Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company
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Reviews by Cavery:
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
vintage 2010, provided by a couple of traders. Cheers for getting this one out to me. I believe Drazzamatazz and someone else is responsible for this.
A: Pour is octopus ink black with no head formation whatsoever. A thick slick oily pour seems incapable of splashing violently as I try my hardest to get just a light tuft of foam. The beer looks like an 8 ball in the glass, completely opaque, and could pass for a solid.
S: Very lively thick layers of earthy coffee. Dark chocolates with some rustic bread crusts. Makes me think of rustic country toast where you use old rustic bread with some plump raisin inclusions for spreading some butter on. Really rustic, almost bitter in the nose, with a heavy hand of coffee that dominates the nose. Very nice coffee intensity considering the age.
T: Swirls of bitter chocolate that marry well with powdery carobs. Dark bakers chocolate with some brownie mixes, tastes like it's on the verge of being dessert decadent, but then it fades into just a high quality cup of joe. There's a flavor transition here that's really interesting to me, it's like a piece of black licorice that's been dowsed in some really good root beer.
M: Medium light carbonation where soft release small bubbles give way to a fancy light dryness. The dryness provides a nice layer of complexity to the beer that acts as a toggle for the intensity of coffee. The flavor waxes and wanes with repeat sips and gives in to dryness. Much better body than I would have thought considering the visual.
O: Despite not having any sort of head, I think this drank like an upper class coffee beer. If the coffee is this thick and complex now, I wonder how this thing is super fresh. Nice chocolate character that blends well with slightly powdery bitterness from notes of carob. It's like a dark vegan carob chip cookie that you weren't sure you'd like, but then you end up liking it. Definitely try this beer. Amazingly drinkable for ABV, and for the style.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2011 02:29:49 | More by Cavery
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4.24/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle shared by Curran. Thanks man!
Pours a thin looking watery black, with a small quarter inch head, and not much lacing.
Smells incredibly strongly of nutty roasted coffee, with roasted malt, and baker's chocolate.
This has one of the strongest coffee flavors in a stout that I've ever had, but it's also nicely integrated, as well. Creamy chocolate and vanilla flavor- slightly bitter chocolate chip flavor, with Hershey's syrup, a cookies and cream flavor, and a very small amount of hop bitterness.
This one is medium bodied, but I wish it was a little thicker. Low carbonation, creamy, very smooth mouthfeel.
A real classic that I'm glad I'm finally getting to try for the 1st time.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 01:59:47 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.68/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
12 oz. bottle with "VINTAGE08" stamped under the Enjoy By date, which makes this six and a half years old. Note that BA lists this at 9.4%, but the bottle says 8.1, perhaps a change over the years since this was bottled. Poured into a Surly Darkness tulip a thick motor oil-like texture with a dark brown, almost black color. A finger of light brown head quickly dissipates but leaves substantial lacing.
I always get nervous when opening a beer this old, but this one has thankfully escaped the evil grips of oxidation. The most noticeable aroma is, unsurprisingly, coffee. Toffee, nuts, brown sugar/molasses, and roasted malts.
The flavor is primarily sweet, though not cloying. Coffee is very evident, but hardly dominating. Thick, complex malts provide quite the background. A very Anglo toffee flavor combines with demerara sugar and molasses, but all are quite subdued... whether that is a product of excellent design, aging, or both I don't know. Nuttiness from the oats combines with bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, and the previously mentioned sweeter malts to give it a very complex profile. Slight lactic creaminess/sourness. Complex bittersweet finish.
Full bodied and low carbonation. Thick, chewy, and feels like I'm gargling a much tastier motor oil. Filling, but clean. Slight alcohol warmth and very creamy from the oats.
This is a truly amazing beer. Very complex profile and the perfect smooth and creamy finish. I don't know how it tastes fresh, but in your cellar for six years this thing is incredible.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 21:50:44 | More by Phocion
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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