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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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3,095 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,095
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 696
Gots: 474 | 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 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
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
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
Photo of alaskajoe
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.


Yimosan, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of cvfish
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
Photo of coldmeat23
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

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
Photo of OneDropSoup
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
Photo of aerozeppl
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
Photo of spointon
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
Photo of beachbum1975
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
Photo of grayburn
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
Photo of StJamesGate
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
Photo of route66pubs
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
Photo of marvin213
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
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is dark brown-to-black color with a mocha colored foam. The aroma is malty sweet with loads of roasted coffee beans, maybe a little dark chocolate also. The taste is rich with coffee beans but not so much to be astringent, with a little chocolate and malt sweetness supporting the coffee. Nice creamy mouthfeel (oatmeal) that coats and feels substantial. I think this might give Peche Mortel a run for its money, it certainly is at least as good as Breakfast Stout.

TurdFurgison, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of ScreamForMe
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to trader Tilley4 for this one!

Even though I don't drink coffee at all, I can't stop trying these coffee based stouts. After reading about "wake n bake", I had to try it.

Overwhelming coffee nose. Holy moly! For a non coffee drinker, it was probably even more overwhelming.

A really smooth coffee taste.

Enjoyable and a well done style but the coffee was too much for me.

ScreamForMe, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of gonzo46and2
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with "Vintage 08" printed on "Best If Enjoyed Before" space.

Pours an inky visous ooze that didn't look like it was forming any head at all. I slowed the pour to a trickle and elevated the bottle about 12 inches away from the glass pouring directly into the middle. I got a two-fingered, dark brown head that mostly receded in a short amount of time. Like Spinal Tap's "smell the glove" album cover, there are 'none more black.'

Aroma is very roasty and full of premium coffee. There's a big chocolate presence also. Very well rounded and full smell. By far the best smelling coffee stout I've ever smelled.

Taste is coffee at full throttle. This appears to have a higher coffee to beer ratio than any beer out there. Either that or the flavors blend that well. You can certainly taste the malt and hops but the coffee takes the lead. Not nearly as bitter as many imperial stouts, let alone ones with java in them. Alchohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium-full and resembles coffee with full carbonation. It's well attenuated and dry with bitterness and not too hot from the booze.

This beer is world class and highly recommended.

gonzo46and2, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Mauerhan
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

black booty has treated me well so far. so onto this little gem.

pours pitch black into my brewery snifter. no head. a slight skim of mocha is on top. fizzles quickly. no real lacing.

smells like spent coffee grounds. iced coffee. smells like something i would love to drink in the morning. mmmm

taste follows close behind. i am basically drinking a smooth iced coffee. this is a tasty beverage. upon warming i get more malt but there is still that lingering coffee bitterness. tastes great.

mouth is full bodied. under carbonated. very smooth.

this is a good beer. i would love to have it again.

Mauerhan, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin- Coffee Oatmeal Imp. Stout

A- Thick deep black with a huge tan head. Heavy messy lacing.
S- Deep cake icing chocolate with brown sugar and black coffee.
T- Sweet chocolate cake with brown sugar and deep roast black coffee.
M- Very creamy and smooth. Slightly sugary sweet up front.

Overall- Delicious and creamy smooth. Worth seeking out!

NJpadreFan, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of meatyard
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Is very, very dark with a short, chocolate colored head that falls to a bit of a cover. No real bits of lacing.

S-Is a strong dose of coffee and a little noticeable malt sweetness.

T-The coffee shows up from start to finish. In the middle is dark chocolate, roasted malt and cocoa powder.

M-Is fairly thick but not really syrupy to me.

D-I find it to be a nice sipper that goes quickly sip after sip. Alcohol is not evident. I wouldn't want to drink more than one per night but would be happy to have one on a regular basis.

There is a lot of coffee in this beer so you better like it. It feels a bit overdone on the coffee.

meatyard, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - So, at first this looked to be pouring pretty flat, but then a big old Guinness style head swirled around and propagated upward in my Stone Imperial pint glass and nearly overflowed the glass. Body of this stout is *dark*, one of the darkest I've seen. Not a whole lot happens when I hold it up to the light. F'ing DARK....I think this one takes the trophy for darkest beer I've ever seen.

S - One note, but what a note it is. It's in your face freshly brewed coffee.

T - I don't think I've ever tasted this much coffee come through in a beer before. Is this iced coffee or is it beer? The head, once settled, actually looks more like an espresso crema than a beer head. It makes more sense to describe the taste in coffee terms than in beer terms - it's bright and relatively acidic, with citric notes. The citrus notes could also come from the hops, which certainly don't take center stage, but this being Terrapin, I'm assuming they are there. This really does blur the line between coffee and beer; I can't tell where one ends and the other begins. I wouldn't quite call this an Imperial Stout, because it lacks the heft, but it isn't a regular American Stout either. Whatever it is, it's great, but obviously, you have to like coffee. Otherwise, don't even think about it.

F - Most oatmeal stouts have a nice feel, and this is no exception. At times a little thin, but this is a really minor complaint.

T - It doesn't wreck you like most Imperial Stouts, you could have a couple. There HAS to be a good deal of caffeine in this...I feel the caffeine far more than I feel the considerable 8% alcohol....scary. I was pretty tired, but this perked me right up. For a stout of this size, very drinkable. I can only imagine pairing this with a quality tiramisu.

All in all, score another one for Terrapin. Keep sending your beer to South Florida, we appreciate it.

Patrick999, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of sholland119
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very deep opaque brown with a little bit of quickly dissipating head.

S-Oh, yeah! Fresh ground coffee roastiness with some background sweetness to round things out.

T-Very well balanced and delicious. Oatmeal sweetness combine with roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Easy drinking and memorable.

D-Medium bodied, creamy from the oatmeal with fine carbonation to boot.

D-I could drink this all night.


sholland119, Feb 13, 2009
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,095 ratings.