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

Received from MSchae1017 in a trade. Thank You!

P: 12 oz Brown Longneck Bottle, Best if enjoyed before: Vintaged 8FX, ABV 8.1%.

A: Pours a thick coal black with a finger of dark chocolate milk foam that rose near the end of the pour then quickly settled to a scant cover and ring and minimal lacing.

S: Dark roasted coffee, and grains, chocolate and coffee alcohol fumes.

T: At first a rush of bittersweet coffee then sweat creamy chocolate and nice and mellow roasted grains.

M: Thick to the mouth with a very nice mixture of flavors of coffee, grains, chocolate and slight sweetness that really cuts any bitterness at the finish. Great aftertaste to savor on the tongue and palate. Only until the beer has really warmed to room temp does the bi alcohol come out in the taste.

D: Heck yea I would like another to sip, savor and enjoy! Careful as the alcohol as it is really well hidden.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this in a recent trade with onenote81. Thanks for the chance to try this regional seasonal! Bottle marked as Winter 2010 vintage.

Pours a dark "black" coffee brown. Head is, unfortunately, unimpressive with just a meandering few bubbles. Lacing is fairly absent, expectantly. Cold, this brews nose plays on the yeast used. I can't quite identify it but maybe a Scottish Ale Yeast... It's not funky or overpowering but there is something definitely there. Fudge and coffee are there as well but, all in all, the aroma is fairly tame.

A light bitterness is immediately present which makes this coffee/oatmeal/breakfast stout a nice sipper. Very smooth and dangerously drinkable, the mouthfeel is very silky. No astrigency. Really... Those oats just make this so easy to drink. Drinkability? High. Coffee and cream. Subdued alcohol? I didn't detect ANY.

Simple and delicious but a bit too simple for the style IMHO. No powerful scents in the nose. No strong flavors in the taste. Although very drinkable, this misses the mark for a breakfast stout due to high ABV but misses the mark for a double/imperial for lack of substance. A good beer, most definitely, but not to style.

Wake and Bake? For sure. I would love to waste away an early morning with a few of these bad boys.

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

Enjoying right now shock chilled in the freezer for 20 mins from room temp in a red solo cup. Oh red solo cup, so old school.

A: Pours a coal tar black with absolutely no lacing. It's anti-lacing and will remove lacing from previous beers from the sides of your red solo cup. I'm seeing proof of this. God I love it.

S: Smells of the best cold espresso, brasil nuts, oily cigarette smoke and wet tar paper. It's as if your favorite dive bar was hosed down, mopped up in Wesley Snipes dew rag, and squeezed out of a 200 year old Mr. Coffee for your enjoyment.

T: Tastes of so many complex coffee variants with a definite tobacco and cocoa backend. Wet throughout with alcohol well balanced. Aftertaste reeks of chewed cohiba cigar, Kahlua and smoked hops. Maybe that's their secret, pre-smoking the hops. Slight alcohol on the exhale with a slight peanut flavor from the oats.

M: Wetness. Carbonation is an afterthought. Starts wet, finishes wet. Minimally carbonated so it goes down like a wet slipper.

O: A stout with a lot of character. It's impressive, but I must suggest that Intuition Ale Works beer called The Underdark eclipses it.

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Photo of drrone
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a nice jet black. 1 inch of light brown head that faded to leave a nice crown of lace.

S - Great coffee presence. Malty, with chocolate and slight touch of hops(?). Coffee definitely take the center stage here, but the nose is very nice.

T - Follows suit with the nose. Coffee, coffee and more coffee. Very good. A little boozy, but I like that.

M - Very nice medium to full body. Pretty easy to drink considering it is an imperial stout. Quite pleasant.

O - Very nice beer. I was looking for a good coffee stout and this delivered perfectly. It has a strong coffee foundation, but yet a few touches of other goodies to keep it intriguing. This was from a trade, but I will buy this beer again, when I see it.

