Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Got the last one of these at the Bottle King in Livingston this week, ensuring that this would be on less 4-pack that they would have to move to their new store on the circle. I saw that this had a really high rating on here with a lot of reviews, so I was eager to try this for myself. This nearly lived up to the hype and was one of the easiest Double/Imperial Stouts, when it came to quaffing it down. If coffee could be perfected and fermented, it would taste just like this and for anyone who enjoys a Coffee Stout, this would have to be on a "must-try" list!
The pour to this was solid, as it nearly had a "motor oil" viscosity to it with a light tan head that quickly settled down. Not as much lacing as I would have liked but the carbonation was spot-on without overpowering the flavors here. Lots of coffee and some vanilla in the aroma, with notes of espresso, milk chocolate, and powdered cocoa in the taste. A hint of cookie dough-sweetness and a strong roasted undertone to this beer was what really made this beer stand out, along with a low hop profile and a well-recessed alcoholic presence. This almost felt like a session beer but it certainly wasn't, since I could feel the buzz kick in once I quickly worked my way through the liquid in my pint glass.
To be fair, this was strong. It never tasted it and there's where this beer surprised me. It's almost unfair that something should be this enjoyable and still be so deceptively strong, but that was the case here without a doubt. Although the consistency almost reminded me of an artisan soda, this went beyond that because of the subtle range of flavors and the addictiveness of the coffee notes. Anyone who loves coffee, chocolate, cookies, Stouts, or dessert beers should seek this out - the broad appeal of this beer spoke volumes about how outstanding this truly was.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2014 05:43:15 | More by JerzDevl2000
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4.23/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | 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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