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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 3,061
Reviews: 1,178
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 686
Gots: 474 | FT: 37
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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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Dubbercody
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with fizzy cascading tan head. Chocolate and coffee come out to dance in your nose, leading to a first taste that mmmm...tastes like chocolate coffee. Wow, really great beer with coffee, may miss the boat and don't have the whole package IMHO. This one is great, easy to drink with a great coffee aftertaste. I was expecting a heavier mouthfeel, but it turns out it's nice and normal, doesn't overpower the whole mouth like some might.

I'm impressed by this beer, probably my favorite coffee beer yet.

Dubbercody, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of atsprings
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a nice opaque black with a thin off-white head that diminished to razor thin but left some spotty lacing. The aroma was strong on roasted coffee with roasted barley and a slight amount of bitter chocolate showing through as well. The beer was slightly heavy but the alcohol was somewhat well hidden. This is a very enjoyable double stout.

atsprings, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of afksports
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yowee! Coffee, chocolate, and a touch of smokey roasted charred coffee beans. This is a good beer. My woman is packing to move to Atlanta, so I opened this Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout because I figured I'd get a lot more for the cost of shipping pretty soon.

I've had "wake and bake" twice from a 12oz bottle. It's a winter seasonal, and I had it once in January and once now in July. It's definitely better fresh, so this review is a mix from my notes then and my drinking it now.

There's a taste that I've had in a bunch of coffee beers that makes for a distinct "diner coffee" overburnt taste. When this one ages, it appears to push that line a bit too closely. But the appearance is sexy. Dark rich black with a purple tan head that sits on the beer and fades to subtle lacing around the glass.

It smells like coffee first, chocolate second, and dark fruits later on. The oatmeal is there too, but it doesn't need to stand out. Man it tastes good. Sweet sweet sweet. It finishes with a coffee roastiness that's close to burnt, but not quite there yet, and provides a clean finish. That makes this medium bodied brew easy to drink, in addition to being very tasty.

After drinking it, I'm really happy about her moving.

Wait.. I didn't mean it like that!

afksports, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass

A: Black color with coffee bean highlights and a three-finger head of dark brown foam which fades into a resinous, creamy slick that leaves nice lacing.

S: Big coffee roast, charred black malt, licorice, smoked meat and tobacco aroma with a little sweetness and spicy hop tinge kicking around the nose.

T: Creamy, bitter roasted malts up front, chocolaty and sweet with a brown sugar oat flavor as well. Some of that dried tobacco leaf and herbal, resinous hop comes back around mid-palate with strong notes of alcohol and dried raisins. The finish is sweet, but nice and bitter with a lingering alcohol flavor and robust, coffee infused maltiness.

M: Full-bodied, bold, flavorful mouthfeel, rich and creamy with slight burning pulls of alcohol and hopiness.

D: A pretty lush and enjoyable sipping stout at just over 8% ABV, Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal stout does coffee beer the right way. It's not too derivative of the coffee bitterness, and instead uses a very complex, dark malt blend and balancing hops to help accentuate those coffee flavors. Winter, be damned; nicely done.

Gambrinus1184, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of vande
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Extremely dark, opaque, black sitting calmly with very little evidence of any head...in fact, a light khaki colored ring is left along the circumference of my glass...

S: rich coffee laced heavily with oat... slight hint of a chocolate of vanilla presence

T: a mixture of alcohol [cuz its noticeable], chocolate flavored coffee [thinking of caribou], roasted oats, and grain

M: Viscosity is there as it rolls around the mouth and down the tongue..kind of a slimey/oily feel to it, in a good "beer" sort of a way...

O: Pretty darn good and well worth seeking out

vande, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Nutleybeer
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black like motor oil. A thin, mocha like head remains sitting on top. It has the smell of fresh roasted coffee with a bit of warm baked chocolate cake mixed in. It is pretty inviting.

First sip, nice, smooth. The cocoa/coffee flavors are there but not overwhelming. It is really pleasant. An imperial stout perhaps, but it doesn't kick you with a hard alcohol punch.

Overall, really good. Would go fantastic with any sort of desert. Good for a lazy afternoon, where you feel like sipping something and truly savoring the different levels of flavors.

Nutleybeer, Oct 11, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes out to Gtreid for sending this awesome brew as an extra. It is a shame that they needed to change the name from Wake n Bake, as I liked that one much more. Appearance is pitch black in color, with about one finger of tan heading. Definite coffee, chocolate and oatmeal in the aroma. Bits of cookie crumb also make their way in smell wise. Some burnt coffee bean starts things off in the taste, some chalky esters in between, and ending on a viscous dark chocolate note....really nice finish. Silky mouthfeel, but never feeling too heavy on the palate. Drinkability is good, but one is better off sipping as opposed to gulping. This is a damn good heavy stout from the team at Terrapin. It easily rivals some of the best of this style (Breakfast Stout, Peche Mortel etc). It also makes for a perfect dessert beer, or breakfast beer for that matter. One to seek out.

jamie2dope, Sep 09, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A 12oz brown bottle with a wicked Terrapin on the front and no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: A beautiful impenetrable brown color with a nice thick head that retained pretty good.

