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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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3,098 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,098
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 699
Gots: 475 | FT: 38
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rajendra82 on 02-15-2005)
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Photo of IntriqKen
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From the Monster 2006 Tour, bottle states 8.1% ABV.
Pours dark as used motor oil and almost as thick. An aggressive pour gets a small dark tan head that is quickly gone to a tan ring.
Sweet coffee and chocolate aroma with a hint of alcohol and caramel.
Dark expresso coffee with creme and molasis taste with alcohol back.
Extremely thick mouthfeel with tiny carbonation teasing the tongue.
Aftertaste of coffee bean.
Generally I would look for something sweeter in a coffee oatmeal stout whereas this one is very dry and bitter by comparison.

IntriqKen, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and black, a small coffee and cream colored head shows up only with an aggressive pour and fades away quickly. Aroma shows roasted malts mixed with a maple syrup, chocolate sweetness, and oats. Also a somewhat unusual seaweed aroma, like fresh sushi is present, but it is not unpleasant and fits in somehow. A vanilla flavor comes thru in the taste up front with the roastiness coming towards the end. This beers is rich and silky and thick. There is a slight dryness in the finish along with the roasted malt flavor. Nice sipping beer, wonderfully smooth.

hoppymeal, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of mcallister
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark midnight. Looks like a glass of mollasses with a mocha head. Leaves some lace but more of a big ring around the glass.

Wonderful smelling beer. Huge dark fruit aromas. Blackberry, currant, black cherry, mochiato, dark chocolate fudge, black cherry, molasses, vanilla, flower, earth, and heaven.

Takes a big hit in the taste department. It leads in with a warm dark chocolate, fudgey, mollasses, vanilla mochiato, but it pretty much ends there. There is absolutely no mid palate. It dies after the entry. Finish is short and weak as well.

Because of the lack of a mid palate and distinguishable finish this beer doesn't have much on mouthfeel which in turn hurts drinkability.

mcallister, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of Dubbercody
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with fizzy cascading tan head. Chocolate and coffee come out to dance in your nose, leading to a first taste that mmmm...tastes like chocolate coffee. Wow, really great beer with coffee, may miss the boat and don't have the whole package IMHO. This one is great, easy to drink with a great coffee aftertaste. I was expecting a heavier mouthfeel, but it turns out it's nice and normal, doesn't overpower the whole mouth like some might.

I'm impressed by this beer, probably my favorite coffee beer yet.

Dubbercody, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to the FormatKid for sending this beer my way. My wife and I enjoyed these greatly! This beer is the 2006 vintage. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very pleasing solid black colored body. The head is a dark burnt tan coloration one finger high. The head quickly resolves to a ring of foam.

Smell: The beer has a load of chocolate fudge to the nose. The beer is backed up with a very pleasing dark roasted coffee. Spicy alcohol supports the smell.

Taste: The beer is very smooth. Dark roasted coffee combines with choco / vanilla maltyness. The beer has a hint of maple. The beer has some nice floral acidic coffee back taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is very smooth. The beer has a very good roasted toasted char tones. The carbonation is low. The beer doesnt have a body big enough for my liking. I would have liked a bit more chewyness to this beer. This is a dam nice stout. I wouldnt hesitate buy or drink this one again. I definately reccomend this beer to my fellow BA's.

nlmartin, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of laintringulis
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pub glass. Pours a solid black with 1 finger dark tan head that thins into a film quickly. Light lacing.

Smells of dark roasted coffee (not overroasted!), molasses, light vanilla, oak, bourbon, and a nice sweet caramel malt.

Tastes as smells. Excellent coffee flavor with a nice balance of caramel maltiness. Light presence of dark fruit, I think dates and a light spicy alcohol and dry powdery bitter chocolate taste. I would have preferred a stronger coffee flavor; however, I was a coffee geek long before I was a beer geek.

Medium bodied. Incredibly smooth on the mouthfeel, not watery or thin. It is almost too smooth on the mouthfeel. I would have liked a little more chew. Initial creamy sweet maltiness with coffee, chocolate and earthy hops coming through. Finishes with pleasant lightly spicy alcohol.

This stuff if highly drinkable and sessionable if you like the style. Almost, a little too easy to drink.Maybe I can talk hubby into trading for more of this!!

