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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutTerrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rajendra82 on 02-15-2005

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Photo of Jenkster4
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pitch black with a nice brown lacing. Looks like a Imperial Stout, a sexy stout at that.

Smell: At first you get a lot of chocolate and molasses with a little licorice. If you let that settle like I did, the coffee appears and smack you in the face.

Taste: First of all let me say what I like about this one the most is the smoothness. Super smooth, any coffee lover is going to dig this beer. You get some chocolate along with some roasted malts. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: No complaints here. Pretty much perfect. No after taste, it maybe could use a little more thickness.... but overall this category is what makes this beer so good.

Overall this a great stout. So great that if possible I would indeed have this every morning upon waking, to get the day started right. Bravo Terrapin, bravo.

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Photo of RJIV
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage
Pours a dark motor oil black with a thin brown head
Smells of coffee, mixed with dark chocolate and roasted malts
The feel is medium and would have liked it to be a bit either thicker or fuller.
The taste is slight coffee and dark chocolate with a lingering roasted bitterness on the after taste.

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Photo of jlh8643
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from alaskaiscold. Thanks much. Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Poured without much caution resulting with a very thin chestnut film that disappeared fast. No lacing as I drink either. A very dark, opaque body. Strong aromas of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts with no hint of hop aroma. Malty sweet. The chocolate, coffee and a slick hit of the oats are the main attraction. The finish is long on all the malts. The alcohol becomes more evident when you near the 3/4 finish line. If this beer would have done better up front it would have scored much higher. I love the taste and the finish. Still a very nice beer to drink.

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

Pours a thick dark brown with ruby black undertones. Small lite brown head that separates to the sides of the glass. Absolutely a beautiful beer for a stout. Smells like roasted chocolate malts, and grains of oat. I don't smell much coffee until it warms. Taste is sweet coffee and oatmeal in the front, like a milk stout, then somewhat bitter from the roasted malt, and overall warming from the higher alcohol content, like an imperial. I would have thought this beer had a higher abv than 7.5% The mouthfeel is also thick like it looks when pouring. A good chewy oatmeal feel. Overall, this is one a my favorite beers. Nothing better than one first thing in the morning for breakfast, no, just kidding, though it is filling enough for a breakfast drink. I do however love to have one in the evening after dinner. It is a wonderful dessert beer without being over the top sweet! Terrapin you guys rock!

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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 dgugliuzza
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter... Huge thanks to GehenHerzog. One of the best traders on this site.

A- Pours vicious and black with roasted tan head. The head quickly turns into medium sized bubbles which coat the glass. Amazingly sticky lacing.

S- Smells of strong roasted espresso beans with a touch of vanilla. This one is all coffee. I can already taste this beer from its smell if that makes sense. Creamy espresso which is making my mouth water.

T- A burst of the best espresso beans you've ever tasted. Roasted and sweet with a slightly bitter creamy finish. Absolutely stunning flavors that create an orgasm on the palate.

M- No words could do this justice. Creamy, smooth and endlessly delicious. Feels warm and delightful on the palate and while going down.

D- Superb for a imperial coffee stout. Right up there with Breakfast Stout. This is one of the tastiest, creamiest beers ever to be created. If Illinois got this beer, I'd be broke.

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Photo of tiger88
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had both the 2006 and 2007 versions this weekend

2006: This one has laid down nicely. Pours a deep, rich black with a dark tan head that retreats to a nice thin line around the edge of the glass. A swirl brings the head back and the aroma forward. This one smelled equally of chocolate and coffee. A little bitterness to the nose as well. The taste was absolutely marvelous. There was almost no sweetness and the chocolate and coffee were as balanced as the smell. Goes down easily even on a hot, humid day in Alabama.

2007: The coffee was much more pronounced in the smell and taste on this one. Equally enjoyable but I'll cellar the remaining 3 for several more months. Great beer from a great brewery!

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

Had on tap at Trappeze in Athens, Ga.

Pours solid black, with a half inch of creamy, light brown head. Retention is decent, and lacing is moderate.

Smells of roasted malts and lots of coffee.

Tastes of coffe all the way through, and is especially dominant upfront. As this one warms up a bit, you get some roasted grains and a chocolate aftertaste.

Good mouthfeel, very smooth, slightly oily.

I love coffe, and I love beer, so I could drink this one all day.

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Photo of warbird07
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shaujw for this one...poured from a 12oz bottle in to my Chimay goblet...

This beer pours deeeep brown, with a thin ecru head and no lacing to speak of...a strong nose laden with strong roast malt, coffee,anise,molasses,cocoa...encountered a chocolate,burnt,coffee infused flavor with a sort-of chocolate milk mouthfeel....well hidden alchohol precence....very quaffable....enjoyed the hell out of this beer...

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Photo of hrking
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this thanx to ATLbeerdog ...Awesome coffee stout possibly the best I've had with the exception of cask aged Bell's Java Stout. This is the best coffee stout release I've tried to date. That being said i'm not a huge coffee fan but this beer is not over done with coffee. There is just enough here to add to the immense flavor and drink ability. I had this at my own stout fest with other members of The Good Beer Show and this beer stood out among the 13 stouts I bought to the table. Smooth,sweet,easy on the palette what elese could a beer lover want from a stout this brew is effin' metal!

