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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: 1,245
Hads: 3,668
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 788
Gots: 655 | FT: 57
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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 MuenchenerKindl
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The Liquid is nice and dark with ok carbonation. The head is 1 finger and fades to nothing.

The smell is great lots of Java as advertised.

The taste follows, like a shot of espresso in every glass. Really this stuff does not just have malt roasted up to have a coffee taste. The brew tastes like there is coffee in it. As it should because it does.

The Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side.

The drinkability is AOK, nothing wrong here. I would drink this for breakfast easy. Prosit. MK

This was an 07 bottle from Alexlives. Thanks for the brew. Enjoy the FBS

Thanks also to NFLMVP and zrrbrrt for hooking up this hoarder enough so I could try one. LOL

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Photo of
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of bobbyc881.

Poured an opaque, black fluid. Holding up to light reveals nothing. Modest head the color of coffee with 2 creamers. As I was nearing the bottom, it finally showed itself as clear and dark mahogany in color.

Aroma was enticing. Chocolate, alcohol, dark fruits (raisins & cherries). Initially, little, if any, coffee scent. This did pick up with some warmth.

Coffee definately present in the taste. Comes through most strongly in aftertaste, and fades some as you drink. Alcohol is there as well, but doesn't club you. Fairly sweet, initially - vanilla, molasses and fruit. Roast flavors are pretty mild. Maybe some licorice. Finally, a bit of pepper at finish.

Medium - heavy in mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Fairly dry, this builds as you drink it. Smooth and creamy, may have more carbonation than it appears.

Surprisingly easy to drink. Not sessionable, but you could certainly do a couple-three without investing hours of your time. Very good, I enjoyed immensley.

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

Presentation: A 12oz brown bottle with a wicked Terrapin on the front and no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: A beautiful impenetrable brown color with a nice thick head that retained pretty good.

Smell: The aroma consists of a rich Chocolate and oatmeal malt with a little bit of roasted nuts and honey.

Taste: The taste is astonishing. I loved the rich dark chocolate overture with the oatmeal and coffee taste. I’m not sure how they blended this brew but it tastes great and there is also quit a bit of sweetness in this brew but it is perfectly balanced by the bitterness of the brew as well.

Mouth-Fell: Medium to full bodied mouth with a smooth and creamy finish with decent carbonation.

Drink-Ability: I picked this one up at Brawley’s in Charlotte and I really loved it. Next time I am going to pick up a couple more of these to add to the collection.

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Photo of badbeer
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Monster Beer Tour. Bottle courtesy of Faro; very big thanks!

Pours black, but dark red around the edges. Head is a dark tan color; doesn't stick around for very long, but did leave bits of lacing. Smell of early morning coffee, a soft roastiness as well as just the slightest hint of hops. Taste is a combination of maybe a French roast coffee and some espresso. The awesome thing is that it has no astringency to it. The finish is where it gets even better, it starts out as previously described, but then some cocoa and a noticeable, but soft roastiness sets in and lingers. Mouthfeel started out medium bodied, but carbonation was a bit high, so I swirled my glass for a while and then the carbonation was about perfect. Mouthfeel would be higher, but as previously mentioned, carbonation started a little high for me. Drinkability is awesome, but would I have another? Hell yeah I would, if only I had better access to this. Awesome beer, worth picking up for sure.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled poured into a tulip glass.
Beer pours very dark with a nice 1/2 inch head. Plenty of good lacing, but it all falls back into the beer.
Smell is subtle but nice coffee. Slight chocolate and alchohol as well.
Taste is coffee, chocolate and a slight oatmeal roastiness. The coffee is very well done. It's not overpowering or overly bitter. It's almost, dare I say, perfectly balanced in this beer.
The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I like. It could be a little more thick and creamy. That being said, it is a very good beer that is highly sessionable. This is a great beer that I would love to have on hand at all times.

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Photo of Big78CJ
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The name of this beer spoke to me as few have (the other being Sweetwater's 420 EPA, oddly both Georgia beers).

