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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 CrellMoset
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Terrapin's Wake'n'Bake, on tap at Monk's Cafe, upstairs bar, Asheville, NC. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A deep black bodied beer with only the faintest hints of lighter brown around the edges. The head is fast-fading and minimal, though largely because it was brought to me full to the brim (many thanks) and leaves little to no lacing. Thick looking.

Aroma: Pungent medium-to-dark roast coffee, served with fresh wholesome multigrain toast. I recall the bottle version being pure, unadulterated oatmeal raisin cookie. That bottle had been aged over a year, though, and I'm assuming much of the coffee - detectable here - had faded. They're both good, though I think I prefer the aged bottle version.

Taste: All the right notes here. Coffee comes through a lot, strong, creamy and sweet, just how I take it. A wholesome oatmeal note is definitely present, as are impressions of dark raisins and chocolate - chocolate covered raisins? - which makes for a great addition. So very full, rounded, and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Crisp yet full, with plenty of carbonation in a relatively thick body leading to a big and fluffy though not really creamy (though still even) mouth. Improves vastly as it warms.

Drinkability: Breakfast in a glass, this one's a damn good beer. Alcohol is completely hidden and reasonable - low, even - for the style, and it hits all the right notes. Buy a four-pack of this one to put away.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This has a great pour into a tulip glass. The beer is dark cocoa colored, with no light shining through. But what I really like about it is how the dutch cocoa colored head slowly rises out of the beer until it is a pillowy half-inch thick. When swirling the glass, the head rebuilds each time, before subsiding to dots of foam clinging to the glass.

The aroma is good. Hints of alcohol, some coffee scents as well. Not as overpowering as other coffee stouts.

Taste is not overpowering. Not too bitter but some definite coffee. Reminds me of a light roast breakfast blend rather than a dark espresso. Slightly sweet.

I love the mouthfeel. The oatmeal gives it a very soft feel. For all the carbonation, it is silky smooth going down. A slight warming from the alcohol lingers on the palate.

Overall, I really like this brew and put it up there with the best of the stouts I've had.

Another winner from Terrapin!

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Photo of Strix
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black, minimal brown head.

Smells deliciously like coffee and chocolate.

Coffee very forward in this beer, to good effect. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but I like the smell. Also roasted malts and chocolate. Really superb.

Mouthfeel nice and smooth, complimenting the flavors.

A winner here. Terrapin continues to impress. Worth seeking out if you can get it.

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Photo of yeastsipper
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received as part of a trade with Blazer 06 and tried alongside a Brooklyn BCS. Notes from 12/29/08:

Beer pours jet black with very little head. There is a slight coffee colored froth around the edge of the glass.

The scent is dominated by coffee. I am reminded of the Ibarra Coffee Buzz porter (which I did not particularly like). The oatmeal is very subtle. For me, this was the weakest aspect of the beer.

The beer is really nice tasting. The coffee is there, but taste is not nearly as strong as the smell. I may be out of my mind, but I swear I taste marshmallows. While it tastes great, I do not find it terribly complex.

Beer is effervescent and thicker than the BBCS.

Drinkability is enhanced by the fact that I am a coffee drinker - a non-coffee drinker might struggle with this. The beer is also not too sweet, which is a huge positive.

I really enjoyed this beer and wish I could get some more. I also badly want to try some other things from Terrapin. Proud, as someone who lived in Athens for 4 years, to see an Athens brewery producing some great stuff.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Strong aroma is of fine roast coffee with an undertone of unsweetened chocolate. It pours a deep, opaque sable - just a scratch above black - with a thick, fine-bubbled, cinnamon-brown head. Flavor is like high-quality coffee, smoky with a bitter-chocolate undertone and malty and nutty hints. Drinking this beer is almost like drinking cold, spiked mocha. Texture is thick and smooth, and there is a surprising touch of sweetness in the aftertaste. I highly recommend this to all devotees of stouts and porters.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is pitch black motor oil especially when the viscosity of the brew is so apparent with a slow pour, head forms thick and dark khaki tan head, that billows and then dwindles below the rim of my glass. Lacing forms unevenly with each sip thin and sparsely clinging to my St Bernardus chalice.

Aromatics offer up straight up bitter coffee roasts with hard mineral water, almost a rusty iced espresso frappe' thing going on. If you dig deep there's some soft sweetness and deep cereal notes from the oatmeal with a touch of vanilla edges going on. That dark roasted coffee bean accent is excellent almost a strong slightly burnt tree bark note.

