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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: 1,232
Hads: 3,633
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 770
Gots: 644 | FT: 58
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

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

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: rajendra82 on 02-15-2005

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Photo of IceAce
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a 12 oz. bottle with a blank "Best If Enjoyed Before" box on the label.

Pours black as the Ace of Spades with a rapidly dissapating weathered leather collar of foam. Nose is an odd conglamaration of raw cocoa beans, soy sauce, and deeply roasted malt.

The first taste eliminates any concerns raised over the nose as thick, tasty malts, coffee, and toffee flavors fill the mouth. Midtaste skips the front of the tongue while the finish is a slow fade of coffee, toffee, and deep, dry malt.

This is a very nice winter warmer and would benefit from a nice natural vanilla ice cream bowl and a roaring fire. (627 characters)

Photo of Enola
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Release

This beer pours like syrup. It is jet black with a very small tan head. The smell is really hard to detect but there is hints of coffee and oatmeal. The taste is strongly of coffee. As the beer warms the oatmeal becomes more evident. There is a little bitterness as well. The mouthfeel has smoothed out over the past year to make this beer quite drinkable. This beer is certainly getting better with age. (420 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is everything it was said to be. Poured to a jet black, with medium dark brown head that lingered a while, then dissipated to some lacing. Actually, appearance was the only thing that was superb. Aroma was strong coffee, blended nicely with a hint of chcolate, and as the beer warmed, a whiff of alcohol. Taste was more of the chocolate coffee, just right for a winter warmer. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy, and the finish was long and warming.

Great job with this one Terrapin!!! (489 characters)

Photo of BurnsTau
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, jet black color with a great brown head that sticks around for a while. Great lacing as well.

The smell of this beer is absolutely awsome, coffee, chocolate and a slightly alchoholic bite in it. The taste is just as good, mostly up front malts and slight hoppiness. Good coffee and chocolatey taste and the alchohol is slightly noticable but just adds to the beer. Medium-heavy body and good medium carbonation.

This was an incredible stout. Good and strong and the flavors all work together wonderfully, highly recommended. (547 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a completely opaque black with a thick cocoa colored head that retains impressively. The aroma is an intense blend of espresso, chocolate, cream, and a hint of rum and dark fruits. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with a massive coffee presence, along with some milk chocolate, dark fruits, and a slightly off-dry finish. The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than expected but doesnt detract, and drinkability is excellent for the abv. (438 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks very nice. Thick dark, slightly redish black brown. Head is big, tight and medium brown in color. Nose is rather pleasant. This would go great with breakfast. Aromas of creamy chocolate, coffee, and layers of roasty and toastiness. Taste is full of thick malts soaked in chocolate, nuts, coffee... There's a smooth oatmeal creaminess throughout too. Mmmm. Mouthfeel is like a comfy, heavy, velvety blanket. Nicely coating with a good thick body, and very drinkable for the style.

Delightful and enjoyable. (512 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this brew at room temp and poured into a stemmed glass. The brew pours pitch black with no head except a thin tan edge layer. Aroma is all roasted malt and coffee with some chocolate mixed in. First sip reveals a lighter body than expected, fine spacious carbonation and a kind of silky texture. Feels pretty good.
The flavor is chocolate and roasted coffee malt with some dark fruit,mostly raisin thrown in for good measure. The beer is fairly easy to drink with no hint of the abv anywhere. A nice tasting brew but I wish the body had a little more ummph! (568 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 version, 8.1% abv - just hit the shelves in Durham

a - pours black and quite thick looking, smallish tan head with very little retention, not much lacing

s - large coffee presence in the aroma, roasted malt, some bright fruity-like scents in there too, alcohol is slightly noticeable

t - slightly sweet bitterness up front, strong coffee in the middle, finish is of bitterness with fruit notes and some bittersweet chocolate, very complex taste

m - full-bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish

d - not an overly drinkable beer, but very enjoyable nonetheless, a bit too hard on the palate to drink a whole lot

I was impressed by this brew. Very unique compared to other stouts I've had. (710 characters)

