Terrapin Beer Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
4.27 | pDev: 6.79%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Soak up all the flavor in our newest Reserve Series beer, Tiramisu-Hoo Imperial Milk Stout. With all the attributes of a finely executed dessert, we have managed to create a beer that is layered with all the goodness you would expect from a succulent slice of Italian history.

IBUs- 30
Malts: 2-Row, Flaked Oats, Crystal 85, Chocolate Malt, Dehusked Carafa III, Roasted Barley
Hops: Nugget
Other Ingredients: Lactose, Cocoa Nibs, Coffee, Vanilla
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 337
Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on-tap from Gnarly Barley for their 4th anniversary. Tiramisu-Hoo is another solid beer from Terrapins "Reserve Series" that takes a concept and completely nails the flavors. This one is no exception. Good brew!

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Photo of Dope
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottling.

A: Pours black with a mid-sized and frothy dark brown head. Head retention is so-so as it fades out pretty quickly. No real sign of lacing.

S: Coffee and plenty of it. Quite a bit of dark chocolate when swirled.

T: Nice. Very smooth coffee and dark chocolate up front. Good amount of lactose sweetens and smooths it further with a backing of vanilla. Lots of vanilla showing up, especially in the finish. A bit more bitter coffee in the aftertaste with that dark chocolate still.

M: Medium-heavy with a nice smooth and creamy body.

O: Pretty hard to beat. Coffee, chocolate and vanilla in a milk stout. How can you go wrong? Great flavors, great balance, very smooth and drinkable. No harshness, no booziness at all really. Impressed.

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Photo of strohme2
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was skeptical based on the label. How much can this really taste like tiramisu? My wife is a tiramisu-a-holic so i get to taste my fair share of it.
Pour is deep dark, with a bubbly head. Minimal lacing with just a ring of bubbles as I drink the beer down. The smell is this beer's best feature. It IS tiramisu. Espresso, vanilla, ladyfinger cookies.
Taste is just as amazing. As it warms up it becomes a bit boozy. Definitely not a gimmick, worth seeking out.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger head and no lace afterwards. Aroma strikes me as rich and chocolaty along with roasted malts with somewhat coffee vibe. Beer has a fuller mouthfeel, breadlike, a sugary sweetness that is close to cloying with how rich the chocolate is, along with vanilla and a slight lactic feel, and has enough roasted coffee malts to balance beer. A slow sipper that is the epitome of a "dessert beer".

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Photo of GregA135
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a dark brown with a nice tan head
Chocolate, cream, roasted nuts, caramel
Tastes AWESOME! Exactly like tiramisu. A nice thick and creamy feel
Even better, this dessert beer wasn't overly sweet. Great Stout!

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a Teku glass.

L: Super dark, obviously slightly thick.
S: Cocoa, coffee, sweet and roasty malts.
T: Sweet, definitely a dessert beer. Coffee and chocolate up front and sweet cream on the backend.
F: Perfect mouthfeel for this kind of beer. Light carbonation and thick. Kinda coats your tongue, like the custard in Tiramisu would.
O: Well done, a great dessert beer. They nailed the flavors and I would love to be able to have this again.

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Photo of Zach136
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served at room temp.

Appearance: Pitch black, light caramel collar.

Aroma: Big caramel, chocolate, with a touch of nuttiness.

Flavor: Follows the aroma, but much more milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ bodied, sticky at this temp.

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Photo of allenson21
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It tastes as if they put a slice of tiramisu in a blender with a few of shots of espresso and fresh cream and blended it to a perfect consistency. Then poured that into my glass

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hell yeah. I recently drank an 18th street Hunter series beer and it was awful. It made me wonder if I even liked milk stouts. Then I had Tiramisu-Hoo and it restored my faith in the style. Nice creamy mouthfeel and bursting with the flavor so far cocoa powder, creme brûlée, and notes or caramel. Very well done.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Terrapin did a really excellent job of crafting a beer that tastes like tiramisu. This is a black, creamy, smooth stout that evokes coffee, mascarpone, and syrup, with a hint of booze and some good sweetness. This is a very fine beer that really nailed what it was pretending to be.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, they nailed it. Tastes EXACTLY like tiramisu. Has that super sweet chocolate and caramel in the front leading to that intense, slightly bitter coffee roast quality in the back. So rich, so decadent. Wow.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

Pours jet black, tan film for a head dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of rich dark chocolate, molasses, licorice, and roasted coffee beans.

Tastes of licorice, chocolate milk, vanilla, and espresso.

Full body with stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Pretty fantastic rich dessert stout. Lots of flavor and aroma, goes down easier than you would think for what it is. Could stand to have a smoother carbonation in the mouthfeel, but otherwise nothing much to complain about. Great stout, worth picking up if you can still find it.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.28/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L - A nice liquid of medium-heavy viscocity with a thin caramel-colored brown ring of lacing. Sticks around for quite a while too.

