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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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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,947 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,947
Reviews: 1,174
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 658
Gots: 458 | FT: 36
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Georgia, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rajendra82 on 02-15-2005)
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy 4:20 People! This beer just arrived today via GallowsTheif and the timing couldn't have been better. Thanks again Rich!

Poured into 12oz Delirium snifter.

This bad boy pour a thick, extremely dark amber infused brown and settles black as night. When observed, there is less than a fingers worth of tan colored head. Similar colored lacing is sticking left and right to this glass! This actually looks similar to a fresh cup-o-joe!

The nose, my God the nose! Brilliantly bitter/rich coffee notes dominate here but are also acting as team players. Behind the amazing coffee notes lies a rich milk chocolate aroma that is akin to Heresy's Special Dark. A bit of heat from the 8.1% ABV lingers in the background.

The taste is outlandish to say the least. Surprisingly, at first I get the dark chocolate offerings, followed by the lavish coffee tastes. The chocolate is really showing off here. The coffee is rich but offers a slight bit of bitterness. I'm not sure if this said bitterness is from the coffee it's self or from a slight bit of hops. If there were hops, they're basically long gone now (But I'm not complaining!). Very little heat is picked up, even through various temperature changes. The balance between ingredients seems stellar thus far. The coffee and chocolate make one helluva tag-team for this Imperial stout.

The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, leaving an oily feeling that carries the flavors over my palate for quite some time after each sip. It is a bit chewy and let me say it again, thick. Awesome, just what I wanted.

The drinkability on this one is outstanding for the tastes are so outstanding.This beer is comparable to Founders Breakfast Stout and it's really hard to say who the winner is here. If anything, we have ourselves a tie. The balance of such complex flavors is hard to come by but nonetheless, Terrapin tackles this one without the pads on. Overall, BOOM. Thank God for trading and fellow BA's that kick ass!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 20:42:47 | More by ChugginOil
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pmlondrigan

New York

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle that I got as a lovely extra from BA user AlexFields. Well this beer is like a black pearl with just a hint of tan head. A thin off white/tan ring always hangs around the edge of my glass, no light penetrates this beer. The aroma highlights the coffee, roasty malts, cacao, and "breakfast" quality (probably the oats). So well balanced, I love how the oat in this beer contributes to its roundness. There are amazing coffee, cacao, and complex roasted flavors. The flavors play well together, the taste is the strong point here. A tad sharp and hot on the finish, but otherwise a nice thick toothsome stout. In total I truly like this creation.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 02:26:54 | More by pmlondrigan
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BeerArtEtc

Alabama

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a two-finger, reddish brown, bubbly head and smells of freshly roasted coffee beans and oatmeal cookies. It's a robust brew with 6 types of malts and 2 types of hops. Roasted coffee is, of course, the primary flavor. There are also notes of bittersweet chocolate and an oatmeal nuttiness. The finish is perfectly bitter. The flavor lasts long after the glass is empty, as does the lacing. Wake'n'Bake has an excellent mouthfeel - creamy and rich with just the right amount of carbonation. Excellent served cold or room temperature.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 17:51:40 | More by BeerArtEtc
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark, smoky stout. Lots of head, and nice head retention.

S - lots of coffee and alcohol. Wow, strong. Chocolate flavors prevalent too.

T - Coffee overwhelms. Deep roasted malts, kind of sweet. Very good beer.

M - Low carbonation, but smooth throughout.

D - It's good, but too strong to have another. However, nice aftertaste. But it will drop you if you are not careful and have more than one!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 04:04:48 | More by BeerDawgs
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown hue with a thin head that dissipates quickly to a thin film; lacing is good for the style

S: Strong coffee--but kind of that burnt, semi-stale coffee from a cheap diner coffee (I like it, but I'm just saying); underneath the roasted, slightly burnt, slightly stale coffee there are hints of chocolate and vanilla and of course the oats that support a sturdy backbone of the aroma

T: Coffee of course is the star here--nice earthy, roasted, and slightly burnt coffee beans; dry with an edge to it; the coffee dominates but there are chocolate, bourbon, and oat hints underneath; I also can't shake a pepper quality--almost like jalapeno--the more I think about it, the more it's there...yes, there is a spiciness here too...mmm

F: A bit over-carbonated for the style but still a nice even mouth coating; maybe a bit greasy on the tongue--it's that peppery spice, I'm telling you

D: A great beer--it's a bit unique and it's a bit of an overload on the coffee and it's a bit dry and it's a bit harsh, but it is a nice beer nonetheless. This is good.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 02:56:12 | More by dbossman
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Macky20 for the great extra!