Flavors mingle nicely some soothing creamy edges and alcohol burn among the deep coffee roasted malts. Dark chocolate chips with oatmeal glutens give girth and dark roasted malt bitterness the stage for the flavor. Again that vanilla ethanol mix comes on strong at first and fades to black, iced black coffee that is. Definitely up there neck and neck with a brew like Founders Breakfast...

Mouthfeel is silky smooth somehow finishes with a simple syrup coffee bitterness edge, carbonation is trickling through without ever offending my palate.

Overall drinkability is pretty effortless one bottle at a sitting any time of day. That's a good attribute, I really couldn't say no to this brew, it's a nice any time of day beer much like a cup of coffee. The whole yin and yang aspect of upper and downer in a bottle just works for me.

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Photo of gford217
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours almost completely black with hints of mahogany around the edges with a light mocha head that recedes fairly quickly to a ring and leaving little lacing.

The aroma has a dark roasted malt backbone with some pretty heavy espresso hints throughout.

The taste has the same espresso notes but the oatmeal comes through stronger along with some sweet chocolate. Toasted character remains throughout.

Mouthfeel is super smooth with the oatmeal presence and some decent carbonation. It's medium bodied.

This is better than I remember it being last year. Very solid stout.

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

Vintage 08

Formerly Wake n' Bake, I guess that was too shady?

A. Poured into a clean glass. Dark brown with a small khaki head and no lace. Completely opaque.

S. Coffee liqour aroma with roasted malt notes.

T. Robust flavor. Roasted malts and a strong coffee bean prescence. Light herbal hop on the back end. Vanilla like at times. Unsweetened chocolate coffee finish with a lingering smokiness.

M. Silky smooth velvet creaminess.

D. I would open the day with this every day in an ideal world.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. 12/30/08. Vintage 2008.

Pours a very deep black with a thick brown head that quickly dropped to a thin layer, no lacing. Aroma is heavy with dark roasted coffee and roasted malt.

Taste is strong with dark roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate. It is surprisingly sweet though - not cloying, just sweeter than expected, with less bitterness in the finish. There's a hint of fruit and cherries, with a lingering coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden. Very nice coffee taste, this score would be higher if it weren't for the slightly high sweetness.

Feel is thick, smooth, and creamy with plenty of carbonation. Slight warming from the alcohol. Coats the mouth nicely. Drinkability is pretty good. It's a bit heavy, not something I'd drink more than one or two of.

Overall, a very good coffee stout. Not my favorite, but very good. Try it if you like coffee and/or stouts.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Alabama's finest Pens fan, everetends...

Deep, dark banana nut bread, 1-finger head with small staying powereaving what looks like a huge espresso.

The coffee is immense in this one, as is the copious roasted chocolate maly. Slight grass and pine on the hop profile. Sweet brown sugar alcohol brings this out nicely.

A lot cleaner and drier than expected. Excellent coffee texture with slate, grass and a little pine backing large molasses, brown sugar and mild warm alcohol.

Coats the mouth luxuriously. Verrry viscouse and oily. Finish is long and awakening.

For its weight class this goes down quicker'n (insert joke about individual with casual moral attitude in a dire situation here) Definitely skewed towards coffee but just an awesome treat.

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Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and a thick texture. There was an inch of creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: A strong aroma of coffee, chocolate, oatmeal and malt.

T: The taste was nicely balanced between coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate and oatmeal. Not as thick and robust as I would've expected, but good.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a super-dry finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: This is a tasty, drinkable beer. It's one of the few stouts you could probably drink a lot of in one sitting.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It should be noted that this was an 06.

No head, but that doesn't come as too much of a surprise due to the beer's age. A very dark black with some dark brown tones, incredibly still in nature. Looks like a cup of coffee

Tons of bitter chocolates and coffee roasts. Caramel and vanilla accents that provide some sweetness in the nose. Slight oat presence.

Very bitter and sweet. Very creamy and full malty body, with different bitters coming out all over the place. Bitter and sweet dark chocolate flavors are every where, as our sweetened and smoothed out caramel and vanilla flavors, and dry coffee roast showing in the beginning and end of th sip. Some off flavors however, which I'm assuming are due to overaging. Will try fresh and review.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with a small, dark brown head. The head settles quickly, but leaves a lot of lace in its wake.

