Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company
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4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
Glugs out pitch black with an obscene amount of cocoa colored soapy head that dies pretty quick. Draping sheets of lace occur with each sip. Smell of huge roasted coffee beans, coffee grounds, cocoa and a tiny bit of hops. Tastes of the yummy coffee beans, sweet malt, a little hazlenut and a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium with way too much carbonation. Kind of stings. No ABV apparant at all. This would be one of my favorites if it wasnt for the carbonation. Well worth drinking nontheless.
09-28-2007 23:25:33 | More by franksnbeans
3.55/5 rDev -17.4%
I was fortunate enough to get two bottles of this one from BC2. Thanks jgaston and aprilluvsbeer!
It poured a basic black with dark brown edges (only visible in strong light). The chocolately, dark brown head dissipated pretty quickly, leaving a few large bubbles scattered around. It looked thick off the pour. Lots of coffee and roast in the aroma, almost to the point of coffee grounds, with sweet caramel in the background. Fairly low hop bitterness, very roasty with lots of coffee. Sweet caramel maltiness provided some balance and there was a pleasant nutty flavour as well. It finished with a little extra bitterness and some green, grassy hops. There was too much carbonation for me, it really got in the way of the body and texture. Once flat, it had a decent, full body. Some warmth and dryness towards the end. Nice enough overall, but it seemed kind of one dimensional and was a little overcarbonated.
09-27-2007 02:35:16 | More by DrJay
3.23/5 rDev -24.9%
Thanks to kirok1999 for this one. Included as part of the BrewsnTunes BIF.
12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice dark mocha colored head that stands a couple of fingers width and recedes the a solid ring. Color is a solid black and lets no light through.
Smell has the dry chocolate-y notes familiar with an oatmeal stout with a bitterness of strong coffee. Sweet malty balance.
Taste is very bitter like a burnt unsweetened espresso. Burnt toast qualities in the malt. There is some hops presence, but it does not seem to blend evenly. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation.
This beer did not win me over, it seemed a bit too much all over the place.
09-19-2007 04:22:40 | More by bort11
3.73/5 rDev -13.3%
Acquired via trade from cashew70, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is loaded with exactly what the name implies, coffee and oats along with chocolate, dark malts and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is rich and malty with strong roasted flavors of coffee, chocolate and oats. There’s pale hops presence that gets stronger as the beer warms and creates some balance. There’s a little bit of a weird bite in the finish that seems to be from the oatmeal. The after-taste is sweet, smoky and bready.
M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, sticky finish.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good representation of style, nice kick, it’s a good beer to relax with and one that I could drink a few of, but I don’t really see much that makes it stand out from the seemingly endless array of big stouts on the market. Nonetheless, it’s still a fine beer.
09-16-2007 03:25:01 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
Bottle. (from trade with the_epeeist.) Black, and nothing but black, pour, under a nice brown head. Heavily roasted aroma with lots of coffee, bitter chocolate and hops. It also smells a bit dusty. Just wonderful. Coffee is very much present in the flavor as well, with chocolate, smoke-notes, alcohol, roasted malt and some vanilla. Warming, full-bodied beer, quite oily texture, with a dry, chocolate-bitter finish. What a treat! The aroma is something you can enjoy forever, I can still "imagine" it, more than a month after I had the beer. The flavor is a bit weaker, but definately not weak. Just lovely. (070719)
09-13-2007 10:02:25 | More by yngvar
2.98/5 rDev -30.7%
A-Pours thicj black and viscous, absolutely no light gets through. Big foamy, uncontrollable head. Head is dark tan in color. Retention is okay. For as big as it was, thank goodness it didn't stay around too long or it would have taken all night to drink. Fizzy, foamy lace sheets down the glass after each sip.
S-Roasted barely, strong coffee, chocolate, alcohol esters carry light earthy hoppiness. Sweetness abound in the nose. Has an odd imitation mocha latte character to it.
