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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

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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 Dansting
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured a black color with a super-thick light-brown head. Light aroma of coffee and maybe some vanilla and hops too. Mouthfeel was okay, although more carbonation than I would have preferred. Flavor is pure coffee with a chocolatey finish to it. A pretty good impy stout, although not one of my favorites.

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Photo of JNewbs
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'll start by saying that I'm reviewing this from the perspective of someone who loves coffee and is looking for a coffee-beer love child, even though that person is NOT me. I can appreciate what they are trying to do here, and it worked.

A - Black as the night, with a mocha head that goes on for days and laces my glass like mad.

S - Uh, coffee? Like crushed up coffee beans, fresh roasted black and stuffed up my nose.

T - More of the same, minus the nose bit. The oatmeal is lost here, but the thick smoothness of the Imperial Stout mixed with the sharp tang/bitterness of the coffee produces a unique flavor profile. I can't really think of anything to say but coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

M - The reason I dinged it on mouthfeel is because it actually left some of that nasty coffee-mouth feeling in my gullet. I had to drink something else afterward to get out the taste.

Overall, coffee bomb. Bar none, the most coffee beer I've ever looked at let alone tasted. Not for me, but victory to Terrapin - they hit the nail on the head.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Dopplelbockulus – Thanks Charley!
Notes taken 11-30-13 with my Sierra Nevada Balloon Glass

First time with this one…

A: Dark chocolate brown, not quite black even once collected in the glass. Looks dense and murky with not much head production. Very still with only a mere wisp of dark khaki that slides out to a collar with ease. Some oily legs paint the glass ever so slightly leaving behind only a few dots. A more aggressive pour yielded some better results here.

S: Dense with dark coffee roast and a touch of molasses. I get further into some toasted oats and other sweetened black grains with hints of brewers licorice as well. Really nice with some mild alcohol presence.

T: Black coffee roast with a higher than expected level of hoppy bitters. Nothing acrid but has a nice peppery hit. Blackened malts with toasted oat cereal, molasses, bakers chocolate, and cherry tobacco. Fairly robust and a touch sticky sweet with some alcohol intensity. Finishes up with some earthy minerals. Very nice coffee infused roast character here.

M: Semi thick body and definitely leaning on the heavier side but with a smooth and creamy consistency that gives a much lighter impression. Fairly bitter with some mild alcohol heat and sticky slickness on the finish.

D: Probably my favorite Terrapin brew thus far. Everything else I have tried from there has been a bit of a letdown for me. This is nice rich and roasty with good java character. Would accept as an extra anytime.

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Photo of WesWes
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, earthy scent that boasts of patent malt, and oatmeal. It does have a coffee aroma, but I'm not sure if it's just malts instead of coffee. The taste is good. It has a bold coffee flavor that goes down easy and finishes very dry and earthy with some warm and residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good brew, but I've tasted better. The coffee is nice, but it doesn't balance well with the rest of the beer.

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Photo of Overlord
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a deep tan head. Nice looking brew! Thanks Deaconbluez!

Smell is pure coffee abundance. Not much of a coffee afficionado, but this seems like it's both espresso, black, and full grain blends all at once. Maybe a whiff of oatmeal or chocolate, and some definite roasted malt notes.

The flavor is dry, charred, and coffee laden. Wow. A s***-ton of coffee in this. The oatmeal, chocolate, and malt are mere nuances to what's essentially like drinking an alcoholic coffee beverage.

Coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint. Small tan head that recedes quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell- Not as much coffee in the nose as I would expect. I get some mocha, along with some bittersweet chocolate, maple syrup, alcohol and a bit of a dark fruit smell in the background.

Taste- Starts off tasting like creamy mocha ice cream. As it warms it transitions to dark chocolate, caramel flavored coffee, a bit of vanilla and the alcohol becomes more apparent. The sweet flavors and the roasty bitterness go back and forth.

Mouthfeel- A bit on the thin side but very smooth and creamy. Good carbonation.

