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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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3,424 Ratings

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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 womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to PaulV for sending this one to me. Been a big want for quite some time!

A: The pour into a snifter is pure blackness with a thin dark brown head.

S: The nose is not very heavy on the coffee but a nice touch of vanilla and chocolate and some smooth, cookie-like oatmeal notes.

T: Now there is the coffee! A very strong coffee flavor with some touches of roast and a bitter finish. The vanilla and chocolate which I found very pleasing in the nose are disappointingly absent.

M: A medium to full bodied beer with a fairly lively, but low level of, carbonation.

D: Maybe it's because I just haven't eaten much today, but this one hits surprisingly hard for only 8%. However, it's a very tasty beer, but I would like a little more balance in the flavor.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass, acquired in a recent trade with Thorpe429.

A: Pours a dark black with a medium dark tan head that fades quickly leaving no real lacing.

S: The aroma from the bottle was lots of vanilla and cocoa with a bit of coffee but out of the glass it's all coffee in the form of roasted beans straight from the market with hints of vanilla and chocolate.

T: The taste is huge with coffee and a nice sweet vanilla flavor...very espresso like. The finish is all coffee bitterness with a tiny lingering sweetness.

M: The feel is creamy but a bit watery compared to most imperial stouts. The creamy feel really makes up for the watery feel giving it some substance or else I would have put this score a bit lower.

D: This is excellent for what it is but I would imagine the coffee flavors would really wear on me if I were to drink more than one in a sitting. Still worth a try if you like coffee in your beer.

Highly recommended.

Photo of cavedave
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another jawdropper of a beer from mrandypandy. Thanks!

Pours a darkest brown with a thin brown head that gives way to a nice skim, finally to nothing. Nice.

Smell is medium, full of rich dark roast coffee, hints of chocolate, roasty malt, tart yeast, a bit of spicy alcohol.

The taste is a marvel of balance in this big brew. It's a medium flavor, very clean, starting with the coffee, great flavor here, and skipping down the stout road holding hands with some delicious chocolate, some deep almost-burnt sugar, roasty malt, and arriving at a clean coffee bitter/earthy dry finish. Words do this no justice here, this freakin' rocks, absolutely delicious taste.

Rated for style it suffers a bit here, the mouthfeel is somewhat short of others in this style. It's a tad too low carb., even for style. It is viscous, just not quite enough, and promotes a great finish, but could do even better. It is creamy and light in the mouth.

Due to the wonderfully addictive flavor profile, creamy mouth, this is highly drinkable.

Impression: Had I the means, I would wake and bake with this stout every day. Sadly, Terrapin comes here not.

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

Thanks to tprokop7 for the generous extra...Thanks Todd!!!

Cracked open this 07' version and poured into Maudite snifter...

A--Wow, TONS of carbonation, particularly for being three years old. Deep black, not much lacing.

S--Malts and barley, you can smell the oatmeal in this puppy. Little bit of chocolate and booze.

T--Really tasty beer, chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal throughout the palate, excellent flavor.

M--very carbonated on the tongue.

D--Love the flavor of this beer, great sipper on a cold rainy night. This beer is really good, I highly recommend this one.

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

You could eat this beer with a spoon.
Appearance: Deep murky brown with a medium brown head. Head dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a tan ring.
Smell: Rich, dark coffee. Last cup of the morning when the pot has been sitting for a while.
Taste: Certainly there is the dark roasted coffee, and the bitter chocolate, and the dried dark fruit,yada,yada, yada.
Mouthfeel: Smooth!
Drinkability: I could only drink one, because the beer was very rich, and the flavors were very powerful. This was an excellent beer

Photo of Reaper16
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served into a snifter

Pours an inky black very suitable for an impy stout. The head didn't really happen at all. There were some traces of tan foam but they were more fleeting than the hemline of a sorority girl at happy hour.

Splendid aroma. Terrapin used a special blend of beans (still called Wake 'N' Bake, unlike the beer itself) from Jittery Joe's to lend this beer its luxurious, lightly lemony espresso aroma. The roasted malt is certainly there with some milk chocolate. Finally, a delicate swirl of caramel is discernible between the coffee and chocolate notes.

The taste is much like the nose. The coffee flavors are pretty magnificent. Beyond the coffee however the roasted malt tastes aren't as strong as they were in the aroma. This beer is missing a bit of depth of flavor to take it to the next level.

The mouthfeel is fairly light for an impy stout but you can still pick up the creaminess from the oats used in the wort. The ABV is 8% but you never notice it. This beer can get dangerous.

