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: 3,331
Reviews: 1,206
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 712
Gots: 562 | FT: 47
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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:
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(Beer added by: rajendra82 on 02-15-2005)
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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick viscous black fluid in to a pint glass with a beautiful mocha color head.

Smells - like a chocolate chip cookie batter. Semi sweet chocolate chips, vanilla, with a touch of coffee. Hmmm mmmm mmmm.

Taste - I wish the taste followed the nose a little more. More bitter than sweet chocolate but coffee shows up in the taste. A plus. Bitterness from the chocolate and coffee follows throughout from start to finish.

Overall - oatmeal stouts aren't my favorite but this one works. The smell is my favorite part of this brew.

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

12-oz bottle poured into a Reidel O series Shiraz glass. Thanks to hellomcfly for the bottle.

A = Dark mahogany, dark red brown head that foamed up but dissipated quickly leaving a thin layer of medium brown foam on surface.

S = I must be at a coffee bar, mostly I smell fresh ground and brewed Yemen Mocha, lurking underneath that I get small traces of bitter chocolate, cherry scented tobacco, unripe plums. Quite complex and interesting, if all of the smells were a little better blended this would have garnered a higher score.

T = Very enjoyable, strong flavors of strong bitter coffee, yes, but much more, Baker's chocolate, not quite ripe cherries, half-cooked rye bread dough. Long bitter finish.

M = Extremely luscious smooth creamy mouthfeel. Heavy body, perfect level of foamy carbonation, great mouthcoating. Awesome mouthfeel.

D = This is an extremely approachable Imperial Stout. The coffee is perfectly done. If it weren't an ABV bomb, I'd say it would be awesome for breakfast. Very highly recommended.

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

Pours with just a faint wisp of deep tan head, reasonable lacing and retention considering the soft carbonation.

Big roast coffee notes and tobacco with hint of dark chocolate and underlying plum.

On the palate this has a bit of a rough, bitter finish, but a velvety texture that highlights some mid-palate sweetness (that lingers unexpectedly). Coffee rules the day, though.

The texture on this is sublime, but it stays around fairly sweet, and until it nears room temperature there's a bit of a ragged edge on the finish. Very close to being great, this will have to settled for damned good.

Photo of GarrettBoots
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Pours a rich dark deep black with a big brown head that falls to cap leaves some space lace but not much. But looks good aside form m the lacing issue.

Aroma is rich malty lots of big rich coffee aromas. Also nice chocolate and chicory or nut or something else in the background.

Taste is sweet to start chocolate maybe oats adding to sweetness. Then coffee takes over nice roasted coffee that coats the mouth with bitterness from coffee and maybe some hops. Taste is almost creamy with out being thick, coffee is dominate as it should be since its a coffee stout.

Mouthfeel is not as big some impy stouts but its creamy nice mellow carbonation.

Drinkability is good easy smooth favorable, maybe not on top of my coffee stouts list but could damn sure be close.

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

A--Pours a pitch black with about a finger and a half of the darkest brown head that I have ever seen. The head darker than most brown ales. Impressive! It does recede quickly without lacing, however.

S--The deepest, richest coffee smell I've gotten from any beer. Lots of other coffee stouts have this "stong" of a smell, but none that I can remember have such a deep roasty smell, its hard to describe since I am not a coffee drinker. Definite 5, maybe even trumps the nose on Peche Mortel

T--Very similar to Founders Breakfast Stout, but without the bitter bite. Very tasty. There isn't much there other than the coffee, it's a mild blend with the slightest touch of creaminess. I actually wish I would have poured this a little colder than I did because it would be interesting to see how this progresses as it warms up. It was already up to probably 60 degrees when I started the pour

M--Medium bodied with a bit of creaminess and moderate levels of carbonation

D--Probably wouldn't want more than one due to the richness of the coffee flavor. But it is a great one-and-done beer.

