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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 3,424
Reviews: 1,219
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 714
Gots: 600 | FT: 52
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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 BarrytheBear
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review number 100, which means absolutely nothing. Just happened to notice I was sitting at 99. I don't view these numbers as milestones or save certain beers for them, because I'm honestly always hoping my next beer will be my favorite. Guess that's why I don't understand people who rate beers they know they'll hate. End diatribe.

Received as an extra from jsanford. Thank you, Jacob. 12 oz bottle features a stout drinking, chef's hat wearin' turtle baking himself some bad ass cookies. This culinary beast is ready to get his drink on.

Dark chocolate colored pour with ruby highlights when held to the light. A nice swirl of mocha colored fluff rises from the deep and quickly returns from whence it came: looks nice.

Smell is undeniably bitter oat: oodles of oatmeal with plenty of sweet coffee bitterness. The two mesh nicely with the smooth berries covered in dark chocolate. The smell is quite enticing and pleasantly reminds me that I typically enjoy Oatmeal Stouts and should probably be drinking more of them.

Bitter coffee roast, dark chocolate, and rich oatmeal are all present in the taste. Tastes, combined with the soft pleasant carbonation, leave a cola-like tingling on my tongue. The beer is a bit watery up front, but develops nicely through the back as the oats help increase the heft of the mouthfeel and help make this beer a bit chewy and slightly viscous. This is an enjoyable stout, an appreciated extra, and a beer I'll savor and hope to enjoy again.

Photo of thetomG
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the typical dark drown with a bit of tan head. Aroma has some nice roast malts... a bit of coffee... taste is similar but with some slight bittersweet chocolate elements. Nice level of carbonation creates sufficiently creamy textures as you sip. This is a good beer and I would drink more of it, but wouldn't necessarily go too far out of my way for it.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is beer #4 from the blind beers BIF. Sent to me by MMAJYK Reviewed totally blind.

ok #4 is an Imperial Stout. I dont even need to smell it or taste it. It was so dark I could tell it was going to be a black beer through the brown glass bottle. It poured out like the crude spilling from BP's well. Thick, slow and rich looking. The carbonation (what little there seems to be) struggles to rise up through its thick body. It settles to nothing with very little evidence left behind.

This is one that needs a little bit of time to open up. My fridge kept it too cold. Once it warms I can pick up lots of coffee, vanilla, oak, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits and berries and roast.

Taste is good but not crazy intense like so many RIS's. Lots of coffee, sweet dark fruits and berries, vanilla and grassy, earthy hops around the end.

Carbonation is very prickly at first. Much more than I expected. It kinda disrupts the full body. I would like to see more creaminess here.

Turns out this was an '08 vintage. Very generous.

Photo of errantnight
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours with just a faint wisp of deep tan head, reasonable lacing and retention considering the soft carbonation.

Big roast coffee notes and tobacco with hint of dark chocolate and underlying plum.

On the palate this has a bit of a rough, bitter finish, but a velvety texture that highlights some mid-palate sweetness (that lingers unexpectedly). Coffee rules the day, though.

The texture on this is sublime, but it stays around fairly sweet, and until it nears room temperature there's a bit of a ragged edge on the finish. Very close to being great, this will have to settled for damned good.

Photo of dtivp
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pitch black with a very nice dark brown head. Very good retention that left a nice ring with very good lacing on the glass.
Vey strong roasted coffee aroma with a hint of dark chocolate.
The taste was dominated with strong roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, a little smoke and roasted malt.
Very creamy, heavy body with a slight carbonation.
Very drinkable beer, this is definately one of the top coffee beers that I have enjoyed.

Photo of billab914
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. Poured thick and black in color with a thin dark chocolate head. The head faded away relatively quickly and left very little lacing.

The aroma has a big coffee bitterness to it. Some roasty and chocolate flavors peek through a bit as well, but the coffee is definitely the dominating flavor. The coffee is pretty nice though.

The taste shows some strong bitter coffee along with a roasty and burnt flavor to it. Dark chocolate comes through and helps balance out the coffee flavor a bit. The finish leaves more coffee flavor lingering on the palate. The coffee and chocolate are very well balanced with each other, and the other flavors really compliment them well. Excellent tasting beer overall.

The mouthfeel is thick and carbonation is on the lower side. Drinkability is very good, it had some excellent flavors to it was a pleasure to drink. The coffee and chocolate flavors were great and the oats helped make a very good thick mouthfeel. Fantastic beer overall.

Photo of zoolzoo
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again awalk1227!

A: An aggressive pour churning up a massive geyser of a head. A lingering khaki mass sits on a pitch black base, eventually fading away into a mere ring. Its always nice to see an Imperial Stout present a head this big.

