Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company
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Reviews by WorldWideStout:
4.3/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Decided to do some waking and slaking today.
A: Pours a very dark brown, similar to dark coffee, and looks nice and viscous.
S: Dark, rich coffee grounds. Very reminiscent of founders, but not as strong. I do pick up a bit of oatmeal which is nice.
T: Starts off with strong coffee notes but sans bitterness. Continues through the middle where the bitterness comes in, perhaps with a little oatmeal.
M: More carbonation at the start than I'd like, though perhaps that plays a factor in keeping some of the bitterness out?
D: Very high. Rich but not overpowering flavors and not too much bitterness.
This is a delightful coffee stout for some who does not like the bitterness that usually comes with one. I had a small coffee stout tasting last weekend with some stars (Founders, Peche Mortel, etc), but I think I like this better.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2010 18:58:35 | More by WorldWideStout
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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
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