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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
Ranking:
#567
Reviews:
1,309
Ratings:
3,960
pDev:
8.86%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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 -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scotchboy
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of TStron
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with a strong tan head.

S - Mellow hints of coffee and slight oat aroma.

T - Well balanced. Coffee flavor not too strong which I liked. Good toasted oats presence. Mild bitterness.

M - Mildly carbonated and clean. Good aftertaste.

D - Very. I would enjoy drinking a number of these and the alcohol isn't too high.

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Photo of chossboss
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccurrid
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of podge_34
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryan011235
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 1/24/11

Seasonal: 2010

Much appreciation to PDXHops

Pours a deep, burnt brown & settles near black. Foam was slow to rise, though it eventually made it to about a fingers worth before thinning back down. A little bit of lacing remains.

Really nice aroma; balanced & potent. Fresh coffee grounds, roasted dark chocolate of the semi-sweet ilk & a prominent oatmeal presence. Simple yet effective & thoroughly enjoyable.

Smooth chocolate washes o'er the palate, peppered by a modest hop twinge. Oatmeal picks up mid-way through, almost as if a bridge between the sweeter aspect of the chocolate & the roasted coffee that comprises much of the latter half. Quite impressive.

Smooth, full body that boasts a flowing viscosity. There's an inherent granular feel as well, making for an enjoyable counterpoint to the overall smoothness. Carbonation certainly isn't lacking but it seems spot-on for this beer. Finishes with notions of roasted chocolate & coffee.

Wake 'n Bake is most impressive in that it's high quality in a simple presentation. Nothing fancy or mind-blowing here, just a really good imperial stout. Recommended (much more than the wake 'n bakes of yore).

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark-ass beer shows nothing when held to light. lacing is spotty and there is no head to be seen.. kinda like pouring coffee in a chalice. what a novel idea. pretty much what i expect from an 'imperial coffee' beer.

smell? imagine kahlua with molten brown sugar syrup poured in by the fistful. sweet, SWEET coffee accent with some butterscotchy caramel in the back end and little to no hops present. thank god this doesn't smell boozy. at 7.5%, i think terrapin found the perfect midground for the tolerance level here.

tastes a little hoppier than it smells.. sweet mocha meets dry dirt and a slight whisking of botanical crystalline green hoppiness. yep, the buds are strong(er) in this young beer. big flavors yet creamy and rather light on the tongue. still, it leaves the stomach with warmth and the palate with something interesting to interpret. this beer is slightly 'aged' and it shows no signs of off-flavors.

this beer is good. another good entry to the series. long live beer, been enjoying some good ones lately.

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Photo of Nordbier
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Jet black with thin mocha head, little lace. Bitter chocolate, espresso aroma. All coffee flavor, bitter with some burnt sugar. Medium oily mouthfeel. Tasty brew but was hoping for a little creamier feel and less bitterness.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. 12/30/08. Vintage 2008.

Pours a very deep black with a thick brown head that quickly dropped to a thin layer, no lacing. Aroma is heavy with dark roasted coffee and roasted malt.

Taste is strong with dark roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate. It is surprisingly sweet though - not cloying, just sweeter than expected, with less bitterness in the finish. There's a hint of fruit and cherries, with a lingering coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden. Very nice coffee taste, this score would be higher if it weren't for the slightly high sweetness.

Feel is thick, smooth, and creamy with plenty of carbonation. Slight warming from the alcohol. Coats the mouth nicely. Drinkability is pretty good. It's a bit heavy, not something I'd drink more than one or two of.

Overall, a very good coffee stout. Not my favorite, but very good. Try it if you like coffee and/or stouts.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a send from kwakwhore a few months ago Monster 2007 beer tour on label nothing printed on best by date. 12oz brown bottle poured into a large Delirium snifter.Opaque,black with a slight brown cast,a fluffy deep tan head with fair retention and somewhat sudsy.A staying creamy layer remains with a thick foam collar sliding down the glass

Has booziness in the aroma with dark chocolate and freshly brewed coffee with oatmeal grit,chocolate aromas are predominate.Some dark fruit comes through later mostly of fig and prune.

