Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutTerrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 3,597
Reviews: 1,245
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
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Gots: 643 | FT: 54
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: rajendra82 on 02-15-2005

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Photo of TTripp725
2.98/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was anxious to try this beer but was greatly disappointed upon drinking it. To me the flavor was lacking and it had a really weird after taste. Luckly i bought two bottles so i can try them both.

Photo of hopflyer
3.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2014 vintage

Black but not completely. Some brown highlights. Vigorous pour leaves almost no head and what is there fades quickly to a thin ring

First whiff I detect alcohol and a touch of light roast coffee. A little concerned with the prominence of booze.

Taste is light bitterness from the coffee and some oats. Booze is there. Not much roasted malt. Coffee prevails. letting it warm a bit opens up some bittersweet chocolate. .

Body is somewhat thin and low carbonation. Really falls short of my expectations here.

I gotta say I'm disappointed. Is really like an alcohol infused carbonated coffee. Deep roasted malts are almost absent and there is very little if any chocolate or toffee flavor. The bitterness and booze don't go well together Mouthfeel is thin. I guess I'll try to age these and hope the coffee and booze dissipate.

Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a opaque black no light showing thru this bad boy with a thinner mocha colored head,wow the aromas damn where to begin heavy on the dark roast coffee,bitter chocolate a hint of almond extract as well just awesome.Flavors are heavy in the coffee department for some it maybe to much dark roast coffee and chocolate malt flavors with a malted milk type flavor,nice creamy,silky mouthfeel glides down pretty easily.If you like strong coffee and bitter chocolate you'll love this beer.

Photo of tjk135
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014
Aromas of coffee, chocolate and a touch of sweet booze -wonderful. Taste is of a little more subdued coffee and chocolate, roasted malts and chewy. I will have to try this fresh and also the French toast version.

Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to nedvalton for this one! Pours a thick, dark black color with only an ever-so-slight, deep brown shearing on the very outer edges of the beer. A marginally darker-than-tan head forms slowly and encapsulates the beer about one inch deep under a bed of super-fine carbonation bubbles.

The aroma - what do you know - is very heavy on the coffee; black and deep with a nice roasted bean flavor. An almost equal part dark chocolate fudges battles for the foreground, adding an earthy sweetness to the strong, bitter coffee. Some more roasted overtones filled with ashy molasses and syrup round out the edges of a wonderfully crafted aromatic profile. Can't wait to taste this one.

This one his the palate with a medium-thick body, actually a little lighter than expected, especially from the almost sludgy looking pour; still, pretty creamy and silky overall. Sweet, alcohol-drenched chocolate comes out first and foremost, almost like a rum-covered devil's food cake. Silky and syrupy sweetness is abound, but matched formidably by a roasted espresso bean flavor that limps in around the halfway mark and marches strong through the ending.

That big, robust coffee flavor sits heavy on the palate and lacquers the inside of your mouth so that you're tasting it minutes after having swallowed a sip. The sweetness battles back however, and I'm almost even picking up some very faint dark fruits; figs and black licorice. Despite the colossal malt rampage, the hops are far from unnoticed and actually add quite the spike - leafy, herbal, and a touch dry, the bitterness they assert does a perfect balance job and keeps the heavy malt bill in check. Wonderful from start to finish.

Glad I finally got to try this one. A damn fine coffee stout, balanced well and executed masterfully. Nice battle of chocolate vs. coffee with a nearly perfect inclusion hops to offer the counterpoint. So - is this better than Founder's Breakfast Stout? It's hard to say. I never like comparing beers because it always seems like the non-winner misses out on the credit it deserves. Terrapin has crafted a fine coffee stout - tasty and drinkable, bottom line. I wish I could get my hands on this all the time.

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of everetends-thanks Gilly!
A-Black with reddish rust head, nice looking beer
S-Great coffee with slight sweet chocolate, very nice smell
T-Very smooth coffee and milk chocolate like taste, very similiar to taste, finish has a little more hop which gives an earthy/tangy taste which knocked my score down a little, very nice tasting brew
M-Smooth creamy velvet
O-I wish I had traded for a case!

Photo of Spaten454
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a tan head that dissipates to the glass where it leaves sticky lacing.

S - Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Coffee dominates the nose mostly

T - Deeply roasted coffee and malt. Finishes with some bitter chocolate.

M - Thin for an imperial stout. Moderate carb

O - This is a great imperial stout. They integrated the coffee into it well.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well here's to another Terrapin Beer... Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout. Imperial at 8.1% alcohol and coffee added!

A- Pours black with only brown showing around the top of the beer in light otherwise opaque.
Small active tight bubbled dark tan head that falls into the black coffee colored beer as fast as it came. Gone in 5 seconds but did make an appearance! No lacing at all.

S- Smells straight up like used coffee grinds with hints of cream and vanilla. One of a kind smell.

T-M- Well like the smell it taste like somebody recycled the the coffee grinds at work. But wait is that the oatmeal that dulls the coffee flavor? I'll be damned it is! Ok so the flavors are obviously a fresh batch of raw oatmeal with heavy doses of black coffee with vanilla and a alcohol cream finish... excellent complexities. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with lasting linger of raw coffee beans.

D- I will aquire this beer again so that i can share its goodness with everyone... in the morning that is! Haha Hold the cream and sugar I'll have it black! Cheers!

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gotta love the name of this brew. Arrives in a brown 12oz bottle. Monster 2006 Beer Tour. 8.1% abv per the label. Pours into my tulip glass a dense deep black with a half inch of dark tan foam. Completely opaque, very inticing! Aromas of dark chocolate covered oats entangled with a wonderful fresh roasted coffee. A touch creamy and quite roasty. Like opening a pack of chocolate covered espresso beans!

First sip brings a smooth, slighty creamy dark roasted maltiness. A blend of chocolate and coffee follows. There's a great balance between the roasted coffee flavors and the smooth burnt oats and barley. I get a touch of dark fruit on the finish with a touch of coffee that lingers on. This is a very tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and so lusciously smooth. Mellow carbonation works really well and this goes down almost too quickly! I would love to sit down to a few of these as I love a good coffee stout. Ranks up there with my favorites in the style. Cheers to Terrapin..there's nothing like a good wake-n-bake! Thanks to warriorsoul for passing this off to me.

Photo of blitz134
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black brew. Initially had a one finger dark chocolate head that reduced to a thin layer of bubbles with a ring around the edge. Head could stick around a little longer though.

Smell is mainly sweet to me with some dark chocolate and a touch of dark fruit. Oatmeal and coffee do come through in the aroma but it is much fainter in the bottled form. I feel off the tap the coffee aroma is much stronger. A good aroma, but I prefer the stronger aroma off the tap.

Taste is decadant. A good dose of chocolate and toasted malts. Some bread carries through as well. Then comes the dark coffee. The finish is slightly dry and the coffee comes on once again after the beer is swallowed. Just nice.

Mouthfeel is amazing. I think the bottled form has a creamier mouthfeel than the tap form. This brew flows and feels like oil on the tongue. Coats the mouth extremely well, just amazing. The oatmeal really does its job in this beer.

Drinkability is really good as well. Sits a bit heavy on the stomach and the alcohol is obvious once it gets down. But the amazing taste and the incredible mouthfeel make this beer a real winner. Once again glad to have Terrapin in my neck of the woods.

Photo of JasonA
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from marvin, nice extra!

Pours a dark thick syrup. Head comes up as an extremely dark, almost too dark color. It quickly disapates to litte or nothing. No real lacing. Im ready for a syrupy tasting beer (not a bad thing, see Bell's).

Deep coffee, dark almost burt malt. Not overpowering, almost subtle.

Upfront light. Extremely intest malt. Not overpowering, simpy deep. Nice stoutish flavor finish. All the flavors seem to be roasted, but not overpowering. Very well done. The best part is there is no 'sweet' element, only robust flavor.

Well balanced. CArbonatin might not be preset in glass, but comes out on the palatte. Lots of armona flying around after swallow. Nice reminder.

Great sipping beer. Boy would this go well with some Sheppards Pie!!

Photo of Aaron420
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Poured what could only be called an amazing black as dark as nights out in the woods. With a very fine tan almost khaki head.

S: Smells of rich Jittery Joe's Coffee with hints of chocolate and a little roasty malts.

