Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company
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Ratings: 3,032 | Reviews: 1,178 | Display Reviews Only:
4.78/5 rDev +11.2%
Got this thanx to ATLbeerdog ...Awesome coffee stout possibly the best I've had with the exception of cask aged Bell's Java Stout. This is the best coffee stout release I've tried to date. That being said i'm not a huge coffee fan but this beer is not over done with coffee. There is just enough here to add to the immense flavor and drink ability. I had this at my own stout fest with other members of The Good Beer Show and this beer stood out among the 13 stouts I bought to the table. Smooth,sweet,easy on the palette what elese could a beer lover want from a stout this brew is effin' metal!
07-07-2008 02:34:03 | More by hrking
4.6/5 rDev +7%
Thanks to ncvbc for the opportunity to wake up and get drunk!
Loverboy might have been working for the weekend, I was working for this beer. Wanted to try this bad boy for a while.
I wasnt expecting crude oil to pour out of my bottle, but there it was, in it's black glory with a coffee colored head that quickly vanishes into the void.
Waiter, there appears to be beer in my coffee. Smells fanfreakingtastic. Coffee notes, Roastedness, Chocolate, faint dark sugar liquor smell. Every swizzle of the glasizzle has a new smelliizle.
Love how this one tastes. I was expecting more of a tortoise flavor, instead I found espresso, chocolate, creamy ooey gooey goodness. Hops poke through.
A little carbonated right now, aftertaste of the coffee foam you eat with your spoon after your done with your espresso and the cocoa plant.
Fill to the rim not with brim, but this beer.
07-06-2008 17:54:29 | More by Murchmac
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
I must admit I only had a few ounces of this, but it made an impression. Poured cold in a nonic.
A - Pitch black/opaque w/ a small tan head the appearance is of used motor w/ medium
S - Fruity, with a ton of coffee aroma and an almost floral odor. There is a sweet ester and roasted nose the scent has a slight vanilla citrus character
M - Big chewy, sweet and smooth w/ a satiny dense and creamy feel
T - Loads of roast in the taste w/ more coffee in the flavor than the feel the oats settle on the palate and mellow the citrus and acidic coffee aspects w/ a hint of hops. There is almost a ginger-like spice with the dark and chewy but satiny smooth and vanilla edge of the malt. The taste is more toasted than roasty w/ a fruity yeast and vinous malt w/ a cocoa and coffee in the middle.
D - Very intense and appealing blend of flavors and very tasty ale w/ nice complexity. I would quaff this anytime, yet it still delivers a fierce amount of octane
06-28-2008 17:01:01 | More by Slatetank
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
Split a 12 oz. bottle courtesy of RobotGod(good looking out). Pours so dark brown its black, dark tan head, beautiful. smells like vanilla, oats, chocolate, coffee, everything i wanna smell in a breakfast stout, i could sniff this one for days. Tastes much the same, layers of vanilla, but not overpowering or synthetic vanilla, chocolate, roasty coffee, hint of black licorice, even a nice hop backbone seems to be there. Thick mouthfeel compliments of the oatmeal, smooth and creamy. Exceptional layers, delicious flavors, all in balance. a new favorite of mine in the breakfast brew category, wish i had one to wake up with while i do this review.
06-28-2008 14:53:26 | More by vasdef42
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
Pours a body like a cup of coffee. Foamy head is about the same, no retention at all. But the body is dark and mysterious.
Smell is of good coffee, chocolates, and a roasted malt backbone. Rich ad fun to quaff. Taste is creamy bittersweet chocolate with a complimentry dose of coffee. The malts are nice and roasty. There is a citric aspect to this , could be from some hops, or from the natural acidic qualities from the coffee beans. Thick and syrupy, just like a stout should be.
Not sure why this is called wake and bake, it's no where on the label. Plus I would prefer this as a nightcap or desert coffee. Either way, it is very good and enjoyable.
