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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutTerrapin 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:
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Photo of mesatrin
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had a 10 ounce pour on draft. It was served a little colder than probably desired.

A: A nice dark rich color with a finger of chocolate colored frothy head.

S: Nice and roasty. All coffee in the nose a light chocolate hint once you get past the coffee.

T: On the first few sips this was coffee and nothing else. As the beer warmed a bit I started to get notes of other flavors, mainly chocolate creaminess. By the end of the beer it was probably about the correct serving temp and it reminded me of an oatmeal cookie with a side of coffee or dipped in coffee.

M: Smooth, Rich, creamy

I would say if you like a dark roast coffee you will like this beer.

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Photo of muletrane
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (2010 vintage) into a snifter.

A: Pours an opaque black. Dark creamy tan head. Lots of bubbles on top. Minimal lace.

S: Lots of coffee, some chocolate and alcohol notes as well.

T: Lots of bitter coffee, and tartness up front. Lingering bitter finish.

M: Creamy, sticky mouthfeel. Heavy body, light carbonation.

Overall this is a very nice stout. Coffee lovers rejoice here! I'll definitely be revisiting this next time around.

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Photo of marvin213
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black. Black like creamless coffee. I have to crane my neck in search of maybe the slightest reflection of light. The head pour provided a thin film that quickly dissipated. Lacing is definitely present. The smell is coffee. Black, strong coffee.

What do you know? The taste is like strong black coffee. I feel like I should be drinking this out of a coffee cup. I like it because it's tough like black coffee. I would almost ask for creamer if it weren't at the risk of losing tough points. I wonder how this one would pan out in a black-and-tan.

The oatmeal reveals itself best in the mouthfeel. This drink with breakfast? I think this is breakfast. It reminds me of Willa Wonka or something where I have this delicious assortment of fulfilling breakfast flavor all bottled up here in my serving glass. I imagine a little time would significantly affect this beverage.

In addition to detecting coffee, every sense detects imperial. It's not drinkable like a vented Coors light. It's drinkable like black coffee. As much as I would like to rate this beer high, the reality is that it's not that drinkable.

Unless your tough like me.

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Photo of element75
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Engine 15 in Jacksonville.

A: Deep black with a tan head, moderately lacy but fades to a thin ring

S: Major coffee smell with a little bit of chocolate in the background

T: Coffee is forefront and dominates the whole way through, but you can pick up some dark chocolate and roasted maltiness toward the end. There is more flavor to the beer than you would guess by the all-coffee smell.

M: Thick and creamy

O: I really enjoyed drinking this beer, even though the dominance of the coffee was a little more than I was hoping for. Not one of my top favorite Imperial Stouts, but one that I would drink again.

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

2012 Vintage poured in to snifter.

A - Black with a thin layer of medium brown head that immediately reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Really big coffee aroma is dominant with a hint of sweet molasses and roast in the background.

T - Big bitter espresso flavour up front with a touch of brown sugar sweetness and molasses. The finish is bitter with a big lingering coffee presence.

M -Medium body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

big thanks as usual to marvin213. Pours a strikingly dark near-black murkiness with a two-finger dark cocoa-powder colored head with impressive retention but minimal gobs of gooey lacing.

aroma stands up to the best of 'em. Coffeee. sweet malt, dark cocoa, a hint of maple, and an impressive dose of bitter espresso. almost a hint of sour cocoa and turkish coffee in the nose.

coffee dominates with some bitter earthiness, maybe a touch of green hops (or maybe its just more coffee?). Sweet dark malts. a touch of blackstrap molasses. A surprising bit of alcohol heat for the abv is a bit surprising and takes the flavors down a touch for me.

mouth is slick, oily and resinous with acidic coffee slickness. ample carbonation helps cut through the sticky coffee.

Potent and crazy coffee-forward, i was hoping for a touch more flavor and a hint less alcoholy heat, which makes the drinkability drop down a notch for me. but still an amazing brew and definitely one of my top coffee brews.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark black with a dark tan head. good retention and nice lacing.

