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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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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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Photo of slvrmon82
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured in to a Dogfish signature snifter. Pours a deep dark black. Head is dark brown to burgundy that fades rather quickly. Small ring of lace at top of beer but nothing much.

Smell - Overpowering coffee, can't smell hardly anything else. A little bit of molasses and earthy hops.

Taste - This is a great beer for its style. Coffee all the way. There is no question about it. Coffee upfront, dark roast sweet malt behind. Finishes a little warm in comparison to some of the other imperial coffees.

Mouthfeel - Nice and creamy. Not too thick and has a good level of carbonation. Covers the whole palate.

Drinkability - I would definitely trade for this one again. It is a solid beer for a late brunch or early lunch. Looking forward to the other 3 I received!


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Photo of Homebrew35
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mocha head, black opaque body. Good lacing and head retention.

Smells like a sweetened black cup of iced coffee. Some coco, roasted malts, dark roasted coffee.

Tastes like a big iced bitter black roasted coffee. Fairly creamy and chocolately.

Medium bodied, low carbonation. Fairly creamy and thick feeling while still being fairly drinkable.

Overall this is a tasty coffee stout. Alcohol is well masked and drinkability fairly high. Good complexity with the roast, coffee and chocolate flavors.

$Thanks tommy for this 4 pack

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Photo of Viggo
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Trade on DLD, no idea who I acquired this from, but thanks!

Pours an opaque black, no light gets through, huge and thick brown head forms, few lace spots, good retention, sttles to a thin layer, nice! Smell is sweet, toffee, very roast, coffee/chocolate, rich, some light fruits, more coffee, just what I like! Taste is very nice, toffee, chocolate roast, rich coffee, more roast, oatmeal touch, chocolate bitterness in the finish, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with high carbonation. Not sure if this is a weird bottle but the carbonation is much too high for the style, better once it had some time to dissipate. Nice flavours though, I like this beer!

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Photo of kneeland
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you like flavored beers, then you have to try this. So many beers promise a certain flavor, but Terrapin really delivers this time. I wish I could have this for breakfast every morning.

It pours really dark, with a think creamy head. Has a pretty strong oatmeal, grain aroma.

I just wish I could find it more often.

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Photo of dnrobert24
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The Monster Beer Tour rolls on....

I could not resist. This beer is labeled "Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout," and "Wake-n-Bake" clearly refers to breakfast, soo.. when my wife and I threw together an easy dinner consisting of "toad in the holes" (eggs cooked over medium in the middle of a cut-out piece of toast), bacon, and cheese grits, I had to crack open one of these puppies.

It poured rich black and of motor oil consistency. Not a trace of light could be found as I searched the edges of my snifter for any bit of color. The nearly nonexistent tan head dissipated quickly. The nose struck me as coffee-ish, with a dominant 70% cocoa dark chocolate aroma. Of course, the greasy food did nothing for the beer, though I will say the beer really brought out the delicate flavor of one of the eggs that was cooked "over hard", rather than "over medium." Surprising? Yeah. The flavor of the stuff was a virtual match of the aroma: Coffee with that super dark 70% cocoa chocolate.

A fruity booziness became prominent toward the end of the glass. Unfortunatly, I was hurried at the end, so I could not sip as slowly as I would have liked. This caused the drinkability to suffer some, but the Mouthfeel was smooth and very rich.

Next time, I'll pair this with some super-dark chocolate... and sip it verrry slowly... as I read the morning paper.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark, smoky stout. Lots of head, and nice head retention.

S - lots of coffee and alcohol. Wow, strong. Chocolate flavors prevalent too.

T - Coffee overwhelms. Deep roasted malts, kind of sweet. Very good beer.

M - Low carbonation, but smooth throughout.

D - It's good, but too strong to have another. However, nice aftertaste. But it will drop you if you are not careful and have more than one!

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wake-n-bake poured from a brown, 12 oz. bottle with a large "Monster Beer Tour 2006" on the top label around the top of the bottle. The "Best if Enjoyed Before" date was not filled in.

