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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 3,416
Reviews: 1,219
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 714
Gots: 601 | FT: 52
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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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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Alieniloquium for this tasty brew in my first trade. Generous trader. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into La Fin du Monde tulip. No bottled on date, but says "Seasonal 2010". Drank with a Founders Breakfast Stout back, just for reference.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with a thin cream colored half finger head. Decent amount of lacing. This is a beautiful beer.

Smell: The smell is fantastic. It caught my nose as soon as I cracked it...Great aroma of coffee, and oat. The oat stands out more in this than the Breakfast Stout.

Taste: The oatmeal taste is in full effect. Not all that roasty, but it's there. Dark chocolate, coffee, and a little sugar. Has a nice sweetness to go along with the bitter hop/dark coffee flavor.

Mouth: The moutfeel is nice. There is alot going on in this beer, very complex. I really like it. Good carbonation level...Really explodes in your mouth.

Drink and Overall: Overall a really great Imperial Stout. I feel bad that I compared this to Breakfast Stout. Breakfast Stout is one of my favorites, and the Wake n Bake holds up well to it. It is a great beer on it's own. For over 8% ABV, it really is a smooth tasting stout.

Photo of thecarster1
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a tulip pint, pours thick like oil, one finger thick tan head fades leaving trailing and uneven lacing, dark black coloring.

s- holy coffee, some sweet cream, really really smells like a pint full of iced coffee, this is amongst the most coffee smelling beers i've had.

t- choc full of coffee, tastes like a glass of coffee with a splash of cream it in, roast is there, not overly intense, dark chocolate, sweet cream.

m- full, creamy, nice.

d- nice, i'm drinking this at noon on a tuesday and it's hitting the spot. this would pair awesome with a short stack of pancakes and a side of extra crispy bacon. i'd definitely drink this again.

Photo of Beejay
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark black in color, with cappuccino brown colored head.

S: A good amount of coffee in there, espresso, oatmeal and chocolate. There isd a nice touch of roasted grains, the aroma is something very interesting, not overpowering but not muted. It seems like an effortless success.

T: Creamy goodness at first with a touch of chocolate. Coffee comes up next, and it is not shy, roasted coffee and espresso notes, with some earthy tones. There is a bit of a bit from the alcohol and perhaps some tannin flavors in the finish.

M: Medium in body, carbonation works for the style, and there is a nice creaminess to it.

D: Overall very enjoyable. Although it doesn't seem to meld the flavors together with as much grace as some other beers of similar styles. Still, I wouldn't turn it down.

Photo of GoldenJet
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After hearing people compare this to Founders Breakfast Stout, I had to get me some! Thanks to wino47 for hooking me up with the 2010 version.

Now, on to the beer, and Founders Breakfast it is not. That isn't to say it isn't great though - it's just a very different beer.

The appearance is similar, in that it's jet-black with that Imperial Stout dark tan head - but that's the only similarity. Where BS is huge on malt bitterness and stong, roasted coffee flavours, Terrapin features a more subtle approach - not very bitter, a lot of roasted coffee and tobacco on both the nose and mouth, but I get a little sweet lactic taste in there as well. Reminds me of Milk Sugar, but I guess that could be the oats working? I hesitate to say that it's more drinkable than Founders, but really, I could pound both of 'em all day long, not just for breakfast . . .

Whatever it is, it's great, and this is definitely one of my fave's for morning beers. Seek it out if it's not readily available to you.

Photo of shand
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle (most recent release - Nov/Dec 2010 I believe) into a chalice.

This brew is a thick black color with wisps of dark head that fade quickly. I go in for a sniff and immediately want to plant my nose in this all night. Roasted malts and some really nice coffee. Smells so good. Chocolate and a touch of hops hit the mouth right away, then some serious coffee comes in. This is black coffee, and tastes really really good. Oatmeal contributes some smoothness, and some of the roasted malts come in for the finish. A solid imperial stout, if just a little uneven transitioning from the chocolate and hops to the coffee.

