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

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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 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

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

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter.
Look: Black with a tan head that fades quicly
Smell: Huge coffee and chocolate
Taste: Chocolate and coffee again a little bit of bitterness
Feel: Smooth and silky
Overall: Very good coffee stout. Hides the alcohol well

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

Thanks to Stakem and jpmclaug for some bottles of this.
A- Poured into a tulip this beer comes out of the bottle and rests in the glass a fairly thick black, with a finder tan bubbly head that fades quickly to a film over the top of the beer and a 1/8" ring around the edge of the glass. Has som bubbles running the glass.
S- The nose is quite impressive on this beer. The "imperialness" is obvious in the aroma with a strong roasted malt presence along with a coffee chocolate combo and some toasted oat.
T- Another impressive quality to this beer, the flavors blend together nicely and maybe its just the placebo effect from the label but it really does taste like chocolate chip cookie dough. As well as some espresso.
M- Medium bodied brew with light carbonation and leaves a bitter chocolate after taste.
O- Very glad to have had this delicious treat.

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

It's dark-brown to black with a creamy brown head. The overwhelming flavor is that of dark roasted coffee with hints of chocolate and toffee. Not too much of alcohol taste despite a high gravity.

As I've mentioned before, my wife Lauren is pregnant (with my child). She's about 12 weeks along at this point, and since she's not yet showing we wanted to take one last little vacation, just the two of us. We made our way down to coast to Jekyll Island, GA and stayed at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, a really nice turn-of-the-last-century hotel with charm and style.
Vacations aren't really my thing, but being married to Lauren I understand they are necessary. I usually have a good time anyway, but to sweeten the deal for me, Lauren usually finds a pub to take me to wherever we go. This trip she took me to Vincent's Pub on the hotel grounds. It's a tiny little place (its 2 rooms couldn't accommodate more than 20 people) with an 8 foot bar, 1 tap, and 18 beers by the bottle. The atmosphere here is very cool, they have autographed photos of past Masters winners and towels from past Ryder's Cup winners (dried sweat and all) framed all over the place. The beer selection includes a couple offerings from Terrapin Beer Company, a Georgia brewery.
I ordered a Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout. The bartender felt the need to warn me that it was an $8 bottle of beer (she seemed to have PTSD from a previous patron's response to the bill), but it was worth every penny. It's dark-brown to black with a creamy brown head. The overwhelming flavor is that of dark roasted coffee with hints of chocolate and toffee. Not too much of alcohol taste despite a high gravity. Epic. Delicious. I wish I had one right now.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured almost black with a two finger fluffy brown head that faded to a nice thick film that left some great lacing.
Smell: Huge coffee ground aromas, along with some very nice caramel, cinnamon and toffee notes
Taste: Dark chocolate, coffee, raisin, black cherry and caramel flavors. There's a lotta things going on in this beer, and all of them meld superbly.
Mouthfeel: thick and creamy, really lies on the tongue well.
Overall: This is extremely well done, there's a lot of complexity in this beer, but it all works so well together. Superb stout!

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Photo of jwc215
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely black with a thin tan head that soon becomes a swirl and a ring around the edge. Soon after, that too disappears.
Even for a high abv such as this, I was hoping for at least minimal head retention.

The smell is of oatmeal grains, dark chocolate and roasted coffee grains. Altogether reminiscent of an oatmeal cookie soaked in bitter coffee.

The taste is wonderful. Rich, creamy bittersweet chocolate and robust roasted coffee beans. Sweet oatmeal is rounded out by a subtle hop bitterness. The sweetness dominates for the most part, but does not get out of control. A slight bitterness in the finish combines well with the overall sweetness. The alcohol is slight, and adds more than masks or detracts. It is almost unnoticeable, but for an occassional little kick. Nicely balanced and rich.

The feel is outstanding. Full bodied and creamy. Just enough carbonation to keep it from being too heavy and to keep it smooth. The flavors hang on for a good amount of time.

OH - how I wish this were available in my area. A work of art. Delicious and almost too drinkable!

Thanks to SilentSabre for including a couple of these!

(Was going to save the second for one of my friends who likes Oatmeal Stouts, but I have several who do...to save the decision - and to be honest - to have for myself ---both are gone...and wishing for more...)

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a bit of a dark, motor oil colored head. Not much fizz in the look. Large roasted malt and coffee notes form a wintery-stout aroma. A sip opens up flavors of roasted malts, and coffee first, with a bit of creamy, oatmeal towards the finish. The taste profile feels like you're eating breakfast and drinking coffee a bit. Mouth feel is robust and creamy. Overall, an excellent imperial stout in all aspects. The coffee forward flavor does it for me. It also feels good, which helps set it apart from other similar brews.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours extremely dark black with very little tan head that dissipates quickly. There is little or no lacing and very little visible carbonation.
S: Extremely strong notes of coffee and as it warmed up some notes of chocolate. Wonderful notes of roasted malts. I liken the aroma to that of the first cup of coffee in the morning, pleasant and welcoming.
T: The taste of coffee is very present in this beer, along with hints of bitterness in the finish - just like a great cup of coffee. There is a good amount of complexity and some notes of chocolate.
M: Slightly effervescent and surprising light for a beer this dark and with this rich an aroma and taste. Slightly creamy like a latte.
O: This is a real easy drinker and is a great complement to a weekend brunch. I wish that it was more generally available and available all year long. Unfortunately this was my last bottle and I might have to wait a while to get my hands on some more. It also ages well as this was the final bottle of a six pack that I have had since 2009.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Portsmouth snifter/goblet revealing black body over a well-tanned but thin head. Smells roasty and sweet but heavy on the roasty with a lot of black coffee character in with a slight vanilla and serious malt backbone. A little kecap manis. Some raw molasses notes in there as well.

