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 Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a quarter inch thick dense and creamy dark brown cap of foam present. The aroma is deeply bitter and foreboding black coffee and toasted oats. I'm tasting a very bitter dark roasted coffee that is rounded out by the sweet oats. The oats also give this beer a creamy and silky texture especially considering the 9.4% ABV.

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Photo of Adzzz
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured dark silky from the can.
Smell was pleasant, mostly coffee.
Taste includes a chocolatey creamieness that comes right behind the coffee, almost like a mocha flavored espresso. The oatmeal provides such a delicious rich and creamie layer.
Feel is lighter than expected, which means I'll drink more.
Overall a fabulous easy to drink coffee stout. Gonna pair with Hoisin Duck next time.

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Photo of Grizzarky
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a small khaki head that fades to a thin but dense layer of foam.

Nose is fresh coffee, cocoa, and raisins

Taste follows nose with coffee dominating, a warming alcohol presence, with dark chocolate and raisin on the finish.

Feel is thick, chewy, and creamy.

Overall a very solid coffee stout. The creamy feel sets it apart from similar offerings.

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

Pours a dark shiny black color. Thick tan head dissipates over time leaving just a ring of tan foam along the outside of the beer. No lacing.

Smell has notes of coffee, roasted malts, cocoa, coffee grinds, and oats.

Taste follows the nose with lots of coffee and coffee grind flavors coming through. Coffee is on the acidic side. Lots of roasted malts and an oatmeal cookie like flavor. Undertones of cocoa and a mild chocolate sweetness come through as well. Picking up a bit of a bitter flavor on the back end, but that seems to be from the acidic coffee and not hops.

Feel is incredibly smooth and creamy. Medium bodied - thinner for an imperial stout, but I wouldn't call it watery. Mild to medium carbonation.

Overall this is a well done coffee stout. However, there are so many well done coffee stouts now-a-days that this one frankly just doesn't stand out like it used too. Still its an outstanding beer and well worth drinking.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Wow this is a beautiful looking beer. Poured into a snifter and its dark black with a good size tan head that holds for a little while.
S: Strong coffee scent and then some sweeter things like chocolate and maybe a hint of molasses.
T: Once again a strong coffee taste and followed by a sweeter something, aftertaste is just like a cup of coffee (acidic and bitter, but not in a bad way)
F: This is the only part I am not completely loving, its a little on the light side of oatmeal stouts and my personal taste is for stuff to be really thick.
O: Really excellent oatmeal stout, except a little ding on the feel. This being my favorite beer style I am picky with these and I would definitely want this again.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

look: Dark black color. Creamy white head.
Aroma is strong coffee, sugar, molasses.
Taste is strong coffee, some chocolate. Vinegar like after taste.
Medium carb. Some thick syrupy feel.

Pretty good, but no FBS. Peripherals are excellent, but taste brings it down to earth.

Can to Snifter.

I agree with the previous assessment. It's a well crafted brew. The sourish vinegar-like and acidic aftertaste knocks it down from what could be top end excellence.


Side by side with Rise-n-Shine. The barrel aged beer is decidedly superior.


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Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks good in the glass, almost black with a two finger head. Smell is roasted coffee and chocolate. Taste is as expected with the smell. A little thin on mouthfeel but still a very good stout.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Terrapin has certainly produced something special with this brew...

Poured from a can, it was a mesmerizing look of dark tannish color, high lighted with caramel hue. The smell was short of amazing - you can smell the coffee, the oatmeal, and a touch of booziness. The feel starts off very carbonated, but then as it warms it eases up. It has a medium to full-bodied feel that eases the overall effect of the carbonation, which is a good thing in my book. Taste was very good, though I mostly tasted the coffee and couldn't quite pull out the oatmeal notes or the booziness of the drink. Overall, it is a very good beer - I think I've had better Terrapins, but this one is certainly special.

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Photo of maxdeusphallis
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Beautiful beer. Pours black as midnight in a coal mine. Half finger of khaki head

Dark malt and dark fruit on the nose. Nose is not as strong as expected. Smooth smelling.

Taste is bittersweet chocolate, roasted raisins, subtle coffee. Minor hop bitterness. No real hop character. A sweetness - lactose type sweetness.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. So many big stouts are too thick and syrupy. This one is about halfway between Millers Toll and Founders Breakfast stout.

