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W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout | Terrapin Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout and Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout.

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Ratings: 4,029 |  Reviews: 1,334
Reviews by LostInTheFlood:
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

More User Reviews:
Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every time I have waked n' baked, be it through booze or weed, I have been very regretful. Three hours into the session reality becomes an abstraction. Five hours in, I understand how opiate addicts operate. Being wasted constantly is in many ways more pleasant than being sober constantly. But it's also horrifying, the same as constant sobriety. The key to living without despondency is a balance between mental states, and that simply cannot be achieved if you start getting fucked up as soon as you become conscious. Also, our society really super duper heavily incentivizes us not to be drunk constantly.

All that I just wrote was a basic realization. I came to it when I was 15. But still, sometimes, here and there, I'll get super excited about a wake and bake event: a weekend starting with brunch, a football game, long bike ride, etc. I always regret the drinking part, and I remember that regret, yet I still look forward to these events the way I used to look forward to Christmas.

I think part of the reason why the Southern US has relatively larger problems with substance abuse is that their culture idolizes the kind of "HEE YAW" recklessness embodied by this beer but also very harshly punishes anyone who deviates from their very narrow standards of acceptable comportment. A Southern Man is wild and free, riding his motorcycle while listening to the nu-metal station, but, gull darnitt, ain't no one gonna break the law in this here town.

The kids get mixed messages, is what I'm saying.

This does not mean to confuse Athens, GA--one of the most culturally accepting areas of the country--with "the south." Athens is in the south but not of the south. The do not hate the south. They are not ashamed of it. But there's things about the south Athens might not be pleased with. I'm that way with midwestern white trash.

So what the hell is this? What's their whole ethos? Why does the beer name bother me?

Because the names matter and the packaging matters and the price matters. We cannot decouple our sensory responses to a beer from the rest of it, which is why blind tastings engender such anger. But I don't think we should. I also don't know where this is going.

I love Terrapin? How about that? They're good and I love where the come from culturally even though the guys who run the place would probably hate me.

This pours dark and squishy. It smells like a goddamn coffee oatmeal stout, which is about my favorite thing.

Tastes... pretty amazing. Barley up front, equal parts burnt and sweet, with some wonderful oatmeal complication rushing in, followed by oatmeal complication and coffee, ending wonderfully rough--again, like an oatmeal.

I cannot tie my thoughts together right now. I wish my thoughts would die. This beer is wonderful.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.98/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was anxious to try this beer but was greatly disappointed upon drinking it. To me the flavor was lacking and it had a really weird after taste. Luckly i bought two bottles so i can try them both.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
2.32/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

2009 vintage.

A - Pours looking pretty viscous and black as expected, though there's just a tiny hint of red in the bottom corner of my La Fin Du Monde glass. Thick, dark brown head that's fading a thin cap after the first minute.

S - So, I haven't had this in over a year, and the only other time I had it was on tap. It was the first coffee beer I had and fell in love. Honestly, the coffee notes are pretty strong, but they aren't that good. Smells like burned coffee grounds. There's a hint of chocolate, but it's barely evident.

T - It's really depressing, but the taste follows the smell pretty well. The coffee here just is not well done. Old, stale, slightly burned coffee. There are some oat flavors and maybe just a hint of chocolate, but the coffee just really lingers and basically overwhelms everything else and leads to a slight tinge of coffee that warms the throat.

MF - Silky and creamy with carbonation bouncing on the back of the tongue. Best aspect of the beer.

D - I'm a coffee enthusiast and feel confident saying that coffee just flat out wasn't utilized well here. I love coffee and coffee beer, but the coffee here tastes like stale coffee that was left to sit around for a couple hours.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - beautiful jet black with light mocha head...circle ring througout

Smell - sweet coffee...I don't smell the normal chocolate of a stout and I won't pretend to be able to smell hints of oats

Taste - coffee and a light presence of bitter cocoa...it doesn't have the bitterness of some imperials...while it isn't complex, it is delicious. Not much in the roasted malt flavor I normally enjoy in a stout.

Feel - very smooth...medium to heavy carbonation...body is medium to heavy...I am not getting the alcohol here and at 9+ ABV that's impressive

Overall - I find this to be very different from my top Oatmeal (Smith) and Imperials (Yeti, Founders). It is very much a coffee stout...and for an avid coffee, beer and bourbon (figure I'd through all my vices in there)...I find it to be quite good.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage poured into 18th Street snifter.
This looks like the typical Imperial Stout black that, around the edges, is light brown and very thin when held to the light. Sweet nose with the taste balancing sweet milk chocolate and bitter coffee very well. Soft and thin. The ABV seems right on point. Wish I had more!