06-22-2008 06:18:57 | More by Homerbag
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
Had both the 2006 and 2007 versions this weekend
2006: This one has laid down nicely. Pours a deep, rich black with a dark tan head that retreats to a nice thin line around the edge of the glass. A swirl brings the head back and the aroma forward. This one smelled equally of chocolate and coffee. A little bitterness to the nose as well. The taste was absolutely marvelous. There was almost no sweetness and the chocolate and coffee were as balanced as the smell. Goes down easily even on a hot, humid day in Alabama.
2007: The coffee was much more pronounced in the smell and taste on this one. Equally enjoyable but I'll cellar the remaining 3 for several more months. Great beer from a great brewery!
06-02-2008 13:27:23 | More by tiger88
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
Thanks to leftmindedrighty for giving me this in a trade a while back. Tonight it was time to take this out of the cellar.
APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass with some serious carbonation on it. After letting the massive head subside, it was pretty much pitch black with a brownish cream colored head.
SMELL: Definitely coffee. Some dark chocolate and a little bit of dark fruit come through, but the aroma is all about the coffee and quite a bit of it. Maybe there's a slight hint of a spicy hop presence coming through, but it's faint.
TASTE: Wow, this is as decadent as it gets. It feels like a dessert with massive flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. The oats add such a silky smoothness to this. Perhaps more of a balancing bitterness would make this perfect, but it's fantastic as it is.
MOUTHFEEL: Definitely has a high carbonation. But this body is full and so wonderfully smooth and silky that one can't complain too much.
DRINKABILITY: This goes down very easily as one would imagine and the 8.1% makes this reasonable. This is a beer that deserves to come in a bomber.
Loving a beer that I can't get locally is always a bittersweet moment. On one hand, I'm getting to enjoy something I never have before, but on the other, I won't be able to buy any more. It's fitting then, that "bittersweet" is a fine word to sum up how this beer tastes. And that's a good thing.
05-29-2008 01:51:06 | More by jmalex
4.3/5 rDev 0%
Review from 5-25-2008
Pours a solid black and has a huge tan head that gave me pause as I was pouring. This baby has some carbonation at cellar temps! Aroma is coffee in a huge way. A blind smelling would make it a ringer for a dunkin donuts brew.:) I smell mostly the coffee and maybe a hint of chocolate malt and a little tobacco very faint in the background. Taste's you might guess is coffee and mix in a bit of ash for good measure. Has a bitter aftertaste that I can't quite put my finger on. Creamy but thin body. I'm not a coffee drinker, I think you need to be to drink this one. Technically nothing wrong with this, just not my favorite.
I was able to try this again and liked it much better on 3-21-2009
Pours a solid dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of coffee, milk chocolate and maybe a bit of currant, a touch of perfume. Taste is a roasty chocolaty, coffee affair with some dark dried fruits thrown in there as well. Finishes with a lingering dark fruit, coffee roast bitterness. Velvety creamy smooth mouthfeel, thick body, ample carbonation (low). I'm so glad I had the opportunity to give this one a second chance as its a great brew! I think I may have had a bad bottle last time.
05-25-2008 01:43:05 | More by johnnnniee
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
A: I really do enjoy the dark dark black color with the mud colored head that lasts and sticks decently
S: a little too sweet for me, smells like a sweet coffee drink ppl pay 8 bucks for at starbucks. its not bad but it isnt my favorite for this style
T: it was a borderline but i pushed it over, it has a sweet coffee mocha taste to it with a decent level of carbonation. it is pretty creamy and coats the inside of ones mouth if you let it.
this is a very drinkable beer, especially for the style. the main accent is coffee, but since it is a coffee oatmeal stout thats not surprising
Thanks to everetends for the bottle
05-23-2008 03:12:59 | More by Redwood21
4.68/5 rDev +8.8%
An extra from RustyDiamond I think....
