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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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2,757 Ratings

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rajendra82 on 02-15-2005)
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Photo of auee92


4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

One of my top 3 stouts, this is absolutely superb.

a: Pours a beautiful warm dark coffee color with a single finger vanilla head that dissolves smoothly.

s: Roasted coffee, chocolate, and toffee with a wisp of alcohol to balance the ensemble.

t: Beautiful rich coffee goodness, with a rich, sweet, creamy, malted chocolate finish. Insanely beautiful.

m: Bold and big.

Serving type: growler

03-06-2014 21:13:16 | More by auee92
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a near black with a small caramel colored head that quickly dissipates leaving only thin outer ring around the edge of the glass. Ok lacing

S - Roasty coffee grounds, sweet chocolate/oatmeal notes, sweet caramel malts.

T - All the aromas come through in the taste. Sweet oatmeal and chocolate flavors transition into a nice bitter roasty coffee flavor, perfect balance.

M - Medium bodied, not too heavy, mildly carbonated. Could drink a 4 pack of these for breakfast everyday.

O - Probably my favorite coffee stout, sweet and roasty well balanced and super tasty. love it

Serving type: growler

02-15-2012 17:13:49 | More by MacQ32
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes from December 09

Big roasty stout with a lovely black body and tan head. Pretty rocky. Lots of roasted coffee beans, hint of toast, tobacco, and a sweetness of oatmeal. All of this is nicely balanced and blended well with a bit of vanilla. Cocoa bitterness in the finish, no alcohol detected. Creamy, silky mouthfeel. I would easily finish a growler of this.

Serving type: growler

06-10-2010 19:40:42 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of gatorbreath


4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a growler of this with my friend for his first time getting busy one some heady stout.

I really enjoyed the dark full appearance with a frothy chocolate head. Appearance is definitely intriguing. Smells of coffee/chocolate/slightly of oats and possibly some dark fruit even. Definitely malty. The taste is reflective of the smell: coffee, not so much oaty, but the chocolaty/coffee taste was definitely there for the taking. The mouthfeel is very full and very fitting for a stout.

Really enjoyed this, and my friend who I put down, he said it improved his athletic performance on Monday AM after we imbibed on Saturday evening. Put that in yer pipe.

Serving type: growler

02-28-2010 01:31:42 | More by gatorbreath
Photo of Stigs


4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

growler filled yesterday @ FatHead's, poured into a standard pint glass

A - very thin layer of Wendy's Frosty colored head, tight and frothy...lacing down the glass. the beer is a very very dark brown, near black...like a strong cup of coffee.

S - loads and loads of (fresh) iced coffee, bitter and strong but not stale. underneath is some nuttyness and bread.

T - tastes just like super strong iced coffee, with extra notes of some milk chocolate, nuts, and biscuits. very little alcohol warming near the end.

M - big and creamy, yet big carbonation (a little too much). looks a bit thicker in the body than it actually is.

D - coffee fans will dig this, light body aids in being able to drink more of this. great for after dinner, not sure about the placebo effect but i got a little bit of a caffeine buzz off this.

one of the better coffee stouts, but not the best. lacking only in mouthfeel and a little bit of character.

Serving type: growler

11-26-2009 21:56:00 | More by Stigs
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South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I saved this growler for a few days until I had people to share it with and didn't have anything to do the next day.

Pours out dark, with a big brown head. Looks beautiful. Smells like fresh coffee, and hell, if coffee were carbonated, this is what it would look like. I doubt if even the most distinguishing noses could pick up more than that, and if you're looking for a coffee stout, this is what you're looking for. The taste matches. It's like coffee, but cold, carbonated, and alcoholic. Don't give me any cream, or sugar or any other bullshit, just this. I don't even drink coffee, and I'm exited to continue drinking this. The bitterness of coffee is where it's at. Like the mouthfeel of a DIPA, but dark and roasted and coffee bitter. For a second, particularly with my lack of coffee experience, it tastes a bit too bitter afterwards, but I can't give this the most incredible rating, unless there ever becomes a category for coffee or other flavored stouts, but this is where it's at. Though I shared this with my roomates and friends (only a bit), I drank 3 whole imperial pint glasses full and could've drank more. Give me any other double/imperial stout that wouldn't make me black out after 3.
But it if you want a coffee stout.

