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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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of HerculesRM
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's dark-brown to black with a creamy brown head. The overwhelming flavor is that of dark roasted coffee with hints of chocolate and toffee. Not too much of alcohol taste despite a high gravity.

As I've mentioned before, my wife Lauren is pregnant (with my child). She's about 12 weeks along at this point, and since she's not yet showing we wanted to take one last little vacation, just the two of us. We made our way down to coast to Jekyll Island, GA and stayed at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, a really nice turn-of-the-last-century hotel with charm and style.
Vacations aren't really my thing, but being married to Lauren I understand they are necessary. I usually have a good time anyway, but to sweeten the deal for me, Lauren usually finds a pub to take me to wherever we go. This trip she took me to Vincent's Pub on the hotel grounds. It's a tiny little place (its 2 rooms couldn't accommodate more than 20 people) with an 8 foot bar, 1 tap, and 18 beers by the bottle. The atmosphere here is very cool, they have autographed photos of past Masters winners and towels from past Ryder's Cup winners (dried sweat and all) framed all over the place. The beer selection includes a couple offerings from Terrapin Beer Company, a Georgia brewery.
I ordered a Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout. The bartender felt the need to warn me that it was an $8 bottle of beer (she seemed to have PTSD from a previous patron's response to the bill), but it was worth every penny. It's dark-brown to black with a creamy brown head. The overwhelming flavor is that of dark roasted coffee with hints of chocolate and toffee. Not too much of alcohol taste despite a high gravity. Epic. Delicious. I wish I had one right now.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured almost black with a two finger fluffy brown head that faded to a nice thick film that left some great lacing.
Smell: Huge coffee ground aromas, along with some very nice caramel, cinnamon and toffee notes
Taste: Dark chocolate, coffee, raisin, black cherry and caramel flavors. There's a lotta things going on in this beer, and all of them meld superbly.
Mouthfeel: thick and creamy, really lies on the tongue well.
Overall: This is extremely well done, there's a lot of complexity in this beer, but it all works so well together. Superb stout!

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Photo of jwc215
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely black with a thin tan head that soon becomes a swirl and a ring around the edge. Soon after, that too disappears.
Even for a high abv such as this, I was hoping for at least minimal head retention.

The smell is of oatmeal grains, dark chocolate and roasted coffee grains. Altogether reminiscent of an oatmeal cookie soaked in bitter coffee.

The taste is wonderful. Rich, creamy bittersweet chocolate and robust roasted coffee beans. Sweet oatmeal is rounded out by a subtle hop bitterness. The sweetness dominates for the most part, but does not get out of control. A slight bitterness in the finish combines well with the overall sweetness. The alcohol is slight, and adds more than masks or detracts. It is almost unnoticeable, but for an occassional little kick. Nicely balanced and rich.

The feel is outstanding. Full bodied and creamy. Just enough carbonation to keep it from being too heavy and to keep it smooth. The flavors hang on for a good amount of time.

OH - how I wish this were available in my area. A work of art. Delicious and almost too drinkable!

Thanks to SilentSabre for including a couple of these!

(Was going to save the second for one of my friends who likes Oatmeal Stouts, but I have several who do...to save the decision - and to be honest - to have for myself ---both are gone...and wishing for more...)

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a bit of a dark, motor oil colored head. Not much fizz in the look. Large roasted malt and coffee notes form a wintery-stout aroma. A sip opens up flavors of roasted malts, and coffee first, with a bit of creamy, oatmeal towards the finish. The taste profile feels like you're eating breakfast and drinking coffee a bit. Mouth feel is robust and creamy. Overall, an excellent imperial stout in all aspects. The coffee forward flavor does it for me. It also feels good, which helps set it apart from other similar brews.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours extremely dark black with very little tan head that dissipates quickly. There is little or no lacing and very little visible carbonation.
S: Extremely strong notes of coffee and as it warmed up some notes of chocolate. Wonderful notes of roasted malts. I liken the aroma to that of the first cup of coffee in the morning, pleasant and welcoming.
T: The taste of coffee is very present in this beer, along with hints of bitterness in the finish - just like a great cup of coffee. There is a good amount of complexity and some notes of chocolate.
M: Slightly effervescent and surprising light for a beer this dark and with this rich an aroma and taste. Slightly creamy like a latte.
O: This is a real easy drinker and is a great complement to a weekend brunch. I wish that it was more generally available and available all year long. Unfortunately this was my last bottle and I might have to wait a while to get my hands on some more. It also ages well as this was the final bottle of a six pack that I have had since 2009.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Portsmouth snifter/goblet revealing black body over a well-tanned but thin head. Smells roasty and sweet but heavy on the roasty with a lot of black coffee character in with a slight vanilla and serious malt backbone. A little kecap manis. Some raw molasses notes in there as well.

