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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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3,343 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,343
Reviews: 1,207
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 710
Gots: 569 | FT: 47
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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.

(Beer added by: rajendra82 on 02-15-2005)
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Photo of mjn5036
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009AA appears on the back of the bottle. Popped open and poured into a goblet. The beer pours a thin black color and creates a sizeable cappuccino colored head that sticks around for a fair amount of time before receding into a thin crust of mocha foam.

Nose consists predominately of coffee and dark roasted malts.

Taste is dark roast black coffee; absolutely delicious. One of the better coffee stouts I have had to date when it comes to the coffee flavor. A smooth roasted flavor and very subtle fig and malty chocolate finish makes this quite enjoyable. Strong bitterness from the coffee is balanced well with the other flavors.

The alcohol is there but hidden fairly well. Nice prickly carbonation makes this pretty smooth on the palate. Another solid offering from Terrapin.

Photo of khiasmus
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The top looking like so much brown lava, atop the darkest of nights. It disappears in the tepid black liquid, the reflection, as from oil, glaring the colours back at you.
And we dance.
The colours spin around us, the odd shapes and sounds and nightmares one sees at these, the beauty contrasted with the hideous. Whirling about through the dense fog and dazzling lights, catching glimpses of spectres and goblins and fair maidens and zombies... and the blackness seems impenetrable.
And we breathe.
The aromas of espresso for those who desire to remain here all night, in this morbid gaiety of demons frolicking with nuns, of tigresses leaping alongside skeletons of dead warriors... The espresso aromas waft, and along with them the bourbon, spilling upon the suits of armour and the feather boas and dripping to the trampled floor. The great bearded dwarf has not minded his axe, a liter of stout crashes to the floor, and the burnt grain marries with the espresso and bourbon and chocolate milk and black dirt that was tracked in by the giant bunny's fur paws.
And we drink.
The delectable stout is as dark as the night, as bitter as the espresso, as sweet as the chocolate. Creamy and thick, with little effervescence, just enough to carry the astringency on the finish to it's warm, bitter close.
And we sing. We make merry. We embrace the morbidity of this sordid holiday, and we mock the Evil that spawned this present darkness. Witches and warlocks we are, dark artists, extravagant, we laugh at death and we embrace the strangers as they shuffle in, for we know not who may be behind the masks. We know not who. The real and true axe murderer could be right here in our midst. He could know where your gun is hiding in your drawer. He could come in amidst the deafening revelry, come in, silently, calmly, unhurriedly. Everyone is certain that they would know him if only he would remove his mask. everyone is certain that they have only to address him and they will hear a friendly voice. Everyone is certain that even if they themselves are unacquainted with the man, he must be someone's friend, for It is only in the movies that serial killers abduct from house-parties. Only in the movies do young women go missing on nights such as these. Only in the movies is Evil as present. You watch to feel the thrill of terror, to see others tortured, it is all in the spirit of the holiday. You watch as the unthinkable happens. But of course, it is only in the movies. The man who knocks on your door tonight... he will undoubtedly be your friend. Of course. Ignore the fact that the axe is made of steel and not plastic. You have nothing about which to worry. You are safe.

Happy Halloween.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good deep brown and black pour, good 1.5" tan head on this one. Great aroma, chocolate, coffee, dark chocolate I should say. Maybe it was the label, but I really did smell some good complex cookies on this one.

Taste, so smooth, rich velvety, this is the closest thing I've had to Founders Breakfast Stout, which is phenomenal. I really like how smooth this is, its big, and the bitterness and dryness from the coffee comes and is swallowed by the massive chocolate profile, and of course, the oats help smooth it all out. Some other nuances like pepper come out and about on this one. Drink it slow, let it warm, some smokiness comes out as well. Hides the alcohol so well. Viscosity is just right. Enough hops to give it an edge with the slight pepper aspect of it. All of this is largely drowned out by the massive chocolate.

Edit: Man, the coffee does not stand up in this with time. I dunno what it is with Sweetwater and Terrapin, but something in the Georgia water seems to make their beers fade prematurely (or at least quicker than desired).

