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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 3,308
Reviews: 1,202
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 716
Gots: 555 | FT: 46
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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 Seanibus
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a couple of disappointing experiences with Terrapin brews, I had been cautiously reconsidering my early enthusiasm for them. But this beer restores my faith.

Pours deep, inky, oily black with a slow developing off color head that falls quickly. The aroma is powerful and laden with coffee, like excellent, fresh ground French Roast. The flavor carries this through, with a strong coffee tastes, rich and roasted and pleasantly oily. What's remarkable is how fresh this tastes, just like a big pile of freshly ground coffee on a cold morning. Everything in the flavor goes to supporting this coffee backbone and it pays off. The finish, however, is surprisingly delicate and the powerful coffee punch does not wind up being cloying or overwhelming.

The mouthfeel shows the oatmeal, with a strong, smooth, rich, unctuous flow over the tongue and a tiny prickle of carbonation at the back. It finishes remarkably dry and pleasantly bitter, like a good cup of thick black coffee.

Considering the strong flavor and powerful alcohol (which is nicely hidden in the flavor) this is a remarkably drinkable beer.

Photo of Lerxst
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark brown with a big two finger mocha head that hung around for a while and left some nice lacing. Looks really good.

S-You can certainly tell its a coffee stout from the nose. Huge coffee aroma with traces of malt.

T-Strong coffee flavor with a bit of chocolate and dark roasted malt.

M-A bit thin for the style with more of a harsh carb bite than I typically find in a stout. Overall, the mouthfeel is very, very average.

D-Its good, no doubt. But the strong coffee taste and nose makes one the limit for me.

Photo of PDXHops
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint.

Oily, almost black body capped with a half finger of brown head that soon reduces to a skim. Surprisingly, some pretty decent lacing is left.

The nose is quite powerful, full of fresh ground coffee and dark malts. Tastes more complex than advertised. Coffee hits the palate right away, but is quickly joined by substantial dark roasted malt, berry fruitiness, and a touch of bitterness at the finish. Mild chocolate notes here and there. Big roasty flavors throughout. Nice smooth, thick mouthfeel, with lingering coffee and cream.

Overall impression: Probably my favorite coffee stout I've had so far. Good stuff.

Photo of rye726
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black with a thin tan head. Nose has coffee, oats, cocoa, molasses, bitter hops and dark roasty malts. Taste has espresso, chocolate, black malts, floal hops and molasses. Creamy body is well carbonated. Great coffee stout from Terrapin. Should age well.

Photo of DousedInStout
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a glorious surprise. Pours near black with a fluffy tan head that retreats to lingering lacing. The nose is strongly of coffee, with some fruity (dark cherry) esters. The taste is impressive and spot on. It starts off with deep, dark chocolate notes. The mid-palate is of rich espresso, and the aftertaste is a of subtle fruit (cherry, red grapes, and pomegranite). One of the most impressive aspects to this beer is the body and mouthfeel. It is extremely full and silky - and the most similar to Portsmouth's Kate the Great I've had. To top it off, the drinkability is exceptional for this style, and there is practically no presence of alcohol.

Photo of thain709
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep, dark black body...the head stood about a finger tall and was brown in color...it fell rather quickly and settled into a thin film...some lacing

S - This smells like a cup of cold coffee...straight forward with coffee grounds and an underlying sweetness

T - The coffee flavor in this beer is awesome...it dominates from start to finish and I love it...that deep flavor of a black cup of coffee is great...there are some heavily roasted malts present in the middle of the beer which add some extra flavor...I could actually pick up the oats at the end of the beer...they paired nicely with bitterness of the coffee beans and actually combined for a bitter yet smooth finish

M - Thick bodied...creamy, smooth, bitter

D - This is a very nice coffee stout as the coffee dominates from start to finish...it's not as rich as Founder's Breakfast Stout but I would love to have this one around and could have two or three and not even notice the 8%

Photo of ugaterrapin
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a light sucking crude oil beckoning black. There was surprisingly about two fingers of deep tan head that lasted longer than a bad hangover. Strong smell of coffee grinds and roasted malts. Strong taste of coffee grinds and roasted malts. As the past two sentences insinuated there was no surprise when I had my first sip. The mouthfeel is not quite as heavy as I would have suspected which is great. Alcohol presense is masked fairly well. It is slightly noticable on the back of the throat (that's what she said). Overall it tastes like a extremely delicious cup of joe but in beer form which makes it even better. I had one last year and for some reasons this year's batch seems a little more drinkable.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 09 vintage.

