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

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W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutW-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Double / 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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Photo of GoldenJet
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After hearing people compare this to Founders Breakfast Stout, I had to get me some! Thanks to wino47 for hooking me up with the 2010 version.

Now, on to the beer, and Founders Breakfast it is not. That isn't to say it isn't great though - it's just a very different beer.

The appearance is similar, in that it's jet-black with that Imperial Stout dark tan head - but that's the only similarity. Where BS is huge on malt bitterness and stong, roasted coffee flavours, Terrapin features a more subtle approach - not very bitter, a lot of roasted coffee and tobacco on both the nose and mouth, but I get a little sweet lactic taste in there as well. Reminds me of Milk Sugar, but I guess that could be the oats working? I hesitate to say that it's more drinkable than Founders, but really, I could pound both of 'em all day long, not just for breakfast . . .

Whatever it is, it's great, and this is definitely one of my fave's for morning beers. Seek it out if it's not readily available to you.

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Photo of xpdrinker
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque black, aggressive pour yields little head but what does appear is a dense reddish-dark brown.  Pasty lacing that succumbs to gravity and slides back into the pool of darkness.

S - Coffee with sugar substitute, fudge brownie batter, tiny splash of vanilla and subatomic hints of dark cherry. Not as coffee-intense as FBS.

T - Rich, buttery chocolate infused coffee up front, alcohol burst in the middle and settles down on the back end to bring back some bitter chocolate, Tootsie Roll and coffee with a swirl of syrup. Pinch of cinnamon appears on alternating sips.

M - Just shy of full-bodied, almost milky if not for the carbonation which is just enough. Slight sticky-dry finish.

O - Didn't dig this at all last year but my transition to full-blown stout fanatic since then gives me a higher appreciation of it. An excellent coffee stout even though the hype baffles me a little. Not a Terrapin fan by any means but I think this is the best of their lineup.

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Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 09 vintage.

A: Black body with a brown head that recedes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

S: Completely dominated by coffee. Roasted malts are just barely detectable.

T: Pretty much the same as the smell. A bunch of coffee, not a whole lot of stout.

M: Smooth from the oats, slightly astringent from the coffee.

D: I'm generally a fan of coffee stouts. This isn't quite in the league of FBS, but it's pretty well done and incredibly easy to put down.

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Photo of SerialHiker
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours the darkest brown possible…a deep mocha colored head forms but not much remains over time…it looks nice, but the lack of head is unfortunate…(3.65/5)

Smell: Aroma galore! Oatmeal, milk chocolate, roasted malts, creamy vanilla and roasted coffee bitterness…tons of roasted notes…I get a touch of alcohol heat, otherwise this is full of malty goodness…I’m not getting to much hops presence…very oatmeal heavy…inviting…(4.25/5)

Taste: Yum! Mild, roasted coffee bitterness, oatmeal, milk chocolate, roasted malts…it’s a fantasy ride through all the best stout varieties, full of richness and flavor…there’s the noticeably deep, roasted quality about the flavor that tends to come with “imperial” stouts…it’s creamy without tasting like vanilla…dark, deep and robust…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Full bodied…light to medium carbonation brings creamy roasted coffee bitterness to the palate, which linger…rich, chewy and dark…roasted malts and oatmeal show in after taste…(4/5)

Overall: This is a wonderful brew…it has tons of flavor and it’s drinkability is second to none…the lack of vanilla cream keeps this a robust imperial stout, though I think a touch of milk would smooth things over, adding to the overall package…as it is, Terrapin has another fantastic brew here and it’s easily recommendable…this is a brew that is worthy of a snifter and a good hour…afterward, you’ll definitely feel like you just had an espresso shot...(3.75/5)


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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, no light. The head is very thin, barely 1/2 a finger, going away quickly a leaving hardly any lacing. The aroma is interesting, with both coffee notes, nice sweetness and subtle oat notes. The taste has a similar profile, with a little caramel sweetness on the finish. The body is thicker and silky feeling.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage thanks to mikesgroove.

