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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutTerrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

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3,320 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,320
Reviews: 1,205
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 714
Gots: 558 | 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 homebrew311
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as extra in trade with Beerisheaven- Thanks!

A: pours a silky opaque black, dark brown head with no retention

S: bold, roasty coffee, notes of oatmeal and loads of dark chocolate... this smells delicious

T: the roasty coffee is all up front and followed by dark chocolate. Long and slightly sweet finish with lingering roasty notes on the palate

mf: slick mouthfeel, very silky texture, carbonation is a tad high

D: another delicious coffee infused stouts-- one of my favorite styles... not sure if this measures up to FBS or Surly Four, but it is certainly tasty!

Photo of BTPete
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured to pint glass.

A: Pitch black with small dirty brown head. Bubbles bounce around on top of beer like coffee would.

S: Big roasted coffee nose. Hints of alcohol lying underneath.

T: Roasted coffee with a little chocolate underneath. Some bitterness, maybe from hops maybe from coffee but still smooth like an oatmeal stout with a little heat.

M: low carb but works for style.

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

Photo of beerwolf77
3.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I recieved bottles of this from several of my trade partners so thanks goes out to all of you.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark chocolate brown bordering on black. The dark mocha head bursts to full three fingers and flirts with going over the top edge of my glass. After a brief rest the head fades leaving a small cap and no lace.

The aroma is a mix of harsh black coffee and wet cardboard. Dark fruits and booze are quite present as well. Not what I was expecting from such a highy rated beer.

The flavor is pure black coffee. Light hints of chocolate and dark fruit can be picked out. The alcohol is very present as well.

Medium to full chewy body. Light carbonation.

Overall a bit of a let down. The aroma and flavor were less than stellar. I have a handful of bottles of this so I will revisit it. Maybe my opinion will change with future tastings.

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

I absolutely love this beer. It pours like oil with a rich dark head. It wreaks of Jittery Joe's in the best way possible. Full coffee flavors with hints of chocolate malts get your eyes open again. The oily attenuation makes it stick to your teeth like the thickest coffee I've ever brewed. Good thing it comes in a four pack because it's way too easy to drink. This beer is the bomb for any coffee stout lover.

Photo of AprilMarie
3.13/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pitch black with little or no head. Dark tan head if there is one.
S- very strong coffee, with hint of chocolate
T- strong coffee taste- can taste the alcohol.
MF- hard to drink, heavy flavor. thick body but not a lot of carbonation
D- flavorful in alcohol and coffee. not smooth at all. would drink maybe again if this was a choice given over others that are not appealing. but would not put the money down into buying it again.

Photo of JamesS
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a wonderful deep deep brown, but with no head and no lacing. Great deep scent, a huge malt sweetness, deep and dark, with hints of licorice and plum/prune, and a wonderful slight roastiness and slight coffee scent. Great deep taste, with a wonderful dark roasty malt flavor; nice coffee tones, but not overdone like too many coffee stouts, the perfect amount for a coffee stout; nice slight sweetness from the oats, but no oat flavors to overcome the others, including a slight plum/prune flavor. Goes down wonderfully well, with just a bit of alcohol heat.

Photo of thedoubler55
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick, viscous pour that appears a very deep brownish black color.
S: Immediate coffee bean followed with a little bit of booze, and on the tail end of the nose it had some very nice milk chocolate mixed in.
T: Very dark and heavy beer... lot of coffee and chocolate that is really well balanced.
M: Simply heaven, as it had looked initially it enveloped the mouth like oil. Very impressive stuff here!
D: Not an extremely drinkable beer here but I don't mind it one bit, quite enjoyable.

Photo of mfunk9786
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a great coffee imperial stout from Terrapin, a beer that I had a 4-pack of but that I didn't necessarily appreciate until the last bottle that I drank under the guise of "Well, there's always next year." rather than "SWEET NECTAR!" (which should have been my reaction.)

A: Aside from the virtual lack of head, this pours gorgeously, with nice light brown lacing along the surface of the glass. Looks just like a glass of black coffee (if a 'glass' of black coffee were a thing.) Not perfect obviously because it looks a bit undercarbonated. Ironic, because the mouthfeel is just the opposite.

