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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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3,053 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,053
Reviews: 1,178
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 684
Gots: 473 | FT: 38
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of thain709
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Poured a deep, dark black body...the head stood about a finger tall and was brown in color...it fell rather quickly and settled into a thin film...some lacing

S - This smells like a cup of cold coffee...straight forward with coffee grounds and an underlying sweetness

T - The coffee flavor in this beer is awesome...it dominates from start to finish and I love it...that deep flavor of a black cup of coffee is great...there are some heavily roasted malts present in the middle of the beer which add some extra flavor...I could actually pick up the oats at the end of the beer...they paired nicely with bitterness of the coffee beans and actually combined for a bitter yet smooth finish

M - Thick bodied...creamy, smooth, bitter

D - This is a very nice coffee stout as the coffee dominates from start to finish...it's not as rich as Founder's Breakfast Stout but I would love to have this one around and could have two or three and not even notice the 8%

thain709, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of ugaterrapin
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured a light sucking crude oil beckoning black. There was surprisingly about two fingers of deep tan head that lasted longer than a bad hangover. Strong smell of coffee grinds and roasted malts. Strong taste of coffee grinds and roasted malts. As the past two sentences insinuated there was no surprise when I had my first sip. The mouthfeel is not quite as heavy as I would have suspected which is great. Alcohol presense is masked fairly well. It is slightly noticable on the back of the throat (that's what she said). Overall it tastes like a extremely delicious cup of joe but in beer form which makes it even better. I had one last year and for some reasons this year's batch seems a little more drinkable.

ugaterrapin, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev -7%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 09 vintage.

A: Black body with a brown head that recedes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

S: Completely dominated by coffee. Roasted malts are just barely detectable.

T: Pretty much the same as the smell. A bunch of coffee, not a whole lot of stout.

M: Smooth from the oats, slightly astringent from the coffee.

D: I'm generally a fan of coffee stouts. This isn't quite in the league of FBS, but it's pretty well done and incredibly easy to put down.

BarrelO, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of obywan59
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Vintage 09

12 oz. bottle with green terrapin in a chef's hat standing by a griddle making scones or really thick pancakes. A steaming pot of coffee at his left side, a spatula in his left hand, and a foaming glass of beer in his right.

Pours thickly into the bottom of my Guiness Porter Pint Glass. Color is dark brown on the pour, but totally black in the glass. 2 finger chocately head that slowly rises and then recedes, also rather slowly, leaving slight lacing on the glass.

Smells of coffee, with aromas of sweetness as well. I've never smelled a beer like this before.

More coffee on the tongue, with the bitterness of dark chocolate. Probably the most burnt beer I've ever tasted, certainly as far as the beers I've reviewed. After my first beer, I'd have called this dry, but I think the bitterness of the burnt malt was just too overpowering at first. But then, after acclimating to it, I noticed substantially more sweetness while drinking the second beer. Slight bite from the alcohol, but well hidden by the creaminess.

Rather heavy in the mouth, but nicely so, call it moderately thick. Very smooth and creamy from the oats.

For me it was less drinkable at first, becoming much easier as time went on.

Overall, overcoming my initial trepidations, I'd have to say, in the end, this is a great beer. Everything came together after I got past the bitter burnt malt surprise. 8.1% ABV is felt more than tasted.

obywan59, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of kels
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

Mmmm...this beer just looks delicious. Pours dark-chocolate brown, completely opaque. The initial 2 finger milk-chocolate brown head fades to a bubbly, chocolate milk thick skim with foamy swathes of lacing along the glass walls.

Definitely a coffee beer. The dryness and very dark roastiness of the beans is the primary aroma in this beer. There's a slight caramel sweetness underlying its strength. It smells chewy.

This is one hell of a delicious beer. There's a great dry, roasted rich coffee flavor that dominates the taste. A shot of cream smooths out the coffee bitterness, and the oatmeal adds a thick and weighty dimension to the taste and the mouthfeel. It is a hearty, full and tasty beer. The carbonation is moderate to strong, and the alcohol vapors hang on the palate well after the beer is gone.

Drinkability is ridiculously high. The beer is very full of flavor and the alcohol isn't overpowering at all. Definitely lives up to the "wake and bake" former name. As much as I'd like to start my day with a few of these, I think I'd be soon unemployed. Again, much like the former name.

kels, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of sarahspat
3.08/5  rDev -28.4%

Had this on tap at the brewery on 12-16-09. (BTW, why aren't beerfly reviews of this place allowed? It's totez a bar... with "free" beer, and $10 glasses. I love you, Terrapin!)

