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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 3,412
Reviews: 1,218
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 714
Gots: 598 | FT: 50
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: rajendra82 on 02-15-2005

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

A: Black as they come w/ minimal mocha head. Splotchy lacing.

S: Pretty strong coffee, but I like it. I'm picking up oatmeal here as well which I don't normally detect. Maybe I should take Claritin-D more often. Lots of roasty goodness.

T: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. A good amount of sweetness mixed with the bitterness of the coffee. Not terribly complex, but damn tasty none the less.

M: I really love the mouthfeel of Wake N Bake. Velvety, smooth, rich.

D: Could see myself drinking a few of these in one, long evening. Alcohol is somewhat present, but not distracting.

Overall, I like this beer a lot. Is it as good as FBS? No, but it's a very good substitute for those outside Founders distribution area.

Photo of GallowsThief
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle marked Seasonal 2010 into my Duvel.

A - Black as coffee. Poured with about a one inch, creamy brown head. A sheen of lacing left on the side of the glass.

S - Oats come first on the smell with a nice coffee behind it. Has a roastiness. A very faint sweet smell.

T - Heck yes! Great coffee and dark chocolate taste. Great roasted flavor. Leaves an excellent silky, smooth sweet taste at the end. Just a touch of the alcohol. Really fantastic.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice creamy feel left behind.

D - Absolutely drinkable! Had me licking my lips after every sip. Find it, buy it, love it.

Photo of Aaron420
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Poured what could only be called an amazing black as dark as nights out in the woods. With a very fine tan almost khaki head.

S: Smells of rich Jittery Joe's Coffee with hints of chocolate and a little roasty malts.

T: Pretty similar to the smell at the beginning rich with coffee and chocolate. The alcohol is not what one would think with such a high abv. It leaves a lasting flavor of coffee in the back of the throat.

M: Medium amount of carbonation but it is just the right amount. With a thick pheel on the tounge.

D: If you could sit down and enjoy more than two of these with out getting a heavy head then you are better than I.

I look forward to this beer every year, and now even more since I no longer live in GA. Thanks to "kp" used on of mine to make a Wake-N-Moo, which is well worth trying.

Photo of infi
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of BA r0nyn.

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

A completely opaque pour with dark brown edges and thin mocha head with smothering smells of medium-roast coffee bean and VERY minimal chocolate sweetness- that's it. No malt presence whatsoever. Basically a cup of pure black coffee in a beer bottle. But that's due to the fact of its recent bottling and substantial freshness. It should get better with age with the coffee being much more tempered.

Taste is exactly how it smells. Straight up coffee with a thorough roasted profile and a squeeze or two of chocolate syrup. Thin astringency and bitterness on the back end to finish it off. Don't get me wrong: I absolutely love coffee, but the face value of "beer" is completely absent, aside from the alcohol content. Overall, it was lacking on the substantiation of flavor, but again I'll give the beer the benefit of the doubt.

Mouthfeel was particularly thin and light-bodied with a full tactile bubbly feel on the palate. No alcoholic burns though, which was nice. Drinkability is nice and probably more suitable in a dessert/breakfast context.

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

Courtesy of BA r0nyn, poured into my Corsendonk Tulip.

A: Poured pitch black with a small mocha head that retreated very fast. Lacing was very spotty and not that abundant. Looked like every other good stout out there.

S: This smell is quite an experience. Smells of extremely strong coffee that lingers LONG after the beer is gone as well! Fair share of oatmeal in there as well. This may be overbearing to others, but to me it was such a stimulating smell that catered to me.

T: Almost the same as the nose. Very strong taste of coffee. Almost hides all the other tastes of the beer. Small hint of oatmeal and malt mixed in. Very delicious, Love it a lot. No taste of alcohol as well.

M&D: Medium to Heavy bodied beer, medium carbonation and a beer that goes down very well (and easily).

Overall: Love this beer, came to me as a surprise and would def. recommend this beer to everyone.

Photo of orangesol
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint during the Mad Murren event.

A - Pours jet black with a small film of khaki colored head leaving light, tan, lacing down the glass.

S - Huge, rich, coffee punch is ever present. Tons of dark roasted aromas from the coffee and chocolate malts. The oatmeal and some sweet lactic flavor help balance this one a bit but it is still all coffee, all day.

T - Lots of rich roast up front from the coffee that remains throughout the experience. Middle has some lactic sweetness thanks to the oatmeal which helps keep things balanced as much as possible. Finish is quite strong with plenty of roast from all the dark flavors hiding inside this one. I had this once before on-tap and it was ok, this is a whole new ball game. Such a great stout for the cask serving format. One of the best I have had in a while.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Fairly heavy feel with lots of roast in the finish. Awesome beer to have on cask.

