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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutTerrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Winter

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

Pours pitch black with creamy, tan head. Aroma is strong roasted malts, coffee. Smells very expresso. Taste is a slight drop from the powerful aroma. Coffee aroma stays in the flavor, but the texture is smooth and slightly creamy. I was expecting something more robust but this is actually quite pleasant. Alcohol is noticeable but not a turnoff.

I'm still not over how drinkable this stuff is.

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

Poured a wonderful deep deep brown, but with no head and no lacing. Great deep scent, a huge malt sweetness, deep and dark, with hints of licorice and plum/prune, and a wonderful slight roastiness and slight coffee scent. Great deep taste, with a wonderful dark roasty malt flavor; nice coffee tones, but not overdone like too many coffee stouts, the perfect amount for a coffee stout; nice slight sweetness from the oats, but no oat flavors to overcome the others, including a slight plum/prune flavor. Goes down wonderfully well, with just a bit of alcohol heat.

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

This is a brew I look forward to every winter here in Georgia.

A: I poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It really is as jet black as other reviewers describe. I didn't get much of a head on it,but there was some tan lacing.

S: coffee. Overpowering coffee. (note: the jittery joe's coffee they use in this is a good roast if you're into coffee.)

T: this brew has a very coffee taste, as you.d expect. I would say the end if the taste is a bitterness similar to that of drinking black coffee.

M: medium to full.

D: I'd say this beer is surprisingly drinkable for as dark as it is.

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

2011 vintage. Received from sendbeer.

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a jet black with a thin khaki head, leave no lacing on the glass. Smell is divine. Smells of rich coffee and oats. I also get chocolate notes and vanilla. Taste is chocolate and coffee forward with sweetness as well. As it warms up I more of the alcohol taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Not much carbonation to this one.

Overall this is a very well rounded beer and I can see why it is rated so highly. I'll be looking to trade for more of these.

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

Happy 4:20 People! This beer just arrived today via GallowsTheif and the timing couldn't have been better. Thanks again Rich!

Poured into 12oz Delirium snifter.

This bad boy pour a thick, extremely dark amber infused brown and settles black as night. When observed, there is less than a fingers worth of tan colored head. Similar colored lacing is sticking left and right to this glass! This actually looks similar to a fresh cup-o-joe!

The nose, my God the nose! Brilliantly bitter/rich coffee notes dominate here but are also acting as team players. Behind the amazing coffee notes lies a rich milk chocolate aroma that is akin to Heresy's Special Dark. A bit of heat from the 8.1% ABV lingers in the background.

The taste is outlandish to say the least. Surprisingly, at first I get the dark chocolate offerings, followed by the lavish coffee tastes. The chocolate is really showing off here. The coffee is rich but offers a slight bit of bitterness. I'm not sure if this said bitterness is from the coffee it's self or from a slight bit of hops. If there were hops, they're basically long gone now (But I'm not complaining!). Very little heat is picked up, even through various temperature changes. The balance between ingredients seems stellar thus far. The coffee and chocolate make one helluva tag-team for this Imperial stout.

The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, leaving an oily feeling that carries the flavors over my palate for quite some time after each sip. It is a bit chewy and let me say it again, thick. Awesome, just what I wanted.

The drinkability on this one is outstanding for the tastes are so outstanding.This beer is comparable to Founders Breakfast Stout and it's really hard to say who the winner is here. If anything, we have ourselves a tie. The balance of such complex flavors is hard to come by but nonetheless, Terrapin tackles this one without the pads on. Overall, BOOM. Thank God for trading and fellow BA's that kick ass!

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

A - This beer poured a jet black color that produced a deep brown head that had decent retention and great lacing on the side of the glass

S - This beer produced aromas of burnt malts, lots of freshly ground coffee beans, and chocolates

T - The taste of this beer was great, as an Oatmeal Stout lover, this beer hit everything beautifully, lots of burnt malts, chewy oats, and bitter chocolates, but the great tastes of fresh coffee made this quite a treat

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a heavy body with a light amount of carbonation, perfect Stout qualities

D - This was a beautifully crafted beer, a wonderful mix of a Coffee and Oatmeal Stout, this is a must try for Stout lovers, wonderful job by Terrapin

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Photo of onehomesickalien
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I typically love Imperial and Oatmeal Stouts and have tried many. This one is one of the best I have ever had in both categories. Highly Recommended.

