Terrapin Beer Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #97
Ranked #2,798
4.14 | pDev: 7.97%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Notes: Like your favorite cup of Café Mocha, Moo-HooChiato “Chocolate Espresso Imperial Milk Stout “ puts you in the right state of mind. Take in the aroma of expertly roasted espresso from Jittery Joe’s and let your taste buds melt into the flavor of Olive and Sinclair’s award winning chocolate. Brewed with lactose sugar for a creamy mouth feel and a touch of sweetness, this is a Barista’s wish come true.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a J. Wakefield Brewing OG teku glass.

A: Opaque, very dark brown to black, with a low amount of visible carbonation. A half-finger cap of tan head forms with decent retention.

S: Dark chocolate and roasted coffee up front – no surprise there. Cacao nibs and lactose sweetness, vanilla and heavily roasted malts. Notes of tobacco and malted milk balls. Nice.

T: Dark-roast coffee and cacao, vanilla and lactose. Dark malts with a fair amount of roasty bitterness. More drying tobacco under the sweet creamy lactose. It finishes near balanced, with lingering roasted coffee.

M: Overall a heavy body, but a little lighter than some milk stouts. Low carbonation but average for style. The alcohol presence is hidden quite well.

O: Pretty enjoyable. I don’t remember what I paid for it, but as a smaller format bottle that they still chose to wax, I'd imagine it was more than I’d pay for it again. But it’s a solid “imperial” milk stout with good chocolate/coffee balance and nice roastiness.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense two finger light tan head which fades very slowly leaving some lacing
S: Smells of chocolate covered espresso beans and that's it
T: Taste is coffee and chocolate with some nice roasted malt notes. huge milk chocolate and coffee continue to be the highlight of this beer with some lactose sweetness. Swallow is more coffee and chocolate with a slight milky sweetness and lingering roasted malt notes.
M: This beer is one the medium side of things in body. Carbonation is adequate for the style as well while the beer has a slightly drying finish.
O: Overall this is probably the best of the series that I have tried. Great flavors and some decent complexity make this one an interesting drink. This one should become a regular offering over some of the others they have tried.

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Photo of FFFjunkie
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is near black with 2 fingers of dark khaki head.

Aroma is big coffee, chocolate and lactose. Nice.

Taste follows nose. Big dark coffee, some chocolate and then more coffee with some malt/lactose.

Feel is smooth and full.

Overall a nice take on an imperial milk stout. Glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of TH28
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. 2016 vintage. Appearance: Jet black, opaque, with a minimal khaki head. Aroma: Rich roasted coffee and mocha. Molasses and a slight hint of dark fruit Taste: Starts with a really rich malt sweetness and strong coffee roast that fades into dark chocolate and touch of toffee, only for the strong dark roast to kick back in on the swallow Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a touch of viscosity, and low carbonation. Finish: Roasted malt and coffee most prominent, with a bit of dark chocolate. Very malty, no real nuttiness apparent Overall: Really nice take on an imperial milk stout, with a dominant coffee roast and dark chocolate that isn’t bitter or acrid. Balances well against the sweetness of the malt and lactose

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pretty dark and smooth, somewhere between dark brown and black, with a good amount of tan head that lasted.
S: This smells awesome, coffee and chocolate are huge up front and then some other sweet smells come through. A hint of carmel sweet milk at the end.
T: A lot of chocolate to start followed by coffee and some carmel, the finish to me is a milk flavored that I loved.
F: Solidly thick for a milk stout, I tend to think milk stouts are too thin in general, but this one was smooth and thicker than expected.
O: Wow! I really loved this one, definitely going to want more of this. All the flavors were there and nothing overpowering the others.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Rich brown with a tan one finger head that lingered. Thick lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate, cocoa and espresso.

T: A lot like Wake N Bake...until you let it warm a bit. Then the flavors enhance a hundred-fold. Sweet, mellow, robust, milky, creamy. Caramel and hazelnut collide with espresso goodness.

M: Medium with medium creamy carbonation.

O: Sublime but pricey. A can of Moo Hoo is almost as good and a lot less expensive.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vintage pour, great creamy head and retention. Aroma has some delicate mild espresso with some soft milk lactose and earthy hazelnut. Flavor is also pretty well on the soft side, which is fine as far as it goes. The espresso is most prevalent upfront and there is some milk chocolate through the mid-palate along with some medium toasted malt. Good, just a bit faded. Mouthfeel is velvety and creamy.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz wax dipped bottle poured into a snifter.

Deep black with a short khaki head. No light penetration.

Espresso, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, prune, caramel, and milk chocolate.

Espresso, dark roast coffee, and prune juice. Caramel and lactose sweetness. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dates, and raisins.

