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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 3,427
Reviews: 1,219
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 715
Gots: 603 | FT: 54
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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 Ryan011235
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
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 +4.2%
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!

Photo of Soonami
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Terrapine Wake-n-Bake is very highly coffee'd imperial stout. As soon as you open it, it smells like a fresh cup of dark roasted espresso. This coffee is probably what makes the beer even darker than the darkest stouts. The head is even reminiscent of the color of cappuccino foam. The beer is definitely coffee-heavy and there is a lot of caramel and malt sweetness that comes through that makes this hard to drink a lot of especially when I usually drink my coffees black and like dryer stouts. The oatmeal and lower carbonation contributes a lot of silkiness and smoothness on the tongue that is very nice. A little more attentuated, slightly restrained on the coffee and this could have been just about perfect on-par with FBS. But as it is, it just falls a little bit short.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer must be one of the blackest I have ever seen with a deep, mocha tan head that is thin, yet creamy and gives way to only faint lacing. This looks amazing.

Enormous aromas of coffee, oats, and roasted malt leap from the glass. As it warms there is quite a variety of aromas including some smokiness, a touch vanilla or milky, and even more oats.

The flavor is equally abundant and roasted. Big roasted malts, more delicious coffee and tasty oats are all generously portioned and there is also a faint underlying sweetness.

This is a full-bodied beer with roasted malts that coats the palate and lighter carbonation.

Excellent beer, absolutely delicious with tons of character and almost perfectly put together.

Photo of harrymel
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chaney for this treat!
Vintage 2010
Poured to NB globe.

A: Black and opaque. Barely even get a hint of light on the edge, and here the ale is grainy and thick in appearance. 1/2 finger mocha head dissipates quickly and only affluent film maintains surface presence. No laces. Thick in appearance: hearty.

S: Strongly expressed coffee and cocoa in the forefront. Nice malty background. Only hints of resinous and earthy hops shear through the oaty, roasty goodness. Smells very, very nice.

T: The beer opens with of course, coffee. Subsequent emergence of cocoa, barley, background bittering hops of earthen origin bestow an excellent balance and playful troupe over the lovely oatmeal stout. Again: very, very nice.

M: heavy body is assisted over my palate with playful carbonation which moves the ale across the breadth of my tongue. The hollow feel the oatmeal provides enables taster to enjoy the nuances of the profiles herein.

D: Of the coffee 'breakfast' beers that have been so popular on this site, I would argue this actually rivals some of the big names (founders breakfast....don't tell the followers, they'll crucify me)

Photo of Axic10
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep dark black (no change in color at all when held up to light) with almost a finger of dark mocha head that settles quickly to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee, roasted malt and chocolate.

Taste: Rich, bold coffee, bitter dark chocolate, burnt malt. No hint of alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied and coats the mouth.

Drinkability: Very good beer from Terrapin. Bought a 4 pack and I'm glad I did.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tilley4 for this great brew via trade -

Poured from 2010 seasonal 12 oz bottle -

Poured into Duvel tulip- almost no head ,thin tan lacing with decent carbonation.

Smell - Roasted malts with light coffee and chocolate hints .

Taste - Roasted malts where upfront with bitter coffee and chocolate notes -Very creamy feel with a nice finish and aftertaste.

Drinkability - I could drink this everyday all day - very well blended and balanced brew -Thanks again JT.

Photo of zhanson88
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Wake 'n Bake pours out close to pitch black and is opaque in the glass. A dark mocha head forms, which has pretty nice retention. Lacing is good as well.

Smell: Lots of roasted malt and coffee come out first on the nose. I get more slightly sweet chocolate than I was anticipating, as well as a light dose of floral hops that really rounds this beer out well. On the nose I definitely prefer this beer over FBS.

Taste: Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate all come out in great waves. The sweetness of the chocolate really balances out the bitterness of the coffee nicely. I definitely get some hops on the back end that again adds to the balance.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is right on medium bodied, and drinks extremely smoothly due to just about perfect carbonation levels. It is a bit light for my taste. I find this beer very drinkable. Very nice flavors. Overall I probably like it just a bit better than FBS, actually.