D - Pretty high. A bit one dimensional but still a very enjoyable coffee stout for a cold day. I might need to get another one...

Photo of mrmiles
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Merry Christmas BA!

This bottle courtesy of scottyshades. Thanks Scott.

A: A pitch black pour into my St. Bernardus Goblet. Almost no head. Bubbles that are present are extremely small.

S: Pretty much as advertised. Aroma is almost all roast coffee, oatmeal and hints of cocoa and malt.

T: Taste is as it smells roast coffee, oatmeal, cocoa and malt. Alcohol much more present here but not overpowering. Some mild bitterness, but it seems to be more from the coffee than anything else.

M: Heavy on the tongue. Carbonation is quite pronounced at the end of the sip.

D: Given the alcohol and the caffeine combination I don't think I'd drink more than one. But it is very tasty and pretty smooth.

Overall I like this beer a lot. It has probably the most pronounce coffee taste I've had in a beer to date. As I mentioned though I wouldn't drink many in one sitting for just that reason. All that being said, I'd gladly drink another.

Photo of r0nyn
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my DFH snifter. Split with fellow BA infi. 2010 vintage.

Pours a deep, dark oily black into the glass, with a frothy half inch head that dissipates slowly. Lacing is loose and covers the inside of the glass in sheets. Coffee, coffee and more coffee is all that's in the smell. I feel like I'm in a tiny little city bistro, inhaling directly from the coffee pot. Deep roasted coffee beans, almost as if they're freshly ground. I thought I'd smelled coffee in my beer before, but this takes the cake. I'm fully expecting an iced coffee flavor, just based on the nose alone.

And my predictions are validated as there is a ton of that Jittery Joe's coffee in the initial sip and pretty much the entire tasting experience. Hints of dark chocolate and mocha provide some complexity to the profile, but for the most part, it's roasted coffee through and through. Malts are only slightly detectable at the end and you really have to be looking for them. Bitterness is provided by the coffee and nothing else. Alcohol isn't all that detectable, even as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, with a drying finish. Has a bit of chewiness to it that was quite welcome.

Drinkability is really good. If you like coffee, then this is definitely a drink for you. I can imagine myself waking up and just having a cup of this with my morning paper and croissant. I imagine it can only get a bit more complex with some age on it, so I'll definitely be picking up another bottle of this and putting a few months on it!

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

Pitch black pour with a nice tan frothy and full head of foam. Aromas of lactose, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Complex tastes in the brew, consisting of sweet chocolate and roasted malts, roasted coffee, nutty, grainy, and earthy notes, dark overripe fruits, and a noticeable presence of alcohol. Mouthfeel is right on target with this brew, thick, creamy and full, moderate carbonation, chewy granola feel with a lasting coffee impression on the tastebuds after each sip. An excellent, well balanced brew that exceeded my expectations.

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

A wonderful Christmas Eve treat. This is the 2010 version.

A- Black as night with a weak-sauce tan head. I wish that the head stayed around longer. It was pretty. Decent lacing though

S- Coffee and dark chocolate

T- Cold black coffee, dark chocolate, some dark fruit, alcohol.

M- A strange combination of creamy and peppery. Hmm.

D- Quite.

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

Purchased a 4/pk at Wegman's in Warrington, PA.
Purchase Price: $9.99/4pk
Enjoying on Christmas Eve from a Dogfish Head Signature Glass

A - Very dark, almost totally opaque blackish/dark brown color. Little to no head upon pouring. Leaves a frothy, beige colored ring around the edge of the glass. A small bit of lacing on the glass during the tasting.

S - Wow..overwhelming smell of coffee. Really overwhelmes any other smell but a faint sweetness is also coming through. My fiance commented that she could smell the coffee from 5-10 feet away. Potant!

T - Fantastic taste! Great combination of flavors predominately dominated by burnt coffee, chocolate and a well balanced hoppy sweetness. I'm really enjoying this as it warms up a bit. A coffee biterness lingers after each taste. The 8+ ABV is not noticable at all.

M - Nice amount of carbonation. A thicker mouthfeel but being a stout this is to be expected.

D - A top-notch stout. I realy enjoyed this beer but again a one or two type beer. No where near a sessionable beer but a beer to sit and enjoy and savor.

Overall - Highly recommended! Having never heard of this beer I was pleasantly rewarded with a stout that I will seek out in the future.


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

Review from notes taken on 12/18/10. On the hand pump at Al's of Hampden during one of the "murren" events.

Served in a nonic, this brew appears black with a finger of dark tan creamy head that holds strong inside the glass and produces some spotty lace as it slowly fades and sips are taken.

