Single Origin Coffee Stout Sumatra Wahana Natural
Terrapin Beer Company

Single Origin Coffee Stout Sumatra Wahana NaturalSingle Origin Coffee Stout Sumatra Wahana Natural
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Stout - American
3.93 | pDev: 6.11%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Single Origin Coffee Stout Sumatra Wahana NaturalSingle Origin Coffee Stout Sumatra Wahana Natural
Notes: Coffee Notes
Origin: Sumatra
Location: Sidikalang
Farm: Wahana Estate
Elevation: 1200-1524 m
Processing: Natural
Grade: 1
Varietal: Rasuna

Brewed with Jittery Joe's Coffee
Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 153 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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chinchill from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a Belgian snifter. BA rating #5000!

Appearance: Despite a fairly vigorous pour, the thin head did not even fully cover the top of the near black, clear but opaque body. Despite the paucity of head a little spotty lacing was left on the glass and a partial head hung on for a good while.

Coffee dominated aroma with dark bread in the background. Good coffee aroma, but the coffee flavor is even better, and just as strong as the aroma suggests. Excellent, mildly bitter, bitter-sweet balance. Fine coffee and brown bread aftertaste.
Medium-full body with light carbonation.

Mar 07, 2017
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

L - black/brown with. It much else going on

S - coffee beans! Fresh roasted! Light chocolate notes as well

T - like the smell ... heavy of coffee.

F - medium body and low carbonation.

O - the best in the coffee beer lineup imo. Very good!

Nov 19, 2016
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Four distinct single origin coffees from around the world each brewed with the same base stout." Brewed in the style of an American Stout, available in 12 oz. single bottles as part of a varietal 4 pack with other variants. Featuring a Rasuna varietal bean from the Sumatra Sidikalang region.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy head of a medium brown tone over a near black body. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Solid malt base of equal parts chocolate and caramel malts, with a moderate roast finish. Sumatra Sidikalang beans generate notes of peppery spice, moderate roast and a medium acidity. 3.75

(Taste) Moderate roast and cocoa nibs come together for a modest, but enjoyable stout body. The coffee impact from the Sumatran Sidikalang bean generates notes of mulling spice and trace fruit forward, with a moderate acidity, giving way to a moderately roasted finish. I found the flavor profile of this beer a bit shallow even with the inclusion of the Sumatran bean, which comes off as fragile and not very strong in flavor potential. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly residual, mildly oily, silky, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a mild frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly roasty bitter and acidic over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Interestingly enough, what many consumers have labeled as the best beer in the series falls quite flat for my expectations, the Sumatran bean uninteresting with little flavor profile outside of the roast and acidity, and the finished product ordinary despite being moderately enjoyable. An argument could be made that this has probably the most straightforward coffee flavor without the gimmicks of subtle bean compounds, of which I had come to anticipate by the fourth entry of the series. The greatest impact of flavor otherwise is the note of mulling spice, contributing some rich earthiness to the cream and sugar residual sweetness of the body. In conclusion, it seems Ethiopia produces my favorite bean of the series, with this one likely nearing or in last place. Not that it's a bad beer by any means, just too ordinary to please. 3.5

Nov 14, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours an exquisite almost black color with at least a finger of tan head. The nose has coffee notes (of course) and a hint of cocoa. The roasted notes in the flavor profile are less bold than the nose might indicate.

Oct 04, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with a filmy, wispy, scant surface coating of light tan head. Aromas of pepper spice, subtle chile spice, roasted coffee, cocoa nib, and earthy overtones. Diverse nose. Flavors are peppery and roasted forward, with overtones of charred wood and earth. Solid balance of roasted coffee and cocoa nib throughout, with minimal sweetness. Smooth, mid-bodied, with a solid dry edge. The aftertaste is more of the pepper and char highlighted earthy tones and coffee, lingering well on past the smooth, dry finish. Very solid, very drinkable. Probably the most dynamic of the 4 released this year.

Jul 14, 2016
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - Jet black thin mocha colored head decent lacing.

Smell - Nice roasted coffee beans and vanilla, little bit of dark bitter chocolate as well.

Taste - Very well blended smooth black coffee flavor hints of vanilla mixed with bitter chocolate.

Feel - Medium body well carbonated slightly dry on the back end.

Overall - Good beer very well balanced.

Jun 04, 2016
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strohme2 from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Same dark, oily pour with quickly fading tan head. Richer coffee smell, vanilla and chocolate. Deeper coffee taste, sweet chocolate, some pepperiness, vanilla and spiciness. Just a bit better on the mouthfeel. This is what I was looking for in a coffee beer.

