Terrapin’s Reunion ‘10 – Belgian Style Scotch Ale

reunion_beer_label_052010of.jpgI really enjoy the craft beers from Terrapin Beer Co. in Athens, Georgia. Of course, I’m partial to anything from Georgia, but these fellows do an outstanding job.

This ale is an interesting blend of two styles: Belgian and Scottish. The craft and moderate level of complexity in this brew is appreciated.

This ale pours up a nice rich dark amber brown with a smaller tan head that did not stick around long. The nose reveals the Belgian style yeast with a definite dusty fruity banana aroma, the sweet Scottish maltiness being hinted in the background.

It’s important to give this 22 ounce serving the time for its complexity to be revealed. Don’t over chill this ale or you’ll miss what it has to offer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. This ale begins with a clear emphasis on the Belgian style, and that style remains on the nose throughout, becoming somewhat less pronounced on the pallet as the ale warms, giving way to a much fuller expression of the sweet Scottish maltiness. Throughout, the hops remain in the background, accented on the finish.

This is a skillfully crafted blended style ale that is a treat to enjoy.

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Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Imperial Stout

I don’t generally drink beer that comes in a can. Mostly that’s because I prefer craft brewed beers which ordinarily come in bottles. There is an exception.

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I love a good Imperial Stout and while this one doesn’t take the place of my all time favourite, it certainly gives it a run for it’s money. I was completely surprised! This brew lives up to its reputation. (It get’s a 100 rating from Ratebeer.com and an ‘A’ from Beer Advocate Magazine.) An Imperial Stout is typically a high gravity beer and thus has a higher percentage alcohol by volume (ABV). This one gets its name from its 10.50% ABV.

It pours up licorice black with a deliciously dark chocolate coloured head. The nose is wonderfully unique, offering a rich mixture of sweet caramel and malty dark roasted barley. On the palate it gives up full and smooth chocolate and coffee flavours. I think the uniqueness of the nose and the palate may also have something to do with the addition of flaked oats (giving it some of the qualities of an oatmeal stout) as well as the way it’s been hopped. It’s definitely everything the brewery advertises.

Ten FIDY Imperial Stout – This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hide a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt. Ten FIDY (10.5% ABV) is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. Ten FIDY is the ultimate celebration of dark malts and boundary-stretching beer.

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