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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutTerrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rajendra82 on 02-15-2005

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1,275
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3,791
Avg:
4.25
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15.53%
 
 
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Photo of KidsDoc
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into Unibroue snifter

A: dark brown/black with thin, minimal khaki colored head.

S: dark roast coffee, tobacco, faint dark chocolate. I think it was the tobacco that was a little off-putting for me.

T: strong robust coffee flavor with dark malt backbone. Coffee up front. Soft chocholate in the middle and burnt bread and oatmeal finish. Coffee aftertaste - pleasant, not bitter.

M: Medium to full bodied. Not a thick as I was anticipating, but still very good.

D: because of the stong coffee presence this is a one and done for me....then again, I can't usually handle more than one cup of coffee either. Very enjoyable and a treat all by itself, but not a contender for multiples in an evening.

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Photo of dk83022
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a coney island pint glass.

A- Jet black pour with no head. Beautiful pitch black beer.

S- Roasted malt with some hints of coffee. A little bit of alcohol aroma.

T- Nice coffee body with some hints of cinnamon and roasted oats.

M- Lacks full body. Fizzles out. First sip doesn't reminisce throughout the glass.

O- Great stout and a very interesting find!

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black mocha color with a thick tan head and tons and tons of lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and mocha. Tastes much the same. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, mocha, and a little subdued smokiness. Mouthfeel was very thick and nice. Drinkability was decent.

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Photo of ATPete
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2008 vintage

Pours an inky black into a Dogfish snifter, a large brown head rests firm atop. Rich sweet chocolate malt notes in the nose, this one is in a "dark fruits" stage, lots of raison, fig, some cherry and a nose warming waft of alcohol. Awesome mouthfeel, creamy and full bodied, coating and very round. Sweet, burnt chocolate malts, not much coffee remains, tootsie rolls, no fruit notes in flavor. I just cant get over the texture, so very round with minimal carbonation to feel. Well this is much different than i expected.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label indicates that this is the "Wake n bake" with the 2006 beer tour coffee. 8.1% ABV. Nice label.

Appearance is 99% light vacuum only allowing a dim violet glow thru the bottom. This is buh-lack! Top is a spotty layer of star patterned dark tan thin coating.

Aroma of toasted malt and coffee beans.

First swigs: Thick toasted malt and black coffee. Sweetness of a vanilla ice cream and cocoa. Rich and creamy with a predominance of toasted malt meets coffee.

Full bodied and thick with a tongue coating. Light carbonation. Could stand to be a little more carbonated.

Last swigs: Kudos to being one of the most coffee stouts I've had. Good, but a bit of a one trick pony. I did not get more than a narrow coffee and vanilla flavor. 39/3.99

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Photo of TheLostGringo
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a La Fin du Monde Snifter.

A: Pours a opaque black with a 3-4 inch bubbly mocha head from an aggressive pour. Head remains for some time before receding into the beer.

S: Dark Chocolates, Strong Coffee, Malt and perhaps some noticable booze.

T: Very Coffee forward at the beginning, lots of chocolate and Malt flavors, Boozey in the back end.

M: Nice Mouth feel, perhaps a touch thinner then expected but still very nice.

O: Very good and tasty perhaps a little more booze then I would like as I do not think I could drink more then 1 or 2 of these in a session.

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Photo of BTPete
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured to pint glass.

A: Pitch black with small dirty brown head. Bubbles bounce around on top of beer like coffee would.

S: Big roasted coffee nose. Hints of alcohol lying underneath.

T: Roasted coffee with a little chocolate underneath. Some bitterness, maybe from hops maybe from coffee but still smooth like an oatmeal stout with a little heat.

M: low carb but works for style.

D: Good drinker for 8.1%. Good coffee stout.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2012, poured into Hoppin' Frog snifter.

Opaque elixir, thin mocha head, thick lacing.

Coffee, mocha, burnt malt, hint of chocolate.

Vanilla up front, coffee, mild bitterness, dark chocolate.

Nicely carbonated, a bit thin.

Well done and enjoyable stout.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = Strong cocoa powder aroma with dark chocolate and roasted coffee all mixed together.

T = Big chocolate/dry cocoa upfront with roasted coffee coming through in the middle and finish. Bold flavors with a little coffee bitterness in the finish. Alcohol hidden well.

MF = Thick and semi-chewy. Carbonation was low. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall, this is a fantastic stout that really showcases it's chocolate and coffee flavors. Highly recommend.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dead as night pour offers only a washy cinnamon tinted head that dissipates almost immediately leaving no signs of visible lacing.

S: Burnt wood timber and dry roasted nature is fairly strong in delivery. Some dark chocolate was earthy and bitter along with some charred soil and minerality scents rounding things out.

T: Fresh dark coffee roast, hearty with some signs of creamy oats acting as a backbone. Deep bitter chocolate and alcohol is finished out by a bitter roasted nature mixing with some dark fruit upon the swallow (Burnt barley and dark raisins). Not particular big on complexity but fairly big on flavor and bluntness so balances out a bit. Alcohol is apparent.

