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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 1,232
Hads: 3,633
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 771
Gots: 644 | FT: 58
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Georgia, United States

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

Availability: Winter

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (1,018 characters)

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.02/5  rDev -5%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of Phocion
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (1,534 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of Jeff_Byrd
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of hops202
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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 (319 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (1,114 characters)

Photo of cmrncrzy10
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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 (317 characters)

Photo of gabrielsyme
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.06/5  rDev -4%
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. (1,463 characters)

Photo of Metaldude05
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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 (335 characters)

Photo of TheBeerDrinker
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very dark black in color with a one finger, dark brown head with little retention.

Smell is coffee upfront, with some dark malts, and a nice sweet smell. No hint of hops, etc

Taste is dark malts and coffee forward. I get a sweet molasses and a tiny hint of chocolate here as well. Taste is really nice.

Mouthfeel is relatively thick which I didn't expect and was pleased with due to low carbonation.

Overall I really liked the taste of this beer. The last one I had tasted like a cigarette so I think it must have been really old as I received it as an extra and can only assume it had made trips around the country as an extra for years. This bottle is totally different. Really nice balance between the dark malts and coffee. The little bit of sweetness really makes this a really nice beer. I say "little" bit of sweetness and mean "little" bit as it is not cloying or anywhere close to overwhelming. Just a nice little sweetness. (949 characters)

Photo of raznug
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 Vintage
Appearance: It has been a long time since I have had this beer, it pours thick black and oily and there is little to no head at all.
Smell: This stout smells like some of the best stouts in the world it has a roasted malt aroma that is surrounded by dark fruits, a boozy alcohol aroma and chocolate and toffee smells. One of the best that I have had so far.
Taste: The flavor of this beer is Oooo my god good it has a good malt base with the taste of figs and prunes a slight touch of booze and chocolate this beer aged deliciously.
Mouthfeel: Thick sticks to the palate and one of the best stouts out there for the money. (637 characters)

Photo of RacerX5k
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Absolutely the best pure coffee beer Ive ever had. Maybe? the best beer thats not bourbon county in the world. What i am sure of is its world class status. Been thru 4+ cases since Christmas, and enjoying one this cool Sat AM.

Huge coffee aroma, taste is coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Beautifully malted to handle all that coffee. Drinks so easy, the soft bitters and dark fruit base of the stout really standout as this warms to tempature. Strong, smooth and so satisfying; this beer hits perfection on almost every mark. This is beer. Did I mention coffee? (561 characters)

Photo of watermelon
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle of 2013 poured into a shaker pint.

A: Pitch black body with a coffee colored one-finger head. not a lot of lacing or retention.

S: Coffee dominates the nose with hints of chocolate.

T: Taste just like an iced coffee, with some chocolate and oatmeal on the back end.

M: Creamy body leaving just a tinge of coffee bitterness.

O: Excellent imperial stout, would defiantly buy again. (400 characters)

Photo of itsscience
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with ruby edges and a half-finger of tan head that retains nicely. Ground black coffee dominates the nose, which also has dark chocolate, toasted oats, raisins, and a hint of vanilla. I taste a lot of dark chocolate up front with some vanilla and caramel, then coffee on the back end with roasted malts. The flavor profile is great and the beer really evolves in the mouth, but I get an astringency from the roasted malts that detracts from the taste. The body is on the full side of medium with medium carbonation. (527 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Poured into a goblet, this deep black brew with brown edging produced a half finger of tan head and fair retention, leading to a webbed layer of suds across the surface. Small, spotty lacing with good stick.

Smell - Iced coffee aroma hits the nose first. Lesser notes of chocolate, caramel, oatmeal and hints of earth complete the olfactory experience.

Taste - Follows the nose; coffee-centric flavors throughout, complimented by a healthy helping of caramel and lesser notes of chocolate and earth. Lightly warming alcohol undertone. Touches of oatmeal come through in the finish. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with a silky smooth delivery. Could be chuggable if not so savory.

Overall - Lots of coffee infused beers deliver only that iced-coffee flavor; not this one! Plenty of complexity wrapped up in a smooth, easy drinking sipper. Wish this were available in California, it'd be an often purchase. (925 characters)

Photo of dank203
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

this thing so closely resembles founders breakfast stout to me. similar consistency and coffee blend. just missing that dark chocolate bitterness. but really this is a creamy, silky actually, sweet and bold coffee-like stout. goes down so smoothly, an A for sure (262 characters)

