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

W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutW-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout
3,954 Ratings
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.

Added by rajendra82 on 02-15-2005

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Photo of KAP1356
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature snifter...

A - Poured a relatively normal dark brown color that borders on black. A foamy, mocha colored head forms and retains for a bit.

S - Really nice aroma here. Tons of black coffee comes out along with a chocolate that reminds me of chocolate covered coffee beans. Theres a richness of the aroma that reminds me of fudge. Really very nice and an awesome aroma for a coffee oatmeal stout.

T - Coffee and chocolate really takes the stage here. Strong bitter coffee mixed with brownie like chocolate richness. I get a little vanilla in there as well which is nice.

M - Medium to heavy bodied beer. Creamy and rich with a slight dryness.

O - Really nice beer and a definite contender for best breakfast stout. Will definitely look for this one again sometime.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle inadvertently left at my house by mrkrispy a few months back. I'm drinking it, Alex. Consumed on 9/13/2009 and poured into a sifter. The bastard turtle is making cookies on the label and now I'm craving a cookie. Bastard.

A hard pour yields virtually no head. The liquid pours black as a post apocalyptic winter night. It appears viscous like motor oil.

For a coffee stout, this smells pretty good. I'm surprised it smells so good, considering I'm not a Terrapin fan. The coffee is black, the malt is heavily roasted, and the chocolate is dark (like a preapocalyptic winter night) and unsweetened. Oatmeal is evident beneath the coffee onslaught. This might remind you of a cookie if you injected shitloads of coffee into the cookie.

The flavor is sweeter than I'd have guessed from the aroma. The coffee is still strong, and though it still subjugates the other flavors it's not quite as strong as it is in the nose. The malt has a moderate roasted quality to it. The chocolate is dark and oatmeal is noticeable. I suppose this tastes a bit like a cookie. Bitterness and alcohol are noticeable in the rich chocolate coffee finish.

The beer is full bodied with upper low carbonation and a full and chewy mouthfeel. A good coffee oatmeal stout. There's no denying that, though I could do without the sweetness in the flavor.

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Photo of Slynger
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep opaque dark chocolate color with a slim mocha lid.

Smells of sweet chocolate malts, molasses, and oats with roasted black coffee.

The feel is nicely smooth and lightly creamy in a full body. Flavors of sweet dark chocolate and oats with hints of prunes lead, as mild roasted malts and black coffee leave the finish lightly dry and bitter.

This is my first Terrapin brew and I am impressed. While I am not a huge coffee drinker, I do find the coffee flavor of this beer to be quite pleasant. Wake-n-Bake is a very nice beer that I would be more than happy to get my hands on again. I wouldn't mind tryin' a cup of Jittery Joe's either.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AgentMunky
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernadus goblet. I'm rather surprised I haven't already reviewed this beer...This particular bottle is Vintage 2011 and more than a year old.

A: A finger of dark brown head forms on this impenetrable beer. Good lacing.

S: Potent and wonderful. Deep, deep coffee, perilously black and fathomless, enticing the nose to delve into the abyss. Sweet chocolates, excellent malt, and generally impressive.

T: Age has taken most of the zing out of the Jittery Joe's and what remains is a pleasant mishmash of milk chocolate, wet oats, thick booze, flat coffee, and lost hops. The aftertaste is bittersweet and not the finest feature (that distinction belongs to the nose and initial taste.

M: Smooth, thick, and uncarbonated.

O: I know this to be an excellent beer. Although I don't think ageing improved it, I still recommend it hardily. Will drink again.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pitch black and oily-looking n the pour. Half an inch of light brown head that fell to thin congregation on the surface.

Sweet lactic nose with some medium-roast coffee, tart berry, and caramelly grain. Not so heavy with the roast. No char or smoke. Just a fruity coffee, with some sugars.

Now the taste, on the other hand, is a fully-realized sweet coffee with cream. A dollop of cream, implied from the lactose. There's a nice chewy, bitter oatmeal quality that punctuates the malt. Very oat-forward malt bill. It does wonders for the mouthfeel, too. Nice and chewy and smooth, but the taste bows out for that great coffee flavor and bitterness to finish out the taste. Some tart cherry and almond in there. Maybe I should say orgeat.

A prime coffee stout, and an even more prime Imperial Coffee Stout. A beer I always seem to forget about, and when I see it again, thoroughly enjoy it like it was the first time.

