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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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2,996 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,996
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 671
Gots: 465 | FT: 37
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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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4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks go out to JCB for this one! Pours a very thick dark brown color which is absolutely black in the glass with a nice two finger creamed coffee colored head that left some decent lacing. Aroma is of chocolate covered espresso beans, caramel, and all around roastiness. Great coffee and chocolate flavor in this one. Coffee is ront and center, dark bitter chocolate is next on the flavor wave, followed by a nice roastiness, sweet at first, but dry and bitter on the finish. Oily, slick, creamy mouthfeel, with low carbonation. Delicious coffee stout and hopefully this one will hold up with some age as I save a few bottles of it.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 02:12:11 | More by KeefD
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

Thanks to PhiDelt for the generous extra. 12oz. bottle served in my New Belgium Globe glass. Vintage 08. Poured with motor oil like consistency - one shade shy of black with a quarter inch khaki-colored head that dissipated within seconds into a tight band around the perimeter of the glass and soapy swirl. Only a few spots of lacing present during the tasting. Big coffee nose - rich grounds, as well as some molasses, but I also got a bit of a vegetal aroma off the cap pop; luckily it dissipated in the glass. Taste follows nose, but there is also a great deal of sweetness, as well as bitter (perhaps baker's) chocolate and molasses. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slick across the tongue with a light effervescence in the background and a slightly chalky quality at the finish. This is a really tasty stout that improves as it warms. I really like the balance of coffee and sweetness on this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 23:47:02 | More by Jwale73
Photo of dukedevil0


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

Picked up a couple single 12oz bottles of this at Bocktown outside of Pittsburgh.

A: Pours dark oily black wuth a beautiful 2 fingers of mocha colored head that settles down a little bit and leaves lacing on the glass.

S: Chocolate, coffee, some roastiness

T: Coffee is the dominant flavor here, with some bitter or roasty flavors following it

M: Nice mouthfeel that isn't totally creamy, but it's just thin enough to not be considered thick

D: The alcohol is not prominent, the flavor is solid, but just a little too bitter and roasty to drink a lot of this

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 23:35:56 | More by dukedevil0
Photo of infestaxion


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

Big thank you to beeruser for this fine brew.

A - Pours a nice thick black with a DARK brown head. Sweet nectar.

S - Coffee is definitely the stand out here. Not really getting much else. A hint of burnt chocolate malt.

T - Strong coffee flavor as well. Not as much as a fresh FBS but then again this has a couple of months on it as well. Smooth chocolate to combat the bitter coffee. Not a bit of alcohol flavor to speak of at all.

M - Not as thick as I want out of a stout but I like the carbonation. Well played Terrapin. Well played.

D - For 8.1% this stuff goes down EASY. Without a doubt an Imperial Session beer if ever there was one.

I am so glad I have three more. This is a damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 00:13:30 | More by infestaxion
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks Jason !

vintage 2008 per label

pours jet black with light cocoa head, light retention.

nice coffee notes mixed with light chocolate and light roasted malts.

perfect blend of coffee and roasted malts. the coffee is very noticeable but blends so well so it is not overpowering. very like chocolate notes and like aftertaste.

not too smooth, not too thick and very smooth. very light thin carbonation.

this is a GREAT coffee stout. it is very light and easy for what it is. the coffee blends so well. hands down one of the better coffee stouts i have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 03:33:18 | More by hooliganlife
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West Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had the pleasure to taste this particular beer on tap, and was very impressed. I tried a few different samplers and settled on this. The name listed for this beer at the resturaunt i dined at was "wake and bake" - given that - it will definately get you a buzz kicking with with about two. The taste is remarkable - a hint of coffee and very chocolatey. Also goes great with some decent Mexican food. Would like to do some more research with this beer. The Finster is impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2009 02:11:52 | More by Finster
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericwo for this awesome extra... a beer which was high on my wants awhile back but one that I had forgotten about.

Pours black with a light brown head. Of course, we get a bunch of coffee in the nose. Huge coffee and oat on the taste buds... this is not a case of bait & switch by any means. It is palette damaging... but the side of bacon still tasted porky!

I had this, this morning along with pancakes. This was the best morning of my life. My first offering from Terrapin and certainly, not my last.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 15:16:10 | More by rudylaw
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3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Fathead's in Pittsburgh.

A- Pours very dark, almost black, and opaque. Very little dark brown head.