M: The body is full, silky and smooth in texture with a bit of creaminess. Hold the carbonation.

O: Overall a bit hearty oatmeal with a deep sense of roastedness. Wont be disappointed with a six pack.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - slowly glugs out of the bottle and pours pitch black with a very thin dark tan head that clings for safety to the edges of my pint glass

S - dark, dark, roasted coffee, slightly bitter, with some chocolate in there

T - bitter coffee with dark chocolate notes

M - thick and creamy

D - delicious, but my personal preferences aren't conducive to drinking more than one or two thick coffee stouts in one sitting

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA ThickNStout for sending this my way as part of a recent trade. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness or bottling date that I can see, however the label clearly marks this as part of the 2013 release, so it is less than a month old at the very most. Poured into a large snifter glass.

Appearance - Body is a inky jet black with hints of dark, tree bark brown. No light is passing through, even when I hold it up directly in front of a light source. Atop sits about a finger of actively fizzling head that is a mocha-tan color. It dissipates fairly quickly, coming to rest with a healthy film of bubbles across the top, with consolidation occurring around the edges of the glass, making it a little bit thicker there. Not really any lacing to speak of.

Smell - Coffee is the primary aroma coming through, but it is supported by notes of dark and milk chocolate, almost like what you would expect from a milk stout. There is also a healthy presence of roasted malt to provide some charred kick to the otherwise sweet-smelling brew. The espresso element of the aroma is quite pleasant, but not as overpowering as I tend to prefer in my coffee-infused stouts.

Taste - Here there is a bigger presence from the chocolate sweetness, with notes of cacao, milk chocolate and truffles. The coffee is still very much present, and blends well with the chocolate notes to give the impression of a mocha latte, but less sweet. Supporting the interplay of coffee bitterness and chocolate sweetness is a soft bread-like foundation from the oatmeal.

Mouthfeel - The oatmeal helps to provide a slightly chewy, heavy-to-medium body, with carbonation that is on the light side of moderate. Finish is semisweet.

Overall, a very tasty imperial coffee stout with a pretty big chocolate presence. It's a tiny bit inverted from the way another popular coffee imperial oatmeal stout comes across, but variety is the spice of life, right? If this was more readily available to me, I'd likely get some every season to change things up. At the very least, this has made me curious to try the "cinnamon roll'd" variant.

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Photo of marcfromphilly
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in 02.05.2015, sat in fridge until 09.17.2015 when opened. Weak smell, thick pour, strong boozy taste, dark coffee grind taste with thick molasses and alcohol. Shit was a hitter, but soothing in flavor. Almost like a laquer.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PhiDelt for the generous extra. 12oz. bottle served in my New Belgium Globe glass. Vintage 08. Poured with motor oil like consistency - one shade shy of black with a quarter inch khaki-colored head that dissipated within seconds into a tight band around the perimeter of the glass and soapy swirl. Only a few spots of lacing present during the tasting. Big coffee nose - rich grounds, as well as some molasses, but I also got a bit of a vegetal aroma off the cap pop; luckily it dissipated in the glass. Taste follows nose, but there is also a great deal of sweetness, as well as bitter (perhaps baker's) chocolate and molasses. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slick across the tongue with a light effervescence in the background and a slightly chalky quality at the finish. This is a really tasty stout that improves as it warms. I really like the balance of coffee and sweetness on this one.

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Photo of Brez07
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter

A: Dark brown that gives little, if any, head. There is a mocha colored ring around the glass though. No lacing, but an oily presence

S: A great combination of roasted coffee, chocolate and oat. I even get a subtle whiff of nutmeg/cinnamon sugar

T: Roasted coffee dominates the palate, almost making this a little too one dimensional. There is some bittersweet chocolate mixed in as well

M: Medium bodied, very creamy. Roasted flavor left on the tongue

D: Very easy drinking considering the ABV. The huge roasted flavor gets a little much towards the end of the glass. Definitely worth a try, but I could only drink one in a sitting

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while at the brewery in Athens, ga. Jet black with no light getting through. Thin almost non-existent head and no lacing. Aroma is pretty much like smelling a handful of ground coffee. Because of this I can't pick up much else. More coffee in the taste which is also dominating but I love coffee so that is fine fr my taste but may be overwhelming for others. Some milk chocolate notes throughout. Mediun to thick body and moderate carbonation. Fairly drinkable if u like coffee.

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Photo of phishgator
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Large thick tan head and black as night color. There are coffee, choclate, roasted vanilla beans all over this nose. The taste starts with the aroma and then is dominated by the smooth oatmeal and COFFEE flavor. The body is heavy and there is a bit of bitterness both from the hops and the coffee. A nice night cap or vacation starter, but after one you probably won't be back soon.

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Photo of JRed
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque in body with little cinnamon head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, pie crust. Chocolate, coffee beans, roast, burnt bread, slight raisin towards the finish, tang/sweet tobacco aftertaste. Heavy bodied with medium carbonation. A bit cola-like. Some astringent flavors come through.