Pours black with a finger and a half of fizzy brown head.

Scent of bitter chocolate, sweet oats, dark fruit, sugars, earthy spice, and caramel. This is still pretty potent after over two years.

Taste of fairly rich semi-bitter chocolate, creamy oats, sweet dark fruit, and a hint of caramel. This one is still going pretty strong after the aging.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick and biting, unappealing for the style.

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Photo of pants678
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, beige head.

Emphatic chocolate and toffee on the nose.

Chocolate and cappuccino with a just noticeable heat from the alcohol. Slightly nutty, a bit of a marshmallow flavor and the chocolate is more so milk than dark. Roasted malts keep this rich and robust.

Expectedly dense and creamy.

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Photo of MagicJeff
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage poured into a tulip.

A: Inky dark brown/black with a tan head. not much head retained.

S: Coffee, bitter black coffee. Some slight dark chocolate on nose too, but coffee dominates.

T: Dark chocolate and black coffee. slight vanilla after taste but the coffee is king.

Overall: Great beer to start off your day. Not sure I could drink multiples but this is a solid brew.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Color is black with a brownish coffee hue. huge head when poured aggressively with huge head retention. Coats the glass really well

S:smells like dark chocolate covered raisin thats been soaked in coffee. Has a lot of roasted sweetness smell. reminds me of an old ale besides the coffee

T:Bittersweet chocolate with a more pronounced coffee flavor. I dont get the raisiny sweetness as much as the smell which is little let down for me. lots of roasted burnt flavors with a little alcohol heat but not in a bad way

M: Real full bodied. completely coats my mouth every sip. nice amount of carbonation to help pronounce every flavor when sipped and savored

D: I dont consider many beers a "sipper" but this onefits into that category. Not huge amounts of alcohol at 8.1% but this sure does pack a wallop of flavor. Hard to drink more than one of these but that one is quite enjoyable

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (vintage 09AA) poured into a snifter, Wake-n-Bake is dark black with a small tan collar that leaves light lace.

Smell is pretty rich, sweet malts, coffee.

Taste is also big coffee, caramel, sweet and malty. Rich but not to roasty, more like a coffee porter, but good.

Mouthfeel is super smooth and supple, the oats really shine though here, and help with the viscosity.

Drinkability is high, a tasty coffee stout, smooth and satisfying. Paired nicely with a cigar.

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Photo of HardTarget
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011 (reviewed Jan 2012)

Appearance: Black glass glows slightly with back light. Holds a thin dark tan head that gives some lacing.

Smell: Strong chocolate malt/burnt coffee nose with some nuttiness and earthiness elements. The burnt coffee aspect borders on overwhelming.

Taste: Malty monster. Coffee, cookie dough, burnt barley, and a little papery oxidation. Strong straightforward tastes go a bit acidic and drying.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body with a good chew. Slick smooth texture and lightly prickling carbonation.

Overall: Ye Gods, what a beast of a beer. Strong flavors, heady alcohol, chewy body, bone dry finish, not one for after mowing the lawn, this is a slow Sunday sipper. Kudos for going big, but burnt aspects brought my scores down a bit.

Thanks to Illudium for the sample!

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Photo of Minkybut
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally a good beer I poured into my tumbler at 45 degrees. I like this company a whole lot. This beer was just about as black as you can get. The beer was nice and rich with a great coffee hot and smooth oat sweetness. ABV is mighty high is the only thing I do not like but it did not blow flavor away.Tasty and I will certainly buy again. I wish I had one right now.

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Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: jet black with large brown head, good retention.

S: big coffee , rich, and deep smelling.

T: good coffee, bitterness, and rich/sweetness. Tastes quality, unlike a few coffee stouts.

M: medium carbonation, medium body, still smooth.

O: great coffee stout, probably 2nd or 3rd best coffee stout out there. $10 per 4-pack.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks CurtisMcArthur for the trade and the opportunity to try this beer!

