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
BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by rajendra82 on 02-15-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,308
Ratings:
3,934
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8.94%
 
 
Wants:
826
Gots:
748
For Trade:
56
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Reviews: 1,308 | Ratings: 3,934
Photo of maxcoinage
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Seasonal 2013 bottle poured into snifter as I'm brewing up a Dragons Milk clone on a Saturday morning. Thanks to @velcrogrip for this awesome extra that was on my wants lits.

appearance - pitch black , 1 finger mocha colored head settled nicely

aroma - bold coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt

taste - chocolate hits you at first then roasted coffee, some hop bitterness balances out the little sweetness present.

mouthfeel - thick and chewy, medium carb, creamy & smooth

overall - a great morning brewday beer. I'd love to do a side by side with this and FBS - I think it'd be a close call! Definitely might have to seek more of this out in a trade.

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Photo of Zach136
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Updated 11/7/14

Appearance: Pitch black, little head.

Aroma: Oatmeal cookies dipped in spicy coffee.

Flavor: Spicy coffee that is much more in-check with the astringent, burnt, character than it has been in previous years. Big notes of chocolate and balanced roast compliment well.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, Velvety and rich.

Overall: Best vintage I've had yet.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz.

Pours jet black, light tan film for a head.

Smells of cocoa, fresh roasted coffee, caramel, hazelnut, and vanilla.

Tastes of cocoa, fresh coffee, licorice, hazelnut, peanuts, and oatmeal.

Full body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Top notch stout, lots of great flavor and aroma, and the coffee doesn't disappoint. If you're looking for a coffee stout that is up front with the coffee, you'd be hard pressed to find something better than this. Definitely worth trying and coming back to.

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Photo of claytong
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - no head, seemingly no carbonation, black and opaque

smell - wow, chocolate milkshake, coffee on warming, delicious

taste - not as powerful, delicious, refreshing for a dark beer

mouthfeel - light body for such a beer, not as bad carbonation as one might think from appearance

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Photo of genog
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to markgugs for this delicious beer.

Pours a black opaque color that lets no light penetrate this one. A creamy, fizzy chocolate milk color head sits on top of this one. Smell is of coffee, chocolate, toasted, burned malt. Taste is sweet initially as it rests on the tongue then coffee flavors make a bitter ending. Creamy mouthfeeling that is so smooth. Very good beer, wish I had some more!

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Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to businesstime for this great bottle!

Pours a midnight black color, well carbonated with off-white bubbles that lingered through the entire consumption

Aroma was nice, but a little confusing. The coffee flavor was absent (thus the confusion), but traditional stout characters were present- nuts, marshmallow, hint of oak/bourbon, and maybe some coffee in the background.

Taste really stole the show for this brew. There are not many hidden flavors- just unrelenting, crazy-good coffee. I have no idea how they packed this kind of flavor into the brew, but WOW. Without a double the best coffee stout I have had to date for coffee flavor. Also impressed by that lingering coffee flavor. You could easily convince me that I just had a cup of coffee at breakfast. Also recommend letting it warm up for 20 minutes, the flavor profile got even more intense as time passed.

If you are a coffee drinker, please find a way to get this brew- thanks again, Jeremy.

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Photo of mahak213
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sipping on a 2011 vintage thanks to Bennettrox!

Appearance- Super thick, oily looking, with very minimal head. Turned very quickly into a thin ring of brown around the edges of my snifter.

Smell- COFFEE. Behind that some dark cocoa, and just a touch of vanilla.

Taste- Tons of coffee and sweet cocoa upfront, with a solid roasted malt backbone. As it warms up, you start to pick up a slight vanilla note behind everything. No alcohol taste at all, but you get the warmth from it as you swallow.

Mouthfeel- Very thick and coating. Minmal carbonation, perfect for the style.

Overall- Was really looking forward to trying this one and I'm glad I got to. FBS was one of the first beers I really fell in love with, and this goes toe to toe with it. I just wish I could get it in my area! Very solid beer, and I would definitely give it a try if you can!

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Photo of Brewdacris
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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 aepb1
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark black body with a creamy brown head and lots of lacing

S- Coffee! Oatmeal. Breakfast if you drink coffee.

T- Straight up coffee to start. Roasty oatmeal in the middle and finishes with some sweet lactic taste and bitter coffee

M- Full-bodied, creamy and good carbonation, smooth

D- The complex ride of the taste makes this easy to drink and very easy to come back to

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Photo of gregshead
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again traded as an extra by sgsmfdoom, great stuff. Enjoyed on 7/18/11. Reviewed from notes:

A: Very slight/trace of khaki colored head settles into the slightly viscous black elixir

S: Rich oat/coffee smell. Almost come chocolate on the nose.

