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

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 104
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 6.4%
Wants: 74
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Georgia, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Stigs on 01-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Papi
5/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (192 characters)

Photo of MeanGene
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm going to mark out over this beer right now...

Pours a jet black with the most majestic, dark brown head I've ever seen on a beer.

Smells like coffee with a fair amount of roasted malts

Tastes like dark coffee/espresso but the chocolate and alcohol actually cool it off a little. What I love the most about this beer is that it's not your run-in-the-middle thin, watery stout. It's full bodied and puts the hammer down all day, every day.

Mouthfeel is substantial....if you finish a four pack, you'll be in the wheel barrow. Its a beer better shared with friends. But, hey, if you wanna have two....this is America and you're welcome to do what you goddam please.

Overall, I'd categorize this as an "imperative stout", Any of my friends who have made it past the "Guinness is too dark" stage have earned themselves a shot at this big boy. Especially coffee drinkers...I doubt they thought this kind of flavor could be captured in a beer.

On draft, out of the bottle, or out of a glass shaped like a boot your homeboy has at his apartment, take this beer, tuck it away, and cherish it. It's truly another marvel of the American craft beer industry. (1,156 characters)

Photo of stawn
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at House of Beer, Orlando, FL on 4.27.10

A - Pitch black, with a small ring of tan lacing.

S - MASSIVE fresh coffee/espresso. Slight roasty aroma peeks through.

T/M - Mouthfeel is full bodied and silky with a good amount of oak. Pretty sure this is from oak chips and not from a barrel. Appropriate mild carbonation. Absolutely amazing!

Delicious!! (363 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep warm opaque sable with a good fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma is rich, woody, smoky and malty with hints of chocolate and coffee. Rich flavor is mainly of quality roast coffee with a firm hint of chocolate. Texture is fairly thick, smooth, edgy and fizzy, leaving a cola-like fizz and a smoky, slightly sweet finish. Strongly recommended. (348 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
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... (1,123 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (1,786 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: loaded head and creamy froth.
deep dark black, pure ebony

smell: decent lacing and head rentention. smelled liek black coffee and it dominated the aroma. did not detect oak or wood.

taste: some vanilla from the oak, rich and strong coffee roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste

mouthfeel: good carbonation and medium to full bodied

drinkability: Unsure if i liek this better than the original. need a side by side. great imperial stout decent complexity. Another great one from Terrapin (508 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Rustico in Alexandria.

I'm not the biggest fan of regular wake and bake, but wow this was great. Pours a viscous, opaque dark chocolate brown with an initially large tan head. Not much retention on the head but thick sheets of lacing. Aroma is very vanilla and bourbon forward with traces of the base beer. Flavor is much more interesting with a much fuller, softer body than the regular wake and a smooth balance of the bourbon, oak and vanilla flavors with the original coffe and chocolate flavors. Extremely drinkable and smooth, this is a great example of oak aging enhancing a beer. (598 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,022 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of spliffbunker
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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 (837 characters)

Photo of Landfill21
4.43/5  rDev +5%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of kfsv034
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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! (439 characters)

Photo of Freethyhops
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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 (1,690 characters)

Photo of everetends
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Taco Mac Decatur. I believe the pitcher was 21 bucks and some change. Always wanted to try this, but never had the chance . . . until now. Served up in standard pint glasses.

A: Pours the deep black that you expect from the regular version of Wake and Bake. Have a thin, but rich mocha colored head resting on top. The body is oily and inky. Nice shine to it. You are not seeing through this puppy at all. The little amount of head you get, lasts throughout the experience. Little streaks of lace scatter on the glass.

S: You know, its not much different from the original. Lots of coffee and espresso. Rich and dark chocolate malts coming out along with a good deal of oatmeal. The biggest difference in the two is probably the light line of vanilla that comes through the nose here a bit. Otherwise, I'd say this is damn close to the original.

T: Yet again, other than a vanilla presence, this is damned near the same as the original. The biggest difference I can tell, is the bite is smoothed out a bit. Wake and Bake has a touch of bitterness to it with some alcohol bite to it fresh, but this one has a level of smoothness to it (probably from ageing I imagine). Vanilla is light but not drastically changing anything in here.

