NOTES: Bomber @ Abba’s Brew’s Bungalow

STYLE: Scotch Ale

ABV: 8.5%

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

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