Photo of bbeane
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... black oil like liquid pours from the bottle and is topped with an almost non existant head that disappears quickly. No light shines through

S- Nose is very malty, with a moderate coffee finish

T- Malty sweet, but not overly... with loads of coffee coming in through the finish

M- Thick full body with light carbonation

D- Great stuff. Definitely give it a try if you get the chance. I'll be keeping an eye out for this in the future


Photo of n2185
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a jet black with about two fingers of chocolate head. The head sticks around, leaving a layer of brown on top of the beer with some decent lacing.

S: Some roasted malt up front followed by lots of coffee and sweet dark chocolate.

T: Similar to the smell, there's some roasted malts followed heavily by chocolate and bitter coffee. Leaves a bitter, dark coffee aftertaste.

M: Heavy body with some light carbonation. Very creamy, which goes well with the chocolate and coffee flavors.

D: With the creamy body, this goes down pretty smoothly. Overall, a really good beer. Not quite my favorite coffee stout, but definitely in the top few.

Photo of 700Uave
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thanks goes out to CurtisMcArthur for this.

poured into a snifter. dark brown/black in color with a darker than tan head. the only light that comes through when held to a lamp is on the rim of the surface. laces very well.

burnt smells, lots of espresso, faint amount of chocolate and heat. some sweetness as well.

the taste is reminiscient of Founders Breakfast stout but not as complex. The coffee doesnt come through in the taste as well as I expected. slight metallic finish with burnt flavors dominating. hops provide bitterness in the backbone. had to search a bit for the oatmeal flavor but once it warmed up it was much easier to identify.

mouthfeel is on point. nice carbonation with a thick body. a smooth beer overall. the nice carbonation and smooth feel of this beer makes it pretty drinkable. A quality offering from Terrapin here - I enjoyed it.

Photo of vkv822
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter.
thanks to itk1 for this awesome extra!

Pours black with just the faintest hint of deep brown around the edges when held to the light. There is a very thin and short lived brown head that dissipates to a very thin ring around the glass.

The nose is a delicious blend of fresh coffee grounds, and a sweet oatmeal malt backing.

The taste is dominated by fresh roasted coffee, with very sweet oatmeal. There are faint notes of cocoa, mixed with the roast notes help add a nice bitter balance to the strong sweetness. Also, the sweetness does become more balanced as it warms. Though what is really striking is there is no astringency as is usually found with most coffee heavy beer.

The mouthfeel has average carbonation and ismedium bodied yet feels a bit thin at the same time, as it falls off the toungue quite quickly. It does gain a bit more body and lingering flavor as it warms.

This is a very easy drinking Imperial Stout. As I mentioned above, this really has strong coffee and roasty notes without the astringency typically associated with those flavors.

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of beersensei305
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

from notes

A- Pours think and black with a nice mocha head with great retention and stickiness around the glass.

S- As soon as the cap was popped i could smell the aroma. roasted coffee, roasted malts and bitter sweet chocolate.

T- Very coffee. Very powerful coffee but malty and chocolatey. Delicious but very coffee

M- Slick, creamy , and thick

D- Good beer if you like coffee its a little much for me but one that hits the senses nicely.

Photo of chilly460
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a pure black, with a fizzy mocha heads. Dissipates to a single layer of bubbles, minimal lacing for this pour.

S - Dark roast coffee, plain and simple, not complex but it's a great aroma.

T - Big dark roast coffee up front gives way to dark chocoate, then sweet malts and a deep vanilla.

M - Very nice, thick and minimal carbonation, chewy as an oatmeal stout.

D - Very good, no flavor is overpowering, body makes it a smooth drinker.

Photo of Jadjunk
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#77. Really excited to try this Stout as I have heard only good things about it lately. It is a 2010 seasonal, but has come back year by year so I'll expect to find it again next winter should it be a winner. Made as a collaborative effort between Terrapin and (also) Athens-Local Jittery Joe's coffee (Known to also carry exclusive Terrapin-brand coffee grounds of various styles), I am very excited to see how this beer turns out!

