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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 1,237
Hads: 3,646
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 787
Gots: 642 | 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 suspect
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured from a 12oz bottle courtesy of Bulbman into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

A: Jet black motor oil pour. Aggressive pour leads to a chocolate foam colored 2 finger head. Bubbles fade slowly leaving sticky and thick lacing.

S: Big aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Not totally overpowering but smooth and silky and delicious.

T: Perfect balance of a delicious cup of coffee blended with pure dark chocolate bready chocolate malts. There is no presence of the alcohol in this 8.1% Impy stout.

M: Medium bodied with a finish that's a touch thin but only bothersome because I'm being nitpicky. Viscousy coating of my mouth leaves me reaching for more.

O: A delicious coffee oatmeal stout. I really wish this was local. It's not dethroned FBS but man this is one I could drink a lot of.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Crabbicuss for sending me this in a trade. Poured from a bottle to a Dogfish snifter. Dark pour with a mocha head. Strong coffee scent. Nice lacing on the glass. Nice stout with a strong coffee presence. Wish this was something I could get on the reg here in Houston.

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Photo of Omonigan
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter

A- Burned motor oil black, with a half finger thick mocha brown head, very little lacing that dissipates quickly.

S- Very dark roast coffee, hints of oatmeal. Reminds me of the instant coffee my grandmother used to drink when I was a kid.

T- Strong coffee, hints of dark chocolate and oatmeal, finishes with a very faint sweet milk chocolate.

M- Medium bodied, lighter than I was expecting. Very smooth and creamy, slightly oily.

O- Excellent beer! Very well balanced, and the alcohol is hidden very well. I expected much more booziness out of this 9.4 percent beer. My new favorite non barrel aged Imperial stout. Better than Founder's Breakfast Stout IMO.

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Photo of AshburnWineShop
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great head retention, mocha lacing. Tons of coffee and chocolate on the nose and it comes through on the palate. Bitter coffee and mocha. Creamy finish that grabs your tongue with more bitter coffee. Very nice!

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*This review is of the 2008 release.
Absolutely spectacular in my opinion! I can also say, with quite a bit of confidence, that this is easily the single best year so far for this beer. It poured absolutely black with a medium brown coloured head. Looks as a stout should. Smell is a lovely mix of cold coffee and any number of well build stouts with the coffee easily overpowering the other. The flavour of the coffee is very assertive in the batch, and honestly, almost the only flavour profile I can easily detect. Mouthfeel is absolutely delightful in that it is rather creamy and actually coats your mouth. This is truly a treat to those who enjoy a good stout, and if it's a coffee beer you seek, this will make you very happy indeed. I'd love to see how this one performs with about 18 months on it.

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4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Extremely dark brown. Very minimal head that is a creamy brown color. Completely opaque.

S - Coffee, coffee, coffee! Some sweet dark fruits. Chocolate.

T - Sweet chocolate start. Followed by an oatyness that turns into a coffee taste. Finish is a bit bitter/hoppy with some malt. Strong alcohol presence.

M - Fairly smooth, very heavy, lots of burn.

O - Pretty solid stout. Nice and heavy. A little bit sweet, lots of coffee, and not overly bitter.

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Photo of philbe311
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After enjoying this on cask a couple of times recently, I couldn't wait to try it straight from the bottle...

A - Viscous pour... One fingers worth of tightly packed slightly fizzy dark brown head... The slightest of retention gives way to a thin slightly uneven veil of lacing and a thin collar... A completely opaque onyx black... Very still... Slightly ominous...

S - Glorious dark roasted coffee dominates... Also present is a very pleasant roasted malt component... Hints of both milk and dark chocolate... A touch of caramel...

T - The coffee shares prominence on the palette... Chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee work in harmony and provide mammoth complexity... Some faint hops emerge on the back end... Just an ever so faint alcohol heat presence... A bit of butterscotch on the finish as well... Delicious...

M - Medium to full bodied... Thick and dense... Chewy... Viscous... A slight but sharp carbonated presence... Exceptionally smooth...

D - An utterly delicious American Double / Imperial Stout... As good as it gets in readily available seasonal... This is worthy of buying a case and aging... I would opt for this over many of its more highly sought after counterparts...

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review 250!

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours jet black with a half finger brown head. Would have liked to see a bigger head, and I poured this very aggressively. A little disappointing in that regard, but the lacing is excellent.

S- awesomely strong coffee. Hints of chocolate in there too. Fantastic

T- bitter coffee and chocolate. The coffee is the prominent flavor, and let me tell you this: they really used a good blend with this beer. This isn't a $3/pound coffee, this is some quality java.