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Photo of GimpyCane
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: Motor oil black with a caramel shining light around the rim, that's after a two finger thick foamy mocha brown head settled down, fully lasting leaving a trail of sticky lace from top to bottom of glass.

smell: WOW! My kind of brew. Intense Cuban espresso coffee mixed well with molasses upfront. As the scent faded, some soy sauce, dried dates and slighty burnt cookies come through, ending with that robust espresso coffee and a hint of alcohol.

taste and mouthfeel: full body, syrupy, huge coffee flavor upfront, it's smooths out quicky leaving a silky feel. The coffee is so intense that nothing else shines through. However, this long bitter dark chocolate aftertaste comes through that sticks for a while, leaving you longing for more.

drinkability: Bring it on. I could drink this brew all night. Love it from start to finish.

Overall, this brew ROCKS!! I personally love coffee stouts and Terrapin is right on with this one. I paired it with a homemade roasted vegetable lasagna. Enjoy.

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Photo of rmalinowski4
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle

Pours a deep, dark chocolate brown with a very small light chocolate crown. Head recdes quickly leaving a small ring around the edge of the glass.

Smells of dark roasted bitter coffee with a nice roasty milk chocolate. As soon as the acidic coffee hits, it is quickly followed by the sweet milk chocolate, simply smells decadent.

The taste is just like the smell, Coffee and creamy chocolate goodness. This tastes almost like chocolate milk with coffee. simply deliciuos. The alcohol is well hidden and not noticeable.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. There is very little carbonation. The consistency is that of milk; thick, but not overly so.

Overall, this is a great beer. Rich, Creamy, Coffee, Chocolate, smooth. just decadent. Definately want more.

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Photo of TheDinger
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into SB chalice. Nice looking motor oil black with inviting 1+ finger mocca head. Smell is straight coffee, chocolate and burnt wood. Taste follows the nose closely with a big dose of the coffee hitting on the front. I get a bit of alcohol on the front as well and some smoke, but just a touch. Chocolate was quite hidden, but a fairly well balanced brew. Minimal hop finish, as the coffe hits again on the end. Feel is good for the style. A rich, thick, creamy, well carbonated hit on the tongue. Overall, a very good beer that I wish had a little more malt/chocolate and less coffee. Don't get me wrong, I'm splitting hairs. It's a top notch beer that 's name fits it perfectly. If you are a coffee strong beer lover, this is all for you. I will be drinking another very soon and might mix it with the Moo Hoo to see if I can get my chocolate. A must try-

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Photo of Spaten454
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a tan head that dissipates to the glass where it leaves sticky lacing.

S - Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Coffee dominates the nose mostly

T - Deeply roasted coffee and malt. Finishes with some bitter chocolate.

M - Thin for an imperial stout. Moderate carb

O - This is a great imperial stout. They integrated the coffee into it well.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a: this brew pours an oily mud-brown-black with head so tan its almost purple, quickly fading to leave only the slightest of rings around the glass...

s: the smell is brilliant in its freshness; strong morning coffee grounds all the way, with sweet malts and a faint bit of oats trying to fight for some attention in the background.

S-Fresh ground coffee dominates the nose. Dark chocolate and hint of alcohol are also noted. It has a nice roasted character in the nose.

s: potent coffee is in the forefront of the taste, and though this is a bottled product i am almost fooled into thinking that some freshly ground and brewed coffee beans are somehow involved in the equation here. dry, bitter chocolate is detectable and creamy malts are also there...making this a stout lover orgy of elements.

m: a wonderful mouthful of incredibly rich smoothness....i want to take a bath in this stuff!

d: this is about as close to perfection as i've encountered so far on my thus far short beer journey. i need to do two things: 1, buy stock in Terrapin; 2, buy more of this fantastic brew!


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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 Drewcifer
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a solid black with a brown head on it that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is black coffee with a dusting of cocoa, slight raisiny/dark fruits aroma and a slight whiff of alcohol.

Very definite black roasted coffee taste, caramel malt taste up front, them some bitter chocolate that stays for a while.

Heavy body, slightly oily, bit of an aftertaste to it.

Overall, a very good beer, but I feel that it isn't a consistantly drinkable one. Good by the single, but I couldn't see getting a six-pack or case of it.

