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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutTerrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

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Reviews: 1,232
Hads: 3,633
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 771
Gots: 644 | FT: 58
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

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

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: rajendra82 on 02-15-2005

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Photo of cichief
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Fathead's in Pittsburgh.

A- Pours very dark, almost black, and opaque. Very little dark brown head.

S- Strong dark roasted coffee scent

T- Very coffee like, subtle bitterness, no alcohol burn

M- Creamy, very smooth, a nice thick coating on the tongue

D- Very nice, although one or two in a session would be sufficient with the strong flavors (368 characters)

Photo of midaszero
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours thick and has a opaque black body. Thin coffee colored head with some okay lacing.

S - Mixture of roasted and raw coffee. A little chocolate.

T - Lots of coffee with some chocolate mixed in. Heavy coffee bitter back notes.

M - Thick body with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy feeling

D - Pretty easy to drink and pretty enjoyable. (354 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to KP and pintsized for bottles!
Pours black with a tan head. Smell is an astringent and sharp ground coffee aroma. Taste is nicely creamy with an oatmealy body and bold flavor of coffee. Smooth, drinkable and a nice beer, that I look forward to trying again. (266 characters)

Photo of rodrot
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured an opaque black color with a small tan head that left some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma reminded me of espresso and a little bit of roasted malt. Other than that, not much smell. Taste was very good however, with notes of espresso coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and dark malt. As the beer warmed I could also taste a little bit of sourness, but it meshed pretty well with the overall taste of the beer. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Alcohol was barely evident and it was easy drinking for a beer of this strength(8.1% as stated on the bottle). Don't drink this one too cold though. I noticed that as it warmed to cellar temperature, the flavors became much more pronounced. (694 characters)

Photo of ncaudle
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.

pours pitch black with small head that quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing.

oatmeal and dark roasted coffee dominate the nose heavily. maybe a touch too much coffee? there is no denying this is a coffeel stout. faint bits of bitter chocolate in the background try to poke through.
roasted grains and coffee rule the taste as well.

very viscous yet not really thick feeling... ok drinkability: the super roasty-ness starts to wear you down after a while. (496 characters)

Photo of MatthewWilde
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Dark espresso, almost black, light medium brown lacing, almost no internal carbonation

S: Very fragrant, extreme coffee grounds, very mild cocoa, some sweetness but very heavy espresso notes

T: Tastes how it smells, truly feels like drinking a black iced coffee, a little alcohol on the finish, but so heavy on the espresso it's difficulty to report on anything else

M: Quite smooth despite its heavy taste and nose, again, if I woke up to find this in a mug and I drank it I can't say I wouldn't believe it to be coffee, definitely a bit lingering on the palate, strong espresso aftertaste

O: A coffee lover's dream, a but too heavy on the single flavor in my opinion, but for how it's advertised it certainly delivers (749 characters)

Photo of eyncognito
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a 2007 vintage courtesy of deuane-thanks.

a solid black pour produces 2 fingers of mocha colored head which reduces quickly into an attractive collar. the coffee aroma seems muted-certainly it has faded in the 2 or so years. regardless, coffee mingles comfortably with fudge, coco, and molasses. i even detect just a hint of licorice-like spicyness. the full bodied coffee aroma is just right-that is, not too burnt or acrid smelling. i feel bad giving this a 3.5 for the aroma, i'm sure it's seen better days, but it is what it is.

the taste it seems has not suffered much over time. i've only sampled fresh wake-n-bake once and i can safely say that the coffee is more muted, but in some ways the flavors are even more well intergrated. the harmony of black coffee and dark chocolate is well done. a clean bitter finish from the hops that have without a doubt faded from the nose.

mouthfeel is spot-on, thank you oatmeal. medium bodied, smooth, creamy, and gentle carbonation. well-crafted, easily could knock back a few on a cold night. alcohol is warming, but does not detract from its drinkability. (1,109 characters)

Photo of bboven
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as tar with a light brown head that lasts. Very little lacing.

Lots of coffee, but that's to be expected. There's also a bit of chocolate and alcohol going on as well.