S - Lots of chocolate and coffee, mostly coffee. A nice, nutty note as well; unusually it is peanut rather than a more traditional beer nut aroma.

T - Milk chocolate up front, replaced quickly by espresso and sweet oatmeal. The coffee lasts through the finish where it is joined by moderate malt bitterness.

M - A thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - For such a thick, strong beer this is quite drinkable. Dark and complex without becoming overwhelming, this is a nice compromise between intensity and drinkability.

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Photo of Yesac
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep solid black. Small brown head that quickly fades to a thin layer. Nice even lacing on the glass.

S - Wow. Smells of a strong coffee grind and nothing else.

T - Strong java taste, tastes exactly like a cold coffee.

M - Great clean and thin mouthfeel.

D - High drinkability if you're a coffee lover. I found this one best a sipper.

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Photo of Klgkenny
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour into a room temp pint.

Pour produces a stout, dark brown, two-finger head which dissipates after two minutes leaving a glaze of mocha colored lace. When held up to the light, there is zero penetration. Black. Black. Black.

The taste and smell are very simple. Black coffee. Simple isn't a bad thing though. It is wonderful. There may be a slight taste of alcohol, but it's ever so slight. I wish that I could say more about the taste and smell to illustrate how great it is, but simplicity is what makes this so perfect.

In the mouth it feels thick and creamy with a very light carbonation. Coats the mouth and leaves a taste of ... Coffee!

I woke up in the morning to a cold house and lit a fire. As soon as the fire was lit, I poured a glass of the terrapin. Extremely drinkable. I could have one of these at any time of day or year, but especially when it is chilly. Also, this would go great with cookies or doughnuts!

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Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with "Vintage 08" printed on "Best If Enjoyed Before" space.

Pour with a viscous looking cascading brown head and leaves a blanket of lacing behind which reaches all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Wow, smells of a cup of iced joe ... dark roast at that. Smooth and creamy with a lush full body. Big roasted flavors from the coffee and malt, lots of fresh coffee flavors and definitely that indie roasted coffee bean flavor. The roasted grain drops some charcoal and a faint smokiness on the palate. Slight warming alcohol with a hint of dark berry fruitiness. Minimal hopping lets the maltiness and coffee flavors run free. Finishes bitter sweet with a long after taste of coffee.

Best Coffee Stout to date for me ... more than enough roasted character to balance out the sweetness. An amazing beer here.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wake and Bake pours into my shaped pint glass a deep thick looking black syrup that creates a tan colored head that sticks for a bit leaving decent lacing.

Aromas are of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, sweet malt. What a beautiful smell this beer has.

Taste is sweet up front and matches the nose perfectly. I have never tasted a beer with such a great mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with light carbonation. Black roastiness picks up with warmth. A hop presence shows up in the finish as well. There's no trace of alcohol in this beer that I can decipher.

Amazing. This is hands down the best tasting stout to reach my lips and is one of the best beers in general.

(Upon a later side-by-side tasting with Founder's Breakfast Stout, this one packs way more coffee aroma and flavor.)

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Photo of easement
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Porus black and opaque with a dark brown head. Head quickly vanishes.

S - Coffee (obviously), chocolate and caramel malts. Very nice. It makes my mouth water just smelling it.

T - Very well balanced. the malts and to coffee go well together. You can pick each out easily, but they compliment each other in the just the right way. I've had a bunch of coffee stouts, but this one is the best that comes to mind.

M - Creamy and satiny. Great mouthfeel for the taste.

D - It's a great dessert beer. I had it with some chocolate chip cookies. I could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of nick76
3.03/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is like rubber, coffee, oatmeal, burnt malt, and hops. The appearance is almost black with a tan head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is about what it should be. Overall I am just not crazy about beers with added coffee. They seem acidic and stale.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 12-ounce bottle sports label art of a spatula-wielding terrapin waking and baking (cookies). It's obviously WAY past 4:20 as dawn breaks and his coffee perks in Label Land, and the Terp bides his time joyfully plowing the froth off an in-hand brewski. I'm guessing by the shades covering his eyes and the smirk on his face that he's daydreaming, perhaps of the 'special' brownies he's whipping up next?

At any rate, off comes the bottle top and out comes the brew, a matte-ebony lightsucking beauty with a thin cap of fine mocha-brown foam atop. Drippy, quickly-deforming rings and swatches slide down the sides of my Terrapin-brand shaker pint glass.

The smell is smoky-acrid and pungently-sweet with dark malts aplenty and French roast coffee.