A: Black body with a brown head that recedes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

S: Completely dominated by coffee. Roasted malts are just barely detectable.

T: Pretty much the same as the smell. A bunch of coffee, not a whole lot of stout.

M: Smooth from the oats, slightly astringent from the coffee.

D: I'm generally a fan of coffee stouts. This isn't quite in the league of FBS, but it's pretty well done and incredibly easy to put down.

Photo of obywan59
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 09

12 oz. bottle with green terrapin in a chef's hat standing by a griddle making scones or really thick pancakes. A steaming pot of coffee at his left side, a spatula in his left hand, and a foaming glass of beer in his right.

Pours thickly into the bottom of my Guiness Porter Pint Glass. Color is dark brown on the pour, but totally black in the glass. 2 finger chocately head that slowly rises and then recedes, also rather slowly, leaving slight lacing on the glass.

Smells of coffee, with aromas of sweetness as well. I've never smelled a beer like this before.

More coffee on the tongue, with the bitterness of dark chocolate. Probably the most burnt beer I've ever tasted, certainly as far as the beers I've reviewed. After my first beer, I'd have called this dry, but I think the bitterness of the burnt malt was just too overpowering at first. But then, after acclimating to it, I noticed substantially more sweetness while drinking the second beer. Slight bite from the alcohol, but well hidden by the creaminess.

Rather heavy in the mouth, but nicely so, call it moderately thick. Very smooth and creamy from the oats.

For me it was less drinkable at first, becoming much easier as time went on.

Overall, overcoming my initial trepidations, I'd have to say, in the end, this is a great beer. Everything came together after I got past the bitter burnt malt surprise. 8.1% ABV is felt more than tasted.

Photo of kels
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm...this beer just looks delicious. Pours dark-chocolate brown, completely opaque. The initial 2 finger milk-chocolate brown head fades to a bubbly, chocolate milk thick skim with foamy swathes of lacing along the glass walls.

Definitely a coffee beer. The dryness and very dark roastiness of the beans is the primary aroma in this beer. There's a slight caramel sweetness underlying its strength. It smells chewy.

This is one hell of a delicious beer. There's a great dry, roasted rich coffee flavor that dominates the taste. A shot of cream smooths out the coffee bitterness, and the oatmeal adds a thick and weighty dimension to the taste and the mouthfeel. It is a hearty, full and tasty beer. The carbonation is moderate to strong, and the alcohol vapors hang on the palate well after the beer is gone.

Drinkability is ridiculously high. The beer is very full of flavor and the alcohol isn't overpowering at all. Definitely lives up to the "wake and bake" former name. As much as I'd like to start my day with a few of these, I think I'd be soon unemployed. Again, much like the former name.

Photo of sarahspat
3.08/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at the brewery on 12-16-09. (BTW, why aren't beerfly reviews of this place allowed? It's totez a bar... with "free" beer, and $10 glasses. I love you, Terrapin!)

A very, very strong burnt coffee smell completely dominates the nose. I'm talkin' 5 day old, stale gas station coffee, mixed with dirt. Something very earthy about this beer. Definitely not the best impy stout I've smelled. Notes of vanilla and dark chocolate assert themselves in the background.

The taste is pretty much the same, but for some reason the coffee is not quite as offensive to my tongue as it is to my nose. But, again, burnt coffee is dominant.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy-thick.

Overall, I'd have to say I liked it at first, but as it went on it got increasingly difficult to drink it. It seemed like the flavors that came through after warming were just more offensive versions of the composted coffee grounds, and the smell was by far the worst part.

I still love this brewery... but this beer is not for me.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out thick and dark brown, settling out black with a small, but long-lived brown head.

S: Lots of vanilla at first, followed chocolate maltyness and a bit of coffee. The more whiffs I take, the more the coffee becomes the dominant smell.

T: Dark chocolate and coffee. Loads of black, roasted malts and bitterness that linger for a long finish. I definitely notice similarities in the coffee and lactose flavors with this beer and the Depth Charge.

M: Smooth. Good thick mouthfeel with fine carbonation.

I'd like it just a little sweeter, but they did a good job of packing in the coffee flavors and bulking things up with oats. Very good. Will be out for more.

Edit: have really been enjoying and had to bump up score a bit. Have come to prefer this to FBS.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before vintage 08, wondering why this was just put on the shelves. Poured a solid black with no head whatsoever. Full of coffee and oats on the nose, some dry chocolate. Taste is big on coffee and roasty malts. Very dark and toasty. A little thin on the tongue, with a bite from the alcohol. Taste reminds me of Peche Mortel. Very drinkable oatmeal stout.

