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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: 3,529
Reviews: 1,232
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
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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 livewire05
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not much of a stout drinker (I usually stick to IPAs) so this is quite an introduction. This beer has a wonderful aroma of roasted coffee with hints of chocolate, with a dark black color to match. The lacing is a great dark brown color, although there is not much head to speak of. The taste is as superb as the smell, with a rich mouthfeel.

Although IPAs will remain my go to beer, I think I just added a new style to my rotation.

Photo of hippityhophead24
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Silk black color with small brown head.

S: Smells heavy of roasted coffee and milk chocolates. Very sweet smelling.

T: Bitter coffee with a little heat upfront. Smooths out to a semi sweet chocolate flavor then ends with some milk chocolate notes, a sweet cookies baking in the oven. This is a really intense beer! Pairs very well with other sweets.

M: Very silky mouthfeel. Spreads all over the mouth.

O: This is an amazing beer! The name says it all.

Photo of Kromes
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a huge brown colored head with lots of different sized bubbles. A blanket of lacing down the glass.

S: Fresh ground coffee, roasted malt, and maybe a touch of hop.

T: Sweet roasted malt with some really nice chocolate and fresh coffee flavors. A nice creamy taste to it. The finish is roasted malt and coffee and cream.

M: Velvety smooth and full bodied. Great feel for a stout.

O: I've been waiting for a while to try this one and it didn't disappoint. Worth every penny. Great flavors and the high ABV isn't present.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with no light shining through whatsoever. About an inch of medium brown head appears, which very slowly recedes to a thin film and a ring around the edges of the beer. Quite good.

S: Like walking into a Starbucks. There is a ton of fresh coffee aroma in this beer. Ever so slightly bitter, but very smooth coffee aroma. Behind the coffee I can detect slight citrus hop aroma and also some roast. Maybe a bit of milk chocolate as well. Very good, but a bit one dimensional.

T: This is where this beer shines. The coffee flavor is so smooth along with a great roasty flavor. There is also a great milk and dark chocolate flavor (more emphasis on milk chocolate) with hint of hop bitterness in the background.

M: Medium to thick, extremely silky body. Usually I am impressed by extremely thick RIS mouthfeel, but this is so smooth. I think this is my favorite part of the beer.

O: I cannot imagine a better beer for a coffee lover (only by possibly Central Waters Brewhouse Stout). This beer is easy to drink, silky smooth, and intense in flavor. It is a bit one dimensional, but it's probably the best coffee forward Imperial Stout I've ever had.

As a side note, the flavor drops of dramatically after a few months (at least from previous batches). The intense coffee flavor and aroma becomes more bitter and acrid. This beer needs to be drank fresh.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Piper's Pub

A: Pours a midnight black color with a small one finger dark brown foam head. There is plenty of lacing down the sides of the goblet.

S: Decent amount of milk chocolate malt along with some roasted espresso, caramel and vanilla. Not much oatmeal present to the nose.

T: Starts off with a bitter espresso flavor. This flavor is quite prevalent throughout the tasting. In the middle, the rich milk chocolate give the beer a little more balance. On the back end, the milk chocolate, vanilla and yes some oatmeal really blend nicely with the bitter coffee and even the beer out more.

M: A full bodied beer that leaves a thick slightly bitter taste on the palate.

O: I enjoyed this beer but was hoping for a little less coffee and a little more richness from the oatmeal. Still, for the style it is a really tasty brew.

Photo of KAP1356
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature snifter...

A - Poured a relatively normal dark brown color that borders on black. A foamy, mocha colored head forms and retains for a bit.

S - Really nice aroma here. Tons of black coffee comes out along with a chocolate that reminds me of chocolate covered coffee beans. Theres a richness of the aroma that reminds me of fudge. Really very nice and an awesome aroma for a coffee oatmeal stout.

T - Coffee and chocolate really takes the stage here. Strong bitter coffee mixed with brownie like chocolate richness. I get a little vanilla in there as well which is nice.

M - Medium to heavy bodied beer. Creamy and rich with a slight dryness.

O - Really nice beer and a definite contender for best breakfast stout. Will definitely look for this one again sometime.

Photo of DraughtPunk
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 4-pack found in the back of a beer store. Poured into generic snifter.

A- This pours a dark black with a very light head that dissipates rather quickly. The lacing contrast is really nice.

S- This just exudes chocolate, dark roasted coffees, roasted malt, chocolate malt, oatmeal and heaven. It smells wonderfully earthy.

T- Being quite the fan of Founders breakfast stout, i expected more chocolate, but received a wonderful balance of coffee and oatmeal. Contrasting most beers in this same class, this is distractingly smooth. It has much less bitterness than expected. I get hints of raisins and plum.

M- This has low to medium carbonation and an impressingly thick body for the price and style. So many other beers fail here that this stands out even more.

