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:
3,952
Reviews:
1,309
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8.94%
 
 
Wants:
826
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For Trade:
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Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to WesPatrick for tossing a couple bottles of this brew into a recent trade. Served in my FOBAB mini-pint glass.

A - A half finger of quick-dissipating mocha foam with minimal lacing. Pitch black, with a hint of brown at the edges of the glass.

S - Coffee, specifically espresso, mixed with roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, maybe a hint of hazelnut. It's big on coffee though - probably the biggest coffee bomb I've had since Shorts Cup a Joe. Big smell - you can catch a whiff a foot from the glass.

T - Coffee and caramel malts. There's a strong roasty and slightly bitter aftertaste. It's very pleasant, but a little one-dimensional - I'm not getting many other subtleties from it, maybe a hint of nuttiness and vanilla.

M - Medium body, with really sharp carbonation. It's more porter than stout in mouthfeel, although once you get past the bite on the upper lip it does impart that oatmeal creaminess. I could go for a little more viscosity, and a toned-down carbonation.

D - Like most coffee brews, it's hurt by the palate fatiguing nature of coffee, and this one has high carbonation and ABV to boot. There just isn't enough depth to this one - if I want coffee bomb I'll go for Central Waters, and if I want a complex coffee-infused imperial I'm more into The Abyss or Speedway. Still, if this is your local, it's a pretty solid brew!

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep brown, near black to my Bruery tulip glass. Has to elicit visible carbonation with a less than gentle pour, but once I did there sat a nice mocha colored 1/2 finger head layer. Before i knew it, it was gone.
S: Bitter coffee is the first thing I pick up. Hints of bitter, dark chocolate , also. A slight bready note is picked up.
T: Milk chocolate immediately apparent. Like chocolate milk, almost. Coffee has moved to the background on the flavor profile.
M: Very full-bodied and creamy. While being full flavored, the body is less viscous than it appears in the glass. Less than mouth-coating.
D: Smooth drinking with rich flavors that usually come with Imperial Stouts. A solid offering and I would love to try more that Terrapin has to offer.

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Photo of cmrncrzy10
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very rich looking, creamy head. Nice dark tone
S- Very nice coffee aroma, powerful throughout
T- Wish the coffee aroma came through as much in the taste but still very well done. Solid burnt flavors with a decent alcohol tone
M- Full lacing, well done
O- Great beer thats decently easy to come buy. Well done Stout

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before vintage 08, wondering why this was just put on the shelves. Poured a solid black with no head whatsoever. Full of coffee and oats on the nose, some dry chocolate. Taste is big on coffee and roasty malts. Very dark and toasty. A little thin on the tongue, with a bite from the alcohol. Taste reminds me of Peche Mortel. Very drinkable oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Goldfish19
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~ 12 oz bottle

Vintage: 2009

Appearance: Pours black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate, oatmeal, and roasted malt.

Taste: Huge coffee presence up-front. It's followed up by dark roasted malts, oats, and bittersweet chocolate. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, silky smooth, creamy, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Good. This stout hides its 8.1% ABV quite well.

This is a true coffee lover's beer! ~

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

Wake 'N' Bake
Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout
Terrapin Beer Co.
8.6% ABV
50 IBUs
OG 20.8

12 oz bottle from 2010, courtesy BulbMan, poured into a Surly pint glass. Thanks Jon! This bottle lists ABV at 8.1%, slightly different from the website.

Appearance: Dark, very very dark and inky-viscous-velvety brown with a tiny brown soda pop head that recedes before it forms; no lacing, obviously. 3.5/5

Aroma: Mmm, coffee! Good coffee! This is some serious gourmet shit! Goddamn! Pleasing and soothing aroma of freshly roasted coffee riding atop a sweet smelling base. Very good :-) 4/5

Taste: Akin to smell, this is beer in coffee, not the other way round. Slightly sweet, at its gravity, but the acidity of coffee quickly takes over, and leaves the mouth bitter with plenty of coffee flavor. Also, for its magnitude, it finishes very dry. Very very dry. I am able to taste some alcohol here and there too, but frankly, I am not bothered. Not one bit. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Quite different from the way I expected based on its looks, the mouthfeel is sharp, acrid, and, if I may say so, thin. Of course, the flaws are only slight. 4/5

