Sunday, April 11, 2010

Terrapin Side Project Volume 9- The Dark Side

In South Carolina, I picked up a bottle of Terrapin Side Project Volume 9- The Dark Side. This beer is a Belgian Style Imperial Stout and I really looked forward to trying it. The beer pours a black color with a frothy tan head. The aroma is chocolaty with pine hops providing a nice accent. The taste is burnt malts with bitter dry chocolate. There are a lot of burnt flavors in this beer, including a little bit of smoke. There is a lemon accent under the chocolate that sours the beer somewhat, but in a good way, and a dry bitter finish. The alcohol content is 8.5% ABV. While it was not the smoothest drinking beer, there were plenty of flavors and levels to this beer. The smokiness and burnt flavors really dried out the tongue, but the chocolate and lemon really brought it back to be enjoyable.

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