Just on a side note, I dig the bottle art. Too bad one of those cookies doesn't come with the beer.

laintringulis, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely black with a thin tan head that soon becomes a swirl and a ring around the edge. Soon after, that too disappears.
Even for a high abv such as this, I was hoping for at least minimal head retention.

The smell is of oatmeal grains, dark chocolate and roasted coffee grains. Altogether reminiscent of an oatmeal cookie soaked in bitter coffee.

The taste is wonderful. Rich, creamy bittersweet chocolate and robust roasted coffee beans. Sweet oatmeal is rounded out by a subtle hop bitterness. The sweetness dominates for the most part, but does not get out of control. A slight bitterness in the finish combines well with the overall sweetness. The alcohol is slight, and adds more than masks or detracts. It is almost unnoticeable, but for an occassional little kick. Nicely balanced and rich.

The feel is outstanding. Full bodied and creamy. Just enough carbonation to keep it from being too heavy and to keep it smooth. The flavors hang on for a good amount of time.

OH - how I wish this were available in my area. A work of art. Delicious and almost too drinkable!

Thanks to SilentSabre for including a couple of these!

(Was going to save the second for one of my friends who likes Oatmeal Stouts, but I have several who do...to save the decision - and to be honest - to have for myself ---both are gone...and wishing for more...)

jwc215, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of Backer2004
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first beer I tried at the Charlotte Oktoberfest, why not start the morning (maybe 12:30 PM) with a coffee stout. Heard great things about this brew and hope to see more of it in NC. The guys of Terrapin were really cool when I specifically asked about this one during their setup.

A bit too cold to get all the flavors and smell but it will be one I will have to pick up and get to a better temp. Thick and dark, but the alcohol level isn't noticeable. Pretty tasty.

Backer2004, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of Vancer
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Powerful looking jet black, smallish brown head is suggesting high octane. Nice whiffs of chocolate coffee, I’m ready for a quaff.

Hmm, surprisingly not as strong in the quaff as in the aroma. Tasty, but a bit harsh on the finish – which is also powdery and dry. Very drinkable brew, I’m still just a bit taken back on the taste, this is a good coffee stout, I think it could have reached up another notch on the ladder easily.

Whoa, bottle says 8.1% - I think this is more alcohol hot than normal. It is the 2006 version, it may mellow with a little quiet time. Still very good.

Hey, thanks to timtheenchanta!

Vancer, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of beerinator
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black and black. The head is dark tan and pretty with good retention.

Aroma: The smell is nice and roasty with great wiffs of coffee. There are notes of chocolate cake, maybe in the form of what I imagine to be a chocolate cake doughnut.

Taste: The flavors meld nicely and blend together well. They are balanced and there is a nice full mouthfeel. The chocolate, coffee and roasted flavors are all jumping out here. The mouthfeel is full of roasted burnt coffee left on the tongue.

Notes: A very good combination of flavors here that meld well together. Very drinkable.

beerinator, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of OutlawJoseyWales
3.45/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

well this did not live up to my expectations. i love the samuel smith oatmeal stout, and i have to admit i was kind of testing the wake n bake vs the samuel smith.

first off the beer is pretty much black. not much head to speak off. a bitter roasted coffee taste on first impression, with hints of chocolate. not as sweet as the oatmeal stout and does not have the character of the young's double chocolate. it seems like terrapin created a bitter dark coffee beer, that is just lacking in complexity and character i was expecting after drinking similar beers such as the sam smith and youngs dbl chocolate.

definitely not a bad brew, but not a great one either. i would have to say it is pretty average.

OutlawJoseyWales, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap and in the bottle several times yet a review has eluded me thus far. WTF?

From the bottle, a sinister oily black pour with a thick head of mocha merrangue that lasts and laces.

Aroma is of deeply caramelized black malts, warm cocoa, bittersweet black coffee, light dark fruit notes, and a perfect helping of pine and earthy floral hops.

Flavor is quite remarkable. A big, creamy entry of milk chocolate pudding, truffels, espresso sweetened w/ condensed milk, dry leather, and hints of earthy wood with a nice counterpoint of tingly pine, earthy herbs, and light floral hops. Complex and delicious.

Body is big, very creamy and smooth, with a mouthfeel like that of melted Belgian chocolate. Just so smooth and creamy, yum. Drinkable, are you kidding!

AlexJ, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle contract brewed at Frederick - or is it Wild Goose now?
Beautiful dark appearance. Great head. Retention could be a bit better for such a big beer, but there is a lot of alcohol there, so...

