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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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world-class

3,061 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,061
Reviews: 1,178
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 687
Gots: 474 | 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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Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

brewcrew76, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of goindownsouth
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of flexabull
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

flexabull, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

demcorhip, May 28, 2007
Photo of montageman
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

montageman, May 27, 2007
Photo of mjgardner
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Series

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.

mjgardner, May 23, 2007
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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

WesWes, May 21, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

umustdrink, May 17, 2007
Photo of Crosling
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Crosling, May 13, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

russpowell, May 13, 2007
Photo of onehomesickalien
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

onehomesickalien, May 11, 2007
Photo of cktison
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into glass.
A: Dark and darker, creamy, espresso crema like head - 2" but think and dense tiny bubbles that stick around. Head diminishes slowly leaving gorgeous lacing - really a beautiful beer.
S: Wow. Coffee obviously, sweet malts and chocolate comes through, even some sharp hop character.
T: Toasted malts, sugars and cream. Coffee is dominant flavor, but fits with all the malts in it - really amazing. The oatmeal comes through - brown sugar.
M: Creamy, dense, very light carbonation.
D: Easy to enjoy, high alcohol, sip is slowly and its a fantastic beer. Really a great, flavorful stout.

cktison, May 02, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Shivtim for bringing this to beer club. Pours pitch black and with a huge brown head. Smells chocolatey and truffley with a definite coffee backbone. some sherry-like odors too. Taste is absolutely dominated by coffee and dark chocolate. Tons of coffee...also some dark fruits, hints of mocha. pretty darn tasty. milkshakey mouthfeel goes down smooth. A lot like founder's breakfast stout but maybe not quite as delicious.

aforbes10, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of shivtim
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack of this in Atlanta to share with the Michiana Coalition of the Drinking back in South Bend.
Gotta love the label. I always like it when reptiles can cook and wear clothes.
Looks very impressive when poured. Deep opaque black/brown with an awesome dense head. Bubbles rise very slowly. Nose is dark chocolate and malts. Taste is intense oats and malts, with coffee grounds and a nice charred smoky malts flavor. Mouthfeel is thick, and drinkability is good. Best turtle-themed beer I've had.

shivtim, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of llitsua
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, label mistakenly says 2006, but is a 2007. Pouring in snifter yields 1.5 cm mocha head, which stays around for around 5 minutes, before yielding a ring, the thickness of which is determined by the size of the bubbles contained within. Smell is delightful- strong coffee smell, with hints of roasted malt, creamy chocolate, and oatmeal cookies. Like with the smell, coffee dominates the taste- maybe a bit overpowering for some, but I find it quite pleasant- there are bitter chocolate notes in the taste as well, bitterness being most detected in the finish. Mouthfeel is a heavy medium, with a slick viscosity, carbonation is mostly limited to a tinge of bubbles on the tip of the tongue at initial contact. For a double stout- incredibly drinkable!

llitsua, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a nice opaque black with a thin off-white head that diminished to razor thin but left some spotty lacing. The aroma was strong on roasted coffee with roasted barley and a slight amount of bitter chocolate showing through as well. The beer was slightly heavy but the alcohol was somewhat well hidden. This is a very enjoyable double stout.

atsprings, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of granite
3.2/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A--- Poured a dark brown to black with a thin tan head.

S--- Coffee and roasted malt make up the nose.

T--- Grainy, astringent roasted malt forward followed by a very unpleasant tobacco like flavor. Low bitterness, salty, oxidized and lip puckering dryness in the finish.

M--- Thin to medium bodied with little carbonation.

D--- I had a chance to try a bottle brewed in 06 and it really shined. Unfortunately I did not review it then. I remember this as being a chewy, full bodied stout. This bottle was stale and lifeless.

granite, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees.

A - Pours a deep brown with minimal head...more of a medium-brown lacing that rests atop the brew.

S - This takes the cake for coffee stouts...very rich aroma of a full-bodied coffee with some cocoa/nuttiness in the background. Much more of a coffee aroma than other stouts I've tried...next closest would be the Java Stout from Bell's.

T - Bold, robust stout dominated by coffee and cocoa. Little else to say...a real punch in the mouth of coffee goodness.

M - Very creamy, medium-body with a strong, lingering finish.

D - Wonderful...didn't detect the alcohol among the other powerful flavors. Best Imperial Stout I've had to date, and my favorite of the Monster Beer selections.

JohnnyM2002, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass. "2007 Monster Beer Tour", labeled as 8.1% ABV.

A: The blackest of blacks, pours smooth and velvety, with a 3-finger+ dark beige head, easily cresting over the glass' rim. After a quick paper mop-up, I came back to find the head had diminished a little, great clinging lace down the glass. While examining the remnants of head and beginning to take a whiff, I noted a lumpy blob floating on top; I fished out a sizable nugget of gelatinous goop. The "ick" factor remained low, as I recalled hearing of a similar "find" on an episode of Craft Beer Radio (in either Founders Breakfast Stout or KBS). Anyhow, more of a curiosity than anything else... probably a '5' otherwise - a gorgeous stout.

S: Modestly robust dark roasted coffee. Malty rolled oats. Light tinge of oxidized sourness.

T: Full of charred malts, lightly sweetened and grainy-tasting oatmeal cereal. A light nuttiness and a touch sour/metallic. A jolt of roasted coffee enwraps all those flavors. Tasty.

