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 LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 1/1/2010. Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee grounds mostly, some rich roasted malt too. Flavor is balanced between the roasted malt and espresso notes. Very rich and hearty for a 6.5% brew. Super smooth palate. Overall, a solid milk stout.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to PDXHops for this one! Served from bottle into Stone nonic. Poured black with a very slight hint of brown with a half finger very light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate syrup, coffee, slight caramel, and cream. The flavor was of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee beans, and cream. It had a medium feel on the palate (almost creamy) with mild carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. I was really stoked to get my hands on this one, much less to try it. Had a nice mouthfeel going on here. This was coupled with a great aroma and good flavor. I was really surprised at how complex this was in both aspects as well. This was a damn good beer and is a must try for anyone who has the opportunity. I just wish either of the two breweries would find it in themselves to brew this one again...

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

Another that's been hiding in the bunker. Brew Two 2009, thanks to vicanncam.

A: Pours a dark rich creamy 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace with a bit of lacing, over very dark black colored beer, but thins a bit on the edge and lets a bit of dark reddish maroon colored light through.

Nose is rich, lots of roasted malts, chocolate malts, bakers chocolate, espresso beans, fresh ground coffee, bit of caramel and vanilla, fresh dark chocolate, a bit of creamy chocolate milk, some malty aromas, and just a hint of earthy hops.

Taste starts a little bitter and slightly chalky, more of the malts, plenty of roasted and choc malts, some light dark chocolate, creamy, more coffee, again fresh espresso and roasted coffee beans, light caramel, a bit of a dry malty taste, and a slight coca-cola like taste as well. A bit of bitterness, not much, just a hint of hops, slightly spicy and earthy hops. A slight bit of acidity and even a little bready, which dries a bit as it finishes, leaving more malts, chocolate, lots of espresso, and a slight creamy texture.

Mouth is medium to heavier bodied, creamy, with lower but decent carbonation, a bit more carbonation would have helped.

Drinkability is pretty good, nice smooth and creamy, no real alcohol presence, a decent dry finish with some sweetness, almost seems to get a little too dry for a milk sweet stout, and a very slight bit of a sticky finish.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark and oily with a modest tan head that retains quite well and leaves some scattered lacing.

Nose is kind of like those chocolate covered espresso beans they sell at coffee shops, rather intense with the coffee, but pleasant. The java flavor was much too powerful for my taste when the beer was released, and it's still pretty potent a year later. The overall taste is much more well-rounded now, as the dark chocolate and coffee are more balanced (the tradeoff is that now the sprucy bite of hops in the fresh version has faded). Not as thick as expected, but the lingering lactose and slickness make for a satisfying feel.

Overall impression: Recommended for fans of coffee beers, if any is still to be found.

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Photo of crosamich
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

To be honest i was a too busy talking & talking about beer to comment the appearance. Nose was deep roasty goodness. I would agree that mouthfeel was maybe a bit thin but i think it worked quite well for this one as a milk stout should be. The lighter body paired well with the dark, roasted coffee notes without the acidity/bitterness that some coffee beers have. May have been a bit of a halo effect From the previous beer but I look forward to the reprisal of this beer should it ever happen.

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Photo of klikger
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pour served in a Duvel tulip

A - Dark black with some red highlights, little head or lacing

S - Espresso with some smoke, dry and aromatic

T - Coffee, dark chocolate --> lots of lactose --> smooth milk and rich, robust malts --> finish is slightly sweet, but also espresso bean bitter.

M - Medium to heavy, good carbonation

D - Good drinkability, not great

This is a good milk stout and well worth trying. Economically, this falls into the same camp as Moloko Plus - good stuff, but there's more bang for your buck elsewhere.

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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas are quite robust coffee mixed with cocoa. Slight fruity with some vanillas/caramels. Some smoke/earth notes at the end.
The tastes are a lot fruitier than it smells, with a bunch of subtle berriness. Immediately following these are the caramels, chocolates and vanilla sweet notes (as well as a slightly creamy milk note), and still deeper in the brew are semisweet chocolate and coffee grounds. Very well blended. Finishes somewhat bitter from either hops or malt; but I am guessing malt. Goes down smooth and creamy, with a very little bit of a hop and cocoa powder aftertaste.
Overall this brew is extremely drinkable and well brewed. Nicely done once again Terrapin.

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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 Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn2 for sharing this bottle, which I had about given up on searching for.

The beer pours an inky black color with a tan head. The aroma is strong on the coffee and chocolate. I also get a little bit of cayenne pepper in the aroma. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, milk, cream and roasted malt. A delicious beer. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of csmiley
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Depth Charge pours near black in color with little to no light getting through around the edges. The dark tan head rises to just under a finger in depth. Retention is average and leaves spotty lacing. It's not bad but nothing really jumps out and grabs your attention with this brew.

