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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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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,526 Ratings
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96
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Ratings: 3,526
Reviews: 1,232
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 741
Gots: 633 | FT: 62
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
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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Ratings: 3,526 | Reviews: 1,232
Photo of rlee1390
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Black with a one finger brown head.

S-Coffee overload! Lots of roasted coffee, some malt. So much coffee.

T-Starts with good deal of coffee, some sweetness from the oats, not much roasted malt and chocolate though

M-Medium bodied, creamy, nice carbonation.

O-A solid beer, glad I was able to try it, a great extra. Not a FBS but still quite yummy.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.17/5  rDev -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 Zomdust
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 AdamGarcia
4.17/5  rDev -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 LittleWolf
4.17/5  rDev -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 Joe_Grizzly
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A- Pours pitch black with a slow forming but quickly dissapating dark tan head.
S- Smell of black coffee and sugar
T- taste is initially dominated by coffee and very sweet malt then a tinge of alcohol pops in then drys out with astringent dark malt and coffee
M- Very creamy mouthfeel from the oatmeal
O- The alcohol note in this is the only drawback can not wait to see how a little age effects this

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

A: Very black pour with possibly the darkest head I've seen on any beer. Almost no head and it fades fast, but leaves great (dark) lacing behind at least.

S: Lots of coffee, mixed in with some roasted malt and some dark chocolate. A little licorice behind it all I think.

T: Strong coffee flavor as you might imagine. A bit of roasted malt behind it. There is a bit of chocolate in the aftertaste as well, which is nice because it mellows out the coffee bitterness.

M: Quite thick and creamy. The oatmeal gives this coffee a nice smoothness too that sort of takes down the harsh burnt and coffee flavors a notch.

O: I'm not a fan of coffee but I can still appreciate this beer. All around is quite good; very smooth. If I were a coffee lover I maybe would have given this a solid A.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.17/5  rDev -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 Vdubb86
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter

Thanks to injuredreserve for this awesome tick

This is poured from a what appears to be an 08 vintage of the beer. I was surprised since I had figured that I received a new one in the BIF.

This beer pours a super viscous blackness that only can contain a sheen of tan foam on the surface before returning to the oil slick from which it poured. I assume that the age of this beer is to blame for that atrocity. The aromatics are rather pleasant. There are notes of coffee which is rather nice, along side that there are smoke and toasted oats. The roast takes an aback to the nice caramel sweetness from the malts. The roast does however show it's head when it comes time to taste. I sampled flavors ranging from coffee to vanilla and sweet caramel butterscotch. I think I also was able to detect some almost fruity characteristics from the body, almost a faint raspberry taste. The body was oddly thin for something that contained oats. This was still a highly drinkable beer, and I wonder to myself what a fresh one might taste like.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. 2011 vintage.

A - Pours a nearly black color with a bubbly light brown two finger head that dies to a halo. Not much lacing.

S - The coffee dominates the nose. Little else gets through aside from some toasted malt and vanilla beans. Smells like a cup of coffee.

T - The flavor is impressive. There is an obvious abundance of coffee, but there are also layers of complexity. Starts with some semisweet chocolate/coffee and a mild darkfruit tartness. A brilliant roasted character in the middle. Continues to a finish with big oat, coffee, and vanilla smoothness. It leaves vanilla and coffee on the breath. Very enjoyable flavor. I can't get over how much I enjoy the finish/aftertaste.

M - Nice medium feel with good carbonation and a moist finish.

O - The strong-point of this beer definitely comes from the complexity of the flavor. The finish is a smooth and delicious vanilla-coffee experience. I stocked up on this beer before it disappeared for the season, but I am almost out. I can't wait for next year's batch and I may age a few to compare.

