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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Reviews: 1,229
Hads: 3,615
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.27%
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Gots: 642 | FT: 56
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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 JDV
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to KP and pintsized for bottles!
Pours black with a tan head. Smell is an astringent and sharp ground coffee aroma. Taste is nicely creamy with an oatmealy body and bold flavor of coffee. Smooth, drinkable and a nice beer, that I look forward to trying again. (266 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with RustyDiamond, thanks for the opportunity to try this brew, 2008 batch, split with my buddy on St. Patrick's Day, poured into a Stiegl glass

A-Black color that I could not see through, 3/4 creamy mocha colored head that stuck around for almost five minutes, nice retention and lacing at the beginning

S-Espresso, sweet cream, roasted malt, lots of oatmeal, dark chocolate, caramel, milk, grassy accents, sugar, and more coffee

T-Starts off with a big coffee flavor, then some roasted malt, dry with some hoppiness in the finish, more sweetness and milky accents later on, coffee did not go away even when it warmed fully but still was not overpowering at any time, some chocolate and burned caramel towards the end, nicely balanced brew with some interesting dry texture

M-Dry and sweet mouthfeel, average amount of carbonation, pretty thick body, taste lingered quite a bit, more dry at the beginning when cold oddly

D-Could drink a few bottles of this, smooth for a dry feeling beer, alcohol is pretty high at eight percent, not too heavy on the stomach, more of a sipper

I had been wanting to try this for a long time because I am a big fan of coffee stouts and this seems to be one of the most popular ones, think the name is pretty cool too, would drink again, recommended (1,323 characters)

Photo of dnichols
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I received this beer from a trade with shuajw. I poured a capped 12 ounce bottle into a chalice.

A: It poured a rich, thick and dark black body with a half finger chocolate head that receded to a ring around the collar and a thin skim across the top of the surface of the beer. There was dense lacing that followed the drink down the glass but lasted only long enough to set the glass down after each sip.

S: It gives off the aroma of dark chocolate, roasted dark malts, and bitter coffee. There were hints of dark fruits and oatmeal.

T: It was rich with the creamy, mouth filling flavor of bakers chocolate laced with milk chocolate. That was followed by a nice bit of a mocha latte spiced with pepper and topped with a creamy oatmeal foam. It was well balanced and the alochol was hidden.

M: It was full bodied with a chewy, creamy profile that started sweet and ended bitter but had a clean and warm after taste.

D: It was a wonderful imperial stout with a wonderful mouth feel, excellent balance and great finish. High ABV and full bodied nature make this a two or three beer limited brew. (1,099 characters)

Photo of Lordsloth
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cashew70 for my first bottle! I've had a couple trades involving the Wake 'n Bake since then.

Pours a deep, dark, dark brown. A finger high head developed, dark tan in color. Left resinous legs on the inside of the glass. Smells like coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, a breakfast in a glass? Taste was amazing, with a pronounced coffee flavor and dark roasted chocolate malty bitterness up front, but smooths out almost instantly! A velvety Oatmeal smoothness. Mouthfeel is very thick, somewhat oily. A bit of coffee bitterness lingers. Drinkability is pretty good for a stout. Imperial Stout, at that. (607 characters)

Photo of shirfan
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rnorgart for the trade.

Pitch black liquid, no highlights. Thin layer of tan foam quickly burns off.

Aroma is big coffee and roasted malt.

Taste: Lots of fresh black coffee leads the way. A good helping of dark malt follows, yet remains drier than many imperial stouts. Finish is on the boozy side but just restrained enough to not be a mark against. Very mild bitterness in the finish.

Heavy, chewy mouthfeel makes this a nice slow sipper that spotlights coffee flavors. (485 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to RustyDiamond for this extra and knocking it off my wants list!

Pours a dark brown/black color, virtually impenetrable to light except for the slightest of ruby near the edges of the glass, good size head, fades quickly with not much lacing.

Smell is mostly roasted malt, slight coffee aroma but not as strong as I expected, dark fruit presence as well, some smokiness to it.

Taste starts out with strong roasted malt and dark fruit, in the aftertaste though the coffee begins to show itself and lingers long after, a very sticky brew, carbonation is a bit much and could have been toned down a bit otherwise this is a very delicious beer.

