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 DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2008 Vintage, received from goryshkewych. Thanks!

AL Jet black with zero light coming through. Mocha head that recedes fairly fast.

S: Medium-roasted coffee with some dark chocolate. Oats and roasted malts. A little bit of milky sweetness. Definitely good

T: Coffee up front with a pleasant backbone of chocolate and cream. The alcohol does come through on the finish

M: Silky smooth with good carbonation.

D: I shall sip on this as i work on my homework!

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Photo of Homerbag
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a body like a cup of coffee. Foamy head is about the same, no retention at all. But the body is dark and mysterious.

Smell is of good coffee, chocolates, and a roasted malt backbone. Rich ad fun to quaff. Taste is creamy bittersweet chocolate with a complimentry dose of coffee. The malts are nice and roasty. There is a citric aspect to this , could be from some hops, or from the natural acidic qualities from the coffee beans. Thick and syrupy, just like a stout should be.

Not sure why this is called wake and bake, it's no where on the label. Plus I would prefer this as a nightcap or desert coffee. Either way, it is very good and enjoyable.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Kkipple was kind enough to throw one of these in during a recent trade. Thanks, much!

12 ounce bottle - 2008 vintage. 365th reviewer of this beer - cool!

Pours like a stout should. Dark brown edges on this thick black colored beast. The dark brown, creamy head surprised me, as well! Minimal lacing being served at the perfect temp.

Rich, heavily roasted coffee, oatmeal and light smoke on the nose.

Big coffee taste followed by dark chocolate, chocolate malts and thick, creamy oatmeal all in the first gulp. Aftertaste of very light, but present hops. The slightest bitter kick in the mix, as well.

Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is a bit too "wet" for me, but none the less, this is a quality beer.

Thanks again!

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Photo of cavedave
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another jawdropper of a beer from mrandypandy. Thanks!

Pours a darkest brown with a thin brown head that gives way to a nice skim, finally to nothing. Nice.

Smell is medium, full of rich dark roast coffee, hints of chocolate, roasty malt, tart yeast, a bit of spicy alcohol.

The taste is a marvel of balance in this big brew. It's a medium flavor, very clean, starting with the coffee, great flavor here, and skipping down the stout road holding hands with some delicious chocolate, some deep almost-burnt sugar, roasty malt, and arriving at a clean coffee bitter/earthy dry finish. Words do this no justice here, this freakin' rocks, absolutely delicious taste.

Rated for style it suffers a bit here, the mouthfeel is somewhat short of others in this style. It's a tad too low carb., even for style. It is viscous, just not quite enough, and promotes a great finish, but could do even better. It is creamy and light in the mouth.

Due to the wonderfully addictive flavor profile, creamy mouth, this is highly drinkable.

Impression: Had I the means, I would wake and bake with this stout every day. Sadly, Terrapin comes here not.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a pint glass.

a - A dark black with a very small amount of brown head. Very little carbonation is evident.

s - A strong smell of coffee is overpowering at first, than gives way to to some oatmeal and chocolate.

t - Has a smooth, creamy taste. Lots of coffee and some smooth oatmeal and vanilla aftertaste. Very nice.

m - A thick stout with little carbonation. This feels very smooth and goes down easy.

d - Overall, I really liked this stout. Very nice coffee flavor and very creamy and smooth. A very good breakfast stout that I look forward to drinking more of next weekend in line at Sexual Chocolate day.

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Photo of Drewcifer
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a solid black with a brown head on it that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is black coffee with a dusting of cocoa, slight raisiny/dark fruits aroma and a slight whiff of alcohol.

Very definite black roasted coffee taste, caramel malt taste up front, them some bitter chocolate that stays for a while.

Heavy body, slightly oily, bit of an aftertaste to it.

Overall, a very good beer, but I feel that it isn't a consistantly drinkable one. Good by the single, but I couldn't see getting a six-pack or case of it.

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Photo of johnd513
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to MSchae1017 for this one!
This beer pours jet black with a nice offwhite head. Smells of strong coffee, roasted malts and huge molasses that is very pungent and in your face. Right up front this beer is sweet, maybe too sweet. Tastes of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts with a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and nicely carbinated. Drinkability is good. A nice easy drinking stout especially considering the high abv.