T: Pretty similar to the smell at the beginning rich with coffee and chocolate. The alcohol is not what one would think with such a high abv. It leaves a lasting flavor of coffee in the back of the throat.

M: Medium amount of carbonation but it is just the right amount. With a thick pheel on the tounge.

D: If you could sit down and enjoy more than two of these with out getting a heavy head then you are better than I.

I look forward to this beer every year, and now even more since I no longer live in GA. Thanks to "kp" used on of mine to make a Wake-N-Moo, which is well worth trying.

Photo of marvin213
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black. Black like creamless coffee. I have to crane my neck in search of maybe the slightest reflection of light. The head pour provided a thin film that quickly dissipated. Lacing is definitely present. The smell is coffee. Black, strong coffee.

What do you know? The taste is like strong black coffee. I feel like I should be drinking this out of a coffee cup. I like it because it's tough like black coffee. I would almost ask for creamer if it weren't at the risk of losing tough points. I wonder how this one would pan out in a black-and-tan.

The oatmeal reveals itself best in the mouthfeel. This drink with breakfast? I think this is breakfast. It reminds me of Willa Wonka or something where I have this delicious assortment of fulfilling breakfast flavor all bottled up here in my serving glass. I imagine a little time would significantly affect this beverage.

In addition to detecting coffee, every sense detects imperial. It's not drinkable like a vented Coors light. It's drinkable like black coffee. As much as I would like to rate this beer high, the reality is that it's not that drinkable.

Unless your tough like me.

Photo of element75
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Engine 15 in Jacksonville.

A: Deep black with a tan head, moderately lacy but fades to a thin ring

S: Major coffee smell with a little bit of chocolate in the background

T: Coffee is forefront and dominates the whole way through, but you can pick up some dark chocolate and roasted maltiness toward the end. There is more flavor to the beer than you would guess by the all-coffee smell.

M: Thick and creamy

O: I really enjoyed drinking this beer, even though the dominance of the coffee was a little more than I was hoping for. Not one of my top favorite Imperial Stouts, but one that I would drink again.

Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with "Vintage 08" printed on "Best If Enjoyed Before" space.

Pour with a viscous looking cascading brown head and leaves a blanket of lacing behind which reaches all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Wow, smells of a cup of iced joe ... dark roast at that. Smooth and creamy with a lush full body. Big roasted flavors from the coffee and malt, lots of fresh coffee flavors and definitely that indie roasted coffee bean flavor. The roasted grain drops some charcoal and a faint smokiness on the palate. Slight warming alcohol with a hint of dark berry fruitiness. Minimal hopping lets the maltiness and coffee flavors run free. Finishes bitter sweet with a long after taste of coffee.

Best Coffee Stout to date for me ... more than enough roasted character to balance out the sweetness. An amazing beer here.

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle pours dark, opaque, and ebony with a small light brown head that quickly disappears. Thin sheets of lace drape the glass.

Aroma is strong roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and earthy hops. Nuttiness emerges as it warms.

Full bodied with low carbonation and some coffee bean acidity.

Taste is mostly dark roasty malt bitterness accented by roasted coffee. Alcohol is well hidden. Almond nuttiness emerges as it warms. No fruity notes and the oatmeal isn't picked up either.

Slightly disappointed in this one. Run of the mill as big coffee stouts go.

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Spuyten duyvil last night as part of their popular "Big Woody" event....Pours black and beautiful, dark tan minor head that leaves some sticky lacing. Nose is the expected coffee, burnt grains train wreck jam. Big and bold. Oily, smoky, woody, smooth, over the top. Notes of coffee, of course, then chocolate, smoky meats. Wish I could have one or two of these to start the day, but I doubt I get much done after that! Well crafted, a must try for dark and sludgy beer lovers everywhere.

