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
Ratings:
3,945
Reviews:
1,309
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8.94%
 
 
Wants:
825
Gots:
746
For Trade:
54
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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Brick Store Pub with the Atlanta B.A.'s. this brewery is making an impact and this was my first. Very creamy and coffee and smooth easy drink, though not too complex. Brown, lots of head and cream and cookies. Mocha and coffee, a spiked latte. About as good in bottle form had 2.3 years later. Had 3 years later on tap at Coasters.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while at the brewery in Athens, ga. Jet black with no light getting through. Thin almost non-existent head and no lacing. Aroma is pretty much like smelling a handful of ground coffee. Because of this I can't pick up much else. More coffee in the taste which is also dominating but I love coffee so that is fine fr my taste but may be overwhelming for others. Some milk chocolate notes throughout. Mediun to thick body and moderate carbonation. Fairly drinkable if u like coffee.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sending me this one!

Terrapin Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout.

2010 vintage.

Pours a super pitch black color with a 2 inch super dark brown head that fades to a small puffy cap. Nice rings and latticework of lacing line the glass on the drink down. Smells very rich with roasted coffee beans, toasted oats and dark malts, and some bittersweet baking chocolate. Taste is also very rich with a complex blend of sweetened coffee, toasted oats, and chocolate syrup. There is also a slight vanilla flavor I am getting as well. There is a low but still bubbly level of carbonation that is perfect for this beer. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth. Overall, this is an awesome stout and something I could see myself stocking up massive quantities of if it was distributed in my area. I am super glad I have one more of these in my cellar.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the original wake n bake right here, i can't believe it took me this long to get my hands on one. a lovely example of the style, shockingly strong for how mellow it feels on the palate, and as dark as midnight when it pours. a lazy tan head hangs around before dropping off. it smells almost like fire roasted chili peppers, like long hots or something, charred and a bit spicy. i think its from the coffee, which is very deeply roasted, and compliments the roasted barley and chocolate malt. oats are in abundance, i smell the sweetness, and feel the body in the velvet textured beer as i sip it down. coffee is present all the way through, and i really do get a morning coffee and biscuit vibe from this. cookie-like malt profile behind the bitterness, and a slight cocoa bitter to the finish. not layered or coming in waves like some, but well integrated flavor all the way through, with a long but mellow finish. terrapin makes some cool beers, but this is one of the original and best. i am most amazed at how strong it is, i would have guessed 6% abv in a blind tasting. worthy of its highly regarded status.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This has got be the best thing I've had from Terrapin to date. This beauty of a beer pours out nice and thick looking with a very dark black color and brown head. The lacing on the glass is pretty good and the beers thickness sticks to the glass leaving a nice brown tinge behind. The smell of the beer is deeply roasted coffee and chocolate, along with some burnt oats. The taste has some really nice coffee flavors and rich dark chocolate throughout. The mouthfeel of the beer is thick and oily, it's got a light carbonation to it also. Overall this is my favorite release from Terrapin, I enjoyed this beer a lot. It's a definite sipper so take your time with it and let it last a while.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan head that disappeared rather quickly.
S: There are light aromas of alcohol, coffee and chocolate in the nose. The smell becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has flavors of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. The finish is velvety smooth.
D: The beer is quite easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I guess the Wake 'n Bake may not be the most marketable strategy afterall. Now shown simply as Coffee oatmeal Imperial Stout.

The beer pours a medium viscocity of jet black liquids that settle comfortably into the glass. Carbonation releases a thin, solid brown head that settles even more under the weight of the alcohols to a dainty film. No lacing, but plenty legging. A typical RIS look, just wanted better foamstance.

Rich and rounded aromas, dominated by nutty coffees, show a ton of toffee, toasted and roasty malts, and a french toast sweetness/breadiness. Molassas, sorgum, nuttiness, and peanut brittle come to mind as well.

Flavors are very rich, careful not to let the aggression of the coffee to overpower the beer. Rich maltiness of deep, dark syrups, espresso, cocoa, and heavy cream all come together in a more rounded fashion than most coffee stouts. Outstanding flavors!

The oatmeal helps most in the texture; again not allowing the bitter oils of the coffee to push the beers into astringent levels. Instead the beer is as balanced in the mouthfeel as well as any other aspect of the beer. Rich, malty, full, lightly chewy, and mouth coating with heavy, roasted malts.

This beer might be one of the best balanced coffee dark beers out there. The oats help to bring the beer's characteristics together and helps with the creamy mouthfeel.

Thanks Freethyhops!

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

Heard so much about this, including comparisons to Founders Breakfast Stout - which I love - so expectations are through the roof. That said, the couple beers I've had from Terrapin so far have been underwhelming. "Stout with coffee added." It self identifies as a "Coffee oatmeal imperial stout" so I'm reviewing as such. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing inventive label art and fun branded green pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. 8.10% ABV confirmed per the label. 2012 Vintage. "Brewed wtih Jittery Joe's coffee."

