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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: 1,246
Hads: 3,675
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 788
Gots: 653 | FT: 56
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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 israel
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cashew for allowing me to try this beer.
A: WOW, this beer is black, might be one of the darkest beers I've seen in awhile.Stared at my glass awhile and marveled at the opaqueness of this beer.

S:Well the coffee is very evident as it should be, but the coffee really dominates the beer and keeps you guessing a bit.

T: Well the taste is where this beer shines, truly tasty.Initial flavor of coffee dominates and reminded me of an iced coffee. I was hoping this beer had more to offer than just coffee, and with a little warming this beer came alive. Flavors of fine dark chocolate mingles with the now less prevalent coffee flavors and forms a marriage for the ages.

M:This beer is really smooth and not nearly as heavy as I expected from the initial appearance, which was a nice surprise.

D:I could see tucking into a few of these on a cold winter evening and being quite content. For any coffe stout lover this is a must try...

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

Wake n Bake!

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a thick, fluffy, tan head. Smell is very roasty, coffee, chocolate, toffee, and caramel notes. Taste follows, very roasted in character with tons of coffee. Definitely some bitter chocolate notes as well, along with a deep, rich, caramel flavor. I also get a bit of smoke y flavor as well. Low carbonation, however smooth, thick, and creamy mouthfeel. Overall this is my favorite imperial stout right now. Definitely worth picking up if you can.

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

355mL bottle into Bruery snifter. 2010 vintage.

A- Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with a beautiful half-finger dark mocha head that dies down rapidly after settling in the glass.

S- For the most part, this is exactly what the name implies. Nice fresh roasted coffee and chocolate notes with a little toasted malt in there as well, but not overdone.

T- Coffee hits me first, followed by the chocolate. A little bit of a hop kick towards the back that's barely there. Simple flavors that are done very well.

M- Viscous and oily. Not too thick, but definitely not thin. Coats the mouth nicely, leaving the flavors to linger for a short period. Very nice.

O- A great example of a coffee stout done right. Definitely rivals Founders Breakfast Stout in my opinion. Simple, yet elegant in it's execution. A well done brew.

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Photo of ELS
2.94/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was excited to try this beer after seeing the high ratings on Beer Advocate. I'm a coffee lover and a beer lover and when my two favorite drinks are put together it usually is a "can't miss" scenario. However, I was truly let down by this beer. I'm not going to go into the specifics (a,s,t,m,o) but to say that I feel it's under carbonated, poor lacing, bitter smell and taste. The coffee used is not smooth and seems like an average quality blend which is unacceptable for a beer that costs $3.50 for a 12 ounce bottle. Terrapin should learn a lesson from GI who puts an excellent quality coffee in their BCBCS and it shows! To each his own but I just don't see why this beer is rated so high.

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

This is a great beer when you’re in the mood for it. It is not as well balanced in some areas, but if that’s what you’re looking for it makes out for a great beer. The dark tan and chocolate color pour lets you know what you’re in for. The fresh coffee smell comes out well in the nose. The first few drinks give you’re mouth a shock before you get used to the full taste. The coffee is a bit over powering at first but calms down later in the beer. There is notes of dark chocolate but it as well as the toasted malt flavor are somewhat masked by the powerful coffee. I think this beer would be great with a few years on it as well.

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Photo of vwcraig
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An extra from RustyDiamond I think....

2007 bottling. Dumps black into a snifter. Micro bead rising up the sides to sustain a head. Camel-colored head quickly rose to an inch, then fell flat to a cap. Nose is dominated by coffee, no surprise, and bittersweet chocolate. Swirling the glass uncovers a different smell that strikes me as roasted red peppers. I was shocked by the first taste. No alcohol sensed at all, but ABV is lower than most. Extremely smooth mouthfeel. Roasty and burnt malt flavors very pronounced with zero off flavors, great job. Oats have really affected the mouthfeel to be this smooth. Excellent carbonation rinses clean and leaves nothing behind. Drinkability is quite good and I could have a few in a sitting. ABV never shows up.