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Photo of hoppheadIPA
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the coolest labels I've seen in a long time. Pours a jet black almost like used motor oil into my pint glass producing a dark brown creamy head the dissapates as I drink leaving little to no lacing. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Tastes like esspresso with a hint of coco and alcohol. Absolutly delicious!!!! Very thick in the mouth and filling. Drinkability is ok being so filling. An outstanding brew. Watch out founders, there's a rival here.

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Photo of Goldfish19
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~ 12 oz bottle

Vintage: 2009

Appearance: Pours black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate, oatmeal, and roasted malt.

Taste: Huge coffee presence up-front. It's followed up by dark roasted malts, oats, and bittersweet chocolate. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, silky smooth, creamy, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Good. This stout hides its 8.1% ABV quite well.

This is a true coffee lover's beer! ~

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Photo of RossCain
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into a 12oz snifter:

A: Dark, strong coffee black with a small tan head. Overall, good retention and looked like what you might expect from a carbonated, thickly brewed coffee.

S: Roasted coffee that has been immediately iced but retains the "fresh coffee aroma". Attractive, inviting, and intriguing.

T: Again, I was hit upfront by the strong taste of freshly brewed, roasted coffee. The malt backbone is strongly prevalent but you will be more than overwhelmed with the undertones of espresso, dark chocolate, and roasted flavor associated with a cup of fresh brewed, strong coffee.

M: Medium to full bodied. A decent amount of carbonation that tends to linger in the mouth upon sipping. For 8% alcohol, the booziness was entirely innocuous and instead you will find with this beer a characteristic bitter aftertaste of straight up, fresh (albeit, cold) brewed coffee.

D: Sippable and highly enjoyable as a nightcap. About as drinkable as a single cup of strong coffee in the morning. In my honest opinion, this beer was the perfect finisher to a night at the bar after three other beers but I would be hesitant to drink more than one.

Overall, the Terrapin Wake N' Bake is, in my opinion, an outstanding example of tasty, coffee flavored American Double. You will more than likely only pick up on strong notes of freshly brewed, black as midnight arabic coffee flavor but nevertheless and enticing brew to finish your night upon.

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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 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 buckslayer50
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid coffee stout, pours a nice, impenetrable black with about an inch of dark brown head on it. Nice creamy mouth feel and good balanced flavors of stout and coffee. I will buy it again when it comes out this year.

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

355mL bottle into Bruery snifter. 2010 vintage.

A- Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with a beautiful half-finger dark mocha head that dies down rapidly after settling in the glass.

S- For the most part, this is exactly what the name implies. Nice fresh roasted coffee and chocolate notes with a little toasted malt in there as well, but not overdone.

T- Coffee hits me first, followed by the chocolate. A little bit of a hop kick towards the back that's barely there. Simple flavors that are done very well.

M- Viscous and oily. Not too thick, but definitely not thin. Coats the mouth nicely, leaving the flavors to linger for a short period. Very nice.

O- A great example of a coffee stout done right. Definitely rivals Founders Breakfast Stout in my opinion. Simple, yet elegant in it's execution. A well done brew.

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Photo of Omonigan
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter

A- Burned motor oil black, with a half finger thick mocha brown head, very little lacing that dissipates quickly.

S- Very dark roast coffee, hints of oatmeal. Reminds me of the instant coffee my grandmother used to drink when I was a kid.

T- Strong coffee, hints of dark chocolate and oatmeal, finishes with a very faint sweet milk chocolate.

M- Medium bodied, lighter than I was expecting. Very smooth and creamy, slightly oily.

O- Excellent beer! Very well balanced, and the alcohol is hidden very well. I expected much more booziness out of this 9.4 percent beer. My new favorite non barrel aged Imperial stout. Better than Founder's Breakfast Stout IMO.

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Photo of RoBotGod
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer when you’re in the mood for it. It is not as well balanced in some areas, but if that’s what you’re looking for it makes out for a great beer. The dark tan and chocolate color pour lets you know what you’re in for. The fresh coffee smell comes out well in the nose. The first few drinks give you’re mouth a shock before you get used to the full taste. The coffee is a bit over powering at first but calms down later in the beer. There is notes of dark chocolate but it as well as the toasted malt flavor are somewhat masked by the powerful coffee. I think this beer would be great with a few years on it as well.

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Photo of vwcraig
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An extra from RustyDiamond I think....

2007 bottling. Dumps black into a snifter. Micro bead rising up the sides to sustain a head. Camel-colored head quickly rose to an inch, then fell flat to a cap. Nose is dominated by coffee, no surprise, and bittersweet chocolate. Swirling the glass uncovers a different smell that strikes me as roasted red peppers. I was shocked by the first taste. No alcohol sensed at all, but ABV is lower than most. Extremely smooth mouthfeel. Roasty and burnt malt flavors very pronounced with zero off flavors, great job. Oats have really affected the mouthfeel to be this smooth. Excellent carbonation rinses clean and leaves nothing behind. Drinkability is quite good and I could have a few in a sitting. ABV never shows up.

