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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Ratings: 3,597
Reviews: 1,245
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 762
Gots: 644 | FT: 55
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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 sincereNc
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an Ommegang tulip glass.

A- Pours a opaque pitch black, with barely a half inch khaki head.

S- Ground coffee right away, espresso. A bittersweet mocha aroma backing that up.

T- Overwhelming coffee on the first taste then the bitter chocolate creeps in and balances it all out nice. I think the oatmeal helps smooth it out a lot and the 8.1 abv is nearly undetectable. The bitterness ended mid palate which gave a great smooth finish.

M- Made the mistake of taking my first sip at fridge temp. It was too thin and almost watered down while cold. Letting it warm to room temp. did wonders for this beer, ended up light but very creamy. Very smooth.

D- Enjoying this beer at room temperature is key, smooths it out a lot, and gives more balance to it. The alcohol doesnt really come through much , but a sipper for the fact it such a rich, flavorful brew.

What a treat.

2.96/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An absolutely beautiful pour generates a very active three finger head of dark brown chocolate colored head that quickly faeds and leaves no lace. The body to this beer is as black as Indian ink and just as thick. Nose has a feel of cola and fresh ground chicory coffee, very woodsy backround funk. As I take first sip the first thing that comes into my mind is wow this isnt quite right, an old soured coffee with an electric fuzzy hue that sticks on the back of the tongue. This quickly shines through as a bitter coffee feel. You really need to drink this beer close to room tempature. It lacks considerable balance that would make this brew a real winner that it should be. Mouthfeel is a sour bitter hue that hangs on long. I'm hoping that I just got a bad bottle because base on other reviews, it just didnt seem right.

Photo of joepais
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks ncvbc for the chance to sample this brew the 12 oz bottle poured into my sniffer produced a fingers worth of cocoa colored head that dissipates into a nice ring of lace around the glass. The black coffee colored body kind of made me want to pour it into a coffee cup instead though.

Aromas of black coffee, warm oatmeal, and a light chocolate smell filled my head.

Taste like my morning coffee actually, the oatmeal helps mellow out the strong bitterness of the coffee and gives it a little sweetness. The pallet is just creamy enough to fool my tongue into believing that there is cream in it.

Nice and creamy mouth feel no carbonation so very thing.

Very drinkable but definitely a sipper because that is the way I enjoy my coffee.

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very thick opaque brown/black with a thin dark mocha head that dwindled away to a thin ring. Smells of coffee and sweet chocolate. The taste was exceptional. The coffee flavor in this hits you right away and its almost all coffee. There is some chocolate and a little alcohol but not really noticeable. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected. After watching it pour like oil I was expecting some more thickness. Overall this is an amazing example of a coffee stout. I would compare it to Choklat in the sense that when they say coffee, they mean coffee.

Thank you kkipple for the opportunity to try this one!

Photo of guzzle211
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of MMAJYK
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black in color and head is orange looking. It pours oily and head is reluctant to arrive to the party. Lacing is minimal, but present. This beer's color makes it nontransparent.

S- Dark chocolate, Roasted and Burnt malts, strong coffee aroma, and lightly hoppy.

T- Very close to the nose. Coffee, cocoa, same malts. Taste is somewhat creamy too like a chocolate milk shake.

M- Medium to full in the mouth and creamy. Carbonation is soft and the finish is lightly alcoholic.

D- Very nice for a stand alone drink. I don't think I could handle more than 2 of these bad boys in a night.

Overall- I love this beer especially on a cold night like tonight. It is well rounded; in your face in some aspects, but smooth in others. Very enjoyable! I am glad to live in this area and have access to this tremendous brew.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours with quite a bit of foam-up. A dark mocha cap covers a midnight black beer. Rising above the top of the glass, it's a little jiggly like jello. It melts down pretty quick, letting me add the rest of the bottle without much delay.

Aroma - earthy roasted malts, burnt coffee beans. Intense stuff at first, then fades to a lighter but quite full aroma. Some chocolate and booziness come out with warming.

