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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutTerrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 2757
Reviews: 1165
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rajendra82 on 02-15-2005)
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at Flying Saucer under the "WnB" title. Served in a tulip, the beer is jet black, like an oil-slick, with a sparse, thin, light tan halo of head. Nose of rich chocolate, vanilla, booze, and sugary sweetness. Flavors of sugary vanilla and baked notes, like a really good chocolate-oatmeal cookie. Chocolate, molasses, roast coffee, and woody notes, too. Smooth, creamy bodied. The aftertaste is rich and sugary sweet, with a smooth, clean finish. Amazing beer. So drinkable despite the huge flavors and slightly increased ABV. Wow!

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2014 18:24:37 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of mesatrin


4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had a 10 ounce pour on draft. It was served a little colder than probably desired.

A: A nice dark rich color with a finger of chocolate colored frothy head.

S: Nice and roasty. All coffee in the nose a light chocolate hint once you get past the coffee.

T: On the first few sips this was coffee and nothing else. As the beer warmed a bit I started to get notes of other flavors, mainly chocolate creaminess. By the end of the beer it was probably about the correct serving temp and it reminded me of an oatmeal cookie with a side of coffee or dipped in coffee.

M: Smooth, Rich, creamy

I would say if you like a dark roast coffee you will like this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2014 01:05:34 | More by mesatrin
Photo of reebtaerG


4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 10oz pour into a short wide mouth glass at Lures

A-Black as night with a creamy brown one finger head

S-aromas full of roasted coffee, malts, vanilla and hint of wood

T-very similiar to the aromas

M-rich, full bodied, and has a mouthfeel that is velvety smooth no acidity.

O-this is great coffee oatmeal stout. Im not a coffee drinker. Need to get more of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2014 15:13:51 | More by reebtaerG
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 19:39:06 | More by Tucquan
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North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black with little head. Looks like a glass of black coffee.

S - Dominated by coffee, followed up by roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla.

T - Follows the nose, with a heavy, fresh, black coffee flavor. In addition, there is a noticeable presence of roasted malts and chocolate, with just the slightest hint of vanilla. The coffee bitterness is definitely there, as well.

M - Medium-bodied with balanced carbonation. Creamy texture.

O - Delicious beer. Well worth the wait and searching. Highly recommended for those who enjoy coffee stouts as much as I do. I compare this to Founder's Breakfast Stout, as I feel the two taste pretty similar.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 01:08:58 | More by RWLawman
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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz pour on draft from a fresh keg.

A: Black as night with just the barest ruby highlights when held to the light. Espresso crema colored head with great lacing, but the head dissipated quickly, the only negative.

S: A huge roasty, coffee bomb, with a creaminess that must come from the oats.

T: Finally, something I could really call a breakfast beer! Tons of coffee and roasted malts, creamy silkiness from the oats and a mild bitterness not unlike strong coffee with a touch of cream and no sugar.

M: Rich, but not exceedingly heavy, it does leave a mild coffee-like bitterness feeling that builds with sips, but it's not unpleasant in the slightest. I only wish it was on Nitro...

O: What a phenomenal beer! I want to have this every morning with my breakfast, then immediately go back to sleep.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 16:25:41 | More by d1ckvanswype
Photo of element75

4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Engine 15 in Jacksonville.

A: Deep black with a tan head, moderately lacy but fades to a thin ring

S: Major coffee smell with a little bit of chocolate in the background

T: Coffee is forefront and dominates the whole way through, but you can pick up some dark chocolate and roasted maltiness toward the end. There is more flavor to the beer than you would guess by the all-coffee smell.

M: Thick and creamy

O: I really enjoyed drinking this beer, even though the dominance of the coffee was a little more than I was hoping for. Not one of my top favorite Imperial Stouts, but one that I would drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2013 04:22:26 | More by element75
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5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Until now, I've only had one other beer that I dream about when I sleep which was Bells Hopslam on draft/cask...this is #2.

A: Dark as night with a perfect 1" brown head. You can tell this is a viscous substance as it cascades slowly into the glass like motor oil.

