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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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Ratings: 3,059
Reviews: 1,178
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 685
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 RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

RblWthACoz, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of Drewcifer
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

Drewcifer, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of stonequarrywest
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to WesPatrick for this one....

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

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

stonequarrywest, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of Riverwarrior
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

Riverwarrior, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Loki for the opportunity.

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

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

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

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

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

goatgoat, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

MasterSki, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of cokes
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

cokes, Apr 03, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to crazymacharris

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

badmandy, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

LilBeerDoctor, Mar 31, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours well into my trusty new Belgium glass

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

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

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

Mouthfeel is heavy

the drinkablity is good for a cold night

ncbeermonger, Mar 29, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

A low but adequate level of carbonation.

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

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

Yetiman420, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of stoutfiend27
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into dimpled mug

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

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

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

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

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

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

stoutfiend27, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of czfreeman
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

czfreeman, Mar 28, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like light weight motor oil. Inky black with a very thin bit of head that's coffee colored and fades quickly leaving a ring of foam.

Smell is strong dark coffee, bitter chocolate, some hints of alcohol heat and brown sugar. Lots of great stuff coming from this pour especially as it warms a bit.

Taste is sweet, smooth mocha java deliciousness. It almost has a coffee liquer quality to it. The smoothness of this beer is amazing! The alcohol warmth that this one brings straight to the gut is very welcoming. As this warms there are hints of butter cookies and chocolate cake batter.

Great stuff. I really enjoyed this. Thanks to Kiefdog for hooking me up with some bottles in a recent trade. He is an A+ trader.

indiapaleale, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of Nowhereman529
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

APoured a nearly black color from the bottle with a thin bit of creamy brown head

S: Smell consists mainly of bakers chocolate and coffee. I would be hard pressed to identify any other smells through those two.

T: Taste follows smell pretty closely. There's good coffee flavor along with chocolate. A little roasted malt comes through along with just the slightest bit of caramel.

M: Mouthfeel is very thick and velvety. A nice heavy bodied beer to top off an evening.

D: Overall this is a delicious imperial stout. Very drinkable and a fine example of the style.

Nowhereman529, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of younger35
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew as extras from quite a few people but got an entire 4 pack from everetends in his Heavy Metal LIF. Anything with Coffee and Oatmeal in it is okay with this guy. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a very dark brownish black with a very small dark tan head that fades to nothing too quickly. Obviously no cap and collar.
Smell- Well the label has this one correct. Tons of coffee oozing out of the pours of this thing. Perhaps the strongest coffee nose I've smelled since Shorts Cup O' Joe or my homebrewed Breakfast Stout. Fully roasted and somewhat nutty there are hints of vanilla and oodles of dark chocolate. Oodles.
Taste- Starts with a big dark coffee roastiness that is slightly bitter from all the coffee they've managed to squeeze into this beer. Loads of fudge goodness plays second fiddle only to the black beans in this brew. This really reminds me of a Breakfast Stout with the coffee amped up and chocolate toned down. The hops are actually noticeable in this beer though. A slight citric bite is detectable on the finish but really only once you acclimate to the coffee.
Mouthfeel- Kind of on the lighter side of things but a soft creamy smoothness from the oats and a very light carbonation.
Drinkability- Finally! Another coffee brew with enough coffee to satisfy my coffee beer needs. Really smooth but if I had to pick one complaint I'd ask for a bit more body. Minor bitch aside, fantastic beer I really really enjoyed. Thanks much everyone!

younger35, Mar 25, 2009
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4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap as "Wake and Bake" by Terrapin.

A: Dark brown/black with off white lacing.

S: Dark roast coffee. Smooth and creamy.

T: Big roasted flavors from the coffee and malt, lots of fresh coffee flavors.

M&D: Full bodied with slight bitter sweet finish.

One of the best, if not, the best coffee imperial I've tasted.

cdizinno, Mar 23, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my Short's Imperial pint glass.

A: Black and viscous, like used motor oil. An aggressive pour only produces one finger of deep brown head that receeds quickly and leaves little lace.

A: Big coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Molasses, vanilla, and maybe some dried cherry come through as well. There is a distinct earthiness to this brew.

T: As it warms Wake-N-Bake gets even better. Again huge coffee and dark chocolate, with some roasted nuts, and dried fruit. Finishes with a nice but not overpowering alcohol warming.

M: Just right for the style, thick and heavy. There is some carbonation, that gives it a little bite on the back side.

D: Very drinkable, will probably have this one for breakfast sometime. you hardly notice the 8.1% ABV. Don't think this is quite as good as Breakfast Stout, but it's not too far behind. This is definatley my favorite Terrapin offering. Skal.

Gtreid, Mar 21, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased as part of a 4 pack at Whole Foods in Duluth, GA. Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color. There isn't even the slightest bit of highlight around the edges when held up to the light. The head is about a 1/4 and a nice brown color after an aggressive pour. The head dissipates relatively quickly leaving just a ring of bubbles around the edge of the rim. There is one clump of bubbles in the center of the liquid. Tiny bubbles are left in a ring after each swallow.