S: Unlike other beers of this style, rather than smelling like fresh brewed coffee, this smells (wonderfully) like fresh coffee grounds. A bit of the milk and oatmeal is also apparent.

T: The taste isn't for everyone, if you don't like coffee all that much it probably isn't even tolerable. Aside from a smidge of dairy funk and oat, this is all coffee. It tastes like black iced coffee with a little bit of cream - not something that everyone can handle. A bit of chocolate can also be detected, but not nearly as much as usual when it comes to this style.

M: A bit fizzy for the style. It might pour/look creamy, but it feels rather thin in the mouth with a bit of fizz, sort of like a coffee-flavored soda.

D: Regardless of this, if you like coffee, this is something you'll happily pound down. I love black coffee and drink it daily, so this gets a perfect score from me. But if you're not a huge coffee drinker, look elsewhere.

Seek this out in the wintertime! It's a lower cost alternative to Founders Breakfast Stout and it is a very different beer, but I could see some people actually preferring this.

Photo of Petrislav
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into pint glass

A:Pours like syrup into pitch black coffee, topped with a creamy light brown head

S: Lots of heavy roasts, actual fresh coffee, creaminess, slight hint of alcohol

T: Sweet mild hops, rush of coffee/heavy roasted malt, finish with alcohol

M: Lightly carbonated, very thick and creamy on the palate, heavy coffee and malt aftertaste

D: Huge flavor, not too filling, definitely a sipper

Photo of craytonic
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark pour, decent head. Thick smell - chocolate, oatmeal, dark malts, cream and sugar. A bit too much roast. Taste is more of the same, but somehow a bit... ho-hum (most beers of this style are). I suppose I can't get that much into a beer that does no more than celebrate the ability to add a bunch of roasted hops to the brew in "extreme" quantities. Mouthfeel is decently thick. Drinkability is average for style, nothing to run to the store for.

Photo of sjccmd
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another thanks to Lerxst!

Pours nearly black, very dark brown like black coffee with a small espresso creme head that fades quickly. Leaves traces of lacing but eventually disappears entirely

Dark chocolate and coffee dominate the aroma. Dark fruits and a good amount of char. Chocolate comes out the most as it warms with just a hint of alcohol warmth.

The taste begins with dark fruits, mostly raisins and is quickly rounded off with dark roasty malts, coffee and chocolate. Subtle citrus and bitterness from hops.

Significant carbonation but on top of a full body. Finish is long and sticky.

Lots of flavor and body with little of the ABV detectable. It does feel a bit bigger than 8% from the amount of roastiness in the flavor and a pretty full body.

Photo of ksimons
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-poured into a pint glass, appears dark inky brown with a foamy chocolate head that leaves a small covering and some residue on the glass

S-roasted malt, lots of coffee

T-rich creamy malts with roasted coffee, sweet oatmeal, finishes with a roasted bitterness and alcohol warming

M-creamy, medium body, low carbonation

D-very good, a really nice take on the style

Photo of HitokiriNate85
2.3/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

2009 vintage.

A - Pours looking pretty viscous and black as expected, though there's just a tiny hint of red in the bottom corner of my La Fin Du Monde glass. Thick, dark brown head that's fading a thin cap after the first minute.

S - So, I haven't had this in over a year, and the only other time I had it was on tap. It was the first coffee beer I had and fell in love. Honestly, the coffee notes are pretty strong, but they aren't that good. Smells like burned coffee grounds. There's a hint of chocolate, but it's barely evident.

T - It's really depressing, but the taste follows the smell pretty well. The coffee here just is not well done. Old, stale, slightly burned coffee. There are some oat flavors and maybe just a hint of chocolate, but the coffee just really lingers and basically overwhelms everything else and leads to a slight tinge of coffee that warms the throat.

MF - Silky and creamy with carbonation bouncing on the back of the tongue. Best aspect of the beer.

D - I'm a coffee enthusiast and feel confident saying that coffee just flat out wasn't utilized well here. I love coffee and coffee beer, but the coffee here tastes like stale coffee that was left to sit around for a couple hours.

Photo of garuda
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark ruby brown, almost black, but only a very thin ring of tan head and a bit of lacing.