A: Black in color with a 1/2 finger light brown head that has moderate retention and moderate lacing.

S: Lots of coffee, not as much oatmeal as I thought there would be given the name. There's some roast in the mix along with a pinch of chocolate.

T: As with the nose, there's lots of coffee. The oatmeal comes through a little more in the taste than in the smell, but it comes through as a sweeter buttermilk like flavor that balances the coffee well.

M: Great viscosity, appropriatly low carbonation, and a great aftertaste.

O: Overall I was pleasently suprised and would definately have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 00:30:54 | More by glazeman
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dk83022

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a coney island pint glass.

A- Jet black pour with no head. Beautiful pitch black beer.

S- Roasted malt with some hints of coffee. A little bit of alcohol aroma.

T- Nice coffee body with some hints of cinnamon and roasted oats.

M- Lacks full body. Fizzles out. First sip doesn't reminisce throughout the glass.

O- Great stout and a very interesting find!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 02:21:30 | More by dk83022
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Marty30

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did this side by side with founders Breakfast stout.Poured into A founders snifter,I let it sit outside the fridge for 20 minutes I prefer to warm these up a bit.

A. Dark black no light is shining through this one,a 1 finger dark tan head recedes pretty quickly.looks like a little bit of carbonation coming from the bottom.No lacing on the glass.

S. Ok smell is pretty damn good my mouth is watering.At first I get the expected big coffee notes then follows a spicy garden pepper smell that I did not expect.Also lots of bitter dark chocolate and some cocoa.

T. Alot like the smell But not as much coffee as I was expecting but still is the main taste here.I get a peppery taste no doubt,a good bit of chocolate.Also getting some of the alchohol in the end.

M. Nice medium mouth, smooth and creamy.Not much carbonation which I think suits this well.

Overall great beer worthy of it's hype,I will definatly seek more of this, as well as everybody who enjoys the style.Now to reveiw Founders!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 02:17:29 | More by Marty30
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afausser

Montana

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A year of age on this one, so judge this review accordingly.

Appearance: pours with about a finger and a half of head that dies down fairly quickly, leaving about 1/3 finger that persists for a few minutes as a fine, fairly even mocha foam. Just a few uneven bubbles form clusters closer to the center of the brew. Looks very thin despite the rich, dark colors.

Smells excellent, with nice heavy but not overwhelming coffee notes. The oatmeal really does a nice job of balancing out the nose, making it smooth and creamy with hints of vanilla. Nice chocolate blended in as well. Oh--and you can smell it from a few feet away, just great.

Taste: Not as sweet as the nose would have you believe. Quite a bit of hop bitterness present, which works nicely with the dark coffee and cocoa taste. Imagine this will mellow a bit more as it warms. Aftertaste is dark chocolate. The oatmeal doesn't smooth this one out as much as the nose would lead you to believe. Still an interesting brew--and an excellent one--just not what I expected from the nose.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is probably the most lacking quality of this beer. The carbonation is there, but I'm not sure what it's supposed to be doing to enhance the flavors. The numerous, aggressive, mid-sized bubbles just seem to be attacking your tongue, creating far more foam in my mouth than is pleasant when attempting to enjoy a brew. Dies down a bit and is almost flat--but flat would be better: the miniscule remaining bubbles do almost nothing but get in the way. Once the brew has been sitting out about 15 minutes, if it's still around that long, the mouthfeel/carbonation problem oddly corrects itself extremely well and is quite pleasant.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, not too thick, and delicious. Overall, great brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 23:28:18 | More by afausser
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to NotACommunist for the bottle.

Black opaque body, no light breaking the surface. Slight brown sugar colored head fades fast. Spotty lacing clings to the side of the snifter.

The aroma leads with coffee. Medium roasted java, not an intense coffee aroma however. Chocolate and molasses fall in just behind to provide some balance. Slight caramel and subtle breadiness on the back.

The flavor mimics the aroma to a T. The coffee flavor is smooth but not overpowering. There is really no bitterness I can associate with the coffee flavor. Caramel flavor follows shortly behind before transitioning into a rich fudgy chocolate. The roasted flavors are balanced and complimented by the overall sweetness throughout.

Full bodied stout with low to medium carbonation. The body is not really thick but it is rather velvety and smooth. The finish is rather long as the rich and roasted flavors dig in to the tongue.