T-Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, earthy and sour. Only a little bitterness from the roasted mlats. Lonfg sour finish is a little off.
M-Fizzy carbonation. not as creamy as suggested as the pour.
D-Not great, I had two out of the four-pack and traded the other two.
Overall-not as good as the others in the monster beer tour
08-08-2007 23:41:15 | More by jackorain
3.88/5 rDev -9.8%
got this one in a trade with pugman. thanks larry!
12oz bottle, 2006 monster beer tour (though there is an "07" in marker on the cap, not sure if that means anything...).
pours inky black and thick as motor oil. a very small brown head rises from an aggressive pour and quickly falls to a ring around the glass. no lace.
aroma is great. coffee and dark chocolate. alcohol. lots of roast. toasted multi-grain bread. hard to get much else behind the coffee and chocolate, but that's not a bad thing.
taste is great. low bitterness level. coffee. dark and milk chocolate. light alcohol. huge malt. toasted multi-grain bread again. good roast. bit of caramel sweetness. bit of almost salty mineral quality. sweetness feels a bit high.
mouthfeel is good. silky smooth. medium-high carbonation is a bit high. nice big body.
drinkability is good. nicely balanced. the carbonation takes away from the drinkability a little, but swirling it for a while helps.
08-02-2007 23:48:30 | More by grub
2.83/5 rDev -34.2%
Terrapin is a great brewery, the pride of Georgia, and this particular offering promises a whole lot. Just look at the name! Coffee. Oatmeal. Imperial. Stout. YES!!! A grand black brew in the tradition of Founder's Breakfast Stout and Victory's Storm King, right?!?!?
Poured into a snifter a completely abyssic black. The big sizzling head is a gorgeous brown, but it thins quickly. The thing certainly looks like a monster, and it really whets the appetite...
Aroma is: coffee. Coffee. And more coffee. If I use the imagination a little, an aroma of chocolate comes through, like dark baking chocolate...and maybe some metallic yuckiness. But still, it's pretty much full-on coffee. You better like coffee if you've come this far.
Flavor mirrors the aroma, and that's the problem. It tastes like carbonated coffee. [Soapbox alert here:] What makes so many stouts so great (whether they be oatmeal, "breakfast", Russian Imperial, or whatever) is that they possess a robust coffee essence without actually having been brewed with coffee. If they've got depth, it's an impressive experience. This particular beer was actually brewed using coffee. That's fine. Experiment away. Awesome! But it seems Terrapin forgot about all the other things that make a stout great. There's a serious lack of depth. I've tried. This is my second bottle in two days. I don't believe the beer is old or spoiled.
The mouthfeel doesn't help matters. It's not terrible...but it's also not creamy, velvety, or round, as a beer of this type should be. It does have a very thin smoothness, as in typical English stouts, but it unfortunately still has too much carbonation. It ends up drinking like a dark German lager or something. I'm no style-fascist, but the crisp, sizzling texture doesn't match up with what's going on in the flavor. (Or SHOULD be going on in the flavor, which is just so monochromatic...) The metallic finish doesn't help a thing.
I still love Terrapin. Their rye beers are especially lovely. Maybe this just needs to grow on me. But right now I'm disappointed that such an amazing concept didn't produce amazing results.
07-17-2007 22:33:13 | More by Metalmonk
3.3/5 rDev -23.3%
Appearance: Pours a thick black like burnt motor oil. Forms a nice dark tan head maybe 3 inches. Head fades quickly in a minute or so and forms an espresso like creme. No lacing and only the wispy ring around the edge as it further rests.
Aroma: Aroma of chocolate and coffee prevail and give way to a slight milky sweet aroma as it continues to warm.
Taste: Tastes like cold coffee. Hop bitterness is hard to determine from the amount of burnt taste and aroma.Not iced coffee but that cup of coffee that got left out a little too long. Bitter black malt flavors with an acidity (probably from the dark roasted malt).
