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A Review of Phlux Capacitor by Terrapin Beer
Posted on 9/1/2012 by Chops
Anyone familiar with Terrapin's Side Project series knows just how wild these beers can be. The latest one to cross my path is the Phlux Capacitor American Strong Ale. It's been a while since a beer has left me speechless and this beer hit my taste buds like a potency freight train of flavor and strength. Just 1.21 pints of these beastly concoctions and you'll feel like you fell and hit your head on the sink (movie references rule). There's not much else I can say to prepare you for this monster of a beer. Just strap in while I take you back... to the brewture.

In the glass, this beer has a murky muddy brown coloration. It looks really thick and really mean. It comes with a creamy tan head that lasts for a very long time. On the nose, you are greeted with a rich and syrupy sweet malty character. Resting underneath is a light boozy later as well as a slight candied note. I honestly had no idea what to expect from the first sip, so I took a deep quivering breath and dove right in.

The mouthfeel is what immediately caught my attention, which is a strange balance of smooth and assertive. This brew is powerful and aggressive, yet it retains a velvety character. Very weird, yet very cool. The boozy layer comes across as syrupy sweet and oddly tolerable, so no need to worry about the alcohol burn. Most of the aggression is centered around the hop profile, which is very bold but appropriately balanced with the sweetness. The foundation is unmistakeably malty much like a barleywine. To be honest, this beer drinks a lot like a hopped up barleywine. But as the beer warms, it smooths out even more and gains a thickness that starts to resemble a rich double brown ale.

Overall, Terrapin's Phlux Capacitor American Strong Ale is a deliciously fascinating brew. It's harsh yet smooth, monstrous yet gentle, black yet white. Make sense? Of course not, but that's kind of the point. It's a side project with no limitations. What I can say for certain is that this beer is way too heavy for novices. They should stick to Terrapin's tasty core line and work their way up. On the other hand, I can happily recommend the Phlux Capacitor to any seasoned drinker with an imperial palate. Just be warned: once your stomach reaches 88 ounces per volume, you're going to see some serious shit.

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