S: Fresh coffee beans and dark chocolate are most prominent in the aroma.

T: Smokey malt is more assertive in taste than aroma. Quite bitter, presumably from the beans. Coffee is the main event. I'm getting the oats now but mostly post sip. The oatmeal characteristic is strong enough so that the aftertaste in my mouth is oatmeal cookie.

M: Full bodied, a little prickly carbonation.

D: Drinkability is damn good for an Imperial Stout. Im a big coffee fan and there is a ton of high quality bean flavor in this. It is however balanced with other nice flavors unlike some..other...beers...*cough* Coffee Bender *cough*. ABV is also quite low for an impy.

Photo of BigIrishman
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours dark with a slight hint of a brown/ruby color when held to the light. A one finger dark caramel head which is gone in no time.

Smell: Fresh ground coffee beans with definite hints of caramel and vanilla. Licorice hides under a smokey malt.

Taste: Fresh roasted coffee with hints of subtle chocolate and licorice. Some anise mixes with the dominant flavors to create a deep and rich complexity. The oatmeal adds a bit heaviness to the palate and allows the coffee to shine on multiple levels (for instance if you are drinking black coffee the first few sips have a harshness to them, but as you finish the cup you get a bit more of the nuttiness from the beans).

Mouthfeel: Slick and sticky from the oatmeal character and heavy as you can get.

Drinkability: Excellent brew. This one has a whole lot more complexity than your average coffee stout. The flavor finishes somewhat dry, making this brew pretty drinkable for a 8%er. Overall great beer, only problem I find is my not so sensitive coffee palate would appreciate a higher grade coffee...although with the production capacity of this one I can't fault them for going with a more normal grade.

Photo of dkboileau
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this Stout. I had to save some for a friend of mine that was coming in to town just so he could experience it. My buddy in Caly had to take some home with him, he enjoyed it so much. I have to get me some more soon, I am drooling just thinking about it.

Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A- Pitch black with an extremely dark tan head. The head has good retention and leaves a small amount of lace.

S- Very nice. Lots of coffee up front. Also a hefty amount of roast malt. There is some hops to balance it. The oats are certainly there in a good way and the overall aroma has good strength.

T- Love it. Tons of coffee and a good amount of oats. Like a huge amount of coffee bean flavors, mmm. Roast malt is in there and works well with coffee. Some alcohol but it does not hurt the experience. Earthy hops balance the flavor. Coffee lends a bitterness to the beer beside its flavor. Reminds me of Peche Mortel.

MF- Fairly light but pretty creamy. Good medium carbonation. The palate is coated with coffee goodness.

DB- Pricey but has a great coffee flavor and use of oatmeal. Pretty much what I expected but a beer that is worth having and employs a great balance of flavors. Terrapin certainly knows how to make some ales.

Photo of atremains
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a big head. Short lifespan and no lacing. Recedes to a ring. Smell is heavy on the oat. Coffee follows. Taste is big toasty coffee followed by oatmeal. Tastes like delicious fresh coffee. The feel is medium thick and slightly oily. Overall this is a great beer with a hearty complexion.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Vintage 09AA) into a pint glass.

This beer is a great example of how lame being PC is. This is Wake N Bake, dammit. Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout? Come on.

Black pour. No real shocker there. The pour looks thin, which is somewhat disappointing...I was kind of hoping that a Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout would have that classic motor oil pour, but it's sadly not the case here. About a finger of rich tan foam doesn't stick around for terribly long...it evaporates into a thick halo pretty quickly, but at least the halo retains well. No real lacing on the glass, but I didn't expect any from this beer.

So, I'm always a bit hesitant to try coffee beers, because I'm not very fond of the intense roasted quality they usually possess. Wake N Bake is a different story. It's got a very rich coffee nose, and the roast is a "Oh, sweet, someone put on a pot of coffee" roast, and not a "Shit, someone spilled something on the burner, the smoke detector is going off, and it smells like the house is on fire" roast. So, yeah, that's a plus. But, aside from that, I'm smelling plenty of delicious chocolate, and that little sweet edge that I always smell in oatmeal stouts. Not really an oatmeal guy, but, for some reason, it works. Always like a good bitter/sweet balance.

As the name would suggest, coffee is the dominant flavor, beating out bittersweet chocolate. Not really getting as much of an oatmeal vibe as I did in the nose, but I'll allow it. Definitely becomes more robust with warmth. Really enjoying the coffee/hops combo bitter finish.

So...the texture is my only complaint, and it's not really a complaint. My suspicions from the pour proved mostly true...Wake N Bake is medium-full bodied, but just a tad thinner than I'd enjoy. Now, the warmth did help, and the last half of the glass was certainly thicker, but it still lacked the viscosity I've been craving lately. It's still better than most in this department.

