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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: 1,235
Hads: 3,643
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 784
Gots: 642 | FT: 58
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
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 kuranes
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Very dark with light crema-like brown head.

S: Deep coffee scent complimented by a light fruitiness that brings airs of vanilla and chocolate.

T: To say it tastes like coffee is to oversimplify this beer's flavor. First, it hits you with a smooth chocolately taste Next comes a somewhat sweet, creamy yet strong espresso flavor. Very slightly bitter aftertaste; much less that one would expect from an 8.1 ABV beer.

M: Creamy and smooth with a little tingling on the tongue.

D: Delicious but deadly. Remember that just because you can't taste the alcohol doesn't mean it's not there.

This has been one of my favorite beers of the winter. I plan on buying a few more 4-packs to cellar.

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Photo of Dansting
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured a black color with a super-thick light-brown head. Light aroma of coffee and maybe some vanilla and hops too. Mouthfeel was okay, although more carbonation than I would have preferred. Flavor is pure coffee with a chocolatey finish to it. A pretty good impy stout, although not one of my favorites.

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

w00t it's winter for Terrapin.

A - pours black with a nice brown head; looks smooth and lovely

S - coffee coffee coffee, chocolate and roasty hints. Did I mention coffee?

T - coffee coffee coffee, again a fair bit of chocolate hints, roasty deliciousness

M - excellent; full-bodied, smooth, a bit of carbonation

D - great! This should be something that puts you down after one, but it doesn't despite the strength and fullness of the body. Just as delicious as I remember it from last year. Do yourself a favor and have this ASAP! It's going to be a good winter =)

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Photo of tayner
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured inky thick, black, and oily with a 3-4 finger dark brown head that was foamy with small bubbles close to the beer and large bubbles at the top.

smell was strong malt, coffee beans and alcohol on nose. sort of a leather, nutty, vanilla whiff as well

Taste was predominantly coffee, slightly bitter but basically very strong expresso. If you served it to me hot in a coffee cup i would think it was strong expresso with some nutty flavored alcohol added like amaretto or something. the 8.1% abv was hidden well.

it was very smooth and creamy, but wasnt as coating as i expected for how thick and inky it looked which made for a high drinkability score.

I would love to have more of these, too bad i cant get them readily.

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Photo of clemsonbrewer
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with plenty of light brown head. Gorgeous looking beer. Lots of coffee and cereal on the nose. Coffee and milk chocolate dominate the taste. Oatmeal or cereal undertones. Big thick body with a full and chewy palate probably from the oatmeal. Seeing how the name applies to mornings, I decided to have one last night for an initial taste but then give my review this morning so that I could really into the breakfast experience. I find this easier than coffee to down. If this were a year-round brew, I would probably take this over coffee every morning.

Ah yes, also last night I finished my beer by pouring it into a small cup of ice cream. This was a wonderful idea. It was like adding a little milk or cream to my coffee. Great morning beer and a great dessert beer. What more do you want, you greedy bastard?

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.52/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, 2007 version, 8.1% ABV. Pours pitch black with no shades, hues, streaks, etc... Thick foamy mocha head, which trickles down to a very thin layer quickly.

Coffee and cream aromas leap out of the glass.A bit of chocolate in the back, along with suggestions of dark fruit.

Medium roast coffee and chocolate flavors come out first. After that, this completely fell apart. Not the silky mouthfeel I was hoping for, instead this seemed to be a fizzy mess. Very carbonated, which made it hard to pick up anything else. What a distraction. Things started well, but the carbonation has made this one to messy.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This has to be one of my favorite beers from my favorite brewery in the South (where allegedly there is no beer culture).
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle (2007 Beer Tour) into a pint glass.

A. Poured a deep black with a great thick head that left copious lacing.

S. OMG!!! This beer suddenly shines!! Chocolate, oatmeal and malt. I wanted to dive right in.

T. Awesome comes up short. I like Coffee Stouts, but usually they have a bitter finish. The oatmeal in this beer smooths the beer.

M. A creamy finish for an astounding beer.

D. Two things limit it's drinkability..1. the abv is well masked and hidden, will slap you hard and...2. hard as hell to find, even here less than 500 miles from the brewery.

This beer tastes like what Starbucks would serve if they brewed a beer. Sweet, not like cold coffee. I plan to hoard this winter release this year. Their best beer!!!

