Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bottle into a DFH snifter. The pour is nearly black, not too viscous, and sports a fingernail worth of tan head that quickly dies down to a thin lace. The nose on this beer is delightful. The coffee notes are incredibly rich with a slight hint of chocolate. It smells like a really, really good cup of coffee.
The beer has a medium-full body and a firm feel and a semisweet, well-balanced flavor. There are some rich malty notes up front along with a little chocolate. At mid-palate, just enough coffee comes in to provide some bitterness and earthy flavor without disrupting the balance. I'm not sure if I taste the oatmeal, but the feel has that characteristic velvety smoothness indicative of oats. The finish has a mild coffee bitterness balanced by some milk chocolate. A nice after-dinner beer. Not too heavy or filling.
I bought this beer while on vacation (Terrapin isn't sold where I live yet) and really enjoyed it. Of course I am inclined to compare this to Founders Breakfast Stout (which I have had many times) and in my opinion it stands up very well. The most glaring difference between this and FBS is that there's not a lot of intense coffee on the palate with this beer. Given the nose, I half-expected this to be a coffee bomb on the palate (like FBS), but it's not. Instead, it is very well-balanced and the coffee doesn't wash out all the other flavors. Excellent beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2014 01:41:02 | More by deadonhisfeet
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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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