Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company
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Reviews by Neffbeer:
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip:
A: Huge tan head with great retention and tons of lacing. Black and more black, completely opaque even when held up to the light.
S: Roasted coffee predominates followed by some chocolate covered raisins and pumpernickel bread. Absolutely luscious.
T: The coffee is more muted in the flavor (still really prevelant though), which allows the other aspects of the malt to shine through. Bitter chocolate, toasty dark bread, and raisins dance in my mouth. I am really loving this beer, and it even finishes dry. At 8.1% the alcohol is very well masked.
M: Every aspect seems to be complete. The mouthfeel is just as excellent as all of the other components, full bodied and medium carbonation.
D: It is exceptionally drinkable for a coffee flavored imperial stout. If I see this one on the shelf again I will be sure to scoop up another 4 pack.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2010 02:03:50 | More by Neffbeer
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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
96 out of 100 based on 2,977 ratings.