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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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3,325 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,325
Reviews: 1,206
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 713
Gots: 559 | FT: 47
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rajendra82 on 02-15-2005)
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Photo of justintcoons
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pitch black with no light penetration. Has a short, dark brown head that dissipates quickly.

Coffee grounds, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cream, caramel and touches of espresso.

Coffee grounds, cocoa nibs and 80% dark chocolate. Thick caramel, black licorice and semi-sweet chocolate. Finishes with some bitter espresso, char and piney American hops.

Medium bodied, smooth, bitter and sticky.

Loads of coffee and cocoa nibs. Dry, sticky and robust. Way more bitter than I recalled. Less hops, please! Top notch, but can't touch Founders Breakfast Stout.

Photo of Double06
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from Review on 2/13/11
12oz bottle poured into DFH Signature Glass
Price: $9-10 / 4 pack (I think)

A: Utterly pitch black; 1/2 inch dark tan / light brown head; Moderate lacing around the glass

S: Rich, burnt coffee and a hint of dark chocolate; Just a hint of alcohol bite; Start to get a little dark fruit character in the nose as it warms; Coffee flavors have faded just a bit from when it was super fresh

T: Slight bite of hops then you are hit with the dark black coffee flavor that hangs in your mouth for a lingering finish; Coffee flavor has mellowed some (but I drink my coffee black and like those big, bold coffee flavors)

M: Sharp carbonation bite; The richness and bitterness of the coffee coats the mouth

D: Very high. This is a wonderful coffee stout easily rivaling if not exceeding FBS

Photo of AdamBear
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A-rich dark brown with a nice dark tan head. a lot of nice lacing

S-smells like creamy chocolate and cocoa beans and coffee beans. they're all meshed together quite well. it smells like a serious stout. the scent isn't very strong though.

T-comes in very smooth with a strong blast of bittersweet cocoa beans which transforms in to a dark coffee taste. the after-taste is slightly sour with chocolate covered cocoa beans. this is my 3rd beer from terrapin but the 1st that has impressed me, and this one did a lot. it is so smooth and rich

M-low, smooth carbonation with a slightly watery finish

D-oh i drank this dangerously quick! i've had few imperial stouts that i can down as quick as this. Most i've had are about sipping and taking it slow, but not this one! i could drink this all night long.

Photo of gameface23
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 seasonal.

A: Dense, dark black. Viscous, oily looking pour with a dark tan head.

S: The only thing I am picking up is coffee beans. Glorious coffee beans. It reminds me of when I was a kid in the supermarket and my mom would let me grind the coffee with the machine. It was partially for the fun of being in control of the grinder, but mostly because of the awesome smell. I love beers that make you nostalgic for various times in your life.

T: Chock full of coffee notes, some bittersweet chocolate, dark chocolate cake, a good rounded hop bitterness and fruity notes from the yeast.

M: Oily and full bodied.

D: Wow! I am so glad that I traded for this beer. I thought Peche Mortel is the epitome of coffee stouts, but this one now takes the crown.

Photo of nhindian
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip.

Funny thing about this beer, I've been dying to try it forever, and have actually bought it three times before, but shortly after each time, I always would throw it in as an extra for a trade since a lot of people have it on their 'Wants'. Well I read a few threads about how great this beer is and that it goes Founders Breakfast Stout a run for its money, so I bought one today and am drinking it tonight before I lose another one.

A - This beer is very formidable looking. The beer itself pours an obsidian black, and it seems that there won't be much head on it, but it slowly rumbles to life and a few moments later a huge, 3-fingered head rises from the muck. This head is incredibly impressive, looking more like frothed milk by how creamy and smooth it looks, and is a DARK mocha color. Retention is great and leaves behind excellent lacing.

S - Smell is... different. A strong coffee aroma is the first noticeable characteristic, then dark bittersweet chocolate. However, I'm also getting some astringency that I would assume is from the alcohol. It's subtle, but definitely noticeable. Otherwise it's sweet smelling and my eyes open wider just smelling the coffee in this.

T - Thankfully, the astringency in the nose is much less distinct in the taste. The first notes in the taste are a delicious combination between an almost fudge-like chocolate with nice bitterness and the freshly roasted coffee. An abundance of malts help provide a sweet counter to this double-hit of bitterness while offering a silky smooth mouthfeel. There is some alcohol in the back-end of this beer, but its more warming than astringent. The finish is very long and filled with chocolate bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth, easily backing up the Imperial Oatmeal moniker given by Terrapin itself. Leaves a nice coating on the palate while drinking.

D - Drinkability is high. Althought some alcohol is discernible, it's masked well for the most part under the intense creaminess, bold flavors, and palate-covering viscosity. An excellent beer and I will surely be keeping my eye out for more of these.

