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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 | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of cktison
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into glass.
A: Dark and darker, creamy, espresso crema like head - 2" but think and dense tiny bubbles that stick around. Head diminishes slowly leaving gorgeous lacing - really a beautiful beer.
S: Wow. Coffee obviously, sweet malts and chocolate comes through, even some sharp hop character.
T: Toasted malts, sugars and cream. Coffee is dominant flavor, but fits with all the malts in it - really amazing. The oatmeal comes through - brown sugar.
M: Creamy, dense, very light carbonation.
D: Easy to enjoy, high alcohol, sip is slowly and its a fantastic beer. Really a great, flavorful stout.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Shivtim for bringing this to beer club. Pours pitch black and with a huge brown head. Smells chocolatey and truffley with a definite coffee backbone. some sherry-like odors too. Taste is absolutely dominated by coffee and dark chocolate. Tons of coffee...also some dark fruits, hints of mocha. pretty darn tasty. milkshakey mouthfeel goes down smooth. A lot like founder's breakfast stout but maybe not quite as delicious.

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Photo of shivtim
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack of this in Atlanta to share with the Michiana Coalition of the Drinking back in South Bend.
Gotta love the label. I always like it when reptiles can cook and wear clothes.
Looks very impressive when poured. Deep opaque black/brown with an awesome dense head. Bubbles rise very slowly. Nose is dark chocolate and malts. Taste is intense oats and malts, with coffee grounds and a nice charred smoky malts flavor. Mouthfeel is thick, and drinkability is good. Best turtle-themed beer I've had.

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

12 oz. bottle, label mistakenly says 2006, but is a 2007. Pouring in snifter yields 1.5 cm mocha head, which stays around for around 5 minutes, before yielding a ring, the thickness of which is determined by the size of the bubbles contained within. Smell is delightful- strong coffee smell, with hints of roasted malt, creamy chocolate, and oatmeal cookies. Like with the smell, coffee dominates the taste- maybe a bit overpowering for some, but I find it quite pleasant- there are bitter chocolate notes in the taste as well, bitterness being most detected in the finish. Mouthfeel is a heavy medium, with a slick viscosity, carbonation is mostly limited to a tinge of bubbles on the tip of the tongue at initial contact. For a double stout- incredibly drinkable!

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

Served a nice opaque black with a thin off-white head that diminished to razor thin but left some spotty lacing. The aroma was strong on roasted coffee with roasted barley and a slight amount of bitter chocolate showing through as well. The beer was slightly heavy but the alcohol was somewhat well hidden. This is a very enjoyable double stout.

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Photo of granite
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A--- Poured a dark brown to black with a thin tan head.

S--- Coffee and roasted malt make up the nose.

T--- Grainy, astringent roasted malt forward followed by a very unpleasant tobacco like flavor. Low bitterness, salty, oxidized and lip puckering dryness in the finish.

M--- Thin to medium bodied with little carbonation.

D--- I had a chance to try a bottle brewed in 06 and it really shined. Unfortunately I did not review it then. I remember this as being a chewy, full bodied stout. This bottle was stale and lifeless.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees.

A - Pours a deep brown with minimal head...more of a medium-brown lacing that rests atop the brew.

S - This takes the cake for coffee stouts...very rich aroma of a full-bodied coffee with some cocoa/nuttiness in the background. Much more of a coffee aroma than other stouts I've tried...next closest would be the Java Stout from Bell's.

T - Bold, robust stout dominated by coffee and cocoa. Little else to say...a real punch in the mouth of coffee goodness.

M - Very creamy, medium-body with a strong, lingering finish.

D - Wonderful...didn't detect the alcohol among the other powerful flavors. Best Imperial Stout I've had to date, and my favorite of the Monster Beer selections.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass. "2007 Monster Beer Tour", labeled as 8.1% ABV.

A: The blackest of blacks, pours smooth and velvety, with a 3-finger+ dark beige head, easily cresting over the glass' rim. After a quick paper mop-up, I came back to find the head had diminished a little, great clinging lace down the glass. While examining the remnants of head and beginning to take a whiff, I noted a lumpy blob floating on top; I fished out a sizable nugget of gelatinous goop. The "ick" factor remained low, as I recalled hearing of a similar "find" on an episode of Craft Beer Radio (in either Founders Breakfast Stout or KBS). Anyhow, more of a curiosity than anything else... probably a '5' otherwise - a gorgeous stout.

