Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.98/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Thanks to BA ThickNStout for sending this my way as part of a recent trade. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness or bottling date that I can see, however the label clearly marks this as part of the 2013 release, so it is less than a month old at the very most. Poured into a large snifter glass.
Appearance - Body is a inky jet black with hints of dark, tree bark brown. No light is passing through, even when I hold it up directly in front of a light source. Atop sits about a finger of actively fizzling head that is a mocha-tan color. It dissipates fairly quickly, coming to rest with a healthy film of bubbles across the top, with consolidation occurring around the edges of the glass, making it a little bit thicker there. Not really any lacing to speak of.
Smell - Coffee is the primary aroma coming through, but it is supported by notes of dark and milk chocolate, almost like what you would expect from a milk stout. There is also a healthy presence of roasted malt to provide some charred kick to the otherwise sweet-smelling brew. The espresso element of the aroma is quite pleasant, but not as overpowering as I tend to prefer in my coffee-infused stouts.
Taste - Here there is a bigger presence from the chocolate sweetness, with notes of cacao, milk chocolate and truffles. The coffee is still very much present, and blends well with the chocolate notes to give the impression of a mocha latte, but less sweet. Supporting the interplay of coffee bitterness and chocolate sweetness is a soft bread-like foundation from the oatmeal.
Mouthfeel - The oatmeal helps to provide a slightly chewy, heavy-to-medium body, with carbonation that is on the light side of moderate. Finish is semisweet.
Overall, a very tasty imperial coffee stout with a pretty big chocolate presence. It's a tiny bit inverted from the way another popular coffee imperial oatmeal stout comes across, but variety is the spice of life, right? If this was more readily available to me, I'd likely get some every season to change things up. At the very least, this has made me curious to try the "cinnamon roll'd" variant.
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2014 17:43:32 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
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
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,989 ratings.