Taste - intense roasted malt, some char but not too much. Sweetness plays out in front of the grains. There is a peculiar flavor in there, a very green, cut grass flavor, kind of like a jalapeno pepper. The coffee flavor is there but doesn't taste particularly inspiring, Given, the beer is close to a year old, so perhaps some of the coffee freshness is gone. The swallow is an improvement, some abv warming and flavor to mix with roasted flavor and coffee. Finishes well, roasty and rich. Good stuff, probably better when fresh.

Mouthfeel - too carbonated. A sip is hard to taste at first, it's like Pop-Rocks in my mouth. I stirred the beer a few times, getting two to three fingers of foam to spring up. Releasing those extra bubbles allows the smoothness to come through, a fine asset that really improves things.

Drinkability - tasty, definitely gets better as it warms up. I should try a fresher bottle, I'd certainly have this again.

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

Great coffee smell as you open the bottle. Pours out black with a small amount of a light brown head that doesn't stick around very long. Thick and creamy in the mouth and goes down extrememly smooth. No hint whatsoever of the 8% ABV and you could easily put down a few before the alcohol starts catching up with you.

poured from 12oz bottle purchased at Green's on Buford Highway

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to ncvbc for this stuff!
vintage '08 12 oz. bottle> Postel chalice glass

This one is totally black, opaque for sure that starts out with a very light and lively looking head with a nice dark brown color...but it's dissipating really fast, perhaps the chalice glass wasn't the best glass for this brew because it's totally gone within seconds. Maybe the wideness spread the brew a bit thin, but most big stouts show-off nicely in this glass.

The nose is pretty aromatic, but it lacks balance...it's all coffee, black coffee, i like it when it's included in the aroma but I don't want it to be all of the aroma.

This is like drinking chocolate covered coffee beans on top of Quaker Oats Oatmeal...but with a big cup of black coffee. The coffee still dominates here but the flavor has a bit more balance, not good balance but it's there. There is a mild, herbal; and bitter, dried-hop flavor way down to add more balance. I think this brew is a bit "green" and would age well, the malt would mature a bit to round out the balance. It'a a very hardy, herbal, coffee-bean bitter and smokey finish.

Full bodied, not wicked heavy, but nicley smooth eventhough the head is gone.

This is pretty good stuff, it's going to find the rest of my stash in the cellar for at least 10 months. allows this one to warm up a bit before tasting!

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Spuyten duyvil last night as part of their popular "Big Woody" event....Pours black and beautiful, dark tan minor head that leaves some sticky lacing. Nose is the expected coffee, burnt grains train wreck jam. Big and bold. Oily, smoky, woody, smooth, over the top. Notes of coffee, of course, then chocolate, smoky meats. Wish I could have one or two of these to start the day, but I doubt I get much done after that! Well crafted, a must try for dark and sludgy beer lovers everywhere.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to deepsouth for this one.

a: Pitch black body. thick tan head, a web of lacing.

s: Sweet roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.

t: Rich malt, very rich. Chocolate is in there, but coffee dominates this beer. If you aren't a fan of thick, black, dark roast coffee, steer clear of this one. The bitter coffee finish provides nice balance.

m: Great texture. Smooth, thick, creamy, velvety.

d: Pleasantly surprised. Loads of coffee and great velvety mouthfeel define this beer. Great drinkability, especially for the style. One of the better coffee beers I have had.

Photo of rsyberg01
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - 12 oz bottle, recieved in week 2 powerball BiF. THANK YOU!!!

A - Pours black, period. Head is a healthy 2 finger and a half of chocolate foam, then reduced to a patchy surface on the beer. very nice.

S - coffee hits first and hard, slight dark chocolate, anise, good roast to it, very fresh smelling (coffee wise) like I'm in a coffee shop and theyre roasting the coffee right there. no alcohol detected. totally dig it.

T - coffee, molasses, chocolate, slighty fruity twang, slight nuttiness in there as well. man thats good. bitter and sweet very well balanced. not a hint of alcohol.