M: Same goodness. Alcohol burn may be tamed a bit but its still that big ass, full bodied, heavy beer you know and love. Chewy and lasting. Aftertastes of coffee and malt.

D: Just as good as the original because its not that far off. This one is a bit smoother than the original, but that is about all the difference. The ageing doesn't really change the beer that much. Still its just as good and why the marks are exactly the same as the original. I need to side by side these beers to fully understand the differences, but I couldn't tell much of any changes. Still tasty and worth the experience. Will have again. (1,877 characters)

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of evan007
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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! (314 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a couple times, most recently at Taco Mac Prado.

Pours pitch black with a small creamy tan head that clings to the sides of the glass and remains a small cap for a while.

The aroma is so rich and complex with an initial roasted coffee aroma with toasted black malts and chocolate. There is a light oaky spiciness in the nose that sets this apart from the base beer.

The taste is still dominated by the base beer with coffee and deeply roasted malts anchoring the beer. The finish is a good bit drier than the original with a spiciness lingering from the oak.

The mouthfeel is extremely creamy and medium bodied though a tad lighter than the original.

I'm a sucker for Wake N Bake in general and this one is no exception. It's not quite the religious experience that Substance Abuse is, but it's still a solid treatment of a great beer. (854 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is black and forms a thin head of brown bubbles that falls away leaving some but not much lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly coffee, overall light, with some maltiness and some vanilla. That's about it, perhaps an indicator of chocolate.

Beer is smooth and thick in the body. Coats the inside of my mouth. Nice coffee flavors, a little burnt a little ash, midpalate is like chocolate. Some vanilla flavors, perhaps from the wood, but I wouldn't have guessed this was some oak aged beer from the flavors. Drinkability and mouthfeel are both good.

Not much difference between the regular and the oak aged ultimately. I made a point of asking the brewer if he was sure that this variant was the oak aged one, he was sure. Oh well, still a good beer even if I can't pick out the oak character. I wish I could have tried the two side by side to do the direct comparison. (875 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Fathead's drinkin fresh.

A-pours a jet black opaque liquid, motor oil style, with a dark tan colored head that is dense and creamy leaving a pretty solid lacing all over the glass.

S-the nose is big and quite nice, lots of milk chocolate and vanilla up front, notes of oak, faint roasted coffee, anise with some malty sweetness in the back with notes of fusel alcohol.

T-rich milk chocolate and vanilla, lots of tasty roasted coffee, faint hints of oak and a light coffee bitterness at the finish.

M-huge full body and very smooth and creamy. soft with just enough carbonation to hold up the back end but allow it to slide down the back of the throat.

D-extremely tasty with tons of coffee flavors but some other things going on as well. great texture from the oatmeal. (787 characters)

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hit up Fathead's for this one. Noticed the tap list update on Twitter and headed down ASAP.

This one poured an almost pure black with some hints of dark brown around the edges. There was a nice mocha head that left a thin ring with some oily legs clinging to the glass. The smell started out with a dominant oak and vanilla but the coffee pushed through along with some chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is amazing with a heavy sweet vanilla and oak with the bitter coffee balancing everything out. The mouthfeel is less creamy than the regular version and is a little more syrupy as well. Overall very impressive and a great oak aged version! (649 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler received in a trade with Stigs thanks!

Appearance: Pours a dark deep mahogany with a nice 2 finger mocha crown that shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Very nice bouquet featuring smooth coffee and sweet oak over chocolate malt.

Taste: Same as nose. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: A bit rich and a touch undercarbonated.

Drinkability: Decent considering the mouthfeel. (379 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,223 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stoogies and Stouts.

A: Pours a deep dark black with no real head or lace.

S: Aromas of dark roasted malt, coffee, mild chocolate and bourbon.

T: More earthy than the standard version. Fresh coffee, milky chocolate, roast, and oak. There is a dash of vanilla, with a hint of bourbon goodness. Some were not fans of this beer. I liked the way the barrel played off the coffee.

M: Medium in body, smooth, on the lighter side of carbonation.

D: Really good. If there were not so many beers to try I would have spent more time enjoying this one. (556 characters)

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