S- Strong dark roasted coffee scent

T- Very coffee like, subtle bitterness, no alcohol burn

M- Creamy, very smooth, a nice thick coating on the tongue

D- Very nice, although one or two in a session would be sufficient with the strong flavors

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 01:07:03 | More by cichief
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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--Pours a pitch black with about a finger and a half of the darkest brown head that I have ever seen. The head darker than most brown ales. Impressive! It does recede quickly without lacing, however.

S--The deepest, richest coffee smell I've gotten from any beer. Lots of other coffee stouts have this "stong" of a smell, but none that I can remember have such a deep roasty smell, its hard to describe since I am not a coffee drinker. Definite 5, maybe even trumps the nose on Peche Mortel

T--Very similar to Founders Breakfast Stout, but without the bitter bite. Very tasty. There isn't much there other than the coffee, it's a mild blend with the slightest touch of creaminess. I actually wish I would have poured this a little colder than I did because it would be interesting to see how this progresses as it warms up. It was already up to probably 60 degrees when I started the pour

M--Medium bodied with a bit of creaminess and moderate levels of carbonation

D--Probably wouldn't want more than one due to the richness of the coffee flavor. But it is a great one-and-done beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 02:23:02 | More by alcstradamus
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from xhermit, thank you.

Poured into a pint glass at 51 degrees.

Appearance: Jet black in color with a one finger head. The head is foamy and creamy the retention on it is just okay. The color of the head is a dark brown. There are few bubble trying to reach the surface appearing on the side of the glass. There is no clarity, so don't ask.

Nose: A dark roasted malt, rich coffee aroma, dark chocolate, oatmeal, nice molasses sweetness, caramel, and some burnt character.

Taste: A very intense coffee, roasted malt, hint of molasses, toffee, some burnt character, and dark bittersweet chocolate.

Overall: The mouth feel is creamy and slightly carbonated. The body of the beer is thick and chewy. The finish delightful and pleasing. This is fantastic brew. It has a great nose, wonderful taste, and the finish near perfect. I am going to have round up a few more of these brews. There is not much else to say.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 22:06:24 | More by colts9016
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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours damn near black with a tiny bit of dark brown head that vanishes nearly immediately, leaving just a ring of lace.

Nose is very heavily coffee, leaving room for little else to come through. There are some chocolatey notes.

Taste is coffee, something charred/oaky/roasty, chocolate malt, maybe the faintest hint of lactose and ... then more coffee. The alcohol is detectable, and it's got that whiskey character to it, but not prominent at all. I'd say the coffee is too overpowering, but fuck that. This is supposed to be a coffee-heavy brew, and that's exactly what it is. And it is yummy! The chocolatey and lactose notes become more prominent as it warms.

Mouthfeel's very good -- heavy, sticky and a smidge creamy.

Drinkability's quite good for what it is ... a four pack doesn't last long on my watch. I'm super glad this has made its way to Florida's shelves.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 07:48:16 | More by thryn
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Loki for this in trade!

It's getting late so this will be a short review. Standard big stout appearance, dark and thick, average tan head, some nice lacing. Smell is a huge coffee bomb. Like I'm sniffing right into the bag of beans. Can't get enough.

Also tastes like a coffee bomb. Little chocolate, and a ton of coffee. Short on sweetness, and roastiness in comparison. An awesome one dimension to have, as it does it quite well. None of the unpleasantness in some coffee bombs (see: long trail coffee stout). Mouthfeel is top notch, very creamy, coffee flavor just sits on the palate. It may not be the biggest beer, but what it sets out to do, it succeeds at. Drinkability is amazing, no hint of booziness or anything. Like a coffee flavored drink from starbucks, in that regard. I really do wish Terrapin was available up here, they are impressing me more and more.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 07:45:27 | More by damienblack
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kiefdog for this extra (and the many many others on a recent trade). Pours black with a brown head. Nose is a lot of coffee and malts. Flavor is loads of coffee. Loads and loads. Bright coffee tones. Thick malts on the backbone. Yep. It's a coffee beer! And it's robust as all get out. Feel is smooth and slick on liquid and has a slightly vibrant carbonation. Hearty and robust. A nice drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 00:07:39 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a solid black with a brown head on it that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is black coffee with a dusting of cocoa, slight raisiny/dark fruits aroma and a slight whiff of alcohol.

