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

Terrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk StoutTerrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk Stout

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193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%

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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Photo of Hojaminbag


3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Depth Charge has a body that is the darkest of browns and and light brown head that fades fairly quickly, but does leave some lacing.

This one smells like coffee for sure. Chocolate also. That's about it.

I'm surprised how full-flavored this beer is considering it only has two real components to it: coffee and chocolate. The coffee is definitely the stronger of the two, and it is pretty well done, avoiding the acrid, bitter, flavors that coffee beers possess so often. The chocolate doesn't come after the coffee, but more during. As the beer warms, there is a little bit of lactose in the background, which was the only thing that suggesting this was a milk stout. What you get, overall, is an easy-drinking coffee beer that is fairly well done.

Smooth, but a little bit light.

Easy drinking and worth a shot if you like coffee beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2011 01:34:59 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Phillyphilms


4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Varga bar during 2010 Philyl Beer Week. Holy Sh1t! This was amazing.

pours a very dark brown with a great multi finger head of tan.. lacing all over the place and a nose full of coffee.. espresso and coffee. Did I mention coffee?

So easy drinking. Being a coffee and beer lover.. this was total nirvana in a beer glass. Literally one of the more enjoyable things I have ever put in my mouth. Dark on the eyes yet light on the mouth with creamy accents.

One of my favorite new beer experiences. I wish I had a case of this to push it on everyone I know. World Class Coffee Stout that is a must-try for any serious beer drinker. Just might be the best coffee stout I have ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2010 06:55:36 | More by Phillyphilms
Photo of Stinkypuss


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ontap into a snifter, motor oil black with a dark khaki head.

Smell: Pleasing aroma, chocolate malt, coffee, hint of malt sweetness.

Taste: Rich and oh so smooth. Vanilla, milk chocolate, coffee, and some light alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, very smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Glad I got to try this one, as it is quite good. If you're in the mood for a big beautiful dark beer, well here you have it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 14:38:22 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of JamesS


4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(On-tap at Bocktown, Pittsburgh, PA)

Poured a wonderful deep dark opaque near-black with wonderful head and some decent lacing throughout. Great deep scent, very malty and strong with a slight alcohol bite, but wonderful coffee tones. Exellent taste, a wonderful thick stout with roasted malt flavors, a wonderful bitter coffee kick, with a slight sweetness (from the additional sugars); has a slight kick at the end for the aftertaste, between the bitter coffee and slight alcohol tinge. Very warming, it went down smooth and thick; very well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 22:00:37 | More by JamesS
Photo of corby112


3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap tonight at Capone's.

Pouts pitch black and completely opaque without even the faintest hintn of lighter color edges when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy light beige head that slowly fades into a thin cap and ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Slightly roasted chocolate malt aroma with a prominent coffee/espresso bean presence as well as some lactic creaminess and toasty malt. Plenty of milk and bitter dark chocolate on the nose along with hints of toffee, subtle oatmeal, caramel and burnt toast.

Creamy medium body but not as thick or viscous as I had hoped. Only slightly roasty with a huge burst of dark chocolate malts. This is accompanied by some roasted coffee/espresso bean as well as some toffee, licorice, milk chocolate, burnt toast and some nice bitterness in the finish. Not the best example of the style but decent.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2010 23:19:05 | More by corby112
Photo of ShadesOfGray


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Matt(Capones)!

Poured from tap into small glass. Very dark in color with a small brown head the dissapears to a creamy surface. Leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is pretty much coffee. Like sticking your nose into a freshly ground bag of coffee beans. Overall, on the sweeter side.