S: Espresso, chocolate, slight nuttyness with some hoppy undertones that you know will tickle the palate.

T: I feel like I will have flash backs to this moment for the rest of my life. It hits the tongue and magical whirlwind of flavors appear. I love how the coffee and chocolate layer your tongue and give you a tremendous flavoring of deliciousness then it clears up with a perfectly balanced hop presence that's not overwhelming but just perfect so it's noticeable.

M: Thick, perfect, layers upon layers of almost chewy perfectness.

O: My favorite winter drinker...EVER

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2012 21:39:06 | More by dsigmon
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle

A- Deep ruby-black with ok head and decent lacing

S- Wow, full on coffee, nice deep roasted coffee and hints of chocolate and molasses

T- A nice carry over of the nose. Lots of nice smooth coffee with semi sweet chocolate, molasses, fudge and bitter cocoa

M-creamy and smooth

O-Really nice, one of the best coffee beers I've had

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2012 14:58:42 | More by MinorThreat
Photo of Rifugium


3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Labeled as "Wake a& Bake Oatmeal Stout" on the beer list.

Poured like a typical stout: opaque black with a small cap of tan head. Aroma full of roastiness and notes of coffee and cocoa. Taste is very coffee-y, but unlike some coffee beers that overdo it and taste like straight up cold coffee, this one was a bit more under control; otherwise, roasty notes, dark sweet malts. Pretty good. Medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable, especially if coffee is your thing.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2012 03:13:22 | More by Rifugium


4.38/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 21:07:15 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Darkest black imaginable with a milk chocolate-y rich head.

S: Strong smell of roasted coffee. No perceptible hops aroma.

T: Bitterness (but most likely from the roasted malts and not from the hops). Vanilla. Relatively dry finish.

M: Good alcohol warmth. Creamy and smooth. Good attenuation.

Notes: Like drinking a cup of coffee. Nice for such a cold and rainy day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 23:08:51 | More by kevinjosephlee
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3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while at the brewery in Athens, ga. Jet black with no light getting through. Thin almost non-existent head and no lacing. Aroma is pretty much like smelling a handful of ground coffee. Because of this I can't pick up much else. More coffee in the taste which is also dominating but I love coffee so that is fine fr my taste but may be overwhelming for others. Some milk chocolate notes throughout. Mediun to thick body and moderate carbonation. Fairly drinkable if u like coffee.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 23:02:02 | More by kylehay2004
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one on tap, after it was recommended to me in the bars liquor store.

A-very deep brown/black. Had a 1 1/2 finger head that was a nice creamy white/brown.

S-smelled of coffee and maybe some chocolate up front. the thing that usually kills me with this style is the alcohol smell mixed in and i didnt get much of that. given I am not a big coffee fan, i do thoroughly enjoy the smell.

T- hits hard with coffee upfront. again not a big fan of coffee but this was actually pretty good. forced me to take another sip, and again it was good. finishes with a little hops, chocolate, and oatmeal, but mostly coffee. the thing is it wasnt over powering or bitter like an espresso.

MF- smooth and creamy. had a nice mix of carbonation, but very smooth all the way down. slight coffee aftertaste but nothing bad.

O-simply put, my girlfriend, who typically doesnt like the style, but does like coffee (with cream and sugar), actually thought this beer was pretty good. This is one I look forward to drinking again at some point, and possibly going back to buy the 4 pack of.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2011 05:08:41 | More by Swim424
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint at McK's Tavern in Daytona Beach, FL. Review from notes taken shortly after tasting. Pours pitch black with a sliver of tan foam and strands of lacing on the shaker glass. Smell is intense espresso beans, green onion, molasses, soy sauce, Tabasco, and dark chocolate. Taste is toasty and roasted malts, flaked oats, freshly brewed coffee, dark fruits, strong spiciness (almost like hot peppers?), chocolate and vanilla sweetness, acidic hop bite with a slightly charred finish and some alcoholic warmth going down. Thick, full bodied mouthfeel borders on syrupy. The booze and caffeine hit you at the end, as I was nicely buzzed yet simultaneously "alert" after quaffing this massive and satisfying stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 20:37:31 | More by cratez
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4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A-rich dark brown with a nice dark tan head. a lot of nice lacing

S-smells like creamy chocolate and cocoa beans and coffee beans. they're all meshed together quite well. it smells like a serious stout. the scent isn't very strong though.