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

black with a very dark brown head. very strong lacing. smells of coffee heaven, with big dark roast notes. the taste is less coffee, but it's there. bitterness comes through more than anything with a hint of alcohol. mouthfeel is thicker and smooth, little mouthcoating. drinkability is fairly good. It's a solid coffee stout. In my mind the flavor and mouthfeel are slightly lacking when compared to some of my favorites, but a very good offering nonetheless.

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

Bottle - 2012, pulled out of an ice bucket, setout for 20 min to warm up a bit.

Appear: Dark, nice tan head, some lacing, not motor oil like many stouts, oatmeal/coffee browning it up a bit.

Smell: Coffee and dough, oaty as it warms up, but lots of coffee, very great smell overall.

Taste: Very solid, good blend of coffee, but a bit on the dark/intense coffee flavor, actually blends better and not as forward as it warms up. Very good taste overall, this oaked would be a whole 'notha level and move it up.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, not chewy, not creamy/silky, in the middle. Carbonation was low so nothing offensive overall.

Overall: Very good to great stout with coffee and the oatmeal backbone. For a non-aged/oaked beer this is very nice.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz 2009 bottle

A - Pours a nice, thick black color with a thin tan head; no lacing to speak of

S - Heavy nose of coffee, espresso and mocha. Nice roasted malt aromas as well.

T&M - This doesn't fail to deliver in the "coffee" category. Nice java flavor with a slight balancing bitterness. Some sweetness and roasted flavors as well. Carbonation feel is higher then I would expect, but it's nice because it doesn't let the heavy flavors wear on the palette. This is full bodied but not too heavy.

D - Highly enjoyable is you dig the coffee flavors, which I do. ABV prevents this from sessionable territory, but this is a fantastic cold weather sipper.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 – so very fresh

Pours a beautiful thin pitch black with a dark 1 finger head. Smells of intense strong coffee easily dominate the nose. First sip is all coffee but not just any coffee but strong deep roasted burnt beans of the highest quality. The malts too are overly roasted & burnt and support the massive amounts of Jittery Joe. I know this beer well as I have enjoyed two or three sixtels over the years. As for coffee beers this is as good as any of the others out there. This years version is magnificent!

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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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Photo of KajII
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a thick pitch black with a thin (less than 1 finger) medium brown creamy head that reduced quickly to a small amount of residue that was left clinging to the glass thus producing some fair lacing.

The aroma was right of front with the odor of fresh ground roasted coffee, cereal malts and a doughy yeast with a note of dark chocolate and a touch of molasses.

The taste was extra malty and a tad bitter sweet with a nice chocolate note, and then a large dose of roasted coffee took over with a slight molasses sweetness and a mild alcohol finish. The flavor was left to linger for a really long time after the swallow with the taste of coffee being the most dominant.

Mouthfeel was a thick, chewy, and full in body with the texture being smooth and creamy yet just a bit oily and having a soft carbonation.

Overall a very impressive Oatmeal Stout with the coffee and oats melding so well it was almost breakfast in a bottle.

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

Appearance is very black. Virtually opaque with a half a finger of dark tan head. Lacing is minimal, but it's overall fairly menacing in a glass.

Aroma is up front with lots of roasted notes. Toffee, a bit of coffee and a faint chocolate aroma hold up the rear. The oatmeal lends a slightly bready quality to it.

Naturally, I'm searching for the coffee at first. But, it arrives more on finish with a fair bitter note and lingering after affect. Dry oats actually start the flavor train, moving to the biggest contributor: the roasted, toasted malts. Very prevalent. There is a hint of sweetness and chocolate as well. Underlining hops make a faint appearance. While the flavor is very yummy, seems as though the oatmeal takes a bit of the sting from the coffee; which I would like to see a bit more of.

The mouth feel is smooth and creamy, leaning more toward medium-full in body. Carbonation is there, and while really not overdone, a hint less wouldn't hurt either.

Good drinkability on this one, multiples would be no problem.

Overall, this is a very nice stout, and yet another pleasant offering that I've had from Terrapin.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle provided by Zorro. Many thanks.

This is a very good imperial stout, but I was really expecting a bit more of a coffee flavor. It's definitely there, but it seems a bit watered down by the rest of the flavor experience. Coffee or no coffee, it's a hell of a stout.

The beer pours to an opaque black. Impervious to light. Not even a brown hue towards the edges. There is very tiny, fizzy brown head that recedes in mere seconds after the pour. Subsequently no lacing, but as a result you can see the beers legs after it has been tipped back, much like a wine.

