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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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3,103 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,103
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 702
Gots: 475 | 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 cokes
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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
Photo of badmandy
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -4.4%
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
Photo of ncbeermonger
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
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
Photo of Yetiman420
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
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 -4.4%
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 -0.9%
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
Photo of indiapaleale
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +3.7%
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 +3.7%
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
Photo of cdizinno
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
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
Photo of Gtreid
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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 +1.4%
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 +2.6%
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 +3.3%
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.

Salud!

Yimosan, Mar 12, 2009
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4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: 22 oz. Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
VINTAGE 2008

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 -1.6%
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 +2.1%
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
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4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This stout poured a deep dark black-brown color with a slight ruby/cola color around the edge when held up to a light. With a hard pour down the middle of the glass, the dark tan head rose 1/2" then settled into nothingness. No lacing to speak of.

A= The aroma was full of a heavy dark malt sweetness, roasted malt bitterness, strong dark coffee beans, dark chocolate, and a modest alcohol note.

T= Sweet malt up front that quickly gets overtaken by a chocolate covered espresso bean character that was out of this world. The interplay between the sweet and the bittersweet continues through most of each swallow. A short afterthought of hops is barely detectable just prior to the fairly dry finish. Not much detectable alcohol flavor, but a nice chest/belly warmth told me it was there.

MF= Big, viscous, heavy body. Carbonation was fairly active and visible, but the sheer weight of this beer made it feel more smooth and slick than crisp (probably the oatmeal influence).

D= I was very impressed by this beer and will be trading for some more soon! Not an overly strong RIS, but easily in my top 10 for its sheer complexity of flavor. I could have a few of these in one sitting so long as I didn't have to move a lot afterward!

spointon, Mar 11, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Kkipple was kind enough to throw one of these in during a recent trade. Thanks, much!

12 ounce bottle - 2008 vintage. 365th reviewer of this beer - cool!

Pours like a stout should. Dark brown edges on this thick black colored beast. The dark brown, creamy head surprised me, as well! Minimal lacing being served at the perfect temp.

Rich, heavily roasted coffee, oatmeal and light smoke on the nose.

Big coffee taste followed by dark chocolate, chocolate malts and thick, creamy oatmeal all in the first gulp. Aftertaste of very light, but present hops. The slightest bitter kick in the mix, as well.

Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is a bit too "wet" for me, but none the less, this is a quality beer.

Thanks again!

beachbum1975, Mar 11, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful black oil with a muddy brown heavy head and lace. very nice looking beer.
the smell is sweet malt and coffee. Very strong coffee, almost smells freshly brewed.
The taste is similar, with the coffee dominating the start and the finish while the malt takes the middle. Just enough hop presence to bitter things into a nice tasting beer.
She is full bodied with medium carbonation, keeping very true to style.
And finally, this beer is easy to sip on, the abv isn't ridiculous either, which means you can have a couple.

grayburn, Mar 10, 2009
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3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a chunky dark brown head that dies. Espresso nose. Taste is fresh ground coffee with some anise and cola notes. Chewy feel. No real hops anywhere.

I don't buy the hype. Why should a coffee stout taste like cold coffee? A chocolate stout doesn't taste like Nestle Quik. Not getting the smoothness that should come from the oatmeal, too. There are better stouts out there, coffee or not.

StJamesGate, Mar 06, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle (received in trade from glid02 -- thanks Gregg!)

A quick pour gave a beautiful, black brew with a small dark brown head with little retention. Very enjoyable just to watch.

Slight oat aroma eases out of the glass before giving way to the very faintest of morning coffee aromas. This is not your burnt Starbucks coffee, but more a light after-dinner coffee from Peets.

Very extremely light flavor at the front of the mouth, which almost seems to give very little away to the tongue. Just a faint hint of oatmeal again reveals itself as the beer crosses the middle of the mouth. The coffee comes through at the back, however, providing a bitter bite that at first seems like hops, but quickly reveals the true coffee nature of this stout.

Much like the aromas and the flavors, the feeling of the beer in the mouth follows suit, first with a light, creamy feel, before giving way to the heartier, hotter bite of the 8.1% and the heartier feel of the coffee.

An extremely enjoyable stout that could be savored for a long time. This was quite easy to taste and left no off-bitterness at the back, only a slightly dry yearning for more. I would love to have many more of these available to me on a regular basis!

route66pubs, Mar 04, 2009
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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black. Black like creamless coffee. I have to crane my neck in search of maybe the slightest reflection of light. The head pour provided a thin film that quickly dissipated. Lacing is definitely present. The smell is coffee. Black, strong coffee.

What do you know? The taste is like strong black coffee. I feel like I should be drinking this out of a coffee cup. I like it because it's tough like black coffee. I would almost ask for creamer if it weren't at the risk of losing tough points. I wonder how this one would pan out in a black-and-tan.

The oatmeal reveals itself best in the mouthfeel. This drink with breakfast? I think this is breakfast. It reminds me of Willa Wonka or something where I have this delicious assortment of fulfilling breakfast flavor all bottled up here in my serving glass. I imagine a little time would significantly affect this beverage.

In addition to detecting coffee, every sense detects imperial. It's not drinkable like a vented Coors light. It's drinkable like black coffee. As much as I would like to rate this beer high, the reality is that it's not that drinkable.

Unless your tough like me.

marvin213, Mar 02, 2009
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,103 ratings.