Serving type: growler

12-13-2008 03:49:04 | More by taylorhamrick
Photo of HeyItsChili


3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - slowly glugs out of the bottle and pours pitch black with a very thin dark tan head that clings for safety to the edges of my pint glass

S - dark, dark, roasted coffee, slightly bitter, with some chocolate in there

T - bitter coffee with dark chocolate notes

M - thick and creamy

D - delicious, but my personal preferences aren't conducive to drinking more than one or two thick coffee stouts in one sitting

Serving type: growler

12-11-2008 00:41:10 | More by HeyItsChili
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South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a growler from the Charleston Beer Exchange.

Pours a solid black with a little brown/burgundy head. Head dissipates very quickly.

Smell dominates of coffee. I pick up a little bit of chocolate too. Great aroma.

Sensational taste that gets you from the first note. Sweetness from the beginning, but it seems to fade out by the end. Aftertaste is mildly bitter of chocolate and of course coffee. High ABV is completely masked by the malts and coffee.

Mouthfeel is high point of this pint. Creamy, reminds me of the smooth creamy texture of an outmeal stout. I wonder if they used any oats in this brew.

Drinkability is great for the style. I mean it's a coffee stout so I am sharing my growler with friends.

Serving type: growler

12-06-2008 03:07:18 | More by Charleston
Photo of itsscience


4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with ruby edges and a half-finger of tan head that retains nicely. Ground black coffee dominates the nose, which also has dark chocolate, toasted oats, raisins, and a hint of vanilla. I taste a lot of dark chocolate up front with some vanilla and caramel, then coffee on the back end with roasted malts. The flavor profile is great and the beer really evolves in the mouth, but I get an astringency from the roasted malts that detracts from the taste. The body is on the full side of medium with medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 07:08:50 | More by itsscience
Photo of TheSixthRing


4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Poured into a goblet, this deep black brew with brown edging produced a half finger of tan head and fair retention, leading to a webbed layer of suds across the surface. Small, spotty lacing with good stick.

Smell - Iced coffee aroma hits the nose first. Lesser notes of chocolate, caramel, oatmeal and hints of earth complete the olfactory experience.

Taste - Follows the nose; coffee-centric flavors throughout, complimented by a healthy helping of caramel and lesser notes of chocolate and earth. Lightly warming alcohol undertone. Touches of oatmeal come through in the finish. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with a silky smooth delivery. Could be chuggable if not so savory.

Overall - Lots of coffee infused beers deliver only that iced-coffee flavor; not this one! Plenty of complexity wrapped up in a smooth, easy drinking sipper. Wish this were available in California, it'd be an often purchase.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 20:01:05 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of dank203

New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

this thing so closely resembles founders breakfast stout to me. similar consistency and coffee blend. just missing that dark chocolate bitterness. but really this is a creamy, silky actually, sweet and bold coffee-like stout. goes down so smoothly, an A for sure

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 03:10:54 | More by dank203
Photo of N_Schleret


3.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: With an aggressive pour I get about a half finger chocolate head that dissipates to a ring around the glass. Blotchy lacing, very dark brown body.
S: Chocolate, coffee, with hints of vanilla, toffee, and sweet malts.
T: The same as the smell but a watered down. Roasted malts and coffee linger.
M: Heavy and creamy. Dry on the palate.
O: Disappointed about the taste, otherwise a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 01:19:32 | More by N_Schleret
Photo of TheBrewo