Not a typical Milk Stout. Has more of a flavor/bite. Picking up espresso notes in the beginning...sweet and bitter at the same time...very appealing. Malty and earthy. Very tastey. Not a thick stout, but somewhat thin...reminds me of a porter by mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2010 04:51:13 | More by ShadesOfGray
Photo of philmont


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! The expresso hits you in the nose and in the mouth right from the start all the way down to the last sip. The color is black as coffee and the flovor is like a strong coffee with a good shot of cream in it. This is the most intense coffee stout I've tried. Really enjoyed it but I think it would be hard to drink a lot of these. I had to get a glass of water to keep my taste buds working. Well worth trying though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2009 02:33:31 | More by philmont
Photo of johnmichaelsen


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

On tap at UJ's on the Manatawny today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get an intense aroma of espresso, dark chocolate and vanilla. This beer smells as if someone ground up a bag of high quality espresso beans and dumped them in my glass. If you love the smell and taste of coffee, you will be one happy camper with a glass of this stuff. Flavors replicate the nose pretty much perfectly in this moderately sweet, excellent beer. Also, there's a nice lacto, milk stout mouth feel to this beer, which I really like. Drinkability is flat out exceptional in this beer, with the alcohol completely un-noticeable.

This is just a lovely beer that I wish I could find a bit closer to home. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2009 23:13:58 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of Pinto21


3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

good looking stout. Not a whole lot of lacing or head, but ok.

A coffee slap to the face. It's like eating esspresso beans, straight up. I was actually a little dissapointed with this. All I got was esspresso, no real complexity. The mouth was thin too. I didn't pick up any sweetness either.

Not a bad beer, it's just one dimensional for me. If your lookin for the most beer like coffee this is it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 23:31:40 | More by Pinto21
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a 10oz glass served an almost opaque black with a decent light-tan head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice blend of espresso, roasted malts and mild sweet chocolate. The taste is a delicious blend of sweet roasted malts and mild espresso. The beer is quite light and smooth with mild carbonation. This one is very enjoyable, I wish they made more of it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2009 19:17:00 | More by atsprings
Photo of FLBeerGuy


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 12 South Taproom in Nashville. Pours a midnight black with a small creamy head. Definite strong coffee smell & some chocolate. Taste is coffee, chocolate and some sweet milkiness. This is a great coffee milk stout if you like that style. Try it if you get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2009 05:11:54 | More by FLBeerGuy
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2009 22:39:36 | More by ohmybock
Photo of InkStainedLife


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very tasty, memorable beer. I had half a pint and it was plenty--definitely a sipper. My only complaint is that the coffee was perhaps a touch too bitter. A good cup of coffee or shot of espresso maintain all the flavor but are so smooth and drinkable. I would love to see the recipe tweaked to reflect that.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2009 14:37:44 | More by InkStainedLife
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tyler's tap room Durham. Solid black pour with a small cream colored head. Disappeared pretty quickly, with just a little bit of lacing. Very nice chocolate, espresso aromas. Taste is like a lightly carbonated mocha late. Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and mocha accenting. Lactose just barely present near the end. Roasty bitter espresso finish. Glass was empty before I knew what happened. This stuff is excellent, really not sure it qualified as a milk stout, more like a mild double stout. Really reminded me of the Bell's Java stout.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2009 00:50:31 | More by Bung
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque and one shade north of black with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Rich roast coffee aroma has smoky undertone and nutty hints. Flavor is like a fine roast coffee with a malty undertone and hints of molasses and hazelnuts. Texture is smooth and yet quite fizzy and tingly, leaving a smoky and slightly sweet finish.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2009 21:38:58 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: clear dark brown in color with a 1" head that slowly falls. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: espresso and malt sweetness is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big dark roasted coffee flavors are most noticeable with some malt sweetness, milkiness, and some soft alcohol tones make up a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start. Smooth, creamy, and silky at the finish.

Drinkability: this beer was extremely drinkable especially if you enjoy coffee flavored beers. Give this a try if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2009 00:12:12 | More by Gavage
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 14:14:45 | More by ImusBeer
Photo of Anthony1


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

Poured on tap in Athens

Poured a very dark, but not black. Was a very milk chocolate feel to it. plenty of head, but could be because of the tap.

smells like a creamy cappuccino, very sweet

taste is a bit less of an kick then i wanted. It seemed a bit weak for what i expected. Very sweet. was good and definately worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 16:25:37 | More by Anthony1
Photo of DrinkinBoy


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taco Mac.