This one has been on my radar for a long time and I am happy to have had the chance to enjoy it. I am not ready to put W-n-B on the top tier of coffee stouts but it is a very good beer and those with regular access to it should be thrilled. Great integration and balance of flavor. Remarkably easy to drink. A very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 21:49:48 | More by kzoobrew
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer! Pitch black color with a creamy tan head that has descent retention and creamy walls of lace. The smell is of roasted and burnt malts, cocoa, and black coffee. Taste follows the nose with a dominant coffee and roasted malt profile, hints of cocoa, oatmeal, cream, and a dash of vanilla. Some earthy tones peek through. Strong, bold, syrupy, and thick. Awesome, drinkable, and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 05:17:04 | More by JayS2629
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Agold

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Added as an extra by sendsilk. Really happy to crack into this one. This pours dark and viscous with barely any head. Not so great for a Impy stout with only ~8 Abv. The aroma hits hard with coffee notes along with some chocolate and great roasty malts. The flavor is the same and is very intense with a hint of milkyness which is awesome. Really good mouthfeel. Creamy and thick and surprisingly drinkable. As it warms it is reminiscent of coffee with cream in it. Really awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 01:29:28 | More by Agold
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint at McK's Tavern in Daytona Beach, FL. Review from notes taken shortly after tasting. Pours pitch black with a sliver of tan foam and strands of lacing on the shaker glass. Smell is intense espresso beans, green onion, molasses, soy sauce, Tabasco, and dark chocolate. Taste is toasty and roasted malts, flaked oats, freshly brewed coffee, dark fruits, strong spiciness (almost like hot peppers?), chocolate and vanilla sweetness, acidic hop bite with a slightly charred finish and some alcoholic warmth going down. Thick, full bodied mouthfeel borders on syrupy. The booze and caffeine hit you at the end, as I was nicely buzzed yet simultaneously "alert" after quaffing this massive and satisfying stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 20:37:31 | More by cratez
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark chocolatey brown, essentially black in the glass, with a thick coffee-brown head that lingers and leaves nice lacing. A very inviting stout.

Smell is nicely balanced. The coffee is there, but it's not overpowering, and it blends really nicely with the dark roasted malts. Those malts bring in a bit of smokiness, and there's a fullness to the smell that I think comes from the oatmeal. Just smells really good, and exactly how a coffee stout should.

Taste is a bit heavier on the coffee, with a fair amount of bitterness coming from (I think) both the malts and coffee. Nice chocolate flavors from the malts, a bit of caramel sweetness, and a smooth, well-rounded, full finish courtesy of the oatmeal. Dang, this stuff's good. A lot like Founders Breakfast Stout, though a touch less full-flavored and balanced than FBS.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick and heavy, as it should be. Syrupy, but not too much so. Good coating.

An all-around great coffee stout. The coffee and bitterness are a touch stronger than I'd ideally like them to be. But this is just a really well put together beer. Looking forward to drinking another.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 13:33:40 | More by zeledonia
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle of the 2010 vintage into a Duvel tulip.

A: Solid, fully black body underneath 1.25" of creamy light brown foam; good retention and light sheets of lacing. Lovely.

S: Coffee, and not much else; some vanilla and dark chocolate round things out, but this one is all about the coffee. I love it.

T: Roasted coffee is front and center, with more coffee backing it up; some coffee follows that, finished off with a touch more coffee. Clean, dry, coffee-heavy finish. Did I mention that this beer tastes like coffee? Well done.

M: Medium body with a huge amount of lively carbonation; a little too lively for the style, which thins out the flavor a little bit.

O: This is a great beer, plain and simple. Is it the best coffee stout out there? No. I'd take FBS or Beer Geek Brunch over this any day, and Coffee-Infused IST over any beer of any style any second of any day in history, but Wake-n-Bake is still awesome. The coffee bitterness more than offsets the malt sweetness, making for a clean, dry, and intense flavor. I'd drink this all the time if it were available up north. Tasty, tasty stuff.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 00:49:17 | More by woosterbill
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ajfa531

New Jersey

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

Submitted my review, but, I guess I took too long and was signed-out.

Overall, a good beer that gets very dry in the finish. If made this beer, I would be happy overall. However, I would cut back on the black and choco malts to reduce the dryness. I think exchanging these for caramel 60 would help clear up the dryness somewhat. It tastes great, despite my inability to enjoy coffee. It looks great and smells great. In the end, the finish is to dry for me. The coffee blend alone would create dry qualities and, in combination with the dark malts, it's too much for me. The dryness prompts another sip, but, once it's gone, I was really looking forward ti water.

If this was available at a bar, I would try it and enjoy it, but, I would definitely move on.

I apologize for the short review, but, I don't feel like going through each aspect after it was all deleted. So, I typed up an Overall experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 08:19:31 | More by ajfa531
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oline73

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is bottle from 2009 poured into a Chimay goblet. This is one of my favorites, so I'm excited to review it.

