Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company
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4.43/5 rDev +3%
I've missed this two years in a row and made sure I grabbed it the first time I saw it in the winter season. The turtle on the label is baking up some tasty treats, excellent. Pours a most brilliant jet black and is opaque atop a cocoa head that laces little and dissipates in about four minutes. The nose is comprised of coffee, chocolate, and burnt notes but little notable in their absence were oatmeal and alcohol.
Wow, this is seriously thick and syrupy with a blast of chocolate and a bit of coffee right off the bat. The next stage is an oatmeal influenced, silky smooth finish laced with hop bitterness and alcohol. Nearly flawless throughout, this is flying down my throat at a scary clip. Maybe my new favorite from Terrapin, this really good, go get some.
01-12-2009 04:10:13 | More by daliandragon
4.9/5 rDev +14%
Poured from a bottle into my DT goblet...
a: Pours jet black with traces of a dark/brown head that quickly fades...
s: Delicious, fresh, roasted coffee, and chocolate.
t: This one doesn't disappoint. Extremely smooth with a rich coffee flavor and fudgy chocolate finish surrounded by oatmeal cookies.
m: thick and smooth, coats the tongue.
d: I rate this one high for coffee fanatics like myself. Goes down easy and leaves your taste buds satisfied. This one lived up to the hype for me.
01-12-2009 02:01:06 | More by CoalCellar
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Bottle shared by ajsdad06.
A - Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing.
S- Moderate chocolate, coffee and caramel aroma.
T - Heavy roasted chocolate bittersweet flavor with a heavy roasted bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
M - Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation.
D - This is a standout brew.
01-11-2009 18:49:59 | More by tmoneyba
3.58/5 rDev -16.7%
Bottle pours dark, opaque, and ebony with a small light brown head that quickly disappears. Thin sheets of lace drape the glass.
Aroma is strong roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and earthy hops. Nuttiness emerges as it warms.
Full bodied with low carbonation and some coffee bean acidity.
Taste is mostly dark roasty malt bitterness accented by roasted coffee. Alcohol is well hidden. Almond nuttiness emerges as it warms. No fruity notes and the oatmeal isn't picked up either.
Slightly disappointed in this one. Run of the mill as big coffee stouts go.
01-11-2009 17:26:55 | More by merlin48
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
Terrapin's Wake'n'Bake, on tap at Monk's Cafe, upstairs bar, Asheville, NC. Served in a traditional American pint glass.
Appearance: A deep black bodied beer with only the faintest hints of lighter brown around the edges. The head is fast-fading and minimal, though largely because it was brought to me full to the brim (many thanks) and leaves little to no lacing. Thick looking.
Aroma: Pungent medium-to-dark roast coffee, served with fresh wholesome multigrain toast. I recall the bottle version being pure, unadulterated oatmeal raisin cookie. That bottle had been aged over a year, though, and I'm assuming much of the coffee - detectable here - had faded. They're both good, though I think I prefer the aged bottle version.
Taste: All the right notes here. Coffee comes through a lot, strong, creamy and sweet, just how I take it. A wholesome oatmeal note is definitely present, as are impressions of dark raisins and chocolate - chocolate covered raisins? - which makes for a great addition. So very full, rounded, and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: Crisp yet full, with plenty of carbonation in a relatively thick body leading to a big and fluffy though not really creamy (though still even) mouth. Improves vastly as it warms.
Drinkability: Breakfast in a glass, this one's a damn good beer. Alcohol is completely hidden and reasonable - low, even - for the style, and it hits all the right notes. Buy a four-pack of this one to put away.
01-11-2009 02:46:54 | More by CrellMoset
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
This has a great pour into a tulip glass. The beer is dark cocoa colored, with no light shining through. But what I really like about it is how the dutch cocoa colored head slowly rises out of the beer until it is a pillowy half-inch thick. When swirling the glass, the head rebuilds each time, before subsiding to dots of foam clinging to the glass.
The aroma is good. Hints of alcohol, some coffee scents as well. Not as overpowering as other coffee stouts.
Taste is not overpowering. Not too bitter but some definite coffee. Reminds me of a light roast breakfast blend rather than a dark espresso. Slightly sweet.
