Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutTerrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Terrpian Wake and Bake imperial coffee oatmeal stout

Look 9/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 93/100

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Photo of wcudwight
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Born on date is not marked. Bottle does show Monster Beer Tour 2006
Poured into pint glass
This is the darkest beer I've seen yet. Thick black. Imagine your flashlight going out inside a cave. Yeah that black. Thin whispy tan head that disappears.
Smell is sweeter than I was expecting. Dark chocolate, molassas, liccorice.
Man this is easy drinking for an Impy Stout. Sweet and roasted up front. Some smokiness. Some fruit makes a guest appearance. Coffee presents itself in the finish. Feels thick and creamy in the mouth. Mouthfeel is the highlight of this overall excellent beer for me. I like to just let it set in my mouth for a little bit.
Way too drinkable for an Impy Stout or any 8% beer for that matter.
This is another hit from the guys at Terrapin. Highly recommend and it's worth seaking out.

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Photo of tclapper
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been one of my favorite coffee stouts for a while. Last night a buddy and I did a little vertical of '08, '09, and '10.

Appearance wise they all pour about the same, black with a tinge of brown head but not much to speak of.

Nose is where you start to see the differences. 2010 is up front big coffee and roast, 2009 the coffee is there but has a gentler affect leaving a slightly sweeter smell, and 2008 the roast and coffee are just a hint as most of the coffee has faded.

Taste follows what you smell. 2010 had a big rich body with plenty of coffee notes throughout and just a touch of alcohol, although it's hidden quite well. 2009 has rounded out with the body feeling a little creamier and the coffee still there just not smacking you in the taste buds. 2008 tasted pretty bland compared to the other two. I'd say its a solid stout still on its own, but compared to what it once was it's a shadow of itself.

Overall this beer holds up well over time. I'm well aware that coffee fades in these beer, so if you're expectations are to age it and still get a taste bud punch of coffee then you need to skip that and drink fresh. But if you know what you're getting into it's a pleasant surprise when you crack one after 1-1.5 years. The 2008 was definitely pushing it, so I'd keep that in mind if planning to age.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 edition

A: poured into a snifter to a very viscous black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head that fades quickly to a small collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: smells of loads of coffee some roasted malts and a little chocolate
T: taste is coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate chocolate. very smooth and well blended flavors with the swallow bringing more roasted malt, toasted marshmallow, coffee and a little more chocolate
M: full and creamy on the palate with a nice mouthfeel from the oats. carbonation is soft from bottle conditioning and feels perfect. the finish on this beer is just slightly drying
O: a very good beer with great flavors and complexity. I'm sure the coffee shined a little brighter when it was fresh but it aged very well. definitely one to try if you like coffee stouts.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - 12 oz bottle, recieved in week 2 powerball BiF. THANK YOU!!!

A - Pours black, period. Head is a healthy 2 finger and a half of chocolate foam, then reduced to a patchy surface on the beer. very nice.

S - coffee hits first and hard, slight dark chocolate, anise, good roast to it, very fresh smelling (coffee wise) like I'm in a coffee shop and theyre roasting the coffee right there. no alcohol detected. totally dig it.

T - coffee, molasses, chocolate, slighty fruity twang, slight nuttiness in there as well. man thats good. bitter and sweet very well balanced. not a hint of alcohol.

M - creamy, viscous, slick finish that lingers just enough.

D - first of all, I could smell this all damn day. second of all, there is no fatigue. I am finding new things to enjoy about it with every drink. damn fine ale.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle purchased at flying saucer in Nashville. Pours a deep black with tan sticky head into pint glass. Thiss looks awesome.
Smell is nothing short of orgasmic. It literally smells like a cup of coffee. ..with a slight hint of roasted malts.
Taste is just perfect coffee. ..espresso really. Not much else...
I wish I can break this down into more flavors but I cant. Its alcoholic coffee and its amazing. Quite possibly my fav coffee brew out there.

