Terrapin Oak Aged Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company
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3.7/5 rDev -13.3%
Served at Tyler's Tap Room in Apex, NC
Whao! This arrived at the table in a standard pint glass boasting a modest head. The head quickly dissipated to a ring. No lacing to speak of. And then the sniff - it was like straight up coffee!
The first pull was interesting. I took a nice long pull and let it wash around for a second. Again, Whoa! This is the first time I have experienced a 'coffee' beer that seemed to me to be more coffee than beer. It was just short of carbonated espresso. If you let it settle out on your tongue, you can pull out some lighter hits of malt in there, but this one is definitely about the coffee.
One thing that I found slightly distracting was a slickness in the mouthfeel. I don't know where it came from but it was clearly present. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it seemed a little out of place somehow.
If you like coffee, this one is for you. It was a bit much for me, but my wife had one too and she absolutely raved about it. Extreme brewing? I don't know, but this one is a coffee lover's dream.
03-13-2010 14:05:41 | More by SIRIUS2
4.18/5 rDev -2.1%
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this 12 ounce handbottle.
The beer pours dark brown to black with very small brown bubbles. There is no head. The aroma is oak, roasted malt, cayenne pepper and chocolate. The flavor is very heavy on the oak with a ton of chocolate, vanilla and some coffee. Thin-medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. I wish the beer was a little thicker, but other than that, the beer is very good.
06-10-2010 01:33:23 | More by Mora2000
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
A: It has the color of used motor oil. Dark black. Head is tan with mild retention and decent lacing around the glass.
S: Tons of malt, milk chocolate, and of course bold coffee notes. Slight hints of vanilla and oak at the end.
T: Coaco beans, chocolate and black patent malts are prominent. Beautiful French roast or Kona coffee flavors. Leather and oak on the finish. This beer would go very well with a bold cigar. Opus X Petit Corona?
M: It's full and velvety body weighs slightly on the palate. However, it's not chalky or over bearing.
D: This is a great winter sipping beer. Tasty and full bodied.
01-14-2011 05:08:18 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
A: Poured into a sniftner, this brew pours as dark as any stout with an impressively dark head. The only lacking element is the lacing, which is way to lacking.
S: The aroma is a tuned down version of WnB. Less notes of coffee that I love in the original keeps the score down. The bitter chocolate notes are still evident and yummy.
T: The flavor is toned down by the oaked aging. The flavor is comparable to a smooth bitter chocolate. Notes of espresso blend together to make a great brew.
MF: the mouthfeel is delightfully creamy and super smooth.
Overall, what a great brew, it is ashame that the oaked aging took away more flavor than it added, but I did enjoy this excellent brew!
04-05-2011 21:11:02 | More by TKEbeerman
4.25/5 rDev -0.5%
On-tap at the Brick Store. I'm fairly certain these weren't aged in oak barrels but rather with oak spirals but don't hold me to that.
Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of coffee - surprisingly a lot of it given the age - with lightly roasted malts and hints of unsweetened chocolate. As it warms light vanilla notes waft out.
Tastes good. Roasted malt flavors up front - more robust than the smell intimated - are joined shortly by loads of coffee flavors. Midway through the sip unsweetened chocolate joins into things along with hints of vanilla and a mild earthiness and both carry through to a solidly bitter ending. I have to say that it seems as though the addition of oak has toned down some of the flavors usually seen with Wake n Bake.
Mouthfeel is very good. It has a solid thickness with smooth carbonation.
Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.
Overall this wasn't a whole lot different than the normal Wake n Bake, however if I had to choose I'd go with the non-oaked version. Still, this is a very good beer and it's interesting to compare the two. Worth a shot.
01-20-2010 00:57:51 | More by glid02
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
surprisingly on tap at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh...great New Year's surprise!
A - midnight black with a small dark tan head which is loose and bubbly. quickly fell to a ring but clung to the sides of the glass here and there.
S - strong smell of dark roasted (and slightly overdone) coffee, molasses, oak, bitter chocolate, vanilla.
T - sweetness of vanilla from the oak aging hits hard first, then the massive amount of strong coffee comes in, transforms into a smooth bittering hop presence with some chocolate, vanilla, malt roastiness to balance it out.
M - thick and syrupy, love how the time spent in the barrels mellowed out the carbonation that i thought was a tad strong in the "unleaded" version
D - quite yummy, tad hot on the bitter coffee. oak aging added a nice new dimension of sweetness and character. well done.
01-03-2010 00:28:14 | More by Stigs
3.75/5 rDev -12.2%
On tap at Kickbacks. Big stout aroma. A sipper: with wine character, fruitiness, and coconut. The coconut throws me off a bit, though others like it. Black, little head, this one was aged a while.