Terrapin Depth Charge appears a deep dark and opaque brown. It has left a coffee stain on my napkin and hand after being filled to the brim. The head is a darker khaki color. It is small with decent retention, which seems to be common in any craft stout.

Its immediate smell is of roasted coffee, little by little nuances of chocolate and nuts appear, with the slightest hint of general beer/alcohol aroma.

Similar to the smell, it immediatly takes on the coffee characteristic. Followed by a bit of mocha, then it hops right back into some type of coffee drink, maybe expresso. I don't drink coffee so it all kind of taste the same to me, but towards the finish it has more of a coffee with cream taste rather than black coffee.

The mouthfeel is very heavy, with a subtle amount of carbonation, just enough to remind me that I am drinking a beer not a cold coffee. The finish is quite long and lingering, I hate the taste left in my mouth but that is why I do not drink coffee, so I guess that is not a completely bad thing nor a negative to this beer.

Overall, I think it is very drinkable as much as a sweet stout could be. I have not had too many versions of this style, but this is by far the best and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2009 22:20:04 | More by DrinkinBoy
Photo of mindmage625


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this one is a doozy. Had on tap on tour at the Terrapin brewery in Athens. Only a 4oz (actually more like 6oz) pour. I went back for more though.

Appearance: Jet black with a hint of brown and more black. Nice thick head that was pretty darn brown, but complemented the dark liquid nicely. Sparse lacing all the way down my shiny Terrapin glass, generally coinciding with my sips.

Smell: Espresso. Yum! Sure, there were other notes, but let's not get distracted. It's like walking past a good coffee shop or a the coffee aisle in a grocery store. Somehow, you want it, even if you don't like coffee.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Espresso and sweetness. I compare it to getting a nice shot of espresso with the perfect ratio of sugar. The sweetness is just enough to balance out the bitter coffee notes. The foamy head really made me feel like I was sipping a well-made cappuccino but cold. If you like coffee, this is a beer for YOU!

Drinkability: While it is heavy on the palate, the richness of this brew makes it quite drinkable. You couldn't down a bunch of them, but that isn't the objective anyway. Hell, it would be as great after dinner as it would be (dare I say it) in the morning. (I do not endorse early morning drinking, especially if you have work).

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2009 04:24:49 | More by mindmage625
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2009 01:37:19 | More by glid02
Photo of Philabeerphia


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

Varga Bar, 9/11/09... the first insane thing about this beer is that it was served in a shaker pint glass. Maybe its just me, but WTF?? Insane again was the dramatically pluming head... a gorgeous russet-color, nearly a finger high lid of dense carbonation pockmarked with large CO2 bubbles, rising uniformly out of the glass. Beneath that, the beer stood all-but-black, strung together with a sighting of a ruby highlight here or there, but then again, maybe it was just a reflection in the low light of this bar.
Insane characteristic #3: The Nose. Potent whiff of wet, freshly ground espresso beans. Wait wait wait. More pungent, more intense smelling than the espresso you stuck your nose into this morning. Fully realized, virile and robust. Is this the biggest nose I've sniffed on a beer?? God only knows. A chemically clean character is backing up all of this burly coffee goodness - almost like a mop bucket full of water/solution mix. It frames and stiffens up the show and is a plus in my book.
Insanity continues on the tongue. Holy shit kind of insane. Double shot of espresso doused into an iced coffee sort of presence going on, right up front. This bold gesture is helped greatly by a velvety mouthfeel out of the gates. The beer grows soon into some sweet milk chocolate notes, and some dryer dark chocolate as well which melds into the earthy, warm finish. Simply brilliant. By this point the mouthfeel has relented and the beer is now thin around the edges. It lingers on the throat, but doesn't coat...
No, the beer is NOT insanely drinkable... but as officially one of the baddest beers I've ever had I can't expect this to just disappear into the gullet. A true reward... and worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2009 04:01:43 | More by Philabeerphia
Photo of Jeffo


2.48/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Excited to try this long time want. Really enjoy Left Hand's milk stout and I hear good things about Terrapin, so this one is right up my alley. Not sure what to expect from a 7% milk stout with two and a half years on it. We'll see I guess. Thanks again Stakem for hooking me up with this one!