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp

(Appearance) Pours a very soulful dark brown 1-finger depth head that retains gradually, slowing down as it recedes to a thin blanket over the surface. I even poured aggressively...bummer. Color is dark, dark brown to black; little to no light penetration anywhere through this glass. Looks solid. Carbonation activity is next to impossible to see in this beer. The color of this beer was nice but the head activity was far below what I had hoped for. Even with the rather high ABV usually putting a damper on head size, I expected a more grandeur entrance. The image of the happy turtle on the label sure suggests a beer I'm clearly not seeing in this brew. Appearance is likely this beer's biggest flaw. 3.5

(Smell) Nice, good quality, full-nose cold coffee smell. Second in line is a striking lightly sweetened cocoa aroma followed by some oatmeal wafting around in the deep end. The smell is absolutely wonderful; the balance is the key to success. Anybody who craves dark coffee should find this especially inviting for its striking resemblance to a mocha coffee blend on ice. It's potent, it's balanced... it's nice. From the smell, I think I'm going to enjoy this. 4.5

(Taste) Very bold coffee taste up front with an evident mocha twist. Lesser emphasis on the oatmeal than I got with the nose, but it's there if you look deep enough. Drink is really the perfect balance of sweet and bitter. The bitterness comes into play at the end, possibly from some complementary earthy hoppy flavors that blend well with the brew. Light traces of alcohol remains on the back burner for the large part of the drink, but never grow to the point of ruining the experience; the drink remains easy and enjoyable to consume. It remains a well done drink; it's a shame it has to be seasonal... I'd have this at any time of the year. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Smooth as a baby's bottom with a very little touch of carbonation and perhaps some crispness at the beginning and the end of the drink. It's thick, so it's easy to tell that there is plenty of content that somehow rounds out to a smooth, easy beer. I'm thinking this is where the oatmeal really does its job; blending out the flavors in order to create a drink that is silky smooth and as full bodied as this one. Slight alcohol twang is consistent but hardly there, it never becomes tiring. It's much better hidden than it should be for an ABV as high as it is. Props for a beer that carries out at least as much emphasis on a characteristic mouthfeel as well as the taste. 4.5

(Drinkability) Easily drinkable and easily enjoyable at all times. I just don't drink beers for breakfast, but I could enjoy a couple more of these on a good night, despite the filling qualities of a full body and high ABV; there is a nice smooth and inviting character for this beer that outweighs my palate and stomach's desire to close shop for the night. Great taste, mouthfeel and aroma. I dig it. A lot. 4.5

Verdict: Probably my favorite Terrapin brew (declared yet again, as they really just keep getting better), this beer boasts defined bold flavor and follows through with a characteristic nose and mouthfeel. Yes, I'd recommend and I'll be getting it again next year, and probably aging one (or two). Enjoy! A (4.3)

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 Seasonal

The beer appeared a thick oil black with a thick, dense, 2+ finger brown head. Very good retention, no lacing and little to no cap to note.

Good strong aroma, heavy malt with a strong dose of coffee. Personally, I think that the coffee was a bit too much.

3 words...too much coffee. It seems to overwhelm the malted barley and just seem like they might be trying too hard. I like a good stout with a hint of coffee in the flavor, but this seemed to me to be over the top just for the sake of being over the top.

The beer was heavy and almost felt a little oily. The beer was smooth, but left a bitter heavy coffee aftertaste. Overall, I am not sure why they felt the need to add coffee, but it was too much. I doubt that I would buy it again this year, but maybe next year just to see if they change it up at all.

Photo of vtfan77
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's not morning anymore, but it's not long after I've woken, and I did "bake" a Toaster Strudel this morning, so I think I'm justified in drinking this now.

A- Deepest, darkest brown with a half inch or so of head that dissipates to a thin layer of lace that coats the top of the beer.

S- Strong coffee aroma is backed by sweet, chocolaty malt. Is this beer brewed with chocolate? One might be inclined to believe that it is, so convincing is its bittersweet chocolate smell.

T- Fresh ground coffee is the dominant flavor and is backed by sweet flavors of chocolate and licorice. The finish is mostly dry and lightly bitter. Coffee lingers well after the beer is swallowed. This has one of the better coffee characters that I've had in a beer.

M- Medium-bodied and smooth with a slight tingling carbonation.

D- Fairly rich and quite flavorful but without a noticeable alcohol presence. You won't want to drink a ton of it in one sitting, but it's still quite drinkable.

Excellent beer. This is one of the better coffee stouts I've had. It's got a nice coffee flavor that's not too strong or too bitter. Some like it better than FBS, and I'd have to agree. If you can get this and like coffee and/or stouts, I'd strongly recommend picking some up.

