Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 1,229
Hads: 3,618
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.27%
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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 ppoitras
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from unknown source, label notes Vintage 08FX, whatever that means.

Poured into a pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark brown head, which promptly fades to a layer of small bubbles. Worth noting that while decanting, all of a sudden near the end, this huge plop of dark goop plopped into the glass. Fished it out with a spoon, but sure makes me wary. The average amount of lacing is quite leggy, over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Aroma is sweet coffee. Flavor is coffee with moderate chocolate undertones. Mouthfeel is wow velvety smooth, with drinkability that has me looking in the fridge for another bottle (but only one left, so another night, I guess).

6/8/06 - 3.5/4/4.5/5/5

12oz bottle from Bonhoeffer via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head doesn't last too long, down to the usual Imp Stout uneven layer of bubbles, with average-ish lacing. Aroma is sweet dark coffee. Taste is mocha upfront, with hops bleeding through and fighting the battle through to the swallow. Mouthfeel is oh-so creamy and smooth, and drinkability is excellent, alcohol hardly noticeable, making this one dangerously drinkable. I would have this one in my fridge all the time if I could. (1,297 characters)

Photo of nUgZ
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown/black color with a half finger head and a little lacing.

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. Very inviting smell.

T: Mainly coffee to start with along with some roasted malts and dark chocolate. There are hops there, but mostly hidden. Great balance. The alcohol is completely hidden.

M: Medium to full bodied with some carbonation. Very easy to drink.

O: I enjoyed this just as much as Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout...that says a lot. (517 characters)

Photo of Beerandboards
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade from ThinkNStout, thanks again my friend.

Poured from a bottle into a cigar city snifter.

A - Pours pitch black, poured chilled, a two inch head of foam sits on top and dissipates super slowly, leaving a quarter inch ring on top.

S - Smells phenomenal. I know the turtle on the front is baking a batch of cookies, so maybe its the power of suggestion, but I really do get chocolate cookies and coffee. Definitely tons of chocolate and coffee, but there are some malty notes that kind of complete the idea. Really a great smelling beer.

T - This one hits the nail on the head for me. Coffee and chocolate share the forefront, Chocolate is kind of a blend between sweet and bitter chocolates and the coffee is not overbearing but is prominent. Just the right amount of hops bittering the edges of the palate. Aftertaste is sweet malty goodness. Fantastic.

M - Cant say a bad thing about it. Low carb, medium to thick. Great.

O - I just really love this beer. Find it, buy it, drink it. Thats all. (1,020 characters)

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle

A: Snifter. Pours a motor oil black with a thin brown background. Dark brown head with very little head retention, faint lacing if any.

S: It literally smells like my grandma's house after dinner, when the coffee is brewing and the oatmeal raisin cookies are in the ove during the holidays.

T: Coffee up front with a smooth oatmeal finish. Some chocolate tones with a great balanced hoppy character.

M: Surprisingly smooth for 8.1%. Not heavy at all. Great carbonation level. Also has an amazing aftertaste that lingers for a while.

D: This is a great brew and definitely worthy of a try. By far my favorite Terrapin. (644 characters)

Photo of MSchae1017
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours opaque black with a late forming frothy off white head that hold for a good amount of time but eventually dissipated down to a ring without much lace. The smell is roasted coffee that integrate perfectly with the roasted malts. The taste is up front with sweet dark malts that give a nice roasted and chocolate flavor. This is followed with a lingering coffee flavor complemented by some roasted and hop bitterness along with some frutiness. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, but not quite perfect. Overall a great stout produced locally.

After being aged for a year, coffee is still strong and this beer is super carbonated just as it was fresh. The coffee however has taken on a bit of a sour edge to it that certainly detracts from taste and drinkability. The mouthfeel is creamy but the carbonation is sharp. The smell is weak.

Overall, the 2008 is superior. We will see how both of them are in a year. (989 characters)

Photo of ajaxivan
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Victory tulip, no bottle date

A: Beautiful deep black with one and a half finger tan head. Very inviting

S: Incredible combination of coffee and chocolate. This smells awesome!

