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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 3,343
Reviews: 1,207
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 710
Gots: 569 | FT: 47
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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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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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

Photo of jamie2dope
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.

Photo of mnesporov
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
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.

Photo of meatyard
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
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.

Photo of GehenHerzog
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.

Photo of mjtiernan
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.

Photo of TBoneJones
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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
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.

Photo of sommersb
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.

Photo of Tucquan
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.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter while waiting for the steaks to grill, noon-ish.

A: Black with tan highlights. A half finger head that leaves big bubbles in its wake. A tan ring around the glass. Good lacing.

S: Wake up and smell the coffee! Coffee grounds dominate.

T: A pleasant Jittery Joe's Coffee sensation followed by oatmeal and vanilla undertones. Toffee and malts drive up and take a break.

M: medium and creamy. Full bodied.

O: A great brunch drink. The turtles over in Athens, GA know how to cook their beer-fast. A top notch imperial stout that certainly sticks its neck out to please.

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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