A very, very strong burnt coffee smell completely dominates the nose. I'm talkin' 5 day old, stale gas station coffee, mixed with dirt. Something very earthy about this beer. Definitely not the best impy stout I've smelled. Notes of vanilla and dark chocolate assert themselves in the background.

The taste is pretty much the same, but for some reason the coffee is not quite as offensive to my tongue as it is to my nose. But, again, burnt coffee is dominant.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy-thick.

Overall, I'd have to say I liked it at first, but as it went on it got increasingly difficult to drink it. It seemed like the flavors that came through after warming were just more offensive versions of the composted coffee grounds, and the smell was by far the worst part.

I still love this brewery... but this beer is not for me.

sarahspat, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of GeezLynn
4.47/5  rDev +4%

A: Pours out thick and dark brown, settling out black with a small, but long-lived brown head.

S: Lots of vanilla at first, followed chocolate maltyness and a bit of coffee. The more whiffs I take, the more the coffee becomes the dominant smell.

T: Dark chocolate and coffee. Loads of black, roasted malts and bitterness that linger for a long finish. I definitely notice similarities in the coffee and lactose flavors with this beer and the Depth Charge.

M: Smooth. Good thick mouthfeel with fine carbonation.

I'd like it just a little sweeter, but they did a good job of packing in the coffee flavors and bulking things up with oats. Very good. Will be out for more.

Edit: have really been enjoying and had to bump up score a bit. Have come to prefer this to FBS.

GeezLynn, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of kiddynamite920
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

Best before vintage 08, wondering why this was just put on the shelves. Poured a solid black with no head whatsoever. Full of coffee and oats on the nose, some dry chocolate. Taste is big on coffee and roasty malts. Very dark and toasty. A little thin on the tongue, with a bite from the alcohol. Taste reminds me of Peche Mortel. Very drinkable oatmeal stout.

kiddynamite920, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -7%

On tap at UJ's on the Manatawny today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is nice enough, with coffee, chocolate and a touch of cola. Flavors replicate the nose on this easy to drink and appreciate oatmeal stout. Also, I like how this beer starts out initially with some moderate sweetness, but finishes with a smooth, dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is pretty good. Alcohol is barely noticeable in this easy going stout.

Nothing special here, but a nice enough beer. Good stuff.

John_M, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +4%

On tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC on 11/27/09.

A - Appeared virtually black in the glass with deep ruby hues around the edges and a creamy tan head that settled to a thin patch that skimmed along top.

S - Really fresh, authentic coffee aroma with a pleasant chocolate sweetness. Sweet vanilla notes and roasted malt round out the aroma.

T - Mmmm... fresh roasted coffee with hints of vanilla and chocolate. This is a very coffee-forward beer with plenty of malty goodness and a hint of chocolate syrup. More complex notes of bitter Belgian chocolate open up as it warmed. However, the coffee presence really dominates the overall flavor. Finishes with a touch of hop bitterness and slight lactic notes.

M - Bordering full-bodied with a creamy, robust mouthfeel and soft carbonation, as well as some oily slickness. Fair amount of bitterness in the finish with some mild bristle on the tongue.

D - Fantastic and very authentic coffee beer that is aptly named. I could drink this at 7:30 in the morning!

ffejherb, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%

Pours a total black - no light penetration at all. Gives way to a thick fluffy brown head. Retains briefly before fading to a thin film with a thick crown. Virtually no lacing.

Nose is absolutely wonderful - rich coffee aroma. It's like you're standing in a coffee shop. I literally just sat here smelling it for minutes. Taste likewise has rich roasty coffee notes. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Alcohol isn't really noticeable. Mouthfeel is decent, but isn't up to par with the rest of the beer. A bit creamy with fairly generous carbonation that tingles across the tongue - full bodied. Thoroughly enjoyable, especially for fans of coffee beers.

Wish it was still called Wake n Bake. Such a cooler name.

8/6/10 Update: As the memory of Depth Charge fades with time, Wake N Bake is increasingly becoming my favorite coffee beer. The aroma of this thing makes the Folgers theme song play in my head, and the blast of coffee on the palate is tremendous. A- is certainly a great rating for a beer, but I don't know why this thing hasn't managed to pull in an A average yet. Phenomenal coffee stout.