M- thick. Chewy. Viscous. Call it what you want, its motor oil. And it is AWESOME

D- this is completely awesome. Terrapin's winter seasonals are hitting it out of the park lately. I've got a new favorite

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Photo of ppoitras
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from unknown source, label notes Vintage 08FX, whatever that means.

Poured into a pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark brown head, which promptly fades to a layer of small bubbles. Worth noting that while decanting, all of a sudden near the end, this huge plop of dark goop plopped into the glass. Fished it out with a spoon, but sure makes me wary. The average amount of lacing is quite leggy, over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Aroma is sweet coffee. Flavor is coffee with moderate chocolate undertones. Mouthfeel is wow velvety smooth, with drinkability that has me looking in the fridge for another bottle (but only one left, so another night, I guess).

6/8/06 - 3.5/4/4.5/5/5

12oz bottle from Bonhoeffer via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head doesn't last too long, down to the usual Imp Stout uneven layer of bubbles, with average-ish lacing. Aroma is sweet dark coffee. Taste is mocha upfront, with hops bleeding through and fighting the battle through to the swallow. Mouthfeel is oh-so creamy and smooth, and drinkability is excellent, alcohol hardly noticeable, making this one dangerously drinkable. I would have this one in my fridge all the time if I could.

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4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown/black color with a half finger head and a little lacing.

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. Very inviting smell.

T: Mainly coffee to start with along with some roasted malts and dark chocolate. There are hops there, but mostly hidden. Great balance. The alcohol is completely hidden.

M: Medium to full bodied with some carbonation. Very easy to drink.

O: I enjoyed this just as much as Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout...that says a lot.

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade from ThinkNStout, thanks again my friend.

Poured from a bottle into a cigar city snifter.

A - Pours pitch black, poured chilled, a two inch head of foam sits on top and dissipates super slowly, leaving a quarter inch ring on top.

S - Smells phenomenal. I know the turtle on the front is baking a batch of cookies, so maybe its the power of suggestion, but I really do get chocolate cookies and coffee. Definitely tons of chocolate and coffee, but there are some malty notes that kind of complete the idea. Really a great smelling beer.

T - This one hits the nail on the head for me. Coffee and chocolate share the forefront, Chocolate is kind of a blend between sweet and bitter chocolates and the coffee is not overbearing but is prominent. Just the right amount of hops bittering the edges of the palate. Aftertaste is sweet malty goodness. Fantastic.

M - Cant say a bad thing about it. Low carb, medium to thick. Great.

O - I just really love this beer. Find it, buy it, drink it. Thats all.

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4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle

A: Snifter. Pours a motor oil black with a thin brown background. Dark brown head with very little head retention, faint lacing if any.

S: It literally smells like my grandma's house after dinner, when the coffee is brewing and the oatmeal raisin cookies are in the ove during the holidays.

T: Coffee up front with a smooth oatmeal finish. Some chocolate tones with a great balanced hoppy character.

M: Surprisingly smooth for 8.1%. Not heavy at all. Great carbonation level. Also has an amazing aftertaste that lingers for a while.

D: This is a great brew and definitely worthy of a try. By far my favorite Terrapin.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours opaque black with a late forming frothy off white head that hold for a good amount of time but eventually dissipated down to a ring without much lace. The smell is roasted coffee that integrate perfectly with the roasted malts. The taste is up front with sweet dark malts that give a nice roasted and chocolate flavor. This is followed with a lingering coffee flavor complemented by some roasted and hop bitterness along with some frutiness. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, but not quite perfect. Overall a great stout produced locally.

After being aged for a year, coffee is still strong and this beer is super carbonated just as it was fresh. The coffee however has taken on a bit of a sour edge to it that certainly detracts from taste and drinkability. The mouthfeel is creamy but the carbonation is sharp. The smell is weak.

Overall, the 2008 is superior. We will see how both of them are in a year.

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Photo of ajaxivan
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Victory tulip, no bottle date

A: Beautiful deep black with one and a half finger tan head. Very inviting

S: Incredible combination of coffee and chocolate. This smells awesome!

T: Even better than it smells, coffee and chocolate with the perfect hint of bitterness

M: Medium to full,closer to full

D: For the abv. the drinkability is off the charts, this beer is amazing. I had seen this before and based on talk on Ba decided to give it a try.Now i hope i can get more before it is gone. I could easily drink several of these in a sitting. As much as i love Founders Breakfast Stout, i think i might enjoy this one better. Hands down one of the better Imp Stouts ive had.

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Photo of mbudner
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Terrapin 7th Anniversary pint glass.

A- Pours black with half a centimeter of deep mocha heard that dissipated relatively quickly leaving a nice skin of lacy head across the surface.