S: Modestly robust dark roasted coffee. Malty rolled oats. Light tinge of oxidized sourness.

T: Full of charred malts, lightly sweetened and grainy-tasting oatmeal cereal. A light nuttiness and a touch sour/metallic. A jolt of roasted coffee enwraps all those flavors. Tasty.

M: Wonderfully full mouthfeel, nicely carbonated. Superbly balanced between rich roasted coffee bitterness and lighter, sweeter malts. Lingers several minutes on the tongue and throughout the mouth.

D: Very drinkable & easy to enjoy. Big flavorful stout, relatively high ABV - definitely good enough to have again. Recommended!

Thanks to WeisGuy for sending a couple of these.

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

12oz. bottle poured a very dark brown with a small brown head that leaves a few specks of lace. This beer has a very nice freshly ground coffee aroma along with some roasted malt. Taste has lots of toasted and roasted malt with a bit of a espresso flavor and a chewy almost creamy oatmeal. The feel is somewhat light and has a slight tingle of carbonation. This is a very easy to drink brew and probably one of my favorite session styles even though I'm not a coffee drinker.

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

thanks to mikesgroove for the chance to try this beer! I liked this beer but reviewed it within the oatmeal stout style rather than the double stout style listed here.

A - Jet black with a small dark brown head

S - Semi sweet chocolate, dark brown sugar, molasses.

T - Similar to smell with a very light roasted flavor. Might just be me, but the Jittery Joe's coffee was more apparent in the label than in the brew. tasted more like this brew took a slight step to the right when compared to a typical sweet oatmeal stout.

M - medium to full bodied. creates a syrupy feel without being cloying. Smooth drinking.

D - An enjoyable beer. If you like an oatmeal stout I would recommend trying this one. The coffee takes some of the sweet edge off in this brew but doesn't detract from the mouthfeel in any way.

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Photo of rayjay
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Monster Beer Tour; this one is thanks to the great beer advocate and trader zrrbrrt.

Very little foam, no lacing, but the carbonation is deceptively low because the mouthfeel is pretty lively and boarderline Coca-Cola, at least until it warms to room temp. I'd expect this small of a head from a 12% monster.

Nose: a toasty oatmeal stout with lots of roasted malts, some light rubbing alcohol, licorice, brewed coffee, band aids, yerba mate tea, sauerkraut, chili pepper, equal parts earthy and chemical (medicinal).

Lots of flavors going on, much in line with the smells I got. Oatmeal and coffee are in equal proportions with the black and chocolate malts; all are quite evident but none steal the show. Hard water feel. Very nice sour finish just like hour old coffee. Definately lots of depth and interesting flavors, but the balance is a tiny bit off--I didn't feel like the flavors totally melted together. Fairly thick and sticky, I really dig the old-school RIS flat mouthfeel. The only alcohol I detect is are higher alcohols I can smell.

Very nice, and recommended. Cheers!

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

Thanks to blackie for including this in my ba anniv package.

A: Pours a black as night jet black color with a one finger toffee colored head. Retention hangs out for dissipates enough to only leave a thin skim on top. Sticky lacing on the glass.
S: Bitter coffee grinds are the most apparent aromas that come up first. Slight ash aromas as well. Sweet caramel notes also.
T/M: Hefty roasted malt. Robust and rich on the palate with both chocolate and caramel flavors. Silky smooth and slightly sticky oatmeal flavors last into the finish. There’s an ashy almost gritty or chalky mouthfeel, that technically shouldn’t enhance the beer, but this does. Bitterness leads into a roasted malt aftertaste. Medium to full bodied with a low carbonation.
D: Highly drinkable with a lower abv than other, comparable double stouts. Smooth and silkyness makes this beer a tough one to just sip on as the mouthfeel is excellent. Wake and bake it is--this would be a great stout to have with breakfast...possibly with some eggs or pancakes.

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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 MaltyGoodness
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - thanks to mikesgroove

Pours a coal black with a very creamy cocoa head that thins, but maintains. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is bold roast coffee with layers of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a semi-sweet dark fruitiness in the background.

Espresso flavor upfront leads into a very roasty malt taste with dark cocoa and a hint of oatmeal. Finishes with a mildly sweet dark fruity flavor and a lingering coffee taste.

