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Monday, September 19, 2011

Terrapin W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

A really nice roasty beer
12 oz bottle pouring in to my awesome new Stone Double Bastard Tumbler.  I pulled the bottle 45 minutes prior to opening so that it could warm to the proper serving temperature.  Received as part of a very generous amount of extras from Optimizer from the Cantillon trade.

Appearance: The beer pours a thick black color.  I poured it slowly into a tilted glass which only allowed a very small tan head to form.  Fantastic lacing appears as I slowly drink the beer.  The color is an opaque black, very low levels of carbonation appear present.

Aroma:  Coffee, oatmeal, roast, semi-sweet.  The aroma is quite pleasant and reminds me a lot of Founders Breakfast Stout. the coffee notes and roast notes play off each other very well.  No hop aroma is present  Bonnie Notes: Coffee, Chocolate (dark), espresso beans.  Really nice chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, covering my entire palate.  Full bodied, which is what I would expect from the oatmeal, with medium carbonation that slightly tingles the front of my tongue.  warming when consumes. Bonnie Notes: Playful, covers the sides of the mouth well.

Taste: Lots of coffee and roast, almost bourbon like quality.  very heavy flavor which dominates.  Slighlty hot in the back of the throat. Not too bitter.  I wpouldn't say it's overly balanced as it is very dominate with the coffee.  the coffee and roast coverup most of the bittering hops.  Bonnie Notes:  Tight flavors not out of balance.

Overall:  thick and warming with good coffee note.  This beer is a great example of what I love in Imperial Oatmeal Stouts with coffee.  I do feel the coffee is overly dominate but to the point where I wouldn't want more.  Bonnie Notes: Nice little stout.  Better then most stouts I've had.

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