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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 3,173
Reviews: 1,189
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 715
Gots: 492 | 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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(Beer added by: rajendra82 on 02-15-2005)
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Photo of caresville
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

big thanks to jyounger30 who sent me this in the RIS BIF about a month ago!! poured into terrapin pint glass also supplied by jyounger30!!

a- pours black as night with a nice sized mocha colored head that subsides eventually. terrific lacing and lots of bubbles.

s- this may just be the beer that smells closest to a pot of black coffee. there is almost no other smell, maybe chocolate. smells like jet black coffee.

t&m- total coffee bomb!! i have never had a beer that tastes more like coffee in my life, this is amazing. some other tastes pull through, mostly chocolate and vanilla with a hint oatmeal as the beer itself suggests. but totally dominated by smooth, creamy and rich coffee.

d- if you love coffee, this is the beer for you. most coffee i have ever tasted in a beer, love love love this stuff. but just like with real coffee, i can only have 2 cups, tops.

caresville, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem, PA. It's funny, I realized after my first sip this beer tastes just like (though probably a bit better) an imperial espresso porter I made. I guess it just goes to show that the java here really dominates everything else. I really had trouble pulling out any oat character and even the big chocolate barley flavors were relegated to the background. This is still a pretty great coffee stout, but this beer is all about the beans. Don't expect much else.

tempest, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixtel this weekend - Poured into 12oz tulip at around 45 degrees.

Massive, tight/clingy brown head over top of the pitch black oily body - zero light, even on the edges.

Definitely hits you with a roasted coffee aroma - only slightly bitter. Bittersweet chocolate, touch of black licorice, and some almonds as well.

Very creamy with just the right amount of carbonation to keep it from being cloying. Flavor has some roasted dark coffee (not quite espresso level), rich cocoa, and a healthy hoppy finish.

This is a terrific Impy Stout - not the thickest, not the strongest, not the most extreme in any way, but quite drinkable. I could easily see myself with 3 of these in an evening.

BeerImmediately, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a sludgy black with generous and lively brown head with slimey lacing.

S - A swirl of the glass reveals a creamy caramel whipped cream latte type of smell. Chocolate and nuts as well.

T - Malty delisciousness. Roasted coffee flavor with cream and vanilla. This is an exceptional beer.

M - Smooth and filling. Like a coffee stout milkshake. In fact doesn't feel much like a beer at all. The carbonation is really subtle and the alcohol gives it a bit of a tingle, but the afterfeel is very bready and a bit dry and oaty feeling.

D - Very rich and filling. The flavor is all there and the alcohol is hidden well. This is one I'll be seeking out again.

cosmicevan, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of paco1029384756
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage thanks to mikesgroove.

Pours black with a finger and a half of fizzy brown head.

Scent of bitter chocolate, sweet oats, dark fruit, sugars, earthy spice, and caramel. This is still pretty potent after over two years.

Taste of fairly rich semi-bitter chocolate, creamy oats, sweet dark fruit, and a hint of caramel. This one is still going pretty strong after the aging.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick and biting, unappealing for the style.

paco1029384756, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of tattooedtolley
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dope label, all Terrapin's labels are really awesome. Pours jet black, dark brown head left the party fast. Smells like black coffee. Big roasted malt flavor, good hop bitterness and wow that coffee is strong as hell. Perfect during the snowpocalypse that is ensuing outside. I think the oatmeal is adding a bit of velvetiness to the body, not overly so.

All in all, very good if you like coffee stouts, like I do. I served this at cellar type but as it warms its a bit more complex and not just all coffee. I think I'll leave the next one out of the cellar a while before getting to it.

tattooedtolley, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2006 bottle acquired in a trade with nflmvp. Thanks again Steve.

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Poured out thick, black, and oily. A tiny, brown head emerged shortly after the pour, then disappeared after only a few seconds. Though this beer is very close to opaque, I can spot a ton of suspended sediment. All in all, I'm not too impressed. No head, no lacing; this one just looks dull. Dull and oily. Dull and oily with tons of crap floating around inside.

Smell: Oats, chocolate chip cookies, roasted barley, and very mild coffee. I honestly don't get a whole lot. What's there is good, but it needs a little more pop.

Taste: Dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, and oats. I also get some woody hops and root beer in the finish. Very smooth and easy-going with a decent amount of complexity.

Mouthfeel: Thick, oily, and pretty damn near flat. Really funny because the 2007 bottle I tried (also courtesy of nflmvp) was waaaay over-carbonated. I wonder if one of them was bad. Anyhoo, mouth-coating is just okay on this one: a mild mix of roasted malt and cola hang around for just a bit after each sip. As with the other categories, the word "dull" comes to mind.

