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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 3,427
Reviews: 1,219
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 715
Gots: 604 | FT: 54
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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 kk73
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage poured from a 12oz bottle into my glass. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - Pours out dark as night with a very little mocha colored head that fades quickly and surrounds the edge of my glass, minimal lacing.

S - Not overwhelmingly coffee but its presence is ther. I also get rich dark chocolate malts and a sweet creamy aroma possibly from the oats.

T - The taste is excellent. Upfront chocolate into a sweet creamy cup of coffee and ends with a little smoke.

M - This seems to have a medium body or mouthfeel. Not too thick like motor oil and definitely not thin. The creamy mouthfeel adds to the body. Not overly carbonated which is the way I like my stouts.

D - Very easy drinking stout, and by far the best non-bourbon barrel stout I have had in a long time. The alcohol is well hidden in this one.

Hope to get a few more of these sent my way. Terrapin definitely hit the nail on the head with this one.

Photo of kylemacs
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured an opaque black. Thick head of dense dark brown bubbles. Very slight lacing left on my glass after each sip.

Amazingly rich smell of brewed coffee and cacao. Hint of alcohol as well.

Dark coffee, bitter baking coco, and sweet lactose, followed by a slight hop twang. Ever so slight alcohol finish.

Creamy mouthfeel, with a slight oily residue left on the tongue.

Overall and excellent American Double Stout. One of the best uses of coffee in a stout I've personally tasted.

Photo of Grodd87
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Slayer213
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of themind
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You want thick? well look no further. This beer is motor oil with a hint of coffee. Dont get me wrong it's a good stout but it's VERY thick and dark.

The taste is good, pours pretty much no head and is almost like a dessert beer. Interesting beer but when do you drink it? for me on an evening its one and done! any more then one of these in a night and you will end up bloated and full. Its that heavy.

Bottom Line: pretty good, if you see it grab it cause its kinda hard to get. But in the end I feel this is overrated.

Photo of NiceTaps
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle that reads 2013 release at 9.4% abv, in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Dark and dense, as black as brown can get. The minimal head is mocha brown in color, leaves nice lacing.

S- Do you remember the old hit from Squeeze, 'Black Coffee in Beer" (sic)? Well, this is what they were singing about. Fresh strong coffee aroma dominates. There's a little bitter chocolate and roasted malt for fun.

T- Dark roast coffee, dark roast malts, dark chocolate. The coffee is the headliner, and it shines.

M- The oatmeal provides some definition, making the light and carbonated body somewhat chewy. Mainly dry and bitter with a hint of milky sweets on the finish.

O- There's a lot going for this beer. I like the 12oz bottle, the drinkability, the coffee , the lack of booze burn, to mention a few.

Photo of Vivs85
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aerozeppl
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black. One of the darkest beer that I have ever seen. Almost no head at all but it was coffee colored.

S: Tons of coffee and chocolate. You can really smell the bitterness which is weird. Some hints of hops. Mostly faded out by now though. Some roast as well.

T: Really nice mix of the coffee chocolate and sweetness. Very bitter in the finish. If something negative must be said it would be that it is a tad too sweet. Finishes with a blast of chocolate.

M: Excellent mouthfeel. Just very velvety.

D: A really nice beer all around. Thanks to bwyker for the bottle. Reminded me of Ithaca's Kaffinator in a way. I love me a good coffee stout.

Photo of emeyer
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of garuda
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark ruby brown, almost black, but only a very thin ring of tan head and a bit of lacing.

S - Good, big aromas of roasted, warm, creamed coffee. Rounds out with chocolate sweetness and a touch of booze.

T - Solid. Oatmeal up front, then transitions over to roasted, creamed coffee that lasts through the finish. Hints of sweet chocolate, hops and maple syrup. A touch of warming alcohol becomes apparent as it warms.

M - Full body, low carbonation. Very smooth, a bit oily across the palate with minimal hop presence.

