Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company
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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
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
This was had in good company, along with CrellMoset, courtesy dkachur a couple weeks back. From notes:
A: Deep brownish-black with the slightest red hue. Head doesn't last long, and but a deep brown colour, especially compared to others.
S: Sweeet like an oatmeal-raisin cookie. The scent seems almost bang on, along with a touch of coffee aroma. A great smelling brew.
T + M: Just like the aroma for the most half, with 'added chocolate chips' The sweet tooth loves it, though I suppose under some circumstances, it could be come a little cloying. Some heavy stickiness with a mild carbonation. Obviously, age has settled in to bring out the cookie-like flavours, but it's still one tasty beer.
D: This was quite a treat... it was more of a dessert than I might have expected from a 'coffee stout,' but I'm not complaining. Delicious, ease of drinkability isn't at all in question, and I'd be looking to try another whenever the chance comes along.
09-15-2008 04:51:34 | More by Proteus93
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
Snifter. Pours an impenetrable, river styxx on a moonless night black, looks oily and viscous as hell. There's just below one finger of mocha colored froth that drops pretty quickly and doesn't leave much lace, but this is an imperial stout and that is to be expected. Great look.
What a superb nose! Rich fudge brownies swimming in a sea of luxuriant coffee and molasses; fantastic! Not getting much in the way of hops, perhaps a slight whiff here and there, but with a rich stout like this, who cares?
The taste is very close to the nose, which is a plus. Roast, coffee, chocolate, molasses and a bit of anise. This turtle is all about the malt. There is a good bitterness in the finish to balance this out from the roasted barley and the hops. Rich, decadent, delicious.
The texture is very silky and creamy (gotta love the oats), sliding right down the throat with ease. I would like the body to be a touch thicker, but this is a minor qualm. Between medium and heavy body,, great carbonation, great drink.
Oh, wake and bake. I've been in love with this beer since it debuted at the Classic City Brewfest years ago. It screams for some belgian waffles or a sumptuous chocolate cake. Awesome beer, absolutely recommended.
09-14-2008 17:12:58 | More by SiriusAth
4.78/5 rDev +11.2%
I have to give a big thanks to orcasteve for giving me this one!
Where to begin? This I think was my first Coffee Stout and i must say it was beyond good. The first pour released the exquisite smell of beans, the modern day urban nectar of the gods. Pitch black fills the glass foaming to a pleasant chocolaty head. It fizzled away fast to a nice lacing that clung to the glass. After being in the center of a coffee explosion more scents revealed themselves. The almost perfect balance of coffee and Oatmeal entered the frame creating an olfactory yin and yang. After noticing this, the other subtitles shone through, chocolates, spices and malts were at the front but too numerous to detect them all. The chocolate-coffee-oatmeal taste bursts in your mouth with a force un-denied; the balance is unique and irresistible. The syrup like texture with mild carbonation glides smoothly in the mouth, thick and creamy enough to make you want to chew it. In the end the sure richness and complexity of this drink is uniformly almost perfect. To me this is black gold, worth repeating its alluring and has a scent that screams come hither. For all you coffee people out there if you like coffee and beer this is one you want to get your hands on.
09-14-2008 12:56:15 | More by PLANETBUSTERRAVE
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
This is one of my favorite beers from Terrapin. Pours thick and dark like used motor oil with a rich creamy mouthfeel. Aroma is of freshly made coffee. Taste is coffee and chocolate with a slick oatmeal finish. An outstanding beer. I always put back a bottle or two for later.
08-19-2008 16:26:56 | More by clemtig76
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
thanks to mikesgroove for the trade.
Pours a deep thick oily black with a roiling tan head that takes quite a while to cascade and settle. Looks syrupy as hell. Nose is full on coffee and chocolate. Taste follows with mad coffee, some chocolate, oatmeal slickness. Wonderful tasting brew, and one I would love to have after a wake n bake. (Because it would go good with the chocolate chip cookies, of course!) mouthfeel is thinner than I expected by the viscosity of the appearance, but still very viscous. Still for some wierd reason, it seems to thin. Drinkability is outstanding. Overall a very pleasant brew, an awesome breakfast stout brew, and one I will certainly revisit when given the chance/trade. Thanks again to mike for this outstanding brew.
08-18-2008 23:19:06 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
(Served in a snifter)
Thanks to SincereNc for this brew
vintage 08 FX
A- This beer pours an inky black body with a creamy thick cocoa tan head that last for days. There is a trail of micro-bubbles that glide up the side of the glass but that is all that can be seen in that body.
S- The smooth black roasted malt aroma has a nice fresh coffee smell and some faint brown sugar hints in the background.
T- The big dark roasted coffee flavor is supported by black roasted malt with some nice chocolate qualities to it. There is a taste of toasted oatmeal cookies that follows and a faint tootsie roll note that is quite complementary. After each sip a slight sweetness and roasted bitterness linger making me want to take another sip as soon as its gone.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a nice slightly astringent from the roasted goodness at the finish. No alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer has nice big malt and coffee flavors with some good depth and character. All the flavors really work together nicely.
08-18-2008 18:52:07 | More by rhoadsrage
3.63/5 rDev -15.6%
Pours dark with a dark brown head.
Aroma is of coffee and dark malts.
Taste is of COFFEE, dark malts, chocolate and some bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry at the end and somewhat flat.
Overall, a decent brew. Coffee is the dominant force in this one. Not as balanced as others, but good for the style.
08-17-2008 20:43:35 | More by atigerlife
3.9/5 rDev -9.3%
My 3rd stop on the Monster Beer tour. First review of such.
12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams beer glass.
Thick. Pours pitch black with a small espresso colored head that disappears quickly. Leaves a bubbly ring around the glass.
Big roasted coffee nose. Some sweetness, oatmeal cookie, chocolate, malted milk aromas.
Tastes of coffee, oatmeal, chocolate milk, bitter chocolate, a slight booze. Tastes like a Nestle milk drink. Except more delicious.
Full bodied, smooth, creamy, a nicely carbonated.
The big coffee & sweet flavors make this a one bottle session for me.
Enjoyable brew. A real breakfast stout. Will gladly have again. If you love coffe stouts, or unusual beers in general, you owe it to yourself to try this one. Nice work Terrapin.
07-31-2008 03:51:22 | More by bbothen
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,035 ratings.