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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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2,977 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,977
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 665
Gots: 461 | FT: 37
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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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of nickfl


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with a small, dark brown head. The head settles quickly, but leaves a lot of lace in its wake.

S - Lots of chocolate and coffee, mostly coffee. A nice, nutty note as well; unusually it is peanut rather than a more traditional beer nut aroma.

T - Milk chocolate up front, replaced quickly by espresso and sweet oatmeal. The coffee lasts through the finish where it is joined by moderate malt bitterness.

M - A thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - For such a thick, strong beer this is quite drinkable. Dark and complex without becoming overwhelming, this is a nice compromise between intensity and drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2008 00:43:13 | More by nickfl
Photo of Yesac


3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep solid black. Small brown head that quickly fades to a thin layer. Nice even lacing on the glass.

S - Wow. Smells of a strong coffee grind and nothing else.

T - Strong java taste, tastes exactly like a cold coffee.

M - Great clean and thin mouthfeel.

D - High drinkability if you're a coffee lover. I found this one best a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 19:19:14 | More by Yesac
Photo of Klgkenny

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour into a room temp pint.

Pour produces a stout, dark brown, two-finger head which dissipates after two minutes leaving a glaze of mocha colored lace. When held up to the light, there is zero penetration. Black. Black. Black.

The taste and smell are very simple. Black coffee. Simple isn't a bad thing though. It is wonderful. There may be a slight taste of alcohol, but it's ever so slight. I wish that I could say more about the taste and smell to illustrate how great it is, but simplicity is what makes this so perfect.

In the mouth it feels thick and creamy with a very light carbonation. Coats the mouth and leaves a taste of ... Coffee!

I woke up in the morning to a cold house and lit a fire. As soon as the fire was lit, I poured a glass of the terrapin. Extremely drinkable. I could have one of these at any time of day or year, but especially when it is chilly. Also, this would go great with cookies or doughnuts!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 17:43:00 | More by Klgkenny
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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with "Vintage 08" printed on "Best If Enjoyed Before" space.

Pour with a viscous looking cascading brown head and leaves a blanket of lacing behind which reaches all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Wow, smells of a cup of iced joe ... dark roast at that. Smooth and creamy with a lush full body. Big roasted flavors from the coffee and malt, lots of fresh coffee flavors and definitely that indie roasted coffee bean flavor. The roasted grain drops some charcoal and a faint smokiness on the palate. Slight warming alcohol with a hint of dark berry fruitiness. Minimal hopping lets the maltiness and coffee flavors run free. Finishes bitter sweet with a long after taste of coffee.

Best Coffee Stout to date for me ... more than enough roasted character to balance out the sweetness. An amazing beer here.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 04:19:53 | More by Jason
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North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wake and Bake pours into my shaped pint glass a deep thick looking black syrup that creates a tan colored head that sticks for a bit leaving decent lacing.

Aromas are of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, sweet malt. What a beautiful smell this beer has.

Taste is sweet up front and matches the nose perfectly. I have never tasted a beer with such a great mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with light carbonation. Black roastiness picks up with warmth. A hop presence shows up in the finish as well. There's no trace of alcohol in this beer that I can decipher.

Amazing. This is hands down the best tasting stout to reach my lips and is one of the best beers in general.

(Upon a later side-by-side tasting with Founder's Breakfast Stout, this one packs way more coffee aroma and flavor.)

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 20:55:28 | More by rtratzlaff
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Porus black and opaque with a dark brown head. Head quickly vanishes.

S - Coffee (obviously), chocolate and caramel malts. Very nice. It makes my mouth water just smelling it.

T - Very well balanced. the malts and to coffee go well together. You can pick each out easily, but they compliment each other in the just the right way. I've had a bunch of coffee stouts, but this one is the best that comes to mind.

M - Creamy and satiny. Great mouthfeel for the taste.

D - It's a great dessert beer. I had it with some chocolate chip cookies. I could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 02:34:05 | More by easement
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2.95/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is like rubber, coffee, oatmeal, burnt malt, and hops. The appearance is almost black with a tan head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is about what it should be. Overall I am just not crazy about beers with added coffee. They seem acidic and stale.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 19:15:59 | More by nick76
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 12-ounce bottle sports label art of a spatula-wielding terrapin waking and baking (cookies). It's obviously WAY past 4:20 as dawn breaks and his coffee perks in Label Land, and the Terp bides his time joyfully plowing the froth off an in-hand brewski. I'm guessing by the shades covering his eyes and the smirk on his face that he's daydreaming, perhaps of the 'special' brownies he's whipping up next?