May 29, 2016
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: dark brown/black with a thick tan lacing head
S: roasted coffee beans
T: roasted malts, rich coffee flavor
F: medium to full bodied, slight coffee bitterness
O: very enjoyable

May 22, 2016
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FBGordon from Florida

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an opaque brown with a tan head that settles down into a thin head that maintains and laces nicely.

S: Lots of bold smokey, roasty coffee notes, with little else.

T: A very nice balance of coffee, roast and dark chocolate with a touch of hops on the back end. As you drink, the coffee is in your nose as the chocolate rolls across the palate. A mix of roast, coffee and bittersweet chocolate settle on the back of the palate.

M: A subtle but crisp carbonic bite up front, with a smooth, medium body throughout.

O: Well done! I love the big coffee in the nose with a more subtle flavor balanced on the palate. Medium bodied and with a sessionable ABV, I really enjoyed this Origin Stout.

May 22, 2016
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Beejay from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours dark brown, in the glass is is black, with a decently large dark tan head.

S: Rich mocha and a slight caramel aroma.

T: The coffee is certainly more subtle in this, although I think it adds a little brightness and a light acidity. Dark malts, light brown sugar, and the finish is a mild coffee and brown sugar. Although more of the coffee flavor comes out as it warms.

M: Medium light in body, fairly active carbonation, and a dry finish.

O: Overall a decent brew, well crafted, but lacking the oomph and the richness I crave in a coffee stout.

May 10, 2016
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Pencible from Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque black with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like spicy peppers, some smoke, bold almost burnt roast.
T: It tasted lighter than it smelled. Smooth roast with some dry earthy character. No smoke or peppers.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This smelled fantastic, but the taste was a little bland. Half way between Guatemala and Kona.

May 07, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark black color with a small tan head. The aroma is mostly coffee with some roasted malt. The taste is a full on coffee assault with some sweeteners tossed in. Overall, an excellent stout.

Apr 30, 2016
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AgentMunky from New York

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. Best before 1 August 2016.
Pours matte brown-black with fast-fading head.
Smells alluringly coffeeish, if less exotic than the previous two. Perhaps I'm getting used to it? A touch of metal malt on the nose. A funk, an earthiness, could be my preconceptions of Indonesian coffee peeking through, or it could it be a really good brewing technique. Lots of good roasty Starbucks notes that I appreciate a lot more in my beer than my coffee.
Tastes somehow sharp, which makes me think it will thin, but it's actually rather creamy upfront, tapering off into almost-but-never-quite-sourness. Delivers a coffee punch just like the others, but I like the coffee less. The roast is more burnt coffee than burnt barley, and it suffers for it. Still, it's a noble effort, and one I applaud rather than dismiss.

Apr 21, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

thanks to Stakem for the hookup, enjoyed this side by side with my brother enjoyed the other 3 in the single origin serious of stouts with coffee varietals

The color is black like dark roast coffee with a thin beige head with fine bead retention is good for the amount of bean oil in this. The smell has fruity and floral coffee aroma with beautiful tropical spice and woody note with slight pineapple suggested. The feel has muddled bitterness with light sweetness and semi-dry mild to medium roast with spicy finish.

The taste has bean fruitiness and some ale yeast quality with lightly citrus fruit and semi-tropical coffee bean flavor with citrus acidity in the middle with nice dark nutty and mildly herbal flavors in the back. This is a good stout which drinks more like African cold brew coffee- nice drinkability but for a stout it is more coffee beer than anything (duh)with flavor of Sumatra front and center with a more acidic than other varietals ye still very drinkable

Apr 11, 2016
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown but with a thinness to it. Head is dark khaki and almost 1 finger high. Vanishes very quickly and leaves moderate lacing behind.

Strong coffee aroma. Dark roasted, slightly bitter and with an earthy dryness to it. A bit of citrus.

Coffee flavor leads, bold and dominate. Fairly smooth, doesn't taste as dark roasted as the aroma suggested. Espresso, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. A hint of char. Really get the citrus on the swallow.

Fairly thin on the tongue. Medium carbonation. A bit of coffee acridness.

Decent coffee stout. A bit thin on the tongue. Citrus gives it an interesting twist.

Apr 11, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and very faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy dark tan head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of strong dark roasted coffee with moderate aromas of dark chocolate, citrus/orange zest, and vanilla.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with moderate to strong flavors of strong dark roasted coffee. There is a hint of sweetness, like if one added just a hint of sugar (half a cube) and a light flavor of vanilla. The coffee contributes a light to moderate flavor of citrus/orange zest and dark chocolate. Light to moderate amounts of roasty bitterness towards the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Definitely my favorite of the series so far (haven't tried the Kona yet). Really nice coffee flavors - the chocolate, citrus, vanilla combination from the beans is excellent. Quite easy to drink with the lighter mouthfeel, alcohol is well hidden. Very enjoyable.

