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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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2,997 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,997
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 671
Gots: 465 | 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.

(Beer added by: rajendra82 on 02-15-2005)
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 02:32:09 | More by TBoneJones
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 01:56:56 | More by wethorseblanket
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 05:46:52 | More by sommersb
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 19:39:06 | More by Tucquan
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 04:33:43 | More by silentjay
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 20:15:34 | More by xenjoiii
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 04:59:22 | More by tectactoe
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2014 01:59:47 | More by GreesyFizeek
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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

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 05:37:46 | More by hopsputin
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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).

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 06:43:18 | More by Stevedore
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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!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 00:21:51 | More by gueuzedreg
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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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