Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company
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4.6/5 rDev +7%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.
A - Black and opaque. A finger of dark brown head rises; one the darkest heads I've ever seen. Retention is moderate, no lacing.
S - Incredible aroma. Roasted coffee obviously, alongside a faint nuttiness and a hint of sweetness.
T - While perhaps simpler and more straightforward than it's counterparts, this brew has struck an amazing balance. Coffee is at the forefront but there are hints of chocolate around the edges. Roasted malt provides much of the backbone for the coffee. For a stout, and a coffee stout at that, there is almost no bitterness and none of the coffee acidity found in similar brews. Remarkable.
M - Medium to full bodied with a slick creaminess. A silky beer with very minimal carbonation.
D - Rarely do I find myself enjoying a beer from this and similar styles as much as this one. Start to finish this is an exceptionally balanced beer that I would definitely buy again.
12-13-2008 09:14:43 | More by PatrickJR
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
I saved this growler for a few days until I had people to share it with and didn't have anything to do the next day.
Pours out dark, with a big brown head. Looks beautiful. Smells like fresh coffee, and hell, if coffee were carbonated, this is what it would look like. I doubt if even the most distinguishing noses could pick up more than that, and if you're looking for a coffee stout, this is what you're looking for. The taste matches. It's like coffee, but cold, carbonated, and alcoholic. Don't give me any cream, or sugar or any other bullshit, just this. I don't even drink coffee, and I'm exited to continue drinking this. The bitterness of coffee is where it's at. Like the mouthfeel of a DIPA, but dark and roasted and coffee bitter. For a second, particularly with my lack of coffee experience, it tastes a bit too bitter afterwards, but I can't give this the most incredible rating, unless there ever becomes a category for coffee or other flavored stouts, but this is where it's at. Though I shared this with my roomates and friends (only a bit), I drank 3 whole imperial pint glasses full and could've drank more. Give me any other double/imperial stout that wouldn't make me black out after 3.
But it if you want a coffee stout.
12-13-2008 03:49:04 | More by taylorhamrick
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
A: Pours a very deep black color with a large thick head the color of chocolate milk. Retention is decent, but could be better. Minimal lacing.
S: Big time chocolate and coffee in the nose. Oats, cream, and a hint of herbal/spicy hops. The nose is big, sweet, and inviting. It's like an imperial milk/oatmeal/coffee stout. At room temperature, it's simply awesome--swirling produces an aroma almost like the chocolate chip cookies adorning the bottle's label.
T&M: Big time burnt/roasted chocolate flavor, smooth coffee, molasses. The finish is bittersweet, with a reprise of roasted malt flavor and some herbal/grassy hop flavors. Solid taste, for sure. Body is not as heavy as your typical double stout, but it's creamy, relatively full, and feels nice with an understated, delicate carbonation.
D: Pretty easy drinker, for a stout. ABV is hidden well and the flavor isn't too over the top.
12-11-2008 23:18:13 | More by BamaBeerBuff
4.43/5 rDev +3%
I got this beer in a trade with stopbarking. I still hope your cat shits in your cereal. Haha! J/K
Poured this 12oz bottle into a snifter.
Appearance - The appearance is okay. It produced a 1 finger head that quickly dissipated to a thin halo around the surface of the glass. Spotty bubbles float in the middle of the glass. It pours a thick opaque black, only a few shades lighter and less thick than Ten FIDY. A swirl of the glass brings a 1/2 finger head back that quickly dissipates once again. No lacing on this one.
Smell - Now we're talking. This smells pretty damn good. Huge coffee nose - obviously. What I enjoy about the coffee scent is that it smells less like coffee grounds and more like whole roasted coffee beans. Big roastiness. There are notes of dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Mildly astringent.
Taste - Virtually identical to the nose. The coffee flavor is huge in this one, and mildly astringent. I have had some coffee stouts that taste like used grounds, but this one tastes like the essence of whole beans. The roastiness of the coffee flavor intermingles perfectly with roasted chocolate malts. Awesome. The finish is slightly bitter.