S: espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt,

T: espresso, dark chocolate, dark roasted malt dominate. a trace of alcohol on the end.

M nice thick mouthfeel. low carbonation.

O: an awesome beer! i wish it was available in TX.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to barleywinebrewer for sending this my way, thanks again bill!

A wickedly huge whipped and rocky tan head formed on a pour of average intensity. Amazing retention with full clingy lacings supported by an average level of finely carbonated bubblings. The beer was black.

A nice nose on this one, creamy nuts, treacle, roasted barley and roasted coffee all evident. A whiff of smoke, hint of anise, and oatmeal also present. A twang of metal and a faint hint of earthy hops also present.

Treacle, nuts and big roasted flavours abound in this hearty stout. Hard for me to discern the contributions made by the coffee or roasted barley in this brew as a big and enveloping roasted character that obscures the contributions of the individual components. Oats appear to smooth out the roasted flavours, and allow the lighter nuances of smoke and anise to reveal themselves. Finishes in a metallic twang and mild earthy hop flavours.

An interesting, rich brew. Overall nicely balanced, and almost smooth and luxurious. Perhaps cellaring would smooth out the minor rough edges, which for me was my minor complaint regarding the synergy between the strong roast flavours and metallic twang, each emphasizing the other. All in all though this is a very well balanced double stout that hides its alcohol well.

A pretty drinkable brew, the flaked barley and oats give a rich and tasty character to this brew. Big roast character and metallic edge limit the approachability and drinkability of this brew, but i would definately recommend any stout adventurer try this brew.

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Photo of BeerRun13
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last beer from BIF Across America. Thanks to DeaconBluez for this one.

I think this is the right beer. My bottle says Monster 2006 Beer Tour, and has a highe ABV of 8.1%.

Pours black as night. A slight garnett color maybe appears on the sides when holding to a 100 watt bulb. Has a small tan head that settles to a ring and laces decently.

Strong aroma of sweet malty coffee and dark chocolate. A slight fruit essence behind there somewhere. A definite alcohol aroma also wafts up.

A strong roasted coffee flavor hits you up up front followed quickly by a sweet burnt chocolate flavor. A roasted coffee biterness is left behind. The first sip is the strongest for sure.

Very full bodied. It is somehow as slick as the motor oil looking beer would suggest. Flavor grabs the palate just right.

It might be tough to drink to many of these. It would probably be great with dessert. Overall a good beer, but could use a little more variation in the flavor. But I think they got what they were trying for.

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Photo of RossCain
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into a 12oz snifter:

A: Dark, strong coffee black with a small tan head. Overall, good retention and looked like what you might expect from a carbonated, thickly brewed coffee.

S: Roasted coffee that has been immediately iced but retains the "fresh coffee aroma". Attractive, inviting, and intriguing.

T: Again, I was hit upfront by the strong taste of freshly brewed, roasted coffee. The malt backbone is strongly prevalent but you will be more than overwhelmed with the undertones of espresso, dark chocolate, and roasted flavor associated with a cup of fresh brewed, strong coffee.

M: Medium to full bodied. A decent amount of carbonation that tends to linger in the mouth upon sipping. For 8% alcohol, the booziness was entirely innocuous and instead you will find with this beer a characteristic bitter aftertaste of straight up, fresh (albeit, cold) brewed coffee.

D: Sippable and highly enjoyable as a nightcap. About as drinkable as a single cup of strong coffee in the morning. In my honest opinion, this beer was the perfect finisher to a night at the bar after three other beers but I would be hesitant to drink more than one.

Overall, the Terrapin Wake N' Bake is, in my opinion, an outstanding example of tasty, coffee flavored American Double. You will more than likely only pick up on strong notes of freshly brewed, black as midnight arabic coffee flavor but nevertheless and enticing brew to finish your night upon.

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Photo of alexk307
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Motor oil black with little brown head. No lacing.

S: COFFEE. Lots and lots of coffee. Smells like a freshly ground bag of coffee beans.

T: Again, lots of coffee. Some caramel and dark chocolate as well. No taste of alcohol at all.