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

On tap at UJ's on the Manatawny today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is nice enough, with coffee, chocolate and a touch of cola. Flavors replicate the nose on this easy to drink and appreciate oatmeal stout. Also, I like how this beer starts out initially with some moderate sweetness, but finishes with a smooth, dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is pretty good. Alcohol is barely noticeable in this easy going stout.

Nothing special here, but a nice enough beer. Good stuff.

Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC on 11/27/09.

A - Appeared virtually black in the glass with deep ruby hues around the edges and a creamy tan head that settled to a thin patch that skimmed along top.

S - Really fresh, authentic coffee aroma with a pleasant chocolate sweetness. Sweet vanilla notes and roasted malt round out the aroma.

T - Mmmm... fresh roasted coffee with hints of vanilla and chocolate. This is a very coffee-forward beer with plenty of malty goodness and a hint of chocolate syrup. More complex notes of bitter Belgian chocolate open up as it warmed. However, the coffee presence really dominates the overall flavor. Finishes with a touch of hop bitterness and slight lactic notes.

M - Bordering full-bodied with a creamy, robust mouthfeel and soft carbonation, as well as some oily slickness. Fair amount of bitterness in the finish with some mild bristle on the tongue.

D - Fantastic and very authentic coffee beer that is aptly named. I could drink this at 7:30 in the morning!

Photo of Mavajo
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a total black - no light penetration at all. Gives way to a thick fluffy brown head. Retains briefly before fading to a thin film with a thick crown. Virtually no lacing.

Nose is absolutely wonderful - rich coffee aroma. It's like you're standing in a coffee shop. I literally just sat here smelling it for minutes. Taste likewise has rich roasty coffee notes. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Alcohol isn't really noticeable. Mouthfeel is decent, but isn't up to par with the rest of the beer. A bit creamy with fairly generous carbonation that tingles across the tongue - full bodied. Thoroughly enjoyable, especially for fans of coffee beers.

Wish it was still called Wake n Bake. Such a cooler name.

8/6/10 Update: As the memory of Depth Charge fades with time, Wake N Bake is increasingly becoming my favorite coffee beer. The aroma of this thing makes the Folgers theme song play in my head, and the blast of coffee on the palate is tremendous. A- is certainly a great rating for a beer, but I don't know why this thing hasn't managed to pull in an A average yet. Phenomenal coffee stout.

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

A- pours an opaque black with a half inch tan and brown head rising quickly, leaves a light lacing on the glass continually
S- smells of toasted oats and medium roast coffee, has a nice sweet smell from the maltiness
T- medium and dark roast coffees, has a great sweet flavor, finishes with a molasses and a light vanilla flavor
M- could be thicker, but overall has a nice creaminess and a light carbonation
D- oh so drinkable, a few of these could be had in an evening

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pitch black, no light or shades, brown head, very thick looking, super creamy

S: Fresh ground coffee beans, plus that creamy roasted malt aroma, they both work very well together, more coffee than stout, but doesn't overwhelm beer aromas, almost some slightly alcoholic smell in the form of kahlua

T: Rich, smooth coffee flavors, hint of hops, just enough to differentiate it from alcoholic coffee, again has a slight kahlua aftertaste of alcohol

M: Very thick feeling, low carbonation, but nice and comforting

D: Definitely a sipping beer, good for after dinner, harder to drink than just straight coffee because it is heavier, but in a good way

Notes: One of the better coffee stouts I have tried, nice rich coffee aroma and flavor, plus that creamy stout feel that I like. Less acidity and spiciness than some others, which is what I really like about it. Just an enjoyable pleasant beer.

Photo of Stigs
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

growler filled yesterday @ FatHead's, poured into a standard pint glass

A - very thin layer of Wendy's Frosty colored head, tight and frothy...lacing down the glass. the beer is a very very dark brown, near black...like a strong cup of coffee.

S - loads and loads of (fresh) iced coffee, bitter and strong but not stale. underneath is some nuttyness and bread.

T - tastes just like super strong iced coffee, with extra notes of some milk chocolate, nuts, and biscuits. very little alcohol warming near the end.

M - big and creamy, yet big carbonation (a little too much). looks a bit thicker in the body than it actually is.

D - coffee fans will dig this, light body aids in being able to drink more of this. great for after dinner, not sure about the placebo effect but i got a little bit of a caffeine buzz off this.

one of the better coffee stouts, but not the best. lacking only in mouthfeel and a little bit of character.