M - creamy, viscous, slick finish that lingers just enough.

D - first of all, I could smell this all damn day. second of all, there is no fatigue. I am finding new things to enjoy about it with every drink. damn fine ale.

Photo of NitroGen
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from MSchae1017 in a trade. Thank You!

P: 12 oz Brown Longneck Bottle, Best if enjoyed before: Vintaged 8FX, ABV 8.1%.

A: Pours a thick coal black with a finger of dark chocolate milk foam that rose near the end of the pour then quickly settled to a scant cover and ring and minimal lacing.

S: Dark roasted coffee, and grains, chocolate and coffee alcohol fumes.

T: At first a rush of bittersweet coffee then sweat creamy chocolate and nice and mellow roasted grains.

M: Thick to the mouth with a very nice mixture of flavors of coffee, grains, chocolate and slight sweetness that really cuts any bitterness at the finish. Great aftertaste to savor on the tongue and palate. Only until the beer has really warmed to room temp does the bi alcohol come out in the taste.

D: Heck yea I would like another to sip, savor and enjoy! Careful as the alcohol as it is really well hidden.

Photo of meechum
3.67/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a dark viscous black into a goblet. No head formation and very little lacing

S - Big coffee and chocolate smell..a little boozy

T - Much like the taste..extremely big coffee tastes with bitter chocolate..and a very small hop profile even for this type of drink..not much to balance this out. A little boozy at the end

M - Very thick and viscous..the oatmeal gives it a huge body and it coats the mouth almost like syrup

D - Overall it would be good for a cold night but I didn't particularly find this overly enjoyable and with the higher ABV you certainly wouldn't want to have more than one or so

Photo of Bavaria1516
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$10 for a 4 pack in Georgia. Pours a very dark, dark brownish/black with a redish/brown head. No lacing throughout the drink. Smell is mostly coffee with a tiny bit of chocolate, very appeasing. Taste is smooth, almost like drinking cold coffee with a little alcohol at the end. Mouthfeel is good and it's very drinkable but watch out as the 8.1% sneaks up on you by the end.

Photo of jobyone
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted with 5 other Imperial stouts. Pours black with small brown head. The aroma is dominated by bitter coffee notes. The flavor is sweet with chocolate and caramel but it is the coffee that is most obvious. Moderate bitterness in the finish and the body seemed a bit light. This was enjoyed and if not for the quality of the other beers would of stood out as quite special.

Photo of pwoods
4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Mikesgroove for this brew packaged in my Black Booty Booty. Mike's beer knowledge far surpasses mine. More than 1 of the brews he sent, I was clueless about or didn't realize how great a brew it was. This is one of these. I'd wanted to try the "Wake-n-Bake" and didn't realize this is the one until I went to review the second bottle he sent me(this one). I've had other Terrapin brews and enjoy them just as much as this one. Again, Thanks a bunch, Mike.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a Tulip. Vintage '08 cleared marked.

A: Warning: Anyone about to review this beer, be advised that the head is a slow volcano. This is the second time I've had this and both times I had to suck the head up before it overflowed. Even an average pour will surprise you. With that being said: Pours a straight black with no visibility and a moderate viscosity. Like I said, the head erupts and remains tight but eventually dies to a thin skim. Patching lacks a bit.

S: Brilliant sweet and bitter coffee, borderline espresso. Just a hint of coffee and rolled oats. These flavors dominate and I wouldn't have it any other way.

T/M: Same as the nose. Delicious coffee and sweet and bitter chocolate. Just a touch of oatmeal in the back adds an amazing depth to everything. Hops level are moderate yet it adds a fresh crispness to everything. Body surprisingly isn't full out but has a nice smoothness to it that is quite rare. Actually might be just a tad thin, but certainly not too thin. Carbonation doesn't get in the way but will still rebuild a strong head with a healthy swirl in the tulip.

