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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutTerrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

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Reviews: 1,245
Hads: 3,673
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 788
Gots: 653 | FT: 56
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: rajendra82 on 02-15-2005

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Brick Store Pub with the Atlanta B.A.'s. this brewery is making an impact and this was my first. Very creamy and coffee and smooth easy drink, though not too complex. Brown, lots of head and cream and cookies. Mocha and coffee, a spiked latte. About as good in bottle form had 2.3 years later. Had 3 years later on tap at Coasters.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sending me this one!

Terrapin Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout.

2010 vintage.

Pours a super pitch black color with a 2 inch super dark brown head that fades to a small puffy cap. Nice rings and latticework of lacing line the glass on the drink down. Smells very rich with roasted coffee beans, toasted oats and dark malts, and some bittersweet baking chocolate. Taste is also very rich with a complex blend of sweetened coffee, toasted oats, and chocolate syrup. There is also a slight vanilla flavor I am getting as well. There is a low but still bubbly level of carbonation that is perfect for this beer. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth. Overall, this is an awesome stout and something I could see myself stocking up massive quantities of if it was distributed in my area. I am super glad I have one more of these in my cellar.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while at the brewery in Athens, ga. Jet black with no light getting through. Thin almost non-existent head and no lacing. Aroma is pretty much like smelling a handful of ground coffee. Because of this I can't pick up much else. More coffee in the taste which is also dominating but I love coffee so that is fine fr my taste but may be overwhelming for others. Some milk chocolate notes throughout. Mediun to thick body and moderate carbonation. Fairly drinkable if u like coffee.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan head that disappeared rather quickly.
S: There are light aromas of alcohol, coffee and chocolate in the nose. The smell becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has flavors of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. The finish is velvety smooth.
D: The beer is quite easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the original wake n bake right here, i can't believe it took me this long to get my hands on one. a lovely example of the style, shockingly strong for how mellow it feels on the palate, and as dark as midnight when it pours. a lazy tan head hangs around before dropping off. it smells almost like fire roasted chili peppers, like long hots or something, charred and a bit spicy. i think its from the coffee, which is very deeply roasted, and compliments the roasted barley and chocolate malt. oats are in abundance, i smell the sweetness, and feel the body in the velvet textured beer as i sip it down. coffee is present all the way through, and i really do get a morning coffee and biscuit vibe from this. cookie-like malt profile behind the bitterness, and a slight cocoa bitter to the finish. not layered or coming in waves like some, but well integrated flavor all the way through, with a long but mellow finish. terrapin makes some cool beers, but this is one of the original and best. i am most amazed at how strong it is, i would have guessed 6% abv in a blind tasting. worthy of its highly regarded status.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This has got be the best thing I've had from Terrapin to date. This beauty of a beer pours out nice and thick looking with a very dark black color and brown head. The lacing on the glass is pretty good and the beers thickness sticks to the glass leaving a nice brown tinge behind. The smell of the beer is deeply roasted coffee and chocolate, along with some burnt oats. The taste has some really nice coffee flavors and rich dark chocolate throughout. The mouthfeel of the beer is thick and oily, it's got a light carbonation to it also. Overall this is my favorite release from Terrapin, I enjoyed this beer a lot. It's a definite sipper so take your time with it and let it last a while.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a coal black color with a sturdy head that leaves dots of lacing

Smell: Roasty, with dark fruit prune accents that dominate the aroma along with a coffee bitterness

Taste: Starts out with chocolate and coffee notes, along with an oat aspect; after the swallow, the juicy hops kick in, providing a bitterness that marries the sweet flavors through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy; moderate carbonation; slight warming from the alcohol

Drinkability: Extremely tasty and complex; highly recommended

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I guess the Wake 'n Bake may not be the most marketable strategy afterall. Now shown simply as Coffee oatmeal Imperial Stout.

The beer pours a medium viscocity of jet black liquids that settle comfortably into the glass. Carbonation releases a thin, solid brown head that settles even more under the weight of the alcohols to a dainty film. No lacing, but plenty legging. A typical RIS look, just wanted better foamstance.

Rich and rounded aromas, dominated by nutty coffees, show a ton of toffee, toasted and roasty malts, and a french toast sweetness/breadiness. Molassas, sorgum, nuttiness, and peanut brittle come to mind as well.

Flavors are very rich, careful not to let the aggression of the coffee to overpower the beer. Rich maltiness of deep, dark syrups, espresso, cocoa, and heavy cream all come together in a more rounded fashion than most coffee stouts. Outstanding flavors!