I have had this beer on tap and in bottle and it varies in alcohol content so be warned. I had this on tap when it first debuted in Athens, GA (true home of Terrapin, despite the contract brewing). It was 10.5 % ABV and I split two pitchers with a friend without even realizing. There is nothing quite like espresso to mediate the effects of high alcohol. Anyway, on to the lower ABV bottled form...

Appearance: Black as night. In fact, I joked after first trying it that it might turn certain metabolic substances black as well. Lo and behold i thought I had discovered a black hole in my toilet the next day. Joking aside, the beer is very dark with a nice brown head that didn't stick around long.

Smell: It smells like someone used more espresso than beer when they made it. It has the nice aroma of rich roasted espresso with just the faintest hint of the oatmeal imperial stout smell you would expect.

Taste: Much like the smell you can tell there is espresso in this beer. It is not as overpowering as it is in the aroma but it is definitely there. The coffee smell compliments the dark imperial stout more than I could have imagined. Although I am not too good at detecting the oatmeal flavor in an oatmeal stout, this one is better than other coffee imperial stouts i've had in the past - maybe it's the oatmeal?

Mouthfeel: Everything you ever wanted out of a stout. None of the bitter flatness you get from North American-brewed Guiness but way more too it than other oatmeal stouts (e.g. Samuel Smith). I like the way it feels in my mouth almost as much as I enjoy the actual taste.

Drinkability: I could drink one of these every night. However, with the exception of this beer's release party, I could hardly continue drinking it all night. It is, after all, a thick stout made with espresso.

I recommend this beer to anyone who likes stouts and coffee. It impressed a my best friend (BA: willjansen) so much that he had to bring a few back to Brisbane, AU to show off to his friends.

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

from the 2008 monster beer tour

a - poured a one finger thick creamy mocha-colored head into a tulip glass. the head left a thick ring throughout and slight lacing. the body was dark black. looks great.
s - dominant aroma is coffee with hints of chocolate malt.
t - tastes sweet and more chocolatey than past years.
m - much more smooth and creamy than last year's. this is a big improvement.
d - highly drinkable and another great effort by terrapin.

from the 2007 monster beer tour

a - poured a one finger thick, bubbly and dark coffee colored head into a tumbler. the head dissipates very quickly leaving a thin ring of lace. the body is very dark, i wouldn't call it black but the darkest brown possible. i guess that is black but on to the rest of the review...
s - i can smell the roasted coffee beans from a distance. it is the dominant aroma in this brew and that's expected. as i continue drinking, dry oats and chocolate come through a little more.
t - coffee in the front, dark fruits like cherry come through in the middle and it finishes with a little chocolate.
m - a little thinner and more bubbly than i had anticipated.
d - i seem to remember the 2006 being a little lighter on the coffee side than the 2007. i also think the '06 was a little better in my opinion. i'm starting a vertical beginning with the '06 and i think this is one that will definitely improve with age.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
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!!

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

Decided to re-review this one after first trying it two years ago. 12 oz bottle into a Delirium goblet.

Pours thick and jet-black--no light getting through this beer. A fantastic-looking head, dirty chocolate-brown in color and nicely retained, slowly drops to a wispy veil of bubbles and a ring of foam. Carbonation sluggishly spouts up through the middle of the goblet thanks to the etched bottom, resembling a hot-tub filled with motor oil. The aroma is quite hoppy, with dank, earthy tones that lurk beneath complex layers of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, alcohol, and cookie dough.

The flavor is instantly bitter, with in-your-face java roast backed by bittersweet baker's chocolate and black patent malt. The hops are earthy and saved for the back of the palate, where they engage in a Gandalf-Balrog-esque battle with the coffee, both spiraling downward into the stomach. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy (thanks to the oatmeal), lightly carbonated, and constantly fluctuates between smooth and bitter. All in all, a rich, luxurious Coffee Stout that lives up to the Monster Tour name. Might give a shot at aging a few bottles, but to be honest, I wouldn't want to lose that bitter assault from the coffee.

[EDIT: original review 1-16-2007; A-4, S-4.5, T-4, M-4.5, D-3.5

Overall 4.1.

