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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutTerrapin 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by rajendra82 on 02-15-2005

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Photo of Matt1553
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What makes this stout so excellent is how well the coffee is blended with the beer. In this respect, Wake n' Bake is one of the most successful coffee stouts out there. The base beer does not match the quality of Goose Island Bourbon County or Great Divide Yeti. Unlike these beers, however, Wake n' Bake requires no aging--it is perfectly balanced right now.

Rating: 9.1

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Photo of Kvlterbm
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle to snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with about half a finger of milk chocolate colored head that dissipated quickly.

S: Coffee and chocolate aromas hit the nose right away, and dominate the smell of the beer. Some roasted malt as well.

T: A blast of coffee right up front that leads into the chocolate. There's a green, grassy hop flavor as well, and chocolate lingers on the palate once that subsides.

M: Pretty much what you want from a beer like this. Not overly thick or thin, viscous, and some nice creaminess.

O: A very solid imperial stout, and a great coffee stout. My first Terrapin beer, but it definitely lived up to its reputation.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a thin light brown head. Some subtle wisps of lace.

S: In your face freshly ground dark roast (like really dark roast) coffee. Espresso, rich earthy and nutty coffee notes and cream. The cream emerges more as the beer warms and I start to pick up a sugar cookie note.

T: Tons of dark roast coffee just explode in your mouth with each sip. Burnt fudge, brownie brittle, hazelnut, vanilla, brown sugar and bittersweet baking chocolate. Finish shows a lot of bitter chocolate with a lingering espresso note. Fantastic.

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Photo of godmare
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep black pour with a half inch of fairly dakr brown head. Head doesn't last and lacing is minimal.
S- Definitely coffe and some oatmeal, touch of vanilla.
T- Strong coffee flavor, very sweet, bit of chocolate. I was told that there was some spice to this beer but I did not detect any. Very nice.
M- Medium to full body, coating, and very smooth.
O- I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and am disappointed I'll have to wait a year for more. Highly recommended!

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Photo of AwYeh
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received from cmmcdonn via trade. Thanks Chad!

A: Typical stout black, less than a finger of tan head.

S: Roasted malts; lots of coffee; a roasted nutty flavor, much like hazelnut; a bit of chocolate (somewhat hidden behind the coffee).

T: Tons of coffee once again, but not so much as to hide the other flavors. A creamy, milk chocolate stands out too, alongside delicious roasted malts. A bit bittersweet with notes of vanilla; a very, very small bit of oatmeal tanginess.

M: Medium+ body; a bit lighter than most stouts this flavorful but that's not a problem at all, in fact kudos to the brewers for managing this. Moderate carbonation with a pleasant coffee aftertaste.

D: This went down remarkably fast for a stout; if it was distributed around me I'm sure it would be one of my go-to beers. Fantastic, and for not costing double digits per bottle it provides much more enjoyment per dollar than most imperial stouts.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as extra in trade with Beerisheaven- Thanks!

A: pours a silky opaque black, dark brown head with no retention

S: bold, roasty coffee, notes of oatmeal and loads of dark chocolate... this smells delicious

T: the roasty coffee is all up front and followed by dark chocolate. Long and slightly sweet finish with lingering roasty notes on the palate

mf: slick mouthfeel, very silky texture, carbonation is a tad high

D: another delicious coffee infused stouts-- one of my favorite styles... not sure if this measures up to FBS or Surly Four, but it is certainly tasty!

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Photo of Aiptasia
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying right now shock chilled in the freezer for 20 mins from room temp in a red solo cup. Oh red solo cup, so old school.

A: Pours a coal tar black with absolutely no lacing. It's anti-lacing and will remove lacing from previous beers from the sides of your red solo cup. I'm seeing proof of this. God I love it.

S: Smells of the best cold espresso, brasil nuts, oily cigarette smoke and wet tar paper. It's as if your favorite dive bar was hosed down, mopped up in Wesley Snipes dew rag, and squeezed out of a 200 year old Mr. Coffee for your enjoyment.