From a bomber into a snifter
Brew Two 2009
Collaboration with Left Hand Brewing

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, dark tan head with good retention. Black body and medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a ring and good wisp on top. A splotchy wisp remains to the end and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Decent nose still. Roasted coffee and espresso come out first, then some sweet cream, vanilla, milk chocolate and caramel notes. A slight roasted touch shows through as well. Nose is quite nice, though it’s really mild at this point. Perhaps it was more impressive in its younger years.

TASTE: Doesn’t quite have it any more. This has definitely faded quite a bit at this point. Flavor is very lacking up front, with perhaps a light hint of roasted malts and caramel sweetness, but not much at all. Flavor comes out more after the swallow, with caramel and vanilla cream sweetness mostly, though some light roasted notes and stale coffee are there as well. Not all that impressive really, and very, very mild. Unimpressive aftertaste of light, stale coffee, a hint of bitter chocolate and some sweet, creamy milk sugar notes linger on the palate. It’s not off-putting or anything, but it’s got to be a faint shadow of its former self at this point. Very little coffee or espresso, which were still present in the nose somewhat, and simply too mild and unimpressive overall. Too bad we can’t all taste it fresh any more.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Slightly lighter on the palate, but creamy enough still. Goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Could use a touch more weight, but it’s fine otherwise.

OVERALL: What a disappointment. If I'm honest though, I kind of expected this. Medium ABV milk stouts aren't the best candidates for aging. Mild aromas, less than mild flavors, and any hint of coffee was somewhat stale. I could certainly drink it just fine, but it just wasn’t anything worth even thinking about. That said, it would be nice if Terrapin and Left Hand got together for a second round of this one. Though I was never able to taste it fresh, I certainly taste remnants of its former glory; this was probably a great beer when just brewed. Right now, unfortunately, it is a faded and relatively boring beer. Really glad to have had the chance to try this long time want, but at this point, it’s not at all worth hunting down. If you’ve got a bottle, do something with it, as it’s well past its prime. Thanks again for the trade Stakem. Appreciate the chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 13:55:18 | More by Jeffo
Photo of vande


4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 - Brew Two

A - beautiful dark pour, somewhat similar to a guiness; with a half inch thick fluffy head...that quickly vanishes

S -coffee - and quick. It is there, 2 years later!! Coco, sweet sugars, but coffee. Can not wait to taste this blend!!

T- Expresso immediately hits the taste buds....makes wanna actually try an iced coffee [something I thought I'd never say]... nibs of coco, hints of sweet candied sugars. Very pleasant.

M - A little lighter than a Medium bodied beer - if that makes sense....not as creamy as I thought it'd be, but still very pallatable.

0 - Great beer! Great project! Two Great breweries!!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 04:19:32 | More by vande
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

200th review!

recently aquired this brew in a trade with mrandypandy, thanks andy!

2009 Vintage poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark black beer with a ring of tan colored head that is only found around the edges of the glass.

Smell: Truck loads of roasty freshly ground expresso beans. I can't believe how potent this coffee aroma is even after several years.

Taste: Lots of espresso coffee notes just like the nose. The coffee flavor is not bitter it has mellowed, but its still favorful. The beer also has a creamy milk chocolate and cocoa nib taste to it. When the beer was cold it had a mild note of sourness and oxidation to it, but it goes away completely as the beer warms and it also sweetens as it approaches room temperature. Its like an iced coffee plus beer. Simple yet delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and oily mouthfeel on this beer.

Overall: This beer must have been an expresso coffee bomb when it was fresh. It still has a lot of coffee flavor for a beer that is over 2 years old. The seems to be just like a 50/50 blend of Moo Hoo and Wake'N'Bake with a bunch of expresso beans thrown into the beer for good measure. This beer ages well and shows impressive longevity & staying power. Let this one warm up to get the full effect.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 08:15:32 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Terrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.