Very definite black roasted coffee taste, caramel malt taste up front, them some bitter chocolate that stays for a while.

Heavy body, slightly oily, bit of an aftertaste to it.

Overall, a very good beer, but I feel that it isn't a consistantly drinkable one. Good by the single, but I couldn't see getting a six-pack or case of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 23:20:18 | More by Drewcifer
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to WesPatrick for this one....

Pours black with a sandy brown head of about half inch..gone in a flash. Zero lacing.
Aroma is straight coffee with some cocoa
Taste is Coffee as well..which I like...with some chocoalte malt in there.

Less than chewy mouthfeel but not terrible but carbonation is spot on ...Very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 23:30:36 | More by stonequarrywest
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3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = Strong cocoa powder aroma with dark chocolate and roasted coffee all mixed together.

T = Big chocolate/dry cocoa upfront with roasted coffee coming through in the middle and finish. Bold flavors with a little coffee bitterness in the finish. Alcohol hidden well.

MF = Thick and semi-chewy. Carbonation was low. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall, this is a fantastic stout that really showcases it's chocolate and coffee flavors. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 14:20:18 | More by Riverwarrior
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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Loki for the opportunity.

Vintage 08?
Pours a thick opaque black with garnet struggling there at the edges. A finger's worth of dark coffee creamy head falls slowly. Lines of heavy foam stick to the edge of each sip before sinking beneath their own weight.

Aroma begins with dark fruits and chocolate... but then it arrives, strong bitter coffee. Dark strong diner coffee, not some sugared up single origin fancypants coffee. (I'll be getting my cup of estate grown Ethiopian in the morning...)

Flavor again starts with dark fruits and chocolate before the coffee kicks it. But it kicks in with style, dominating the latter part of the sip into the finish, which is nicely bitter.

Intensely creamy and thick, coats your mouth kind of thick. Low carbonation accentuates the creamy feel. Definitely my favorite aspect of the a very good brew.

This isn't just a hint of coffee stout. It's a greasy eggs and cheese grits coffee stout. Well worth seeking out.
While I love it, the ABV and palate wrecking coffee would probably keep me from going after a bomber. I love big beers in 12oz bottles.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 02:00:41 | More by goatgoat
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to WesPatrick for tossing a couple bottles of this brew into a recent trade. Served in my FOBAB mini-pint glass.

A - A half finger of quick-dissipating mocha foam with minimal lacing. Pitch black, with a hint of brown at the edges of the glass.

S - Coffee, specifically espresso, mixed with roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, maybe a hint of hazelnut. It's big on coffee though - probably the biggest coffee bomb I've had since Shorts Cup a Joe. Big smell - you can catch a whiff a foot from the glass.

T - Coffee and caramel malts. There's a strong roasty and slightly bitter aftertaste. It's very pleasant, but a little one-dimensional - I'm not getting many other subtleties from it, maybe a hint of nuttiness and vanilla.

M - Medium body, with really sharp carbonation. It's more porter than stout in mouthfeel, although once you get past the bite on the upper lip it does impart that oatmeal creaminess. I could go for a little more viscosity, and a toned-down carbonation.

D - Like most coffee brews, it's hurt by the palate fatiguing nature of coffee, and this one has high carbonation and ABV to boot. There just isn't enough depth to this one - if I want coffee bomb I'll go for Central Waters, and if I want a complex coffee-infused imperial I'm more into The Abyss or Speedway. Still, if this is your local, it's a pretty solid brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 22:11:38 | More by MasterSki
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The glass sits full of a molten black liquid, that reveals glints of ruby when held to a light, topped with a fleeting skim of chocolate brown.
Coffee is evident from the first sniff, but does not rule iron-handedly. Caramel and nougat add significant sweet tones, and some minty hops even eke out a spot.
Tastewise, coffee beans grab a larger foothold, but they are rich and nuanced, earthy and a little butterscotchy and much more like a decent cup of Sumatran than the burnt black espresso grounds ashiness of many coffee beers. It sweetens with milk chocolate, caramel, honey-vanilla, and toffee. Oats add smoothness and temperance. Hops play with some floral and minty hues, and contribute a fair amount of countering bitterness.
Many beers of similar constitution are like drinking and wool blanket, whereas this carries its girth gingerly. It's rich, yes, but lighter than expected. And that's a blessing and a curse here. It's more of a middle weight Imperial, and what it loses in feel it makes up for in drinkability.
Highly endorsed, I'd buy a lot of this if it made it up North.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2009 07:14:03 | More by cokes
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to crazymacharris