12 oz bottle poured into a Southampton Imperial Russian Stout release party snifter. Label says "2010 Seasonal" or the side and the website says they release this in November, so its about 3-4 months old right now.

Look: pitch black body with no head despite a very aggressive, direct downwards pour. There's no lace either. Lookin' good.

Smell: a huge black coffee aroma with hints of molasses. The coffee is very strong and overpowers any other aromas that might be there.

Taste: follows the nose with a huge coffee forward taste. Bits of molasses, roasted malt and a bit of alcohol. The coffee, like in the aroma, overpowers the other flavors that might be going on in the background. Its good if you like coffee but its a bit one dimensional.

Feel: medium to full bodied, nicely creamy, hints of alcohol warmth. Its not quite thick enough for an imperial stout, but its still good.

Drink: its a good drinking imperial stout that I found to be pretty easy to drink. This is helped by the fact that its not remarkably complex, keeping your palate from getting fatigued.

Overall, this is a pretty good imperial stout. It could be improved by cutting back on the coffee a bit, because right now the coffee really overpowers everything else going on and I wouldn't mind some extra complexity. Still, a pretty solid breakfast stout and I'm glad I got to try it. Cheers!

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Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Best if enjoyed before: Vintage 08AA (not sure what tha means, but ok) Pours a very dark black think viscous color with a slight dark tan head. Dark chocolate notes right off the bat, some leather, coffee, and vanilla. Nice medium/heavy mouthfeel. Coffee and bitter sweet chocolate really dominates this brew but it has a nice smoothness to it that I find refreshing. As it warms the bitterness and coffee become more acute but still smooth. No real burning alcohol flavors at all. I like big big beers to come with a pretty heavy mouthfeel and this one is just a touch light for me but nonetheless this is a very tasty beer!

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Photo of matttttYCE
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Seasonal release, 12oz bottle poured into my Deschutes snifter. Big thanks to azdback for this one!!

Appearance - There's just something very inviting about a beer that pours dark as night, a few hues of dark brown around the edges with a head of medium brown. Head is about 1/4 of an inch and dissapates almost completely in the time it takes me to go upstairs and come back. Left with just a tiny ring around the edges. No lacing to speak of.

Smell - Before I can even lift this to my nose the smell hits me from about a foot away. This initial smell is like a porter. A closer smell reveals that nice coffee smell, bittersweet chocolate, and that deep, dark roasted/burt barley and chocolate malt. I'm not a coffee person, but I do enjoy the smell of coffee. It's inviting, most definitely.

Taste - Reminds me of a porter again, at very first. But just after that the coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and pleasant roast explode on the tounge. I'm getting a little bit of nutty flavor in there somewhere along with some smokey taste in/around the finish. Reminds me a bit of some nice smoked porters that I've had. This beer definitely isn't one-dimesional, but it's a good, fairly straight-forward brew given the description on the bottle. Also, BARELY notice the alcohol content at all, if just a tiny bit on the way down the pipe. Honestly not blown away by this one, but again, it's enjoyable for sure.

Mouthfeel - I would say medium viscosity. Very rich and smooth like some black coffee I've had in the past, but with some medium carbonation. Not quite as thick as I expected for an imperial stout, but that's not really a bad thing. I don't always like to chew my imperial stouts.

Overall - Overall I like this. I wouldn't really gush over it, but it's good. If I drank more coffee or ever really wanted to drink a coffee stout in the AM I could see myself drinking this when I could get my hands on it. On normal drinking nights, this would be enjoyable every week or two when I'm getting tired of IPAs. Would I want one every time I drink? No. Do I think this is a great nightcap? Absolutely! Overall, I feel like I'd give it a quick rating of a 3.75 out of 5, but 4s accoss the board warrants a 4.0 out of 5. Not my go to beer, but definitely a good offering, especially for those who really love their coffee.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

thanks to sackerz9 for this bottle

A - wicked oblivion dark, with a thin caramelized sugar colored head, that laces to a ring around my glass rather quickly