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice, thick black color with a light mocha head. Nice nose brings forward a bit of roast as well as a good deal of coffee, chocolate, espresso, and a hint of vanilla. The taste definitely brings a good deal of chocolate as well as nice notes of coffee, roast, vanilla, and molasses. Feel is creamy with a tad bit of booze. Quite tasty. Definitely a solid beer.

Photo of jpro
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having reviewed the draft version a while back, I figured I'd compare it to the bottled version... Picked up a couple a while back from the Charleston Beer Exchange -

A: Pours a viscous near black (accompanied by lots of cascading brown bubbles) with a two finger mocha head that lasts for while before slowly receding to a thin layer; not much in the way of lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, rich roasted coffee, burnt sugar and some chicory; although pretty good, the aroma doesn't quite match the draft version.

T: Lots of burned malt; some charry notes; chocolate; big time coffee, especially in the aftertaste; noticeable hoppy bitterness (more so than the draft).

M: A touch lighter than I expected; kind of fizzy with a pretty high carbonation level.

D: A good one that I really enjoy savoring; in my opinion, I think the draft tops the bottled version, though.

Photo of 321jeff
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottle... almost a year old. Always nervous about drinking a "vintage" coffee stout...

Pours a super dark brown, almost black with a thin layer of mocha colored head, looks just like a coffee stout should.

Getting mostly chocolate from the aroma, there is definitely some earthy coffee there as well but it's not particularly robust.

Taste is more robust compared to the aroma. Starts off with some chocolately sweetness before moving on to some bitter coffee and chocolate. It has a pleasant earthy taste to it, I think I'd like a cup or two of whatever coffee they used first thing tomorrow morning.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with just a bit of prickly carbonation as it crosses over my tongue leaving a dry coffee finish. I was in the mood for a coffee stout tonight and this one didn't disappoint, I'll be seeking this one out again this year to try fresh.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is very black. Virtually opaque with a half a finger of dark tan head. Lacing is minimal, but it's overall fairly menacing in a glass.

Aroma is up front with lots of roasted notes. Toffee, a bit of coffee and a faint chocolate aroma hold up the rear. The oatmeal lends a slightly bready quality to it.

Naturally, I'm searching for the coffee at first. But, it arrives more on finish with a fair bitter note and lingering after affect. Dry oats actually start the flavor train, moving to the biggest contributor: the roasted, toasted malts. Very prevalent. There is a hint of sweetness and chocolate as well. Underlining hops make a faint appearance. While the flavor is very yummy, seems as though the oatmeal takes a bit of the sting from the coffee; which I would like to see a bit more of.

The mouth feel is smooth and creamy, leaning more toward medium-full in body. Carbonation is there, and while really not overdone, a hint less wouldn't hurt either.

Good drinkability on this one, multiples would be no problem.

Overall, this is a very nice stout, and yet another pleasant offering that I've had from Terrapin.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to movajo into a snifter glass

A- Pours like motor oil with a nice brown 1 finger head that has a good amount of carbonation bubbles but sticks around. For some reason there where some thick chunky things floating in there. Kind of looked gross but i assume it was the oatmeal????

S- Sweet roasted vanilla coffee with a slight oatmeal backbone that brings out a nice smoky smell to it.

T- Strong coffee with a nice bit of chocolate and some decent oatmeal fullness.

M- Full body with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter dry finish.


Photo of injuredreserve
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black motor oil with chocolate cocoa head.

S: Faint roasted coffee nose with chocolate. Some booziness present.

T: Roasted coffee with a little chocolate underneath and a malty finish. Very nice balance.

M: Nice thick oatmeal stout.

D: Good drinker for 8.1%. Good coffee stout.

Photo of Goldfish19
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~ 12 oz bottle

Vintage: 2009

Appearance: Pours black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate, oatmeal, and roasted malt.

Taste: Huge coffee presence up-front. It's followed up by dark roasted malts, oats, and bittersweet chocolate. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, silky smooth, creamy, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Good. This stout hides its 8.1% ABV quite well.

