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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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2,990 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,990
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 669
Gots: 463 | FT: 37
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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:
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(Beer added by: rajendra82 on 02-15-2005)
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black in color and head is orange looking. It pours oily and head is reluctant to arrive to the party. Lacing is minimal, but present. This beer's color makes it nontransparent.

S- Dark chocolate, Roasted and Burnt malts, strong coffee aroma, and lightly hoppy.

T- Very close to the nose. Coffee, cocoa, same malts. Taste is somewhat creamy too like a chocolate milk shake.

M- Medium to full in the mouth and creamy. Carbonation is soft and the finish is lightly alcoholic.

D- Very nice for a stand alone drink. I don't think I could handle more than 2 of these bad boys in a night.

Overall- I love this beer especially on a cold night like tonight. It is well rounded; in your face in some aspects, but smooth in others. Very enjoyable! I am glad to live in this area and have access to this tremendous brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 00:53:52 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


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

Appearance - pours with quite a bit of foam-up. A dark mocha cap covers a midnight black beer. Rising above the top of the glass, it's a little jiggly like jello. It melts down pretty quick, letting me add the rest of the bottle without much delay.

Aroma - earthy roasted malts, burnt coffee beans. Intense stuff at first, then fades to a lighter but quite full aroma. Some chocolate and booziness come out with warming.

Taste - intense roasted malt, some char but not too much. Sweetness plays out in front of the grains. There is a peculiar flavor in there, a very green, cut grass flavor, kind of like a jalapeno pepper. The coffee flavor is there but doesn't taste particularly inspiring, Given, the beer is close to a year old, so perhaps some of the coffee freshness is gone. The swallow is an improvement, some abv warming and flavor to mix with roasted flavor and coffee. Finishes well, roasty and rich. Good stuff, probably better when fresh.

Mouthfeel - too carbonated. A sip is hard to taste at first, it's like Pop-Rocks in my mouth. I stirred the beer a few times, getting two to three fingers of foam to spring up. Releasing those extra bubbles allows the smoothness to come through, a fine asset that really improves things.

Drinkability - tasty, definitely gets better as it warms up. I should try a fresher bottle, I'd certainly have this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 04:01:35 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great coffee smell as you open the bottle. Pours out black with a small amount of a light brown head that doesn't stick around very long. Thick and creamy in the mouth and goes down extrememly smooth. No hint whatsoever of the 8% ABV and you could easily put down a few before the alcohol starts catching up with you.

poured from 12oz bottle purchased at Green's on Buford Highway

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 01:34:19 | More by shuajw
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New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to ncvbc for this stuff!
vintage '08 12 oz. bottle> Postel chalice glass

This one is totally black, opaque for sure that starts out with a very light and lively looking head with a nice dark brown color...but it's dissipating really fast, perhaps the chalice glass wasn't the best glass for this brew because it's totally gone within seconds. Maybe the wideness spread the brew a bit thin, but most big stouts show-off nicely in this glass.

The nose is pretty aromatic, but it lacks balance...it's all coffee, black coffee, i like it when it's included in the aroma but I don't want it to be all of the aroma.

This is like drinking chocolate covered coffee beans on top of Quaker Oats Oatmeal...but with a big cup of black coffee. The coffee still dominates here but the flavor has a bit more balance, not good balance but it's there. There is a mild, herbal; and bitter, dried-hop flavor way down to add more balance. I think this brew is a bit "green" and would age well, the malt would mature a bit to round out the balance. It'a a very hardy, herbal, coffee-bean bitter and smokey finish.

Full bodied, not wicked heavy, but nicley smooth eventhough the head is gone.

This is pretty good stuff, it's going to find the rest of my stash in the cellar for at least 10 months. allows this one to warm up a bit before tasting!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 21:26:57 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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New York

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Spuyten duyvil last night as part of their popular "Big Woody" event....Pours black and beautiful, dark tan minor head that leaves some sticky lacing. Nose is the expected coffee, burnt grains train wreck jam. Big and bold. Oily, smoky, woody, smooth, over the top. Notes of coffee, of course, then chocolate, smoky meats. Wish I could have one or two of these to start the day, but I doubt I get much done after that! Well crafted, a must try for dark and sludgy beer lovers everywhere.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2008 23:16:46 | More by Billolick
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to deepsouth for this one.

a: Pitch black body. thick tan head, a web of lacing.

s: Sweet roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.

t: Rich malt, very rich. Chocolate is in there, but coffee dominates this beer. If you aren't a fan of thick, black, dark roast coffee, steer clear of this one. The bitter coffee finish provides nice balance.

m: Great texture. Smooth, thick, creamy, velvety.

d: Pleasantly surprised. Loads of coffee and great velvety mouthfeel define this beer. Great drinkability, especially for the style. One of the better coffee beers I have had.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 18:17:56 | More by BradLikesBrew
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - 12 oz bottle, recieved in week 2 powerball BiF. THANK YOU!!!

