever so slightly hazy. Surprise, surprise, there's barely any hop flavor to go along with the absence of hop aroma. It's got a really strong oak flavor but not much in the way of malt complexity. Seems a bit simplistic overall, sort of like my sister. Without any flavors coming in from the hops or malt bill, it screams a single note of flavor, and not one that I particularly enjoy. Not a fan of this one.

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Photo of corby112
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark copper color that's completely opaque with a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet malt aroma with hints of dry oak, earthy hops and vinous dark fruit. Slightly earthy with a musty wood character followed by leather, caramel and toffee. As it warms the dark fruit notes come out with hints of plum, raisin and fig. There's also a slight diacetyl cream presence but it's pretty faint.

Medium bodied with a strong barrel presence that's countered by leathery and sweet malts, zesty spice, earthy hops and vinous fruit. Tastes like virgin oak barrels were used with lots of dry, ashy oak that slightly overpowers the other flavors. After it warms, there is some leathery malt and boozy heat but it's lacking the sweetness and complexity that the nose suggests. The diacetyl character is gone but it's lacking in complexity with lots of wooden toothpick flavor, leathery malt and boozy heat. The ABV us poorly masked and the vinous dark fruit notes found in the nose are very faint. I was really excited to try this beer but it was a bit of a letdown.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Once again an over oaked beer from Terrapin. I like strong ales of various types, and they can indeed benefit from a touch of wood, but Terrapin has a noticeably heavy hand with the oak. In this case, the beer has a strong spicy, woody note in the nose and especially in the flavor that pretty much dominates the other components. Some residual sweetness comes through, but otherwise, this is overwhelmingly woody. The beer pours a slightly murky orangish brown with a head that fades away to a thin ring. I'd prefer some balance here and a defter hand with the oak.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a dark copper-brown with a bubbly head of light tan foam on top. Clean look.

S: Caramel malts. Vanilla. Oak. Toffee. Butter. Tropical fruits. Taste like a average imperial amber ale.

T: Heavy on oak. Malty. Vanilla. Boozy. Very average.

M: Decent carbonation. Little bit of a bite. Whatever chewiness is there brings out oak. But, this is largely forgetful.

O: This is a mostly forgettable brew. Very disappointed with Terrapin overall. Probably done with them.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

32oz Growler from Beverage World. Served at around 50F.

Pours dark red with a two finger light beige head that recedes to the tiniest of wispy caps and a ring and leaves some sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma features a lot of oak, some vanilla, cherries, dark fruits, toffee, caramel. Strength is on the weaker side.

Flavor is oaky, dark fruits, cherries, raisins, vanilla, toffee, some caramel, some herbal and resinous hops, moderate sweetness in the middle, good bitterness on the finish and a decent amount of alcohol burn as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, a little sticky and oily, strong carbonation.

This is an oak bomb, and a pretty solid beer overall, but there are some quirks keeping it from being great: weak nose, hot, a bit messy at times.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into an imperial pint. Poured a deep red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, caramel, sweet alcohol, spice, and subtle dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, banana, spice, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. I have to be honest about the flavor on this one… The alcohol dominated this brew. Upon my first sip I was concerned that this beer wanted to beat me up and steal my lunch money. It was a big bruiser of a beer despite the alcohol content not being THAT high. The look and aroma were pretty decent for the style though. Glad I got to try this one on tap as I doubt I could have handled a bomber of this to the face on my own.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a solid brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and spotty surface foam. Very resilient webs of lacing.

S- Strong, borderline astringent oak with a semi-grassy hop aroma. Slight hint of rubber.

T- Ouch. Lots of rubber and band-aid astringency in the onset with some brief roast midway before ending back where it started at the rubber. I guess that's the oak I'm tasting, but it's just too heavy on the resins, smoke or whatever is producing the astringency. As the drink progresses, things get more bearable and the hops are able to peek out a bit but the oak never ends up being complimentary.

M- Medium-heavy slick body with medium fluffy carbonation.

O- I can see how bourbon drinkers might be down with this one, but I just can't get into it. I will say, though, that the alcohol is well-hidden and ups the drinkability.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a hazy yet almost opaque mahogany to medium brown in color with minimal amounts of visibel carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall dark beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Huge aromas of eye-watering booze along with lighter notes of dark fruit (raisin) and oak. Additionally there are notes of molasses and the booze mellows as the beer warms up.