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Photo of dacrza1
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DATE: July 24, 2016... OCCASION: a HOT summer day turns to a night of AC that will pair well with this stout... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... this "monster beer" pours a pitch-black body, a ring of brown, thin, bubbly head, and a nebula swirl in its middle... with the weighty alcohol content, this is a good-looking beer... robust espresso brine--like damp or dank decaff--blams the nostrils, with oatmeal and rum-like ethanol... a lively, instantaneously warming impact accompanies the smooth, creamy body that is beyond sippable for the power it packs... halfway through, the beer continues to deliver a stunning combination of peat, smoke and salty oatmeal with an intense chocolate and coffee bean punch... having trouble finding holes in this profile.. perhaps the only regret is this isn't a bomber.... from its name to its label, from its impact to its flavor, quite impressive... I would seek this out again in a heartbeat, and what a boon from a breakpack mix...

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Photo of cavedave
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another jawdropper of a beer from mrandypandy. Thanks!

Pours a darkest brown with a thin brown head that gives way to a nice skim, finally to nothing. Nice.

Smell is medium, full of rich dark roast coffee, hints of chocolate, roasty malt, tart yeast, a bit of spicy alcohol.

The taste is a marvel of balance in this big brew. It's a medium flavor, very clean, starting with the coffee, great flavor here, and skipping down the stout road holding hands with some delicious chocolate, some deep almost-burnt sugar, roasty malt, and arriving at a clean coffee bitter/earthy dry finish. Words do this no justice here, this freakin' rocks, absolutely delicious taste.

Rated for style it suffers a bit here, the mouthfeel is somewhat short of others in this style. It's a tad too low carb., even for style. It is viscous, just not quite enough, and promotes a great finish, but could do even better. It is creamy and light in the mouth.

Due to the wonderfully addictive flavor profile, creamy mouth, this is highly drinkable.

Impression: Had I the means, I would wake and bake with this stout every day. Sadly, Terrapin comes here not.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2014 vintage

Black but not completely. Some brown highlights. Vigorous pour leaves almost no head and what is there fades quickly to a thin ring

First whiff I detect alcohol and a touch of light roast coffee. A little concerned with the prominence of booze.

Taste is light bitterness from the coffee and some oats. Booze is there. Not much roasted malt. Coffee prevails. letting it warm a bit opens up some bittersweet chocolate. .

Body is somewhat thin and low carbonation. Really falls short of my expectations here.

I gotta say I'm disappointed. Is really like an alcohol infused carbonated coffee. Deep roasted malts are almost absent and there is very little if any chocolate or toffee flavor. The bitterness and booze don't go well together Mouthfeel is thin. I guess I'll try to age these and hope the coffee and booze dissipate.

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Photo of rayjay
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Monster Beer Tour; this one is thanks to the great beer advocate and trader zrrbrrt.

Very little foam, no lacing, but the carbonation is deceptively low because the mouthfeel is pretty lively and boarderline Coca-Cola, at least until it warms to room temp. I'd expect this small of a head from a 12% monster.

Nose: a toasty oatmeal stout with lots of roasted malts, some light rubbing alcohol, licorice, brewed coffee, band aids, yerba mate tea, sauerkraut, chili pepper, equal parts earthy and chemical (medicinal).

Lots of flavors going on, much in line with the smells I got. Oatmeal and coffee are in equal proportions with the black and chocolate malts; all are quite evident but none steal the show. Hard water feel. Very nice sour finish just like hour old coffee. Definately lots of depth and interesting flavors, but the balance is a tiny bit off--I didn't feel like the flavors totally melted together. Fairly thick and sticky, I really dig the old-school RIS flat mouthfeel. The only alcohol I detect is are higher alcohols I can smell.

Very nice, and recommended. Cheers!

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Photo of colts9016
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from xhermit, thank you.

Poured into a pint glass at 51 degrees.

Appearance: Jet black in color with a one finger head. The head is foamy and creamy the retention on it is just okay. The color of the head is a dark brown. There are few bubble trying to reach the surface appearing on the side of the glass. There is no clarity, so don't ask.

Nose: A dark roasted malt, rich coffee aroma, dark chocolate, oatmeal, nice molasses sweetness, caramel, and some burnt character.

Taste: A very intense coffee, roasted malt, hint of molasses, toffee, some burnt character, and dark bittersweet chocolate.

Overall: The mouth feel is creamy and slightly carbonated. The body of the beer is thick and chewy. The finish delightful and pleasing. This is fantastic brew. It has a great nose, wonderful taste, and the finish near perfect. I am going to have round up a few more of these brews. There is not much else to say.