A suprizing light fizzy mouthfeel at the start with a deep rich roastyness and layers of chocolate,nutty with a complex maltiness.Good balance with a nice sharp tangy hop bite,a powdery oatmeal feel with an earthy grittyness. Chocolaty throughout leaving a dusty chocolate coating the palate.
Can't belive how light the mouthfeel is, it almost floats away.Would love to try a fresher version athough i would'nt turn down another 07'.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my DFH snifter. Split with fellow BA infi. 2010 vintage.

Pours a deep, dark oily black into the glass, with a frothy half inch head that dissipates slowly. Lacing is loose and covers the inside of the glass in sheets. Coffee, coffee and more coffee is all that's in the smell. I feel like I'm in a tiny little city bistro, inhaling directly from the coffee pot. Deep roasted coffee beans, almost as if they're freshly ground. I thought I'd smelled coffee in my beer before, but this takes the cake. I'm fully expecting an iced coffee flavor, just based on the nose alone.

And my predictions are validated as there is a ton of that Jittery Joe's coffee in the initial sip and pretty much the entire tasting experience. Hints of dark chocolate and mocha provide some complexity to the profile, but for the most part, it's roasted coffee through and through. Malts are only slightly detectable at the end and you really have to be looking for them. Bitterness is provided by the coffee and nothing else. Alcohol isn't all that detectable, even as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, with a drying finish. Has a bit of chewiness to it that was quite welcome.

Drinkability is really good. If you like coffee, then this is definitely a drink for you. I can imagine myself waking up and just having a cup of this with my morning paper and croissant. I imagine it can only get a bit more complex with some age on it, so I'll definitely be picking up another bottle of this and putting a few months on it!

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Photo of mackeyse
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beveritt
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to DoctorDog for hooking me up with this one.

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a large chalice. label depicts a tortoise in chef's attire baking a batch of cookies and drinking a beer. Vintage 08.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 1 finger of dark tan head. This settles quickly to a ring around the glass and a small island of foam above the nucleation site. As I drink it, there is some lacing on the sides. The beer itself is amazingly dark brown and completely opaque. No sediment on the bottle.

Smell: Overwhelming aroma of bitter coffee with hints of soy sauce. Notes of chocolate and the alcohol sweetness in the finish.

Taste: Strong bitter coffee upfront as in the smell, although not as strong as expected based on the aroma. This blends seamlessly into mild unsweetened cocoa with hints of lactose in the finish. Some soy sauce flavor is present. Alcohol is extremely well hidden and while it warms as it goes down, there is no cloying alcohol sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation, as is appropriate for the style. Body is very good.

Drinkability: A very well developed and complex sipper.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now THIS is an exceptional stout. I served this at cellar temperature and gave it time to warm up even more. The coffee was evident at the very beginning and the chocolate developed more as time passed. Appearance was as expected from an Impy stout. Dark as night with a 2 finger tan cap atop, this beer looked GOOD! The taste was of some coffee with dark chocolate. The texture was silky smooth and easy on the palate. Alcohol tasted appropriate to the 8.1% ABV reported. This is one of my favorite Southern brews and makes me glad to live in the South. Well done Terrapin!

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Photo of DearthVader
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage poured to a duck rabbit snifter

*Beer provided by LSUPT and glass provided by JebediahScooter. Thanks fellas!

Pours a rich dark brown that allows absolutely no light through. A tiny 1/4" tan head forms on top, but fades quickly to a crown. A very small amount of lacing is left behind on my glass.

Smell is of nice sweet coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and slight alcohol.

Taste consists of some roasted coffee malt, sweet vanilla candy, bitter dark chocolate, and some slight caramel. You can definitely pick up some sweet alcohol in this one as well.