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

Poured into my Victory tulip, no bottle date

A: Beautiful deep black with one and a half finger tan head. Very inviting

S: Incredible combination of coffee and chocolate. This smells awesome!

T: Even better than it smells, coffee and chocolate with the perfect hint of bitterness

M: Medium to full,closer to full

D: For the abv. the drinkability is off the charts, this beer is amazing. I had seen this before and based on talk on Ba decided to give it a try.Now i hope i can get more before it is gone. I could easily drink several of these in a sitting. As much as i love Founders Breakfast Stout, i think i might enjoy this one better. Hands down one of the better Imp Stouts ive had.

Photo of Morey
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pour pitch black in color with a light brown colored head that initally stood about one finger tall following a medium poor. Head has since settled to a thin lace with moderate stick.

The aroma is filled with roasted coffee and bitter chocolate smells.

Taste is very nice. The coffee adds just the right amount of flavor to this smooth oatmeal stout. Also getting a bit of chocolate in the taste.

Medium...almost pushing full bodied stout. Smooth and slightly chewy.

I could drink a couple no problem. Alcohol is buried in the sea of flavors that this stout has to offer.

Morey's Bottom Line: Well, I've now had Bells Java, FBS, and now Wn'B all extremely close together. This and FBS are VERY similar IMO. Without having them side by side, it's hard to say which I prefer. To me, this is every bit as good.

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

A: dark engine oil black, medium thick viscosity, thin dark tan bubbly layer of foam that dissipates quickly leaving minimal head, but a nice thin brown ring around the edges.

S: aroma is an intense fresh roast coffee aroma and some nice heavy chocolate. As it warms, the coffee aromas settle slightly opening up to more biscuit like oat aromas). At warmer temps the booze is also slightly more apparent. Very nice aroma. I just did a side by side with Founders breakfast stout, and it's considerably more aromatic than Founders.

T: At colder temperatures, flavors are of strong fresh roast black coffee and not much else. As it settles it feels more bready, biscuity, and almost chocolatey. Nice balance overall. Not too bitter despite the massive coffee infusion.

M: Smooth mouthfeel, good carbonation, great, thick bodied brew.

D: This is a great brew, although to truly enjoy it, it must be savored over some time, to allow it to warm and really open up. At colder temps it's a little harsh on the coffee. Despite this, it's a great brew and easy drinker.

Additional notes:
This has been compared to Founders Breakfast Stout. In my opinion, I do not think Terrapin set out to recreate FBS, but to create something of their own, and they achieved that. There are similarities between the two, but these are indeed different beers. They are both excellent. If I had to choose, I actually think my coveted FBS has now been dethroned. Terrapin's offering is more aromatic, and flavorful and just better all around.

Photo of PurpleCloud
3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Extremely dark, opaque, black with a quickly disappearing leather brown head.

S: Heavy on coffee with some hints of cocoa.

T: A strong expected coffee taste with a slight bitter hops taste at the end. I'm not getting any oatmeal taste though.

M: Smooth, but also kind of sharp on the way down.

D: It's pretty heavy and the taste is very strong.

Overall: Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout (COIS) is a good stout but left me wanting a bit more. It's got a great coffee flavor that's thick and bold, but for some reason, and I can't quite put my finger on it, it lacks a decent aftertaste. It sort of comes in strong but leaves something to be desired on the way down. Overall though, it's a good stout and worth a pint at your local bar.

Photo of amcmaho1
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin WNB enjoyed thanks to UMNbeerhunter
2010 bottle served at cellar temp, shared into two half-pint glasses
*one of my more superlative reviews; I was simply amazed by this beer...

Appearance: Opaque black, with a small dense coffee colored head. There was little head retention and no lacing, but while the head was in tact, it was purte art.

Smell: BIG coffee dominated nose to begin with. I also picked up on some black licorice as well as an obvious oat profile, both adding a definite sweetness to the nose.

Taste: Coffee again is big, along with a mild hop bitterness, both of which seem to help balance the otherwise sweeter flavors of this beer. The roasted flavor from the malt and coffee comes out really nicely, and again the predominant flavors seem to be really well blended.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, sticky, and chewy; just what an imperial oatmeal stout ought to be.

Drinkability: Amazing beer! I had wanted to try this for such a long time, especially trying Founder's Breakfast Stout. The Terrapin WNB is a very balanced, well calculated coffee stout, which for the coffee lover, is to be fully apprecieated. I will most definitely search out future trades for more of this, and i strongly urge others who have not yet tried this, to do the same...

consumed: 2/19/10
reviewed by notes

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4 - Solid oil black color that is opaque and looks thick on the pour. Thin caramel head forms and fizzes away quickly.