This is a standout coffee imperial stout to me. I like it better than, say, Bell's Java Stout but it isn't quite Founders Breakfast Stout or Peche Mortel. But it doesn't need to be those beers; it is different enough (and good enough) to stand out on its own. I wish I could buy it in MO.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pitch black in color, capped by a full inch of thick creamy light brown head. Lacing comes in a wall of foam that clings to the glass.

S: I have had many coffee stouts, but the nose on most of those can hardly compare to the coffee in this beer's bouquet. Hazelnut, dark roast coffee, and a slight chinook hop bittern twinge. However, I am a bit disappointed at the lack of other characteristic flavors of my favorite imperial stouts...the chocolate, roasted malts, the caramel.

T: The coffee taste again manifests itself in an impressive way. There is nothing artificial about this coffee flavor. Again, there is a piney hop undertone that serves to balance out the beer. I just can't get too excited about it as there isn't a lot of depth to the flavor.

M/D: Sticky and a bit creamy, the carbonation is more potent than expected, but it somehow manages to work. I am enjoying this beer, but there is something missing that keeps me from getting too attached to it. I would drink it again, but not sure that I would see it out.

Photo of PSUDREW
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer. rich, and while you get the flavor form the coffee, and the oatmeal, it seems to sway from side to side, and never really cross. Still, a great beer and I am glad wegman's stocks it
Pours a deep, rick, inky color. Some tan/brown head that dissipates quickly, slight lacing at best. Milky, sweet nose, not really coffee, but you have hints there. Like I said, it has a very rich taste. the coffee hits you up front, but there is a slight dry oatmeal taste to finish it, and it compliment each other very well.This doesn't scream coffee, but it dont beat you with an oatmeal stout taste either. very malty, and no noticeable hop presence , but very enjoyable. There are hints of alcohol, but nothing that screams it. Also has a coco taste as well. Full, but overly so, mouth feel. This blend everything together pretty well. While not a chuggable beer, this is pretty drinkable, all things considered.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now THIS is an exceptional stout. I served this at cellar temperature and gave it time to warm up even more. The coffee was evident at the very beginning and the chocolate developed more as time passed. Appearance was as expected from an Impy stout. Dark as night with a 2 finger tan cap atop, this beer looked GOOD! The taste was of some coffee with dark chocolate. The texture was silky smooth and easy on the palate. Alcohol tasted appropriate to the 8.1% ABV reported. This is one of my favorite Southern brews and makes me glad to live in the South. Well done Terrapin!

Photo of jslot38
3.45/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured to pint glass.

Appearance: Original one finger dark tan / brown head fades to a top covering. Body is pitch black. No lacing.

Smell: Bitter chocolate in the nose, a touch of coffee grounds and some sourdough bread.

Taste: For an impy stout the flavor just really isn't there. Faint notes of coffee and chocolate. Malty with no hop presence at all.

Mouthfeel: The oatmeal shines through here. The initial sharp carbonation fades fast and is really smooth in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Not hard to drink at all. The ABV is low for an imperial stout. The flavor is also not overwhelming, so you could put a couple of these down.

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle best before "VINTAGE08AA" into a tulip glass.

A: Nothing special, dark brown with little to no dark brown head head while it lasts; just a little bit swirly with a ring of carbonation around the edge of the beer.

S: Nice coffee aromatics, cocoa beans, slightly woody.

T: Dark semi-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, faint remnants of a whiskey barrel?

M: Surprisingly carbed okay, almost peppery. Creamy and voluminous on the way down. Not as smooth as other oatmeal stouts, possibly because of the age?

D: About right for the ABV, but full-bodied, so the 12oz. serving size is proper. I couldn't take much more than 1 bottle, but hey, it's Imperial!

A good beer, but nothing to go crazy over. Maybe the age hurt this one a bit although the coffee definitely still comes through.

Photo of kindestcut
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to sincereNC for this beer.

The Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout pours as black as midnight with a moderate light brown head. As expected, I wouldn't expect an imperial stout to be vibrant. The aroma is pleasant with hints of malt, coffee, hops and light alcohol.

The taste is unusual for an Imperial Stout. First of all, there is a definite coffee flavor. Also, the alcohol is hidden nearly entirely at first taste. At 8%, the ABV is on the low end of imperial stouts but the drinkability is dangerously high.

I would rank this beer as very good bordering on excellent. As a dry stout it is great. As an imperial stout I would say it is very good, while there are more flavorful options available. That's not tp say this isn't a very good beer.

