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 Jacobob10
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap @ Bistecca Restaurant & Bar in Parsippany, NJ.

Enjoyed a pint of this at my company's annual holiday party.

Pours black and opaque with a creamy, dark tan head. Right off the bat you get plenty of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt in the aroma. You get exactly what is advertised in the flavor; coffee and oatmeal. There's a nutty and burnt aspect to it as well. Finishes bitter with a kiss of alcohol at the end. This is a full-bodied, well-crafted brew, but I could probably do without the oatmeal being so prominent. A nice variation on an imperial stout.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle

jet black, with tan head, decent retention. nice aroma of mocha coffee. taste is well balanced, and flavors are well blended. body is smooth and thick. overall a great beer.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Stella chalice. Vintage 2015.

Pours pitch black with a thin ring of mocha foam that struggles to the surface. Aroma immediately smacks you with a strong, stale coffee. Smells great. First sip is full of coffee flavor. The beer is sweet but the bitterness from the roasted malt and coffee cut through the sweetness like a knife, making it extremely easy drinking for the ABV. Thick, viscous mouthfeel and roasted bitter finish.

As the beer warms, more of the boozy/alcohol flavors become prevalant, but not enough to take away from the enjoyment of this beer. This is a very good Imperial Stout, and (as a coffee lover) the coffee makes this a home run. I'll be buying another 4 pack.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a thick coffee. And it smells like you are in a diner at 430 am after a night out. I can almost smell bacon in the background. It's very smooth and goes down easier than it should. So much flavor packed into a single brew. I love this stuff.

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Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Pourharddrinkslow
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pitch black with a dark tan head. Leaves some lacing.

Smell - A fresh brewed cup of coffee is the overwhelmingly strongest smell... just that and a hint of chocolate.

Taste - Just what you would expect from the smell... Strong coffee flavor that is smoothed out by the oatmeal. Just a hint of sweetness on the front and a bitter coffee taste on the end. Great flavor.

Feel - Bubbly, yet smooth. Thin body for a stout, especially one at almost 10% abv.

Overall - Terrapin's best beer.

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Photo of mflamar
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured jet black. Smell immediately of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Taste was similar but I felt the coffee overwhelmed many of the other flavors. Coffee bitterness lingers in the mouth. I could probably give convince someone that this wasn't beer at all, but just an ice coffee. Mouth feel is medium to full bodied. Overall an very solid coffee stout though a step or two below elite.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label was cool and the name sounded promising. Overall, a good, simple stout. It did not meet my expectations mainly because the title sounded much tastier than the actual beer.

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Photo of Buck89
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Dark brown/black color with a thin tan head. Nice coffee, oats and bready aromas. Taste was a great balance between coffee, dark bread, toffee, and a nice dark chocolatey finish. Full-bodied and not too sweet. Great coffee flavor without being one-dimensional.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

a: You guessed it. Black. Shiny. Minimal head after a vigorous pour. Dissipated quickly.

s: Roasted malts, coffee! Not coffee beans, not espresso, not a double dose, not overly roasted beans...a perfectly brewed cup of french press coffee. Bravo for the restraint and balance.

t: Roasted grains and malts hold up the coffee flavor that's to come. Some bitter chocolate and slight dark fruit come through as it warms.

mf: Big body. Low carbonation. Oaty mouth feel with some stickiness.

o: I would like to get my hands on another one to have at a warmer temperature. Very happy I got one, though.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oatmeal stout flavors?
Coffee stout flavors?
Well hidden alcohol by volume?
This beer would be one way to wake and bake, assuming there's any caffeine content in this. The body of the beer is soft, like I've experienced with oatmeal stouts. The flavor hits the palate like a cold brew coffee: sweetened with a touch of mixer. Almond milk, maybe. Roast coffee bitterness lingers. This would go great with a dark chocolate dessert, or some dark chocolate. I would pour this over cornflakes.
I paid 3.50 or so for a 12 ounce bottle and I have no regrets. Great stuff. Would recommend to stout lovers, coffee lovers, chocolate lovers, beer lovers, lovers...

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appears black (SRM 40+) with late building, dark walnut cream that reaches one inch before settling to a half an inch, leaving patchy lace on a PBGC Hoppy Glass.

The aroma is sweet with deep roasted malt. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate interplay with molasses and fudge brownie, against a background of light, smoky maple syrup. Warmth brings out plum pudding and hard sauce.

The flavor is reminiscent of chocolate pancakes. While well balanced, the bitter-sweetness is strong, with a hint of sourness. This one generally follows the nose, with an emphasis on molasses. The finish is long and subtle with a slight bitterness.