Body seems light for an imperial/double stout. Good carbonation.

Easy drinking stout, definitely deserving the hype surrounding it. If you enjoy a bold cup of coffee, this stout is for you.

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Photo of orfeu
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, impervious black with a steadily thinning burnt orange head. Delicious aromas of espresso, dark Belgian chocolate, and...well, just a shitload of coffee. Beautiful scent, full and rich; a major contender against the other well-known "morning meal" stout in this category, for sure. Huge chocolate notes in the taste, followed by a mellower-than-expected dark-brewed toddy flavor, relatively acrid and with substantial staying power. There is a grainy sweetness as well, sort of sharp and tangy, too. Not quite as pleasing as the nose, but delicious all the same. The mouthfeel is nice and thick, with the kind of oil-slick viscosity that makes one want to keep from swallowing for as long as possible. Just what I look for in big stouts like this. No trace of alcohol, but I guess 7.5% isn't that much for this style. Very satisfying. A most excellent coffee stout -- definitely in the top three of those I've sampled. Plenty of coffee, but far from one-dimensional. Many thanks to oldirtysurfer for the bottle.

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

Deep black color-good sized tan head on top. Big coffee aroma with a hint of dark chocolate. Somewhat burnt raisen smell to it. Nice, deep, rich coffee flavor ith a healthy dose of chocolate and roasted malt. The mix of each flavor really compliments each other. Good body-high level of carbonation detracts from some of the creamy body. Damn fine beer. Coffee might get to be too much after while but I would like to have 6 or 8 to find out! Note-bottle says 8.1% abv.

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

Received in a trade from mikesgroove, 2007 batch. Very fun label.

Appearance: Enormous tan-colored head with great retention. Absolutely opaque black, even when held right up to a light bulb. No lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and definitely lots of oatmeal in the aroma. Hints of dark fruits (raisins?), some roast but not much coffee. Smells a bit like brown bread.

Taste: Delicious and well-balanced. Roast, chocolate, bready, with those same raisin notes as in the aroma. Less coffee than I expected, but it shows up toward the end of the palate and is much more like iced coffee somehow than the coffee character in most stouts. Finishes on a dry, bitter chocolate note, but the aftertaste is all oats. Maybe a bit lighter-tasting than I expected.

Mouthfeel: Creamy! Lots of the smoothness that's associated with oatmeal. Medium body - a bit lighter than I expected from the color, but improves drinkability.

Drinkability: Light enough to be intensely drinkable. I had high expectations going into this one and I was not disappointed.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simple black, kinda brown, but not really. Tall, compact top of super nice broken chocolate colored foam. So sad to see it didn't last very long, maybe a minute or so, however it keeps a frothy collar ring and some tiny waves of skimming across the top. Lacing is minimal to none with a couple of small spots sticking.

Aroma is solid, airy, and yummy of chocolate laced coffee and oatmeal sweetness. Semi rich, roasted, and creamy with a smurfing of dryness. Quite nice.

Taste follows suit with a brigade of firm, smooth, lofty chocolateyness. The middle area is huge with chocolatey goodness backed by a milky oat sweetness and creamy roasted notes followed by an ever so slight nudge of fluffy cocoa dryness in the finish. Deep, succulant, lasting, and yummy. Quite nice as well.

Body is a solid medium with a whole lot of firm creamy smoothness that holds the flavors well in place for length. Lofty, creamy, kinda fluffy in the finish, subtle, succulant, deepening, and even a touch warming. Nice again.

A sensational Oatmeal Stout cross bread with a Milk Stout. Terrifically built by Terrapin. Yum!
Can, and will drink a bunch of this stuff in a hurry.

Thanks to cashew70 for my first exchange of 2007!

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

I got the 2007 edition of this beer in the Bday '07 BIF from mikesgroove. I could smell this beer as I was pouring it into the pint glass. The rich coffee and chocolate aromas are amazingly potent and they draw me in. The taste is even better that the smell. As soon as the beer hits my lips I can immediately taste coffee just like the beer has been mixed with fresh brewed coffee. There is also a strong dark chocolate flavor that nearly equals the coffee flavor and a great roasted note. Almost as if they planned this in advance (wink wink), the smoothness of the oatmeal ties the strong flavors together and creates an amazing beer. The drinkability on this is awesome. I'm heading to Georgia soon and I'll be damn sure to bring several cases back with me.

