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
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
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.