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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutTerrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

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Reviews: 1,245
Hads: 3,669
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 789
Gots: 655 | FT: 57
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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 Spaten454
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a tan head that dissipates to the glass where it leaves sticky lacing.

S - Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Coffee dominates the nose mostly

T - Deeply roasted coffee and malt. Finishes with some bitter chocolate.

M - Thin for an imperial stout. Moderate carb

O - This is a great imperial stout. They integrated the coffee into it well.

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Photo of hophugger
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazingly dark chocolate brown that does not allow the light through. Minimal head and decent lacing. Aroma is of roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and cereal grain. Taste is an explosion of flavor. Strongest is coffee and lightly roasted coffee beans, followed by some bittersweet chocolate and a touch of cereal. Mouthfeel is chewy and coats the mouth and throat quite well. Alcohol is present but hidden fairly well considering the high ABV. Overall, balances out quite well leaving an aftertaste of chocolate and coffee. This is a bold and awesome beer. Quite the winter warm-up !!!!!

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Photo of SFNC
4.25/5  rDev 0%

This seemed like a FBS clone, in a good way. Not as creamy or complex, but a very enjoyable coffee based Imperial Stout. Good upfront coffee, raost and chocolate flavors, Then again if the real thing is available.....

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: black nice off chocolate head

S: coffee, cinnamon, a little chocolate

T: Very sweet coffee taste with the cinnamon and a little oats taste with some chocolate

M: medium bodied the coffee lingers on the tongue

O: This is a great beer comparing it to Founders Breakfast a Stout it is sweeter has a nice touch of cinnamon and is not as thin. This beer is what you want out of a coffee oatmeal stout.

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

2014 vintage poured into a tulip.

A: Inky dark brown/black with a tan head. not much head retained.

S: Coffee, bitter black coffee. Some slight dark chocolate on nose too, but coffee dominates.

T: Dark chocolate and black coffee. slight vanilla after taste but the coffee is king.

Overall: Great beer to start off your day. Not sure I could drink multiples but this is a solid brew.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.52/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2014 vintage

Black but not completely. Some brown highlights. Vigorous pour leaves almost no head and what is there fades quickly to a thin ring

First whiff I detect alcohol and a touch of light roast coffee. A little concerned with the prominence of booze.

Taste is light bitterness from the coffee and some oats. Booze is there. Not much roasted malt. Coffee prevails. letting it warm a bit opens up some bittersweet chocolate. .

Body is somewhat thin and low carbonation. Really falls short of my expectations here.

I gotta say I'm disappointed. Is really like an alcohol infused carbonated coffee. Deep roasted malts are almost absent and there is very little if any chocolate or toffee flavor. The bitterness and booze don't go well together Mouthfeel is thin. I guess I'll try to age these and hope the coffee and booze dissipate.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Pours black with thin beige head. Smells of fresh brewed espresso roasted coffee. Really nice. Mouth feel is thinner than expected but overall acceptable. Taste is roasted coffee and malts, sweetness of alcohol (bit more than expected) and light cocoa notes. Overall quite tasty. Appreciate that it comes in 4 pack of 12 oz bottles now.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a dark tan that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a deep black. Blacker than a black hole. Blacker than the abyss. Blacker than the Devil's soul. The beer is a black so deep that light cannot escape it. It also has a slight dark brown tinge despite the blackness.

The beer smell has very strong coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal smell. The beer has a mix of a chocolate chip cookie smell and a chocolate syrup kind of smell that results from the oatmeal and chocolate notes mixing with the sharp coffee notes. The coffee notes tend to come off pretty strong but the smell that really lingers is the oatmeal chocolate cookie smell.

The taste has the same strong coffee notes and strong chocolate and oatmeal notes. The coffee notes are strong, bitter, and dark. However, the chocolate and oatmeal notes, while noticeable under the coffee, are strongest in the lingering aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly medium bodied on the heavier side for a beer of this caliber. The carbonation gives a little too much texture and is a little high for my taste. Other than that the beer is a little thick and feels pretty good.

Overall, this beer was fantastic and I'm definitely picking up a four-pack after tasting this beer. I only wish Terrapin's other offerings were as phenomenal as this one.

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Photo of ThatguyJoefromBoston
5/5  rDev +17.6%

The most fragrant, flavorful, and delicious stout around. Most of these reviews encompass what I would say about the beer's profile so I won't be redundant.

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Photo of spacebear09
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Appearance- Dark black beer with almost no head. Seriously even trying to the monster pour, this thing has no head on it.