The oatmeal helps most in the texture; again not allowing the bitter oils of the coffee to push the beers into astringent levels. Instead the beer is as balanced in the mouthfeel as well as any other aspect of the beer. Rich, malty, full, lightly chewy, and mouth coating with heavy, roasted malts.

This beer might be one of the best balanced coffee dark beers out there. The oats help to bring the beer's characteristics together and helps with the creamy mouthfeel.

Thanks Freethyhops!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice, thick black color with a light mocha head. Nice nose brings forward a bit of roast as well as a good deal of coffee, chocolate, espresso, and a hint of vanilla. The taste definitely brings a good deal of chocolate as well as nice notes of coffee, roast, vanilla, and molasses. Feel is creamy with a tad bit of booze. Quite tasty. Definitely a solid beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a big foamy dark brown head with good retention. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt with a sweet touch. Taste is well balance between coffee and roasted sweet caramel malt. Body is full and alcohol is not noticeable. Not the most complex of imperial stout but I could see this going very well as a session beer. I also appreciated the medium-level of alcohol and the well balance mix between coffee and sweet malt.

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Photo of largadeer
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black and opaque with an inch of mocha-colored head. Above-average head retention for a coffee beer.

Smell: Spent coffee grounds, a bit of burnt toast. The coffee aroma covers up any subtleties, but it's nice enough on its own to give this brew a great nose.

Taste & mouthfeel: This one opens with a bittersweet chocolate flavor, which is quickly is quickly washed away by bitter black coffee. Oats lend a thick and creamy mouthfeel. A bit acrid in the finish with slight acidity, presumably from the coffee.

Notes: Not the smoothest coffee stout out there, but the bold flavors and chewy texture make it a great sipper.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a basic black with a fine 1/4-inch mocha head which fades to a thin cap and around the rim. Swirls leave a curtain of oily lace.

N: Creamy chocolate cocoa, espresso pressed coffee, vanilla and roast.

T: Chocolate covered espresso beans (without the crunch), creamy whipped mocha, roasty with a faint char. Vanilla increases with warmth. Semi-sweet marshmellow.

M: Rich and creamy and full and smooth. Initially sweet, then slightly bitter and dry on the finish.

O: Wonderful coffee stout.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Melted chocolate mahogany with the slightest sliver of reddish gold along the bottom edge of the glass. This is one of the light rejectingest stouts that I've poured in quite some time. It's difficult to see how the coffee-with-cream colored cap could be any thicker than it already is. This is not the sort of beer to leave much lace (thanks to the 8.1% ABV and relative absence of hop resins)... and it doesn't. No matter, though. It absolutely nails the Big Stout look with both barrels.

There are no surprises in the nose, but then I've come to expect quality from Terrapin. Each sniff is hugely fudgy with a near equal amount of black coffee and molasses. I couldn't have identified the Columbus and Northern Brewer hops by name, but I can definitely appreciate their contribution. Columbus is an interesting choice for a stout. And a good one.

My first impression is that the mouthfeel is a shade too light for Wake-n-Bake to be called an Imperial Stout (brewery) or a Double Stout (this site). Perhaps, as is so often the case, it'll coalesce and creamify as the beer warms. The flavor needs no help in that regard since it's pretty well-integrated as is. Why did it take me so long to start my big stouts out at cellar temperature?

Bittersweet chocolate is the star of the show, along with healthy lashings of black coffee and blackstrap molasses. I'm impressed by the 'dark blackness' of the flavor. That quality is easily achieved, I suppose, when one roasts the beejeezus out of barley malt and coffee beans. There's just enough char to make things interesting without descending into 'ashy charcoal' territory. A little smoke would have been interesting.

Despite the massive maltiness, the flavor profile has plenty of room to spare for citric hops. The impressive bitterness (noted especially on the finish) is coming from either the massively roasted malt or a stealth amount of Columbus hops. Probably a little of both given Terrapin's love of the little green cones. I'm not sure the beer changes much over time, but I do like the last few swallows better than I liked the first few. Why isn't this stuff in bombers?

As hoped for, the mouthfeel filled out with the few degress of warming from cellar temp to room temp. It's now medium-full, with a fluffy creaminess that can only come from the use of flaked oats. It still isn't Imperial/Double big, but it's such a pleasure to drink that style guidelines might as well be chucked out the window. Alcohol is barely noted on the palate. My central nervous system isn't so easily fooled.

