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Terrapin Cinnamon Roll'd WnB Oatmeal Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 637
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 26.05%
Wants: 367
Gots: 142 | FT: 22
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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout | 9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dbrelsfo on 11-26-2013

Like your favorite breakfast treat and a great cup of coffee, Cinnamon Rolled Wake-n-Bake hits on all cylinders. Starting with a delicious coffee aroma, a touch of Cinnamon gives way to a sugary sweet icing flavor as a buttery nuttiness fills out the last drop of this breakfast in a glass.
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Photo of cjgiant
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle:
Pours close to black, with tan head. Not a lot of head buildup, but not light either, and a decent level of froth lasts the full pour.

Nose is coffee with an distinct sweet bread note early, joined with a little warmth by the cinnamon. The cinnamon eventually merges with the coffee in a spice-coffee scent that is the main note in the nose for the rest of the pour. Some of the oat comes through late in my drink.

The taste is fairly similar to the nose, though generally and relative stays more coffee to woody bitter than it. That cinnamon-spiced coffee opens every sip, the oat taste and dryness (for me) follows this. Perhaps the oat cuts into the "roll" part of an iced cinnamon roll, as this beer never gets too sweet. No one said a cinnamon roll has to be iced, however, and perhaps this is the concept here.

A nice brew where the coffee, cinnamon, and oat all can be detected by me. I expected a little sweeter beer (though I am glad it isn't too sweet), almost more dessert-worthy. Getting past this expectation led me to appreciate that this beer offers up more or less what it promised.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a waxed, 22oz pry-off bottle to a 10oz tulip (Ommegang 3Phils stemware, to be precise). The only dating information on this bottle is the year 2015 printed in black ink at the top-left corner of the label. This was purchased maybe a month and a half ago, sat on the shelf for a few weeks, and has been in my fridge now for a couple of days.

Appearance (4.5): Nearly three fingers of creamy, slowly crackling, hot cocoa-colored foam rise off of the pour, capping a jet black body with the deepest garnet-mahogany color poking through only at the furthest edge. As it dies down, it leaves thin patches of dark tan film, connected to the remaining head by webby, arcing legs of lace. This thing is gorgeous.

Smell (4.5): French roast coffee, cinnamon (duh), extra-dark chocolate/baker’s cocoa, just a bit of dark, molasses sweetness, mocha, chocolate-hazelnut biscotti . . . in the end, it all comes back to that dark roast coffee with a shot of dark chocolate depth, mixed with gooey cinnamon filling (y’know, like in a cinnamon bun). It may be a little gimmicky, but for me that mixture of cinnamon, dark chocolate, and dark roast coffee really, really works.

Taste (4.0): Less nuanced than the nose, it follows more or less the same direction as the nose: dark roast coffee (but less depth, leaving mostly just the bitter edge), cocoa (mostly the earthy body), and a really heavy hand on the cinnamon note—like the crisped edges of that cinnamon goo melted out the bottom of a bun. A little molasses depth adds a bottom to the malt body, but the earthiness of the cinnamon and cocoa spring back up in the finish, propelled by a slightly citrusy bitterness, a dry, floury note, and just a spritz of grapefruit zest mingling with a modest, boozy heat. That grapefruit note and booze mixed together help lighten the body nicely, too. Definitely more cinnamon comes out by the end, too.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Surprisingly dry, with a medium-full body, a nice, powdery cocoa lightness, and a soft, foamy carbonation that covers all surfaces before drying out. It all makes it easy to drink, but not quite as satisfying as a big, thick stout ought to be. Still, it’s very easy to drink, and the powdery lightness of the body complements the earthiness of the cinnamon and cocoa quite nicely.

Overall (4.0): I like a lot of different elements of this beer, quite a bit, but this is not a case where the beer is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s still extremely tasty in its own way, but it’s not the kind of masterful imperial stout with rock-solid fundamentals I (admittedly) was hoping for. Frankly, the original Wake-n-Bake is ultimately more satisfying (in my mind) than this beer, but I’m thoroughly pleased to enjoy this beer all the same.

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Photo of Lucular
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One word of advice: do not drink this beer cold or anywhere close. You will barely pick up on any cinnamon and definitely no French toast if you drink this below 50 degrees. However, at closer to room temperature, the beer becomes more like the description although still not what I was hoping for.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 01/30/16 notes. On tap at The Cloverleaf Tavern in NJ paired with a cinnamon roll...pretty sweet.

Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Cinnamon for sure, roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, bitter coffee, milk chocolate, and cream. Thick body and low carbonation.

Overall a very good beer and slightly better than the normal WnB. Worth checking out for sure.

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a coffee and cinnamon bomb. Nothing more than WnB with a healthy dose of cinnamon. That doesn't diminish the beer though. Flavored are very complimentary. Coffee smacks you in the face first. The first hints of cinnamon come in immediately afterwards. Coffee fades a bit as cinnamon becomes more pronounced. A solid chocolatey malt backbone is there throughout.