The mouthfeel is full and fairly carbonated, it goes down just a bit prickly, and the drinkability is alright. It's a sipper for sure, but with a lower ABV than most sippers have. A great imperial stout, next release I want to try this super-fresh to try to get as much of the coffee flavor as possible.

Photo of Pellinore1
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks both to CaptinRedBeard and SlickMcCricket for sending bottles of this fine brew.

Pours nearly black, producing a finger of light brown head. This fades slowly to some lacing.

Coffee is clearly the dominant smell here, with some nice roasty malt and chocolate notes playing second fiddle.

As with the smell, coffee defines the flavor, with everything else playing around it. I also pick up toasted grain, a bit of smokiness, and some oatmeal character.

Full and creamy on the tongue, the mouthfeel is quite pleasant.

Excellent flavor and well hidden alcohol come together quite nicely. Drinkability is just about as good as it gets here.

Photo of treehouse
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nose of coffee syrup...nestle's quick...a bit of wet tobacco...

mouthed...

smoked coffee beans...hint of vanilla...chocolate tartness..needs to warm a bit...

still the coffee!..bold....if there is chocolate i ain't tasting it....a tiny bit o creaminess....some oat flavor...

Photo of crashdavisinoh
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours pitch black...no light escapes. Medium head...that is caramel color. Head fades quickly.

S-Coffee...very strong coffee smell...maybe some chocolate as well but coffee is certainly to dominant aroma

T-Wow...I pick up the strong flavor of coffee backed up by the flavor of oatmeal. I detect some chocolate as well...perhaps dark.

M-Thinner than I would have expected...the Appearance would have led me to think this would have been much thicker...I characterize it as medium. Smooth mouthfeel...some creaminess.

D-High...it packs a punch and a delicious one at that. I could drink a few of these.

Notes: Before trying this beer...Founders Breakfast Stout was my king...now...their is a new beer on the throne for the "breakfast" style beer....terrapin's coffee oatmeal imperial stout.

Photo of warbird07
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shaujw for this one...poured from a 12oz bottle in to my Chimay goblet...

This beer pours deeeep brown, with a thin ecru head and no lacing to speak of...a strong nose laden with strong roast malt, coffee,anise,molasses,cocoa...encountered a chocolate,burnt,coffee infused flavor with a sort-of chocolate milk mouthfeel....well hidden alchohol precence....very quaffable....enjoyed the hell out of this beer...

Photo of Vdubb86
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter

Thanks to injuredreserve for this awesome tick

This is poured from a what appears to be an 08 vintage of the beer. I was surprised since I had figured that I received a new one in the BIF.

This beer pours a super viscous blackness that only can contain a sheen of tan foam on the surface before returning to the oil slick from which it poured. I assume that the age of this beer is to blame for that atrocity. The aromatics are rather pleasant. There are notes of coffee which is rather nice, along side that there are smoke and toasted oats. The roast takes an aback to the nice caramel sweetness from the malts. The roast does however show it's head when it comes time to taste. I sampled flavors ranging from coffee to vanilla and sweet caramel butterscotch. I think I also was able to detect some almost fruity characteristics from the body, almost a faint raspberry taste. The body was oddly thin for something that contained oats. This was still a highly drinkable beer, and I wonder to myself what a fresh one might taste like.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.62/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of Sideswipe. Thanks!

The label reads VINTAGE09AA.

A: Pours a pitch black body with just the barest edge penetration. It forms a beautiful finger-thick mocha-colored head, finely bubbled. Retention is moderate, leaving a few sticky clumps of lace on the sides of the glass.

S: Very coffee-forward. That rich oatmeal aroma is unmistakable, and it works very well with additional notes of dark chocolate, roast, and mild molasses.

T: Bittersweet chocolate leads the way on this one, segueing beautifully into coffee with a slight roastiness in the finish. Hints of molasses throughout. Oatmeal is most noticeable near the finish; it imparts a graininess that is reminiscent of vanilla. Quite a nice flavor, though it lacks the coffee punch of fresh FBS and CW Coffee Stout (then again, if I'm reading the label correctly, this is two years old).