The beer poured a dark, pitch black with a very quick, fizzy head that came and went. After pouring the beer, the top of the pour visibly undulated as the heavy carbonation bubbles hit the surface. The nose predominately featured heavily roasted malts mostly. This turtle's flavor was a smooth, chocolatey malt concoction with a dry hopped finish with an adequate amount of hoppiness. The amount of carbonation lifted the beer off the tongue and gave it a suprisingly light mouthfeel. The 8.1% alcohol was entirely hidden, and - if I had more than one of these - would be dangerous to keep around in a quantity beckoning me to kick these back all night long, but I would still like finding this beer, with its solid taste, with a lower amount of carbonation with its very good taste.

Thanks to pugman for this sample.

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Photo of sleuthdog
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage into Kuhnhenn tulip

Thanks LiquidDegenerate

Pour: A typical dark pour but the darkness on this one for some reason exudes a creaminess to me. A nice finger of chocolate milk colored head that is persistent.

Smell: Up front there is a nice coffee aroma that is neither bitter nor sweet. It is a great balanced coffee aroma with some of the typical players: chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla.

Taste: Like the nose with the coffee the main player and in the background chocolate, molasses, a touch of vanilla, and the roasted notes. I find it somewhat astringent and more bitter than I'd like. I find it actually somewhat artificial tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied but a little let down because I find it a little too thin. It is creamy and smooth albeit a little astringent to me.

Overall: Can't help but to compare and I'd take Founders Breakfast Stout to this any day. Disappointed in this one to be honest. I like it but I'll stick with FBS, thanks.

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Photo of frenchblood21
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Hoppin Frog snifter. Date on bottle is 2012. Date of review is 3/12/14.

Appearance- Pitch black with absolutely no light coming thru when held up to a bright light. Really beautiful dark tan half finger head sits on top of this beer.

Smell- Roasted malts and smoke jump right up into my nose holes. Sweet chocolate and slow-roasted beef come through too. Very little coffee, probably because of the 2 year aging.

Taste- Coffee with cream and sugar right away. It's just like drinking a delicious iced coffee from my local hipster coffee shop. I also detect sweet and sour cherries. Of course, there is still the roast and smoke too.

Mouthfeel- Just a bit thinner than I had expected. I get that chalky but pleasant film that has me believing I am drinking coffee.

Overall- The coffee has faded but still a very enjoyable beer. Not much else to say, does what it's supposed to do.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thinnish tan head, opaque dark brown body.

Smells like cold coffee with cream and sugar.

Tastes like cold coffee with cream and sugar. Very breakfast-able.

Not much carb here, but slightly fluffier than coffee.

I was warned, and disregarded those warnings. This is a good coffee stout. Though it is maybe 80% coffee and 20% stout.

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Photo of umfskibum
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle w/ some awesome artwork, thanks to markgugs for the opportunity!

A: Almost black, with the slightest hints of brown when held up to the light. Nice foamy, creamy-looking brown head about an inch thick, and some gnarly carbonation.

S: Really stouty, fresh ground coffee and dark chocolate malts come through the most. REALLY stong, and just a rich nose in general.

T: Tastes like coffee with a bit of a beer flavor, rather than the other way around. Burnt malt kicks in there as well. Oatmeal and bitter, bitter chocolate follow the initial flavors. I have to say, I was a little disappointed by a lack of balance in this brew. It is an interesting flavor, and comes immediately to mind as a breakfast stout, but a little off in my eyes with the coffee overpowering the other flavors from the nose. A little change in tastes would make an ultimately more complex brew.

M: Smoooth. Really creamy and filling, but goes down without any stickiness or residue that you find in a lot of stouts, particularly imperials.

D: Quite drinkable, as it has a nice coffee taste and goes down oh-so-smoothly. Though I think that the taste could be shifted and balanced a little in my opinion, this is really worth a shot.

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Photo of Dansting
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured a black color with a super-thick light-brown head. Light aroma of coffee and maybe some vanilla and hops too. Mouthfeel was okay, although more carbonation than I would have preferred. Flavor is pure coffee with a chocolatey finish to it. A pretty good impy stout, although not one of my favorites.

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Photo of JNewbs
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'll start by saying that I'm reviewing this from the perspective of someone who loves coffee and is looking for a coffee-beer love child, even though that person is NOT me. I can appreciate what they are trying to do here, and it worked.