Smell- Massive coffee notes, toffee, dark chocolate

Taste- Coffee, milk chocolate, oatmeal... everything advertised shows in the flavor. Terrapin backs up their claims with the real deal on this one.

Mouthfeel- Somewhat thin, very low carbonation

Overall- This is an EXTREMELY drinkable imperial stout. I could knock back about 10 bottles of WnB no problem and end up in the hospital the next day. This shit is straight up poison. Way too easy to drink for a high ABV beer, not even a trace of booziness or a harsh note to be found.

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Photo of PeterParker
4.76/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wanted to wait for the weekend, couldn't help it.

Pours a deep black with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates, leaving slight lacing.

Gorgeous smelling beer. Heavy roasted coffee, sweet caramel, vanilla undertones, a hint of banana, and some spicy peppery heat. Not what I expected, better.

Yes. I'm so happy with this. Bittersweet coffee, so roasty, bitter dark chocolate, slight peppery finish. Sweet and so so delicious. The ideal morning beer. My God.

Super smooth and full bodied. Coats the entire mouth with goodness. No alcohol burn or taste. Perfectly carbonated. I'm blown away.

I think every single facet of this beer is perfect. My new favorite stout and possibly my new favorite beer. I love everything about this.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Good fresh, good after a year, even better after 2 years, even better after 3 years.

A: Blackish brown

T: Oatmeal, coffee, bitterness, vanilla, oak, sugar

M: Thinnish, like a porter that wants to be a stout

O: Excellent, highly recommended. By a case and really see what this beer does over time.

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Photo of ILMbrew
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

2013 batch served at or just below room temperature (55-60). Initially poured a pretty vigorous head but it died down pretty quickly to a faint tan rim around the glass. Smell is instantly of coffee and rich chocolate. Also some cinnamon. Opaque in color. No light showing though. Taste is initially of bitter chocolate followed by a mellow spiced coffee. To be a year old, there is still plenty of sharp chocolate. Very little in the way of alcohol bite but some boozy warm is still there. Mouthfeel is rich and chewy. To me this is where the oatmeal really comes through. Gives this beer that extra layer of complexity that Founders Breakfast Stout lacks. Such an incredible beer and really the cutting edge of the breakfast/coffee style in my opinion. Hopefully I will have the patience to lay a 2014 bottle down for more than a year. Would love to see a barrel aged variant of this in the future.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage enjoyed from a coffee mug

This is the best non-BA coffee stout I've ever had. Wake-n-Bake pours a thick, dark brown and is topped with a creamy khaki head. The aroma is near-perfect: rich, sweet coffee; mild milk chocolate; and a cola-like sweetness. Roast coffee grounds predominate, which is great. The flavor is out of this world: the initial taste is a roasty, bitter chocolate that transitions immediately to slightly sweet coffee. Undergirding everything is a sharp (but mild) Coke-like effervescence. The aftertaste is dry and bitter, just like a cup of coffee. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, which works perfectly for this beer.

This is a world-class coffee stout. So much coffee flavor, with just the right amounts of roast, bitterness, and chocolate. Most importantly, the sweetness is held in check, and thus doesn't dominate things. There are a lot of similarities to Founders Breakfast Stout, but this beer is far superior because here the coffee, not the creamy chocolate, is in charge.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark black with a dark tan head. good retention and nice lacing.

S: espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt,

T: espresso, dark chocolate, dark roasted malt dominate. a trace of alcohol on the end.

M nice thick mouthfeel. low carbonation.

O: an awesome beer! i wish it was available in TX.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Curran. Thanks man!

Pours a thin looking watery black, with a small quarter inch head, and not much lacing.

Smells incredibly strongly of nutty roasted coffee, with roasted malt, and baker's chocolate.

This has one of the strongest coffee flavors in a stout that I've ever had, but it's also nicely integrated, as well. Creamy chocolate and vanilla flavor- slightly bitter chocolate chip flavor, with Hershey's syrup, a cookies and cream flavor, and a very small amount of hop bitterness.

This one is medium bodied, but I wish it was a little thicker. Low carbonation, creamy, very smooth mouthfeel.

A real classic that I'm glad I'm finally getting to try for the 1st time.

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Photo of Phocion
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle with "VINTAGE08" stamped under the Enjoy By date, which makes this six and a half years old. Note that BA lists this at 9.4%, but the bottle says 8.1, perhaps a change over the years since this was bottled. Poured into a Surly Darkness tulip a thick motor oil-like texture with a dark brown, almost black color. A finger of light brown head quickly dissipates but leaves substantial lacing.