Mouthfeel - Slick and velvety. The oatmeal makes this one really smooth. Goes down extremely easily. It coats the mouth without being overly sticky or oily. There is a lingering astringency that lasts well into the aftertaste, but that is my only complaint - it seems to conflict with the smoothness that the oatmeal provides.
Drinkability - I love coffee stouts, and this one doesn't disappoint. Flavorful and smooth. Terrapin really has a hit here. It is an easy drinking sipper. The big flavor makes me want to keep sipping, but I have to restrain myself from drinking it too quickly.
12-11-2008 03:23:27 | More by MiguelMandingo
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
Had on tap at Trappeze in Athens, Ga.
Pours solid black, with a half inch of creamy, light brown head. Retention is decent, and lacing is moderate.
Smells of roasted malts and lots of coffee.
Tastes of coffe all the way through, and is especially dominant upfront. As this one warms up a bit, you get some roasted grains and a chocolate aftertaste.
Good mouthfeel, very smooth, slightly oily.
I love coffe, and I love beer, so I could drink this one all day.
12-11-2008 00:45:20 | More by wescj
3.95/5 rDev -8.1%
A - slowly glugs out of the bottle and pours pitch black with a very thin dark tan head that clings for safety to the edges of my pint glass
S - dark, dark, roasted coffee, slightly bitter, with some chocolate in there
T - bitter coffee with dark chocolate notes
M - thick and creamy
D - delicious, but my personal preferences aren't conducive to drinking more than one or two thick coffee stouts in one sitting
12-11-2008 00:41:10 | More by HeyItsChili
3.9/5 rDev -9.3%
A - Pours thick and has a opaque black body. Thin coffee colored head with some okay lacing.
S - Mixture of roasted and raw coffee. A little chocolate.
T - Lots of coffee with some chocolate mixed in. Heavy coffee bitter back notes.
M - Thick body with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy feeling
D - Pretty easy to drink and pretty enjoyable.
12-06-2008 18:36:41 | More by midaszero
4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured into a pint glass from a growler from the Charleston Beer Exchange.
Pours a solid black with a little brown/burgundy head. Head dissipates very quickly.
Smell dominates of coffee. I pick up a little bit of chocolate too. Great aroma.
Sensational taste that gets you from the first note. Sweetness from the beginning, but it seems to fade out by the end. Aftertaste is mildly bitter of chocolate and of course coffee. High ABV is completely masked by the malts and coffee.
Mouthfeel is high point of this pint. Creamy, reminds me of the smooth creamy texture of an outmeal stout. I wonder if they used any oats in this brew.
Drinkability is great for the style. I mean it's a coffee stout so I am sharing my growler with friends.
12-06-2008 03:07:18 | More by Charleston
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.
Pours completely black with a one-finger light brown head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles sitting on top of an oily looking top with a thin ring around the glass. Not a whole lot of lacing.
Smells of coffee and coffee alone. As it warms I get faint whiffs of roasted malt, but the coffee is still huge.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Coffee up front, followed by a bit of roasted malt and ending with a solid amount of coffee bitterness.
Mouthfeel is great. Very smooth and silky thanks to the oatmeal with just the right amount of carbonation.
Drinkability is good - if you like coffee, and actually even if you're not a huge fan of coffee, as I am not.
Overall this was interesting as I recently had a bottle of last year's batch. The coffee is much larger in the fresh, on-tap version than it was earlier. It's a matter of preference as to whether you should drink it now or let it sit for a bit, but either way it's definitely worth a shot.
12-03-2008 15:37:44 | More by glid02
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
Serving type: bottle.
Pours a pitch black with a coffee colored head. Aroma dominated by roasted coffee, also containing malty chocolate and toffee. Extremely smooth tasting with lost of roasted coffee maltiness, chocolate, caramel, toffee and oatmeal.