S- Great aroma full of roasted coffee, some bitter chocolate, and semi-sweet vanilla coming through.

T- The first flavor I get is the vanilla on the front of my palate, which quickly gives way to coffee. What I really like about this one is the smoothness of the coffee flavor; it's not so bitter as dominate completely, but it asserts itself enough to remind you that you're drinking a coffee stout (I am sure this has something to do with the quality of Jittery Joe's coffee as I have noticed this in other beers made with reputable coffee beans/sources.) In the finish, I get a nice nutty flavor, which I often find in oatmeal based stouts (either my palate confuses the two or they taste quite similar to me.)

M- Nice amount of carbonation followed by a great creamy mouthfeel.

D- Truly one of my favorite breakfast stouts. I will admit that I have a certain amount of nostalgia when it comes to this phenomenal beer, but I tried not to let it have an effect on my review. No booziness at all (granted it is on the low end for an "American Double/Imperial Stout." This is up there with Founders BS as one of my favorites.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to ncvbc for the opportunity to wake up and get drunk!

Loverboy might have been working for the weekend, I was working for this beer. Wanted to try this bad boy for a while.

I wasnt expecting crude oil to pour out of my bottle, but there it was, in it's black glory with a coffee colored head that quickly vanishes into the void.

Waiter, there appears to be beer in my coffee. Smells fanfreakingtastic. Coffee notes, Roastedness, Chocolate, faint dark sugar liquor smell. Every swizzle of the glasizzle has a new smelliizle.

Love how this one tastes. I was expecting more of a tortoise flavor, instead I found espresso, chocolate, creamy ooey gooey goodness. Hops poke through.

A little carbonated right now, aftertaste of the coffee foam you eat with your spoon after your done with your espresso and the cocoa plant.

Fill to the rim not with brim, but this beer.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Black and opaque. A finger of dark brown head rises; one the darkest heads I've ever seen. Retention is moderate, no lacing.

S - Incredible aroma. Roasted coffee obviously, alongside a faint nuttiness and a hint of sweetness.

T - While perhaps simpler and more straightforward than it's counterparts, this brew has struck an amazing balance. Coffee is at the forefront but there are hints of chocolate around the edges. Roasted malt provides much of the backbone for the coffee. For a stout, and a coffee stout at that, there is almost no bitterness and none of the coffee acidity found in similar brews. Remarkable.

M - Medium to full bodied with a slick creaminess. A silky beer with very minimal carbonation.

D - Rarely do I find myself enjoying a beer from this and similar styles as much as this one. Start to finish this is an exceptionally balanced beer that I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aquired this beer in a trade (thanks mikesgroove!). Served at nearly cellar temperature in a pint glass. Poured a beautiful , oily , jet black, with dark brown highlights in the light. Looked like freshly drained motor oil. About two fingers of very dark coffee brown head rose from the glass. Head dissapeared somewhat quickly into a thick gob of foam in the center of the glass. Very strong , pronounced aromas of freshly roasted coffee beans, warm brownies, and small hints of chocolate and vanilla. Nose was definitley ruled by coffee. Almost perfectly balanced flavors of , coffee, chocolate, with a hint of black licorice in the aftertaste. Virtually no alcohol present. Smooth from front to back. Mouthfeel was thick and full. Flavor explosion on the palate. High marks for drinkability for, smooth drinking, full flavor , and the need to get more of this awesome beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received a 4 pack of this in a trade...poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep, rich dark brown almost black with a nice one finger deep mocha head that fades to leave nice side lacing and a thin blanket with nice halo.

S - Yep, this one is a glass of dark dark roast coffee and chocolate. Very impressive amounts of coffee in this one. Very slight vanilla and maybe even some light caramel.

T - Wow, a great follow through on the nose. Big, no, HUGE black coffee and bitter coffee grounds. This stuff is delicious. That strong coffee is backed up by deep, rich bakers dark chocolate. Its got so much coffee and chocolate. I guess what keeps it from a 5 for me would possibly be to have it slightly more rounded. This really tastes like chocolate covered espresso beans.

M - Mouthfeel is delicious. Not quite velvety smooth as I'd like in a stout as there maybe is a touch too much carbonation for me.

O - This is a delicious coffee stout and easily rivals Founders Breakfast stout for me. Absolutely delicious. Would trade for this again in a heart beat.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simple black, kinda brown, but not really. Tall, compact top of super nice broken chocolate colored foam. So sad to see it didn't last very long, maybe a minute or so, however it keeps a frothy collar ring and some tiny waves of skimming across the top. Lacing is minimal to none with a couple of small spots sticking.