Overall: There was a thread equating it to Founders Breakfast Stout. To make a fair comparison, I need to have these side by side at similar levels of freshness, *but I think* that this is every bit an equal in terms of taste and aroma... you know, the stuff that matters most. That said, Breakfast would win on the mouthfeel and looks. 4.5/5

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

Bottle thanks to JCB. Pours black with a hardly there head. Aroma is quite coffee-rich, mostly coffee grounds and espresso beans. Heavenly. Flavor of rich roasted malt with the nice coffee notes making their presence. It's nice to see a coffee beer that actually tastes like coffee!! Smooth palate and quite tasty. A very nice coffee beer!
9/4/8/4/16 (4.1/5)

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Photo of ruleof72
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark,Dark and more Dark with creamy chocolatey head. No light gets through this
S- very good with strong coffee and malt/chocolate with a hint of hops. Very unique.
T-Nice stout profile with hints of coffee and chocolate. Hops are there but definitely in background
M-Nice medium body with good carbonation
D- This beer is easy to drink.

This is one of the better stouts I've had. I like coffee so this was a pleasure to drink. Even my wife, who dislikes the taste of coffee, liked this beer. She said the smell is very good (she likes the smell of coffee) but the taste was more on the chocolate side. Al in all a great effort from the crew in Athens.

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

2014 vintage at 50 degrees (Hotel reefer) into shaker
Purchased at State Line Liquors for $ 12.06/four pack ($ 0.251/oz)
Aroma of coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malt
Head average (2.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy/creamy, diminishing to two mm ring and layer
Lacing good – torn curtains of tiny to small bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – follows the nose: coffee, bitter chocolate and roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Nearly black with a medium-sized very dark brown head. It lingers indefinitely as a fine brown film on the surface. Lacing ribbons of lacing adorn the sides.

S - Coffee and dark chocolate ganache with a faint, clean peppery hop aroma crispness to it. There is a hint of that pleasant sweet old milky coffee aroma one might find in a few hours old empty mocha container.

T - Initially it is sweet and chocolaty, but this is quickly joined by the coffee - a nice rich, roasted coffee bean flavor. It reminds me a bit of chocolate covered espresso beans (sans grittiness). The aftertaste is a mild coffee bitterness with the slightest hint of that chemical coffee aftertaste most present in bad coffee.

M - Smooth, medium to thick, a little gummy in the throat, but otherwise refreshing.

D - As someone who abstains from coffee, this is a bit much. Not the outstanding flavor of course, but the caffeine. I like the taste, but it's too highly caffeinated for a dainty green tea drinker like myself. I could never drink more than one of these in a sitting. I have to drink it in the morning to fall asleep that night. So, all and all, a beer I like, but will probably avoid.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mlhyatt
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A - poured a nice dark black with a nice brown head. The head turns into a lace pretty quick.

Smell- roast. Rich coffee with a dark roastiness. A hint of chocolate and a few burnt notes. smells a little watery as well. strange.

Taste- a lot of coffee. It feels like the taste separates into three different sections where the coffee in upfront with a little chocolate and oatmeal on the back end, and then water; straight up water taste after it goes down.

Mouthfeel- smooth without very much of a carbonated taste. Very mild even with a 9% abv. very thing however, I wish it was a little bit thicker being an imperial stout

Overall- It was good and i would recommend it to people. The biggest dislike I had with this brew was the watery smell and taste and the thin mouth feel.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a chocolate brown heard. In the aroma, sweet oatmeal and coffee notes. In the taste, sweet coffee, sweet oatmeal, a light roast, and a small alcohol presence. A small bite of coffee and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee and small alcohol presence in the aftertaste. Big coffee, big oatmeal, small alcohol presence, dig it!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Thanks to Cuzco for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF #4. The pour results in a smooth, sleek obsidian topped by a bit more than a finger of light sienna foam. Lovely stuff, this. The nose comprises heavy roasted malts, coffee, smoke (sorta hammy, but not overly so), and a few drops of molasses. The taste runs very similarly, with the roasted malts taking the van again, followed by the coffee, some bitter dark chocolate, and some nice char smoke. I feel the darkness, people, and I am pleased, to say the least. The body is a solid medium, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a very nice stout. There was more smoke involved than I remember there being, but that, frankly, only helps this things even more in my eyes.