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Photo of wangbruins
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured like motor oil, a thick syrup with a nice one finger brown head

S- Lots of coffee and chocolate and kind of a hint of walnut

T- Wow, does this have a strong coffee flavor, almost like expresso or even burnt coffee, but still real good

M- It's smooth yet syrupy and the burnt taste leaves a strong aftertaste but it only lasts for a second

D- This may sound weird, but I'd really like to drink one of these in the AM before work. It's a tremendous beer and it sucks that it's a limited edition. I have to find more.

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Photo of caresville
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

big thanks to jyounger30 who sent me this in the RIS BIF about a month ago!! poured into terrapin pint glass also supplied by jyounger30!!

a- pours black as night with a nice sized mocha colored head that subsides eventually. terrific lacing and lots of bubbles.

s- this may just be the beer that smells closest to a pot of black coffee. there is almost no other smell, maybe chocolate. smells like jet black coffee.

t&m- total coffee bomb!! i have never had a beer that tastes more like coffee in my life, this is amazing. some other tastes pull through, mostly chocolate and vanilla with a hint oatmeal as the beer itself suggests. but totally dominated by smooth, creamy and rich coffee.

d- if you love coffee, this is the beer for you. most coffee i have ever tasted in a beer, love love love this stuff. but just like with real coffee, i can only have 2 cups, tops.

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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 Double06
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from Review on 2/13/11
12oz bottle poured into DFH Signature Glass
Price: $9-10 / 4 pack (I think)

A: Utterly pitch black; 1/2 inch dark tan / light brown head; Moderate lacing around the glass

S: Rich, burnt coffee and a hint of dark chocolate; Just a hint of alcohol bite; Start to get a little dark fruit character in the nose as it warms; Coffee flavors have faded just a bit from when it was super fresh

T: Slight bite of hops then you are hit with the dark black coffee flavor that hangs in your mouth for a lingering finish; Coffee flavor has mellowed some (but I drink my coffee black and like those big, bold coffee flavors)

M: Sharp carbonation bite; The richness and bitterness of the coffee coats the mouth

D: Very high. This is a wonderful coffee stout easily rivaling if not exceeding FBS

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Photo of Juuroumaru
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark black with a tan head. Bad pour on my part so not enough head to leave a decent lacing.
S- smells like a medium roast coffee with hint a chocolate coming though on the nose.
T- Coffee but its not over powering as you still get notes of the oatmeal stout underneath.
M- Medium bodied with a solid coating. light to medium carbonation.
O- A very good coffee stout. true to the sense on the coffee but it still lets you palate other notes from the beer.

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Photo of guzzle211
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received 12oz bottle in Black Booty (that was such an awesome BIF!) The only date markings are in the "best before" box, where it says 'vintage 08 fx,' but it was received in 07. The label also indicates this was brewed in Frederick, MD.

A: slow, thick syrupy pour, absolute pitch black. A vigorous pour produced a thin dark tan head that bubbled forth rather quickly, and disappeared even quicker. There is no

S: roasted malt and coffee. No discernable hop presence.

T/M: coffee dominates. As it warms up, a better malt balance emerges, truly showing off the complexities of this brew. The alcohol is extremely well hidden - actually everything besides coffee is pretty well hidden. A small sip fills the mouth and makes a bigger swallow than expected. As it warms up, it gets creamier and even more filling.

D: I am a stout lover, but I would keep this for special occasions only, as this is nowhere close to being a session beer. It would be perfect as an after-dinner desert beer, and I would love to pair it with different foods (chocolates and different meats especially.)

This is a well-built and solidly crafted brew, however, you better like coffee.

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

Pours black with a dark mocha head about one finger in size. Looks creamy and sticks pretty well.

Smells fantastic. Sweet creamy coffee and dark chocolate. Nice roasty smell to it.

Flavor of this one is exactly where I expected it to be. Follows the nose perfectly, with some roasty coffee and chocolate, with a good sweetness to it. Some bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is barely noticable.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, exactly where it should be.