S - Good, big aromas of roasted, warm, creamed coffee. Rounds out with chocolate sweetness and a touch of booze.

T - Solid. Oatmeal up front, then transitions over to roasted, creamed coffee that lasts through the finish. Hints of sweet chocolate, hops and maple syrup. A touch of warming alcohol becomes apparent as it warms.

M - Full body, low carbonation. Very smooth, a bit oily across the palate with minimal hop presence.

D - Delicious. This made a great dessert beer, and I would definitely order this one again

Photo of jampics2
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle from a generous trader who included it as an extra. Thanks!!

Poured into my New Belgium globe. Looks great, a dark black with a small ring of white head. No real lace or head retention, and the top of the beer looks like an oil slick.

Smell is fantastic. Coffee has a great, fresh scent - not stale like so many other coffee beers. Chocolate covered walnuts, vanilla, and some great roasted malt complete an almost perfect nose.

Taste is nice, a little more bitter than I expected. But the coffee stands out as the dominant flavor and it's quite good. However, there are some other great supporting flavors here too. Oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips, vanilla mocah-chino, chocolate fudge candy.

Mouthfeel is nice, the oats add some silkiness. Carb is nice, a slight tickle. Just a touch thin, but the oats really boost up the m/f.

Drinkability was excellent as this just goes down easy and I'm already almost through the globe. I enjoyed this a ton, probably my fave Terrapin brew to date. Lucky me, I'm going to make this a Terrapin night and open a few more, but I have a feeling this will be my gold medal winner.

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

Poured from a 12 oz 2009 bottle

A - Pours a nice, thick black color with a thin tan head; no lacing to speak of

S - Heavy nose of coffee, espresso and mocha. Nice roasted malt aromas as well.

T&M - This doesn't fail to deliver in the "coffee" category. Nice java flavor with a slight balancing bitterness. Some sweetness and roasted flavors as well. Carbonation feel is higher then I would expect, but it's nice because it doesn't let the heavy flavors wear on the palette. This is full bodied but not too heavy.

D - Highly enjoyable is you dig the coffee flavors, which I do. ABV prevents this from sessionable territory, but this is a fantastic cold weather sipper.

Photo of Shumista
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade, poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaped pint glass. One of my favorite labels I've come across.

This is another one that plops into the glass more than it pours. Incredibly black with dark brown head. The aroma seems kind of closed and subdued, maybe because it was poured fairly cold. Taste is wonderful. Lots of coffee, but not overly bitter. Milk chocolate, mocha. There is a doughy quality to the malt that makes the beer taste like the fresh baked cookies on the label. Mouthfeel is slick from the oatmeal, full-bodied, and warming. I wish I could get this around here, it reminds me a lot of founders breakfast stout. Great stuff.

Photo of jrallen34
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer pours a dark black with a dark tan head. The head rises about 1 finger but is gone very quickly. Lacing is super light.

The aroma is super strong giving off a ton of very strong coffee on the front. The coffe is not bitter, pretty smooth with a light vanilla finish.

The taste is also tons of coffee, it really just dominates from start to finish. Its very bitter, not too much but close. Its a little simlistic, which is boring. If I loved coffee, maybe I'd feel different.

Feel is nice, lots of lasting flavor.

Overall, ok for a coffee beer but not my cup of tea.

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

Finally a good beer I poured into my tumbler at 45 degrees. I like this company a whole lot. This beer was just about as black as you can get. The beer was nice and rich with a great coffee hot and smooth oat sweetness. ABV is mighty high is the only thing I do not like but it did not blow flavor away.Tasty and I will certainly buy again. I wish I had one right now.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a large tan head and oilcan black with a syrupy consistency.

Aroma of pungent dark roasted coffee, chocolate, sweetness, and dark malt.

Taste of strong coffee, with a thick oatmeal like presence. There is some chocolate underneath the strong coffee flavors, and a an abundance or roasty malt flavors and black malt.

A very tasty imperial Oatmeal stout. I had thought this was higher than 8.10 percent by the thick creamy consistency the beer.

Photo of djmichaelk
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at JP Henley's in St. Augustine, FL.