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Photo of HOMEPL8
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hwwty4
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the GBU BIF and Deepsouth for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe glass. This beer pours a dark mahogany brown, with a 2 finger head that dissipated into a thin layer that rested on the top of the beer. This beer left some huge fingers on the sides of the glass. Almost reminded me of a heavy body of a wine. The smell is mostly chocolate malts, with just a hint of vanilla, and boozy warmth. The taste follows suit, with really just a hint of coffee. I wish it was more prevalent but hey, it still tastes pretty damn good. The mouthfeel is exceptional. The oatmeal really gives this beer a great body. This beer is full and creamy, but yet still light on the mouth. This is a great beer, and really makes me want to try the other Terrapin offerings.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown, almost opaque in the glass. Big, fluffy, long lasting, dense mocha colored head. Lingering with a good amount of lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts, dark roasted chocolate and a touch of coffee. Sweet alcohol notes.

F/M - Roasted dark malts, a little bit of sweet caramel malts. Coffee and chocolate round out the flavors. Moderately firm bitterness with a clean, dry finish. A little bit of coffee and chocolate lingers for just a brief moment after the swallow. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Tasty, smooth, easy drinking with great coffee and chocolate flavors. I wish this beer was available in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of Brewery_Decimal_System
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fakedeadgirlfriend
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zoolzoo
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again awalk1227!

A: An aggressive pour churning up a massive geyser of a head. A lingering khaki mass sits on a pitch black base, eventually fading away into a mere ring. Its always nice to see an Imperial Stout present a head this big.

S: Fresh coffee beans and dark chocolate are most prominent in the aroma.

T: Smokey malt is more assertive in taste than aroma. Quite bitter, presumably from the beans. Coffee is the main event. I'm getting the oats now but mostly post sip. The oatmeal characteristic is strong enough so that the aftertaste in my mouth is oatmeal cookie.

M: Full bodied, a little prickly carbonation.

D: Drinkability is damn good for an Imperial Stout. Im a big coffee fan and there is a ton of high quality bean flavor in this. It is however balanced with other nice flavors unlike some..other...beers...*cough* Coffee Bender *cough*. ABV is also quite low for an impy.

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Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Peaches13
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sending this one Aiptasia

Appearance:
The beer pours an octopus ink black, completely light-absorbing darkness, but is clean looking with a 1/2 inch of tan head. The head dissipates into a soft halo, but leaves nice lacing. There appears to be no sediment.

Smell:
A light stout sweetness followed by roastiness from the malt and coffee. The fruitiness reminds me of tart, green grapes and ripe plum. There is also a hint of vanilla, but not as if it were oaked.

Taste:
Very clean stout with bold roastiness and chocolate. I'm not entirely impressed, but it's certainly not bad. The lingering aftertaste is both bitter and sweet and doesn't linger. The fruitiness is something less common in coffee-stouts and likely hints to quality coffee being used.

Mouthfeel:
This stout's over-carbonated, but not champagne-like and can be categorized as having a medium body. I feel like I would not have liked this beer without the oatmeal. The aftertaste is a slight vanilla, carbon, and roasted coffee.

Overall:
This is a great beer at a price that beats other high-end coffee-stouts. Unfortunately it's not easily available in NY, but the times are a-changin (in terrapin distribution). I look forward to drinking the other bottles I sequestered at my convenience.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scotchboy
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling courtesy of Will (huge thanks for this tick). 12oz longneck poured into a Hair of the Dog snifter...

A: Opaque, viscous dark pour...dark mocha-colored head and some great lacing for a big stout.

S: Aromatics unfold with big time coffee and espresso house notes, as well as chocolate (dark chocolate maybe?) drizzle...hints of sweetness with lots of big roasty character.

T: Lots of espresso and freshly roasted coffee flavors...chocolate and flaky oats...moderate sweetness to balance the roast...hints of dark caramel as well but its a bit ambiguous..

MF: Medium-to-full mouthfeel with a sticky, viscous sensation...moderate roasted/bitter finish with just a touch of alcohol warming.

O: Good! Enjoyable coffee-chocolate-oatmeal stout. Not quite as good as FBS IMO but I'd still like to try it fresh.

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