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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 3,478
Reviews: 1,223
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 731
Gots: 616 | FT: 58
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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 Freethyhops
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

09 Vintage 12oz bottle

A- pours pitch black. a vigorous pour produced a huge amount of head. I had to stop pouring so it wouldn't pour over the top. fairly heavy lacing.

S- huge roasted character dominates the nose. sweet malts and the oats come through and smell like freshly cooked oatmeal. maybe a little cocoa in the backround

T- pure espresso goodness. a perfect amount of chocolate and roasted flavors mix together in a way that put starbucks to shame. it's super creamy too. maybe due to the oats? despite the large amount of coffee used this beer doesn't have the bitterness or most coffee stouts. it stays on the sweet side which really adds to the beer.

M/D- super thick and creamy. surprisingly so considering its only 8.1%. it's not nearly as carbonated as I thought it would be after the huge head it produced. it stays silky and helps it go down smoother.

Photo of Kelp
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beerisheaven for this one. Having it with dinner as we speak. Love the color to it inky black and the head just reminds me of chocolate. Smells amazing til the end. I catch chocolate toffee, malt, and lastly strong coffee. This started off as an amazing beer to me just wonderful flavors for an oatmeal stout chocolatey and creamy and then all I can taste is strong coffee after taste (yuck). This heavy after taste somewhat ruins the beer for me, but a lovely brew if you like coffee. Creamy, velvety, with a hint of chewiness to the feel in my mouth. Each sip makes me think how nice the beer would be if i enjoyed coffee or if it didn't have such a strong coffee finish. I would certainly have it again, but only on great occasions. Overall a great beer just not to my particular likings.

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

On tap at the Taco Mac

Came in a large 20oz pour very black with a tan thin head barely covering the top. It dissapated quickly to nothing.

Scents of coffee and roasted malt along with something I couldn't really place, kind of bitter? The taste was heavily of coffee and chocolate at the finish.

It had a very silky smooth mouthfeel slightly bitter due to coffee I'd guess. This one is very strong both in taste and in ABV only one in an evening but you need to savor this one and not chug it down.

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

G - Poured slightly too hard into my Tripel Karmeliet goblet. The head took about five minutes to get settled down.

A - Amazing. Blacker than my soul (not the first time its been said) and with a tremendously big head and plastered lacing everywhere. Ridiculous retention. Pour carefully, as the head takes longer than usual to rise, and a hard pour may cause an unexpected over-foam.

S - Phenomenal smell of coffee. Just fresh roasted coffee. Not so complex, but certainly pleasant.

T - Carries on where the smell started. An exceptionally well-blended marriage of the flavors; this is good 'ol USA diner-style coffee with two sugars, no cream. Very pleasant, wonderful finish and aftertaste.

M - A tad thin, but very nice all the same. It has a nice, non-dry (wet?) texture.

D - This is a great idea for the morning drive to work, in place of your Starbucks. All kidding aside, it's highly enjoyable.

Photo of Thur123
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of this beer is a deep coffee black with a stained wood colored head, just very brown foam. The smell is what else but a bunch of coffee. The coffee smells spicy and medium bodied with a lot of sweetness. Also the oats add a kind of light breaded scent.

Glug glug glug

Big and acidic coffee flavors, but a very real coffee flavor as well. Seems to represent the aspects of both dark and bold coffees to lighter and sweet blends. Very tasty.

Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a little dark tan head. It smelled like fresh roasted coffee with some toasted oats and rich dark chocolate. It tasted like roasted coffee with some bitter chocolate and burnt oats, and a bit of pumpernickel bread. It was fairly thick with a little carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very nice coffee stout with excellent scent and body. It was fairly simple but very clean and tasty. It hid the alcohol well too, so it was very easy to drink. I'd love to try this side by side with Brunch Weasel, because I think it's nearly as good. Top notch coffee flavor that isn't too harsh, and I could enjoy drinking rather regularly.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a fat tire tulip glas. No head to speak of, thin whisps on the surface of the black as night beer. Absolutely no light gets through this oily viscous stout.

Aromas of coffee, chocolate and toffee. And alcohol. Smells like my wife's favorite chocolate martini.

First taste is more subdued and more roasty than the aromas. Much more roast flavor, the coffee and chocolate don't come out as much. Some chocolate in the back, at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel is not as oily and viscous as the pour. Medium to full mouthfeel. Alcohol is evident, but not biting.

Overall drinkability is good. Would go back again, but not sure I could/would want to drink more than one in a sitting.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the 2008 vintage, wish I had a fresh one to compare it to.

The appearance is thick, black, and produces a one finger cocoa head. The head stays for a while, produces no lacing.

The smell is very faint, but coffee is a very strong smell. There are also hints of bitter chocolate and burnt grains.