T: Sweet tastes up front. Fades to what I perceive as oats intermixed w/ coffee flavors. Dry and roasted finish

M: Some carb but a very enjoyable creamy feel.

O: Really impressed with this beer. Enjoyed it through and through.

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Photo of baconsausage
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

" I like my sugar with coffee and cream."

Thanks to crookedsill for this! I normally don't really like coffee beers due to the bitterness of the coffee; I like my coffee light n sweet. This hits the spot as best coffee beer so far! Light it is not; perhaps one of the darkest beers I have seen. Very light carbonation leaves an dark rim of small bubbles around the edges of the glass. This beer reeks of coffee and a little Kahlua like booziness. Taste is more coffee, on the sweet side, with caramel and chocolate notes. Smooth and silky mouthfeel. I could drink several of these and be up all night with an espresso buzz. Guess thats why its called Wake n Bake!

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out thick and dark brown, settling out black with a small, but long-lived brown head.

S: Lots of vanilla at first, followed chocolate maltyness and a bit of coffee. The more whiffs I take, the more the coffee becomes the dominant smell.

T: Dark chocolate and coffee. Loads of black, roasted malts and bitterness that linger for a long finish. I definitely notice similarities in the coffee and lactose flavors with this beer and the Depth Charge.

M: Smooth. Good thick mouthfeel with fine carbonation.

I'd like it just a little sweeter, but they did a good job of packing in the coffee flavors and bulking things up with oats. Very good. Will be out for more.

Edit: have really been enjoying and had to bump up score a bit. Have come to prefer this to FBS.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two small snifters. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Part of our Destin, FL beer haul.

Vintage 08 AA

A: Pours black with slight chestnut accents. at the edges. 1/2 finger dark brown head left no lace. Very still.

S: Fresh espresso, brownies, and bakers chocolate, with an awesome combination of tart coffee/cherry/citrus. Subtle fudge aroma.

T: Continues the coffee and chocolate theme. Fresh baked brownies, espresso and/or dark roast/french press coffee, cherry, cocoa nibs, brown sugar, and molassas.

M: Sweet with a nice peppery burn. Very sticky and quite smooth.

D: Very drinkable! Incredible fresh brewed coffee and dark chocolate flavors. What a treat!

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Photo of Matt1553
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What makes this stout so excellent is how well the coffee is blended with the beer. In this respect, Wake n' Bake is one of the most successful coffee stouts out there. The base beer does not match the quality of Goose Island Bourbon County or Great Divide Yeti. Unlike these beers, however, Wake n' Bake requires no aging--it is perfectly balanced right now.

Rating: 9.1

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Photo of Kvlterbm
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle to snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with about half a finger of milk chocolate colored head that dissipated quickly.

S: Coffee and chocolate aromas hit the nose right away, and dominate the smell of the beer. Some roasted malt as well.

T: A blast of coffee right up front that leads into the chocolate. There's a green, grassy hop flavor as well, and chocolate lingers on the palate once that subsides.

M: Pretty much what you want from a beer like this. Not overly thick or thin, viscous, and some nice creaminess.

O: A very solid imperial stout, and a great coffee stout. My first Terrapin beer, but it definitely lived up to its reputation.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a thin light brown head. Some subtle wisps of lace.

S: In your face freshly ground dark roast (like really dark roast) coffee. Espresso, rich earthy and nutty coffee notes and cream. The cream emerges more as the beer warms and I start to pick up a sugar cookie note.

T: Tons of dark roast coffee just explode in your mouth with each sip. Burnt fudge, brownie brittle, hazelnut, vanilla, brown sugar and bittersweet baking chocolate. Finish shows a lot of bitter chocolate with a lingering espresso note. Fantastic.

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Photo of godmare
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep black pour with a half inch of fairly dakr brown head. Head doesn't last and lacing is minimal.
S- Definitely coffe and some oatmeal, touch of vanilla.
T- Strong coffee flavor, very sweet, bit of chocolate. I was told that there was some spice to this beer but I did not detect any. Very nice.
M- Medium to full body, coating, and very smooth.
O- I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and am disappointed I'll have to wait a year for more. Highly recommended!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as extra in trade with Beerisheaven- Thanks!

A: pours a silky opaque black, dark brown head with no retention

S: bold, roasty coffee, notes of oatmeal and loads of dark chocolate... this smells delicious

T: the roasty coffee is all up front and followed by dark chocolate. Long and slightly sweet finish with lingering roasty notes on the palate

mf: slick mouthfeel, very silky texture, carbonation is a tad high

D: another delicious coffee infused stouts-- one of my favorite styles... not sure if this measures up to FBS or Surly Four, but it is certainly tasty!

