kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle compliments of Shwarzbock, thank you Jared! Midnight black w/a lasting tan head of fine bubbles. Initial aroma is burnt, acrid, dark malt and espresso coffee like. Hints of smokiness, caramel, and toasted malt at it warms. Also roasty coffee flavors. There is also a bit of herbal/spicy hop that comes into play. Malted milk ball chocolate aroma also as it warms. Bitter and burnt flavor up front with coffee and sweet mid toasted malt mid palate. Light caramel and brown sugar notes, with roasty, assertive espresso flavor throughout. Mildly sweet with a bit of dark grain acidity lends to the overall balance. Finish is mildly sweet and coffee like. Toasted malt and caramel aftertaste. The body is fuller medium, lighter medium carbonation with a bit of bite adding a bit to acidity, and dry mouthfeel. Not a huge fan of espresso, or coffee for that matter, but it works well in stouts, especially sweet stouts, and this one in particular. The bittterness of the dark grains and espresso are tempered by the sweetness of the malts for a very well balanced, flavorful beer! Well done!
jbruner (1982) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 vintage shared today. Pours a silky black from the bottle with thin off-white head and little to no lacing. Aroma of espresso mixed with cream and sugar. Taste is very sweet out of the gate, with a hint of coffee and roasted malts, and a bitter, almost grassy finish. Nice and thick on the mouth but goes down really smooth for the viscosity. Great beer; too bad it was a one off.
radarsock (823) - Vermont, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black. Silken. Frothy. On the nose I get frappucino, roast, booze, herbs, pine needles and cocoa. Tastes mostly of an iced Irish coffee, charcoal, hops, milk chocolate and rubber. I like that its sweetness actually worked; it’s impressive because I dislike sweetness generally in my beer.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Originally reviewed: 1/31/10. 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!
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another beer that I was sure I had rated. Anyway, this is probably my favorite Terrapin beer of all time and probably my favorite Left Hand one as well. I remember the coffee being very well balanced and nothing being too sweet or bitter. Hope they will make this again.
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oct2010. 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.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark as night with a nice brown head. The nose is full of roast coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of sweetness. Smooth and almost creamy on the palate. A good bitter dark roast on the mid palate and then finishes with the slight sweetness from the milk sugar. Great beer for today.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A review from notes at a CL release. I actually had this one twice during the release as there happened to be multiple bottles. One of my favorite sweet milk stouts, loads of smooth roasty coffee aromas. The coffee in the nose is potent and sharp, but would make you think it wasn’t a heavy blend. Very smooth on the palate, I really enjoy the coffee beers that Terrapin puts out (wake n bake too!). I would want to have again, but its not a must, there are other more accessable and comperable milk stouts.
alexsdad06 (4527) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from ksurkin. Pours a very dark brown color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma has a blend of strong coffee or espresso and sweet chocolate and lactose sugar. The flavor is roasted malt, black coffee, espresso, lactose, chocolate with a hint of char. There is a mild tart character that distracts slightly. I thought it was a touch on the thin side. Overall, pretty tasty.
madsberg (9650) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Txh doodler for this. Pitch black coloured. Dense brown lasting head. Aroma of loads of coffee, chocolate, light brown sugar, some herbs, vague smoke, Chocolate, coffee, liqourice, herbs, sweetness, grass in the flavour. Very dense coffee. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a sweet coffee dense bitterness. Interestning and nice.
wedgie9 (1792) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 7/17/11 from a 22oz bomber bottle sent to me as an extra in a trade, Brew Two 2009. Pours an almost black, opaque dark brown with an average, very smooth, light brown head that slowly recedes to spotty lace with a nice collar of lace. The nose is dominated by freshly roasted espresso, very darkly roasted malt, and a creamy lactose aroma. The flavor is fairly sweet and creamy up front, moving to the more bitter notes of espresso, milk chocolate, and darkly roasted malt, but the creamy sweetness lasts throughout. The body is full and creamy with very light carbonation and a long roasted coffee, milk chocolate, and dark malt finish.