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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

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Photo of largadeer
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black and opaque with an inch of mocha-colored head. Above-average head retention for a coffee beer.

Smell: Spent coffee grounds, a bit of burnt toast. The coffee aroma covers up any subtleties, but it's nice enough on its own to give this brew a great nose.

Taste & mouthfeel: This one opens with a bittersweet chocolate flavor, which is quickly is quickly washed away by bitter black coffee. Oats lend a thick and creamy mouthfeel. A bit acrid in the finish with slight acidity, presumably from the coffee.

Notes: Not the smoothest coffee stout out there, but the bold flavors and chewy texture make it a great sipper.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a few excellent traders for letting me and some of my local BAs give this one a try!

Pours black, with a slow-rising dark burnt-tan head. Settles to frothy swirls and a ring around the glass.

Smells of mocha, strong coffee, hot cocoa, and big full toasty malt. Taste is similar, with strong coffee flavor, slight burnt wood, and a milk chocolate middle, all drying up to a somewhat bitter dark toasted grain finish.

Feel is smooth and full, but with an interesting dry finish. Good carbonation to cut the body a little. Leaves a little sticky mouth coating.

I'm sure drinkability depends on how much you like coffee, but for me, this is one of the most well done, true to coffee flavored stouts I've had. Coffee taste isn't stale, balance is well done, very appealing even with the imperial strength.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2008 Vintage, received from goryshkewych. Thanks!

AL Jet black with zero light coming through. Mocha head that recedes fairly fast.

S: Medium-roasted coffee with some dark chocolate. Oats and roasted malts. A little bit of milky sweetness. Definitely good

T: Coffee up front with a pleasant backbone of chocolate and cream. The alcohol does come through on the finish

M: Silky smooth with good carbonation.

D: I shall sip on this as i work on my homework!

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Photo of mhewes
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to stopbarking for this one

A : Pours a dark black with a chocolate head that barely formed with a very agressive pour. The head disappates pretty quickly

S : Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. I pick up a little bit of toasted oats

T : More of the same coffee flavor. Almost like a triple shot of espresso.

M : Thick and creamy with decent carbonation

D : Really good and drinkable. Definitely a sipper

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Photo of turbine2475
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to HelloMcfly for this nice addition to our trade:
A - Pours mootor oil black with a single finger mocha head that was hesitant to form even after an agressive pour and disipated into a light ring.
S - Espresso, molassas, toasted oats, and a hit of toffee or brown suger.
T - Heavy espresso with a dark fruit and molassas finish.
M - Syrapy with a decent carbonation.
D - Great beer. Very well balanced with a complexity that makes this beer very approachable.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.
Vintage 08 FX.

Very syrupy, deep chocolate in color beneath a slightly creamy, coffee-colored head. Dimpled lacing with decent strength, but not much.

Fragrant molasses and caramel with a distinctly slick port alcohol character. Vinous-aged fruit: plum, raisin, dark cherry. Intense yet well balanced.

Deep, rich molasses; very slick rather than a roasted malt character. Bold, complex bourbon-port alcohol flavor; heavy hints of slick smokiness. Aged currant, cherry, raisin. Notes of espresso and warming bourbon in the finish.

Full in body; quite slick which works well with the flavor profiles. Texturally, not what I expect from an Imperial Stout, but it works nonetheless.

A very unique offering; tastes like a whiskey-aged version. Lacking the rough hop bite and chewiness of what I've come to expect from the style, but who cares when it tastes this good.

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Photo of israel
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cashew for allowing me to try this beer.
A: WOW, this beer is black, might be one of the darkest beers I've seen in awhile.Stared at my glass awhile and marveled at the opaqueness of this beer.

S:Well the coffee is very evident as it should be, but the coffee really dominates the beer and keeps you guessing a bit.

T: Well the taste is where this beer shines, truly tasty.Initial flavor of coffee dominates and reminded me of an iced coffee. I was hoping this beer had more to offer than just coffee, and with a little warming this beer came alive. Flavors of fine dark chocolate mingles with the now less prevalent coffee flavors and forms a marriage for the ages.

M:This beer is really smooth and not nearly as heavy as I expected from the initial appearance, which was a nice surprise.

D:I could see tucking into a few of these on a cold winter evening and being quite content. For any coffe stout lover this is a must try...

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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 paulthebeerguru
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle

A: Snifter. Pours a motor oil black with a thin brown background. Dark brown head with very little head retention, faint lacing if any.

S: It literally smells like my grandma's house after dinner, when the coffee is brewing and the oatmeal raisin cookies are in the ove during the holidays.

T: Coffee up front with a smooth oatmeal finish. Some chocolate tones with a great balanced hoppy character.

M: Surprisingly smooth for 8.1%. Not heavy at all. Great carbonation level. Also has an amazing aftertaste that lingers for a while.

D: This is a great brew and definitely worthy of a try. By far my favorite Terrapin.