A very nice full bodied feel with a light carbonation. Pretty spot on for the style.

I've had this very fresh and now with close to a year on it. I'm unsure which I enjoyed more, but it seems like the the older the vintage the less coffee is present and the more the sweet vanilla and alcohol notes shine through. I enjoyed both very much and this will be a beer a pursue yearly.

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Photo of wedge
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Busy Bee

Black with a damn near nitro looking head...thick, tight, brown foam with some patchy lace. Thick, clean coffee smell. Some subtle dark fruity esters and a dark, cocoa quality. Tasty coffee and chocolate roast flavor...not too heavy, just good, quality coffee stout goodness. Very light licorice. Some thickness...floaty and smooth in the mouth. A nice surprise cask treat. Good stuff...

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for half of this bottle

Review adapted from notes taken 2/5/11

Appearance: Remarkably black with a dark brown head - one of the darkest heads I've ever seen - leaves some nice lacing, too

Smell: Rich, freshly roasted coffee - simply exploding with coffee, some burnt chocolate in there, too - roasted and burnt malts in the background

Taste: Not as good as the smell - coffee, coffee, coffee, and some espresso - some burnt malts, chocolate, oats - some slight hops in the background, but most of the bitterness comes from the burnt flavors - some sweetness, too

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, kind of dry, smooth

Overall: Great, but a little too much coffee

Don't get me wrong. I love coffee. And I love coffee-flavored things. But I thought this beer tasted like it was made with 40% coffee and 60% beer. Not that this is really a bad thing, it's just a bit too much in my opinion.

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Photo of wangbruins
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured like motor oil, a thick syrup with a nice one finger brown head

S- Lots of coffee and chocolate and kind of a hint of walnut

T- Wow, does this have a strong coffee flavor, almost like expresso or even burnt coffee, but still real good

M- It's smooth yet syrupy and the burnt taste leaves a strong aftertaste but it only lasts for a second

D- This may sound weird, but I'd really like to drink one of these in the AM before work. It's a tremendous beer and it sucks that it's a limited edition. I have to find more.

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Photo of Swim424
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one on tap, after it was recommended to me in the bars liquor store.

A-very deep brown/black. Had a 1 1/2 finger head that was a nice creamy white/brown.

S-smelled of coffee and maybe some chocolate up front. the thing that usually kills me with this style is the alcohol smell mixed in and i didnt get much of that. given I am not a big coffee fan, i do thoroughly enjoy the smell.

T- hits hard with coffee upfront. again not a big fan of coffee but this was actually pretty good. forced me to take another sip, and again it was good. finishes with a little hops, chocolate, and oatmeal, but mostly coffee. the thing is it wasnt over powering or bitter like an espresso.

MF- smooth and creamy. had a nice mix of carbonation, but very smooth all the way down. slight coffee aftertaste but nothing bad.

O-simply put, my girlfriend, who typically doesnt like the style, but does like coffee (with cream and sugar), actually thought this beer was pretty good. This is one I look forward to drinking again at some point, and possibly going back to buy the 4 pack of.

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Photo of spoonhawk
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to JoshWow for the trade on this.

It pours a deep brown with a very thin swirl of head that dissipated quite quickly. The nose is packed with the coffee aroma. It smells like I have a cup of espresso at my nose. There is also some bittersweet chocolate coming to the nose as the beer warms as well as some burnt brown sugar smell. The taste of coffee is very dominate on the palate and almost overwhelms everything, but it isn't just the flavor regular coffee. It is like if you mixed a cup of espresso with a shot of regular coffee and melted some sweet chocolate and finally some toasted malt. This is really nice. The mouthfeel is very smooth from the oatmeal flakes in the brewing process. Slight alcohol warmth to this with medium carbonation. You need to be in the mood to drink this, but when you are it is a real treat to drink. This is my idea of a beer that would go well with breakfast. This was a really nice sipper.

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4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 3,960 ratings
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