Sunday, April 24, 2011

Terrapin Beer Co. - Tomfoolery Black Saison Ale

Tomfoolery is the 14th installment in Terrapin's Side Projects series, limited-edition single batch runs of experimental brews. It is a "black saison," loaded with rye, wheat and dark malts that give an otherwise traditional ale an unusually dark color.

7.3% ABV

Black, is accurate. Tomfoolery is completely opaque. It appears to have a significant amount of carbonation, which forms a dense, khaki head that leaves sticky lacing. 
This one is quite aromatic. The scent is heavy with roasted malt, rye bread, sweet figs and herbal hops. It's somewhat sour.

Taste & Feel 
Very flavorful. Heavy on the wheat... bready. The caramel sweetness almost has a  flat cola taste. There's also quite a bit of dark rye in  the dry, roasty malt. The malt is balanced by a spicy hops.

Tomfoolery is medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel a bit of a carbonated tingle.

This one is all over the place... it's a rye, it's a wheat, it's dark, it's sweet, it's creamy, it's dry... whooo. Seriously, though, this is a good, flavorful beer. Extremely complex, but easy to drink.

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