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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutTerrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,760 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2760
Reviews: 1166
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%


Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rajendra82 on 02-15-2005)
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a completely opaque black with a thick cocoa colored head that retains impressively. The aroma is an intense blend of espresso, chocolate, cream, and a hint of rum and dark fruits. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with a massive coffee presence, along with some milk chocolate, dark fruits, and a slightly off-dry finish. The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than expected but doesnt detract, and drinkability is excellent for the abv.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 07:04:56 | More by silver0rlead
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks very nice. Thick dark, slightly redish black brown. Head is big, tight and medium brown in color. Nose is rather pleasant. This would go great with breakfast. Aromas of creamy chocolate, coffee, and layers of roasty and toastiness. Taste is full of thick malts soaked in chocolate, nuts, coffee... There's a smooth oatmeal creaminess throughout too. Mmmm. Mouthfeel is like a comfy, heavy, velvety blanket. Nicely coating with a good thick body, and very drinkable for the style.

Delightful and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 00:58:39 | More by tastybeer
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 04:06:46 | More by sulldaddy
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WeisGuy

New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 version, 8.1% abv - just hit the shelves in Durham

a - pours black and quite thick looking, smallish tan head with very little retention, not much lacing

s - large coffee presence in the aroma, roasted malt, some bright fruity-like scents in there too, alcohol is slightly noticeable

t - slightly sweet bitterness up front, strong coffee in the middle, finish is of bitterness with fruit notes and some bittersweet chocolate, very complex taste

m - full-bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish

d - not an overly drinkable beer, but very enjoyable nonetheless, a bit too hard on the palate to drink a whole lot

I was impressed by this brew. Very unique compared to other stouts I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 02:02:09 | More by WeisGuy
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IntriqKen

California

3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 19:06:24 | More by IntriqKen
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 04:25:12 | More by hoppymeal
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mcallister

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 21:56:49 | More by mcallister
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Dubbercody

Washington

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 00:08:34 | More by Dubbercody
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 03:11:37 | More by nlmartin
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laintringulis

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 02:56:02 | More by laintringulis
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to SilentSabre for including a couple of these!

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

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 00:54:16 | More by jwc215
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Backer2004

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 23:26:09 | More by Backer2004
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Vancer

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Hey, thanks to timtheenchanta!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 00:48:40 | More by Vancer
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beerinator

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 23:18:09 | More by beerinator
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OutlawJoseyWales

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 10:49:15 | More by OutlawJoseyWales
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 00:23:41 | More by AlexJ
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 22:14:45 | More by NeroFiddled
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BA cmaruschak for sharing this one...

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


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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 15:54:01 | More by mattcrill
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mnapier

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 04:52:39 | More by mnapier
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ddarden

Alabama

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 02:56:19 | More by ddarden
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jj21

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 23:35:07 | More by jj21
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trep

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 03:23:46 | More by trep
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 02:51:53 | More by goodbyeohio
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 16:58:56 | More by wcudwight
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UncleFlip

Alabama

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

Be well
-UF

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 21:37:16 | More by UncleFlip
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,760 ratings.