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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by oberon on 04-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Like a bull in a china shop, Terrapin's Side Project 16 unleashes its brash and boastful taste on the palate with a flood of malt flavor, a pang of hop bitterness and the woodsy rusticity from oak- As this trifecta of taste pummels the palate, it seems to do so with some love and care.

Pouring a dark and russet brown, its rusty and reddish hues dip and weave through its heavy haze. Building a dense sand-stained head above, its tightly woven froth is in it for the duration, trailing with concentric rings at each sip.

Deeply malty with toffee, toast, brown sugar and a hint of molasses and maple, its savory and sweeter tone is supported by bready underpinnings, seemingly of spice-cake or rum-cake. As notes of orange peels and sawdust waft about the nose, that fist sip is seeming more and more intimidating.

All that malty-sweet goodness of the nose is assured in taste. Those cake-like flavors are delicately laces with spice, toast and nuttiness to allows roasted chestnuts and French toast to come about. The middle balances with citrus tones of grapefruit, oranges and tangy verbena flavor. As the sweetness breaks apart slightly, its finish allows for a sharply resinous finish to dry the palate and bitter it up a bit. Lighter oaken echoes swirl about the palate as the malt further lifts and the hops latch onto the throat.

Full bodied and long to resist any fading, the bread and sweeter textures accompany the hops and oak deep into the finish. Its spicy alcohol bite and oaky powdery texture offers a slim sense of lightness even though its cake character continues in lighter capacity.

Reminding me of Stone's Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale, the balance, power and controlled chaos is both impressive and scary- both for the brewer and for my own taste buds.

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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 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 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 Corkpuller
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm not normally a terrapin fan, but I'm not sure why this beer is so poorly rated...

This beer has a lot going on it. The aroma is very complex with an almost sherry (palo cortado) like oxidized aroma: chocolate, hazlenuts and toffee. It's quite boozy on the nose, but not much in the way of higher alcohols.

The palate is quite dense, creamy with some angular wood notes adding interest. The booze attacks and recedes in waves, with lots of flavor and aromas intermixed. It tastes pretty similar to the nose, but the push and pull is really what sets it apart.

I would probably only drink one of these in a sitting, but I really liked it - and I consider myself quite picky in the strong ale/barleywine categories.


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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 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 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 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 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 BlackBelt5112203
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Ruby brown color with a 2-finger tan frothy head. Really nice retention but no lacing. Clear with lots of carbonation bubbles.

S – This beer has so much going on in the aroma: rich malt scents with caramel, toasted bread, molasses, and brown sugar notes as well as dark fruits like cherries and plums, earthy leather, and a healthy dose of oak. This smells terrific.

T – Unfortunately, the taste doesn’t follow the nose so much. It starts off sweet with caramel malt, molasses, brown sugar, and a little bit of plum. Then, a sharp oak and alcohol astringency takes over. There’s some spicy and citrus hop bitterness at the finish, but the intense amount of oak just about takes over the taste as soon as it appears. There’s not as much balance or complexity as the nose suggested.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky, sharp, and astringent mouthfeel, and a dry, spicy, and slightly bitter finish. Woody dryness and astringency lingers and blends with the warmth from the alcohol.

O – This isn’t a bad beer, but it could definitely be better. I was expecting so much more after the outstanding aroma. The main pitfall is that the oak is overdone. Woody dryness can be a really nice addition to a beer if it’s subtle. The strong oak presence adds an unpleasant astringency to the beer and hurts both the taste and the mouthfeel. I found that it became more bearable if I sipped it like a glass of scotch instead of drinking it like a beer. If Terrapin held back a little on the wood, this beer could be very, very good.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to brown in color with a tan head. In the aroma, sweet vanilla, cinnamon, and mocha like. In the taste, well, it tastes like a coffee latte, with vanilla and cinnamon. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee and cinnamon like aftertaste. Quite coffee like, good flavor and nice warming aspect to it too.

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Photo of SGDJosh
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken on 8/12 at home:

A - Pours medium-dark brown with a light head on top.

S - vanilla, sweet malts, oaky goodness.

T - Caramel, vanilla, and not much noticable bitterness even though it is 88 IBUs. Rich flavors but balanced.

M - Medium body with good carbonation.

