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:
3,946
Reviews:
1,309
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8.94%
 
 
Wants:
825
Gots:
746
For Trade:
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Photo of chossboss
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccurrid
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of podge_34
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryan011235
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -2.6%
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 -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -2.6%
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 -2.4%
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 -2.4%
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 -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beveritt
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -2.4%
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 -2.4%
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 -2.4%
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 -2.4%
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 -2.4%
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 -2.4%
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 -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of sd123
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of herman77
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

A: Black with a creamy brown head. Decent lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malt. Coffee. Chocolate. Very coffee forward. Smells like a good cup of coffee with a lot of cream and sugar in it.

T: Sweet roasted malt with chocolate and a bit of vanilla and cream. Still coffee present, but I think it died down some, which for me, is a good thing.

M: Full body. Smooth and softer carbonation. Very nice.

O: Pretty good drinkability. Probably more so even since the coffee has died down some I believe. A very well made beer. Glad I got to try this.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review number 100, which means absolutely nothing. Just happened to notice I was sitting at 99. I don't view these numbers as milestones or save certain beers for them, because I'm honestly always hoping my next beer will be my favorite. Guess that's why I don't understand people who rate beers they know they'll hate. End diatribe.

Received as an extra from jsanford. Thank you, Jacob. 12 oz bottle features a stout drinking, chef's hat wearin' turtle baking himself some bad ass cookies. This culinary beast is ready to get his drink on.

Dark chocolate colored pour with ruby highlights when held to the light. A nice swirl of mocha colored fluff rises from the deep and quickly returns from whence it came: looks nice.

Smell is undeniably bitter oat: oodles of oatmeal with plenty of sweet coffee bitterness. The two mesh nicely with the smooth berries covered in dark chocolate. The smell is quite enticing and pleasantly reminds me that I typically enjoy Oatmeal Stouts and should probably be drinking more of them.

Bitter coffee roast, dark chocolate, and rich oatmeal are all present in the taste. Tastes, combined with the soft pleasant carbonation, leave a cola-like tingling on my tongue. The beer is a bit watery up front, but develops nicely through the back as the oats help increase the heft of the mouthfeel and help make this beer a bit chewy and slightly viscous. This is an enjoyable stout, an appreciated extra, and a beer I'll savor and hope to enjoy again.

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Photo of IpeeA
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Wasatch in our last trade.

A: Very dark brown, close to black with a tan cap, not much when poured, but a light ring of bubbles appears towards the outside of the glass. Mostly opaque, with a light ring of brown on the edges. Nice looking beer.

S: Coffee grounds, molasses, dark chocolate, and more coffee, this one smells, nice strong flavors. I'm really enjoying the coffee in the nose here.

T: Chocolate comes out a lot more in the taste than in the nose, coffee is more towards the end of the beer. Big time milk chocolate flavors, coffee is more of a dark roast, really robust. Molasses characteristic crosses over from the nose, and there are a few hints of brown sugar as well. Excellent.

M: Smooth, thick, and rich, oh yeah! This is excellent and one of the better ones in the style. Very smooth. Coffee is somewhat acidic, and that detracts from it being perfect, but this is exceptional.

D: Easy to drink, but a little too rich and too strong on the booze end to session. Still an easy beer to drink. Excellent beer, I hope to find this again.

Thanks John!

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W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 3,946 ratings.
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