Poured into a pint glass.
Pours very dark with a small dark brown head that quickly faded.
The smell was of good brewed coffee with some sweetness. If I smelled it blindfolded I would think I was getting ready to drink a latte. The taste was coffee at first, dark malts and bitter chocolate. Very low carbonation. Well balanced and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 02:23:42 | More by badmandy
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New York

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

Bottle thanks to JCB. Pours black with a hardly there head. Aroma is quite coffee-rich, mostly coffee grounds and espresso beans. Heavenly. Flavor of rich roasted malt with the nice coffee notes making their presence. It's nice to see a coffee beer that actually tastes like coffee!! Smooth palate and quite tasty. A very nice coffee beer!
9/4/8/4/16 (4.1/5)

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 02:53:53 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours well into my trusty new Belgium glass

It is super dark, makes we want to do a carbomb!
absolutely no light gets through

smells slightly sour, but may not have been aged properly, this one has been in and out of the cold a couple of times

The taste is sweet at first, some burnt coffee, caramel, and chocolate flavors fill your mouth as you swallow

Mouthfeel is heavy

the drinkablity is good for a cold night

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 04:25:26 | More by ncbeermonger
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3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black with a very thin tan head into a Unibroue tulip glass. A fine start for an imperial stout.

Aroma contains the obvious coffee notes with a touch of sweetness. Nothing overwhelming in this department.

Flavor is a nice balance of full body and a touch of coffee. Coffee is a compliment to the rich malty flavor. The oatmeal aspect of this plays very well giving it the body to stand up to the coffee. Very impressed.

A low but adequate level of carbonation.

Aroma as it warms over 30 minutes looses coffee and becomes more pronounced with the roasted malt.

An imperial stout that delivers. Exceptionally well balanced and I look forward to trying these over 2-4 years.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 03:35:05 | More by Yetiman420
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North Carolina

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

12oz bottle poured into dimpled mug

a-pitch black held up to light shows off slight ruby hues at the top around the lacing....1/2" toffee colored head..that lingered for a short time..

s-smells more like a coffee porter than a stout, sweet like liquorice and coffee in the after smell and bitter chocolate

t-reminds me more of a strong robust porter than an imperial stout imo...taste of liquorice and slight chocolate up front...followed by nice roasted malt shortly after then the coffee through the end....nice

m-slightly light imo for an imperial stout...not as thick as i usually like them...the highlight is that this is not overly carbonated just the right amount for me...

d-i rated this a little higher because in a weird way this is sort of light and refreshing for and imperial stout..i realize it is an oatmeal imperial stout but its still a little too smooth for me... i would and could drink 3 of these in one night no problem

overall a very nice brew...ive had it a few times and decided to try again on a cold rainy night....its quite nice and i am pleased with it...i would recommend for every one to try this...

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 00:52:22 | More by stoutfiend27
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just moved back to the South for a few months and thought I would re-review one of my all-time Favorites.
Pours out a light-obovoid black color, shutting out all light, gorgeous tan foamy head rising in my goblet, lacing abounds, looks delicious.
Smells of deeply roasted malty goodness, creamy oats, bitter espressos, chocolates, flaked cocoa, spicy hoppy bite from the ABV, provides a "warmess" excpected from a glass of coffee, blackstrap molasses follow, vanilla, the ever-so-light touch of a clove like spice beckon the first sip.
At first taste bitter double espresso, malty 70% cocoa, warming toasted coffees, dusting of chocolate, spicy from ABV, warming, long finish. The hops are extremely well hidden, providing only a a lightly hot finish reminescent of a good double shot of espresso. Deeply roasted coffee, walnut, slight chocolate finish, molasses,vanilla, a light creaminess from the oats, delicately warming finish.
Overall highly warming on the finish, never threatens to stray into the too heavy,too sweet category. This is a big beer that delicately remains in great balance of heavy yet light and intriguing.
I have had stouts of 13% by volume, but Terrapin has utilized the 8.1% factor here and integrated it as proficently as the best of the best, and made it as warm and light as a much higher ABV brew.
A solidly crafted, well balanced beer, the best I've ever sampled from this brewery. I would actually like a slightly heavier finish, but small arguments are easily settled..well done Terrapin .

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2009 19:07:47 | More by czfreeman
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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