M: Medium bodied for a stout. Not too thick where you can't drink more than one, but not too thin also.

O: Pretty interesting beer. Definitely something I'm glad I bought but not sure if I'd buy it again.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a thick, motor-oil black with a small, dense mocha head. The foam disappears pretty quickly leaving no lacing on the inside of the glass.

The aroma is more coffee than stout but that's not a bad thing at all - there's a strong roasted component to the nose and a complimentary sweetness that's very inviting.

The flavor is nicely balanced with a smooth sweetness of treacle and molasses complimented by a strong roasted coffee flavor and a good deal of bitterness as well. If there's any alcohol in this beer it's not present in the taste; there's no odd sweetness and no alcohol burn at all.

The moutfeel is textbook oatmeal stout with a lucious creaminess and smooth mouthfeel. The beer is lighter bodied than you'd expect - it's medium bodied at best but the texture is pure latte foam with a very full, smooth consistency and enough carbonation to really liven up each sip. The finish is a wee bit on the bitter (roast bitterness, not hops) side which is about the only think keeping this from a perfect score.

This is a very drinkable beer and I'm looking forward to having another one soon. It's not likely a beer you'd want to session (even if the ABV were lower) because of the 'big' taste but it's certainly something worth craving!

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Photo of tmm313
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very thick pour. Almost pitch black with creamy 1/4 finger head that quickly dissipates. Good lacing for the style.

Smell: I smell dark fruits and caramel from the malts more than anything: raisins, plums, molasses, etc. There's also coffee, light chocolate, subtle hops and a some booze.

Taste: Again with the big malt presence. Dark fruits, caramel tones and some char. Good dose of coffee and bittersweet chocolate comes out mid way. Slight hops and booze show up right at the end, accenting the leftover flavors.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy body with crisp carbonation. There's a little bit of booze, too. Nice bittersweet chocolate aftertaste.

Overall: This was pretty good. To me, it doesn't quite stand up to some of the other heavy hitters, but it is still enjoyable.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle that I got as a lovely extra from BA user AlexFields. Well this beer is like a black pearl with just a hint of tan head. A thin off white/tan ring always hangs around the edge of my glass, no light penetrates this beer. The aroma highlights the coffee, roasty malts, cacao, and "breakfast" quality (probably the oats). So well balanced, I love how the oat in this beer contributes to its roundness. There are amazing coffee, cacao, and complex roasted flavors. The flavors play well together, the taste is the strong point here. A tad sharp and hot on the finish, but otherwise a nice thick toothsome stout. In total I truly like this creation.

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Photo of hophugger
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazingly dark chocolate brown that does not allow the light through. Minimal head and decent lacing. Aroma is of roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and cereal grain. Taste is an explosion of flavor. Strongest is coffee and lightly roasted coffee beans, followed by some bittersweet chocolate and a touch of cereal. Mouthfeel is chewy and coats the mouth and throat quite well. Alcohol is present but hidden fairly well considering the high ABV. Overall, balances out quite well leaving an aftertaste of chocolate and coffee. This is a bold and awesome beer. Quite the winter warm-up !!!!!

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the 2008 vintage, wish I had a fresh one to compare it to.

The appearance is thick, black, and produces a one finger cocoa head. The head stays for a while, produces no lacing.

The smell is very faint, but coffee is a very strong smell. There are also hints of bitter chocolate and burnt grains.

The tastes are good, but would of been so much better fresh. There are hints of chocolate and toffee, but lots and lots of coffee. Lots of oatmeal and grain flavor as well, delicious.

The mouthfeel is still perfectly carbonated for being this old, and is heavy on the palate. There was a bit of oxidation, but it did not hurt anything.

Very drinkable and very tasty, wish I could have a fresh bottle.


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

Thanks to ericwo for this awesome extra... a beer which was high on my wants awhile back but one that I had forgotten about.

Pours black with a light brown head. Of course, we get a bunch of coffee in the nose. Huge coffee and oat on the taste buds... this is not a case of bait & switch by any means. It is palette damaging... but the side of bacon still tasted porky!

