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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Ratings: 3,338
Reviews: 1,207
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 709
Gots: 567 | FT: 47
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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 pokesbeerdude
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Wasatch in our last trade.

A: Very dark brown, close to black with a tan cap, not much when poured, but a light ring of bubbles appears towards the outside of the glass. Mostly opaque, with a light ring of brown on the edges. Nice looking beer.

S: Coffee grounds, molasses, dark chocolate, and more coffee, this one smells, nice strong flavors. I'm really enjoying the coffee in the nose here.

T: Chocolate comes out a lot more in the taste than in the nose, coffee is more towards the end of the beer. Big time milk chocolate flavors, coffee is more of a dark roast, really robust. Molasses characteristic crosses over from the nose, and there are a few hints of brown sugar as well. Excellent.

M: Smooth, thick, and rich, oh yeah! This is excellent and one of the better ones in the style. Very smooth. Coffee is somewhat acidic, and that detracts from it being perfect, but this is exceptional.

D: Easy to drink, but a little too rich and too strong on the booze end to session. Still an easy beer to drink. Excellent beer, I hope to find this again.

Thanks John!

Photo of kbm
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle for this from a trade with Keifdog. Thanks buddy!

Smell is of spent wet coffee grounds. It was a little bit of a turn off for me but I can certainly see why someone would like it. Lots of roastiness.

Dark ruddy brown/black. Little bit of head with faint lacing.
Taste is malty, coffee chocolate and slightly boozy. I was a little unsure because I wasn't so into the nose but the taste was over coffee.

Full bodied - don't think I could drink more than a 12 oz bottle.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Turtles. Pours a midnight black color with decent viscous sticking power. A darker thick head with a great head retention and lacing through the tasting.

The nose is limited overall. Some malty notes with hints of the darker malts. Chocolate and a bit of roast. Some minor lactic notes but more along the lines of a acid than oatmeal. Limited overall.

The taste is much more descript versus the nose. The malt comes out nicely with a good base. Some chocolate notes and a more distinct coffee flavor. More of a bean coffee type of flavor versus a coffee infusion. Some roast but limited. The oatmeal is distinct and noticeable. Really hides some of the astringent notes. The yeast is noticeable as well. Some heat and a noticeable ester profile. Mostly plums and figs but a light rose peddle thing on the back end. Some minor vanilla note that almost hints at oak, but feint.

The body is closer to full than moderate. The astringency is not over powering thanks to the oat flavor. Some heat that would do well with some time. A good oatmeal stout but would benefit from age.

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

The color is a nice black with tan ring around the rim, and very little lacing. The nose is coffee, roasted malts, and a little touch of bitter chocolate. The taste is about the same. It's bitter coffee, and a tad bit of bitter chocolate finish. It's boasts roasted malts and bitter coffee finish. Overall not bad. Worth a shot if you have the means.

Photo of ryrust5301
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark syrupy black color with a thin coco powder head. Looks like it could be a little thin. Smell is just what you would think it would be, oatmeal with a sweet chocolate thats balanced by some coffee tones. Pretty good, but a lot sweeter and more milky than I was expecting. It's almost like a sweet milk stout. Thin mouthfeel, but it helps it drink easy. A little different than I thought it would be, and surprised by the milky sweeteness. Enjoyable though.

Photo of portia99
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (VINTAGE08AA) poured into a Portsmouth goblet. Received in a trade with BeerLovinGrl - thanks Chrissy!

A - Pours an oily black, totally opaque with a thin, fizzy, soda-like head that disappears immediately. A few straggling bubbles around the edges is all that remains.

S - Deeply roasted aromas, strong coffee, dark chocolate, burnt aromas. Smells really good and inviting.

T - Coffee, licorice, and really dark chocolate. A little bit of astringency comes thru and some alcohol flavor present too.

M - Very smooth and oily. Carbonation is low - just enough to know it's there, but doesn't interfere.

D - Very smooth beer. Lots of rich flavors. If it wasn't for the astringency, this would be a really easy drinker. Just that little bit of pucker it gives holds it back for me. But overall, a very good beer.

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

A - A thick black viscous liquid with 1/2" dark chocolate head rises from a decent pour.

S - I could smell the coffee right after I popped the top on the bottle. A solid vanilla cream mixes with chocolate and creates something I could smell all night.

T - It's great. A solid mix of coffee, dark chocolate, and toasted malt. It really took the beer warming up to release it's full body, but now I can't stop sipping it.

M/D - Nice full body. The oatmeal makes it stick to your mouth. There is no hint of the alcohol and I could sip this all night long.

It's been a while since I've had a breakfast stout, so I'll have to crack one tomorrow night to make the decision of which is my favorite.

