Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company
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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!
10-04-2009 15:37:36 | More by jdg204
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.
10-04-2009 07:15:20 | More by Overlord
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.
10-01-2009 16:21:32 | More by Anthony1
4.88/5 rDev +13.5%
An unexpected find at my local bottle shop...
Appearance: Pours a thick, motor oil black with virtually zero head and a very slight bit of lacing.
Smell: Coffee, and lots of it, with a bit of sweet chocolate mixed in. Wow.
Taste: Unbelievable! The coffee really stands out in this brew. Mixed in nicely is a nice blend of sweet chocolate and roasted malt. There is a very very slight bit of bite at the end just to remind you that you're drinking a beer and not an iced mocha. This is some tasty stuff.
Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, and very smooth.
Drinkability: This beer reminds me a great deal of FBS. Where FBS, to me, has a stronger chocolate taste, this beer has a stronger coffee taste. Now, since I enjoy coffee more than chocolate, I would dare say I prefer this one to FBS. I wish I had a bottle to do a side-by-side. Absolutely phenomenal.
09-27-2009 02:12:09 | More by krisandajt
4.85/5 rDev +12.8%
I think coffee is disgusting. Gross. I'd rather eat dirt. But, despite this fact I enjoy drinking/chewing wake-n-bake immensely. Especially with a little bit of age on it. This particular glass is approximately 10 months old. Gets tastier as it warms, maybe I'll put the balance of the glass in the microwave and it would probably still taste amazing.
09-23-2009 17:38:23 | More by KickbacksSteve
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
Thanks to beeruser for sending me this in a trade.
Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic.
A- Very, very, deep, dark mahogany, and completely opaque. Sturdy pour yields ~1 1/2 fingers of brown head, which fades into a thin, oily film and a few bubbles for a cap.
S- An acidic coffee bomb, with hints of baker's chocolate.
T- Bold, dark, slightly burnt, astringent black coffee flavor. Light hints of dark fruit sweetness emerge in the background. Slight booziness on the finish.
M- Moderately low carbonation. Full, creamy, and smooth.
D- Decent. The bold aroma, flavor, and slightly higher ABV would make this a good sipper, but not too great for multiples....
Future outlook: Another great beer for the coffee lover. Two great coffee stouts in two nights....but like the one before it, this quality comes with a curse: I can't get this stuff around here....
09-17-2009 03:31:07 | More by DoctorDog
3.83/5 rDev -10.9%
Thanks to discovolante65 for bottle. 2008 Vintage. "Beer brewed with coffee." Comical label art.
Pours black into my American pint glass with a small tan head that quickly dissipates. Slight ruby at the fringes of the glass.
Smells like caramel infused coffee. Like a slightly weaker, sweeter FBS. Some roasty malt too.
Mouthfeel is a bit watery when you compare to say an FBS but the flavor is similar. Slight metallic notes blend with a large dose of coffee. The sweetness is there with all the malty goodness of a good malty stout. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, you get greater hints of it as you go.
I probably shouldn't have tried this after recently divulging into an FBS and I can't help but comparing the two but this one is definitely the lesser though a solid beer if you are lucky enough to get your hands on it.
09-16-2009 23:29:22 | More by crossovert
4.13/5 rDev -4%
A- Poured like motor oil, a thick syrup with a nice one finger brown head
S- Lots of coffee and chocolate and kind of a hint of walnut
T- Wow, does this have a strong coffee flavor, almost like expresso or even burnt coffee, but still real good
M- It's smooth yet syrupy and the burnt taste leaves a strong aftertaste but it only lasts for a second
D- This may sound weird, but I'd really like to drink one of these in the AM before work. It's a tremendous beer and it sucks that it's a limited edition. I have to find more.
09-16-2009 02:06:04 | More by wangbruins
4.47/5 rDev +4%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into two small snifters. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Part of our Destin, FL beer haul.
Vintage 08 AA
A: Pours black with slight chestnut accents. at the edges. 1/2 finger dark brown head left no lace. Very still.
S: Fresh espresso, brownies, and bakers chocolate, with an awesome combination of tart coffee/cherry/citrus. Subtle fudge aroma.
T: Continues the coffee and chocolate theme. Fresh baked brownies, espresso and/or dark roast/french press coffee, cherry, cocoa nibs, brown sugar, and molassas.
M: Sweet with a nice peppery burn. Very sticky and quite smooth.
D: Very drinkable! Incredible fresh brewed coffee and dark chocolate flavors. What a treat!