M: Wonderfully full mouthfeel, nicely carbonated. Superbly balanced between rich roasted coffee bitterness and lighter, sweeter malts. Lingers several minutes on the tongue and throughout the mouth.

D: Very drinkable & easy to enjoy. Big flavorful stout, relatively high ABV - definitely good enough to have again. Recommended!

Thanks to WeisGuy for sending a couple of these.

msubulldog25, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of Alkey
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured a very dark brown with a small brown head that leaves a few specks of lace. This beer has a very nice freshly ground coffee aroma along with some roasted malt. Taste has lots of toasted and roasted malt with a bit of a espresso flavor and a chewy almost creamy oatmeal. The feel is somewhat light and has a slight tingle of carbonation. This is a very easy to drink brew and probably one of my favorite session styles even though I'm not a coffee drinker.

Alkey, Mar 19, 2007
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3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to mikesgroove for the chance to try this beer! I liked this beer but reviewed it within the oatmeal stout style rather than the double stout style listed here.

A - Jet black with a small dark brown head

S - Semi sweet chocolate, dark brown sugar, molasses.

T - Similar to smell with a very light roasted flavor. Might just be me, but the Jittery Joe's coffee was more apparent in the label than in the brew. tasted more like this brew took a slight step to the right when compared to a typical sweet oatmeal stout.

M - medium to full bodied. creates a syrupy feel without being cloying. Smooth drinking.

D - An enjoyable beer. If you like an oatmeal stout I would recommend trying this one. The coffee takes some of the sweet edge off in this brew but doesn't detract from the mouthfeel in any way.

barleywinebrewer, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of rayjay
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Monster Beer Tour; this one is thanks to the great beer advocate and trader zrrbrrt.

Very little foam, no lacing, but the carbonation is deceptively low because the mouthfeel is pretty lively and boarderline Coca-Cola, at least until it warms to room temp. I'd expect this small of a head from a 12% monster.

Nose: a toasty oatmeal stout with lots of roasted malts, some light rubbing alcohol, licorice, brewed coffee, band aids, yerba mate tea, sauerkraut, chili pepper, equal parts earthy and chemical (medicinal).

Lots of flavors going on, much in line with the smells I got. Oatmeal and coffee are in equal proportions with the black and chocolate malts; all are quite evident but none steal the show. Hard water feel. Very nice sour finish just like hour old coffee. Definately lots of depth and interesting flavors, but the balance is a tiny bit off--I didn't feel like the flavors totally melted together. Fairly thick and sticky, I really dig the old-school RIS flat mouthfeel. The only alcohol I detect is are higher alcohols I can smell.

Very nice, and recommended. Cheers!

rayjay, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to blackie for including this in my ba anniv package.

A: Pours a black as night jet black color with a one finger toffee colored head. Retention hangs out for dissipates enough to only leave a thin skim on top. Sticky lacing on the glass.
S: Bitter coffee grinds are the most apparent aromas that come up first. Slight ash aromas as well. Sweet caramel notes also.
T/M: Hefty roasted malt. Robust and rich on the palate with both chocolate and caramel flavors. Silky smooth and slightly sticky oatmeal flavors last into the finish. There’s an ashy almost gritty or chalky mouthfeel, that technically shouldn’t enhance the beer, but this does. Bitterness leads into a roasted malt aftertaste. Medium to full bodied with a low carbonation.
D: Highly drinkable with a lower abv than other, comparable double stouts. Smooth and silkyness makes this beer a tough one to just sip on as the mouthfeel is excellent. Wake and bake it is--this would be a great stout to have with breakfast...possibly with some eggs or pancakes.

bjohnson, Mar 06, 2007
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3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle w/ some awesome artwork, thanks to markgugs for the opportunity!

A: Almost black, with the slightest hints of brown when held up to the light. Nice foamy, creamy-looking brown head about an inch thick, and some gnarly carbonation.

S: Really stouty, fresh ground coffee and dark chocolate malts come through the most. REALLY stong, and just a rich nose in general.

T: Tastes like coffee with a bit of a beer flavor, rather than the other way around. Burnt malt kicks in there as well. Oatmeal and bitter, bitter chocolate follow the initial flavors. I have to say, I was a little disappointed by a lack of balance in this brew. It is an interesting flavor, and comes immediately to mind as a breakfast stout, but a little off in my eyes with the coffee overpowering the other flavors from the nose. A little change in tastes would make an ultimately more complex brew.

M: Smoooth. Really creamy and filling, but goes down without any stickiness or residue that you find in a lot of stouts, particularly imperials.

D: Quite drinkable, as it has a nice coffee taste and goes down oh-so-smoothly. Though I think that the taste could be shifted and balanced a little in my opinion, this is really worth a shot.

umfskibum, Mar 03, 2007
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3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - thanks to mikesgroove

Pours a coal black with a very creamy cocoa head that thins, but maintains. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is bold roast coffee with layers of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a semi-sweet dark fruitiness in the background.

Espresso flavor upfront leads into a very roasty malt taste with dark cocoa and a hint of oatmeal. Finishes with a mildly sweet dark fruity flavor and a lingering coffee taste.

Body seems light for an imperial/double stout. Good carbonation.

Easy drinking stout, definitely deserving the hype surrounding it. If you enjoy a bold cup of coffee, this stout is for you.

MaltyGoodness, Mar 03, 2007
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,061 ratings.