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Photo of Aiptasia
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying right now shock chilled in the freezer for 20 mins from room temp in a red solo cup. Oh red solo cup, so old school.

A: Pours a coal tar black with absolutely no lacing. It's anti-lacing and will remove lacing from previous beers from the sides of your red solo cup. I'm seeing proof of this. God I love it.

S: Smells of the best cold espresso, brasil nuts, oily cigarette smoke and wet tar paper. It's as if your favorite dive bar was hosed down, mopped up in Wesley Snipes dew rag, and squeezed out of a 200 year old Mr. Coffee for your enjoyment.

T: Tastes of so many complex coffee variants with a definite tobacco and cocoa backend. Wet throughout with alcohol well balanced. Aftertaste reeks of chewed cohiba cigar, Kahlua and smoked hops. Maybe that's their secret, pre-smoking the hops. Slight alcohol on the exhale with a slight peanut flavor from the oats.

M: Wetness. Carbonation is an afterthought. Starts wet, finishes wet. Minimally carbonated so it goes down like a wet slipper.

O: A stout with a lot of character. It's impressive, but I must suggest that Intuition Ale Works beer called The Underdark eclipses it.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.
Vintage 08 FX.

Very syrupy, deep chocolate in color beneath a slightly creamy, coffee-colored head. Dimpled lacing with decent strength, but not much.

Fragrant molasses and caramel with a distinctly slick port alcohol character. Vinous-aged fruit: plum, raisin, dark cherry. Intense yet well balanced.

Deep, rich molasses; very slick rather than a roasted malt character. Bold, complex bourbon-port alcohol flavor; heavy hints of slick smokiness. Aged currant, cherry, raisin. Notes of espresso and warming bourbon in the finish.

Full in body; quite slick which works well with the flavor profiles. Texturally, not what I expect from an Imperial Stout, but it works nonetheless.

A very unique offering; tastes like a whiskey-aged version. Lacking the rough hop bite and chewiness of what I've come to expect from the style, but who cares when it tastes this good.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a coal black color with a sturdy head that leaves dots of lacing

Smell: Roasty, with dark fruit prune accents that dominate the aroma along with a coffee bitterness

Taste: Starts out with chocolate and coffee notes, along with an oat aspect; after the swallow, the juicy hops kick in, providing a bitterness that marries the sweet flavors through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy; moderate carbonation; slight warming from the alcohol

Drinkability: Extremely tasty and complex; highly recommended

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Photo of sholland119
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very deep opaque brown with a little bit of quickly dissipating head.

S-Oh, yeah! Fresh ground coffee roastiness with some background sweetness to round things out.

T-Very well balanced and delicious. Oatmeal sweetness combine with roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Easy drinking and memorable.

D-Medium bodied, creamy from the oatmeal with fine carbonation to boot.

D-I could drink this all night.

HV

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Photo of kevanb
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a jet black color, mild burgundy hues around the glass when held to the light, a nice finger of thick mocha or dark caramel head that has nice retention and is easily conjured with a quick flick of the glass, lacing leaves a bit to be desired however. The aroma is big on the toasted oats, it’s like sticking your face into an oven of oatmeal cookies, the label is not lying about that. Roasted coffee notes come through but it’s mild and extremely pleasant, dark bitter chocolate is a player as well with an almost milky lactose quality at the end that plays well with the coffee and chocolates. Big roasted coffee flavors burst onto the tongue, silky smooth milk chocolate flavors are definitely present, the toasted oats are less dominating but still play a nice role. It has a nice milky texture although has a surprisingly crisp carbonated finish.

Verdict: Great stout from Terrapin. The big oat aromas mixed with the robust coffee flavors really do wonders for this beer. Definitely worth tracking down.

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Photo of Metaldude05
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown head, nice coffee smell. This is probably the best easy to get coffee stout in my area. Very strong dark coffee taste in comparison to the subtle creamier taste found in most stout makes wake n bake stand out. I've had this one a hundred times living less than an hour from the brewery and
Still try the new batch every year

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Photo of ixodus
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown in color with a small brown cookie dough colored head. Head retention and lacing are good

S: Rich espresso, burnt malt, milk chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of smoke. Smells delicious!

T: Black coffee and dark chocolate. Coffee lends a nice bitterness and finish while chocolate balances it with a slight sweetness. The finish is excellent the coffee lasts for an eternity after the sip.

M: Full bodied, creamy, and smooth, with prickly carbonation. Has a slight stickiness to it.

O: Great coffee stout! Very tasty! I wish it was available year round.

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W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 3,934 ratings.
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