Photo of Hallertau
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this brew at room temp and poured into a stemmed glass. The brew pours pitch black with no head except a thin tan edge layer. Aroma is all roasted malt and coffee with some chocolate mixed in. First sip reveals a lighter body than expected, fine spacious carbonation and a kind of silky texture. Feels pretty good.
The flavor is chocolate and roasted coffee malt with some dark fruit,mostly raisin thrown in for good measure. The beer is fairly easy to drink with no hint of the abv anywhere. A nice tasting brew but I wish the body had a little more ummph!

Photo of mulder1010
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355 ML bottle
From Black Booty BIF

A-- Poured pretty much black. Just a few slivers of ruby but settled midnight black. Looks quite dense for the ABV. Nice one finger mocha colored head. Good head retention to this and settled to a a finger of head and film through drinking. Nice spotty lacing with this.

S-- Big jolt of coffee of the bat. Nice fresh roasted stuff. Good quality coffee. Underneath the coffee was oats with brown sugar and chocolate. Just spent a few minutes just on the nose. Really nice stuff.

T-- Feel the caffine rush right off the bat. Good dose of coffee. Big thing to me was the use of quality stuff and right amount of roasting. Rolled oats, sweet brown sugar, slightly bitter dark chocolate. Has a small dose of coffee acidity. Not a lot though.

M-- Light carbonation, medium body. Carbonation smooths out the beer quite well. Nice dry oatmeal finish. Lingering aftertaste. Like how it went oatmeal, chocolate and oatmeal finish. Good stuff.

O-- Nothing crazy but just a great, fun beer to drink. Can I get more please?? On par with FBS, if not better, as get a really nice coffee rush from it. Exceptional stuff

Photo of animal69
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of kojevergas
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heard so much about this, including comparisons to Founders Breakfast Stout - which I love - so expectations are through the roof. That said, the couple beers I've had from Terrapin so far have been underwhelming. "Stout with coffee added." It self identifies as a "Coffee oatmeal imperial stout" so I'm reviewing as such. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing inventive label art and fun branded green pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. 8.10% ABV confirmed per the label. 2012 Vintage. "Brewed wtih Jittery Joe's coffee."

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a gorgeous rich dark tan colour evocative of mocha. Beautiful. Creamy as hell. Great thickness. Luscious soft complexion. Good retention: about 5 minutes. Even consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Fantastic head all around.

Body colour is a fairly dark solid opaque black. No bubble show. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's spot-on for the style and looks damn good. I have seen better in the style, but this is very impressive. I'm salivating already. Lovely attractive stuff.

Sm: Lives up to the promise of the concept: there're definite coffee notes here. Strong java backbone with some mocha cream to cut the inherent bitterness of the strong coffee. I see why some compare this to Founders Breakfast Stout already. Coffee bean here is potent. I could use more roasty character than I'm getting, but it's nice as-is. Oats are also recognizable, complementing the coffee surprisingly well. It certainly comes off as a breakfast stout. Not getting the lethal espresso notes of some coffee stouts, though I wish I was. Not getting any chocolate or vanilla either. Any dark malt presence is eclipsed by the evocative coffee. Smelling it, I imagine it was brewed with cold-pressed coffee; it's not the warm fresh roast of many other coffee stouts. And for what it's going for, the execution is lovely.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Not detecting any distinguishable hop character. Little sweetness if any; there's notable coffee bitterness but it doesn't seem imbalanced. It does come off vaguely acidic.

A moderate strength aroma all around. Evocative, diverse, and appealing.

T/Mf: Loving the coffee notes, but a strange thing happens in the third act when cream takes over, hiding the bitterness of the coffee but also distracting from the focus of the beer. Mocha cream is nice when it's even and supportive in the early stages, but it grows to be a nuisance by the finish. Dark malts comprise the unobtrusive foundation. Maybe a dash of chocolate malt, but no cocoa dust or anything light in terms of chocolate. Not getting any vanilla, but I can see where some reviewers might get confused by the sweetness that emerges on the climax.

