STYLE: Scotch Ale
APPEARANCE: Cloudy chestnut brown
HEAD: Minimal tan head that is gone before it even arrives
LACING: Very little. Just wisps, really.
NOSE: Definitely a Scotch Ale. Sweet, sugary malt and dark, fresh-baked bread up front. Some banana fruitiness and bubblegum notes as well.
TASTE: It’s mostly a Scotch Ale. A huge malt backbone is redolent with caramel, toffee, and a hint of peatiness. The Belgian yeast adds some fruit esters (bananas, prunes, and raisins) and a little funkiness on the back end. Finish is sticky-sweet and a little cloying.
MOUTHFEEL: Heavier than medium-bodied, but I think that’s mostly due to the lack of carbonation. With better effervescence, this is probably a solidly medium-bodied and smooth brew.
DRINKABILITY: I generally love Terrapin’s beer “mash-ups”, but this wasn’t their best. While Belgian yeasts add a fun wrinkle to most styles, perhaps Scotch Ales simply aren’t an appropriate medium for them. Or maybe this one-off brew just needs a little tweaking to make it perfect. I enjoyed it, but more as a novelty than anything else. Definitely worth seeking out, but not one of Terrapin’s finer efforts. Of course, even their worst efforts are better than what most breweries produce.
RATING: 3 Hops