Who wouldn't love a chef hat wearin', cookie bakin', stout drinkin' terrapin on the label of a coffee and oatmeal beer called Wake-n-Bake? Those wacky guys down at Terrapin Brewing know how to package beer. Even more importantly, they know how to brew great beer. I was expecting a lot from this one and am happy to report that it delivers the goods.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a opaque black no light showing thru this bad boy with a thinner mocha colored head,wow the aromas damn where to begin heavy on the dark roast coffee,bitter chocolate a hint of almond extract as well just awesome.Flavors are heavy in the coffee department for some it maybe to much dark roast coffee and chocolate malt flavors with a malted milk type flavor,nice creamy,silky mouthfeel glides down pretty easily.If you like strong coffee and bitter chocolate you'll love this beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off this is awesome..Pours a thick opaque black with a creamy head. No real thick lace, but this looks pretty good, but I had no idea what I was in store for. Smell was a french vanilla cappucino. No other really good way to describe it. Insane. Huge vanilla and coffee aromas. The taste was dare I say perfect for the style. I could not have asked for this to taste any better. Huge coffee and vanilla flavors again, with a hint of chocolate. Incredibly good and worth its reputation. This is a seriously good brew. I plan on stocking as much as possible and nver ever running out!!

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Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is bottle from 2009 poured into a Chimay goblet. This is one of my favorites, so I'm excited to review it.

Appearance: Pours jet black with no light coming through at all. There is a finger and a half dark tan head that goes away and leaves just a layer of carbonation.

Smell: The initial smell that I pick up is bitter coffee. I'm sure this has mellowed a bit since this is an aged bottle. I'm also picking up roast and a nutty characteristic as well.

Taste: I love this beer. The flavor is super smooth. There is definitely still a dominant coffee presence. From the coffee I'm getting some bitterness, roast, and a nutty flavor as well. There are also hints of dark chocolate. I would also say there is a creamyness in the flavor as well. Given the abv, I would expect more sweetness, but there really isn't much, but it isn't needed. There is a little bit of alcohol at the end of each sip.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick, but not motor oil thick. There is a mild amount of smooth carbonation, seems to be perfect. All in all, super smooth.

Overall: Did I mention that I love this beer. It has a perfect amount of coffee, and there is no super sweetness. Very smooth and I'll definitely be picking up more in the future.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with a small, dark brown head. The head settles quickly, but leaves a lot of lace in its wake.

S - Lots of chocolate and coffee, mostly coffee. A nice, nutty note as well; unusually it is peanut rather than a more traditional beer nut aroma.

T - Milk chocolate up front, replaced quickly by espresso and sweet oatmeal. The coffee lasts through the finish where it is joined by moderate malt bitterness.

M - A thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - For such a thick, strong beer this is quite drinkable. Dark and complex without becoming overwhelming, this is a nice compromise between intensity and drinkability.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to PaulV for sending this one to me. Been a big want for quite some time!

A: The pour into a snifter is pure blackness with a thin dark brown head.

S: The nose is not very heavy on the coffee but a nice touch of vanilla and chocolate and some smooth, cookie-like oatmeal notes.

T: Now there is the coffee! A very strong coffee flavor with some touches of roast and a bitter finish. The vanilla and chocolate which I found very pleasing in the nose are disappointingly absent.

M: A medium to full bodied beer with a fairly lively, but low level of, carbonation.

D: Maybe it's because I just haven't eaten much today, but this one hits surprisingly hard for only 8%. However, it's a very tasty beer, but I would like a little more balance in the flavor.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one at the Terrapin "Horizontal" Monster Tasting at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Ga.

Appearanace: Bears a turbid black opaqueness topped by a dense tan-colored sudsy head. This beer just exudes a kind of delicious stickiness.

("I hate to see you doing this to yourself." - Liver)

Smell: Fresh French-press coffee all over the nose. In fact, the coffee aspect is a real nose hog here, as I smell little else (but with real coffee in the brew, what did you expect?). A few brief hints of dark chocolate (topped with coffee), Kahlua (with a coffee chaser), and roasted caramel (over coffee ice cream). Very alluring!

If you don't enjoy coffee, let's just stop right here. Otherwise, proceed!

Taste: Each mouthful is arabicrammed with rich coffee goodness. A great roasted malt profile kept in check by a luscious creaminess. At first, I thought there was a slight hop presence, but later I was of the opinion that there wasn't one - which is just fine with me. Let the hoppy beers have their hops, and let the coffee-loaded stouts have their coffee, I say.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but was rather thick on the tongue, with a very smooth, oily texture and a long espresso-like finish. The alcohol is altogether warming and soothing. I'm really gonna need a good palate scrub after this one.

