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Terrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 197
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 09-11-2009)
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Reviews by csmiley:
Photo of csmiley
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Depth Charge pours near black in color with little to no light getting through around the edges. The dark tan head rises to just under a finger in depth. Retention is average and leaves spotty lacing. It's not bad but nothing really jumps out and grabs your attention with this brew.

S - Nice coffee notes dominate the front end. Espresso no doubt about that. Chocolate rears it's head midway. Seems mostly like dark chocolate. Very roasty and smokey on the tail end with coffee coming back in to the mix too. Aroma is surprisingly good.

T - Balance of coffee and other flavors really work well in Depth Charge. Of course, coffee seems to just take over the flavor profile at first. Ahh, there is the milk that I read in the name of the beer. Lactose presence adds a distinct latte flavor. Chocolate pop up midway and keeps it pretty sweet. Smokey on the end. Pretty impressed here as well.

M - Medium bodied with a light carbonation level. Finish starts out sweet and ends very dry. Another category where this one comes across as a little better than average and that's about it.

D - Drinkability is good. It sticks around in the glass for a while but not long enough ding this category in any way. Downing a bomber of this would be pretty simple to do. Would I have it again? Yes if it were available. Slight improvements in appearance and mouthfeel could bring Depth Charge into an excellent rating very easily. Another good brew from a good brewery down in Georgia.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had ultra high expectations for this beer,it kinda let me down a little.Poured a near opaque black except for just a slight red tinge when held up to the glass,a one finger creamy mocha colored head atop.The fine ground espresso roast coffee dominates the nose wich is a lasting theme with this beer,a hint of mocha comes thru as well but it cant stand up to the coffee roast.It tastes like the espresso roast Seattle's Best I had this morning,now I know they want the coffee flavors to be a main focal point of the beer,but seriously there isnt much else to it.There is a slight sweet chocolate note but the big roast is to much.Most like it, I found it to be overhyped.

Photo of brownbeer
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Coffee wafts up as it's poured. Up close, it has more of a chocolate covered coffee bean aroma. Not tons going on but pleasant nevertheless.

The flavors are pretty straight forward for a coffee brew. The body is a little lighter than expected but still creamy and gains a nice sessionable quality. Milky sweet turns roasty and dry. The draft version seemed fuller but it's still a great "non imperial" stout.

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn2 for sharing this bottle, which I had about given up on searching for.

The beer pours an inky black color with a tan head. The aroma is strong on the coffee and chocolate. I also get a little bit of cayenne pepper in the aroma. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, milk, cream and roasted malt. A delicious beer. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of boatshoes
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Received this courtesy of jyounger30 in a recent trade. Thanks and it was a great package!

Appearance- Pours an opaque black with a thin, quarter finger brown head that quickly dies back to a ring around the edge of the glass. Decent amount of lacing left as I drink, not overwhelming, but a nice presence. Solid looking brew.

Smell- Lots and lots of coffee. Smells fresher and less burnt than I find coffee to often come across in beer. Good deal of roasted maltiness comes through as well, quite nice on the nose.

Taste- Fresh dark roast coffee but smoothed out nicely with much of the burnt character absent like a good milk stout. Malty, roasty, and creamy. Tastes pretty solid but to be honest I find it to be lacking a bit in character and complexity.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Despite the smoothness of the brew, it is a bit thin in the mouth. However, this one went down extremely easily and if it were a percent or two lower in abv, it would make a great session beer.

Overall, a solid brew. I can't say I was overwhelmed, but I would definitely drink another if presented with the opportunity.