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Photo of yeastsipper
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received as part of a trade with Blazer 06 and tried alongside a Brooklyn BCS. Notes from 12/29/08:

Beer pours jet black with very little head. There is a slight coffee colored froth around the edge of the glass.

The scent is dominated by coffee. I am reminded of the Ibarra Coffee Buzz porter (which I did not particularly like). The oatmeal is very subtle. For me, this was the weakest aspect of the beer.

The beer is really nice tasting. The coffee is there, but taste is not nearly as strong as the smell. I may be out of my mind, but I swear I taste marshmallows. While it tastes great, I do not find it terribly complex.

Beer is effervescent and thicker than the BBCS.

Drinkability is enhanced by the fact that I am a coffee drinker - a non-coffee drinker might struggle with this. The beer is also not too sweet, which is a huge positive.

I really enjoyed this beer and wish I could get some more. I also badly want to try some other things from Terrapin. Proud, as someone who lived in Athens for 4 years, to see an Athens brewery producing some great stuff.

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Photo of claspada
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aromas are pretty much as advertised. Aroma is almost all roast coffee, oatmeal and hints of cocoa and malt. But the coffee is the star for sure; not just shwag run of the mill coffee but quality roasted beans.

This brew tastes as it smells with a truck load of fresh roasted coffee, oatmeal and chocolate malt. Some mild bitterness, but it seems to be more from the coffee than anything else.

The mouthfeel is quite heavy on the tongue. Quite thick and undercarbonated. Almost syrupy but not. Carbonation is quite pronounced at the end of the sip.

Overall I like this beer a lot. It has probably the most pronounce coffee taste I've had in a beer to date. As I mentioned though I wouldn't drink many in one sitting for just that reason. All that being said, I'd gladly drink another.

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Photo of Butch
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One word: Thickness. As in lots of it. As in the best tasting motor oil you'll ever put into your mouth. Chalk it up to the flaked barley in addition to the oatmeal. The flavor is subdued, especially for the style. The alcohol is up front, but it's an imperial, right? I have to concentrate to really get all the coffee flavor, and it seems to really show up in the after taste more than up front.

Definitely worth the price and if they brewed it year-round I'd keep it in stock, hell, if they sold it around here I'd probably stock up in the winter to have year-round.

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Photo of
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of bobbyc881.

Poured an opaque, black fluid. Holding up to light reveals nothing. Modest head the color of coffee with 2 creamers. As I was nearing the bottom, it finally showed itself as clear and dark mahogany in color.

Aroma was enticing. Chocolate, alcohol, dark fruits (raisins & cherries). Initially, little, if any, coffee scent. This did pick up with some warmth.

Coffee definately present in the taste. Comes through most strongly in aftertaste, and fades some as you drink. Alcohol is there as well, but doesn't club you. Fairly sweet, initially - vanilla, molasses and fruit. Roast flavors are pretty mild. Maybe some licorice. Finally, a bit of pepper at finish.

Medium - heavy in mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Fairly dry, this builds as you drink it. Smooth and creamy, may have more carbonation than it appears.

Surprisingly easy to drink. Not sessionable, but you could certainly do a couple-three without investing hours of your time. Very good, I enjoyed immensley.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap @ Bistecca Restaurant & Bar in Parsippany, NJ.

Enjoyed a pint of this at my company's annual holiday party.

Pours black and opaque with a creamy, dark tan head. Right off the bat you get plenty of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt in the aroma. You get exactly what is advertised in the flavor; coffee and oatmeal. There's a nutty and burnt aspect to it as well. Finishes bitter with a kiss of alcohol at the end. This is a full-bodied, well-crafted brew, but I could probably do without the oatmeal being so prominent. A nice variation on an imperial stout.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overwhelming in a good way.
This beer poured slow, and was pitch black in color. The head was medium sized, but brown, with small bubbles. Looked beautiful!
Smell was strong milk chocolate, melted, as you might find it in a candy store, with a touch of earthiness.
Flavor had some harshness to it at first, but it was really too cold. After warmning, it was nice. Coffee, strong and black, with a sugar sweetness/chocolate underlying that. The back of the mouth was a sharp hop flavor, a bit too strong, but also a burnt flavor that nearly makes up for it. Almost smoky, but not exactly. A few moments later, a chocolate/cocoa aftertaste shows up, lovely.
Mouthfeel is medium to thick. Little to no carbonation but smooth all the way down.
Drinkability is a mixed bag. I would definitely buy more of this beer, but I would not have more than 2 in a row, maybe not even a second one. It's a strong one!

cheers...

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black with a very thin tan head into a Unibroue tulip glass. A fine start for an imperial stout.

Aroma contains the obvious coffee notes with a touch of sweetness. Nothing overwhelming in this department.

Flavor is a nice balance of full body and a touch of coffee. Coffee is a compliment to the rich malty flavor. The oatmeal aspect of this plays very well giving it the body to stand up to the coffee. Very impressed.

A low but adequate level of carbonation.

Aroma as it warms over 30 minutes looses coffee and becomes more pronounced with the roasted malt.

An imperial stout that delivers. Exceptionally well balanced and I look forward to trying these over 2-4 years.

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