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Terrapin Oak Aged Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Oak Aged Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout
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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 70
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Stigs on 01-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 46
Reviews by MicroBeerMan1980:
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Stigs
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of mikey711
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of evan007
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of devinoconnor
2.62/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of Papi
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't give many perfect fives, but this beer is my favorite. Must be why I have a basement full! Dark oil colored coffee oatmeal goodness! The only thing that tops this beer is its variants.

Photo of Landfill21
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this in Destin FL. at the Mellow Mushroom. Had it on tap in a 22oz bomber. Pours into a nice dark color. Has a nice creamy head that leaves a nice Has a very smooth mouthfeel with very little carbonation. Excellent beer, with I could try more terrapin but they don't sell them in Ohio.

Photo of kfsv034
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this ontap at Vine and Barley in Port St Lucie for a special terrapin release party

A - dark black with a milky tan head that laces nicely the whole way down

S - esspreso, vanilla, chocolate and faint woody smell

T - follows the noise but the wood is more previlent very nice vanilla chocolate and coffee notes

M - medium bodied

D - very nice at 8% the alcohol is not present at all could drink this all night, infact I intend to!

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA - 03.09.2010

A: Pours a very, very dark brown with a nice beige head.

S: Loads of roasted malt dominated by an extreme chocolate presence alongside some nice oat, oak, and coffee notes.

T: Loads of chocolate and coffee, alongside a nice roasted oat tenderness. Beautifully mixed with the oakiness of this version of the beer. The regular version is quite nice, but the oak has taken it to an entirely new level. A bit sweet, and a bit dry from the oak.

M: Medium bodied and slightly dry from the oak. No detectable alcohol presence.

D: Very, very nice. Highly drinkable, especially with the complexities that the oak brings out. Overall, very smooth and delicious. Very glad that this was still on tap.

Photo of spliffbunker
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, first time have this wonderful stout from Terrapin and what a cool fun coffee stout it is.

Pours very dark which appears thick, somewhat like oil or old gas station coffee. Had to splash the last bit to get some head. Head was carmel in color with darkened highlights on the top sprinkled about and measured about one and half fingers.

Overwhelming coffee aroma like espresso or dark chocolate.

Obvious stout with strong dark malt but then a bit more complex with lots of coffee and cocoa notes. If you go deeper you can taste oatmeal and oak

Drinks smooth, full body, high alcohol seems hidden but similar to your morning joe one or two should do.

After taste is a bit noticeable, think red wine or pipe smoke. With a big boy stout I expect that comes with the Terrapitory.

Great beer and I look forward to having again

Photo of 57md
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with more than a finger of tan head. The head dissipates rather quickly, but there is modest lacing present as the beer goes down.

Hints of coffee in the nose are pleasant. Roasted malt is present in the flavor profile, but I am not really getting any coffee. Also, the roasted malt lacks the burnt bite of a top flight double stout. The semi-bitter, chocolatey finish is a fine capstone to a fine effort.

Good, but not a top tier double stout.

Update: Sampled this a second time in February 2013 at a local Terrapin tasting. This time, there was much more coffee in the flavor profile. When I spoke with the Terrapin rep, he mentioned that this is the kind of offering that needs to be consumed almost as soon as it is bottled because the coffee flavor erodes quickly with age.

Photo of Nesued
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at the Piney Grove Green's "Rare Keg Thursday". Always a good show.

Appearance - Poured black as night. Ample/lively head formed upon pour. A good stout head filling 1/4th of the glass. Let that bad boy settle and then fill the rest of the glass. A thin ring remains after the head falls.

Smell - Big coffee nose, no loss from the base beer here, lots of vanilla as well. Hints of toffee and wood as well. Some chocolate notes as well.

Taste - Where to begin. How 'bout the opening? Dense/slick opening as it coats your tongue. Huge coffee and chocolate. Moves gently into the great middle-game of strong malts and mild alcohol making it's appearance. Interesting. didn't expect to feel/taste that at only 8%. Good roasty notes continue the experience. Nice finish a bit of a bite, but hardly worth the mention.

Mouthfeel - As mentioned above the opening samples coats your tongue nicely with a lush full body. Not much of a contribution via carbonation (at least, I didn't get it), all density provided by the heavy grain bill, in my opinion. A bit thin at the finish.

Drinkability - Good stuff, not great stuff. I personally didn't see a big overall difference between this and the "regular" wake-n-bake. Great to have a chance to try this rare breed.

Photo of HotHands
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a World of Beer in Florida. Arrived in a snifter.

A - jet black with a nice tan head.

S - coffee and chocolate predominate, with a bit of vanilla and oakiness.

