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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

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 1,289 | Ratings: 3,871
Photo of tmm313
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very thick pour. Almost pitch black with creamy 1/4 finger head that quickly dissipates. Good lacing for the style.

Smell: I smell dark fruits and caramel from the malts more than anything: raisins, plums, molasses, etc. There's also coffee, light chocolate, subtle hops and a some booze.

Taste: Again with the big malt presence. Dark fruits, caramel tones and some char. Good dose of coffee and bittersweet chocolate comes out mid way. Slight hops and booze show up right at the end, accenting the leftover flavors.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy body with crisp carbonation. There's a little bit of booze, too. Nice bittersweet chocolate aftertaste.

Overall: This was pretty good. To me, it doesn't quite stand up to some of the other heavy hitters, but it is still enjoyable.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle that I got as a lovely extra from BA user AlexFields. Well this beer is like a black pearl with just a hint of tan head. A thin off white/tan ring always hangs around the edge of my glass, no light penetrates this beer. The aroma highlights the coffee, roasty malts, cacao, and "breakfast" quality (probably the oats). So well balanced, I love how the oat in this beer contributes to its roundness. There are amazing coffee, cacao, and complex roasted flavors. The flavors play well together, the taste is the strong point here. A tad sharp and hot on the finish, but otherwise a nice thick toothsome stout. In total I truly like this creation.

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Photo of hophugger
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazingly dark chocolate brown that does not allow the light through. Minimal head and decent lacing. Aroma is of roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and cereal grain. Taste is an explosion of flavor. Strongest is coffee and lightly roasted coffee beans, followed by some bittersweet chocolate and a touch of cereal. Mouthfeel is chewy and coats the mouth and throat quite well. Alcohol is present but hidden fairly well considering the high ABV. Overall, balances out quite well leaving an aftertaste of chocolate and coffee. This is a bold and awesome beer. Quite the winter warm-up !!!!!

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the 2008 vintage, wish I had a fresh one to compare it to.

The appearance is thick, black, and produces a one finger cocoa head. The head stays for a while, produces no lacing.

The smell is very faint, but coffee is a very strong smell. There are also hints of bitter chocolate and burnt grains.

The tastes are good, but would of been so much better fresh. There are hints of chocolate and toffee, but lots and lots of coffee. Lots of oatmeal and grain flavor as well, delicious.

The mouthfeel is still perfectly carbonated for being this old, and is heavy on the palate. There was a bit of oxidation, but it did not hurt anything.

Very drinkable and very tasty, wish I could have a fresh bottle.


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Photo of rudylaw
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericwo for this awesome extra... a beer which was high on my wants awhile back but one that I had forgotten about.

Pours black with a light brown head. Of course, we get a bunch of coffee in the nose. Huge coffee and oat on the taste buds... this is not a case of bait & switch by any means. It is palette damaging... but the side of bacon still tasted porky!

I had this, this morning along with pancakes. This was the best morning of my life. My first offering from Terrapin and certainly, not my last.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass.
A - Pours black with a big caramel colored head that shrinks pretty quickly.
S - Coffee, chocolate & vanilla
T - Nice coffee flavor
M - Medium mouth feel, low carbonation
O - Good stout, coffee is straightforward, I could see having this with a doughnut on a Saturday morning.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem, PA. It's funny, I realized after my first sip this beer tastes just like (though probably a bit better) an imperial espresso porter I made. I guess it just goes to show that the java here really dominates everything else. I really had trouble pulling out any oat character and even the big chocolate barley flavors were relegated to the background. This is still a pretty great coffee stout, but this beer is all about the beans. Don't expect much else.

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Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Roasty coffee beans, some milk chocolate, rich breadiness, touch of vanilla.

L: Jet black, tan head that dissipates quickly.

T: Coffee like malt with some bready sweetness. Low bitterness with cocoa and more coffee. Some roast near the finish that is both coffee-like and grain-like.

M: Medium full body, low carbonation.

A really solid beer, reminds me a lot of FBS.

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Photo of Marraybay
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark black. Not much head. Glass soapiness apparent.

Smell: Tabasco, coffee, soy sauce.

Taste: Upfront taste is roasty-smoky coffee, which transitions into momentary
malty sweetness and alcohol, then concludes with semi sweet choco espresso bitterness.
Huge flavors;Very intense. Lingers on the palate.

Feel: Some booze burn and prickliness. A little syrupy.

Overall: A big beer with very intense flavors. Enjoyed, but truth be told, I was
almost running out of gas with respect to flavor-intensity overload. Don't
think I could have drunk much more than 12 oz. Surprisingly very little fogginess
given the nearly 10% ABV.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a big foamy dark brown head with good retention. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt with a sweet touch. Taste is well balance between coffee and roasted sweet caramel malt. Body is full and alcohol is not noticeable. Not the most complex of imperial stout but I could see this going very well as a session beer. I also appreciated the medium-level of alcohol and the well balance mix between coffee and sweet malt.