This is a true coffee lover's beer! ~

Photo of ptykozoon
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours motor oil black with a head that shyly reveals itself after a moment then is gone forever. Tiny bit of dark lacing on the rim.

Smell dominated by bitter coffee. A bit of chocolate in there as well.

I was at first surprised by the subdued flavors, then I checked the bottle to realize it was an '08. The years have killed it a bit, making it taste a bit watery with no trace of alcohol. Still pleasing though, I am not a fan of strong coffee dominated beers so I like the new subtleties that Im getting. Interesting taste indeed, subdued coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is okay. Not too bubbly but decently peppy on the tongue.

Overall, I'd very much like to taste this fresh.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Label reads: VINTAGE09AA

Poured into a tulip aggressively yielding very little head. Almost none. Bubbles linger around the rim of the glass. Body is pitch black. Not the best looker around, but it still looks like a stout otherwise.

The smell is heavy up front of the coffee. Further sniffing reveals a mocha flavor is more appropriate. A slight hint of vanilla is also evident. Good for a coffee stout.

This is a delicious beer. The malt sweetness perfectly blends with the coffee flavor for a harmoniously rich and balanced concoction. The hint of vanilla is also present here.

The only thing lacking here is the mouthfeel. The carbonation is a little to sharp for my liking as I prefer a smoother velvety stout feel. This of course doesn't ruin this beer and I look forward to trying it again because the taste is very good.

Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Best if enjoyed before: Vintage 08AA (not sure what tha means, but ok) Pours a very dark black think viscous color with a slight dark tan head. Dark chocolate notes right off the bat, some leather, coffee, and vanilla. Nice medium/heavy mouthfeel. Coffee and bitter sweet chocolate really dominates this brew but it has a nice smoothness to it that I find refreshing. As it warms the bitterness and coffee become more acute but still smooth. No real burning alcohol flavors at all. I like big big beers to come with a pretty heavy mouthfeel and this one is just a touch light for me but nonetheless this is a very tasty beer!

Photo of AdamGarcia
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in tulip pint.

A: Visibly viscous. Near black in color. Less than an inch of brown leather colored head, which vanishes quickly leaving just a ring of foam.

S: Rich, authentic coffee aroma. Toasted malt. Vanilla and a vague nutty character. Hint of chocolate.

T: Roasted malt, dark fruity flavors, and sweetened coffee up front. Dark baker's chocolate. Coffee takes over. Finishes with hop/coffee bitterness. The coffee is far from subtle, but it is well done.

M: Thick and a little chewy. The flaked oats lend a full mouthfeel.

D: As good as can be expected. The coffee will be too much for some. Even as a coffee lover I don't desire another bottle. This one isn't terribly complex, but it accomplishes the intended goal.

Very nice. This doesn't receive Terrapin's highest rating on BA by accident. As good as almost any coffee Imp stout out there, but without all the fanfare. Worth seeking out.

Photo of ccrida
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (vintage 09AA) poured into a snifter, Wake-n-Bake is dark black with a small tan collar that leaves light lace.

Smell is pretty rich, sweet malts, coffee.

Taste is also big coffee, caramel, sweet and malty. Rich but not to roasty, more like a coffee porter, but good.

Mouthfeel is super smooth and supple, the oats really shine though here, and help with the viscosity.

Drinkability is high, a tasty coffee stout, smooth and satisfying. Paired nicely with a cigar.

Photo of kk73
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage poured from a 12oz bottle into my glass. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - Pours out dark as night with a very little mocha colored head that fades quickly and surrounds the edge of my glass, minimal lacing.

S - Not overwhelmingly coffee but its presence is ther. I also get rich dark chocolate malts and a sweet creamy aroma possibly from the oats.

T - The taste is excellent. Upfront chocolate into a sweet creamy cup of coffee and ends with a little smoke.

M - This seems to have a medium body or mouthfeel. Not too thick like motor oil and definitely not thin. The creamy mouthfeel adds to the body. Not overly carbonated which is the way I like my stouts.