T: Tastes of so many complex coffee variants with a definite tobacco and cocoa backend. Wet throughout with alcohol well balanced. Aftertaste reeks of chewed cohiba cigar, Kahlua and smoked hops. Maybe that's their secret, pre-smoking the hops. Slight alcohol on the exhale with a slight peanut flavor from the oats.

M: Wetness. Carbonation is an afterthought. Starts wet, finishes wet. Minimally carbonated so it goes down like a wet slipper.

O: A stout with a lot of character. It's impressive, but I must suggest that Intuition Ale Works beer called The Underdark eclipses it.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.
Vintage 08 FX.

Very syrupy, deep chocolate in color beneath a slightly creamy, coffee-colored head. Dimpled lacing with decent strength, but not much.

Fragrant molasses and caramel with a distinctly slick port alcohol character. Vinous-aged fruit: plum, raisin, dark cherry. Intense yet well balanced.

Deep, rich molasses; very slick rather than a roasted malt character. Bold, complex bourbon-port alcohol flavor; heavy hints of slick smokiness. Aged currant, cherry, raisin. Notes of espresso and warming bourbon in the finish.

Full in body; quite slick which works well with the flavor profiles. Texturally, not what I expect from an Imperial Stout, but it works nonetheless.

A very unique offering; tastes like a whiskey-aged version. Lacking the rough hop bite and chewiness of what I've come to expect from the style, but who cares when it tastes this good.

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Photo of brentk56
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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Photo of sholland119
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very deep opaque brown with a little bit of quickly dissipating head.

S-Oh, yeah! Fresh ground coffee roastiness with some background sweetness to round things out.

T-Very well balanced and delicious. Oatmeal sweetness combine with roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Easy drinking and memorable.

D-Medium bodied, creamy from the oatmeal with fine carbonation to boot.

D-I could drink this all night.

HV

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Photo of kevanb
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a jet black color, mild burgundy hues around the glass when held to the light, a nice finger of thick mocha or dark caramel head that has nice retention and is easily conjured with a quick flick of the glass, lacing leaves a bit to be desired however. The aroma is big on the toasted oats, it’s like sticking your face into an oven of oatmeal cookies, the label is not lying about that. Roasted coffee notes come through but it’s mild and extremely pleasant, dark bitter chocolate is a player as well with an almost milky lactose quality at the end that plays well with the coffee and chocolates. Big roasted coffee flavors burst onto the tongue, silky smooth milk chocolate flavors are definitely present, the toasted oats are less dominating but still play a nice role. It has a nice milky texture although has a surprisingly crisp carbonated finish.

Verdict: Great stout from Terrapin. The big oat aromas mixed with the robust coffee flavors really do wonders for this beer. Definitely worth tracking down.

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Photo of Metaldude05
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown head, nice coffee smell. This is probably the best easy to get coffee stout in my area. Very strong dark coffee taste in comparison to the subtle creamier taste found in most stout makes wake n bake stand out. I've had this one a hundred times living less than an hour from the brewery and
Still try the new batch every year

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Photo of ixodus
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown in color with a small brown cookie dough colored head. Head retention and lacing are good

S: Rich espresso, burnt malt, milk chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of smoke. Smells delicious!

T: Black coffee and dark chocolate. Coffee lends a nice bitterness and finish while chocolate balances it with a slight sweetness. The finish is excellent the coffee lasts for an eternity after the sip.

M: Full bodied, creamy, and smooth, with prickly carbonation. Has a slight stickiness to it.

O: Great coffee stout! Very tasty! I wish it was available year round.

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Photo of Macky20
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Though Terrapin is readily available locally, I haven't seen this one. A good buddy brought this bottle back from a quick trip down to GA.