T: Even better than it smells, coffee and chocolate with the perfect hint of bitterness

M: Medium to full,closer to full

D: For the abv. the drinkability is off the charts, this beer is amazing. I had seen this before and based on talk on Ba decided to give it a try.Now i hope i can get more before it is gone. I could easily drink several of these in a sitting. As much as i love Founders Breakfast Stout, i think i might enjoy this one better. Hands down one of the better Imp Stouts ive had. (692 characters)

Photo of mbudner
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Terrapin 7th Anniversary pint glass.

A- Pours black with half a centimeter of deep mocha heard that dissipated relatively quickly leaving a nice skin of lacy head across the surface.

S- Great aroma full of roasted coffee, some bitter chocolate, and semi-sweet vanilla coming through.

T- The first flavor I get is the vanilla on the front of my palate, which quickly gives way to coffee. What I really like about this one is the smoothness of the coffee flavor; it's not so bitter as dominate completely, but it asserts itself enough to remind you that you're drinking a coffee stout (I am sure this has something to do with the quality of Jittery Joe's coffee as I have noticed this in other beers made with reputable coffee beans/sources.) In the finish, I get a nice nutty flavor, which I often find in oatmeal based stouts (either my palate confuses the two or they taste quite similar to me.)

M- Nice amount of carbonation followed by a great creamy mouthfeel.

D- Truly one of my favorite breakfast stouts. I will admit that I have a certain amount of nostalgia when it comes to this phenomenal beer, but I tried not to let it have an effect on my review. No booziness at all (granted it is on the low end for an "American Double/Imperial Stout." This is up there with Founders BS as one of my favorites. (1,345 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to ncvbc for the opportunity to wake up and get drunk!

Loverboy might have been working for the weekend, I was working for this beer. Wanted to try this bad boy for a while.

I wasnt expecting crude oil to pour out of my bottle, but there it was, in it's black glory with a coffee colored head that quickly vanishes into the void.

Waiter, there appears to be beer in my coffee. Smells fanfreakingtastic. Coffee notes, Roastedness, Chocolate, faint dark sugar liquor smell. Every swizzle of the glasizzle has a new smelliizle.

Love how this one tastes. I was expecting more of a tortoise flavor, instead I found espresso, chocolate, creamy ooey gooey goodness. Hops poke through.

A little carbonated right now, aftertaste of the coffee foam you eat with your spoon after your done with your espresso and the cocoa plant.

Fill to the rim not with brim, but this beer. (879 characters)

Photo of PatrickJR
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Black and opaque. A finger of dark brown head rises; one the darkest heads I've ever seen. Retention is moderate, no lacing.

S - Incredible aroma. Roasted coffee obviously, alongside a faint nuttiness and a hint of sweetness.

T - While perhaps simpler and more straightforward than it's counterparts, this brew has struck an amazing balance. Coffee is at the forefront but there are hints of chocolate around the edges. Roasted malt provides much of the backbone for the coffee. For a stout, and a coffee stout at that, there is almost no bitterness and none of the coffee acidity found in similar brews. Remarkable.

M - Medium to full bodied with a slick creaminess. A silky beer with very minimal carbonation.

D - Rarely do I find myself enjoying a beer from this and similar styles as much as this one. Start to finish this is an exceptionally balanced beer that I would definitely buy again. (956 characters)

Photo of jaxon53
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aquired this beer in a trade (thanks mikesgroove!). Served at nearly cellar temperature in a pint glass. Poured a beautiful , oily , jet black, with dark brown highlights in the light. Looked like freshly drained motor oil. About two fingers of very dark coffee brown head rose from the glass. Head dissapeared somewhat quickly into a thick gob of foam in the center of the glass. Very strong , pronounced aromas of freshly roasted coffee beans, warm brownies, and small hints of chocolate and vanilla. Nose was definitley ruled by coffee. Almost perfectly balanced flavors of , coffee, chocolate, with a hint of black licorice in the aftertaste. Virtually no alcohol present. Smooth from front to back. Mouthfeel was thick and full. Flavor explosion on the palate. High marks for drinkability for, smooth drinking, full flavor , and the need to get more of this awesome beer. (876 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received a 4 pack of this in a trade...poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep, rich dark brown almost black with a nice one finger deep mocha head that fades to leave nice side lacing and a thin blanket with nice halo.