2007 bottling. Dumps black into a snifter. Micro bead rising up the sides to sustain a head. Camel-colored head quickly rose to an inch, then fell flat to a cap. Nose is dominated by coffee, no surprise, and bittersweet chocolate. Swirling the glass uncovers a different smell that strikes me as roasted red peppers. I was shocked by the first taste. No alcohol sensed at all, but ABV is lower than most. Extremely smooth mouthfeel. Roasty and burnt malt flavors very pronounced with zero off flavors, great job. Oats have really affected the mouthfeel to be this smooth. Excellent carbonation rinses clean and leaves nothing behind. Drinkability is quite good and I could have a few in a sitting. ABV never shows up.
05-22-2008 02:16:05 | More by vwcraig
4.6/5 rDev +7%
12oz bottle from unknown source, label notes Vintage 08FX, whatever that means.
Poured into a pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark brown head, which promptly fades to a layer of small bubbles. Worth noting that while decanting, all of a sudden near the end, this huge plop of dark goop plopped into the glass. Fished it out with a spoon, but sure makes me wary. The average amount of lacing is quite leggy, over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Aroma is sweet coffee. Flavor is coffee with moderate chocolate undertones. Mouthfeel is wow velvety smooth, with drinkability that has me looking in the fridge for another bottle (but only one left, so another night, I guess).
6/8/06 - 3.5/4/4.5/5/5
12oz bottle from Bonhoeffer via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head doesn't last too long, down to the usual Imp Stout uneven layer of bubbles, with average-ish lacing. Aroma is sweet dark coffee. Taste is mocha upfront, with hops bleeding through and fighting the battle through to the swallow. Mouthfeel is oh-so creamy and smooth, and drinkability is excellent, alcohol hardly noticeable, making this one dangerously drinkable. I would have this one in my fridge all the time if I could.
05-17-2008 02:03:56 | More by ppoitras
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
Into a pint glass, pours a solid black color with a little head of dark tan color, not too much lacing. The aroma is rich, full, a lovely bit of full press coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, some roasted malt. The mouth is creamy smooth, slightly carbonated, smooooth and tasty. All these flavors and more bounce around the tongue, with the oats, roasted malt coming in, then coffee, then chocolate, the a slight bit of hop oils, the alcohol creeping in when warmer in the finish. Overall, a very fine beer. I'm almost jealous of you southerners. :)
Thanks to shuajw for this one.
05-15-2008 00:34:15 | More by objectivemonkey
4.68/5 rDev +8.8%
Got this in a four pack of 12oz bottles from Midtown in Nashville, TN. Poured into a pint tumbler.
A: Poured a beautiful opaque black. I thought there was going to be no head but it built out of nowhere and gave me a good 3 fingers.
S: Came out as a nice sweet, roasted malt with tones of chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and spicy oats.
T: Fantastic. The coffee really shines here, but it doesn't overpower the entire beer. You can taste the chocolate, oats, and malt. The alcohol doesn't hit you until it hits your belly, warming you from the inside out. Awesome.
M: Coats the mouth but isn't too heavy. Leaves a fantastic aftertaste of coffee, with a bitter finish. Carbonation is very mild.
D: I don't have a bad thing to say about this beer. Very accessible for an IMPY. Great flavors and amazing. A huge fan of this one. In my opinion, this is the flagship of Terrapin.
05-07-2008 05:26:21 | More by everetends
4.75/5 rDev +10.5%
acquired in trade from shuajw, poured from 12oz to tulip glass
deep opaque black, poured thin then built up a nice creamy tan head, fine lacing of bubbles
smell is fainter than i expected, heavy coffee and chocolate malt creamy smelling / light bitterness
excellent! tastes smooth and velveteen, the coffee is great! as a coffee lover, the aftertaste is quite satisfying. Regardless the coffee holds its own really well and matches with this brew, makes me want to try a cup of jittery joe's if i ever make it to athens. Nice balance between chocolate, malt, and coffee - the flaked barley and oats are definately a great way to pull out an imperial stout. Finishes with a nice warmth down my belly @ 8, doesn't impart hotness untill it's being digested :D
mouthfeel was excellent, not too thick, but not too thin
overall i really think this is an easy drinker for an imperial stout, i would love to have access to this on a regular basis as i would pair it with a lot of things - makes me excited to try more from terrapin, great stuff!