The aroma is quite astounding. Chocolate. Oatmeal. Malt. Cream. A bit of roastiness. Rich and sweet. Very inviting.

The flavor is just as rich and exciting as the aroma suggests, with all of the flavors included. How do they get that oatmeal flavor? And the chocolate edge is so luxurious... and the nuttiness... the coffee is almost like real, sweet and creamy coffee; and it's all backed by a solid bitterness that mingles with the slight acidity of the dark malt to balance it nicely and finish dry despite it's malt. The alcohol is present, but for the most part hidden.

In the mouth it's medium-full bodied, oily, smooth, and gently creamy with a very fine-bubbled, restrained carbonation.

Very, very nice. This really is a breakfast beer! I could enjoy one or two on a cool fall night, but I think I'd just love one with maple syrup drenched waffles. Well worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of mattcrill
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BA cmaruschak for sharing this one...

Aroma: Dark roasty grains, licorice, a brush of alcohol, and raisins. All things dark, roasty, and a touch fruity load up the nose on this one. Great aroma!

Appearance: Jet black pour with a dark tan head. Looks superb.

Flavor: Coffee, oats, licorice, raisins, a bit of an alcohol burn but balanced by the roasted goodness and oaty oiliness. Slightly bittering hops perk up here and there but only to complement this wonderful elixer.

Mouthfeel: Full and thick, low carbonation. Long, lingering finish.

Overall impression: This one gives Founder's Breakfast Stout (fresh) a run for it's money. I haven't had one like this in a while. Very approachable, very well done, very enjoyable. Strongly recommended.

mattcrill, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of mnapier
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Monster 2006 Beer Tour" bottle in an Authentic German style Luettich Balloon glass

Tasting Temp 50° (previous in a 33° refrigerator)

If Stephen Hawking was to review the clarity of this beer, I would be reading more about Einstein and the universe, truly a black hole of darkness in a glass.
Much like the brewery mascot that is featured on the bottle label, the head retention is timid almost scared as only a small fringe of white is present on the outer rim.
As I swirl the glass around, half full of this possibly barrel aged, coffee aromatic, ale, I am compelled to still seek a hint of hops, although yet to be classified.
A casual sip, hits my tongue and reminds me of roasted coffee, curious espresso, with minor amounts of woodiness. Overall mouth feel, comes off as medium.

mnapier, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of ddarden
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured black with a one inch head that falls fairly quickly into a brownish white covering. The smell is chocalate with a hint of coffee and vanilla. A small roasted malt aroma, but not much.

The taste is sweet in the beginning with overtones, like in the smell, of chocalate, vanilla, coffee, and ends with a nice bittterness. This is not a monster imperial stout, but a very nice rich brew. This would be a good introduction into the style because it is not over the top. The mouthfeel is creamy and full which makes this beer's overall drinkability very good.

I like this beer a lot. It is not the best in its catagory, but a very solid stout that you could drink regularly. I am already looking forward to the next release since I am down to my second to last one.

ddarden, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of jj21
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle labeled 2006 thanks to timtheenchanta
This beer surprise dme. Pours black, black, black into a pint glass with NO head or carbonation whatsoever. I turned my back for a second and when I looked again there was a perfect thick brown head! Where the hell did that come from? Smells like Hershey's Syrup and Strong coffee. Very similar in appearance and smell to Founder's Kentucky Bfast Stout. Full bodied malty flavor with huge chocolate and coffee bitterness. Slightly hoppy finish. Very thick, creamy mouth feel hides alcohol presence well.

I am extrememly impressed with everything I've tried from them so far and looking forward to more!!

jj21, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of trep
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle thanks to pugman. Only a half-full bottle though, not sure. :/ I guess we'll see how it goes.

Pure liquid black, dark brown head fades to minimal lacing.

Mmm, amazing intense aroma of chocolate, coffee, and dark malt. Incredibly rich aroma of smooth buttery chocolate.