A full body almost dense syrupy texture. Alcohol is as expected with a modest carbonation and residual sugar.

This is a wonderfully relaxing Imperial Stout that pairs well with a cool autumn night of silence and sensory deprivation. This highlights an explosive aroma/flavor experience. Also works well with roasted chicken.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pitch black, viscous, not much head to speak of
Smell - TONS of coffee! Roasted malts for days. Nutty, anise/black licorice, hints of smokiness
Taste - Dark roasted coffee, nutty, slight chocolate
Feel - Great mouthfeel, smooth and coats the palate nicely

Overall - My favorite beer from Terrapin. Blows Founders Breakfast Stout away in my opinion.

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Photo of jhartley
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown to black body, thinnest amount of head makes an appearance. Small amount of lacing left in the glass.
Aromas of coffee, chocolate and lightly roasted malts.
Taste has coffee up front and then falling slightly into some bittersweet chocolate, small amount of sweetness.
Mouth feel is full with the oats adding that nice smoothness throughout and not a hint of the 9.4% at all!
Overall, a really tasty beer! One I would definitely pick up again! Nice amount of coffee, but not too much too make it bitter; there's that nice amount of chocolate in there as well. Really tasty.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage at 50 degrees (Hotel reefer) into shaker
Purchased at State Line Liquors for $ 12.06/four pack ($ 0.251/oz)
Aroma of coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malt
Head average (2.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy/creamy, diminishing to two mm ring and layer
Lacing good – torn curtains of tiny to small bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – follows the nose: coffee, bitter chocolate and roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of JonathanR
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Jet black with minimum head yet very good lacing. Odor has a distinct coffee not to it along with a dark maple odor. I find this type of smell exceptionally good. No initial bite that is typically found with IS. The balance of sweet raisen and maple is nicely complemented with coffee. This goes on my list as A MUST try beer. ABV is well masked and I mind it a bit more complex than some well know high abv beers. One of terrapin's best.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 bottle poured into snifter.
Deep black, very slight head, dissapears quickly. Smells of coffee, and chocolate. Taste is chocolate malt, but mostly coffee. Kind of overwhelming. Solid, but a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nose - coffee.

Look - gentle pour results in 1/8 inch head. Dark black.

Taste - predominately coffee, kind of one note-ish to me.

Mouth feel - very average.

Overall - it's rating here seems high. Rather one dimensional to me.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is dark like used motor oil with no light coming through. Had no head when poured in the glass. Can smell a great blend of coffee and chocolate. Over powering taste of coffee with a sweet finish.

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Photo of jws6w7
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent beer but it is way too one dimensional. There are many stouts out there that are far superior. Founders Breakfast Stout, which would be comparable in style, is much, much better than this beer.

If I wanted a cup of coffee, I would have drank a cup of coffee.

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Photo of drink_like_a_wahoo
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Bottle from 4-Pack poured into snifter.

Look - Dark Brown, not quite black with small creamy tan head.
Smell - Coffee with chocolate.
Taste - Dark coffee flavor mixed with milk chocolate and vanilla. Soft, pleasant kick of the ABV at the end, just enough to let you know its there.
Feel - Silky smooth, fairly thick

Overall - Great beer with a warm breakfast. Looking forward to finishing my 2014s and the 2015 release.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Czarkazm
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage. Nice ruddy pour that collects midnight black in the glass. Light does manage to shine through however, light tan bubbles make up a thin layer covering the surface. Smelling this beer, you get a lot of cold brewed coffee, medium roast, some of the coffee's acidity, milk chocolate, vanilla, green olives, sweet pastry. Mouth feel was on the lower end of medium. I wanted slightly more chew to go along with the boldness of the aroma. Taste was very coffee dominant and in a good way, but that was pretty much all I was getting. There wasn't a lot of complexity being contributed from the malts, other than mild hints of chocolate and molasses sweetness. A nice, smooth example of an imperial coffee stout. This was the last bottle from a 4 pack and I don't get Terrapin distribution, but I'm ever so grateful that I can pick up a Founders breakfast stout nearly all year round, instead.

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Photo of RJIV
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage
Pours a dark motor oil black with a thin brown head
Smells of coffee, mixed with dark chocolate and roasted malts
The feel is medium and would have liked it to be a bit either thicker or fuller.
The taste is slight coffee and dark chocolate with a lingering roasted bitterness on the after taste.

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Photo of marcfromphilly
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in 02.05.2015, sat in fridge until 09.17.2015 when opened. Weak smell, thick pour, strong boozy taste, dark coffee grind taste with thick molasses and alcohol. Shit was a hitter, but soothing in flavor. Almost like a laquer.

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