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Photo of weagle
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arkansastroy
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of SFC21
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coffee, lots of coffee through the flavor profile and finish. Not super complex and a bit thin, but a nice balance throughout. Try It!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Brewdacris
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My beer guy recommended me to Terrapin's Wake-n-Bake as a new beer to try tonight. I've had mixed feelings about Terrapin's other offerings but my beer guy has never steered me wrong.

Appearance- The Wake-n-Bake pours an opaque dark brown/black with a thin dark tan head which leaves patchy lacing. Typical for the style

Smell- Extremely pleasant. A sweet dark roasted coffee scent, like coffee with milk and a slightly alcoholic tinge that makes you think of Irish Cream. Possibly some dark fruits attributing to the surprising sweetness

Taste- Much heavier roasted flavor than the smell leads the drinker to believe. Again, sweetness present potentially due to dark fruits. Dark roasted coffee and chocolate found in perfect harmony here. Starts with the sweet and roasted flavor, transitions into a roasted, deliciously chalky chocolate flavor, and finishes with a bitter, roasted malt aftertaste with hints of sweetness provided by dark fruit. Warm but extremely mild booziness

Mouthfeel- Near perfect in its thickness, could use just the slightest bit more. Above and beyond that the carbonation is perfect for the style and sits well in the mouth.

Overall this is one of my favorite imperial stouts I've ever had period. This beer is extremely enjoyable to drink, and only gets better as it warms. I can't praise Terrapin any more for creating what is a truly delicious Coffee Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours like thin, black motor oil with coffee brown tints. The beer pours with a small dark khaki head that quickly fades into a ring of tight small bubbles around the glass. In body, the beer is impenetrable to the eye. It sits in the glass as a dark and brooding enigma. The beer leaves a splotchy and light lacing, leaving slick dots of bubbles on the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of big meaty coffee beans with dry cocoa and some slight charred malts poking through. In many ways it smells like a very coffee forward mocha, with great nuances to the coffee smell. The smell is coffee heaven for sure. Comparable to Founder’s Breakfast Stout, only more coffee forward. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and then roasty bitter with slight savory hints of chocolate and meaty coffee. In flavors, the beer begins as sweet chocolate, almost moving into light dark fruit characters before it blossoms into roasted coffee and cocoa powder with light notes of charred malts. The flavors are superbly mellow and balanced, especially in comparison to the big nose, though still plenty large enough to please the palate. The finish is bitter black coffee with touches of light fruit and chocolate, which moves slowly into rich cocoa powder. The aftertaste is of light, generic dark fruit flavors with slight bitter coffee and a ghost of savory salt lingering on the tongue. In the mouth, the beer feels thick in body with a light velvety carbonation that helps the beer to slither across the palate. The mouth is left slightly wet with coffee’s bitter lingering feel. Overall, this is a phenomenal imperial stout with coffee and oatmeal. There are beautiful nuances in this beer and some beautiful balance between rather dominant flavors. This beer is in many ways comparable to Founder’s Breakfast Stout, and, in my current memory, it seems to have more balance and coffee richness than FBS. That being said, my bottle is a couple months old and might have mellowed from its original flavors. This beer is great, though, try it.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of wonothesane42
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of FilumDee
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Mtn
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Vintage, 12 oz bottle to snifter

Wouldn't say it's pitch black, but it's black black with just the slightest tinges of red on the extreme edges of glass
*very thin layer of beige head lingers
Aroma is delicious spent coffee grounds, strong coffee aroma, and toffee. Not overly complex aroma, but delicious and very robust
This coffee aroma is fantastic
Thought that it might subside a little after a year, but not at all
*while aroma is heavy coffee with toffee highlights, taste leans more toward toffee. Roasted malt and some dark fruits linger in the background
*light+ to medium mouthfeel
Low level of carbonation
It the most complex stout, but rally like the coffee aroma/flavor

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Photo of LegitCraftBeer
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WS_Transplant
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MSchae1017
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

2008:
This beer pours opaque black with a late forming frothy off white head that hold for a good amount of time but eventually dissipated down to a ring without much lace. The smell is roasted coffee that integrate perfectly with the roasted malts. The taste is up front with sweet dark malts that give a nice roasted and chocolate flavor. This is followed with a lingering coffee flavor complemented by some roasted and hop bitterness along with some frutiness. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, but not quite perfect. Overall a great stout produced locally.

2007:
After being aged for a year, coffee is still strong and this beer is super carbonated just as it was fresh. The coffee however has taken on a bit of a sour edge to it that certainly detracts from taste and drinkability. The mouthfeel is creamy but the carbonation is sharp. The smell is weak.

Overall, the 2008 is superior. We will see how both of them are in a year.

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W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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