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

We crack the top on a bottle of their 2013 stock, labeled under the “W-n-B” brand, and pour a brew of the deepest, deepest brown coloring that lets up minimal light, at best, even around its edges. It sports one of the darkest heads we’ve ever seen, which is a smoky mocha, and stands two and a half fingers tall. This shows great retention. The bubbles are creamy, but soapy and individualized. Mountainous sheets of lacing eventually begin to appear around our glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, but carbonation appears to be lightish. The aroma offers heavy chocolate malts, burnt brown malts, freshly pressed black coffee grounds, fusel vanilla extract, steely metallics, fresh coffee bean and kidney bean shell, basement must, hints of medicinal phenols, soft campfire smokiness, and boozy fumes, especially with warmth. Temperature also brings sweet and sticky Tootsie Roll sweetness, black licorice, and a faintly floral hop wash. Our first impression is that it is beautifully blended with richness around the corner, and intense coffee all the way to the finish. The flavoring opens with richly roasted brown and charred chocolate malts, banana and fruity esters, tinny metallics, sea salt, chalky mallow sweetness, melted dark caramel and toffee sweetness, fusel booze, synthetic cinnamon coffee twang, and red raisin sweetness. The middle bumps all this aside with a clean floral hoppiness, medicinal phenols, more deeply roasted raw coffee beans, black peppery spice, French vanilla and mocha café sweetness, sweet creamer, vanilla icing, honey sugars, and fig and pear fruitiness dancing somewhere in the distance. The end comes in hard with heavy metallics, floral hoppiness, rum raisin fruitiness, harsh booziness, campfire smoke, Band-Aid medicinals, soured black coffee acidity, fleeting tartness of cooked black and chocolate maltiness, matchstick sulfurs, and hazelnuttiness. The aftertaste breathes of those rich and roasty black coffee and espresso beans, soft char to the coffee and chocolate malt base, swift stings of booze, lightly toasted coconut shavings, underripe banana fruitiness, candied cinnamon sugar, and light wheat and honey oat breadiness. The body is thick and full, and carbonation is lightly medium. The feel is crisply cream, with hearty slurp, smack, cream, froth, and wetness to the finishing pop. The mouth is left chalked and astringently dried following a slick and oily trek through the mouth. The abv is appropriate, and shows very smooth drinkability.

Overall, the most enjoyable aspect of this beer was its aroma, followed closely by flavoring. Actually, another realy striking thing about this beer is its look. Once the head pulls down enough, it reveals with wildly oily film that jets and boats over the top of the drink for the remainder of the tasting. Going back to the meat of it, coffee invades all aspects of this beer in wonderful authenticity, with enough sourness and fiery roast to keep things moving along nicely. One downside to this, if you have an aversion to coffee, is the big metallic notes that are inherent to any genuine coffee beer, as such. With such a heavy, rich, and deeply complex flavor it is a surprise how cleanly and easily it drinks back. These highpoints combined could go up against any coffee beer out there, punch for punch. As a social note, we are so happy to finally have found our way to this beer. With being in Atlanta for only two days we were certainly itching to finally try some Terrapin, and were happily surprised to find it widely available on the shelves. As our first taste of the brewery and of the state we were not disappointed, and as we look to W-n-B’s kin cooling in the mini fridge of our cheap hotel room we say, “Cheers, Georgia.”

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 01:42:01 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of notchucknorris


4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a thin light brown head. Some subtle wisps of lace.

S: In your face freshly ground dark roast (like really dark roast) coffee. Espresso, rich earthy and nutty coffee notes and cream. The cream emerges more as the beer warms and I start to pick up a sugar cookie note.

T: Tons of dark roast coffee just explode in your mouth with each sip. Burnt fudge, brownie brittle, hazelnut, vanilla, brown sugar and bittersweet baking chocolate. Finish shows a lot of bitter chocolate with a lingering espresso note. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 03:57:40 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of ZBR101


4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - pours black with one finger light tan head (aggressive pour)

S - rich burnt carmel chocolate bliss

T - thick creamy sweet bitter coffee (tastes like the worlds best cup of coffee)

M - full bodied but in a great way

O - one of my favorites in its variety. Really a top notch beer. The higher alcohol is
great because this is a one or two and done. Amazing beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 00:43:45 | More by ZBR101
Photo of moneyturtle


3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a rich, dark brown color, like maple syrup. No carbonation and virtually no lacing.

S - Strong toffee with a slight hint of licorice. A little bit of caramel. Not getting much coffee here at all.

T - More toffee and caramel than coffee or oatmeal. A nice flavor overall, but ultimately pretty mild.

M - Despite almost no signs of carbonation in the pour, it foams up across the tongue, lending to a very creamy texture and helping to bring out the toffee and caramel flavors. Definitely getting the oats in the texture.

O - A good beer, but nothing phenomenal. I was a little disappointed to not be getting any of the coffee on the palate. I couldn't find a bottling date, so it's possible it was just old and had faded over time. I won't be going out of my way to get this again, but I may pick it up if I come across it. I'm interested in giving it another try in case the bottle I had was just old.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 15:43:31 | More by moneyturtle
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3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Hoppin Frog snifter. Date on bottle is 2012. Date of review is 3/12/14.