T-comes in very smooth with a strong blast of bittersweet cocoa beans which transforms in to a dark coffee taste. the after-taste is slightly sour with chocolate covered cocoa beans. this is my 3rd beer from terrapin but the 1st that has impressed me, and this one did a lot. it is so smooth and rich

M-low, smooth carbonation with a slightly watery finish

D-oh i drank this dangerously quick! i've had few imperial stouts that i can down as quick as this. Most i've had are about sipping and taking it slow, but not this one! i could drink this all night long.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 01:37:23 | More by AdamBear
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3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color that is slightly milky looking with a big browinish color head about two to three fingers. This head gives way to nice ring lacing. The aroma is of coffee and dark choclate it is a nice big inviting smell. The tatse has a roasted malt characteristic along with notes of dark chocolate, however coffee and is the big tatse with a hint of oatmeal for balance. The beer is very bitter and could use a little more oatmeal to balance. The mouthfeel is creamy with low carbonation. Overall it is a somewhat easy drink the biteerness could deter you from more.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 14:28:58 | More by goblue3509
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Fatheads on E Carson, Pgh. Poured into a 12oz. tulip glass, this one displays an ink black body with a deep, mocha head that ultimately fades to a thin, sinister ring of lace accompanied by some sticky wisps. An extremely formidable looking beer to be sure.

Bitter, dark chocolate and spent coffee grounds come to mind off-the-bat in the aroma. Anis, vanilla, and a bit of char. Heavy roast and a hint of molasses and dark fruit. Burnt caramel and earthy, peppery/floral hops.

A combination of bitter/dark and milk chocolates with a great deal of oily, French roast coffee beans. Floral, leafy hops, vanilla and molasses. Anis and burnt, chary goodness. Super roasty, black patent malts create lingering roast and hop bitterness alike. I even detect a spicy hop note floating around in the mix. Multi-level flavor compounds: sweet, roast, bitter. Burnt, campfire marshmallows and bruleed vanilla sugar. Super complex flavors throughout.

Slick and dense, even oily. The detectable booze and combinations of lingering bitterness components dry it up a bit in the finish. A sipper but still dangerously drinkable. A hugely flavorful and indulgent stout. A must try in my count.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 20:50:22 | More by letsgopens
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer a couple of years ago and didn't really like it. Saw it on tap at a restaurant with only a small selection and decided to give it another shot. I still don't particularly like the beer, but interestingly it is for completely different reasons.

The body of Wake n' Bake is black and completely opaque except for edges, and even those are dark brown and slightly translucent only when held up to the light. About a finger of brown head is fairly dense and has OK retention while leaving some decent lacing.

The aroma is mostly coffee with some roasted malt behind it. The coffee is a little bit harsh.

Wake n' Bake is unmistakeably a coffee stout, and coffee is the dominant flavor. My problem with this beer is that the coffee is harsh; bitter and astringent flavors overshadow the pleasant coffee characteristics. A hint of hops lurk in the background and a noticeable amount of roasted malt is there also.

Whatever else I can say about this beer, the mouthfeel is very good. Thick, creamy and full-bodied, just the way a stout should be.

This experience with Wake n Bake was completely different than my first one, and although I like it a little bit more, I still don't love it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2011 00:49:57 | More by Hojaminbag
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into a 12oz snifter:

A: Dark, strong coffee black with a small tan head. Overall, good retention and looked like what you might expect from a carbonated, thickly brewed coffee.

S: Roasted coffee that has been immediately iced but retains the "fresh coffee aroma". Attractive, inviting, and intriguing.

T: Again, I was hit upfront by the strong taste of freshly brewed, roasted coffee. The malt backbone is strongly prevalent but you will be more than overwhelmed with the undertones of espresso, dark chocolate, and roasted flavor associated with a cup of fresh brewed, strong coffee.

