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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

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rajendra82 on 02-15-2005

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Photo of hwwty4
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the GBU BIF and Deepsouth for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe glass. This beer pours a dark mahogany brown, with a 2 finger head that dissipated into a thin layer that rested on the top of the beer. This beer left some huge fingers on the sides of the glass. Almost reminded me of a heavy body of a wine. The smell is mostly chocolate malts, with just a hint of vanilla, and boozy warmth. The taste follows suit, with really just a hint of coffee. I wish it was more prevalent but hey, it still tastes pretty damn good. The mouthfeel is exceptional. The oatmeal really gives this beer a great body. This beer is full and creamy, but yet still light on the mouth. This is a great beer, and really makes me want to try the other Terrapin offerings.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was had in good company, along with CrellMoset, courtesy dkachur a couple weeks back. From notes:

A: Deep brownish-black with the slightest red hue. Head doesn't last long, and but a deep brown colour, especially compared to others.

S: Sweeet like an oatmeal-raisin cookie. The scent seems almost bang on, along with a touch of coffee aroma. A great smelling brew.

T + M: Just like the aroma for the most half, with 'added chocolate chips' The sweet tooth loves it, though I suppose under some circumstances, it could be come a little cloying. Some heavy stickiness with a mild carbonation. Obviously, age has settled in to bring out the cookie-like flavours, but it's still one tasty beer.

D: This was quite a treat... it was more of a dessert than I might have expected from a 'coffee stout,' but I'm not complaining. Delicious, ease of drinkability isn't at all in question, and I'd be looking to try another whenever the chance comes along.

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Photo of SiriusAth
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snifter. Pours an impenetrable, river styxx on a moonless night black, looks oily and viscous as hell. There's just below one finger of mocha colored froth that drops pretty quickly and doesn't leave much lace, but this is an imperial stout and that is to be expected. Great look.

What a superb nose! Rich fudge brownies swimming in a sea of luxuriant coffee and molasses; fantastic! Not getting much in the way of hops, perhaps a slight whiff here and there, but with a rich stout like this, who cares?

The taste is very close to the nose, which is a plus. Roast, coffee, chocolate, molasses and a bit of anise. This turtle is all about the malt. There is a good bitterness in the finish to balance this out from the roasted barley and the hops. Rich, decadent, delicious.

The texture is very silky and creamy (gotta love the oats), sliding right down the throat with ease. I would like the body to be a touch thicker, but this is a minor qualm. Between medium and heavy body,, great carbonation, great drink.

Oh, wake and bake. I've been in love with this beer since it debuted at the Classic City Brewfest years ago. It screams for some belgian waffles or a sumptuous chocolate cake. Awesome beer, absolutely recommended.

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4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to give a big thanks to orcasteve for giving me this one!

Where to begin? This I think was my first Coffee Stout and i must say it was beyond good. The first pour released the exquisite smell of beans, the modern day urban nectar of the gods. Pitch black fills the glass foaming to a pleasant chocolaty head. It fizzled away fast to a nice lacing that clung to the glass. After being in the center of a coffee explosion more scents revealed themselves. The almost perfect balance of coffee and Oatmeal entered the frame creating an olfactory yin and yang. After noticing this, the other subtitles shone through, chocolates, spices and malts were at the front but too numerous to detect them all. The chocolate-coffee-oatmeal taste bursts in your mouth with a force un-denied; the balance is unique and irresistible. The syrup like texture with mild carbonation glides smoothly in the mouth, thick and creamy enough to make you want to chew it. In the end the sure richness and complexity of this drink is uniformly almost perfect. To me this is black gold, worth repeating its alluring and has a scent that screams come hither. For all you coffee people out there if you like coffee and beer this is one you want to get your hands on.

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Photo of clemtig76
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers from Terrapin. Pours thick and dark like used motor oil with a rich creamy mouthfeel. Aroma is of freshly made coffee. Taste is coffee and chocolate with a slick oatmeal finish. An outstanding beer. I always put back a bottle or two for later.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to mikesgroove for the trade.

Pours a deep thick oily black with a roiling tan head that takes quite a while to cascade and settle. Looks syrupy as hell. Nose is full on coffee and chocolate. Taste follows with mad coffee, some chocolate, oatmeal slickness. Wonderful tasting brew, and one I would love to have after a wake n bake. (Because it would go good with the chocolate chip cookies, of course!) mouthfeel is thinner than I expected by the viscosity of the appearance, but still very viscous. Still for some wierd reason, it seems to thin. Drinkability is outstanding. Overall a very pleasant brew, an awesome breakfast stout brew, and one I will certainly revisit when given the chance/trade. Thanks again to mike for this outstanding brew.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
Thanks to SincereNc for this brew
vintage 08 FX
A- This beer pours an inky black body with a creamy thick cocoa tan head that last for days. There is a trail of micro-bubbles that glide up the side of the glass but that is all that can be seen in that body.

