Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 3,331
Reviews: 1,206
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 712
Gots: 561 | FT: 46
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Georgia, United States

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

Availability: Winter

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Photo of Floydster
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with RustyDiamond, thanks for the opportunity to try this brew, 2008 batch, split with my buddy on St. Patrick's Day, poured into a Stiegl glass

A-Black color that I could not see through, 3/4 creamy mocha colored head that stuck around for almost five minutes, nice retention and lacing at the beginning

S-Espresso, sweet cream, roasted malt, lots of oatmeal, dark chocolate, caramel, milk, grassy accents, sugar, and more coffee

T-Starts off with a big coffee flavor, then some roasted malt, dry with some hoppiness in the finish, more sweetness and milky accents later on, coffee did not go away even when it warmed fully but still was not overpowering at any time, some chocolate and burned caramel towards the end, nicely balanced brew with some interesting dry texture

M-Dry and sweet mouthfeel, average amount of carbonation, pretty thick body, taste lingered quite a bit, more dry at the beginning when cold oddly

D-Could drink a few bottles of this, smooth for a dry feeling beer, alcohol is pretty high at eight percent, not too heavy on the stomach, more of a sipper

I had been wanting to try this for a long time because I am a big fan of coffee stouts and this seems to be one of the most popular ones, think the name is pretty cool too, would drink again, recommended

Photo of DoctorDog
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beeruser for sending me this in a trade.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

A- Very, very, deep, dark mahogany, and completely opaque. Sturdy pour yields ~1 1/2 fingers of brown head, which fades into a thin, oily film and a few bubbles for a cap.

S- An acidic coffee bomb, with hints of baker's chocolate.

T- Bold, dark, slightly burnt, astringent black coffee flavor. Light hints of dark fruit sweetness emerge in the background. Slight booziness on the finish.

M- Moderately low carbonation. Full, creamy, and smooth.

D- Decent. The bold aroma, flavor, and slightly higher ABV would make this a good sipper, but not too great for multiples....

Future outlook: Another great beer for the coffee lover. Two great coffee stouts in two nights....but like the one before it, this quality comes with a curse: I can't get this stuff around here....

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. 2011 vintage.

A - Pours a nearly black color with a bubbly light brown two finger head that dies to a halo. Not much lacing.

S - The coffee dominates the nose. Little else gets through aside from some toasted malt and vanilla beans. Smells like a cup of coffee.

T - The flavor is impressive. There is an obvious abundance of coffee, but there are also layers of complexity. Starts with some semisweet chocolate/coffee and a mild darkfruit tartness. A brilliant roasted character in the middle. Continues to a finish with big oat, coffee, and vanilla smoothness. It leaves vanilla and coffee on the breath. Very enjoyable flavor. I can't get over how much I enjoy the finish/aftertaste.

M - Nice medium feel with good carbonation and a moist finish.

O - The strong-point of this beer definitely comes from the complexity of the flavor. The finish is a smooth and delicious vanilla-coffee experience. I stocked up on this beer before it disappeared for the season, but I am almost out. I can't wait for next year's batch and I may age a few to compare.

Photo of thryn
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours damn near black with a tiny bit of dark brown head that vanishes nearly immediately, leaving just a ring of lace.

Nose is very heavily coffee, leaving room for little else to come through. There are some chocolatey notes.

Taste is coffee, something charred/oaky/roasty, chocolate malt, maybe the faintest hint of lactose and ... then more coffee. The alcohol is detectable, and it's got that whiskey character to it, but not prominent at all. I'd say the coffee is too overpowering, but fuck that. This is supposed to be a coffee-heavy brew, and that's exactly what it is. And it is yummy! The chocolatey and lactose notes become more prominent as it warms.

Mouthfeel's very good -- heavy, sticky and a smidge creamy.

Drinkability's quite good for what it is ... a four pack doesn't last long on my watch. I'm super glad this has made its way to Florida's shelves.

Photo of jampics2
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle from a generous trader who included it as an extra. Thanks!!

Poured into my New Belgium globe. Looks great, a dark black with a small ring of white head. No real lace or head retention, and the top of the beer looks like an oil slick.