I certainly would like to enjoy a few more of these, one of the better brews I've had in a while. (750 characters)

Photo of Poser
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with creamy, tan head. Aroma is strong roasted malts, coffee. Smells very expresso. Taste is a slight drop from the powerful aroma. Coffee aroma stays in the flavor, but the texture is smooth and slightly creamy. I was expecting something more robust but this is actually quite pleasant. Alcohol is noticeable but not a turnoff.

I'm still not over how drinkable this stuff is. (395 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rnorgart for this fine beer! Poured into a chalice. Pitch black with a fluffy dark tan head. Huge aromas of coffee with good lots of chocolate too. Tastes like it smells. Full flavored coffee and chocolate with burnt malty goodness. The mouthfeel of this beer is outstanding. Full bodied, creamy, makes me feel like i am drinking a good latte. Cant wait to have another! (380 characters)

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

Pours a pitch black with a small mocha head. Not much retention and some lace, but that's expected. So dark and mysterious.

Big coffee aroma hits immediately. Espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and some dark fruit as well. Vanilla and nutty notes round things out.

Just like in the aroma coffee is the first flavor. Bittersweet chocolate steps in and helps balance all the roast. Big flavors yet smoother and more mellow than expected - perhaps the oatmeal's contribution. Alcohol is very well hidden with no burn, and adds just a touch of spice. Finishes smooth with lingering roasted bitterness.

Full bodied, smooth, rich, and creamy. Well balanced - roasted flavor does not overwhelm and the alcohol is barely detectable. I could easily sip on this for some time. Had this beer instead of my morning coffee and it was a perfect replacement.

You must drink this beer at room temp or just below. The first bottle I had was just about straight from the fridge. Thin, watery, and overwhelming coffee/dark roast. This time I let it sit out on the counter for an hour and it was much fuller, smoother, and much more balanced. Very nice beer. (1,142 characters)

Photo of sincereNc
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an Ommegang tulip glass.

A- Pours a opaque pitch black, with barely a half inch khaki head.

S- Ground coffee right away, espresso. A bittersweet mocha aroma backing that up.

T- Overwhelming coffee on the first taste then the bitter chocolate creeps in and balances it all out nice. I think the oatmeal helps smooth it out a lot and the 8.1 abv is nearly undetectable. The bitterness ended mid palate which gave a great smooth finish.

M- Made the mistake of taking my first sip at fridge temp. It was too thin and almost watered down while cold. Letting it warm to room temp. did wonders for this beer, ended up light but very creamy. Very smooth.

D- Enjoying this beer at room temperature is key, smooths it out a lot, and gives more balance to it. The alcohol doesnt really come through much , but a sipper for the fact it such a rich, flavorful brew.

What a treat. (898 characters)

2.96/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An absolutely beautiful pour generates a very active three finger head of dark brown chocolate colored head that quickly faeds and leaves no lace. The body to this beer is as black as Indian ink and just as thick. Nose has a feel of cola and fresh ground chicory coffee, very woodsy backround funk. As I take first sip the first thing that comes into my mind is wow this isnt quite right, an old soured coffee with an electric fuzzy hue that sticks on the back of the tongue. This quickly shines through as a bitter coffee feel. You really need to drink this beer close to room tempature. It lacks considerable balance that would make this brew a real winner that it should be. Mouthfeel is a sour bitter hue that hangs on long. I'm hoping that I just got a bad bottle because base on other reviews, it just didnt seem right. (825 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks ncvbc for the chance to sample this brew the 12 oz bottle poured into my sniffer produced a fingers worth of cocoa colored head that dissipates into a nice ring of lace around the glass. The black coffee colored body kind of made me want to pour it into a coffee cup instead though.

Aromas of black coffee, warm oatmeal, and a light chocolate smell filled my head.

Taste like my morning coffee actually, the oatmeal helps mellow out the strong bitterness of the coffee and gives it a little sweetness. The pallet is just creamy enough to fool my tongue into believing that there is cream in it.

Nice and creamy mouth feel no carbonation so very thing.

Very drinkable but definitely a sipper because that is the way I enjoy my coffee. (746 characters)

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very thick opaque brown/black with a thin dark mocha head that dwindled away to a thin ring. Smells of coffee and sweet chocolate. The taste was exceptional. The coffee flavor in this hits you right away and its almost all coffee. There is some chocolate and a little alcohol but not really noticeable. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected. After watching it pour like oil I was expecting some more thickness. Overall this is an amazing example of a coffee stout. I would compare it to Choklat in the sense that when they say coffee, they mean coffee.