Aroma is solid, airy, and yummy of chocolate laced coffee and oatmeal sweetness. Semi rich, roasted, and creamy with a smurfing of dryness. Quite nice.

Taste follows suit with a brigade of firm, smooth, lofty chocolateyness. The middle area is huge with chocolatey goodness backed by a milky oat sweetness and creamy roasted notes followed by an ever so slight nudge of fluffy cocoa dryness in the finish. Deep, succulant, lasting, and yummy. Quite nice as well.

Body is a solid medium with a whole lot of firm creamy smoothness that holds the flavors well in place for length. Lofty, creamy, kinda fluffy in the finish, subtle, succulant, deepening, and even a touch warming. Nice again.

A sensational Oatmeal Stout cross bread with a Milk Stout. Terrifically built by Terrapin. Yum!
Can, and will drink a bunch of this stuff in a hurry.

Thanks to cashew70 for my first exchange of 2007!

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh God yes. I love Imperial Stouts. Add some oatmeal, all the better. Throw some coffee in, and we start to talk otherworldly.

Fantastic. I bought a case of this while in GA over the weekend. Of couse i have a request from a friend for a big chunk of that.

Terrapin, you will eventually be considered one of the great breweries of the United States. Big Hoppy Monster was incredible; Wake-n-Bake is no less marvelous.


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Photo of Chaney
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this one for a while.

A: Poured the darkest brown you could image and the head was maybe a couple shades lighter than the brew itself. The head also had a mild reddish tint. The froth that resided on the brew after the big head meltdown was a sight to behold!

S: EXTREME coffee smell in every way. I mean it literally laid waste to the roasted malts, chocolate, etc. Later on in the session, as I warmed up to the intensity of the brew, I got a generous amount of chocolate on the nose.

T: Very bitter, but in a high grade coffee ground sort of way. As the beer faded away after the swallow, a bit of candy sweetness coated the mouth... sort of like caramel actually. Just plain awesome!

M: Very thick, but not too. The carbonation softened the blow that the coffee inflicted on the palate... but not by much. The lacing was ridiculous!

D: So that was "Jittery Joe's Coffee" huh? This was every bit as good as Founders Breakfast Stout and even more coffee-like. I highly recommend this to the true coffee lover.

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4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage (with the brown neck label)

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours pitch black and a little viscous. Cappucino colored head forms, somewhat small and has a cola-like wispiness which dissappears almost immediately.

Aroma is purely coffee, dark roasted coffee. If you dont like coffee, this isnt for you. This beer is brewed with coffee grounds as well as dark malts, so the coffee aromas and flavors are enhanced and really stand out. Some nice hops sneak in past the coffee as well. Put a fresh pot of coffee and this in front of my nose and I may be unable to detect a difference.

Bitter coffee strikes the tongue first, followed by a sweet coffee flavor. Nice dense mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. Would like to see a little more than strictly coffee but delicious nevertheless. As far as drinkability, this is pretty close to perfect. Just the right amount of alcohol to give body and flavor and just under the abv so as not to intoxicate one too quickly. Have this tastey brew mornin', noon, and night.

If recollection serves me correctly, this year, 2007, has much more of a coffee presence than last years version. I liked both versions, but this was my favorite of the two.

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4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Opaque beer pours thick and oily with an almost absurdly thick dark brown head. Sheets of semi-adherent lacing. This is just beautiful.

Smell: This thing smells like an iced mocha. I think if you smelled it blindly, you'd be hard pressed to call it beer. Sweet with intense coffee and hints of chocolate.

Taste: Sweet roasted and burnt malts, big coffee flavor, bittersweet chocolate, and fudge. Vanilla and caramel are noted too.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full and very creamy. Its not unlike a milkshake. I've had bigger feeling stouts before, but this is very smooth and nice.

Drinkability: Really one of the best coffee stouts I've had. I've had a bunch of these this season, in part because our local pizza place has them on draft. This is even better as it warms, but I challenge you to not pound it. Interestingly, I know several women who are not fond of beer in general drank this and asked for more.

7/31/11- Just drank a random, accidentally cellared '09 bottle. Still very good, but less intense everything, especially the coffee. Its melded and become too smooth, soft, and toned down.

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4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

omg! This beer is a fantastic coffee-oatmeal-imperial stout marriage. Pours a thick black-strap molasses, with about ½" - 1" head. Served from the bottle. Aromas suggestive of roasted coffee, chicory, and roasted barley, until it hits your pucker. The flavors take on characteristics of an acidic full-bodied roast coffee, yet there are notes of roasted barley on the tongue, with a wet and then dry mouthfeel, alcohol on the exhale. Sip, repeat. I can't wait to get my hands on another bottle.

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,237 ratings.