At any rate, off comes the bottle top and out comes the brew, a matte-ebony lightsucking beauty with a thin cap of fine mocha-brown foam atop. Drippy, quickly-deforming rings and swatches slide down the sides of my Terrapin-brand shaker pint glass.

The smell is smoky-acrid and pungently-sweet with dark malts aplenty and French roast coffee.

The taste is richly malty with layers of caramels burnt to differing degrees, powdery dark chocolate, and oily espresso crema. A light vegetal hoppiness supplements burnt malt bitterness in counterbalancing a rising mocha sweetness. A thin, aromatic flavor of vanilla pops up in the aftertaste, as does a silky twang of oaty graininess that intensifies as the drink warms.

The drink is fullish in body with soft, creamy feel. Extremely light carbonation lends a silkiness to the drink, and just a touch of belly-warming reminds the drinker of the sturdy alcohol content so masterfully hidden in the flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 00:54:27 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of hopsleeroy

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of everetends-thanks Gilly!
A-Black with reddish rust head, nice looking beer
S-Great coffee with slight sweet chocolate, very nice smell
T-Very smooth coffee and milk chocolate like taste, very similiar to taste, finish has a little more hop which gives an earthy/tangy taste which knocked my score down a little, very nice tasting brew
M-Smooth creamy velvet
O-I wish I had traded for a case!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 23:53:13 | More by hopsleeroy
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North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Black and opaque. A finger of dark brown head rises; one the darkest heads I've ever seen. Retention is moderate, no lacing.

S - Incredible aroma. Roasted coffee obviously, alongside a faint nuttiness and a hint of sweetness.

T - While perhaps simpler and more straightforward than it's counterparts, this brew has struck an amazing balance. Coffee is at the forefront but there are hints of chocolate around the edges. Roasted malt provides much of the backbone for the coffee. For a stout, and a coffee stout at that, there is almost no bitterness and none of the coffee acidity found in similar brews. Remarkable.

M - Medium to full bodied with a slick creaminess. A silky beer with very minimal carbonation.

D - Rarely do I find myself enjoying a beer from this and similar styles as much as this one. Start to finish this is an exceptionally balanced beer that I would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 09:14:43 | More by PatrickJR
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South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I saved this growler for a few days until I had people to share it with and didn't have anything to do the next day.

Pours out dark, with a big brown head. Looks beautiful. Smells like fresh coffee, and hell, if coffee were carbonated, this is what it would look like. I doubt if even the most distinguishing noses could pick up more than that, and if you're looking for a coffee stout, this is what you're looking for. The taste matches. It's like coffee, but cold, carbonated, and alcoholic. Don't give me any cream, or sugar or any other bullshit, just this. I don't even drink coffee, and I'm exited to continue drinking this. The bitterness of coffee is where it's at. Like the mouthfeel of a DIPA, but dark and roasted and coffee bitter. For a second, particularly with my lack of coffee experience, it tastes a bit too bitter afterwards, but I can't give this the most incredible rating, unless there ever becomes a category for coffee or other flavored stouts, but this is where it's at. Though I shared this with my roomates and friends (only a bit), I drank 3 whole imperial pint glasses full and could've drank more. Give me any other double/imperial stout that wouldn't make me black out after 3.
But it if you want a coffee stout.

Serving type: growler

12-13-2008 03:49:04 | More by taylorhamrick
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very deep black color with a large thick head the color of chocolate milk. Retention is decent, but could be better. Minimal lacing.

S: Big time chocolate and coffee in the nose. Oats, cream, and a hint of herbal/spicy hops. The nose is big, sweet, and inviting. It's like an imperial milk/oatmeal/coffee stout. At room temperature, it's simply awesome--swirling produces an aroma almost like the chocolate chip cookies adorning the bottle's label.

T&M: Big time burnt/roasted chocolate flavor, smooth coffee, molasses. The finish is bittersweet, with a reprise of roasted malt flavor and some herbal/grassy hop flavors. Solid taste, for sure. Body is not as heavy as your typical double stout, but it's creamy, relatively full, and feels nice with an understated, delicate carbonation.