Tastes big and flavorful with a raw chocolate sweetness and rich maltiness up front that transitions well to the bitter astringent coffee. The aftertaste is like you are chewing on gourmet dark chocolate-covered espresso beans. Very well-preserved coffee character. Vanilla and cacao fruitiness are again predominant. It's great with the little age that it has, very balanced with a clean finish. Wonder what fresh is like. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, but with a body-building tingling carbonation. Very drinkable. Thoroughly enjoyable.

I would love to have this one again!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle, opened Jan 2015.

A - Coffee black with a rim of dark brown highlights. Dark khaki head settles into a medium halo with ok retention and low lace.

S - Huge fresh, dry coffee ground aroma. Cinnamon, oatmeal, and raisin finish.

T - Soft, restrained, and semi-sweet. Smooth soft roast coffee, dark chocolate truffles, burnt bread, touch of molasses, toasted oatmeal, and cream.

M - Medium-full frame. Smooth, almost creamy finish.

O - A really solid coffee stout. One of the better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of Mtn
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Vintage, 12 oz bottle to snifter

Wouldn't say it's pitch black, but it's black black with just the slightest tinges of red on the extreme edges of glass
*very thin layer of beige head lingers
Aroma is delicious spent coffee grounds, strong coffee aroma, and toffee. Not overly complex aroma, but delicious and very robust
This coffee aroma is fantastic
Thought that it might subside a little after a year, but not at all
*while aroma is heavy coffee with toffee highlights, taste leans more toward toffee. Roasted malt and some dark fruits linger in the background
*light+ to medium mouthfeel
Low level of carbonation
It the most complex stout, but rally like the coffee aroma/flavor

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Photo of Biggness
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours very dark with a tan head and dwcwnt lacing. The smell is BIG and full of chocolate and coffee hints. The flavor as well is very big and very well balanced, nice coffee flavors, hints of chocolate and very malty YUM! A nice creamy mouthfeel with a good carbonation level and a nicely drinable brew.

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Photo of AmitC
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter on a cold spring morning.

Less than a finger thick shining brown colored head that recedes slowly into a thin dark tan colored head. Very thick dark chocolate brown color while pouring. Pitch black inside the glass. Excellent lacing. Decent retention. Opaque.

Aroma is full of good grounded coffee. Typical pungent coffee bean smell fills the nose. Dark roasted malts in the background. Strong nose. A little bit of chocolate sweetness and some booze.

Taste is excellent as well. A lot of smooth oatmeal stuff blended with dark roasted malts. Coffee again dominates the flavor. A lot of charred and burnt up flavors. A good imperial bitterness to the beer both by hops and the burnt up malts. A bit of alcohol warmth. Finish is bitter with lasting impression of coffee.

Mouth feel is full bodied with good thickness and viscosity. Some alcohol warmth.

A very well made Imperial coffee stout.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pretty oily and viscous pitch black. Which is a pleasant surprise as I find most coffee added stouts are thinned out. Nice foamy mocha colored head with good retention and spotty lacing.

Nose is quite nice. Full of dark nutty oatmeal right off the bat with robust fresh coffee beans. Great coffee bean smell as opposed to coffee.

Coffee is most prominent in the flavor which is great. Also brown sugar oatmeal, roasted nuts and a bit of molasses. Very pleasant coffee lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is great. Very creamy smooth. Full bodied which is great for a coffee stout. Medium carbonation.

Overall this is a very well made coffee stout! Wish I had constant access to this.

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Photo of prdstmnky
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this stout into my favorite 16oz mug. This is about as black as a beer can get - I held this to the light for a minute and couldn't find any color other than the 2 fingers of nice tan head sitting on top.

A wonderful coffee aroma is all over the air - can smell it within 5 feet of my mug. Also get some chocolate / vanilla hints and some roasted malt scents when I get my nose up in there. The coffee flavor certainly lives up to its smell, big and bold, with some of that chocolate coming through in the back.

This is at the very least on the upper end of medium bodied, probably more of a full bodied stout though. A great mouthfeel, thick and chewy, but smooth enough to be quite drinkable.

I think this is every bit as good as other coffee stouts - it is about 2 months old, and the big coffee flavor is still as good as it was the day I bought it. I think the coffee tends to fade faster in other similar stouts - the Wake n Bake can certainly hang with the best of them!

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W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 3,924 ratings.
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