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 SierraFlight
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into tall stout snifter. A sliver of red peeks out beneath an opaque black beer. A finger of tan head quickly recedes to a thin ring of tiny bubbles and a small central island. Aroma is a blast of coffee with roast malt, solvent, booze, and bakers chocolate. A vanilla element grows as the beer warms. Taste is coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, and some molasses sweetness followed by a big pinch of char and leafy hop bitterness on the finish. Full body, creamy, thick, mouth-coating texture thanks to the oatmeal, soft but complimentary carbonation, and a surprisingly abrupt finish. Phantoms of coffee and wisps of booze linger, but it takes a little searching. Very enjoyable after an afternoon of snow day sledding.

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

Thanks to ncvbc for the trade. Vintage 08 on the bottle.

Pours dark with some red highlights. About an inch of chocolate colored foam quickly forms and almost as quickly settles back to the glass.

Aroma is mostly coffee, dark roasted coffee with oats. Chocolate and roasted malts in the background along with some warm milk aroma, cocoa, and a bit of oak and vanilla. The smell is really appetizing; I’m picturing a cup of coffee with frosted flakes.

The coffee taste is just a tad sweeter than expected from the heavily roasted aroma, very good though. Coffee is at the forefront with some chocolate, roasted malts, maybe a bit of dark fruits, and malted milk. A bit of chocolate covered cherries in the finish which I’m thinking it comes from the alcohol.

Excellent amount of carbonation, and not too thick either.

I wouldn’t mind one bit getting a few more of these.

Photo of SpasmWaiter
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Big thanks to NotACommunist for the bottle.

Black opaque body, no light breaking the surface. Slight brown sugar colored head fades fast. Spotty lacing clings to the side of the snifter.

The aroma leads with coffee. Medium roasted java, not an intense coffee aroma however. Chocolate and molasses fall in just behind to provide some balance. Slight caramel and subtle breadiness on the back.

The flavor mimics the aroma to a T. The coffee flavor is smooth but not overpowering. There is really no bitterness I can associate with the coffee flavor. Caramel flavor follows shortly behind before transitioning into a rich fudgy chocolate. The roasted flavors are balanced and complimented by the overall sweetness throughout.

Full bodied stout with low to medium carbonation. The body is not really thick but it is rather velvety and smooth. The finish is rather long as the rich and roasted flavors dig in to the tongue.

This one has been on my radar for a long time and I am happy to have had the chance to enjoy it. I am not ready to put W-n-B on the top tier of coffee stouts but it is a very good beer and those with regular access to it should be thrilled. Great integration and balance of flavor. Remarkably easy to drink. A very enjoyable beer.

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

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... black oil like liquid pours from the bottle and is topped with an almost non existant head that disappears quickly. No light shines through

S- Nose is very malty, with a moderate coffee finish

T- Malty sweet, but not overly... with loads of coffee coming in through the finish

M- Thick full body with light carbonation

D- Great stuff. Definitely give it a try if you get the chance. I'll be keeping an eye out for this in the future

CHEERS!!

Photo of jmalex
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for giving me this in a trade a while back. Tonight it was time to take this out of the cellar.

2007 vintage

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass with some serious carbonation on it. After letting the massive head subside, it was pretty much pitch black with a brownish cream colored head.

SMELL: Definitely coffee. Some dark chocolate and a little bit of dark fruit come through, but the aroma is all about the coffee and quite a bit of it. Maybe there's a slight hint of a spicy hop presence coming through, but it's faint.

TASTE: Wow, this is as decadent as it gets. It feels like a dessert with massive flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. The oats add such a silky smoothness to this. Perhaps more of a balancing bitterness would make this perfect, but it's fantastic as it is.

MOUTHFEEL: Definitely has a high carbonation. But this body is full and so wonderfully smooth and silky that one can't complain too much.

DRINKABILITY: This goes down very easily as one would imagine and the 8.1% makes this reasonable. This is a beer that deserves to come in a bomber.

Loving a beer that I can't get locally is always a bittersweet moment. On one hand, I'm getting to enjoy something I never have before, but on the other, I won't be able to buy any more. It's fitting then, that "bittersweet" is a fine word to sum up how this beer tastes. And that's a good thing.