T - Coffee is the predominant flavor here, with a good amount of oak and chocolate as well. The oak lends a vanilla note. The sweetness and bitterness are well balanced and the whole thing works together.

M - properly carbonated, body is as I expect for an imperial stout.

Overall - A very nice imperial stout, not too heavy, balanced. The oak adds a bit of flavor, which is nice. If you're in the mood for a coffee-forward imperial stout, check out this one or its non-aged original version.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Lost Kangaroo in Bradenton.

A – It is quite dark, but with the deepest brown hue and not black, and it has a mocha-froth head and rings of lace.

S – Whoa. It smells like the greatest espresso you'll ever have is currently being brewed and you are in the very immediate vicinity. Not Starbucks! More like Italian Espresso, in Italy. The taste is more like coffee, but the smell is all espresso. I guess, technically, you can smell beer, but the espresso aromatics are so sublime that it is hard to focus on anything else.

T – This is near or at the top of the coffee stouts, for me. It tastes like the best coffee I could ever imagine, sugar, no cream. Just phenomenal. The oak doesn't show up in a specifically woody impartation, instead it mellowed and fused the coffee and grain; this must've been some premium coffee on its own.

M – Quite viscous. One thing about coffee stouts, is it seems that many of them have a fairly impotent body; not so, here. This is full and robust.

D – It's been a pleasure and an honor. It's a shame, T.O.A.W.N.B.C.O.I.S., I barely knew ye...

Photo of uvachief
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pour. Depp dark chocolate brown with a full 2 fingers of head from an aggressive pour. Lingered with lacing. Smells of chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of coffee. Tastes like it smells but too thin in the mouth for my liking. Nice stout but lots of others out there better. Finished clean and crisp. Very drinkable. Abv isn't noticeable.

Photo of KAP1356
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another review from notes. On tap at Smokin' Joe's in Pittsboak doesn; really come out urgh. Poured in a standard pint glass...

A - Presented a

S - Hmmm. The oak doesn't really come out like I hoped it would. Strong roasted coffee and milk chocolate come out. Some light licorice and roasted malts come out. A bit of molasses in there too

T - Coffee really stands out off the bat along with some nice semi-sweet chocolate. Molasses and sweet vanilla also comes out. The oak is quite light and unpronounced overall.

M - Medium bodied beer with a smooth, creamy feel to it. Carbonation was moderate.

O - I was hoping for more from this one and it didn't really measure up. I really preferred the regular version to this one. Not too bad of an offering though.

Photo of Freethyhops
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from notes earlier at the local beer bar, The Nook. paste and copied OG wake n' bake bottle review. THE OG VERSION IN THE BOTTLE AND OAKED AGED WERE QUITE SIMILAR...SO ON TAP REVIEW CHANGES IN ALL CAPS

A- pours pitch black. a vigorous pour produced a huge amount of head. I had to stop pouring so it wouldn't pour over the top. fairly heavy lacing.

NO DETECTABLE DIFFERENCE ON TAP

S- huge roasted character dominates the nose. sweet malts and the oats come through and smell like freshly cooked oatmeal. maybe a little cocoa in the backround.

VERY LITTLE DIFFERENCE, OAK AGING HASN'T HAD MUCH AFFECT IN THIS DEPT. MAYBE A BIT MORE SUBTLE IF ANYTHING BUT STILL PLENTY PUNGENT

T- pure espresso goodness. a perfect amount of chocolate and roasted flavors mix together in a way that put starbucks to shame. it's super creamy too. maybe due to the oats? despite the large amount of coffee used this beer doesn't have the bitterness or most coffee stouts. it stays on the sweet side which really adds to the beer.

NOT OBVIOUS AT FIRST BUT SUBTLE OAKEY/VANILLA NOTES MIXED IN MID TASTING AND LASTED THROUGH THE FINISH AND ADD A BIT OF COMPLEXITY MISSING IN THE OG BOTTLE VERSION. ME LIKEY.

M/D- super thick and creamy. surprisingly so considering its only 8.1%. it's not nearly as carbonated as I thought it would be after the huge head it produced. it stays silky and helps it go down smoother.

STILL CREAMY AND FULL BODIED. NEAR THE SAME BUT WOULD HAVE MORE IN A SITTING SINCE I DON'T KNOW WHEN I'D HAVE THE CHANCE TO TRY IT AGAIN. WENT DOWN LIKE A DREAM. I WOULDN'T GO TO FAR OUT OF MY WAY TO TRY THIS VERSION AGAIN BUT I WOULD MOST DEFINITELY ORDER A PINT IF I SAW IT POURING AGAIN

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Terrapin Oak Aged Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.