M: Medium-bodied, which is a bit light for the style. I don't mind that, but it falls off the tongue a little faster than I appreciate. But it's very creamy, which I do enjoy.

D: I want to revisit this one and see if a fresh bottle impresses me more. It shows a lot of promise.

Photo of slvrmon82
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured in to a Dogfish signature snifter. Pours a deep dark black. Head is dark brown to burgundy that fades rather quickly. Small ring of lace at top of beer but nothing much.

Smell - Overpowering coffee, can't smell hardly anything else. A little bit of molasses and earthy hops.

Taste - This is a great beer for its style. Coffee all the way. There is no question about it. Coffee upfront, dark roast sweet malt behind. Finishes a little warm in comparison to some of the other imperial coffees.

Mouthfeel - Nice and creamy. Not too thick and has a good level of carbonation. Covers the whole palate.

Drinkability - I would definitely trade for this one again. It is a solid beer for a late brunch or early lunch. Looking forward to the other 3 I received!

Cheers

Photo of SkunkWorks
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks CurtisMcArthur for the trade and the opportunity to try this beer!

12 oz bottle poured into a Southampton Imperial Russian Stout release party snifter. Label says "2010 Seasonal" or the side and the website says they release this in November, so its about 3-4 months old right now.

Look: pitch black body with no head despite a very aggressive, direct downwards pour. There's no lace either. Lookin' good.

Smell: a huge black coffee aroma with hints of molasses. The coffee is very strong and overpowers any other aromas that might be there.

Taste: follows the nose with a huge coffee forward taste. Bits of molasses, roasted malt and a bit of alcohol. The coffee, like in the aroma, overpowers the other flavors that might be going on in the background. Its good if you like coffee but its a bit one dimensional.

Feel: medium to full bodied, nicely creamy, hints of alcohol warmth. Its not quite thick enough for an imperial stout, but its still good.

Drink: its a good drinking imperial stout that I found to be pretty easy to drink. This is helped by the fact that its not remarkably complex, keeping your palate from getting fatigued.

Overall, this is a pretty good imperial stout. It could be improved by cutting back on the coffee a bit, because right now the coffee really overpowers everything else going on and I wouldn't mind some extra complexity. Still, a pretty solid breakfast stout and I'm glad I got to try it. Cheers!

Photo of trappistlover
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(12oz bottle). Pours nearly black with chocolate head. Aroma is big time coffee, but there are sweet notes of dark fruit and vanilla? Taste is bitter from the dark roast coffee, but as with the aroma, there is sweetness to balance this beer out. Oatmeal adds some smoothness/creaminess as well. Full bodied with a silky texture. Bitter, but balanced, finish. Mmmm. This is delicious! Want more!

Photo of JHamm
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: midnight black with small head that dissipates down to a light tan lacing around the glass

Smell: even amounts of chocolate and sweet coffee. the smell alone indicates the mouthfeel will be phenomenal.

Taste/Mouthfeel: good amount of carbonation up front followed by a nice coating of coffee and hints of chocolate. it coats the mouth nicely and leaves a slight malty aftertaste with hints of coffee. nothing is overpowering and blends perfectly together. not too thin but not very thick either.

Drinkability: this is very smooth. something definitely to be savored and does the job nicely. The ABV is hidden extremely well.

Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review transcribed from notes dated May 2009.

12oz bottle acquired via trade.

Nice black color with a well-formed and lasting tan head.

Aroma of coffee and roast as well as some chocolate. Very rich.

Flavor is lots of coffee and roasted malt with a little chocolate and a slight coffee astringency at the end. Coffee is very well integrated.

Palate is nice and full but carbonation is a bit too high.

Overall this is a great one. Loved it on cask too, but that will have to be a different review.

Photo of justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Pitch black with no light penetration. Has a short, dark brown head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Coffee grounds, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cream, caramel and touches of espresso.