Smell: The aroma consists of a rich Chocolate and oatmeal malt with a little bit of roasted nuts and honey.

Taste: The taste is astonishing. I loved the rich dark chocolate overture with the oatmeal and coffee taste. I’m not sure how they blended this brew but it tastes great and there is also quit a bit of sweetness in this brew but it is perfectly balanced by the bitterness of the brew as well.

Mouth-Fell: Medium to full bodied mouth with a smooth and creamy finish with decent carbonation.

Drink-Ability: I picked this one up at Brawley’s in Charlotte and I really loved it. Next time I am going to pick up a couple more of these to add to the collection.

mnesporov, Jan 28, 2007
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is dark brown-to-black color with a mocha colored foam. The aroma is malty sweet with loads of roasted coffee beans, maybe a little dark chocolate also. The taste is rich with coffee beans but not so much to be astringent, with a little chocolate and malt sweetness supporting the coffee. Nice creamy mouthfeel (oatmeal) that coats and feels substantial. I think this might give Peche Mortel a run for its money, it certainly is at least as good as Breakfast Stout.

TurdFurgison, Mar 01, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Is very, very dark with a short, chocolate colored head that falls to a bit of a cover. No real bits of lacing.

S-Is a strong dose of coffee and a little noticeable malt sweetness.

T-The coffee shows up from start to finish. In the middle is dark chocolate, roasted malt and cocoa powder.

M-Is fairly thick but not really syrupy to me.

D-I find it to be a nice sipper that goes quickly sip after sip. Alcohol is not evident. I wouldn't want to drink more than one per night but would be happy to have one on a regular basis.

There is a lot of coffee in this beer so you better like it. It feels a bit overdone on the coffee.

meatyard, Feb 16, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle at Beachwood, Vintage '09,

A: Pours black with a soft tan head, some nice lace.

S: Dark chocolate predominately, coffee.

T: Bit of a change from the nose, the coffee takes over in the flavour. Big sweet floral coffee beans, some milk chocolate - the sugar coming out. No burnt roasty flavour. Definite residual sugars, but not too sweet. Very tasty brew.

M: Creamy, smooth, medium/full-bodied.

D: My 2nd beer ever from Terrapin, the legendary Wake and Bake. Reefer aside, this is one tasty coffee stout, to my fellow BAs in the South, a must try.

Halcyondays, Jun 06, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Brawley's poured into Dogfish Head glass.

A- black as can be with a finger tan head

S- Smells of a fresh brewed dark coffee. Nice chocolate smell as well but a strong coffee scent.

T- Again it tastes just like it smells. Good coffee backbone with a hint of chocolate

M- Medium bodied, almost perfect carbonation.

D- I would drink this all night long if I my refrigerator was packed with it. Not filling at all for the style.

This is my favorite beer from Terrapin. I can't believe I'm drinking a beer from Terrapin while watching my boys (Duke) playing the Maryland Terrapins. I think I am going to cellar a couple of these and see how they mature.

GehenHerzog, Jan 10, 2011
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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mecherd for sending me this!

12oz bottle poured into a Teku stemmed snifter. 2011 vintage

A: Jet black body with one finger of gorgeous dark brown head. Head dissipates at an average rate leaving virtually no cap and ring around the edge.

S: High quality black coffee. Something you wouldn’t dare taint with cream and sugar. A whiff of sweet molasses. There’s a slight roasted malt aroma but otherwise you might not even recognize it as beer in a blind sniff test.

T: Everything from the aroma is present, but add baker’s chocolate and pump up the molasses a touch. Most of any sweetness I get from the roasted malt just gets beat down by the bitterness of the coffee.

M: Medium body...a little light for an imperial stout, but not so much that I would ever call it thin. Mouthfeel (especially the finish) is a little on the syrupy side and that’s played up a bit by the sweet malt. Carb is on the low side which isn’t unusual for such a coffee-forward beer. Drinkability pretty high for what it is...not much alcohol burn to be found.