D: Pretty easy drinker, for a stout. ABV is hidden well and the flavor isn't too over the top.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 23:18:13 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer in a trade with stopbarking. I still hope your cat shits in your cereal. Haha! J/K

Poured this 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - The appearance is okay. It produced a 1 finger head that quickly dissipated to a thin halo around the surface of the glass. Spotty bubbles float in the middle of the glass. It pours a thick opaque black, only a few shades lighter and less thick than Ten FIDY. A swirl of the glass brings a 1/2 finger head back that quickly dissipates once again. No lacing on this one.

Smell - Now we're talking. This smells pretty damn good. Huge coffee nose - obviously. What I enjoy about the coffee scent is that it smells less like coffee grounds and more like whole roasted coffee beans. Big roastiness. There are notes of dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Mildly astringent.

Taste - Virtually identical to the nose. The coffee flavor is huge in this one, and mildly astringent. I have had some coffee stouts that taste like used grounds, but this one tastes like the essence of whole beans. The roastiness of the coffee flavor intermingles perfectly with roasted chocolate malts. Awesome. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Slick and velvety. The oatmeal makes this one really smooth. Goes down extremely easily. It coats the mouth without being overly sticky or oily. There is a lingering astringency that lasts well into the aftertaste, but that is my only complaint - it seems to conflict with the smoothness that the oatmeal provides.

Drinkability - I love coffee stouts, and this one doesn't disappoint. Flavorful and smooth. Terrapin really has a hit here. It is an easy drinking sipper. The big flavor makes me want to keep sipping, but I have to restrain myself from drinking it too quickly.

Thanks Daniel.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 03:23:27 | More by MiguelMandingo
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Trappeze in Athens, Ga.

Pours solid black, with a half inch of creamy, light brown head. Retention is decent, and lacing is moderate.

Smells of roasted malts and lots of coffee.

Tastes of coffe all the way through, and is especially dominant upfront. As this one warms up a bit, you get some roasted grains and a chocolate aftertaste.

Good mouthfeel, very smooth, slightly oily.

I love coffe, and I love beer, so I could drink this one all day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2008 00:45:20 | More by wescj
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3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - slowly glugs out of the bottle and pours pitch black with a very thin dark tan head that clings for safety to the edges of my pint glass

S - dark, dark, roasted coffee, slightly bitter, with some chocolate in there

T - bitter coffee with dark chocolate notes

M - thick and creamy

D - delicious, but my personal preferences aren't conducive to drinking more than one or two thick coffee stouts in one sitting

Serving type: growler

12-11-2008 00:41:10 | More by HeyItsChili
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3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours thick and has a opaque black body. Thin coffee colored head with some okay lacing.

S - Mixture of roasted and raw coffee. A little chocolate.

T - Lots of coffee with some chocolate mixed in. Heavy coffee bitter back notes.

M - Thick body with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy feeling

D - Pretty easy to drink and pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 18:36:41 | More by midaszero
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South Carolina

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

Poured into a pint glass from a growler from the Charleston Beer Exchange.

Pours a solid black with a little brown/burgundy head. Head dissipates very quickly.

Smell dominates of coffee. I pick up a little bit of chocolate too. Great aroma.

Sensational taste that gets you from the first note. Sweetness from the beginning, but it seems to fade out by the end. Aftertaste is mildly bitter of chocolate and of course coffee. High ABV is completely masked by the malts and coffee.

Mouthfeel is high point of this pint. Creamy, reminds me of the smooth creamy texture of an outmeal stout. I wonder if they used any oats in this brew.

Drinkability is great for the style. I mean it's a coffee stout so I am sharing my growler with friends.

Serving type: growler

12-06-2008 03:07:18 | More by Charleston
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours completely black with a one-finger light brown head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles sitting on top of an oily looking top with a thin ring around the glass. Not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells of coffee and coffee alone. As it warms I get faint whiffs of roasted malt, but the coffee is still huge.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Coffee up front, followed by a bit of roasted malt and ending with a solid amount of coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel is great. Very smooth and silky thanks to the oatmeal with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is good - if you like coffee, and actually even if you're not a huge fan of coffee, as I am not.