M: Medium to full bodied. A decent amount of carbonation that tends to linger in the mouth upon sipping. For 8% alcohol, the booziness was entirely innocuous and instead you will find with this beer a characteristic bitter aftertaste of straight up, fresh (albeit, cold) brewed coffee.

D: Sippable and highly enjoyable as a nightcap. About as drinkable as a single cup of strong coffee in the morning. In my honest opinion, this beer was the perfect finisher to a night at the bar after three other beers but I would be hesitant to drink more than one.

Overall, the Terrapin Wake N' Bake is, in my opinion, an outstanding example of tasty, coffee flavored American Double. You will more than likely only pick up on strong notes of freshly brewed, black as midnight arabic coffee flavor but nevertheless and enticing brew to finish your night upon.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2010 05:35:29 | More by RossCain
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville on 5/28/10

A - Pitch black with a huge, foamy chocolate-mousse head. Nice!

S - Ummm...coffee! Roasted chocolate, toasted oats, whiff of vanilla.

T - Roasted coffee. Bitter chocolate and roasted malt, vanilla.

M - Medium-heavy bodied, creamy & smooth. Coats the palate.

D - Easy drinkability. Could have a couple in one sitting, despite the ABV. This is my favorite Terrapin beer. Is it one-dimensional?
Sure, but when the coffee is this delicious I don't mind!

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2010 13:07:51 | More by jsanford
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2010 01:19:26 | More by garuda
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at JP Henley's in St. Augustine, FL.

A - Black beauty. No light at all, edges or otherwise. Maybe a half-inch or so of coffee-colored foam on top, which faded to a thin cap. Patchy lacing down the glass as I drink.

S - Wonderful roasty coffee, dark chocolate, maybe a bit of pumpernickel and oatmeal.

T - Plenty of coffee dominating the initial taste, which is just fine by me. Again with the dark chocolate, although not as much as in the aroma. Hints of oatmeal, a bit of earthiness that I didn't smell before. Outstanding flavor. I liked it enough that I had to order more than one, even though the bar was full of others that I wanted to try.

M - Thick and viscous, with a lingering finish. It affected the next beer that I had that afternoon.

D - Although this was rated around 8%, two 8oz pours took their toll on me. Although I absolutely loved it, I could see the coffee making it difficult to drink more than a couple of these in a sitting.

I was happy to have a chance to try this, since I don't normally see it on the west coast. And I have to say that I'm looking forward to returning to Henley's in the hopes that they still have it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2010 01:31:02 | More by djmichaelk
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pitch black in color, capped by a full inch of thick creamy light brown head. Lacing comes in a wall of foam that clings to the glass.

S: I have had many coffee stouts, but the nose on most of those can hardly compare to the coffee in this beer's bouquet. Hazelnut, dark roast coffee, and a slight chinook hop bittern twinge. However, I am a bit disappointed at the lack of other characteristic flavors of my favorite imperial stouts...the chocolate, roasted malts, the caramel.

T: The coffee taste again manifests itself in an impressive way. There is nothing artificial about this coffee flavor. Again, there is a piney hop undertone that serves to balance out the beer. I just can't get too excited about it as there isn't a lot of depth to the flavor.

M/D: Sticky and a bit creamy, the carbonation is more potent than expected, but it somehow manages to work. I am enjoying this beer, but there is something missing that keeps me from getting too attached to it. I would drink it again, but not sure that I would see it out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2010 17:53:10 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixtel this weekend - Poured into 12oz tulip at around 45 degrees.

Massive, tight/clingy brown head over top of the pitch black oily body - zero light, even on the edges.

Definitely hits you with a roasted coffee aroma - only slightly bitter. Bittersweet chocolate, touch of black licorice, and some almonds as well.

Very creamy with just the right amount of carbonation to keep it from being cloying. Flavor has some roasted dark coffee (not quite espresso level), rich cocoa, and a healthy hoppy finish.

This is a terrific Impy Stout - not the thickest, not the strongest, not the most extreme in any way, but quite drinkable. I could easily see myself with 3 of these in an evening.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 22:48:13 | More by BeerImmediately
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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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