O: Coffee flavors often fade first in a beer, but that’s not much of a problem with Wake-N-Bake even though it’s approaching 1 year old. One of my top 5 favorite coffee beers. Unfortunately I have to trade to get it and I will continue to do so.

mjtiernan, Aug 19, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011
Poured fairly pitch black, with a pinky finger of a rust-colored head.
Smells of chocolate and coffee, in a very nice way. And that powdery cocoa roast is there, not overpowering.
Tastes of nice and bitter burnt coffee, and, with a separate sip i picked up milk chocolate (darker).
A bitter, booziness leads the finish. But after each sip I start to see how well the coffee and malts help to balance everything so that it's not overly sweet.
 I love coffee, so this brew is a natural fit for me. It's big though,  even for something barely above 8% abv.  I ate some dark chocolate covered coffee beans with a pint of this beer, and the beer stood through with it's flavors.

TBoneJones, Sep 04, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a basic black with a fine 1/4-inch mocha head which fades to a thin cap and around the rim. Swirls leave a curtain of oily lace.

N: Creamy chocolate cocoa, espresso pressed coffee, vanilla and roast.

T: Chocolate covered espresso beans (without the crunch), creamy whipped mocha, roasty with a faint char. Vanilla increases with warmth. Semi-sweet marshmellow.

M: Rich and creamy and full and smooth. Initially sweet, then slightly bitter and dry on the finish.

O: Wonderful coffee stout.

wethorseblanket, May 20, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 03-09-2012
Freshness: 2011 Vintage (November)
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Terrapin Snifter
Purchased: 4-pack from Moon Wine & Spirits, Brentwood TN

A: Pours dark black and opaque, with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing on the glass.

S: Aromas of coffee and dark, roasted malts are dominant, followed by chocolate, molasses, and some earthy/woody smells.

T: Rich flavors of coffee and bittersweet chocolates. Hop bitterness is low. Very nice tasting, this beer is balanced well between malt sweetness and the bitterness from toasted malt and the hops.

M: Full bodied brew, with a smoothness from the oats. Carbonation is on the low side. Aftertaste is of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. Pleasant warmth from the alcohol in the finish as well.

O: Overall an exceptional coffee stout, smooth drinking and well-balanced.

sommersb, Mar 10, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-01-04 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge and from the bottle on 2014-01-05 in Columbia, PA.

A - Opaque dark brown with a 1-finger brown head into a big snifter. Great lacing.

S - Fragrant. Strong, rich dark roast coffee and to a lesser extent; sweet milk chocolate.

T - Dark roasted coffee, milk and dark chocolate, roasted grain; like a lot of espresso poured into a gourmet hot chocolate. Roasted/light char bitterness with some hop bitterness. Fairly sweet initially, which mostly dries out into the long-lasting, coffee/chocolate-infused aftertaste. The alcohol is well-disguised. A very tasty brew indeed.

M - Full body and light carbonation. Thick and creamy thanks to the oatmeal. Just right.

O - A well-done and very tasty oatmeal stout. Comparing the fresh 2012 Terrapin to a fresh 2012 Breakfast Stout; I liked the 2012 Breakfast Stout more. Comparing a fresh 2013 Terrapin to a 2013 Breakfast Stout, I like the Terrapin more; primarily because the coffee is less forward in the Terrapin than in this year's Breakfast Stout. Having the 2013 Terrapin caused me to upgrade my flavor rating from 4.0 to 4.25, putting it on par with the 2013 Breakfast Stout. Well done, Terrapin.

Tucquan, Jan 05, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

vigorous pour produces a huge cascading dark mocha head that slowly recedes whilst leaving behind tons of lacing atop an opaque black beer.

tons of coffee, as expected, with a vanilla bean kick, roasted oats, toasted malts. lots of sugary caramel sweetness as well. an almost lactose sugar aroma as well.

creamy, creamy coffee with some vanilla bean and sweetened. roasted oats, light molasses. dark roasted, charred coffee is nicely balanced by the sweetness.

one of the creamiest beers I've had with a subtle carbonation that reminds you that you are drinking a beer and not a sweetened and heavily creamed iced coffee.

Definitely one of the better coffee/breakfast stouts out there without being over the top in any category, just perfectly balanced.

silentjay, Mar 12, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage: 2011

A: Jet black with a two finger khaki head.

S: Big roasted coffee notes and a subtle vanilla character.

T: A nice roasted coffee flavor is present up front that follows with a mild bitterness, which is offset by a malty sweetness out the back.

M: Exceptionally smooth.

O: Coffee based stouts are usually hit or miss with me. This one really hit the spot. The coffee is showcased well in the nose, and perfectly in the taste. A must try for coffee lovers.

xenjoiii, Apr 20, 2012
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to nedvalton for this one! Pours a thick, dark black color with only an ever-so-slight, deep brown shearing on the very outer edges of the beer. A marginally darker-than-tan head forms slowly and encapsulates the beer about one inch deep under a bed of super-fine carbonation bubbles.

