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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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3,320 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,320
Reviews: 1,205
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 715
Gots: 558 | 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 ncaudle
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.

pours pitch black with small head that quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing.

oatmeal and dark roasted coffee dominate the nose heavily. maybe a touch too much coffee? there is no denying this is a coffeel stout. faint bits of bitter chocolate in the background try to poke through.
roasted grains and coffee rule the taste as well.

very viscous yet not really thick feeling... ok drinkability: the super roasty-ness starts to wear you down after a while.

Photo of KidsDoc
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into Unibroue snifter

A: dark brown/black with thin, minimal khaki colored head.

S: dark roast coffee, tobacco, faint dark chocolate. I think it was the tobacco that was a little off-putting for me.

T: strong robust coffee flavor with dark malt backbone. Coffee up front. Soft chocholate in the middle and burnt bread and oatmeal finish. Coffee aftertaste - pleasant, not bitter.

M: Medium to full bodied. Not a thick as I was anticipating, but still very good.

D: because of the stong coffee presence this is a one and done for me....then again, I can't usually handle more than one cup of coffee either. Very enjoyable and a treat all by itself, but not a contender for multiples in an evening.

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

A handpull at Al's during Mad Murren day.

A: The coffee stout is pitch black, supported by a finger of tan head. A fine looking stout.

S: The nose is heavy on the coffee, a java oasis amidst the burnt malts. Oatmeal lends creaminess, a sweet lactic flavor that goes well with the coffee.

T: More coffee goodness from the first sip. The rich java flavor is sweet and nicely melds with the malt body. A lactic sweetness, thanks in part to the oatmeal, provides an au lait aspect to the beer. The coffee, though, seems to be amped out in this cask. The warming bitterness is mildly acrid with a sweet chocolatey taste. Every time I have tis beer, I'm reminded of badly I wanted to try it and how excited I was when it arrived.

M: The mouthfeel is lush with chocolate, coffee and oatmeal all popping up. The oatmeal calms, soothing the fuller dark flavors. On cask, the ale is wonderful.

D: The stout is big, a warming brew that requires some patience. But oh man it goes down nicely.

Photo of xnicknj
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter glass.

Pours a shrouded black with a coffee colored head. Fades slowly into wispy film and a bubbly curtain around the glass. Spots of patchy lacing ring the glass.

This literally smells like fresh brewed coffee, which is really pleasant, combined with roasted oats and a hint of chocolate.

A nice dose of roasted malts and coffee up front, giving way to some semisweet chocolate. Espresso, toffee and a bit of mocha combine with the coffee flavors for a richer profile. A few notes of caramel are also apparent. Finishes with some light hop bitterness and a very faint touch of warmth.

Fuller medium body, higher carbonation, a little sticky and chewy. Drinks really well, the alcohol is barely noticeable and the coffee flavors are on point. It's no FBS, but a very tasty coffee stout for sure.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review 250!

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours jet black with a half finger brown head. Would have liked to see a bigger head, and I poured this very aggressively. A little disappointing in that regard, but the lacing is excellent.

S- awesomely strong coffee. Hints of chocolate in there too. Fantastic

T- bitter coffee and chocolate. The coffee is the prominent flavor, and let me tell you this: they really used a good blend with this beer. This isn't a $3/pound coffee, this is some quality java.

M- thick. Chewy. Viscous. Call it what you want, its motor oil. And it is AWESOME

D- this is completely awesome. Terrapin's winter seasonals are hitting it out of the park lately. I've got a new favorite

Photo of babaracas
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Terrapin "W-n-B" pours an almost opaque really-dark-brown / black with thin insta-fade brown head, zero lacing. Smell: medium roast coffee, mild acidity, nice but not super robust. Beneath are some greenish earthy hops and molasses. Taste: medium roast coffee with cream, mixed with some sweet caramel + molasses-y combo, mild earthy hopping. Mouthfeel: medium bodied with very mild carbonation. Enjoyable but not the most coffee flavor or particularly involved stout.

Photo of scottyshades
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


A: Pours a pitch black color with a dark brown head. Retention is good despite the ABV. Really awesome looking beer

S: Wow, tons and tons of coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dark malts, and a healthy dose of blackstrap molasses. Finally, a nice sturdy hop bill; citrus, earthiness, and seemingly bitterness

T: This is an American Peche Mortel...tons and tons of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, blackstrap, and a nice balance of bitter/citrusy hops. Really nicely balanced, and very robust. Interested to see how this ages. Also notes of lactose, oatmeal, and heavy roastiness.