A - Near black with a perfect two finger head that settles to a nice level but never goes away. Picture perfect.

S - Not extremely strong, but coffee and roasted malts is definitely present. A small hop and alcohol scent is also in there.

T - Almost perfect. Strong high quality coffee taste. Also taste a bit of dark chocolate, hops oatmeal and an alcohol warmth that lingers for a while. Reminds me a little of the chocolate covered espresso beans. The only thing keeping it from being a 5.0 is that it is slightly sweeter than what I would have in a perfect beer.

M - Perfect light/med carbonation. Sticks with you, but not too much.

D - I could drink several of these if I wanted, but many may find this to be a 1 or 2 beer maximum.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a sludgy black with generous and lively brown head with slimey lacing.

S - A swirl of the glass reveals a creamy caramel whipped cream latte type of smell. Chocolate and nuts as well.

T - Malty delisciousness. Roasted coffee flavor with cream and vanilla. This is an exceptional beer.

M - Smooth and filling. Like a coffee stout milkshake. In fact doesn't feel much like a beer at all. The carbonation is really subtle and the alcohol gives it a bit of a tingle, but the afterfeel is very bready and a bit dry and oaty feeling.

D - Very rich and filling. The flavor is all there and the alcohol is hidden well. This is one I'll be seeking out again.

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Photo of suspect
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured from a 12oz bottle courtesy of Bulbman into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

A: Jet black motor oil pour. Aggressive pour leads to a chocolate foam colored 2 finger head. Bubbles fade slowly leaving sticky and thick lacing.

S: Big aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Not totally overpowering but smooth and silky and delicious.

T: Perfect balance of a delicious cup of coffee blended with pure dark chocolate bready chocolate malts. There is no presence of the alcohol in this 8.1% Impy stout.

M: Medium bodied with a finish that's a touch thin but only bothersome because I'm being nitpicky. Viscousy coating of my mouth leaves me reaching for more.

O: A delicious coffee oatmeal stout. I really wish this was local. It's not dethroned FBS but man this is one I could drink a lot of.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Crabbicuss for sending me this in a trade. Poured from a bottle to a Dogfish snifter. Dark pour with a mocha head. Strong coffee scent. Nice lacing on the glass. Nice stout with a strong coffee presence. Wish this was something I could get on the reg here in Houston.

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Photo of Omonigan
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter

A- Burned motor oil black, with a half finger thick mocha brown head, very little lacing that dissipates quickly.

S- Very dark roast coffee, hints of oatmeal. Reminds me of the instant coffee my grandmother used to drink when I was a kid.

T- Strong coffee, hints of dark chocolate and oatmeal, finishes with a very faint sweet milk chocolate.

M- Medium bodied, lighter than I was expecting. Very smooth and creamy, slightly oily.

O- Excellent beer! Very well balanced, and the alcohol is hidden very well. I expected much more booziness out of this 9.4 percent beer. My new favorite non barrel aged Imperial stout. Better than Founder's Breakfast Stout IMO.

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Photo of AshburnWineShop
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great head retention, mocha lacing. Tons of coffee and chocolate on the nose and it comes through on the palate. Bitter coffee and mocha. Creamy finish that grabs your tongue with more bitter coffee. Very nice!

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*This review is of the 2008 release.
Absolutely spectacular in my opinion! I can also say, with quite a bit of confidence, that this is easily the single best year so far for this beer. It poured absolutely black with a medium brown coloured head. Looks as a stout should. Smell is a lovely mix of cold coffee and any number of well build stouts with the coffee easily overpowering the other. The flavour of the coffee is very assertive in the batch, and honestly, almost the only flavour profile I can easily detect. Mouthfeel is absolutely delightful in that it is rather creamy and actually coats your mouth. This is truly a treat to those who enjoy a good stout, and if it's a coffee beer you seek, this will make you very happy indeed. I'd love to see how this one performs with about 18 months on it.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Extremely dark brown. Very minimal head that is a creamy brown color. Completely opaque.

S - Coffee, coffee, coffee! Some sweet dark fruits. Chocolate.

T - Sweet chocolate start. Followed by an oatyness that turns into a coffee taste. Finish is a bit bitter/hoppy with some malt. Strong alcohol presence.

M - Fairly smooth, very heavy, lots of burn.

O - Pretty solid stout. Nice and heavy. A little bit sweet, lots of coffee, and not overly bitter.