Drinkability: This stout is in no way a weakling, but its not overly heavy. Absolutely one-dimensional with its intense, well-defined coffee flavors, though it is upfront about it (and I can't fault it for it). Considerably drinkable for being a coffee-laced beer containing a decent amount of alcohol.

In short, this was a very enjoyable (coffee) stout.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gotta thank the combination of vicanncam, kwakwhore, and kkipple for this one. Can't believe I haven't tried it yet.

Edit: Re-review fresh 2011 vintage thanks to cpinto6.

A: Pitch black thick beer with a dark creamy head covering of about 1/2 a finger that fades semi quickly. The beer has some legs on the glass too.

N: Pretty much bitter, chocolate, oatmeal, and stout aromas. Some bitterness from charred malts as well as earthy hops. Also lots of dark malts, mostly chocolate malt, as well as caramel, little roasted barley, etc. Some cocoa nibs even, creamy milk chocolate, oatmeal with that. It has quite a caramelized and almost burnt chocolate aroma. All that cuts through the big coffee aroma, fresh roasted and ground coffee beans and a bit of espresso.

T: Oh yeah! thick and creamy, starting with a big coffee kick, fresh espresso and roasted coffee beans. Then lots of oatmeal, chocolate milk and creaminess, little bit of bakers chocolate, etc. Some bitterness, some earthy hops, but quite a bit of a charred earthy roasted malts that adds a hint of minerality and tannins. Chewy malts, with a little sweetness, and caramel. A hints of warming and tingly booze. I even get a hint of oatmeal cinnamon chocolate cookie like taste. Pretty good tasty Saturday morning breakfast. The coffee really dominates this one, which is much better than it was aged. Finishes still slightly sweet but mostly dry, with some more bitterness, more from the charred malts, but you can def taste more of the earthy hops, and more creamy milk chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malt and fresh coffee. It coats the mouth and lingers for quite a while.

M: Pretty thick and creamy, rich, little syrupy, and decent carbonation.

O: Pretty good, much better than the aged version as this has nice fresh coffee, none of that dank wooden shelf taste, lots of nice dark malt flavors, great mouth feel, etc. Tasty well done beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask, via hand pump, @ Al's of Hampden (Enola, PA) on 12/18/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a pitch black in the glass, with a finger of frothy dark mocha head. This retains creamy foaminess that skims the surface and drenches the sides of the glass with heavy and rich looking lacing. The aroma is just coffee in its purest form. Sharp, roasty, bitter, green, and earthy, this is what you look for in a beer like this. Chocolate and oats give this some sweetness in the back but man, the coffee flavor is just eye-opening here.

The coffee character matches the aroma and is intensified by the cask, being burnt, acrid, roasty, dry, and just overall flavorful here with a green and earthy edge to it. A sticky mix of chocolate and caramel drench the back of the palate, as does some creamy sweetness from the oatmeal. This finishes unbelievably burnt and dry, with a satisfying parching nature it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness on top but there is a bubbly and creamy feel to this underneath that keeps this extremely easy. There is some light warmth that comes out of the body but the oats and cask do wonders smoothing this out.

Wow, I was gob smacked to find this on cask at Al's, as I believe that Wake-N-Bake is hard to find served that way even in the South. The coffee character was just off the chain from the beer engine and it's hard to think of another beer that has such unadulterated and unleashed java flavors as this does. This smoothness and easy drinking of nature of this on cask was just the icing on the cake. This was fantastic.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Thanks to Cuzco for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF #4. The pour results in a smooth, sleek obsidian topped by a bit more than a finger of light sienna foam. Lovely stuff, this. The nose comprises heavy roasted malts, coffee, smoke (sorta hammy, but not overly so), and a few drops of molasses. The taste runs very similarly, with the roasted malts taking the van again, followed by the coffee, some bitter dark chocolate, and some nice char smoke. I feel the darkness, people, and I am pleased, to say the least. The body is a solid medium, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a very nice stout. There was more smoke involved than I remember there being, but that, frankly, only helps this things even more in my eyes.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle contract brewed at Frederick - or is it Wild Goose now?
Beautiful dark appearance. Great head. Retention could be a bit better for such a big beer, but there is a lot of alcohol there, so...

The aroma is quite astounding. Chocolate. Oatmeal. Malt. Cream. A bit of roastiness. Rich and sweet. Very inviting.

The flavor is just as rich and exciting as the aroma suggests, with all of the flavors included. How do they get that oatmeal flavor? And the chocolate edge is so luxurious... and the nuttiness... the coffee is almost like real, sweet and creamy coffee; and it's all backed by a solid bitterness that mingles with the slight acidity of the dark malt to balance it nicely and finish dry despite it's malt. The alcohol is present, but for the most part hidden.