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Photo of deebo
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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 glid02
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours completely black with a one-finger light brown head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles sitting on top of an oily looking top with a thin ring around the glass. Not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells of coffee and coffee alone. As it warms I get faint whiffs of roasted malt, but the coffee is still huge.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Coffee up front, followed by a bit of roasted malt and ending with a solid amount of coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel is great. Very smooth and silky thanks to the oatmeal with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is good - if you like coffee, and actually even if you're not a huge fan of coffee, as I am not.

Overall this was interesting as I recently had a bottle of last year's batch. The coffee is much larger in the fresh, on-tap version than it was earlier. It's a matter of preference as to whether you should drink it now or let it sit for a bit, but either way it's definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a glass. Vintage 2012

A: Pours a very dark brownish black with a half finger dark tan head. Some visible carbonation visible. Not really any lacing.

S: Coffee, roasted malt, almost a peppery spice to this as well.

T: Quite a balanced beer. Coffee isn't as strong as anticipated. More of a roastiness and dark fruitiness. Oatmeal in there as well as chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden. Decent bitterness from the hops.

M: Very smooth full body with a creamy mouthfeel. On the low end of carbonation. Clean finish. Very easy drinking.

Overall a real tasty brew that I think may be better a little closer to its season. I know coffee is a flavor that tends to fade with time and I think that has happened with this beer.

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Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review transcribed from notes dated May 2009.

12oz bottle acquired via trade.

Nice black color with a well-formed and lasting tan head.

Aroma of coffee and roast as well as some chocolate. Very rich.

Flavor is lots of coffee and roasted malt with a little chocolate and a slight coffee astringency at the end. Coffee is very well integrated.

Palate is nice and full but carbonation is a bit too high.

Overall this is a great one. Loved it on cask too, but that will have to be a different review.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this in a recent trade with onenote81. Thanks for the chance to try this regional seasonal! Bottle marked as Winter 2010 vintage.

Pours a dark "black" coffee brown. Head is, unfortunately, unimpressive with just a meandering few bubbles. Lacing is fairly absent, expectantly. Cold, this brews nose plays on the yeast used. I can't quite identify it but maybe a Scottish Ale Yeast... It's not funky or overpowering but there is something definitely there. Fudge and coffee are there as well but, all in all, the aroma is fairly tame.

A light bitterness is immediately present which makes this coffee/oatmeal/breakfast stout a nice sipper. Very smooth and dangerously drinkable, the mouthfeel is very silky. No astrigency. Really... Those oats just make this so easy to drink. Drinkability? High. Coffee and cream. Subdued alcohol? I didn't detect ANY.

Simple and delicious but a bit too simple for the style IMHO. No powerful scents in the nose. No strong flavors in the taste. Although very drinkable, this misses the mark for a breakfast stout due to high ABV but misses the mark for a double/imperial for lack of substance. A good beer, most definitely, but not to style.

Wake and Bake? For sure. I would love to waste away an early morning with a few of these bad boys.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of franksnbeans
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glugs out pitch black with an obscene amount of cocoa colored soapy head that dies pretty quick. Draping sheets of lace occur with each sip. Smell of huge roasted coffee beans, coffee grounds, cocoa and a tiny bit of hops. Tastes of the yummy coffee beans, sweet malt, a little hazlenut and a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium with way too much carbonation. Kind of stings. No ABV apparant at all. This would be one of my favorites if it wasnt for the carbonation. Well worth drinking nontheless.

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Photo of EricTKole
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WunderLlama
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

Good coffee flavor

Feel the abv

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Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage.

Beer is pitch black with a moderately-sized tan head. Head fades fairly quickly.

Nose is full of coffee. Hard to get past it, but there is also some chocolate, gives a bit of a mocha scent.

Taste is more varied. Coffee is still the main event. But there is chocolate and roasted malt. Impossible to say that the coffee is really mixed in with the other flavours, as it is quite dominant, but it is more integrated than the smell indicated. Mildly bitter.

Full bodied, but not particularly heavy. Moderate carbonation. Slick.

Overall, very good. The coffee is too heavy for my personal tastes - I prefer beers that seem to integrate the coffee more, such as Peche Mortel and Speedway. However, as I am not a coffee drinker, it is a testament to the quality of this beer that I still find it quite good.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to the FormatKid for sending this beer my way. My wife and I enjoyed these greatly! This beer is the 2006 vintage. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very pleasing solid black colored body. The head is a dark burnt tan coloration one finger high. The head quickly resolves to a ring of foam.