MF/D: Interesting mouthfeel...coffee makes it a little rough, but the oatmeal makes it velvety, so I guess its right in between. Finish is of coffee and bittersweet chocolate

Notes: Finally managed to find a 4-pack of this elusive bastard. Also found on the growler station in the Greenville area. Very impressed with this beer. Very similar to Peche Mortel, but maybe a little more balance in Terrapin's

Photo of CheckmateBrew
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very nice dark, shall I say black with a small head.

S - You gotta love coffee to really enjoy this brew. Coffee almost overpowers the other smells on this one

T - Rich and complex, more here than just the coffee, hops, malt come thru as well

M - for a stout it is very good

D - The coffee puts this one a little over the top and in the end makes this more of a glad I tried it, but there are better stouts out there for me.

Photo of Neffbeer
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip:

A: Huge tan head with great retention and tons of lacing. Black and more black, completely opaque even when held up to the light.

S: Roasted coffee predominates followed by some chocolate covered raisins and pumpernickel bread. Absolutely luscious.

T: The coffee is more muted in the flavor (still really prevelant though), which allows the other aspects of the malt to shine through. Bitter chocolate, toasty dark bread, and raisins dance in my mouth. I am really loving this beer, and it even finishes dry. At 8.1% the alcohol is very well masked.

M: Every aspect seems to be complete. The mouthfeel is just as excellent as all of the other components, full bodied and medium carbonation.

D: It is exceptionally drinkable for a coffee flavored imperial stout. If I see this one on the shelf again I will be sure to scoop up another 4 pack.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass

A: Black color with coffee bean highlights and a three-finger head of dark brown foam which fades into a resinous, creamy slick that leaves nice lacing.

S: Big coffee roast, charred black malt, licorice, smoked meat and tobacco aroma with a little sweetness and spicy hop tinge kicking around the nose.

T: Creamy, bitter roasted malts up front, chocolaty and sweet with a brown sugar oat flavor as well. Some of that dried tobacco leaf and herbal, resinous hop comes back around mid-palate with strong notes of alcohol and dried raisins. The finish is sweet, but nice and bitter with a lingering alcohol flavor and robust, coffee infused maltiness.

M: Full-bodied, bold, flavorful mouthfeel, rich and creamy with slight burning pulls of alcohol and hopiness.

D: A pretty lush and enjoyable sipping stout at just over 8% ABV, Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal stout does coffee beer the right way. It's not too derivative of the coffee bitterness, and instead uses a very complex, dark malt blend and balancing hops to help accentuate those coffee flavors. Winter, be damned; nicely done.

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from G311 from Nobody Wants to See A Beer Geek Naked 3 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 12/10 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque, deep, dark brown that almost borders on black. A minor chocolate brown film forms and disappears as quickly as it forms.

S: Nose is a touch boozy at first but there are underlaying notes of raison, chocolate and roasted malts.

T: Taste starts with a hint of boozy caramel. Middle is filled with dark fruits - most notable raisins and cherries with a bit of toffee sweetness. Finish starts with a good deal of chocolate, then comes the espresso bite that really lingers in the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, rich creamy feel that lays a bit silky on the tongue.

D: Goes down easily, prety tasty, nice kick, somewhat filling, nice represenatation of style. This is a nice brew that I'd like to try again with a bit of age on it.

Photo of Chaney
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this one for a while.

A: Poured the darkest brown you could image and the head was maybe a couple shades lighter than the brew itself. The head also had a mild reddish tint. The froth that resided on the brew after the big head meltdown was a sight to behold!

S: EXTREME coffee smell in every way. I mean it literally laid waste to the roasted malts, chocolate, etc. Later on in the session, as I warmed up to the intensity of the brew, I got a generous amount of chocolate on the nose.

T: Very bitter, but in a high grade coffee ground sort of way. As the beer faded away after the swallow, a bit of candy sweetness coated the mouth... sort of like caramel actually. Just plain awesome!

M: Very thick, but not too. The carbonation softened the blow that the coffee inflicted on the palate... but not by much. The lacing was ridiculous!

D: So that was "Jittery Joe's Coffee" huh? This was every bit as good as Founders Breakfast Stout and even more coffee-like. I highly recommend this to the true coffee lover.

Photo of Phelps
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle capped in 2010 and received from boralyl. This one's a stout with coffee added from Jittery Joe's, another company out of Georgia.

Pours from the bottle oily and black, impenetrable by any light whatsoever. A tiny head composed of bitty bubbles the color of sienna rises from the depths. The bubbles pop away quickly, leaving a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smells like coffee; deep, sweet and robust. Layers of buttered toast, milk chocolate and bitter espresso mingle about. Somewhat floral; roses, maybe. There's a nice balance of sweet and roasty notes here, like coffee with cream.