S - Yep, this one is a glass of dark dark roast coffee and chocolate. Very impressive amounts of coffee in this one. Very slight vanilla and maybe even some light caramel.

T - Wow, a great follow through on the nose. Big, no, HUGE black coffee and bitter coffee grounds. This stuff is delicious. That strong coffee is backed up by deep, rich bakers dark chocolate. Its got so much coffee and chocolate. I guess what keeps it from a 5 for me would possibly be to have it slightly more rounded. This really tastes like chocolate covered espresso beans.

M - Mouthfeel is delicious. Not quite velvety smooth as I'd like in a stout as there maybe is a touch too much carbonation for me.

O - This is a delicious coffee stout and easily rivals Founders Breakfast stout for me. Absolutely delicious. Would trade for this again in a heart beat. (1,069 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simple black, kinda brown, but not really. Tall, compact top of super nice broken chocolate colored foam. So sad to see it didn't last very long, maybe a minute or so, however it keeps a frothy collar ring and some tiny waves of skimming across the top. Lacing is minimal to none with a couple of small spots sticking.

Aroma is solid, airy, and yummy of chocolate laced coffee and oatmeal sweetness. Semi rich, roasted, and creamy with a smurfing of dryness. Quite nice.

Taste follows suit with a brigade of firm, smooth, lofty chocolateyness. The middle area is huge with chocolatey goodness backed by a milky oat sweetness and creamy roasted notes followed by an ever so slight nudge of fluffy cocoa dryness in the finish. Deep, succulant, lasting, and yummy. Quite nice as well.

Body is a solid medium with a whole lot of firm creamy smoothness that holds the flavors well in place for length. Lofty, creamy, kinda fluffy in the finish, subtle, succulant, deepening, and even a touch warming. Nice again.

A sensational Oatmeal Stout cross bread with a Milk Stout. Terrifically built by Terrapin. Yum!
Can, and will drink a bunch of this stuff in a hurry.

Thanks to cashew70 for my first exchange of 2007! (1,223 characters)

Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh God yes. I love Imperial Stouts. Add some oatmeal, all the better. Throw some coffee in, and we start to talk otherworldly.

Fantastic. I bought a case of this while in GA over the weekend. Of couse i have a request from a friend for a big chunk of that.

Terrapin, you will eventually be considered one of the great breweries of the United States. Big Hoppy Monster was incredible; Wake-n-Bake is no less marvelous.

Mmm.mmm.mmm.mmm.mmm... (449 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this one for a while.

A: Poured the darkest brown you could image and the head was maybe a couple shades lighter than the brew itself. The head also had a mild reddish tint. The froth that resided on the brew after the big head meltdown was a sight to behold!

S: EXTREME coffee smell in every way. I mean it literally laid waste to the roasted malts, chocolate, etc. Later on in the session, as I warmed up to the intensity of the brew, I got a generous amount of chocolate on the nose.

T: Very bitter, but in a high grade coffee ground sort of way. As the beer faded away after the swallow, a bit of candy sweetness coated the mouth... sort of like caramel actually. Just plain awesome!

M: Very thick, but not too. The carbonation softened the blow that the coffee inflicted on the palate... but not by much. The lacing was ridiculous!

D: So that was "Jittery Joe's Coffee" huh? This was every bit as good as Founders Breakfast Stout and even more coffee-like. I highly recommend this to the true coffee lover. (1,041 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage (with the brown neck label)

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours pitch black and a little viscous. Cappucino colored head forms, somewhat small and has a cola-like wispiness which dissappears almost immediately.