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Photo of EliteDigger
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to NCVBC for this one in a recent trade! One of the fastest trades I've done in awhile as it took less than a week. Anyway, on to the review....
A-It pours a beautiful dark brown/black with a nice looking dark rich brown cocoa colored head puffs up about an inch or more. Looks thick... Cola colored edges when held up to the light.
S-Coffee, dark chocolate, and a sweet smell like a dark fruit... fig perhaps.
T-Creamy taste on the initial sip... followed by a mildy astringent coffee ground mixed with dark chocolate. A drying almost earthy mix in there as well...The final finish of the taste is a sweetness almost like the remnants of a chocolate chip going down.
M-Well carbonated, thick and decently creamy. Got a good thickness to this one....
D-While I like it alot, the thickness and richness on this one would probably prevent me from having more than a couple in a row. This is a treat meant to savored anyway.
It reminds me alot of a local brew, Devil Made Me Do It which is one of my favorites. My first Terrapin beer and I'm really glad I got a chance to try this one!

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Photo of JDV
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to KP and pintsized for bottles!
Pours black with a tan head. Smell is an astringent and sharp ground coffee aroma. Taste is nicely creamy with an oatmealy body and bold flavor of coffee. Smooth, drinkable and a nice beer, that I look forward to trying again.

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Photo of Floydster
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with RustyDiamond, thanks for the opportunity to try this brew, 2008 batch, split with my buddy on St. Patrick's Day, poured into a Stiegl glass

A-Black color that I could not see through, 3/4 creamy mocha colored head that stuck around for almost five minutes, nice retention and lacing at the beginning

S-Espresso, sweet cream, roasted malt, lots of oatmeal, dark chocolate, caramel, milk, grassy accents, sugar, and more coffee

T-Starts off with a big coffee flavor, then some roasted malt, dry with some hoppiness in the finish, more sweetness and milky accents later on, coffee did not go away even when it warmed fully but still was not overpowering at any time, some chocolate and burned caramel towards the end, nicely balanced brew with some interesting dry texture

M-Dry and sweet mouthfeel, average amount of carbonation, pretty thick body, taste lingered quite a bit, more dry at the beginning when cold oddly

D-Could drink a few bottles of this, smooth for a dry feeling beer, alcohol is pretty high at eight percent, not too heavy on the stomach, more of a sipper

I had been wanting to try this for a long time because I am a big fan of coffee stouts and this seems to be one of the most popular ones, think the name is pretty cool too, would drink again, recommended

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Photo of dnichols
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I received this beer from a trade with shuajw. I poured a capped 12 ounce bottle into a chalice.

A: It poured a rich, thick and dark black body with a half finger chocolate head that receded to a ring around the collar and a thin skim across the top of the surface of the beer. There was dense lacing that followed the drink down the glass but lasted only long enough to set the glass down after each sip.

S: It gives off the aroma of dark chocolate, roasted dark malts, and bitter coffee. There were hints of dark fruits and oatmeal.

T: It was rich with the creamy, mouth filling flavor of bakers chocolate laced with milk chocolate. That was followed by a nice bit of a mocha latte spiced with pepper and topped with a creamy oatmeal foam. It was well balanced and the alochol was hidden.

M: It was full bodied with a chewy, creamy profile that started sweet and ended bitter but had a clean and warm after taste.

D: It was a wonderful imperial stout with a wonderful mouth feel, excellent balance and great finish. High ABV and full bodied nature make this a two or three beer limited brew.

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Photo of Lordsloth
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cashew70 for my first bottle! I've had a couple trades involving the Wake 'n Bake since then.

Pours a deep, dark, dark brown. A finger high head developed, dark tan in color. Left resinous legs on the inside of the glass. Smells like coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, a breakfast in a glass? Taste was amazing, with a pronounced coffee flavor and dark roasted chocolate malty bitterness up front, but smooths out almost instantly! A velvety Oatmeal smoothness. Mouthfeel is very thick, somewhat oily. A bit of coffee bitterness lingers. Drinkability is pretty good for a stout. Imperial Stout, at that.

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Photo of shirfan
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rnorgart for the trade.

Pitch black liquid, no highlights. Thin layer of tan foam quickly burns off.

Aroma is big coffee and roasted malt.

Taste: Lots of fresh black coffee leads the way. A good helping of dark malt follows, yet remains drier than many imperial stouts. Finish is on the boozy side but just restrained enough to not be a mark against. Very mild bitterness in the finish.

Heavy, chewy mouthfeel makes this a nice slow sipper that spotlights coffee flavors.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to RustyDiamond for this extra and knocking it off my wants list!

Pours a dark brown/black color, virtually impenetrable to light except for the slightest of ruby near the edges of the glass, good size head, fades quickly with not much lacing.

Smell is mostly roasted malt, slight coffee aroma but not as strong as I expected, dark fruit presence as well, some smokiness to it.

Taste starts out with strong roasted malt and dark fruit, in the aftertaste though the coffee begins to show itself and lingers long after, a very sticky brew, carbonation is a bit much and could have been toned down a bit otherwise this is a very delicious beer.

I certainly would like to enjoy a few more of these, one of the better brews I've had in a while.