Initially very sweet, I'd swear there was chocolate in this one. The coffee plays a role, but doesn't come out as strong as other I've had in this genre. There's a lot of alcohol in the taste as well, though, and a slightly plastic-like aftertaste.

Feels like silk. Low carbonation, sticks really well all over your mouth. Wonderful.

The only cons to this beer is the slight alcohol taste and aroma and the kinda weird aftertaste. Bot are forgivable, though. (636 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black, opaque. Filtered. Started with a decent head but fell flat. Real flat, like no head what so ever. This beer could have been so much better with a beautiful pillowy head.

Aggressive coffee flavors, much more than oatmeal. Richness comes thru as it opens up.

Mouthfeel not as creamy as I would have hoped. (316 characters)

Photo of 700Uave
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thanks goes out to CurtisMcArthur for this.

poured into a snifter. dark brown/black in color with a darker than tan head. the only light that comes through when held to a lamp is on the rim of the surface. laces very well.

burnt smells, lots of espresso, faint amount of chocolate and heat. some sweetness as well.

the taste is reminiscient of Founders Breakfast stout but not as complex. The coffee doesnt come through in the taste as well as I expected. slight metallic finish with burnt flavors dominating. hops provide bitterness in the backbone. had to search a bit for the oatmeal flavor but once it warmed up it was much easier to identify.

mouthfeel is on point. nice carbonation with a thick body. a smooth beer overall. the nice carbonation and smooth feel of this beer makes it pretty drinkable. A quality offering from Terrapin here - I enjoyed it. (866 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at 3 Crows in Nashville...

Black, black, black... Totally black with a small head but excellent lacing...

Aroma doesn't seem as prevalent as from the bottle... Some roasted malts and a hint of coffee but not the coffee bomb I remember it being...

Smooth malty taste with hints of coffee and chocolate... Not as prevalent on the coffee as from the bottle but still delicious...

Can't tell if I like this better than the bottle or not... Its good but not terrific.. (476 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a viscous opaque black. Very little tan head. Tight bubbles. Quickly dissipating. Some spotty lacing.

S - the nose is dominated by oily roasty coffee beans. The other arokas are faint. Some vaguely sweet maltyness, and some hints of chocolate.

T - sweet chocolate malts on the front end with hints of caramelized sugar. Coffee bitterness enters around center palate. Sweetness melds seemlessly. Sort of like black coffee with a touch of sugar. Some earthy notes on the back palate. Sort of hoppy and coffee bean mixture in the finish.

M - full bodied. But its slick, oily texture makes it much easier to sip.

O - very nice example of a coffee stout. (664 characters)

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle best before "VINTAGE08AA" into a tulip glass.

A: Nothing special, dark brown with little to no dark brown head head while it lasts; just a little bit swirly with a ring of carbonation around the edge of the beer.

S: Nice coffee aromatics, cocoa beans, slightly woody.

T: Dark semi-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, faint remnants of a whiskey barrel?

M: Surprisingly carbed okay, almost peppery. Creamy and voluminous on the way down. Not as smooth as other oatmeal stouts, possibly because of the age?

D: About right for the ABV, but full-bodied, so the 12oz. serving size is proper. I couldn't take much more than 1 bottle, but hey, it's Imperial!

A good beer, but nothing to go crazy over. Maybe the age hurt this one a bit although the coffee definitely still comes through. (816 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 22 Nov 2008. Courtesy of trep, thanks!

Poured in 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Very small brown head. Light carbonation. Pitch black opaque, looks slick. Aromas of dark bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, roasty. Starts chocolatey, turning to mocha. Some coffee flavors but the chocolate predominates. Oatmeal mostly present in mouthfeel, medium body. Roasty coffee comes out in the finish.

More chocolate and less coffee but still tasty. (460 characters)

Photo of ncbeermonger
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours well into my trusty new Belgium glass

It is super dark, makes we want to do a carbomb!
absolutely no light gets through

smells slightly sour, but may not have been aged properly, this one has been in and out of the cold a couple of times

The taste is sweet at first, some burnt coffee, caramel, and chocolate flavors fill your mouth as you swallow

Mouthfeel is heavy

the drinkablity is good for a cold night (421 characters)

Photo of angelmonster
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | 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 (947 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Label reads: VINTAGE09AA

Poured into a tulip aggressively yielding very little head. Almost none. Bubbles linger around the rim of the glass. Body is pitch black. Not the best looker around, but it still looks like a stout otherwise.