I love the mouthfeel. The oatmeal gives it a very soft feel. For all the carbonation, it is silky smooth going down. A slight warming from the alcohol lingers on the palate.
Overall, I really like this brew and put it up there with the best of the stouts I've had.
Another winner from Terrapin!
01-09-2009 22:41:52 | More by doppelmeup
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
Pours opaque black, minimal brown head.
Smells deliciously like coffee and chocolate.
Coffee very forward in this beer, to good effect. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but I like the smell. Also roasted malts and chocolate. Really superb.
Mouthfeel nice and smooth, complimenting the flavors.
A winner here. Terrapin continues to impress. Worth seeking out if you can get it.
01-09-2009 01:38:08 | More by Strix
3.98/5 rDev -7.4%
Bottle received as part of a trade with Blazer 06 and tried alongside a Brooklyn BCS. Notes from 12/29/08:
Beer pours jet black with very little head. There is a slight coffee colored froth around the edge of the glass.
The scent is dominated by coffee. I am reminded of the Ibarra Coffee Buzz porter (which I did not particularly like). The oatmeal is very subtle. For me, this was the weakest aspect of the beer.
The beer is really nice tasting. The coffee is there, but taste is not nearly as strong as the smell. I may be out of my mind, but I swear I taste marshmallows. While it tastes great, I do not find it terribly complex.
Beer is effervescent and thicker than the BBCS.
Drinkability is enhanced by the fact that I am a coffee drinker - a non-coffee drinker might struggle with this. The beer is also not too sweet, which is a huge positive.
I really enjoyed this beer and wish I could get some more. I also badly want to try some other things from Terrapin. Proud, as someone who lived in Athens for 4 years, to see an Athens brewery producing some great stuff.
01-05-2009 22:25:05 | More by yeastsipper
4.9/5 rDev +14%
Strong aroma is of fine roast coffee with an undertone of unsweetened chocolate. It pours a deep, opaque sable - just a scratch above black - with a thick, fine-bubbled, cinnamon-brown head. Flavor is like high-quality coffee, smoky with a bitter-chocolate undertone and malty and nutty hints. Drinking this beer is almost like drinking cold, spiked mocha. Texture is thick and smooth, and there is a surprising touch of sweetness in the aftertaste. I highly recommend this to all devotees of stouts and porters.
01-04-2009 19:28:18 | More by Cyberkedi
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
Appearance is pitch black motor oil especially when the viscosity of the brew is so apparent with a slow pour, head forms thick and dark khaki tan head, that billows and then dwindles below the rim of my glass. Lacing forms unevenly with each sip thin and sparsely clinging to my St Bernardus chalice.
Aromatics offer up straight up bitter coffee roasts with hard mineral water, almost a rusty iced espresso frappe' thing going on. If you dig deep there's some soft sweetness and deep cereal notes from the oatmeal with a touch of vanilla edges going on. That dark roasted coffee bean accent is excellent almost a strong slightly burnt tree bark note.
Flavors mingle nicely some soothing creamy edges and alcohol burn among the deep coffee roasted malts. Dark chocolate chips with oatmeal glutens give girth and dark roasted malt bitterness the stage for the flavor. Again that vanilla ethanol mix comes on strong at first and fades to black, iced black coffee that is. Definitely up there neck and neck with a brew like Founders Breakfast...
Mouthfeel is silky smooth somehow finishes with a simple syrup coffee bitterness edge, carbonation is trickling through without ever offending my palate.
Overall drinkability is pretty effortless one bottle at a sitting any time of day. That's a good attribute, I really couldn't say no to this brew, it's a nice any time of day beer much like a cup of coffee. The whole yin and yang aspect of upper and downer in a bottle just works for me.
01-02-2009 06:41:15 | More by WVbeergeek
4.3/5 rDev 0%
2008 bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours almost completely black with hints of mahogany around the edges with a light mocha head that recedes fairly quickly to a ring and leaving little lacing.
The aroma has a dark roasted malt backbone with some pretty heavy espresso hints throughout.
The taste has the same espresso notes but the oatmeal comes through stronger along with some sweet chocolate. Toasted character remains throughout.
Mouthfeel is super smooth with the oatmeal presence and some decent carbonation. It's medium bodied.