I don't like my coffee black, and unfortunately this is what I'm most reminded of in the flavor. The taste is all bitter black coffee, with an odd tang, earthy hops, cereal grain and a very light touch of sweetness. It's a bit astringent at the finish. Roasty notes roll in after the swallow, reminding of charred toast. It's improving as it warms, becoming a bit sweeter and more balanced.

A tingly carbonation peppers the tongue lightly amidst a body that, although only medium-light in fullness, is actually rather smooth and velvety. Alcohol is noticeable in the building warmth in my chest, but there's no associated burn.

I'm a lover of coffee beers, but there was just something about Wake n' Bake that didn't sit right with me. It's definitely flavorful and coffee-filled, though perhaps not with the coffee I find myself enjoying most on a daily basis. One bottle is enough.

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

12oz into an Ommegang Tulip. 2010 Vintage.

Pours pitch black with a thin, spotty head. Looks like black coffee flowing into my glass.

Nose is huge coffee. This is exactly what a coffee beer should smell like. Not complex or nuanced, just bright, roasty coffee.

Taste is dead on. A gentle balance of sweet & roasted notes gives way to a mildly bitter finish. This is among the best tasting non-barrel aged coffee stouts I've had, worthy of being in the same discussion as names like Peche Mortel and Speedway Stout. Not that it tastes like those beers, but the quality is there.

Mouth is medium-full, carries the flavor wonderfully.

I can't get enough of this year's WnB. Terrapin did tweak the recipe this year, and while it was good before, it is great now. I'm the first to call out Terrapin when they release a train wreck (and they have had several this year), but 2010 Wake N Bake is a beer that they most definitely got right.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black mocha color with a thick tan head and tons and tons of lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and mocha. Tastes much the same. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, mocha, and a little subdued smokiness. Mouthfeel was very thick and nice. Drinkability was decent.

Photo of RossCain
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into a 12oz snifter:

A: Dark, strong coffee black with a small tan head. Overall, good retention and looked like what you might expect from a carbonated, thickly brewed coffee.

S: Roasted coffee that has been immediately iced but retains the "fresh coffee aroma". Attractive, inviting, and intriguing.

T: Again, I was hit upfront by the strong taste of freshly brewed, roasted coffee. The malt backbone is strongly prevalent but you will be more than overwhelmed with the undertones of espresso, dark chocolate, and roasted flavor associated with a cup of fresh brewed, strong coffee.

M: Medium to full bodied. A decent amount of carbonation that tends to linger in the mouth upon sipping. For 8% alcohol, the booziness was entirely innocuous and instead you will find with this beer a characteristic bitter aftertaste of straight up, fresh (albeit, cold) brewed coffee.

D: Sippable and highly enjoyable as a nightcap. About as drinkable as a single cup of strong coffee in the morning. In my honest opinion, this beer was the perfect finisher to a night at the bar after three other beers but I would be hesitant to drink more than one.

Overall, the Terrapin Wake N' Bake is, in my opinion, an outstanding example of tasty, coffee flavored American Double. You will more than likely only pick up on strong notes of freshly brewed, black as midnight arabic coffee flavor but nevertheless and enticing brew to finish your night upon.

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

Surprised to see this is the most reviewed Terrapin beer. Dark, almost completely black with a thin tan head and no real lacing. Still, it's an absolutely awesome looking ale.

Smells of chocolate, coffee and dark roasted malts. Tastes chocolaty with coffee and bittersweet malts. Let this one warm quite a bit in order to fully appreciate.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, luscious and decadent. Quite drinkable as well.

This could be my favorite Terrapin ale. Extremely well balanced, delicious and worthy of a try. My current favorite imperial stout. The ABV is not over-the-top, but still warming on a cold Atlanta night. I could drink a few of these, but I won't.

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

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pour amazingly dark with a dark brown head to back it up. Not the darkest stout I've seen, and it can do a little better on the lacing for the ABV, but this is an excellent looking stout.

S: The aroma is laced with espresso infused fudge oatmeal goodness. The coffee notes lean towards the fresh ground, and aren't as bitter as a lot of stouts.

T: The flavor is simply amazing. This stout loaded with fresh Italian espresso, chocolate fudge, small notes of toffee, a light amount of roasted malt, and a slight bitterness on the finish. This stout has almost everything.

MF: The mouthfeel is simply one of the best out there. Creamy and medium full.

D: Drinkability is also amazing!

Overall, this has to be one of the best stouts available in the south and on the east coast. My favorite offering from Terrapin, Wake and Bake deserves to be ranked up there with the best.

