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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutTerrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

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2,759 Ratings

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Ratings: 2759
Reviews: 1166
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%

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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of kempshark


3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow....coffee, coffee, and more coffee...I like this beer, but it the first time I had it I immediately wished I had a Krispy Kreme doughnut!!! Talk about a coffee stout!!! Almost makes me want to add cream and sugar to it! I have another three bottles waiting for another breakfast!!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 22:05:54 | More by kempshark
Photo of mcallister


3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark midnight. Looks like a glass of mollasses with a mocha head. Leaves some lace but more of a big ring around the glass.

Wonderful smelling beer. Huge dark fruit aromas. Blackberry, currant, black cherry, mochiato, dark chocolate fudge, black cherry, molasses, vanilla, flower, earth, and heaven.

Takes a big hit in the taste department. It leads in with a warm dark chocolate, fudgey, mollasses, vanilla mochiato, but it pretty much ends there. There is absolutely no mid palate. It dies after the entry. Finish is short and weak as well.

Because of the lack of a mid palate and distinguishable finish this beer doesn't have much on mouthfeel which in turn hurts drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 21:56:49 | More by mcallister
Photo of Bitterbill


3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this bottle in a trade with RustyDiamond. Thanks Rusty!

This pours from 12oz bottle a pitch black with a large head of tannish foam.

The smell is a strong nose of coffee and roasted malt. I almost want to break out the fry pan and cook me some eggs and bacon. ;^)

The taste is coffee dominated with side orders of chocolate, roasted malt, and just a bit of citrus hop bitterness lingering in the background. It finishes with a very roasted malt bitterness, the body is medium full, and it's fairly lightly carbonated.

This is the first coffee inspired IS that comes close to going over the edge with the flavour. This is good and all but it's definetly going to take me some considerable time to finish this bottle and it's not because of the alcohol as I think it is hidden pretty well.

Thanks again, Rusty!


Jan 9, 2011:

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout...2007. I can't believe I let this one slip by for so long.

There's certainly nothing wrong with the sound...a nice big pop when I removed the cap, and the look...Blackest of blacks and a decent though short lived head of tan foam.

The smell has with a big Port like aroma with a ton of caramel malt and chocolate. No coffee left at all but I reckoned that would be the case.

Big milk chocolate, caramel, Port flavours with mucho dark fruits. Holy hell. This is superb! Not what the brewer intended, for sure, but at this stage in the game, it drinks very much like a beautifully aged Old Ale or English Barleywine Ale.

Still close to full bodied and there's mostly lightish carbonation until the swallow when I get some very spritzy notes on my throat.

This is the surprise of this century so far for me. I would never have guessed that a most excellent coffee Stout would evolve into something even better. I wish I had a case of them so I could share!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 22:48:56 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of portia99


3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (VINTAGE08AA) poured into a Portsmouth goblet. Received in a trade with BeerLovinGrl - thanks Chrissy!

A - Pours an oily black, totally opaque with a thin, fizzy, soda-like head that disappears immediately. A few straggling bubbles around the edges is all that remains.

S - Deeply roasted aromas, strong coffee, dark chocolate, burnt aromas. Smells really good and inviting.

T - Coffee, licorice, and really dark chocolate. A little bit of astringency comes thru and some alcohol flavor present too.

M - Very smooth and oily. Carbonation is low - just enough to know it's there, but doesn't interfere.

D - Very smooth beer. Lots of rich flavors. If it wasn't for the astringency, this would be a really easy drinker. Just that little bit of pucker it gives holds it back for me. But overall, a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 23:29:59 | More by portia99
Photo of kbm


3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle for this from a trade with Keifdog. Thanks buddy!

Smell is of spent wet coffee grounds. It was a little bit of a turn off for me but I can certainly see why someone would like it. Lots of roastiness.

Dark ruddy brown/black. Little bit of head with faint lacing.
Taste is malty, coffee chocolate and slightly boozy. I was a little unsure because I wasn't so into the nose but the taste was over coffee.

Full bodied - don't think I could drink more than a 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 20:35:48 | More by kbm
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip. '09 vintage, served at just below room temp.

Pours viscous black, a bit oily, with a thin brown layer of bubbles. Nice stickage, though on a less than impressive head.

Nose is leafy hops, roast coffee beans (almost woody), hint of pretzel crust (?!), spicy sweetness underneath, almost like a dark mexican chocolate.

Taste is leafy and a bit raw up front - hops come off a bit coarse, turning the roasty, coffee notes kind of woody and barky, husky. Earthy bittersweet chocolate underneath never really allowed to shine. Was a bit disappointed in this, might blossom with some time in the cellar but as is, just too raw and green. Hops end up being way too dominant for my taste.

