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Terrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk Stout | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk StoutTerrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk Stout

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Georgiabeer on 09-11-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

Photo of Jeffo
2.53/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Excited to try this long time want. Really enjoy Left Hand's milk stout and I hear good things about Terrapin, so this one is right up my alley. Not sure what to expect from a 7% milk stout with two and a half years on it. We'll see I guess. Thanks again Stakem for hooking me up with this one!

From a bomber into a snifter
Brew Two 2009
Collaboration with Left Hand Brewing

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, dark tan head with good retention. Black body and medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a ring and good wisp on top. A splotchy wisp remains to the end and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Decent nose still. Roasted coffee and espresso come out first, then some sweet cream, vanilla, milk chocolate and caramel notes. A slight roasted touch shows through as well. Nose is quite nice, though it’s really mild at this point. Perhaps it was more impressive in its younger years.

TASTE: Doesn’t quite have it any more. This has definitely faded quite a bit at this point. Flavor is very lacking up front, with perhaps a light hint of roasted malts and caramel sweetness, but not much at all. Flavor comes out more after the swallow, with caramel and vanilla cream sweetness mostly, though some light roasted notes and stale coffee are there as well. Not all that impressive really, and very, very mild. Unimpressive aftertaste of light, stale coffee, a hint of bitter chocolate and some sweet, creamy milk sugar notes linger on the palate. It’s not off-putting or anything, but it’s got to be a faint shadow of its former self at this point. Very little coffee or espresso, which were still present in the nose somewhat, and simply too mild and unimpressive overall. Too bad we can’t all taste it fresh any more.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Slightly lighter on the palate, but creamy enough still. Goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Could use a touch more weight, but it’s fine otherwise.

OVERALL: What a disappointment. If I'm honest though, I kind of expected this. Medium ABV milk stouts aren't the best candidates for aging. Mild aromas, less than mild flavors, and any hint of coffee was somewhat stale. I could certainly drink it just fine, but it just wasn’t anything worth even thinking about. That said, it would be nice if Terrapin and Left Hand got together for a second round of this one. Though I was never able to taste it fresh, I certainly taste remnants of its former glory; this was probably a great beer when just brewed. Right now, unfortunately, it is a faded and relatively boring beer. Really glad to have had the chance to try this long time want, but at this point, it’s not at all worth hunting down. If you’ve got a bottle, do something with it, as it’s well past its prime. Thanks again for the trade Stakem. Appreciate the chance to try this one.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.9/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle, poured into a snifter.

This beer seemed like a promising idea/collaboration but I was let down by an unbalanced clash of artificial flavors and booze run amok. The flavor is best described as stale coffee grounds with a generous portion of cream, light sugar and a long boozy, warming finish. Maybe if I were more inclined to enjoy milk stouts heavy on lactose or coffee dominated stouts I wouldn't rate this near as harshly, however the lack of balance and cloying artificial nature of the flavors in this beer wouldn't change my overall negative perception of it.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.96/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Todes for the hook-up

A - It looks like a nice stout. Quite oily and robust, with a generous froth.

S - This has a strong smell of heavily roasted malt and burnt espresso. There is a certain harshness to the aromatic.

T - I taste old coffee and too much booze. Perhaps I just don't like Milk Stout, because they usually seem to underwhelm (or even disgust) me. This one is not that bad, but also not that good.

M - Stout. Robust.

D - Mehhh. Just mehhh.

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Photo of crossovert
3.16/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Limited release brew.

Pours into my snifter with a pitch black, though there are hints of ruby brown on the edges when held to light. The head is tan and when it recedes some decent lacing is left behind.

Smell is heavy on the espresso, there are hints of sweet malt too. There is also hints of cardboard and soap.

The mouthfeel is thin and so is the flavor. There is a strong coffee hit but other than that there is a bit of soy sauce and some metallic flavor. THe lactose is there and provides some tang.

This is an underwhelming brew, especially for a limited edition collaboration release.

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Photo of mentor
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thin ring of head over a pitch liquid. Smells like freshly roast coffee beans. Mild chocolate underneath and some creaminess. Some astringency and over-roast character to the bean-iness.