09-16-2009 00:44:17 | More by GbVDave
3.95/5 rDev -8.1%
A - Dark brown in color, full khaki head with decent retention and lacing
S - roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate
T - dark roasted coffee all over, decent bitter chocolate taste that could be more prominent, nice hoppy finish
M - medium bodied, could use a little more umph. good carbonation and clean finsih
D - good taste, well hidden abvs, could have another
09-15-2009 01:11:07 | More by rfgetz
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
12oz bottle inadvertently left at my house by mrkrispy a few months back. I'm drinking it, Alex. Consumed on 9/13/2009 and poured into a sifter. The bastard turtle is making cookies on the label and now I'm craving a cookie. Bastard.
A hard pour yields virtually no head. The liquid pours black as a post apocalyptic winter night. It appears viscous like motor oil.
For a coffee stout, this smells pretty good. I'm surprised it smells so good, considering I'm not a Terrapin fan. The coffee is black, the malt is heavily roasted, and the chocolate is dark (like a preapocalyptic winter night) and unsweetened. Oatmeal is evident beneath the coffee onslaught. This might remind you of a cookie if you injected shitloads of coffee into the cookie.
The flavor is sweeter than I'd have guessed from the aroma. The coffee is still strong, and though it still subjugates the other flavors it's not quite as strong as it is in the nose. The malt has a moderate roasted quality to it. The chocolate is dark and oatmeal is noticeable. I suppose this tastes a bit like a cookie. Bitterness and alcohol are noticeable in the rich chocolate coffee finish.
The beer is full bodied with upper low carbonation and a full and chewy mouthfeel. A good coffee oatmeal stout. There's no denying that, though I could do without the sweetness in the flavor.
09-14-2009 03:15:32 | More by HopHead84
3.75/5 rDev -12.8%
Got this in a trade with Sonicdescent, 08 Vintage
Pours a dark chocolate 1 finger head, body is black in color. Head almost immediately disappears and lacing is pretty non existent. This beer is kinda sad looking
Smell is of burnt malt and bitter coffee. Slight alcohol starts to come through as beer warms up. Not the best smelling coffee stout
Taste is of very bitter acidic coffee. It reminds me of cold folgers coffee, thin bodied. Burnt, roasted malt also is there. Hops are in the background and alcohol is hidden well.
Mouth feel is on the verge of watery. One of the lightest Imperial Stouts I've had. No creamy head which is really disappointing. Carbonation is good though.
Drink ability is above average. Beer is somewhat light and almost session able,It's just not at the level of Peche Mortel or Espresso Yeti. This bottle is almost a year old but I doubt it makes too much a difference. Would buy a fresh 09 to try again though
09-11-2009 03:24:24 | More by angelmonster
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
A big thanks goes out to Gtreid for sending this awesome brew as an extra. It is a shame that they needed to change the name from Wake n Bake, as I liked that one much more. Appearance is pitch black in color, with about one finger of tan heading. Definite coffee, chocolate and oatmeal in the aroma. Bits of cookie crumb also make their way in smell wise. Some burnt coffee bean starts things off in the taste, some chalky esters in between, and ending on a viscous dark chocolate note....really nice finish. Silky mouthfeel, but never feeling too heavy on the palate. Drinkability is good, but one is better off sipping as opposed to gulping. This is a damn good heavy stout from the team at Terrapin. It easily rivals some of the best of this style (Breakfast Stout, Peche Mortel etc). It also makes for a perfect dessert beer, or breakfast beer for that matter. One to seek out.
09-09-2009 01:58:46 | More by jamie2dope
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. 2008 vintage per label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.95.
A: Opaque black with 1-finger of quickly dissipating tan bubbly head with no lace unfortunately.
S: Strong licorice, molasses, floral, leafy, and citrus hops, and traditional dark malts are all accentuated by dark coffee. Alcohol is warming and detectable.
T: The flavor profile is highly roasted with some acrid molasses and licorice flavors mingling with dark coffee/espresso but wallopped with leafy hops in the finish.
M: Close to full-bodied with low carbonation and tobacco- and coffee-tinged aftertaste
D: A very good oatmeal-coffee stout with a lot of hoppiness to boot.
