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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 beerbully
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from bottle
A-dark black with brown inch head that fadesrather quickly. Thick lacing that coats the side of the glass

S-sweet mocha coffee, slight roastiness, picking up some toffee or hazelnut

T-Taste initially follows the nose followed by a rush of black licorice. rather sweet finish that lingers for a while followed by some burnt coffee

M-This one really coats the mouth. Its thick, frothy, chewy. Drinks like a shake.

O-Liking this one quite a bit. Full body, a lot of bold flavors, nice warm finish. Well done

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Graebner
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours as black as hell with a small half-finger of bark brown head on top. The head disappears almost immediatly, leaving you staring into the obsidian depths. This beer is black, and I mean so black you can hold it to a light and literally not see a thing. Awesome.

Smells like a smack in the face of coffee, moreso than any other coffee stout I've had. It's like sticking your face in a coffee bag. Also butterscotch and vanilla and some sweet tobacco smokiness.

Taste is roasted malty sweetness and a lot of coffee. Also that rich tobacco flavor. Toffee and more roasted malts. Hops are indiscernable, bitterness comes from the coffee and roast.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and smooth, and I figure that's the oatmeal coming through. Moderate carbonation and a medium-heavy body; I wouldn't say it finishes cleanly, but it's not cloying and not unpleasant. Light on the stomach, too.

Drinkability is A+. This was a runaway favorite at the last local brewfest, and I kept coming back between trying others. Easily sessionable, though the abv might sneak up on you. Still, one you could drink all night long, and I expect it would do you right. Terrapin wins again (try the RyePA, too).

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Photo of 4amepiphany
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a trade from thatoneguymike. Was supposed to get a CnR WnB but the Polar Vortex killed it. So he send a second box with this in it!

A delicious coffee stout. A little sweet, that's how I like it. Blew Founders Breakfast Stout, my coffee go-to, out of the water.

A - DARHK, Black. Coffee colored head that retains. I like to judge some beers by the color of the head. Usually can't go wrong.

S - Coffee, caramel, licorice, molasses, toffee, vanilla.

T - Wonderful fresh, not coffee from your local 7-11, but coffee from a specialty shop. It's delicious for a non barrel aged coffee stout. A hint of sweetness, not overpowering. I keep sipping the damn thing. Alcohol is well hidden, doesn't make me cringe one bit.

M - Full bodied. Definitely not watery. I dislike stouts that are watery. If I wanted watery, I'd be drinking something else. Sticks to your palate, but doesn't overpower it. That's why you keep sipping.

Overall, a wonderful offering from Terrapin. Probably my favorite non BA coffee stout as of today. It ruined a lot of coffee stouts for me, including Pipeworks Coffee Abduction and Breakfast Stout. If you know something comparable to this or better, please PM me.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pitch black, viscous, not much head to speak of
Smell - TONS of coffee! Roasted malts for days. Nutty, anise/black licorice, hints of smokiness
Taste - Dark roasted coffee, nutty, slight chocolate
Feel - Great mouthfeel, smooth and coats the palate nicely

Overall - My favorite beer from Terrapin. Blows Founders Breakfast Stout away in my opinion.

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Photo of Shaw
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage enjoyed in June 2009.

Pours totally black, without much of a head, despite a hard pour.

What an aroma! A great, rich coffee smell that has hints of cream. This is one of the best-smelling beers out there.

The taste is awesome. The flavors of coffee combine with sweet malty notes without the tannin bite you would expect from coffee or stout.

Of course, the body is smooth and glassy with a velvet quality from the oatmeal.

This is one of the best stouts on the planet. Seek it out; it will not disappoint.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appears black (SRM 40+) with late building, dark walnut cream that reaches one inch before settling to a half an inch, leaving patchy lace on a PBGC Hoppy Glass.

The aroma is sweet with deep roasted malt. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate interplay with molasses and fudge brownie, against a background of light, smoky maple syrup. Warmth brings out plum pudding and hard sauce.

The flavor is reminiscent of chocolate pancakes. While well balanced, the bitter-sweetness is strong, with a hint of sourness. This one generally follows the nose, with an emphasis on molasses. The finish is long and subtle with a slight bitterness.

A full body almost dense syrupy texture. Alcohol is as expected with a modest carbonation and residual sugar.

