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
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:
Formerly known as Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout and Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout.

Added by rajendra82 on 02-15-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,951
Reviews:
1,309
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8.94%
 
 
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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 sisuspeed
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip. Half a finger of dark tan head sits on top of a black body. The head maintains as a thin film, but still leaves some nice lacing.

Nice layers of roasted coffee bean and chocolate. Coffee still has some good presence even with some age on this beer, but it does seem more integrated than I'm guessing it was when the beer was fresh. Dark, earthy, well-roasted malts make up the background. Potentially a little bit of fudge and chocolate milk as well.

Coffee, chocolate, fudge and oatmeal on the tongue. This is quite tasty. Not overly complex, but the chocolate and coffee pair well.

Mouthfeel has a nice thickness to it from the oatmeal, but isn't sludgy like some of the heavier RIS's. Smooth, almost creamy. Good carbonation and the ABV is unnoticeable.

Drinkability is great. This brew is really easy to put back. A chocolaty, coffee-laced, liquid dessert. I would definitely pick this up again and would love to try it fresh. However, the coffee is still noticeable and has melded well with the rest of the beer with more than half a year on it. I also think this might be my first Terrapin brew. Looks like I'll have to check out the rest of their lineup.

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

12oz bottle with the Terrapin turtle in a chef outfit with a spatula and a frosty glass of beer in his hands. In front of him is a pan of fresh baked cookies and a steaming pot of coffee. To the far left is a description of the beer and to the right is the Government warning and a vintage year. This bottle is from 2012. This Georgia beer was poured into a Peg's Cantina snifter.

This coffee beer poured a straight up roasted coffee black color. It was one of those solid black colors where light had problems shining through it. I held it up to the light and all I saw was a reflection of myself. You can even hold a flashlight to this beer and the light will bounce back into the bulb. Impressive color! This would have been a top notch appearance if the head of foam was better. Up rose from this black brew a skim of mocha colored foam. It was around the 1/4 of an inch mark. When the beer realized that coffee doesn't have a head of foam, it disappeared in a blink of an eye. It only managed to leave behind a almost invisible string of tiny rings.

Saying this beer smells like coffee would be an understatement. It didn't smell like roasted coffee beans. It smelled like roasted coffee grounds. Behind the thick coffee ground wall was a touch of dark chocolate, a decent amount of roasted malt, a drop of molasses, and a subtle whiff of vanilla at the finish line. I certainly got the coffee portion of this coffee oatmeal Imperial Stout. I didn't get so much oatmeal in the aroma, but it was still a very good coffee based aroma. My nose had no problems with this beer.

Not only did it look like coffee, smell like coffee, but it also tasted like coffee. This beer sure loved the coffee grounds. Fresh coffee grounds. At least it didn't taste like coffee grounds that have been sitting in the coffee machine for a week. Stuck inside the coffee grounds was the roasted malt, dark chocolate, a dash of oats, a drop of molasses, and even a pinch of vanilla at the end. There's no denying this beer's love for the fresh coffee grounds.

This was a medium to full bodied coffee imperial stout with a nice level of carbonation and an aftertaste that was coffee ground based. That's not shocking considering the smell and taste. This coffee ground aftertaste also contained dark chocolate, roasted malt, and a little drop of molasses. This coffee based aftertaste didn't stick around. It left in a hurry like the head of foam.

Looked like coffee, smelled like coffee, tasted like coffee, but guess what? It's not a coffee! I've had coffee beers that tasted like coffee beans instead of this beer's love for the coffee grounds. There's nothing wrong with that if it does it well. The coffee grounds work well with this beer. Would I drink this again? I have and I will do it again.

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

2012 Release. Nearly black, slightly viscous pour with a deep, dark brown head. Jagged lacing and alcohol legs around glass.

Bitter-sweet, deep, dark roasted malts, roasted coffee, tobacco, figs, some sweetness, smoke, hint of booze.

