Monday, March 23, 2015

Terrapin Liquid Bliss

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1311) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2015
I don’t mind if a “novelty” beer becomes a trendy beer as long as it’s tasty. Terrapin’s Liquid Bliss is the second chocolate and peanut butter beer I’ve had in recent months and hopefully it won’t be the last. Though I can’t say it’s as good as the other beer I tried, it still works as a novelty brew that doesn’t grow old.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had an expiration date of 7/14/15 and was sent to me from a friend in Florida (thanks, Mike!).

Appearance: Seemingly opaque black with light brown highlights. Pours to an average size, dark tan, foamy head which laces and retains fairly well.

Smell: Almost identical to Reese’s Peanut Butter cups: chocolate and peanut butter candy. Some roasted malt.

Taste: This beer is a porter at the core and it certainly tastes as such. Up front there’s a lightly sweet sensation of dark malt, but without deeply roasted flavor or dry bitterness. I detect a mild milk chocolate flavor, but not overly sweet or of vanilla per se. The second half is the best part as the peanut butter flavor emerges and it tastes a lot like candy. It’s strong at first, but seems to weaken as I drink on. I also notice a faint tanginess right as it finishes. I’m not sure what’s accounting for that. Otherwise, the palette is rather repetitive, which is fine because the flavors present are enjoyable. Not quite the liquid indulgence I was hoping for, but a nice sweet beer that’s not cloying.

Drinkability: The first thing I noticed about Terrapin Liquid Bliss wasn’t the chocolate and peanut butter taste but the surprisingly thin and tepid mouthfeel. At 6.1% ABV, this should be approaching a full-bodied brew, but it comes across as medium-light. Perhaps it was brewed with lactose sugar, or maybe it’s a little under-carbonated. I will say that it’s smooth and very easy to throw back. It leaves no discernable aftertaste, though. 
Grade: 7/10