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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 3,423
Reviews: 1,219
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 713
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 GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two small snifters. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Part of our Destin, FL beer haul.

Vintage 08 AA

A: Pours black with slight chestnut accents. at the edges. 1/2 finger dark brown head left no lace. Very still.

S: Fresh espresso, brownies, and bakers chocolate, with an awesome combination of tart coffee/cherry/citrus. Subtle fudge aroma.

T: Continues the coffee and chocolate theme. Fresh baked brownies, espresso and/or dark roast/french press coffee, cherry, cocoa nibs, brown sugar, and molassas.

M: Sweet with a nice peppery burn. Very sticky and quite smooth.

D: Very drinkable! Incredible fresh brewed coffee and dark chocolate flavors. What a treat!

Photo of rfgetz
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown in color, full khaki head with decent retention and lacing

S - roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate

T - dark roasted coffee all over, decent bitter chocolate taste that could be more prominent, nice hoppy finish

M - medium bodied, could use a little more umph. good carbonation and clean finsih

D - good taste, well hidden abvs, could have another

Photo of HopHead84
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle inadvertently left at my house by mrkrispy a few months back. I'm drinking it, Alex. Consumed on 9/13/2009 and poured into a sifter. The bastard turtle is making cookies on the label and now I'm craving a cookie. Bastard.

A hard pour yields virtually no head. The liquid pours black as a post apocalyptic winter night. It appears viscous like motor oil.

For a coffee stout, this smells pretty good. I'm surprised it smells so good, considering I'm not a Terrapin fan. The coffee is black, the malt is heavily roasted, and the chocolate is dark (like a preapocalyptic winter night) and unsweetened. Oatmeal is evident beneath the coffee onslaught. This might remind you of a cookie if you injected shitloads of coffee into the cookie.

The flavor is sweeter than I'd have guessed from the aroma. The coffee is still strong, and though it still subjugates the other flavors it's not quite as strong as it is in the nose. The malt has a moderate roasted quality to it. The chocolate is dark and oatmeal is noticeable. I suppose this tastes a bit like a cookie. Bitterness and alcohol are noticeable in the rich chocolate coffee finish.

The beer is full bodied with upper low carbonation and a full and chewy mouthfeel. A good coffee oatmeal stout. There's no denying that, though I could do without the sweetness in the flavor.

Photo of angelmonster
3.72/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with Sonicdescent, 08 Vintage

Pours a dark chocolate 1 finger head, body is black in color. Head almost immediately disappears and lacing is pretty non existent. This beer is kinda sad looking

Smell is of burnt malt and bitter coffee. Slight alcohol starts to come through as beer warms up. Not the best smelling coffee stout

Taste is of very bitter acidic coffee. It reminds me of cold folgers coffee, thin bodied. Burnt, roasted malt also is there. Hops are in the background and alcohol is hidden well.

Mouth feel is on the verge of watery. One of the lightest Imperial Stouts I've had. No creamy head which is really disappointing. Carbonation is good though.

Drink ability is above average. Beer is somewhat light and almost session able,It's just not at the level of Peche Mortel or Espresso Yeti. This bottle is almost a year old but I doubt it makes too much a difference. Would buy a fresh 09 to try again though

Photo of jamie2dope
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes out to Gtreid for sending this awesome brew as an extra. It is a shame that they needed to change the name from Wake n Bake, as I liked that one much more. Appearance is pitch black in color, with about one finger of tan heading. Definite coffee, chocolate and oatmeal in the aroma. Bits of cookie crumb also make their way in smell wise. Some burnt coffee bean starts things off in the taste, some chalky esters in between, and ending on a viscous dark chocolate note....really nice finish. Silky mouthfeel, but never feeling too heavy on the palate. Drinkability is good, but one is better off sipping as opposed to gulping. This is a damn good heavy stout from the team at Terrapin. It easily rivals some of the best of this style (Breakfast Stout, Peche Mortel etc). It also makes for a perfect dessert beer, or breakfast beer for that matter. One to seek out.

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. 2008 vintage per label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.95.

A: Opaque black with 1-finger of quickly dissipating tan bubbly head with no lace unfortunately.

S: Strong licorice, molasses, floral, leafy, and citrus hops, and traditional dark malts are all accentuated by dark coffee. Alcohol is warming and detectable.

