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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutTerrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

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3,103 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,103
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 702
Gots: 475 | FT: 37
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:
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(Beer added by: rajendra82 on 02-15-2005)
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

DerrickW, Nov 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Kevincredible, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with a dark tan head. Lots of lacing. Looks nice

S - Awesome aroma...tons of oatmeal, espresso, and chocolate. The aromas don't blend and all are unique

T - wow, lots of coffee and chocolate and tons of oatmeal. Very well bakanced. Finishes dry with flavors of cocoa nibs and espresso

M/O - An excellent example of variation of style and one of the best coffee oatmeal beers out there. Must try

VaTechHopHead, Dec 24, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at room temperature.

L - Jet black color with a 2 finger brown bubbly head that rapidly dissipated. Not much lacing at all.

S - Lots of coffee and roasted malt aromas. Definitely some chocolate sweetness and a hint of vanilla. Almost smells like a cake. Wake n bake, indeed. A tiny bit of alcohol shines through.

T - A rich sweetness, almost dark-berry like, with chocolate and vanilla flavors as well. A full wave of coffee, espresso, and roasted malt bitterness show up in the end. Very tasty. Sweet, but not in the artificial sugary kind of way.

F - Full-bodied, tongue-tickling sweetness, slightly bitter finish that builds and lingers very nicely. Mouth-coating feel and a wonderful throat-warming effect from the booze that warms without having any of the astringent taste.

O - I was highly impressed by this offering from Terrapin. I had heard good things, but I honestly wasn't expecting this much. Looks nice, smells good, tastes great, and has a great full body. What more can you ask for? For me, this is on the sweeter end of some of the "coffee" stouts I've had, but it is simply a different quality, not a bad one. The sweetness does not overpower the beer, does not taste artificial, and does not overshadow the coffee bitterness. This beer can certainly hold its own with some of the more famous imperial stouts out there.

BlackBelt5112203, Mar 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Boilerfood, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of karst
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a biology instructor, I was somewhat of an amateur herpetologist. The word "terrapin" is derived from the Algonquian Indian word "torope" and is used to refer to a variety of North American aquatic turtles of the family Emydiolae, especially the genus Malaclemys.

That said I am a sucker for wildlife on beer labels. This Monster 2006 Beer Tour 12 oz bottle has made it way to Mid Missouri via BigLove in West Monroe, La on his visit to St. Louis, Mo.

The diamondback terrapin is the state reptile of the state of Maryland and the official mascot of the University of Maryland.

The brewers (spike and John of Terrapin Beer Co Athens, Ga have contracted production to Frederick Brewing Co., Frederick, MD.

Handsome pour in my Samuel Smith's sniffer. Black as the brackish marshes of its namesake. The sienna head slides quickly neath the surface leaving an edge ring like ripples from a disturbed terrapin.

Diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) are arguably one of the most beautiful of all turtle species when compared to other species native to the United States and worldwide.

Aroma is sweet dark roasted malt with some fruit and chocolate malt/coffee hints.

Flavor of dark chocolate basking in warmth of 8% abv alcohol. Near the end the bitter dark roast malt and bittering hops release their enduring bite. Having started at 56°F the beer is now in the 60's and less carbonated and much more enjoyable. Mouth feel is less creamy with the dimenished CO2 but the mouthfeel is still slick and dextrinous as you expect from Imperial stouts.

This offering from Terrapin Beer Co. is worthy of your support as are those wonderful creatures that inspired the name and labels.

The Mission of the World Chelonian Trust (WCT) is to promote the conservation and assure the survival of all tortoises and freshwater turtles.


karst, Feb 13, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

xdefeatsy, Jan 21, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Added as an extra by sendsilk. Really happy to crack into this one. This pours dark and viscous with barely any head. Not so great for a Impy stout with only ~8 Abv. The aroma hits hard with coffee notes along with some chocolate and great roasty malts. The flavor is the same and is very intense with a hint of milkyness which is awesome. Really good mouthfeel. Creamy and thick and surprisingly drinkable. As it warms it is reminiscent of coffee with cream in it. Really awesome beer.

Agold, Apr 02, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Westyn, Jul 31, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

jriggins6, Mar 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Piddmeista, Dec 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

mecmd, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a short, stubby tulip glass; bottling date of . . . well, it says “SEASONAL: 2013” on the far side of the label, and it looks like they put this out in late November/early December so that’d make this bottle about, oh, two months old.