A - Pours black, period. Head is a healthy 2 finger and a half of chocolate foam, then reduced to a patchy surface on the beer. very nice.

S - coffee hits first and hard, slight dark chocolate, anise, good roast to it, very fresh smelling (coffee wise) like I'm in a coffee shop and theyre roasting the coffee right there. no alcohol detected. totally dig it.

T - coffee, molasses, chocolate, slighty fruity twang, slight nuttiness in there as well. man thats good. bitter and sweet very well balanced. not a hint of alcohol.

M - creamy, viscous, slick finish that lingers just enough.

D - first of all, I could smell this all damn day. second of all, there is no fatigue. I am finding new things to enjoy about it with every drink. damn fine ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 07:54:45 | More by rsyberg01
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from MSchae1017 in a trade. Thank You!

P: 12 oz Brown Longneck Bottle, Best if enjoyed before: Vintaged 8FX, ABV 8.1%.

A: Pours a thick coal black with a finger of dark chocolate milk foam that rose near the end of the pour then quickly settled to a scant cover and ring and minimal lacing.

S: Dark roasted coffee, and grains, chocolate and coffee alcohol fumes.

T: At first a rush of bittersweet coffee then sweat creamy chocolate and nice and mellow roasted grains.

M: Thick to the mouth with a very nice mixture of flavors of coffee, grains, chocolate and slight sweetness that really cuts any bitterness at the finish. Great aftertaste to savor on the tongue and palate. Only until the beer has really warmed to room temp does the bi alcohol come out in the taste.

D: Heck yea I would like another to sip, savor and enjoy! Careful as the alcohol as it is really well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 20:54:15 | More by NitroGen
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3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a dark viscous black into a goblet. No head formation and very little lacing

S - Big coffee and chocolate smell..a little boozy

T - Much like the taste..extremely big coffee tastes with bitter chocolate..and a very small hop profile even for this type of drink..not much to balance this out. A little boozy at the end

M - Very thick and viscous..the oatmeal gives it a huge body and it coats the mouth almost like syrup

D - Overall it would be good for a cold night but I didn't particularly find this overly enjoyable and with the higher ABV you certainly wouldn't want to have more than one or so

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 16:36:45 | More by meechum
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$10 for a 4 pack in Georgia. Pours a very dark, dark brownish/black with a redish/brown head. No lacing throughout the drink. Smell is mostly coffee with a tiny bit of chocolate, very appeasing. Taste is smooth, almost like drinking cold coffee with a little alcohol at the end. Mouthfeel is good and it's very drinkable but watch out as the 8.1% sneaks up on you by the end.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 03:05:01 | More by Bavaria1516
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted with 5 other Imperial stouts. Pours black with small brown head. The aroma is dominated by bitter coffee notes. The flavor is sweet with chocolate and caramel but it is the coffee that is most obvious. Moderate bitterness in the finish and the body seemed a bit light. This was enjoyed and if not for the quality of the other beers would of stood out as quite special.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 21:30:11 | More by jobyone
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4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Mikesgroove for this brew packaged in my Black Booty Booty. Mike's beer knowledge far surpasses mine. More than 1 of the brews he sent, I was clueless about or didn't realize how great a brew it was. This is one of these. I'd wanted to try the "Wake-n-Bake" and didn't realize this is the one until I went to review the second bottle he sent me(this one). I've had other Terrapin brews and enjoy them just as much as this one. Again, Thanks a bunch, Mike.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a Tulip. Vintage '08 cleared marked.

A: Warning: Anyone about to review this beer, be advised that the head is a slow volcano. This is the second time I've had this and both times I had to suck the head up before it overflowed. Even an average pour will surprise you. With that being said: Pours a straight black with no visibility and a moderate viscosity. Like I said, the head erupts and remains tight but eventually dies to a thin skim. Patching lacks a bit.

S: Brilliant sweet and bitter coffee, borderline espresso. Just a hint of coffee and rolled oats. These flavors dominate and I wouldn't have it any other way.