Smell is fantastic. Coffee has a great, fresh scent - not stale like so many other coffee beers. Chocolate covered walnuts, vanilla, and some great roasted malt complete an almost perfect nose.

Taste is nice, a little more bitter than I expected. But the coffee stands out as the dominant flavor and it's quite good. However, there are some other great supporting flavors here too. Oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips, vanilla mocah-chino, chocolate fudge candy.

Mouthfeel is nice, the oats add some silkiness. Carb is nice, a slight tickle. Just a touch thin, but the oats really boost up the m/f.

Drinkability was excellent as this just goes down easy and I'm already almost through the globe. I enjoyed this a ton, probably my fave Terrapin brew to date. Lucky me, I'm going to make this a Terrapin night and open a few more, but I have a feeling this will be my gold medal winner.

Photo of Jimmys
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. vintage 2011.

A: pitch black body. head that is dark brown and fluffy. i wish the head stuck around a little longer. however does leave some sticky lacing.

S: straight up rich roasted coffee. chocolate too. chocolate coffee brownie bars. the grain mixed with the coffee makes for a truly unique aroma.

T: starts like drinking a nice cup of italian roast coffee. oats ladled in there makes this think silky smooth and adds another dimension to the roast. chocolate. dark, dark chocolate.

M: the fizz is tingly, but certainly moderate. wouldnt hate for a bit more silk on the mouth. full bodied.

D: this thing almost tastes like a cookie. really tasty coffee stout. big and flavorful with a great nose. wouldnt hate a little less fizz.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to NotACommunist for the bottle.

Black opaque body, no light breaking the surface. Slight brown sugar colored head fades fast. Spotty lacing clings to the side of the snifter.

The aroma leads with coffee. Medium roasted java, not an intense coffee aroma however. Chocolate and molasses fall in just behind to provide some balance. Slight caramel and subtle breadiness on the back.

The flavor mimics the aroma to a T. The coffee flavor is smooth but not overpowering. There is really no bitterness I can associate with the coffee flavor. Caramel flavor follows shortly behind before transitioning into a rich fudgy chocolate. The roasted flavors are balanced and complimented by the overall sweetness throughout.

Full bodied stout with low to medium carbonation. The body is not really thick but it is rather velvety and smooth. The finish is rather long as the rich and roasted flavors dig in to the tongue.

This one has been on my radar for a long time and I am happy to have had the chance to enjoy it. I am not ready to put W-n-B on the top tier of coffee stouts but it is a very good beer and those with regular access to it should be thrilled. Great integration and balance of flavor. Remarkably easy to drink. A very enjoyable beer.

Photo of bbeane
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... black oil like liquid pours from the bottle and is topped with an almost non existant head that disappears quickly. No light shines through

S- Nose is very malty, with a moderate coffee finish

T- Malty sweet, but not overly... with loads of coffee coming in through the finish

M- Thick full body with light carbonation

D- Great stuff. Definitely give it a try if you get the chance. I'll be keeping an eye out for this in the future


Photo of mhewes
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to stopbarking for this one

A : Pours a dark black with a chocolate head that barely formed with a very agressive pour. The head disappates pretty quickly

S : Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. I pick up a little bit of toasted oats

T : More of the same coffee flavor. Almost like a triple shot of espresso.

M : Thick and creamy with decent carbonation

D : Really good and drinkable. Definitely a sipper

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Poured into a goblet, this deep black brew with brown edging produced a half finger of tan head and fair retention, leading to a webbed layer of suds across the surface. Small, spotty lacing with good stick.

Smell - Iced coffee aroma hits the nose first. Lesser notes of chocolate, caramel, oatmeal and hints of earth complete the olfactory experience.

Taste - Follows the nose; coffee-centric flavors throughout, complimented by a healthy helping of caramel and lesser notes of chocolate and earth. Lightly warming alcohol undertone. Touches of oatmeal come through in the finish. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with a silky smooth delivery. Could be chuggable if not so savory.

Overall - Lots of coffee infused beers deliver only that iced-coffee flavor; not this one! Plenty of complexity wrapped up in a smooth, easy drinking sipper. Wish this were available in California, it'd be an often purchase.