I always get nervous when opening a beer this old, but this one has thankfully escaped the evil grips of oxidation. The most noticeable aroma is, unsurprisingly, coffee. Toffee, nuts, brown sugar/molasses, and roasted malts.

The flavor is primarily sweet, though not cloying. Coffee is very evident, but hardly dominating. Thick, complex malts provide quite the background. A very Anglo toffee flavor combines with demerara sugar and molasses, but all are quite subdued... whether that is a product of excellent design, aging, or both I don't know. Nuttiness from the oats combines with bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, and the previously mentioned sweeter malts to give it a very complex profile. Slight lactic creaminess/sourness. Complex bittersweet finish.

Full bodied and low carbonation. Thick, chewy, and feels like I'm gargling a much tastier motor oil. Filling, but clean. Slight alcohol warmth and very creamy from the oats.

This is a truly amazing beer. Very complex profile and the perfect smooth and creamy finish. I don't know how it tastes fresh, but in your cellar for six years this thing is incredible.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
Vintage 2012
8.1% ABV

A - It is black night. I barely got any head. Just a sparse covering of mud colored foam was on top. It dissipated quickly.

S - The smell is straight up coffee and cream.

T - The taste starts out with dark chocolate and vanilla. Then comes the coffee with rich roasted flavor and just enough bitterness to balance out the sweeter start.

M - Full with relatively low carbonation.

O - This is one of the better coffee stouts that I have had. It reminds me of Short's Cup A Joe which I love.

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Photo of Jeff_Byrd
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wake n Bake is the definition of a fine Oatmeal Imperial Stout. It's the first stout I fell in love with and still is one of my highest rated to this day. The smell is phenomenal as it hits you mid pour. You get the strong coffee scent along with slight hints of chocolate and cocoa before you even put your nose in the glass. The taste full of coffee and chocolate with hints of vanilla and oatmeal. Goes down smooth with the alcohol on the finish. Wake n Bake is a staple in my beer stash.

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Photo of hops202
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage poured into snifter

A- black with some cream colored lacing

S- tons of high quality coffee a nice sweet smell

T- delicious roasted coffee and a great sweet and slightly bitter chocolate finish. Blends perfectly but definitely on the sweet side.

M- creamy but not super heavy.

O- a great coffee stout

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

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

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Photo of cmrncrzy10
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very rich looking, creamy head. Nice dark tone
S- Very nice coffee aroma, powerful throughout
T- Wish the coffee aroma came through as much in the taste but still very well done. Solid burnt flavors with a decent alcohol tone
M- Full lacing, well done
O- Great beer thats decently easy to come buy. Well done Stout

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Photo of gabrielsyme
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark cocoa, minimal foam.

Aroma: Very strong.

Taste: Coffee, baking chocolate, with a touch of mocha sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but I would prefer a bit more carbonation.

Overall: Probably the best coffee stout you're going to find.

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Photo of RickS95
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's gorgeous. Completely black, no sign of any other color. Thick pour. The head has a cascading form. It's dark beige in color and VERY creamy. A couple fingers thick at first. It retains well and leaves a thick, sticky lace behind.

I'll be honest, my nose is all stopped up so the scents may be stronger than I'm giving them credit for. I can't smell any coffee. I can pick up roasty, malty notes, but nothing else. As my nose cleared, the roasted notes became more aggressive.

Coffee is present and accounted for in the taste. The roasty, malty notes are there too, giving it a traditional stout flavor. Bittersweet chocolate is dancing around somewhere.

I'm a bit torn on this. It's very creamy and smooth, like you'd expect. However, with such a thick-looking pour, I expected to have to chew this and instead, it reminds me a bit of Guinness with its loose-ish feel. All that said, if you keep it in your mouth for a second to savor each sip and give it a little swirl so your whole tongue is covered, you can feel the thickness. Strange. Due to this, I'm calling it medium-bodied. The hops eventually make noise, well into the finish with some lingering bitterness. The high alcohol is never felt.

Overall, it's an extremely easy beer to drink. Even after nose spray cleared my nose, I can't smell it, though the roasted barley malt is even stronger, maybe I'm confusing the two. Regardless, it's a strong beer that acts like a pussycat going down.

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Photo of Metaldude05
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown head, nice coffee smell. This is probably the best easy to get coffee stout in my area. Very strong dark coffee taste in comparison to the subtle creamier taste found in most stout makes wake n bake stand out. I've had this one a hundred times living less than an hour from the brewery and
Still try the new batch every year

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,245 ratings.