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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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world-class

2,757 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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wedge

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Busy Bee

Black with a damn near nitro looking head...thick, tight, brown foam with some patchy lace. Thick, clean coffee smell. Some subtle dark fruity esters and a dark, cocoa quality. Tasty coffee and chocolate roast flavor...not too heavy, just good, quality coffee stout goodness. Very light licorice. Some thickness...floaty and smooth in the mouth. A nice surprise cask treat. Good stuff...

Serving type: cask

12-02-2011 03:02:04 | More by wedge
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Piper's Pub

A: Pours a midnight black color with a small one finger dark brown foam head. There is plenty of lacing down the sides of the goblet.

S: Decent amount of milk chocolate malt along with some roasted espresso, caramel and vanilla. Not much oatmeal present to the nose.

T: Starts off with a bitter espresso flavor. This flavor is quite prevalent throughout the tasting. In the middle, the rich milk chocolate give the beer a little more balance. On the back end, the milk chocolate, vanilla and yes some oatmeal really blend nicely with the bitter coffee and even the beer out more.

M: A full bodied beer that leaves a thick slightly bitter taste on the palate.

O: I enjoyed this beer but was hoping for a little less coffee and a little more richness from the oatmeal. Still, for the style it is a really tasty brew.

Serving type: cask

11-06-2011 11:33:34 | More by IronCitySteve
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

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

Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint during the Mad Murren event.

A - Pours jet black with a small film of khaki colored head leaving light, tan, lacing down the glass.

S - Huge, rich, coffee punch is ever present. Tons of dark roasted aromas from the coffee and chocolate malts. The oatmeal and some sweet lactic flavor help balance this one a bit but it is still all coffee, all day.

T - Lots of rich roast up front from the coffee that remains throughout the experience. Middle has some lactic sweetness thanks to the oatmeal which helps keep things balanced as much as possible. Finish is quite strong with plenty of roast from all the dark flavors hiding inside this one. I had this once before on-tap and it was ok, this is a whole new ball game. Such a great stout for the cask serving format. One of the best I have had in a while.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Fairly heavy feel with lots of roast in the finish. Awesome beer to have on cask.

D - Pretty high. A bit one dimensional but still a very enjoyable coffee stout for a cold day. I might need to get another one...

Serving type: cask

12-26-2010 22:30:37 | More by orangesol
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

Review from notes taken on 12/18/10. On the hand pump at Al's of Hampden during one of the "murren" events.

Served in a nonic, this brew appears black with a finger of dark tan creamy head that holds strong inside the glass and produces some spotty lace as it slowly fades and sips are taken.

The aroma of this brew is coffee and citrus hops with a dark grainy, roasty and almost smoky accent. A chocolate flavor imparts a sweetness that is almost milky.

The taste of this brew is bitter dark roasted grains with citrus hops and a pungent fruity alcohol character. Bitter roasted grains fill out most of the profile along with coffee that lasts inside the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is super smooth and very enjoyable. I have enjoyed this brew many times before from a bottle and on tap and have to tip my hat to the cask delivery for this one. The cask version of this beer absolutely is amazing and on a whole new level than bottle.

Serving type: cask

12-24-2010 17:16:48 | More by stakem
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  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.

Serving type: cask

12-20-2010 16:10:00 | More by Kegatron
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A handpull at Al's during Mad Murren day.

A: The coffee stout is pitch black, supported by a finger of tan head. A fine looking stout.

S: The nose is heavy on the coffee, a java oasis amidst the burnt malts. Oatmeal lends creaminess, a sweet lactic flavor that goes well with the coffee.

T: More coffee goodness from the first sip. The rich java flavor is sweet and nicely melds with the malt body. A lactic sweetness, thanks in part to the oatmeal, provides an au lait aspect to the beer. The coffee, though, seems to be amped out in this cask. The warming bitterness is mildly acrid with a sweet chocolatey taste. Every time I have tis beer, I'm reminded of badly I wanted to try it and how excited I was when it arrived.

M: The mouthfeel is lush with chocolate, coffee and oatmeal all popping up. The oatmeal calms, soothing the fuller dark flavors. On cask, the ale is wonderful.

D: The stout is big, a warming brew that requires some patience. But oh man it goes down nicely.

Serving type: cask

12-18-2010 20:24:29 | More by akorsak
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itsscience

Florida

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
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TheSixthRing

California

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
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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
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N_Schleret

Minnesota

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
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TheBrewo

Michigan

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
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notchucknorris

California

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
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ZBR101

Pennsylvania

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
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moneyturtle

Florida

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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frenchblood21

Ohio

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
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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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auee92

Georgia

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
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ChrisL24481

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
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jmbot4371

Illinois

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
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Givemebeer

Vermont

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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GarthDanielson

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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rjp217

Massachusetts

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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Stevedore

Wisconsin

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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mesatrin

Pennsylvania

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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fmccormi

New York

4.38/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 02:59:09 | More by fmccormi
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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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