O- This is one of the best 'just coffee' beers that i've experienced. While it isn't in the same category as KBS or Meph Addict, it holds its own for the price, availability and body. Being outside of founder's distribution range, it is my favorite accessible coffee stout out there.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank a bottle from 09 before going after one from last year. Apologies for being so late to open that one mr trade partner.

Southampton Goblet. Furry inch of tan head rises & falls within moments, leaving sugar crystals glistening as the legs stretch out along the bowl. Color is black, thinning to more of a hazel along the edge.

Deep earthy roast with a fruity edge. Touch of burnt caramel & dark chocolate. Barely any acrid notes at all, nice. A bit too bold, yet it still manages to be gentle.

Lovely silky/plush feel. Minimal carbonation that spikes at just the right moment to keep it from being flabby. Sweet char, toast & ...burnt almonds? Espresso. Soil. A hint of vanilla. Mild(in comparison) leafy hops that drag through the dryer, gentler finish. Hidden alcohol. Low acid.

A smooth, yet textured beer that is somewhat muted by all this coffee. It is a very tasty roast though. I don't even like coffee. :)

Photo of iadler
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage. Poured into a Founders snifter.

A- Pours a dark black with a two finger mocha head that dissipates fast. Nice sheets of lacing are left behind.

S- Tons of bakers chocolate, cookie dough, faint coffee beans, dark fruits such as raisins, fig, oatmeal and roasted malt.

T- Taste like a dark chocolate oatmeal cookie with some coffee beans, raisins, plum, fig, roasted malt and a hint of char.

M- Low to medium carbonation and medium body. Syrupy mouthfeel that finishes with some roasted malt.

O- A pretty good coffee beer that has some nice balance to it. The coffee seems to have faded a bit for being around a year old, but was still noticeable. It's no FBS, but still one of the better coffee stouts out there.

Photo of lanamj
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage 12oz bottle served into a trolls tulip. As always I love this glass!!

A- Nice coffee black with a light milk chocolate head. The head dissipates quickly into a minimal lace that holds steady. Appears thick in the center but light on the ends.

S- So nice and smooth. I get lots of coffee and chocolate. A light faint sent of roasted malt lingerers towards the end. Lots of vanilla and oatmeal followed by sweet molasses. Fresh baked cookies dipped into coffee, so nice.

T- Nice vanilla and oat flavor. The coffee finds its self at the end in the form of a smooth bitter feel. I get lots of chocolate malt throughout. This is an amazing stout.

M- Nice and creamy. Feels like a great milk stout. Carbonation is slightly heavy but still good for the style. ABV is hidden as good as it gets. I feel like I'm drinking a dessert beer/coffee.

O- For a coffee-oatmeal stout it is one of the best. Truly one of Terrapin's best. I hear they age it in barrels ... O' my.

Photo of Cavery
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2010, provided by a couple of traders. Cheers for getting this one out to me. I believe Drazzamatazz and someone else is responsible for this.

A: Pour is octopus ink black with no head formation whatsoever. A thick slick oily pour seems incapable of splashing violently as I try my hardest to get just a light tuft of foam. The beer looks like an 8 ball in the glass, completely opaque, and could pass for a solid.

S: Very lively thick layers of earthy coffee. Dark chocolates with some rustic bread crusts. Makes me think of rustic country toast where you use old rustic bread with some plump raisin inclusions for spreading some butter on. Really rustic, almost bitter in the nose, with a heavy hand of coffee that dominates the nose. Very nice coffee intensity considering the age.

T: Swirls of bitter chocolate that marry well with powdery carobs. Dark bakers chocolate with some brownie mixes, tastes like it's on the verge of being dessert decadent, but then it fades into just a high quality cup of joe. There's a flavor transition here that's really interesting to me, it's like a piece of black licorice that's been dowsed in some really good root beer.

M: Medium light carbonation where soft release small bubbles give way to a fancy light dryness. The dryness provides a nice layer of complexity to the beer that acts as a toggle for the intensity of coffee. The flavor waxes and wanes with repeat sips and gives in to dryness. Much better body than I would have thought considering the visual.

O: Despite not having any sort of head, I think this drank like an upper class coffee beer. If the coffee is this thick and complex now, I wonder how this thing is super fresh. Nice chocolate character that blends well with slightly powdery bitterness from notes of carob. It's like a dark vegan carob chip cookie that you weren't sure you'd like, but then you end up liking it. Definitely try this beer. Amazingly drinkable for ABV, and for the style.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.69/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my duvel tulip. An extra from someone about a month ago, but forgot who.

Pours a jet black with a wispy tan head that immediately fades to nothing.

Strong aromas of coffee along with some semi-sweet chocolate as well.

Starts out with a strong coffee flavor rounding into a sweeter taste of chocolate. A little bit of earthy hops round out the flavor profile.