O - I had this before and wasn't impressed but this was a really good batch. Great balance between body, flavor, and aromas.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

foil wrapped bomber (22oz) served in a snifter.

pours a deep amber / copper shade while yielding roughly an inch of tan head; middling retention and lacing. malt-forward nose is fairly robust, offering notes of dark fruit (notably cherry), oak, earthy hops, and a little brown sugar. doesn't get the mouth watering exactly but it does compel a taste.

flavor delivers the cherry, hops, oak, brown sugar, along with some caramel / toffee in the background. hops are a player though the malt character dominates. interesting... solid, relatively tasty beer though nothing mind-blowing. medium-full bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, worth a try - some tasty qualities to it, reminds me a bit of a barleywine with some definite overlapping characteristics i'd say - but i won't kill myself to get my hands on another bottle.

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Photo of beer2day
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Saucer as part of Raleigh Beer week.

Dark caramel brown pour with 1/2 finger of mildly red-tinted cream head poured into a snifter. Light retention and thick strands of lace.

Raisin and figs come to the nose first, along with burnt (almost scorched) caramel. Very nice balance of flavors, but not quite as strong as I was hoping.

Raisin and figs really come out in the flavor, especially in the finish. Finish borders on being sour. Beer gets a bit big with yeast. Moderate alcholol burn.

Syurpy smooth with substantial body.

Well done.

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

From a 23 ounce bottle, this is a brownish colored brew with a one finger tan-colored head. The beer is clear, dark, and had a notable ruby highlight. The scent is all about malt. Toasted, bread-crust and some fruit...there's a pine and herb hop scent in the background, but malt stands out. The taste is sweet, malty, and more than a little warming. It's not quite hot, but the alcohol comes through, which is a little distracting. Full in body, nice carbonation...spice and hop-bitterness linger in the aftertaste. This is a solidly good brew.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit) for this interestingly named beer at least.

Decent but small creamy head darker colored, nice lacing, super murky chestnut color

Nose pretty good, toasty brown malts, nice toasty oak, light sweet reddish candy malt aromas, molasses, caramel, toffee, hint of earthy hops with a light celery like herbal, hint of vanilla, aromatic.

Taste strong oak, pure oak chips, toasty, light vanilla. Malts are toasty brown molasses caramel toffee hint smoke. Then earthy hops, some pine like pine tree sap not hops, syrupy, chewy. Finish is quite sweet, more oak and spruce pine sap, bitterness, woody esters, light booze and spicy chewy hops

Mouth is syrupy med bodied, decent fluffy carb,

Overall meh, a few flavors I wouldn't like in there, nothing special, oak is way over done (which I know since i've done it in my homebrews a few times), and the spruce like pine is not nice, weird bitterness, although there are some saving decent flavors in there.

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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 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 sommersb
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 08-15-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap covered in foil
Glassware: Signature glass
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Appearance is a dark brown, cloudy color with a finger's worth of tan head. Features good head retention and very good lacing.

Aromas are of dark fruits like raisins, spicy and woody hops, and caramel malts. I also get strong alcohol smells.

The taste is bold and spicy, with a big hoppy bitterness of pine and woody varieties. Other flavors are oak and then nutty malts. Some sweetness is evident, but the balance is tipped in favor of the hop bitterness. Shows some warming of alcohol.

Creamy and full bodied, with a lively level of carbonation. The aftertastes are bitter and somewhat dry, but you also get a dose of malt sweetness.

Overall this is a big and bold, hop-forward strong ale with a good malty backbone. Very much like an American Barleywine.

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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 southeastmat
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruddy brown almost a bit red. A good head on the first pour that goes away quickly but leaves a thin head as you drink.

S: Great smelling brew. Cherry. Fruit. Just a bit of wood on the back end of this beer.

T: A big bold beer. It hits up front with sweet malt then fades into some bitter hops. A great dark cherry fruit lingers on the finish.

M: Thick and complex. Coats the palate and really hits up front on sweet caramel malt.

O: This is a great 'end of a hard day' beer. It has a great warming quality and a terrific fruit taste that mellows out as you keep drinking. That oak comes out as it opens. You put this with a big rib eye or a nice piece of prime rib - prognosis awesome.

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