Terrapin Phlux Capacitor | Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Phlux CapacitorTerrapin Phlux Capacitor
189 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by oberon on 04-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 189 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of silentjay
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jzauder
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 22oz bomber on 6/13/2012

Appearance: looked like a dark Belgian ale, a very pleasing dark burgundy color. Just a little bit of foam that rapidly disappeared

Smell: A very clean, resin-y aroma. I picked up a cherry flavor at first with hops on the back end

Taste: You could almost confuse this for a barleywine with it's rich flavor. The oak barrels give it a heavy, almost whiskey-like aftertaste. Medium carbonation. It's a strong beer, but the alcohol sneaks up on you.

Mouthfeel: thick at first, but the aftertaste is very smooth.

Overall: I feel like this would pair well with a cigar. I'm not totally into the whole wood-barrel aging (usually because it mellows out any hop flavors), but the oak works here. It gives the beer a flavor almost like whiskey or brandy. Strong ales aren't my preferred style, but I would definitely try this one again and again. Very complex beer, but drinkable.

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Photo of bum732
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Bold nuttiness with some wood. Some fruitiness as well.

L: Very dark brown, white head that dissipates, some lacing.

T: Cedar wood with a nutty brown malt. Some toffee and coca, but quite dry throughout. Some hop character, but restrained. Some wood, but definitely in balance. Finishes fairly dry with residual maltiness and wood.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Just a bit of alcohol.

Really enjoyed this. Like a brown ale times 10. Not too sweet or malty like a barleywine. Really well balanced overall.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber picked up at Greens ATL, pored into a snifter glass

A - A dark amber, zero clarity. 2 fingers of head and some lace retention.

S - Sweet, brown sugar, and oak aged prevalent. The sugary sweetness overwhelms though

T - Very sweet malty taste, just like a strong ale should be.

M - Full bodied, well carbonated.

O - Very well done for the style. Not the best oak aged ale I have had, but good none the less

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Busy Bee in Raleigh

A - dark amber with a thin white head

S - bread, chocolate, floral, grapefruit, strong hop aroma

T - bread, alcohol, piny, grapefruit, chocolate

M - smooth, medium bodied, well carbonated

This to me is an odd in between version of a regular IPA and a black ale. It has characteristics of both. It's a solid beer worth trying.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger head with nice retention on a deep murky brown with no light getting through.

S: chocolate and caramel malts with breads, yeast, oak and cedar notes. Nicely complex.

T: very woody with oak and cedar prevailing in the middle and finish. Chocolate and caramel malts up front. Finish is slightly tart with also some brown sugar sweetness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall:  a touch boozy which I think is accentuated by the strong wood presence. Although I feel the taste is simple, it does a good job of bringing in wood notes which dominate but don't offend.

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Barcade, Philly, PA

Poured a dark mahogany, mostly clear, with a finger of tan head; moderate retention and lacing. Lots of toasty elements in the nose, bready, nutty, citrus and pine hops with a dash of spice. Taste of toasted bready, somewhat nutty, caramel, very woody, a dash of dark chocolate, moderately hopped with notes of citrus zest and pine, and again a little bit of indistinct spice. Medium body, pretty easily drinkable, for a decent beer overall.

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of 7ate9
2.01/5  rDev -44.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of WrathsU
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Chaney
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Duck Rabbit snifter.

A: Poured a dark, reddish-brown, with a mocha ring around the brew that stuck around throughout the session.

S: I got straight up melted Jolly Rancher first and foremost. Also, so bright candy such as Pixie Stick dust, Mallow Creme, vanilla, and wood.

T: This was pretty sweet, yet very complex. This was definitely "American" in nature, and made no bones about it. Dark fruit is not the best way to describe this, so I'll go the candy route: Bit O'Honey, Snickers, Almond Joy (wood aging... coconut influence), Twix (the cookie part), marshmallow and TONS of butterscotch.

M: I got a good bit of solvent alcohol after a few sips to be honest, but I think that will meld with the other ingredients quite well over time. A moderate amount of lacing and quite a bit of sugar.

O: I've never tasted anything like this from Terrapin and I believe that overall, it was a success. I think I'll grab a bottle for the cellar. This one was meant for that anyway.

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Photo of billab914
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Devil's Backbone glass. It poured deep mahogany in color with a thick, fluffy, tan colored head to it. Nice lacing and retention as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty big oak presence to it with notes of wood and some vanilla. Some very nice malty flavors come out in it as well with some caramel, toffee and a slight dark fruit flavor to it.

The taste shows a little bit more of a roasted malt, slight coffee like flavor to it. Caramel and toffee sweetness come out more towards the finish. The oak really compliments well with some very nice notes of vanilla and oak.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being a little above average. Overall, I thought it was a very good beer. Everything really comes together very well in it, and the oak compliments nicely. Very flavorful and drinkable beer overall, and one of the better side projects in recent memory in my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Terrapin Phlux Capacitor from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 189 ratings
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