Apr 11, 2016
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pretty black for a light abv stout with mahogany highlights around the edges when held to the light. Thumb sized coco head leaves behind some descent lace.

Aroma is good roasted notes with coffee backing some noticeable spice but it would be pushing it to call it cinnamon. Some earthy notes with touches of pineapple.

Taste is the same as the nose more or less, lighter coffee notes seem to make the roasted notes lighter. Finish is lightly spicy with a little twang could be cinnamon but really so light could be anything.

Mouthfeel is medium more or less, more of a lighter stout .carbonation level is medium.

Overall a ok coffee brew not as good as the first tow though.

Apr 08, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter and sampled along side the other 3 single origin coffee variations. The brew appears dark brown to black in color with a khaki head that holds well with stringy lace.

This version displays a rich earthen coffee character with a highlight of fruited aspect that comes across almost citrusy. It starts similar to the others and really becomes unique with that citrus note not found in the others.

Strong roasted grain notes with coffee and a slight citrus hoppiness. This is light in body with modest carbonation. Overall with these, the nose really showcases the nuance and subtle differences between the coffees. However, the nuance gets lost a bit in the flavor. Still enjoyable regardless.

Apr 08, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with frothy toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Coffee beans, creme, charred cocoa.

T - Dark coffee roast, some creaminess, cocoa with a little bit of char.

M - Coats the mouth with dark roasted cocoa, nice medium body and a slight bit thin on the very back end. Semi-dry finish on the back of the tongue. Dark roasted chocolate bitterness on the back end.

O - It's a coffee stout. So far, this has been my favorite of the four but still have Hawaii to visit on this world tour.

Apr 07, 2016
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This coffee stout is brewed with Rasuna coffee from the Wahana Estate in Sumatra; it pours to a brief-lived medium pebbly brown head on a nigh-impenetrable black body with ruby footlights. The nose is medium in intensity: black coffee with a pronounced dark roast character, and a hint of cocoa hiding behind it. The palate is a tartish black coffee flavor with a deep, dark-roasted character. The finish is in keeping with the palate, and the linger is a modestly bitter black coffee flavor that lasts for a little while. Mouthfeel is thinnish for the medium-full body and the texture is medium-creamy and medium-peppery from the over-expressed carbonation; the net result is more porterlike than stoutlike. The coffee is clearly the star here, as very little of the base stout comes through. (12 oz bottle, 127 days before best-by)

Apr 01, 2016
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Thin pitch black with almost no head.
S- Sweet coffee, splenda? Mild roast
T- Still sweeter than the others, tastes like coffee with milk and sugar.
M- Thin, but not off putting.
D- Different from the others but still enjoyable.

Mar 30, 2016
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ccg from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

All four bottles of the pack opened simultaneously for a side-by-side comparison.
Small head, no lacing, small amount of retention.
Of the four, I think this one has the strongest pure-coffee smell.
There is a very subtle hint of a floral flavor, but mostly this one is a sweeter and creamier coffee than the Ethiopian and Hawaiian variants. Something about it makes me think of brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is more porter than stout. It's a bit thin.
I think this is my second favorite of the four, with Guatemalan being #1. I love that Terrapin did this. Awesome way to try the different flavors side-by-side.

Mar 27, 2016
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown, almost black. Brown shows around the edges of the glass. Khaki/creme colored head that lingers for a bit and then quickly disappears. Aroma was nice, but not too heavy on the coffee side for me. Getting some roasted and pickle brine coffee notes. Tiny bit of roasted, and biscuit malts. Coffee comes through a bit stronger when the glass is swirled. Biscuit malts introduce the beer to the tongue, with a sharp uptick in coffee a moment later. Coffee finish is strong and full. Feel is easy to drink, smooth, and mellow. Overall, didn't impress me as much as other bottles from the single origin pack, but still good. I am a fan of Sumatra coffee, so perhaps this had something to do with my impression of this beer. I did review it blindly though.

Served in a 12oz snifter. Drank and reviewed blindly comparing Terrapin's Single Origin offerings. Best by: 8/01/16.

Mar 23, 2016
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qchic from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one had a great aroma, but the coffee flavor seemed less distinctive compared to the other coffee variants. Still plenty of earthy roast, but it blends with the beer so well. I like the mellowness of Sumatra in brewed coffee, but here, it's a little less exciting. Where I am impressed is the body and mouthfeel. The others in the pack seemed thin, but this one feels far more satisfying. Still a very good coffee beer.

Mar 23, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with khaki colored head. Coffee, lots of it on the nose, with just a little roast and cocoa; follows onto the palate. Full bodied and smooth. Finishes with a lot of delicious coffee notes.

Mar 22, 2016
Single Origin Coffee Stout Sumatra Wahana Natural from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 153 ratings