Terrapin The Iron Tankard

Impressive presentation, but also an impressive price (between $13 and $16), but when you consider the beer is being sold as a vehicle to make money for what they consider a good cause, it makes it slightly more palatable. Slightly. Hand numbered bottle 4480/4884.
22 oz bottle, boxed with a gold foiled neck.
Cloudy, hazed mid-amber pour that creates little or no head with poor retention. Just about zero lace. OK, I guess when you consider the ABV and the style.
Nose gives a sugary, malty, slightly liquor based aroma – not strong, but basically as expected for the style.
The tastes reflect the nose and fit very nicely into the style. There is a lot of nicely blended sweetness and alcohol with some rich, sherry-like tastes. Smooths out pretty well and the alcohol drinks lower than the 9.4% quoted. Not harsh, well constructed and balanced.
Very nice example of the style, and the beer comes together nicely. Not spectacular but I’m pleased to see a beer that is well put together and within some simle style parameters.
Pricey, and strictly speaking a one-off for me, but nevertheless glad I tried it.

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05/27/2010
Style:
Old Ale
Format:
bottle
ABV: 9.4 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 4
Total: 3.98
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