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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 3,488
Reviews: 1,226
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
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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 Gyle41386
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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 -6.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -4%
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 -1.9%
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 +2.3%
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 +4.7%
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 -2.3%
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 -3%
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 -1.6%
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 -6.3%
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 -7.7%
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 -1.6%
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 -8.8%
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.

Photo of jmhart
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black and thick, thicker than anything I've had, and I've had more than my share of imperial stouts. Pours like thick muddy coffee (surprise surprise, right?). Moderate pour yields a rich brown head, that leaves a strong lace and moderate webbing.

S - Espresso elements hit first. If your an espresso person, this has a strong resemblance to esspressos with heavy berry aromas. After the berry/espresso, a semi-sweet bitterness hits like that of cold espresso. The coffee is strong. Underneath it all is a rich roasted malt aroma that balances nicely.

T - Strong roasted malt is the most predominant flavor. The coffee takes a back seat and nearly all the bitterness that was in the aroma is not present in the taste. There's some mild earthy hoppiness in the middle, and a bittersweet chocolate finish.

M- Thick with no carbonation. Rolls and coats the mouth with that same consistency of evaporated milk.

D- It's a good beer, but heavy. Drinkability is high at first, but after about 9 ounces it starts to become repetitive and daunting.

Overall- Really enjoyable throughout the first one, but I imagine the other 3 from my 4 pack will hang out in the fridge for a month or two, dwindling in number slowly.

Photo of steve8robin
3.14/5  rDev -27%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Extra in a trade...

A: Awesome thick dark black stout with a thick 2 inch dark chocolate colored head that fades at a medium pace. Awesome.

S: Espresso upfront with raisin in the middle and chocolate hops on the backend. Decent.

T: Very grassy espresso upfront. Not in a good way. Ick! Kind of black licorice like. I hate black licorice.

M: Leaves a sticky palate. Full of black licorice flavor. Nothing special.

D: Goes down super easy. Very good.

All in all, this is a crater beer. Crater beer meaning it starts good and ends good, but dips big in the middle. Not worth hunting. Ok to try once. Not much special. Eh.

Photo of nsmartell
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the bottle marked "Vintage 09AA" to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a 1inch mocha colored head with nice looking bubbles throughout.

Smell: The aroma is more mocha than coffee, which is nice. Smells also of bitter chocolate and a hint of sweet malt.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests, this beer tastes of mocha and bitter chocolate but now the alcohol comes through.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: Very tasty but maybe too sweet for more than a couple. But overall, a nice and sweet tasting coffee beer. Not sure it comes across as "imperial" though. I was expecting a bit more. That being said, I would drink this again and would recommend.

Photo of pmccallum86
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Blazer06 for sending this my way.

Appearance is a dark motor oil black, little to no head. Very dark, no light gets through at all.

Smell is a cold coffee and huge roasted malts. Oatmeal also comes through in the back. Very good smelling beer.

Taste is of coffee and dark bitter chocolates with a huge roasted malt backbone. Tastes like a liquid chocolate and oatmeal cookie, sweet! Very good beer, Terrapin continues to impress the hell out of me. Not much is said about this brewery but their beers always impress, and they have another hit here.

Mouthfeel is rich and heavy with a light level of carbonation. Velvety smooth mouthfeel, great finish.

Drinkability is pretty damn good, this beer is like eating a delicious chocolate oatmeal cookie.

Photo of homebrew311
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as extra in trade with Beerisheaven- Thanks!

A: pours a silky opaque black, dark brown head with no retention

S: bold, roasty coffee, notes of oatmeal and loads of dark chocolate... this smells delicious

T: the roasty coffee is all up front and followed by dark chocolate. Long and slightly sweet finish with lingering roasty notes on the palate

mf: slick mouthfeel, very silky texture, carbonation is a tad high

D: another delicious coffee infused stouts-- one of my favorite styles... not sure if this measures up to FBS or Surly Four, but it is certainly tasty!

Photo of BTPete
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured to pint glass.

A: Pitch black with small dirty brown head. Bubbles bounce around on top of beer like coffee would.

S: Big roasted coffee nose. Hints of alcohol lying underneath.

T: Roasted coffee with a little chocolate underneath. Some bitterness, maybe from hops maybe from coffee but still smooth like an oatmeal stout with a little heat.

M: low carb but works for style.

D: Good drinker for 8.1%. Good coffee stout.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.27/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I recieved bottles of this from several of my trade partners so thanks goes out to all of you.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark chocolate brown bordering on black. The dark mocha head bursts to full three fingers and flirts with going over the top edge of my glass. After a brief rest the head fades leaving a small cap and no lace.

The aroma is a mix of harsh black coffee and wet cardboard. Dark fruits and booze are quite present as well. Not what I was expecting from such a highy rated beer.

The flavor is pure black coffee. Light hints of chocolate and dark fruit can be picked out. The alcohol is very present as well.

Medium to full chewy body. Light carbonation.

Overall a bit of a let down. The aroma and flavor were less than stellar. I have a handful of bottles of this so I will revisit it. Maybe my opinion will change with future tastings.

Photo of reeverbythespeak
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I absolutely love this beer. It pours like oil with a rich dark head. It wreaks of Jittery Joe's in the best way possible. Full coffee flavors with hints of chocolate malts get your eyes open again. The oily attenuation makes it stick to your teeth like the thickest coffee I've ever brewed. Good thing it comes in a four pack because it's way too easy to drink. This beer is the bomb for any coffee stout lover.

Photo of AprilMarie
3.15/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pitch black with little or no head. Dark tan head if there is one.
S- very strong coffee, with hint of chocolate
T- strong coffee taste- can taste the alcohol.
MF- hard to drink, heavy flavor. thick body but not a lot of carbonation
D- flavorful in alcohol and coffee. not smooth at all. would drink maybe again if this was a choice given over others that are not appealing. but would not put the money down into buying it again.

Photo of JamesS
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a wonderful deep deep brown, but with no head and no lacing. Great deep scent, a huge malt sweetness, deep and dark, with hints of licorice and plum/prune, and a wonderful slight roastiness and slight coffee scent. Great deep taste, with a wonderful dark roasty malt flavor; nice coffee tones, but not overdone like too many coffee stouts, the perfect amount for a coffee stout; nice slight sweetness from the oats, but no oat flavors to overcome the others, including a slight plum/prune flavor. Goes down wonderfully well, with just a bit of alcohol heat.

Photo of thedoubler55
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick, viscous pour that appears a very deep brownish black color.
S: Immediate coffee bean followed with a little bit of booze, and on the tail end of the nose it had some very nice milk chocolate mixed in.
T: Very dark and heavy beer... lot of coffee and chocolate that is really well balanced.
M: Simply heaven, as it had looked initially it enveloped the mouth like oil. Very impressive stuff here!
D: Not an extremely drinkable beer here but I don't mind it one bit, quite enjoyable.

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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