This is a wonderfully relaxing Imperial Stout that pairs well with a cool autumn night of silence and sensory deprivation. This highlights an explosive aroma/flavor experience. Also works well with roasted chicken.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark black with a half inch light brown head. The head quickly rose up and then dissipated into a thin ring with some spotty lacing. Big, big roasted coffee notes with some accompanying toasted oats. Smells and tastes great! A nice full bodied stout the goes down smooth. Some bitterness and stickiness lingers around the mouth. A wonderfully flavored brew and so glad I was able to try this one!

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another "gots list" extra from tayner. Nice...

This one pours a mirrored dark black with a thin collar of creamy tan sustained by some sluggish little bubbles.

Smells of luscious, slick coffee blended in with some creamy breakfast cereals and a touch of milk chocolate. The prominence and presence of the crisp coffee of this one is one for the record books.

The flavor starts too with the same nearly magical coffee that blends in effortlessly with an earthy grain with a dash of wheat. There's a slight boozy sting to this one, but it doesn't last lone. Finishes off with a touch of oaky smoke.

Feels a bit sluggish and dense with a fine, thickening carbonation. Considering the flavors present, it was expected, but it seemed a little on the "too thick" side.

A classic without question.

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Photo of BeerArtEtc
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a two-finger, reddish brown, bubbly head and smells of freshly roasted coffee beans and oatmeal cookies. It's a robust brew with 6 types of malts and 2 types of hops. Roasted coffee is, of course, the primary flavor. There are also notes of bittersweet chocolate and an oatmeal nuttiness. The finish is perfectly bitter. The flavor lasts long after the glass is empty, as does the lacing. Wake'n'Bake has an excellent mouthfeel - creamy and rich with just the right amount of carbonation. Excellent served cold or room temperature.

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Photo of BurnsTau
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, jet black color with a great brown head that sticks around for a while. Great lacing as well.

The smell of this beer is absolutely awsome, coffee, chocolate and a slightly alchoholic bite in it. The taste is just as good, mostly up front malts and slight hoppiness. Good coffee and chocolatey taste and the alchohol is slightly noticable but just adds to the beer. Medium-heavy body and good medium carbonation.

This was an incredible stout. Good and strong and the flavors all work together wonderfully, highly recommended.

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Photo of Buebie
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you gford217 for this bottle!

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with a vintage '08 stamp on the lable.
We are just a few days outside 2008, so I assume its still good.
Poured into an oversized snifter, semi-rigerously.
2 fingers of dark brown head formed after a delay off the pour, that was kinda cool.
Pitch black in color with zero light penetration. It looked pretty creamy off the pour. Minimal streaks of dark colored lace.

Aroma is sooo much pungeant dark roasted coffee and bit nutty creamy wiffs of peanut butter. Just a touch of chocolate...This could pass in aroma as a Reeses peanut butter cup.
Some chocolaty sweetness, but nothing in alcahol warming, nicely hidden.

Thick and smooth with a half and half like creamyness. This is a great mouthfeel right here.
A bit of carbonation up front quickly fading to all cream.
Tastes like an iced mocha heavy on the cream with more peanut butter. Its alot like DOAB from Tyranena with much less carbonation and more creamyness.
Starting sweet and coffee like with touches of chocolate and becoming uncreasingly nutty at the swallow. The finish is a lingering sweet flavor with nuts and more coffee. Slick like mouthfeel with a milk fat lingering heavyness on my tounge.

This is really really good. I need more of these, this is going back on the wants.
I'm very happy I got to try this beer, it was more then what I thought it would be.

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Photo of spointon
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This stout poured a deep dark black-brown color with a slight ruby/cola color around the edge when held up to a light. With a hard pour down the middle of the glass, the dark tan head rose 1/2" then settled into nothingness. No lacing to speak of.

A= The aroma was full of a heavy dark malt sweetness, roasted malt bitterness, strong dark coffee beans, dark chocolate, and a modest alcohol note.

T= Sweet malt up front that quickly gets overtaken by a chocolate covered espresso bean character that was out of this world. The interplay between the sweet and the bittersweet continues through most of each swallow. A short afterthought of hops is barely detectable just prior to the fairly dry finish. Not much detectable alcohol flavor, but a nice chest/belly warmth told me it was there.

MF= Big, viscous, heavy body. Carbonation was fairly active and visible, but the sheer weight of this beer made it feel more smooth and slick than crisp (probably the oatmeal influence).

