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

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Georgiabeer on 09-11-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served from the draft to a growler at Charleston Beer Exchange in Charleston, SC. Dispensed into a pint glass. Pours black with raisin colored highlights making this beer not quite completely opaque. A large mocha colored head forms and is enveloped with tons of lacing.

The aroma is pure coffee goodness. Fresh brewed coffee with shaved coffee beans is the delicate aroma that is presented to the nose. Slightly metallic and a bit of roasty grains back the nose as well.

More coffee in the flavor profile. This coffee flavor is less like pure coffee and more like coffee ice cream. The coffee flavors are smooth and delicate and linger on the tongue without being harsh and bitter. Slightly sweet on the tongue even. A touch of fruit and maybe even a bit of smokiness present themselves.

As far as milk stouts go, this one is way too thin on the palate. Thin and not chewy or substantial or "milky". If the mouthfeel was beefed up a bit, this one would get a nearly perfect score. 7% abv is perfect for this beer and the alcohol is completely hidden. I wouldnt compare this to drinking cold coffee, but coffee ice cream with a touch of chocolate syrup would be a good comparison. I loved this one!

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Photo of atsprings
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a 10oz glass served an almost opaque black with a decent light-tan head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice blend of espresso, roasted malts and mild sweet chocolate. The taste is a delicious blend of sweet roasted malts and mild espresso. The beer is quite light and smooth with mild carbonation. This one is very enjoyable, I wish they made more of it.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer poured a dark brown, blackish color with a tan head. Lacing present throughout.

Smell: Espresso. Espresso. Espresso. And chocolate.

Taste: WOW. Amazing. Tastes like espresso and chocolate but not in an offensive way like many coffee beers can be. Perhaps the lactose helps balance it out properly.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth beer. Not as heavy as one would imagine. Carbonation is minimal.

Overall: I hate coffee but this beer blew my mind. THIS is the perfect after dinner beer. I only wish I had purchased more. Oh well.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a trade with hopsleeroy. Lee, you are an amazing trader! Thanks a lot!

Brew Two 2009 bottle poured into a couple of Guinness pint glasses (one for Wiseman Zach).

Appearance: Came out of the bottle dark and oily. Body is pitch black throughout the middle and shows shades of copper near the edges. A small, creamy, brown head formed from the pour, but it doesn't seem to be retaining too well. Nice lacing.

Smell: Huge espresso fills the nostrils. Damn! So dark and roasty! Mild lactose mellows things out a bit, but this is all about the espresso. Doesn't even smell like beer, which kinda sucks. I love coffee, and I love espresso, but I want a beer right now.

Taste: Caramel, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and - you guessed it - espresso. Tons of espresso once again, though the taste is infinitely more complex and balanced than the smell. Espresso is most apparent on the back end, and the finish is all bitter, dark-roasted coffee beans.

Mouthfeel: Cool and milky with light, prickly carbonation. Not a whole lot of warming or dryness, but the finish is filled with espresso bitterness. Pretty heavy (happy I split this), but feels nice overall.

Drinkability: This is a beer for coffee fans. The espresso presence is humongous, as is the body. With that said, I enjoyed this beer. I wouldn't drink it all the time, but it would be great for special occasions.

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-A deep opaque dark brown with a moderate amount of mocha head and some nice lacing.

S-Mild roastiness, sweet milk and a hint of coconut. Very inviting.

T-Mild sweet malt and milkiness in the front, then some light milk chocolate, creaminess and moderate roast.

M-Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

D-An exceptional milk stout. Sweet but complex with nice depth of flavor.


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Photo of kels
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally found a good time to crack this one open with some good BAs last weekend. Review is on the beer poured from bottle to snifter.

Pours a very dark brown, practically black. It is quite opaque, but seems to be a little on the thinner side at the same time. There's a tan swirl at the top of the liquid with tons of bubbly, tan, watery lace along the sides of the glass. Light, fluffy rings of lace hang on the walls.

The smell is easily one of the best features of this beer. The espresso dominates the aroma with a deep, roasty richness the gives the impression of full-bodied flavors to come. The roast has a dry scent to it, somewhat like biscuity malt, as the caramelness of roasted malts really isn't present.

The taste is very much like the smell - dark roasted espresso, borderline burnt, but not in a bad way. The roast gives it a deliciously strong and bitter richness, along with a heavy breadiness from the malts. There's a slight dark fruity essence, possibly from the beans, that complements the roast nicely. Smokiness is slightly present from that near-burnt taste, and there's only the slightest hint of sweet creaminess. Very tasty beer. The feel is a little on the thin side for this style, with only a hint of carbonation. It isn't watery, but it isn't as full-bodied as expected. Alcohol is warming, but not overwhelming.

Drinkability is pretty high. It is a great beer for someone who really enjoys drinking espresso or coffee, and it manages to go down smoothly without much burn thanks to the moderate ABV.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black with a nice creamy khaki colored head. Little retention, but good lacing. Smell is of roasted espresso beans with hints of cream and semi-sweet chocolate. Taste is straight forward dark roasted espresso beans, cream and semi sweet chocolate from the lactose and dark roasted malts. Tastes like a chocolate covered esspresso bean. Body is fairly light for the style, but smooth. Very good coffee brew, one of the better ones ive had.