Mavajo, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of pourmeup
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%

A- pours an opaque black with a half inch tan and brown head rising quickly, leaves a light lacing on the glass continually
S- smells of toasted oats and medium roast coffee, has a nice sweet smell from the maltiness
T- medium and dark roast coffees, has a great sweet flavor, finishes with a molasses and a light vanilla flavor
M- could be thicker, but overall has a nice creaminess and a light carbonation
D- oh so drinkable, a few of these could be had in an evening

pourmeup, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of dpodratsky3
4.13/5  rDev -4%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pitch black, no light or shades, brown head, very thick looking, super creamy

S: Fresh ground coffee beans, plus that creamy roasted malt aroma, they both work very well together, more coffee than stout, but doesn't overwhelm beer aromas, almost some slightly alcoholic smell in the form of kahlua

T: Rich, smooth coffee flavors, hint of hops, just enough to differentiate it from alcoholic coffee, again has a slight kahlua aftertaste of alcohol

M: Very thick feeling, low carbonation, but nice and comforting

D: Definitely a sipping beer, good for after dinner, harder to drink than just straight coffee because it is heavier, but in a good way

Notes: One of the better coffee stouts I have tried, nice rich coffee aroma and flavor, plus that creamy stout feel that I like. Less acidity and spiciness than some others, which is what I really like about it. Just an enjoyable pleasant beer.

dpodratsky3, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of Stigs
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

growler filled yesterday @ FatHead's, poured into a standard pint glass

A - very thin layer of Wendy's Frosty colored head, tight and frothy...lacing down the glass. the beer is a very very dark brown, near black...like a strong cup of coffee.

S - loads and loads of (fresh) iced coffee, bitter and strong but not stale. underneath is some nuttyness and bread.

T - tastes just like super strong iced coffee, with extra notes of some milk chocolate, nuts, and biscuits. very little alcohol warming near the end.

M - big and creamy, yet big carbonation (a little too much). looks a bit thicker in the body than it actually is.

D - coffee fans will dig this, light body aids in being able to drink more of this. great for after dinner, not sure about the placebo effect but i got a little bit of a caffeine buzz off this.

one of the better coffee stouts, but not the best. lacking only in mouthfeel and a little bit of character.

Stigs, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of eyncognito
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%

a 2007 vintage courtesy of deuane-thanks.

a solid black pour produces 2 fingers of mocha colored head which reduces quickly into an attractive collar. the coffee aroma seems muted-certainly it has faded in the 2 or so years. regardless, coffee mingles comfortably with fudge, coco, and molasses. i even detect just a hint of licorice-like spicyness. the full bodied coffee aroma is just right-that is, not too burnt or acrid smelling. i feel bad giving this a 3.5 for the aroma, i'm sure it's seen better days, but it is what it is.

the taste it seems has not suffered much over time. i've only sampled fresh wake-n-bake once and i can safely say that the coffee is more muted, but in some ways the flavors are even more well intergrated. the harmony of black coffee and dark chocolate is well done. a clean bitter finish from the hops that have without a doubt faded from the nose.

mouthfeel is spot-on, thank you oatmeal. medium bodied, smooth, creamy, and gentle carbonation. well-crafted, easily could knock back a few on a cold night. alcohol is warming, but does not detract from its drinkability.

eyncognito, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of d0ggnate
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

A: Poured a deep brown, near black to my Bruery tulip glass. Has to elicit visible carbonation with a less than gentle pour, but once I did there sat a nice mocha colored 1/2 finger head layer. Before i knew it, it was gone.
S: Bitter coffee is the first thing I pick up. Hints of bitter, dark chocolate , also. A slight bready note is picked up.
T: Milk chocolate immediately apparent. Like chocolate milk, almost. Coffee has moved to the background on the flavor profile.
M: Very full-bodied and creamy. While being full flavored, the body is less viscous than it appears in the glass. Less than mouth-coating.
D: Smooth drinking with rich flavors that usually come with Imperial Stouts. A solid offering and I would love to try more that Terrapin has to offer.

d0ggnate, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.4/5  rDev -20.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. Best before "Vintage 08AA" printed in there. 8.1% ABV.

Thanks a bunch to Onenote81 for this beer!

A - Pours almost 100% black. Tiny streaks of clear dark brown can be seen in the syrup-like stream but not in the glass. A one-finger dark chocolate head rose up to a drop to a layer. No lacing but the color coated the glass momentarily for each sip.

S - Intensely rich and robust roasted malt nose with a dark roasted coffee-grounds nose and hints at oatmeal, maple, and brown sugar. That's a foreboding aroma!

T - Burnt taste of cold dark coffee and burnt chocolate malts. The dry, burnt finish overpowers any other nuances this beer may contain. The aftertaste that lingers moments after the swallow is a bit better than the immediate flavor.

M - Chewy as hell and rich. Full-bodied and bold with a very dry finish. Thick and syrupy, it coats the throat on the way down.

D - Aside from it's overly burnt flavor profile, it has a lot else going for it. It's mouthfeel is by far the best part though. Maybe its too old... A good imperial stout with coffee still. Just back up on the heavily roasted ingredients a smidgen.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Nutleybeer
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours jet black like motor oil. A thin, mocha like head remains sitting on top. It has the smell of fresh roasted coffee with a bit of warm baked chocolate cake mixed in. It is pretty inviting.