S - Smells like dark chocolate oats with some coffee and dark fruit hints.

T - Tastes full of oatmeal with dark chocolate with very little hopped bitterness. Aftertaste is almost fig-like with just a hint of sweetness. Its like you're biting into a liquid, roasted, dark chocolate bar.

M - It feels like it just rests on your tongue waiting to go down. A very smooth and heavy feel to this brew.

D - Very easy to drink for me but the alcohol from it will sneak up on you in the end. Its very well hidden in the beer.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a solid lack even when held to the light.

Roasted coffee along with faint hops on the nose.

The mouthfeel of this beer has to be one of the most thick beers Ive ever had. Very chewy.

The taste is of a smooth roasty stout with lots of chocolate and coffee notes.

This is a pretty tasty beer and am glad I got the chance to try it!

Photo of vgarneth
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I would thoroughly love to wake up and enjoy one of these every day. This is very close to my favorite beer style at the moment, Rauchbier. Pours like motor oil with a little head and I love the malty, coffee nose. Each taste is oh, so good with strong coffee and chocolate notes.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to G311, dashirey and readbaron for all sending me this perpetual want. 2008 vintage 12 oz bottle pours a very dark black color and part of what makes this beer so cool is the blending of beer and dark brown foam as it pours, almost nitro-esque as it finally separates into distinct parts. Impressive.

Nose is easy: chocolate oatmeal cookies with a hefty amount of freshly ground coffee beans. Enough sweetness for the roast and just has that fresh cookie smell that few other beers can rival.

Taste is so silky smooth it goes down like velvet. Rich and supple chocolate...decadent even, and it blends well with the roasty coffee and almost a maple syrup 'fruitiness' if that makes any sense. I love this beer and wish it was available to me all the time. ABV is insanely well hidden and the beer still drinks fantastically at room temperature. This could possibly be my go-to imperial stout, along with an aged Abyss perhaps. Thank you Terrapin for this amazing beverage!

Photo of TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of BeerThursdays
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into DFH Snifter.

A - Dark brown to almost black in color. No light is coming through this beer. A mocha colored, extremely thin head forms briefly, and then dissipates just as fast. Definite lacing more from the beer than head. It's a thick one.

S - Bitter coffee and some sweetness. Hard to get past the coffee, but sweetness is a dark sugary sweet. Maybe molasses. Letting it warm just a bit brings out some oat and bittersweet chocolate.

T - Woody right off the pallet with coffee flooding the mouth. Bitterness on the sides of the tongue, not from hops, but from the coffee. There is a chocolate character in there too. Finishes strong with a slight alcohol bite and a lingering flavor of coffee, oats, and dark chocolate.

M - Full bodied and well carbonated despite the lack of head. Slight alcohol burn, which some may find unpleasant.

D - A winning breakfast stout. Oatmeal and coffee go very well together, but alcohol is a bit high for 8am.

Photo of onin2
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up tonight because the only other breakfast stout i've had is founders (the standard is set pretty high, I know ;), anyhow I liked other Terrapin beers that i've had so why not? The pour into a reg pint started with a nice 1-1.5 inch light coffee colored head. This receded rather quickly. The nose was a bit surprising in that I did not get much coffee but rather a caramely and sweet scent, huh. When I took my first sip I noticed some coffee (hoped for more, I love coffee) but not alot, with notes of chocolate and finishing with a mild mix of malt and hops. The mouthfeel is very nice in that it coats the pallet well but does not become cumbersome. At 8% this beer is a bit of a creeper, you can drink it easily and the next thing you know you are feelin quite nice.

Photo of LiquidBread219
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | 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.

Photo of pburland23
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a dimpled mug.

Beer pours a deep, dark motor oily black (not the most original description, but definitely apt) with a finger or two of light brown head that recedes to some nice lacing that lasted for the duration of the beer.

Smell is strong on dark roasted coffee. As a coffee lover, this one smells incredible. Taste is also dominated by coffee with touches of roast malts and hops bitterness. You can't taste the oatmeal, but it certainly adds a thick, chewy mouthfeel to the beer. The high ABV is hidden quite well and while the beer is thick, it's not too thick, I think I could have a couple in a sitting without much trouble.

This is a very good coffee/oatmeal stout. It's perhaps not as bold and well rounded as FBS, but still it's a delicious beer that I'll have again in the future.

Photo of BlackBearForge
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin's Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout (fondly remembered as Wake-N-Bake and still noted on the bottle with W-n-B) pours an opaque deep midnight black in my pint glass. After a vigorous pour an creamy 1/4 head forms but falls quickly leaving oily lacing that slips back down the side of the glass as you drink.