Mouthfeel is nice, slick, bit creamy, smooth. Highlight of the beer.

Drinkability is again hurt by the coarseness. Just too green at this stage of freshness for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 00:11:06 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of CheckmateBrew


3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very nice dark, shall I say black with a small head.

S - You gotta love coffee to really enjoy this brew. Coffee almost overpowers the other smells on this one

T - Rich and complex, more here than just the coffee, hops, malt come thru as well

M - for a stout it is very good

D - The coffee puts this one a little over the top and in the end makes this more of a glad I tried it, but there are better stouts out there for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 20:50:29 | More by CheckmateBrew
Photo of youradhere


3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with tan head, long lasting thick lacing. Smells of heavy old coffee, slight chocolate, roast charcoal, slight licorice. Taste is twangy upfront, coffee, chocolate, anise, sherry. Carbonation is a bit high but I like it, smooth and silky mouthfeel, medium body, this is a good sipper. Medium coffee bitter which is good and balanced with the residual sugars. Pretty dern good Georgia!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 07:45:27 | More by youradhere
Photo of brew3crew


3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-nice black body with tan head that quickly disapates
S-okay coffee. Go figure with a name like this right?
T-little bfit of coffee, little bit of oatmeal, little bit of metal taste?
M-medium body and smooth
D-moderate drinkablility. The label makes it seem a lot better than this beer actually is.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 02:50:57 | More by brew3crew
Photo of nataku00


3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured in a tulip glass. Beer poured a pitch black with barely half a finger of mocha color creamy head. Head dissipates almost immediately to a thin collar of head that is barely there along the edge of the glass. A few patches of lacing is left on the edge of the glass sticking nicely, but mostly just spots of foam.

Good amount of roasted malt and darkly roasted coffee, milk chocolate, but there is this strange metallic note that detracts from the beer. I've had a few Terrapin beers prior and they both had this off aroma of metal as well.

Roasted malt, chocolate and a dark roasted coffee as in the nose. Fairly robust roasted flavor, lingering into a creamy and slightly sweet and sticky finish.

Full bodied, sticky and viscous on the tongue. Alcohol warmth on the back of the throat after taking a sip, along with a slight metallic aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 03:53:10 | More by nataku00
Photo of scottfrie


3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours black with two fingers of dense dark brown head that faded into a bubby film that left a thin sheet of lacing down the glass.
S: Smells like a coffee oatmeal stout with notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Very sweet and roasted smelling.
T: Follows the nose with a stereotypical coffee stout flavor. Coffee flavor is well roasted but not burnt, and the dark chocolate is smooth and lightly bitter. The coffee adds some acidity to the finish, and the aftertaste has a touch of alcohol to it.
M: Thick body with creamy carbonation and a heavy, creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol mixes with the coffee acidity to create a warming finish.
O: Nothing really wrong with this beer, it just doesn’t knock my socks off, and doesn’t compare to my favorite coffee stouts. That said, this is a good beer. I just felt like I’ve had it before.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 22:27:05 | More by scottfrie
Photo of drewba


3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to NCBeerFan for hitting a huge want!
2011 Bottling

A - Black and thick as hell. So black it caught me off guard. For a moment, I wondered what I had gotten myself into; I've never had a coffee oatmeal stout that looked this ballsy and menacing. An aggressive pour creates some cascading eye-candy that turns into an impressive mocha colored head. Fair retention.

S - Lots going on in the aroma, but manages to have a nice balance. Though fresh roasted coffee is in the lead, lots of honey, chocolate, cocoa, hazelnut and a touch of vanilla. Whomever Jittery Joe is, you make some good coffee, dude.

T - Bitter coffee grounds, a touch of fresh roast, a small dose of honey, caramel and heaps of dark chocolate. The coffee bitter starts right away and rides all the way into the finish. I'm a little surprised at the lack of sweetness - other than the honey I'm picking up and the semisweet chocolate, this is mainly bitter and roasty. The oatmeal is palpable, adds a hearty bready & nutty flavor. It's mild, but it's tasty.

M - Rich, chewy, decadent. I can only assume the oatmeal is doing wonders here to bolster that mouthfeel. If anything, the carbonation is a little too high for the style, but I'm being picky.