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

A- Poured like motor oil, a thick syrup with a nice one finger brown head

S- Lots of coffee and chocolate and kind of a hint of walnut

T- Wow, does this have a strong coffee flavor, almost like expresso or even burnt coffee, but still real good

M- It's smooth yet syrupy and the burnt taste leaves a strong aftertaste but it only lasts for a second

D- This may sound weird, but I'd really like to drink one of these in the AM before work. It's a tremendous beer and it sucks that it's a limited edition. I have to find more.

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Photo of caresville
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

big thanks to jyounger30 who sent me this in the RIS BIF about a month ago!! poured into terrapin pint glass also supplied by jyounger30!!

a- pours black as night with a nice sized mocha colored head that subsides eventually. terrific lacing and lots of bubbles.

s- this may just be the beer that smells closest to a pot of black coffee. there is almost no other smell, maybe chocolate. smells like jet black coffee.

t&m- total coffee bomb!! i have never had a beer that tastes more like coffee in my life, this is amazing. some other tastes pull through, mostly chocolate and vanilla with a hint oatmeal as the beer itself suggests. but totally dominated by smooth, creamy and rich coffee.

d- if you love coffee, this is the beer for you. most coffee i have ever tasted in a beer, love love love this stuff. but just like with real coffee, i can only have 2 cups, tops.

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Photo of bigman147
3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a thick black like burnt motor oil. Forms a nice dark tan head maybe 3 inches. Head fades quickly in a minute or so and forms an espresso like creme. No lacing and only the wispy ring around the edge as it further rests.

Aroma: Aroma of chocolate and coffee prevail and give way to a slight milky sweet aroma as it continues to warm.

Taste: Tastes like cold coffee. Hop bitterness is hard to determine from the amount of burnt taste and aroma.Not iced coffee but that cup of coffee that got left out a little too long. Bitter black malt flavors with an acidity (probably from the dark roasted malt).

Mouthfeel: Thin with good carbonation however the carbonation seems to feel forced and fake. Sweetness in aroma is hard to find in the flavor. This might possible be better on nitro to add some creaminess.

Drinkability: It was mildly drinkable. I wouldn't particular choose this over any of the 100's of better options. I think for the money I would rather have a nice cup of coffee. For me it was a swing and a miss. I would say try it for yourself but don't go out of the way to find it.

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Photo of Double06
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from Review on 2/13/11
12oz bottle poured into DFH Signature Glass
Price: $9-10 / 4 pack (I think)

A: Utterly pitch black; 1/2 inch dark tan / light brown head; Moderate lacing around the glass

S: Rich, burnt coffee and a hint of dark chocolate; Just a hint of alcohol bite; Start to get a little dark fruit character in the nose as it warms; Coffee flavors have faded just a bit from when it was super fresh

T: Slight bite of hops then you are hit with the dark black coffee flavor that hangs in your mouth for a lingering finish; Coffee flavor has mellowed some (but I drink my coffee black and like those big, bold coffee flavors)

M: Sharp carbonation bite; The richness and bitterness of the coffee coats the mouth

D: Very high. This is a wonderful coffee stout easily rivaling if not exceeding FBS

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Photo of rboinski
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

6 oz pour out of a 12 oz bottle into a FW Barrelworks Teku

Aroma: A bit one note, but a note I enjoy. Smells like high quality Kyoto iced coffee, rather than mass produced coffee brewed warm and allowed to stale and cool. Small amount of malty sweetness, as well as some chocolate and even a touch of vanilla.

Appearance: Opaque, black body with a fairly dark tan head. Almost no head, requires a vigorous swirl in the teku to develop a 1/2 inch head which dissipates within 15 seconds down to a thin ribbon which sticks to the glass.

Flavor: Strong coffee presence, malty chocolate sweetness comes in for a few seconds but is quickly masked with an espresso like bitterness that lingers on the palate. A tiny bit of dark chocolate character, sort of a dark fruitiness reminiscent of high quality dark chocolate melting in your mouth. 15 minutes after my last sip, some chocolate sweetness is still present in my mouth with less of the bitter espresso, which is actually quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is almost too high, maybe should have let this sit in the glass a bit longer but I pulled the bottle out of the fridge early and it was at the right temperature to taste. Next time I might open it as I pull it out and let it warm in the glass to reduce the carbonation experienced. Moderate mouthfeel, to be honest I was expecting a bit more but it was sufficient.

Overall: Taking my cue from the name, and enjoyable beer to start the morning (that will be spent brainstorming for some writing). It has alcohol to help the ideas flow, and it has coffee to get those ideas quickly on the page before I forget them! Would be very enjoyable with a rich meal (this would be perfect with the hawaiian glazed Rib-Eye from Houston's) or possibly an espresso chocolate flourless cake.

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