Photo of oceanman
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coffee, obviously, but especially in a slightly earthy way. Chocolate. Baking spices. A little vanilla. Wonderful bakery aromas in general.

Coffee at the forefront, but doesn't completely dominate. Getting a little root beer. A bit of bitterness cuts nicely into the inherent sweetness. Alcohol blends seamlessly into that coffee bitterness.

The oatmeal works perfectly here - very thick, so smooth, and not at all cloying.

A worthy counterpart to Founders Breakfast Stout.

Photo of gatorbreath
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a growler of this with my friend for his first time getting busy one some heady stout.

I really enjoyed the dark full appearance with a frothy chocolate head. Appearance is definitely intriguing. Smells of coffee/chocolate/slightly of oats and possibly some dark fruit even. Definitely malty. The taste is reflective of the smell: coffee, not so much oaty, but the chocolaty/coffee taste was definitely there for the taking. The mouthfeel is very full and very fitting for a stout.

Really enjoyed this, and my friend who I put down, he said it improved his athletic performance on Monday AM after we imbibed on Saturday evening. Put that in yer pipe.

Photo of WorldWideStout
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to do some waking and slaking today.

A: Pours a very dark brown, similar to dark coffee, and looks nice and viscous.

S: Dark, rich coffee grounds. Very reminiscent of founders, but not as strong. I do pick up a bit of oatmeal which is nice.

T: Starts off with strong coffee notes but sans bitterness. Continues through the middle where the bitterness comes in, perhaps with a little oatmeal.

M: More carbonation at the start than I'd like, though perhaps that plays a factor in keeping some of the bitterness out?

D: Very high. Rich but not overpowering flavors and not too much bitterness.

This is a delightful coffee stout for some who does not like the bitterness that usually comes with one. I had a small coffee stout tasting last weekend with some stars (Founders, Peche Mortel, etc), but I think I like this better.

Photo of beerman207
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark with a huge head that geisers over the top on a hard pour into my glass. Leaves a nice tan head behind.

S: Smells of coffee, malt, chocolate, and very sweet.

T: Wow, the taste here is so well balanced between the malt, coffee, chocolate, and maybe even some vanilla

M: Honestly, it's a bit thin for my tastes and the carbonation is light

D: I could drink this all day. Thanks again to Bamadog for the hookup on this one. My lord, this beer is fantastic.

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

C. Clarity what's that? This beer is just BLACK!
N. Cold Coffee...and that's all

This coffee, wait I mean beer is strong, smooth and yummy. Now I'm not a fan of Porters or Stouts, as I have said a million times already, but this is solid. I think the more I try of this type of beer, the more it is starting to grow on me. This one starts with straight coffee and then blends smoothly into its malt and then finishes sorta sweet. Not a bad after taste. Worth a try for the coffee fan, even if your not a fan of crafts. This is a beer that I think I may try to break Mother Ferm in on, since she is a big fan of coffee and not so much on beer.

Photo of kirkpjr
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a thick, viscous, dark brown/practically black liquid. A half inch of head maybe - quickly dissipates.

S: The best smelling coffee oatmeal stout I've smelled to date. Rich, strong coffee followed by malts and oatmeal. Pretty much like you were to walk into a coffee shop baking oatmeal cookies.

T: Nice bitterness up front, smoothed out with the strong coffee to follow. A nice oatmeal flavor also lingers. Tastes like this one might actually be good warm - like a regular coffee. A breakfast beer I suppose?

M: Sharp up front with an outstanding creamy mouthfeel to follow. Light carbonation.

D: Too rich to drink many of these in a sitting. But for one it is a lovely beer. The prevalence of the coffee and oatmeal flavors definitely will make me seek this one out again.

Photo of mgbickel
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a massive, 3 finger hat of tightly packed bubbles. The (very active) jamocha colored head slowly dissipated down to a single finger, leaving little lace in it's wake. The body is a deep, dark well of blackness...no light would dare go near this!

Great nose...freshly ground coffee and cocoa powder up front. Burnt caramel and sweet malts in the background. All on a toasty backbone.

Wow...massive waves of flavors washes over the tongue. Maybe the bottle is sending me subliminal messages, but I swear this beer tastes like a coffee dunked cookie! You can taste everything you smell...starts off a little bitter, turns roasty and finishes sweet.

The mouth feel is medium-thick with the perfect amount of carbonation. Nice and creamy.

Very drinkable...like a desert in a glass. The great flavors hide the 8.1% ABV well. This offering will be stocked in my cooler for sure!

Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-jet black in color, thick and viscous, creamy dark brown head, decent retention leaving a light lacing on the glass.