Drinkability: I hope that this one was just past its prime. I was very underwhelmed.

ThreeWiseMen, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of farrago
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't pour too aggressively or get a sponge, easy three to four finger head of dark brown microfoam which dissolves at a snail's pace, fairly thick lacing left behind. Entirely black liquid, like a block on onyx. Coffee ice cream, chestnuts, bittersweet dark chocolate, licorice predominate in the nose, possesses a dry and powdery texture, roasty, doesn't show much fruit, there is a leafiness there, not green and fresh, more like autumnal drying out leaves. Full-bodied, drops like an anchor into your mouth, the carbonation thankfully has some sizzle to it and slowly gets the flavors moving around. These being coffee, coffee and more coffee. As well as dark chocolate, nuts, chicory and raw baking dough. Turns very dry through the finish, hops appear to contribute more to the texture than array of flavors, not the creamiest of stouts. Any oatmeal accents lack staying power. Very much in your face style, not a beer you have a casual relationship with.

farrago, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip. '09 vintage, served at just below room temp.

Pours viscous black, a bit oily, with a thin brown layer of bubbles. Nice stickage, though on a less than impressive head.

Nose is leafy hops, roast coffee beans (almost woody), hint of pretzel crust (?!), spicy sweetness underneath, almost like a dark mexican chocolate.

Taste is leafy and a bit raw up front - hops come off a bit coarse, turning the roasty, coffee notes kind of woody and barky, husky. Earthy bittersweet chocolate underneath never really allowed to shine. Was a bit disappointed in this, might blossom with some time in the cellar but as is, just too raw and green. Hops end up being way too dominant for my taste.

Mouthfeel is nice, slick, bit creamy, smooth. Highlight of the beer.

Drinkability is again hurt by the coarseness. Just too green at this stage of freshness for me.

JohnQVegas, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well here's to another Terrapin Beer... Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout. Imperial at 8.1% alcohol and coffee added!

A- Pours black with only brown showing around the top of the beer in light otherwise opaque.
Small active tight bubbled dark tan head that falls into the black coffee colored beer as fast as it came. Gone in 5 seconds but did make an appearance! No lacing at all.

S- Smells straight up like used coffee grinds with hints of cream and vanilla. One of a kind smell.

T-M- Well like the smell it taste like somebody recycled the the coffee grinds at work. But wait is that the oatmeal that dulls the coffee flavor? I'll be damned it is! Ok so the flavors are obviously a fresh batch of raw oatmeal with heavy doses of black coffee with vanilla and a alcohol cream finish... excellent complexities. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with lasting linger of raw coffee beans.

D- I will aquire this beer again so that i can share its goodness with everyone... in the morning that is! Haha Hold the cream and sugar I'll have it black! Cheers!

wesbrownyeah, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a pint glass.

a - A dark black with a very small amount of brown head. Very little carbonation is evident.

s - A strong smell of coffee is overpowering at first, than gives way to to some oatmeal and chocolate.

t - Has a smooth, creamy taste. Lots of coffee and some smooth oatmeal and vanilla aftertaste. Very nice.

m - A thick stout with little carbonation. This feels very smooth and goes down easy.

d - Overall, I really liked this stout. Very nice coffee flavor and very creamy and smooth. A very good breakfast stout that I look forward to drinking more of next weekend in line at Sexual Chocolate day.

mdfb79, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of weasbri
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife's observation: "So what's the latest motor oil you're drinking?" That describes the look pretty well. Black as night, the head was about a finger, hung around for a while, but didn't leave any lacing for me.
Aroma really pops with the coffee. Good coffee too, not something that's been burning on the hot plate of your mechanic's all day.
Pretty straight forward flavor too. More coffee, a bit of burnt malt. Searching for something else, but not coming up with anything. Only the slightest bit of alcoholic warmth at the back of my throat, which is a good thing.
Unfortunately, the burnt flavor is what lingers to me, with that little alcohol burn too. I personally couldn't drink more than one of these at a time, that coffee is really almost overwhelming. I'd go with the Founders Breakfast Stout myself.

weasbri, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of mbudner
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Terrapin 7th Anniversary pint glass.

A- Pours black with half a centimeter of deep mocha heard that dissipated relatively quickly leaving a nice skin of lacy head across the surface.

S- Great aroma full of roasted coffee, some bitter chocolate, and semi-sweet vanilla coming through.