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Photo of MichaelMeister
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer on tap at Max Lager's American Grill & Brewery in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: dark brown.
Aroma: chocolate with a noticable fruity character.
Taste: light for a stout - malty, with a slight hoppy flavor and plenty of bitterness.
With a nearly 8% ABV, the taste of alcohol was barely noticeable.
A nice tasting stout.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at UJ's on the Manatawny today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is nice enough, with coffee, chocolate and a touch of cola. Flavors replicate the nose on this easy to drink and appreciate oatmeal stout. Also, I like how this beer starts out initially with some moderate sweetness, but finishes with a smooth, dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is pretty good. Alcohol is barely noticeable in this easy going stout.

Nothing special here, but a nice enough beer. Good stuff.

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Photo of brystmar
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in December 2011, and opened for a head-to-head comparison with Founders Breakfast Stout.

Pitch black pour with a heavy consistency, but was clearly less viscous than the FBS' syrupy drizzle from the bottle. Head is darker and less abundant, as were retention and lace. Still looks good, though.

Aroma reminds me of a "blonde" roast with plenty of caramel & bittersweet chocolate alongside. By contrast, the Founders brew smelled like ordering a coffee "black" with only a touch of malty sweetness lurking closely behind. Advantage: FBS.

Everything from the nose comes together in the taste, but it's somehow both sweeter and darker than Breakfast Stout. Feels like the Terrapin's coffee roast is of a darker, more bold variety than the Founders', yet WnB's flavor profile is noticeably more sugary. The blacks are a deeper black, and the highs are higher, but dynamic range is more desirable in the A/V field than in beer. Again, I prefer Breakfast Stout.

I'm a huge fan of adding oatmeal to stouts, porters, and brown ales. WnB is a full-bodied brew and shows a stickiness not found in its rival. However, it still falls short in comparison to the luscious creaminess that Breakfast Stout delivers.

Overall, Wake-n-Bake is a good beer that's deserving of your beer money. I enjoyed it more before pitting it against Founders' remarkable Breakfast Stout, and its score certainly would be higher if the two were not reviewed side-by-side. That said, I cannot see myself ever choosing WnB over Breakfast Stout when given the choice. Both are quite good, but FBS is simply on another level of craftsmanship (brewmanship?) when push comes to shove. Cheers!

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from G311 from Nobody Wants to See A Beer Geek Naked 3 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 12/10 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque, deep, dark brown that almost borders on black. A minor chocolate brown film forms and disappears as quickly as it forms.

S: Nose is a touch boozy at first but there are underlaying notes of raison, chocolate and roasted malts.

T: Taste starts with a hint of boozy caramel. Middle is filled with dark fruits - most notable raisins and cherries with a bit of toffee sweetness. Finish starts with a good deal of chocolate, then comes the espresso bite that really lingers in the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, rich creamy feel that lays a bit silky on the tongue.

D: Goes down easily, prety tasty, nice kick, somewhat filling, nice represenatation of style. This is a nice brew that I'd like to try again with a bit of age on it.

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Photo of GoldenJet
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After hearing people compare this to Founders Breakfast Stout, I had to get me some! Thanks to wino47 for hooking me up with the 2010 version.

Now, on to the beer, and Founders Breakfast it is not. That isn't to say it isn't great though - it's just a very different beer.

The appearance is similar, in that it's jet-black with that Imperial Stout dark tan head - but that's the only similarity. Where BS is huge on malt bitterness and stong, roasted coffee flavours, Terrapin features a more subtle approach - not very bitter, a lot of roasted coffee and tobacco on both the nose and mouth, but I get a little sweet lactic taste in there as well. Reminds me of Milk Sugar, but I guess that could be the oats working? I hesitate to say that it's more drinkable than Founders, but really, I could pound both of 'em all day long, not just for breakfast . . .

Whatever it is, it's great, and this is definitely one of my fave's for morning beers. Seek it out if it's not readily available to you.

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Photo of xpdrinker
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque black, aggressive pour yields little head but what does appear is a dense reddish-dark brown.  Pasty lacing that succumbs to gravity and slides back into the pool of darkness.

S - Coffee with sugar substitute, fudge brownie batter, tiny splash of vanilla and subatomic hints of dark cherry. Not as coffee-intense as FBS.

T - Rich, buttery chocolate infused coffee up front, alcohol burst in the middle and settles down on the back end to bring back some bitter chocolate, Tootsie Roll and coffee with a swirl of syrup. Pinch of cinnamon appears on alternating sips.

M - Just shy of full-bodied, almost milky if not for the carbonation which is just enough. Slight sticky-dry finish.

O - Didn't dig this at all last year but my transition to full-blown stout fanatic since then gives me a higher appreciation of it. An excellent coffee stout even though the hype baffles me a little. Not a Terrapin fan by any means but I think this is the best of their lineup.

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Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 09 vintage.

A: Black body with a brown head that recedes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

S: Completely dominated by coffee. Roasted malts are just barely detectable.

T: Pretty much the same as the smell. A bunch of coffee, not a whole lot of stout.

M: Smooth from the oats, slightly astringent from the coffee.