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Photo of Poser
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with creamy, tan head. Aroma is strong roasted malts, coffee. Smells very expresso. Taste is a slight drop from the powerful aroma. Coffee aroma stays in the flavor, but the texture is smooth and slightly creamy. I was expecting something more robust but this is actually quite pleasant. Alcohol is noticeable but not a turnoff.

I'm still not over how drinkable this stuff is.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rnorgart for this fine beer! Poured into a chalice. Pitch black with a fluffy dark tan head. Huge aromas of coffee with good lots of chocolate too. Tastes like it smells. Full flavored coffee and chocolate with burnt malty goodness. The mouthfeel of this beer is outstanding. Full bodied, creamy, makes me feel like i am drinking a good latte. Cant wait to have another!

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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 sincereNc
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an Ommegang tulip glass.

A- Pours a opaque pitch black, with barely a half inch khaki head.

S- Ground coffee right away, espresso. A bittersweet mocha aroma backing that up.

T- Overwhelming coffee on the first taste then the bitter chocolate creeps in and balances it all out nice. I think the oatmeal helps smooth it out a lot and the 8.1 abv is nearly undetectable. The bitterness ended mid palate which gave a great smooth finish.

M- Made the mistake of taking my first sip at fridge temp. It was too thin and almost watered down while cold. Letting it warm to room temp. did wonders for this beer, ended up light but very creamy. Very smooth.

D- Enjoying this beer at room temperature is key, smooths it out a lot, and gives more balance to it. The alcohol doesnt really come through much , but a sipper for the fact it such a rich, flavorful brew.

What a treat.

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2.96/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An absolutely beautiful pour generates a very active three finger head of dark brown chocolate colored head that quickly faeds and leaves no lace. The body to this beer is as black as Indian ink and just as thick. Nose has a feel of cola and fresh ground chicory coffee, very woodsy backround funk. As I take first sip the first thing that comes into my mind is wow this isnt quite right, an old soured coffee with an electric fuzzy hue that sticks on the back of the tongue. This quickly shines through as a bitter coffee feel. You really need to drink this beer close to room tempature. It lacks considerable balance that would make this brew a real winner that it should be. Mouthfeel is a sour bitter hue that hangs on long. I'm hoping that I just got a bad bottle because base on other reviews, it just didnt seem right.

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Photo of joepais
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks ncvbc for the chance to sample this brew the 12 oz bottle poured into my sniffer produced a fingers worth of cocoa colored head that dissipates into a nice ring of lace around the glass. The black coffee colored body kind of made me want to pour it into a coffee cup instead though.

Aromas of black coffee, warm oatmeal, and a light chocolate smell filled my head.

Taste like my morning coffee actually, the oatmeal helps mellow out the strong bitterness of the coffee and gives it a little sweetness. The pallet is just creamy enough to fool my tongue into believing that there is cream in it.

Nice and creamy mouth feel no carbonation so very thing.

Very drinkable but definitely a sipper because that is the way I enjoy my coffee.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very thick opaque brown/black with a thin dark mocha head that dwindled away to a thin ring. Smells of coffee and sweet chocolate. The taste was exceptional. The coffee flavor in this hits you right away and its almost all coffee. There is some chocolate and a little alcohol but not really noticeable. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected. After watching it pour like oil I was expecting some more thickness. Overall this is an amazing example of a coffee stout. I would compare it to Choklat in the sense that when they say coffee, they mean coffee.

Thank you kkipple for the opportunity to try this one!

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Photo of guzzle211
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received 12oz bottle in Black Booty (that was such an awesome BIF!) The only date markings are in the "best before" box, where it says 'vintage 08 fx,' but it was received in 07. The label also indicates this was brewed in Frederick, MD.

A: slow, thick syrupy pour, absolute pitch black. A vigorous pour produced a thin dark tan head that bubbled forth rather quickly, and disappeared even quicker. There is no

S: roasted malt and coffee. No discernable hop presence.

T/M: coffee dominates. As it warms up, a better malt balance emerges, truly showing off the complexities of this brew. The alcohol is extremely well hidden - actually everything besides coffee is pretty well hidden. A small sip fills the mouth and makes a bigger swallow than expected. As it warms up, it gets creamier and even more filling.

D: I am a stout lover, but I would keep this for special occasions only, as this is nowhere close to being a session beer. It would be perfect as an after-dinner desert beer, and I would love to pair it with different foods (chocolates and different meats especially.)

This is a well-built and solidly crafted brew, however, you better like coffee.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black in color and head is orange looking. It pours oily and head is reluctant to arrive to the party. Lacing is minimal, but present. This beer's color makes it nontransparent.

S- Dark chocolate, Roasted and Burnt malts, strong coffee aroma, and lightly hoppy.

T- Very close to the nose. Coffee, cocoa, same malts. Taste is somewhat creamy too like a chocolate milk shake.

M- Medium to full in the mouth and creamy. Carbonation is soft and the finish is lightly alcoholic.

D- Very nice for a stand alone drink. I don't think I could handle more than 2 of these bad boys in a night.

Overall- I love this beer especially on a cold night like tonight. It is well rounded; in your face in some aspects, but smooth in others. Very enjoyable! I am glad to live in this area and have access to this tremendous brew.

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