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Photo of philbe311
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After enjoying this on cask a couple of times recently, I couldn't wait to try it straight from the bottle...

A - Viscous pour... One fingers worth of tightly packed slightly fizzy dark brown head... The slightest of retention gives way to a thin slightly uneven veil of lacing and a thin collar... A completely opaque onyx black... Very still... Slightly ominous...

S - Glorious dark roasted coffee dominates... Also present is a very pleasant roasted malt component... Hints of both milk and dark chocolate... A touch of caramel...

T - The coffee shares prominence on the palette... Chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee work in harmony and provide mammoth complexity... Some faint hops emerge on the back end... Just an ever so faint alcohol heat presence... A bit of butterscotch on the finish as well... Delicious...

M - Medium to full bodied... Thick and dense... Chewy... Viscous... A slight but sharp carbonated presence... Exceptionally smooth...

D - An utterly delicious American Double / Imperial Stout... As good as it gets in readily available seasonal... This is worthy of buying a case and aging... I would opt for this over many of its more highly sought after counterparts...

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review 250!

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours jet black with a half finger brown head. Would have liked to see a bigger head, and I poured this very aggressively. A little disappointing in that regard, but the lacing is excellent.

S- awesomely strong coffee. Hints of chocolate in there too. Fantastic

T- bitter coffee and chocolate. The coffee is the prominent flavor, and let me tell you this: they really used a good blend with this beer. This isn't a $3/pound coffee, this is some quality java.

M- thick. Chewy. Viscous. Call it what you want, its motor oil. And it is AWESOME

D- this is completely awesome. Terrapin's winter seasonals are hitting it out of the park lately. I've got a new favorite

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Photo of ppoitras
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from unknown source, label notes Vintage 08FX, whatever that means.

Poured into a pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark brown head, which promptly fades to a layer of small bubbles. Worth noting that while decanting, all of a sudden near the end, this huge plop of dark goop plopped into the glass. Fished it out with a spoon, but sure makes me wary. The average amount of lacing is quite leggy, over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Aroma is sweet coffee. Flavor is coffee with moderate chocolate undertones. Mouthfeel is wow velvety smooth, with drinkability that has me looking in the fridge for another bottle (but only one left, so another night, I guess).

6/8/06 - 3.5/4/4.5/5/5

12oz bottle from Bonhoeffer via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head doesn't last too long, down to the usual Imp Stout uneven layer of bubbles, with average-ish lacing. Aroma is sweet dark coffee. Taste is mocha upfront, with hops bleeding through and fighting the battle through to the swallow. Mouthfeel is oh-so creamy and smooth, and drinkability is excellent, alcohol hardly noticeable, making this one dangerously drinkable. I would have this one in my fridge all the time if I could.

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Photo of nUgZ
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown/black color with a half finger head and a little lacing.

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. Very inviting smell.

T: Mainly coffee to start with along with some roasted malts and dark chocolate. There are hops there, but mostly hidden. Great balance. The alcohol is completely hidden.

M: Medium to full bodied with some carbonation. Very easy to drink.

O: I enjoyed this just as much as Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout...that says a lot.

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade from ThinkNStout, thanks again my friend.

Poured from a bottle into a cigar city snifter.

A - Pours pitch black, poured chilled, a two inch head of foam sits on top and dissipates super slowly, leaving a quarter inch ring on top.

S - Smells phenomenal. I know the turtle on the front is baking a batch of cookies, so maybe its the power of suggestion, but I really do get chocolate cookies and coffee. Definitely tons of chocolate and coffee, but there are some malty notes that kind of complete the idea. Really a great smelling beer.

T - This one hits the nail on the head for me. Coffee and chocolate share the forefront, Chocolate is kind of a blend between sweet and bitter chocolates and the coffee is not overbearing but is prominent. Just the right amount of hops bittering the edges of the palate. Aftertaste is sweet malty goodness. Fantastic.

M - Cant say a bad thing about it. Low carb, medium to thick. Great.

O - I just really love this beer. Find it, buy it, drink it. Thats all.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle

A: Snifter. Pours a motor oil black with a thin brown background. Dark brown head with very little head retention, faint lacing if any.

S: It literally smells like my grandma's house after dinner, when the coffee is brewing and the oatmeal raisin cookies are in the ove during the holidays.

T: Coffee up front with a smooth oatmeal finish. Some chocolate tones with a great balanced hoppy character.