Poured from 12 oz bottle into large snifter producing a half finger of milk chocolate colored head that fades over a short amount of time. Aroma is huge coffee... this one smells like a strong cup of dark roast coffee only without the heat and steam! The enormous taste took me by surprise. Dark espresso with hints of dark chocolate and... you guessed it, oatmeal. I could seriously drink this with my breakfast... It's for coffee lovers indeed, but perfectly balanced so that the sweet malt backbone only enhances the combination of flavors. Carbonation is spot on, but lacing is surprisingly minimal. Mouthfeel is great and the drinkability.... well, lets just say that I normally take a good bit of time to drink one of these... letting it warm before the finish. I couldn't quit bringing the glass to my mouth. Well done Terrapin, I've finally found one that I like more than Founder's BS... and that's saying A LOT.

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Photo of kuranes
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Very dark with light crema-like brown head.

S: Deep coffee scent complimented by a light fruitiness that brings airs of vanilla and chocolate.

T: To say it tastes like coffee is to oversimplify this beer's flavor. First, it hits you with a smooth chocolately taste Next comes a somewhat sweet, creamy yet strong espresso flavor. Very slightly bitter aftertaste; much less that one would expect from an 8.1 ABV beer.

M: Creamy and smooth with a little tingling on the tongue.

D: Delicious but deadly. Remember that just because you can't taste the alcohol doesn't mean it's not there.

This has been one of my favorite beers of the winter. I plan on buying a few more 4-packs to cellar.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a couple of disappointing experiences with Terrapin brews, I had been cautiously reconsidering my early enthusiasm for them. But this beer restores my faith.

Pours deep, inky, oily black with a slow developing off color head that falls quickly. The aroma is powerful and laden with coffee, like excellent, fresh ground French Roast. The flavor carries this through, with a strong coffee tastes, rich and roasted and pleasantly oily. What's remarkable is how fresh this tastes, just like a big pile of freshly ground coffee on a cold morning. Everything in the flavor goes to supporting this coffee backbone and it pays off. The finish, however, is surprisingly delicate and the powerful coffee punch does not wind up being cloying or overwhelming.

The mouthfeel shows the oatmeal, with a strong, smooth, rich, unctuous flow over the tongue and a tiny prickle of carbonation at the back. It finishes remarkably dry and pleasantly bitter, like a good cup of thick black coffee.

Considering the strong flavor and powerful alcohol (which is nicely hidden in the flavor) this is a remarkably drinkable beer.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a near black with a small caramel colored head that quickly dissipates leaving only thin outer ring around the edge of the glass. Ok lacing

S - Roasty coffee grounds, sweet chocolate/oatmeal notes, sweet caramel malts.

T - All the aromas come through in the taste. Sweet oatmeal and chocolate flavors transition into a nice bitter roasty coffee flavor, perfect balance.

M - Medium bodied, not too heavy, mildly carbonated. Could drink a 4 pack of these for breakfast everyday.

O - Probably my favorite coffee stout, sweet and roasty well balanced and super tasty. love it

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Photo of julian
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark engine oil black, medium thick viscosity, thin dark tan bubbly layer of foam that dissipates quickly leaving minimal head, but a nice thin brown ring around the edges.

S: aroma is an intense fresh roast coffee aroma and some nice heavy chocolate. As it warms, the coffee aromas settle slightly opening up to more biscuit like oat aromas). At warmer temps the booze is also slightly more apparent. Very nice aroma. I just did a side by side with Founders breakfast stout, and it's considerably more aromatic than Founders.

T: At colder temperatures, flavors are of strong fresh roast black coffee and not much else. As it settles it feels more bready, biscuity, and almost chocolatey. Nice balance overall. Not too bitter despite the massive coffee infusion.

M: Smooth mouthfeel, good carbonation, great, thick bodied brew.

D: This is a great brew, although to truly enjoy it, it must be savored over some time, to allow it to warm and really open up. At colder temps it's a little harsh on the coffee. Despite this, it's a great brew and easy drinker.

Additional notes:
This has been compared to Founders Breakfast Stout. In my opinion, I do not think Terrapin set out to recreate FBS, but to create something of their own, and they achieved that. There are similarities between the two, but these are indeed different beers. They are both excellent. If I had to choose, I actually think my coveted FBS has now been dethroned. Terrapin's offering is more aromatic, and flavorful and just better all around.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter.

