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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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2,991 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,991
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 670
Gots: 464 | FT: 37
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Georgia, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review 250!

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours jet black with a half finger brown head. Would have liked to see a bigger head, and I poured this very aggressively. A little disappointing in that regard, but the lacing is excellent.

S- awesomely strong coffee. Hints of chocolate in there too. Fantastic

T- bitter coffee and chocolate. The coffee is the prominent flavor, and let me tell you this: they really used a good blend with this beer. This isn't a $3/pound coffee, this is some quality java.

M- thick. Chewy. Viscous. Call it what you want, its motor oil. And it is AWESOME

D- this is completely awesome. Terrapin's winter seasonals are hitting it out of the park lately. I've got a new favorite

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 02:00:12 | More by bigfnjoe
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babaracas

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Terrapin "W-n-B" pours an almost opaque really-dark-brown / black with thin insta-fade brown head, zero lacing. Smell: medium roast coffee, mild acidity, nice but not super robust. Beneath are some greenish earthy hops and molasses. Taste: medium roast coffee with cream, mixed with some sweet caramel + molasses-y combo, mild earthy hopping. Mouthfeel: medium bodied with very mild carbonation. Enjoyable but not the most coffee flavor or particularly involved stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 08:41:43 | More by babaracas
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scottyshades

Florida

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010

A: Pours a pitch black color with a dark brown head. Retention is good despite the ABV. Really awesome looking beer

S: Wow, tons and tons of coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dark malts, and a healthy dose of blackstrap molasses. Finally, a nice sturdy hop bill; citrus, earthiness, and seemingly bitterness

T: This is an American Peche Mortel...tons and tons of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, blackstrap, and a nice balance of bitter/citrusy hops. Really nicely balanced, and very robust. Interested to see how this ages. Also notes of lactose, oatmeal, and heavy roastiness.

MF/D: Interesting mouthfeel...coffee makes it a little rough, but the oatmeal makes it velvety, so I guess its right in between. Finish is of coffee and bittersweet chocolate

Notes: Finally managed to find a 4-pack of this elusive bastard. Also found on the growler station in the Greenville area. Very impressed with this beer. Very similar to Peche Mortel, but maybe a little more balance in Terrapin's

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 00:36:47 | More by scottyshades
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CheckmateBrew

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very nice dark, shall I say black with a small head.

S - You gotta love coffee to really enjoy this brew. Coffee almost overpowers the other smells on this one

T - Rich and complex, more here than just the coffee, hops, malt come thru as well

M - for a stout it is very good

D - The coffee puts this one a little over the top and in the end makes this more of a glad I tried it, but there are better stouts out there for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 20:50:29 | More by CheckmateBrew
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip:

A: Huge tan head with great retention and tons of lacing. Black and more black, completely opaque even when held up to the light.

S: Roasted coffee predominates followed by some chocolate covered raisins and pumpernickel bread. Absolutely luscious.

T: The coffee is more muted in the flavor (still really prevelant though), which allows the other aspects of the malt to shine through. Bitter chocolate, toasty dark bread, and raisins dance in my mouth. I am really loving this beer, and it even finishes dry. At 8.1% the alcohol is very well masked.

M: Every aspect seems to be complete. The mouthfeel is just as excellent as all of the other components, full bodied and medium carbonation.

D: It is exceptionally drinkable for a coffee flavored imperial stout. If I see this one on the shelf again I will be sure to scoop up another 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 02:03:50 | More by Neffbeer
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass

A: Black color with coffee bean highlights and a three-finger head of dark brown foam which fades into a resinous, creamy slick that leaves nice lacing.

S: Big coffee roast, charred black malt, licorice, smoked meat and tobacco aroma with a little sweetness and spicy hop tinge kicking around the nose.

T: Creamy, bitter roasted malts up front, chocolaty and sweet with a brown sugar oat flavor as well. Some of that dried tobacco leaf and herbal, resinous hop comes back around mid-palate with strong notes of alcohol and dried raisins. The finish is sweet, but nice and bitter with a lingering alcohol flavor and robust, coffee infused maltiness.

M: Full-bodied, bold, flavorful mouthfeel, rich and creamy with slight burning pulls of alcohol and hopiness.

