Terrapin Boom Shakalager

22 oz bottle as part of the Side Project Series, this one is #11. The usual gold-foiled presentation.
Pour is a surprisingly dark amber in color. The head is largely absent and the retention and lace are close to zero. Disappointing.
Nose gives some phenols and a little fusel alcohol in the back end of the finish.
It’s a pretty viscous and heavy beer, but to be honest, given the style that’s in line and OK, but it certainly does not add to the drinkability. There’s a little marzipan in the beer and the syrupy feel does gets a bit much, pretty quickly for me.
Lots of extra alcohol comes through in the finish and there is a mild burn. Sugar sweetness overwhelms the beer and there is a lack of bitterness that one would hope for in a beer of this style/type. I’d like a bit of extra bitterness and a less heavy feel to the beer, but ho hum. Mild burn in the finish too. Lacks the energy of a Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner for me.
In the end this is a bit of a yawn (again) from the SP series. I’d really appreciate a lower ABV beer in this group.

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06/19/2010
Format:
bottle
ABV: 9.0 %
Appearance: 2.5
Taste: 2.5
Mouthfeel: 2.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 2
Total: 2.6
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