11-28-2008 07:45:09 | More by corby112
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
12 oz. bottle of 2008 Vintage poured into a snifter glass.
This beer pours an opaque inky black, puffing out a tiny cap of cinnamon-brown bubbles that disappear quickly and leave behind virtually no hint of their brief existence on the glass.
Nose is full-on chocolate-espresso, very sweet and very un-beerlike, but very delicious and exorbitantly inviting.
As is expected and welcomed, the oats give the beer a velvet-smooth, rich, creamy mouthfeel and full body. Big chocolate and coffee flavors coat the tongue, with a brief middling appearance of hop bitterness, finishing semi-sweet and smooth.
Sinfully delectable, this is one brew that would go over very well with both Imperial Stout lovers and buffs of coffee drinks alike, and would most definitely be a good introduction for coffee lovers to the world of craft beer. Despite the elevated alcohol content, this one goes down easily and leaves a strong desire for another.
This is certainly one to try laying down for a year or two to see how it develops.
11-18-2008 05:40:06 | More by superdedooperboy
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
A big thanks to MSchae1017 for this one!
This beer pours jet black with a nice offwhite head. Smells of strong coffee, roasted malts and huge molasses that is very pungent and in your face. Right up front this beer is sweet, maybe too sweet. Tastes of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts with a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and nicely carbinated. Drinkability is good. A nice easy drinking stout especially considering the high abv.
11-14-2008 00:02:57 | More by johnd513
4.13/5 rDev -4%
Thanks to CrellMoset for this wonderful extra in a trade!
A- Jet black opaque, impenetrable body that pours with a small frothy dark coffee colored head. Head quickly fades to a thin collar and no lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- a stinging alcohol astringency hits the nose first, but behind that is wonderful, rich, toasted oatmeal, chocolate, and roasted coffee notes.
T-Mild dark chocolate and coffee flavors upfront. Roasted notes appear quickly after the initial flavor along with a caramel-like sweetness to offset the roasted bitterness. The finish is the grande finale, with a blast of rich sweet chocolate and roasted coffee flavors which slowly taper off.
M- Medium carbonation and nice thick, syrupy body. Not too thick though.
D- Oddly enough the ABV is only detectable in the nose. This is a great, warming and rich imperial stout that was perfect for this first snowy day in Pittsburgh. I would definitely trade for this again!
10-30-2008 00:24:19 | More by PittBeerGirl
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
BIG thanks to SiriusAth!! Whatta trader.
Can't get much head from this thick bitch. Story of your life. Pitch black and looks gread anyway. Second glassful gets an aggressive pour that produces a quarter inch two tone brown-beige head of short duration.
Strong black coffee in the nose. And the taste. With some far off or imagined sweetness to it. Maybe I'm misinterpreting.
I want another and another sip; I fear this offering is not long for this world. Thick creamy rich, too damn enjoyable. Should come in a 500 oz bottle. And sixers of those.
Overall: good shit
10-25-2008 04:10:30 | More by PatronWizard
3.78/5 rDev -12.1%
A: Black as night body. Some rosy highlights at the edge of the glass. Nice half finger of head that faded to a beautiful mocha colored lace, layering the top of the glass.
S: Roasted malts and cocoa dominate the faint air. There is a little old leather chair smell and it's comforting. Dark nuts, coffee, and some sweet Hershey's round it out.
T: Taste is mild on the front with the sweetness rolling into coffee then into the bitterness and roasted malts on the finish. I love rolling beers like this. Initial tongue teaser is chocolate that is slightly sweet, roasted nuts and coffee fill the middle and the roasted malt and hops bitter and finish. A true delight.
M: Dank! Heavy, wet, lightly carbonated, Perfect.
D: Drinkability is only hampered by the alcohol content, otherwise I would drink many many more.