Photo of vacax
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle.

Pours a black or very dark brown. Head and retention is a bit lacking. Aroma has huge amount of nice coffee and sweet chocolate, cookie dough, dark fruit, candied apples, and a bit of alcohol. Coffee dominates the flavor profile as well, but not as much as it did the aroma. Beyond the coffee my tongue senses dark fruits, vanilla, and a warming cognac-like finish. Thick, smooth mouthfeel with medium and slightly prickly carbonation. If I had access to this beer it is definitely something I would like to drink again.

Photo of mugglesandhops
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a few of these in trade. Poured 12oz. bottle into my snifter. Poured and opaque black color with a dark tan head that faded to an oily film that layed atop the body of the beer. not much lacing at all. Smelled roasty, coffee but not as much as I would think with the description it has. The chocolate was there but not as up front as I expected either. The taste made up for what it was lacking in the smell. Thick body, very drinkable.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a one finger mocha head that fades quickly to a sticky ring.

Smells like freshly roasted coffee beans and cocoa, with a hint of vanilla.

Taste begins with sweet chocolate and vanilla flavors, before some rich coffee with only a slight bitterness. The oats really keep this smooth and balanced. Just a bit of alcohol in the finish.

Creamy, smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel.

A very drinkable and well-balanced beer. Extremely enjoyable. Maybe some day Terrapin will distribute in NH.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with the lightest hint of dark brown around the edges. Thick creamy brown head, consisting of lots of little bubbles. Lots of lacing left behind in the snifter. Beautiful beer.

S - Big mix of chocolate and fresh roasted coffee beans. Balance each other remarkably well. As the beer warms the chocolate actually becomes a little stronger.

T - Bitter sweet chocolate initially but the coffee enters real quick. Big roasty flavors throughout with the acrid taste that some big beers like this often take. A surrisingly strong bitterness comes in at the end showing off Terrapin's undying love of the hop. Excellent all around bee here.

M/D - Medium to full bodied, maybe a touch lighter than I would expect from a big beer like this. Very creamy and smooth going down. Alcohol is masked very well and is very easy drinking.

Photo of Shaw
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage enjoyed in June 2009.

Pours totally black, without much of a head, despite a hard pour.

What an aroma! A great, rich coffee smell that has hints of cream. This is one of the best-smelling beers out there.

The taste is awesome. The flavors of coffee combine with sweet malty notes without the tannin bite you would expect from coffee or stout.

Of course, the body is smooth and glassy with a velvet quality from the oatmeal.

This is one of the best stouts on the planet. Seek it out; it will not disappoint.

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

12 oz. bottle. Pours a black color with a good foamy brown head, good lacing. Aroma is initial chocolate, coffee, oats, and roasted malts. Flavor is very similar, mainly coffee and a slight touch of fruity esters. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, a nice coffee bitter aftertaste that sticks around for a while. Very good beer, the coffee expresses itself much more as the beer warms.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: solid black color, thin brown head quickly disappears, no lacing
s: roasted coffee overpowers chocolate notes and slight hop bitterness
t: coffee continues to dominate but decent balance with sweet chocolate flavors, bitter hop finish tempered with chocolate
m: tries to be silky smooth, but falls short with a thinner, almost syrup-like feel; little carbonation
d: an enjoyable brew that's fairly easy to down

Photo of carp420
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz->imperial pint

big and black with a frothy foamy finger and a half dark tan colored head. rich coffee and chocolate smell with burnt cookies and lots of over roasted malts. taste of big coffee, malty flavor, overly sweet with chocolate and dough. big and creamy mouthfeel that makes you want to savor the experience of this beer, one and done until the winter rolls around but i probably wouldn't finish all four in a sitting. i'd say terrapin hit this one out of the park

Photo of clayrock81
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a blackish body with two finger brown head that is stick itself and just leaves lace stuck to my glass. Huge aroma of roasted and coffee malt, with hints of oat, dark chocolate and caramel. Taste is more of the same as this beer is a little chewey and thick, full-bodied with excellent smoothness. A huge surge of coffee and roasted/toasted malts takes the tastebuds for a ride but is balanced by the oatmeal for a mix of dry and sweet tastes. Finishes with a dry backbite as it passes over smooth. Hints of dark chocolate and toffee in taste. An excellent beer to relax with and sip on.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to jyounger30. "vintage 08 AA" tasted in early april 2009. poured into tulip.

black, almost opaque. foamy 1-finger head soon fades to just wisps and ring, but is quite a dark beige brown, and to its credit stays around all the way to the end, though the lacing never sticks.

aroma: light coffee and roasted malt with hint of caramel and cocoa. more coffee roast comes out as it progresses. whiff of alcohol right after pour but none later.

taste: malty sweet base with lots of coffee, including mild to moderate coffee-like acidity. roasted malts contribute to bitterness and acidity too. some resinous hop note in the overall bitterness, which is moderate to bold. touch more acidity in the finish too.

smooth, almost viscous, with slight acidic texture. moderate carbonation gives creaminess.

a bit simple, and could be a tad more robust, but still decent.