Medium-plus bodied, rich, and sweet.

Coffee and lactose forward. Very rich with a well balanced sweetness. I'm not sure if it's worth the $0.71/oz but it's good.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an opaque dark brown with a small tan head that poofs. nose; light coffee grounds, milk chocolate, toast, & dry cocoa. taste; chocolate malt, black tea, lactose/creamer, roasty espresso, cashew, & mellow earthy hops. massive "micro" carbonation & thick velvety mouthfeel (extremely soft mouthfeel!). the 2016 release is at 8.5%abv up from the previous 6%, and is still greatly tamed. an excellent milk stout!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Has this on draft pours thin black color with nice thin tan head, great lacing.

Aroma - Chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, coffee.

Taste - Liquid dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, just a hint of dark fruit.

Feel - Medium body to the high side, very smooth and creamy

Overall - A great beer, wonderful flavors and the feel is like a light chocolate milk.

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Photo of smartypintz
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours oil black, initial smell of chocolate with toasted malts, initial taste of chocolate. After letting it warm up some, coffee intermixed with chocolate comes through on smell. Coffee and and even more chocolate on second round, malt glove not as pronounced. Mouthfeel is definitely creamy, overall fantastic milk stout.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a wax sealed bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Thick,creamy,2 finger,light khaki / patched with dark khaki / brown colored head,with nice retention.Dark black in color,with no light showing through the glass.Light carbonation.

On the nose I get mostly notes of ,chocolate,espresso,coffee,cocoa,and some earthy dark roasted malts.Smells very VERY good.

The palate follows the nose ,leading off with rich chocolate,dark roasted coffee,espresso,and strong dark roasted malts.

The body is medium / heavy.With a mildly dry finish.

This one really isn't all that different from the original Moo-Hoo.Just a little bit thicker,and a little bit more flavorable.Added cappuccino,and espresso.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


16.9 oz Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: Dark black, silky appearance, lard beige head with large bubbles, fades to lacing.
AROMA: Coffee is prevalent. Jittery Joes seems to have a nice nuttiness, and plenty of roastyness. Lactose and chocolate follow with less strength.
TASTE: Coffee is also most foreward in taste. Get some more chocolate. Late, there is a slight touch of raisin, date, pomegranate.
FEEL: silky smooth. Light carbonation. Drinks very easy.

Very good milk stout. A touch more flavorful than the regular moohoo. The coffee is A welcome addition.


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Photo of Buck89
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. An opaque dark brown color with a nice foamy light-tan head. The foam slowly settled into a resilient cap. The nose was full of freshly roasted coffee, with milk chocolate and faint hints of roasted malt in the back. A great coffee flavor on the first sip. Rich and smooth, with creamy milk chocolate and a balanced bitterness. Full-bodied and milky. Not too sweet. An excellent beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A much beefed up 2016 version 8.5%ABV. this year.Pours into a goblet jet black with a lacy mocha colored head atop.Appetizing coffee and chocolate aromas,I mean spot on mocha coffee notes.Malted chocolate and coffee flavors abound ,almost like a coffee infused whopper,a nice lactic sweet touch in the finish rounds out the beer very nicely.I love this beer,it is what it says it is.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle of the 2016 version. This version is 8.5% Ang and comes in a 16.3 oz bottle.

A: almost black with a half of finger of deep tan foam
S: coffee and chocolate
T: Coffee and chocolate with fig, cherry and plum in the background
Mf: thick and smooth
O: this is a wonderful stout. Plenty of body. The coffee flavors mix nicely with the chocolate.

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Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

8.5% alcohol instead of 6 from 2014. And the beer is branded as an imperial milk stout, not a sweet stout.

Gorgeous black pour. Beer has serious legs and a great, tight vanilla/tan head.

Tremendous sweet and silky coffee aroma.

Taste is a mellow coffee, sweet milk, slight stone fruit and oatmeal maltiness. Absolutely delicious through and through. Gets better as it warms, to the point it's like drinking a chocolate bar with some sort of whipped coffee topping. All the maltiness and oatmeal qualities are still there.