T- The first flavor I get is the vanilla on the front of my palate, which quickly gives way to coffee. What I really like about this one is the smoothness of the coffee flavor; it's not so bitter as dominate completely, but it asserts itself enough to remind you that you're drinking a coffee stout (I am sure this has something to do with the quality of Jittery Joe's coffee as I have noticed this in other beers made with reputable coffee beans/sources.) In the finish, I get a nice nutty flavor, which I often find in oatmeal based stouts (either my palate confuses the two or they taste quite similar to me.)

M- Nice amount of carbonation followed by a great creamy mouthfeel.

D- Truly one of my favorite breakfast stouts. I will admit that I have a certain amount of nostalgia when it comes to this phenomenal beer, but I tried not to let it have an effect on my review. No booziness at all (granted it is on the low end for an "American Double/Imperial Stout." This is up there with Founders BS as one of my favorites.

mbudner, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an imperial pint glass. Beer is dark and thick looking and forms a thick brown head that falls away leaving very little lacing on the glass. Beer is completely opaque and black.

Strong coffee roast aroma with a nice sweetness and an almost chocolate like aroma at the end, slight vanilla.

Thick and like silk. This beer is sweet and finishes nicely. There is a late, really late, coffee flavor. Seriously its like silk. Lots of sweetness up front. Drinkability is high and mouthfeel is high. Completely full bodied. Yeah, this is a phenomenal beer.

drabmuh, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of oelergud
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pure black body with a dark brown gray head. Great retention and lace.
Sweet coffee chocolate scent. Utterly delicious.
Strong malty coffee flavor. Great hoppy aftertaste.
Thick stout feel. Good coating and dry finish.
Great drinkability. Cheers!


oelergud, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained in trade from Imperialhopper83 (thanks!). Vintage "09AA" printed on the side. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thick, dense, creamy raw umber head recedes slowly to a milky finger covering a lightless, very nearly black abyss of liquid. Very fine, slow moving, full coverage of lacing with a light varnish of legs surrounding.

Fresh whole roast coffee beans, roast barley, toasted cocoa, light cookie dough, and grain aromatics.

Intense waves of flavor - black malt, burnt toast, bitter chocolate, Irish breakfast tea, espresso-dipped oatmeal cookies, faint molasses, chicory, and pancake batter. Exceptionally balanced, with a lingering roasty dry finish.

Heavy-weight body, an impressive thickness for the ABV - but smooth and velvety rather than oily. Moderate carbonation and a light astringency and warmth.

I'll be sad when I run out of these - though the emphasis here is a little less on the coffee than it is on balance with the oats, this beer is easily the peer of Founders Breakfast Stout, Short's Cup A Joe, or Péché Mortel!

*Edit* - revisiting the 2010 vintage on 3/4/2011 - my tastes have changed a bit, and there is some batch variation going on, as this beer seems sweeter than I remember it, and the appearance (no head retention) and mouthfeel (insufficient carbonation) are not quite as good; on the other hand the aroma is a little better - I'm revising my score a bit to account for this.

augustgarage, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of tanousa
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Wow, what a great beer, dense ink black color, artfully leaves a delicious lace of tasty foam that slowly dissapears.
S- There's some outmeal going on, as well as chocolate, but this is coffee all the way, outstanding.
T- Like a coffee explotion in your mouth , a little on the bitter side but delicious, also some chocolate and outmeal again.
M- Well done here, perfect carbonation , great combinations to enjoy.
D- What a treat, tremendous beer, I'm going to set this one in my top 3 favs. Go for it!

tanousa, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From mikey711, appreciated!!!!

A- Amazing pour. Brown, damn near black, and oatmeal-cookie like head, settles to a dense 2 fingers and laces immediately. Very good pour.

S- Coffee milk. A RI specialty (and the official state drink of Rhode Island), coffee syrup and milk. This stuff is spot-on. I love it already.

T- Roasty malts, deep, dark coffee, sweet cream. A doughy, bready chaser. Rich, full, boisterous but in all the right places.

M- Great, prickly on the tongue, healthy carbonation seals the deal for this one. No off-flavors and a heapin' helping of flavors that are on point. Not nearly as weighed down as most Imp. Stouts, not too thick or syrupy.

D- The most enjoyable stout I've ever had. 'Nuff said. My mind has been blown, I haven't had a beer I enjoyed this much in a while.

ShogoKawada, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of MrStark
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance is a thick opaque black with a fluffy light brown head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice cap.

Smell is definitely filled with coffee! There are also aroma of roasted malts and some dark chocolate as well.