Thank you kkipple for the opportunity to try this one! (627 characters)

Photo of guzzle211
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received 12oz bottle in Black Booty (that was such an awesome BIF!) The only date markings are in the "best before" box, where it says 'vintage 08 fx,' but it was received in 07. The label also indicates this was brewed in Frederick, MD.

A: slow, thick syrupy pour, absolute pitch black. A vigorous pour produced a thin dark tan head that bubbled forth rather quickly, and disappeared even quicker. There is no

S: roasted malt and coffee. No discernable hop presence.

T/M: coffee dominates. As it warms up, a better malt balance emerges, truly showing off the complexities of this brew. The alcohol is extremely well hidden - actually everything besides coffee is pretty well hidden. A small sip fills the mouth and makes a bigger swallow than expected. As it warms up, it gets creamier and even more filling.

D: I am a stout lover, but I would keep this for special occasions only, as this is nowhere close to being a session beer. It would be perfect as an after-dinner desert beer, and I would love to pair it with different foods (chocolates and different meats especially.)

This is a well-built and solidly crafted brew, however, you better like coffee. (1,164 characters)

Photo of MMAJYK
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black in color and head is orange looking. It pours oily and head is reluctant to arrive to the party. Lacing is minimal, but present. This beer's color makes it nontransparent.

S- Dark chocolate, Roasted and Burnt malts, strong coffee aroma, and lightly hoppy.

T- Very close to the nose. Coffee, cocoa, same malts. Taste is somewhat creamy too like a chocolate milk shake.

M- Medium to full in the mouth and creamy. Carbonation is soft and the finish is lightly alcoholic.

D- Very nice for a stand alone drink. I don't think I could handle more than 2 of these bad boys in a night.

Overall- I love this beer especially on a cold night like tonight. It is well rounded; in your face in some aspects, but smooth in others. Very enjoyable! I am glad to live in this area and have access to this tremendous brew. (817 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours with quite a bit of foam-up. A dark mocha cap covers a midnight black beer. Rising above the top of the glass, it's a little jiggly like jello. It melts down pretty quick, letting me add the rest of the bottle without much delay.

Aroma - earthy roasted malts, burnt coffee beans. Intense stuff at first, then fades to a lighter but quite full aroma. Some chocolate and booziness come out with warming.

Taste - intense roasted malt, some char but not too much. Sweetness plays out in front of the grains. There is a peculiar flavor in there, a very green, cut grass flavor, kind of like a jalapeno pepper. The coffee flavor is there but doesn't taste particularly inspiring, Given, the beer is close to a year old, so perhaps some of the coffee freshness is gone. The swallow is an improvement, some abv warming and flavor to mix with roasted flavor and coffee. Finishes well, roasty and rich. Good stuff, probably better when fresh.

Mouthfeel - too carbonated. A sip is hard to taste at first, it's like Pop-Rocks in my mouth. I stirred the beer a few times, getting two to three fingers of foam to spring up. Releasing those extra bubbles allows the smoothness to come through, a fine asset that really improves things.

Drinkability - tasty, definitely gets better as it warms up. I should try a fresher bottle, I'd certainly have this again. (1,366 characters)

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

Great coffee smell as you open the bottle. Pours out black with a small amount of a light brown head that doesn't stick around very long. Thick and creamy in the mouth and goes down extrememly smooth. No hint whatsoever of the 8% ABV and you could easily put down a few before the alcohol starts catching up with you.

poured from 12oz bottle purchased at Green's on Buford Highway (381 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to ncvbc for this stuff!
vintage '08 12 oz. bottle> Postel chalice glass

This one is totally black, opaque for sure that starts out with a very light and lively looking head with a nice dark brown color...but it's dissipating really fast, perhaps the chalice glass wasn't the best glass for this brew because it's totally gone within seconds. Maybe the wideness spread the brew a bit thin, but most big stouts show-off nicely in this glass.

The nose is pretty aromatic, but it lacks balance...it's all coffee, black coffee, i like it when it's included in the aroma but I don't want it to be all of the aroma.

This is like drinking chocolate covered coffee beans on top of Quaker Oats Oatmeal...but with a big cup of black coffee. The coffee still dominates here but the flavor has a bit more balance, not good balance but it's there. There is a mild, herbal; and bitter, dried-hop flavor way down to add more balance. I think this brew is a bit "green" and would age well, the malt would mature a bit to round out the balance. It'a a very hardy, herbal, coffee-bean bitter and smokey finish.

