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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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2,760 Ratings

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Ratings: 2760
Reviews: 1166
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%

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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

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

Availability: Winter

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

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Brick Store Pub with the Atlanta B.A.'s. this brewery is making an impact and this was my first. Very creamy and coffee and smooth easy drink, though not too complex. Brown, lots of head and cream and cookies. Mocha and coffee, a spiked latte. About as good in bottle form had 2.3 years later. Had 3 years later on tap at Coasters.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2006 04:14:22 | More by Sammy
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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sending me this one!

Terrapin Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout.

2010 vintage.

Pours a super pitch black color with a 2 inch super dark brown head that fades to a small puffy cap. Nice rings and latticework of lacing line the glass on the drink down. Smells very rich with roasted coffee beans, toasted oats and dark malts, and some bittersweet baking chocolate. Taste is also very rich with a complex blend of sweetened coffee, toasted oats, and chocolate syrup. There is also a slight vanilla flavor I am getting as well. There is a low but still bubbly level of carbonation that is perfect for this beer. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth. Overall, this is an awesome stout and something I could see myself stocking up massive quantities of if it was distributed in my area. I am super glad I have one more of these in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 04:07:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Melted chocolate mahogany with the slightest sliver of reddish gold along the bottom edge of the glass. This is one of the light rejectingest stouts that I've poured in quite some time. It's difficult to see how the coffee-with-cream colored cap could be any thicker than it already is. This is not the sort of beer to leave much lace (thanks to the 8.1% ABV and relative absence of hop resins)... and it doesn't. No matter, though. It absolutely nails the Big Stout look with both barrels.

There are no surprises in the nose, but then I've come to expect quality from Terrapin. Each sniff is hugely fudgy with a near equal amount of black coffee and molasses. I couldn't have identified the Columbus and Northern Brewer hops by name, but I can definitely appreciate their contribution. Columbus is an interesting choice for a stout. And a good one.

My first impression is that the mouthfeel is a shade too light for Wake-n-Bake to be called an Imperial Stout (brewery) or a Double Stout (this site). Perhaps, as is so often the case, it'll coalesce and creamify as the beer warms. The flavor needs no help in that regard since it's pretty well-integrated as is. Why did it take me so long to start my big stouts out at cellar temperature?

Bittersweet chocolate is the star of the show, along with healthy lashings of black coffee and blackstrap molasses. I'm impressed by the 'dark blackness' of the flavor. That quality is easily achieved, I suppose, when one roasts the beejeezus out of barley malt and coffee beans. There's just enough char to make things interesting without descending into 'ashy charcoal' territory. A little smoke would have been interesting.

Despite the massive maltiness, the flavor profile has plenty of room to spare for citric hops. The impressive bitterness (noted especially on the finish) is coming from either the massively roasted malt or a stealth amount of Columbus hops. Probably a little of both given Terrapin's love of the little green cones. I'm not sure the beer changes much over time, but I do like the last few swallows better than I liked the first few. Why isn't this stuff in bombers?

As hoped for, the mouthfeel filled out with the few degress of warming from cellar temp to room temp. It's now medium-full, with a fluffy creaminess that can only come from the use of flaked oats. It still isn't Imperial/Double big, but it's such a pleasure to drink that style guidelines might as well be chucked out the window. Alcohol is barely noted on the palate. My central nervous system isn't so easily fooled.

Who wouldn't love a chef hat wearin', cookie bakin', stout drinkin' terrapin on the label of a coffee and oatmeal beer called Wake-n-Bake? Those wacky guys down at Terrapin Brewing know how to package beer. Even more importantly, they know how to brew great beer. I was expecting a lot from this one and am happy to report that it delivers the goods.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 22:39:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off this is awesome..Pours a thick opaque black with a creamy head. No real thick lace, but this looks pretty good, but I had no idea what I was in store for. Smell was a french vanilla cappucino. No other really good way to describe it. Insane. Huge vanilla and coffee aromas. The taste was dare I say perfect for the style. I could not have asked for this to taste any better. Huge coffee and vanilla flavors again, with a hint of chocolate. Incredibly good and worth its reputation. This is a seriously good brew. I plan on stocking as much as possible and nver ever running out!!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 02:15:46 | More by mikesgroove
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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to PaulV for sending this one to me. Been a big want for quite some time!

