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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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Reviews: 161 | Ratings: 199
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 mondegreen
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle into a Snifter.

NOTE: I drank several of these fresh, and I am right now drinking one that is about 6 months aged (@ 46F). I will post my notes from the fresh bottle alongside my impressions of the aged version. My numerical scores are for the fresh bottles.

Fresh - Pitch black with a thin head that leaves decent lacing.
Aged - Still pitch black. What there is of a head disappears quickly. Leaves zero lacing on the glass.

Fresh - Sharp espresso is the prominent smell. Moderate roasted barley in the background.
Aged - Espresso has rounded and the beer has a metallic edge to it now. Smells like a shadow of its former self.

Fresh - Could enjoy this one with breakfast. The espresso pops, much like the hops in a DIPA (not a similar flavor, but a similar strong character). As unique a coffee beer as I have tasted.
Aged - Sadness. The espresso has faded to a blunt bitterness. There is some black coffee taste on the back end. If you are drinking this beer aged for the first time, you do it no justice by reviewing it. It isn't supposed to taste like this.

Fresh - 4 words: Left Hand Milk Stout. Creamy, rich, and delicious.
Aged - 1 word: Flat. Good lord, time has been rough on this beer.

Fresh - This beer is a tad rich, but the absolute deliciousness could lure me back for pint after pint.
Aged - The flat, bitter character of the beer is wearing thin on me. And to think, I have one more in the fridge :-/

This beer was one of the best collaborations I have ever tasted when it was fresh. If there are still more bottles floating around, I would not expect them to be drinking very well at all. My grade reflects the notes from my fresh tasting, but if you see this one still on shelves (highly unlikely), it just isn't holding onto its former greatness.

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

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

The beer pours a deep black color with a decent two finger white lace. There is no visible carbonation activity present after the pour. The smell of this beer is a combination of tobacco, espresso, and some faint chocolate. Overall a nice looking and decent smelling beer. The taste of this beer starts with a earthy almost dirty taste that I think comes from the tobacco smell. It finishes rather smooth with no alcohol taste what so ever. An intertesting taste to a beer, but not something that I would particularly like to have again.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sick and entering in some paper reviews.. got this from GeezLynn a while back.. Thanks Geoff, this was shared with the Boise Peeps.

Dark tan head holds for a while.. expected black brew...

"quality coffee shop" aromas jump from the glass.. lesser milk chocolate, yet still plenty present.

nice lactose sweetness helps bind the chocolate to the abundant coffee... reminds me of milk chocolate covered espresso beans. Medium body with a lite/medium body.... good smooth mouthfeel.

very nice .... not expecting anything less... just don't expect more than rocking coffee flavors and enough milk chocolate to balance... a quality brew, but I got bored quickly.

Thanks again Geoff.. I am glad I got a chance to try this before the coffee disintegrated.


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

Pours opaque with a visibly mild viscosity and a loose tan foamy head that fades quickly, leaving spotty patterns of lacing behind. The aggressive smell of the coffee character mixes nicely with the lactic element of this stout. Lightly carbonated and creamy smooth yet alive with a light tingle. Full flavored, the coffee element dominates and lingers appropriately. At 7% ABV this one is quite drinkable. Many thanks to drunkmonk for this opportunity!!

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

Review from notes.

Poured black as ever with a tannish head that retained well and gave bits of lacing here and there. The aromas are packed with rich, creamy expresso and dark chocolate. Lots of dark chocolate, coffee, and sweet creaminess. There is a lot going on here but it is all in wonderful balance and taste. The creaminess lends an excellent mouthfeel, quite velvety smooth and rich. I would drink this all day.

Thanks for the opportunity Jay!

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as night with a creamy dark brown head. Head is a solid two fingers and slowly fades to a thin foam cap. Solid sheets of lacing on the glass.

S - Fresh roasted coffee beans dominate the nose. Hints of bitter-sweet chocolate and just a touch of vanilla come through as well. Really just smells like a freshly prepared espresso.

T - Strong fresh roasted coffee taste up front. Surprisingly strong taste of milk chocolate. Hints of vanilla. Just a bit of coffee bitterness. As the beer warms an underlying taste of chocolate milk really begins to come through but coffee still dominates throughout.