The smell is quite disappointing. I could barely coax anything out of it. Surprising for such a style, particularly a coffee stout. A slight vinous raisin and rum character and a hint of chocolate, but where is the rich, bold coffee? A little bit of an oatmeal smell as well, but only after practically huffing my glass. What little bit of aroma there is is good, but for such a style it should be much more prominent.

The taste is very good, however. Nice sweet oatmeal maltiness up front with a gentle roasted barley flavor. This fades into a vinous rummy raisin flavor, followed by a rich chocolate flavor and a mellow watered down coffee roast. The finish fades away surprisingly quick. A little more sweet than roasty.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Little carbonation at all. Despite it being very full bodied, it seems very watery. Probably something to do with the addition of the coffee. The alcohol is very well hidden, improving its overall drinkability rating. Compared to the Founder's Breakfast Stout I drank last night, however, this is almost child's play.

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Photo of zac16125
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
2011 Vintage

A: Pours a slightly viscous opaque jet black with just under 1 fingers width of a pretty, real dark mocha colored head, which unfortunately dissipates down quickly to only a very thin film and outer ring.  Leaves a fair amount of patchy lacing and a booze trail.  

S: Black coffee, roasted malts, a hint of bakers chocolate.  Not a lot of complexity on the nose, but quite pleasant if you are a coffee lover like myself.  

T: Sweeter than the nose implies.  Dark chocolate, iced black coffee, roasted malts and some hop bitterness on the backend. A touch of dark fruits, and a noticeable alcohol. Black coffee hangs around as a lingering aftertaste after each sip.    

M/D: Relatively smooth, medium bodied but thinner than many in the style.  Carbonation is also too high for the style, which detracts from the fullness and smoothness.  ABV is kept in check, and drinkability is high.

O: Overall, a solid offering.  Definitely better than middle of the road, but a number of shortcomings when compared to the best in the style (lack of complexity, strength of aroma and flavor, thinnish feel).  Certainly worthy of a drink, but don't expect KBS.

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

Kudos to jsanford for hooking me up with this as an extra.

A - Dark brown/black color that poured with minimal brown head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Roasted, bitter malts with a strong, rich coffee presence. I would actually really like to smell this one aged in some bourbon barrels, I think a little added sweetness would add new levels of complexity to this brew.

T - Strong coffee taste with not a ton of sweetness. Very bitter and roasty malts with a nice creamy almost creamier taste. Great coffee and some nice chocolate. The first taste is fantastic, but it seems to get thinner and more alcoholic as you drink it, with the coffee making it a one note thing.

M - Creamy, buttery, nice carbonation pop, full bodied.

D - Good beer, great surprise. Would like to get more.

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

Another generous offering from beerwolf77.
12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a huge three finger head that leaves some good soapy lacing. The beer is pitch black and lets no light through.

S- Big dose of coffee, chocolate and toasted malt. Some burnt notes in there as well. Seems to have a nice balance between milk and dark chocolate.

T- Bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Roasted malts and a small hop presence round out the taste to this one. Pretty big and bold.

M- Full bodied that has a bitterness from the coffee and chocolate. The carbonation isn't as apparent as the giant head would indicate.

D- A good beer that has a bunch of flavor but the bitterness from the coffee drops it a little bit. Another good beer from Terrapin.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours with quite a bit of foam-up. A dark mocha cap covers a midnight black beer. Rising above the top of the glass, it's a little jiggly like jello. It melts down pretty quick, letting me add the rest of the bottle without much delay.

Aroma - earthy roasted malts, burnt coffee beans. Intense stuff at first, then fades to a lighter but quite full aroma. Some chocolate and booziness come out with warming.

Taste - intense roasted malt, some char but not too much. Sweetness plays out in front of the grains. There is a peculiar flavor in there, a very green, cut grass flavor, kind of like a jalapeno pepper. The coffee flavor is there but doesn't taste particularly inspiring, Given, the beer is close to a year old, so perhaps some of the coffee freshness is gone. The swallow is an improvement, some abv warming and flavor to mix with roasted flavor and coffee. Finishes well, roasty and rich. Good stuff, probably better when fresh.

Mouthfeel - too carbonated. A sip is hard to taste at first, it's like Pop-Rocks in my mouth. I stirred the beer a few times, getting two to three fingers of foam to spring up. Releasing those extra bubbles allows the smoothness to come through, a fine asset that really improves things.