Taste is identical to the smell. A nice roasted coffee flavor like a fresh cup of roasted goodness and with a bit of sweetness in the end. Roasted malts are there and a small hint of bitterness near the end. The alcohol seems to be nicely hidden only making itself noticed slightly as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth! Quite rich and very pleasant on the tongue.

Drinakbility is Fantastic! A very nice flavor that goes down nice, easy and smooth. This is one of the better coffee stouts I've had and look forward to having many times again. Even with the abv it would be a very nice session brew to me. If you like your coffee, this is definitely a beer for you.

MrStark, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of octo
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- black, very dense tight mocha head, dissipates with no lacing

S- big roasted malts, dark chocolate and cold stale coffee

T- I love my coffee, and everything that tastes like coffee. this is a definite winner. big black coffee taste. a little sweet at first which balances out the bitter dark chocolate tastes in it. leaves a lingering bitterness on the tongue.

M- very smooth. not watery, and not too dense. very good.

D- for it being a stout, I could drink these things all day. the oatmeal really balances this out. and the 8.1% isnt visible at all.

I love dark coffee. I await the arrival of these things every year, theyre so good. I wish more breweries made "breakfast" stouts like this that distribute to my area.

octo, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of Freethyhops
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

09 Vintage 12oz bottle

A- pours pitch black. a vigorous pour produced a huge amount of head. I had to stop pouring so it wouldn't pour over the top. fairly heavy lacing.

S- huge roasted character dominates the nose. sweet malts and the oats come through and smell like freshly cooked oatmeal. maybe a little cocoa in the backround

T- pure espresso goodness. a perfect amount of chocolate and roasted flavors mix together in a way that put starbucks to shame. it's super creamy too. maybe due to the oats? despite the large amount of coffee used this beer doesn't have the bitterness or most coffee stouts. it stays on the sweet side which really adds to the beer.

M/D- super thick and creamy. surprisingly so considering its only 8.1%. it's not nearly as carbonated as I thought it would be after the huge head it produced. it stays silky and helps it go down smoother.

Freethyhops, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Kelp
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beerisheaven for this one. Having it with dinner as we speak. Love the color to it inky black and the head just reminds me of chocolate. Smells amazing til the end. I catch chocolate toffee, malt, and lastly strong coffee. This started off as an amazing beer to me just wonderful flavors for an oatmeal stout chocolatey and creamy and then all I can taste is strong coffee after taste (yuck). This heavy after taste somewhat ruins the beer for me, but a lovely brew if you like coffee. Creamy, velvety, with a hint of chewiness to the feel in my mouth. Each sip makes me think how nice the beer would be if i enjoyed coffee or if it didn't have such a strong coffee finish. I would certainly have it again, but only on great occasions. Overall a great beer just not to my particular likings.

Kelp, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of ImusBeer
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Taco Mac

Came in a large 20oz pour very black with a tan thin head barely covering the top. It dissapated quickly to nothing.

Scents of coffee and roasted malt along with something I couldn't really place, kind of bitter? The taste was heavily of coffee and chocolate at the finish.

It had a very silky smooth mouthfeel slightly bitter due to coffee I'd guess. This one is very strong both in taste and in ABV only one in an evening but you need to savor this one and not chug it down.

ImusBeer, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

G - Poured slightly too hard into my Tripel Karmeliet goblet. The head took about five minutes to get settled down.

A - Amazing. Blacker than my soul (not the first time its been said) and with a tremendously big head and plastered lacing everywhere. Ridiculous retention. Pour carefully, as the head takes longer than usual to rise, and a hard pour may cause an unexpected over-foam.

S - Phenomenal smell of coffee. Just fresh roasted coffee. Not so complex, but certainly pleasant.

T - Carries on where the smell started. An exceptionally well-blended marriage of the flavors; this is good 'ol USA diner-style coffee with two sugars, no cream. Very pleasant, wonderful finish and aftertaste.

M - A tad thin, but very nice all the same. It has a nice, non-dry (wet?) texture.

D - This is a great idea for the morning drive to work, in place of your Starbucks. All kidding aside, it's highly enjoyable.

ktrillionaire, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of Thur123
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of this beer is a deep coffee black with a stained wood colored head, just very brown foam. The smell is what else but a bunch of coffee. The coffee smells spicy and medium bodied with a lot of sweetness. Also the oats add a kind of light breaded scent.

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Big and acidic coffee flavors, but a very real coffee flavor as well. Seems to represent the aspects of both dark and bold coffees to lighter and sweet blends. Very tasty.

Thur123, Jan 14, 2010
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,173 ratings.