The alcohol is hidden well. @9.5 percent it tastes like there is no alcohol. Just some minor warming in the stomach. Be careful - this one will sneak up on you.

Thoroughly enjoyed this. Highly recommended.

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Photo of eifster82
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From CAN into a snifter.

A half inch frothy foam forms on top of the dark-brown liquid. The nose is really dominate by dark roasted coffee. The taste and feel do fall short of what the smell indicates is coming. Not nearly as much coffee in the taste, and maybe because I'm not an oatmeal fan, it dilutes the good parts away. The feel is pretty thin and almost, dare I say, watery (gasp!).

I wish the end of this beer finished as well as appearance and nose would indicate.

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Photo of srw
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter.
Look: Black with a tan head that fades quicly
Smell: Huge coffee and chocolate
Taste: Chocolate and coffee again a little bit of bitterness
Feel: Smooth and silky
Overall: Very good coffee stout. Hides the alcohol well

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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In winnowing through the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, I came across a bottle of the 2014 vintage, which I am going to review now. I understand that 2016 has been CANned & you may rest assured that I will be looking for one for inclusion in The CANQuest (tm). As to the naming of it, I have submitted an Update to have it changed to read "W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout" since that is what the CAN on their website reads. I know that it stands for "Wake 'n' Bake", but you need to go with the label.

From the bottle: "Two Athens, GA companies, Terrapin and Jittery Joe's, have teamed up to create a unique blend of coffee used to produce this robust and flavorful beer. So when it comes to a morning beverage ,,, 'Wake Up with Beer'"; "Brewed with: Jittery Joe's Coffee"; "Monster Beer Tour"; "10th Anniversary W-n-B".

Just before I Pop!ped the cap, I thought about some of the previous reviews and their use of snifters or other glassware than what I had lined up. I then had a change of heart & decided to go with a snifter, instead. This change also meant that I would be conducting a gentle pour as my snifters are more fragile than most of my glassware & I do not need anything untoward occurring. A vigorous in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, deep-brown head that quickly reverted to wisps. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose smelled strongly of rich, freshly-roasted dark coffee, much like I make every morning as a retired U.S. Navy sailor. It also had a breadiness, giving it a fresh-baked brownie odor to go along with the coffee. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste was really rich & made me think of Chocolate-Coffee-Peanut Butter Swirl ice cream! Whew. It was quite the riot of flavors, but they meshed well throughout. Warming, I also began to get a light charcoal smokiness, but it remained semi-sweet. Finish was semi-sweet, in the sense that a Hershey's Dark Chocolate bar is semi-sweet. Bittersweet is another applicable term in this instance. This was a pleasant enough beer, but one was satiating.

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Photo of deebo
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review of a fresh can; number 2 out of the 6 pack.
A-Poured into a snifter, this beer is black with a finger of dense dark tan head that recedes quickly to a thin layer with a ton of stickiness.
S-Big aromas of dark chocolate, some caramel notes with a medium roast coffee whiff.
T-Chocolately malt dominates, not acrid like some big stouts.
M-This beer really shines in the body. Nice smoothness. No alcohol bite. Quick finish. Makes this a remarkable easier drinker. Impressive with a 9%+ brew.
O-This beer reminds me a lot of another coffee oatmeal stout that is often in my fridge-Founders Breakfast Stout. Great cold weather or breakfast beer!

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The best coffee beer that I have ever tasted, and that is a high honor indeed, considering that it's one of my favorite categories. If you want intense coffee flavor above all else, with a viscous mouthfeel provided by the oatmeal, look no further.

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Photo of bob_roberts
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Very dark. Nice, dark-tan head that doesn't stick around too long but a lot of lacing remains.

S: Lots of coffee and a bowl of plain oatmeal.

T: Coffee is very prominent. malt, oatmeal. Bakers chocolate finish. Very well balanced, not bitter but not as sweet as the nose would hint.

F: Smooth and creamy. Chewy. Carbonation as one would expect for an oatmeal stout.