The aroma has a rich smell of molasses, strong dark coffee and dark sweet chocolate with a whiff of alcohol too.

The dominant flavor is a sweet deep dark roasted malt with a strong amount of dark coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate. Hop bitterness is noted and helps balance the malt on the finish with a lingering bitterness which is quite nice while the finish also develops a tartness which is hard to tie to a particular flavor. The molasses noted in the aroma is not as prominent in the flavor but is present and a pleasant alcohol warmth makes itself known on the finish only.

The mouthfeel is full and heavy, very smooth, somewhat creamy but also a tad harsh around the edges for a nice juxtaposiiton.

Living here in North Florida so close to Terrapin in Georgia I've been meaning to try W-n-B for some time since I love a good Imperial Stout. They also make one of my favorite pale ales, their Rye Pale Ale so I don't know why it has taken me so long to try this fantastic stout from my own back yard. Could be that in years past it was only rarely available here. Whatever, I'm glad I tried it now and won't hesitate to pick it up again when it hits the market. Great sipping on a cold Saturday afternoon, or anytime for that matter!

Photo of Chiefbrutus
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow what an impressive brew. Of the stouts I have tasted in this short time into the addiction this is by far the one I keep stocking up on.
If you love coffee this is the late night drink your looking for.
I could drink this all night if able to.
Def worth the grade

Photo of seedsofchaos
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this in a recent trade with onenote81. Thanks for the chance to try this regional seasonal! Bottle marked as Winter 2010 vintage.

Pours a dark "black" coffee brown. Head is, unfortunately, unimpressive with just a meandering few bubbles. Lacing is fairly absent, expectantly. Cold, this brews nose plays on the yeast used. I can't quite identify it but maybe a Scottish Ale Yeast... It's not funky or overpowering but there is something definitely there. Fudge and coffee are there as well but, all in all, the aroma is fairly tame.

A light bitterness is immediately present which makes this coffee/oatmeal/breakfast stout a nice sipper. Very smooth and dangerously drinkable, the mouthfeel is very silky. No astrigency. Really... Those oats just make this so easy to drink. Drinkability? High. Coffee and cream. Subdued alcohol? I didn't detect ANY.

Simple and delicious but a bit too simple for the style IMHO. No powerful scents in the nose. No strong flavors in the taste. Although very drinkable, this misses the mark for a breakfast stout due to high ABV but misses the mark for a double/imperial for lack of substance. A good beer, most definitely, but not to style.

Wake and Bake? For sure. I would love to waste away an early morning with a few of these bad boys.

Photo of Blanco
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black with a very dark brown head. very strong lacing. smells of coffee heaven, with big dark roast notes. the taste is less coffee, but it's there. bitterness comes through more than anything with a hint of alcohol. mouthfeel is thicker and smooth, little mouthcoating. drinkability is fairly good. It's a solid coffee stout. In my mind the flavor and mouthfeel are slightly lacking when compared to some of my favorites, but a very good offering nonetheless.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 1/24/11

Seasonal: 2010

Much appreciation to PDXHops

Pours a deep, burnt brown & settles near black. Foam was slow to rise, though it eventually made it to about a fingers worth before thinning back down. A little bit of lacing remains.

Really nice aroma; balanced & potent. Fresh coffee grounds, roasted dark chocolate of the semi-sweet ilk & a prominent oatmeal presence. Simple yet effective & thoroughly enjoyable.

Smooth chocolate washes o'er the palate, peppered by a modest hop twinge. Oatmeal picks up mid-way through, almost as if a bridge between the sweeter aspect of the chocolate & the roasted coffee that comprises much of the latter half. Quite impressive.

Smooth, full body that boasts a flowing viscosity. There's an inherent granular feel as well, making for an enjoyable counterpoint to the overall smoothness. Carbonation certainly isn't lacking but it seems spot-on for this beer. Finishes with notions of roasted chocolate & coffee.

Wake 'n Bake is most impressive in that it's high quality in a simple presentation. Nothing fancy or mind-blowing here, just a really good imperial stout. Recommended (much more than the wake 'n bakes of yore).

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

" I like my sugar with coffee and cream."

Thanks to crookedsill for this! I normally don't really like coffee beers due to the bitterness of the coffee; I like my coffee light n sweet. This hits the spot as best coffee beer so far! Light it is not; perhaps one of the darkest beers I have seen. Very light carbonation leaves an dark rim of small bubbles around the edges of the glass. This beer reeks of coffee and a little Kahlua like booziness. Taste is more coffee, on the sweet side, with caramel and chocolate notes. Smooth and silky mouthfeel. I could drink several of these and be up all night with an espresso buzz. Guess thats why its called Wake n Bake!

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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