A: The pour into a snifter is pure blackness with a thin dark brown head.

S: The nose is not very heavy on the coffee but a nice touch of vanilla and chocolate and some smooth, cookie-like oatmeal notes.

T: Now there is the coffee! A very strong coffee flavor with some touches of roast and a bitter finish. The vanilla and chocolate which I found very pleasing in the nose are disappointingly absent.

M: A medium to full bodied beer with a fairly lively, but low level of, carbonation.

D: Maybe it's because I just haven't eaten much today, but this one hits surprisingly hard for only 8%. However, it's a very tasty beer, but I would like a little more balance in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 23:14:58 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a coal black color with a sturdy head that leaves dots of lacing

Smell: Roasty, with dark fruit prune accents that dominate the aroma along with a coffee bitterness

Taste: Starts out with chocolate and coffee notes, along with an oat aspect; after the swallow, the juicy hops kick in, providing a bitterness that marries the sweet flavors through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy; moderate carbonation; slight warming from the alcohol

Drinkability: Extremely tasty and complex; highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 12:04:06 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a big foamy dark brown head with good retention. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt with a sweet touch. Taste is well balance between coffee and roasted sweet caramel malt. Body is full and alcohol is not noticeable. Not the most complex of imperial stout but I could see this going very well as a session beer. I also appreciated the medium-level of alcohol and the well balance mix between coffee and sweet malt.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 14:33:48 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I guess the Wake 'n Bake may not be the most marketable strategy afterall. Now shown simply as Coffee oatmeal Imperial Stout.

The beer pours a medium viscocity of jet black liquids that settle comfortably into the glass. Carbonation releases a thin, solid brown head that settles even more under the weight of the alcohols to a dainty film. No lacing, but plenty legging. A typical RIS look, just wanted better foamstance.

Rich and rounded aromas, dominated by nutty coffees, show a ton of toffee, toasted and roasty malts, and a french toast sweetness/breadiness. Molassas, sorgum, nuttiness, and peanut brittle come to mind as well.

Flavors are very rich, careful not to let the aggression of the coffee to overpower the beer. Rich maltiness of deep, dark syrups, espresso, cocoa, and heavy cream all come together in a more rounded fashion than most coffee stouts. Outstanding flavors!

The oatmeal helps most in the texture; again not allowing the bitter oils of the coffee to push the beers into astringent levels. Instead the beer is as balanced in the mouthfeel as well as any other aspect of the beer. Rich, malty, full, lightly chewy, and mouth coating with heavy, roasted malts.

This beer might be one of the best balanced coffee dark beers out there. The oats help to bring the beer's characteristics together and helps with the creamy mouthfeel.

Thanks Freethyhops!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 23:58:28 | More by BEERchitect
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4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice, thick black color with a light mocha head. Nice nose brings forward a bit of roast as well as a good deal of coffee, chocolate, espresso, and a hint of vanilla. The taste definitely brings a good deal of chocolate as well as nice notes of coffee, roast, vanilla, and molasses. Feel is creamy with a tad bit of booze. Quite tasty. Definitely a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 01:11:15 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan head that disappeared rather quickly.
S: There are light aromas of alcohol, coffee and chocolate in the nose. The smell becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has flavors of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. The finish is velvety smooth.
D: The beer is quite easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 00:28:52 | More by metter98
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one at the Terrapin "Horizontal" Monster Tasting at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Ga.

Appearanace: Bears a turbid black opaqueness topped by a dense tan-colored sudsy head. This beer just exudes a kind of delicious stickiness.

("I hate to see you doing this to yourself." - Liver)

Smell: Fresh French-press coffee all over the nose. In fact, the coffee aspect is a real nose hog here, as I smell little else (but with real coffee in the brew, what did you expect?). A few brief hints of dark chocolate (topped with coffee), Kahlua (with a coffee chaser), and roasted caramel (over coffee ice cream). Very alluring!