The tastes are good, but would of been so much better fresh. There are hints of chocolate and toffee, but lots and lots of coffee. Lots of oatmeal and grain flavor as well, delicious.

The mouthfeel is still perfectly carbonated for being this old, and is heavy on the palate. There was a bit of oxidation, but it did not hurt anything.

Very drinkable and very tasty, wish I could have a fresh bottle.


Photo of elgiacomo
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nov 26, 2010
FRESH 2010 vintage. The highest-quality beans I've encountered in any coffee-infused stout. Unbelievably good. The aroma is out of this world and flavor follows suit. Straight up gourmet chocolate-covered coffee beans in liquid form. Drink this fresh! I've had the past 5 vintages both fresh and aged up to 3 years and this is one that loses a fair bit with age. When fresh, quite possibly the best coffee beer I've ever had (compared to Founders Breakfast Stout, Peche Mortel, Hitachino Espresso Stout, Great Divide Espresso Yeti, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, etc...)

Dec 14, 2009
2009 bottle. Best batch of this I've had so far. Pours thick black with a two finger brown head. Aroma is big-time gourmet coffee beans, chocolate, and some roasted malt. Flavor is like chocolate-covered coffee beans, some roasted malt, and oatmeal smoothness. Low to medium carbonation. Rich, velvety mouthfeel (thanks to the oats). An underrated beer, IMO.

Aug 31, 2007
2006 bottle. Pours a thick black with a small tan head that forms after the glass is set down. Quickly to a small ring that leaves some spotty lacing. Big powerful aroma and flavor of coffee and dark chocolate. Roasted. The oatmeal works in very well. As I get to the bottom of the glass, I start to get more dark fruits coming through in the aroma. The intensity of the aroma and flavor is turned up a notch on this one...you taste it long after you sip it. There is some alcohol but it fits in nicely. Very rich, smooth, and creamy...delicious and extremely enjoyable. Not a session beer by any means, this is a heavy brew but fits the style very well. Gonna hafta get s'more of this...

Nov, 2007 EDIT: As I whittle down my stock of the '06 batch, I just want to note that this is pouring with virtually no head and very low carbonation which is in contrast with many reviews here. Perhaps it is the '06 vintage? I dunno. If it was very carbonated I wouldn't rate it as high as I prefer my stouts to be thick, rich and low in carbonation and what I have here fits the bill perfectly. I'd put this right up there with the Great Divide Yeti and Victory Storm King stouts available here in my area. A wonderful brew and I'm looking forward to this winter's batch.

Photo of Mosley1212
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful oil-colored black with a full brown head on top that keeps its retention on the glass with each sip

S - Dark chocolate, dark coffee, hops, caramel, one of the best selling beers I have come across

T - The taste of coffee isn't too overwhelming, but it is noticable. The malts and caramel linger after each sip. The dark chocolate on the tongue is perfect.

M - Smooth taste, no biting taste of alcohol. The coffee aftertaste makes me forget I'm drinking a stout and not a cup of Wake & Bake coffee.

D - This beer is wonderful. Perfect for an after-dinner drink. While the rest of the family enjoys a cup of joe, I think I'll grab one of these.

Good job, Terrapin. Another fine product

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

A: Deep dark brown with a slight reddish hue, thin espresso colored head.

S: Coffee and bitter chocolate dominate the nose followed by hints of roasted malt and alcohol.

T: Dark coffee and some roasted malt bitterness, dark chocolate and some carmel also come through, slight sweetness complements the coffee perfectly. Coffee flavor is not overwhelming.

M: Thick mouthfeel, smooth and creamy and nicely undercarbonated, slightly sweet and slick, alcohol warms the stomach.

D: One of the best coffee stouts I have had, you dont need to like coffee to love this beer. A smooth and creamy stout that can be sipped all night long.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet. Pours a rich, velvet black, though not the dark, motor oil black you see in stone or founders IS.

Slight brown head that dissolves relatively quickly. Smell of coffee and bitter chocolate in the head, but relatively subtle.

Taste is great, as the coffee immediately hits you, and then fades to give way to the hops as you finish each sip. No real sense of alcohol for me. An amazing velvety mouthfeel, almost unlike i've had in an imperial stout before.

This, in turn, makes it very easy to drink, especially for a beer with such a relatively high abv. Reminds me a lot of the founders breakfast stout, just a little less complex and a little easier to drink. My favorite terrapin beer so far.

Photo of generalnotsew
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: I had to suck that head as if my life depended on it. Pour went fine til halfway in when I pour straight down and the head was coming with a vengance! Frothy, fluffy cocoa head. Black as night.