Appearance (3.5): A finger and a half of hot cocoa-colored foam comes off of the pour, capping a jet-black body—but it doesn’t last too long, dissipating to a thin film on the surface. Not much in the way of lacing . . . as in, basically none.

Smell (4.5): Rich, thick coffee and chocolate aromas are strong here, like when you mix a packet of cocoa powder into a fresh cup of coffee—medium roast coffee with slight fruit tones and some rich earth underneath a very light char and smoke. Also some rich chocolate syrup and malt (like malt balls malt) are in there. Outstanding.

Taste (4.5): Following the nose, there’s medium-roast coffee (earthy, moderately fruity, and floral underneath the roast), creamy, rich chocolate (not too sweet, not too bitter, but definitely dark and rich, like dark chocolate mousse), citrusy and floral tones (candied orange peel, fresh-cut flowers, and a bit of lemon peel) which could either be hops or the coffee, and underneath it all there’s some smooth malt character from the oats, lending a combination of earthy, brown-sugar sweet breadiness (like oatmeal cookies). It’s chilling out there beneath all that coffee and chocolate, but it adds an excellent depth and acts as an outstanding base for the coffee, citrus, and creamy chocolate components overhead. A modest booze note, but it fits the style well and blends in extremely well.

Mouthfeel (4.25): In terms of feel, it’s not exactly heavy but it is on the heavy- side of medium-weight, but very full, in its smooth creaminess. The booze dries it out a bit, but in the end it finishes relatively rich and creamy nonetheless. I’m not articulating this well, but suffice it to say that it has an excellent feel, even if it not’s quite unprecedented.

Overall (4.25): What an incredibly enjoyable beer. It’s got depth, it’s got complexity, it’s got body and character, it’s plenty bold, and it doesn’t sacrifice any of these things in the name of anything gimmicky. It doesn’t redefine the style or anything, but man oh man, I’m pretty sure it nails whatever it set out to do. Really, this is a quality, high-value Imperial Stout that could seriously convert neophytes to the dark side. For the value, this is absolutely worth seeking out.

fmccormi, Jan 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

krl2112, Feb 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

ThreeFishes, Jan 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

bootdown21, Jun 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

imyourhero21, Apr 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Denzo, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Murchmac
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Murchmac, Jul 06, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Hopheadhiker, Jan 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Jan 19, 2014
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4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Basically black in color but realistically probably as dark as you can get while still being brown. Like a dark roasted coffee. When held up to the light the blackness seems to be clinging to the edges, but there appears to be the slightest of slight lighter brown edges. Not much in the way of lacing, but there's a little bit.

I love coffee so I suppose I'm a little bit bias, but this beer smells amazing. This is like walking into a gourmet coffee shop and smelling a container of coffee beans of a sweetened gourmet coffee. There's also hints of molasses and sweet fudgey chocolate. There's a an even further back hint of hops, slightly citrusy.

Taste is as equally excellent. Same hints of chocolate fudge but not as much molasses. In addition there's a bittersweet chocolate flavor as well, but that could be from the coffee flavors. That's the big flavor again. Coffee, generous helpings of awesome dark roasted semi-sweetened coffee. Straight to the point, doesn't beat around the bush, it's a coffee beer and a top notch one at that, get used to it.

Mouthfeel is really good. I've had dozens of "coffee" stouts, and Terrapin separates itself from others, because of the mouthfeel. Especially for "Imperial" coffee stouts, usually the body is heavy, but not this one. It's certainly not light bodied, more of a medium, slightly moving towards the heavier end of medium. Beer is dangerously drinkable. You could drink it quick, and I've done it with a few bottles, but you gotta try not too, it's too good not to savor. This beer could literally be drank at any time of the day. Good enough to have with dinner, with dessert, with lunch, with a donut (or any breakfast), and even by itself. I wish this beer (and the brewery) distributed to my state. Oh well, thank you very much Paschal for the great trade so I could have some of this!

AndyAvalanche, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

target88, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

RedHaze, Jan 16, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer opened with a prominent whoosh from carbonation. It poured a thick oily color with a huge brown head. It also has some lacing – which is interesting because it is brown. The aroma is of roasted coffee and malt with some hints of hops. The taste is big of coffee. It has some sweet malt and chocolate type notes. The mouthfeel is quite full and creamy. This is a big beer that is balanced well and I’d consider it very drinkable for a coffee lover – definitely recommend giving this one a try.

barefootbrewer, Jun 07, 2007
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,103 ratings.