D: Very easy to drink. Very rare to find an imp/RIS stout that drinks this easy. I very much wish I could have this brew on hand at all times. Just as good as Founders Breakfast Stout, yet easy to come by(trade for me) and easy drinking.

Photo of jdubjacket
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Looks like motor oil coming out. Almost no head to speak of. Smell is what else? Coffee and lots of it. Roasted malts in there as well.

Taste is very well balanced between the respective coffee and beer aspects.

Overall, a great beer by Terrapin.

Photo of bboven
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as tar with a light brown head that lasts. Very little lacing.

Lots of coffee, but that's to be expected. There's also a bit of chocolate and alcohol going on as well.

Initially very sweet, I'd swear there was chocolate in this one. The coffee plays a role, but doesn't come out as strong as other I've had in this genre. There's a lot of alcohol in the taste as well, though, and a slightly plastic-like aftertaste.

Feels like silk. Low carbonation, sticks really well all over your mouth. Wonderful.

The only cons to this beer is the slight alcohol taste and aroma and the kinda weird aftertaste. Bot are forgivable, though.

Photo of illidurit
3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Inky black in color. Big dark head composed of surprisingly large bubbles. These large bubbles don't leave much lace however.

Extremely roasty aroma of espresso and semibitter chocolate.

Flavor is mainly coffee with some sweet chocolate and subdued dark fruitiness. There's an unpleasant metallic chalky bitter note here that's pretty distracting.

Mouthfeel is a bit high on carbonation and a bit low on body.

Drinkability suffers from the out-of-place chalkiness and the thin body.

Photo of Auburnbean33
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer became one of my favorite after having on tap at a Taco Mac in Atlanta in 2006. The beer pours up dark and chocolate colored. It finished with a sticky brown caramel colored head. The smell of coffee jumps off the glass but it is not overwelming. It tastes outstanding. Hints of Chocolate,Coffee,and some roasted notes as well. This is an exceptional offering and my favorite of the Terrapin Family!

Photo of DIM
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: This is almost black, a very dark ruby red. It pours with a huge dark brown head that lasts.

s: Roasty aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of molasses.

t: This is abit milder than I expected, but still quite good. A warming alcohol and coffee taste blend well with a bit of dark chocolate.

m: Thick, luscious, and creamy. Absolutely perfect.

d: Thanks to JDV for this one. It's unfair I suppose, but comparisons to Breakfast Stout are inevitable. This one doesn't measure up it is damn tasty none the less.

Photo of seaoflament
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ncvbc for the trade. Vintage 08 on the bottle.

Pours dark with some red highlights. About an inch of chocolate colored foam quickly forms and almost as quickly settles back to the glass.

Aroma is mostly coffee, dark roasted coffee with oats. Chocolate and roasted malts in the background along with some warm milk aroma, cocoa, and a bit of oak and vanilla. The smell is really appetizing; I’m picturing a cup of coffee with frosted flakes.

The coffee taste is just a tad sweeter than expected from the heavily roasted aroma, very good though. Coffee is at the forefront with some chocolate, roasted malts, maybe a bit of dark fruits, and malted milk. A bit of chocolate covered cherries in the finish which I’m thinking it comes from the alcohol.

Excellent amount of carbonation, and not too thick either.

I wouldn’t mind one bit getting a few more of these.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle thrown in as an extra by Metallitone1, thanks! Solid black with a brown head that was large and persistent. Smell is straight coffee grounds and not much else. The taste starts out coffee, then fruity and then a strong coffee finish. Tasty stuff but I'd prefer 6oz to 12.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Pours a thick pitch black with a small brown head. No retention, no lace.

S: Black coffee hits the nose first, some sweet hints, some cream and roasted malt.

T: A little sweet and slightly fruity up front, finishes in a sweetish coffee and roasted malt. Some hints of alcohol mixed in that goes well. Some warming on the way down.

M/D: Little carbonation, a full, silky slick, slightly creamy body. Drinkability is good on this one. The 8.10% is noticeable, but in a good way. I could see waking up on a cold morning and having one of these.

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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