Photo of ohmybock
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap recently at a Taco Mac in the Atlanta area. I heard rumors about this brew a number of months ago and was excited to finally try it. It pours an appropriate very dark color, but the head is a little light and fleeting. The aroma is heavy coffee and reminds me a lot of Wake-n-Bake. I'm guessing the two beers use very similar (or the same) coffee. The taste is even better with upfront in-your-face coffee and a healthy dose of very dark chocolate milk. Thankfully, this beer is only mildly sweet. I think the lactose gives this brew a gentle nudge toward sweetness, but even more so the milk sugar just rounds everything out. The body is somewhat thin, but I think it's appropriate. This isn't a chewy imperial stout, and that's not what it's supposed to be. If that's what you crave, look toward the Terrapin impy coffee oatmeal stout or some other highly-rated coffee impy stout. Sometimes the coffee in coffee beers comes off tasting like old grounds, bitter, or burnt/cigarette ash. I don't get that at all in this beer. I find the DC to be a great brew and dangerously drinkable. For me, this is definitely one of the better coffee brews I've had from across North America and abroad. With that being said, the majority of coffee beers (some good/bad/in-between/highly-rated) from around the world I've tasted, I haven't bothered to rate here on BA. Why not? The world may never know.

Photo of mondegreen
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle into a Snifter.

NOTE: I drank several of these fresh, and I am right now drinking one that is about 6 months aged (@ 46F). I will post my notes from the fresh bottle alongside my impressions of the aged version. My numerical scores are for the fresh bottles.

Appearance:
Fresh - Pitch black with a thin head that leaves decent lacing.
Aged - Still pitch black. What there is of a head disappears quickly. Leaves zero lacing on the glass.

Smell:
Fresh - Sharp espresso is the prominent smell. Moderate roasted barley in the background.
Aged - Espresso has rounded and the beer has a metallic edge to it now. Smells like a shadow of its former self.

Taste:
Fresh - Could enjoy this one with breakfast. The espresso pops, much like the hops in a DIPA (not a similar flavor, but a similar strong character). As unique a coffee beer as I have tasted.
Aged - Sadness. The espresso has faded to a blunt bitterness. There is some black coffee taste on the back end. If you are drinking this beer aged for the first time, you do it no justice by reviewing it. It isn't supposed to taste like this.

Mouthfeel:
Fresh - 4 words: Left Hand Milk Stout. Creamy, rich, and delicious.
Aged - 1 word: Flat. Good lord, time has been rough on this beer.

Drinkability:
Fresh - This beer is a tad rich, but the absolute deliciousness could lure me back for pint after pint.
Aged - The flat, bitter character of the beer is wearing thin on me. And to think, I have one more in the fridge :-/

This beer was one of the best collaborations I have ever tasted when it was fresh. If there are still more bottles floating around, I would not expect them to be drinking very well at all. My grade reflects the notes from my fresh tasting, but if you see this one still on shelves (highly unlikely), it just isn't holding onto its former greatness.

Photo of rudylaw
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to billab914 for this bottle. Served in my GTOM tasting glass.

Pours soul-dripping black with a chocolate head.

A HUGE coffee/espresso nose. My god... I feel like I just chopped the beans myself. This is super fresh!

Taste is dead on to the smell. Bitter, sharp coffee through and through. It's also very sweet, milky. That sort of chocolate that rattles your fillings.

It has a creamy mouthfeel and it very pleasing to drink. Right now, the coffee is really fresh, so if that's your bag you'd go ape a glass of this. It's a little strong for me, which hurts the drinkability, but I understand I'm not the target since I'm not a javahead. Good stuff from Terrapin!

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store - ABV was listed as 8.0%.

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of rich and creamy coffee backed up by sweetened dark chocolate and a small hint of roasted malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The coffee flavors are still there but are not quite as intense as the smell led me to believe it would be. Although not as strong as anticipated they still kick off the procession of flavors and segue into small amounts of sweetened dark chocolate and smooth roasted malts. The ending is mildly bitter and leaves a bit of coffee lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass fairly quickly and could have another.

Overall the nose on this is great - if you like coffee, and the flavor isn't too far behind. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of apbarwood
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Midnight black with a small amount of foam and lacing, could have used a little more. Smelled like a cup of espresso with a nice roasted coffee aroma and a hint of sweetness. Absolutely phenomenal taste, again like a cup of espresso with the perfect amount of cream to balance out the roast. Nice medium body and good lift on the palate makes this one pretty refreshing and the sweetness is very subdued and well integrated. This was a delicious beer and I plan on buying another one before they're all gone. Sadly I knocked over my glass and lost about 80% of this beer. I must have another.