Photo of KeefD
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks go out to JCB for this one! Pours a very thick dark brown color which is absolutely black in the glass with a nice two finger creamed coffee colored head that left some decent lacing. Aroma is of chocolate covered espresso beans, caramel, and all around roastiness. Great coffee and chocolate flavor in this one. Coffee is ront and center, dark bitter chocolate is next on the flavor wave, followed by a nice roastiness, sweet at first, but dry and bitter on the finish. Oily, slick, creamy mouthfeel, with low carbonation. Delicious coffee stout and hopefully this one will hold up with some age as I save a few bottles of it.

Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PhiDelt for the generous extra. 12oz. bottle served in my New Belgium Globe glass. Vintage 08. Poured with motor oil like consistency - one shade shy of black with a quarter inch khaki-colored head that dissipated within seconds into a tight band around the perimeter of the glass and soapy swirl. Only a few spots of lacing present during the tasting. Big coffee nose - rich grounds, as well as some molasses, but I also got a bit of a vegetal aroma off the cap pop; luckily it dissipated in the glass. Taste follows nose, but there is also a great deal of sweetness, as well as bitter (perhaps baker's) chocolate and molasses. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slick across the tongue with a light effervescence in the background and a slightly chalky quality at the finish. This is a really tasty stout that improves as it warms. I really like the balance of coffee and sweetness on this one.

Photo of dukedevil0
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple single 12oz bottles of this at Bocktown outside of Pittsburgh.

A: Pours dark oily black wuth a beautiful 2 fingers of mocha colored head that settles down a little bit and leaves lacing on the glass.

S: Chocolate, coffee, some roastiness

T: Coffee is the dominant flavor here, with some bitter or roasty flavors following it

M: Nice mouthfeel that isn't totally creamy, but it's just thin enough to not be considered thick

D: The alcohol is not prominent, the flavor is solid, but just a little too bitter and roasty to drink a lot of this

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

Big thank you to beeruser for this fine brew.

A - Pours a nice thick black with a DARK brown head. Sweet nectar.

S - Coffee is definitely the stand out here. Not really getting much else. A hint of burnt chocolate malt.

T - Strong coffee flavor as well. Not as much as a fresh FBS but then again this has a couple of months on it as well. Smooth chocolate to combat the bitter coffee. Not a bit of alcohol flavor to speak of at all.

M - Not as thick as I want out of a stout but I like the carbonation. Well played Terrapin. Well played.

D - For 8.1% this stuff goes down EASY. Without a doubt an Imperial Session beer if ever there was one.

I am so glad I have three more. This is a damn good beer.

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

thanks Jason !

vintage 2008 per label

pours jet black with light cocoa head, light retention.

nice coffee notes mixed with light chocolate and light roasted malts.

perfect blend of coffee and roasted malts. the coffee is very noticeable but blends so well so it is not overpowering. very like chocolate notes and like aftertaste.

not too smooth, not too thick and very smooth. very light thin carbonation.

this is a GREAT coffee stout. it is very light and easy for what it is. the coffee blends so well. hands down one of the better coffee stouts i have had.

Photo of Finster
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had the pleasure to taste this particular beer on tap, and was very impressed. I tried a few different samplers and settled on this. The name listed for this beer at the resturaunt i dined at was "wake and bake" - given that - it will definately get you a buzz kicking with with about two. The taste is remarkable - a hint of coffee and very chocolatey. Also goes great with some decent Mexican food. Would like to do some more research with this beer. The Finster is impressed.

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

Thanks to ericwo for this awesome extra... a beer which was high on my wants awhile back but one that I had forgotten about.

Pours black with a light brown head. Of course, we get a bunch of coffee in the nose. Huge coffee and oat on the taste buds... this is not a case of bait & switch by any means. It is palette damaging... but the side of bacon still tasted porky!

I had this, this morning along with pancakes. This was the best morning of my life. My first offering from Terrapin and certainly, not my last.

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

Purchased a bottle at Fathead's in Pittsburgh.

A- Pours very dark, almost black, and opaque. Very little dark brown head.

S- Strong dark roasted coffee scent

T- Very coffee like, subtle bitterness, no alcohol burn

M- Creamy, very smooth, a nice thick coating on the tongue

D- Very nice, although one or two in a session would be sufficient with the strong flavors

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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