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 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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Photo of grub
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

got this one in a trade with pugman. thanks larry!

12oz bottle, 2006 monster beer tour (though there is an "07" in marker on the cap, not sure if that means anything...).

pours inky black and thick as motor oil. a very small brown head rises from an aggressive pour and quickly falls to a ring around the glass. no lace.

aroma is great. coffee and dark chocolate. alcohol. lots of roast. toasted multi-grain bread. hard to get much else behind the coffee and chocolate, but that's not a bad thing.

taste is great. low bitterness level. coffee. dark and milk chocolate. light alcohol. huge malt. toasted multi-grain bread again. good roast. bit of caramel sweetness. bit of almost salty mineral quality. sweetness feels a bit high.

mouthfeel is good. silky smooth. medium-high carbonation is a bit high. nice big body.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. the carbonation takes away from the drinkability a little, but swirling it for a while helps.

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Photo of jmhart
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black and thick, thicker than anything I've had, and I've had more than my share of imperial stouts. Pours like thick muddy coffee (surprise surprise, right?). Moderate pour yields a rich brown head, that leaves a strong lace and moderate webbing.

S - Espresso elements hit first. If your an espresso person, this has a strong resemblance to esspressos with heavy berry aromas. After the berry/espresso, a semi-sweet bitterness hits like that of cold espresso. The coffee is strong. Underneath it all is a rich roasted malt aroma that balances nicely.

T - Strong roasted malt is the most predominant flavor. The coffee takes a back seat and nearly all the bitterness that was in the aroma is not present in the taste. There's some mild earthy hoppiness in the middle, and a bittersweet chocolate finish.

M- Thick with no carbonation. Rolls and coats the mouth with that same consistency of evaporated milk.

D- It's a good beer, but heavy. Drinkability is high at first, but after about 9 ounces it starts to become repetitive and daunting.

Overall- Really enjoyable throughout the first one, but I imagine the other 3 from my 4 pack will hang out in the fridge for a month or two, dwindling in number slowly.

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

The color is a nice black with tan ring around the rim, and very little lacing. The nose is coffee, roasted malts, and a little touch of bitter chocolate. The taste is about the same. It's bitter coffee, and a tad bit of bitter chocolate finish. It's boasts roasted malts and bitter coffee finish. Overall not bad. Worth a shot if you have the means.

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

Purchased a bottle at Fathead's in Pittsburgh.

A- Pours very dark, almost black, and opaque. Very little dark brown head.

S- Strong dark roasted coffee scent

T- Very coffee like, subtle bitterness, no alcohol burn

M- Creamy, very smooth, a nice thick coating on the tongue

D- Very nice, although one or two in a session would be sufficient with the strong flavors

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

A - Pours thick and has a opaque black body. Thin coffee colored head with some okay lacing.

S - Mixture of roasted and raw coffee. A little chocolate.

T - Lots of coffee with some chocolate mixed in. Heavy coffee bitter back notes.

M - Thick body with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy feeling

D - Pretty easy to drink and pretty enjoyable.

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

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

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

This beer poured an opaque black color with a small tan head that left some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma reminded me of espresso and a little bit of roasted malt. Other than that, not much smell. Taste was very good however, with notes of espresso coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and dark malt. As the beer warmed I could also taste a little bit of sourness, but it meshed pretty well with the overall taste of the beer. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Alcohol was barely evident and it was easy drinking for a beer of this strength(8.1% as stated on the bottle). Don't drink this one too cold though. I noticed that as it warmed to cellar temperature, the flavors became much more pronounced.

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

poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.

pours pitch black with small head that quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing.

oatmeal and dark roasted coffee dominate the nose heavily. maybe a touch too much coffee? there is no denying this is a coffeel stout. faint bits of bitter chocolate in the background try to poke through.
roasted grains and coffee rule the taste as well.

very viscous yet not really thick feeling... ok drinkability: the super roasty-ness starts to wear you down after a while.

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

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Dark espresso, almost black, light medium brown lacing, almost no internal carbonation

S: Very fragrant, extreme coffee grounds, very mild cocoa, some sweetness but very heavy espresso notes

T: Tastes how it smells, truly feels like drinking a black iced coffee, a little alcohol on the finish, but so heavy on the espresso it's difficulty to report on anything else

M: Quite smooth despite its heavy taste and nose, again, if I woke up to find this in a mug and I drank it I can't say I wouldn't believe it to be coffee, definitely a bit lingering on the palate, strong espresso aftertaste

O: A coffee lover's dream, a but too heavy on the single flavor in my opinion, but for how it's advertised it certainly delivers

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

a 2007 vintage courtesy of deuane-thanks.

a solid black pour produces 2 fingers of mocha colored head which reduces quickly into an attractive collar. the coffee aroma seems muted-certainly it has faded in the 2 or so years. regardless, coffee mingles comfortably with fudge, coco, and molasses. i even detect just a hint of licorice-like spicyness. the full bodied coffee aroma is just right-that is, not too burnt or acrid smelling. i feel bad giving this a 3.5 for the aroma, i'm sure it's seen better days, but it is what it is.

the taste it seems has not suffered much over time. i've only sampled fresh wake-n-bake once and i can safely say that the coffee is more muted, but in some ways the flavors are even more well intergrated. the harmony of black coffee and dark chocolate is well done. a clean bitter finish from the hops that have without a doubt faded from the nose.

mouthfeel is spot-on, thank you oatmeal. medium bodied, smooth, creamy, and gentle carbonation. well-crafted, easily could knock back a few on a cold night. alcohol is warming, but does not detract from its drinkability.

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Photo of bboven
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as tar with a light brown head that lasts. Very little lacing.

Lots of coffee, but that's to be expected. There's also a bit of chocolate and alcohol going on as well.

Initially very sweet, I'd swear there was chocolate in this one. The coffee plays a role, but doesn't come out as strong as other I've had in this genre. There's a lot of alcohol in the taste as well, though, and a slightly plastic-like aftertaste.

Feels like silk. Low carbonation, sticks really well all over your mouth. Wonderful.

The only cons to this beer is the slight alcohol taste and aroma and the kinda weird aftertaste. Bot are forgivable, though.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black, opaque. Filtered. Started with a decent head but fell flat. Real flat, like no head what so ever. This beer could have been so much better with a beautiful pillowy head.

Aggressive coffee flavors, much more than oatmeal. Richness comes thru as it opens up.

Mouthfeel not as creamy as I would have hoped.

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Photo of 700Uave
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thanks goes out to CurtisMcArthur for this.

poured into a snifter. dark brown/black in color with a darker than tan head. the only light that comes through when held to a lamp is on the rim of the surface. laces very well.

burnt smells, lots of espresso, faint amount of chocolate and heat. some sweetness as well.

the taste is reminiscient of Founders Breakfast stout but not as complex. The coffee doesnt come through in the taste as well as I expected. slight metallic finish with burnt flavors dominating. hops provide bitterness in the backbone. had to search a bit for the oatmeal flavor but once it warmed up it was much easier to identify.

mouthfeel is on point. nice carbonation with a thick body. a smooth beer overall. the nice carbonation and smooth feel of this beer makes it pretty drinkable. A quality offering from Terrapin here - I enjoyed it.

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