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 wake-n-bake release party on tap. Rich dark brown color with a large tan head. A rich coffee aroma quickly turns into a hop lovers dream. This stout is about 72 Ibu, which leaves a good hop bite on the finish. The midpalate reveals chocolate and plenty of roasted malt and dark coffee flavors. The boys at Terrapin broke out the Terrapinator device and loaded it up with three different fresh hops and some fresh cherries.What a tasty grand finally! (454 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From the Monster 2006 Tour, bottle states 8.1% ABV.
Pours dark as used motor oil and almost as thick. An aggressive pour gets a small dark tan head that is quickly gone to a tan ring.
Sweet coffee and chocolate aroma with a hint of alcohol and caramel.
Dark expresso coffee with creme and molasis taste with alcohol back.
Extremely thick mouthfeel with tiny carbonation teasing the tongue.
Aftertaste of coffee bean.
Generally I would look for something sweeter in a coffee oatmeal stout whereas this one is very dry and bitter by comparison. (548 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and black, a small coffee and cream colored head shows up only with an aggressive pour and fades away quickly. Aroma shows roasted malts mixed with a maple syrup, chocolate sweetness, and oats. Also a somewhat unusual seaweed aroma, like fresh sushi is present, but it is not unpleasant and fits in somehow. A vanilla flavor comes thru in the taste up front with the roastiness coming towards the end. This beers is rich and silky and thick. There is a slight dryness in the finish along with the roasted malt flavor. Nice sipping beer, wonderfully smooth. (568 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark midnight. Looks like a glass of mollasses with a mocha head. Leaves some lace but more of a big ring around the glass.

Wonderful smelling beer. Huge dark fruit aromas. Blackberry, currant, black cherry, mochiato, dark chocolate fudge, black cherry, molasses, vanilla, flower, earth, and heaven.

Takes a big hit in the taste department. It leads in with a warm dark chocolate, fudgey, mollasses, vanilla mochiato, but it pretty much ends there. There is absolutely no mid palate. It dies after the entry. Finish is short and weak as well.

Because of the lack of a mid palate and distinguishable finish this beer doesn't have much on mouthfeel which in turn hurts drinkability. (691 characters)

Photo of Dubbercody
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with fizzy cascading tan head. Chocolate and coffee come out to dance in your nose, leading to a first taste that mmmm...tastes like chocolate coffee. Wow, really great beer with coffee, may miss the boat and don't have the whole package IMHO. This one is great, easy to drink with a great coffee aftertaste. I was expecting a heavier mouthfeel, but it turns out it's nice and normal, doesn't overpower the whole mouth like some might.

I'm impressed by this beer, probably my favorite coffee beer yet. (516 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to the FormatKid for sending this beer my way. My wife and I enjoyed these greatly! This beer is the 2006 vintage. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very pleasing solid black colored body. The head is a dark burnt tan coloration one finger high. The head quickly resolves to a ring of foam.

Smell: The beer has a load of chocolate fudge to the nose. The beer is backed up with a very pleasing dark roasted coffee. Spicy alcohol supports the smell.

Taste: The beer is very smooth. Dark roasted coffee combines with choco / vanilla maltyness. The beer has a hint of maple. The beer has some nice floral acidic coffee back taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is very smooth. The beer has a very good roasted toasted char tones. The carbonation is low. The beer doesnt have a body big enough for my liking. I would have liked a bit more chewyness to this beer. This is a dam nice stout. I wouldnt hesitate buy or drink this one again. I definately reccomend this beer to my fellow BA's. (1,042 characters)

Photo of laintringulis
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pub glass. Pours a solid black with 1 finger dark tan head that thins into a film quickly. Light lacing.

Smells of dark roasted coffee (not overroasted!), molasses, light vanilla, oak, bourbon, and a nice sweet caramel malt.

Tastes as smells. Excellent coffee flavor with a nice balance of caramel maltiness. Light presence of dark fruit, I think dates and a light spicy alcohol and dry powdery bitter chocolate taste. I would have preferred a stronger coffee flavor; however, I was a coffee geek long before I was a beer geek.

Medium bodied. Incredibly smooth on the mouthfeel, not watery or thin. It is almost too smooth on the mouthfeel. I would have liked a little more chew. Initial creamy sweet maltiness with coffee, chocolate and earthy hops coming through. Finishes with pleasant lightly spicy alcohol.

This stuff if highly drinkable and sessionable if you like the style. Almost, a little too easy to drink.Maybe I can talk hubby into trading for more of this!!

Just on a side note, I dig the bottle art. Too bad one of those cookies doesn't come with the beer. (1,100 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
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...) (1,368 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first beer I tried at the Charlotte Oktoberfest, why not start the morning (maybe 12:30 PM) with a coffee stout. Heard great things about this brew and hope to see more of it in NC. The guys of Terrapin were really cool when I specifically asked about this one during their setup.

A bit too cold to get all the flavors and smell but it will be one I will have to pick up and get to a better temp. Thick and dark, but the alcohol level isn't noticeable. Pretty tasty. (482 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Powerful looking jet black, smallish brown head is suggesting high octane. Nice whiffs of chocolate coffee, I’m ready for a quaff.