First sip, nice, smooth. The cocoa/coffee flavors are there but not overwhelming. It is really pleasant. An imperial stout perhaps, but it doesn't kick you with a hard alcohol punch.

Overall, really good. Would go fantastic with any sort of desert. Good for a lazy afternoon, where you feel like sipping something and truly savoring the different levels of flavors.

Nutleybeer, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Riccymon
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Thanks to screach for the in-person trade!
Poured from the bottle pitch black in color with just a bit of fuzzy brown head. This is the thickest, most oily looking beer I've had to date. Smell is oatmeal, coffee grounds, and a sort of fudgy, milk chocolate note.

Flavors are even more full, as I sip-- roasted nuts, coarse grain/oatmeal, chocolate (both bitter and Hershey's syrup, this time), and a bitter, black coffee ending that first seemed a little leafy and metallic to me at first. The coffee note softened up and grew on me before long, however.

Mouthfeel is as creamy and thick as I've had, and drinks quite smoothly up until the slight bite at the finish.

I enjoyed this Imperial Stout more than any other I've had in a long time!

Riccymon, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%

appearance: loaded head and creamy froth.
deep dark black, pure ebony

smell: decent lacing and head rentention. smelled liek black coffee and it dominated the aroma

taste: rich and strong coffee roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste

mouthfeel: good carbonation and medium to full bodied

drinkability: great imperial stout decent complexity. Another great one from Terrapin

CampusCrew, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of number1bum
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

krisandajt hooked me up with a bottle of this. Pours a thick black color, I don't see any light getting through, with two fingers of creamy dark tan head. Retention is pretty average, however, as it keeps only a thin lace and doesn't leave much of any stick.

Smell at first has a rich dark chocolate nose, and then the coffee opens up big time. It's a bold, very nice coffee aroma, a dark roast yet not burned. There is some roasted malt here as well. Enticing.

Taste also consists of a rich combination of chocolate and coffee. It's sweet dark chocolate, somewhat milky as well, and the coffee is bold and flavorful. There is a big sweetness to this beer, but the coffee and roasted malt balance it nicely, and there is some espresso bitterness in the finish, as well.

Mouthfeel is a creamy full body, rich and chewy, soft on the palate and very smooth. It's thick and filling.

This is very good. Lots of flavor and the coffee character is excellent - a bold roast but not burned tasting. A very tasty imperial stout. I'm excited to see Terrapin in PA now. Thanks Joe!

number1bum, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a dark motor oil black color with a 1-finger dark mocha head that quickly fades to nothing and leaves just a little lacing.

The strong coffee notes are cleanly evident in the aroma along with subtle hints of chocolate in the back.

Taste again showcases the coffee notes with lighter hints of chocolate and roasted malt in the finish. The coffee aspect is really well done, makes itself known without being too overbearing.

Medium to full bodied, very smooth mouthfeel with little to no carbonation. Terrapin impresses me again. This is a great coffee stout that I hope I will have the chance to try again.

Vengeance526, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of jdg204
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

Ventured to Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem to start celebrating my promotion at work. Picked up a few brews and among the first I was chose was this newly arrived selection.

A: Pitch black body with a thick mocha colored head that left pretty quickly but left decent lacing.

S: Roasty with coffee, dark chocolate and dark fruits making a wonderful aroma.

T: Starts out with dark chocolate and mocha flavors in a lovely blend. Robust up-front flavors are then balanced by a nice healthy, hoppy bitter finish.

M: Full bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation but a bit too much dryness.

D: My first Terrapin and it was quite a successful kickoff. An impressive brew with great fundamentals (color, flavor, and aroma) that reminded me of much more famous brews from Founders and Southern Tier. My only complaint was that it had a little trouble in the execution (the over-dryness), but all in all this was a fantastic brew. A must try for all brew fans, glad to see great beer coming out of the South!

jdg204, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of Overlord
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%

Pours black with a deep tan head. Nice looking brew! Thanks Deaconbluez!

Smell is pure coffee abundance. Not much of a coffee afficionado, but this seems like it's both espresso, black, and full grain blends all at once. Maybe a whiff of oatmeal or chocolate, and some definite roasted malt notes.

The flavor is dry, charred, and coffee laden. Wow. A s***-ton of coffee in this. The oatmeal, chocolate, and malt are mere nuances to what's essentially like drinking an alcoholic coffee beverage.

Coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

Overlord, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

Anthony1, Oct 01, 2009
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,053 ratings.