Full bodied, not wicked heavy, but nicley smooth eventhough the head is gone.

This is pretty good stuff, it's going to find the rest of my stash in the cellar for at least 10 months. allows this one to warm up a bit before tasting! (1,353 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Spuyten duyvil last night as part of their popular "Big Woody" event....Pours black and beautiful, dark tan minor head that leaves some sticky lacing. Nose is the expected coffee, burnt grains train wreck jam. Big and bold. Oily, smoky, woody, smooth, over the top. Notes of coffee, of course, then chocolate, smoky meats. Wish I could have one or two of these to start the day, but I doubt I get much done after that! Well crafted, a must try for dark and sludgy beer lovers everywhere. (497 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to deepsouth for this one.

a: Pitch black body. thick tan head, a web of lacing.

s: Sweet roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.

t: Rich malt, very rich. Chocolate is in there, but coffee dominates this beer. If you aren't a fan of thick, black, dark roast coffee, steer clear of this one. The bitter coffee finish provides nice balance.

m: Great texture. Smooth, thick, creamy, velvety.

d: Pleasantly surprised. Loads of coffee and great velvety mouthfeel define this beer. Great drinkability, especially for the style. One of the better coffee beers I have had. (572 characters)

Photo of rsyberg01
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - 12 oz bottle, recieved in week 2 powerball BiF. THANK YOU!!!

A - Pours black, period. Head is a healthy 2 finger and a half of chocolate foam, then reduced to a patchy surface on the beer. very nice.

S - coffee hits first and hard, slight dark chocolate, anise, good roast to it, very fresh smelling (coffee wise) like I'm in a coffee shop and theyre roasting the coffee right there. no alcohol detected. totally dig it.

T - coffee, molasses, chocolate, slighty fruity twang, slight nuttiness in there as well. man thats good. bitter and sweet very well balanced. not a hint of alcohol.

M - creamy, viscous, slick finish that lingers just enough.

D - first of all, I could smell this all damn day. second of all, there is no fatigue. I am finding new things to enjoy about it with every drink. damn fine ale. (817 characters)

Photo of NitroGen
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from MSchae1017 in a trade. Thank You!

P: 12 oz Brown Longneck Bottle, Best if enjoyed before: Vintaged 8FX, ABV 8.1%.

A: Pours a thick coal black with a finger of dark chocolate milk foam that rose near the end of the pour then quickly settled to a scant cover and ring and minimal lacing.

S: Dark roasted coffee, and grains, chocolate and coffee alcohol fumes.

T: At first a rush of bittersweet coffee then sweat creamy chocolate and nice and mellow roasted grains.

M: Thick to the mouth with a very nice mixture of flavors of coffee, grains, chocolate and slight sweetness that really cuts any bitterness at the finish. Great aftertaste to savor on the tongue and palate. Only until the beer has really warmed to room temp does the bi alcohol come out in the taste.

D: Heck yea I would like another to sip, savor and enjoy! Careful as the alcohol as it is really well hidden. (899 characters)

Photo of meechum
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a dark viscous black into a goblet. No head formation and very little lacing

S - Big coffee and chocolate smell..a little boozy

T - Much like the taste..extremely big coffee tastes with bitter chocolate..and a very small hop profile even for this type of drink..not much to balance this out. A little boozy at the end

M - Very thick and viscous..the oatmeal gives it a huge body and it coats the mouth almost like syrup

D - Overall it would be good for a cold night but I didn't particularly find this overly enjoyable and with the higher ABV you certainly wouldn't want to have more than one or so (613 characters)

Photo of Bavaria1516
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$10 for a 4 pack in Georgia. Pours a very dark, dark brownish/black with a redish/brown head. No lacing throughout the drink. Smell is mostly coffee with a tiny bit of chocolate, very appeasing. Taste is smooth, almost like drinking cold coffee with a little alcohol at the end. Mouthfeel is good and it's very drinkable but watch out as the 8.1% sneaks up on you by the end. (375 characters)

Photo of jobyone
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted with 5 other Imperial stouts. Pours black with small brown head. The aroma is dominated by bitter coffee notes. The flavor is sweet with chocolate and caramel but it is the coffee that is most obvious. Moderate bitterness in the finish and the body seemed a bit light. This was enjoyed and if not for the quality of the other beers would of stood out as quite special. (375 characters)

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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