S - Nice coffee notes dominate the front end. Espresso no doubt about that. Chocolate rears it's head midway. Seems mostly like dark chocolate. Very roasty and smokey on the tail end with coffee coming back in to the mix too. Aroma is surprisingly good.

T - Balance of coffee and other flavors really work well in Depth Charge. Of course, coffee seems to just take over the flavor profile at first. Ahh, there is the milk that I read in the name of the beer. Lactose presence adds a distinct latte flavor. Chocolate pop up midway and keeps it pretty sweet. Smokey on the end. Pretty impressed here as well.

M - Medium bodied with a light carbonation level. Finish starts out sweet and ends very dry. Another category where this one comes across as a little better than average and that's about it.

D - Drinkability is good. It sticks around in the glass for a while but not long enough ding this category in any way. Downing a bomber of this would be pretty simple to do. Would I have it again? Yes if it were available. Slight improvements in appearance and mouthfeel could bring Depth Charge into an excellent rating very easily. Another good brew from a good brewery down in Georgia.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass is evenly split between a solid black with no highlights body and dark tan level foam. Excellent lacing.

Terrific deep enticing coffee aroma. Will I sleep tonight?

Enormous rich coffee taste and somewhere in the mix is some milk for that coffee. Earthy hop balance both above and below. Well hidden alcohol.

Rich creamy mouthfeel throughout. Bigness does not impair drinkability.

A terrific stout which lives in several categories. Do it again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Huge thanks to stakem who surprised me with a bottle of this at the Splinter Blue release.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy hybrid medium brown head with average retention and touches of spotty lacing.

4.5 S: Espresso and roasted barley are most powerful in this. However, it isn't overly roasty as there is a great balancing sweetness. Lots of sweet chocolate and the lactose is quite evident. This is like a mocha coffee with cream. Everything is in great proportion. Good complexity and every aroma is complementary to the overall product.

4.0 T: The flavor is really good, but it needs some more strength. Part of the problem comes from the mouthfeel being too light. Aside from intensity, taste mirrors the nose. Good balance between espresso, roasted barley, sweet chocolate, and lactose. Some toffee in there too.

3.0 M: Light body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be a hell of a lot creamier for what they were going for. Goes down very easy. The body on this is simply way too light, especially for a beer with lactose. I was looking for something thick and rich and I didn't get that. I definitely prefer all stouts to have a heavier medium to heavy body and especially beers of this nature. There's nothing across the board defective about the mouthfeel, it just isn't what I prefer.

3.0 D: Awesome nose, great flavor profile, but the mouthfeel sucks. This could have been one hell of a beer. Instead, it's just a good one.

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Photo of obireidkenobi
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I took these notes with my first bottle a while back. I'm late to the party on this one.

I didn't know what to expect with this beer, other than Left Hand/ Terrapin's great brewing styles potentially culminating into something amazing. Especially when I learned how the beer was being planned out.

Appearance - Black, with coffee/crema like head.

Aroma - Coffee. Some chocolate. Straight forward.

Taste - Love a first taste. This beer is creamy/ milky. Slightly sweet with coffee keeping it all together. Some tastes its like espresso shots. Some tastes like drip style coffee.

Mouthfeel - Again, creamy, and silky. Not heavy at all.

Drinkablility - Very drinkable. Since this review is a little behind. I can honestly say I have continued to go back for more every time a keg or bottle appeared.

Depth Charge, you will be missed.

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Photo of pavpav12
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Color is pretty much black. Head fades down to a ring. Not to much lace.

Aroma: Cocoa with rich espresso.

Taste: Creamy with lactose flavors. Milk chocolate and cocoa powder. Rich espresso flavors.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and creamy with some bitterness. Ends with roasted malts and coffee flavors in the aftertaste.

Overall, it is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

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

Another fine beer courtesy of kkipple. Thanks a ton, dood!

Depth Charge pours a very dark, chocolate fudge color. It's really close to opaque, but a few burgundy highlights at the outermost edges. The head is tan and stands about a finger and a half tall. It recedes quickly, leaving light strands of lace in its wake.

The nose is good, but is just a little underpowered. Bittersweet dark chocolate and espresso/roasted coffee lead the charge. It's honestly a rather simply smelling brew, but it works. There's a little crushed vanilla bean at the secondary level. Perhaps even a sweet, creamy scent. But, it's mostly chocolate and coffee. Nonetheless, good smelling stuff.

The flavor is actually a notch above the nose and is very impressive. It's still relative simple, but is big on flavor. Bittersweet dark chocolate meshes with a strong espresso/roasted coffee flavor seamlessly. The coffee flavor, while unmistakable, isn't overbearing. The coffee averse shouldn't be scared away. Light crushed vanilla bean and light rush of sweetness cap it off. Alcohol is buried. I'm not getting any at all. Very simple, but very impressive.

Depth Charge has a lighter body. Carbonation is mid-range, but it feels relatively smooth. More body wouldn't be a bad thing, but it has a nice feel. Drinkability is very high. This stuff is very tasty and each sip invites another. I'm splitting this bomber, but could easily tackle a couple of these alone. It is that good.

