CheersMate (1335) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was pleased to drink this beer. I was thinking to myself, Terrapin has blended sweet, and bitter in an imperial stout? I opened this sucker, at a higher temperature than normal, so all of the flavors would come out. I was hit with the aroma of STRONG coffee right away. Almost a bit overpowering. Then I actually tasted the beer. I was very impressed with the palate. Creamy, smooth, not too carbonated, oily, all around great palate. The aroma just gets in the way of this beer, and the coffee taste is too much. I mean you say Coffee Oatmeal, I better be able to taste some friggin sweet notes in this beer, but I did not and when I thought I did it was very, very, very subtle. Great name, great look, decent smell, I just think that this beer should be Coffee Imperial Stout.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, oily, film for head. Aroma is all coffee up front, but not too overwhelming to me, for some reason. Licorice and chocolate background. Flavor consists of milk and dark chocolate, almost bitter like bakers cocoa, coffee, and residuel caramel/toffee sweetness. No hop presence whatsoever. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. As I am not a coffee fan, I’ve dreaded drinking this for quite some time, but really quite nice. Pleasantly surprised.
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2007
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Way too malty for me. It ended up being a drain pour. Naturally, coffee was the overwhelming flavor. My friends were afraid to try it after seeing my reaction.
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours thick & black forming a dark brown foamy head. Aroma of strong coffee’s (of course), malts, and toffee hops. Flavor is of strong coffee beer, somewhat smooth. Hop flavor towards he end that helps out. Fairly good, but not as refine as other imperial stouts.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Goldtwins.
This beer did not dissapoint. The coffee flavor is excellent and stronger than in most coffee beers. At first i thought it was a little too much but as the glass warmed up in my hand the oatmeal started come into play and really lend that creaminess and make it a little less harsh on the palate. I find most brewers who use coffee cant quite find out how to use it right. Its usually either way too soft and almost unnoticeable or too strong and burnt. This is perfect.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 Bottle. Black with tan head. Strong coffee aroma with come chocolate and caramel coming thru. The taste was smooth with oats and coffee mainly. Medium body. Smooth mouthfull. Thanks goes to shp555 for the bottles.
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from jimbowood - thanks! Pours an opaque black with a light brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and caramel. Creamy medium body and moderate carbonation. Taste of coffee, caramel, roasty malt. Drip coffee finish with a touch of smoke.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 Excellent brew. Appearance is very dark with a dark creamy head. Nose contains coffee, chocolate, and hops. Flavor is also of coffee, chocolate, alcohol, and some vanilla. Finishes with warming affect and bitter chocolate.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick, rich black with a hazy light brown head. Smells of vanilla, oatmeal, and smooth caramel. Very nice. Just a lovely rich imperial stout. Heavy caramel vanilla flavor. Roasty malts and a touch of chocolate make up the end. This brew is very creamy and is smooth from start to finish. I can drink this one all the time. Not really any flaws.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via quagmite and drewbeerme, thanks guys! Pours inky black with a minimal tan colored head. Aroma is bitter coffee, roasted malt, some choclate. Flavor is the same. Palate is full bodied, mildly carbonated, bitter finish. Kick you in the nuts coffee flavor and aroma is nice but a little one dimensional, still excellent though.