Aroma is purely coffee, dark roasted coffee. If you dont like coffee, this isnt for you. This beer is brewed with coffee grounds as well as dark malts, so the coffee aromas and flavors are enhanced and really stand out. Some nice hops sneak in past the coffee as well. Put a fresh pot of coffee and this in front of my nose and I may be unable to detect a difference.

Bitter coffee strikes the tongue first, followed by a sweet coffee flavor. Nice dense mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. Would like to see a little more than strictly coffee but delicious nevertheless. As far as drinkability, this is pretty close to perfect. Just the right amount of alcohol to give body and flavor and just under the abv so as not to intoxicate one too quickly. Have this tastey brew mornin', noon, and night.

If recollection serves me correctly, this year, 2007, has much more of a coffee presence than last years version. I liked both versions, but this was my favorite of the two. (1,218 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Opaque beer pours thick and oily with an almost absurdly thick dark brown head. Sheets of semi-adherent lacing. This is just beautiful.

Smell: This thing smells like an iced mocha. I think if you smelled it blindly, you'd be hard pressed to call it beer. Sweet with intense coffee and hints of chocolate.

Taste: Sweet roasted and burnt malts, big coffee flavor, bittersweet chocolate, and fudge. Vanilla and caramel are noted too.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full and very creamy. Its not unlike a milkshake. I've had bigger feeling stouts before, but this is very smooth and nice.

Drinkability: Really one of the best coffee stouts I've had. I've had a bunch of these this season, in part because our local pizza place has them on draft. This is even better as it warms, but I challenge you to not pound it. Interestingly, I know several women who are not fond of beer in general drank this and asked for more.

7/31/11- Just drank a random, accidentally cellared '09 bottle. Still very good, but less intense everything, especially the coffee. Its melded and become too smooth, soft, and toned down. (1,128 characters)

Photo of slammgrass
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

omg! This beer is a fantastic coffee-oatmeal-imperial stout marriage. Pours a thick black-strap molasses, with about ½" - 1" head. Served from the bottle. Aromas suggestive of roasted coffee, chicory, and roasted barley, until it hits your pucker. The flavors take on characteristics of an acidic full-bodied roast coffee, yet there are notes of roasted barley on the tongue, with a wet and then dry mouthfeel, alcohol on the exhale. Sip, repeat. I can't wait to get my hands on another bottle. (495 characters)

Photo of scratch69
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Oily black color with two fingers worth of tan head. Great head retention with a large amount of lacing.

Smell- Fresh coffee aroma with a bit of roasted malt and chocolate as well.

Taste- Strong coffee flavor at the start with some vanilla and chocolate sweetness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and silky smooth. Sticky feel after the swallow.

Overall- Wow, this is the best coffee stout that I've tried. I love Founder's breakfast stout but I would replace it with this if I could get it in Missouri. (562 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a tan head that leaves pretty decent lacing around the sides of the glass. The aroma explodes with roasted coffee beans and dark roasted malts. The taste is dark roasted malts that starts out smooth and malty with coffee flavors bringing in the bitter finish. The oatmeal makes it's presence felt in the mouthfeel creating a smooth and creamy palate. Overall, this is one of the better Imperial Stouts on the market that is highly recommended. (511 characters)

Photo of kbuzz
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a modified tulip. Vintage 2012. Case was stamped December somethingth, 2012.

A: Poured a deep dark almost opaque brown. Looks black from 12 inches...some brown around the borders when held close...one finger khaki heads fades to a thin swirl across the top rather quickly, some legs, nothing crazy...pretty beer.

S: Coffee...more like the coffee shop than coffee grounds...one of those coffee shops where the grounds have worked their way into every nook and cranny of the decades old downtown shop that now doubles as a tourist attraction as well as a business. Sweet, not bitter...roast, old-fashioned hard candy-like sweetness, vanilla, baker's chocolate...very sweet. As far as coffee beers go, I've never smelled a better one.

