Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.39/5 rDev +2.1%
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.”
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2014 01:42:01 | More by TheBrewo
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 2,991 ratings.