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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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Reviews: 1,232 | Hads: 3,633
Photo of TTripp725
2.98/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was anxious to try this beer but was greatly disappointed upon drinking it. To me the flavor was lacking and it had a really weird after taste. Luckly i bought two bottles so i can try them both. (199 characters)

Photo of GregJ
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with thin dark tan head. Smells of coffee and a little boozy. Tastes of mocha, coffee, roasted malts and light hoppiness. Heavy body, light and smooth carbonation, excellent mocha malty aftertaste. An outstanding imperial stout. (244 characters)

Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, no light. The head is very thin, barely 1/2 a finger, going away quickly a leaving hardly any lacing. The aroma is interesting, with both coffee notes, nice sweetness and subtle oat notes. The taste has a similar profile, with a little caramel sweetness on the finish. The body is thicker and silky feeling. (327 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage. Pours used motor oil black. Very good head volume, excellent retention and lacing. Rich nose of coffee (most pronounced) and semisweet dark chocolate (background). Minor notes of roast and dark fruit (prunes). As it warms, alcohol and prunes are quite noticeable. Medium bodied with a smooth texture - and it has to be nearly room temperature to achieve this. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish. The flavor profile is reasonably intense, reasonably balanced, but lacks the complexity of World Class stouts. It begins with a blend of coffee, dark chocolate and alcohol flavors that slowly separate over a slight sweetness. In the middle, prunes and alcohol dominate over slight notes of roast and bitterness. These fade out slowly as the finish. Very good, at best. (818 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with tan head. Coffee, oats, and lots of chocolate malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a combo of chocolate and coffee. (170 characters)

Photo of PostRockandCats
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a glass.

L: Like a black hole. Pitch black. No light, even when put next to a bulb. No head, just a teeny bit of froth around the edge. ETA: a super aggressive pour got a light brown, 2-finger head that went away fast.

S: Lots of coffee and malt. Little bit of burnt caramel.

T: Wow. Brulee and malts surrounded by rich coffee. Plums, dates, lots of dark fruit. Hint of spice. Very toasty warm. Very boozy-tasting. Nice bit of umami at the end. ETA: Super aggressive pour brought out some light hop notes.

F: Smooth like silk. Not too heavy. Which is good; it's such a flavor hit that a heavy mouthfeel would be overboard.

O: This is how I want to die. (686 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into small snifter
A- Big deep chocolate brown pour with a small khaki head. Little lacing down side of glass.
S- Huge roasty, coffee aroma hits you first. Bitter baking chocolate also comes through.
T- Follows the nose pretty closely. Not an overpowering maltiness, some hop bitterness to accompany the bitter chocolate flavor. There's no doubt this is a coffee-infused stout.
M- Nice medium mouthfeel with a good creaminess. Alcohol is hidden really well by the heavy coffee taste.
O- Nice {coffee} imp. stout from Terrapin. Would love to try the barrell-aged versions. (583 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The only weakness, if there is one, is it seems just a tad, very tad, thin. but the aroma, the taste, the balance of coffee , chocolate, booze, are superb. Excellent beer. (173 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For a beer as tasty as it is, the review is going to be short because it's all coffee. Very good balance of brewed coffee, coffee bean and roast components. It's a very smooth dry feel that masks the alcohol and doesn't have much bitterness. (241 characters)

Photo of EFitzsimmons
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown pour that is opaque in any glass held up to light. Very small medium brown head that fades shortly after the pour and not even a rim left on the glass for me.

It smells of a really good roasted coffee, with a bit of oat fullness to it rounding it out.

You really taste the coffee flavors in this one, but it is well balanced for sure. I think this would make for some great food recipes too. Coffee, bitter, and then a lighter sweeter nutty/oat finish making this easier to drink for a bigger beer.

It's a big beer for sure, not one you are chugging, but it's still on the smoother lighter side of big beers. It would be easy to have a few of these, although I think 1 at a time will do the trick. (720 characters)

Photo of Stater
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Black as night. Scent of coffee, chocolate, and hint of brown sugar. Taste is staged coffee, then chocolate, then the oatmeal cookie kicks in at end. Very good offering from these guys. (186 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin Wake ’N Bake has a thin, beige head, a very dark brown (essentially black) appearance, and just scattered little lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of dark, but not burnt, barley malt, rich coffee, and possibly a touch of coffee. Taste is of creamy and dark malt, chocolate, grain, strong coffee, and noticeable, yet mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side, and Terrapin W. ’N B. finishes somewhat powdery, mildly alcoholic, and chewy.

RJT (466 characters)

Photo of Spaten454
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a tan head that dissipates to the glass where it leaves sticky lacing.

S - Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Coffee dominates the nose mostly

T - Deeply roasted coffee and malt. Finishes with some bitter chocolate.

M - Thin for an imperial stout. Moderate carb

O - This is a great imperial stout. They integrated the coffee into it well. (360 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazingly dark chocolate brown that does not allow the light through. Minimal head and decent lacing. Aroma is of roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and cereal grain. Taste is an explosion of flavor. Strongest is coffee and lightly roasted coffee beans, followed by some bittersweet chocolate and a touch of cereal. Mouthfeel is chewy and coats the mouth and throat quite well. Alcohol is present but hidden fairly well considering the high ABV. Overall, balances out quite well leaving an aftertaste of chocolate and coffee. This is a bold and awesome beer. Quite the winter warm-up !!!!! (587 characters)

Photo of SFNC
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

This seemed like a FBS clone, in a good way. Not as creamy or complex, but a very enjoyable coffee based Imperial Stout. Good upfront coffee, raost and chocolate flavors, Then again if the real thing is available..... (219 characters)

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

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: black nice off chocolate head

S: coffee, cinnamon, a little chocolate

T: Very sweet coffee taste with the cinnamon and a little oats taste with some chocolate

M: medium bodied the coffee lingers on the tongue

O: This is a great beer comparing it to Founders Breakfast a Stout it is sweeter has a nice touch of cinnamon and is not as thin. This beer is what you want out of a coffee oatmeal stout. (443 characters)

Photo of MagicJeff
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage poured into a tulip.