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Photo of genog
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to markgugs for this delicious beer.

Pours a black opaque color that lets no light penetrate this one. A creamy, fizzy chocolate milk color head sits on top of this one. Smell is of coffee, chocolate, toasted, burned malt. Taste is sweet initially as it rests on the tongue then coffee flavors make a bitter ending. Creamy mouthfeeling that is so smooth. Very good beer, wish I had some more!

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Photo of ElGordo
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage, purchases at Five Points Liquor in Athens. Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The thick, slightly oily body is a deep dark black, topped by a small flourish of tan head that quickly dissipates to nothing. A good bit of suspended particles are the result of a less-than-careful pour. Aroma of rich roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, and the underlying sweetness of oatmeal and dark chocolate.
Palate is rich and complex - roasted malt up front, with the sweetness of the oatmeal and some chocolate flavor emerging mid-palate. Finish remains sweet, although a touch of bitterness from the coffee comes through on the swallow. Aftertaste is a blend of slightly sweet roasted malt and mildly bitter coffee. Body is rich, thick, and a touch sticky, as would be expected for a heavy imperial stout.
While still tasty and drinkable, I think the carbonation suffered in this beer due to the longer-than-expected aging I gave it. Drink it when it's relatively fresh, and you'll have absolutely no complaints. Still, it's a mighty fine stout, and the perfect accompaniment to the sweets I picked up at St. Cupcake today.

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

Thanks to unclejedi for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a thick black color, nice carbonation, awesome two-finger creamy brown head, slight sticky lacing around the edge. The nose is malty, oaky, tons and tons of coffee, toffee, and chocolate. The taste is HUGE on malts, coffee/toffee/chocolate. Full body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable, this is an very tasty DS, highly recommended.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glugs out pitch black with an obscene amount of cocoa colored soapy head that dies pretty quick. Draping sheets of lace occur with each sip. Smell of huge roasted coffee beans, coffee grounds, cocoa and a tiny bit of hops. Tastes of the yummy coffee beans, sweet malt, a little hazlenut and a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium with way too much carbonation. Kind of stings. No ABV apparant at all. This would be one of my favorites if it wasnt for the carbonation. Well worth drinking nontheless.

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Photo of DrJay
3.57/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was fortunate enough to get two bottles of this one from BC2. Thanks jgaston and aprilluvsbeer!
It poured a basic black with dark brown edges (only visible in strong light). The chocolately, dark brown head dissipated pretty quickly, leaving a few large bubbles scattered around. It looked thick off the pour. Lots of coffee and roast in the aroma, almost to the point of coffee grounds, with sweet caramel in the background. Fairly low hop bitterness, very roasty with lots of coffee. Sweet caramel maltiness provided some balance and there was a pleasant nutty flavour as well. It finished with a little extra bitterness and some green, grassy hops. There was too much carbonation for me, it really got in the way of the body and texture. Once flat, it had a decent, full body. Some warmth and dryness towards the end. Nice enough overall, but it seemed kind of one dimensional and was a little overcarbonated.

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Photo of bort11
3.28/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to kirok1999 for this one. Included as part of the BrewsnTunes BIF.

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice dark mocha colored head that stands a couple of fingers width and recedes the a solid ring. Color is a solid black and lets no light through.
Smell has the dry chocolate-y notes familiar with an oatmeal stout with a bitterness of strong coffee. Sweet malty balance.
Taste is very bitter like a burnt unsweetened espresso. Burnt toast qualities in the malt. There is some hops presence, but it does not seem to blend evenly. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation.
This beer did not win me over, it seemed a bit too much all over the place.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cashew70, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with exactly what the name implies, coffee and oats along with chocolate, dark malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is rich and malty with strong roasted flavors of coffee, chocolate and oats. There’s pale hops presence that gets stronger as the beer warms and creates some balance. There’s a little bit of a weird bite in the finish that seems to be from the oatmeal. The after-taste is sweet, smoky and bready.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good representation of style, nice kick, it’s a good beer to relax with and one that I could drink a few of, but I don’t really see much that makes it stand out from the seemingly endless array of big stouts on the market. Nonetheless, it’s still a fine beer.