05-04-2008 04:40:37 | More by drxandy
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
Deep opaque dark chocolate color with a slim mocha lid.
Smells of sweet chocolate malts, molasses, and oats with roasted black coffee.
The feel is nicely smooth and lightly creamy in a full body. Flavors of sweet dark chocolate and oats with hints of prunes lead, as mild roasted malts and black coffee leave the finish lightly dry and bitter.
This is my first Terrapin brew and I am impressed. While I am not a huge coffee drinker, I do find the coffee flavor of this beer to be quite pleasant. Wake-n-Bake is a very nice beer that I would be more than happy to get my hands on again. I wouldn't mind tryin' a cup of Jittery Joe's either.
05-04-2008 03:31:38 | More by Slynger
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
One of the finest produced by Terrapin. Thick, dark, and creamy this one will wake you up in the morning!! First introduced to me by tiger88 and am thankful. I hang on to these guys for awhile savoring each bottle. We opened up DLD '08 with this brew...I mean, do you really want this review to be about this beer?!
Ok, fine. Get this, it tastes of coffee and oatmeal...ok, not so much oatmeal, but the coffee and malt flavors are in full force. This beer is well balanced and "light" enough to enjoy a second. A truly wonderful beer that I plan to purchase at least once a year.
05-01-2008 01:23:28 | More by SchmoTerp
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
Thanks go out to Tilley4 for this brew.
12oz bottle, vintage 08, served in a standard pint glass.
A - thick, black color with a small tan head that settled to a light layer/ring.
S - espresso coffee smell filled my nostrils.
T - espresso coffee taste and bittness with a hint of chocolate licorice sweetness lurking towards the finish.
M - smooth and creamy, coats the mouth nicely.
D - what a way to start a day!
04-27-2008 18:25:51 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
12-oz bottle poured into a Reidel O series Shiraz glass. Thanks to hellomcfly for the bottle.
A = Dark mahogany, dark red brown head that foamed up but dissipated quickly leaving a thin layer of medium brown foam on surface.
S = I must be at a coffee bar, mostly I smell fresh ground and brewed Yemen Mocha, lurking underneath that I get small traces of bitter chocolate, cherry scented tobacco, unripe plums. Quite complex and interesting, if all of the smells were a little better blended this would have garnered a higher score.
T = Very enjoyable, strong flavors of strong bitter coffee, yes, but much more, Baker's chocolate, not quite ripe cherries, half-cooked rye bread dough. Long bitter finish.
M = Extremely luscious smooth creamy mouthfeel. Heavy body, perfect level of foamy carbonation, great mouthcoating. Awesome mouthfeel.
D = This is an extremely approachable Imperial Stout. The coffee is perfectly done. If it weren't an ABV bomb, I'd say it would be awesome for breakfast. Very highly recommended.
04-26-2008 19:16:26 | More by Traquairlover
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
Appearance: Black and opaque with an inch of mocha-colored head. Above-average head retention for a coffee beer.
Smell: Spent coffee grounds, a bit of burnt toast. The coffee aroma covers up any subtleties, but it's nice enough on its own to give this brew a great nose.
Taste & mouthfeel: This one opens with a bittersweet chocolate flavor, which is quickly is quickly washed away by bitter black coffee. Oats lend a thick and creamy mouthfeel. A bit acrid in the finish with slight acidity, presumably from the coffee.
Notes: Not the smoothest coffee stout out there, but the bold flavors and chewy texture make it a great sipper.
04-25-2008 18:47:45 | More by largadeer
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
Thanks to a few excellent traders for letting me and some of my local BAs give this one a try!
Pours black, with a slow-rising dark burnt-tan head. Settles to frothy swirls and a ring around the glass.