Thanks to Lee and his friend Larry from Georgia for leaving me a bottle of this in Colorado when visiting for GABF. Cheers!
10-20-2008 03:23:18 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
3.68/5 rDev -14.4%
12oz bottle in pint glass
pours thick but smooth. black. no head at first but two fingers or so rise up for some foamy tan head. smells light of coffee and sweetness. it is smooth and medium bodied. sweet and a little bourbon like. the coffee flavor is pretty weak and it comes out way more in the aftertaste. good, but not really what i had expected.
10-19-2008 17:32:36 | More by ph2001
3.45/5 rDev -19.8%
Thanks markgugs for this one.
Quite dark, it has just a slight dark brown hue around the edges; little to no coffee colored head despite an aggressive pour.
Aroma is coffee, roasted and brewed, some chocolate, but lacks "power".
Medium bodied at best, it has a coffee flavor that lacks some depth, has little to no complexity, but still manages to be pleasant.
It is a good beer, but I am having a hard time accepting this as an imperial oatmeal stout; did not feel "imperial", did not get oatmeal.
10-12-2008 02:24:56 | More by brdc
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
Got this on a send from kwakwhore a few months ago Monster 2007 beer tour on label nothing printed on best by date. 12oz brown bottle poured into a large Delirium snifter.Opaque,black with a slight brown cast,a fluffy deep tan head with fair retention and somewhat sudsy.A staying creamy layer remains with a thick foam collar sliding down the glass
Has booziness in the aroma with dark chocolate and freshly brewed coffee with oatmeal grit,chocolate aromas are predominate.Some dark fruit comes through later mostly of fig and prune.
A suprizing light fizzy mouthfeel at the start with a deep rich roastyness and layers of chocolate,nutty with a complex maltiness.Good balance with a nice sharp tangy hop bite,a powdery oatmeal feel with an earthy grittyness. Chocolaty throughout leaving a dusty chocolate coating the palate.
Can't belive how light the mouthfeel is, it almost floats away.Would love to try a fresher version athough i would'nt turn down another 07'.
10-09-2008 03:15:05 | More by jcdiflorio
3.93/5 rDev -8.6%
Received this bottle in a trade from JTROCKCHALK.
2008 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into Southern Tier tulip. Pours with a 10W 30 like consistency. Carbonation is pretty solid, Tiny bubbles produce a mild cascading effect. Close to jet black color with a chocolate frosting/ Semi rusty colored head that disappears almost as quickly as the cascading effect does.
S-French Roast Coffee, Molassess, Oatmeal cookies. Mild dark chocolate, Coffee is clearly the dominating smell.
T- The label is not lying! Big Coffee flavor upfront, Dark chocolate & Oats linger in the background. Balance is very good. I was expecting a sickningly sweet stout, And I found it to be the complete opposite.
M-Exceptional! Leaves sort of a creamy dry finish. I like how the sweetness is toned down leaving a black coffee like aftertaste.
D-Drinkability seems to be pretty good. I would most likely stop at 1 or 2. But due to the toned down sweetness, I do find this to be quite easy to drink considering the style.
Great beer from Terrapin. I wish that I had another bottle to age, so that I could compare the two over time.
10-09-2008 02:52:32 | More by ABHatter
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
A- This is very thick and black, with a sultry slight bit of tiny bubbled head on top.
S- Coffee for sure, then the warm goodness of an oatmeal cookie is there. You know the smell of cinnamon, other cookie goodness, and oatmeal cooking on a cold winter day. Yeah that s the stuff. With chocolate chips added instead of boring raisins.
T- The oatmeal cookie taste is for sure there. Wow its pretty much a liquidized oatmeal cookie dipped in coffee. This would be great to have in a ski lodge with actual oatmeal cookies for breakfast. Nice wholesome taste. Great brew.
M- Thick, which is perfect for this beer. Wonderful taste.