Tastes potent coffee. Strong roast astringency that combines with stingy carbonation in a manner I'm not to fond of. Really drying roast with cocoa powder and some sour. Md body and strong carbonation. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of ericmunley
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this Terrapin Midnight Project bomber from Jessup Beverage here in Northeast PA. I had a bottle of Southern Tier Tripel at the cash register before I found this on the shelf...lets hope I made a good decision!

Depth Charge pours a dark brown...almost black color with a quickly dissipating mocha head. Minimal lacing...average appearance overall.

The smell of this beer is a little weak. Maybe I'm just used to more potent beers, but all my nose picks up is a faint hint of coffee and metal.

So far, the taste seems to be the best part about this beer. The coffee is nowhere near that of Wake And Bake, but it is there. The added lactose gives it a creamy texture, with the higher that normal milk stout ABV giving it some body.

As earlier stated, most milk stouts are going to be smooth on the palate. This is no different...creamy and smooth, albeit a little thin.

Drinkability seems good with this brew. It does hide the 7% very well, and if you wanted to you could easily drink a 22 oz. (or two) of this in a night.

Overall, this beer is about average. I don't think it warrants the price tag, but it is worth a try if you can get it on tap or on the cheap. From my experiences, Terrapin is a very inconsistent brewer. There have been cases of me trying one of their beers and it being awful, and then trying the same beers a few months later and they're a lot better. I will re-review this one sometime down the line.

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Photo of jdklks
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with hardly any head. What there is is a very light brown. The body is dark brown, nearly black, and a semi-transparent dark amber when backlit. Smell is primarily coffee, with a little alcohol and chocolate.

Taste is a little dull. Tastes watered down. A little too sweet in the finish/aftertaste, like artificial chocolate cake icing. The main flavor is, of course, espresso, but there is a good deal of chocolate and even some sweet dark fruits like plum and blueberry. For only being 7%, the alcohol is very pronounced.

Mouthfeel is light and watery, not what I look for from any stout. Drinkability is okay because of its consistency. However, the flavor is detrimental to the beers drinkability and enjoyability. Decent, not great by any means.

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Photo of Pinto21
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

good looking stout. Not a whole lot of lacing or head, but ok.

A coffee slap to the face. It's like eating esspresso beans, straight up. I was actually a little dissapointed with this. All I got was esspresso, no real complexity. The mouth was thin too. I didn't pick up any sweetness either.

Not a bad beer, it's just one dimensional for me. If your lookin for the most beer like coffee this is it.

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Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had ultra high expectations for this beer,it kinda let me down a little.Poured a near opaque black except for just a slight red tinge when held up to the glass,a one finger creamy mocha colored head atop.The fine ground espresso roast coffee dominates the nose wich is a lasting theme with this beer,a hint of mocha comes thru as well but it cant stand up to the coffee roast.It tastes like the espresso roast Seattle's Best I had this morning,now I know they want the coffee flavors to be a main focal point of the beer,but seriously there isnt much else to it.There is a slight sweet chocolate note but the big roast is to much.Most like it, I found it to be overhyped.

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Photo of jsanford
3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I forgot I had this in the back of my fridge. Poured into a Terrapin Pint Glass.

A - Inky black with a 1-inch mocha-colored head that dissipates quickly to a slight haze.
S - Dark roasted malt with a heaping helping of coffee grounds. Terrapin's coffee blend is very unique, this smells just like W-n-B.
T - Bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee, dark malts, and, unfortunately, a definite oxidized, copper-penny flavor. I really wish I had opened this sooner.
M - Medium-heavy body with low carbonation.
D - No real problem finishing the bomber, the off flavor wasn't enough to ruin it for me. Still, I wish I had this fresh, they need to brew it again!

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Photo of rpstevens
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade, poured from a bomber into a smuttynose tulip. The pour yields a black body with mahogany tints that shine through the edges when held to the light. There is a thick mocha head the quickly fades to a tight ring, leaving moderate lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is an inviting blend of cocoa, sweet cream, roasted coffee and a pecan nuttiness.