Hmm, surprisingly not as strong in the quaff as in the aroma. Tasty, but a bit harsh on the finish – which is also powdery and dry. Very drinkable brew, I’m still just a bit taken back on the taste, this is a good coffee stout, I think it could have reached up another notch on the ladder easily.

Whoa, bottle says 8.1% - I think this is more alcohol hot than normal. It is the 2006 version, it may mellow with a little quiet time. Still very good.

Hey, thanks to timtheenchanta! (623 characters)

Photo of beerinator
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black and black. The head is dark tan and pretty with good retention.

Aroma: The smell is nice and roasty with great wiffs of coffee. There are notes of chocolate cake, maybe in the form of what I imagine to be a chocolate cake doughnut.

Taste: The flavors meld nicely and blend together well. They are balanced and there is a nice full mouthfeel. The chocolate, coffee and roasted flavors are all jumping out here. The mouthfeel is full of roasted burnt coffee left on the tongue.

Notes: A very good combination of flavors here that meld well together. Very drinkable. (590 characters)

Photo of OutlawJoseyWales
3.47/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

well this did not live up to my expectations. i love the samuel smith oatmeal stout, and i have to admit i was kind of testing the wake n bake vs the samuel smith.

first off the beer is pretty much black. not much head to speak off. a bitter roasted coffee taste on first impression, with hints of chocolate. not as sweet as the oatmeal stout and does not have the character of the young's double chocolate. it seems like terrapin created a bitter dark coffee beer, that is just lacking in complexity and character i was expecting after drinking similar beers such as the sam smith and youngs dbl chocolate.

definitely not a bad brew, but not a great one either. i would have to say it is pretty average. (711 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap and in the bottle several times yet a review has eluded me thus far. WTF?

From the bottle, a sinister oily black pour with a thick head of mocha merrangue that lasts and laces.

Aroma is of deeply caramelized black malts, warm cocoa, bittersweet black coffee, light dark fruit notes, and a perfect helping of pine and earthy floral hops.

Flavor is quite remarkable. A big, creamy entry of milk chocolate pudding, truffels, espresso sweetened w/ condensed milk, dry leather, and hints of earthy wood with a nice counterpoint of tingly pine, earthy herbs, and light floral hops. Complex and delicious.

Body is big, very creamy and smooth, with a mouthfeel like that of melted Belgian chocolate. Just so smooth and creamy, yum. Drinkable, are you kidding! (784 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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! (1,093 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BA cmaruschak for sharing this one...

Aroma: Dark roasty grains, licorice, a brush of alcohol, and raisins. All things dark, roasty, and a touch fruity load up the nose on this one. Great aroma!

Appearance: Jet black pour with a dark tan head. Looks superb.

Flavor: Coffee, oats, licorice, raisins, a bit of an alcohol burn but balanced by the roasted goodness and oaty oiliness. Slightly bittering hops perk up here and there but only to complement this wonderful elixer.

Mouthfeel: Full and thick, low carbonation. Long, lingering finish.

Overall impression: This one gives Founder's Breakfast Stout (fresh) a run for it's money. I haven't had one like this in a while. Very approachable, very well done, very enjoyable. Strongly recommended. (771 characters)

Photo of mnapier
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Monster 2006 Beer Tour" bottle in an Authentic German style Luettich Balloon glass

Tasting Temp 50° (previous in a 33° refrigerator)

If Stephen Hawking was to review the clarity of this beer, I would be reading more about Einstein and the universe, truly a black hole of darkness in a glass.
Much like the brewery mascot that is featured on the bottle label, the head retention is timid almost scared as only a small fringe of white is present on the outer rim.
As I swirl the glass around, half full of this possibly barrel aged, coffee aromatic, ale, I am compelled to still seek a hint of hops, although yet to be classified.
A casual sip, hits my tongue and reminds me of roasted coffee, curious espresso, with minor amounts of woodiness. Overall mouth feel, comes off as medium. (796 characters)

Photo of ddarden
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured black with a one inch head that falls fairly quickly into a brownish white covering. The smell is chocalate with a hint of coffee and vanilla. A small roasted malt aroma, but not much.

The taste is sweet in the beginning with overtones, like in the smell, of chocalate, vanilla, coffee, and ends with a nice bittterness. This is not a monster imperial stout, but a very nice rich brew. This would be a good introduction into the style because it is not over the top. The mouthfeel is creamy and full which makes this beer's overall drinkability very good.

I like this beer a lot. It is not the best in its catagory, but a very solid stout that you could drink regularly. I am already looking forward to the next release since I am down to my second to last one. (786 characters)

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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