Dark roasted coffee, roasted malt, molasses, subdued hops, bitter kick, with some alcohol.

Just enough body to hold up to the depth of flavor.

Awesome coffee stout, morning beer, imperial-oatmeal-whatever.

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

12oz bottle poured black with a one inch head that falls fairly quickly into a brownish white covering. The smell is chocalate with a hint of coffee and vanilla. A small roasted malt aroma, but not much.

The taste is sweet in the beginning with overtones, like in the smell, of chocalate, vanilla, coffee, and ends with a nice bittterness. This is not a monster imperial stout, but a very nice rich brew. This would be a good introduction into the style because it is not over the top. The mouthfeel is creamy and full which makes this beer's overall drinkability very good.

I like this beer a lot. It is not the best in its catagory, but a very solid stout that you could drink regularly. I am already looking forward to the next release since I am down to my second to last one.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into dimpled mug

a-pitch black held up to light shows off slight ruby hues at the top around the lacing....1/2" toffee colored head..that lingered for a short time..

s-smells more like a coffee porter than a stout, sweet like liquorice and coffee in the after smell and bitter chocolate

t-reminds me more of a strong robust porter than an imperial stout imo...taste of liquorice and slight chocolate up front...followed by nice roasted malt shortly after then the coffee through the end....nice

m-slightly light imo for an imperial stout...not as thick as i usually like them...the highlight is that this is not overly carbonated just the right amount for me...

d-i rated this a little higher because in a weird way this is sort of light and refreshing for and imperial stout..i realize it is an oatmeal imperial stout but its still a little too smooth for me... i would and could drink 3 of these in one night no problem

overall a very nice brew...ive had it a few times and decided to try again on a cold rainy night....its quite nice and i am pleased with it...i would recommend for every one to try this...

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

Thank you to sincereNC for this beer.

The Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout pours as black as midnight with a moderate light brown head. As expected, I wouldn't expect an imperial stout to be vibrant. The aroma is pleasant with hints of malt, coffee, hops and light alcohol.

The taste is unusual for an Imperial Stout. First of all, there is a definite coffee flavor. Also, the alcohol is hidden nearly entirely at first taste. At 8%, the ABV is on the low end of imperial stouts but the drinkability is dangerously high.

I would rank this beer as very good bordering on excellent. As a dry stout it is great. As an imperial stout I would say it is very good, while there are more flavorful options available. That's not tp say this isn't a very good beer.

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

looks just a shade off of black, or rather a not totally opaque black, with a tan head that fades to leave just the body.
The aroma is good here, this coffee beer got done right, the coffee smells fresh and creamy and chocolaty.
Pretty viscous and oily and coats with flavors of chocolate and coffee foremost which is good because that is exatcly why i opened this bottle, and it is not disapointing as all flavors are done right. Not alot else going on, there is a quick hint of hops on the swallow but nothing to get in the way.

A great coffee stout, low Abv for a Double but the Viscosity makes it worthy of the title.

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

Photo of RayReed522
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liamt07
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Pino, via Marcus. 12oz bottle into a tulip. 2012 vintage.

Black body with a brown head. Light lacing and a film of retention. Nose of cold pressed coffee, slight cocoa notes and a strong roast character. Taste has a dark malty, roasty and coffee assault, chocolate wafers, sweetish and roasty finish. Medium body and lower carbonation. Taste is a step down from the nose, but still a very nice and prominent coffee flavoured imperial stout.

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Photo of route66pubs
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle (received in trade from glid02 -- thanks Gregg!)

A quick pour gave a beautiful, black brew with a small dark brown head with little retention. Very enjoyable just to watch.

Slight oat aroma eases out of the glass before giving way to the very faintest of morning coffee aromas. This is not your burnt Starbucks coffee, but more a light after-dinner coffee from Peets.