A - Black beauty. No light at all, edges or otherwise. Maybe a half-inch or so of coffee-colored foam on top, which faded to a thin cap. Patchy lacing down the glass as I drink.

S - Wonderful roasty coffee, dark chocolate, maybe a bit of pumpernickel and oatmeal.

T - Plenty of coffee dominating the initial taste, which is just fine by me. Again with the dark chocolate, although not as much as in the aroma. Hints of oatmeal, a bit of earthiness that I didn't smell before. Outstanding flavor. I liked it enough that I had to order more than one, even though the bar was full of others that I wanted to try.

M - Thick and viscous, with a lingering finish. It affected the next beer that I had that afternoon.

D - Although this was rated around 8%, two 8oz pours took their toll on me. Although I absolutely loved it, I could see the coffee making it difficult to drink more than a couple of these in a sitting.

I was happy to have a chance to try this, since I don't normally see it on the west coast. And I have to say that I'm looking forward to returning to Henley's in the hopes that they still have it on tap.

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

Thanks to PaulV for sending this one to me. Been a big want for quite some time!

A: The pour into a snifter is pure blackness with a thin dark brown head.

S: The nose is not very heavy on the coffee but a nice touch of vanilla and chocolate and some smooth, cookie-like oatmeal notes.

T: Now there is the coffee! A very strong coffee flavor with some touches of roast and a bitter finish. The vanilla and chocolate which I found very pleasing in the nose are disappointingly absent.

M: A medium to full bodied beer with a fairly lively, but low level of, carbonation.

D: Maybe it's because I just haven't eaten much today, but this one hits surprisingly hard for only 8%. However, it's a very tasty beer, but I would like a little more balance in the flavor.

Photo of GregSVT
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass, acquired in a recent trade with Thorpe429.

A: Pours a dark black with a medium dark tan head that fades quickly leaving no real lacing.

S: The aroma from the bottle was lots of vanilla and cocoa with a bit of coffee but out of the glass it's all coffee in the form of roasted beans straight from the market with hints of vanilla and chocolate.

T: The taste is huge with coffee and a nice sweet vanilla flavor...very espresso like. The finish is all coffee bitterness with a tiny lingering sweetness.

M: The feel is creamy but a bit watery compared to most imperial stouts. The creamy feel really makes up for the watery feel giving it some substance or else I would have put this score a bit lower.

D: This is excellent for what it is but I would imagine the coffee flavors would really wear on me if I were to drink more than one in a sitting. Still worth a try if you like coffee in your beer.

Highly recommended.

Photo of cavedave
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another jawdropper of a beer from mrandypandy. Thanks!

Pours a darkest brown with a thin brown head that gives way to a nice skim, finally to nothing. Nice.

Smell is medium, full of rich dark roast coffee, hints of chocolate, roasty malt, tart yeast, a bit of spicy alcohol.

The taste is a marvel of balance in this big brew. It's a medium flavor, very clean, starting with the coffee, great flavor here, and skipping down the stout road holding hands with some delicious chocolate, some deep almost-burnt sugar, roasty malt, and arriving at a clean coffee bitter/earthy dry finish. Words do this no justice here, this freakin' rocks, absolutely delicious taste.

Rated for style it suffers a bit here, the mouthfeel is somewhat short of others in this style. It's a tad too low carb., even for style. It is viscous, just not quite enough, and promotes a great finish, but could do even better. It is creamy and light in the mouth.

Due to the wonderfully addictive flavor profile, creamy mouth, this is highly drinkable.

Impression: Had I the means, I would wake and bake with this stout every day. Sadly, Terrapin comes here not.

Photo of garbercury
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tprokop7 for the generous extra...Thanks Todd!!!

Cracked open this 07' version and poured into Maudite snifter...

A--Wow, TONS of carbonation, particularly for being three years old. Deep black, not much lacing.

S--Malts and barley, you can smell the oatmeal in this puppy. Little bit of chocolate and booze.

T--Really tasty beer, chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal throughout the palate, excellent flavor.

M--very carbonated on the tongue.

D--Love the flavor of this beer, great sipper on a cold rainy night. This beer is really good, I highly recommend this one.

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,320 ratings.