Drinkability - tasty, definitely gets better as it warms up. I should try a fresher bottle, I'd certainly have this again.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 2/5/2011.

Appearance: Head is the color of espresso with a touch of cream. Pours a surprisingly dark black with some dark browns and reds shining through in direct light. A nice smooth pour with some obvious body. Minimal visible carbonation.

Smell: Hello coffee. Roasted coffee beans, fresh brewed coffee, and the distinct aroma of coffee with a bit too much cream and sugar. It's all there. Some backing dark cocoa notes help at a mild bitter edge to the experience. Some roasted malts push toward burnt at times. No hopping to speak of, just more coffee. Rich and chocolatey with a minor smokiness on the back.

Taste: Iced coffee with a cocoa swirl thrown in for good measure. A little tough compared to the nose with a biting roasted, slightly burnt and smoky malt profile. Some dark chocolate and cocoa bitterness as well. Nice grainy backing profile that I think I can attribute to the oats. Some minor hopping with no real pronounced profile is barely there. Nice sweetness coupled with everything helps smooth it out a bit. So much coffee it's nuts.

Mouthfeel: A nice full, but not syrupy, body. Creamy and smooth. A little dry on the back. Drinks like coffee with cream without the associated flavor.

Overall: Coffee beer, with an emphasis on coffee first.

A huge amount of coffee ended up covering some of the other great flavors. If I could dial it back and let the malt profile shine a little bit more, this could easily compete with Founders Breakfast Stout, and that's lofty company.

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

On cask at Piper's Pub

A: Pours a midnight black color with a small one finger dark brown foam head. There is plenty of lacing down the sides of the goblet.

S: Decent amount of milk chocolate malt along with some roasted espresso, caramel and vanilla. Not much oatmeal present to the nose.

T: Starts off with a bitter espresso flavor. This flavor is quite prevalent throughout the tasting. In the middle, the rich milk chocolate give the beer a little more balance. On the back end, the milk chocolate, vanilla and yes some oatmeal really blend nicely with the bitter coffee and even the beer out more.

M: A full bodied beer that leaves a thick slightly bitter taste on the palate.

O: I enjoyed this beer but was hoping for a little less coffee and a little more richness from the oatmeal. Still, for the style it is a really tasty brew.

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

Picked up a four pack of this in Atlanta to share with the Michiana Coalition of the Drinking back in South Bend.
Gotta love the label. I always like it when reptiles can cook and wear clothes.
Looks very impressive when poured. Deep opaque black/brown with an awesome dense head. Bubbles rise very slowly. Nose is dark chocolate and malts. Taste is intense oats and malts, with coffee grounds and a nice charred smoky malts flavor. Mouthfeel is thick, and drinkability is good. Best turtle-themed beer I've had.

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

A beautiful black oil with a muddy brown heavy head and lace. very nice looking beer.
the smell is sweet malt and coffee. Very strong coffee, almost smells freshly brewed.
The taste is similar, with the coffee dominating the start and the finish while the malt takes the middle. Just enough hop presence to bitter things into a nice tasting beer.
She is full bodied with medium carbonation, keeping very true to style.
And finally, this beer is easy to sip on, the abv isn't ridiculous either, which means you can have a couple.

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


12 oz bottle from hdelavega into a Duvel tulip

A - Deep dark red, almost completely black. Poured with one and a half fingers of deep tan foam. Head retention is patchy and appropriate to style. Nice lacing - thick and oily.

S - Strong coffee aroma. Very nice. Some chocolate, too. Greets you with every sip. Did I say very nice? Very nice.

T - Whoa. Pretty complex. Delicious swirl of flavors - coffee, chocolate pudding, roasted malts.

M - Pretty thick, could be thicker, but leaves a nice coating on your tongue. Oily, almost. Really enjoyable.

O - Very impressed. Wish I could get this more often. Wowza. I had it with a dark chocolate covered caramel and loved it, but I can see how this would be phenomenal with breakfast. I don't want to over gild the lily, but I really enjoyed this beer a lot. I suppose for an "Imperial" Stout, it could have gone a little deeper in the flavor/aroma complexity, maybe it could have had a thicker mouthfeel... Whatever. It was great. Highly, highly recommended.

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W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 3,921 ratings.
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