D - Delicious. This made a great dessert beer, and I would definitely order this one again

Photo of banglin
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass

A: small head with tan color, very dark/black color,

S: strong coffee and chocolate tones which blend well, also oats

T: starts out with strong coffee flavor and finishes with oats, alcohol taste perhaps too strong, chocolate as well, the more I let it rest, the more oats I taste

M: smooth with almost too much carbonation

O: a good stout with an excellent aroma

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good deep brown and black pour, good 1.5" tan head on this one. Great aroma, chocolate, coffee, dark chocolate I should say. Maybe it was the label, but I really did smell some good complex cookies on this one.

Taste, so smooth, rich velvety, this is the closest thing I've had to Founders Breakfast Stout, which is phenomenal. I really like how smooth this is, its big, and the bitterness and dryness from the coffee comes and is swallowed by the massive chocolate profile, and of course, the oats help smooth it all out. Some other nuances like pepper come out and about on this one. Drink it slow, let it warm, some smokiness comes out as well. Hides the alcohol so well. Viscosity is just right. Enough hops to give it an edge with the slight pepper aspect of it. All of this is largely drowned out by the massive chocolate.

Edit: Man, the coffee does not stand up in this with time. I dunno what it is with Sweetwater and Terrapin, but something in the Georgia water seems to make their beers fade prematurely (or at least quicker than desired).

Photo of Kegatron
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask, via hand pump, @ Al's of Hampden (Enola, PA) on 12/18/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a pitch black in the glass, with a finger of frothy dark mocha head. This retains creamy foaminess that skims the surface and drenches the sides of the glass with heavy and rich looking lacing. The aroma is just coffee in its purest form. Sharp, roasty, bitter, green, and earthy, this is what you look for in a beer like this. Chocolate and oats give this some sweetness in the back but man, the coffee flavor is just eye-opening here.

The coffee character matches the aroma and is intensified by the cask, being burnt, acrid, roasty, dry, and just overall flavorful here with a green and earthy edge to it. A sticky mix of chocolate and caramel drench the back of the palate, as does some creamy sweetness from the oatmeal. This finishes unbelievably burnt and dry, with a satisfying parching nature it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness on top but there is a bubbly and creamy feel to this underneath that keeps this extremely easy. There is some light warmth that comes out of the body but the oats and cask do wonders smoothing this out.

Wow, I was gob smacked to find this on cask at Al's, as I believe that Wake-N-Bake is hard to find served that way even in the South. The coffee character was just off the chain from the beer engine and it's hard to think of another beer that has such unadulterated and unleashed java flavors as this does. This smoothness and easy drinking of nature of this on cask was just the icing on the cake. This was fantastic.

4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a pint glass for $5.50. Still named 'Wake n Bake' when reviewed. Sampled 2/1/11.

A: Served with a small dark brown head, creamy in texture and mediocre retention. The body is black through and through. Minimal lacing.

S: Very impressive. Malt heavy with an enormous amount of roasted espresso, supported by some fudgy chocolate notes that remain distant due to the dominant strong, black coffee aroma.

T: As advertised by the nose and just as good. Espresso in full force, rich and robust. Big bitter, dark chocolate compliment the bitter, somewhat citrusy hop profile. Lightly astringent and acrid enough to keep the sweetness at a pleasantly low level. Gently warming alcohol presence.

M: Damn near perfect. The use of oats plays into the creamy texture as well as the modest amount of carbonation.

D: [DRINKABILITY] I'm not a huge fan of Terrapin but they did an exceptional job with this brew. I'd gladly revisit this one.

Photo of Immortale25
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Corona Extra pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- From a heavy pour comes 3/4 of an inch of dark tan head, underneath of which is a solidly opaque black body. The head retains a bit before slowly dying down to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass without much lacing.

S- Spot-on iced coffee aroma with caramel, oatmeal and a bit of chocolate mixed in.

T- Delicious espresso flavor that's more roasty than sweet. A bit of a metallic taste is definitely there but doesn't spoil the party. The coffee taste lingers a while and is decidedly more along the lines of chocolate rather than caramel, oatmeal and vanilla although there are traces of all. The coffee does not let up after multiple sips which can be the downfall of a lot of Coffee Stouts.