A: Inky dark brown/black with a tan head. not much head retained.

S: Coffee, bitter black coffee. Some slight dark chocolate on nose too, but coffee dominates.

T: Dark chocolate and black coffee. slight vanilla after taste but the coffee is king.

Overall: Great beer to start off your day. Not sure I could drink multiples but this is a solid brew. (392 characters)

Photo of hopflyer
3.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2014 vintage

Black but not completely. Some brown highlights. Vigorous pour leaves almost no head and what is there fades quickly to a thin ring

First whiff I detect alcohol and a touch of light roast coffee. A little concerned with the prominence of booze.

Taste is light bitterness from the coffee and some oats. Booze is there. Not much roasted malt. Coffee prevails. letting it warm a bit opens up some bittersweet chocolate. .

Body is somewhat thin and low carbonation. Really falls short of my expectations here.

I gotta say I'm disappointed. Is really like an alcohol infused carbonated coffee. Deep roasted malts are almost absent and there is very little if any chocolate or toffee flavor. The bitterness and booze don't go well together Mouthfeel is thin. I guess I'll try to age these and hope the coffee and booze dissipate. (856 characters)

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours black with thin beige head. Smells of fresh brewed espresso roasted coffee. Really nice. Mouth feel is thinner than expected but overall acceptable. Taste is roasted coffee and malts, sweetness of alcohol (bit more than expected) and light cocoa notes. Overall quite tasty. Appreciate that it comes in 4 pack of 12 oz bottles now. (342 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a dark tan that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a deep black. Blacker than a black hole. Blacker than the abyss. Blacker than the Devil's soul. The beer is a black so deep that light cannot escape it. It also has a slight dark brown tinge despite the blackness.

The beer smell has very strong coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal smell. The beer has a mix of a chocolate chip cookie smell and a chocolate syrup kind of smell that results from the oatmeal and chocolate notes mixing with the sharp coffee notes. The coffee notes tend to come off pretty strong but the smell that really lingers is the oatmeal chocolate cookie smell.

The taste has the same strong coffee notes and strong chocolate and oatmeal notes. The coffee notes are strong, bitter, and dark. However, the chocolate and oatmeal notes, while noticeable under the coffee, are strongest in the lingering aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly medium bodied on the heavier side for a beer of this caliber. The carbonation gives a little too much texture and is a little high for my taste. Other than that the beer is a little thick and feels pretty good.

Overall, this beer was fantastic and I'm definitely picking up a four-pack after tasting this beer. I only wish Terrapin's other offerings were as phenomenal as this one. (1,314 characters)

Photo of ThatguyJoefromBoston
5/5  rDev +18.2%

The most fragrant, flavorful, and delicious stout around. Most of these reviews encompass what I would say about the beer's profile so I won't be redundant. (156 characters)

Photo of spacebear09
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance- Dark black beer with almost no head. Seriously even trying to the monster pour, this thing has no head on it.

Smell- Massive coffee notes, toffee, dark chocolate

Taste- Coffee, milk chocolate, oatmeal... everything advertised shows in the flavor. Terrapin backs up their claims with the real deal on this one.

Mouthfeel- Somewhat thin, very low carbonation

Overall- This is an EXTREMELY drinkable imperial stout. I could knock back about 10 bottles of WnB no problem and end up in the hospital the next day. This shit is straight up poison. Way too easy to drink for a high ABV beer, not even a trace of booziness or a harsh note to be found. (658 characters)

Photo of PeterParker
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wanted to wait for the weekend, couldn't help it.

Pours a deep black with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates, leaving slight lacing.

Gorgeous smelling beer. Heavy roasted coffee, sweet caramel, vanilla undertones, a hint of banana, and some spicy peppery heat. Not what I expected, better.

Yes. I'm so happy with this. Bittersweet coffee, so roasty, bitter dark chocolate, slight peppery finish. Sweet and so so delicious. The ideal morning beer. My God.

Super smooth and full bodied. Coats the entire mouth with goodness. No alcohol burn or taste. Perfectly carbonated. I'm blown away.

I think every single facet of this beer is perfect. My new favorite stout and possibly my new favorite beer. I love everything about this. (748 characters)

Photo of floridadrift
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Good fresh, good after a year, even better after 2 years, even better after 3 years.

A: Blackish brown

T: Oatmeal, coffee, bitterness, vanilla, oak, sugar

M: Thinnish, like a porter that wants to be a stout

O: Excellent, highly recommended. By a case and really see what this beer does over time. (300 characters)

Photo of ILMbrew
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

2013 batch served at or just below room temperature (55-60). Initially poured a pretty vigorous head but it died down pretty quickly to a faint tan rim around the glass. Smell is instantly of coffee and rich chocolate. Also some cinnamon. Opaque in color. No light showing though. Taste is initially of bitter chocolate followed by a mellow spiced coffee. To be a year old, there is still plenty of sharp chocolate. Very little in the way of alcohol bite but some boozy warm is still there. Mouthfeel is rich and chewy. To me this is where the oatmeal really comes through. Gives this beer that extra layer of complexity that Founders Breakfast Stout lacks. Such an incredible beer and really the cutting edge of the breakfast/coffee style in my opinion. Hopefully I will have the patience to lay a 2014 bottle down for more than a year. Would love to see a barrel aged variant of this in the future. (900 characters)

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,232 ratings.