Monday, January 16, 2012

Terrapin Oak Aged Big Hoppy Monster

While out on the town in Pittsburgh, I ordered a glass of Terrapin Oak Aged Big Hoppy Monster at Mad Mex in Shadyside. The beer pours a dark amber color with a bubbly white head. The aroma consists of caramel, oak, pine, and lemon. The taste is smooth and sweet with lots of caramel on the front end. Hints of pine and lemon peek through before a big oak finish. The alcohol content is 8.5% ABV. I would say that the oak aging does the beer well and provides a nice dry to the finish. From what I recall, the beer had somewhat of a subdued hop flavor than the non-aged version, but I think it was a fair trade-off.

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