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Photo of yngvar
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. (from trade with the_epeeist.) Black, and nothing but black, pour, under a nice brown head. Heavily roasted aroma with lots of coffee, bitter chocolate and hops. It also smells a bit dusty. Just wonderful. Coffee is very much present in the flavor as well, with chocolate, smoke-notes, alcohol, roasted malt and some vanilla. Warming, full-bodied beer, quite oily texture, with a dry, chocolate-bitter finish. What a treat! The aroma is something you can enjoy forever, I can still "imagine" it, more than a month after I had the beer. The flavor is a bit weaker, but definately not weak. Just lovely. (070719)

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Photo of jackorain
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours thicj black and viscous, absolutely no light gets through. Big foamy, uncontrollable head. Head is dark tan in color. Retention is okay. For as big as it was, thank goodness it didn't stay around too long or it would have taken all night to drink. Fizzy, foamy lace sheets down the glass after each sip.

S-Roasted barely, strong coffee, chocolate, alcohol esters carry light earthy hoppiness. Sweetness abound in the nose. Has an odd imitation mocha latte character to it.

T-Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, earthy and sour. Only a little bitterness from the roasted mlats. Lonfg sour finish is a little off.

M-Fizzy carbonation. not as creamy as suggested as the pour.

D-Not great, I had two out of the four-pack and traded the other two.

Overall-not as good as the others in the monster beer tour

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Photo of grub
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

got this one in a trade with pugman. thanks larry!

12oz bottle, 2006 monster beer tour (though there is an "07" in marker on the cap, not sure if that means anything...).

pours inky black and thick as motor oil. a very small brown head rises from an aggressive pour and quickly falls to a ring around the glass. no lace.

aroma is great. coffee and dark chocolate. alcohol. lots of roast. toasted multi-grain bread. hard to get much else behind the coffee and chocolate, but that's not a bad thing.

taste is great. low bitterness level. coffee. dark and milk chocolate. light alcohol. huge malt. toasted multi-grain bread again. good roast. bit of caramel sweetness. bit of almost salty mineral quality. sweetness feels a bit high.

mouthfeel is good. silky smooth. medium-high carbonation is a bit high. nice big body.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. the carbonation takes away from the drinkability a little, but swirling it for a while helps.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.88/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Terrapin is a great brewery, the pride of Georgia, and this particular offering promises a whole lot. Just look at the name! Coffee. Oatmeal. Imperial. Stout. YES!!! A grand black brew in the tradition of Founder's Breakfast Stout and Victory's Storm King, right?!?!?

Eh...not really.

Poured into a snifter a completely abyssic black. The big sizzling head is a gorgeous brown, but it thins quickly. The thing certainly looks like a monster, and it really whets the appetite...

Aroma is: coffee. Coffee. And more coffee. If I use the imagination a little, an aroma of chocolate comes through, like dark baking chocolate...and maybe some metallic yuckiness. But still, it's pretty much full-on coffee. You better like coffee if you've come this far.

Flavor mirrors the aroma, and that's the problem. It tastes like carbonated coffee. [Soapbox alert here:] What makes so many stouts so great (whether they be oatmeal, "breakfast", Russian Imperial, or whatever) is that they possess a robust coffee essence without actually having been brewed with coffee. If they've got depth, it's an impressive experience. This particular beer was actually brewed using coffee. That's fine. Experiment away. Awesome! But it seems Terrapin forgot about all the other things that make a stout great. There's a serious lack of depth. I've tried. This is my second bottle in two days. I don't believe the beer is old or spoiled.

The mouthfeel doesn't help matters. It's not terrible...but it's also not creamy, velvety, or round, as a beer of this type should be. It does have a very thin smoothness, as in typical English stouts, but it unfortunately still has too much carbonation. It ends up drinking like a dark German lager or something. I'm no style-fascist, but the crisp, sizzling texture doesn't match up with what's going on in the flavor. (Or SHOULD be going on in the flavor, which is just so monochromatic...) The metallic finish doesn't help a thing.

I still love Terrapin. Their rye beers are especially lovely. Maybe this just needs to grow on me. But right now I'm disappointed that such an amazing concept didn't produce amazing results.

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Photo of bigman147
3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a thick black like burnt motor oil. Forms a nice dark tan head maybe 3 inches. Head fades quickly in a minute or so and forms an espresso like creme. No lacing and only the wispy ring around the edge as it further rests.