Decent mouthfeel. I have to have this in the winter in front of a fireplace. As a cask, would throw off the carbonation and be easier and smoother to go down.
01-22-2013 03:54:56 | More by Sammy
4.22/5 rDev -1.2%
Thanks to Todes for hooking me up with the growler
A: Pitch black and lightly carbonated. Minimal head an no real lacing but i see very few beers as dark as this one.
S: Very prevalent espresso aroma much more rounded out than the regular version. Loads of chocolate and then a faint hint of vanilla
T: The Vanilla is much more prevalent in the taste than in the nose. Plenty of chocolate and the coffee.espresso is rich and bold. The oak aspect again really smooths this one over.
M: A bit of roughness is detectable but for the most part it is nice and creamy. It is super thick to almost like molasses.
D: Very solid. I really enjoyed puttin this one back in the afternoon and would love to try it again.
05-28-2010 16:56:20 | More by mikey711
4.47/5 rDev +4.7%
On tap at the Library in Pittsburgh's south side.
A: The stout is pitch black, looking just like the normal WnB. A small head, less than quarter a finger, quickly whittled down to a thin band.
S: The nose is more WnB than oak with an excess of smooth coffee lingering around. Oak does make an appearance towards the end, adding a vanilla (non-bourbon, mind you) aroma that matches nicely with the coffee.
T: Delicious. The WnB is powerful, my first time on tap. Coffee and oatmeal provide a one-two punch of coffee and lactic smoothness. Roasted malt flavors, dark with chocolate and more coffee, are a fertile field for the oatmeal and coffee. Oak aging, seems like chips, adds vanilla and wooden strength. This may be as close to Substance Abuse as I'll ever get, and I am content.
M: The mouthfeel has plenty of smooth coffee, sweet lactose and oatmeal and wooden vanilla beans. I am in love with the beer.
D: More, please. Who ever thought that WnB could be improved upon? I sure never did but I'm glad I'm wrong.
03-07-2010 03:05:46 | More by akorsak
4.58/5 rDev +7.3%
Oh boy, this is how we finish up a night. I am not even going to go into how this one landed in my hands, but I got to tell you I had been waiting a long time. Served chilled, into multiple pint glasses, this is how we ended the night on 03/08/2010.
The pour was perfect, picture perfect as it comes out dark as night and with a huge three finger head of the darkest chocolate colored brown you can imagine. Just superbly put together and really a fantastic example of the style. Lacing was sticky, dripping down the length of the glass and coating everything it touched, even after letting it sit, it would not let up, not for a second. Aroma could knock you out as the huge coffee notes just fill the air. Enormous aroma, decadent and sweet coffee and dark chocolate notes are overlaid on a rich vanilla and oak that come from the barrel. The two blend seamlessly and at first it reminds me so much of the original that I was taken for a moment, but then it all came together and the nice touch of bourbon and oak now coming through and I melt into the chair. Such a full flavor and feel, you could almost chew this one as the coffee grits between your teeth and leather and bourbon dance around the tongue. Warming brings on a vanilla and chocolate sweetness that really seems to pull the whole thing together, drowning the abv in coffee infused heaven. Each sip more filling then the one before and the nice long finish giving me amber time to appreciate it for what it is. Sublime.
Overall one of the best, biggest feeling stouts I have had in a long time. The oak aging really plays tricks with the mind here as it seems it was an coffee oak barrel at times as it retains much of its character through it all. Simply perfect way to end your night, I would love to do this again.
03-10-2010 01:56:07 | More by mikesgroove
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
A-dark choclate brown to tan head
S- coffee strong chocolate and vanilla
t- starts off with a nice heavy coffee taste then smoothly transfer into a mix of choclate ,vanilla and a hint of oak
m- full bodied
d- at 8% I can drink it all night bc u can't taste the alcohol. Which means I'll c u on the floor friends!
05-17-2010 22:45:09 | More by evan007
4.68/5 rDev +9.6%
On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Similar to regular Wake N Bake but a bit more rounded on the flavors. I'm sure the oak is to thank for that and for a slight touch of vanilla. Another layer of complexity added to an already amazing beer.
03-09-2010 05:29:46 | More by KickbacksSteve
2.5/5 rDev -41.5%
Although there's only 35 reviews to date, I was still very surprised to see the high rating for this Terrappin stout. I enjoy stouts quite a lot, but this one just wasn't for me.
Poured a dark brown color.
Smell was the only thing I enjoyed. Rich espresso, chocolate undertones. Hint of oatmeal as well.
Nose was ok. But then a strong citrus, sour taste came in. Almost like someone poured a bottle of chardonnay into the stout. Tough to handle.
The sours ruined the experience for me. Aftertaste was awful. Tough to drink.
03-12-2011 18:04:15 | More by devinoconnor
Terrapin Oak Aged Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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