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a gorgeous rich dark tan colour evocative of mocha. Beautiful. Creamy as hell. Great thickness. Luscious soft complexion. Good retention: about 5 minutes. Even consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Fantastic head all around.

Body colour is a fairly dark solid opaque black. No bubble show. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's spot-on for the style and looks damn good. I have seen better in the style, but this is very impressive. I'm salivating already. Lovely attractive stuff.

Sm: Lives up to the promise of the concept: there're definite coffee notes here. Strong java backbone with some mocha cream to cut the inherent bitterness of the strong coffee. I see why some compare this to Founders Breakfast Stout already. Coffee bean here is potent. I could use more roasty character than I'm getting, but it's nice as-is. Oats are also recognizable, complementing the coffee surprisingly well. It certainly comes off as a breakfast stout. Not getting the lethal espresso notes of some coffee stouts, though I wish I was. Not getting any chocolate or vanilla either. Any dark malt presence is eclipsed by the evocative coffee. Smelling it, I imagine it was brewed with cold-pressed coffee; it's not the warm fresh roast of many other coffee stouts. And for what it's going for, the execution is lovely.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Not detecting any distinguishable hop character. Little sweetness if any; there's notable coffee bitterness but it doesn't seem imbalanced. It does come off vaguely acidic.

A moderate strength aroma all around. Evocative, diverse, and appealing.

T/Mf: Loving the coffee notes, but a strange thing happens in the third act when cream takes over, hiding the bitterness of the coffee but also distracting from the focus of the beer. Mocha cream is nice when it's even and supportive in the early stages, but it grows to be a nuisance by the finish. Dark malts comprise the unobtrusive foundation. Maybe a dash of chocolate malt, but no cocoa dust or anything light in terms of chocolate. Not getting any vanilla, but I can see where some reviewers might get confused by the sweetness that emerges on the climax.

I don't mean to go too far from the beer I'm reviewing, but so many have noted comparisons to Founders Breakfast Stout that I think it's worth mentioning that the coffee here is a bit more restrained than in FBS. Maybe it's more balanced; it's certainly not quite as up-front. Wake N Bake seems to give more apologies for its ballsy coffee notes whereas FBS is bold and committed.

Overall, it's very well executed with good flavour depth and diversity as well as impressive complexity and even a bit of subtlety. Oats give it an interesting dimension, enabling a smooth texture that works nicely against the inherent coarseness and roughness of coffee.

It's creamy and silky smooth. Carbonation is near perfect. Good thickness. Good body. I'd almost call it refreshing - a rare characteristic for any beer in the style. Mouthfeel suits the flavour profile incredibly well, even feeling custom-tailored to it. Brilliant execution across the board. Bravo, Terrapin.

Dr: Admittedly, I had my doubts about Terrapin after the first two beers I tried of theirs were underwhelming. This is their vindication. The hype is apt. I'd definitely get this again, preferably by the six pack. I can't make up my mind about how it compares to FBS without a side by side tasting, but that it's in the same league says a great deal about its quality. I'd recommend this to friends, and I look forward to trying it on-draught. A real treat and a fine brew. Hats off to the brewer(s). I'm humbled.

High A-

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is bottle from 2009 poured into a Chimay goblet. This is one of my favorites, so I'm excited to review it.

Appearance: Pours jet black with no light coming through at all. There is a finger and a half dark tan head that goes away and leaves just a layer of carbonation.

Smell: The initial smell that I pick up is bitter coffee. I'm sure this has mellowed a bit since this is an aged bottle. I'm also picking up roast and a nutty characteristic as well.

Taste: I love this beer. The flavor is super smooth. There is definitely still a dominant coffee presence. From the coffee I'm getting some bitterness, roast, and a nutty flavor as well. There are also hints of dark chocolate. I would also say there is a creamyness in the flavor as well. Given the abv, I would expect more sweetness, but there really isn't much, but it isn't needed. There is a little bit of alcohol at the end of each sip.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick, but not motor oil thick. There is a mild amount of smooth carbonation, seems to be perfect. All in all, super smooth.

Overall: Did I mention that I love this beer. It has a perfect amount of coffee, and there is no super sweetness. Very smooth and I'll definitely be picking up more in the future.

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

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a big foamy dark brown head with good retention. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt with a sweet touch. Taste is well balance between coffee and roasted sweet caramel malt. Body is full and alcohol is not noticeable. Not the most complex of imperial stout but I could see this going very well as a session beer. I also appreciated the medium-level of alcohol and the well balance mix between coffee and sweet malt.

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Photo of largadeer
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black and opaque with an inch of mocha-colored head. Above-average head retention for a coffee beer.

Smell: Spent coffee grounds, a bit of burnt toast. The coffee aroma covers up any subtleties, but it's nice enough on its own to give this brew a great nose.

Taste & mouthfeel: This one opens with a bittersweet chocolate flavor, which is quickly is quickly washed away by bitter black coffee. Oats lend a thick and creamy mouthfeel. A bit acrid in the finish with slight acidity, presumably from the coffee.

Notes: Not the smoothest coffee stout out there, but the bold flavors and chewy texture make it a great sipper.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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