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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 3,412
Reviews: 1,218
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 714
Gots: 598 | FT: 50
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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 potownbill
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You could eat this beer with a spoon.
Appearance: Deep murky brown with a medium brown head. Head dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a tan ring.
Smell: Rich, dark coffee. Last cup of the morning when the pot has been sitting for a while.
Taste: Certainly there is the dark roasted coffee, and the bitter chocolate, and the dried dark fruit,yada,yada, yada.
Mouthfeel: Smooth!
Drinkability: I could only drink one, because the beer was very rich, and the flavors were very powerful. This was an excellent beer

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

Thanks to tprokop7 for the generous extra...Thanks Todd!!!

Cracked open this 07' version and poured into Maudite snifter...

A--Wow, TONS of carbonation, particularly for being three years old. Deep black, not much lacing.

S--Malts and barley, you can smell the oatmeal in this puppy. Little bit of chocolate and booze.

T--Really tasty beer, chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal throughout the palate, excellent flavor.

M--very carbonated on the tongue.

D--Love the flavor of this beer, great sipper on a cold rainy night. This beer is really good, I highly recommend this one.

Photo of vkv822
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter.
thanks to itk1 for this awesome extra!

Pours black with just the faintest hint of deep brown around the edges when held to the light. There is a very thin and short lived brown head that dissipates to a very thin ring around the glass.

The nose is a delicious blend of fresh coffee grounds, and a sweet oatmeal malt backing.

The taste is dominated by fresh roasted coffee, with very sweet oatmeal. There are faint notes of cocoa, mixed with the roast notes help add a nice bitter balance to the strong sweetness. Also, the sweetness does become more balanced as it warms. Though what is really striking is there is no astringency as is usually found with most coffee heavy beer.

The mouthfeel has average carbonation and ismedium bodied yet feels a bit thin at the same time, as it falls off the toungue quite quickly. It does gain a bit more body and lingering flavor as it warms.

This is a very easy drinking Imperial Stout. As I mentioned above, this really has strong coffee and roasty notes without the astringency typically associated with those flavors.

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

Got this one from a guy that I am already in talks with about a 4th trade-- and we've only been talking about 5 or 6 weeks. Just an awesome trader and an all around good guy-- JohnQVegas. But don't all start trying to set up trades with him, he needs to focus on hooking me up with more awesome beer!! Lol.

This pours deep and dark like hot fudge-- just slightly thinner. A huge dark cocoa head rose 3 fingers and has amazing retention and lace. I mean even the lacing is pretty opaque at first! Very intensely delicious looking beer right here.

Nose has fresh-ground espresso and dark unsweetened chocolate coming through in a huge way. There also seems to be a nice toffee malt in there too. Very nice aroma-- good balance to it. Upon sipping this beer it is hard to not comment on the absolutely delectable mouthfeel. Thick and creamy-- like marshmallow fluff after being heated up a little. The flavors are intense and quite good as well. But the mouthfeel is absolutely incredible. Flavor-wise, we're looking at roasted coffee beans and 80% pure dark cocoa; big and dark and bitter cocoa, like the kind you don't find in a check out aisle.

It was 90 degrees here today-- yet I wouldn't mind drinking 3 more of these. Just a fantastically enjoyable beer. Very easy to sip on with the new Jakob Dylan album playing softly in the background. A good way to end my beer week..

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

Another thanks to Lerxst!

Pours nearly black, very dark brown like black coffee with a small espresso creme head that fades quickly. Leaves traces of lacing but eventually disappears entirely

Dark chocolate and coffee dominate the aroma. Dark fruits and a good amount of char. Chocolate comes out the most as it warms with just a hint of alcohol warmth.

The taste begins with dark fruits, mostly raisins and is quickly rounded off with dark roasty malts, coffee and chocolate. Subtle citrus and bitterness from hops.

Significant carbonation but on top of a full body. Finish is long and sticky.

Lots of flavor and body with little of the ABV detectable. It does feel a bit bigger than 8% from the amount of roastiness in the flavor and a pretty full body.