Photo of spinrsx
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for $3.00 - 2012 edition

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5-6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted notes

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and vanilla. There is also lots of coffee and some roasted/burnt notes.

Overall - Fantastic and rich, and excellent beer that I would seek out again - especially if I'm in the mood for lots of coffee flavour.

Photo of jeff1973
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip. 2012 vintage, so about 9 mos old at this point. Thanks to Nuwanda for the extra.

A - Pitch black. Mocha head leaves decent lacing.

S - Brownies, faint coffee, cream.

T - Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee. Tastes like an iced cafe mocha. Delicious.

M - Creamy and full. Carbonation is on the medium/low side.

O - I remember a lot more coffee from the fresh version, but I actually like it better at this stage. Much more balanced with the chocolate.

Photo of ISmith87
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A – Dark brwon/black opaque beer with a nice tan head that leaves tons of lacing. 4.5
S – Coffee, very smokey, burnt marshmallow type smells. Vanilla, caramel and alcohol in the backgroud. 4.0
T – Coffee, very smokey, vanilla, cream, milk. Burnt flavors, barrel aged flavors. Essence of bonfire. 4.25
M – Thick MF. Alc is present but not really detectable in a bad way. The aftertaste is roasty, smokey and creamy. 4.25
O – 4.25 – Great beer, glad I had the chance to try it here in Florida.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I heard many good things about this beer and I have to say I can concur with most of them. Pours the same as any other imperial stout, just on the thinner side. Fair amount of lace.

Nose is very expressive with hints of slightly soured coffee, vanilla, creme brulee, drinking chocolate, mocha.

Chocolate gives way to roasted coffee in the mid palate followed by baking chocolate, roasted malts, slick oily mouthfeel and finishes with hints lingering vanilla laced roasted coffee. Extremely drinkable and the medium body fits the style well for a coffee stout meant to drink and not sip for long periods of time.

Definitely worth the price of admission.

Photo of confer
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 version.
Pours black with a very dark brown head.
Smell it faintly of coffee and some roasty bitterness.
Taste is so much lighter than the smell. slight coffee bitterness in the beginning and with a sweet sugary finish.
Thick and smooth. Overall an excellent Stout. This is definitely a got to have again beer.

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is cayenne pepper, chocolate and roasted malt. For the flavor i get some chocolate, coffee, red pepper and roasted malt. Medium to thick mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. A very good stout.

Photo of jmalex
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for giving me this in a trade a while back. Tonight it was time to take this out of the cellar.

2007 vintage

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass with some serious carbonation on it. After letting the massive head subside, it was pretty much pitch black with a brownish cream colored head.

SMELL: Definitely coffee. Some dark chocolate and a little bit of dark fruit come through, but the aroma is all about the coffee and quite a bit of it. Maybe there's a slight hint of a spicy hop presence coming through, but it's faint.

TASTE: Wow, this is as decadent as it gets. It feels like a dessert with massive flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. The oats add such a silky smoothness to this. Perhaps more of a balancing bitterness would make this perfect, but it's fantastic as it is.

MOUTHFEEL: Definitely has a high carbonation. But this body is full and so wonderfully smooth and silky that one can't complain too much.

DRINKABILITY: This goes down very easily as one would imagine and the 8.1% makes this reasonable. This is a beer that deserves to come in a bomber.

Loving a beer that I can't get locally is always a bittersweet moment. On one hand, I'm getting to enjoy something I never have before, but on the other, I won't be able to buy any more. It's fitting then, that "bittersweet" is a fine word to sum up how this beer tastes. And that's a good thing.