If you don't enjoy coffee, let's just stop right here. Otherwise, proceed!

Taste: Each mouthful is arabicrammed with rich coffee goodness. A great roasted malt profile kept in check by a luscious creaminess. At first, I thought there was a slight hop presence, but later I was of the opinion that there wasn't one - which is just fine with me. Let the hoppy beers have their hops, and let the coffee-loaded stouts have their coffee, I say.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but was rather thick on the tongue, with a very smooth, oily texture and a long espresso-like finish. The alcohol is altogether warming and soothing. I'm really gonna need a good palate scrub after this one.

Drinkability: This stout is in no way a weakling, but its not overly heavy. Absolutely one-dimensional with its intense, well-defined coffee flavors, though it is upfront about it (and I can't fault it for it). Considerably drinkable for being a coffee-laced beer containing a decent amount of alcohol.

In short, this was a very enjoyable (coffee) stout.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2005 17:14:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

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

Pours a opaque black no light showing thru this bad boy with a thinner mocha colored head,wow the aromas damn where to begin heavy on the dark roast coffee,bitter chocolate a hint of almond extract as well just awesome.Flavors are heavy in the coffee department for some it maybe to much dark roast coffee and chocolate malt flavors with a malted milk type flavor,nice creamy,silky mouthfeel glides down pretty easily.If you like strong coffee and bitter chocolate you'll love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 01:00:37 | More by oberon
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Thanks to Cuzco for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF #4. The pour results in a smooth, sleek obsidian topped by a bit more than a finger of light sienna foam. Lovely stuff, this. The nose comprises heavy roasted malts, coffee, smoke (sorta hammy, but not overly so), and a few drops of molasses. The taste runs very similarly, with the roasted malts taking the van again, followed by the coffee, some bitter dark chocolate, and some nice char smoke. I feel the darkness, people, and I am pleased, to say the least. The body is a solid medium, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a very nice stout. There was more smoke involved than I remember there being, but that, frankly, only helps this things even more in my eyes.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 07:24:58 | More by TMoney2591
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle contract brewed at Frederick - or is it Wild Goose now?
Beautiful dark appearance. Great head. Retention could be a bit better for such a big beer, but there is a lot of alcohol there, so...

The aroma is quite astounding. Chocolate. Oatmeal. Malt. Cream. A bit of roastiness. Rich and sweet. Very inviting.

The flavor is just as rich and exciting as the aroma suggests, with all of the flavors included. How do they get that oatmeal flavor? And the chocolate edge is so luxurious... and the nuttiness... the coffee is almost like real, sweet and creamy coffee; and it's all backed by a solid bitterness that mingles with the slight acidity of the dark malt to balance it nicely and finish dry despite it's malt. The alcohol is present, but for the most part hidden.

In the mouth it's medium-full bodied, oily, smooth, and gently creamy with a very fine-bubbled, restrained carbonation.

Very, very nice. This really is a breakfast beer! I could enjoy one or two on a cool fall night, but I think I'd just love one with maple syrup drenched waffles. Well worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 22:14:45 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Impenetrable brown hue, here, with toasted cocoa foam above, though it slips away too quickly.

Deep aromatics, rich and roasty, unfathomable, lightly bittersweet, yielding some oatmeal tones, but not much from coffee. Likable, though.

Taste: everything you'd want from a stout. Creamy, sumptuous, slick, thick, abounding with chocolate and coffee flavors, wrapped up in malty delciousness. And just when I think it's mainly cocoa, the coffee tips in for a bit. Like a two-step, these flavors jump in and out, showing themselves in succession.

Rich and luxuriant, this Wake and Bake (Oddly, these words are missing from the label...wonder why?). I like it. Very tasty, and a dream to drink.

Yum, yum...way to go, Terrapin, you kooky turtles!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 08:02:56 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to WesPatrick for tossing a couple bottles of this brew into a recent trade. Served in my FOBAB mini-pint glass.

A - A half finger of quick-dissipating mocha foam with minimal lacing. Pitch black, with a hint of brown at the edges of the glass.