Drinkability is sky high for an 8% imperial stout. And, honestly, the texture may have actually helped in that department. Obviously, this isn't a session beer, but it's as close to one as an imperial stout can get, as far as I'm concerned. Immensely drinkable. No hint of alcohol, except for in my stride. Great, great beer from Terrapin.

Photo of AgentZero
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kudos to jsanford for hooking me up with this as an extra.

A - Dark brown/black color that poured with minimal brown head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Roasted, bitter malts with a strong, rich coffee presence. I would actually really like to smell this one aged in some bourbon barrels, I think a little added sweetness would add new levels of complexity to this brew.

T - Strong coffee taste with not a ton of sweetness. Very bitter and roasty malts with a nice creamy almost creamier taste. Great coffee and some nice chocolate. The first taste is fantastic, but it seems to get thinner and more alcoholic as you drink it, with the coffee making it a one note thing.

M - Creamy, buttery, nice carbonation pop, full bodied.

D - Good beer, great surprise. Would like to get more.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is cayenne pepper, chocolate and roasted malt. For the flavor i get some chocolate, coffee, red pepper and roasted malt. Medium to thick mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. A very good stout.

Photo of TStron
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with a strong tan head.

S - Mellow hints of coffee and slight oat aroma.

T - Well balanced. Coffee flavor not too strong which I liked. Good toasted oats presence. Mild bitterness.

M - Mildly carbonated and clean. Good aftertaste.

D - Very. I would enjoy drinking a number of these and the alcohol isn't too high.

Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into CCB snifter

Pours a light layer of dark tan head. Color is a deep brown, near black.

Aroma: Awesomeness. Cookies, cocoa, rich coffee. It seems to have bourbon notes, but I am dreaming. It almost reminded me of a weaker coffee bcs for some reason. Lots of roasted malts with a sweet/rich flavor.

Taste: Rich cocoa and coffee. Reminds me of cookies. Light oak flavor again, very odd. Some vanilla. Roasted malts. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, refreshing. Medium to full bodied. Lower amount of carbonation. Ends with roasted coffee notes.

Overall, this beer is very drinkable. Lots of awesome flavors. Terrapin has yet to let me down. I wish this one was around my area.

Photo of busternuggz
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass on a Sunday mid-morning. Better than coffee.
Comes out thick and oily, opaque black with a 1/2" creamy light brown head that dissipates in a few minutes to a ring. Leaves some spotty lacing when swirled, coats the glass.
Smells like rich espresso, some cocoa, roasty malts, a little nuttiness. A hint of molasses or syrup as it warms up, some buttery toffee. Very full and inviting.
Taste follows the smell, rish espresso, bitter chocolate, dry roasty malt, nuttiness. A tad boozy but not unpleasantly so, it's almost a bourbon note. A little butterscotch hint. Very rich and full. Has a nice roasty, bitter coffee finish that lasts a while.
Has an amazing texture. Thick and velvety, a little creamy. Drinkable for an imperial but you want to take it slow.
I love this beer and I think it's a little underrated. It's like Bourbon County Coffee Stout Jr.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes from December 09

Big roasty stout with a lovely black body and tan head. Pretty rocky. Lots of roasted coffee beans, hint of toast, tobacco, and a sweetness of oatmeal. All of this is nicely balanced and blended well with a bit of vanilla. Cocoa bitterness in the finish, no alcohol detected. Creamy, silky mouthfeel. I would easily finish a growler of this.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle at Beachwood, Vintage '09,

A: Pours black with a soft tan head, some nice lace.

S: Dark chocolate predominately, coffee.

T: Bit of a change from the nose, the coffee takes over in the flavour. Big sweet floral coffee beans, some milk chocolate - the sugar coming out. No burnt roasty flavour. Definite residual sugars, but not too sweet. Very tasty brew.

M: Creamy, smooth, medium/full-bodied.

D: My 2nd beer ever from Terrapin, the legendary Wake and Bake. Reefer aside, this is one tasty coffee stout, to my fellow BAs in the South, a must try.

Photo of oregonskibum
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a small wine glass.

A: Color is black that fades to a dark brown right along the edge. Tan head is thin (1/2 an inch or so) and fades quickly to a faint ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Not sure if it's the suggestive picture on the front or not, but the beer reminds me of warm chocolate chip cookies. Strong coffee notes with a touch of vanilla, caramel and some burnt bitterness from the coffee.

T: Taste follows from the smell, with the coffee flavors taking centerstage. The burnt, bitter flavors come through more strongly as well, almost to the point of being a detractor. Slight head on the finish. Finishes nicely, bitterness subsides, leaving some nice coffee notes to linger.