Photo of N_Schleret
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: With an aggressive pour I get about a half finger chocolate head that dissipates to a ring around the glass. Blotchy lacing, very dark brown body.
S: Chocolate, coffee, with hints of vanilla, toffee, and sweet malts.
T: The same as the smell but a watered down. Roasted malts and coffee linger.
M: Heavy and creamy. Dry on the palate.
O: Disappointed about the taste, otherwise a pretty good beer. (402 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We crack the top on a bottle of their 2013 stock, labeled under the “W-n-B” brand, and pour a brew of the deepest, deepest brown coloring that lets up minimal light, at best, even around its edges. It sports one of the darkest heads we’ve ever seen, which is a smoky mocha, and stands two and a half fingers tall. This shows great retention. The bubbles are creamy, but soapy and individualized. Mountainous sheets of lacing eventually begin to appear around our glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, but carbonation appears to be lightish. The aroma offers heavy chocolate malts, burnt brown malts, freshly pressed black coffee grounds, fusel vanilla extract, steely metallics, fresh coffee bean and kidney bean shell, basement must, hints of medicinal phenols, soft campfire smokiness, and boozy fumes, especially with warmth. Temperature also brings sweet and sticky Tootsie Roll sweetness, black licorice, and a faintly floral hop wash. Our first impression is that it is beautifully blended with richness around the corner, and intense coffee all the way to the finish. The flavoring opens with richly roasted brown and charred chocolate malts, banana and fruity esters, tinny metallics, sea salt, chalky mallow sweetness, melted dark caramel and toffee sweetness, fusel booze, synthetic cinnamon coffee twang, and red raisin sweetness. The middle bumps all this aside with a clean floral hoppiness, medicinal phenols, more deeply roasted raw coffee beans, black peppery spice, French vanilla and mocha café sweetness, sweet creamer, vanilla icing, honey sugars, and fig and pear fruitiness dancing somewhere in the distance. The end comes in hard with heavy metallics, floral hoppiness, rum raisin fruitiness, harsh booziness, campfire smoke, Band-Aid medicinals, soured black coffee acidity, fleeting tartness of cooked black and chocolate maltiness, matchstick sulfurs, and hazelnuttiness. The aftertaste breathes of those rich and roasty black coffee and espresso beans, soft char to the coffee and chocolate malt base, swift stings of booze, lightly toasted coconut shavings, underripe banana fruitiness, candied cinnamon sugar, and light wheat and honey oat breadiness. The body is thick and full, and carbonation is lightly medium. The feel is crisply cream, with hearty slurp, smack, cream, froth, and wetness to the finishing pop. The mouth is left chalked and astringently dried following a slick and oily trek through the mouth. The abv is appropriate, and shows very smooth drinkability.

Overall, the most enjoyable aspect of this beer was its aroma, followed closely by flavoring. Actually, another realy striking thing about this beer is its look. Once the head pulls down enough, it reveals with wildly oily film that jets and boats over the top of the drink for the remainder of the tasting. Going back to the meat of it, coffee invades all aspects of this beer in wonderful authenticity, with enough sourness and fiery roast to keep things moving along nicely. One downside to this, if you have an aversion to coffee, is the big metallic notes that are inherent to any genuine coffee beer, as such. With such a heavy, rich, and deeply complex flavor it is a surprise how cleanly and easily it drinks back. These highpoints combined could go up against any coffee beer out there, punch for punch. As a social note, we are so happy to finally have found our way to this beer. With being in Atlanta for only two days we were certainly itching to finally try some Terrapin, and were happily surprised to find it widely available on the shelves. As our first taste of the brewery and of the state we were not disappointed, and as we look to W-n-B’s kin cooling in the mini fridge of our cheap hotel room we say, “Cheers, Georgia.” (3,762 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a thin light brown head. Some subtle wisps of lace.

S: In your face freshly ground dark roast (like really dark roast) coffee. Espresso, rich earthy and nutty coffee notes and cream. The cream emerges more as the beer warms and I start to pick up a sugar cookie note.

T: Tons of dark roast coffee just explode in your mouth with each sip. Burnt fudge, brownie brittle, hazelnut, vanilla, brown sugar and bittersweet baking chocolate. Finish shows a lot of bitter chocolate with a lingering espresso note. Fantastic. (537 characters)

Photo of ZBR101
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - pours black with one finger light tan head (aggressive pour)

S - rich burnt carmel chocolate bliss

T - thick creamy sweet bitter coffee (tastes like the worlds best cup of coffee)

M - full bodied but in a great way

O - one of my favorites in its variety. Really a top notch beer. The higher alcohol is
great because this is a one or two and done. Amazing beer! (370 characters)

Photo of moneyturtle
3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a rich, dark brown color, like maple syrup. No carbonation and virtually no lacing.

S - Strong toffee with a slight hint of licorice. A little bit of caramel. Not getting much coffee here at all.

T - More toffee and caramel than coffee or oatmeal. A nice flavor overall, but ultimately pretty mild.

M - Despite almost no signs of carbonation in the pour, it foams up across the tongue, lending to a very creamy texture and helping to bring out the toffee and caramel flavors. Definitely getting the oats in the texture.

O - A good beer, but nothing phenomenal. I was a little disappointed to not be getting any of the coffee on the palate. I couldn't find a bottling date, so it's possible it was just old and had faded over time. I won't be going out of my way to get this again, but I may pick it up if I come across it. I'm interested in giving it another try in case the bottle I had was just old. (915 characters)

Photo of earljones199
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours pitch black with a small khaki head that recedes quickly.

Strong smells of black coffee with a light sweet smell

The taste starts off with a ton of dark coffee. Then some dry bakers chocolate.

The creaminess of this beer is amazing. (242 characters)

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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