I had this, this morning along with pancakes. This was the best morning of my life. My first offering from Terrapin and certainly, not my last.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass.
A - Pours black with a big caramel colored head that shrinks pretty quickly.
S - Coffee, chocolate & vanilla
T - Nice coffee flavor
M - Medium mouth feel, low carbonation
O - Good stout, coffee is straightforward, I could see having this with a doughnut on a Saturday morning.

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

Picked up a single from Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem, PA. It's funny, I realized after my first sip this beer tastes just like (though probably a bit better) an imperial espresso porter I made. I guess it just goes to show that the java here really dominates everything else. I really had trouble pulling out any oat character and even the big chocolate barley flavors were relegated to the background. This is still a pretty great coffee stout, but this beer is all about the beans. Don't expect much else.

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Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Roasty coffee beans, some milk chocolate, rich breadiness, touch of vanilla.

L: Jet black, tan head that dissipates quickly.

T: Coffee like malt with some bready sweetness. Low bitterness with cocoa and more coffee. Some roast near the finish that is both coffee-like and grain-like.

M: Medium full body, low carbonation.

A really solid beer, reminds me a lot of FBS.

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

Look: Dark black. Not much head. Glass soapiness apparent.

Smell: Tabasco, coffee, soy sauce.

Taste: Upfront taste is roasty-smoky coffee, which transitions into momentary
malty sweetness and alcohol, then concludes with semi sweet choco espresso bitterness.
Huge flavors;Very intense. Lingers on the palate.

Feel: Some booze burn and prickliness. A little syrupy.

Overall: A big beer with very intense flavors. Enjoyed, but truth be told, I was
almost running out of gas with respect to flavor-intensity overload. Don't
think I could have drunk much more than 12 oz. Surprisingly very little fogginess
given the nearly 10% ABV.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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 MichaelMeister
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer on tap at Max Lager's American Grill & Brewery in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: dark brown.
Aroma: chocolate with a noticable fruity character.
Taste: light for a stout - malty, with a slight hoppy flavor and plenty of bitterness.
With a nearly 8% ABV, the taste of alcohol was barely noticeable.
A nice tasting stout.

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

On tap at UJ's on the Manatawny today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is nice enough, with coffee, chocolate and a touch of cola. Flavors replicate the nose on this easy to drink and appreciate oatmeal stout. Also, I like how this beer starts out initially with some moderate sweetness, but finishes with a smooth, dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is pretty good. Alcohol is barely noticeable in this easy going stout.

Nothing special here, but a nice enough beer. Good stuff.

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

Bottled in December 2011, and opened for a head-to-head comparison with Founders Breakfast Stout.

Pitch black pour with a heavy consistency, but was clearly less viscous than the FBS' syrupy drizzle from the bottle. Head is darker and less abundant, as were retention and lace. Still looks good, though.

Aroma reminds me of a "blonde" roast with plenty of caramel & bittersweet chocolate alongside. By contrast, the Founders brew smelled like ordering a coffee "black" with only a touch of malty sweetness lurking closely behind. Advantage: FBS.

Everything from the nose comes together in the taste, but it's somehow both sweeter and darker than Breakfast Stout. Feels like the Terrapin's coffee roast is of a darker, more bold variety than the Founders', yet WnB's flavor profile is noticeably more sugary. The blacks are a deeper black, and the highs are higher, but dynamic range is more desirable in the A/V field than in beer. Again, I prefer Breakfast Stout.

I'm a huge fan of adding oatmeal to stouts, porters, and brown ales. WnB is a full-bodied brew and shows a stickiness not found in its rival. However, it still falls short in comparison to the luscious creaminess that Breakfast Stout delivers.

Overall, Wake-n-Bake is a good beer that's deserving of your beer money. I enjoyed it more before pitting it against Founders' remarkable Breakfast Stout, and its score certainly would be higher if the two were not reviewed side-by-side. That said, I cannot see myself ever choosing WnB over Breakfast Stout when given the choice. Both are quite good, but FBS is simply on another level of craftsmanship (brewmanship?) when push comes to shove. Cheers!

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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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