T/M: Same as the nose. Delicious coffee and sweet and bitter chocolate. Just a touch of oatmeal in the back adds an amazing depth to everything. Hops level are moderate yet it adds a fresh crispness to everything. Body surprisingly isn't full out but has a nice smoothness to it that is quite rare. Actually might be just a tad thin, but certainly not too thin. Carbonation doesn't get in the way but will still rebuild a strong head with a healthy swirl in the tulip.

D: Very easy to drink. Very rare to find an imp/RIS stout that drinks this easy. I very much wish I could have this brew on hand at all times. Just as good as Founders Breakfast Stout, yet easy to come by(trade for me) and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 04:38:39 | More by pwoods
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Looks like motor oil coming out. Almost no head to speak of. Smell is what else? Coffee and lots of it. Roasted malts in there as well.

Taste is very well balanced between the respective coffee and beer aspects.

Overall, a great beer by Terrapin.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 03:00:42 | More by jdubjacket
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3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as tar with a light brown head that lasts. Very little lacing.

Lots of coffee, but that's to be expected. There's also a bit of chocolate and alcohol going on as well.

Initially very sweet, I'd swear there was chocolate in this one. The coffee plays a role, but doesn't come out as strong as other I've had in this genre. There's a lot of alcohol in the taste as well, though, and a slightly plastic-like aftertaste.

Feels like silk. Low carbonation, sticks really well all over your mouth. Wonderful.

The only cons to this beer is the slight alcohol taste and aroma and the kinda weird aftertaste. Bot are forgivable, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 21:59:05 | More by bboven
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3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Inky black in color. Big dark head composed of surprisingly large bubbles. These large bubbles don't leave much lace however.

Extremely roasty aroma of espresso and semibitter chocolate.

Flavor is mainly coffee with some sweet chocolate and subdued dark fruitiness. There's an unpleasant metallic chalky bitter note here that's pretty distracting.

Mouthfeel is a bit high on carbonation and a bit low on body.

Drinkability suffers from the out-of-place chalkiness and the thin body.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 20:56:02 | More by illidurit
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4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer became one of my favorite after having on tap at a Taco Mac in Atlanta in 2006. The beer pours up dark and chocolate colored. It finished with a sticky brown caramel colored head. The smell of coffee jumps off the glass but it is not overwelming. It tastes outstanding. Hints of Chocolate,Coffee,and some roasted notes as well. This is an exceptional offering and my favorite of the Terrapin Family!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 03:54:19 | More by Auburnbean33
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: This is almost black, a very dark ruby red. It pours with a huge dark brown head that lasts.

s: Roasty aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of molasses.

t: This is abit milder than I expected, but still quite good. A warming alcohol and coffee taste blend well with a bit of dark chocolate.

m: Thick, luscious, and creamy. Absolutely perfect.

d: Thanks to JDV for this one. It's unfair I suppose, but comparisons to Breakfast Stout are inevitable. This one doesn't measure up it is damn tasty none the less.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 18:48:57 | More by DIM
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4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ncvbc for the trade. Vintage 08 on the bottle.

Pours dark with some red highlights. About an inch of chocolate colored foam quickly forms and almost as quickly settles back to the glass.

Aroma is mostly coffee, dark roasted coffee with oats. Chocolate and roasted malts in the background along with some warm milk aroma, cocoa, and a bit of oak and vanilla. The smell is really appetizing; I’m picturing a cup of coffee with frosted flakes.

The coffee taste is just a tad sweeter than expected from the heavily roasted aroma, very good though. Coffee is at the forefront with some chocolate, roasted malts, maybe a bit of dark fruits, and malted milk. A bit of chocolate covered cherries in the finish which I’m thinking it comes from the alcohol.

Excellent amount of carbonation, and not too thick either.

I wouldn’t mind one bit getting a few more of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 06:15:21 | More by seaoflament
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3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle thrown in as an extra by Metallitone1, thanks! Solid black with a brown head that was large and persistent. Smell is straight coffee grounds and not much else. The taste starts out coffee, then fruity and then a strong coffee finish. Tasty stuff but I'd prefer 6oz to 12.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 02:26:51 | More by ArrogantB
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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Pours a thick pitch black with a small brown head. No retention, no lace.

S: Black coffee hits the nose first, some sweet hints, some cream and roasted malt.

T: A little sweet and slightly fruity up front, finishes in a sweetish coffee and roasted malt. Some hints of alcohol mixed in that goes well. Some warming on the way down.