S: Very chocolatey in the nose. Smells like homemade fudge with the coffee in the backend. I can detect a hint of the oatmeal as well.

T: Coffee takes the forefront. Reminds me a lot of Old Raspy except not near as bitter from the coffee or the hops. A very clean tasting stout. I really don't get the oatmeal in it.

M: Very thick and syrupy. Carbonation doesn't kick in til you start to swallow.

D: One of the easier to drink RIS in my opinion. RIS taste without the RIS abv.

I am surprised by the 8.1% abv. When I think of RIS I always think of no less than 9.5% But it sure does pack that RIS taste. Terrapin did a really good job on this. I may have to revisit the Rye Squared and Rye Pale Ale now.

Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a: this brew pours an oily mud-brown-black with head so tan its almost purple, quickly fading to leave only the slightest of rings around the glass...

s: the smell is brilliant in its freshness; strong morning coffee grounds all the way, with sweet malts and a faint bit of oats trying to fight for some attention in the background.

S-Fresh ground coffee dominates the nose. Dark chocolate and hint of alcohol are also noted. It has a nice roasted character in the nose.

s: potent coffee is in the forefront of the taste, and though this is a bottled product i am almost fooled into thinking that some freshly ground and brewed coffee beans are somehow involved in the equation here. dry, bitter chocolate is detectable and creamy malts are also there...making this a stout lover orgy of elements.

m: a wonderful mouthful of incredibly rich smoothness....i want to take a bath in this stuff!

d: this is about as close to perfection as i've encountered so far on my thus far short beer journey. i need to do two things: 1, buy stock in Terrapin; 2, buy more of this fantastic brew!


Photo of thegodfather2701
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours like motor oil. Its pitch black and thick with a small mocha colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring of foam.

S-Fresh ground coffee dominates the nose. Dark chocolate and hint of alcohol are also noted. It has a nice roasted character in the nose.

T-Once again coffee stands out, but there seems to be a lot going on with flavors of dark chocolate, heavy cream, sugar, toffee, and a some hops in the finish. When it warms the coffee flavor fades and the most delicious milk chocolate flavor comes to the forefront. Simply delicious.

M-Thick, rich, and creamy; truly remarkable mouthfell. It is extremely silky and smooth.

D-Very drinkable imperial stout. I only purchased a single but could definitely drink a couple in a sitting.

Overall, this beer is remarkable. I had almost swore off coffee beers, but wake and bake has made me reconsider. It is very complex and tastes like fresh ground coffee which is very refreshing. The milk chocolate that dominates in the end is so creamy its almost like a desert. I highly recommend this beer.

Photo of morimech
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark and black in color but I did not get much head formation. Maybe the beer was too cold. Just a thin ring of bubbles after a minute or two. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass. After letting it sit and open up a bit, the chocolate and coffee aromas really come out. Smells like a nice mocha. I was not as impressed with the flavor. The coffee flavor seems a bit off to me. Does not give a dark roasted flavor but a sweet flavor. The chocolate is still present but more subdued than in the aroma. The body is not as big as I would like but matched with the carbonation gives a pleasing texture. A stout that is worth seeking out.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours jet black, with three fingers of deep brown, thick head that sits for a long time and subsides slowly. Tons of lacing. Beautiful looking beer.

Smell: Coffee. Lots of coffee. A bare hint of sweet and roasted malts in the background, but coffee dominates here. A hint of burnt espresso backs the normal coffee smell.

Taste: Wow. Coffee hits the tongue right away, mixing with roasted and burnt malts. A constant sweetness is in the background to balance it all out. The finish is long, with a combination of the roasted malt and coffee flavors. The coffee is bitter, but not bitter enough to be overpowering - there is enough of a malt backbone to cut the bitterness. Absolutely incredible. Only sign of the alcohol is a warming feeling on the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly creamy, perfectly carbonated. Maybe just a tiny, tiny bit thin - there are other stouts with a more full mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is a phenomenal coffee stout. It is incredibly thick and rich, and there is no hint of the alcohol in the taste. This one is dangerously drinkable. Excellent, excellent beer.

Photo of bamadog
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Imperialhopper83 for sending this along in a trade, an amazing beer and I'm really digging the couple of offerings I've had from Terrapin at this point. Pour is from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is darkest brown/near black; starts with a 1/4 finger dark tan head that fades immediately to nothing but a faint whisp in the center and a thin ring around the surface; body is opaque and there is spotty and loose lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Oh my! Amazingly strong - smells of syrupy semi-sweet chocolate and very deep roasty and toasty malts; smells like very fresh brewed espresso... Actually, the "freshness" of the smell is really quite intense.