Taste
Coffee grounds, cocoa nibs and 80% dark chocolate. Thick caramel, black licorice and semi-sweet chocolate. Finishes with some bitter espresso, char and piney American hops.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, bitter and sticky.

Overall
Loads of coffee and cocoa nibs. Dry, sticky and robust. Way more bitter than I recalled. Less hops, please! Top notch, but can't touch Founders Breakfast Stout.

Photo of Double06
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from Review on 2/13/11
12oz bottle poured into DFH Signature Glass
Price: $9-10 / 4 pack (I think)

A: Utterly pitch black; 1/2 inch dark tan / light brown head; Moderate lacing around the glass

S: Rich, burnt coffee and a hint of dark chocolate; Just a hint of alcohol bite; Start to get a little dark fruit character in the nose as it warms; Coffee flavors have faded just a bit from when it was super fresh

T: Slight bite of hops then you are hit with the dark black coffee flavor that hangs in your mouth for a lingering finish; Coffee flavor has mellowed some (but I drink my coffee black and like those big, bold coffee flavors)

M: Sharp carbonation bite; The richness and bitterness of the coffee coats the mouth

D: Very high. This is a wonderful coffee stout easily rivaling if not exceeding FBS

Photo of AdamBear
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A-rich dark brown with a nice dark tan head. a lot of nice lacing

S-smells like creamy chocolate and cocoa beans and coffee beans. they're all meshed together quite well. it smells like a serious stout. the scent isn't very strong though.

T-comes in very smooth with a strong blast of bittersweet cocoa beans which transforms in to a dark coffee taste. the after-taste is slightly sour with chocolate covered cocoa beans. this is my 3rd beer from terrapin but the 1st that has impressed me, and this one did a lot. it is so smooth and rich

M-low, smooth carbonation with a slightly watery finish

D-oh i drank this dangerously quick! i've had few imperial stouts that i can down as quick as this. Most i've had are about sipping and taking it slow, but not this one! i could drink this all night long.

Photo of gameface23
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 seasonal.

A: Dense, dark black. Viscous, oily looking pour with a dark tan head.

S: The only thing I am picking up is coffee beans. Glorious coffee beans. It reminds me of when I was a kid in the supermarket and my mom would let me grind the coffee with the machine. It was partially for the fun of being in control of the grinder, but mostly because of the awesome smell. I love beers that make you nostalgic for various times in your life.

T: Chock full of coffee notes, some bittersweet chocolate, dark chocolate cake, a good rounded hop bitterness and fruity notes from the yeast.

M: Oily and full bodied.

D: Wow! I am so glad that I traded for this beer. I thought Peche Mortel is the epitome of coffee stouts, but this one now takes the crown.

Photo of nhindian
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip.

Funny thing about this beer, I've been dying to try it forever, and have actually bought it three times before, but shortly after each time, I always would throw it in as an extra for a trade since a lot of people have it on their 'Wants'. Well I read a few threads about how great this beer is and that it goes Founders Breakfast Stout a run for its money, so I bought one today and am drinking it tonight before I lose another one.

A - This beer is very formidable looking. The beer itself pours an obsidian black, and it seems that there won't be much head on it, but it slowly rumbles to life and a few moments later a huge, 3-fingered head rises from the muck. This head is incredibly impressive, looking more like frothed milk by how creamy and smooth it looks, and is a DARK mocha color. Retention is great and leaves behind excellent lacing.

S - Smell is... different. A strong coffee aroma is the first noticeable characteristic, then dark bittersweet chocolate. However, I'm also getting some astringency that I would assume is from the alcohol. It's subtle, but definitely noticeable. Otherwise it's sweet smelling and my eyes open wider just smelling the coffee in this.