Smell: The beer has a load of chocolate fudge to the nose. The beer is backed up with a very pleasing dark roasted coffee. Spicy alcohol supports the smell.

Taste: The beer is very smooth. Dark roasted coffee combines with choco / vanilla maltyness. The beer has a hint of maple. The beer has some nice floral acidic coffee back taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is very smooth. The beer has a very good roasted toasted char tones. The carbonation is low. The beer doesnt have a body big enough for my liking. I would have liked a bit more chewyness to this beer. This is a dam nice stout. I wouldnt hesitate buy or drink this one again. I definately reccomend this beer to my fellow BA's.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a tulip pint, pours thick like oil, one finger thick tan head fades leaving trailing and uneven lacing, dark black coloring.

s- holy coffee, some sweet cream, really really smells like a pint full of iced coffee, this is amongst the most coffee smelling beers i've had.

t- choc full of coffee, tastes like a glass of coffee with a splash of cream it in, roast is there, not overly intense, dark chocolate, sweet cream.

m- full, creamy, nice.

d- nice, i'm drinking this at noon on a tuesday and it's hitting the spot. this would pair awesome with a short stack of pancakes and a side of extra crispy bacon. i'd definitely drink this again.

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Photo of jdimento
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KM_Seahawk
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours an ink black with a one finger mocha colored cap. The head fell rather quickly, receding to just a thin collar and some small patches over the body of the beer.

The aroma is fresh ground coffee beans, deep roasted malt, some booze and maybe a little toffee/butterscotch. Coffee dominates, no doubt about that.

Bitter roast, fresh ground coffee, rolled oats, and some creamy dark chocolate through the middle before bitter roast and coffee blend with a little ethanol heat in the finish. A mild warming, nothing detracting.

A nice, big, full body with a smooth, creamy feel. The finish is a little bit of warming, but mostly bitter roast malt and coffee.

This beer is delicious. The oats lend a nice balance to all this roast and coffee. This is one I would seek out.

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Photo of anteater
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle 2012

A: pours a dark, nearly black, color with a thin light brown head

S: like putting your nose into a glass full of coffee beans. coffee aroma sticks out right away followed by dark chocolate.

T: incredibly smooth. the coffee flavor is still the first thing noted in this beer, however it is more well balanced among the chocolate and milk flavors. a lactic after tastes lingers on the roof of the mouth and a small but perfect amount of hop flavor remains on the tongue. alcohol is not very detectable in this beer.

M: slightly thicker than average. slightly below average carbonation.

O: i picked up one 12oz bottle with the intention of testing it before committing to a larger quantity. having had it, i would definitely buy more. it has most of the qualities i appreciate in an imperial stout, notably the balance between coffee and chocolate flavors. i would compare it to founder's breakfast stout (but just not QUITE as good).

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black beer with a two finger brown head.

Nose: Dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, pumpernickel, milk, oatmeal and vanilla.
Taste: Coffee, like newbrew coffe in the morning, dark chocolate, dark bread, roasted malt, homemaid, vanilla ice cream and raisin.
A full body with a hint of carbonation.

A really easy drinking imperial stout!

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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SammyJaxxxx for this extra.

I usually don't care for coffee beers. Most of them remind me of stale or underwhelming coffee. But not this one. There is a terrific balance in this beer. I found it to be remarkable drinkable and thoroughly enjoyable, even though I usually don't care for oatmeal stouts, either.

The coffee is the first thing you smell, but it is not dominant. It's mingling with a little chocolate, a little roastiness, and a some tropical fruits. The beer looks great in the glass, although the head is a little more pale than expected from a beer this dark. Alcohol is barely perceptible, and somehow, this manages to be light.

This one was gone before I knew it. Delicious.

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Photo of John1985
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours with an expresso color with little head, Aroma had faint roasty malt with coffee overtones. Rich, dark roasted flavor up front that rolls off the tongue very smoothly into the finish. Chocolate and coffee flavors are evident. Well balanced with sweet malt, and roasted bitternes. This masks the strength of 8.1% very well. A very well made strong stout that will please most palates.

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W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 3,954 ratings
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