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Photo of billab914
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Pours a deep black with a modest amount of head. Laced nicely down the glass as I drank it. Very strong smell of roasted coffee. Taste is dominated by the coffee flavor but the sweet lactose comes through as well and helps balance out the coffee bitterness. I'm not a coffee drinker but this is a delicious coffee beer, the coffee flavor is very strong but not so overpowering I can't finish the bottle myself. I would put this right up there with some of the best coffee beers I have tried and wish this was something I could buy more of.

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Photo of everetends
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber I picked up from Hop City in Atlanta. Served up in a snifter.

A: Nice deep black on the pour. Body is solid, not getting any devation from the black when held to the light. A good shade of yellowish brown slick coats the glass and slides back down into the body slowly. Off the pour, I got half a finger of medium brown head. Sadly, the head doesn't last too long. That means no lace either. Still, it remains what I was expecting.

S: Wow. All I can say is coffee. The espresso is wicked and big time. Probably the biggest coffee aroma I have ever gotten out of a beer. Actually smells like a chilled shot of espresso. A little bit of the malt comes through with some lactose presence, but its all coffee. It actually has a finishing aroma of just freshly ground coffee.

T: Yet again, we have some big ass coffee flavor. Its all espresso and coffee beans in here yo. Behind that, I do get a good amount of that lactose presence expected from a milk stout and a good amount of dark chocolate. This absolutely is dominated by coffee. It is very tasty but I could do with a bit more complexity or added flavors. Still the spot on coffee flavor is impressive.

M: Whoa, not expected. This is medium in body, and even the lighter side of medium at that. Its much thinner than I expected and what the flavor wants you to believe. Carbonation is mild, it seems that this is just a thin brew but somehow it works. ABV is light though, with just slight warmth. Aftertaste is all coffee.

D: Very drinkable, its basically just a chilled espresso with cream and a shot of chocolate, light on the sugar. It could be a hell of a lot more complex for sure, but somehow it just works. Its probably the flavor combination with the wieght of the beer. All I can liken it to is like a bigger Surly Coffee Bender. A very enjoyable beer, but a shock for the feel and flavor combo. Its crazy, but good.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to ERICSTL6 for hooking me up with this.

pour was very dark with a cocoa head that did not stick around long.

huge coffee up front, very dark roasted espresso like the name says. a bit of roasted malts but mainly coffee here

again, huge espresso coffee bitterness with a slight dark chocolate that was sweetened well to make this VERY easy to drink on. lots of dark flavors... sounds vague... but you would understand.

this improved greatly as it warmed up to room temp. at about 45-58 degrees there was too much bite from the carbonation and it felt thin. once it warmed up, it was pretty perfect.

i love coffee stouts and this was no let down. lots of bold flavors, mainly espresso, but it was balanced well and super easy to drink.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a blackish body with a thin tan head that stays around for the entire beer and leaves lace as it drops. While some sweet chocolate and roasted malts are present, the aroma is dominated with coffee malt. Taste is more of the same, as this intensely smooth and creamy beer has mild chocolate/vanilla sweetness that balances the intense coffee/roasted malt taste, that finishes dry and a even a little biscuity. A very well balanced beer that is great to drink and I could have all day.

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Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coffee Beer, mmmm good!

A: Pours a very deep dark black hue with a nice small tight khaki head. Little retention but it does manange a few nice solid lines of lace.

S: Deeply roasted malt, fresh brewed coffee, subtle chocolate, and more coffee.

T: Coffee forward for sure. Not really espresso, more like dark roast from a french press. The coffee flavors are bold without being acrid. Subtle chocolate and a nice roasty quality are able to hold up against the coffee. The lactose is there from the milk stout to balance the bitterness of the coffee.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Good carbonation.

D: Damn tasty. Bold coffee with a nice bitterness without the acid. Complex flavors and a hint of sweetness from the lactose. Overall a well made brew. No doubt one of the better coffee beers out there. This one was a SUCCESS!

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 12 South Taproom in Nashville. Pours a midnight black with a small creamy head. Definite strong coffee smell & some chocolate. Taste is coffee, chocolate and some sweet milkiness. This is a great coffee milk stout if you like that style. Try it if you get the chance.

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Photo of apbarwood
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Midnight black with a small amount of foam and lacing, could have used a little more. Smelled like a cup of espresso with a nice roasted coffee aroma and a hint of sweetness. Absolutely phenomenal taste, again like a cup of espresso with the perfect amount of cream to balance out the roast. Nice medium body and good lift on the palate makes this one pretty refreshing and the sweetness is very subdued and well integrated. This was a delicious beer and I plan on buying another one before they're all gone. Sadly I knocked over my glass and lost about 80% of this beer. I must have another.