Aroma: Aroma of chocolate and coffee prevail and give way to a slight milky sweet aroma as it continues to warm.

Taste: Tastes like cold coffee. Hop bitterness is hard to determine from the amount of burnt taste and aroma.Not iced coffee but that cup of coffee that got left out a little too long. Bitter black malt flavors with an acidity (probably from the dark roasted malt).

Mouthfeel: Thin with good carbonation however the carbonation seems to feel forced and fake. Sweetness in aroma is hard to find in the flavor. This might possible be better on nitro to add some creaminess.

Drinkability: It was mildly drinkable. I wouldn't particular choose this over any of the 100's of better options. I think for the money I would rather have a nice cup of coffee. For me it was a swing and a miss. I would say try it for yourself but don't go out of the way to find it.

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Photo of Viggo
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Trade on DLD, no idea who I acquired this from, but thanks!

Pours an opaque black, no light gets through, huge and thick brown head forms, few lace spots, good retention, sttles to a thin layer, nice! Smell is sweet, toffee, very roast, coffee/chocolate, rich, some light fruits, more coffee, just what I like! Taste is very nice, toffee, chocolate roast, rich coffee, more roast, oatmeal touch, chocolate bitterness in the finish, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with high carbonation. Not sure if this is a weird bottle but the carbonation is much too high for the style, better once it had some time to dissipate. Nice flavours though, I like this beer!

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Photo of tpd975
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A shout out to BeerTruth, for hooking me up with this fine brew.

A: Pours an ink black with a monstrous head that settles down nicely to a small espresso colored ring. This one is very carbonated, which I guess leads to the large initial head. Fine lines of bubbles could be seen racing to the top up until the very last gulp.

S: Nothing too special here. There are hints of coffee and milk chocolate, but nothing to really brag about.

T: I was surprised this is a great stout. Up front I taste fine dark chocolate, which is quickly over taken by the taste of fresh brewed coffee. It finishes off with just a little smoke to make this one taste good from start to finish.

M: I would call it medium for a stout. It is rather creamy which helps it to go down easily.

D: This is an easy drinking beer. It covers up the ABV rather nicely. I could easily pound a few of these, especially on a cool fall or winter night.

Overall: Terrapin got this one right. It is a great tasting sessionable stout. I am glad they have come to Florida and can't wait for the fall release of this one. I will be stocking up for the winter season.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Monster Beer Tour bottle poured into my Imperial pint glass. Appears an opaque brown-black with at least three fingers of dark brown head that eventually settles down to about half an inch. Aromas of rich roasted coffee, and dark chocolate fill the nose followed by mild alcohol. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, fresh coffee and roasted grains. Very full bodied and creamy in the mouth with moderate carbonation followed by a slight alcohol burn in the throat. A very rich, satisfying beer. I could see myself having more than one of these per session. Nicely done.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to ThorsHammer for this one!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours all black completely opaque with a two finger fluffy tan colored head that dies down to a thin layer a bit after pour. Stickiness isn't really there which surprised me, lacing falls quickly down the side. Smell is of milk chocolate sweetness with a strong coffee aroma. Malty goodness is all over the nose. Nice sweet caramel malt taste with a fresh ground coffee kick. Mouthfeel could use some help. I thought it was lacking in thickness, especially for this style. It also had a bit too much carbonation for a double stout IMO. Drinkability takes a hit because of the bubbles, but it still goes down pretty well. Turtles rule, give this one a try.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer opened with a prominent whoosh from carbonation. It poured a thick oily color with a huge brown head. It also has some lacing – which is interesting because it is brown. The aroma is of roasted coffee and malt with some hints of hops. The taste is big of coffee. It has some sweet malt and chocolate type notes. The mouthfeel is quite full and creamy. This is a big beer that is balanced well and I’d consider it very drinkable for a coffee lover – definitely recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a solid black with a huge brown head that overflows a 16oz glass and big carbonation bubbles. Thin skim of lacing remains.

S - Chocolate and coffee with a sweet milky aroma.

T - Chocolate and coffee dominate with roasted malt. Some hoppy bitterness in the end balances it out nicely.

M - Medium bodied and slightly chewy.

D - Highly drinkable, the ABV is well hidden.

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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