D: A pretty lush and enjoyable sipping stout at just over 8% ABV, Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal stout does coffee beer the right way. It's not too derivative of the coffee bitterness, and instead uses a very complex, dark malt blend and balancing hops to help accentuate those coffee flavors. Winter, be damned; nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 04:20:52 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Jayli

Massachusetts

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

Acquired this from G311 from Nobody Wants to See A Beer Geek Naked 3 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 12/10 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque, deep, dark brown that almost borders on black. A minor chocolate brown film forms and disappears as quickly as it forms.

S: Nose is a touch boozy at first but there are underlaying notes of raison, chocolate and roasted malts.

T: Taste starts with a hint of boozy caramel. Middle is filled with dark fruits - most notable raisins and cherries with a bit of toffee sweetness. Finish starts with a good deal of chocolate, then comes the espresso bite that really lingers in the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, rich creamy feel that lays a bit silky on the tongue.

D: Goes down easily, prety tasty, nice kick, somewhat filling, nice represenatation of style. This is a nice brew that I'd like to try again with a bit of age on it.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 18:01:39 | More by Jayli
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this one for a while.

A: Poured the darkest brown you could image and the head was maybe a couple shades lighter than the brew itself. The head also had a mild reddish tint. The froth that resided on the brew after the big head meltdown was a sight to behold!

S: EXTREME coffee smell in every way. I mean it literally laid waste to the roasted malts, chocolate, etc. Later on in the session, as I warmed up to the intensity of the brew, I got a generous amount of chocolate on the nose.

T: Very bitter, but in a high grade coffee ground sort of way. As the beer faded away after the swallow, a bit of candy sweetness coated the mouth... sort of like caramel actually. Just plain awesome!

M: Very thick, but not too. The carbonation softened the blow that the coffee inflicted on the palate... but not by much. The lacing was ridiculous!

D: So that was "Jittery Joe's Coffee" huh? This was every bit as good as Founders Breakfast Stout and even more coffee-like. I highly recommend this to the true coffee lover.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 22:36:43 | More by Chaney
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Phelps

Arizona

3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle capped in 2010 and received from boralyl. This one's a stout with coffee added from Jittery Joe's, another company out of Georgia.

Pours from the bottle oily and black, impenetrable by any light whatsoever. A tiny head composed of bitty bubbles the color of sienna rises from the depths. The bubbles pop away quickly, leaving a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smells like coffee; deep, sweet and robust. Layers of buttered toast, milk chocolate and bitter espresso mingle about. Somewhat floral; roses, maybe. There's a nice balance of sweet and roasty notes here, like coffee with cream.

I don't like my coffee black, and unfortunately this is what I'm most reminded of in the flavor. The taste is all bitter black coffee, with an odd tang, earthy hops, cereal grain and a very light touch of sweetness. It's a bit astringent at the finish. Roasty notes roll in after the swallow, reminding of charred toast. It's improving as it warms, becoming a bit sweeter and more balanced.

A tingly carbonation peppers the tongue lightly amidst a body that, although only medium-light in fullness, is actually rather smooth and velvety. Alcohol is noticeable in the building warmth in my chest, but there's no associated burn.

I'm a lover of coffee beers, but there was just something about Wake n' Bake that didn't sit right with me. It's definitely flavorful and coffee-filled, though perhaps not with the coffee I find myself enjoying most on a daily basis. One bottle is enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 01:52:55 | More by Phelps
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mondegreen

Georgia

4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into an Ommegang Tulip. 2010 Vintage.

Pours pitch black with a thin, spotty head. Looks like black coffee flowing into my glass.

Nose is huge coffee. This is exactly what a coffee beer should smell like. Not complex or nuanced, just bright, roasty coffee.

Taste is dead on. A gentle balance of sweet & roasted notes gives way to a mildly bitter finish. This is among the best tasting non-barrel aged coffee stouts I've had, worthy of being in the same discussion as names like Peche Mortel and Speedway Stout. Not that it tastes like those beers, but the quality is there.

Mouth is medium-full, carries the flavor wonderfully.