The smell is heavy up front of the coffee. Further sniffing reveals a mocha flavor is more appropriate. A slight hint of vanilla is also evident. Good for a coffee stout.

This is a delicious beer. The malt sweetness perfectly blends with the coffee flavor for a harmoniously rich and balanced concoction. The hint of vanilla is also present here.

The only thing lacking here is the mouthfeel. The carbonation is a little to sharp for my liking as I prefer a smoother velvety stout feel. This of course doesn't ruin this beer and I look forward to trying it again because the taste is very good. (832 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to ncvbc for this stuff!
vintage '08 12 oz. bottle> Postel chalice glass

This one is totally black, opaque for sure that starts out with a very light and lively looking head with a nice dark brown color...but it's dissipating really fast, perhaps the chalice glass wasn't the best glass for this brew because it's totally gone within seconds. Maybe the wideness spread the brew a bit thin, but most big stouts show-off nicely in this glass.

The nose is pretty aromatic, but it lacks balance...it's all coffee, black coffee, i like it when it's included in the aroma but I don't want it to be all of the aroma.

This is like drinking chocolate covered coffee beans on top of Quaker Oats Oatmeal...but with a big cup of black coffee. The coffee still dominates here but the flavor has a bit more balance, not good balance but it's there. There is a mild, herbal; and bitter, dried-hop flavor way down to add more balance. I think this brew is a bit "green" and would age well, the malt would mature a bit to round out the balance. It'a a very hardy, herbal, coffee-bean bitter and smokey finish.

Full bodied, not wicked heavy, but nicley smooth eventhough the head is gone.

This is pretty good stuff, it's going to find the rest of my stash in the cellar for at least 10 months. allows this one to warm up a bit before tasting! (1,353 characters)

Photo of ImusBeer
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Taco Mac

Came in a large 20oz pour very black with a tan thin head barely covering the top. It dissapated quickly to nothing.

Scents of coffee and roasted malt along with something I couldn't really place, kind of bitter? The taste was heavily of coffee and chocolate at the finish.

It had a very silky smooth mouthfeel slightly bitter due to coffee I'd guess. This one is very strong both in taste and in ABV only one in an evening but you need to savor this one and not chug it down. (502 characters)

Photo of tattooedtolley
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dope label, all Terrapin's labels are really awesome. Pours jet black, dark brown head left the party fast. Smells like black coffee. Big roasted malt flavor, good hop bitterness and wow that coffee is strong as hell. Perfect during the snowpocalypse that is ensuing outside. I think the oatmeal is adding a bit of velvetiness to the body, not overly so.

All in all, very good if you like coffee stouts, like I do. I served this at cellar type but as it warms its a bit more complex and not just all coffee. I think I'll leave the next one out of the cellar a while before getting to it. (588 characters)

Photo of rayjay
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Monster Beer Tour; this one is thanks to the great beer advocate and trader zrrbrrt.

Very little foam, no lacing, but the carbonation is deceptively low because the mouthfeel is pretty lively and boarderline Coca-Cola, at least until it warms to room temp. I'd expect this small of a head from a 12% monster.

Nose: a toasty oatmeal stout with lots of roasted malts, some light rubbing alcohol, licorice, brewed coffee, band aids, yerba mate tea, sauerkraut, chili pepper, equal parts earthy and chemical (medicinal).

Lots of flavors going on, much in line with the smells I got. Oatmeal and coffee are in equal proportions with the black and chocolate malts; all are quite evident but none steal the show. Hard water feel. Very nice sour finish just like hour old coffee. Definately lots of depth and interesting flavors, but the balance is a tiny bit off--I didn't feel like the flavors totally melted together. Fairly thick and sticky, I really dig the old-school RIS flat mouthfeel. The only alcohol I detect is are higher alcohols I can smell.