Mouth feel is lacking a LOT, but it really doesn't diminish the drink's quality, just doesn't exactly fall into imperial stout territory. Has the feel of a strong porter or dipa

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

"Like your favorite cup of Cafe Mocha, Moo-HooChiato 'Chocolate Espresso Milk Stout' puts you in the right state of mind. Take in the aroma of expertly roasted espresso from Jittery Joe’s and let your taste buds melt into the flavor of Olive and Sinclair’s award winning chocolate. Brewed with lactose sugar for a creamy mouth feel and a touch of sweetness, this is a Barista’s wish come true." Brewed in the style of a Milk Stout with coffee added. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. Another entry in the coveted Terrapin Reserve Series, released late fall 2014.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy frothed head of a milk chocolate brown tone over a very dark brown near black body. Retention is above average and there is no visible lacing. 4

(Smell) Bold coffee bean nose of fruity, earthy and roasted notes, smooth lactose aroma with a rich cocoa, bread and light caramel syrup body. It's a pretty tremendous coffee character and a solid stout base as well, potency is high. 4.5

(Taste) Again, the coffee character is outstanding, nicely presented and complex with a nice balance of acidic fruit bean and moderate roast. The malt body is very enjoyable, perhaps a bit leaner on the body than expected from the aroma with a modest sweetness akin to a small serving of sugar and creamer. Despite the style, this is a very nicely balanced beer with a subtle enough lactose presence to effectively balance out the subtleties of the coffee beans. Nice chocolate profile on the back end, and quite tasty overall. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is lightly oily, slick, smooth, medium dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a mild frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to acidic and earthy roast coffee bitterness. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) An instant winning spin-off from Moo-Hoo and arguably the best Reserve series yet, very much worth seeking out. Perhaps it comes a bit close to the already outstanding annual release of Terrapin's Wake & Bake, but I think the coffee is a bit more vibrant in this release, even a year and a half down the road, it holds up very nicely, and is equally roasty to the more subtle fruity and acidic notes for a welcome complexity. My biggest quip is in the texture and carbonation, as I was hoping for a slightly more viscous body and a slightly creamier texture which I think would have worked well for this beer. It drinks easy and is fairly light in the body, but these are more positive than negative attributes for this beer, as a lighter body is to be expected in a Milk Stout. Hopefully Terrapin will consider repeating this release as they have done in the years before (see Cinnamon Roll'd Wake & Bake). 4.25

Terrapin Beer Company's
Moo-HooChiato Chocolate Espresso Milk Stout

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer pouters handsome black color with a mocha colored head.

Smell - The nose had light coffee and darker chocolate. The lightness of a milk stout was detectable.

Taste - My initial impression was the baker's chocolate which was followed by the bitterness of expression. The sweetness comes in conjunction with the lactose of the milk stout. I would liked a little more sweetness baker's chocolate is more prominent in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The feel is smooth but a little thin. More stickiness would have gone a long way.

Overall - I might have let this sit too long, but it is still solid.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage poured into a Prairie Artisan Ales snifter L: pitch black with two fingers of mocha head that slowly dissipated without any lacing A: sweet milky lactose with a burnt coffee background T: milky sweet sugar with a lingering roasted coffee note and slight bitter chocolate flavors. M: thin, light, and airy O: very enjoyable stout that I would definitely purchase again if Terrapin ever put it in a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of ljc973
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured jet black with a big khaki head. Smelled of chocolate and coffee. Taste was similar, with the coffee coming through exceptionally well. Body was a little thin. The combination of the low ABV and the coffee taste made me forget that I was drinking beer. Overall, glad I got to try it and would recommend.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark pour with a beige head. The head didn't last long and left barely any lacing on the glass. The smell is a blast of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt sweetness and booze. The beer tastes like very strong coffee, cocoa powder, milk sweetness and a roasted almost slightly burned chocolate malt bitterness. Seems to be slightly less than medium bodied.

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Photo of Budlum
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich black with a tan head that pretty much fully dissolved over the course of a minute. The smell rocks - coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and a faint Dark chocolate bitterness. A rush of coffee and white chocolate dominate the flavor profile while it finishes with a more traditional stout bitterness. Unfortunately, the body is a bit thin for the style. It seems like this was hit or miss from other reviews, but I very much enjoyed it.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: jet black, little head
S: milk chocolate
T: wonderful mix of chocolate, coffee and cream
F: I'd like more body than what this has
O: nice beer, probably would have been better fresh, and I almost lost a finger trying to get the wax off...Terrapin is the worst with that

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a black wax dipped bottle dated 2014, the beer is jet black, with a thin, sparse, light tan colored head. Aromas of chocolate forward, both bittersweet and milk, with a subtle build of roasted coffee in the background. Some cream highlights are in there, too. This smells amazingly balanced. Flavors are rich and roasted forward, with a solid, balanced blend of chocolate, coffee, and cream. This is so simple on the palate, yet so perfectly balanced that it's amazingly tasty and drinkable. Perfect amounts of chocolate, cream, and coffee all compliment each other very well. Smooth, mid-bodied, with a velvety soft, layered, and slightly lingering bittersweet and roasted finish. Tremendous beer! Here's hoping we see it again!

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Moo-HooChiato from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 540 ratings