Overall- Very nice stout. I think I preferred it a bit more when it was colder, a weird thing for a stout. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of IceAce
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a 12 oz. bottle with a blank "Best If Enjoyed Before" box on the label.

Pours black as the Ace of Spades with a rapidly dissapating weathered leather collar of foam. Nose is an odd conglamaration of raw cocoa beans, soy sauce, and deeply roasted malt.

The first taste eliminates any concerns raised over the nose as thick, tasty malts, coffee, and toffee flavors fill the mouth. Midtaste skips the front of the tongue while the finish is a slow fade of coffee, toffee, and deep, dry malt.

This is a very nice winter warmer and would benefit from a nice natural vanilla ice cream bowl and a roaring fire.

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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 geodonnokepyo
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark black beer with minimal head (from a very vigorous pour, mind you). Smells like chocolate, coffee, and possibly a little vanilla. There is a strange cooling sensation when the nostrils breathe in the smell. Smell lingers throughout the beer's entirety. Tastes of a little chocolatey with the most prominent flavor being the coffee. Hop bitterness does a good job of mimicking black coffee. The feel of this beer is a little rough around the edges, I would say; creamy at first but then comes boozy heat. A pretty solid beer, but there are definitely better representations of this style out there.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Standard pour barely creates any disturbance in this abyss-like brew, resulting in a barely 1/4 finger mocha head that dissipates into nothingness as quickly as it forms. This beer is as dark and oily as any I've ever seen. Lacing is stringy and spotty with near no cling.

S: Epic coffee with a touch of roasted chocolate sweetness, brownie, and liquorice. Nose does not attempt to deceive and is intensly aromatic.

T: Sweet at the outset mixed with a light coffee bitterness that almost tastes milky in parts. Slight touch of bubbles tickles my palate, preparing it for more. Touch of booziness at the middle mixed with sweet chocolate and dark fruit (prunes, raisins). Coffee flavor comes back towards the end but is never really bitter but more of a mixed, cocoa powder flavor. Finish is messy, leaving noticeable coffee stains.

M: Medium to full bodied, with light carbonation and very smooth and oily. Beer easily swirls around and coats the entire palate. Finish is messy, aftertaste lingers long after the beer is gone.

D: I'm not really sure what to say about this beer. Flavor is complex and there's no doubt the mouthfeel is very very good. Still, it doesn't live up to the epic pour and nose. A bit too carbonated in parts and with a coffee that screams to stand out but never really gets a chance to. You have to experience this one for yourself. Definitely worth a visit.

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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 Sideswipe
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of Jodan & mnbearsfan, poured into a tulip.

A- An aggressive pour yields three fingers of mocha colored foam atop the very dark beer.

S- The aroma is overwhelming coffee. Some sweet, roasted malt come through, but the emphasis is on the java.

T- Starts off sweet and roasty with a major coffee presence entering mid palate. I detect notes of bitter chocolate and toffee. The finish is sweet and bitter with a lingering coffee aftertaste.

M- Feel is surprisingly light for the style. Appropriate carbonation lends a nice, creamy texture to the beer. ABV is skillfully masked by the wonderful coffee flavor profile.

O- A very tasty offering from Terrapin. The most coffee forward coffee beer I've experienced to date. The flavors meld together flawlessly to provide an enjoyable twist on the Impy Stout style. Recommended.

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Photo of bonkers
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in Secret Santa '11. The pour is motor oil thick, the head is thin and tan. The aroma is pure Jittery Joes coffee, I have a can, and is awesome. The flavor is pure coffee, IMO a little too dominating. The coffee flavor dominates the flavor and while it is wonderful, no other flavors can be appreciated. The body is full, good carbonation for the style, no noticeable alcohol. I liked it, but for me the coffee was just too strong.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottling. Tulip glass.

A: Pours black, not unlike coffee, with thin film of very light tan head which quickly disappears except for the ring. Some lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, and slight nuttiness.

T: Again, chocolate, malt, coffee, and nuts. Very well balanced, none of the flavors overwhelms. I was also pleasantly surprised by the acidity and crispness to this one; not your typical thick, syrupy Imperial Stout.