S- The smooth black roasted malt aroma has a nice fresh coffee smell and some faint brown sugar hints in the background.

T- The big dark roasted coffee flavor is supported by black roasted malt with some nice chocolate qualities to it. There is a taste of toasted oatmeal cookies that follows and a faint tootsie roll note that is quite complementary. After each sip a slight sweetness and roasted bitterness linger making me want to take another sip as soon as its gone.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a nice slightly astringent from the roasted goodness at the finish. No alcohol heat noticed.

D- This beer has nice big malt and coffee flavors with some good depth and character. All the flavors really work together nicely.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with a dark brown head.

Aroma is of coffee and dark malts.

Taste is of COFFEE, dark malts, chocolate and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry at the end and somewhat flat.

Overall, a decent brew. Coffee is the dominant force in this one. Not as balanced as others, but good for the style.

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Photo of bbothen
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My 3rd stop on the Monster Beer tour. First review of such.

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams beer glass.

Thick. Pours pitch black with a small espresso colored head that disappears quickly. Leaves a bubbly ring around the glass.

Big roasted coffee nose. Some sweetness, oatmeal cookie, chocolate, malted milk aromas.

Tastes of coffee, oatmeal, chocolate milk, bitter chocolate, a slight booze. Tastes like a Nestle milk drink. Except more delicious.

Full bodied, smooth, creamy, a nicely carbonated.

The big coffee & sweet flavors make this a one bottle session for me.

Enjoyable brew. A real breakfast stout. Will gladly have again. If you love coffe stouts, or unusual beers in general, you owe it to yourself to try this one. Nice work Terrapin.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another "gots list" extra from tayner. Nice...

This one pours a mirrored dark black with a thin collar of creamy tan sustained by some sluggish little bubbles.

Smells of luscious, slick coffee blended in with some creamy breakfast cereals and a touch of milk chocolate. The prominence and presence of the crisp coffee of this one is one for the record books.

The flavor starts too with the same nearly magical coffee that blends in effortlessly with an earthy grain with a dash of wheat. There's a slight boozy sting to this one, but it doesn't last lone. Finishes off with a touch of oaky smoke.

Feels a bit sluggish and dense with a fine, thickening carbonation. Considering the flavors present, it was expected, but it seemed a little on the "too thick" side.

A classic without question.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So normally I wouldn't drink a stout in the summer but this one was just calling my name.

Appearance - Man this beer poured a oily black with a huge milk chocolate head!

Smell - The coffee aroma is SO overpowering but in a good way. Hence the name Coffee Oatmeal Stout.

Taste- Huge roasted coffee flavors dominate but also some hints of chocolate cocoa and some interesting spice I couldn't quite make out.

Mouthfeel - Extremely thick and and heavy. The carbonation was medium.

Overall - Incredible beer! Very tasty and would be a nice replacement for coffee in the morning or perhaps a beer for dessert. Nicely complex with a nice mix of flavors.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a sweet oatmeal stout, hevey and black just like i like it, kissed at the end by world class coffee. this one is smouth and complex, nither the coffee or the oatmeal overpower one another. this one is a world class, top shelf beer that i feal honered to have had the plesher of tasting.
if you run across this brew get as much as you can!!!!

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Photo of hrking
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this thanx to ATLbeerdog ...Awesome coffee stout possibly the best I've had with the exception of cask aged Bell's Java Stout. This is the best coffee stout release I've tried to date. That being said i'm not a huge coffee fan but this beer is not over done with coffee. There is just enough here to add to the immense flavor and drink ability. I had this at my own stout fest with other members of The Good Beer Show and this beer stood out among the 13 stouts I bought to the table. Smooth,sweet,easy on the palette what elese could a beer lover want from a stout this brew is effin' metal!

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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 Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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Photo of vasdef42
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a 12 oz. bottle courtesy of RobotGod(good looking out). Pours so dark brown its black, dark tan head, beautiful. smells like vanilla, oats, chocolate, coffee, everything i wanna smell in a breakfast stout, i could sniff this one for days. Tastes much the same, layers of vanilla, but not overpowering or synthetic vanilla, chocolate, roasty coffee, hint of black licorice, even a nice hop backbone seems to be there. Thick mouthfeel compliments of the oatmeal, smooth and creamy. Exceptional layers, delicious flavors, all in balance. a new favorite of mine in the breakfast brew category, wish i had one to wake up with while i do this review.

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Photo of Homerbag
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a body like a cup of coffee. Foamy head is about the same, no retention at all. But the body is dark and mysterious.