O - Though the taste didn't really come through for me as much as appearance and aroma, I enjoyed this. If you're a coffee fan, this is all you. I also quite enjoyed the oatmeal character - really pumps up the mouthfeel and adds a another element to the taste, which desperately needed something to play against the coffee. Mission accomplished, oatmeal.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 06:51:09 | More by drewba
Photo of SDDanC


3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head poured aggressively into glass mug. Black with creamy cocoa ring. Nose is strong; oat, alcohol, chocolate, and maybe even a bit of dark fruits. Taste is: warming chocolate, dark coffee, alcohol, oatmeal aftertaste, sweet. Mouthfeel: Body is full, coats the tongue well, low carb allows the alcohol to come through. Overall, nice treat, would prefer it less-hot on the boozeyness.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 00:21:36 | More by SDDanC
Photo of MRsojourner


3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottle 2012 vintage....thanks to packpride for this one
aroma is a little light but you get hints of vanilla and roast.
black as night and fairly thick with a coffee colored head that maintains for about a two minutes
you definitely get full on coffee that plays well with the roast that isn't to acrid. has a touch of vanilla witch almost gives it a touch of a bourbon taste. you want to let this warm up a bit to enhance all the flavors that are in this beer
the oatmeal gives a full slick mouthfeel that is really nice.
overall a very good breakfast stout that I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 15:46:31 | More by MRsojourner


3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black as night body. Some rosy highlights at the edge of the glass. Nice half finger of head that faded to a beautiful mocha colored lace, layering the top of the glass.

S: Roasted malts and cocoa dominate the faint air. There is a little old leather chair smell and it's comforting. Dark nuts, coffee, and some sweet Hershey's round it out.

T: Taste is mild on the front with the sweetness rolling into coffee then into the bitterness and roasted malts on the finish. I love rolling beers like this. Initial tongue teaser is chocolate that is slightly sweet, roasted nuts and coffee fill the middle and the roasted malt and hops bitter and finish. A true delight.

M: Dank! Heavy, wet, lightly carbonated, Perfect.

D: Drinkability is only hampered by the alcohol content, otherwise I would drink many many more.

Thanks to Lee and his friend Larry from Georgia for leaving me a bottle of this in Colorado when visiting for GABF. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 03:23:18 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
Photo of gibby


3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of kiefdog. Pours black with a dark brown small head. Smell alot of coffee, hints of chocolate. Taste is similar to smell..alot of coffee. Silky texture, a little chewy but very tasty and drinkable. I like coffee so it works well. I liked it alot and look fwd to getting more.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 03:14:20 | More by gibby
Photo of jrallen34


3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer pours a dark black with a dark tan head. The head rises about 1 finger but is gone very quickly. Lacing is super light.

The aroma is super strong giving off a ton of very strong coffee on the front. The coffe is not bitter, pretty smooth with a light vanilla finish.

The taste is also tons of coffee, it really just dominates from start to finish. Its very bitter, not too much but close. Its a little simlistic, which is boring. If I loved coffee, maybe I'd feel different.

Feel is nice, lots of lasting flavor.

Overall, ok for a coffee beer but not my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 00:22:54 | More by jrallen34
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3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wanted to wait until an utterly tacky time to review this brew, but couldn't help myself! Poured from 12oz. bottle into my Founders snifter. Seasonal: 2010.

A: Pours a slightly viscous dark brown/black with a no head. Light can't even begin to try and pry its way through this brew.

S: Bitter roasted coffee bombards my nostrils with every sniff. Some lightly toasted malts are present with just a hint of semi-sweet chocolate bouncing in and out.

T: The coffee is once again there, but not as pronounced as the nose which is rather disappointing. The coffee gives way to some smooth malts and a bitter hoppy/chocolate hybrid.

M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation. There is a very slight bitter coffee left on the palate, but it doesn't last for very long and isn't that strong.

O: This was the most coffee forward stout I've ever had to date. I was a little let down by the taste being slightly behind the nose, but it was still a nice touch and I could easily see drinking this in the morning with its subtle yet coffee dominated taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 02:13:28 | More by Treebs
Photo of jeonseh


3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a HF tulip

A - Dark, almost black, brown with a light, mocha colored brown head.

S - Strong coffee presence over top of a caramel and oatmeal stout presence. Great and strong nose

T - Strong coffee with a nice caramel flavor. The finish is slightly vegetal and almost cigarette smokiness that lingers on in the finish.

MF - medium carbonation and body with a silky smooth body

O - Great smelling coffee beer. Originally, the beer has a great taste but the finish kind of puts it off for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 03:04:51 | More by jeonseh
Photo of karst


3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a biology instructor, I was somewhat of an amateur herpetologist. The word "terrapin" is derived from the Algonquian Indian word "torope" and is used to refer to a variety of North American aquatic turtles of the family Emydiolae, especially the genus Malaclemys.

That said I am a sucker for wildlife on beer labels. This Monster 2006 Beer Tour 12 oz bottle has made it way to Mid Missouri via BigLove in West Monroe, La on his visit to St. Louis, Mo.

The diamondback terrapin is the state reptile of the state of Maryland and the official mascot of the University of Maryland.