M: Light carbonation, medium body, some tannins/mouth drying qualities (presumably from the coffee). The oatmeal contributes to a smooth mouthfeel.

O: Pleasant and quite drinkable, although not overly complex. Pairs well with dessert (or breakfast, I suppose).

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Photo of Enola
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Release

This beer pours like syrup. It is jet black with a very small tan head. The smell is really hard to detect but there is hints of coffee and oatmeal. The taste is strongly of coffee. As the beer warms the oatmeal becomes more evident. There is a little bitterness as well. The mouthfeel has smoothed out over the past year to make this beer quite drinkable. This beer is certainly getting better with age.

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Photo of ccg
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Terrapin Wake-N-Bake
Look: quarter inch of light brown foam, gritty legs, not much lacing. 3.75
Smell: Some smokiness, lots of dark, roasted malt and black coffee. Some earthiness from the hops and coffee mingling together. 4.0
Taste: Smooth black coffee, a little bit chocolatey from the malt, slight acidic taste in the background. 4.0
Mouthfeel: Nice round feel typical of oatmeal stouts. 3.75
Overall: Great coffee stout, but falls a little short of Founders Breakfast Stout. 3.75

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Photo of jwinship83
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received from yesac in trade. thanks!

Terrapin coffee oatmeal imperial stout

A- the beer comes out of the bottle into my pint looking black and thick with a coffee colored finger of sticky, lasting head.
S- coffee and roasted malts are about the only things in the nose here.
T- wow, the coffee is very dominant. Roasted malt follows, and a touch of alcohol brings up the rear. This has the most coffee in the taste of any beer ive ever tried.
M- full bodied and rather thick. Slight warming from the alcohol. Nice low level of carbonation.
D- if iced coffee contained alcohol, im sure this is what it would taste like. If youre looking for tons of coffee in your beer, this is a fantastic choice. The alcohol is very low key for an imperial stout. Im glad I got the chance to try this and wish it was for sale in my area.

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Photo of claaark13
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a HF snifter. Thanks ghost, I haven't had this in a while and enjoy this beer. 2011 bottle.

A - Pours black with a very nice, creamy and light-tan head. Eventually gets down to some thicker lacing with good retention. Falls off the side of the glass quite easily. Probably higher than a 4, but I'm rounding down.

S - Sweet, slightly strong coffee aroma. Some chocolate coming through.

T - Light yet burnt coffee, sweetness, flavors coming together in the finish. The flavors fall off in the middle and pick back up in the finish, possibly due to the body. The coffee finish is enjoyable, yet slightly burnt. I don't mind it, but that's just me.

M - On the lighter side of medium. A little more body would do the trick.

O - I could probably drink this quite often, especially if it were available to me. It is all around a very solid seasonal. I probably shouldn't have reviewed this after Birth of Tragedy.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: oh so deep dark brown. Black coffee with a swirl of creamy head.
Smell: roasted coffee. Not too harsh and also not too complex.
Taste: quite good. Coffee to be sure. Mellow (and I consider that avoid thing). Easy drinker, not much complexity.
Mouthfeel: quite thin for a imperial stout.
Overall: very nicely done. Very much anticipated this as I saw several opinions that this was superior to fbs. Nice beer but IMO opinion doesn't approach fbs.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage. Pours very dark, almost black with one of the darker heads I've ever seen, a dark brown that slowly turns lighter and all too quickly fades. No real lacing. The smell is all roasted coffee beans up front, with some winey malt at the back end. The taste starts out with some of the same sort of vinous flavors found in the aroma, progresses to some slightly metallic flavors with some noticeable hops,then a creamy sweet coffee flavor and a late slightly sour coffee finish. Decent quality cofee was obviously used and the coffee flavor is quite pronounced- in fact, it tastes more like the whole bean than a cupof coffee. Mouthfeel is predominantly creamy, with a lot of fizzy/creamy carbonation and medium weight. Pretty drinkable, but a little too one dimensional to make it a regular habit. A little too much coffee, I preferred the 2006.