D: I'm generally a fan of coffee stouts. This isn't quite in the league of FBS, but it's pretty well done and incredibly easy to put down.

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Photo of SerialHiker
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours the darkest brown possible…a deep mocha colored head forms but not much remains over time…it looks nice, but the lack of head is unfortunate…(3.65/5)

Smell: Aroma galore! Oatmeal, milk chocolate, roasted malts, creamy vanilla and roasted coffee bitterness…tons of roasted notes…I get a touch of alcohol heat, otherwise this is full of malty goodness…I’m not getting to much hops presence…very oatmeal heavy…inviting…(4.25/5)

Taste: Yum! Mild, roasted coffee bitterness, oatmeal, milk chocolate, roasted malts…it’s a fantasy ride through all the best stout varieties, full of richness and flavor…there’s the noticeably deep, roasted quality about the flavor that tends to come with “imperial” stouts…it’s creamy without tasting like vanilla…dark, deep and robust…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Full bodied…light to medium carbonation brings creamy roasted coffee bitterness to the palate, which linger…rich, chewy and dark…roasted malts and oatmeal show in after taste…(4/5)

Overall: This is a wonderful brew…it has tons of flavor and it’s drinkability is second to none…the lack of vanilla cream keeps this a robust imperial stout, though I think a touch of milk would smooth things over, adding to the overall package…as it is, Terrapin has another fantastic brew here and it’s easily recommendable…this is a brew that is worthy of a snifter and a good hour…afterward, you’ll definitely feel like you just had an espresso shot...(3.75/5)


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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, no light. The head is very thin, barely 1/2 a finger, going away quickly a leaving hardly any lacing. The aroma is interesting, with both coffee notes, nice sweetness and subtle oat notes. The taste has a similar profile, with a little caramel sweetness on the finish. The body is thicker and silky feeling.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage thanks to mikesgroove.

Pours black with a finger and a half of fizzy brown head.

Scent of bitter chocolate, sweet oats, dark fruit, sugars, earthy spice, and caramel. This is still pretty potent after over two years.

Taste of fairly rich semi-bitter chocolate, creamy oats, sweet dark fruit, and a hint of caramel. This one is still going pretty strong after the aging.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick and biting, unappealing for the style.

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Photo of pants678
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, beige head.

Emphatic chocolate and toffee on the nose.

Chocolate and cappuccino with a just noticeable heat from the alcohol. Slightly nutty, a bit of a marshmallow flavor and the chocolate is more so milk than dark. Roasted malts keep this rich and robust.

Expectedly dense and creamy.

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Photo of MagicJeff
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage poured into a tulip.

A: Inky dark brown/black with a tan head. not much head retained.

S: Coffee, bitter black coffee. Some slight dark chocolate on nose too, but coffee dominates.

T: Dark chocolate and black coffee. slight vanilla after taste but the coffee is king.

Overall: Great beer to start off your day. Not sure I could drink multiples but this is a solid brew.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Color is black with a brownish coffee hue. huge head when poured aggressively with huge head retention. Coats the glass really well

S:smells like dark chocolate covered raisin thats been soaked in coffee. Has a lot of roasted sweetness smell. reminds me of an old ale besides the coffee

T:Bittersweet chocolate with a more pronounced coffee flavor. I dont get the raisiny sweetness as much as the smell which is little let down for me. lots of roasted burnt flavors with a little alcohol heat but not in a bad way

M: Real full bodied. completely coats my mouth every sip. nice amount of carbonation to help pronounce every flavor when sipped and savored

D: I dont consider many beers a "sipper" but this onefits into that category. Not huge amounts of alcohol at 8.1% but this sure does pack a wallop of flavor. Hard to drink more than one of these but that one is quite enjoyable

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (vintage 09AA) poured into a snifter, Wake-n-Bake is dark black with a small tan collar that leaves light lace.

Smell is pretty rich, sweet malts, coffee.

Taste is also big coffee, caramel, sweet and malty. Rich but not to roasty, more like a coffee porter, but good.

Mouthfeel is super smooth and supple, the oats really shine though here, and help with the viscosity.

Drinkability is high, a tasty coffee stout, smooth and satisfying. Paired nicely with a cigar.

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Photo of HardTarget
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011 (reviewed Jan 2012)

Appearance: Black glass glows slightly with back light. Holds a thin dark tan head that gives some lacing.

Smell: Strong chocolate malt/burnt coffee nose with some nuttiness and earthiness elements. The burnt coffee aspect borders on overwhelming.

Taste: Malty monster. Coffee, cookie dough, burnt barley, and a little papery oxidation. Strong straightforward tastes go a bit acidic and drying.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body with a good chew. Slick smooth texture and lightly prickling carbonation.

Overall: Ye Gods, what a beast of a beer. Strong flavors, heady alcohol, chewy body, bone dry finish, not one for after mowing the lawn, this is a slow Sunday sipper. Kudos for going big, but burnt aspects brought my scores down a bit.

Thanks to Illudium for the sample!

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 3,871 ratings.
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