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Terrapin Phlux CapacitorTerrapin Phlux Capacitor

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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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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 189
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 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 One2Remeber
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beige, frothy head. Dark, murky brown body. Tons of carbonation rising to top.

S: Clean, sugar, fruit tartness. Not picking up a whole lot.

T/M: Dry, coco powder mouth feel. Strong oak presence over powers a back burner feel of alcohol. Pine/earthly hops blend well with a hefty malt body with big notes of caramelized sugars and sweet figs.

O: Can not say I have had anything like this. Tons of flavor that all play nice together. One of my favorite oak beers because of the subtleness.

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Photo of Pencible
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear garnet with a good amount of tan head.
S: It smelled like oak and dates and fresh fig and earthy caramel and nutty malt, with some copper and biscuit.
T: It tasted like metallic copper and sweet fig and earthy caramel, with some oak and aged cherry and nutty malt. It had a pretty clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Pretty flat body.
D: This had a very classic English old ale taste, like it just came out of a cask. The scent and taste were delicate and enjoyable, but the body was a little weak. The finish was smooth and mellow, and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Really more of a sipping beer though. Just begs to be aged, but is nice fresh.

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Photo of 57md
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light chocolate brown with a finger of head that dissipated rather quickly but left some lacing on the glass anyway. The nose is nicely hoppy. The taste is malty with a touch of sweetness followed by a mildly bitter finish. There is also some lingering alcohol warmth on the end as well.

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Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a small clear goblet. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.49.

A: Murky brown with soft short cap of light beige head with decent retention and only a few scraps of lace.

S: Vinous aroma with fairly bland malt but tannic oak with some herbal, earthy hopping

T: The maltiness is muddled and doesn't have enough sweetness, breadiness, or other desirable malt character -- mainly too tannic oak carries the flavor on its own with some dark malt sourness. The hops are herbal and earthy.

M: Soft carbonation with some boozy feel but not syrupy.

O: Not what I was hoping for -- I was hoping for something more in the vein of Oaked Arrogant Bastard, but instead this has some flat maltiness with very tannic oakiness.

Wow -- what a difference 10-11 months can make. Consumed at 55F from an oversized wineglass. My original overall score for this fresh was 3.28. I let one bottle age, refrigerated at 35-40F for most of the time period. THis beer has made leaps and bounds. This tastes like an exceptional oak-aged American barleywine with spectacular minty, woody, herbal, earthy hops notes, and big malt flavors with burnt caramel, toffee, rum raisin, and treacle. THe oak flavor has the slightest hint of vanilla but mainly finishes with a mildly tannic, slightly drying finish. The mouthfeel is low carbonation and there is still some booziness in the feel. I am really impressed and, compared to the fresh version, this is a completely different beer. I think this beer could probably be even better in 4-6 more months to let the booze fade a little further without going away completely and letting the malt flavors come together even a little more. Still, I am shocked at how much better this beer is with a pretty minor amount of age. I would seek this out and I plan to see if I can find it in town this weekend -- it blends the best of oak, American hoppiness, and subtle but rounded maltiness.

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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 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 avalon07
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted a good amount of time. Good lacing.

S: A sweet aroma of malt, light hops, and some sugary elements.

T: Tasted of some malt, light hops, a big shot of toffee, and some oak as well. This is a hard flavor to pin down, but very interesting and lively.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: American Strong Ales tend to be sort of strange beers, and this is no exception. Still, it's well worth a shot. Drinkable.

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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 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 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 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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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 Vec2267
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep mahogany with a thin tad head that retains well

S - brown sugar, oak, fruit, slight spice

T - oak, chocolate malty presence well balanced by a piney hop bitterness, boozy

M - less than syrupy but quite chewy

Malt dominant with heavy wood tones. some notes of chocolate and fruit. A big boozy bomb with character, right up my alley and a nice example of the style.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap an opaque, slightly reddish sable with a thick, light golden tan head. Strong aroma is malty and yeasty and has a curious resin-like, almost varnish-like, overtone. Malty flavor has that same resin overtone plus hints of hops, wood and horehound. Smooth texture has good, firm body and a subtle fizz. Maybe this ale’s origin in another dimension (with voyeuristic intentions) is what gives it that odd taste.

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Photo of jzauder
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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%
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 +10.7%
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%
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 +15.6%
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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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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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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 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 Chaney
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
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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