Very nice, and recommended. Cheers! (1,104 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Friends in town, sharing beers, no real chance to truly enjoy a blind beer until tonight after work. Perfect couple days to blaze through the last stretch of beers. What an awesome collection so far. Can't wait for this #7 one into my Intelligentsia/FFF snifter.

Great head development resting upon the jet black nether regions. Deep milk chocolate froth dissipates to a respectable collar and batman signal silk screen in the center.

Mmmm huge burnt chocolate notes coming off this one. Russian Imperial Standard-tastic if I've ever smelt it. Opened up bitter dark chocolate with a transition quickly into burnt acrid grains. That cloyingly harsh smell with background noise of plums and other dried dark fruits. As you continue to inhale deeply the burnt grains lose their roasted nature. It no longer has that pleasant toasted grain aroma and begins to turn more into char and ash. In fact, this is as close to an ash tray aroma as I've had in a year. Very much so the ending hints are tinged ethanol, and cigarette stubs.

Right as I begin imbibing it I'm hit with the flavor of raisins and ethanol. Nice minor alcoholic bitterness complimenting the rising roasted and charred grain elements. After these two transitions, there is the undeniably characteristic flavor of ash. This burns itself out leaving this nice roasted character. Not roasted grain, coffee? No.. can't be. Not strong enough. I'll go standard roasted grain before the finish. Which is thankfully mostly dank fruits, a bit of bitter dark chocolate, and hot volatile ethanol. Simple, but definitely tasty. The more I drink it, the more I notice the ethanol never truly working itself in, weaving annoying rather than delightful.

Creamy, thicky, chewy. This has a full body that comes kickin' and never quits. A bit of heat, but never overwhelms. Keeps itself well mannered while its full luxurious curves smack around my mouth. Minor prickly nature about a quarter of the way through, some light carbonation. Almost syrupy. The alcohol is up there, but nothing offensive. High seven or low nines.

I like this standard RIS but its too thick and chewy to be just a plain RIS. Something crazy is going on with it that I wish I could pinpoint it. I'd say its creamy enough to be oatmeal based, but I don't think I can claim that with any certainty. I really wish it didn't have the ashtray characteristics, but they are so minor that they just detract from my personal preference leaving the beer still very good.

Reveal is... Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin... aww shit. Trust your instincts people! I missed all the major cues. Going back and drinking it, I'm finding more coffee flavors that I just discounted as extensions of other areas. I'm seeing how this thick, beautiful beer could be an imperial oatmeal stout. Talk about a tasty beverage! It was on my wants and definitely belonged there. Thank you so much! (2,906 characters)

Photo of infi
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of BA r0nyn.

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

A completely opaque pour with dark brown edges and thin mocha head with smothering smells of medium-roast coffee bean and VERY minimal chocolate sweetness- that's it. No malt presence whatsoever. Basically a cup of pure black coffee in a beer bottle. But that's due to the fact of its recent bottling and substantial freshness. It should get better with age with the coffee being much more tempered.

Taste is exactly how it smells. Straight up coffee with a thorough roasted profile and a squeeze or two of chocolate syrup. Thin astringency and bitterness on the back end to finish it off. Don't get me wrong: I absolutely love coffee, but the face value of "beer" is completely absent, aside from the alcohol content. Overall, it was lacking on the substantiation of flavor, but again I'll give the beer the benefit of the doubt.

Mouthfeel was particularly thin and light-bodied with a full tactile bubbly feel on the palate. No alcoholic burns though, which was nice. Drinkability is nice and probably more suitable in a dessert/breakfast context. (1,123 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour is completely black, slim brown head raises and disappears quickly. Hardly any lacing.

S: Smells like coffee really. Some Chocolate and malts in there, but mostly coffee.

T: Dominated by coffee also. Starts off with chocolate, oatmeal, and some roastiness, but then the coffee attacks you. Really the most aggressive coffee taste I've ever experienced in a beer. Was honestly looking for a bit more balance.

MF: Heavy bodied, but short of creamy. Finish is crazy dry, some carbonation, but minimal alcohol noted.

D: Hurt a bit by the huge, unbalanced, flavor. In the same light, for the style it isn't bad. (618 characters)

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,232 ratings.