S - Coffee, specifically espresso, mixed with roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, maybe a hint of hazelnut. It's big on coffee though - probably the biggest coffee bomb I've had since Shorts Cup a Joe. Big smell - you can catch a whiff a foot from the glass.

T - Coffee and caramel malts. There's a strong roasty and slightly bitter aftertaste. It's very pleasant, but a little one-dimensional - I'm not getting many other subtleties from it, maybe a hint of nuttiness and vanilla.

M - Medium body, with really sharp carbonation. It's more porter than stout in mouthfeel, although once you get past the bite on the upper lip it does impart that oatmeal creaminess. I could go for a little more viscosity, and a toned-down carbonation.

D - Like most coffee brews, it's hurt by the palate fatiguing nature of coffee, and this one has high carbonation and ABV to boot. There just isn't enough depth to this one - if I want coffee bomb I'll go for Central Waters, and if I want a complex coffee-infused imperial I'm more into The Abyss or Speedway. Still, if this is your local, it's a pretty solid brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 22:11:38 | More by MasterSki
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Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 03:25:01 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers from Ddarden for this one!

2007 version opens with a resounding whoosh & tons of foam resulting in 6+ fingers of brown.mocha head collasping into mahogony/blackness. Head continues to erupt, need a 1 liter stein to contain this! Every time I tipe my .5 liter mug I hear the head fizzle & erupt, resulting in zero head retention & lacing

S: Coffee & iron

T: Coffee in your face, iron & baker's choclate up front. More coffee in the middle & some raisin notes. Finishes dry, with tons of coffee grinds, & some coccoa, plus a little warming booze at the end. Too much coffee grinds to rank higher

MF: Medium-bodied & some grainyness, plus a little richness/creamyness at the finish

Drank okay, but could't get past the volcanic eruption that continued throughout the bottle, doesn't seem infected. Take away the annoyance of the geyser effect & it doesn't rate as good as last year's

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 02:40:36 | More by russpowell
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New York

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, earthy scent that boasts of patent malt, and oatmeal. It does have a coffee aroma, but I'm not sure if it's just malts instead of coffee. The taste is good. It has a bold coffee flavor that goes down easy and finishes very dry and earthy with some warm and residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good brew, but I've tasted better. The coffee is nice, but it doesn't balance well with the rest of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 23:42:47 | More by WesWes
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an imperial pint glass. Beer is dark and thick looking and forms a thick brown head that falls away leaving very little lacing on the glass. Beer is completely opaque and black.

Strong coffee roast aroma with a nice sweetness and an almost chocolate like aroma at the end, slight vanilla.

Thick and like silk. This beer is sweet and finishes nicely. There is a late, really late, coffee flavor. Seriously its like silk. Lots of sweetness up front. Drinkability is high and mouthfeel is high. Completely full bodied. Yeah, this is a phenomenal beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 05:54:36 | More by drabmuh
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is cayenne pepper, chocolate and roasted malt. For the flavor i get some chocolate, coffee, red pepper and roasted malt. Medium to thick mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. A very good stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 02:00:23 | More by Mora2000
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gotta thank the combination of vicanncam, kwakwhore, and kkipple for this one. Can't believe I haven't tried it yet.

Edit: Re-review fresh 2011 vintage thanks to cpinto6.

A: Pitch black thick beer with a dark creamy head covering of about 1/2 a finger that fades semi quickly. The beer has some legs on the glass too.

N: Pretty much bitter, chocolate, oatmeal, and stout aromas. Some bitterness from charred malts as well as earthy hops. Also lots of dark malts, mostly chocolate malt, as well as caramel, little roasted barley, etc. Some cocoa nibs even, creamy milk chocolate, oatmeal with that. It has quite a caramelized and almost burnt chocolate aroma. All that cuts through the big coffee aroma, fresh roasted and ground coffee beans and a bit of espresso.