The aroma of this brew is coffee and citrus hops with a dark grainy, roasty and almost smoky accent. A chocolate flavor imparts a sweetness that is almost milky.

The taste of this brew is bitter dark roasted grains with citrus hops and a pungent fruity alcohol character. Bitter roasted grains fill out most of the profile along with coffee that lasts inside the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is super smooth and very enjoyable. I have enjoyed this brew many times before from a bottle and on tap and have to tip my hat to the cask delivery for this one. The cask version of this beer absolutely is amazing and on a whole new level than bottle.

Photo of tchenery
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very rich and dark in body with a very thin chocolate milk color on the head. Head seems to be lacing.

Smells very coffee bitter. It has that coffeehouse/espresso smell to it that brings dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, ovaltine powder, and tobacco.

Delicious beer. It tastes like breakfast. If they made chocolate oatmeal and you had it with coffee, this would be it. Very smooth and full like chocolate milk with a bitter aftertaste that is somewhat dry and sweet like dark chocolate.

Excellent smooth mouthfeel. It's a very full and chewy beer.

It's 35 degrees outside and this beer is just about perfect right now. It's completely drinkable for what it is. It's by all means a sipper. I wouldn't mind dropping some ice cream in it.

Photo of DNICE555
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Jet black body with a brown head. The head and lacing could have been a little bigger but not bad.

S- Very strong coffee and some chocolate.

T- Quality coffee and some chocolate in the backround.

M- Coffee is very strong and yet it still tastes balanced and not overwhelming.

D- First one from this brewery and I am impressed. If I'm looking for a thick chewy coffee stout I'd grab this one again.

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

On cask, via hand pump, @ Al's of Hampden (Enola, PA) on 12/18/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a pitch black in the glass, with a finger of frothy dark mocha head. This retains creamy foaminess that skims the surface and drenches the sides of the glass with heavy and rich looking lacing. The aroma is just coffee in its purest form. Sharp, roasty, bitter, green, and earthy, this is what you look for in a beer like this. Chocolate and oats give this some sweetness in the back but man, the coffee flavor is just eye-opening here.

The coffee character matches the aroma and is intensified by the cask, being burnt, acrid, roasty, dry, and just overall flavorful here with a green and earthy edge to it. A sticky mix of chocolate and caramel drench the back of the palate, as does some creamy sweetness from the oatmeal. This finishes unbelievably burnt and dry, with a satisfying parching nature it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness on top but there is a bubbly and creamy feel to this underneath that keeps this extremely easy. There is some light warmth that comes out of the body but the oats and cask do wonders smoothing this out.

Wow, I was gob smacked to find this on cask at Al's, as I believe that Wake-N-Bake is hard to find served that way even in the South. The coffee character was just off the chain from the beer engine and it's hard to think of another beer that has such unadulterated and unleashed java flavors as this does. This smoothness and easy drinking of nature of this on cask was just the icing on the cake. This was fantastic.

Photo of ztaylor1
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- dark brown almost black with tan head with decent lacing. The head settles to a nice film.

Smell- jesus christ that's coffee. Slightly overpowering. Faint hint of ripe fruit and roasted malt.

Taste- coffee taste is more dialed back than the nose. Malts are sweet, dark, and toasted. Dried fruits take more of a foothold at the finish

Mouthfeel- medium body with a creamy finish. The carbonation prickles the palate just slightly.

Drinkability- too powerful for me to have too many of. Id love this after a big dinner though.

Photo of jsh420
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours motor oil black with a 1/2 finger dark tan head that left some spotted lacing

smells of strong coffee and a little chocolate/vanilla

taste - WOW can i give this beer a 6 - by far the best coffee stout i have ever had - sorry founders sorry peche mortel -dark roasted coffee not too bitter and not too sweet - i dont know what makes this soo good maybe its the mix of coffee with oatmeal but WOW

mouthfeel is a thick full body stout just like the best are with good carbonation very smooth and creamy

drinkability even though there is no way i could drink another right after finishing this one how could i not give this a 5 - this is one of those moments that you are glad you took the plunge into craft beer

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

poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.

pours pitch black with small head that quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing.

oatmeal and dark roasted coffee dominate the nose heavily. maybe a touch too much coffee? there is no denying this is a coffeel stout. faint bits of bitter chocolate in the background try to poke through.
roasted grains and coffee rule the taste as well.

very viscous yet not really thick feeling... ok drinkability: the super roasty-ness starts to wear you down after a while.

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

12 oz bottle into Unibroue snifter

A: dark brown/black with thin, minimal khaki colored head.