D - Very easy drinking stout, and by far the best non-bourbon barrel stout I have had in a long time. The alcohol is well hidden in this one.

Hope to get a few more of these sent my way. Terrapin definitely hit the nail on the head with this one.

Photo of birchstick
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - pours dark black with a milk chocolate-colored head

S - smells strongly of the Jittery Joe's coffee with some rich, dark chocolates, as well as some sweetness from the oats

T - the taste follows the nose to a T. Starts off with some bitter, burnt coffee that fades into dark chocolates. The oats make their presence known by adding a delicate sweetness on the finish. I didn't detect any bitterness / hop presence.

M - somewhat of a thin body, with a very minimal amount of carbonation. Decent.

D - This is a solid imperial stout that is exactly what it claims to be - perfect hybrid of the coffee and oatmeal stout styles. Drinks really well...man, I really should have saved this for breakfast.

Photo of robwestcott
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'09 vintage
(4.5 / 4.0 / 4.0 / 4.5 / 4.0 -- A)

poured from a bottle, nearly pitch black, to a dogfish head signature glass with a full finger frothy mocha head that leaves just a bit of lace after the first few sips.

strong aroma of espresso roast, dark chocolate, and burnt toffee.

very creamy mocha flavor, with creaminess following to the bottom of the glass.

very smooth, light carbonation, creamy, just a hint of bitterness.

very drinkable - will be following up with an '08 vintage.


'08 vintage - thanks to jyounger30 for this one.
(4.0 / 4.0 / 3.5 / 3.5 / 4.0 -- B)

again, poured nearly pitch black, but this time with a thin, short lasting mocha head.

espresso aroma slightly more subtle, along with toffee and a bit of vanilla.

espresso taste forward, but not nearly as creamy as the '09, a bit thinner and not as interesting. even less bitterness than the '09.

medium carbonation, light on the tongue, subtle hint of bitterness.

drinkable enough - though not as enjoyable as the '09.

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gotta thank the combination of vicanncam, kwakwhore, and kkipple for this one. Can't believe I haven't tried it yet.

Edit: Re-review fresh 2011 vintage thanks to cpinto6.

A: Pitch black thick beer with a dark creamy head covering of about 1/2 a finger that fades semi quickly. The beer has some legs on the glass too.

N: Pretty much bitter, chocolate, oatmeal, and stout aromas. Some bitterness from charred malts as well as earthy hops. Also lots of dark malts, mostly chocolate malt, as well as caramel, little roasted barley, etc. Some cocoa nibs even, creamy milk chocolate, oatmeal with that. It has quite a caramelized and almost burnt chocolate aroma. All that cuts through the big coffee aroma, fresh roasted and ground coffee beans and a bit of espresso.

T: Oh yeah! thick and creamy, starting with a big coffee kick, fresh espresso and roasted coffee beans. Then lots of oatmeal, chocolate milk and creaminess, little bit of bakers chocolate, etc. Some bitterness, some earthy hops, but quite a bit of a charred earthy roasted malts that adds a hint of minerality and tannins. Chewy malts, with a little sweetness, and caramel. A hints of warming and tingly booze. I even get a hint of oatmeal cinnamon chocolate cookie like taste. Pretty good tasty Saturday morning breakfast. The coffee really dominates this one, which is much better than it was aged. Finishes still slightly sweet but mostly dry, with some more bitterness, more from the charred malts, but you can def taste more of the earthy hops, and more creamy milk chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malt and fresh coffee. It coats the mouth and lingers for quite a while.

M: Pretty thick and creamy, rich, little syrupy, and decent carbonation.

O: Pretty good, much better than the aged version as this has nice fresh coffee, none of that dank wooden shelf taste, lots of nice dark malt flavors, great mouth feel, etc. Tasty well done beer.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review number 100, which means absolutely nothing. Just happened to notice I was sitting at 99. I don't view these numbers as milestones or save certain beers for them, because I'm honestly always hoping my next beer will be my favorite. Guess that's why I don't understand people who rate beers they know they'll hate. End diatribe.