Overall this was interesting as I recently had a bottle of last year's batch. The coffee is much larger in the fresh, on-tap version than it was earlier. It's a matter of preference as to whether you should drink it now or let it sit for a bit, but either way it's definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2008 15:37:44 | More by glid02
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4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a pitch black with a coffee colored head. Aroma dominated by roasted coffee, also containing malty chocolate and toffee. Extremely smooth tasting with lost of roasted coffee maltiness, chocolate, caramel, toffee and oatmeal.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 07:45:09 | More by corby112
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle of 2008 Vintage poured into a snifter glass.

This beer pours an opaque inky black, puffing out a tiny cap of cinnamon-brown bubbles that disappear quickly and leave behind virtually no hint of their brief existence on the glass.

Nose is full-on chocolate-espresso, very sweet and very un-beerlike, but very delicious and exorbitantly inviting.

As is expected and welcomed, the oats give the beer a velvet-smooth, rich, creamy mouthfeel and full body. Big chocolate and coffee flavors coat the tongue, with a brief middling appearance of hop bitterness, finishing semi-sweet and smooth.

Sinfully delectable, this is one brew that would go over very well with both Imperial Stout lovers and buffs of coffee drinks alike, and would most definitely be a good introduction for coffee lovers to the world of craft beer. Despite the elevated alcohol content, this one goes down easily and leaves a strong desire for another.

This is certainly one to try laying down for a year or two to see how it develops.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 05:40:06 | More by superdedooperboy
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4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to MSchae1017 for this one!
This beer pours jet black with a nice offwhite head. Smells of strong coffee, roasted malts and huge molasses that is very pungent and in your face. Right up front this beer is sweet, maybe too sweet. Tastes of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts with a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and nicely carbinated. Drinkability is good. A nice easy drinking stout especially considering the high abv.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 00:02:57 | More by johnd513
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to CrellMoset for this wonderful extra in a trade!

A- Jet black opaque, impenetrable body that pours with a small frothy dark coffee colored head. Head quickly fades to a thin collar and no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- a stinging alcohol astringency hits the nose first, but behind that is wonderful, rich, toasted oatmeal, chocolate, and roasted coffee notes.

T-Mild dark chocolate and coffee flavors upfront. Roasted notes appear quickly after the initial flavor along with a caramel-like sweetness to offset the roasted bitterness. The finish is the grande finale, with a blast of rich sweet chocolate and roasted coffee flavors which slowly taper off.

M- Medium carbonation and nice thick, syrupy body. Not too thick though.

D- Oddly enough the ABV is only detectable in the nose. This is a great, warming and rich imperial stout that was perfect for this first snowy day in Pittsburgh. I would definitely trade for this again!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 00:24:19 | More by PittBeerGirl
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4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BIG thanks to SiriusAth!! Whatta trader.

Can't get much head from this thick bitch. Story of your life. Pitch black and looks gread anyway. Second glassful gets an aggressive pour that produces a quarter inch two tone brown-beige head of short duration.

Strong black coffee in the nose. And the taste. With some far off or imagined sweetness to it. Maybe I'm misinterpreting.

I want another and another sip; I fear this offering is not long for this world. Thick creamy rich, too damn enjoyable. Should come in a 500 oz bottle. And sixers of those.

Overall: good shit

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 04:10:30 | More by PatronWizard


3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black as night body. Some rosy highlights at the edge of the glass. Nice half finger of head that faded to a beautiful mocha colored lace, layering the top of the glass.

S: Roasted malts and cocoa dominate the faint air. There is a little old leather chair smell and it's comforting. Dark nuts, coffee, and some sweet Hershey's round it out.

T: Taste is mild on the front with the sweetness rolling into coffee then into the bitterness and roasted malts on the finish. I love rolling beers like this. Initial tongue teaser is chocolate that is slightly sweet, roasted nuts and coffee fill the middle and the roasted malt and hops bitter and finish. A true delight.

M: Dank! Heavy, wet, lightly carbonated, Perfect.

D: Drinkability is only hampered by the alcohol content, otherwise I would drink many many more.

Thanks to Lee and his friend Larry from Georgia for leaving me a bottle of this in Colorado when visiting for GABF. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 03:23:18 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
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3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass

pours thick but smooth. black. no head at first but two fingers or so rise up for some foamy tan head. smells light of coffee and sweetness. it is smooth and medium bodied. sweet and a little bourbon like. the coffee flavor is pretty weak and it comes out way more in the aftertaste. good, but not really what i had expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 17:32:36 | More by ph2001
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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