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

The 12-ounce bottle sports label art of a spatula-wielding terrapin waking and baking (cookies). It's obviously WAY past 4:20 as dawn breaks and his coffee perks in Label Land, and the Terp bides his time joyfully plowing the froth off an in-hand brewski. I'm guessing by the shades covering his eyes and the smirk on his face that he's daydreaming, perhaps of the 'special' brownies he's whipping up next?

At any rate, off comes the bottle top and out comes the brew, a matte-ebony lightsucking beauty with a thin cap of fine mocha-brown foam atop. Drippy, quickly-deforming rings and swatches slide down the sides of my Terrapin-brand shaker pint glass.

The smell is smoky-acrid and pungently-sweet with dark malts aplenty and French roast coffee.

The taste is richly malty with layers of caramels burnt to differing degrees, powdery dark chocolate, and oily espresso crema. A light vegetal hoppiness supplements burnt malt bitterness in counterbalancing a rising mocha sweetness. A thin, aromatic flavor of vanilla pops up in the aftertaste, as does a silky twang of oaty graininess that intensifies as the drink warms.

The drink is fullish in body with soft, creamy feel. Extremely light carbonation lends a silkiness to the drink, and just a touch of belly-warming reminds the drinker of the sturdy alcohol content so masterfully hidden in the flavor profile.

Photo of projectflam86
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Seasonal 2010.

A- Pours a thick jet black color with a tiny off-white head that leaves little lace.

S- This is a dead ringer for cold black coffee.

T- Much like the nose but more intensified. Roasted black coffee with some dark chocolate and maybe a touch of vanilla bean. A hoppy bitterness and some heat from the alcohol add to the finish.

M- Medium bodied and a touch thin for the style. The low carbonation goes better than expected with the huge coffee flavor.

O- This one is a coffee lovers dream.

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

poured inky thick, black, and oily with a 3-4 finger dark brown head that was foamy with small bubbles close to the beer and large bubbles at the top.

smell was strong malt, coffee beans and alcohol on nose. sort of a leather, nutty, vanilla whiff as well

Taste was predominantly coffee, slightly bitter but basically very strong expresso. If you served it to me hot in a coffee cup i would think it was strong expresso with some nutty flavored alcohol added like amaretto or something. the 8.1% abv was hidden well.

it was very smooth and creamy, but wasnt as coating as i expected for how thick and inky it looked which made for a high drinkability score.

I would love to have more of these, too bad i cant get them readily.

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

Thanks to WesPatrick for this one....

Pours black with a sandy brown head of about half inch..gone in a flash. Zero lacing.
Aroma is straight coffee with some cocoa
Taste is Coffee as well..which I like...with some chocoalte malt in there.

Less than chewy mouthfeel but not terrible but carbonation is spot on ...Very drinkable brew.

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

C. Clarity what's that? This beer is just BLACK!
N. Cold Coffee...and that's all

This coffee, wait I mean beer is strong, smooth and yummy. Now I'm not a fan of Porters or Stouts, as I have said a million times already, but this is solid. I think the more I try of this type of beer, the more it is starting to grow on me. This one starts with straight coffee and then blends smoothly into its malt and then finishes sorta sweet. Not a bad after taste. Worth a try for the coffee fan, even if your not a fan of crafts. This is a beer that I think I may try to break Mother Ferm in on, since she is a big fan of coffee and not so much on beer.

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

A wonderful Christmas Eve treat. This is the 2010 version.

A- Black as night with a weak-sauce tan head. I wish that the head stayed around longer. It was pretty. Decent lacing though

S- Coffee and dark chocolate

T- Cold black coffee, dark chocolate, some dark fruit, alcohol.

M- A strange combination of creamy and peppery. Hmm.

D- Quite.

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

Poured a dark, brown/black with a medium tan head and mediocre retention. Decent lacing throughout. The aroma was faily typical, roasted coffee and mild chocolate, bitter roasted and sweet malts. The flavor was very good, leading off with a malty chocolate and caramel feel and ending with a smoky and bitter taste, mayeb some floral and bitter hops. The feel was very good, not too bitingly bitter, but creamy and smooth throughout. Good ammoutn of carbonation, and not too watery. Very drinkable.