The taste follows the smell, with a nice blend of chocolate, both milk and dark, roasted coffee, milk sweetness and hints of pecans. The taste suffers from an over-acrid coffee burntness and over-lactic aftertaste. The aftertaste is very strong, and almost unpleasant.

The beer is medium-to-heavy bodied, well carbonated and the alcohol is well hidden. If it weren't for the over the top aftertaste this would be real winner, as it stands I won't have a problem finishing the bomber anyway.

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Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

got a bottle from charliehhelms, thanks charlie

A - dark as is expected from a double stout with a finger of lumpy dark tan head

S - smells like the coffee grinder aisle in the grocery store, super rich immediately-post-grinding coffee beans, as good as the coffe note is, it is a unidimensional aroma

T - tastes like cold coffee, with some chocolate notes in addition, some milky lactic sweetness

M&D - the taste and mouthfeel are far more watery than expected, the flavors are decent, just with it were a bit thicker with some more body to it

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Photo of Buebie
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtasy of gford217

Poured from a brown bomber into an oversized snifter. A semi rigorous pour produces a 1'' brown head, quite slow to recede. Color on the beer is black, no light penetration. Head has settled to leave a dollop of whipped topping like head, thin streaks of lace.

Aroma is nutty with a plethora of roasted rich coffee, peanut butter, dark unsweetend chocolate, malted milk balls, and more delicious coffee. The aroma on this is delish.

Taste reflects aroma mirrored exactly, except with more dark roasty coffee and big black coffee bitters. Taste is not at all sweet, its black coffee with no sugar and a touch of cream. A full bodied feel with some cream like thickness and a bit slick resembling some milk fat like textures, carbonation throughout but does not completely bite.
Some mild molasses flavors, dark fruits and a mild bit of grain flavors. I would have liked to of tasted some sweetness to balance this. Its a little one sided, all bitter and no malt or sweet balancing.

Still a great brew, but for a sweet stout it lacks the style that this is supposed to represent.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Picked up at Rick's in Alexandria.

Pours near black with a thin light mocha head without much staying power. Nose is straight coffee and not much else, maybe a bit of roast. Taste is coffee and roast. Didn't really enjoy thee feel as the coffee and milk sugar did not create a body as nice as the concept suggests. Pretty good but not something I would return to.

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Photo of corby112
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap tonight at Capone's.

Pouts pitch black and completely opaque without even the faintest hintn of lighter color edges when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy light beige head that slowly fades into a thin cap and ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Slightly roasted chocolate malt aroma with a prominent coffee/espresso bean presence as well as some lactic creaminess and toasty malt. Plenty of milk and bitter dark chocolate on the nose along with hints of toffee, subtle oatmeal, caramel and burnt toast.

Creamy medium body but not as thick or viscous as I had hoped. Only slightly roasty with a huge burst of dark chocolate malts. This is accompanied by some roasted coffee/espresso bean as well as some toffee, licorice, milk chocolate, burnt toast and some nice bitterness in the finish. Not the best example of the style but decent.

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Photo of meatyard
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's dark, very dark, opaque as well and seems like brown more than black. The short head is tan and quickly falls to a, mostly, covering.
The smell is very strong of dark, even burnt coffee. Trying to wade through the powerful coffee aroma didn't bring anything else to the nose except maybe some lactose.
The taste is also heavy on the coffee that has a following sour/acrid taste that isn't really unpleasant. There is also some sweetish (not Swedish) chocolate.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, something of a disappointment.
Drinkability for this at 7% and, for me, almost tasty as a milk stout is decent but not great.

While a pretty good beer, the overwhelming coffee smell & taste is a bit much for me and I am a coffee fan.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle from the very generous drabmuh, thanks!

Pours a deep black color with a nice tan head. Aroma is of coffee and sweet malts. First sip is not as coffee tasting as I thought it would be but good nonetheless. Sweet and smooth through out. Absolutley no bitter taste at all. Maybe it's just the fact that it is a Milk/Sweet Stout but it almost has a chocolate milk taste to it. Great mouthfeel, medium/light feel.