A - Black as the night, with a mocha head that goes on for days and laces my glass like mad.

S - Uh, coffee? Like crushed up coffee beans, fresh roasted black and stuffed up my nose.

T - More of the same, minus the nose bit. The oatmeal is lost here, but the thick smoothness of the Imperial Stout mixed with the sharp tang/bitterness of the coffee produces a unique flavor profile. I can't really think of anything to say but coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

M - The reason I dinged it on mouthfeel is because it actually left some of that nasty coffee-mouth feeling in my gullet. I had to drink something else afterward to get out the taste.

Overall, coffee bomb. Bar none, the most coffee beer I've ever looked at let alone tasted. Not for me, but victory to Terrapin - they hit the nail on the head.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Dopplelbockulus – Thanks Charley!
Notes taken 11-30-13 with my Sierra Nevada Balloon Glass

First time with this one…

A: Dark chocolate brown, not quite black even once collected in the glass. Looks dense and murky with not much head production. Very still with only a mere wisp of dark khaki that slides out to a collar with ease. Some oily legs paint the glass ever so slightly leaving behind only a few dots. A more aggressive pour yielded some better results here.

S: Dense with dark coffee roast and a touch of molasses. I get further into some toasted oats and other sweetened black grains with hints of brewers licorice as well. Really nice with some mild alcohol presence.

T: Black coffee roast with a higher than expected level of hoppy bitters. Nothing acrid but has a nice peppery hit. Blackened malts with toasted oat cereal, molasses, bakers chocolate, and cherry tobacco. Fairly robust and a touch sticky sweet with some alcohol intensity. Finishes up with some earthy minerals. Very nice coffee infused roast character here.

M: Semi thick body and definitely leaning on the heavier side but with a smooth and creamy consistency that gives a much lighter impression. Fairly bitter with some mild alcohol heat and sticky slickness on the finish.

D: Probably my favorite Terrapin brew thus far. Everything else I have tried from there has been a bit of a letdown for me. This is nice rich and roasty with good java character. Would accept as an extra anytime.

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Photo of WesWes
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, earthy scent that boasts of patent malt, and oatmeal. It does have a coffee aroma, but I'm not sure if it's just malts instead of coffee. The taste is good. It has a bold coffee flavor that goes down easy and finishes very dry and earthy with some warm and residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good brew, but I've tasted better. The coffee is nice, but it doesn't balance well with the rest of the beer.

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Photo of Overlord
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a deep tan head. Nice looking brew! Thanks Deaconbluez!

Smell is pure coffee abundance. Not much of a coffee afficionado, but this seems like it's both espresso, black, and full grain blends all at once. Maybe a whiff of oatmeal or chocolate, and some definite roasted malt notes.

The flavor is dry, charred, and coffee laden. Wow. A s***-ton of coffee in this. The oatmeal, chocolate, and malt are mere nuances to what's essentially like drinking an alcoholic coffee beverage.

Coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint. Small tan head that recedes quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell- Not as much coffee in the nose as I would expect. I get some mocha, along with some bittersweet chocolate, maple syrup, alcohol and a bit of a dark fruit smell in the background.

Taste- Starts off tasting like creamy mocha ice cream. As it warms it transitions to dark chocolate, caramel flavored coffee, a bit of vanilla and the alcohol becomes more apparent. The sweet flavors and the roasty bitterness go back and forth.

Mouthfeel- A bit on the thin side but very smooth and creamy. Good carbonation.

Overall- Very nice stout. I think I preferred it a bit more when it was colder, a weird thing for a stout. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of IceAce
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a 12 oz. bottle with a blank "Best If Enjoyed Before" box on the label.

Pours black as the Ace of Spades with a rapidly dissapating weathered leather collar of foam. Nose is an odd conglamaration of raw cocoa beans, soy sauce, and deeply roasted malt.

The first taste eliminates any concerns raised over the nose as thick, tasty malts, coffee, and toffee flavors fill the mouth. Midtaste skips the front of the tongue while the finish is a slow fade of coffee, toffee, and deep, dry malt.

This is a very nice winter warmer and would benefit from a nice natural vanilla ice cream bowl and a roaring fire.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque brown with better than a full finger foamy dark tan head that resists fading. Visible surface boils of active effervescence are present. Not much lacing observed.