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Photo of sarahspat
3.04/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at the brewery on 12-16-09. (BTW, why aren't beerfly reviews of this place allowed? It's totez a bar... with "free" beer, and $10 glasses. I love you, Terrapin!)

A very, very strong burnt coffee smell completely dominates the nose. I'm talkin' 5 day old, stale gas station coffee, mixed with dirt. Something very earthy about this beer. Definitely not the best impy stout I've smelled. Notes of vanilla and dark chocolate assert themselves in the background.

The taste is pretty much the same, but for some reason the coffee is not quite as offensive to my tongue as it is to my nose. But, again, burnt coffee is dominant.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy-thick.

Overall, I'd have to say I liked it at first, but as it went on it got increasingly difficult to drink it. It seemed like the flavors that came through after warming were just more offensive versions of the composted coffee grounds, and the smell was by far the worst part.

I still love this brewery... but this beer is not for me.

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Photo of cradke
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours viscous and black. A very dark, thin head is present around the edge of the tulip glass.

Smell: Intriguing. Not the most floral or most powerful, but quite complex. I can't quite put my finger on the dominating scent. Coffee and toffee play around with some vanilla and caramel. I do get some of the smooth oatmeal notes that add a good base and depth.

Taste: Smooth and complex. This beer certainly doesn't punch you in the face but rather plays with your taste buds. Like the nose, I can't quite put my finger on the dominating flavor. Certainly pull out some coffee notes and some yummy chocolate but there is a pleasant lack of sweetness. Great flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nothing amazing, but nothing offending. Nice carbonation and the viscosity it spot on for its style.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer but I'm just kind of confused. There is a good amount of coffee and chocolate notes, but I just can't get a hand on what the beer is trying to do. The flavor is good, but I really have a hard time trying to figure out what they are specifically going for. Certainly enjoyed the heck out of the beer, though.

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Photo of LaCoursiere
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, poured into a tulip.

A - Pitch black, with dark ruby tinting around the edge where barely any light gets through. It formed a 1-finger tan head that dissipated quickly. Thin lacing and collar remain.

S - Slightly smokey roasted malt and fresh brewed espresso. Smells a bit like smoked meats rolled in fresh ground french roast coffee.

T - Intense coffee up front with, then roasted malts that have a brown sugar/maple syrup sweetness. There is a bit of smokiness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied that is ultra smooth on the way in with nice fine, light carbonation and a hint of alcohol warmth.

O/D - This one is a nice sipper. Big aroma and taste of coffee that is complemented well by the smoked/roasted malts, and further accentuated by the low carbonation and smooth feel. If you're a coffee nut like I am, make sure and put this one on your list.

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Photo of afdempse
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Matt!

Poured into a snifter. Thick rich espresso colored head. Head sticks around for quite a while.

Massive coffee aromas! Smells like a fresh creamy double latte with an alcoholic boost.

Flavors are every bit as exciting as the aroma. Roasted java, espresso powder, with a silky creaminess imparted by the oatmeal that enhances the mouthfeel. Like liquid tiramisu. Roasted flavors are kept in check by the oatmeal and serve to temper any perceived astringency.

Overall, an excellent coffee beer, and one that I'll definitely seek out in the future!

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Photo of BurnsTau
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, jet black color with a great brown head that sticks around for a while. Great lacing as well.

The smell of this beer is absolutely awsome, coffee, chocolate and a slightly alchoholic bite in it. The taste is just as good, mostly up front malts and slight hoppiness. Good coffee and chocolatey taste and the alchohol is slightly noticable but just adds to the beer. Medium-heavy body and good medium carbonation.

This was an incredible stout. Good and strong and the flavors all work together wonderfully, highly recommended.

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Photo of livewire05
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not much of a stout drinker (I usually stick to IPAs) so this is quite an introduction. This beer has a wonderful aroma of roasted coffee with hints of chocolate, with a dark black color to match. The lacing is a great dark brown color, although there is not much head to speak of. The taste is as superb as the smell, with a rich mouthfeel.