S - holy shit, coffee coffee and more coffee, it quite literally smells like cold coffee grounds, but good ones, not compost ones, behind that is a slight background of sweet oats, a bit like lightly honeyed oatmeal, hence the name i suppose

T - coffee coffee and more coffee, hmmm that sounds familiar, i think this beer is coffee themed, there are some other elements, a bit sweet oatiness, but in the taste it seems more like brown sugar than honey, but its there, oh wait, a faint coffee flavor as well, oh i said that already

M&D - nice mouthcoating, smooth adn easy down, but you have to enjoy coffee, if you dont like coffee or coffee beers than this would be like poison, this unidimensionality anchors the drinkability, but to me its like ambrosia

if youve never had this buy it or trade for it, its worth it, thanks again to sackerz9

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

appearance: a dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: coffee, roasted malts,

taste: more coffee, bitter

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body

overall: a good coffee imperial stout not as good as founders breakfast stout which is my goto.

the CPJ

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to jyounger30. "vintage 08 AA" tasted in early april 2009. poured into tulip.

black, almost opaque. foamy 1-finger head soon fades to just wisps and ring, but is quite a dark beige brown, and to its credit stays around all the way to the end, though the lacing never sticks.

aroma: light coffee and roasted malt with hint of caramel and cocoa. more coffee roast comes out as it progresses. whiff of alcohol right after pour but none later.

taste: malty sweet base with lots of coffee, including mild to moderate coffee-like acidity. roasted malts contribute to bitterness and acidity too. some resinous hop note in the overall bitterness, which is moderate to bold. touch more acidity in the finish too.

smooth, almost viscous, with slight acidic texture. moderate carbonation gives creaminess.

a bit simple, and could be a tad more robust, but still decent.

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Photo of dowen17
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into an 18oz snifter.

Pours a dark dark brown with a 3 finger chocolate colored head. Lacing follows all the way down the glass.

Smell is of bitter coffee, chocolate chip cookies, some char, and sweet malts.

Taste mirrors the nose. Bitter roast coffee. Some dark chocolate and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is huge. Thick and chewy.

Overall this is a good beer. Something I personally have to be in the mood for, though.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, dark black with small mocha head. Head recedes quickly. Smell is strong roast and spicy (almost peppery) coffee aroma. Flavor is all roasted coffee, but there is a nice lingering chocolate on the finish. Thin and very carbonated for an imperial. Less sweetness than something like FBS to balance out the bitter coffee. Overall a somewhat unique coffee bomb that was enjoyable.

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Photo of Yesac
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep solid black. Small brown head that quickly fades to a thin layer. Nice even lacing on the glass.

S - Wow. Smells of a strong coffee grind and nothing else.

T - Strong java taste, tastes exactly like a cold coffee.

M - Great clean and thin mouthfeel.

D - High drinkability if you're a coffee lover. I found this one best a sipper.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - thanks to mikesgroove

Pours a coal black with a very creamy cocoa head that thins, but maintains. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is bold roast coffee with layers of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a semi-sweet dark fruitiness in the background.

Espresso flavor upfront leads into a very roasty malt taste with dark cocoa and a hint of oatmeal. Finishes with a mildly sweet dark fruity flavor and a lingering coffee taste.

Body seems light for an imperial/double stout. Good carbonation.

Easy drinking stout, definitely deserving the hype surrounding it. If you enjoy a bold cup of coffee, this stout is for you.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a dark brown 1" head. Thick lace develops.

Smell: roasted malt and coffee are most evident.

Taste: roasted malt, coffee, prunes, some chocolate, mild bitterness, oats, and mild alcohol tones create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish.

Drinkability: this is quite drinkable despite the higher alcohol levels. Nice beer.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes on 4.6.11

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown, oil like with a good thick dark brown head.

S - Smell like old coffee and oatmeal.

T - Older coffee.

D - Good Carbonation.

O - I did not enjoy this 09AA vintage, but I did like the 2010, that is what I will score.

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