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Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is bottle from 2009 poured into a Chimay goblet. This is one of my favorites, so I'm excited to review it.

Appearance: Pours jet black with no light coming through at all. There is a finger and a half dark tan head that goes away and leaves just a layer of carbonation.

Smell: The initial smell that I pick up is bitter coffee. I'm sure this has mellowed a bit since this is an aged bottle. I'm also picking up roast and a nutty characteristic as well.

Taste: I love this beer. The flavor is super smooth. There is definitely still a dominant coffee presence. From the coffee I'm getting some bitterness, roast, and a nutty flavor as well. There are also hints of dark chocolate. I would also say there is a creamyness in the flavor as well. Given the abv, I would expect more sweetness, but there really isn't much, but it isn't needed. There is a little bit of alcohol at the end of each sip.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick, but not motor oil thick. There is a mild amount of smooth carbonation, seems to be perfect. All in all, super smooth.

Overall: Did I mention that I love this beer. It has a perfect amount of coffee, and there is no super sweetness. Very smooth and I'll definitely be picking up more in the future.

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Photo of Lupe
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a small mocha head. Not much retention and some lace, but that's expected. So dark and mysterious.

Big coffee aroma hits immediately. Espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and some dark fruit as well. Vanilla and nutty notes round things out.

Just like in the aroma coffee is the first flavor. Bittersweet chocolate steps in and helps balance all the roast. Big flavors yet smoother and more mellow than expected - perhaps the oatmeal's contribution. Alcohol is very well hidden with no burn, and adds just a touch of spice. Finishes smooth with lingering roasted bitterness.

Full bodied, smooth, rich, and creamy. Well balanced - roasted flavor does not overwhelm and the alcohol is barely detectable. I could easily sip on this for some time. Had this beer instead of my morning coffee and it was a perfect replacement.

You must drink this beer at room temp or just below. The first bottle I had was just about straight from the fridge. Thin, watery, and overwhelming coffee/dark roast. This time I let it sit out on the counter for an hour and it was much fuller, smoother, and much more balanced. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Ri0
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz bottle into chalice.

A - pours dark coffee black with a thin 1 finger mocha head. Disappears and does not leave behind lacing.

S - Notes of dark roast coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Sweet hints of milk chocolate, caramel, marshmallows, and cocoa. Roasted malts also mixed in.

T - Roasted coffee, bold bitter chocolate with marshmallows. Subdued notes of rich caramel and milk chocolate. Roasted maltiness on the finish. No noticeable alcohol flavor.

M - Rich, creamy and full bodied, just like an oatmeal stout should be.

O - This is an excellent coffee stout. It's right up there with FBS and I recommend trying it if you are ever in the Carolinas.

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Photo of 6thomas3
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Preface: Seasonal 2010

Appearance - Dark and sulky blackholesque coloration provides zero light penetration or escape once beyond the event horizon, gorgeous half inch chocolate brown head with generous head retention and full bodied lacing adheres to the side of my mug

Smell - Brilliant coffee notes, deep and rich cocoa aromas permeate throughout with subtle burnt wood chips wrapped in a delightful sweet smelling chocolate

Taste - Exceptional coffee and chocolate milk flavor on a medium body the strikes fiercely with creamy alcohol

Mouthfeel - Magnificent smoothness, uniform bite, and an impressive slick feel blend all these wonderful flavors in an exceptional manner that challenges the palate with complex interaction

Overall - Glorious beer that I have lofty regards for and would recommend to anyone

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle obtained on trade (thanks, GmRFx!), 2012 vintage, poured into my The Bruery "Rue the Day - June 15th 2013" snifter glass, drank 12/4/13 over an hour

A: 3/3 - pitch black with reddish hues on the edges, no clarity, poured with a tight frothy white head that settled into a subtle glass lacing with minimal residuals. mild carbonation, moderate alcohol legs

S: 11/112 - big coffee/espresso, oatmeal, tobacco and leather notes with some alcohol --> fantastic aroma!