Overall: not complicated, yet great. I love this thick and viscous cinnamon/coffee bomb. One complaint: the base beer costs about $3.50 a 12 ounce. I wish they would back off on the price, considering the only real addition is cinnamon. I paid almost $14 for a bomber and think $10 would be fair.

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Photo of sittinggc
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.

Look: Very dark beer with a nice brown head.
Smell: The smell is mostly coffee grounds. Also get some nice chocolate notes.
Taste: Bitter coffee dominates the palate. Semi-sweet chocolate notes. Almost get some lactose flavors though I know this isn't a milk stout. Very little cinnamon...I probably wouldn't have picked up on it if I didn't already know it was there.
Feel: The feel of the beer is a little thinner than I'd like, but I feel as though this beer wasn't brewed to be a big thick beer. Slight prickle from carbonation.

Overall: I think this is a good coffee stout. Lots of nice bitter coffee notes in a very drinkable stout. I'm slightly disappointed at how much cinnamon I picked up. I thought I was gonna be drinking liquid cinnamon rolls when I read the description. Haha. The only beer that has been able to accomplish that for me is Xocoveza Charred b1. Glad I got to try this beer but I probably won't be seeking it out again.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not very different from regular Wake 'n Bake but that's not a bad thing. Very nice coffee flavor with just a touch of cinnamon and a creamy texture from the oatmeal.

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Photo of larryi86
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler poured into a teku

A- Black with a four finger mocha head.

S- Coffee, some dark chocolate, hints of cinnamon and sugar.

T- Roasted coffee, chocolate, some hints of toffee, some cinnamon.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A fun stout that is easy drinking. Nice balance of flavors, thought that it would be super sweet but the coffee bitterness makes this great. Worth picking up.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Black as night. Two finger mocha head. A damn good looking beer.
Smell - A total coffee bomb on the nose. Not getting a whole lot of cinnamon.
Taste - At first, coffee completely dominates the palate in true WnB form. But after this beer warms a bit.....that's when the magic happens and it really opens up. That's when the cinnamon roll flavors start to pop.

Overall - I had high expectations from this beer and it did not disappoint.

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Photo of zac16125
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
2015 vintage


A: Opaque black, 1 fingers width of tan head, dissipates down slowly and leaves a good amount of lacing. 4.5

S: Smells like breakfast. Tons of coffee, chocolate malt, roasty. Decent amount of cinnamon. Subtle sweetness. Incredible. 4.5

T: Very roasted, coffee up front and cinnamon on the finish. Semi-sweet cocoa, oatmeal creaminess, significant bitterness from the coffee. 4.25

M/D: Fuller side of medium body, fairly smooth, carbonation appropriate, drinkability is very good. 4.25

O: Excellent beer. I love regular WnB, and this is quite similar with just a touch of cinnamon and a bit sweeter; and I love this beer as well. 4.5

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Photo of 57md
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my friend Scotty for helping me locate a bottle of this specialty stout.

This is basically the standard Wake-n-Bale recipe with a touch of cinnamon on the finish. However, I did not really get any sweet "sticky bun-type" notes or any cinnamon anywhere other than at the very end.

That said, I thought that the coffee notes were stronger in this variant than any other Wake-n-Bake version I have had in the past.

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Photo of havron
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage bomber, enjoyed fresh and poured into a tulip.

L: Pours a thick opaque black displaying a ruddy brown tint when swirled, with a thin tan head that recedes to a ring leaving decent lacing. Identical to regular W-n-B except with a bit of a thicker head and decidedly stickier lacing perhaps due to, respectively, bubble nucleation and oils from the presence of cinnamon.

S: The same coffee aroma of regular W-n-B except with a strong cinnamon component that intensifies as the beer warms, eventually all but overtaking the coffee smell. Very nice.

T: Cinnamon and coffee hit the tongue first, the cinnamon note gradually building to overpower the coffee flavor and mingling well with the oatmeal to remind one of a granola bar, with a sharp alcohol bite in the middle that overpowers the other flavors until recovery. The finish is sweet, and I could see how other people are imagining an icing quality to it, but I do think it's imagined. The overall flavor is reminiscent of Mexican hot chocolate, much like Stone Xocoveza but neither as complex nor as smooth.

F: Medium-full and satisfying rolled across the tongue, on par with the original but with an additional slightly resinous quality (presumably cinnamon oils) producing a film that sticks to the tongue after each sip, which alongside the sweet finish adds to the oft-perceived icing illusion but isn't exactly a positive quality.

O: This is more interesting than the original and quite tasty but still overly harsh for the ABV or, rather, exactly as harsh as the ABV would make one expect if one hadn't had the pleasure of experiencing smoother high-alcohol brews. I'm glad I was able to get a hold of this and enjoyed it throughly but, like the original, it needs some mellowing out as that sharp alcohol bite really detracts from the experience. I like my stouts better warm, and this stuff becomes almost intolerably alcoholic as it approaches room temperature. Still, a very tasty brew and would buy again next year!