Photo of carp420
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz->imperial pint

big and black with a frothy foamy finger and a half dark tan colored head. rich coffee and chocolate smell with burnt cookies and lots of over roasted malts. taste of big coffee, malty flavor, overly sweet with chocolate and dough. big and creamy mouthfeel that makes you want to savor the experience of this beer, one and done until the winter rolls around but i probably wouldn't finish all four in a sitting. i'd say terrapin hit this one out of the park

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

This bottle was courtesy of mullenite, thanks Josh. This little gem came in a 12oz. brown long-neck bottle with a "Best if enjoyed Before": Vintaged 8AA. Not sure what that means, but I'm guessing it was brewed / Bottled in 2008. With an aggresive pour into a Duvel tulip, comes a viscous jet-black liquid with a burnt brown 1/4" of foamy head to the surface. Carbonation looks subtle as the head settles to a ring and some patch with no lace clinging to the glass.

Straight to the nose comes fresh whole coffee beans and semi-sweet dark bakers chocolate. Smells like a breakfast beer if there ever was one.

The taste is fresh whole coffee beans, like you were chewing on them, and a mildly sweet chocolate steps right up to balance the bitterness before it steals the show. Nice blend of coffee and chocolate with the sweet and bitter mingling well. Finishes rather clean with a slight bitter bite left on the tongue...wake-up! Smooth pleasant feel to the mouth, alcohol burried significantly within the flavor and the subtle carbonation is just right for making this brew effortless to consume, unless perhaps you don't like coffee. I like coffee and as well, I really like this stout...cheers!

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

Had on tap at Trappeze in Athens, Ga.

Pours solid black, with a half inch of creamy, light brown head. Retention is decent, and lacing is moderate.

Smells of roasted malts and lots of coffee.

Tastes of coffe all the way through, and is especially dominant upfront. As this one warms up a bit, you get some roasted grains and a chocolate aftertaste.

Good mouthfeel, very smooth, slightly oily.

I love coffe, and I love beer, so I could drink this one all day.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 version, 8.1% abv - just hit the shelves in Durham

a - pours black and quite thick looking, smallish tan head with very little retention, not much lacing

s - large coffee presence in the aroma, roasted malt, some bright fruity-like scents in there too, alcohol is slightly noticeable

t - slightly sweet bitterness up front, strong coffee in the middle, finish is of bitterness with fruit notes and some bittersweet chocolate, very complex taste

m - full-bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish

d - not an overly drinkable beer, but very enjoyable nonetheless, a bit too hard on the palate to drink a whole lot

I was impressed by this brew. Very unique compared to other stouts I've had.

Photo of Axic10
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep dark black (no change in color at all when held up to light) with almost a finger of dark mocha head that settles quickly to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee, roasted malt and chocolate.

Taste: Rich, bold coffee, bitter dark chocolate, burnt malt. No hint of alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied and coats the mouth.

Drinkability: Very good beer from Terrapin. Bought a 4 pack and I'm glad I did.

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

355mL bottle into Bruery snifter. 2010 vintage.

A- Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with a beautiful half-finger dark mocha head that dies down rapidly after settling in the glass.

S- For the most part, this is exactly what the name implies. Nice fresh roasted coffee and chocolate notes with a little toasted malt in there as well, but not overdone.

T- Coffee hits me first, followed by the chocolate. A little bit of a hop kick towards the back that's barely there. Simple flavors that are done very well.

M- Viscous and oily. Not too thick, but definitely not thin. Coats the mouth nicely, leaving the flavors to linger for a short period. Very nice.

O- A great example of a coffee stout done right. Definitely rivals Founders Breakfast Stout in my opinion. Simple, yet elegant in it's execution. A well done brew.

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

A: Pours a dark black color with a small coffee colored head that was gone almost as fast as it formed, leaving only a ring around the glass.

S: Dark roasted coffee, some chocolate

T: Plenty of coffee and roasted malt. Finishes with a touch of bittersweet chocolate

M: Nice amount of carbonation yet still has a great, silky feel. It's full bodied

D: Easy to drink, no alcohol notes. It does leave a coating in my mouth, but I could still have more than one.

Overall, a very nice coffee stout. I would definitely have this again.

Photo of jkaiser150
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent for breakfast? I'll never know, I had this at midnight.
a: black as night, good lacing, head is dark tan.
s: malty stout goodness
t: chocolate coffee
m: medium bodied even at 8%abv
d: 100% pure adrenaline

I like this stout alot, 8.5 for me. Label is cool.

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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