M: Medium to big body that coats the tongue nicely. Low carbonation. Nice and right in style.

D: A very nice coffee imperial stout. Perhaps they roasted the coffee beans just a touch long, but outside of that, this was very enjoyable.

Photo of jsanford
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville on 5/28/10

A - Pitch black with a huge, foamy chocolate-mousse head. Nice!

S - Ummm...coffee! Roasted chocolate, toasted oats, whiff of vanilla.

T - Roasted coffee. Bitter chocolate and roasted malt, vanilla.

M - Medium-heavy bodied, creamy & smooth. Coats the palate.

D - Easy drinkability. Could have a couple in one sitting, despite the ABV. This is my favorite Terrapin beer. Is it one-dimensional?
Sure, but when the coffee is this delicious I don't mind!

Photo of Wisconsinality
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another generous offering from beerwolf77.
12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a huge three finger head that leaves some good soapy lacing. The beer is pitch black and lets no light through.

S- Big dose of coffee, chocolate and toasted malt. Some burnt notes in there as well. Seems to have a nice balance between milk and dark chocolate.

T- Bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Roasted malts and a small hop presence round out the taste to this one. Pretty big and bold.

M- Full bodied that has a bitterness from the coffee and chocolate. The carbonation isn't as apparent as the giant head would indicate.

D- A good beer that has a bunch of flavor but the bitterness from the coffee drops it a little bit. Another good beer from Terrapin.

Photo of Brez07
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter

A: Dark brown that gives little, if any, head. There is a mocha colored ring around the glass though. No lacing, but an oily presence

S: A great combination of roasted coffee, chocolate and oat. I even get a subtle whiff of nutmeg/cinnamon sugar

T: Roasted coffee dominates the palate, almost making this a little too one dimensional. There is some bittersweet chocolate mixed in as well

M: Medium bodied, very creamy. Roasted flavor left on the tongue

D: Very easy drinking considering the ABV. The huge roasted flavor gets a little much towards the end of the glass. Definitely worth a try, but I could only drink one in a sitting

Photo of AleWatcher
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from a guy that I am already in talks with about a 4th trade-- and we've only been talking about 5 or 6 weeks. Just an awesome trader and an all around good guy-- JohnQVegas. But don't all start trying to set up trades with him, he needs to focus on hooking me up with more awesome beer!! Lol.

This pours deep and dark like hot fudge-- just slightly thinner. A huge dark cocoa head rose 3 fingers and has amazing retention and lace. I mean even the lacing is pretty opaque at first! Very intensely delicious looking beer right here.

Nose has fresh-ground espresso and dark unsweetened chocolate coming through in a huge way. There also seems to be a nice toffee malt in there too. Very nice aroma-- good balance to it. Upon sipping this beer it is hard to not comment on the absolutely delectable mouthfeel. Thick and creamy-- like marshmallow fluff after being heated up a little. The flavors are intense and quite good as well. But the mouthfeel is absolutely incredible. Flavor-wise, we're looking at roasted coffee beans and 80% pure dark cocoa; big and dark and bitter cocoa, like the kind you don't find in a check out aisle.

It was 90 degrees here today-- yet I wouldn't mind drinking 3 more of these. Just a fantastically enjoyable beer. Very easy to sip on with the new Jakob Dylan album playing softly in the background. A good way to end my beer week..

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Standard pour barely creates any disturbance in this abyss-like brew, resulting in a barely 1/4 finger mocha head that dissipates into nothingness as quickly as it forms. This beer is as dark and oily as any I've ever seen. Lacing is stringy and spotty with near no cling.

S: Epic coffee with a touch of roasted chocolate sweetness, brownie, and liquorice. Nose does not attempt to deceive and is intensly aromatic.

T: Sweet at the outset mixed with a light coffee bitterness that almost tastes milky in parts. Slight touch of bubbles tickles my palate, preparing it for more. Touch of booziness at the middle mixed with sweet chocolate and dark fruit (prunes, raisins). Coffee flavor comes back towards the end but is never really bitter but more of a mixed, cocoa powder flavor. Finish is messy, leaving noticeable coffee stains.

M: Medium to full bodied, with light carbonation and very smooth and oily. Beer easily swirls around and coats the entire palate. Finish is messy, aftertaste lingers long after the beer is gone.

D: I'm not really sure what to say about this beer. Flavor is complex and there's no doubt the mouthfeel is very very good. Still, it doesn't live up to the epic pour and nose. A bit too carbonated in parts and with a coffee that screams to stand out but never really gets a chance to. You have to experience this one for yourself. Definitely worth a visit.

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,424 ratings.