Photo of Buddha22
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured, comes out almost completely black with little to no head and the little head dissipates very quickly.

S: Lots of chocolate and coffee in the noise. Can tell lots of roasted malts that add to the smell.

T: Similar to smell, decent hop bitterness, but the roasted malt quality of this beer stands out.

M: Very smooth, full bodied with little carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable for an imperial stout.

Photo of readbaron
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and viscous - black as night, with no head. None! Only a few bubbles and a tan ring.

Smell is great. Sweet & malty, with a hint of coffee. I can definitely see why there's a picture of cookies on the bottle. Smell's delicious.

Taste is great. Lots more coffee than the nose would imply. Plenty of sweetness and a bit of dark fruit. Lots of roasty malts as well. It's well balanced - it all comes together and balances beautifully.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, thick & creamy.

Photo of stephadelphia
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized pilsner glass.

A- Super thick and dark, almost black with some bubbles creeping up the sides. A thick, light brown head formed about an two inches thick after the initial pour, and settled down to almost nothing after sitting for a few minutes. Minimal lacing.

S- Holy coffee and cocoa! Nice, sweet dark chocolate notes compliment the overall coffee smell really nicely. I picked up some moleasses, too.

T- Definitely can taste the coffee, as well as the roasted chocolate malts. Not as intensely sweet as it smells, but still has that quality to it. The coffee flavor stays behind, and is rich and bold. The brewer's website sells the beans, and I would love to wake up to the cup of joe that made this beer what it is. Perk up my mornings for sure!

M- Super velvety and smooth, very pleasant. Almost no carbonation, and thick - the way you'd expect it to be. You can definitely feel the evidence of the oats in the body.

D- The ABV is a little high for it to be a session beer. I think this beer is best to have every once in awhile as a treat or during a special occasion. That being said, my special occasion was a Wednesday night during a snowstorm and I found myself quite happy to be on the couch sipping away at this brew. I could see putting back one or two of these on a night like tonight, right before heading off to bed. Warms you up if you haven't had a bite to eat beforehand. Other people have posted about craving some warm cookies to go alongside... I'm with ya!

Overall, would definitely buy again. Picked this one up as part of a "make your own" 6-pack at a local store knowing nothing about the brewery, and am now a fan. Sometimes it pays off to experiment, and this beer is the proof.

Photo of domtronzero
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown, almost opaque in the glass. Big, fluffy, long lasting, dense mocha colored head. Lingering with a good amount of lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts, dark roasted chocolate and a touch of coffee. Sweet alcohol notes.

F/M - Roasted dark malts, a little bit of sweet caramel malts. Coffee and chocolate round out the flavors. Moderately firm bitterness with a clean, dry finish. A little bit of coffee and chocolate lingers for just a brief moment after the swallow. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Tasty, smooth, easy drinking with great coffee and chocolate flavors. I wish this beer was available in my neck of the woods.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolute blackness for body, topped by three level fingers of dark tan foam.

Terrific dark roast coffee aroma, highly inviting.

Taste is coffee, not too, too, roasty, and a nice touch of oats. Good touch of hops nip at the swallow.

Smooth mouthfeel, full but not oily.

Fine drinkability, could have more than one in a session, maybe not three though.

A very enjoyable hybrid stout. Recommended.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter,more or less black with a tan head. nose is rich with coffee, slightly acidic.

taste is slightly sweet with massive coffee flavor,roasted barley,, kinda one dimensional but it really nails it.

mouthfeel is full bodied without being super sweet. opulent, very drinkable. i wish i could buy this in ohio, i'd love to do a side by side w/ breakfast stout.

Photo of GarrettM99
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours like used motor oil, a very dark beer. I had little head the dissipated almost instantly.

S: Think Baileys. As said before it's a strong coffee liquer smell (which is very nice). Once past the coffee you can pick up on a chocolate or two.

T: Instantly hits me with a nice roasted coffee taste. Once that matures the chocolate and oatmeal reveals itself.

M- Full bodied, and a bit carbonated. Some say creamy but I don't think so that much.

D- A nice beer to enjoy after dinner and relax with for dessert. For me the ABV is a little high at 8.1% and as said it is by no means a session beer. I could drink this on a cold night and enjoy it with some oatmeal cookies.

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,427 ratings.