An aggressive coffee aroma is complemented by an equivalent oatmeal character.

The immediate flurry of carbonation accentuates the sobering aura of roasted coffee. The lingering, almost bitter, flavor of the bean suggests a significantly heavy body.

A pronounced coffee after taste masks the 7.5% ABV, but doesn't substantially enhance drinkability. Each mouthful demands your attention.

Really glad that i had the opportunity to experience this one!

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark black beer with minimal head (from a very vigorous pour, mind you). Smells like chocolate, coffee, and possibly a little vanilla. There is a strange cooling sensation when the nostrils breathe in the smell. Smell lingers throughout the beer's entirety. Tastes of a little chocolatey with the most prominent flavor being the coffee. Hop bitterness does a good job of mimicking black coffee. The feel of this beer is a little rough around the edges, I would say; creamy at first but then comes boozy heat. A pretty solid beer, but there are definitely better representations of this style out there.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Standard pour barely creates any disturbance in this abyss-like brew, resulting in a barely 1/4 finger mocha head that dissipates into nothingness as quickly as it forms. This beer is as dark and oily as any I've ever seen. Lacing is stringy and spotty with near no cling.

S: Epic coffee with a touch of roasted chocolate sweetness, brownie, and liquorice. Nose does not attempt to deceive and is intensly aromatic.

T: Sweet at the outset mixed with a light coffee bitterness that almost tastes milky in parts. Slight touch of bubbles tickles my palate, preparing it for more. Touch of booziness at the middle mixed with sweet chocolate and dark fruit (prunes, raisins). Coffee flavor comes back towards the end but is never really bitter but more of a mixed, cocoa powder flavor. Finish is messy, leaving noticeable coffee stains.

M: Medium to full bodied, with light carbonation and very smooth and oily. Beer easily swirls around and coats the entire palate. Finish is messy, aftertaste lingers long after the beer is gone.

D: I'm not really sure what to say about this beer. Flavor is complex and there's no doubt the mouthfeel is very very good. Still, it doesn't live up to the epic pour and nose. A bit too carbonated in parts and with a coffee that screams to stand out but never really gets a chance to. You have to experience this one for yourself. Definitely worth a visit.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- beautiful dark pour with a half a finger of dark brown foam on top. completely opaque.

Smell- lots of coffee olives some vino mixed in. maybe a bit of dark chocolate.

Taste- velvety smooth rich coffee and a slight malt sweetness. slight resiny hop at the back end , but this drinks like a coffee more than it drinks like a beer.

Mouthfeel- like a mouthful of hot coffee and oats. soft silky texture a touch of alcohol warmth. Its done in a pleasing way.

Overall- a tasty coffee oatmeal imperial stout. It has done the best so far in combining coffee oatmeal and imperialness that I have ever tasted. I think a lot of beers/ breweries would get hung up on one aspect of that combo but all these flavors play very nice together.

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Photo of Sideswipe
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of Jodan & mnbearsfan, poured into a tulip.

A- An aggressive pour yields three fingers of mocha colored foam atop the very dark beer.

S- The aroma is overwhelming coffee. Some sweet, roasted malt come through, but the emphasis is on the java.

T- Starts off sweet and roasty with a major coffee presence entering mid palate. I detect notes of bitter chocolate and toffee. The finish is sweet and bitter with a lingering coffee aftertaste.

M- Feel is surprisingly light for the style. Appropriate carbonation lends a nice, creamy texture to the beer. ABV is skillfully masked by the wonderful coffee flavor profile.

O- A very tasty offering from Terrapin. The most coffee forward coffee beer I've experienced to date. The flavors meld together flawlessly to provide an enjoyable twist on the Impy Stout style. Recommended.

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Photo of bonkers
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in Secret Santa '11. The pour is motor oil thick, the head is thin and tan. The aroma is pure Jittery Joes coffee, I have a can, and is awesome. The flavor is pure coffee, IMO a little too dominating. The coffee flavor dominates the flavor and while it is wonderful, no other flavors can be appreciated. The body is full, good carbonation for the style, no noticeable alcohol. I liked it, but for me the coffee was just too strong.

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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