Appearance: Pours jet black with no light coming through at all. There is a finger and a half dark tan head that goes away and leaves just a layer of carbonation.

Smell: The initial smell that I pick up is bitter coffee. I'm sure this has mellowed a bit since this is an aged bottle. I'm also picking up roast and a nutty characteristic as well.

Taste: I love this beer. The flavor is super smooth. There is definitely still a dominant coffee presence. From the coffee I'm getting some bitterness, roast, and a nutty flavor as well. There are also hints of dark chocolate. I would also say there is a creamyness in the flavor as well. Given the abv, I would expect more sweetness, but there really isn't much, but it isn't needed. There is a little bit of alcohol at the end of each sip.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick, but not motor oil thick. There is a mild amount of smooth carbonation, seems to be perfect. All in all, super smooth.

Overall: Did I mention that I love this beer. It has a perfect amount of coffee, and there is no super sweetness. Very smooth and I'll definitely be picking up more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 22:16:23 | More by oline73
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jamesfrazer

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010 poured into a CLEAN pint glass
Big ups to Ashby Smith for throwing it in

Dark as night in a cave, with a milk chocolate head, no lacing, almost like thin molassass

Smells like an old coffee grounds, but not burnt, Oatmeal froma mile away, little bit of chocolate

Since this beer has had time to mellow out the Coffee has faded, Which is pretty cool because on the first fresh ones it was too in your face. The alcohol burn has also deminished, making this one smooth Imperial Stout, with some roast in the back

The carbonation is on the heavier side when you first drink it, but before the swallow its gone, The syrupy slurry coats your mouth, NO bitterness or burn, i can drink another 6 or more.

I first drank this beer as soon as it hit the shelves months ago, and i didnt like it at all. I went to by some beers at the craft brew shop and Ashby Smith(owner) threw one in the bag. He said," i just found this in the back room uner a shelf". So i drank it, and relized that this beer IS better with age...but not too much age

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 21:01:38 | More by jamesfrazer
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich dark brown with a finger toffee colored head which disappears after a couple of minutes. In all aspects, it seems as if the coffee is completely dominating the stout. The nose is the nicest with the banana, caramel and chocolate notes; however, the coffee on the palate is very overwhelming. Body is incredibly rich, tasting more like a beer watered down with really strong coffee or, rather, an iced coffee with a touch of beer added. The hops and carbonation get completely lost. The finish, though, makes for a decent recovery and sees more of a return of the malty notes of chocolate covered raisin and cinnamon.

It may just be a stylistic thing, but this has WAY too much coffee for me, and I'm a total coffee-lover. I just feel that the body of a beer and the body of coffee are two entirely different textures that, when put together on this level, do not complement each other at all. It's too thick, and the subdued nature of the things that make a beer bright and lively, hops and carbonation, make this feel utterly bogged-down. I also don't think the coffee adds any aroma complexities to justify its heavy use. Roasted malt smells like coffee most of the time anyways. It's not a terrible brew, but cut back on the coffee.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 13:11:15 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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madvermin

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to AwYeh for sending me this beer, I've been waiting a while to get my hands on some Terrapin brews (especially this one - thanks again Luke). Needed a beer to start off my day at 215pm while watching my buckeyes smash George Mason. Peace Cinderella.

Pours a gorgeous syrupy molasses-like black, with complete opacity. Head is one finger and a beautiful dark mahogany with fine bubbling and unfortunately minimal lacing. Only got one tiny blob at the end of the pour, so that common concern was a non-factor here.

Nose is a fantastic blend of fresh coffee grounds, oatmeal character and a small bit of nuttiness. The coffee is dark, roasted and perfect for mornings - no wonder this is called wake n bake. Smells not as strongly as I would have liked, but I think that's more due to my bottle not being as fresh as it could have been.

Just when I thought the nose meant the coffee flavors faded a bit, the beer hit my tongue and punched me in the mouth. Absolutely INCREDIBLE coffee kick, with a blended, slightly acidic dark coffee that has been sweetened to the perfect point of barely bitter. Aftertaste is sucking-on-espresso-bean quality. Oatmeal offers a smoothness and earthy body. The coffee has a nutty character I got in the nose along with a richness I've only previously experienced in Founder's Breakfast Stout. This is what a coffee beer should taste like.