Photo of ltdantheman
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of whitekiboko
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of zplug123
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a 16 oz glass:

A: Black with dark brown tints at the edges. Creamy head with minimal retention

S: The espresso is noticeable, along with a sweet tinge. Almost like an iced espresso drink kind of smell

T: Coffee flavor is up front with small amount of sweetness balanced by malt with slight bitterness at the end.

M: Very smooth for such a dark beer, full bodied with little carbonation

D: A prime example of a coffee stout, not much of a fan usually but I could see myself drinking quite a few more of this.

Photo of biniek13
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of GilGarp
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a sticky bomber (not fully cleaned off at the bottling line, I guess) into a pint glass. Served slightly chilled from cellar temp.

It has a redish black color with good clarity. The bone white head lingers a short while and leaves a small curtain of lace on the side of the glass.

Aroma is extremely big on coffee. A touch of sweetness and lots of roasted coffee beans.

Flavor is really great. It's exactly what it says on the label. A milk stout with a big healthy dose of coffee. The flavors really balance out well. It's got a lot of coffee flavor but very low on bitterness. This may disappoint some people but I think it lets the milk stout aspect shine through all the better.

It has awesome smoothness on the tongue. Medium-large body and very low on carbonation without being flat. Silky smooth and creamy with great balance.

Overall it's awesome and exactly what the brewers set out to create.

Photo of Stigs
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into a snifter

A - poured dark viscous black with very little amount of cappuccino colored foam which disappeared almost immediately.

S - fresh and lightly sweetened italian roast coffee, and thats about it. coffee lovers dream.

T - hugely bitter espresso right off the bat, slowly loses bitterness and takes a more fuller roasted coffee flavor. a flash of nuts and dark fruits near the end before going back to full fledge coffee.

M - a bit too thin on the body, somewhat taxing carbonation.

D - i'm a coffee nut but this needs a little more character besides the espresso. not a bad coffee stout, thinness aids in drinkability until the carbonation starts to wear.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an Ithaca pint glass.

A: Moderate pour creates a 1.5 finger chocolate colored creamy fine head with good retention. Brew itself is opaque and pitch black. Lacing is thick 1 inch layers where I drank.

S: Sweet cream, roasted coffee, and espresso beans. The roasted coffee nose here is so prominent it covers any hint of lactose that might be present.

T: Slightly roasted coffee beans creates a certain sourness and intense smoky flavor. Mellow towards the middle where the lactose is more detectable. Creamy in the finish but the coffee presents itself again at the end.

M: Medium bodied, a little carbonated and infinitely smooth. Mouth is silky and rich. Finish is really non-existent. The flavors kind of just fade here, leaving a bit of roasted coffee sourness.

D: Very drinkable both for the evolution of flavor and silky mouthfeel. Not the most complex of beers but that's not what I'm hoping for. Thoroughly enjoyable and definitely worth seeking out again.

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, gold foil, busy terrapin label

shipped by bortholomeu

appearance: poured ito an unmarked chalice, dark brown body, very light tan bubbly head and low retention

smell: beer equivalent of an iced cappuccino - espresso and cream, chocolate

taste: robust espresso definitely present, but a little hidden in the waves of chocolate and cream...very much like an iced cappuccino with a surprisingly light finish

mouthfeel: something a little off here - would have liked something a little creamier

drinkability: good

Photo of Photekut
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of prototypic
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fine beer courtesy of kkipple. Thanks a ton, dood!

Depth Charge pours a very dark, chocolate fudge color. It's really close to opaque, but a few burgundy highlights at the outermost edges. The head is tan and stands about a finger and a half tall. It recedes quickly, leaving light strands of lace in its wake.