Super smooth all the way through. First some roasted coffee bitterness that slowly fade to reveal the melted milk chocolate. Creamy as hell, the mouthfeel is perfect. On the low side of carbonation but the medium-full body matches it nicely. Dangerously easy drinking, truely a joy to drink this one.

trep, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark-ass beer shows nothing when held to light. lacing is spotty and there is no head to be seen.. kinda like pouring coffee in a chalice. what a novel idea. pretty much what i expect from an 'imperial coffee' beer.

smell? imagine kahlua with molten brown sugar syrup poured in by the fistful. sweet, SWEET coffee accent with some butterscotchy caramel in the back end and little to no hops present. thank god this doesn't smell boozy. at 7.5%, i think terrapin found the perfect midground for the tolerance level here.

tastes a little hoppier than it smells.. sweet mocha meets dry dirt and a slight whisking of botanical crystalline green hoppiness. yep, the buds are strong(er) in this young beer. big flavors yet creamy and rather light on the tongue. still, it leaves the stomach with warmth and the palate with something interesting to interpret. this beer is slightly 'aged' and it shows no signs of off-flavors.

this beer is good. another good entry to the series. long live beer, been enjoying some good ones lately.

goodbyeohio, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Born on date is not marked. Bottle does show Monster Beer Tour 2006
Poured into pint glass
This is the darkest beer I've seen yet. Thick black. Imagine your flashlight going out inside a cave. Yeah that black. Thin whispy tan head that disappears.
Smell is sweeter than I was expecting. Dark chocolate, molassas, liccorice.
Man this is easy drinking for an Impy Stout. Sweet and roasted up front. Some smokiness. Some fruit makes a guest appearance. Coffee presents itself in the finish. Feels thick and creamy in the mouth. Mouthfeel is the highlight of this overall excellent beer for me. I like to just let it set in my mouth for a little bit.
Way too drinkable for an Impy Stout or any 8% beer for that matter.
This is another hit from the guys at Terrapin. Highly recommend and it's worth seaking out.

wcudwight, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of UncleFlip
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice looking in the glass, black topped by a less than one finger tan head. A few large bubbles, but mostly small and tight. Head disappears at a decent rate.

Aroma is quite nice- dark molasses, raisins, and a bit of smoke..

Flavour is sweet and fruity, yet also smoky right up front. a bit of charcoal and raisins, with some plum and chocolate underneath. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel only takes a hit because of carbonation that's a good bit higher than I'd like in this beer. Other than that, the hearty, thick liquid is very pleasing.

The higher carbonation is the only thing keeping this from getting a five on drinkability.

Be well

UncleFlip, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of finepaws
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick dark brown with ruby black undertones. Small lite brown head that separates to the sides of the glass. Absolutely a beautiful beer for a stout. Smells like roasted chocolate malts, and grains of oat. I don't smell much coffee until it warms. Taste is sweet coffee and oatmeal in the front, like a milk stout, then somewhat bitter from the roasted malt, and overall warming from the higher alcohol content, like an imperial. I would have thought this beer had a higher abv than 7.5% The mouthfeel is also thick like it looks when pouring. A good chewy oatmeal feel. Overall, this is one a my favorite beers. Nothing better than one first thing in the morning for breakfast, no, just kidding, though it is filling enough for a breakfast drink. I do however love to have one in the evening after dinner. It is a wonderful dessert beer without being over the top sweet! Terrapin you guys rock!

finepaws, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of jhammerly
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wcudwight for sending me this.

Pours black with a touch of red where the light hits. A beautiful looking beer that has a dark body and a cocoa head. A rich aroma touched by coffee and alcohol. The tatse is semi-sweet chocolate malt and tones of coffee. The strong alcohol flavor was there at first but as the glass emptied, everything balanced out perfectly. A nice, creamy texture that is pleasantly thick, but somehow very drinkable. I would love to get ahold of this the next time it is released.

jhammerly, May 25, 2006
Photo of Brian700
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poors a dark black with a thin brown head with very light red tints. Minimal lacing going on.

The aroma is of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. There is a little alcohol there too.

The flavor is chocolatey up front and lots of roasiness and coffee in the middle and the finish. There is a little bit of an alcohol presence in the flavor as well.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and medium carbonation. It is nice and chewy and leaves a heat in the mouth.

I think this is a pretty drinkable brew.

Brian700, May 18, 2006
Photo of sinistrsam
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, brown/black with a medium tan head and mediocre retention. Decent lacing throughout. The aroma was faily typical, roasted coffee and mild chocolate, bitter roasted and sweet malts. The flavor was very good, leading off with a malty chocolate and caramel feel and ending with a smoky and bitter taste, mayeb some floral and bitter hops. The feel was very good, not too bitingly bitter, but creamy and smooth throughout. Good ammoutn of carbonation, and not too watery. Very drinkable.

sinistrsam, May 15, 2006
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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