Mouthfeel: Thin with good carbonation however the carbonation seems to feel forced and fake. Sweetness in aroma is hard to find in the flavor. This might possible be better on nitro to add some creaminess.
Drinkability: It was mildly drinkable. I wouldn't particular choose this over any of the 100's of better options. I think for the money I would rather have a nice cup of coffee. For me it was a swing and a miss. I would say try it for yourself but don't go out of the way to find it.
07-08-2007 20:25:46 | More by bigman147
3.93/5 rDev -8.6%
Trade on DLD, no idea who I acquired this from, but thanks!
Pours an opaque black, no light gets through, huge and thick brown head forms, few lace spots, good retention, sttles to a thin layer, nice! Smell is sweet, toffee, very roast, coffee/chocolate, rich, some light fruits, more coffee, just what I like! Taste is very nice, toffee, chocolate roast, rich coffee, more roast, oatmeal touch, chocolate bitterness in the finish, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with high carbonation. Not sure if this is a weird bottle but the carbonation is much too high for the style, better once it had some time to dissipate. Nice flavours though, I like this beer!
07-05-2007 03:02:02 | More by Viggo
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
A shout out to BeerTruth, for hooking me up with this fine brew.
A: Pours an ink black with a monstrous head that settles down nicely to a small espresso colored ring. This one is very carbonated, which I guess leads to the large initial head. Fine lines of bubbles could be seen racing to the top up until the very last gulp.
S: Nothing too special here. There are hints of coffee and milk chocolate, but nothing to really brag about.
T: I was surprised this is a great stout. Up front I taste fine dark chocolate, which is quickly over taken by the taste of fresh brewed coffee. It finishes off with just a little smoke to make this one taste good from start to finish.
M: I would call it medium for a stout. It is rather creamy which helps it to go down easily.
D: This is an easy drinking beer. It covers up the ABV rather nicely. I could easily pound a few of these, especially on a cool fall or winter night.
Overall: Terrapin got this one right. It is a great tasting sessionable stout. I am glad they have come to Florida and can't wait for the fall release of this one. I will be stocking up for the winter season.
06-21-2007 16:27:58 | More by tpd975
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
2007 Monster Beer Tour bottle poured into my Imperial pint glass. Appears an opaque brown-black with at least three fingers of dark brown head that eventually settles down to about half an inch. Aromas of rich roasted coffee, and dark chocolate fill the nose followed by mild alcohol. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, fresh coffee and roasted grains. Very full bodied and creamy in the mouth with moderate carbonation followed by a slight alcohol burn in the throat. A very rich, satisfying beer. I could see myself having more than one of these per session. Nicely done.
06-14-2007 17:31:50 | More by ClockworkOrange
3.58/5 rDev -16.7%
Big thanks to ThorsHammer for this one!
12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.
Pours all black completely opaque with a two finger fluffy tan colored head that dies down to a thin layer a bit after pour. Stickiness isn't really there which surprised me, lacing falls quickly down the side. Smell is of milk chocolate sweetness with a strong coffee aroma. Malty goodness is all over the nose. Nice sweet caramel malt taste with a fresh ground coffee kick. Mouthfeel could use some help. I thought it was lacking in thickness, especially for this style. It also had a bit too much carbonation for a double stout IMO. Drinkability takes a hit because of the bubbles, but it still goes down pretty well. Turtles rule, give this one a try.
06-08-2007 00:36:26 | More by BeerTruth
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
This beer opened with a prominent whoosh from carbonation. It poured a thick oily color with a huge brown head. It also has some lacing which is interesting because it is brown. The aroma is of roasted coffee and malt with some hints of hops. The taste is big of coffee. It has some sweet malt and chocolate type notes. The mouthfeel is quite full and creamy. This is a big beer that is balanced well and Id consider it very drinkable for a coffee lover definitely recommend giving this one a try.
06-07-2007 00:04:58 | More by barefootbrewer
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
A - Pours a solid black with a huge brown head that overflows a 16oz glass and big carbonation bubbles. Thin skim of lacing remains.