S: dark roast coffee, tobacco, faint dark chocolate. I think it was the tobacco that was a little off-putting for me.

T: strong robust coffee flavor with dark malt backbone. Coffee up front. Soft chocholate in the middle and burnt bread and oatmeal finish. Coffee aftertaste - pleasant, not bitter.

M: Medium to full bodied. Not a thick as I was anticipating, but still very good.

D: because of the stong coffee presence this is a one and done for me....then again, I can't usually handle more than one cup of coffee either. Very enjoyable and a treat all by itself, but not a contender for multiples in an evening.

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

A handpull at Al's during Mad Murren day.

A: The coffee stout is pitch black, supported by a finger of tan head. A fine looking stout.

S: The nose is heavy on the coffee, a java oasis amidst the burnt malts. Oatmeal lends creaminess, a sweet lactic flavor that goes well with the coffee.

T: More coffee goodness from the first sip. The rich java flavor is sweet and nicely melds with the malt body. A lactic sweetness, thanks in part to the oatmeal, provides an au lait aspect to the beer. The coffee, though, seems to be amped out in this cask. The warming bitterness is mildly acrid with a sweet chocolatey taste. Every time I have tis beer, I'm reminded of badly I wanted to try it and how excited I was when it arrived.

M: The mouthfeel is lush with chocolate, coffee and oatmeal all popping up. The oatmeal calms, soothing the fuller dark flavors. On cask, the ale is wonderful.

D: The stout is big, a warming brew that requires some patience. But oh man it goes down nicely.

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

12oz bottle poured into snifter glass.

Pours a shrouded black with a coffee colored head. Fades slowly into wispy film and a bubbly curtain around the glass. Spots of patchy lacing ring the glass.

This literally smells like fresh brewed coffee, which is really pleasant, combined with roasted oats and a hint of chocolate.

A nice dose of roasted malts and coffee up front, giving way to some semisweet chocolate. Espresso, toffee and a bit of mocha combine with the coffee flavors for a richer profile. A few notes of caramel are also apparent. Finishes with some light hop bitterness and a very faint touch of warmth.

Fuller medium body, higher carbonation, a little sticky and chewy. Drinks really well, the alcohol is barely noticeable and the coffee flavors are on point. It's no FBS, but a very tasty coffee stout for sure.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review 250!

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours jet black with a half finger brown head. Would have liked to see a bigger head, and I poured this very aggressively. A little disappointing in that regard, but the lacing is excellent.

S- awesomely strong coffee. Hints of chocolate in there too. Fantastic

T- bitter coffee and chocolate. The coffee is the prominent flavor, and let me tell you this: they really used a good blend with this beer. This isn't a $3/pound coffee, this is some quality java.

M- thick. Chewy. Viscous. Call it what you want, its motor oil. And it is AWESOME

D- this is completely awesome. Terrapin's winter seasonals are hitting it out of the park lately. I've got a new favorite

Photo of babaracas
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Terrapin "W-n-B" pours an almost opaque really-dark-brown / black with thin insta-fade brown head, zero lacing. Smell: medium roast coffee, mild acidity, nice but not super robust. Beneath are some greenish earthy hops and molasses. Taste: medium roast coffee with cream, mixed with some sweet caramel + molasses-y combo, mild earthy hopping. Mouthfeel: medium bodied with very mild carbonation. Enjoyable but not the most coffee flavor or particularly involved stout.

Photo of scottyshades
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


A: Pours a pitch black color with a dark brown head. Retention is good despite the ABV. Really awesome looking beer

S: Wow, tons and tons of coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dark malts, and a healthy dose of blackstrap molasses. Finally, a nice sturdy hop bill; citrus, earthiness, and seemingly bitterness

T: This is an American Peche Mortel...tons and tons of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, blackstrap, and a nice balance of bitter/citrusy hops. Really nicely balanced, and very robust. Interested to see how this ages. Also notes of lactose, oatmeal, and heavy roastiness.

MF/D: Interesting mouthfeel...coffee makes it a little rough, but the oatmeal makes it velvety, so I guess its right in between. Finish is of coffee and bittersweet chocolate

Notes: Finally managed to find a 4-pack of this elusive bastard. Also found on the growler station in the Greenville area. Very impressed with this beer. Very similar to Peche Mortel, but maybe a little more balance in Terrapin's

Photo of CheckmateBrew
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very nice dark, shall I say black with a small head.

S - You gotta love coffee to really enjoy this brew. Coffee almost overpowers the other smells on this one

T - Rich and complex, more here than just the coffee, hops, malt come thru as well

M - for a stout it is very good

D - The coffee puts this one a little over the top and in the end makes this more of a glad I tried it, but there are better stouts out there for me.

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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