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Photo of ohmybock
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap recently at a Taco Mac in the Atlanta area. I heard rumors about this brew a number of months ago and was excited to finally try it. It pours an appropriate very dark color, but the head is a little light and fleeting. The aroma is heavy coffee and reminds me a lot of Wake-n-Bake. I'm guessing the two beers use very similar (or the same) coffee. The taste is even better with upfront in-your-face coffee and a healthy dose of very dark chocolate milk. Thankfully, this beer is only mildly sweet. I think the lactose gives this brew a gentle nudge toward sweetness, but even more so the milk sugar just rounds everything out. The body is somewhat thin, but I think it's appropriate. This isn't a chewy imperial stout, and that's not what it's supposed to be. If that's what you crave, look toward the Terrapin impy coffee oatmeal stout or some other highly-rated coffee impy stout. Sometimes the coffee in coffee beers comes off tasting like old grounds, bitter, or burnt/cigarette ash. I don't get that at all in this beer. I find the DC to be a great brew and dangerously drinkable. For me, this is definitely one of the better coffee brews I've had from across North America and abroad. With that being said, the majority of coffee beers (some good/bad/in-between/highly-rated) from around the world I've tasted, I haven't bothered to rate here on BA. Why not? The world may never know.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass. This beer is part of the collaborative beer efforts between several breweries, this particular beer is made by Terrapin and Left Hand.

Beer is dark, black, with a brown head that falls away quickly, not leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low (from what I can tell).

Smells like coffee beans. Strong roast flavors in the aroma. Also some sweetness.

This tastes like coffee. Beer has moderate mouthfeel, very sweet, its a decent beer. Really tastes like a coffee drink. Can't taste any alcohol, overall its a pretty agreeable beer. Drinkability high (if you like coffee). Mouthfeel a little thin.

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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 InkStainedLife
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very tasty, memorable beer. I had half a pint and it was plenty--definitely a sipper. My only complaint is that the coffee was perhaps a touch too bitter. A good cup of coffee or shot of espresso maintain all the flavor but are so smooth and drinkable. I would love to see the recipe tweaked to reflect that.

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Photo of jdg204
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After thoroughly enjoying Terrapin's Coffee Oatmeal Stout, I was excited to see the email from Abe's Cold Beer that they had received Depth Charge! I've become pretty conscious that you've gotta grab these LE's as soon as they're available, so I scooped one up right away!

A: Deep brown in color with a nice mocha head that slowly falls and leaves good lacing.

S: Rich espresso and semi-sweet chocolate dominates the profile with a bit of hops underneath.

T: Amazing chocolate espresso flavors open things up, extremely well balanced dark roast coffee and semi-sweet chocolate (with a touch of dark fruit). Perfect hoppy bitterness provides an incredible finish.

M: Medium/heavy body, good carbonation. Very smooth sipping beer with an amazing aftertaste.

D: Well it looks like ST's Jahva finally has some company at the #1 spot on my beer ratings! I cannot believe how amazing this beer was, it literally blew my mind. After getting only a whiff, my pregnant wife insisted I get an extra bottle for her to drink after our baby girl is born early next year, it was that good! The chocolate/ espresso flavor was better than any high end coffee shop is offering, I kept expecting to find ground coffee and cocoa beans in there. This brew is not for the faint of heart as it goes out of its way to show off its coffee credentials and delivers in spades! If you're like me and love coffee Stouts, try this beer immediately!

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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 Bung
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tyler's tap room Durham. Solid black pour with a small cream colored head. Disappeared pretty quickly, with just a little bit of lacing. Very nice chocolate, espresso aromas. Taste is like a lightly carbonated mocha late. Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and mocha accenting. Lactose just barely present near the end. Roasty bitter espresso finish. Glass was empty before I knew what happened. This stuff is excellent, really not sure it qualified as a milk stout, more like a mild double stout. Really reminded me of the Bell's Java stout.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque and one shade north of black with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Rich roast coffee aroma has smoky undertone and nutty hints. Flavor is like a fine roast coffee with a malty undertone and hints of molasses and hazelnuts. Texture is smooth and yet quite fizzy and tingly, leaving a smoky and slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of blaheath
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brownbeer for this one.

Black in color with light carbonation that leaves a very thin head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and coffee. Taste follows the nose, coffee, chocolate, light bitterness, creamy, light/med in body, coffee, and a short sweet finish.

Terrapin's coffee brews kick a*%. Recommended.

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Photo of zplug123
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a 16 oz glass:

A: Black with dark brown tints at the edges. Creamy head with minimal retention

S: The espresso is noticeable, along with a sweet tinge. Almost like an iced espresso drink kind of smell

T: Coffee flavor is up front with small amount of sweetness balanced by malt with slight bitterness at the end.

M: Very smooth for such a dark beer, full bodied with little carbonation

D: A prime example of a coffee stout, not much of a fan usually but I could see myself drinking quite a few more of this.

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Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark brown in color with a 1" head that slowly falls. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: espresso and malt sweetness is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big dark roasted coffee flavors are most noticeable with some malt sweetness, milkiness, and some soft alcohol tones make up a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start. Smooth, creamy, and silky at the finish.

Drinkability: this beer was extremely drinkable especially if you enjoy coffee flavored beers. Give this a try if you see it.

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