I can't get enough of this year's WnB. Terrapin did tweak the recipe this year, and while it was good before, it is great now. I'm the first to call out Terrapin when they release a train wreck (and they have had several this year), but 2010 Wake N Bake is a beer that they most definitely got right.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 19:20:40 | More by mondegreen
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TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

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

Pours a deep black mocha color with a thick tan head and tons and tons of lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and mocha. Tastes much the same. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, mocha, and a little subdued smokiness. Mouthfeel was very thick and nice. Drinkability was decent.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 05:30:24 | More by TheKingofWichita
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RossCain

Florida

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

Poured from tap into a 12oz snifter:

A: Dark, strong coffee black with a small tan head. Overall, good retention and looked like what you might expect from a carbonated, thickly brewed coffee.

S: Roasted coffee that has been immediately iced but retains the "fresh coffee aroma". Attractive, inviting, and intriguing.

T: Again, I was hit upfront by the strong taste of freshly brewed, roasted coffee. The malt backbone is strongly prevalent but you will be more than overwhelmed with the undertones of espresso, dark chocolate, and roasted flavor associated with a cup of fresh brewed, strong coffee.

M: Medium to full bodied. A decent amount of carbonation that tends to linger in the mouth upon sipping. For 8% alcohol, the booziness was entirely innocuous and instead you will find with this beer a characteristic bitter aftertaste of straight up, fresh (albeit, cold) brewed coffee.

D: Sippable and highly enjoyable as a nightcap. About as drinkable as a single cup of strong coffee in the morning. In my honest opinion, this beer was the perfect finisher to a night at the bar after three other beers but I would be hesitant to drink more than one.

Overall, the Terrapin Wake N' Bake is, in my opinion, an outstanding example of tasty, coffee flavored American Double. You will more than likely only pick up on strong notes of freshly brewed, black as midnight arabic coffee flavor but nevertheless and enticing brew to finish your night upon.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2010 05:35:29 | More by RossCain
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airheadmtrcycle

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Surprised to see this is the most reviewed Terrapin beer. Dark, almost completely black with a thin tan head and no real lacing. Still, it's an absolutely awesome looking ale.

Smells of chocolate, coffee and dark roasted malts. Tastes chocolaty with coffee and bittersweet malts. Let this one warm quite a bit in order to fully appreciate.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, luscious and decadent. Quite drinkable as well.

This could be my favorite Terrapin ale. Extremely well balanced, delicious and worthy of a try. My current favorite imperial stout. The ABV is not over-the-top, but still warming on a cold Atlanta night. I could drink a few of these, but I won't.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 03:25:55 | More by airheadmtrcycle
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pour amazingly dark with a dark brown head to back it up. Not the darkest stout I've seen, and it can do a little better on the lacing for the ABV, but this is an excellent looking stout.

S: The aroma is laced with espresso infused fudge oatmeal goodness. The coffee notes lean towards the fresh ground, and aren't as bitter as a lot of stouts.

T: The flavor is simply amazing. This stout loaded with fresh Italian espresso, chocolate fudge, small notes of toffee, a light amount of roasted malt, and a slight bitterness on the finish. This stout has almost everything.

MF: The mouthfeel is simply one of the best out there. Creamy and medium full.

D: Drinkability is also amazing!

Overall, this has to be one of the best stouts available in the south and on the east coast. My favorite offering from Terrapin, Wake and Bake deserves to be ranked up there with the best.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 22:22:38 | More by TKEbeerman
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

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

2010 Version.
A: opaque, nice creamy head that dissipated to a tan lacing
S: great nose, coffe, chocolate, malt
T: well-made beer, good malt backbone, nice coffee balance with hop bitter finish
M: creamy, velvety
D: very drinkable but since I'm a non-coffee drinker I probably wouldn't drink a lot at one sitting

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 02:10:57 | More by wisrarebeer
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rockyfire

North Carolina

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

Black with almost no head formation at all even with an aggressive pour. No lacing.

Strong roasted malt with coffee and a sugary dark fruit. A touch of alcohol as it warmed, but less than I was expecting.

The roasted character is in your face. There is a burnt character that blends into the coffee flavor. It ends with chocolate covered nuts. There is very little alcohol apparent at all.

Medium to heavy body with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is coating, but not entirely creamy.

Real super smooth, I would seek this beer out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 01:29:00 | More by rockyfire
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rigdont

Georgia

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

Alright, I have been waiting for this beer to hit the shelves for a while, so in honor, it is my first review. Here we go:

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Instead of Wake and Bake the bottle now says W-n-B (I can only guess why)

A- The beer pours a dense, thick black with a thin tan head that just sits on top of the beer throughout the drink.