O: Awesome coffee oatmeal stout. Would definitely pick this up again and again.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The 2016 vintage of this coffee-oatmeal imperial stout is an effervescent, almost impenetrably black beer that shows slight mahogany highlights at its base; the giant pebbly brown head leaves good lacing in the form of sticky, spiky bands and cavelets. The aroma is medium in intensity; it leads with a whiff of chocolate-chip cookie dough that is quickly displaced by moderately smoky cocoa and hints of chocolate and molasses; slight alcohol overtones ride above everything else. The flavor is a seamless blend of tartish baker's chocolate and surprisingly subdued black coffee, with more subtle molasses and milk chocolate, and a bit of smoke on the end; modest alcohol overtones ride aloft. The overall result is just about exactly balanced between sweet and bitter. The finish is a modest hit of smoke, booze and cocoa; the linger is a slightly smoky, modestly bitter chocolate flavor that lasts a pretty good while. Mouthfeel is on point for the full body, and is slightly warming; the texture is medium-sticky/creamy, though somewhat slick, and is modestly peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. There is surprisingly little coffee character to be found here; given the lack of an intelligible code date, I cannot judge whether or not this might be a function of the age of the beer. I've given it the benefit of the doubt and graded it as a regular Imperial Stout; graded as a coffee stout, as purchased, it would rate less than a three. (12 oz can, no code date)

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Photo of beyondthepalace
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very impressed by this beer. Poured a nice and black with a super thick head. First taste was certainly a wake up call of coffee with the oatmeal peeking its head in there. Good lacing throughout, with some BOMB elements to it. Not always available in my area but I am in love!

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Photo of TH28
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. 2016 vintage. Appearance: Jet black, opaque, with a low lying khaki brown head. Aroma: Wow. Really strong rich roasted coffee dominates. A touch of dark chocolate is there, but the coffee roastiness is the main factor here. Taste: Starts with a rich dark chocolate, slowly turning over to a deep, rich coffee and a moderately high bitterness. Coffee character on the backside overrides the other flavors. Mouthfeel: Relatively heavy bodied with some creaminess from the oatmeal, and a light carbonation. Finish: Some bitterness lingers, but mostly a dark chocolate roasted malt character. Overall: One of the more coffee forward takes on the style, with an aroma that sets itself apart. This beer has some nice dark chocolate undertones, but really shines for the coffee character. Oatmeal adds some viscosity to the mouthfeel, but a bit of a boost in that side would be welcomed.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Okay,Don't know why this isn't labeled as WAKE-N- BAKE...But that's what it is.This is a rating for the 2016 version of wake-n-bake...Since no one has posted that one yet.

Poured from a 12 oz can,into a Cigar City snifter.

1/2 finger creamy dark khaki head.Jet black in color,no light through the glass.Light carbonation.

On the nose I get strong black dark roasted coffee,and dark roasted malts.I also get some chocolate.Toffee,caramel,and the slightes hint of earthy hops.

The palate follows the nose with strong coffee,some chocolate,dark roasted malts,There are slight hints of earthy pine,and sweet malts.

The body is heavy.

This is a very good BREAKFAST stout,although I'm still trying to figure out the misrepresentation of the title....2016 VERSION OF WAKE- N-BAKE IS AWESOME!!!

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite the somewhat great varietals I have had of this original base beer, this one being the first time they have canned in 6 packs, I feel this is a good beer but nowhere near phenomenal as the previous ratings state. Perhaps the quality has decreased since being purchased by MillerCoors.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a silky and rich dark brown and sits black in the glass with a pillowy finger of dark tan foam.

Huge aromas of chocolate, vanilla, and roasted coffee. I'm already in heaven at first whiff.

Fantastically, a strong flavor of vanilla comes right out of the gate blended with sweet creamy chocolate notes and a finish of freshly roasted coffee in the swallow.

Full-bodied, low carbonation, sweet, roasty, creamy.

Overall, this is an extremely delicious brew and almost too easy to knock back!

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Photo of RonArtest
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founder's Breakfast is my favorite beer. This is the closest thing to it. The difference to me is the extra alcohol, which I can taste, and prefer not to. It's a great stout that I've been buying lately as I wait for the Founder's Breakfast to hit the shelf.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Mtn
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
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 BeerAndGasMasks
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a dark brown/black color with a small tan head. Lots of coffee in the nose. Lots of coffee and roasted malts in the mouth. Killer!

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