S: A nice but subtle aroma of dark roasted malts mixed with chocolate and coffee. A bit of a sweetness in the aroma that reminds me of molasses.

T: A very nice smooth taste for a coffee stout. The oatmeal takes the edge off the bitterness from the coffee and dark roasted malt. The molasses and chocolate help balance out the bitterness from the coffee and malt. The alcohol is almost completely hidden. This is one of the better ones from the local guys.

M: The oats help make this one creamy smooth along with the nice carbonation level. It is not quite as thick as some others in the style, but it is definitely thick enough.

D: As almost any of the style with oats, I can really drink it much easier.

GatorBeerNerd, Mar 19, 2009
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of the bottle a dark coffee black. No light gets through it. I'l admit to my nose being a little plugged when I poured out a glass after a later breakfast, but even still, there was a tasty aroma, pleasant scents of coffee without overpowering. A very smooth taste and mouthfeel that also does justice to the name on the label. Immediatly conjured thoughts of dark coffee and fresh cookies on a brisk winter morning. Smooth all the way around in terms of mouthfeel. Drinks down like a champ, and as coffee bees go, this was worth the visit! Cheers!

alaskajoe, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Yimosan
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer!!!

Appearance: 8-Ball black, and the head is like Domino's dark brown sugar. The lacing on my tulip glass was not very impressive, but well above average.

Aroma: Colombian Supremo coffee, roasted malt, and dark chocolate.

Taste: Espresso, semi-sweet dark chocolate, and fig.

Mouthfeel: Long lasting velvety goodness.

Drinkability: Great after dinner beer!

Note: The dark roasted coffee aroma is in your face good...I mean, go to your supermarket and stick your nose in the coffee grinder good.


Yimosan, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured a jet black color that produced a deep brown head that had decent retention and great lacing on the side of the glass

S - This beer produced aromas of burnt malts, lots of freshly ground coffee beans, and chocolates

T - The taste of this beer was great, as an Oatmeal Stout lover, this beer hit everything beautifully, lots of burnt malts, chewy oats, and bitter chocolates, but the great tastes of fresh coffee made this quite a treat

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a heavy body with a light amount of carbonation, perfect Stout qualities

D - This was a beautifully crafted beer, a wonderful mix of a Coffee and Oatmeal Stout, this is a must try for Stout lovers, wonderful job by Terrapin

cvfish, Mar 12, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: 22 oz. Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a deep, dark, black (as expected, and hoped for). One-finger of espresso froth colored foam head. Dissipates to a light, filmy covering. Lacing is full, but very slippery.

The smell is predominantly coffee grounds. Light touch of dark chocolate. Nice roasted malt presence.

Taste is much smoother than the nose.
Very good taste of real coffee, in this one. Nice presence of sweet malts. These are counterbalanced by bittersweet chocolate. Hint of oatmeal sweetness.
Everything in this works well. Very well balanced.

Very smooth and slightly creamy. Almost oily. Good full body. Light carbonation levels. IMO, this one would only be improved by a touch more carbonation.

This is an excellent 'special event' brew, but, if I had access to this one, on a regular basis, I would certainly drink my share.
I'd probably drink you, and three of your friends, shares, also.

coldmeat23, Mar 12, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big up to rgtravers for the bottle.

Pours as black as black can be in the body, with about a half-inch of tan head. Some brown highlights around the rim, but you gotta look for them.

The smell is of rich, dark coffee & chocolate. I think it was Wake-n-Bake I'd heard described as having a cannabis smell -- not sure about that, but there's definitely an earthy tone to the aroma.

The taste is lovely, with strong coffee taste, but different from other coffee stouts I've had -- like sucking on an espresso bean, it's got a very authentic, roasty, almost powdery taste to it. Like, I expect to find grounds at the bottom of the glass. Cacao bean, some vanilla.

This is something I hadn't experienced before, but this has kind of a crayon taste & feel to it. Like, if you've ever opened a new box of crayons & took a whiff. It's not a bad thing, but there's sort of a waxy aspect in the bitterness that coats the tongue. Not unpleasant, just different -- I kind of like it.

This is very complex & satisfying, & I can stick to 1 or 2 & get what I need.

OneDropSoup, Mar 12, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black. One of the darkest beer that I have ever seen. Almost no head at all but it was coffee colored.

S: Tons of coffee and chocolate. You can really smell the bitterness which is weird. Some hints of hops. Mostly faded out by now though. Some roast as well.

T: Really nice mix of the coffee chocolate and sweetness. Very bitter in the finish. If something negative must be said it would be that it is a tad too sweet. Finishes with a blast of chocolate.

M: Excellent mouthfeel. Just very velvety.

D: A really nice beer all around. Thanks to bwyker for the bottle. Reminded me of Ithaca's Kaffinator in a way. I love me a good coffee stout.

aerozeppl, Mar 11, 2009
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,059 ratings.