T: Oh yeah! thick and creamy, starting with a big coffee kick, fresh espresso and roasted coffee beans. Then lots of oatmeal, chocolate milk and creaminess, little bit of bakers chocolate, etc. Some bitterness, some earthy hops, but quite a bit of a charred earthy roasted malts that adds a hint of minerality and tannins. Chewy malts, with a little sweetness, and caramel. A hints of warming and tingly booze. I even get a hint of oatmeal cinnamon chocolate cookie like taste. Pretty good tasty Saturday morning breakfast. The coffee really dominates this one, which is much better than it was aged. Finishes still slightly sweet but mostly dry, with some more bitterness, more from the charred malts, but you can def taste more of the earthy hops, and more creamy milk chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malt and fresh coffee. It coats the mouth and lingers for quite a while.

M: Pretty thick and creamy, rich, little syrupy, and decent carbonation.

O: Pretty good, much better than the aged version as this has nice fresh coffee, none of that dank wooden shelf taste, lots of nice dark malt flavors, great mouth feel, etc. Tasty well done beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 23:18:39 | More by jlindros
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thin, frothy, rich brown colored head that quickly fades to a ring and a light dusting of froth. The beer is a simple, pitch black color. The aroma is rich and malty, with notes of dark chocolate and sweet coffee liquor up front, followed by roasted coffee bean notes, ample toasted grain notes, hints of port. The aroma is a sort of mix between espresso and a rich chocolate milk shake, it is quite appealing, though perhaps not as complex as I could wish for, but this is a weak complaint as the aroma is quite nice. There is something here that reminds me a bit of flour, or perhaps it is the oats, though I would not expect this raw grain aspect, it is actually quite nice and adds to the breakfast theme.

Ah yes, this beer has a thick and creamy mouthfeel to it. It is quite hearty, and filling, the perfect carb-filled meal to start the day. Sweet with dark chocolate notes and malted shake contributions. These notes are slowly overtaken by a changing roast character that starts out like a coffee milk shake, moves to a unsweetened mocha, and finally finishes with a lingeringly roast bitterness and acidity that is purely roasted espresso beans (though this flavor, I am sure, is a mix of the coffee and the roasted malt/ barley).

As the beer warms up it becomes a bit richer, and a bit softer in the finish. The finish is not nearly as dominated by the bitter/ acidic roast character, and actually becomes lingeringly malty like a lightly sweetened creamy, espresso loaded cafe mocha. What a deeply satisfying brew, I am quite impressed, more so because this was exactly what I was wanting right now.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 03:53:54 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This has got be the best thing I've had from Terrapin to date. This beauty of a beer pours out nice and thick looking with a very dark black color and brown head. The lacing on the glass is pretty good and the beers thickness sticks to the glass leaving a nice brown tinge behind. The smell of the beer is deeply roasted coffee and chocolate, along with some burnt oats. The taste has some really nice coffee flavors and rich dark chocolate throughout. The mouthfeel of the beer is thick and oily, it's got a light carbonation to it also. Overall this is my favorite release from Terrapin, I enjoyed this beer a lot. It's a definite sipper so take your time with it and let it last a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 15:25:20 | More by Knapp85
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely black with a thin tan head that soon becomes a swirl and a ring around the edge. Soon after, that too disappears.
Even for a high abv such as this, I was hoping for at least minimal head retention.

The smell is of oatmeal grains, dark chocolate and roasted coffee grains. Altogether reminiscent of an oatmeal cookie soaked in bitter coffee.

The taste is wonderful. Rich, creamy bittersweet chocolate and robust roasted coffee beans. Sweet oatmeal is rounded out by a subtle hop bitterness. The sweetness dominates for the most part, but does not get out of control. A slight bitterness in the finish combines well with the overall sweetness. The alcohol is slight, and adds more than masks or detracts. It is almost unnoticeable, but for an occassional little kick. Nicely balanced and rich.

The feel is outstanding. Full bodied and creamy. Just enough carbonation to keep it from being too heavy and to keep it smooth. The flavors hang on for a good amount of time.

OH - how I wish this were available in my area. A work of art. Delicious and almost too drinkable!

Thanks to SilentSabre for including a couple of these!

(Was going to save the second for one of my friends who likes Oatmeal Stouts, but I have several who do...to save the decision - and to be honest - to have for myself ---both are gone...and wishing for more...)

Serving type: bottle

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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