Plenty of Chocolaty Richness in New Terrapin Brew
By Ben Casella
It happened. The weather turned cold. Winter came. Jack Frost nibbled at our noses. Christmas lights twinkled from my neighbors bushes. I walked up to Arsenal Taproom, able to see my breath in the cold evening air.
I stepped inside, sat down with some friends, and searched the menu for the most wintry brew I could find. I started to order a Delirium Noel, and that’s when the bartender said, “Have you had the Terrapin Moo-Tella?”
I replied with a hard “no” and sampled this unforeseen libation. After a second or two of blissful swishing about the sip, I promptly ordered a pint – then another.
Terrapin Moo-Tella – (say these next few sentences out loud like Troy McClure from The Simpsons) Do you enjoy chocolate – rich chocolate that’s not too bitter? Have you already given up on your approaching New Year’s resolution to lose weight in 2018? Do you like to drink your dessert? When you’re out with friends, and someone suggests just getting one slice of cake with four forks, do you get audibly angry? Do people who put on their expensive work-out gear just to go to the grocery store really grind your gears? Do you have one of those bumper stickers that doesn’t say “26.2” or “13.1” but instead says “0.0 – I Don’t Run”?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we’ve got a beer for you!
This brew is an imperial cousin to its progenitor, Moo-Hoo. Moo-Tella is termed a Chocolate Hazelnut Imperial Milk Stout. Make no mistake about it; this is a stout ale and will overcome just about any food you’d pair it with. The almost-milk/almost-dark chocolate on the nose screams at you, and the taste is no different. It’s significant for more chocolate than hazelnut, but the hazelnut that comes in later really dampens the chocolate nicely, making this brew surprisingly balanced on the tongue when you factor in the notion that you’re drinking a chocolate hazelnut imperial milk stout ale.
So, give this beer a try, unless you’re counting your calories (in which case you probably don’t read my column anyway). Overall, I say well done to the brewers at Terrapin up the road in Athens.
Here’s to a 2018 filled to the brim with love and laughs.