D= I was very impressed by this beer and will be trading for some more soon! Not an overly strong RIS, but easily in my top 10 for its sheer complexity of flavor. I could have a few of these in one sitting so long as I didn't have to move a lot afterward!

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 wake-n-bake release party on tap. Rich dark brown color with a large tan head. A rich coffee aroma quickly turns into a hop lovers dream. This stout is about 72 Ibu, which leaves a good hop bite on the finish. The midpalate reveals chocolate and plenty of roasted malt and dark coffee flavors. The boys at Terrapin broke out the Terrapinator device and loaded it up with three different fresh hops and some fresh cherries.What a tasty grand finally!

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Vintage 09AA) into a pint glass.

This beer is a great example of how lame being PC is. This is Wake N Bake, dammit. Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout? Come on.

Black pour. No real shocker there. The pour looks thin, which is somewhat disappointing...I was kind of hoping that a Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout would have that classic motor oil pour, but it's sadly not the case here. About a finger of rich tan foam doesn't stick around for terribly long...it evaporates into a thick halo pretty quickly, but at least the halo retains well. No real lacing on the glass, but I didn't expect any from this beer.

So, I'm always a bit hesitant to try coffee beers, because I'm not very fond of the intense roasted quality they usually possess. Wake N Bake is a different story. It's got a very rich coffee nose, and the roast is a "Oh, sweet, someone put on a pot of coffee" roast, and not a "Shit, someone spilled something on the burner, the smoke detector is going off, and it smells like the house is on fire" roast. So, yeah, that's a plus. But, aside from that, I'm smelling plenty of delicious chocolate, and that little sweet edge that I always smell in oatmeal stouts. Not really an oatmeal guy, but, for some reason, it works. Always like a good bitter/sweet balance.

As the name would suggest, coffee is the dominant flavor, beating out bittersweet chocolate. Not really getting as much of an oatmeal vibe as I did in the nose, but I'll allow it. Definitely becomes more robust with warmth. Really enjoying the coffee/hops combo bitter finish.

So...the texture is my only complaint, and it's not really a complaint. My suspicions from the pour proved mostly true...Wake N Bake is medium-full bodied, but just a tad thinner than I'd enjoy. Now, the warmth did help, and the last half of the glass was certainly thicker, but it still lacked the viscosity I've been craving lately. It's still better than most in this department.

Drinkability is sky high for an 8% imperial stout. And, honestly, the texture may have actually helped in that department. Obviously, this isn't a session beer, but it's as close to one as an imperial stout can get, as far as I'm concerned. Immensely drinkable. No hint of alcohol, except for in my stride. Great, great beer from Terrapin.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With this as my 400th review it was an honor!

A - Pours jet black and thick. Liked the creamy like texture with a nice inch of foam.

S - Well it gives you everything to offer. First on the nose you get a slight hit of coffee and then a sort of oat dryness and then a mighty strong chocolate.

T - Well I seemed to enjoy the coffee the most, which comes from a "jittery joe's coffee" place. It comes off sweet and bitter at times due to the chocolate but is quite creamy. A very smooth oatmeal stout.

M - Kind of heavy and drinkable.

D - "Let not the price be the judge of the beer" these words are pretty well spoken and even though the price of an individual was 5 bucks, I could easily see a sixer being cheaper... elsewhere. Man PA sucks sometimes for price

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Walnut brown with swirls of black. Decent mocha head, but not glamorous.

S: Oats, dark roast coffee, raisins/prune, dark and white chocolate. Evokes dark rum. A fast, sharp smelling beer that jolts the drinker's appetite.

M: Med to full body. Semi smooth. Brisk coffee. Could be described as juicy at times.

T: Sweet raisins, espresso dusted chocolate; cinnamon. Blackberry; slightly sour, slightly tannic.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very thick opaque brown/black with a thin dark mocha head that dwindled away to a thin ring. Smells of coffee and sweet chocolate. The taste was exceptional. The coffee flavor in this hits you right away and its almost all coffee. There is some chocolate and a little alcohol but not really noticeable. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected. After watching it pour like oil I was expecting some more thickness. Overall this is an amazing example of a coffee stout. I would compare it to Choklat in the sense that when they say coffee, they mean coffee.

Thank you kkipple for the opportunity to try this one!

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Photo of drrone
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a nice jet black. 1 inch of light brown head that faded to leave a nice crown of lace.