M: Surprisingly smooth for 8.1%. Not heavy at all. Great carbonation level. Also has an amazing aftertaste that lingers for a while.

D: This is a great brew and definitely worthy of a try. By far my favorite Terrapin.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours opaque black with a late forming frothy off white head that hold for a good amount of time but eventually dissipated down to a ring without much lace. The smell is roasted coffee that integrate perfectly with the roasted malts. The taste is up front with sweet dark malts that give a nice roasted and chocolate flavor. This is followed with a lingering coffee flavor complemented by some roasted and hop bitterness along with some frutiness. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, but not quite perfect. Overall a great stout produced locally.

After being aged for a year, coffee is still strong and this beer is super carbonated just as it was fresh. The coffee however has taken on a bit of a sour edge to it that certainly detracts from taste and drinkability. The mouthfeel is creamy but the carbonation is sharp. The smell is weak.

Overall, the 2008 is superior. We will see how both of them are in a year.

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

Poured into my Victory tulip, no bottle date

A: Beautiful deep black with one and a half finger tan head. Very inviting

S: Incredible combination of coffee and chocolate. This smells awesome!

T: Even better than it smells, coffee and chocolate with the perfect hint of bitterness

M: Medium to full,closer to full

D: For the abv. the drinkability is off the charts, this beer is amazing. I had seen this before and based on talk on Ba decided to give it a try.Now i hope i can get more before it is gone. I could easily drink several of these in a sitting. As much as i love Founders Breakfast Stout, i think i might enjoy this one better. Hands down one of the better Imp Stouts ive had.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Terrapin 7th Anniversary pint glass.

A- Pours black with half a centimeter of deep mocha heard that dissipated relatively quickly leaving a nice skin of lacy head across the surface.

S- Great aroma full of roasted coffee, some bitter chocolate, and semi-sweet vanilla coming through.

T- The first flavor I get is the vanilla on the front of my palate, which quickly gives way to coffee. What I really like about this one is the smoothness of the coffee flavor; it's not so bitter as dominate completely, but it asserts itself enough to remind you that you're drinking a coffee stout (I am sure this has something to do with the quality of Jittery Joe's coffee as I have noticed this in other beers made with reputable coffee beans/sources.) In the finish, I get a nice nutty flavor, which I often find in oatmeal based stouts (either my palate confuses the two or they taste quite similar to me.)

M- Nice amount of carbonation followed by a great creamy mouthfeel.

D- Truly one of my favorite breakfast stouts. I will admit that I have a certain amount of nostalgia when it comes to this phenomenal beer, but I tried not to let it have an effect on my review. No booziness at all (granted it is on the low end for an "American Double/Imperial Stout." This is up there with Founders BS as one of my favorites.

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

Thanks to ncvbc for the opportunity to wake up and get drunk!

Loverboy might have been working for the weekend, I was working for this beer. Wanted to try this bad boy for a while.

I wasnt expecting crude oil to pour out of my bottle, but there it was, in it's black glory with a coffee colored head that quickly vanishes into the void.

Waiter, there appears to be beer in my coffee. Smells fanfreakingtastic. Coffee notes, Roastedness, Chocolate, faint dark sugar liquor smell. Every swizzle of the glasizzle has a new smelliizle.

Love how this one tastes. I was expecting more of a tortoise flavor, instead I found espresso, chocolate, creamy ooey gooey goodness. Hops poke through.

A little carbonated right now, aftertaste of the coffee foam you eat with your spoon after your done with your espresso and the cocoa plant.

Fill to the rim not with brim, but this beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Black and opaque. A finger of dark brown head rises; one the darkest heads I've ever seen. Retention is moderate, no lacing.

S - Incredible aroma. Roasted coffee obviously, alongside a faint nuttiness and a hint of sweetness.

T - While perhaps simpler and more straightforward than it's counterparts, this brew has struck an amazing balance. Coffee is at the forefront but there are hints of chocolate around the edges. Roasted malt provides much of the backbone for the coffee. For a stout, and a coffee stout at that, there is almost no bitterness and none of the coffee acidity found in similar brews. Remarkable.

M - Medium to full bodied with a slick creaminess. A silky beer with very minimal carbonation.

D - Rarely do I find myself enjoying a beer from this and similar styles as much as this one. Start to finish this is an exceptionally balanced beer that I would definitely buy again.

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