The taste is richly malty with layers of caramels burnt to differing degrees, powdery dark chocolate, and oily espresso crema. A light vegetal hoppiness supplements burnt malt bitterness in counterbalancing a rising mocha sweetness. A thin, aromatic flavor of vanilla pops up in the aftertaste, as does a silky twang of oaty graininess that intensifies as the drink warms.

The drink is fullish in body with soft, creamy feel. Extremely light carbonation lends a silkiness to the drink, and just a touch of belly-warming reminds the drinker of the sturdy alcohol content so masterfully hidden in the flavor profile.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of everetends-thanks Gilly!
A-Black with reddish rust head, nice looking beer
S-Great coffee with slight sweet chocolate, very nice smell
T-Very smooth coffee and milk chocolate like taste, very similiar to taste, finish has a little more hop which gives an earthy/tangy taste which knocked my score down a little, very nice tasting brew
M-Smooth creamy velvet
O-I wish I had traded for a case!

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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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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I saved this growler for a few days until I had people to share it with and didn't have anything to do the next day.

Pours out dark, with a big brown head. Looks beautiful. Smells like fresh coffee, and hell, if coffee were carbonated, this is what it would look like. I doubt if even the most distinguishing noses could pick up more than that, and if you're looking for a coffee stout, this is what you're looking for. The taste matches. It's like coffee, but cold, carbonated, and alcoholic. Don't give me any cream, or sugar or any other bullshit, just this. I don't even drink coffee, and I'm exited to continue drinking this. The bitterness of coffee is where it's at. Like the mouthfeel of a DIPA, but dark and roasted and coffee bitter. For a second, particularly with my lack of coffee experience, it tastes a bit too bitter afterwards, but I can't give this the most incredible rating, unless there ever becomes a category for coffee or other flavored stouts, but this is where it's at. Though I shared this with my roomates and friends (only a bit), I drank 3 whole imperial pint glasses full and could've drank more. Give me any other double/imperial stout that wouldn't make me black out after 3.
But it if you want a coffee stout.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very deep black color with a large thick head the color of chocolate milk. Retention is decent, but could be better. Minimal lacing.

S: Big time chocolate and coffee in the nose. Oats, cream, and a hint of herbal/spicy hops. The nose is big, sweet, and inviting. It's like an imperial milk/oatmeal/coffee stout. At room temperature, it's simply awesome--swirling produces an aroma almost like the chocolate chip cookies adorning the bottle's label.

T&M: Big time burnt/roasted chocolate flavor, smooth coffee, molasses. The finish is bittersweet, with a reprise of roasted malt flavor and some herbal/grassy hop flavors. Solid taste, for sure. Body is not as heavy as your typical double stout, but it's creamy, relatively full, and feels nice with an understated, delicate carbonation.

D: Pretty easy drinker, for a stout. ABV is hidden well and the flavor isn't too over the top.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer in a trade with stopbarking. I still hope your cat shits in your cereal. Haha! J/K

Poured this 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - The appearance is okay. It produced a 1 finger head that quickly dissipated to a thin halo around the surface of the glass. Spotty bubbles float in the middle of the glass. It pours a thick opaque black, only a few shades lighter and less thick than Ten FIDY. A swirl of the glass brings a 1/2 finger head back that quickly dissipates once again. No lacing on this one.

Smell - Now we're talking. This smells pretty damn good. Huge coffee nose - obviously. What I enjoy about the coffee scent is that it smells less like coffee grounds and more like whole roasted coffee beans. Big roastiness. There are notes of dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Mildly astringent.

Taste - Virtually identical to the nose. The coffee flavor is huge in this one, and mildly astringent. I have had some coffee stouts that taste like used grounds, but this one tastes like the essence of whole beans. The roastiness of the coffee flavor intermingles perfectly with roasted chocolate malts. Awesome. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Slick and velvety. The oatmeal makes this one really smooth. Goes down extremely easily. It coats the mouth without being overly sticky or oily. There is a lingering astringency that lasts well into the aftertaste, but that is my only complaint - it seems to conflict with the smoothness that the oatmeal provides.

Drinkability - I love coffee stouts, and this one doesn't disappoint. Flavorful and smooth. Terrapin really has a hit here. It is an easy drinking sipper. The big flavor makes me want to keep sipping, but I have to restrain myself from drinking it too quickly.

Thanks Daniel.

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 3,870 ratings.
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