A tad thin for a stout, but better as it warms. The chocolate also shines more once it approaches room termperature.

Solid beer, but not fantastic. Definitely will go back to it again though.

Photo of Spider889
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/1/2011.

Seasonal: 2010 listed on the bottle.

Poured into a snifter. The beer is black as anticipated. The head is very slow to rise and a toffee color. Produces very intermittent and spotty lacing.

The aroma is rich, full of black coffee goodness. Chocolate covered espresso beans and some fudge brownie lend some pleasant sweetness in this beer.

The flavor is very coffee forward and a little boozy. Mild truffle sweetness and coffee bitterness. Very rich, heavy flavor.

Sticky smooth mouthfeel on it, though not as velvety as some similar beers.

What a wonderful beer, I'd gladly drink this again.

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: lovely black color with an explosive brown head. Sticky lacing climbs to the bottom of the glass.
S: smells of roasted coffee and roasted malts, touch of alcohol
T: nice and smooth, the coffee and sweetness balance out and your left with a blast of smooth coffee bean bitterness. The coffee is done exceptionally well, and dominates the taste profile. You also pick up some sweetness and a hint of dark chocolate.
M: light carbonation and very smooth and creamy, not as thick as I would like though
O: I love this beer. I am glad it is locally available and it hold it's own with any coffee stout.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. 2010 bottle, so it's got some age.

Appearance - Nearly black body with a small tan head. Dissipates quickly with a bit of lacing. Transparent around the edges.

Smell - Coffee. Lots of coffee. It's less than it was fresh, but still strong. Almost drowns out a chocolatey smell in the back.

Taste - Coffee up front, as expected. The coffee flavor is sustained, but diminishes a bit in the back to a chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Not a complex taste, really. Just coffee and generic stout flavors. It finishes with coffee bitterness and some booze.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, but it's only 8.1%. Not a huge coffee stout. I feel like it could be heavier to give it some flavors that would stand up to the coffee. Decent carbonation for a stout.

Overall - Not the best coffee stout I've had. Really wish more stout flavors came through. That said, the flavors it has are good, even if it's really heavy on the coffee.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint, it's a dark dark super dark color with a small off white head that dissipates quickly.

The aroma is a beautiful blend of roasted malt, bitter coffee and sweet oatmeal. It's really tough to even pick it all up, but the roasted tones come through the strongest.

The taste is a little less toasted and more towards the coffee side of things. There is a sweet oatmeal hit first then the delicious bitter coffee bean taste. Awesome.

It's thick, it's savory, it's a meal in a glass almost.

Great beer, another winner from Terrapin.

Photo of Centennial
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this many times but reviewing this with about 6 months age on the bottle. Serving- 12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance- Like Black Coffee with a slight tan hue, 2 finger head that dissipates rapidly.

Smell- Coffee, Roasted Malts, a little Vanilla and alcohol

Taste- Delicious, like a rich iced coffee with a bitter-sweet smoothness, finish leaves me craving for another sip.

Mouthfeel- smooth, very nice balance, not too thick, not too thin, I think it is just right for this style.

Overall- Great Fresh and Great at this age, I think the coffee is more subdued with age, but still very present. I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys a nice coffee stout.

Photo of flannelman808
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off I have to say this beer has one of the best tag lines I've seen on a bottle, "... blend of coffee used to produce this robust and flavorful beer. So when it comes to a morning beverage...Why Not Beer! Sweet.

A: So this stuff barely made a peep when I opened it... RughWtrogh. Pours like an oil slick and looks at first as though it would produce no head at all. Slowly small tan bubbles form a late foam on top and then fizz away leaving a ring o' cappuccino. Mars black.

S: Yeah there's coffee in that alright. This is a wake n bake beer indeed. Deep brewed coffee Sumatra blend? hah

T: There is a real true coffee tang to this stuff. Very cool goes down like crude oil through a steam vent. Rich 60% chocolate and medium/light bodied coffee. Amazingly with a very rich sweet start it finishes with, "tang", which coffee can sometimes produce. This confuses the senses Bitter or tart, and how much caffeine?

M: Thick but bubbly.

O: Very good stuff, I was not expecting this. I would say that this is not a great aging beer. I'm drinking the 2010 and I think I got real lucky. That said, I think it's uniquely Coffee driven with an amazing balance of flavor.

Photo of yourchoice
2.89/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Just plain black. Tan head that hangs, just a bit of lacing on the glass.

S - Super strong (over-powering) coffee aroma. Not subtle, just coffee. Maybe a bit of dark, bitter chocolate, but wow...coffee.

T - I love coffee. I love beer with a subtle hint of coffee. This is too much. Still a hint of chocolate, but the coffee is ovver-powering.

M - Okay, nothing to complain about, but a bit too carbonated.

