Terrapin 90 Shelling Scotch Ale

Finally a review of #6 in the Side Project Series.
22 oz bottle that I think came from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. The usual presentation for the SP series, gold foiled, generic label etc.
Good looking, dark garnet pour that form a nice, tight, white head, some lace and a nice stream of carbonation. Looks solid in the glass.
Nose reveals dark malts, sweetness and some alcohol, but again is fairly solid.
Tastes are in style, BUT two things;
The body lacks depth for me. In a SA/WH I’m looking for a considerable richness and this beer comes up a notch short for me.
The tastes are close, but the alcohol seems WAY TOO prevalent for me. I’m not saying that we should be looking for a lower ABV, but I am saying that we should be looking for a less obvious EtOH presence. I’d even go as far as to say it begins to take on a bit of a solvent like finish. Lacks smoothness.
This short-coming also manifests itself in the mouthfeel which, for the style seems to lack depth and is a touch thin.
Decent, but seems a little boozy to me.

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06/13/2009
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bottle
ABV: 7.3 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 3
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 4
Overall: 3
Total: 3.3
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