S - Chocolate and coffee with a sweet milky aroma.
T - Chocolate and coffee dominate with roasted malt. Some hoppy bitterness in the end balances it out nicely.
M - Medium bodied and slightly chewy.
D - Highly drinkable, the ABV is well hidden.
06-04-2007 03:06:35 | More by brewcrew76
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
Consumed vom Fass at Barley's Taproom in Greenville, SC on 06-02-07...
Big and beautiful in its rich and dark appearance. Solid head retention with its tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, bitersweet chocolate, and definitely coffee. Rather enticing. Smooth and inviting on the palate. The chocolate plays well with the coffee hints and roasted malt undertones. The body is not as rich as one would expect, and that is not a bad thing. A solid brew, indeed. The only thing that would slow me down on this one would be the richness... that and the ABV. The flavors and aromas work so well, one could conceivable make this a session brew - and what a short session that could be.
06-04-2007 01:05:33 | More by goindownsouth
3.75/5 rDev -12.8%
Pours a thick dark black color with a huge tan head.
Aromas are mostly of coffee. But there is a slight malty sweetness there as well.
Taste is dry, and the oats help smooth this out. There is a distinct coffee quality, and a touch of chocolate and hops on the finish.
Mouthfeel seems a bit thin, especially for a Double Stout. I expected a fuller and thicker feel.
Still not quite as good to me as others seem to think. It's certainly a pretty good beer, and worth trying.
2007 bottle courtesy of mikesgroove. Thanks again!
06-03-2007 07:50:34 | More by flexabull
4/5 rDev -7%
Thanks to barleywinebrewer for sending this my way, thanks again bill!
A wickedly huge whipped and rocky tan head formed on a pour of average intensity. Amazing retention with full clingy lacings supported by an average level of finely carbonated bubblings. The beer was black.
A nice nose on this one, creamy nuts, treacle, roasted barley and roasted coffee all evident. A whiff of smoke, hint of anise, and oatmeal also present. A twang of metal and a faint hint of earthy hops also present.
Treacle, nuts and big roasted flavours abound in this hearty stout. Hard for me to discern the contributions made by the coffee or roasted barley in this brew as a big and enveloping roasted character that obscures the contributions of the individual components. Oats appear to smooth out the roasted flavours, and allow the lighter nuances of smoke and anise to reveal themselves. Finishes in a metallic twang and mild earthy hop flavours.
An interesting, rich brew. Overall nicely balanced, and almost smooth and luxurious. Perhaps cellaring would smooth out the minor rough edges, which for me was my minor complaint regarding the synergy between the strong roast flavours and metallic twang, each emphasizing the other. All in all though this is a very well balanced double stout that hides its alcohol well.
A pretty drinkable brew, the flaked barley and oats give a rich and tasty character to this brew. Big roast character and metallic edge limit the approachability and drinkability of this brew, but i would definately recommend any stout adventurer try this brew.
05-28-2007 13:24:48 | More by demcorhip
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
2007 Bottle. Poured into a pint glass.
A: My pour must have been way too aggressive because the head completely overwhelmed the glass. The ratio was probably 70-30 head. Bad pour - not a big deal. The color is pitch black and the head is a nice creamy tan hue. The head is sturdy as well and does not go away. Very nice looking.
S: Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. A nice roasted aroma is present as well & a bit of chocolate. Really pleasant.
T: Sweet and chocolaty up front segues to a nice intense coffee taste. The finish is dry and crisp. Extremely nice.
M: Near perfect combination of creaminess and carbonation.
D: Easy drinking, especially at the end of the night as a dessert or just a night cap. I've been impressed with all of the Terrapin beers I've tried. I wish I could get them in Michigan. Highly recommended.
05-27-2007 04:28:02 | More by montageman
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
Appearance - Ptich black with a 2 finger toffee head that holds well. Almost no lacing at all.