T: Very similar to the smell with some dark fruit (raisin) sweetness upfront with molasses, oak, and vanilla notes. Heavy amounts of alcohol in the taste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Significant amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: The alcohol is far too noticeable in all three phases of this beer - past, present, and future (smell, taste, and mouthfeel). Great name for this beer but not an easy one to drink and did not live up to my expectations.

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Photo of maximum12
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Atlanta on my last work trip. When in Rome...22 oz. bomber split with my wife. Bonus points for an '80's movie reference. Although a Buttercup reference would have been better.

The pour is dull red leather with a blond head. Head isn't much to ping the brewer about, sugar & oak. Weird combo.

Phlux Capacitor tilts the sugar pinball machine. Enough straight-sugar-syrup to catch an entire hive-mind of bees. Fig syrup, oak syrup are mixed in with a heavy hand. Malty. Boozy. Did I mention thick & syrupy? It has the feel of gargling Walgreen's cough medicine. ...in a good way. Eleven ounces or so is plenty, thank you very much.

A simple, boozy, thick-necked beer that's been dipped in a sluggish river of oak. Not bad, not great, somewhere in between. Good beer.

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Photo of harrymel
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: earlier

It's dark tea colored with a fine coat of light caramel foam. Smells of oak, toffee, nougat, cola, vanilla and some dark turbinado sugars. Flavor is smooth and sweet with a cloying sugary-ness; toss in some vanilla, nougat, roasted malts, some raisin. Medium bodied with low carb and a dry finish. A treat to try, but not something I'd seek again.

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Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a thin off white head that left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of boozy alcohol in the nose; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: You really need to warm up this beer to get flavors other than alcohol out of the taste as then there are some hints of oak. The alcohol and notes of bitterness linger through the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish and a good amount of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is a trifecta when it comes to alcohol because it's very noticeable in the smell, taste and mouthfeel. This isn't one of the easiest beers to drink.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dingy dark brown color, with a huge eggshell head. Great retention.
Aroma is pretty simple. Oak is obvious with a little underlying toasty brown malt. Not much to get excited about.
Flavor is basically a mirror of the aroma - heavy oak, with some nutty malt underneath. As I drink more, the oak becomes more pleasant and a little less overpowering. Flashes of raisin and some of the cinnamon-like character I get from beers with heavy oak additions and dark malt. Finishes bitter and somewhat dry.
Medium bodied, with soft carbonation that works well with the beer.

Not too much to say about this one. Seemingly a pretty bland base beer that’s been oaked too heavily. Not terrible, but not something I’d pursue.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Time traveling in at number 16 in our "Side Project" series of beers is "Phlux Capacitor." This wood aged bully is brewed to an unknown style from another dimension...We hope you enjoy our interpretation of this totally fictitious ale."

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a Terrapin Snifter. Served north of 58º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a golden caramel cream head of a frothy fluffy consistency over a highly opaque medium brown body with burgundy highlights. Retention is slightly above average and lacing is light and streaked. Appearance isn't bad, although the head retention and lacing has room for improvement. 3.5

(Smell) Very potent notes of toasted oak, maple syrup, vanilla bean amongst a medium toasted caramel grain malt base, very heavy in body. Very tame hop profile by comparison, some moderate earthy bitterness and a touch of herbal and resinous hops to pair. Dark fruit notes are also notable- figs, plums and raisins make an appearance, but they are muddled by the oak character. The sweetness of this beer's high points was choking at first, but it mellows out in time. 3.25

(Taste) The malt base consists of a simple caramel grain malt note, overlying notes of dry oak, some mild maple sweetness, a pinch of vanilla. This is a graceful sipper of a beer, I don't often drink oak aged beers that have this much oak presence in it. It's about as potent as I could feasibly allow. The flavor is a testament to seasoned beer drinkers and fans of wood-profiled beers. I did not find it overly enjoyable, but still drinkable. There's a lot going on with the oak, and it far overshadows nearly everything else in this beer. As aforementioned, this beer, while big in flavor, grows on you, and I felt it far easier to enjoy once I got past the intensity of the oak notes. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, smooth with a medium syrupy texture. Carbonation adds a touch of air to the mix to lighten up the viscosity of the beer without challenging the oak flavor. The body is medium for Strong Ales and medium+ overall. The finish is softly dry with a dragging white oak note. Alcohol presence is medium/high, perhaps amplified by Oak Aging, or the simplicity and submissiveness of the specialty malt build. The mouthfeel is one of the finer parts of this beer, or at least one of the lesser challenged components. 3.75