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

2010 Version.
A: opaque, nice creamy head that dissipated to a tan lacing
S: great nose, coffe, chocolate, malt
T: well-made beer, good malt backbone, nice coffee balance with hop bitter finish
M: creamy, velvety
D: very drinkable but since I'm a non-coffee drinker I probably wouldn't drink a lot at one sitting

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

Black with almost no head formation at all even with an aggressive pour. No lacing.

Strong roasted malt with coffee and a sugary dark fruit. A touch of alcohol as it warmed, but less than I was expecting.

The roasted character is in your face. There is a burnt character that blends into the coffee flavor. It ends with chocolate covered nuts. There is very little alcohol apparent at all.

Medium to heavy body with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is coating, but not entirely creamy.

Real super smooth, I would seek this beer out again.

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

Alright, I have been waiting for this beer to hit the shelves for a while, so in honor, it is my first review. Here we go:

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Instead of Wake and Bake the bottle now says W-n-B (I can only guess why)

A- The beer pours a dense, thick black with a thin tan head that just sits on top of the beer throughout the drink.

S- Wow, it smells almost as if I am sticking my nose in a bag of coffee. I get a bit of sweetness and chocolate after the initial blast of coffee, which I love. There is definitely an oat presence in the smell as well.

T- The coffee is great. It is not the taste of burnt coffee that you get in some others. This is well-done. Sweet and bitter coffee and chocolate. The bitterness then gives way to sweet molasses. As in the smell, the oatmeal is clearly present.

M- A medium to heavy body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is spot on for the style. It is slightly chewy.

D- I enjoyed this beer and would have another, but I think I would leave it at that.

This is truly a coffee-lovers beer. I am a coffee-lover and I am glad that I picked this beer up as soon as I could get my hands on it.

Many more reviews to come!

Photo of DrDemento456
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With this as my 400th review it was an honor!

A - Pours jet black and thick. Liked the creamy like texture with a nice inch of foam.

S - Well it gives you everything to offer. First on the nose you get a slight hit of coffee and then a sort of oat dryness and then a mighty strong chocolate.

T - Well I seemed to enjoy the coffee the most, which comes from a "jittery joe's coffee" place. It comes off sweet and bitter at times due to the chocolate but is quite creamy. A very smooth oatmeal stout.

M - Kind of heavy and drinkable.

D - "Let not the price be the judge of the beer" these words are pretty well spoken and even though the price of an individual was 5 bucks, I could easily see a sixer being cheaper... elsewhere. Man PA sucks sometimes for price

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

A: pours a black as night body with a deep mocha head the head was small however

S: rich sweetness molasses and caramel with coffee backing that up very good smell.

T: molasses caramel with the coffee in there and the oatmeal smoothing things out. very good beer.

M: med mouth with med carbonation

D: very drinkable

Overall: its a very nice winter beer got good layers of flavor sweetness and coffee. Very nice and drinkable too!

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

2009 vintage

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip. Half a finger of dark tan head sits on top of a black body. The head maintains as a thin film, but still leaves some nice lacing.

Nice layers of roasted coffee bean and chocolate. Coffee still has some good presence even with some age on this beer, but it does seem more integrated than I'm guessing it was when the beer was fresh. Dark, earthy, well-roasted malts make up the background. Potentially a little bit of fudge and chocolate milk as well.

Coffee, chocolate, fudge and oatmeal on the tongue. This is quite tasty. Not overly complex, but the chocolate and coffee pair well.

Mouthfeel has a nice thickness to it from the oatmeal, but isn't sludgy like some of the heavier RIS's. Smooth, almost creamy. Good carbonation and the ABV is unnoticeable.

Drinkability is great. This brew is really easy to put back. A chocolaty, coffee-laced, liquid dessert. I would definitely pick this up again and would love to try it fresh. However, the coffee is still noticeable and has melded well with the rest of the beer with more than half a year on it. I also think this might be my first Terrapin brew. Looks like I'll have to check out the rest of their lineup.

Photo of abuliarose
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Portsmouth snifter/goblet revealing black body over a well-tanned but thin head. Smells roasty and sweet but heavy on the roasty with a lot of black coffee character in with a slight vanilla and serious malt backbone. A little kecap manis. Some raw molasses notes in there as well.

Tastes big and flavorful with a raw chocolate sweetness and rich maltiness up front that transitions well to the bitter astringent coffee. The aftertaste is like you are chewing on gourmet dark chocolate-covered espresso beans. Very well-preserved coffee character. Vanilla and cacao fruitiness are again predominant. It's great with the little age that it has, very balanced with a clean finish. Wonder what fresh is like. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, but with a body-building tingling carbonation. Very drinkable. Thoroughly enjoyable.

I would love to have this one again!

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,320 ratings.