Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company
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4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pint at McK's Tavern in Daytona Beach, FL. Review from notes taken shortly after tasting. Pours pitch black with a sliver of tan foam and strands of lacing on the shaker glass. Smell is intense espresso beans, green onion, molasses, soy sauce, Tabasco, and dark chocolate. Taste is toasty and roasted malts, flaked oats, freshly brewed coffee, dark fruits, strong spiciness (almost like hot peppers?), chocolate and vanilla sweetness, acidic hop bite with a slightly charred finish and some alcoholic warmth going down. Thick, full bodied mouthfeel borders on syrupy. The booze and caffeine hit you at the end, as I was nicely buzzed yet simultaneously "alert" after quaffing this massive and satisfying stout.
Serving type: on-tap
03-29-2011 20:37:31 | More by cratez
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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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