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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutTerrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

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Reviews: 1,264
Hads: 3,741
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 798
Gots: 686 | FT: 53
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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States | website

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 Ksmoove27
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - beautiful jet black with light mocha head...circle ring througout

Smell - sweet coffee...I don't smell the normal chocolate of a stout and I won't pretend to be able to smell hints of oats

Taste - coffee and a light presence of bitter cocoa...it doesn't have the bitterness of some imperials...while it isn't complex, it is delicious. Not much in the roasted malt flavor I normally enjoy in a stout.

Feel - very smooth...medium to heavy carbonation...body is medium to heavy...I am not getting the alcohol here and at 9+ ABV that's impressive

Overall - I find this to be very different from my top Oatmeal (Smith) and Imperials (Yeti, Founders). It is very much a coffee stout...and for an avid coffee, beer and bourbon (figure I'd through all my vices in there)...I find it to be quite good.

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Photo of Dormiebasne
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: an austere silken, opaque black with minimal light brown head, resembling oatmeal.
Smell: Sweet coffee and oatmeal notes, as one might imagine. Smells like breakfast. Not very strong, but pleasant, nonetheless.
Taste: Oaty stout flavor dominates as it rests on the tongue, with a slight coffee and booze finish/aftertaste.
Feel: This is an extremely smooth beer with almost nothing in the way of a carbonated feeling. Unlike certain milk stouts (Nitro, e.g.), this beer fails to give the impression of flatness. It's just breakfast, after all. When is there carbonation in a breakfast?
Overall: A fantastic beer to be savored at any time of day. The oat and coffee notes mingle harmoniously, rather than in dissonance.

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Photo of Marraybay
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark black. Not much head. Glass soapiness apparent.

Smell: Tabasco, coffee, soy sauce.

Taste: Upfront taste is roasty-smoky coffee, which transitions into momentary
malty sweetness and alcohol, then concludes with semi sweet choco espresso bitterness.
Huge flavors;Very intense. Lingers on the palate.

Feel: Some booze burn and prickliness. A little syrupy.

Overall: A big beer with very intense flavors. Enjoyed, but truth be told, I was
almost running out of gas with respect to flavor-intensity overload. Don't
think I could have drunk much more than 12 oz. Surprisingly very little fogginess
given the nearly 10% ABV.

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Photo of lastmango
3.21/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Ok, I do not know how I missed the 2014 vintage on the label but I am sure this will affect the experience. Pours pitch black with just a thin film of a peanut butter colored head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is nothing more than a mild mustiness. Stale coffee, chocolate and some malt flavors. Somewhat sweet on the tongue. Light carbonation. Oily. I have to believe that the vintage has an effect on my rating. I will try this again with a more current vintage.

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Photo of Allen_A
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid stout. Pours thick with little head and some lacing. Great body. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate aromas. Taste and texture are very pleasant, almost like a great, freshly roasted coffee, some sweetness and finishes with an undercurrent of fruit aromas. Again, a solid brew.

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Photo of havron
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage 12 oz bottle, enjoyed fresh and poured into a tulip.

L: Pours a thick opaque black displaying a ruddy brown tint when swirled, with a thin tan head that rapidly recedes to a ring leaving fairly decent lacing.

S: Massive coffee. The nose is almost entirely coffee, with a hint of chocolate malt and some alcohol. Smells like a freshly brewed cup of joe. Very inviting.

T: Big coffee flavors hit the tongue first, with alcohol heat building rapidly to an almost overpowering intensity, made even more intense by a kick of prickly carbonation. Chocolate notes mingle into the mix as the coffee flavors slowly fade to eventually uncover an almost molasses-like caramel sweetness that lingers on the tongue long after the sip, alongside a faint background note of coffee grounds.

F: Medium-full in texture, this is a sturdy brew and feels quite good rolled across the tongue.