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Photo of danh53
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big smooth roasted coffee notes. Cinnamon comes through more on the taste, but it remains subtle throughout. There's a sweet vanilla on the middle of the palate. Mouth feel is medium. This was very enjoyable.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Subtle cinnamon on the nose, but a nice wallop of it on the pallet...I even got a hint of the icing flavor they boast. This is a fantastic WnB variant that only comes in second to the French Toast.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Black, opaque, 1inch brown head, good lacing

S: Strong coffee smell, cinnamon almost like hot chili, sweet cinnamon roll

T: Strong coffee, much like regular wake n bake, heat from the cinnamon again like chilies, sweet malts

M: Full, a bit of cinnamon heat

O: A great stout no doubt but the cinnamon heat tends to take away a bit to me. I loved the regular wake n bake, no need to add anything to perfection.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a blackish brown with a thick head that sticks around. nose; (cold), dry baker's chocolate and very light hops - (warm), coffee, all-spice and light butter/toffee. either i got an "off" bottle or the power of suggestion is responsible for all the reports of the nose smelling "exactly like a cinnamon roll". taste; roasted malt, coffee grounds, earthy hops, baker's chocolate, and dry-spicy cinnamon with some butter & nutty astringents on the aftertaste. medium+ carbonation and medium mouthfeel. after having the wax-topped tiramasu-hoo and blackberry cobbler maggie's series bombers from terrapin this year, i expected more character. this is a decent spiced stout, but it's definitely the tamer of the maggie's bomber releases so far. a nice imperial stout with standout dry cinnamon notes.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Attractive appearance with nice head for a beer at this ABV. The beer brings out aromas and flavors of a cinnamon roll but it's a lot less in your face than I expected. The cinnamon in particular was really light. As it warmed the flavors came out more. I had ridiculously high expectations for this one and while it didn't quite live up to them it's still one really nice beer.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bottle with a 2015 born on date

L - Pitch black with 1 finger of tan head.

S - Booze, cinnamon, sugar

T - Sweet, sugar, coffee, and roasted malts.

F - Well carbonated and full body

O - An awesome brew, better than regular WnB

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Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent looking: dark red-brown with a durable ring on top.
The aroma is not as great as the name suggests but this is due in part to judicious use of spicing that eventually produces a more balanced flavor. The light cinnamon blends more harmoniously with the coffee.
O: worth seeking out.

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Photo of TATURBO
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a nice thick head. Has a great nose, real cinnamon roll smell. Mouthfeel is creamy and substantial. Taste is Damn spot on like a liquid cinnamon roll bit yet I'm not blown away. Tastes a bit muted in some ways. This is a really good beer but it lacks a bit. Great concept for a beer and with a few tweaks could be outstanding.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin Brewery's Wake 'N' Bake Cofee Oatmeal Stout is one of the best coffee oatmeal stout's I had ever had. Some stout's have a finish I describe as "like licking an ash tray". This one is different A hint of sweetness and minimal alcohol taste. A very nice sipping beer, and with the higher ABV, sipping is the way to drink it.

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Photo of floridadrift
5/5  rDev +16.3%

A: Black

T: Cinnamon rolls, booze, sugars, coffee

M: Super creamy and delicious, one of the best Ive had.

O: The best beer Terrapin has ever produced that I've had and I've had a lot.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Reviewed from notes. Twenty-two ounce bottle shared by someone (thanks) during the FW Bretta Rose release in Buellton.

A: Pours from a doubly waxed bottle black with a solid 1" thick mocha head which fades to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace.

N: Well integrated cinnamon, roasted coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, dark fruits, nutty.

T: Follows nose with cinnamon and coffee dominant.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy, cinnamon and roasty coffee finish.

O: Enjoyed this version very much. Great breakfast beer.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.6/5  rDev +7%

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! While the waxed bottle looks cool, it's a pain in the ass to open! Pitch black pour with a two finger caramel-colored head with good retention and great lacing. Fresh roasted coffee dominates the nose along with plenty of cinnamon and vanilla. Basically smells like a Cinnabon. The taste follows suit with the cinnamon taking command, along with hints of roasty coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso, and subtle oats. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and really creamy with a warm, slightly dry finish. Overall, the balance and drinkability really surprised me. I was expecting a syrupy, gimmicky, sugar bomb, but instead got a complex, incredibly balanced, and delicious beer. Highly recommended!

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A shared bomber at a local brewery. Thanks!

Pours exceedingly dark brown, almost black with minimal tan head, which drops to thin ring.
Smell is rich, malt, oatmeal, cinnamon, a sweetness reminiscent of the sugary goodness on a cinnamon roll, vanilla. Great balance and a set of scents I've never inhaled in a beer.
Taste, once warmed, is malty, dark fruits, cinnamon, vanilla, a hazelnut-like note as well as that sugary sweetness of the topping. (Getting hungry) Phenomenal stuff.
Smooth, rich, slightly drying. Fairly full bodied, warming. I'd drink this any day, it's terrific.

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Terrapin Cinnamon Roll'd WnB Oatmeal Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.