Drinkability is great. This is an excellent beer. As delicious as it sounds, I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of rboinski
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

6 oz pour out of a 12 oz bottle into a FW Barrelworks Teku

Aroma: A bit one note, but a note I enjoy. Smells like high quality Kyoto iced coffee, rather than mass produced coffee brewed warm and allowed to stale and cool. Small amount of malty sweetness, as well as some chocolate and even a touch of vanilla.

Appearance: Opaque, black body with a fairly dark tan head. Almost no head, requires a vigorous swirl in the teku to develop a 1/2 inch head which dissipates within 15 seconds down to a thin ribbon which sticks to the glass.

Flavor: Strong coffee presence, malty chocolate sweetness comes in for a few seconds but is quickly masked with an espresso like bitterness that lingers on the palate. A tiny bit of dark chocolate character, sort of a dark fruitiness reminiscent of high quality dark chocolate melting in your mouth. 15 minutes after my last sip, some chocolate sweetness is still present in my mouth with less of the bitter espresso, which is actually quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is almost too high, maybe should have let this sit in the glass a bit longer but I pulled the bottle out of the fridge early and it was at the right temperature to taste. Next time I might open it as I pull it out and let it warm in the glass to reduce the carbonation experienced. Moderate mouthfeel, to be honest I was expecting a bit more but it was sufficient.

Overall: Taking my cue from the name, and enjoyable beer to start the morning (that will be spent brainstorming for some writing). It has alcohol to help the ideas flow, and it has coffee to get those ideas quickly on the page before I forget them! Would be very enjoyable with a rich meal (this would be perfect with the hawaiian glazed Rib-Eye from Houston's) or possibly an espresso chocolate flourless cake.

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Photo of Crittervision
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thick, dark, opaque brown. tiny bubbles forming ghostly shapes, looks like marbled paper, transparent brown right around the edges.

huge coffee aroma with an earthy dirtiness above hints of dark chocolate, slightly nutty, a little bit of a creamy smell as it warms.

dominantly coffee, oatmeal is difficult to find with the coffee. a slight bitterness from the coffee which is subdued and welcome. no off-putting flavors here.

mouthfeel is smooth and fluffy but not thick, with a nice level of carbonation.

highly recommended if youre into coffee stouts.

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Photo of route66pubs
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle (received in trade from glid02 -- thanks Gregg!)

A quick pour gave a beautiful, black brew with a small dark brown head with little retention. Very enjoyable just to watch.

Slight oat aroma eases out of the glass before giving way to the very faintest of morning coffee aromas. This is not your burnt Starbucks coffee, but more a light after-dinner coffee from Peets.

Very extremely light flavor at the front of the mouth, which almost seems to give very little away to the tongue. Just a faint hint of oatmeal again reveals itself as the beer crosses the middle of the mouth. The coffee comes through at the back, however, providing a bitter bite that at first seems like hops, but quickly reveals the true coffee nature of this stout.

Much like the aromas and the flavors, the feeling of the beer in the mouth follows suit, first with a light, creamy feel, before giving way to the heartier, hotter bite of the 8.1% and the heartier feel of the coffee.

An extremely enjoyable stout that could be savored for a long time. This was quite easy to taste and left no off-bitterness at the back, only a slightly dry yearning for more. I would love to have many more of these available to me on a regular basis!

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Photo of unknownlamer
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a quite thick stout, and poured a solid black that was noticeably syrupy as it poured. A nice solid half centimeter tall dark brown head settled upon the top. The smell of the coffee and roasted malts dominated the nose. It was quite enticing.

The taste was a bit one dimensional, but still rather good. The coffee ground taste dominated with the bitterness being just enough to balance the sweetness. It looked like syrup pouring into the glass, and sure enough it felt thick, creamy, and a bit syrupy in the mouth.

There was no noticeable alcohol bite, and the bitterness was just right to provide a nicely balanced stout. This will surely be procured by me again.