O - I was hoping for a better experience, and expected it from a great brewery like Terripan. They just went overboard with the coffee, IMO.

Photo of cmq103
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. Picked up a 4-pack at Shop Rite Liquors Hamilton for $10.99.

Appearance: Fantastic dark black, syrup thick pour. A semi-aggressive pour got me a 1/3" medium brown bubbly head. Thick cascading style lacing when my glass is tilted.

Smell: Initial strong dose of dark chocolate, expresso coffee, and sweet roasted malts. Mild booziness in the finish. If this one tastes half as good it smells, it's money well spent. I'm excited to try my first Terrapin beer. Plenty of great reviews out there so I know I made the right choice.

Taste: The first description I can come up with is "WOW"...Dark sweetened black coffee, mildy bitter unsweetened dark chocolate, with a mild caramel finish. The perfect combination of all three of my favorite flavors in an Imperial Stout: Coffee, Oats and Chocolate. What a phenomenal blend they got going on here. Tons of flavor, with no specific one being dominant or overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: A generally medium-heavy beer with just the right amount of carbonation. A nice warm feeling follows with each sip.

Overall: Terrapin nailed it with one. All of the flavors (Coffee, Oats and Chocolate) blend so perfect together. I will be seeking this one out again. Outstanding in every way!!! This is "must try" for Imperial Stout fans. This is one great beer...

Photo of DearthVader
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage poured to a duck rabbit snifter

*Beer provided by LSUPT and glass provided by JebediahScooter. Thanks fellas!

Pours a rich dark brown that allows absolutely no light through. A tiny 1/4" tan head forms on top, but fades quickly to a crown. A very small amount of lacing is left behind on my glass.

Smell is of nice sweet coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and slight alcohol.

Taste consists of some roasted coffee malt, sweet vanilla candy, bitter dark chocolate, and some slight caramel. You can definitely pick up some sweet alcohol in this one as well.

A very nice full bodied feel with a light carbonation. Pretty spot on for the style.

I've had this very fresh and now with close to a year on it. I'm unsure which I enjoyed more, but it seems like the the older the vintage the less coffee is present and the more the sweet vanilla and alcohol notes shine through. I enjoyed both very much and this will be a beer a pursue yearly.

Photo of Sideswipe
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of Jodan & mnbearsfan, poured into a tulip.

A- An aggressive pour yields three fingers of mocha colored foam atop the very dark beer.

S- The aroma is overwhelming coffee. Some sweet, roasted malt come through, but the emphasis is on the java.

T- Starts off sweet and roasty with a major coffee presence entering mid palate. I detect notes of bitter chocolate and toffee. The finish is sweet and bitter with a lingering coffee aftertaste.

M- Feel is surprisingly light for the style. Appropriate carbonation lends a nice, creamy texture to the beer. ABV is skillfully masked by the wonderful coffee flavor profile.

O- A very tasty offering from Terrapin. The most coffee forward coffee beer I've experienced to date. The flavors meld together flawlessly to provide an enjoyable twist on the Impy Stout style. Recommended.

Photo of armock
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sendsilk for hooking this bottle up in a trade.

A - Poured a black color with a brown head that fades quickly to a ring

S - Is a nose full of coffee

T - Just like it smells lots of coffee flavors some roasted malt

M - This beer has a full body with medium carbonation to it

O - This is a well made beer that tastes very good which makes it very easy to drink worth getting sometime to try

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

Thanks to Centennial for this awesome beer!
Acquired via trade on 8/25/11, consumed on 8/28/11.
Poured into a Darkness tulip glass, warmed to around fifty-five degrees before doing anything other than appearance and smell.

Appearance- Dark, opaque with tan head (head was very small- less than 1/16") that disappeared quickly, leaving only tiny bubbles coating the glass after each sip.

Smell- Coffee, vanilla, raisins, chocolate, roasted grains

Taste-Espresso, chocolate, light bourbon, vanilla undertone, alcohol comes out at the tail-end, but quickly fades.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied; light, long lasting carbonation; smooth

Overall- This beer is everything I expected it to be. I did not try it fresh, so there is no previous experience to compare it to, but I think this beer aged extremely well. I would love to try another a year down the road to taste what develops with more aging.

Photo of vande
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Extremely dark, opaque, black sitting calmly with very little evidence of any head...in fact, a light khaki colored ring is left along the circumference of my glass...

S: rich coffee laced heavily with oat... slight hint of a chocolate of vanilla presence

T: a mixture of alcohol [cuz its noticeable], chocolate flavored coffee [thinking of caribou], roasted oats, and grain

M: Viscosity is there as it rolls around the mouth and down the tongue..kind of a slimey/oily feel to it, in a good "beer" sort of a way...

O: Pretty darn good and well worth seeking out

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,529 ratings.