T: 18/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's moderate bitterness supplied by the coffee and roasted malts; in the middle of the mouth, it's mostly creamy malt complexity with some residual alcohol; moderate sweet aftertaste but not cloying, invites sip after sip

M: 4/5 - incredibly creamy mouthfeel, big body from the oatmeal, especially impressive in the context of moderate carbonation

O: 9/10 - wow, really great imperial stout! I love the coffee and espresso qualities with some residual sweetness; definitely up there with Founders Breakfast Stout --> recommended if you can hunt some down (again, thanks so much, GmRFx!...I owe you for this one)

TOTAL = 45/50

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Photo of jc85
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance-Pours a thick jet black, nice 1 finger of light brown head that leaves great lacing. Great looking beer.

Smell- Coffee is the big kicker in this one. Once it started to warm up a bit, i could really smell the oatmeal. Hints of vanilla, and maybe chocolate, but it could just be the coffee brand they use.

Taste- Just like the nose suggests, its alot of coffee, tastes like a cup of coffee that got cold. Great taste for this style.

Mouthfeel- Definitly my favorite part of the beer, really thick and creamy. It just coates your entire palate. Its almost like your drinking cold half and half. I love it.

Drinkability- The alcohol is hidden well by everything else, I could definitly drink an entire 4-pack in a night. I cant wait to see how this one will taste with a little age on it.

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Photo of cmq103
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. Picked up a 4-pack at Shop Rite Liquors Hamilton for $10.99.

Appearance: Fantastic dark black, syrup thick pour. A semi-aggressive pour got me a 1/3" medium brown bubbly head. Thick cascading style lacing when my glass is tilted.

Smell: Initial strong dose of dark chocolate, expresso coffee, and sweet roasted malts. Mild booziness in the finish. If this one tastes half as good it smells, it's money well spent. I'm excited to try my first Terrapin beer. Plenty of great reviews out there so I know I made the right choice.

Taste: The first description I can come up with is "WOW"...Dark sweetened black coffee, mildy bitter unsweetened dark chocolate, with a mild caramel finish. The perfect combination of all three of my favorite flavors in an Imperial Stout: Coffee, Oats and Chocolate. What a phenomenal blend they got going on here. Tons of flavor, with no specific one being dominant or overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: A generally medium-heavy beer with just the right amount of carbonation. A nice warm feeling follows with each sip.

Overall: Terrapin nailed it with one. All of the flavors (Coffee, Oats and Chocolate) blend so perfect together. I will be seeking this one out again. Outstanding in every way!!! This is "must try" for Imperial Stout fans. This is one great beer...

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Photo of floridadrift
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Good fresh, good after a year, even better after 2 years, even better after 3 years.

A: Blackish brown

T: Oatmeal, coffee, bitterness, vanilla, oak, sugar

M: Thinnish, like a porter that wants to be a stout

O: Excellent, highly recommended. By a case and really see what this beer does over time.

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Photo of drink_like_a_wahoo
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Bottle from 4-Pack poured into snifter.

Look - Dark Brown, not quite black with small creamy tan head.
Smell - Coffee with chocolate.
Taste - Dark coffee flavor mixed with milk chocolate and vanilla. Soft, pleasant kick of the ABV at the end, just enough to let you know its there.
Feel - Silky smooth, fairly thick

Overall - Great beer with a warm breakfast. Looking forward to finishing my 2014s and the 2015 release.

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice black with short dark brown head. Leaves good lacing

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, nice roasted malts

Taste: Again, coffee and chocolate up front. There are some great roasted malts in here. Light earthy hops. Little bit of fruityness

Mouthfeel: Full body, creamy feel, low carbonation

Overall: Fantastic brew, one of the best coffee stouts out there. Reminds me a bit of drinking iced coffee black, but way better.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Black. Very small ring of head, dark brown in color. Pours almost syrupy.

