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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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Reviews: 45
Hads: 106
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 15.84%
Wants: 76
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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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 106
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 stawn
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
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!


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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 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 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 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 SIRIUS2
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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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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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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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 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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Photo of Freethyhops
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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.


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.


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.


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.


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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 Nesued
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
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 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 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 CrazyMacHarris99
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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