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Photo of ruleof72
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark,Dark and more Dark with creamy chocolatey head. No light gets through this
S- very good with strong coffee and malt/chocolate with a hint of hops. Very unique.
T-Nice stout profile with hints of coffee and chocolate. Hops are there but definitely in background
M-Nice medium body with good carbonation
D- This beer is easy to drink.

This is one of the better stouts I've had. I like coffee so this was a pleasure to drink. Even my wife, who dislikes the taste of coffee, liked this beer. She said the smell is very good (she likes the smell of coffee) but the taste was more on the chocolate side. Al in all a great effort from the crew in Athens.

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Photo of DousedInStout
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a glorious surprise. Pours near black with a fluffy tan head that retreats to lingering lacing. The nose is strongly of coffee, with some fruity (dark cherry) esters. The taste is impressive and spot on. It starts off with deep, dark chocolate notes. The mid-palate is of rich espresso, and the aftertaste is a of subtle fruit (cherry, red grapes, and pomegranite). One of the most impressive aspects to this beer is the body and mouthfeel. It is extremely full and silky - and the most similar to Portsmouth's Kate the Great I've had. To top it off, the drinkability is exceptional for this style, and there is practically no presence of alcohol.

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Photo of JK4Stout
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Oh that head! I love when I get a stout with head that dirty, muddy color and not looking like whipped cream that has set out too long. B-E-A-utiful!

S: You can smell oats! I mean it like breakfast in your bottle. There is a great little coffee scent too, so it is even a balanced (or at least at my house) breakfast. Love this beer and brewery so much!

T: So wild. I starts off like any other coffee-ish stout and you think it'll have a lot of mocha and a little bur, but then you get that great smoothness from the oat notes.

M: Heavy, but the way it should be. Great thickness but doesn't stick around longer than necessary. I will need to brush my teeth afterward...but I'll regret it.

O: I have bought this a few times in that past. Consistently pleased. I really appreciate and enjoy what those folks at Terrapin are going for!

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Photo of SDDanC
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head poured aggressively into glass mug. Black with creamy cocoa ring. Nose is strong; oat, alcohol, chocolate, and maybe even a bit of dark fruits. Taste is: warming chocolate, dark coffee, alcohol, oatmeal aftertaste, sweet. Mouthfeel: Body is full, coats the tongue well, low carb allows the alcohol to come through. Overall, nice treat, would prefer it less-hot on the boozeyness.

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Photo of RJIV
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage
Pours a dark motor oil black with a thin brown head
Smells of coffee, mixed with dark chocolate and roasted malts
The feel is medium and would have liked it to be a bit either thicker or fuller.
The taste is slight coffee and dark chocolate with a lingering roasted bitterness on the after taste.

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Photo of baconsausage
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

" I like my sugar with coffee and cream."

Thanks to crookedsill for this! I normally don't really like coffee beers due to the bitterness of the coffee; I like my coffee light n sweet. This hits the spot as best coffee beer so far! Light it is not; perhaps one of the darkest beers I have seen. Very light carbonation leaves an dark rim of small bubbles around the edges of the glass. This beer reeks of coffee and a little Kahlua like booziness. Taste is more coffee, on the sweet side, with caramel and chocolate notes. Smooth and silky mouthfeel. I could drink several of these and be up all night with an espresso buzz. Guess thats why its called Wake n Bake!

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Darkest black imaginable with a milk chocolate-y rich head.

S: Strong smell of roasted coffee. No perceptible hops aroma.

T: Bitterness (but most likely from the roasted malts and not from the hops). Vanilla. Relatively dry finish.

M: Good alcohol warmth. Creamy and smooth. Good attenuation.

Notes: Like drinking a cup of coffee. Nice for such a cold and rainy day.

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Photo of tjk135
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014
Aromas of coffee, chocolate and a touch of sweet booze -wonderful. Taste is of a little more subdued coffee and chocolate, roasted malts and chewy. I will have to try this fresh and also the French toast version.

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,246 ratings.