T: The flavor profile is highly roasted with some acrid molasses and licorice flavors mingling with dark coffee/espresso but wallopped with leafy hops in the finish.

M: Close to full-bodied with low carbonation and tobacco- and coffee-tinged aftertaste

D: A very good oatmeal-coffee stout with a lot of hoppiness to boot.

Photo of nkersten
3.18/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, it hits my glass with little to no head, only retaining a few bubbles here and there near the edges. Smell is strong on the coffee, with a strange wet, old somewhat displeasing moldy oatmeal odor. It doesn't necessarily detract from the overall smell of the beer (which is mostly coffee), but throws me off a little from the times I have had it in the past and remembering it having a different aroma, more of dark malt. The strange smell carries over to the flavor, with coffee and dark roasted malt being at the front, but having a strange funky(not sour though) aftertaste. Coffee ends up overpowering everything else in the taste department. Mouthfeel is just right for a stout, and demonstrates perfectly the thick and silky texture oatmeal gives to a brew. As far as drinkability goes, this hits all the right notes except for the off taste. Possibly a bad bottle, or I left it on the shelf too long as I don't remember my other bottles having this strange taste to them.

Photo of mikey711
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint glass once I got off from work today.

It was syrupy think coming out the bottle. Pitch black with a moderate brown head that leaves a nice layer on top of the beer.

Coffee is the dominating smell and I love the pleasant rich and boldness. Hints of brown sugar and molasses add some good sweetness to the aroma as well.

The beer provided a great conundrum for me, sweet black coffee. The coffee roastiness is more powerful than the sweetness, but it is still fairly balanced. The roastiness also provides a good bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is chalkier than I would have liked and a bit more creaminess would have helped.

Fairly easy to drink and one I would love to have most mornings for breakfast.

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

I guess the Wake 'n Bake may not be the most marketable strategy afterall. Now shown simply as Coffee oatmeal Imperial Stout.

The beer pours a medium viscocity of jet black liquids that settle comfortably into the glass. Carbonation releases a thin, solid brown head that settles even more under the weight of the alcohols to a dainty film. No lacing, but plenty legging. A typical RIS look, just wanted better foamstance.

Rich and rounded aromas, dominated by nutty coffees, show a ton of toffee, toasted and roasty malts, and a french toast sweetness/breadiness. Molassas, sorgum, nuttiness, and peanut brittle come to mind as well.

Flavors are very rich, careful not to let the aggression of the coffee to overpower the beer. Rich maltiness of deep, dark syrups, espresso, cocoa, and heavy cream all come together in a more rounded fashion than most coffee stouts. Outstanding flavors!

The oatmeal helps most in the texture; again not allowing the bitter oils of the coffee to push the beers into astringent levels. Instead the beer is as balanced in the mouthfeel as well as any other aspect of the beer. Rich, malty, full, lightly chewy, and mouth coating with heavy, roasted malts.

This beer might be one of the best balanced coffee dark beers out there. The oats help to bring the beer's characteristics together and helps with the creamy mouthfeel.

Thanks Freethyhops!

Photo of beveritt
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to DoctorDog for hooking me up with this one.

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a large chalice. label depicts a tortoise in chef's attire baking a batch of cookies and drinking a beer. Vintage 08.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 1 finger of dark tan head. This settles quickly to a ring around the glass and a small island of foam above the nucleation site. As I drink it, there is some lacing on the sides. The beer itself is amazingly dark brown and completely opaque. No sediment on the bottle.

Smell: Overwhelming aroma of bitter coffee with hints of soy sauce. Notes of chocolate and the alcohol sweetness in the finish.

Taste: Strong bitter coffee upfront as in the smell, although not as strong as expected based on the aroma. This blends seamlessly into mild unsweetened cocoa with hints of lactose in the finish. Some soy sauce flavor is present. Alcohol is extremely well hidden and while it warms as it goes down, there is no cloying alcohol sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation, as is appropriate for the style. Body is very good.

Drinkability: A very well developed and complex sipper.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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
3.76/5  rDev -12.4%
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
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
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
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
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
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
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 -11.4%
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
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -5.6%
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
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +3.7%
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
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
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 -1.6%
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

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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