First in the lineup of Terrapin's 2007 Monster Beer Tour...
Poured black as night, viscous, and opaque, with a dark tan head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is thick with fresh coffee beans, and notes of chocolat, hazelnut, and malt are noticable too. The coffee is the stronghold of the aroma, makes me wish a Jittery Joe's would come to Raleigh.

The taste is of light nut and caramel, with a dark chocolatly-malt balance that is less strong than the appearance and aroma lead me to expect. Still good, though. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a tart bitterness of black coffee. A bit too bubbly, but overall pleasing to the palate. Drinkability is average for a few reasons: I'm not a huge stout fan, it's an expensive beer, and it only comes in a 4 pack! I'd still recommend it to anyone looking for a good, thick winter stout. ]

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Photo of Graebner
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours as black as hell with a small half-finger of bark brown head on top. The head disappears almost immediatly, leaving you staring into the obsidian depths. This beer is black, and I mean so black you can hold it to a light and literally not see a thing. Awesome.

Smells like a smack in the face of coffee, moreso than any other coffee stout I've had. It's like sticking your face in a coffee bag. Also butterscotch and vanilla and some sweet tobacco smokiness.

Taste is roasted malty sweetness and a lot of coffee. Also that rich tobacco flavor. Toffee and more roasted malts. Hops are indiscernable, bitterness comes from the coffee and roast.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and smooth, and I figure that's the oatmeal coming through. Moderate carbonation and a medium-heavy body; I wouldn't say it finishes cleanly, but it's not cloying and not unpleasant. Light on the stomach, too.

Drinkability is A+. This was a runaway favorite at the last local brewfest, and I kept coming back between trying others. Easily sessionable, though the abv might sneak up on you. Still, one you could drink all night long, and I expect it would do you right. Terrapin wins again (try the RyePA, too).

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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 Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage. Pours very dark, almost black with one of the darker heads I've ever seen, a dark brown that slowly turns lighter and all too quickly fades. No real lacing. The smell is all roasted coffee beans up front, with some winey malt at the back end. The taste starts out with some of the same sort of vinous flavors found in the aroma, progresses to some slightly metallic flavors with some noticeable hops,then a creamy sweet coffee flavor and a late slightly sour coffee finish. Decent quality cofee was obviously used and the coffee flavor is quite pronounced- in fact, it tastes more like the whole bean than a cupof coffee. Mouthfeel is predominantly creamy, with a lot of fizzy/creamy carbonation and medium weight. Pretty drinkable, but a little too one dimensional to make it a regular habit. A little too much coffee, I preferred the 2006.

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Photo of blackie
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage

appearance: Pours a low, mocha-coloured head that quickly dissipates to form a thin ring around the glass. The beer is nearly black, with just a little brown showing around the edges.

smell: Fresh, dark roast coffee beans and watered down coffee. Aromas of smoky, charred tobacco pipe wood. There's a moderate sweetness with a light hop presence. Roast-centered.

mouthfeel: Medium, smooth carbonation. The body is full and nicely creamy.

taste: Coffee and roasted barley by far dominate. Flavors of fresh, "beany" dark roasted coffee and barley start to turn more towards the burnt side after the swallow. The roasts are well balanced by a dose of malt sugars and a light bitterness. Any hop flavor is overshadowed by the roast, and there may be a touch of cocoa in there.

drinkability: quite easy...it's no Bell's Java Stout, but it seems to come pretty close. At times, I'd like to see a little more sweet malt character.

2012 Vintage: Pretty great, perhaps even better over the years. Absolutely lovely coffee presence, with oily, pungent but smooth coffee presence on a rounded roasty stout body. Complex, doughy, cookies. Delicious.

2013: Coffee is huge here - especially incredible on the nose. I do thought I remembered a little more meat to the body - not much cookie or anything like that. Still, pretty great.

previous scores 4/45/45/45/4

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Photo of IceAce
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Enola
3.91/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
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!!!

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Photo of BurnsTau
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of mcallister
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,245 ratings.