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

Terrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk StoutTerrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk Stout
199 Ratings
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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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 tclapper
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of vande
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 - Brew Two

A - beautiful dark pour, somewhat similar to a guiness; with a half inch thick fluffy head...that quickly vanishes

S -coffee - and quick. It is there, 2 years later!! Coco, sweet sugars, but coffee. Can not wait to taste this blend!!

T- Expresso immediately hits the taste buds....makes wanna actually try an iced coffee [something I thought I'd never say]... nibs of coco, hints of sweet candied sugars. Very pleasant.

M - A little lighter than a Medium bodied beer - if that makes sense....not as creamy as I thought it'd be, but still very pallatable.

0 - Great beer! Great project! Two Great breweries!!

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Photo of Shango42
5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

200th review!

recently aquired this brew in a trade with mrandypandy, thanks andy!

2009 Vintage poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark black beer with a ring of tan colored head that is only found around the edges of the glass.

Smell: Truck loads of roasty freshly ground expresso beans. I can't believe how potent this coffee aroma is even after several years.

Taste: Lots of espresso coffee notes just like the nose. The coffee flavor is not bitter it has mellowed, but its still favorful. The beer also has a creamy milk chocolate and cocoa nib taste to it. When the beer was cold it had a mild note of sourness and oxidation to it, but it goes away completely as the beer warms and it also sweetens as it approaches room temperature. Its like an iced coffee plus beer. Simple yet delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and oily mouthfeel on this beer.

Overall: This beer must have been an expresso coffee bomb when it was fresh. It still has a lot of coffee flavor for a beer that is over 2 years old. The seems to be just like a 50/50 blend of Moo Hoo and Wake'N'Bake with a bunch of expresso beans thrown into the beer for good measure. This beer ages well and shows impressive longevity & staying power. Let this one warm up to get the full effect.

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

Big thanks to cpinto06 for this big want. You the man!

Bottle poured into bruery tulip

Color: Dark brown with darker brown area's. Hardly any head came from a semi aggressive pour. Very little lacing.

Nose: Big time roasted malts and a coffee/espresso presence. Chocolate and mellow vanilla cream are . Very pleasant aromas.

Palate: Very smooth! drinkability is superb and the carbonation level is just perfect. The taste of espresso and chocolate coat the tongue, later followed the a milky cream texture from the vanilla.

Finish: Soft, short, not to complex, but very tasty and pleasant. One of my favorite milk stouts to date.

Rating: 94 out of 100

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Photo of Jazzcrop
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes of coffee, tree sap, milk chocolate, wood, roast, coffee beans, booze, hibiscus, licorice, grapes, grass and burnt meat. Definitely a good collaboration. Collaborate some other time! I'll be willing and ready!! Smells of smoke, coffee, lamb, yeast and chocolate.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle, Fall 2009 release. HUGE thanks to Ryan for completely surprising me with a bottle of this! A brew I thought I’d never get a chance to try! Served lightly chilled in a New Belgium snifter.

Pours dark brown to black with an active one finger brown head that recedes to a ring and wispy island, leaving just temporary spots of lacing behind.

Aroma is espresso and coffee, milk chocolate, chocolate milk, roasted malts, underlying notes of raisins and dark fruit, toast, nuts, and caramel. Very good strength becoming excellent as it warms. The coffee is holding up superbly and I gotta say that Terrapin’s coffee beer aroma is second to none.

Flavor is a nice wave of coffee and espresso, smooth milk chocolate, some lactic sweetness, roasted malts, raisins, figs, dates and other dark fruits, toasted bread, a little caramel and toffee, moderate to good sweetness, little to no bitterness or alcohol. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium bodied, a little creamy, lowish carbonation, fairly soft.

OK, so this is pretty freaking fantastic particularly since it is a coffee milk stout that is over 1.5 years old. It has held up very well and if it is this good now...I could only imagine what it must have been like when fresh, but my head may explode with dreams of deliciousness if I did.

Easily the best Sweet/Milk Stout I've ever had and the only one that could be better would be a fresh sample of this so I'm gonna leave a bit of headroom in the score in case Terrapin and Left Hand ever decide to have mercy on us and brew this again.

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Photo of Bennettrox
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours black as night with a bubbly tan head. Looks like a robust stout.

S - Two years later and this still smells strong of espresso and coffee. Very surprised it's held up this long and so well. Very sweet milk chocolate also comes through.

T - Wow, it's like a holy union of milk chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts. It all plays together absolutely perfectly.

M - Full body for a milk stout and the carbonation is right on the money. This goes down very easily.

O - Hot damn, I would kill for a case of this. I am especially surprised on how well this has held up with age. With the relatively low abv I figured it wouldn't age as well and the espresso would be gone, boy was I wrong. LOVE this beer, can only imagine what it was like fresh.

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

A really nice, smooth milk stout. Pours a dense black color with no light getting through. Medium size dark tan head with good retention and increasingly thick lacing.

Smell is coffee and cream and malts. Pleasant, fairly strong.

Taste is outstanding. Bready and roasted malts, big coffee and cream flavor. Could drink this all day.

Mouthfeel is rich, super smooth and creamy. Combined with the flavor, this makes for a great milk stout.

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

Depth Charge has a body that is the darkest of browns and and light brown head that fades fairly quickly, but does leave some lacing.

This one smells like coffee for sure. Chocolate also. That's about it.

I'm surprised how full-flavored this beer is considering it only has two real components to it: coffee and chocolate. The coffee is definitely the stronger of the two, and it is pretty well done, avoiding the acrid, bitter, flavors that coffee beers possess so often. The chocolate doesn't come after the coffee, but more during. As the beer warms, there is a little bit of lactose in the background, which was the only thing that suggesting this was a milk stout. What you get, overall, is an easy-drinking coffee beer that is fairly well done.

Smooth, but a little bit light.

Easy drinking and worth a shot if you like coffee beers.

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Photo of levifunk
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes.

a - A very dark head hides the black pour.

s - nose is very large. smokey tobacco, chocolate, and caramel.

t - its a lighter taste than I was expecting from the nose...which is good since the nose was crazy caramel and chocolate. very nice flavor and a solid milk stout.

m - medium body, higher carbonation.

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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 Jayli
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from stonequarrywest via SS '10 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 12/25
poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a jet black with a 2 finger of foamy brown head to it. Head recedes to a film that holds throughout. Wisps of lacing are left on the glass

S: Nose is nice roast and charred notes, bitter dark chocolate and a heaping dose of roast coffee.

T: Taste starts with the bitter chocolate notes blended with the roastiness. Hint of char come through. Finish has a nice creamy blend of chocolate and a fresh cup of coffee. The coffee really takes over and holds. Like having your morning cup. Slight masked alcohol notes.

M: Medium body, higher carbonation, creamy but prickly on the tongue.

D: Goes down very easily, quite tasty, somewhat filling, nice kick, and nice representation of style. I would have this one again in a heart beat!

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Terrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 199 ratings
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