Tastes big and flavorful with a raw chocolate sweetness and rich maltiness up front that transitions well to the bitter astringent coffee. The aftertaste is like you are chewing on gourmet dark chocolate-covered espresso beans. Very well-preserved coffee character. Vanilla and cacao fruitiness are again predominant. It's great with the little age that it has, very balanced with a clean finish. Wonder what fresh is like. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, but with a body-building tingling carbonation. Very drinkable. Thoroughly enjoyable.

I would love to have this one again!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle, opened Jan 2015.

A - Coffee black with a rim of dark brown highlights. Dark khaki head settles into a medium halo with ok retention and low lace.

S - Huge fresh, dry coffee ground aroma. Cinnamon, oatmeal, and raisin finish.

T - Soft, restrained, and semi-sweet. Smooth soft roast coffee, dark chocolate truffles, burnt bread, touch of molasses, toasted oatmeal, and cream.

M - Medium-full frame. Smooth, almost creamy finish.

O - A really solid coffee stout. One of the better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of Biggness
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours very dark with a tan head and dwcwnt lacing. The smell is BIG and full of chocolate and coffee hints. The flavor as well is very big and very well balanced, nice coffee flavors, hints of chocolate and very malty YUM! A nice creamy mouthfeel with a good carbonation level and a nicely drinable brew.

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Photo of AmitC
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter on a cold spring morning.

Less than a finger thick shining brown colored head that recedes slowly into a thin dark tan colored head. Very thick dark chocolate brown color while pouring. Pitch black inside the glass. Excellent lacing. Decent retention. Opaque.

Aroma is full of good grounded coffee. Typical pungent coffee bean smell fills the nose. Dark roasted malts in the background. Strong nose. A little bit of chocolate sweetness and some booze.

Taste is excellent as well. A lot of smooth oatmeal stuff blended with dark roasted malts. Coffee again dominates the flavor. A lot of charred and burnt up flavors. A good imperial bitterness to the beer both by hops and the burnt up malts. A bit of alcohol warmth. Finish is bitter with lasting impression of coffee.

Mouth feel is full bodied with good thickness and viscosity. Some alcohol warmth.

A very well made Imperial coffee stout.

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

Poured a pretty oily and viscous pitch black. Which is a pleasant surprise as I find most coffee added stouts are thinned out. Nice foamy mocha colored head with good retention and spotty lacing.

Nose is quite nice. Full of dark nutty oatmeal right off the bat with robust fresh coffee beans. Great coffee bean smell as opposed to coffee.

Coffee is most prominent in the flavor which is great. Also brown sugar oatmeal, roasted nuts and a bit of molasses. Very pleasant coffee lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is great. Very creamy smooth. Full bodied which is great for a coffee stout. Medium carbonation.

Overall this is a very well made coffee stout! Wish I had constant access to this.

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

Poured this stout into my favorite 16oz mug. This is about as black as a beer can get - I held this to the light for a minute and couldn't find any color other than the 2 fingers of nice tan head sitting on top.

A wonderful coffee aroma is all over the air - can smell it within 5 feet of my mug. Also get some chocolate / vanilla hints and some roasted malt scents when I get my nose up in there. The coffee flavor certainly lives up to its smell, big and bold, with some of that chocolate coming through in the back.

This is at the very least on the upper end of medium bodied, probably more of a full bodied stout though. A great mouthfeel, thick and chewy, but smooth enough to be quite drinkable.

I think this is every bit as good as other coffee stouts - it is about 2 months old, and the big coffee flavor is still as good as it was the day I bought it. I think the coffee tends to fade faster in other similar stouts - the Wake n Bake can certainly hang with the best of them!

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Photo of DrewShal9
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Prescott and David first and foremost!
A: pitch black with a light khaki 2 fingers thick head
S: espresso that mellows out to a vanilla latte mocha. Very intense and complex
T: as the nose depicts, coffee flavors meld with vanilla and chocolate. Some tinges of charred wood and a hint of coconut?
M: medium bodied but very creamy.
O: the hype is not hype but rather accurate for what fellow BAs state about this brew. Very tasty and worth it. Just wish I had open access to this one. May be able to compete with Founders breakfast stout!

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

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. ABout time I got my hands on this beer. Thanks Virginia!

A great oily almost, but nearly black pour out of the bottle, hits with a ridiculous creamy dark brown cocoa head formation. Lots of staying power on the head, a good sheen, and real nice edges. Impressive.

Fantastic nose. Earthy coffee, with roast bean action, but really gives way to something more impressive. Soil. Incredibly earthy, dirty, just real grit in your teeth smelling.