Overall, I was hoping for a litte bit more coffee flavor out of this but other than that it is a very tasty and smooth beer!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really surprised to see this on the shelf despite the Left hand collaboration, we obviously don't get Terrapin in Colorado. the first sniff is overwhelming coffee both brewed as well as grounds and then a sniff of unground beans! There was also a sweet component to the aroma as well. The flavor is palate-numbing coffee bitterness. I am pretty finicky when it comes to coffee-flavored beers but this was just fine with me.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an Ithaca pint glass.

A: Moderate pour creates a 1.5 finger chocolate colored creamy fine head with good retention. Brew itself is opaque and pitch black. Lacing is thick 1 inch layers where I drank.

S: Sweet cream, roasted coffee, and espresso beans. The roasted coffee nose here is so prominent it covers any hint of lactose that might be present.

T: Slightly roasted coffee beans creates a certain sourness and intense smoky flavor. Mellow towards the middle where the lactose is more detectable. Creamy in the finish but the coffee presents itself again at the end.

M: Medium bodied, a little carbonated and infinitely smooth. Mouth is silky and rich. Finish is really non-existent. The flavors kind of just fade here, leaving a bit of roasted coffee sourness.

D: Very drinkable both for the evolution of flavor and silky mouthfeel. Not the most complex of beers but that's not what I'm hoping for. Thoroughly enjoyable and definitely worth seeking out again.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a good thick black, thin but present head. 4.0

S - Really smells like a café latte. It may be power of suggestion but I get a milk-with-coffee smell. 4.0

T - Truth be told, I think this is par for a coffee stout. A "bright" coffee flavor, coffee with creamer and just a little bit of sugar. I can really taste the Left Hand Milk Stout influence in here, a little more than I would like. Not that the milk stout is a bad beer, I was just hoping for something more distinct from its component parts.

F - It can start feeling somewhat thin. Not bad, though.

D - It's very easy to drink. I don't know that I'd choose it over other coffee stouts though. Worth a try for the coffee-milk stout angle.

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Photo of cavedave
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More big thanks to mr.andypandy for another of his amazing Southern gems

Black, duh, opaque, a thin, dark beige skim atop. How else should a coffee milk stout look? Nice.

Perhaps the coffee has faded? Only six mo.'s old? Not a lot of coffee in the aroma, hints of dark chocolate, toasty bread, deep caramel, and hints of the advertised espresso.

Even the taste isn't the dark roasty coffee I hoped for. That said, it is a light espresso flavor which swims alongside some nice chocolate and caramel. The sweet in here is more sugary than expected, even in a milk stout, but the flavors are brought out well by it. It finishes a bit less bitter/earthy than would be optimum for a stout like this. All in all a very good tasting stout, but not up to the standards of many good, more complex, coffee stouts nowadays.

Mouthfeel is low carb. to the extreme (ironically it could use a bit more), creamy, very clean on the palate, but not quite viscous enough (yes, I know it's a milk stout).

Drinkability is good, not great. It is tasty, but not interesting enough to sip passionately.

Impression: A solid offering, but not one I'd revisit (even if I could). Perhaps it was better when fresher.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for this generous extra from Mikesgroove. Shared a bottle of this the other night with my pops. From notes.

Pours black with a frothy 2 finger tan head after an aggressive pour. Subsides to film with abstract lacing.

Smells of a very clean coffee roast and subtle notes of dark chocolate. Lactose hiding in the background with some lightly roasted malts.

Taste is initially sweet, not heavy on the lactose sugar which I appreciate. Sweetness is nicely balanced by the roasted malt/coffee bitterness. Milk chocolate and creamy mocha-java coffee flavors. Is this on Starbucks' menu?

Mouthfeel is so creamy and velvety. Coats the mouth in a very good way. Almost milkshake-like, very smooth. I kept asking myself what the ABV could be because this goes down that nicely.

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Photo of caresville
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to jyounger30 for this one!!

a- pours black with a small tan head, little lacing overall.

s- coffee and caramel are easily noticeable, hints of chocolate, vanilla, and some sugary sweets.

t&m- sweet at first but ends a little bitter. lots of coffee, dark chocolate, werthers originals, prunes, hints of vanilla and cinnamon.

d- very smooth and thin, easy going down and easy to kill a lot more than a bomber. good stuff.

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