Very extremely light flavor at the front of the mouth, which almost seems to give very little away to the tongue. Just a faint hint of oatmeal again reveals itself as the beer crosses the middle of the mouth. The coffee comes through at the back, however, providing a bitter bite that at first seems like hops, but quickly reveals the true coffee nature of this stout.

Much like the aromas and the flavors, the feeling of the beer in the mouth follows suit, first with a light, creamy feel, before giving way to the heartier, hotter bite of the 8.1% and the heartier feel of the coffee.

An extremely enjoyable stout that could be savored for a long time. This was quite easy to taste and left no off-bitterness at the back, only a slightly dry yearning for more. I would love to have many more of these available to me on a regular basis!

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Photo of bb_hagen
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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?
Check.
Coffee stout flavors?
Check.
Well hidden alcohol by volume?
Check.
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 DIM
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: This is almost black, a very dark ruby red. It pours with a huge dark brown head that lasts.

s: Roasty aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of molasses.

t: This is abit milder than I expected, but still quite good. A warming alcohol and coffee taste blend well with a bit of dark chocolate.

m: Thick, luscious, and creamy. Absolutely perfect.

d: Thanks to JDV for this one. It's unfair I suppose, but comparisons to Breakfast Stout are inevitable. This one doesn't measure up it is damn tasty none the less.

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

Re-review of a 2014 batch. The main difference here is that this years version (as well as last years) is 9.4%, next to the 8.1% or so from 2012 prior. The one thing that disappointed me about the 2013 version was that it seemed a bit too boozy next to the (fabulous, fabulous) 2012 batch - in comparison, there's a gentle kiss of alcohol on the back end. Still, by no means is this an alcoholic beer. Its coffee character seems slightly subdued, too; in its place lie stronger notes of vanilla cream, chocolate, and even a mild hoppiness. Oats come through in both the mouthfeel and (to a lesser extent) the flavor profile. It's not quite the showstopper I remember in 2012, but it's still frickin' delicious.

4.1/5: One more reason to justify beer for breakfast
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2012 version: (4/4.5/5/4.5/4.5)

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color with great opacity. The head is a one finger khaki color with low retention. On the plus side, this leaves nice lacing where it can.

S: It's very rich with coffee, as expected. There are also underlying notes of dark fruit, roasted malts, and plenty of chocolate. It really does strike me as being similar to a good mocha cappuccino. Actually, make that a great one.

T: Well, it smells like mocha cappuccino, and it tastes like mocha cappucino. Man, this is fuckin' tasty. It starts off with subtle roast, before giving way to an explosion of bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, and coffee - lots of coffee, actually. I love how it stays in balance despite all of the intense yet competing flavors. I'm amazed how the coffee comes across as being both subtle and monstrous at the same time.

M: On the sweeter side of a stout in terms of how it finishes and lingers on the palate. There isn't much coffee or roasted dryness here - the oats dominate the palate with lush, decadent smoothness. The low carbonation is appropriate for this beer's profile.

O: The only thing this really lacks is drinkability - but that's more of a testament to the staying power of the brilliant flavors than anything else. This is everything I want from a coffee stout. I expected something great here...yet this is so much more. It's bold and massive, yet there's a real sense of finesse and sophistication here.

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Photo of dgilks
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, inky black colour with a small, creamy dark tan head. Fair head retention. I really like the colour here - just like a well made Americano - but the head is a touch small.

Rich coffee with just a touch of acridity. There's a slight fruitiness as well but the aroma is not as good as the flavour.

Bitter, roast coffee with a mild sweetness and a touch of creamy malt. Just right for waking up in the morning. A light chocolatey edge and mild smokiness lends smoothness to the coffee and makes this quite delicious.

Medium light body with moderately-low carbonation. This is ticking a whole heap of boxes here in terms of "likeness to coffee". I would have expected a little more body from the oatmeal but I still like it.