D- Like I said would be the best for a cold snowy morning at a ski lodge.
10-04-2008 03:17:07 | More by Wetpaperbag
4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
A - Pours dark, maybe black. Zealous pour results in 1.5 inch large bubbled light mocha head. Calms over time to small head with sudsy light lacing.
S - It SMACKS you with bitter Coffee and sweet Chocolate. Often times I write this as mocha, but these smell are powerful and separate. That underlying smell that compliments it so much - what is that. It's meal like...oh! it's the oatmeal. I have never smelled such a nice mix and balance.
T - Taste follows smell, but not as impressive, unfortunately.
M - Maybe my problem is the carbonation. There is just too much for me. It gets in the way at this level. Fair coating, medium body.
D - Definitely a palate killer and not a session beer.
09-26-2008 04:46:45 | More by srandycarter
4.8/5 rDev +11.6%
Thanks to Azurelimits for splitting this wonderful stout with me.
A- Pours a thick, rich black with a slight brown tinge at the edges. Not much in terms of head or lacing, but its body looks promising.
S- Coffee and LOTS of it. A slight, complex, almost oaky aroma comes through as well.
T- Dark, french-roasted coffee comes throug very strong, accented by bittersweet notes of cocoa. The oatmeal works to smooth the flavors and round out the beer way in the background. Mild notes of smoke are also noticeable.
M- Really thick and chewy, while still moderately carbonated and slightly sticky. The finish is very crisp, but leaves you wanting another sip.
D- This one is really thick, but not imposing at all. I only had half of the 12oz. bottle, but I could easily go for more.
Overall, this is a very solid stout and to be completely honest, I didn't even realize what I was drinking until a few sips in, so the hype around it was not a contributing factor in its high rating. Thanks again, Pete!
09-24-2008 02:14:08 | More by JoeMayo
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
Picked up two bottles of this from rnorgart in a trade a couple months back, thanks man!
This has some huge coffee notes. It might be the first coffee beer I had that balanced the nose just right - the coffee didn't come burning out of the beer & grab my nose hair by the cojones screaming "COFFEE! I'M A COFFEE BEER, DAMMIT!" I appreciate that. It's black, in case that hasn't been made clear.
Taste is sublime. Balanced like two forty-pound five year olds on a ball-bearing driven teeter-totter balanced. The coffee is nicely muted, letting the malty, oatish, burnt, chocolatey bits & pieces come through very nicely. Great.
Mouthfeel is easy & smooth with little evident carbonation. Drinkability isn't quite as good as the rest of the beer. One's going to be enough, but I'll enjoy it right until the moment that I pass it early tomorrow morning.
09-21-2008 01:58:38 | More by maximum12
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Got this from Yamar18. Thanks alot man.
Poured a deep, thick black with some nice carbonation at first but the it settled with a deep brown head. Nose was nice n rich. Oats, some espresso, cocoa. Taste was really nice. Very smooth with good roasted malts, oats, coffee and some cocoa. Mouthfeel was nice and the drinkability is good,realllly good. The ABV was well hidden leaving this beer a very easy drink. Excellent brew.
09-18-2008 22:08:54 | More by barleywinefiend
4.13/5 rDev -4%
Thanks to the GBU BIF and Deepsouth for this one.
Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe glass. This beer pours a dark mahogany brown, with a 2 finger head that dissipated into a thin layer that rested on the top of the beer. This beer left some huge fingers on the sides of the glass. Almost reminded me of a heavy body of a wine. The smell is mostly chocolate malts, with just a hint of vanilla, and boozy warmth. The taste follows suit, with really just a hint of coffee. I wish it was more prevalent but hey, it still tastes pretty damn good. The mouthfeel is exceptional. The oatmeal really gives this beer a great body. This beer is full and creamy, but yet still light on the mouth. This is a great beer, and really makes me want to try the other Terrapin offerings.
09-17-2008 03:26:03 | More by hwwty4
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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