S - Chocolate bitters with hints of coffee, butterscotch, toffee and faint cremora. A nice roast and nuttiness character as well.

T - Faint dark chocolate with some coffee and small hints of lactose. Some malts in there as well. There's a lot of sweetness in there that appears boozy at times.

F - Crisp and fuzzy. Not what I was expecting from a milk stout.

O - A decent brew but too much sweetness after many sips. Not what I was expecting from a milk stout. Flavors were just all over the place.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

White wax capped 22oz from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 11.99. 2015 vintage, released 11/2015. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours near-black brown with about two and a half fingers of pale tan head. The bubbles fade to some wisps on the surface and a thin rail around the edge, leaving only a few random splotches of lace.

I detect some cinnamon-like spice up front on the nose along with sweet lactose sugars, coffee, maple syrup and dough. Smells nice.

There is a whole lot of flavor going on here but it remains a chocolate milk stout at its core. Chocolate, sweet cream, weak coffee, vague spice, faint tres leches cake and just a slight nip of alcohol. As it nears room temperature a maple-like sweetness emerges. There is also an occasional metallic or medicinal note that comes through but overall this remains a solid offering.

Smooth, medium body with moderate carbonation. A blend of coffee, chocolate milk, vague maple syrup and soggy cake lingers in the finish.

Tiramisu-hoo is an enjoyable, beefed up version of MooHoo. The chocolate milk stout base is apparent throughout and the body is markedly more robust than standard MooHoo. While it may not have fully met my expectations Terrapin still has another tasty entry to their Brewmasters Reserve series here.

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Photo of mynie
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to stare at the label for like an hour before I figured out how to pronounce its name. Or maybe a minute. One of those.

Pours thick and black, very smooth, minimal carbonation but without any glugginess. Smells stouty, mildly lactic but not particularly sweet. Bittersweet, dark-roasted barley, oats, and cocoa.

Tastes very sweet and very smooth; almost eerily reminiscent of tiramisu. Cream and mocha start things off, moving into a lightly bitter middle of stout barley and milk chocolate, finishing dry with notes of vanilla and caramel.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another awesome beer from Terrapin. Has nice lacing and a good feel for the ABV. Smell is indeed tiramisu although you really need to stick your nose into the glass to get much. Taste is far stronger, hitting the tiramisu flavor extremely well, delicious without being overly sweet. I have no idea what they added to this beer to achieve some of those flavors in tiramisu; very impressive.

I do feel like beers like this would perhaps be more enjoyable if I didn't know what they were ahead of time; comparing them to a cinnamon roll, tiramisu, etc. does them a bit of a disservice because I'd rather be getting the interesting flavors and just enjoying them (and perhaps thinking, "holy crap this tastes a lot like tiramisu") instead of having to spend much of my time drinking them comparing them against their name. Ah well, this one does a really good job of actually matching the name so perhaps this comment is more directed at cinnamon roll'd.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Waxed bomber into a snifter.

3.25 A: Black as night. Half a finger of fizzy medium brown head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

4.75 S: Smells as advertised - tiramisu city. Coffee, roasted malts, and vanilla are huge. Cocoa nibs give a great chocolate complexity with back up from molasses, creamy lactose, and caramel. Hints of spiciness underneath. Outstanding.

4.25 T: The taste isn't as vibrant as the nose and doesn't capture tiramisu flavors as well, but it's still really tasty as more of a standard milk stout. Lactose-laden deep roastiness. Coffee and cocoa nibs next. Vanilla, caramel, and molasses underneath it all, but much less potent than the nose.

3.75 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A touch bity, but super smooth.

4.0 D: Very tasty beer. Incredible nose and solid otherwise.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of carbonation along the edges of the glass and some moderate dark cola brown highlights, The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering a little more than 50% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of rich milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, and lactose sweetness over the top of lightly roasted malts. Hints of almond nuttiness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted malts with light to moderate flavors of almond nuttiness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of rich milk chocolate and moderate to strong amounts of lactose sweetness. Moderate flavors of coffee and caramel with a moderate to strong flavor of vanilla in the finish. Minimal amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of fine carbonation. Slightly thin. Hints of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: I have to say that this beer definitely reminds me of tiramisu - a very nice representation of the dessert in a beer. Fairly sweet though somehow not cloying. I really enjoyed this beer which I enjoyed as a dessert after dinner.

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

Tastes legitimately like tiramisu. It's a bit thin (same viscosity as regular Moo Hoo) but is a much better beer than the original. Creamy, fudgy, with a bit of coffee. The tiramisu flavor is spot on. Would drink again.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown with a half finger of mocha head. Not much lacing.
S: Smells of coffee and some chocolate. Made me think this might be Wake n Bake light
T: Starts off with some coffee and a second wave of lactose sweetness. As it warms, this comes alive. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, marscapone all linger. This has hints of a "real" Tiramisu.
MF: not overly thick but silky. No alcohol burn.
O: Fantastic stout. I just drank 22 oz and I could open another one.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a normal, plastic glass (because the room I'm staying in doesn't have any proper glassware...)