Photo of banglin
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass

A: small head with tan color, very dark/black color,

S: strong coffee and chocolate tones which blend well, also oats

T: starts out with strong coffee flavor and finishes with oats, alcohol taste perhaps too strong, chocolate as well, the more I let it rest, the more oats I taste

M: smooth with almost too much carbonation

O: a good stout with an excellent aroma

Photo of warriorsoul
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ink black in color with less than 1/4 finger of tan head...disappears almost instantly with very little lacing on a hand washed glass.
Aroma is fantastic...buttery toffee, espresso, vanilla bean and sweet chocolate.
The taste is nice...more chocolate than coffee, but pretty well balanced for the style. Sweeter than I was expecting, but the finish is very clean.
Mouthfeel is quite thick and the carbonation is perfect to consume this one with no effort.
A nice offering from Terrapin...not too extreme, just simply putting out a solid offering time after time with every brew I try from these guys.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mocha head, black opaque body. Good lacing and head retention.

Smells like a sweetened black cup of iced coffee. Some coco, roasted malts, dark roasted coffee.

Tastes like a big iced bitter black roasted coffee. Fairly creamy and chocolately.

Medium bodied, low carbonation. Fairly creamy and thick feeling while still being fairly drinkable.

Overall this is a tasty coffee stout. Alcohol is well masked and drinkability fairly high. Good complexity with the roast, coffee and chocolate flavors.

$Thanks tommy for this 4 pack

Photo of badbeer
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Monster Beer Tour. Bottle courtesy of Faro; very big thanks!

Pours black, but dark red around the edges. Head is a dark tan color; doesn't stick around for very long, but did leave bits of lacing. Smell of early morning coffee, a soft roastiness as well as just the slightest hint of hops. Taste is a combination of maybe a French roast coffee and some espresso. The awesome thing is that it has no astringency to it. The finish is where it gets even better, it starts out as previously described, but then some cocoa and a noticeable, but soft roastiness sets in and lingers. Mouthfeel started out medium bodied, but carbonation was a bit high, so I swirled my glass for a while and then the carbonation was about perfect. Mouthfeel would be higher, but as previously mentioned, carbonation started a little high for me. Drinkability is awesome, but would I have another? Hell yeah I would, if only I had better access to this. Awesome beer, worth picking up for sure.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is cayenne pepper, chocolate and roasted malt. For the flavor i get some chocolate, coffee, red pepper and roasted malt. Medium to thick mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. A very good stout.

Photo of frenchblood21
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Hoppin Frog snifter. Date on bottle is 2012. Date of review is 3/12/14.

Appearance- Pitch black with absolutely no light coming thru when held up to a bright light. Really beautiful dark tan half finger head sits on top of this beer.

Smell- Roasted malts and smoke jump right up into my nose holes. Sweet chocolate and slow-roasted beef come through too. Very little coffee, probably because of the 2 year aging.

Taste- Coffee with cream and sugar right away. It's just like drinking a delicious iced coffee from my local hipster coffee shop. I also detect sweet and sour cherries. Of course, there is still the roast and smoke too.

Mouthfeel- Just a bit thinner than I had expected. I get that chalky but pleasant film that has me believing I am drinking coffee.

Overall- The coffee has faded but still a very enjoyable beer. Not much else to say, does what it's supposed to do.

Photo of livewire05
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not much of a stout drinker (I usually stick to IPAs) so this is quite an introduction. This beer has a wonderful aroma of roasted coffee with hints of chocolate, with a dark black color to match. The lacing is a great dark brown color, although there is not much head to speak of. The taste is as superb as the smell, with a rich mouthfeel.

Although IPAs will remain my go to beer, I think I just added a new style to my rotation.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a send from kwakwhore a few months ago Monster 2007 beer tour on label nothing printed on best by date. 12oz brown bottle poured into a large Delirium snifter.Opaque,black with a slight brown cast,a fluffy deep tan head with fair retention and somewhat sudsy.A staying creamy layer remains with a thick foam collar sliding down the glass

Has booziness in the aroma with dark chocolate and freshly brewed coffee with oatmeal grit,chocolate aromas are predominate.Some dark fruit comes through later mostly of fig and prune.

A suprizing light fizzy mouthfeel at the start with a deep rich roastyness and layers of chocolate,nutty with a complex maltiness.Good balance with a nice sharp tangy hop bite,a powdery oatmeal feel with an earthy grittyness. Chocolaty throughout leaving a dusty chocolate coating the palate.
Can't belive how light the mouthfeel is, it almost floats away.Would love to try a fresher version athough i would'nt turn down another 07'.

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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