Palate is ridiculous creamy and silky. Rich coffee with a milky texture upon the taste. Rich coffee with a hint of sweet cream, milky, but a good backbone and nothing watery.

Overall, this might be one of the best coffee beers I ever had.

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

Terrpian Wake and Bake imperial coffee oatmeal stout

Look 9/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 93/100

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

Born on date is not marked. Bottle does show Monster Beer Tour 2006
Poured into pint glass
This is the darkest beer I've seen yet. Thick black. Imagine your flashlight going out inside a cave. Yeah that black. Thin whispy tan head that disappears.
Smell is sweeter than I was expecting. Dark chocolate, molassas, liccorice.
Man this is easy drinking for an Impy Stout. Sweet and roasted up front. Some smokiness. Some fruit makes a guest appearance. Coffee presents itself in the finish. Feels thick and creamy in the mouth. Mouthfeel is the highlight of this overall excellent beer for me. I like to just let it set in my mouth for a little bit.
Way too drinkable for an Impy Stout or any 8% beer for that matter.
This is another hit from the guys at Terrapin. Highly recommend and it's worth seaking out.

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

This has been one of my favorite coffee stouts for a while. Last night a buddy and I did a little vertical of '08, '09, and '10.

Appearance wise they all pour about the same, black with a tinge of brown head but not much to speak of.

Nose is where you start to see the differences. 2010 is up front big coffee and roast, 2009 the coffee is there but has a gentler affect leaving a slightly sweeter smell, and 2008 the roast and coffee are just a hint as most of the coffee has faded.

Taste follows what you smell. 2010 had a big rich body with plenty of coffee notes throughout and just a touch of alcohol, although it's hidden quite well. 2009 has rounded out with the body feeling a little creamier and the coffee still there just not smacking you in the taste buds. 2008 tasted pretty bland compared to the other two. I'd say its a solid stout still on its own, but compared to what it once was it's a shadow of itself.

Overall this beer holds up well over time. I'm well aware that coffee fades in these beer, so if you're expectations are to age it and still get a taste bud punch of coffee then you need to skip that and drink fresh. But if you know what you're getting into it's a pleasant surprise when you crack one after 1-1.5 years. The 2008 was definitely pushing it, so I'd keep that in mind if planning to age.

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

2013 edition

A: poured into a snifter to a very viscous black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head that fades quickly to a small collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: smells of loads of coffee some roasted malts and a little chocolate
T: taste is coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate chocolate. very smooth and well blended flavors with the swallow bringing more roasted malt, toasted marshmallow, coffee and a little more chocolate
M: full and creamy on the palate with a nice mouthfeel from the oats. carbonation is soft from bottle conditioning and feels perfect. the finish on this beer is just slightly drying
O: a very good beer with great flavors and complexity. I'm sure the coffee shined a little brighter when it was fresh but it aged very well. definitely one to try if you like coffee stouts.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - 12 oz bottle, recieved in week 2 powerball BiF. THANK YOU!!!

A - Pours black, period. Head is a healthy 2 finger and a half of chocolate foam, then reduced to a patchy surface on the beer. very nice.

S - coffee hits first and hard, slight dark chocolate, anise, good roast to it, very fresh smelling (coffee wise) like I'm in a coffee shop and theyre roasting the coffee right there. no alcohol detected. totally dig it.

T - coffee, molasses, chocolate, slighty fruity twang, slight nuttiness in there as well. man thats good. bitter and sweet very well balanced. not a hint of alcohol.

M - creamy, viscous, slick finish that lingers just enough.

D - first of all, I could smell this all damn day. second of all, there is no fatigue. I am finding new things to enjoy about it with every drink. damn fine ale.

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

Poured from bottle purchased at flying saucer in Nashville. Pours a deep black with tan sticky head into pint glass. Thiss looks awesome.
Smell is nothing short of orgasmic. It literally smells like a cup of coffee. ..with a slight hint of roasted malts.
Taste is just perfect coffee. ..espresso really. Not much else...
I wish I can break this down into more flavors but I cant. Its alcoholic coffee and its amazing. Quite possibly my fav coffee brew out there.

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Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is bottle from 2009 poured into a Chimay goblet. This is one of my favorites, so I'm excited to review it.

Appearance: Pours jet black with no light coming through at all. There is a finger and a half dark tan head that goes away and leaves just a layer of carbonation.

Smell: The initial smell that I pick up is bitter coffee. I'm sure this has mellowed a bit since this is an aged bottle. I'm also picking up roast and a nutty characteristic as well.