Smell - Huge coffee, toffee malt aroma. There is no doubt that quite a bit of coffee was added to this brew.
Taste - A thick coffee, expresso taste with some chocolate malt as well. A bit chewy.
Moutfeel - Full bodied with not too much carbonation in my opinion.
Drinkability - Quite drinkable for a big stout. The coffee is fairly intense with a bit of alcohol too. I enjoy this beer alot.
05-23-2007 19:50:28 | More by mjgardner
3.93/5 rDev -8.6%
The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, earthy scent that boasts of patent malt, and oatmeal. It does have a coffee aroma, but I'm not sure if it's just malts instead of coffee. The taste is good. It has a bold coffee flavor that goes down easy and finishes very dry and earthy with some warm and residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good brew, but I've tasted better. The coffee is nice, but it doesn't balance well with the rest of the beer.
05-20-2007 23:42:47 | More by WesWes
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
Thanks to mjgardner for this one.
Bottle actually reads 8.1% ABV
A - Jet black appearance with a dark brown head. Head fades rather quickly to a thick film around the edges of the glass. Lacing is very minimal.
S - Very bready and creamy dark chocolate malts. Cream smell definitely evident here, like milky chocolate pudding but with a very dark almost smoked malt smell and some coffee.
T - Very creamy and chocolatey to start. Leads into a dark toasted malt flavor. Finish is actually multidimensional; starts creamy with dark coffee and then bitter and hoppy towards the back of the tongue.
M - Consistency is medium to thick and very creamy. Carbonation is medium, wishing it was less but thats just me.
D - Very cool finish on this beer and very little alcohol detectable at all. I really liked this beer a lot and wish I could get it here. Thanks again to Matt.
05-17-2007 04:31:54 | More by umustdrink
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
A mighty fine brew. Dark brown with a light brown colored head. Aroma of creme brulee and ground coffee. Creamy feel on the palate, with a really phenomenal flavor as well. Vanilla and cream, caressing coffee, chocolate, mocha and roast. Nice lingering finish. Balanced coffee additions, matches well with the malt. A great brew!
05-13-2007 06:15:55 | More by Crosling
3.85/5 rDev -10.5%
Cheers from Ddarden for this one!
2007 version opens with a resounding whoosh & tons of foam resulting in 6+ fingers of brown.mocha head collasping into mahogony/blackness. Head continues to erupt, need a 1 liter stein to contain this! Every time I tipe my .5 liter mug I hear the head fizzle & erupt, resulting in zero head retention & lacing
S: Coffee & iron
T: Coffee in your face, iron & baker's choclate up front. More coffee in the middle & some raisin notes. Finishes dry, with tons of coffee grinds, & some coccoa, plus a little warming booze at the end. Too much coffee grinds to rank higher
MF: Medium-bodied & some grainyness, plus a little richness/creamyness at the finish
Drank okay, but could't get past the volcanic eruption that continued throughout the bottle, doesn't seem infected. Take away the annoyance of the geyser effect & it doesn't rate as good as last year's
05-13-2007 02:40:36 | More by russpowell
4.58/5 rDev +6.5%
I typically love Imperial and Oatmeal Stouts and have tried many. This one is one of the best I have ever had in both categories. Highly Recommended.
A - Near black with a perfect two finger head that settles to a nice level but never goes away. Picture perfect.
S - Not extremely strong, but coffee and roasted malts is definitely present. A small hop and alcohol scent is also in there.
T - Almost perfect. Strong high quality coffee taste. Also taste a bit of dark chocolate, hops oatmeal and an alcohol warmth that lingers for a while. Reminds me a little of the chocolate covered espresso beans. The only thing keeping it from being a 5.0 is that it is slightly sweeter than what I would have in a perfect beer.
M - Perfect light/med carbonation. Sticks with you, but not too much.
D - I could drink several of these if I wanted, but many may find this to be a 1 or 2 beer maximum.
05-11-2007 00:28:25 | More by onehomesickalien
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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