Smell is of good coffee, chocolates, and a roasted malt backbone. Rich ad fun to quaff. Taste is creamy bittersweet chocolate with a complimentry dose of coffee. The malts are nice and roasty. There is a citric aspect to this , could be from some hops, or from the natural acidic qualities from the coffee beans. Thick and syrupy, just like a stout should be.

Not sure why this is called wake and bake, it's no where on the label. Plus I would prefer this as a nightcap or desert coffee. Either way, it is very good and enjoyable.

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Photo of tiger88
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had both the 2006 and 2007 versions this weekend

2006: This one has laid down nicely. Pours a deep, rich black with a dark tan head that retreats to a nice thin line around the edge of the glass. A swirl brings the head back and the aroma forward. This one smelled equally of chocolate and coffee. A little bitterness to the nose as well. The taste was absolutely marvelous. There was almost no sweetness and the chocolate and coffee were as balanced as the smell. Goes down easily even on a hot, humid day in Alabama.

2007: The coffee was much more pronounced in the smell and taste on this one. Equally enjoyable but I'll cellar the remaining 3 for several more months. Great beer from a great brewery!

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Photo of jmalex
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 5-25-2008

Pours a solid black and has a huge tan head that gave me pause as I was pouring. This baby has some carbonation at cellar temps! Aroma is coffee in a huge way. A blind smelling would make it a ringer for a dunkin donuts brew.:) I smell mostly the coffee and maybe a hint of chocolate malt and a little tobacco very faint in the background. Taste's you might guess is coffee and mix in a bit of ash for good measure. Has a bitter aftertaste that I can't quite put my finger on. Creamy but thin body. I'm not a coffee drinker, I think you need to be to drink this one. Technically nothing wrong with this, just not my favorite.

I was able to try this again and liked it much better on 3-21-2009

Pours a solid dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of coffee, milk chocolate and maybe a bit of currant, a touch of perfume. Taste is a roasty chocolaty, coffee affair with some dark dried fruits thrown in there as well. Finishes with a lingering dark fruit, coffee roast bitterness. Velvety creamy smooth mouthfeel, thick body, ample carbonation (low). I'm so glad I had the opportunity to give this one a second chance as its a great brew! I think I may have had a bad bottle last time.

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Photo of Redwood21
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I really do enjoy the dark dark black color with the mud colored head that lasts and sticks decently

S: a little too sweet for me, smells like a sweet coffee drink ppl pay 8 bucks for at starbucks. its not bad but it isnt my favorite for this style

T: it was a borderline but i pushed it over, it has a sweet coffee mocha taste to it with a decent level of carbonation. it is pretty creamy and coats the inside of ones mouth if you let it.

this is a very drinkable beer, especially for the style. the main accent is coffee, but since it is a coffee oatmeal stout thats not surprising

Thanks to everetends for the bottle

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Photo of vwcraig
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An extra from RustyDiamond I think....

2007 bottling. Dumps black into a snifter. Micro bead rising up the sides to sustain a head. Camel-colored head quickly rose to an inch, then fell flat to a cap. Nose is dominated by coffee, no surprise, and bittersweet chocolate. Swirling the glass uncovers a different smell that strikes me as roasted red peppers. I was shocked by the first taste. No alcohol sensed at all, but ABV is lower than most. Extremely smooth mouthfeel. Roasty and burnt malt flavors very pronounced with zero off flavors, great job. Oats have really affected the mouthfeel to be this smooth. Excellent carbonation rinses clean and leaves nothing behind. Drinkability is quite good and I could have a few in a sitting. ABV never shows up.

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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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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a solid black color with a little head of dark tan color, not too much lacing. The aroma is rich, full, a lovely bit of full press coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, some roasted malt. The mouth is creamy smooth, slightly carbonated, smooooth and tasty. All these flavors and more bounce around the tongue, with the oats, roasted malt coming in, then coffee, then chocolate, the a slight bit of hop oils, the alcohol creeping in when warmer in the finish. Overall, a very fine beer. I'm almost jealous of you southerners. :)

Thanks to shuajw for this one.

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Photo of everetends
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a four pack of 12oz bottles from Midtown in Nashville, TN. Poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a beautiful opaque black. I thought there was going to be no head but it built out of nowhere and gave me a good 3 fingers.

S: Came out as a nice sweet, roasted malt with tones of chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and spicy oats.

T: Fantastic. The coffee really shines here, but it doesn't overpower the entire beer. You can taste the chocolate, oats, and malt. The alcohol doesn't hit you until it hits your belly, warming you from the inside out. Awesome.

M: Coats the mouth but isn't too heavy. Leaves a fantastic aftertaste of coffee, with a bitter finish. Carbonation is very mild.

D: I don't have a bad thing to say about this beer. Very accessible for an IMPY. Great flavors and amazing. A huge fan of this one. In my opinion, this is the flagship of Terrapin.

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,269 ratings.