Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company
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Reviews by elgiacomo:
4.72/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Nov 26, 2010
FRESH 2010 vintage. The highest-quality beans I've encountered in any coffee-infused stout. Unbelievably good. The aroma is out of this world and flavor follows suit. Straight up gourmet chocolate-covered coffee beans in liquid form. Drink this fresh! I've had the past 5 vintages both fresh and aged up to 3 years and this is one that loses a fair bit with age. When fresh, quite possibly the best coffee beer I've ever had (compared to Founders Breakfast Stout, Peche Mortel, Hitachino Espresso Stout, Great Divide Espresso Yeti, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, etc...)
Dec 14, 2009
2009 bottle. Best batch of this I've had so far. Pours thick black with a two finger brown head. Aroma is big-time gourmet coffee beans, chocolate, and some roasted malt. Flavor is like chocolate-covered coffee beans, some roasted malt, and oatmeal smoothness. Low to medium carbonation. Rich, velvety mouthfeel (thanks to the oats). An underrated beer, IMO.
Aug 31, 2007
2006 bottle. Pours a thick black with a small tan head that forms after the glass is set down. Quickly to a small ring that leaves some spotty lacing. Big powerful aroma and flavor of coffee and dark chocolate. Roasted. The oatmeal works in very well. As I get to the bottom of the glass, I start to get more dark fruits coming through in the aroma. The intensity of the aroma and flavor is turned up a notch on this one...you taste it long after you sip it. There is some alcohol but it fits in nicely. Very rich, smooth, and creamy...delicious and extremely enjoyable. Not a session beer by any means, this is a heavy brew but fits the style very well. Gonna hafta get s'more of this...
Nov, 2007 EDIT: As I whittle down my stock of the '06 batch, I just want to note that this is pouring with virtually no head and very low carbonation which is in contrast with many reviews here. Perhaps it is the '06 vintage? I dunno. If it was very carbonated I wouldn't rate it as high as I prefer my stouts to be thick, rich and low in carbonation and what I have here fits the bill perfectly. I'd put this right up there with the Great Divide Yeti and Victory Storm King stouts available here in my area. A wonderful brew and I'm looking forward to this winter's batch.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2010 22:35:49 | More by elgiacomo
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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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