O: The nose is phenomenal and the flavor follows, but the 9.4% alcohol is not at all well-hidden and spoils the fun a little. I have had several imperial stouts with as much or higher ABV than this that were much smoother. A tasty beer, but I feel it would be better if the alcohol could be mellowed out more than a bit. Perhaps some age will improve this beer.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really old coffee oatmeal stout. The coffee and chocolate are extremely well balanced and more importantly, at least for my purposes, this stout is sweet, but not overly so like some stouts are. Really delicious.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Jet black with thin mocha head, little lace. Bitter chocolate, espresso aroma. All coffee flavor, bitter with some burnt sugar. Medium oily mouthfeel. Tasty brew but was hoping for a little creamier feel and less bitterness.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours jet black with a solid dark cream colored head.

smells like coffee, nice aroma. some chocolate to this as well.

taste starts sweet like chocolate then finishes with a coffee bitterness. thin body as well, i'm sure it will even out as it warms.

pretty good beer BUT my only complaint would be it is too bland.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black, opaque, 1/2 brown head, great lacing

S: Strong coffee smell, chocolate, bread

T: Pretty much same as smell, strong coffee, light chocolate notes

M: Full

O: Excellent stout with great coffee taste. Probably my new favorite stout.

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Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Uncapped the beer and was immediately blasted with a strong black coffee aroma. Pours black as hell, soft red/brown head. Deep coffee and slight hazelnut flavor. Absolutely fantastic flavor, but a slightly thin mouthfeel, honestly want more from a stout, but for 10.1% I'm very satisfied. The aroma and flavor of this beer are what makes this so amazing. It'd be much more delectable and fit for a rich breakfast/desert beer if it had more body IMO. I'm eating cornbread with it and it's a pretty solid combo.

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Photo of HopintheSouth
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass, with a fat girl on a Harley feel in the glass. Oh this might be good!!

Used oils black, a very thin khaki and pillowy head. Smells of rich coffee, toasty burnt marshmallow and breakfast at the Waffle House on a cold ass morning. First taste of toasty, malt, rich velvety breakfast, or dessert. Smooth, so smooth- thank you flaked oats! You have hit every chord of an oatmeal stout. Warming, medium body with a tempting to keep sipping. Can't tell it's a 10% beer with the mouthfeel at all. Well done, so glad I picked this up!!! Too bad it's 70 degrees in NC tonight. I would love to age a year or two out. Hands down marvelous beer!

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap @ Bistecca Restaurant & Bar in Parsippany, NJ.

Enjoyed a pint of this at my company's annual holiday party.

Pours black and opaque with a creamy, dark tan head. Right off the bat you get plenty of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt in the aroma. You get exactly what is advertised in the flavor; coffee and oatmeal. There's a nutty and burnt aspect to it as well. Finishes bitter with a kiss of alcohol at the end. This is a full-bodied, well-crafted brew, but I could probably do without the oatmeal being so prominent. A nice variation on an imperial stout.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle

jet black, with tan head, decent retention. nice aroma of mocha coffee. taste is well balanced, and flavors are well blended. body is smooth and thick. overall a great beer.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a thick coffee. And it smells like you are in a diner at 430 am after a night out. I can almost smell bacon in the background. It's very smooth and goes down easier than it should. So much flavor packed into a single brew. I love this stuff.

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Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every time I have waked n' baked, be it through booze or weed, I have been very regretful. Three hours into the session reality becomes an abstraction. Five hours in, I understand how opiate addicts operate. Being wasted constantly is in many ways more pleasant than being sober constantly. But it's also horrifying, the same as constant sobriety. The key to living without despondency is a balance between mental states, and that simply cannot be achieved if you start getting fucked up as soon as you become conscious. Also, our society really super duper heavily incentivizes us not to be drunk constantly.

All that I just wrote was a basic realization. I came to it when I was 15. But still, sometimes, here and there, I'll get super excited about a wake and bake event: a weekend starting with brunch, a football game, long bike ride, etc. I always regret the drinking part, and I remember that regret, yet I still look forward to these events the way I used to look forward to Christmas.

I think part of the reason why the Southern US has relatively larger problems with substance abuse is that their culture idolizes the kind of "HEE YAW" recklessness embodied by this beer but also very harshly punishes anyone who deviates from their very narrow standards of acceptable comportment. A Southern Man is wild and free, riding his motorcycle while listening to the nu-metal station, but, gull darnitt, ain't no one gonna break the law in this here town.

The kids get mixed messages, is what I'm saying.

This does not mean to confuse Athens, GA--one of the most culturally accepting areas of the country--with "the south." Athens is in the south but not of the south. The do not hate the south. They are not ashamed of it. But there's things about the south Athens might not be pleased with. I'm that way with midwestern white trash.

So what the hell is this? What's their whole ethos? Why does the beer name bother me?