T/M: More chocolate and bitterness than in the nose, but still a good bit of sweetness. Dirt. Baker's chocolate. A solid dose of that sweet vanilla coffee house roastiness. Fluffy, medium mouthfeel. Low carbonation - appropriate for the style.

O: This beer lives up to the hype. One of few that does. I was expecting a good beer...but having had so many coffee beers, I don't know that I was expecting to be this impressed by one again. I'll repeat, in the category of coffee beers (not even just stouts), this is the best I've had, easily. The aroma here is especially note-worthy. (1,350 characters)

Photo of Mojo
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium Globe

This beer is amazing. It compares well to FBS and in my part of the world is much easier to get. It pours up an opaque black without much head and bits of lacing left. The smell is incredible. a wonderful pleasing aroma of roasted coffee, nuts, and chocolate just rise up out of the glass to treat the nose. Taste is sweet molasses up front followed by coffee, toffee, caramel, and chocolate. The finish is a little bit boozy, but not overwhelmingly so. This is a great beer!!!! (519 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in dark brown/black color with some dark red coming through the edges. The head is a dark mocha brown color.

The aroma has this extremely fresh and vibrant coffee aroma. Bright espresso beans. One of the most aggressively “fresh” coffee smells on a beer. Roasted coffee, some vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted malt melding with that coffee. Tinge of alcohol.

The flavor follows with that freshly roasted coffee up front, acidic black iced coffee. The beer hits with a smack of alcohol in the middle. The finish drives home of bittersweet chocolate, hints of vanilla, toffee, more chocolate, and some of that coffee bitterness. There’s some chocolate sweetness that balances with the vanilla and coffee.

The beer has a full mouthfeel and leaves a bit of stickiness lingering.

This is a wonderful beer for coffee lovers. It has this fresh essence of roasted coffee that many other coffee stouts do not have. This beat out Founders Breakfast Stout in all fronts, aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel. (1,014 characters)

Photo of livewire05
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not much of a stout drinker (I usually stick to IPAs) so this is quite an introduction. This beer has a wonderful aroma of roasted coffee with hints of chocolate, with a dark black color to match. The lacing is a great dark brown color, although there is not much head to speak of. The taste is as superb as the smell, with a rich mouthfeel.

Although IPAs will remain my go to beer, I think I just added a new style to my rotation. (436 characters)

Photo of mdvatab
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as extra in recent trade w/ a GA BA.
Poured from 2011 vintage 12oz bottle into snifter.

A: A full-on coffee attack with dark, roasty cocoa, mocha frappuccino, and milk chocolate syrup. One can tell by the intoxicating aroma that this one's gonna be great!

A: One-finger dark brown head dissipates slowly, and falls to a thin layer of fine bubbles. Body is pitch black. A thin sheet of foam clings to the inside of the glass with each tip.

F: Smooth, roasty coffee, sweet chocolate maltiness, and a soft, bitter finish. Drinks like mocha candy, but the sweetness is balanced enough not to be cloying. After drinking this one, I still felt like having another. It's that good.

M: A full-bodied beer with medium carbonation. Oatmeal lends a smooth silkiness.

O: This one easily gets a 4.5 overall. One of the best coffee imperial stouts I've had--maybe even better than FBS. (would like to do a side-by-side tasting if I can get another bottle). Highly recommended! (976 characters)

Photo of KeefD
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks go out to JCB for this one! Pours a very thick dark brown color which is absolutely black in the glass with a nice two finger creamed coffee colored head that left some decent lacing. Aroma is of chocolate covered espresso beans, caramel, and all around roastiness. Great coffee and chocolate flavor in this one. Coffee is ront and center, dark bitter chocolate is next on the flavor wave, followed by a nice roastiness, sweet at first, but dry and bitter on the finish. Oily, slick, creamy mouthfeel, with low carbonation. Delicious coffee stout and hopefully this one will hold up with some age as I save a few bottles of it. (639 characters)

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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