M- Creamy, soft and thick. Silky smooth with medium-low carbonation. One of the best parts of the brew for sure.

O- One of my favorite coffee beers, second only to Cigar City's Cubano Espresso

Photo of fmccormi
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a short, stubby tulip glass; bottling date of . . . well, it says “SEASONAL: 2013” on the far side of the label, and it looks like they put this out in late November/early December so that’d make this bottle about, oh, two months old.

Appearance (3.5): A finger and a half of hot cocoa-colored foam comes off of the pour, capping a jet-black body—but it doesn’t last too long, dissipating to a thin film on the surface. Not much in the way of lacing . . . as in, basically none.

Smell (4.5): Rich, thick coffee and chocolate aromas are strong here, like when you mix a packet of cocoa powder into a fresh cup of coffee—medium roast coffee with slight fruit tones and some rich earth underneath a very light char and smoke. Also some rich chocolate syrup and malt (like malt balls malt) are in there. Outstanding.

Taste (4.5): Following the nose, there’s medium-roast coffee (earthy, moderately fruity, and floral underneath the roast), creamy, rich chocolate (not too sweet, not too bitter, but definitely dark and rich, like dark chocolate mousse), citrusy and floral tones (candied orange peel, fresh-cut flowers, and a bit of lemon peel) which could either be hops or the coffee, and underneath it all there’s some smooth malt character from the oats, lending a combination of earthy, brown-sugar sweet breadiness (like oatmeal cookies). It’s chilling out there beneath all that coffee and chocolate, but it adds an excellent depth and acts as an outstanding base for the coffee, citrus, and creamy chocolate components overhead. A modest booze note, but it fits the style well and blends in extremely well.

Mouthfeel (4.25): In terms of feel, it’s not exactly heavy but it is on the heavy- side of medium-weight, but very full, in its smooth creaminess. The booze dries it out a bit, but in the end it finishes relatively rich and creamy nonetheless. I’m not articulating this well, but suffice it to say that it has an excellent feel, even if it not’s quite unprecedented.

Overall (4.25): What an incredibly enjoyable beer. It’s got depth, it’s got complexity, it’s got body and character, it’s plenty bold, and it doesn’t sacrifice any of these things in the name of anything gimmicky. It doesn’t redefine the style or anything, but man oh man, I’m pretty sure it nails whatever it set out to do. Really, this is a quality, high-value Imperial Stout that could seriously convert neophytes to the dark side. For the value, this is absolutely worth seeking out.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle of 2008 Vintage poured into a snifter glass.

This beer pours an opaque inky black, puffing out a tiny cap of cinnamon-brown bubbles that disappear quickly and leave behind virtually no hint of their brief existence on the glass.

Nose is full-on chocolate-espresso, very sweet and very un-beerlike, but very delicious and exorbitantly inviting.

As is expected and welcomed, the oats give the beer a velvet-smooth, rich, creamy mouthfeel and full body. Big chocolate and coffee flavors coat the tongue, with a brief middling appearance of hop bitterness, finishing semi-sweet and smooth.

Sinfully delectable, this is one brew that would go over very well with both Imperial Stout lovers and buffs of coffee drinks alike, and would most definitely be a good introduction for coffee lovers to the world of craft beer. Despite the elevated alcohol content, this one goes down easily and leaves a strong desire for another.

This is certainly one to try laying down for a year or two to see how it develops.

Photo of Shagtastic
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Chimay Chalice

A: Jet black with very little head. What head there was was dark brown and faded quickly.

S: Tons of coffee and then more coffee on top of that. Great nose and one I can smell with my glass sitting a few feet away.

T: Huge coffee notes throughout. I get chocolate in the end which finishes it up really nicely. Maybe a little over the top on the sweetness but really enjoyable.

M: Great carbonation but a little thinner than I hoped for.