S- Wow, it smells almost as if I am sticking my nose in a bag of coffee. I get a bit of sweetness and chocolate after the initial blast of coffee, which I love. There is definitely an oat presence in the smell as well.

T- The coffee is great. It is not the taste of burnt coffee that you get in some others. This is well-done. Sweet and bitter coffee and chocolate. The bitterness then gives way to sweet molasses. As in the smell, the oatmeal is clearly present.

M- A medium to heavy body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is spot on for the style. It is slightly chewy.

D- I enjoyed this beer and would have another, but I think I would leave it at that.

This is truly a coffee-lovers beer. I am a coffee-lover and I am glad that I picked this beer up as soon as I could get my hands on it.

Many more reviews to come!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 03:28:52 | More by rigdont
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With this as my 400th review it was an honor!

A - Pours jet black and thick. Liked the creamy like texture with a nice inch of foam.

S - Well it gives you everything to offer. First on the nose you get a slight hit of coffee and then a sort of oat dryness and then a mighty strong chocolate.

T - Well I seemed to enjoy the coffee the most, which comes from a "jittery joe's coffee" place. It comes off sweet and bitter at times due to the chocolate but is quite creamy. A very smooth oatmeal stout.

M - Kind of heavy and drinkable.

D - "Let not the price be the judge of the beer" these words are pretty well spoken and even though the price of an individual was 5 bucks, I could easily see a sixer being cheaper... elsewhere. Man PA sucks sometimes for price

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 08:10:03 | More by DrDemento456
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JamisonM

Arizona

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

A: pours a black as night body with a deep mocha head the head was small however

S: rich sweetness molasses and caramel with coffee backing that up very good smell.

T: molasses caramel with the coffee in there and the oatmeal smoothing things out. very good beer.

M: med mouth with med carbonation

D: very drinkable

Overall: its a very nice winter beer got good layers of flavor sweetness and coffee. Very nice and drinkable too!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 22:32:50 | More by JamisonM
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

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

2009 vintage

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip. Half a finger of dark tan head sits on top of a black body. The head maintains as a thin film, but still leaves some nice lacing.

Nice layers of roasted coffee bean and chocolate. Coffee still has some good presence even with some age on this beer, but it does seem more integrated than I'm guessing it was when the beer was fresh. Dark, earthy, well-roasted malts make up the background. Potentially a little bit of fudge and chocolate milk as well.

Coffee, chocolate, fudge and oatmeal on the tongue. This is quite tasty. Not overly complex, but the chocolate and coffee pair well.

Mouthfeel has a nice thickness to it from the oatmeal, but isn't sludgy like some of the heavier RIS's. Smooth, almost creamy. Good carbonation and the ABV is unnoticeable.

Drinkability is great. This brew is really easy to put back. A chocolaty, coffee-laced, liquid dessert. I would definitely pick this up again and would love to try it fresh. However, the coffee is still noticeable and has melded well with the rest of the beer with more than half a year on it. I also think this might be my first Terrapin brew. Looks like I'll have to check out the rest of their lineup.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 00:38:10 | More by sisuspeed
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abuliarose

New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Portsmouth snifter/goblet revealing black body over a well-tanned but thin head. Smells roasty and sweet but heavy on the roasty with a lot of black coffee character in with a slight vanilla and serious malt backbone. A little kecap manis. Some raw molasses notes in there as well.

Tastes big and flavorful with a raw chocolate sweetness and rich maltiness up front that transitions well to the bitter astringent coffee. The aftertaste is like you are chewing on gourmet dark chocolate-covered espresso beans. Very well-preserved coffee character. Vanilla and cacao fruitiness are again predominant. It's great with the little age that it has, very balanced with a clean finish. Wonder what fresh is like. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, but with a body-building tingling carbonation. Very drinkable. Thoroughly enjoyable.

I would love to have this one again!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 00:36:29 | More by abuliarose
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ATPete

New Jersey

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

12oz bottle, 2008 vintage

Pours an inky black into a Dogfish snifter, a large brown head rests firm atop. Rich sweet chocolate malt notes in the nose, this one is in a "dark fruits" stage, lots of raison, fig, some cherry and a nose warming waft of alcohol. Awesome mouthfeel, creamy and full bodied, coating and very round. Sweet, burnt chocolate malts, not much coffee remains, tootsie rolls, no fruit notes in flavor. I just cant get over the texture, so very round with minimal carbonation to feel. Well this is much different than i expected.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 00:44:18 | More by ATPete
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codewarrior

New York

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

12oz singleton, poured into a Snifter. Bottle marted VINTAGE09AA.