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

2007 series
Poured into a nonic glass.
Appears dark black in color yet still liquid. A tall heavily bubbly head quickly fades, leaving no lacing behind. Smells smokey and woodsie at first, then fresh black coffee with hints of dark chocolate. The taste is of a very bitter coffee, with some smokeyness. Finishes off with a hint of chocolate and some licorice. A very smooth beer with a full body. Very drinkable and hides the alcohol well. I wish I had more than 1 bottle.

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Photo of klewis
3.04/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to nflmvp for this one.

2007 Edition, listed at 8.1% ABV

A: Pours jet black with a bubbly tan head that quickly disappears and leaves no lacing.

S: A dirty, earthy smell of burnt wood with a touch of black coffee.

T: Much like the smell. Earthy and gritty coffee flavors with quite a lot of bitterness. One-dimensional and a bit dull.

M: Unfortunately, this isn't rich, velvety, and smooth as advertised on the label, but rather thin, coarse, and highly-carbonated. The flavor quickly disapears leaving a trace of bitterness.

D: I was really looking foward to this one. but I'll be chalking this one up on the over-hyped beers list. For a big stout, this one is too fizzy and watery and lacks substantial flavor.

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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 Jwaks
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving 12oz bottle, thanks to sinstaineddemon for the sample

Light refuses to penetrate this brew's unreal opaque, midnight black body that creates an awesome frothy milk chocolate head on the pour. It takes only a short minute for the head to completly dissipate leaving just a lifeless inky black body and a scant ring of foam.

My mouth waters after getting just a whiff of this brew. Loads of mocha coffee grounds and bitter dark chocolate join hints of dark fudge oatmeal brownies, chocolate cookies and cream, dark roasted malts and burnt caramel.

Delicious bitter mocha coffee and waves of chocolate infused oatmeal make a devlishly smooth and foursquare entry, but they are not to be outdone by sentuously sweet fudge flavors that push foward to form a full and rich mid palate. Sweet chocolate flavors are thrown aside by a bomb of bitter coffee on the decadant finish. Hints of sweet mocha powder peak through ground coffee flavors on a pleasant lingering aftertaste featuring just the right amount of warming alcohol. This is a classy mocha fudge dessert in a glass or perhaps a surprise cup of coffee in the morning. If only this could be my regular cup of morning coffee.

As velvety smooth, creamy and unctuous as this beer is, it feels a thin on the palate for a double stout. I just couldn't take points away for the taste, it is as advertised and more. Added bitterness, from hops not coffee, would be welcome on the aftertaste mid palate and finish to offset the dangerously sweet body. This beer is fairly simple and straightfoward, I love it, but my interest way be lost halfway through the second toward the third.

Terrapin delivers a larger than life, uncommonly smooth and sweet coffee oatmeal imperial stout. I wish I could get my hands on more of this.


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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage (with the brown neck label)

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours pitch black and a little viscous. Cappucino colored head forms, somewhat small and has a cola-like wispiness which dissappears almost immediately.

Aroma is purely coffee, dark roasted coffee. If you dont like coffee, this isnt for you. This beer is brewed with coffee grounds as well as dark malts, so the coffee aromas and flavors are enhanced and really stand out. Some nice hops sneak in past the coffee as well. Put a fresh pot of coffee and this in front of my nose and I may be unable to detect a difference.

Bitter coffee strikes the tongue first, followed by a sweet coffee flavor. Nice dense mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. Would like to see a little more than strictly coffee but delicious nevertheless. As far as drinkability, this is pretty close to perfect. Just the right amount of alcohol to give body and flavor and just under the abv so as not to intoxicate one too quickly. Have this tastey brew mornin', noon, and night.

If recollection serves me correctly, this year, 2007, has much more of a coffee presence than last years version. I liked both versions, but this was my favorite of the two.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this one again for the first time a while. Pours extremely dark, almost black. Brown head came up an inch or so and faded within 30 seconds. I'm a coffee fan and this one doesn't dissapoint in regard to smell. I smell it for sure. Taste is excellent as well. Especially for it's 8.1% (that's what my bottle says). Coffee is huge and definitely the biggest influence in taste. Oatmeal definitely present along with light chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy yet a tad light. Good drinkability. I could have a couple but the coffee might get overwhelming after that.

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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