O: This is an awesome beer. I really enjoyed it. I don't know if I'd put it on equal terms with Founders Breakfast Stout but its as close as I've found yet. This is my first offering from these guys and I'm truly impressed. I'd highly recommend this beer.

Photo of PostRockandCats
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a glass.

L: Like a black hole. Pitch black. No light, even when put next to a bulb. No head, just a teeny bit of froth around the edge. ETA: a super aggressive pour got a light brown, 2-finger head that went away fast.

S: Lots of coffee and malt. Little bit of burnt caramel.

T: Wow. Brulee and malts surrounded by rich coffee. Plums, dates, lots of dark fruit. Hint of spice. Very toasty warm. Very boozy-tasting. Nice bit of umami at the end. ETA: Super aggressive pour brought out some light hop notes.

F: Smooth like silk. Not too heavy. Which is good; it's such a flavor hit that a heavy mouthfeel would be overboard.

O: This is how I want to die.

Photo of gabrielsyme
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark cocoa, minimal foam.

Aroma: Very strong.

Taste: Coffee, baking chocolate, with a touch of mocha sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but I would prefer a bit more carbonation.

Overall: Probably the best coffee stout you're going to find.

Photo of DNICE555
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Jet black body with a brown head. The head and lacing could have been a little bigger but not bad.

S- Very strong coffee and some chocolate.

T- Quality coffee and some chocolate in the backround.

M- Coffee is very strong and yet it still tastes balanced and not overwhelming.

D- First one from this brewery and I am impressed. If I'm looking for a thick chewy coffee stout I'd grab this one again.

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Shiner pint from a 12 oz. bottle and the brew is probably the darkest brown color that I have seen on a brew to this point in my world beer tour. No light enters or exits irregardless of how far you tilt the pint up to a 75 watt light.

The smallish 1/4" dark mocha brown head falls away fairly quickly to a ring around the pint.

The lacing is nice and splotchy.

The aroma is heavy Jittery Joe's coffee (assumed since I have never had this brand of coffee) and heavy roasted malts.

The flavor follows the aroma with the afore mentioned coffee leading the charge with the roasted malts nose and nose with each stride. There is no bitterness nor alcohol present, nor is it sweet. It is pretty much perfectly balanced.

The medium mouthfeel and carbination are spot on for this beer style. I think this is a great AD/I and I plan on enjoying the other 3 that I have at some point in the near future

Photo of jifigz
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Commis for the trade. Poured into a pint glass.

The beer pours a thick black with an off-white slightly creamed coffee colored head that disappears rather quickly and left no lacing along the sides of the glass. The aroma of the beer is rich in chocolatey goodness with hints of coffee and alcohol. The flavor is rich and deep. It starts off silky smooth on the tongue and quickly turns into a bold and rich chocolate malt and coffee flavored beverage. The Oatmeal lends an extremely smooth mouthfeel. The flavors are almost of a burnt milkshake and the 8.1 % ABV is easily masked by much better flavors.

This is a winner. The appearance and lack of head or lacing was slightly disappointing, but the flavor and MF are dead on. A wonderful Imperial stout.

Photo of IPAcraig
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am enjoying this beer after the first day of my last semester of law school. I picked these up on a recent trip to Nashville.

The beer no longer has the monster beer tour label around the neck. I thought that looked pretty good.

The beer poured into my De Garre snifter as balck and thick as anything I have ever seen before. The beer left about a centimeter tall dark mocha head.

This beer smells more like coffee than coffee. It is like sniffing a bag of freshly ground french roast. Awesome. There may be a bit of dark chocolate in there as well, but the coffee is by far the most predominant aroma.

In the taste is where more flavour and complexity arive. The coffee taste is massive, but there is a nice dose of chocolate and a wee bit of roast. A hint of bitterness in the finish and not a trace of alcohol hotness.

A very creamy beer, low carbonation. Nice.

If you dont like coffee, I dont know how you could like this beer. To me, it is not overpowering, but I could see how others would think so. The drinkability suffers a little because of this powerful flavor, but not too much. This is on amazing and unique stout.

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,427 ratings.