The nose is good, but is just a little underpowered. Bittersweet dark chocolate and espresso/roasted coffee lead the charge. It's honestly a rather simply smelling brew, but it works. There's a little crushed vanilla bean at the secondary level. Perhaps even a sweet, creamy scent. But, it's mostly chocolate and coffee. Nonetheless, good smelling stuff.

The flavor is actually a notch above the nose and is very impressive. It's still relative simple, but is big on flavor. Bittersweet dark chocolate meshes with a strong espresso/roasted coffee flavor seamlessly. The coffee flavor, while unmistakable, isn't overbearing. The coffee averse shouldn't be scared away. Light crushed vanilla bean and light rush of sweetness cap it off. Alcohol is buried. I'm not getting any at all. Very simple, but very impressive.

Depth Charge has a lighter body. Carbonation is mid-range, but it feels relatively smooth. More body wouldn't be a bad thing, but it has a nice feel. Drinkability is very high. This stuff is very tasty and each sip invites another. I'm splitting this bomber, but could easily tackle a couple of these alone. It is that good.

Depth Charge is a really nice addition to Terrapin's lineup. I suspect it's a limited release, but they really should consider making it a regular release. I really like the simplicity of it. But, don't be mistaken, the flavor is downright explosive. Definitely recommended.

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA. Appeared pitch black with a light brown head. Man, the name "depth charge" is appropriate. This beer is packed with espresso. You can vaguely tell this beer is a milk stout by the body, but this is mostly a vehicle for the coffee flavor. It's delicious, but it's hard to taste anything but the espresso.

Photo of ImusBeer
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was told this beer is good if you like espresso . I liked it anyway.

Very dark actually black, with a small tan head. The aroma consisted of mainly coffee, espresso and some hints of cocoa. The taste is along the exact same lines, coffee & cocoa.

Mouthfeel was very silky with the coffee bitterness getting in there at the finish. This is a smooth drink, I could do a few of these while sitting by a fire on a cool evening.

Photo of Mavajo
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black tar color with a prolific brown head. This thing is simply black - even holding it up to the light, there was nothing here to diffuse. Total blackness.

Nose is exactly what the bottle led you to believe - smack-you-in-the-face-obvious scents of chocolate, espresso, coffee. Extremely strong smell. If you were blindfolded, you would think you're sniffing something from Starbucks. Taste reflects the smell. Overwhelming notes of chocolate and espresso. So rich and delicious. I'm not sure what this tastes more like - espresso or beer.

I'm not even a coffee fan and this thing blew me away. Creamy mouthfeel that goes down very easily. Medium-high carbonation. It's very drinkable, but I think you'd need to have at least some preference for that coffee flavor in order to drink more than one.

Absolutely outstanding beer. You owe it to yourself to at least try it.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to ERICSTL6 for hooking me up with this.

pour was very dark with a cocoa head that did not stick around long.

huge coffee up front, very dark roasted espresso like the name says. a bit of roasted malts but mainly coffee here

again, huge espresso coffee bitterness with a slight dark chocolate that was sweetened well to make this VERY easy to drink on. lots of dark flavors... sounds vague... but you would understand.

this improved greatly as it warmed up to room temp. at about 45-58 degrees there was too much bite from the carbonation and it felt thin. once it warmed up, it was pretty perfect.

i love coffee stouts and this was no let down. lots of bold flavors, mainly espresso, but it was balanced well and super easy to drink.

Photo of nickd717
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade thanks to PALMEJ1 on BeerAdvocate.

Pours darkest brown with a one finger tan head and decent retention.

Aroma is espresso with cream, roast, and chocolate. Coffee notes predominate.

Flavor is mild roast and loads of coffee with cream, along with some milk chocolate. This is a really, really coffee-loaded beer. Not recommended if you're planning to go to sleep right after. This will get you wired.

Medium body, not as quite creamy as I expected. A little coffee astringency, but not more than it should be.

Drinkability is pretty high. Overall I'm a big fan of this one. Well done. Tastes a little like a depth charge (I'd call it a "car bomb" but that got me kicked out of an Irish pub in Boston once).

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Terrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.