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

a 2007 vintage courtesy of deuane-thanks.

a solid black pour produces 2 fingers of mocha colored head which reduces quickly into an attractive collar. the coffee aroma seems muted-certainly it has faded in the 2 or so years. regardless, coffee mingles comfortably with fudge, coco, and molasses. i even detect just a hint of licorice-like spicyness. the full bodied coffee aroma is just right-that is, not too burnt or acrid smelling. i feel bad giving this a 3.5 for the aroma, i'm sure it's seen better days, but it is what it is.

the taste it seems has not suffered much over time. i've only sampled fresh wake-n-bake once and i can safely say that the coffee is more muted, but in some ways the flavors are even more well intergrated. the harmony of black coffee and dark chocolate is well done. a clean bitter finish from the hops that have without a doubt faded from the nose.

mouthfeel is spot-on, thank you oatmeal. medium bodied, smooth, creamy, and gentle carbonation. well-crafted, easily could knock back a few on a cold night. alcohol is warming, but does not detract from its drinkability.

Photo of d0ggnate
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep brown, near black to my Bruery tulip glass. Has to elicit visible carbonation with a less than gentle pour, but once I did there sat a nice mocha colored 1/2 finger head layer. Before i knew it, it was gone.
S: Bitter coffee is the first thing I pick up. Hints of bitter, dark chocolate , also. A slight bready note is picked up.
T: Milk chocolate immediately apparent. Like chocolate milk, almost. Coffee has moved to the background on the flavor profile.
M: Very full-bodied and creamy. While being full flavored, the body is less viscous than it appears in the glass. Less than mouth-coating.
D: Smooth drinking with rich flavors that usually come with Imperial Stouts. A solid offering and I would love to try more that Terrapin has to offer.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. Best before "Vintage 08AA" printed in there. 8.1% ABV.

Thanks a bunch to Onenote81 for this beer!

A - Pours almost 100% black. Tiny streaks of clear dark brown can be seen in the syrup-like stream but not in the glass. A one-finger dark chocolate head rose up to a drop to a layer. No lacing but the color coated the glass momentarily for each sip.

S - Intensely rich and robust roasted malt nose with a dark roasted coffee-grounds nose and hints at oatmeal, maple, and brown sugar. That's a foreboding aroma!

T - Burnt taste of cold dark coffee and burnt chocolate malts. The dry, burnt finish overpowers any other nuances this beer may contain. The aftertaste that lingers moments after the swallow is a bit better than the immediate flavor.

M - Chewy as hell and rich. Full-bodied and bold with a very dry finish. Thick and syrupy, it coats the throat on the way down.

D - Aside from it's overly burnt flavor profile, it has a lot else going for it. It's mouthfeel is by far the best part though. Maybe its too old... A good imperial stout with coffee still. Just back up on the heavily roasted ingredients a smidgen.

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

Pours jet black like motor oil. A thin, mocha like head remains sitting on top. It has the smell of fresh roasted coffee with a bit of warm baked chocolate cake mixed in. It is pretty inviting.

First sip, nice, smooth. The cocoa/coffee flavors are there but not overwhelming. It is really pleasant. An imperial stout perhaps, but it doesn't kick you with a hard alcohol punch.

Overall, really good. Would go fantastic with any sort of desert. Good for a lazy afternoon, where you feel like sipping something and truly savoring the different levels of flavors.

Photo of Riccymon
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to screach for the in-person trade!
Poured from the bottle pitch black in color with just a bit of fuzzy brown head. This is the thickest, most oily looking beer I've had to date. Smell is oatmeal, coffee grounds, and a sort of fudgy, milk chocolate note.

Flavors are even more full, as I sip-- roasted nuts, coarse grain/oatmeal, chocolate (both bitter and Hershey's syrup, this time), and a bitter, black coffee ending that first seemed a little leafy and metallic to me at first. The coffee note softened up and grew on me before long, however.

Mouthfeel is as creamy and thick as I've had, and drinks quite smoothly up until the slight bite at the finish.

I enjoyed this Imperial Stout more than any other I've had in a long time!

Photo of CampusCrew
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: loaded head and creamy froth.
deep dark black, pure ebony

smell: decent lacing and head rentention. smelled liek black coffee and it dominated the aroma

taste: rich and strong coffee roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste

mouthfeel: good carbonation and medium to full bodied

drinkability: great imperial stout decent complexity. Another great one from Terrapin

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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