Received as an extra from jsanford. Thank you, Jacob. 12 oz bottle features a stout drinking, chef's hat wearin' turtle baking himself some bad ass cookies. This culinary beast is ready to get his drink on.

Dark chocolate colored pour with ruby highlights when held to the light. A nice swirl of mocha colored fluff rises from the deep and quickly returns from whence it came: looks nice.

Smell is undeniably bitter oat: oodles of oatmeal with plenty of sweet coffee bitterness. The two mesh nicely with the smooth berries covered in dark chocolate. The smell is quite enticing and pleasantly reminds me that I typically enjoy Oatmeal Stouts and should probably be drinking more of them.

Bitter coffee roast, dark chocolate, and rich oatmeal are all present in the taste. Tastes, combined with the soft pleasant carbonation, leave a cola-like tingling on my tongue. The beer is a bit watery up front, but develops nicely through the back as the oats help increase the heft of the mouthfeel and help make this beer a bit chewy and slightly viscous. This is an enjoyable stout, an appreciated extra, and a beer I'll savor and hope to enjoy again.

Photo of thetomG
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the typical dark drown with a bit of tan head. Aroma has some nice roast malts... a bit of coffee... taste is similar but with some slight bittersweet chocolate elements. Nice level of carbonation creates sufficiently creamy textures as you sip. This is a good beer and I would drink more of it, but wouldn't necessarily go too far out of my way for it.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is beer #4 from the blind beers BIF. Sent to me by MMAJYK Reviewed totally blind.

ok #4 is an Imperial Stout. I dont even need to smell it or taste it. It was so dark I could tell it was going to be a black beer through the brown glass bottle. It poured out like the crude spilling from BP's well. Thick, slow and rich looking. The carbonation (what little there seems to be) struggles to rise up through its thick body. It settles to nothing with very little evidence left behind.

This is one that needs a little bit of time to open up. My fridge kept it too cold. Once it warms I can pick up lots of coffee, vanilla, oak, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits and berries and roast.

Taste is good but not crazy intense like so many RIS's. Lots of coffee, sweet dark fruits and berries, vanilla and grassy, earthy hops around the end.

Carbonation is very prickly at first. Much more than I expected. It kinda disrupts the full body. I would like to see more creaminess here.

Turns out this was an '08 vintage. Very generous.

Photo of errantnight
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours with just a faint wisp of deep tan head, reasonable lacing and retention considering the soft carbonation.

Big roast coffee notes and tobacco with hint of dark chocolate and underlying plum.

On the palate this has a bit of a rough, bitter finish, but a velvety texture that highlights some mid-palate sweetness (that lingers unexpectedly). Coffee rules the day, though.

The texture on this is sublime, but it stays around fairly sweet, and until it nears room temperature there's a bit of a ragged edge on the finish. Very close to being great, this will have to settled for damned good.

Photo of dtivp
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pitch black with a very nice dark brown head. Very good retention that left a nice ring with very good lacing on the glass.
Vey strong roasted coffee aroma with a hint of dark chocolate.
The taste was dominated with strong roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, a little smoke and roasted malt.
Very creamy, heavy body with a slight carbonation.
Very drinkable beer, this is definately one of the top coffee beers that I have enjoyed.

Photo of billab914
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. Poured thick and black in color with a thin dark chocolate head. The head faded away relatively quickly and left very little lacing.

The aroma has a big coffee bitterness to it. Some roasty and chocolate flavors peek through a bit as well, but the coffee is definitely the dominating flavor. The coffee is pretty nice though.

The taste shows some strong bitter coffee along with a roasty and burnt flavor to it. Dark chocolate comes through and helps balance out the coffee flavor a bit. The finish leaves more coffee flavor lingering on the palate. The coffee and chocolate are very well balanced with each other, and the other flavors really compliment them well. Excellent tasting beer overall.

The mouthfeel is thick and carbonation is on the lower side. Drinkability is very good, it had some excellent flavors to it was a pleasure to drink. The coffee and chocolate flavors were great and the oats helped make a very good thick mouthfeel. Fantastic beer overall.

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,343 ratings.