Photo of JISurfer
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty solid offering from Terrapin. I'm amazed I haven't tried it before. Appearance was kind of eh, not much to get excited about. Started out with a nice fluffy head, but quickly died out to a thin/spotty lacing. Taste was very nice, had a great coffee/malty taste, with a slight fruity finish. This is definitely a plus if you're a coffee lover. Probably one of the most aggressive coffee tastes I've experienced in a beer. Definitely a drinkable beer, but only 1, anymore and you could be nice and bloated afterwards. Overall a great beer to enjoy, especially on a cold night.

Photo of Genghis22
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a viscous jet black. A vigorous pour produced a nice 1-2 finger head. The head was dark brown abd subsided quite a bit. Decent lacing.

S - An instant hit of coffee liquer. The second whiff reveals more of the malt base, and a touch of the oatmeal is detectable. Very roasty, but not burnt.

T - Starts sweet, roasted malt and oatmeal for sure. The taste quickly turns to the coffee and bitterness washes over the tongue. The hops follow suit and shock the buds with a touch more bitterness. There is a quick blast of alcohol in there as well. I didn't really notice it the first few sips, but subsequent sips reveal it. The aftertaste is all coffee. Roasted, burnt, instensely flavored cofee, but in a good way.

M - Viscous, chewy, coats the mouth quite nicely. The carbonation prickles the tongue. It is on the border of being overcarbonated, but still works for the beer.

D - Very nicely done. The ABV would prevent me from making this a session beer. I'd love to take two or three of these out to a bon fire out on the beach. This would be a perfect end to a day out on the beach. Thanks for sending this to me Stephen, I've been curious about this one for a while.

Photo of Redwood21
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I really do enjoy the dark dark black color with the mud colored head that lasts and sticks decently

S: a little too sweet for me, smells like a sweet coffee drink ppl pay 8 bucks for at starbucks. its not bad but it isnt my favorite for this style

T: it was a borderline but i pushed it over, it has a sweet coffee mocha taste to it with a decent level of carbonation. it is pretty creamy and coats the inside of ones mouth if you let it.

this is a very drinkable beer, especially for the style. the main accent is coffee, but since it is a coffee oatmeal stout thats not surprising

Thanks to everetends for the bottle

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

Needed a coffee fix on a cold early winter night so picked up a 4 pack of this instead of some Founders Breakfast Stout. Decided to switch it up a bit.

A - Pours dark brown with a tan/mocha head that is pretty decent. Settles back with a nice collar and some larger bubbles. Pretty good.

S - Very nice. Coffee dominates along with some roasty malts.

T - Very nice as well for the style. The coffee again takes center stage but is pulled back a bit from the oats which help to reduce the bitterness of the coffee a bit. Dark roasted malts and a hint of chocolate underneath as well. For its purpose, really nicely done.

M - Pretty good as well. Hides the 8+% well and is not thin by any means.

O - This is a very solid beer that should be more highly thought of when considering the avalanche of coffee/oatmeal/etc. beers. Maybe not as intense as FBS or Peche Mortel, but a really solid junior member of the class.

I have to remind myself to keep a couple of these around at all times as we get through the winter. Once pitchers and catchers report, I'll clear them out until next year.

Please bring back Depth Charge! Pretty Please!

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

A- This is very thick and black, with a sultry slight bit of tiny bubbled head on top.

S- Coffee for sure, then the warm goodness of an oatmeal cookie is there. You know the smell of cinnamon, other cookie goodness, and oatmeal cooking on a cold winter day. Yeah that s the stuff. With chocolate chips added instead of boring raisins.

T- The oatmeal cookie taste is for sure there. Wow its pretty much a liquidized oatmeal cookie dipped in coffee. This would be great to have in a ski lodge with actual oatmeal cookies for breakfast. Nice wholesome taste. Great brew.

M- Thick, which is perfect for this beer. Wonderful taste.

D- Like I said would be the best for a cold snowy morning at a ski lodge.

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

Thanks to rnorgart for the trade.

Pitch black liquid, no highlights. Thin layer of tan foam quickly burns off.

Aroma is big coffee and roasted malt.