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Photo of ABHatter
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this bottle in a trade from JTROCKCHALK.
2008 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into Southern Tier tulip. Pours with a 10W 30 like consistency. Carbonation is pretty solid, Tiny bubbles produce a mild cascading effect. Close to jet black color with a chocolate frosting/ Semi rusty colored head that disappears almost as quickly as the cascading effect does.

S-French Roast Coffee, Molassess, Oatmeal cookies. Mild dark chocolate, Coffee is clearly the dominating smell.

T- The label is not lying! Big Coffee flavor upfront, Dark chocolate & Oats linger in the background. Balance is very good. I was expecting a sickningly sweet stout, And I found it to be the complete opposite.

M-Exceptional! Leaves sort of a creamy dry finish. I like how the sweetness is toned down leaving a black coffee like aftertaste.

D-Drinkability seems to be pretty good. I would most likely stop at 1 or 2. But due to the toned down sweetness, I do find this to be quite easy to drink considering the style.

Great beer from Terrapin. I wish that I had another bottle to age, so that I could compare the two over time.

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Photo of mnapier
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Monster 2006 Beer Tour" bottle in an Authentic German style Luettich Balloon glass

Tasting Temp 50° (previous in a 33° refrigerator)

If Stephen Hawking was to review the clarity of this beer, I would be reading more about Einstein and the universe, truly a black hole of darkness in a glass.
Much like the brewery mascot that is featured on the bottle label, the head retention is timid almost scared as only a small fringe of white is present on the outer rim.
As I swirl the glass around, half full of this possibly barrel aged, coffee aromatic, ale, I am compelled to still seek a hint of hops, although yet to be classified.
A casual sip, hits my tongue and reminds me of roasted coffee, curious espresso, with minor amounts of woodiness. Overall mouth feel, comes off as medium.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is beer #4 from the blind beers BIF. Sent to me by MMAJYK Reviewed totally blind.

ok #4 is an Imperial Stout. I dont even need to smell it or taste it. It was so dark I could tell it was going to be a black beer through the brown glass bottle. It poured out like the crude spilling from BP's well. Thick, slow and rich looking. The carbonation (what little there seems to be) struggles to rise up through its thick body. It settles to nothing with very little evidence left behind.

This is one that needs a little bit of time to open up. My fridge kept it too cold. Once it warms I can pick up lots of coffee, vanilla, oak, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits and berries and roast.

Taste is good but not crazy intense like so many RIS's. Lots of coffee, sweet dark fruits and berries, vanilla and grassy, earthy hops around the end.

Carbonation is very prickly at first. Much more than I expected. It kinda disrupts the full body. I would like to see more creaminess here.

Turns out this was an '08 vintage. Very generous.

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Photo of bbothen
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My 3rd stop on the Monster Beer tour. First review of such.

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams beer glass.

Thick. Pours pitch black with a small espresso colored head that disappears quickly. Leaves a bubbly ring around the glass.

Big roasted coffee nose. Some sweetness, oatmeal cookie, chocolate, malted milk aromas.

Tastes of coffee, oatmeal, chocolate milk, bitter chocolate, a slight booze. Tastes like a Nestle milk drink. Except more delicious.

Full bodied, smooth, creamy, a nicely carbonated.

The big coffee & sweet flavors make this a one bottle session for me.

Enjoyable brew. A real breakfast stout. Will gladly have again. If you love coffe stouts, or unusual beers in general, you owe it to yourself to try this one. Nice work Terrapin.

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Photo of psuwiz99
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with dark brown head

S - definitely smells like coffee (almost burnt). Actually was worried that the flavor would be too burnt as well, I was wrong...

T - The taste surprised after the smell. Can really taste the coffee, very roasty, and definitely some chocolate (i want a cookie or brownie with this).

M - Mouthfeel was nice, just the right about of carbonation, and it goes down smooth.

O - Very solid overall. The ABV is hidden well behind the roasty coffee and chocolate flavors. I'd really like to have this beer with dessert.

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