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color, if not entirely pitch-black. The head is a finger high, and tan in shade. Retention is just okay, but it has a nice texture. Not much lacing sticks to the (plastic) glass.

Smell: I give Terrapin guff for taking their normally well-priced stouts, transforming them slightly, waxing them, and jacking the price/oz. Well, this is not just Moo-Hoo with vague touches of caramel, chocolate, and coffee. No, the caramel is intense and vibrant, almost bringing a savory tone at times. Its coffee is less bold, but comes through nicely with some roast and nuttiness, as do some chocolaty qualities. The base milk stout also shows up...yet very subtly. This does pull off a nice facsimile of tiramisu. Okay Terrapin, you now have my attention...

Taste: Here, there isn't as much defined tiramisu quality. Still, it opens nicely with a nutty coffee flavor, side-by-side with some caramel and maple syrup. Some lactose, vanilla cream, and chocolate appear afterwards. The back end is rounded out with some gentle roasted bitterness. After some sips this gives way to a stronger lactose cream note. It takes a long time for touches of cinnamon to pop up, but they ultimately do. This manages to be more complex than Moo-Hoo (and it freaking SHOULD be), staying interesting from the first sip to the end of the bomber.

Mouthfeel: Thin, to be sure. Moo-Hoo has always been focused on drinkability over richness, and I feel (despite the higher gravity) the relatively thin body means it's not as luxurious or decadent as it could be. On the plus side, the flavors are still carried to the palate well enough, and the aforementioned drinkability is damn solid. Fine carbonation also helps it go down more effortlessly.

Overall: Now this is a fun beer that actually manages to offer something significantly different to the base beer that is Moo-Hoo. In that regard, I'd even suggest it's worth the price premium. Nice work, Terrapin - this is far more than simple trade bait, it's also an impressive dessert beer.

3.87/5: Much more than Moo-Hoo with a slight twist, thankfully

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Photo of zac16125
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a snifter
no botting dates

A: Jet black, just under 1 width of tan head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves only trace lacing. 4.25

S: Wow, it legit smells like Tiramisu. Big coffee characters, cinnamon, sugary sweetness, subtle booze. Fantastic. 4.5

T: Huge coffee notes are dominant. I also get more subtle cinnamon, a cake-ish character, lactose-like cream. Does resemble tiramisu, but not to the extent of the aroma. I would appreciate less lactose cream flavor, but still quite good. 4

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation appropriate, ABV very well masked, the lactose-sugars can be a bit much at times, but otherwise very drinkable. 4

O: A very nice coffee stout. A sweeter substitute to Wake N Bake. 4.25

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Lucky's in Gainesville, FL. Pours black with a big bubbly brown head that sticks around a bit. Aroma is some cocoa nibs, a hint of coffee, and vanilla, along with roasted malts. Not bad, but getting a bit of a cardboard smell in there. Flavor follows with what I'll describe as: absolutely not tiramisu. It's a good meld of flavors, but it's nothing more than a sweeter version of the regular Moo Hoo. Honestly, I like that beer (clearly, the rating is a good one overall), so this is nice and I enjoy it. But it's a real let down on the flavor. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side with prickly carbonation, but not enough to take away from it. Overall, it's a good beer, but doesn't seem to hit the flavor notes I expect from something called Tiramisu. I had the same experience with French Toasted Wake N Bake (again, good beer, but not as advertised), so maybe I just don't have the taste buds for whatever flavoring they use for this series.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz waxed bottle poured into a snifter.

Black with a short brown head that dissipates quickly. Slight light penetration along the rim.

Coffee grounds, dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, vanilla, and deep roasted barley. O.M.G.

Dark roasted coffee grounds, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, and molasses. Light notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and maple. Deep roasted barley malts with a light lactose presence to smooth it out.

Medium-plus bodied, slick, creamy, smooth, and silky.

Goddamn this is some good stuff! Rich, decadent, and tastes just like tiramisu.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Pours black with a thick, frothy chocolate-milk head that settles down somewhat but maintains well and laces beautifully throughout.

S: Big notes of bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee, mocha, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. A big, blissful beer in the nose.

T: Coffee is the dominant flavor, with chocolate, vanilla and maple gliding pleasantly across the palate. A light, mocha coffee taste settles on the back end of the palate. The beer is roasty, but the bitterness isn't harsh. Lots of great flavors acting in symphony.

M: There's a little crisp carbonation on the tongue initially, the beer's body is nicely pronounced without being too filling or ponderous.

O: An excellent treatment to one of my favorite beer styles. The coffee and chocolate work perfectly together, and the vanilla, mocha and maple notes are delicious bonuses to an already great beer. The 8.5% ABV goes to work pretty fast, but it's a stout. Bravo, Terrapin. I'm glad I have one more stashed.

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Tiramisu-Hoo from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 337 ratings