Photo of stonequarrywest
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to WesPatrick for this one....

Pours black with a sandy brown head of about half inch..gone in a flash. Zero lacing.
Aroma is straight coffee with some cocoa
Taste is Coffee as well..which I like...with some chocoalte malt in there.

Less than chewy mouthfeel but not terrible but carbonation is spot on ...Very drinkable brew.

Photo of bjohnson
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to blackie for including this in my ba anniv package.

A: Pours a black as night jet black color with a one finger toffee colored head. Retention hangs out for dissipates enough to only leave a thin skim on top. Sticky lacing on the glass.
S: Bitter coffee grinds are the most apparent aromas that come up first. Slight ash aromas as well. Sweet caramel notes also.
T/M: Hefty roasted malt. Robust and rich on the palate with both chocolate and caramel flavors. Silky smooth and slightly sticky oatmeal flavors last into the finish. There’s an ashy almost gritty or chalky mouthfeel, that technically shouldn’t enhance the beer, but this does. Bitterness leads into a roasted malt aftertaste. Medium to full bodied with a low carbonation.
D: Highly drinkable with a lower abv than other, comparable double stouts. Smooth and silkyness makes this beer a tough one to just sip on as the mouthfeel is excellent. Wake and bake it is--this would be a great stout to have with breakfast...possibly with some eggs or pancakes.

Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 12/18/10. On the hand pump at Al's of Hampden during one of the "murren" events.

Served in a nonic, this brew appears black with a finger of dark tan creamy head that holds strong inside the glass and produces some spotty lace as it slowly fades and sips are taken.

The aroma of this brew is coffee and citrus hops with a dark grainy, roasty and almost smoky accent. A chocolate flavor imparts a sweetness that is almost milky.

The taste of this brew is bitter dark roasted grains with citrus hops and a pungent fruity alcohol character. Bitter roasted grains fill out most of the profile along with coffee that lasts inside the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is super smooth and very enjoyable. I have enjoyed this brew many times before from a bottle and on tap and have to tip my hat to the cask delivery for this one. The cask version of this beer absolutely is amazing and on a whole new level than bottle.

Photo of match1112
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

just scored two four packs in trades this week, so i wanna give a big shout out to both awesome ba's. Chefmikeanderson and ATLSaint!

a: pitch black body, looks oily pouring into the glass. a fingers worth of creamy mocha colored head falls off rather fast. there is a good amount of lacing left behind along with a decent sized frothy ring.

s: coffee, coffee and more coffee. just a real rich earthy coffee bean smell with some milk in there.

t: more coffee, go figure. also picking up on that milk again. more earth tones, probably from the coffee and oats.

m: the oatmeal provides a full body, not quite chewy, feel. super smooth and creamy. nice amount of bitterness from the coffee, which also lingers for a bit on the back of the tongue.

o: this is an excellent coffee stout, and i cant wait to share the rest with family, friends and a tasting group.

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must admit I only had a few ounces of this, but it made an impression. Poured cold in a nonic.

A - Pitch black/opaque w/ a small tan head the appearance is of used motor w/ medium

S - Fruity, with a ton of coffee aroma and an almost floral odor. There is a sweet ester and roasted nose the scent has a slight vanilla citrus character

M - Big chewy, sweet and smooth w/ a satiny dense and creamy feel

T - Loads of roast in the taste w/ more coffee in the flavor than the feel the oats settle on the palate and mellow the citrus and acidic coffee aspects w/ a hint of hops. There is almost a ginger-like spice with the dark and chewy but satiny smooth and vanilla edge of the malt. The taste is more toasted than roasty w/ a fruity yeast and vinous malt w/ a cocoa and coffee in the middle.

D - Very intense and appealing blend of flavors and very tasty ale w/ nice complexity. I would quaff this anytime, yet it still delivers a fierce amount of octane

Photo of PhilDaBrewer
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,526 ratings.