Taste: Very burnt and roasty malt characteristics that are reminiscent of fresh brewed espresso and grounds; faint flavors of semi-sweet baking chocolate; I have to admit, this would be an amazing morning drink.

Mouthfeel: Body is moderately thick, but not quite as thick as other imperials like Old Rasputin; carbonation is farly strong for an imperial, but it's quite smooth and creamy; fair stick is left on the roof of the mouth, gums are left tingly and the belly is left pretty warm from the 8.1% ABV.

Drinkability: I could smell this beer all day, and the flavors are quite solid and fresh; ABV is a bit high and it does sit a tad heavy, but I could easily get through a couple of these in a sitting.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Val-Dieu chalice. Pours thick and BLACK with a slowly building brown head. Head never get's very big but looks nice while it lasts. Head remains as a thin ring. Beautiful lacing! Leaves a creamylace all the way around the glass.

Aroma is very inviting. Lot's of coffee...obviously. Some chocolate notes, dark roasted malts. Booze isn't overwelming in the scent.

Hmmm...interesting flavor. Different then I expected. Perfect low carbonation. Huge coffee flavor...but a little bitey on the back side, kind of like hops; not bitter though. Very nice warming feel down the throat. A very strong espresso aftertaste rushes back a few seconds after the beer is down. Wow...great Imperial Stout.

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

thick, dark, opaque brown. tiny bubbles forming ghostly shapes, looks like marbled paper, transparent brown right around the edges.

huge coffee aroma with an earthy dirtiness above hints of dark chocolate, slightly nutty, a little bit of a creamy smell as it warms.

dominantly coffee, oatmeal is difficult to find with the coffee. a slight bitterness from the coffee which is subdued and welcome. no off-putting flavors here.

mouthfeel is smooth and fluffy but not thick, with a nice level of carbonation.

highly recommended if youre into coffee stouts.

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

After a couple of disappointing experiences with Terrapin brews, I had been cautiously reconsidering my early enthusiasm for them. But this beer restores my faith.

Pours deep, inky, oily black with a slow developing off color head that falls quickly. The aroma is powerful and laden with coffee, like excellent, fresh ground French Roast. The flavor carries this through, with a strong coffee tastes, rich and roasted and pleasantly oily. What's remarkable is how fresh this tastes, just like a big pile of freshly ground coffee on a cold morning. Everything in the flavor goes to supporting this coffee backbone and it pays off. The finish, however, is surprisingly delicate and the powerful coffee punch does not wind up being cloying or overwhelming.

The mouthfeel shows the oatmeal, with a strong, smooth, rich, unctuous flow over the tongue and a tiny prickle of carbonation at the back. It finishes remarkably dry and pleasantly bitter, like a good cup of thick black coffee.

Considering the strong flavor and powerful alcohol (which is nicely hidden in the flavor) this is a remarkably drinkable beer.

Photo of Lerxst
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark brown with a big two finger mocha head that hung around for a while and left some nice lacing. Looks really good.

S-You can certainly tell its a coffee stout from the nose. Huge coffee aroma with traces of malt.

T-Strong coffee flavor with a bit of chocolate and dark roasted malt.

M-A bit thin for the style with more of a harsh carb bite than I typically find in a stout. Overall, the mouthfeel is very, very average.

D-Its good, no doubt. But the strong coffee taste and nose makes one the limit for me.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint.

Oily, almost black body capped with a half finger of brown head that soon reduces to a skim. Surprisingly, some pretty decent lacing is left.

The nose is quite powerful, full of fresh ground coffee and dark malts. Tastes more complex than advertised. Coffee hits the palate right away, but is quickly joined by substantial dark roasted malt, berry fruitiness, and a touch of bitterness at the finish. Mild chocolate notes here and there. Big roasty flavors throughout. Nice smooth, thick mouthfeel, with lingering coffee and cream.

Overall impression: Probably my favorite coffee stout I've had so far. Good stuff.

Photo of rye726
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black with a thin tan head. Nose has coffee, oats, cocoa, molasses, bitter hops and dark roasty malts. Taste has espresso, chocolate, black malts, floal hops and molasses. Creamy body is well carbonated. Great coffee stout from Terrapin. Should age well.

Photo of DousedInStout
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a glorious surprise. Pours near black with a fluffy tan head that retreats to lingering lacing. The nose is strongly of coffee, with some fruity (dark cherry) esters. The taste is impressive and spot on. It starts off with deep, dark chocolate notes. The mid-palate is of rich espresso, and the aftertaste is a of subtle fruit (cherry, red grapes, and pomegranite). One of the most impressive aspects to this beer is the body and mouthfeel. It is extremely full and silky - and the most similar to Portsmouth's Kate the Great I've had. To top it off, the drinkability is exceptional for this style, and there is practically no presence of alcohol.

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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