(Overall) Terrapin belts out the oak in this release, perhaps a bit too much so for the casual drinker, I'd recommend this only for those who appreciate Terrapin's specialty releases and certainly not for those who keep strictly to the drinkable Rye Pale Ale or Golden Ale. What I appreciated by this beer was the tame specialty malt bill and the overall cleanliness aside from the oak bill. It kept this beer approachable and enjoyable, rather than overly sweet. If you think you can handle wood-laden beers, this one will give you a run for your money. 3.5

Terrapin Beer Company's
Side Project Volume 16: Phlux Capacitor

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Photo of descobar
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

released in mid 2012. it pours amber/brown with a thin and quickly dissipating head. cloudy to the eye. smells are dominated by dark fruits, raisins in particular combined with malty sweetness, toffee and some caramel. there a hint of alcohol as well. this is a medium full bodied beer, with a rich texture and moderate carbonation. astringency is strong on the palate. taste is raisins, honey sweet malts with some vanilla and wood notes. bitterness is at first diminished, but then combines with the significant astringency and grows well into the finish. - good candidate for aging but it might be past its ideal point. a hint of oxidation was detected in the flavor though not in the aroma - enjoyable nevertheless.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a reddish brown color with good carbonation leaving a small tannish cap which fades leaving a nice dose of bubbles and light lacing

S: Sugar sweetness, dark fruits and oak

T: Immediate caramel, toffee and brown sugar sweetness with underlying dark fruits, the beer then opens up creating a huge sweet American oak presence leaving a rathr sweet, slick and oak tannin finish with a light touch of vanilla.

M: Medium bodied but a tad thin on body for nearly a 10% ABV beer of this style, booze is masked on the palate. Sweet, sticky and a little decadent

O: Not to shabby, I rather enjoyed this beer. I do not believe this beer will be cellar worthy considering the thin body and heat. Nice to drink fresh though.

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Photo of JWU
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass.

A- murky brown, with a frothy khaki head that dissipates pretty quickly, little lacing.

S- dark brown sugar and dark fruits (think fig newtons), and a big dose of oak.

T- big notes of dark caramelized sugar, and figs. Yup, tastes like a fig newton up front. In the middle is a hit of bitter earthy hops. Ends with a very big, bold oaky flavor. Straight up oak wood here folks.

M- Heavier side of medium carbonation, pretty smooth, the earthy hops and oak dry moderately on the finish. A bit tanic as well from the oak.

O- It's an interesting beer. Glad I tried it, but can't say I'd go for it again. The flavors are interesting, but don't quite meld together.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A murky red-brown body is oddly appealing. Topped by three fingers of medium tan highly whipped froth. Some drippy lace.

Aroma of earthy hops and bakery. Whiff of alcohol.

Big sweet caramel engulfs the tongue. A huge heaping of earthy hops crashes down to balance it out, blunting the sweet edge if never taking complete control. Malt reasserts itself post swallow.

Medium plus mouthfeel is rich and smooth, carries along well.

A malty big ale with some hop bite. Not something I'd demand be added to the regular line-up, but an interesting one off.

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Photo of akorsak
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Al's in a snifter.

A: The strong ale is dark, a deep brown color. Opaque of course. The strong ale does sport an unusual hued head - looking off white like pancake batter.

S: The strong ale's firm malt foundation is unshakeable - a thick richness that can't hide anywhere. The oak? The oak, though, is late to the party, hesitant to show up. That leaves the malts to do the heavy lifiting until very late in the game.

T: Caramel and brown sugar, toasted breads also. The effect is a resplendent, decadent body that, curiously, lacks oak. Seriously, I struggled with the part of the mix. The transition from cold to warm things improved a big, adding an oak chip feel. That finish actually is nice, but only after it warms. Brown sugar and oak, along with the rich caramel, lingers on my palate. That finish makes up for the lack of oak earlier.

M: The finish is an apex. Before that, the ale struggles with itself. A malt-rich strong ale if that's what you're looking for.

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Photo of WrathsU
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown almost black with a khaki head. The head is moderately thick and very long lasting.

S - Chocolate malts and oak up front. I'm guessing these are virgin oak or barely used oak barrels because it is strong. Some slight dark fruit smells meld together with a faint alcohol tinge.