The aroma - what do you know - is very heavy on the coffee; black and deep with a nice roasted bean flavor. An almost equal part dark chocolate fudges battles for the foreground, adding an earthy sweetness to the strong, bitter coffee. Some more roasted overtones filled with ashy molasses and syrup round out the edges of a wonderfully crafted aromatic profile. Can't wait to taste this one.

This one his the palate with a medium-thick body, actually a little lighter than expected, especially from the almost sludgy looking pour; still, pretty creamy and silky overall. Sweet, alcohol-drenched chocolate comes out first and foremost, almost like a rum-covered devil's food cake. Silky and syrupy sweetness is abound, but matched formidably by a roasted espresso bean flavor that limps in around the halfway mark and marches strong through the ending.

That big, robust coffee flavor sits heavy on the palate and lacquers the inside of your mouth so that you're tasting it minutes after having swallowed a sip. The sweetness battles back however, and I'm almost even picking up some very faint dark fruits; figs and black licorice. Despite the colossal malt rampage, the hops are far from unnoticed and actually add quite the spike - leafy, herbal, and a touch dry, the bitterness they assert does a perfect balance job and keeps the heavy malt bill in check. Wonderful from start to finish.

Glad I finally got to try this one. A damn fine coffee stout, balanced well and executed masterfully. Nice battle of chocolate vs. coffee with a nearly perfect inclusion hops to offer the counterpoint. So - is this better than Founder's Breakfast Stout? It's hard to say. I never like comparing beers because it always seems like the non-winner misses out on the credit it deserves. Terrapin has crafted a fine coffee stout - tasty and drinkable, bottom line. I wish I could get my hands on this all the time.

tectactoe, Jan 23, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Curran. Thanks man!

Pours a thin looking watery black, with a small quarter inch head, and not much lacing.

Smells incredibly strongly of nutty roasted coffee, with roasted malt, and baker's chocolate.

This has one of the strongest coffee flavors in a stout that I've ever had, but it's also nicely integrated, as well. Creamy chocolate and vanilla flavor- slightly bitter chocolate chip flavor, with Hershey's syrup, a cookies and cream flavor, and a very small amount of hop bitterness.

This one is medium bodied, but I wish it was a little thicker. Low carbonation, creamy, very smooth mouthfeel.

A real classic that I'm glad I'm finally getting to try for the 1st time.

GreesyFizeek, Jul 25, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: dark black, lets just the smallest amount of light through. dark tan 2 finger head that fades quick

s: its 2013, i'm drinking the 2012 vintage. pungent coffee beans punch you in the face...almost like spicy. dark chocolate, roasted malt, and a milky sweetness

t: i think the age may have mellowed out the coffee a bit (i've never had a fresh one). still...wow thats smooth! roasted coffee beans mixed with dark chocolate and oat. sweet dark berries, and a nice creaminess, probably due to the oats. there is a slight bitterness, but i can't tell if it comes from the roasted bean flavor or any kind of hop presence. there is a slight bit of coconut on the backend. you don't taste any alcohol, but you feel a slight tingle in the mouth

m: on the lighter side of full. it coats your mouth and hangs around for a while

o: keep in mind that this is a year old bottle. still a nice coffee stout (i do love coffee stouts). i want to get my hands on a fresher bottle, because i want to see if it makes a difference in the intensity of coffee flavor. its still really smooth, but i'd take FBS over this if it was between the two

hopsputin, May 12, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, very fresh. Thanks to Doug for bringing this one over. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 2/5/2014.

App- Dark black body, viscous. With a minimal brown head that retains OK, some lacing.

Smell- Very coffee forward, similar to Tovarish but not quite as rich in terms of the base malts. Still, a bit of milk chocolate and roast malts are present in the back though subtle.

Taste- Lots of coffee but the base malts are present a bit more. Milk chocolate, toffee, roast malts are obviously present and very nice.

Mouthfeel- Medium-to-thick bodied, nice carbonation, ridiculously easy to drink despite being 9.4% ABV. Drinks like a 5% oatmeal stout.

Overall- Nicely done. It may beat FBS for us, though when we did our blinded tasting of Tovarish, WnB and FBS, FBS was probably 3-4 months old at this point while Tovarish and WnB were fresher. Still, I would totally crush a 6-pack of this if it was a locally distributed beer. Definitely worth trying! (and trading for).

Stevedore, Feb 06, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Roasty chocolate/black. Thin lacing around the glass with minimal head.

S- Coffee>oatmeal>dates and dark fruits. Charred toffee molasses.

T- This is pretty coffee forward. Some oatmeal stout comes out, oak smell.

M- Medium to medium thin body with some carbonation that follows down the throat.

O- This is a well done non BA coffee stout. I am happy to enjoy this brew!

gueuzedreg, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

DanGeo, Feb 01, 2014
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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