T - Thankfully, the astringency in the nose is much less distinct in the taste. The first notes in the taste are a delicious combination between an almost fudge-like chocolate with nice bitterness and the freshly roasted coffee. An abundance of malts help provide a sweet counter to this double-hit of bitterness while offering a silky smooth mouthfeel. There is some alcohol in the back-end of this beer, but its more warming than astringent. The finish is very long and filled with chocolate bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth, easily backing up the Imperial Oatmeal moniker given by Terrapin itself. Leaves a nice coating on the palate while drinking.

D - Drinkability is high. Althought some alcohol is discernible, it's masked well for the most part under the intense creaminess, bold flavors, and palate-covering viscosity. An excellent beer and I will surely be keeping my eye out for more of these.

Photo of ajaxivan
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Victory tulip, no bottle date

A: Beautiful deep black with one and a half finger tan head. Very inviting

S: Incredible combination of coffee and chocolate. This smells awesome!

T: Even better than it smells, coffee and chocolate with the perfect hint of bitterness

M: Medium to full,closer to full

D: For the abv. the drinkability is off the charts, this beer is amazing. I had seen this before and based on talk on Ba decided to give it a try.Now i hope i can get more before it is gone. I could easily drink several of these in a sitting. As much as i love Founders Breakfast Stout, i think i might enjoy this one better. Hands down one of the better Imp Stouts ive had.

Photo of Morey
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pour pitch black in color with a light brown colored head that initally stood about one finger tall following a medium poor. Head has since settled to a thin lace with moderate stick.

The aroma is filled with roasted coffee and bitter chocolate smells.

Taste is very nice. The coffee adds just the right amount of flavor to this smooth oatmeal stout. Also getting a bit of chocolate in the taste.

Medium...almost pushing full bodied stout. Smooth and slightly chewy.

I could drink a couple no problem. Alcohol is buried in the sea of flavors that this stout has to offer.

Morey's Bottom Line: Well, I've now had Bells Java, FBS, and now Wn'B all extremely close together. This and FBS are VERY similar IMO. Without having them side by side, it's hard to say which I prefer. To me, this is every bit as good.

Photo of julian
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark engine oil black, medium thick viscosity, thin dark tan bubbly layer of foam that dissipates quickly leaving minimal head, but a nice thin brown ring around the edges.

S: aroma is an intense fresh roast coffee aroma and some nice heavy chocolate. As it warms, the coffee aromas settle slightly opening up to more biscuit like oat aromas). At warmer temps the booze is also slightly more apparent. Very nice aroma. I just did a side by side with Founders breakfast stout, and it's considerably more aromatic than Founders.

T: At colder temperatures, flavors are of strong fresh roast black coffee and not much else. As it settles it feels more bready, biscuity, and almost chocolatey. Nice balance overall. Not too bitter despite the massive coffee infusion.

M: Smooth mouthfeel, good carbonation, great, thick bodied brew.

D: This is a great brew, although to truly enjoy it, it must be savored over some time, to allow it to warm and really open up. At colder temps it's a little harsh on the coffee. Despite this, it's a great brew and easy drinker.

Additional notes:
This has been compared to Founders Breakfast Stout. In my opinion, I do not think Terrapin set out to recreate FBS, but to create something of their own, and they achieved that. There are similarities between the two, but these are indeed different beers. They are both excellent. If I had to choose, I actually think my coveted FBS has now been dethroned. Terrapin's offering is more aromatic, and flavorful and just better all around.

Photo of PurpleCloud
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Extremely dark, opaque, black with a quickly disappearing leather brown head.

S: Heavy on coffee with some hints of cocoa.

T: A strong expected coffee taste with a slight bitter hops taste at the end. I'm not getting any oatmeal taste though.

M: Smooth, but also kind of sharp on the way down.

D: It's pretty heavy and the taste is very strong.

Overall: Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout (COIS) is a good stout but left me wanting a bit more. It's got a great coffee flavor that's thick and bold, but for some reason, and I can't quite put my finger on it, it lacks a decent aftertaste. It sort of comes in strong but leaves something to be desired on the way down. Overall though, it's a good stout and worth a pint at your local bar.

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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