M/D: Little carbonation, a full, silky slick, slightly creamy body. Drinkability is good on this one. The 8.10% is noticeable, but in a good way. I could see waking up on a cold morning and having one of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 01:34:36 | More by NCSUdo
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beast into a pint glass, pours a motor oil slick black with a seriouls carmel colored head that stays the entire drink and leaves some thick fat lace on the glass. Smell is of you guessed it strong coffee and dark chocolate, i also smell a bit of bitter thrown in there as well. Taste is smooth and silky it has that chocolate coffee bitter taste with that is meant to be sipped, this beer even gets better as it warms up, simply amazing. I am so happy that we are finally getting Terrapin in S. Florida, I would of never thought we would get their fine seasonals down here, simply amazing stuff one of the best stouts I have ever drank.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 23:43:40 | More by gunnerman
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am enjoying this beer after the first day of my last semester of law school. I picked these up on a recent trip to Nashville.

The beer no longer has the monster beer tour label around the neck. I thought that looked pretty good.

The beer poured into my De Garre snifter as balck and thick as anything I have ever seen before. The beer left about a centimeter tall dark mocha head.

This beer smells more like coffee than coffee. It is like sniffing a bag of freshly ground french roast. Awesome. There may be a bit of dark chocolate in there as well, but the coffee is by far the most predominant aroma.

In the taste is where more flavour and complexity arive. The coffee taste is massive, but there is a nice dose of chocolate and a wee bit of roast. A hint of bitterness in the finish and not a trace of alcohol hotness.

A very creamy beer, low carbonation. Nice.

If you dont like coffee, I dont know how you could like this beer. To me, it is not overpowering, but I could see how others would think so. The drinkability suffers a little because of this powerful flavor, but not too much. This is on amazing and unique stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 23:54:38 | More by IPAcraig
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District of Columbia

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

Picked up a 4-pack at a Whole Foods for $9.99

Since I've been drinking a lot of Founder's Breakfast Stout lately comparisons to that for this beer will be inevitable. Overall, I enjoyed this beer especially at the cheaper price than BS, but I would still rather drink BS to this. Anyways...

A: It pours out of the bottle like a thick syrup and is a rich, dark, opaque black liquid with a very dark, dense, thick tan head. Unfortunately, head has little retention and quickly dissipates and leaves very little lacing.
S: Not as rich or strong as BS. Roasted coffee and malt aromas and an unexpected hint of some citrus flavors hiding in there. Alcohol is peeking through too.
T: The coffee and oatmeal flavors are both very bold and to a much lesser extent some dark chocolate. Not as complex or balanced as BS. Alcohol also makes an appearance in the finish along with a mild sweetness.
M: Very light carbonation and very smooth, silky taste. There is something weird going on for me as at first this feels very thick and robust but at same time I'm left with a watery sensation. Finish leaves an odd slightly bitter, coffee, dry aftertaste. I think the minimal carbonation is what is really throwing me off here.
D: I really wanted to like this more than I did. It's a very good beer, with plenty of bold flavors as the name suggests but overall there's just something missing for me. As a cheaper alternative to Founder's Breakfast Stout this is great, however, I would still just rather drink that. Definitely worth a try if you like coffee and certainly a unique beer itself.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 19:40:20 | More by yourefragile
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to JoshWow for the trade on this.

It pours a deep brown with a very thin swirl of head that dissipated quite quickly. The nose is packed with the coffee aroma. It smells like I have a cup of espresso at my nose. There is also some bittersweet chocolate coming to the nose as the beer warms as well as some burnt brown sugar smell. The taste of coffee is very dominate on the palate and almost overwhelms everything, but it isn't just the flavor regular coffee. It is like if you mixed a cup of espresso with a shot of regular coffee and melted some sweet chocolate and finally some toasted malt. This is really nice. The mouthfeel is very smooth from the oatmeal flakes in the brewing process. Slight alcohol warmth to this with medium carbonation. You need to be in the mood to drink this, but when you are it is a real treat to drink. This is my idea of a beer that would go well with breakfast. This was a really nice sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 21:21:05 | More by TheodorHerzl
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4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer when you’re in the mood for it. It is not as well balanced in some areas, but if that’s what you’re looking for it makes out for a great beer. The dark tan and chocolate color pour lets you know what you’re in for. The fresh coffee smell comes out well in the nose. The first few drinks give you’re mouth a shock before you get used to the full taste. The coffee is a bit over powering at first but calms down later in the beer. There is notes of dark chocolate but it as well as the toasted malt flavor are somewhat masked by the powerful coffee. I think this beer would be great with a few years on it as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 01:32:12 | More by RoBotGod
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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