S-big roasted coffee notes, smells like a fresh roasted dark cup of joe

T/M-the taste is huge, drinking a dark roasted coffee, touch of vanilla and dark chocolate. a hint of dark fruit sweetness at the back. extremely smooth and thick, full bodied and chewy, perfectly carbonated.

D-wow, this is like drinking coffee right here with a touch of cream and some sweetness at the back. very easy drinking with this mouthfeel and is there even alcohol in here?

Photo of leakyfaucet12
2.76/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle w/ a turtle on it recieved in a trade

A- Dark Black with tan head goes away quick and not impressive to look at.

S-Wet dog with a hint of coffee, pretty dissapointing

T- Weak flavor, i pick up the oatmeal and coffee

M- Thick and creamy with hints of carbonation

d- pretty much could only have one of these

Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a dark brown color. Almost black but not quite. One finger dark brownish head stays around for a little while. No lacing left on the glass at all but it seems like the liquid itself in clinging to the walls of the glass.

S- Big black coffee roast in the front of this beer. Some light sweetness almost like molasses comes into play as well. Bready malts also take a light stand forward in parts of the nose. Some light chocolate tones thrown in there too.

T- Nice big roasted coffee taste in the forefront. Behind this there is a light semi-sweet chocolate note hiding for a second before unleashing itself. The coffee flavor comes out a lot more after this with some alcohol in the back end of this beer.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the beer. Coffee with a light chocolate tone was left on the palate and mostly coffee with some alcohol was left in the aftertaste. Clean flavors throughout this beer. Left a oily like presence on the palate after the beer was done.

D- This was a very drinkable coffee stout. Nothing too overpowering which was a nice change with this style. Would like to get my hands on some more.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Opaque beer pours thick and oily with an almost absurdly thick dark brown head. Sheets of semi-adherent lacing. This is just beautiful.

Smell: This thing smells like an iced mocha. I think if you smelled it blindly, you'd be hard pressed to call it beer. Sweet with intense coffee and hints of chocolate.

Taste: Sweet roasted and burnt malts, big coffee flavor, bittersweet chocolate, and fudge. Vanilla and caramel are noted too.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full and very creamy. Its not unlike a milkshake. I've had bigger feeling stouts before, but this is very smooth and nice.

Drinkability: Really one of the best coffee stouts I've had. I've had a bunch of these this season, in part because our local pizza place has them on draft. This is even better as it warms, but I challenge you to not pound it. Interestingly, I know several women who are not fond of beer in general drank this and asked for more.

7/31/11- Just drank a random, accidentally cellared '09 bottle. Still very good, but less intense everything, especially the coffee. Its melded and become too smooth, soft, and toned down.

Photo of chefmikeanderson
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Color is black with a brownish coffee hue. huge head when poured aggressively with huge head retention. Coats the glass really well

S:smells like dark chocolate covered raisin thats been soaked in coffee. Has a lot of roasted sweetness smell. reminds me of an old ale besides the coffee

T:Bittersweet chocolate with a more pronounced coffee flavor. I dont get the raisiny sweetness as much as the smell which is little let down for me. lots of roasted burnt flavors with a little alcohol heat but not in a bad way

M: Real full bodied. completely coats my mouth every sip. nice amount of carbonation to help pronounce every flavor when sipped and savored

D: I dont consider many beers a "sipper" but this onefits into that category. Not huge amounts of alcohol at 8.1% but this sure does pack a wallop of flavor. Hard to drink more than one of these but that one is quite enjoyable

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

Well, here it goes....my first review!
Bottle poured into a imperial pint glass.

A- black as midnight with 3/4'' of a brown foamy head that dissipates as I enjoy it's goodness. Little to no lacing left on my glass
S- Like I'm strolling down the aisle in the supermarket where they sell all the fresh coffee beans. I don't get anything other then the coffee bean smell here.
T- The smell doesn't steer you wrong on this one. The coffee jumps right out on you. As I savour the beer, I get a hint of vanilla, chocolate, and surprisingly to me somewhat of a nutty pine flavour. The alcohol presence is much less than I would expect from a 8+ abv. I believe I will let the next one warm up rather then drinking this straight from the fridge.
M- The beer goes from being thin to being creamy as I let it sit in my mouth for a few seconds. I get a tingly sensation on the tip of my tongue from the carbonation.
D- I wish I could replace my cup of coffee with this everyday. However, I don't believe I would sit at the bar and drink this all night long. Sure, I'd have a couple to get me rolling, but I don't see myself sticking with it all night.

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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