A delicious cup of coffee in a beer glass. The flavours here are great at replicating coffee and providing an experience reminiscent of morning. The touch of smoke and coffee add complexity and take this to another level.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite the somewhat great varietals I have had of this original base beer, this one being the first time they have canned in 6 packs, I feel this is a good beer but nowhere near phenomenal as the previous ratings state. Perhaps the quality has decreased since being purchased by MillerCoors.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, received by trade with nisjer05

Unfortunately, the wake-n-bake label is no longer

appearance: pours very dark, bold and black, head is a thin chocolate layer of fizz with no retention...chocolate brown collar along the rim. very deep and bold appearance

smell: dark robust coffee aroma, creamy chocolate, heavily roasted malts, slight espresso, cocoa...definitely a grown up oatmeal stout

taste: creamy and robust...bold dark coffee roast, creamy chocolate, dark roasted malt, slight licorice, moderate alcohol feel (8.1% abv), oatmeal presence does not hide. A nice little double stout from terrapin

moutfeel: medium-fully, creamy and robust, slight alcohol warming, moderate bitterness

drinkablity: quite high

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Photo of glass_house
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of output01x
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (Dated Seasonal 2010) into a snifter glass. Again, huge props to Dan3279 for including me in his recent beer acquisitions.

A vigorous pour yields a 2 1/2-finger tan to mocha-colored head of tiny, creamy bubbles. The head slowly settles after a few minutes to a nearly non-existant dusting and thin foam ring. The body is so purely black that this beer may disappear over time due to the Hawking effect. Very little lacing is able to escape the curvature of space time around the event horizon.

Dark, bittersweet chocolate is the most dominating aroma. But that is not to say that the dark roasted coffee bean aroma is slouching. The nose has an earthy, almost wood-like undertone that definitely gives it a welcoming quality.

Contrarily, the coffee overpowers in the flavor. The chocolate adds an espresso flavor that really helps this beer. Sweet and almost creamy, the flavors, while strong, are also easily enjoyed.

Despite the full body and little carbonation, this beer is impressively drinkable. It coats your mouth well without being overly sticky which allows the flavors to mature over an appropriate amount of time.

If I had better access to this beer, it would certainly be a worthy contender for my heart. However, lack of Ohio distribution allows Founders' Breakfast Stout to remain the holder of that key.

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Photo of dfclav
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter...

A - pours a very dark brown, almost black with just about a 1 finger head. Not much to the head at all and not really much lacing either but some decent oilyness.

S - fresh coffee beans, some chocolate, soy sauce, very mild malt.

T - rich coffee, a bit of booze, very mild earthy hops, milk chocolate, and vanilla cream. Pretty mocha-like. The flavors are blended together really well and the malt doesn't come through but neither do the hops. This is a very well done breakfast stout.

M - a bit thin, I think it could use a touch more oat to smooth it out. Good carbonation level for the style.

D - this is a well done job by Terrapin. I personally see Founders as a better stout, but I am pretty surprised to not see this beer in the top 100. Oh well, at least it's on mine!

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

Notes from 01/02/2011:

12 oz. bottle at 45 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours an opaque and absolutely black color with a finger and a half of very dark khaki head that does not lace particularly well.

S: The most intense roasty coffee notes I've found in a beer, some chocolate, background nuttiness, and some alcohol.

T: Coffee-heavy (obviously), vanilla, chocolate, licorice, moderate alcohol presence. It tastes like Dunkin' Donuts coffee and chocolate donuts together.

M: It has a very thick body that is quite oily with some stickiness.

D: In comparison to Founders Breakfast Stout, which it best compares to, it has better coffee intensity but lacks the gorgeous appearance and complexity of FBS.

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

Poured black with a brown head. Smelled roasty with very much coffee. In the mouth some cocoa and roasted malts. I never though it would be possible to have too much roasted coffee tones, but this one comes real close. Nice and thick. Little bitter at the finish. One of the better ones I had this past winter.

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W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 3,951 ratings.
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