09-07-2009 03:59:22 | More by argock
3.15/5 rDev -26.7%
Poured from a 12oz bottle, it hits my glass with little to no head, only retaining a few bubbles here and there near the edges. Smell is strong on the coffee, with a strange wet, old somewhat displeasing moldy oatmeal odor. It doesn't necessarily detract from the overall smell of the beer (which is mostly coffee), but throws me off a little from the times I have had it in the past and remembering it having a different aroma, more of dark malt. The strange smell carries over to the flavor, with coffee and dark roasted malt being at the front, but having a strange funky(not sour though) aftertaste. Coffee ends up overpowering everything else in the taste department. Mouthfeel is just right for a stout, and demonstrates perfectly the thick and silky texture oatmeal gives to a brew. As far as drinkability goes, this hits all the right notes except for the off taste. Possibly a bad bottle, or I left it on the shelf too long as I don't remember my other bottles having this strange taste to them.
08-23-2009 04:37:51 | More by nkersten
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Poured into a perfect pint glass once I got off from work today.
It was syrupy think coming out the bottle. Pitch black with a moderate brown head that leaves a nice layer on top of the beer.
Coffee is the dominating smell and I love the pleasant rich and boldness. Hints of brown sugar and molasses add some good sweetness to the aroma as well.
The beer provided a great conundrum for me, sweet black coffee. The coffee roastiness is more powerful than the sweetness, but it is still fairly balanced. The roastiness also provides a good bitterness in the finish.
The mouthfeel is chalkier than I would have liked and a bit more creaminess would have helped.
Fairly easy to drink and one I would love to have most mornings for breakfast.
08-21-2009 18:59:26 | More by mikey711
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
I guess the Wake 'n Bake may not be the most marketable strategy afterall. Now shown simply as Coffee oatmeal Imperial Stout.
The beer pours a medium viscocity of jet black liquids that settle comfortably into the glass. Carbonation releases a thin, solid brown head that settles even more under the weight of the alcohols to a dainty film. No lacing, but plenty legging. A typical RIS look, just wanted better foamstance.
Rich and rounded aromas, dominated by nutty coffees, show a ton of toffee, toasted and roasty malts, and a french toast sweetness/breadiness. Molassas, sorgum, nuttiness, and peanut brittle come to mind as well.
Flavors are very rich, careful not to let the aggression of the coffee to overpower the beer. Rich maltiness of deep, dark syrups, espresso, cocoa, and heavy cream all come together in a more rounded fashion than most coffee stouts. Outstanding flavors!
The oatmeal helps most in the texture; again not allowing the bitter oils of the coffee to push the beers into astringent levels. Instead the beer is as balanced in the mouthfeel as well as any other aspect of the beer. Rich, malty, full, lightly chewy, and mouth coating with heavy, roasted malts.
This beer might be one of the best balanced coffee dark beers out there. The oats help to bring the beer's characteristics together and helps with the creamy mouthfeel.
08-14-2009 23:58:28 | More by BEERchitect
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
Thanks go out to DoctorDog for hooking me up with this one.
Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a large chalice. label depicts a tortoise in chef's attire baking a batch of cookies and drinking a beer. Vintage 08.
Appearance: Pours with just shy of 1 finger of dark tan head. This settles quickly to a ring around the glass and a small island of foam above the nucleation site. As I drink it, there is some lacing on the sides. The beer itself is amazingly dark brown and completely opaque. No sediment on the bottle.
Smell: Overwhelming aroma of bitter coffee with hints of soy sauce. Notes of chocolate and the alcohol sweetness in the finish.
Taste: Strong bitter coffee upfront as in the smell, although not as strong as expected based on the aroma. This blends seamlessly into mild unsweetened cocoa with hints of lactose in the finish. Some soy sauce flavor is present. Alcohol is extremely well hidden and while it warms as it goes down, there is no cloying alcohol sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation, as is appropriate for the style. Body is very good.
Drinkability: A very well developed and complex sipper.
08-14-2009 02:37:23 | More by beveritt
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
12oz bottle from Wasatch in our last trade.
A: Very dark brown, close to black with a tan cap, not much when poured, but a light ring of bubbles appears towards the outside of the glass. Mostly opaque, with a light ring of brown on the edges. Nice looking beer.
S: Coffee grounds, molasses, dark chocolate, and more coffee, this one smells, nice strong flavors. I'm really enjoying the coffee in the nose here.
T: Chocolate comes out a lot more in the taste than in the nose, coffee is more towards the end of the beer. Big time milk chocolate flavors, coffee is more of a dark roast, really robust. Molasses characteristic crosses over from the nose, and there are a few hints of brown sugar as well. Excellent.