Although IPAs will remain my go to beer, I think I just added a new style to my rotation.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Absolutely the best pure coffee beer Ive ever had. Maybe? the best beer thats not bourbon county in the world. What i am sure of is its world class status. Been thru 4+ cases since Christmas, and enjoying one this cool Sat AM.

Huge coffee aroma, taste is coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Beautifully malted to handle all that coffee. Drinks so easy, the soft bitters and dark fruit base of the stout really standout as this warms to tempature. Strong, smooth and so satisfying; this beer hits perfection on almost every mark. This is beer. Did I mention coffee?

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Photo of Brewfan
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bonhoeffer for the bottle.
Monster 2006 Beer Tour on bottle.
Poured a dark, dark, dark chocolate brown Almost black, with chocolate highlights. Smallish tawny head gives way to a ring of tan lacing.
Aroma of strong dutch chocolate beans and espresso. More chocolate than coffee in the aroma, but mocha does come through nicely. Picking up some almond, praline butter and oatmeal. Very sweet smelling.
Quite chocolatey. Like deep, dark rich chocolate you eat off of the beaters when mom is making brownies. Like the aroma, the coffee takes a backseat to the chocolate, but more coffee makes it's bitter way to the front as the beer goes on.
A mouthfeel so heavy, I feel like I could almost chew this beer. Perfect for this style.
Finishes heavy and thick and tasty. Very nice stout indeed.

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Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to businesstime for this great bottle!

Pours a midnight black color, well carbonated with off-white bubbles that lingered through the entire consumption

Aroma was nice, but a little confusing. The coffee flavor was absent (thus the confusion), but traditional stout characters were present- nuts, marshmallow, hint of oak/bourbon, and maybe some coffee in the background.

Taste really stole the show for this brew. There are not many hidden flavors- just unrelenting, crazy-good coffee. I have no idea how they packed this kind of flavor into the brew, but WOW. Without a double the best coffee stout I have had to date for coffee flavor. Also impressed by that lingering coffee flavor. You could easily convince me that I just had a cup of coffee at breakfast. Also recommend letting it warm up for 20 minutes, the flavor profile got even more intense as time passed.

If you are a coffee drinker, please find a way to get this brew- thanks again, Jeremy.

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Photo of gatorbreath
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a growler of this with my friend for his first time getting busy one some heady stout.

I really enjoyed the dark full appearance with a frothy chocolate head. Appearance is definitely intriguing. Smells of coffee/chocolate/slightly of oats and possibly some dark fruit even. Definitely malty. The taste is reflective of the smell: coffee, not so much oaty, but the chocolaty/coffee taste was definitely there for the taking. The mouthfeel is very full and very fitting for a stout.

Really enjoyed this, and my friend who I put down, he said it improved his athletic performance on Monday AM after we imbibed on Saturday evening. Put that in yer pipe.

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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 Tgmckinn
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So recipe change this year? Maybe I'm crazy but this beer has never been 9.4% and not as harsh. Smells like lots of roasted malt and coffee. Based on taste, it needs to set. Currently too bitter and harsh from the coffee, roasted malt, and hops. Still very enjoyable. Nice mouthfeel. Overall, reminds me a lot of fresh Expedition stout with an addition of the coffee presence. It's a great stout, but not enthusiastic about the changes made to the beer nor the increased price this year. Honestly, the best way to drink this is a "Wake n Moo." That said, I encourage someone to try Cinna Wake n WC Moo and let me know how bad that turns out...

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Photo of dowen17
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into an 18oz snifter.

Pours a dark dark brown with a 3 finger chocolate colored head. Lacing follows all the way down the glass.

Smell is of bitter coffee, chocolate chip cookies, some char, and sweet malts.

Taste mirrors the nose. Bitter roast coffee. Some dark chocolate and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is huge. Thick and chewy.

Overall this is a good beer. Something I personally have to be in the mood for, though.

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Photo of ph2001
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass

pours thick but smooth. black. no head at first but two fingers or so rise up for some foamy tan head. smells light of coffee and sweetness. it is smooth and medium bodied. sweet and a little bourbon like. the coffee flavor is pretty weak and it comes out way more in the aftertaste. good, but not really what i had expected.

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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