M/D - Medium to full bodied with a cremy chocolatiness. Very easy drinking. Part 2 of the Midnight Project is once again a big hit.

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

a: served up in a snifter, the pour brings out only a light head that soon recedes to a ring atop the mostly opaque mahogany brown beer

s: fresh iced espresso takes control of the aroma and doesn't let go, smooth fresh-roasted bean, a little sugary creamer and smooth cocoa perhaps, but a true coffee monster, vanilla bean blends with mild ethanol to mimic bourbon after the beer warms fully

m: carbonation on the lower end, body medium-full, not as viscous as preferred

t: as the nose might have indicated, a smooth iced espresso flavor dominates, not really picking up the excessive sweetness others complained of - just a nice lactose sugar profile, some dark chocolate in the background, a lightly astringent hop finish seals things off as fresh roasted coffee flavors linger

d: no issues here - happy take down the bomber solo

bomber from Whole Foods Fairfax

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Photo of MPLS
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Coffee+Stouts = I'm in!

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a small khaki colored head. The lacing is acceptable for the style. The blackness gives this beer a pretty grim look. The saliva like head makes me this this one has maybe more than adequate carbonation.

S: Roasted espresso grounds as nothing matches the aroma of fresh coffee, but then again this is a beer we have on our hands. There is some sweetness behind the espresso, a little chocolate.

T: The taste is of you guessed it, espresso grounds, it's not overpowering but certainly would be too much for someone who would not label themselves a coffee aficionado. After the initial espresso the chocolate sweetness I picked up in the nose; however, it seems to expand itself a little more on the tongue. The "milk" component of the beer doesn't make itself a little too sweet for me. The finish has the qualities of roasted malts with a bit of lingering espresso acidity. I was not impressed with this beer initially with it's assertive coffee dominance, but the roasted aftertaste made it worth it. The finish of a bad coffee beer can be rather acrid. The distracting part of this brew was the sweetness.

M: This is this beers biggest downfall. The carbonation comes on a little too strong and there should be double the viscosity. Perhaps I'm being a bit too harsh here, but not impressed.

D: Excellent drinkability as I love coffee. Taste is great and the sweetness that comes with the roasted espresso gave it more depth, but don't confuse that with complex.

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

(On-tap at Bocktown, Pittsburgh, PA)

Poured a wonderful deep dark opaque near-black with wonderful head and some decent lacing throughout. Great deep scent, very malty and strong with a slight alcohol bite, but wonderful coffee tones. Exellent taste, a wonderful thick stout with roasted malt flavors, a wonderful bitter coffee kick, with a slight sweetness (from the additional sugars); has a slight kick at the end for the aftertaste, between the bitter coffee and slight alcohol tinge. Very warming, it went down smooth and thick; very well balanced.

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

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with several foamy fingers of dark and burnt looking mocha colored head. Retains with a sturdy ½ finger of froth, leaving a rich cascade up on the sides of that glass that settles into some heavy spotty lacing. The aroma is quite crunchy feeling with coffee and roasted malts. Astringency is fairly strong here, mixing in with the chocolate malts and lactic character to impart a deeply burnt tang, which is bordering on a bit souring at times. I'm pleased to find that much more of that chocolate sweetness emerges as this warms, helping cut back on the sharpness of this.

The coffee is much better integrated into the taste, adding flavor to the profile, but with a little less of the sharp bite being added to that sweet mix of roasted chocolate, caramel malts, and creamy milkiness. A moderate hop presence adds a spicy and drying zip to this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a silky creaminess up front that then gets much sharper towards the back of the swallow. Nice evenness between the two feels and this does drink rather smoothly for its size.

All in all, this was another worthy collaboration between Terrapin and Left Hand. That rich mix of roasted espresso and lactic character did seem to go a bit overboard at times (much more so in aroma than the taste) but it luckily didn't overly impact my experience with it. I think that this would be a good one to split with a buddy. While enjoyable, I was about ready to move on after about half a bottle.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So glad a friend of mine could find this bottle near him, since I missed my chance in this area. He brought it up this weekend when he visited. Bottle split with him, poured my part into a snifter.