Because the names matter and the packaging matters and the price matters. We cannot decouple our sensory responses to a beer from the rest of it, which is why blind tastings engender such anger. But I don't think we should. I also don't know where this is going.

I love Terrapin? How about that? They're good and I love where the come from culturally even though the guys who run the place would probably hate me.

This pours dark and squishy. It smells like a goddamn coffee oatmeal stout, which is about my favorite thing.

Tastes... pretty amazing. Barley up front, equal parts burnt and sweet, with some wonderful oatmeal complication rushing in, followed by oatmeal complication and coffee, ending wonderfully rough--again, like an oatmeal.

I cannot tie my thoughts together right now. I wish my thoughts would die. This beer is wonderful.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pitch black with a dark tan head. Leaves some lacing.

Smell - A fresh brewed cup of coffee is the overwhelmingly strongest smell... just that and a hint of chocolate.

Taste - Just what you would expect from the smell... Strong coffee flavor that is smoothed out by the oatmeal. Just a hint of sweetness on the front and a bitter coffee taste on the end. Great flavor.

Feel - Bubbly, yet smooth. Thin body for a stout, especially one at almost 10% abv.

Overall - Terrapin's best beer.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

a: You guessed it. Black. Shiny. Minimal head after a vigorous pour. Dissipated quickly.

s: Roasted malts, coffee! Not coffee beans, not espresso, not a double dose, not overly roasted beans...a perfectly brewed cup of french press coffee. Bravo for the restraint and balance.

t: Roasted grains and malts hold up the coffee flavor that's to come. Some bitter chocolate and slight dark fruit come through as it warms.

mf: Big body. Low carbonation. Oaty mouth feel with some stickiness.

o: I would like to get my hands on another one to have at a warmer temperature. Very happy I got one, though.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appears black (SRM 40+) with late building, dark walnut cream that reaches one inch before settling to a half an inch, leaving patchy lace on a PBGC Hoppy Glass.

The aroma is sweet with deep roasted malt. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate interplay with molasses and fudge brownie, against a background of light, smoky maple syrup. Warmth brings out plum pudding and hard sauce.

The flavor is reminiscent of chocolate pancakes. While well balanced, the bitter-sweetness is strong, with a hint of sourness. This one generally follows the nose, with an emphasis on molasses. The finish is long and subtle with a slight bitterness.

A full body almost dense syrupy texture. Alcohol is as expected with a modest carbonation and residual sugar.

This is a wonderfully relaxing Imperial Stout that pairs well with a cool autumn night of silence and sensory deprivation. This highlights an explosive aroma/flavor experience. Also works well with roasted chicken.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pitch black, viscous, not much head to speak of
Smell - TONS of coffee! Roasted malts for days. Nutty, anise/black licorice, hints of smokiness
Taste - Dark roasted coffee, nutty, slight chocolate
Feel - Great mouthfeel, smooth and coats the palate nicely

Overall - My favorite beer from Terrapin. Blows Founders Breakfast Stout away in my opinion.

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Photo of jhartley
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown to black body, thinnest amount of head makes an appearance. Small amount of lacing left in the glass.
Aromas of coffee, chocolate and lightly roasted malts.
Taste has coffee up front and then falling slightly into some bittersweet chocolate, small amount of sweetness.
Mouth feel is full with the oats adding that nice smoothness throughout and not a hint of the 9.4% at all!
Overall, a really tasty beer! One I would definitely pick up again! Nice amount of coffee, but not too much too make it bitter; there's that nice amount of chocolate in there as well. Really tasty.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 bottle poured into snifter.
Deep black, very slight head, dissapears quickly. Smells of coffee, and chocolate. Taste is chocolate malt, but mostly coffee. Kind of overwhelming. Solid, but a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nose - coffee.

Look - gentle pour results in 1/8 inch head. Dark black.

Taste - predominately coffee, kind of one note-ish to me.

Mouth feel - very average.

Overall - it's rating here seems high. Rather one dimensional to me.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is dark like used motor oil with no light coming through. Had no head when poured in the glass. Can smell a great blend of coffee and chocolate. Over powering taste of coffee with a sweet finish.

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Photo of jws6w7
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent beer but it is way too one dimensional. There are many stouts out there that are far superior. Founders Breakfast Stout, which would be comparable in style, is much, much better than this beer.

If I wanted a cup of coffee, I would have drank a cup of coffee.

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,264 ratings.