Taste: Lots of fresh black coffee leads the way. A good helping of dark malt follows, yet remains drier than many imperial stouts. Finish is on the boozy side but just restrained enough to not be a mark against. Very mild bitterness in the finish.

Heavy, chewy mouthfeel makes this a nice slow sipper that spotlights coffee flavors.

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

This is a quite thick stout, and poured a solid black that was noticeably syrupy as it poured. A nice solid half centimeter tall dark brown head settled upon the top. The smell of the coffee and roasted malts dominated the nose. It was quite enticing.

The taste was a bit one dimensional, but still rather good. The coffee ground taste dominated with the bitterness being just enough to balance the sweetness. It looked like syrup pouring into the glass, and sure enough it felt thick, creamy, and a bit syrupy in the mouth.

There was no noticeable alcohol bite, and the bitterness was just right to provide a nicely balanced stout. This will surely be procured by me again.

Photo of eclipse54
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77, 2011 batch. Thanks Bill! Into a DFH signature glass.

Pours black with a very thin layer of dark brown, mahogany head. Bubbles dissipate quickly, and there is virtually no lacing. Nice swirling legs, however, do adorn the surface of the liquid. The aroma is of coffee, vanilla, caramel, cocoa, oatmeal, raisin, and sugar. Smells like a freshly baked cookie was ground into a stout. Tastes of oatmeal, raisin, vanilla, cocoa, coffee grounds, mocha, toasted sugar, and caramel. Very well balanced and complex; well done. Mouthfeel is not overly sweet, as the nose may suggest, nor does it finish dry or resinous. Ample carbonation promotes a clean finish, and accentuates some of the more subtle flavors. Overall, a delicious stout that is definitely worth a try.

Photo of Drew966
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout pours an opaque black with a brown head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Coffee dominates the aroma which I can smell as soon as I pop open the bottle. The flavor is dominated by coffee as well, malt is noticeable too, but hops, not so much. I feel a bit of alcohol warming, but it's not very noticeable in the taste. Pretty darn good.

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

12oz bottle poured into snifter glass.

Pours a shrouded black with a coffee colored head. Fades slowly into wispy film and a bubbly curtain around the glass. Spots of patchy lacing ring the glass.

This literally smells like fresh brewed coffee, which is really pleasant, combined with roasted oats and a hint of chocolate.

A nice dose of roasted malts and coffee up front, giving way to some semisweet chocolate. Espresso, toffee and a bit of mocha combine with the coffee flavors for a richer profile. A few notes of caramel are also apparent. Finishes with some light hop bitterness and a very faint touch of warmth.

Fuller medium body, higher carbonation, a little sticky and chewy. Drinks really well, the alcohol is barely noticeable and the coffee flavors are on point. It's no FBS, but a very tasty coffee stout for sure.

Photo of maximum12
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up two bottles of this from rnorgart in a trade a couple months back, thanks man!

This has some huge coffee notes. It might be the first coffee beer I had that balanced the nose just right - the coffee didn't come burning out of the beer & grab my nose hair by the cojones screaming "COFFEE! I'M A COFFEE BEER, DAMMIT!" I appreciate that. It's black, in case that hasn't been made clear.

Taste is sublime. Balanced like two forty-pound five year olds on a ball-bearing driven teeter-totter balanced. The coffee is nicely muted, letting the malty, oatish, burnt, chocolatey bits & pieces come through very nicely. Great.

Mouthfeel is easy & smooth with little evident carbonation. Drinkability isn't quite as good as the rest of the beer. One's going to be enough, but I'll enjoy it right until the moment that I pass it early tomorrow morning.

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

2007 Monster Beer Tour bottle poured into my Imperial pint glass. Appears an opaque brown-black with at least three fingers of dark brown head that eventually settles down to about half an inch. Aromas of rich roasted coffee, and dark chocolate fill the nose followed by mild alcohol. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, fresh coffee and roasted grains. Very full bodied and creamy in the mouth with moderate carbonation followed by a slight alcohol burn in the throat. A very rich, satisfying beer. I could see myself having more than one of these per session. Nicely done.

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.

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,412 ratings.