Appearance- Pitch black with absolutely no light coming thru when held up to a bright light. Really beautiful dark tan half finger head sits on top of this beer.

Smell- Roasted malts and smoke jump right up into my nose holes. Sweet chocolate and slow-roasted beef come through too. Very little coffee, probably because of the 2 year aging.

Taste- Coffee with cream and sugar right away. It's just like drinking a delicious iced coffee from my local hipster coffee shop. I also detect sweet and sour cherries. Of course, there is still the roast and smoke too.

Mouthfeel- Just a bit thinner than I had expected. I get that chalky but pleasant film that has me believing I am drinking coffee.

Overall- The coffee has faded but still a very enjoyable beer. Not much else to say, does what it's supposed to do.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 00:41:09 | More by frenchblood21
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice black with short dark brown head. Leaves good lacing

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, nice roasted malts

Taste: Again, coffee and chocolate up front. There are some great roasted malts in here. Light earthy hops. Little bit of fruityness

Mouthfeel: Full body, creamy feel, low carbonation

Overall: Fantastic brew, one of the best coffee stouts out there. Reminds me a bit of drinking iced coffee black, but way better.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 01:27:23 | More by MadCat
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New Hampshire

4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark black with a half inch light brown head. The head quickly rose up and then dissipated into a thin ring with some spotty lacing. Big, big roasted coffee notes with some accompanying toasted oats. Smells and tastes great! A nice full bodied stout the goes down smooth. Some bitterness and stickiness lingers around the mouth. A wonderfully flavored brew and so glad I was able to try this one!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 02:10:57 | More by ChrisL24481
Photo of jmbot4371


4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received on trade for some 2014 Bell's Hopslam.

Seasonal 2010 bottle pours dark as night. Fantastic smell of coffee perfectly melded together with malty tones. Very smooth drinkability with almost no alcohol notes to it at all. Drinks like a stout that is under 5%. Very hard beer to put down as the after taste makes you yearn for more of the coffee, malty greatness. A great beer that I will definitely mark on the calendar to hunt down on an annual basis!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 03:10:15 | More by jmbot4371
Photo of Givemebeer


4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this first thing in the morning, because I feel like I have to.

A: when poured, a caramel colored head forms which dissipates quickly and thin lacing is left. Pitch black in color.

S: oh this smells delicious: fresh coffee and dark chocolate smell neither smell overpowering the other.

T: chocolate at first with the coffee coming through later and lingering on the tongue. Slight bitterness keeping this beer from becoming too sweet.

M: thick, chewy, mostly dry.

O: very nice beer. Unique for sure and a good choice for breakfast.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 14:46:21 | More by Givemebeer
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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
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle poured into a tulip...

A - Black as night with a dark brown half finger head that unfortunately dissipates immediately. Decent lace left throughout consumption.

S - One trick pony in my opinion. Dark roasted coffee aroma stands supreme for me. I couldn't raise anything else.

T - Well here this beer turns into a monster. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, malty, espresso notes, toffee, oats, hints of vanilla. This is a coffee lovers dream. Exceptional.

M - Medium feel, smooth and creamy with a bit of a bite as it rolls off the palate. Nearly perfect.

O - One of the best coffee forward stouts I've had. I love it. With that said, wish I could pull some different flavors in the smell but whatever. Really amazing chocolate/espresso notes. Fantastic brew!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 23:43:10 | More by rjp217
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, very fresh. Thanks to Doug for bringing this one over. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 2/5/2014.

App- Dark black body, viscous. With a minimal brown head that retains OK, some lacing.

Smell- Very coffee forward, similar to Tovarish but not quite as rich in terms of the base malts. Still, a bit of milk chocolate and roast malts are present in the back though subtle.

Taste- Lots of coffee but the base malts are present a bit more. Milk chocolate, toffee, roast malts are obviously present and very nice.

Mouthfeel- Medium-to-thick bodied, nice carbonation, ridiculously easy to drink despite being 9.4% ABV. Drinks like a 5% oatmeal stout.

Overall- Nicely done. It may beat FBS for us, though when we did our blinded tasting of Tovarish, WnB and FBS, FBS was probably 3-4 months old at this point while Tovarish and WnB were fresher. Still, I would totally crush a 6-pack of this if it was a locally distributed beer. Definitely worth trying! (and trading for).

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 06:43:18 | More by Stevedore
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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
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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,757 ratings.