M: Smooth, thick, and rich, oh yeah! This is excellent and one of the better ones in the style. Very smooth. Coffee is somewhat acidic, and that detracts from it being perfect, but this is exceptional.
D: Easy to drink, but a little too rich and too strong on the booze end to session. Still an easy beer to drink. Excellent beer, I hope to find this again.
08-11-2009 01:43:56 | More by pokesbeerdude
3.8/5 rDev -11.6%
Received a bottle for this from a trade with Keifdog. Thanks buddy!
Smell is of spent wet coffee grounds. It was a little bit of a turn off for me but I can certainly see why someone would like it. Lots of roastiness.
Dark ruddy brown/black. Little bit of head with faint lacing.
Taste is malty, coffee chocolate and slightly boozy. I was a little unsure because I wasn't so into the nose but the taste was over coffee.
Full bodied - don't think I could drink more than a 12 oz bottle.
08-10-2009 20:35:48 | More by kbm
3.85/5 rDev -10.5%
Turtles. Pours a midnight black color with decent viscous sticking power. A darker thick head with a great head retention and lacing through the tasting.
The nose is limited overall. Some malty notes with hints of the darker malts. Chocolate and a bit of roast. Some minor lactic notes but more along the lines of a acid than oatmeal. Limited overall.
The taste is much more descript versus the nose. The malt comes out nicely with a good base. Some chocolate notes and a more distinct coffee flavor. More of a bean coffee type of flavor versus a coffee infusion. Some roast but limited. The oatmeal is distinct and noticeable. Really hides some of the astringent notes. The yeast is noticeable as well. Some heat and a noticeable ester profile. Mostly plums and figs but a light rose peddle thing on the back end. Some minor vanilla note that almost hints at oak, but feint.
The body is closer to full than moderate. The astringency is not over powering thanks to the oat flavor. Some heat that would do well with some time. A good oatmeal stout but would benefit from age.
07-31-2009 20:32:26 | More by Oxymoron
3.9/5 rDev -9.3%
The color is a nice black with tan ring around the rim, and very little lacing. The nose is coffee, roasted malts, and a little touch of bitter chocolate. The taste is about the same. It's bitter coffee, and a tad bit of bitter chocolate finish. It's boasts roasted malts and bitter coffee finish. Overall not bad. Worth a shot if you have the means.
07-21-2009 04:30:45 | More by ShrLSU
3.85/5 rDev -10.5%
Pours a dark syrupy black color with a thin coco powder head. Looks like it could be a little thin. Smell is just what you would think it would be, oatmeal with a sweet chocolate thats balanced by some coffee tones. Pretty good, but a lot sweeter and more milky than I was expecting. It's almost like a sweet milk stout. Thin mouthfeel, but it helps it drink easy. A little different than I thought it would be, and surprised by the milky sweeteness. Enjoyable though.
07-21-2009 04:15:23 | More by ryrust5301
3.8/5 rDev -11.6%
12oz bottle (VINTAGE08AA) poured into a Portsmouth goblet. Received in a trade with BeerLovinGrl - thanks Chrissy!
A - Pours an oily black, totally opaque with a thin, fizzy, soda-like head that disappears immediately. A few straggling bubbles around the edges is all that remains.
S - Deeply roasted aromas, strong coffee, dark chocolate, burnt aromas. Smells really good and inviting.
T - Coffee, licorice, and really dark chocolate. A little bit of astringency comes thru and some alcohol flavor present too.
M - Very smooth and oily. Carbonation is low - just enough to know it's there, but doesn't interfere.
D - Very smooth beer. Lots of rich flavors. If it wasn't for the astringency, this would be a really easy drinker. Just that little bit of pucker it gives holds it back for me. But overall, a very good beer.
07-18-2009 23:29:59 | More by portia99
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
A - A thick black viscous liquid with 1/2" dark chocolate head rises from a decent pour.
S - I could smell the coffee right after I popped the top on the bottle. A solid vanilla cream mixes with chocolate and creates something I could smell all night.
T - It's great. A solid mix of coffee, dark chocolate, and toasted malt. It really took the beer warming up to release it's full body, but now I can't stop sipping it.
M/D - Nice full body. The oatmeal makes it stick to your mouth. There is no hint of the alcohol and I could sip this all night long.
It's been a while since I've had a breakfast stout, so I'll have to crack one tomorrow night to make the decision of which is my favorite.
07-06-2009 02:22:48 | More by xpimptastikx
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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