Picked this up in a trade with Handle. Thanks!

The bottle here states:

"Brewed to the exact specifications of Terrapin Beer Company's Brewmaster by Flying Dog Brewery"

I'm assuming that Terrapin doesn't have bottling facilities, anyway, on with the vitals:

L: Shiny jet black with brownish thick head, 1-finger.

S: Layered Horizontally, and consistant throughout the length of the nose. Coffee dominates here, lots of booze just under that, and lurking in the depths are the subdued remnants of traditional stout notes peaking out here and there.

T: Starts boozy and sweet, and then the coffee hostily takes over. Finish is subdued coffee bitterness with boozy-sweet notes.

F: Thick as tar, rich as hell. Phenomenal.

D: I'd drink it again. And again.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 00:34:50 | More by codewarrior
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mjn5036

New Hampshire

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

Vintage 2009AA appears on the back of the bottle. Popped open and poured into a goblet. The beer pours a thin black color and creates a sizeable cappuccino colored head that sticks around for a fair amount of time before receding into a thin crust of mocha foam.

Nose consists predominately of coffee and dark roasted malts.

Taste is dark roast black coffee; absolutely delicious. One of the better coffee stouts I have had to date when it comes to the coffee flavor. A smooth roasted flavor and very subtle fig and malty chocolate finish makes this quite enjoyable. Strong bitterness from the coffee is balanced well with the other flavors.

The alcohol is there but hidden fairly well. Nice prickly carbonation makes this pretty smooth on the palate. Another solid offering from Terrapin.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 02:09:20 | More by mjn5036
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khiasmus

South Carolina

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

The top looking like so much brown lava, atop the darkest of nights. It disappears in the tepid black liquid, the reflection, as from oil, glaring the colours back at you.
And we dance.
The colours spin around us, the odd shapes and sounds and nightmares one sees at these, the beauty contrasted with the hideous. Whirling about through the dense fog and dazzling lights, catching glimpses of spectres and goblins and fair maidens and zombies... and the blackness seems impenetrable.
And we breathe.
The aromas of espresso for those who desire to remain here all night, in this morbid gaiety of demons frolicking with nuns, of tigresses leaping alongside skeletons of dead warriors... The espresso aromas waft, and along with them the bourbon, spilling upon the suits of armour and the feather boas and dripping to the trampled floor. The great bearded dwarf has not minded his axe, a liter of stout crashes to the floor, and the burnt grain marries with the espresso and bourbon and chocolate milk and black dirt that was tracked in by the giant bunny's fur paws.
And we drink.
The delectable stout is as dark as the night, as bitter as the espresso, as sweet as the chocolate. Creamy and thick, with little effervescence, just enough to carry the astringency on the finish to it's warm, bitter close.
And we sing. We make merry. We embrace the morbidity of this sordid holiday, and we mock the Evil that spawned this present darkness. Witches and warlocks we are, dark artists, extravagant, we laugh at death and we embrace the strangers as they shuffle in, for we know not who may be behind the masks. We know not who. The real and true axe murderer could be right here in our midst. He could know where your gun is hiding in your drawer. He could come in amidst the deafening revelry, come in, silently, calmly, unhurriedly. Everyone is certain that they would know him if only he would remove his mask. everyone is certain that they have only to address him and they will hear a friendly voice. Everyone is certain that even if they themselves are unacquainted with the man, he must be someone's friend, for It is only in the movies that serial killers abduct from house-parties. Only in the movies do young women go missing on nights such as these. Only in the movies is Evil as present. You watch to feel the thrill of terror, to see others tortured, it is all in the spirit of the holiday. You watch as the unthinkable happens. But of course, it is only in the movies. The man who knocks on your door tonight... he will undoubtedly be your friend. Of course. Ignore the fact that the axe is made of steel and not plastic. You have nothing about which to worry. You are safe.

Happy Halloween.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 17:29:09 | More by khiasmus
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