Depth Charge is a really nice addition to Terrapin's lineup. I suspect it's a limited release, but they really should consider making it a regular release. I really like the simplicity of it. But, don't be mistaken, the flavor is downright explosive. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of mothman
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Color is pretty much black. Head fades down to a ring. Not to much lace.

Aroma: Cocoa with rich espresso. Roasted malts with a creamy nose to it. The aroma is nice, but it is fairly straight forward.

Taste: Creamy with lactose flavors. Milk chocolate and cocoa powder. Rich espresso flavors. A decent amount of roasted malts. As it warms I get some vanilla sweetness. Again, fairly straightforward, but good.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and creamy with some bitterness. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with roasted malts and coffee flavors in the aftertaste.

Overall, it is a very good beer and at 7% it is pretty drinkable. I am definitely enjoying this one. Very creamy and lactose like, however.

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Photo of cooch69
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Depth Charge is so awesome, it should be illegal. Well come to think of it making it a limited release is almost that bad. The label is really neat with the mad cow and everything. The artwork was labeled Pinkerton. I'm guessing John.
Depth Charge was a very dark barely opaque to the light black. It has a small off white head but I'm not sure how long it stuck around because the beer was gone pretty quickly.
The nose on this beer was full of coffee, some sweetness, and chocolate over tones. It was pretty obvious that it would taste a lot like coffee but not as much as my actual sip.
This beer is spot on with the coffee. It is hands down the cleanest and best coffee taste I ever had in a beer. It is reminiscent of a medium bodied coffee with one sugar and a shot of milk. The coffee blends so efortlessly with the stout that you can't tell the defference between the two. There is hardly any hops present in the aroma or the taste. And I'm really glad they chose to brew it that way.
Creamy Creamy Creamy Velvet all over the tongue.
This beer is ultimately easy to drink at 7%abv. In fact it's easy to drink at 4%abv. Hands down one of the best stouts ever. The only thing that stopped me from getting a case was the 9.95 per bottle sticker.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

no date on the bottle, but I understand this was only released one time in Sept. 2009.

A - poured into pint glass, an opaque black, with tan colored head that disapates to a ring around the glass.
S - coffee with cream, very roasty. although maybe a little too strong
T - not as much coffee as in the smell, much more balanced. extremely smooth and creamy, with more of a subtle espresso in the taste
M - again, very smooth, lower carbonation as expected
D - due to mouthfeel and no overpowering flavors, very drinkable.

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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 Phillyphilms
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Varga bar during 2010 Philyl Beer Week. Holy Sh1t! This was amazing.

pours a very dark brown with a great multi finger head of tan.. lacing all over the place and a nose full of coffee.. espresso and coffee. Did I mention coffee?

So easy drinking. Being a coffee and beer lover.. this was total nirvana in a beer glass. Literally one of the more enjoyable things I have ever put in my mouth. Dark on the eyes yet light on the mouth with creamy accents.

One of my favorite new beer experiences. I wish I had a case of this to push it on everyone I know. World Class Coffee Stout that is a must-try for any serious beer drinker. Just might be the best coffee stout I have ever had.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duck Rabbit snifter. A thick, 2 finger, milk chocolate colored head formed quickly and slowly receded down to a thin layer, leaving webs of lace on the glass walls. The body is just about as dark as you can get...black and deep...no light can get through.

Wonderful nose! Lots of roasted malts, milk chocolate, heavy cream, freshly ground coffee and even a little vanilla extract.

The taste is right in line with the nose...Starts off with the sweeter malts and lactose, the center brings out more roasted characters and the finish is more on the bitter side (coffee, dark chocolate). This is more like a desert in a glass...yum!

The mouth feel is a medium (on the thicker side), very creamy with light to moderate carbonation.

Man...this is right up there with the big boys! Extremely drinkable, very tasty and well balanced. Wish I had a few more...

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Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 12-18-09.

A - pours a pitch black with an inch of tan foam that slowly disappeared

S - roasted coffee dominates with some creamy milk

T - roasted coffee and cream, nicely blended and very flavorful

M - smooth and creamy, just the right amount of carbonation

D - very drinkable and enjoyable, will definitely try for another one

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

Pours dark brown with not much head and no lacing.

Strong Coffee smell and the taste was definitely coffee with a slight sweetness, I guess that was the cream.

Very nice medium body stout with light carbonation and very smooth.

This is a great beer that carries my morning coffee adiction into the night. Great beer and will look for it again.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Terrapin-Left Hand collaboration. Pours a very nice, very dark brown color, with a half inch or so of light brown foam. Aromas of roasted malt, cream and chocolate covered espresso beans. On the palate, a whole lot of coffee flavor here, along with some creamy milk chocolate. Very enjoyable, glad I got the chance to try it. Another nice collaboration.

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Terrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
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