I don't mean to go too far from the beer I'm reviewing, but so many have noted comparisons to Founders Breakfast Stout that I think it's worth mentioning that the coffee here is a bit more restrained than in FBS. Maybe it's more balanced; it's certainly not quite as up-front. Wake N Bake seems to give more apologies for its ballsy coffee notes whereas FBS is bold and committed.

Overall, it's very well executed with good flavour depth and diversity as well as impressive complexity and even a bit of subtlety. Oats give it an interesting dimension, enabling a smooth texture that works nicely against the inherent coarseness and roughness of coffee.

It's creamy and silky smooth. Carbonation is near perfect. Good thickness. Good body. I'd almost call it refreshing - a rare characteristic for any beer in the style. Mouthfeel suits the flavour profile incredibly well, even feeling custom-tailored to it. Brilliant execution across the board. Bravo, Terrapin.

Dr: Admittedly, I had my doubts about Terrapin after the first two beers I tried of theirs were underwhelming. This is their vindication. The hype is apt. I'd definitely get this again, preferably by the six pack. I can't make up my mind about how it compares to FBS without a side by side tasting, but that it's in the same league says a great deal about its quality. I'd recommend this to friends, and I look forward to trying it on-draught. A real treat and a fine brew. Hats off to the brewer(s). I'm humbled.

High A-

Photo of draheim
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (2011) into a snifter. Pours a deep dark black w/ a thick tan head.

Aroma is bitter dark coffee and chocolate. Has a slightly over-roasted, burnt smell too. Hints of dark fruits and nuts when swirled.

Taste is bitter, roasted coffee and cocoa.

Mouthfeel is coating but still smooth and light, with a strong bitter aftertaste.

Overall a good coffee stout but perhaps lacks some of the finesse and complexity found in the best ones.

Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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 grover37
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Zraly
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of AdamGarcia
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in tulip pint.

A: Visibly viscous. Near black in color. Less than an inch of brown leather colored head, which vanishes quickly leaving just a ring of foam.

S: Rich, authentic coffee aroma. Toasted malt. Vanilla and a vague nutty character. Hint of chocolate.

T: Roasted malt, dark fruity flavors, and sweetened coffee up front. Dark baker's chocolate. Coffee takes over. Finishes with hop/coffee bitterness. The coffee is far from subtle, but it is well done.

M: Thick and a little chewy. The flaked oats lend a full mouthfeel.

D: As good as can be expected. The coffee will be too much for some. Even as a coffee lover I don't desire another bottle. This one isn't terribly complex, but it accomplishes the intended goal.

Very nice. This doesn't receive Terrapin's highest rating on BA by accident. As good as almost any coffee Imp stout out there, but without all the fanfare. Worth seeking out.

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

Thank you Alieniloquium for this tasty brew in my first trade. Generous trader. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into La Fin du Monde tulip. No bottled on date, but says "Seasonal 2010". Drank with a Founders Breakfast Stout back, just for reference.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with a thin cream colored half finger head. Decent amount of lacing. This is a beautiful beer.

Smell: The smell is fantastic. It caught my nose as soon as I cracked it...Great aroma of coffee, and oat. The oat stands out more in this than the Breakfast Stout.

Taste: The oatmeal taste is in full effect. Not all that roasty, but it's there. Dark chocolate, coffee, and a little sugar. Has a nice sweetness to go along with the bitter hop/dark coffee flavor.

Mouth: The moutfeel is nice. There is alot going on in this beer, very complex. I really like it. Good carbonation level...Really explodes in your mouth.

Drink and Overall: Overall a really great Imperial Stout. I feel bad that I compared this to Breakfast Stout. Breakfast Stout is one of my favorites, and the Wake n Bake holds up well to it. It is a great beer on it's own. For over 8% ABV, it really is a smooth tasting stout.