Smell- Dark chocolate and alcohol are up front in the aroma. There is also a cookie aroma as well. Most likely that is the oatmeal that I smell. Some coffee after it warms up a little bit.

Taste- Dark chocolate chip cookies. Lots of alcohol through out warms the throat as it goes down. The coffee comes out slowly as it warms up.

Mouthfeel- Very good. Heavy, almost slick and sticky stopping before it is too much.

Drinkability- I could drink a couple of these and be just fine. Probably not more than that, though.

I have had this before, but don't remember it being this good. Thanks to Hopsbreath, again!!!!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to unclejedi for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a thick black color, nice carbonation, awesome two-finger creamy brown head, slight sticky lacing around the edge. The nose is malty, oaky, tons and tons of coffee, toffee, and chocolate. The taste is HUGE on malts, coffee/toffee/chocolate. Full body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable, this is an very tasty DS, highly recommended.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-jet black in color, thick and viscous, creamy dark brown head, decent retention leaving a light lacing on the glass.

S-big roasted coffee notes, smells like a fresh roasted dark cup of joe

T/M-the taste is huge, drinking a dark roasted coffee, touch of vanilla and dark chocolate. a hint of dark fruit sweetness at the back. extremely smooth and thick, full bodied and chewy, perfectly carbonated.

D-wow, this is like drinking coffee right here with a touch of cream and some sweetness at the back. very easy drinking with this mouthfeel and is there even alcohol in here?

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Photo of scvance
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wake n Bake!

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a thick, fluffy, tan head. Smell is very roasty, coffee, chocolate, toffee, and caramel notes. Taste follows, very roasted in character with tons of coffee. Definitely some bitter chocolate notes as well, along with a deep, rich, caramel flavor. I also get a bit of smoke y flavor as well. Low carbonation, however smooth, thick, and creamy mouthfeel. Overall this is my favorite imperial stout right now. Definitely worth picking up if you can.

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Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Tasty Beverage in Raleigh, NC.

A - Black with no light coming through and a small tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Mostly coffee but not overwhelming. It's joined by some nice dark chocolate and hints of oatmeal.

T - Coffee leads but again doesn't dominate. There are some wonderful malt flavors, especially chocolate, and a mild sweetness. It's complex yet balanced and lacks any rough edges. It's so smooth. The alcohol is well hidden.

M - Thick but not quite as chewy as I expected. A low carbonation that helps ensure a smooth delivery.

O - I'm not a coffee drinker but I can enjoy it in a beer if done well. Terrapin really makes it work in this brew. I plan to pick up some more.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Version.
A: opaque, nice creamy head that dissipated to a tan lacing
S: great nose, coffe, chocolate, malt
T: well-made beer, good malt backbone, nice coffee balance with hop bitter finish
M: creamy, velvety
D: very drinkable but since I'm a non-coffee drinker I probably wouldn't drink a lot at one sitting

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes from December 09

Big roasty stout with a lovely black body and tan head. Pretty rocky. Lots of roasted coffee beans, hint of toast, tobacco, and a sweetness of oatmeal. All of this is nicely balanced and blended well with a bit of vanilla. Cocoa bitterness in the finish, no alcohol detected. Creamy, silky mouthfeel. I would easily finish a growler of this.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: loaded head and creamy froth.
deep dark black, pure ebony

smell: decent lacing and head rentention. smelled liek black coffee and it dominated the aroma

taste: rich and strong coffee roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste

mouthfeel: good carbonation and medium to full bodied

drinkability: great imperial stout decent complexity. Another great one from Terrapin

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Photo of Allen_A
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid stout. Pours thick with little head and some lacing. Great body. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate aromas. Taste and texture are very pleasant, almost like a great, freshly roasted coffee, some sweetness and finishes with an undercurrent of fruit aromas. Again, a solid brew.

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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