A: SRM is black/deep dark brown. Opaque. Head is darker tan, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium/light carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Oat, coffee, dark roast chocolate malt, hops (cascade/tettenager?), a slight waft of alcohol.

T: Big rich dark roast chocolate malt, oat, coffee, light hops, a bit of alcohol.

M: Full body. Viscous. Feel is very full and robust, but not overwhelming. Big malt, chocolate notes, full dark roast coffee, and mild alcohol give a lot of thickness to this beer. Hops step in to balance everything nicely. Semi wet finish.

O: W-O-W. This beer is fantastic. Such a full bodied stout. Great flavors and everything is well balanced. Overall, a tremendous beer. Will seek out again.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC on 11/27/09.

A - Appeared virtually black in the glass with deep ruby hues around the edges and a creamy tan head that settled to a thin patch that skimmed along top.

S - Really fresh, authentic coffee aroma with a pleasant chocolate sweetness. Sweet vanilla notes and roasted malt round out the aroma.

T - Mmmm... fresh roasted coffee with hints of vanilla and chocolate. This is a very coffee-forward beer with plenty of malty goodness and a hint of chocolate syrup. More complex notes of bitter Belgian chocolate open up as it warmed. However, the coffee presence really dominates the overall flavor. Finishes with a touch of hop bitterness and slight lactic notes.

M - Bordering full-bodied with a creamy, robust mouthfeel and soft carbonation, as well as some oily slickness. Fair amount of bitterness in the finish with some mild bristle on the tongue.

D - Fantastic and very authentic coffee beer that is aptly named. I could drink this at 7:30 in the morning!

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice looking in the glass, black topped by a less than one finger tan head. A few large bubbles, but mostly small and tight. Head disappears at a decent rate.

Aroma is quite nice- dark molasses, raisins, and a bit of smoke..

Flavour is sweet and fruity, yet also smoky right up front. a bit of charcoal and raisins, with some plum and chocolate underneath. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel only takes a hit because of carbonation that's a good bit higher than I'd like in this beer. Other than that, the hearty, thick liquid is very pleasing.

The higher carbonation is the only thing keeping this from getting a five on drinkability.

Be well
-UF

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 08

Formerly Wake n' Bake, I guess that was too shady?

A. Poured into a clean glass. Dark brown with a small khaki head and no lace. Completely opaque.

S. Coffee liqour aroma with roasted malt notes.

T. Robust flavor. Roasted malts and a strong coffee bean prescence. Light herbal hop on the back end. Vanilla like at times. Unsweetened chocolate coffee finish with a lingering smokiness.

M. Silky smooth velvet creaminess.

D. I would open the day with this every day in an ideal world.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to HFS sniffer

A:Dark dark brown the color of black coffee with a thin lacing of mocha foam around the glass but there was basically no head. The thing is completely opaque and is looking good.

S: This thing smells like freshly ground coffee it is super powerful and I love it, not much else there but I really don't care.

T:follows the nose tastes more like coffee then beer even has more of a coffee then hop bitterness but there are plenty of other flavors in there like sweet chocolate and oatmeal not much hops but doesn't bother me as coffee is what I want

M: Thick and very chewy definitely like toffee you can almost feel the coffee bitterness which is great. Pretty drinkable but could be a little heavier as it is somewhat oily regardless pretty good.

O:Wow I really loved this beer but I also love coffee if you don't this beer isn't for you but it is the purest coffee taste I have ever have in a beer and I am quite impressed to style all the way get this beer if you can.

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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 OBeerMeGreatOne
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Got a four pack in a trade with bradcochran1234.

Pours out black with chocolate highlights around the edges. Small head, no lace.

The smell is heavy on the coffee, a bit of chocolate and earth are in there as well.

Mmm, very smooth roasted black coffee starts the taste. Chocolate, earth and molasses follow close behind. Oatmeal makes a nice appearance too. Goes down like carbonated silk!

Excellent Oatmeal/Coffee Imperial Stout. Ranks up there with Speedway by Alesmith and Péche Mortel by Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel! Glad I saved two for the cellar.

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