Mouthfeel is slightly tart and acidic from the coffee and oatmeal while being thick and viscous throughout. Never gets overly heavy though, which adds to its morning beverage appeal. Drinkability is just off the charts - I want five more of these to put down right now. Finish isn't harsh or overly bitter and the body of the beer has so much going on that it never gets old. One of the finest beers I've had the pleasure of having. Just about confirms that my next trade will be for a Terrapin sampler.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 22:50:26 | More by madvermin
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into my Smuttynose tulip glass. Big thanks to Cheesemoose for the awesome extra.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown in color with some light brown highlights towards the edges. Almost no head on the agressive pour and even less retention.

Aroma: Big smooth coffee notes upfront. The oatmeal definitely provides a pronounced sweetness that highens the coffee notes. Chocolate and caramel notes underneath. Everything complements the coffee extremely well.

Taste: Big coffee notes upfront again. The coffee is definitely higher quality and works really well with the sweet oatmeal backing. A touch of espresso adds a nice bitter note that counters the sweetness of the oatmeal and sweet malt notes. Incredibly smooth and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very creamy. The amount of carbonation is really surprising considering that there was no head on the pour.

Overall, a really well done coffee stout that really enhances the coffee. The oatmeal complements the coffee notes perfectly and is an ideal backdrop to get the most of these flavors. I also found this incredibly drinkable for the ABV. A very good way to start or end any day.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 18:24:01 | More by Gosox8787
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azdback

Arizona

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my newly acquired Surly pint glass. Deep dark black. No highlights at all. Small half finger head of light brown color. No real froth as I would expect from this.

Smell is awesome!! I am as much a coffee snob as a beer snob so the smell of fresh roasted coffee in my beer makes me happy. That's not the only thing going on here. Deep roasted sweet malts, dark chocolate and a tad boozy.

Taste is such a sweet roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate bomb!! The booze is there too, but not overpowering. Wow!! Like dessert, German chocolate cake?

The mouth is good but not exceptional like the rest of this brew. The head was kinda flat and never recovered from the pour. Silky, smooth and chewy though. That helps the score.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I waited a while to finally try this. Held up to the hype! Highly recommended!!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 08:01:24 | More by azdback
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duffcalifornia

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage poured into a pint glass.

A: As black as the coffee used to brew it, with one finger's worth of mocha colored head that faded fairly quickly and gave little to no lacing.

S: Absolutely inviting. Coffee, oats, roasted malts, hint of chocolate. The smell alone is mouth-watering.

T: A perfect blend of coffee and oatmeal. Also tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, and a faint hint of what might be dark fruits.

M: A slightly heavy mouthfeel (which I enjoy) with low carbonation. Pretty much everything I'd want from an imperial stout.

O: This is one of the tastiest beers I've ever had. I trade for it every opportunity I get, and it makes me sad I can't buy it locally. For having 8% ABV, it's *extremely* drinkable. Plus if you add it to a Moo Hoo and make a Wake 'n' Moo, you've created essentially an alcoholic Jamocha shake. If this was available locally, it might be one of the only things I drank in the winter months. I can not say enough about this beer. If you haven't tried it, put it on your must-have list!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 04:19:41 | More by duffcalifornia
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FosterJM

California

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

308th review on BA
bottle to snifter
12 oz bottle

Thanks to GuruDel for the generous gift.
Consumed on 3/11/11

App- Like a black cup of joe. Dark, very thick with a one finger quick dissapaiting head.

Smell- Well again, like a cup of joe but a beer. Bready malts, roasty and a slight hop kick.

Taste- Roasted malts with a huge kick. It's a very good coffee/oatmeal blend. Lush and rich at the same time.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level. A huge roasted malt after.

Drink- Hi, coffee @ 10:45 PM. I hope I sleep. Roasted malts are the biggest thing to this beer and they are top notch.

*edit- Yes, I slept fine. The Rye-on-Rye before this ensured me of that.*

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 04:26:54 | More by FosterJM
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

big thanks as usual to marvin213. Pours a strikingly dark near-black murkiness with a two-finger dark cocoa-powder colored head with impressive retention but minimal gobs of gooey lacing.

aroma stands up to the best of 'em. Coffeee. sweet malt, dark cocoa, a hint of maple, and an impressive dose of bitter espresso. almost a hint of sour cocoa and turkish coffee in the nose.

coffee dominates with some bitter earthiness, maybe a touch of green hops (or maybe its just more coffee?). Sweet dark malts. a touch of blackstrap molasses. A surprising bit of alcohol heat for the abv is a bit surprising and takes the flavors down a touch for me.

mouth is slick, oily and resinous with acidic coffee slickness. ample carbonation helps cut through the sticky coffee.

Potent and crazy coffee-forward, i was hoping for a touch more flavor and a hint less alcoholy heat, which makes the drinkability drop down a notch for me. but still an amazing brew and definitely one of my top coffee brews.

Serving type: bottle

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