In the mouth it's medium-full bodied, oily, smooth, and gently creamy with a very fine-bubbled, restrained carbonation.

Very, very nice. This really is a breakfast beer! I could enjoy one or two on a cool fall night, but I think I'd just love one with maple syrup drenched waffles. Well worth trying!

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Photo of kojevergas
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heard so much about this, including comparisons to Founders Breakfast Stout - which I love - so expectations are through the roof. That said, the couple beers I've had from Terrapin so far have been underwhelming. "Stout with coffee added." It self identifies as a "Coffee oatmeal imperial stout" so I'm reviewing as such. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing inventive label art and fun branded green pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. 8.10% ABV confirmed per the label. 2012 Vintage. "Brewed wtih Jittery Joe's coffee."

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a gorgeous rich dark tan colour evocative of mocha. Beautiful. Creamy as hell. Great thickness. Luscious soft complexion. Good retention: about 5 minutes. Even consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Fantastic head all around.

Body colour is a fairly dark solid opaque black. No bubble show. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's spot-on for the style and looks damn good. I have seen better in the style, but this is very impressive. I'm salivating already. Lovely attractive stuff.

Sm: Lives up to the promise of the concept: there're definite coffee notes here. Strong java backbone with some mocha cream to cut the inherent bitterness of the strong coffee. I see why some compare this to Founders Breakfast Stout already. Coffee bean here is potent. I could use more roasty character than I'm getting, but it's nice as-is. Oats are also recognizable, complementing the coffee surprisingly well. It certainly comes off as a breakfast stout. Not getting the lethal espresso notes of some coffee stouts, though I wish I was. Not getting any chocolate or vanilla either. Any dark malt presence is eclipsed by the evocative coffee. Smelling it, I imagine it was brewed with cold-pressed coffee; it's not the warm fresh roast of many other coffee stouts. And for what it's going for, the execution is lovely.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Not detecting any distinguishable hop character. Little sweetness if any; there's notable coffee bitterness but it doesn't seem imbalanced. It does come off vaguely acidic.

A moderate strength aroma all around. Evocative, diverse, and appealing.

T/Mf: Loving the coffee notes, but a strange thing happens in the third act when cream takes over, hiding the bitterness of the coffee but also distracting from the focus of the beer. Mocha cream is nice when it's even and supportive in the early stages, but it grows to be a nuisance by the finish. Dark malts comprise the unobtrusive foundation. Maybe a dash of chocolate malt, but no cocoa dust or anything light in terms of chocolate. Not getting any vanilla, but I can see where some reviewers might get confused by the sweetness that emerges on the climax.

I don't mean to go too far from the beer I'm reviewing, but so many have noted comparisons to Founders Breakfast Stout that I think it's worth mentioning that the coffee here is a bit more restrained than in FBS. Maybe it's more balanced; it's certainly not quite as up-front. Wake N Bake seems to give more apologies for its ballsy coffee notes whereas FBS is bold and committed.

Overall, it's very well executed with good flavour depth and diversity as well as impressive complexity and even a bit of subtlety. Oats give it an interesting dimension, enabling a smooth texture that works nicely against the inherent coarseness and roughness of coffee.

It's creamy and silky smooth. Carbonation is near perfect. Good thickness. Good body. I'd almost call it refreshing - a rare characteristic for any beer in the style. Mouthfeel suits the flavour profile incredibly well, even feeling custom-tailored to it. Brilliant execution across the board. Bravo, Terrapin.

Dr: Admittedly, I had my doubts about Terrapin after the first two beers I tried of theirs were underwhelming. This is their vindication. The hype is apt. I'd definitely get this again, preferably by the six pack. I can't make up my mind about how it compares to FBS without a side by side tasting, but that it's in the same league says a great deal about its quality. I'd recommend this to friends, and I look forward to trying it on-draught. A real treat and a fine brew. Hats off to the brewer(s). I'm humbled.

High A-

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cashew70, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with exactly what the name implies, coffee and oats along with chocolate, dark malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is rich and malty with strong roasted flavors of coffee, chocolate and oats. There’s pale hops presence that gets stronger as the beer warms and creates some balance. There’s a little bit of a weird bite in the finish that seems to be from the oatmeal. The after-taste is sweet, smoky and bready.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good representation of style, nice kick, it’s a good beer to relax with and one that I could drink a few of, but I don’t really see much that makes it stand out from the seemingly endless array of big stouts on the market. Nonetheless, it’s still a fine beer.

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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