The brewers (spike and John of Terrapin Beer Co Athens, Ga have contracted production to Frederick Brewing Co., Frederick, MD.

Handsome pour in my Samuel Smith's sniffer. Black as the brackish marshes of its namesake. The sienna head slides quickly neath the surface leaving an edge ring like ripples from a disturbed terrapin.

Diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) are arguably one of the most beautiful of all turtle species when compared to other species native to the United States and worldwide.

Aroma is sweet dark roasted malt with some fruit and chocolate malt/coffee hints.

Flavor of dark chocolate basking in warmth of 8% abv alcohol. Near the end the bitter dark roast malt and bittering hops release their enduring bite. Having started at 56°F the beer is now in the 60's and less carbonated and much more enjoyable. Mouth feel is less creamy with the dimenished CO2 but the mouthfeel is still slick and dextrinous as you expect from Imperial stouts.

This offering from Terrapin Beer Co. is worthy of your support as are those wonderful creatures that inspired the name and labels.

The Mission of the World Chelonian Trust (WCT) is to promote the conservation and assure the survival of all tortoises and freshwater turtles.


Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 04:15:12 | More by karst
Photo of flexabull


3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick dark black color with a huge tan head.

Aromas are mostly of coffee. But there is a slight malty sweetness there as well.

Taste is dry, and the oats help smooth this out. There is a distinct coffee quality, and a touch of chocolate and hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel seems a bit thin, especially for a Double Stout. I expected a fuller and thicker feel.

Still not quite as good to me as others seem to think. It's certainly a pretty good beer, and worth trying.

2007 bottle courtesy of mikesgroove. Thanks again!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 07:50:34 | More by flexabull
Photo of angelmonster


3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with Sonicdescent, 08 Vintage

Pours a dark chocolate 1 finger head, body is black in color. Head almost immediately disappears and lacing is pretty non existent. This beer is kinda sad looking

Smell is of burnt malt and bitter coffee. Slight alcohol starts to come through as beer warms up. Not the best smelling coffee stout

Taste is of very bitter acidic coffee. It reminds me of cold folgers coffee, thin bodied. Burnt, roasted malt also is there. Hops are in the background and alcohol is hidden well.

Mouth feel is on the verge of watery. One of the lightest Imperial Stouts I've had. No creamy head which is really disappointing. Carbonation is good though.

Drink ability is above average. Beer is somewhat light and almost session able,It's just not at the level of Peche Mortel or Espresso Yeti. This bottle is almost a year old but I doubt it makes too much a difference. Would buy a fresh 09 to try again though

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 03:24:24 | More by angelmonster
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pitch black in color, capped by a full inch of thick creamy light brown head. Lacing comes in a wall of foam that clings to the glass.

S: I have had many coffee stouts, but the nose on most of those can hardly compare to the coffee in this beer's bouquet. Hazelnut, dark roast coffee, and a slight chinook hop bittern twinge. However, I am a bit disappointed at the lack of other characteristic flavors of my favorite imperial stouts...the chocolate, roasted malts, the caramel.

T: The coffee taste again manifests itself in an impressive way. There is nothing artificial about this coffee flavor. Again, there is a piney hop undertone that serves to balance out the beer. I just can't get too excited about it as there isn't a lot of depth to the flavor.

M/D: Sticky and a bit creamy, the carbonation is more potent than expected, but it somehow manages to work. I am enjoying this beer, but there is something missing that keeps me from getting too attached to it. I would drink it again, but not sure that I would see it out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2010 17:53:10 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the typical dark drown with a bit of tan head. Aroma has some nice roast malts... a bit of coffee... taste is similar but with some slight bittersweet chocolate elements. Nice level of carbonation creates sufficiently creamy textures as you sip. This is a good beer and I would drink more of it, but wouldn't necessarily go too far out of my way for it.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 23:44:48 | More by thetomG
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. 2010 bottle, so it's got some age.

Appearance - Nearly black body with a small tan head. Dissipates quickly with a bit of lacing. Transparent around the edges.

Smell - Coffee. Lots of coffee. It's less than it was fresh, but still strong. Almost drowns out a chocolatey smell in the back.

Taste - Coffee up front, as expected. The coffee flavor is sustained, but diminishes a bit in the back to a chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Not a complex taste, really. Just coffee and generic stout flavors. It finishes with coffee bitterness and some booze.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, but it's only 8.1%. Not a huge coffee stout. I feel like it could be heavier to give it some flavors that would stand up to the coffee. Decent carbonation for a stout.

Overall - Not the best coffee stout I've had. Really wish more stout flavors came through. That said, the flavors it has are good, even if it's really heavy on the coffee.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 02:29:51 | More by Alieniloquium
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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