Taste: I love this beer. The flavor is super smooth. There is definitely still a dominant coffee presence. From the coffee I'm getting some bitterness, roast, and a nutty flavor as well. There are also hints of dark chocolate. I would also say there is a creamyness in the flavor as well. Given the abv, I would expect more sweetness, but there really isn't much, but it isn't needed. There is a little bit of alcohol at the end of each sip.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick, but not motor oil thick. There is a mild amount of smooth carbonation, seems to be perfect. All in all, super smooth.

Overall: Did I mention that I love this beer. It has a perfect amount of coffee, and there is no super sweetness. Very smooth and I'll definitely be picking up more in the future.

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

Pours a pitch black with a small mocha head. Not much retention and some lace, but that's expected. So dark and mysterious.

Big coffee aroma hits immediately. Espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and some dark fruit as well. Vanilla and nutty notes round things out.

Just like in the aroma coffee is the first flavor. Bittersweet chocolate steps in and helps balance all the roast. Big flavors yet smoother and more mellow than expected - perhaps the oatmeal's contribution. Alcohol is very well hidden with no burn, and adds just a touch of spice. Finishes smooth with lingering roasted bitterness.

Full bodied, smooth, rich, and creamy. Well balanced - roasted flavor does not overwhelm and the alcohol is barely detectable. I could easily sip on this for some time. Had this beer instead of my morning coffee and it was a perfect replacement.

You must drink this beer at room temp or just below. The first bottle I had was just about straight from the fridge. Thin, watery, and overwhelming coffee/dark roast. This time I let it sit out on the counter for an hour and it was much fuller, smoother, and much more balanced. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Ri0
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz bottle into chalice.

A - pours dark coffee black with a thin 1 finger mocha head. Disappears and does not leave behind lacing.

S - Notes of dark roast coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Sweet hints of milk chocolate, caramel, marshmallows, and cocoa. Roasted malts also mixed in.

T - Roasted coffee, bold bitter chocolate with marshmallows. Subdued notes of rich caramel and milk chocolate. Roasted maltiness on the finish. No noticeable alcohol flavor.

M - Rich, creamy and full bodied, just like an oatmeal stout should be.

O - This is an excellent coffee stout. It's right up there with FBS and I recommend trying it if you are ever in the Carolinas.

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Photo of 6thomas3
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Preface: Seasonal 2010

Appearance - Dark and sulky blackholesque coloration provides zero light penetration or escape once beyond the event horizon, gorgeous half inch chocolate brown head with generous head retention and full bodied lacing adheres to the side of my mug

Smell - Brilliant coffee notes, deep and rich cocoa aromas permeate throughout with subtle burnt wood chips wrapped in a delightful sweet smelling chocolate

Taste - Exceptional coffee and chocolate milk flavor on a medium body the strikes fiercely with creamy alcohol

Mouthfeel - Magnificent smoothness, uniform bite, and an impressive slick feel blend all these wonderful flavors in an exceptional manner that challenges the palate with complex interaction

Overall - Glorious beer that I have lofty regards for and would recommend to anyone

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle obtained on trade (thanks, GmRFx!), 2012 vintage, poured into my The Bruery "Rue the Day - June 15th 2013" snifter glass, drank 12/4/13 over an hour

A: 3/3 - pitch black with reddish hues on the edges, no clarity, poured with a tight frothy white head that settled into a subtle glass lacing with minimal residuals. mild carbonation, moderate alcohol legs

S: 11/112 - big coffee/espresso, oatmeal, tobacco and leather notes with some alcohol --> fantastic aroma!

T: 18/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's moderate bitterness supplied by the coffee and roasted malts; in the middle of the mouth, it's mostly creamy malt complexity with some residual alcohol; moderate sweet aftertaste but not cloying, invites sip after sip

M: 4/5 - incredibly creamy mouthfeel, big body from the oatmeal, especially impressive in the context of moderate carbonation

O: 9/10 - wow, really great imperial stout! I love the coffee and espresso qualities with some residual sweetness; definitely up there with Founders Breakfast Stout --> recommended if you can hunt some down (again, thanks so much, GmRFx!...I owe you for this one)

TOTAL = 45/50

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Photo of jc85
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance-Pours a thick jet black, nice 1 finger of light brown head that leaves great lacing. Great looking beer.

Smell- Coffee is the big kicker in this one. Once it started to warm up a bit, i could really smell the oatmeal. Hints of vanilla, and maybe chocolate, but it could just be the coffee brand they use.

Taste- Just like the nose suggests, its alot of coffee, tastes like a cup of coffee that got cold. Great taste for this style.

Mouthfeel- Definitly my favorite part of the beer, really thick and creamy. It just coates your entire palate. Its almost like your drinking cold half and half. I love it.

Drinkability- The alcohol is hidden well by everything else, I could definitly drink an entire 4-pack in a night. I cant wait to see how this one will taste with a little age on it.

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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