Photo of LittleWolf
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark coal black, little or no head at all.
A very inviting smell of roasted malt and coffee.
Wow, what a smooth flavor. Starts with a nice dark malt flavor and moves into a very tasty coffee. Finishes off with an even smoother chocolate flavor with a hint of hop balance. A nice mouthfeel as well, not creamy, but a solid hold in your mouth.

Not as good as what I've had on tap of course, but this is a very good beer. The coffe and stout balance eachother well. I'm really amazed at how smooth the finish is for an Imperial stout. Definately recommended.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Pours a thick pitch black with a small brown head. No retention, no lace.

S: Black coffee hits the nose first, some sweet hints, some cream and roasted malt.

T: A little sweet and slightly fruity up front, finishes in a sweetish coffee and roasted malt. Some hints of alcohol mixed in that goes well. Some warming on the way down.

M/D: Little carbonation, a full, silky slick, slightly creamy body. Drinkability is good on this one. The 8.10% is noticeable, but in a good way. I could see waking up on a cold morning and having one of these.

Photo of turbine2475
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to HelloMcfly for this nice addition to our trade:
A - Pours mootor oil black with a single finger mocha head that was hesitant to form even after an agressive pour and disipated into a light ring.
S - Espresso, molassas, toasted oats, and a hit of toffee or brown suger.
T - Heavy espresso with a dark fruit and molassas finish.
M - Syrapy with a decent carbonation.
D - Great beer. Very well balanced with a complexity that makes this beer very approachable.

Photo of itsscience
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with ruby edges and a half-finger of tan head that retains nicely. Ground black coffee dominates the nose, which also has dark chocolate, toasted oats, raisins, and a hint of vanilla. I taste a lot of dark chocolate up front with some vanilla and caramel, then coffee on the back end with roasted malts. The flavor profile is great and the beer really evolves in the mouth, but I get an astringency from the roasted malts that detracts from the taste. The body is on the full side of medium with medium carbonation.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a solid black with a huge brown head that overflows a 16oz glass and big carbonation bubbles. Thin skim of lacing remains.

S - Chocolate and coffee with a sweet milky aroma.

T - Chocolate and coffee dominate with roasted malt. Some hoppy bitterness in the end balances it out nicely.

M - Medium bodied and slightly chewy.

D - Highly drinkable, the ABV is well hidden.

Photo of jpro
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having reviewed the draft version a while back, I figured I'd compare it to the bottled version... Picked up a couple a while back from the Charleston Beer Exchange -

A: Pours a viscous near black (accompanied by lots of cascading brown bubbles) with a two finger mocha head that lasts for while before slowly receding to a thin layer; not much in the way of lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, rich roasted coffee, burnt sugar and some chicory; although pretty good, the aroma doesn't quite match the draft version.

T: Lots of burned malt; some charry notes; chocolate; big time coffee, especially in the aftertaste; noticeable hoppy bitterness (more so than the draft).

M: A touch lighter than I expected; kind of fizzy with a pretty high carbonation level.

D: A good one that I really enjoy savoring; in my opinion, I think the draft tops the bottled version, though.

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

Thanks to Centennial for this awesome beer!
Acquired via trade on 8/25/11, consumed on 8/28/11.
Poured into a Darkness tulip glass, warmed to around fifty-five degrees before doing anything other than appearance and smell.

Appearance- Dark, opaque with tan head (head was very small- less than 1/16") that disappeared quickly, leaving only tiny bubbles coating the glass after each sip.

Smell- Coffee, vanilla, raisins, chocolate, roasted grains

Taste-Espresso, chocolate, light bourbon, vanilla undertone, alcohol comes out at the tail-end, but quickly fades.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied; light, long lasting carbonation; smooth

Overall- This beer is everything I expected it to be. I did not try it fresh, so there is no previous experience to compare it to, but I think this beer aged extremely well. I would love to try another a year down the road to taste what develops with more aging.

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,331 ratings.