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

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 105
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 74
Gots: 28 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served up at the nearby Taco Mac a black body topped with a half-inch layer of dark tan froth.

Smell: A nose of richly roasted malts imparting predominate notes of dark chocolate and robust coffee. Giving it some good deep sniffs, I can glean out some subtle, subdued oak wood accents.

Taste: Deeply roasted maltiness boosted with a full shot of chilled Kahlua and tastes of individually-wrapped dark chocolate squares. Faint, smooth hint of vanilla and even some spicy oakiness. Ponderous amount of roastiness throughout. Moderate bitterness. Touch of charred pecans nearing the end. Continuous roast character on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body that weighs heavy on the tongue. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's good! Never more than a touch of the oak character emerges through the staunch, heavy maltiness, adding to the overall complexity of the brew without bowling you over in oakiness.

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

A - Pours with a small, tan head on top of an opaque, black body. The tiny head settles quickly and leaves little lace, but this may be more the fault of the glass than the beer.

S - Lots of nutty caramel in the nose with vanilla and some chocolate. Light coffee and some toffee as well.

T - Smooth chocolate malt flavors up front with some warming alcohol. Nutty caramel in the middle that blends well with the vanilla from the oak. Finishes with a lot of chocolate and smooth alcoholic warmth that compliments the wood.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Nice and smooth with a complex array of dark malt character that gets along quite well with the wood. The oak character itself is relatively mild, mostly vanilla with a hint of toasted oak. It subtly alters the chocolate and caramel flavors, but either the oak or the length of aging seems to have obscured much of the coffee character that is normally present in the base beer. It seems that some of the complexity of the original beer has been sacrificed in exchange for the depth of the oak. This is a nice, complex oak aged stout, though I am not sure it is really an improvement over standard Wake and Bake.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage shared with Thirstybird. Pours one shade shy of black with a thin skim and a tight band. Nose expresses coffee grounds, a trace of espresso and a sweet quality - perhaps lactose. Taste reveals molasses, semi-sweet chocolate, brewer's licorice and a faint metallic quality. Coffee grounds flavor lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an oily/creamy texture and a carbonation level falling just short of crisp. A solid oatmeal stout, with a well-hidden abv; however, coffee grounds get a little trying over the course of the tasting.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of gford217
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of tpd975
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of koopa
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
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...

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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Photo of 57md
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Stigs
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

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Photo of KAP1356
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lost Kangaroo.

A: Pitch black. The pour dropped a thick two finger head that retained well and left nice lace.

A: I think the oak aging toned down the aroma here. I get the great coffee and chocolate, but it dosen't seem to be on par with the regular version. I also get a nice earthiness and some light oak.

T: Coffee and chocolate all the way. Earthy and bitter. The oak aging really gives it a smooth finish. No hint of the ABV.

M: Velvety smooth. Good amount of carbonation, heavy body.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is great. I really enjoy coffee brews so I could have quite a few of these. Overall, really nice brew. I too would still prefer the regular version, but this one is still worth seeking out. Skal.

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of everetends
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Terrapin Oak Aged Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.