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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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95
world-class

1,264 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,264
Hads: 3,741
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 799
Gots: 686 | FT: 53
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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States | website

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

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rajendra82 on 02-15-2005

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Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We crack the top on a bottle of their 2013 stock, labeled under the “W-n-B” brand, and pour a brew of the deepest, deepest brown coloring that lets up minimal light, at best, even around its edges. It sports one of the darkest heads we’ve ever seen, which is a smoky mocha, and stands two and a half fingers tall. This shows great retention. The bubbles are creamy, but soapy and individualized. Mountainous sheets of lacing eventually begin to appear around our glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, but carbonation appears to be lightish. The aroma offers heavy chocolate malts, burnt brown malts, freshly pressed black coffee grounds, fusel vanilla extract, steely metallics, fresh coffee bean and kidney bean shell, basement must, hints of medicinal phenols, soft campfire smokiness, and boozy fumes, especially with warmth. Temperature also brings sweet and sticky Tootsie Roll sweetness, black licorice, and a faintly floral hop wash. Our first impression is that it is beautifully blended with richness around the corner, and intense coffee all the way to the finish. The flavoring opens with richly roasted brown and charred chocolate malts, banana and fruity esters, tinny metallics, sea salt, chalky mallow sweetness, melted dark caramel and toffee sweetness, fusel booze, synthetic cinnamon coffee twang, and red raisin sweetness. The middle bumps all this aside with a clean floral hoppiness, medicinal phenols, more deeply roasted raw coffee beans, black peppery spice, French vanilla and mocha café sweetness, sweet creamer, vanilla icing, honey sugars, and fig and pear fruitiness dancing somewhere in the distance. The end comes in hard with heavy metallics, floral hoppiness, rum raisin fruitiness, harsh booziness, campfire smoke, Band-Aid medicinals, soured black coffee acidity, fleeting tartness of cooked black and chocolate maltiness, matchstick sulfurs, and hazelnuttiness. The aftertaste breathes of those rich and roasty black coffee and espresso beans, soft char to the coffee and chocolate malt base, swift stings of booze, lightly toasted coconut shavings, underripe banana fruitiness, candied cinnamon sugar, and light wheat and honey oat breadiness. The body is thick and full, and carbonation is lightly medium. The feel is crisply cream, with hearty slurp, smack, cream, froth, and wetness to the finishing pop. The mouth is left chalked and astringently dried following a slick and oily trek through the mouth. The abv is appropriate, and shows very smooth drinkability.

Overall, the most enjoyable aspect of this beer was its aroma, followed closely by flavoring. Actually, another realy striking thing about this beer is its look. Once the head pulls down enough, it reveals with wildly oily film that jets and boats over the top of the drink for the remainder of the tasting. Going back to the meat of it, coffee invades all aspects of this beer in wonderful authenticity, with enough sourness and fiery roast to keep things moving along nicely. One downside to this, if you have an aversion to coffee, is the big metallic notes that are inherent to any genuine coffee beer, as such. With such a heavy, rich, and deeply complex flavor it is a surprise how cleanly and easily it drinks back. These highpoints combined could go up against any coffee beer out there, punch for punch. As a social note, we are so happy to finally have found our way to this beer. With being in Atlanta for only two days we were certainly itching to finally try some Terrapin, and were happily surprised to find it widely available on the shelves. As our first taste of the brewery and of the state we were not disappointed, and as we look to W-n-B’s kin cooling in the mini fridge of our cheap hotel room we say, “Cheers, Georgia.”

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TTripp725
2.98/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.52/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage poured into 18th Street snifter.
This looks like the typical Imperial Stout black that, around the edges, is light brown and very thin when held to the light. Sweet nose with the taste balancing sweet milk chocolate and bitter coffee very well. Soft and thin. The ABV seems right on point. Wish I had more!

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Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every time I have waked n' baked, be it through booze or weed, I have been very regretful. Three hours into the session reality becomes an abstraction. Five hours in, I understand how opiate addicts operate. Being wasted constantly is in many ways more pleasant than being sober constantly. But it's also horrifying, the same as constant sobriety. The key to living without despondency is a balance between mental states, and that simply cannot be achieved if you start getting fucked up as soon as you become conscious. Also, our society really super duper heavily incentivizes us not to be drunk constantly.

All that I just wrote was a basic realization. I came to it when I was 15. But still, sometimes, here and there, I'll get super excited about a wake and bake event: a weekend starting with brunch, a football game, long bike ride, etc. I always regret the drinking part, and I remember that regret, yet I still look forward to these events the way I used to look forward to Christmas.

I think part of the reason why the Southern US has relatively larger problems with substance abuse is that their culture idolizes the kind of "HEE YAW" recklessness embodied by this beer but also very harshly punishes anyone who deviates from their very narrow standards of acceptable comportment. A Southern Man is wild and free, riding his motorcycle while listening to the nu-metal station, but, gull darnitt, ain't no one gonna break the law in this here town.

The kids get mixed messages, is what I'm saying.

This does not mean to confuse Athens, GA--one of the most culturally accepting areas of the country--with "the south." Athens is in the south but not of the south. The do not hate the south. They are not ashamed of it. But there's things about the south Athens might not be pleased with. I'm that way with midwestern white trash.

So what the hell is this? What's their whole ethos? Why does the beer name bother me?

Because the names matter and the packaging matters and the price matters. We cannot decouple our sensory responses to a beer from the rest of it, which is why blind tastings engender such anger. But I don't think we should. I also don't know where this is going.

I love Terrapin? How about that? They're good and I love where the come from culturally even though the guys who run the place would probably hate me.

This pours dark and squishy. It smells like a goddamn coffee oatmeal stout, which is about my favorite thing.

Tastes... pretty amazing. Barley up front, equal parts burnt and sweet, with some wonderful oatmeal complication rushing in, followed by oatmeal complication and coffee, ending wonderfully rough--again, like an oatmeal.

I cannot tie my thoughts together right now. I wish my thoughts would die. This beer is wonderful.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tjk135
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OhioBobcat
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jono0101
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of brownbeer
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Schlais
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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Photo of Spaten454
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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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!

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Photo of tbryan5
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a thick coffee. And it smells like you are in a diner at 430 am after a night out. I can almost smell bacon in the background. It's very smooth and goes down easier than it should. So much flavor packed into a single brew. I love this stuff.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ricksrealm
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,264 ratings.