S - Great coffee presence. Malty, with chocolate and slight touch of hops(?). Coffee definitely take the center stage here, but the nose is very nice.

T - Follows suit with the nose. Coffee, coffee and more coffee. Very good. A little boozy, but I like that.

M - Very nice medium to full body. Pretty easy to drink considering it is an imperial stout. Quite pleasant.

O - Very nice beer. I was looking for a good coffee stout and this delivered perfectly. It has a strong coffee foundation, but yet a few touches of other goodies to keep it intriguing. This was from a trade, but I will buy this beer again, when I see it.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle marked Seasonal 2010 into my Duvel.

A - Black as coffee. Poured with about a one inch, creamy brown head. A sheen of lacing left on the side of the glass.

S - Oats come first on the smell with a nice coffee behind it. Has a roastiness. A very faint sweet smell.

T - Heck yes! Great coffee and dark chocolate taste. Great roasted flavor. Leaves an excellent silky, smooth sweet taste at the end. Just a touch of the alcohol. Really fantastic.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice creamy feel left behind.

D - Absolutely drinkable! Had me licking my lips after every sip. Find it, buy it, love it.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pitch black opaque elixer with a nice mocha head and good lacing.
Very excellant morning brew for me!!!
Coffee seems to dominate the nose for me here, but I notice some nice roasty grain too.
Nice bitter roasry grain and black coffee, Creamy sweet mid with a nice dry finish. WOW!!!
Very smooth creamy mouth on this brew.
Very nice on a cool winter morn....

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Photo of clemsonbrewer
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with plenty of light brown head. Gorgeous looking beer. Lots of coffee and cereal on the nose. Coffee and milk chocolate dominate the taste. Oatmeal or cereal undertones. Big thick body with a full and chewy palate probably from the oatmeal. Seeing how the name applies to mornings, I decided to have one last night for an initial taste but then give my review this morning so that I could really into the breakfast experience. I find this easier than coffee to down. If this were a year-round brew, I would probably take this over coffee every morning.

Ah yes, also last night I finished my beer by pouring it into a small cup of ice cream. This was a wonderful idea. It was like adding a little milk or cream to my coffee. Great morning beer and a great dessert beer. What more do you want, you greedy bastard?

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Photo of OStrungT
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer as part of a trade with Bonhoeffer. I must say that I am quite happy with the trade. This beer is great. Luckily, I still have 3 more to ration out for the next few days. Thanks Bonhoeffer for hooking me up.

This beer pours a very dark brown. Almost black. The head is dark brown. It fades fast leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a mild coffee aroma. I can detect the oatmeal. Chocolate aroma is ever so slightly present. It has a caramel malty aroma.

This beer has a good coffee flavor. Some coffee stouts are a little overbearing, but not this one. It is mild. I can taste some chocolate. It is malty sweet.

This beer is very smooth. It leaves a coffee taste on the palate. It is thick, feeling like most other oatmeal stouts. It is carbonated well for the style.

I think I could drink this beer all night. The alcohol is just a little high, so I would have to take that into count. Other than that, this beer would be a great session beer.

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Photo of Florida_SC_Trojan
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My favorite beer from Terrapin brewery. Every winter when this beer comes out I try and grab a few packs. The appreance is black as night with a rich coffee colored head. The taste is malty and coffee driven with a touch of cream. The perfect breakfast beer. This is a big rich beer but not overly heavy. This would be awesome on nitro.

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle

A- Deep ruby-black with ok head and decent lacing

S- Wow, full on coffee, nice deep roasted coffee and hints of chocolate and molasses

T- A nice carry over of the nose. Lots of nice smooth coffee with semi sweet chocolate, molasses, fudge and bitter cocoa

M-creamy and smooth

O-Really nice, one of the best coffee beers I've had

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Photo of Charleston
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a growler from the Charleston Beer Exchange.

Pours a solid black with a little brown/burgundy head. Head dissipates very quickly.

Smell dominates of coffee. I pick up a little bit of chocolate too. Great aroma.

Sensational taste that gets you from the first note. Sweetness from the beginning, but it seems to fade out by the end. Aftertaste is mildly bitter of chocolate and of course coffee. High ABV is completely masked by the malts and coffee.

Mouthfeel is high point of this pint. Creamy, reminds me of the smooth creamy texture of an outmeal stout. I wonder if they used any oats in this brew.

Drinkability is great for the style. I mean it's a coffee stout so I am sharing my growler with friends.

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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