Pours a very thick deep black with a thin tan head on top. Retention was fair; left little sticky lace. Scents of vanilla, dark espresso, milk chocolate, and a light roasted wood scent on the finish.

The body was creamy smooth. This got even creamier as I continued to sip. Big roasted coffee flavors all over this. Finish was very sweet and chocolatey. Hop bitterness was low. Wow. This was worth the wait. Nice work, Terrapin!

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

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle with me - poured chilled into a standard pint glass.

A -A deep brown, almost black w/ a deep opacity and thick light tan cap of 2 fingers which makes spotty lace, the bead is fine

S - A rich nose - roasted yet sweet with mild caramel and vanilla bean tinges as the nutty bean scent of espresso expresses itself w/ a potency and brings mild cocoa-like aromas

M - Mild creamy texture w/ subtle roasted malt and spiced feel w/ moderately low carbonation and moderately full feel w/ semi-sweet finish

T - The Stout has flavor of a shot of espresso nestled in a full on milk stout w/ flavors of creamy caramel malt and roasted barley w/ smoothness and slightly beany taste w/ bitter tinge in the middle. The taste has a cocoa note w/ nutty biscuit ans slight butterscotch aspect w/ mild espresso bitterness and mild sweetness in the creamy finish

D - The collaboration is worthy, but one to share in the 220z for me, very good example of the style with a great flavor of espresso - the combination is very well done and this has high drinkability ...I could just keep drinking it

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

Thanks Matt(Capones)!

Poured from tap into small glass. Very dark in color with a small brown head the dissapears to a creamy surface. Leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is pretty much coffee. Like sticking your nose into a freshly ground bag of coffee beans. Overall, on the sweeter side.

Not a typical Milk Stout. Has more of a flavor/bite. Picking up espresso notes in the beginning...sweet and bitter at the same time...very appealing. Malty and earthy. Very tastey. Not a thick stout, but somewhat thin...reminds me of a porter by mouthfeel.

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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 beerman207
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Wow, this pours out extremely dark - can't see any light through the glass - 2 fingers of frothy tan head that hang around for a while. Fantastic Lacing. It doesn't get much better than this in terms of appearance.

S: Expresso beans, lactose, perhaps some smoke coming through as well as. Has some malt in there as well as maybe even some chocolate. Very inviting.

T: Has a sour and smoky expresso taste - all in a very good way. The expresso is the dominating taste but the lactose sweetens in the middle with the coffee returning for the finish.

M: The body is silky and smooth. I could chug this beer it's so smooth and easy to drink.

D: Wow, the silky texture of this brew along with the great smell and flavor want me to try this again. Too bad it's not available in our area of Kentucky. It was a good find visiting my parents here in PA.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark black with a medium tan head that quickly ran to the sides of a brandy snifter

Strong coffee scent, roasted grains, lots of chocolate in the nose

Tastes very similar to scent - a strong milk chocolate flavor - the one thing not present in the aroma is the milk. There is a dry chalky taste to the beer, similar to most milk stouts I have had but there also seems to be some sweetness still left in the beer. Overall, a very good Milk stout - I have to think I would pick a couple of these up if they were available locally. Strong carbonation and Great flavors for a milk stout at 6.5%. Slightly watery mouthfeel, but for a 6.5 abv I give it a pass. Drinkability is high because of this factor. Good stuff!

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Photo of weeare138
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears an opaque black with a fluffy tan head that takes a while to fade.
Smell is of roasted malt, rich, creamy espresso, cocoa, and toasted nuts.
Taste is of the obvious coffee, chocolate, hints of vanilla, brown sugar, and cream.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, creamy, smooth, with a mildly bitter coffee bean and hop bud found in the silky finish.

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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 IPAcraig
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gift from a friend in Atlanta.

Dark black body mocha head. Very good lacing.

Smells of chocolate ice cream sprinkled with espresso powder.

Sweet chocolate coffee flavored brew. Warm roasty finish with a hint of licorice.

A hair bigger than medium bodied, lightly carbonated.

Highly drinkable, complex but not overpowering.

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