T - Sweet and bittersweet chocolate up front right away. Some oat and heavy malt flavor behind that. The the oak hits, wow does the oak hit. Finishes almost like a scotch with that oak flavor and the strong alcohol presence. Alcohol is definitely a bit too strong for me.

M - Light medium bodied which is a bit off putting because of the strong flavors going on. The body should really be borderline thick with the alcohol and flavor profile of this beer.

O - A very boozy, oaky, flavorful beer. This one is not an easy drinker, I suspect the longer I let it warm the more flavors that will appear. Definitely meant for sipping and nurturing. Overall a pretty decent beer worth a shot, especially if you like oak.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from Pints O'Plenty.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish brown. Tan head with short retention. Some decent lacing.

Smell: Very sweet smelling with lots of oaky vanilla. Brown sugar and maple syrup. Some sweet, almost cake-like malty aromas. Pretty sure this thing has Chinook in it-- it smells vaguely like an out of date Arrogant Bastard, with some oak added.

Taste: Yes, very sweet and lots of oak flavor. Its pretty hoppy, but not bitter enough to balance out all the candy-like flavors. A bit of bitter alcohol burn near the end, and a long, sweet, malty finish.

Moouthfeel: Nothing really wrong here I guess. Carbonation seems a bit on the lower side, but that's OK for a sipper. Some oaky tannins remain after each sip.

Overall: Its OK, but not really that well executed. Seems like a not too great strong, hoppy, brown ale that they oaked. I can't shake the out of date Arrogant Bastard comparison in my mind either.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky brown cody with a nice tan/sandish colored head. Pretty good retention, lacing is phenominal.

S - Lots of dark fruits up front, sweet caramel malts come through a bit as well as a slightly oaky finish.

T - Tons of cherry, some raisin, a surprisingly bitter burst of hops that hold up to the substantial amount of dark fruit. Very nice slightly dry finish. Really nice job hiding the alcohol.

M - The body/smoothness is fantastic. Medium bodied+, carbonated enough to appreciate the carbonation but not enough to interrupt the thicker feel to this brew.

O - Pretty tasty for sure, a good strong ale. Cherry and dark fruits are abundant, Terrapin did a nice job wallowing the hops to make an impact through the sweeter dark fruits.. Appearance and mouth feel are great. Tastes pretty darn good too, just not totally into this style in general.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Murky mahogany color with a greasy yellow-white head. A cloudy brew, for sure.

Smells of English malts, cardboard, earthen hops, herbal notes, and a touch of grape jelly. So-so.

Tastes hoppy crisp with floral and herbal notes, malty sweet/stale, and somewhat fruity with notes of apple and grape. Barrel wood is showing off, a little. Woodsy and bright, with a nice English character. Finish is long and minty with menthol and tobacco tones.

Drinks with the booze kept on a leash. Sudsy and decently smooth. Not a masterpiece, but not too shabby.

Decent ale. Wish the nose was more complex and more potent. Easy draft to finish. Great name.

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Photo of rudzud
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this beer.

A - Poured a clearish chestnut hue with a thinoff white brownish head that fades to a light blanket.

S - Aromas of light older hops, sweet almost toffee malts. For the ABV the nose isn't all that noticeable either. Quite nice and inviting.

T - Taste is slightly underwhelming for me. Almost slightly metallic and older hops. Booze becomes noticeable lots of malty sweetness; not necessarily toffee or caramel just kinda generic sweetness. Lots of oak chips in this which while I don't mind it if one isn't used to it I can see why it would be unpleasant.

M - Mouthfeel isn't bad for a strong ale, that said there are alot of flaws here. Too boozy which makes the oakstand out more.

O - Overall this beer wasn't that bad but it wasn't that good either. Too boozy and lightly metallic, still cool beer.

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Photo of babaracas
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy red tinged dark brown with half inch of fast fading tan fizz. Smell: dark brown sugar, fig, oak (slightly smoky), anise note. Taste: heavily caramelized sugar, dried dates, sweetness is cut by a somewhat citric bite along with some tannin action. Vanilla-ish flavor comes along and then everything dries out considerably. Booze soaked raisin in the finish. Oak is dialed up a bit too high. Not sure what they were going for here. It's tasty, but I'm left far more interested in the base beer than what's in my glass.

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Terrapin Phlux Capacitor from Terrapin Beer Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 189 ratings.
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