Smells of mocha, strong coffee, hot cocoa, and big full toasty malt. Taste is similar, with strong coffee flavor, slight burnt wood, and a milk chocolate middle, all drying up to a somewhat bitter dark toasted grain finish.
Feel is smooth and full, but with an interesting dry finish. Good carbonation to cut the body a little. Leaves a little sticky mouth coating.
I'm sure drinkability depends on how much you like coffee, but for me, this is one of the most well done, true to coffee flavored stouts I've had. Coffee taste isn't stale, balance is well done, very appealing even with the imperial strength.
04-25-2008 12:42:28 | More by lightindarkness
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
12oz bottle, 2008 Vintage, received from goryshkewych. Thanks!
AL Jet black with zero light coming through. Mocha head that recedes fairly fast.
S: Medium-roasted coffee with some dark chocolate. Oats and roasted malts. A little bit of milky sweetness. Definitely good
T: Coffee up front with a pleasant backbone of chocolate and cream. The alcohol does come through on the finish
M: Silky smooth with good carbonation.
D: I shall sip on this as i work on my homework!
04-23-2008 03:46:45 | More by DefenCorps
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
Thanks to stopbarking for this one
A : Pours a dark black with a chocolate head that barely formed with a very agressive pour. The head disappates pretty quickly
S : Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. I pick up a little bit of toasted oats
T : More of the same coffee flavor. Almost like a triple shot of espresso.
M : Thick and creamy with decent carbonation
D : Really good and drinkable. Definitely a sipper
04-20-2008 17:29:25 | More by mhewes
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
Thanks to HelloMcfly for this nice addition to our trade:
A - Pours mootor oil black with a single finger mocha head that was hesitant to form even after an agressive pour and disipated into a light ring.
S - Espresso, molassas, toasted oats, and a hit of toffee or brown suger.
T - Heavy espresso with a dark fruit and molassas finish.
M - Syrapy with a decent carbonation.
D - Great beer. Very well balanced with a complexity that makes this beer very approachable.
04-20-2008 04:09:53 | More by turbine2475
4.47/5 rDev +4%
12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.
Vintage 08 FX.
Very syrupy, deep chocolate in color beneath a slightly creamy, coffee-colored head. Dimpled lacing with decent strength, but not much.
Fragrant molasses and caramel with a distinctly slick port alcohol character. Vinous-aged fruit: plum, raisin, dark cherry. Intense yet well balanced.
Deep, rich molasses; very slick rather than a roasted malt character. Bold, complex bourbon-port alcohol flavor; heavy hints of slick smokiness. Aged currant, cherry, raisin. Notes of espresso and warming bourbon in the finish.
Full in body; quite slick which works well with the flavor profiles. Texturally, not what I expect from an Imperial Stout, but it works nonetheless.
A very unique offering; tastes like a whiskey-aged version. Lacking the rough hop bite and chewiness of what I've come to expect from the style, but who cares when it tastes this good.
04-19-2008 11:43:01 | More by NEhophead
4.8/5 rDev +11.6%
Thanks to cashew for allowing me to try this beer.
A: WOW, this beer is black, might be one of the darkest beers I've seen in awhile.Stared at my glass awhile and marveled at the opaqueness of this beer.
S:Well the coffee is very evident as it should be, but the coffee really dominates the beer and keeps you guessing a bit.
T: Well the taste is where this beer shines, truly tasty.Initial flavor of coffee dominates and reminded me of an iced coffee. I was hoping this beer had more to offer than just coffee, and with a little warming this beer came alive. Flavors of fine dark chocolate mingles with the now less prevalent coffee flavors and forms a marriage for the ages.
M:This beer is really smooth and not nearly as heavy as I expected from the initial appearance, which was a nice surprise.
D:I could see tucking into a few of these on a cold winter evening and being quite content. For any coffe stout lover this is a must try...
04-15-2008 20:58:08 | More by israel
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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