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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 3,492
Reviews: 1,227
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
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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 PurpleCloud
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
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
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
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
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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
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
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
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
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
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
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
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
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
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
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
4.04/5  rDev -6%
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
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

Photo of Soonami
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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%
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 -1.9%
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 -2.3%
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 +1.2%
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 +1.2%
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 -3%
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 -0.5%
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.

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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