This is better than I remember it being last year. Very solid stout.
01-01-2009 21:07:39 | More by gford217
4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
Formerly Wake n' Bake, I guess that was too shady?
A. Poured into a clean glass. Dark brown with a small khaki head and no lace. Completely opaque.
S. Coffee liqour aroma with roasted malt notes.
T. Robust flavor. Roasted malts and a strong coffee bean prescence. Light herbal hop on the back end. Vanilla like at times. Unsweetened chocolate coffee finish with a lingering smokiness.
M. Silky smooth velvet creaminess.
D. I would open the day with this every day in an ideal world.
12-31-2008 19:02:45 | More by Stinkypuss
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. 12/30/08. Vintage 2008.
Pours a very deep black with a thick brown head that quickly dropped to a thin layer, no lacing. Aroma is heavy with dark roasted coffee and roasted malt.
Taste is strong with dark roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate. It is surprisingly sweet though - not cloying, just sweeter than expected, with less bitterness in the finish. There's a hint of fruit and cherries, with a lingering coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden. Very nice coffee taste, this score would be higher if it weren't for the slightly high sweetness.
Feel is thick, smooth, and creamy with plenty of carbonation. Slight warming from the alcohol. Coats the mouth nicely. Drinkability is pretty good. It's a bit heavy, not something I'd drink more than one or two of.
Overall, a very good coffee stout. Not my favorite, but very good. Try it if you like coffee and/or stouts.
12-31-2008 01:44:05 | More by bkilpatr
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
Courtesy of Alabama's finest Pens fan, everetends...
Deep, dark banana nut bread, 1-finger head with small staying powereaving what looks like a huge espresso.
The coffee is immense in this one, as is the copious roasted chocolate maly. Slight grass and pine on the hop profile. Sweet brown sugar alcohol brings this out nicely.
A lot cleaner and drier than expected. Excellent coffee texture with slate, grass and a little pine backing large molasses, brown sugar and mild warm alcohol.
Coats the mouth luxuriously. Verrry viscouse and oily. Finish is long and awakening.
For its weight class this goes down quicker'n (insert joke about individual with casual moral attitude in a dire situation here) Definitely skewed towards coffee but just an awesome treat.
12-30-2008 22:30:28 | More by IBUnit63
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and a thick texture. There was an inch of creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.
S: A strong aroma of coffee, chocolate, oatmeal and malt.
T: The taste was nicely balanced between coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate and oatmeal. Not as thick and robust as I would've expected, but good.
M: A fair amount of carbonation and a super-dry finish. Medium- to full-bodied.
D: This is a tasty, drinkable beer. It's one of the few stouts you could probably drink a lot of in one sitting.
12-28-2008 16:03:53 | More by avalon07
3.25/5 rDev -24.4%
It should be noted that this was an 06.
No head, but that doesn't come as too much of a surprise due to the beer's age. A very dark black with some dark brown tones, incredibly still in nature. Looks like a cup of coffee
Tons of bitter chocolates and coffee roasts. Caramel and vanilla accents that provide some sweetness in the nose. Slight oat presence.
Very bitter and sweet. Very creamy and full malty body, with different bitters coming out all over the place. Bitter and sweet dark chocolate flavors are every where, as our sweetened and smoothed out caramel and vanilla flavors, and dry coffee roast showing in the beginning and end of th sip. Some off flavors however, which I'm assuming are due to overaging. Will try fresh and review.
12-27-2008 01:45:46 | More by CoolJosh
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
12-26-2008 00:43:13 | More by nickfl
3.98/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
12-25-2008 19:19:14 | More by Yesac
4.75/5 rDev +10.5%
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!
12-23-2008 17:43:00 | More by Klgkenny
4.3/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-22-2008 04:19:53 | More by Jason
4.8/5 rDev +11.6%
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.)
12-21-2008 20:55:28 | More by rtratzlaff
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
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
12-21-2008 02:34:05 | More by easement
2.95/5 rDev -31.4%
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.
12-19-2008 19:15:59 | More by nick76
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
12-17-2008 00:54:27 | More by cvstrickland
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
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!
12-16-2008 23:53:13 | More by hopsleeroy
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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