Ales From The Wood: Rise-n-Shine
Terrapin Beer Company

Ales From The Wood: Rise-n-ShineAles From The Wood: Rise-n-Shine
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Stout - American Imperial
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4.3 | pDev: 9.07%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Ales From The Wood: Rise-n-ShineAles From The Wood: Rise-n-Shine
Notes: Deep inside a Tennessee whiskey barrel our award winning W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout has been patiently aging for over one year. Please enjoy "Rise-n-Shine," the second offering in our "Ales from the Wood" series of beers.
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FFFjunkie from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look is near black. Just a bit of light pokes through when you hold it up. 1 finger of khaki splotchy head.

Aroma is big oak/barrel spice, coffee and chocolate.

Taste is coffee, whisky, some chocolate and maybe vanilla. It also has an odd "twang" (for lack of a better word) on the finish . I'm not sure if that's the oak tannins the brewers refer to or something else.

Feel is creamy and surprisingly balanced for the abv. It does feel a tad thin.

Overall a really nice job balancing the whisky barrel with the rest of the stout.

Aug 04, 2017
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fehrminator from North Carolina

2.64/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Showing early signs of infection with a distinct red berry tang on the finish. This may have been great fresh but right now it's a below average BA stout.

Jun 26, 2017
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jopezu from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours the typical "barrel-stout" oil sludge with visibly dense carbonation that doesn't form a head. nose; whiskey, oak, dark chocolate, light coffee, & light mellow hops. taste; follows the nose exactly with some plum/fig, cashew, & vanilla notes thrown in. smooth and interesting malt base and is surprisingly not hot for the abv and all of the whiskey character. medium carbonation & mouthfeel; less malty and thinner than expected. a great whiskey stout!

Jun 03, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Bottle to snifter, side by side with wake-n-bake from can. Barrel aged is superior.

LOOK: thick dark black, medium tan head that sticks around.
AROMA: heavy oak and bourbon dominate, some coffee and roasted malt round out.
TASTE: more whiskey and wood. Charcoal. Chocolate is gone from the w-n-b, but thankfully so is the chemical/plastic after taste.
FEEL: pretty thick and viscous.

Great upgrade from the original which is decent in its own right, but can't say this offering warrants a box. Glad I tried it and would buy again if available.


Mar 31, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shaking off the fuzzies, Terrapin goes from wake-n-bake to all rise-n-shine in one year- ...a year in which their imperial coffee oatmeal porter remains comotose in a Tennessee whisky barrel. What emerges sees only a shell of its former self, as the beautiful butterfly of a beer come out of its cocoon in the most lush and sherry-like ways.

Onyx black and with a mirror-like sheen, the stout is shy on froth while preferring a brandy-like stillness, equipped with oily legging and tawny bronze shoulders. As the roasty sweet scent of chocolate, coffee and char offer first impressions, bold complementing aromas of sherry and port ensure a mature and rounded session. Savory and sassy, the beer's taste is filled with toffee, honey and silky smooth roast along with those additions of fortified wines.

And as the stout seeps deep into the tastebuds, the lingering malt sweetness and roasted grains are tightly fused, coming across like brownie batter with a strong espresso taste. Coffee gives up its freshness for a huge uptick in maturity- leather, tobacco, sherry, port and a kiss of soy sauce gives a tart and savory complement to the coffee, chocolate and roast. Lightly bittered, the finish is savory, herbal and edging toward absinthe earth and spiced rum.

Full bodied but given a drying, almost powdery sensation, the beer's oxidation and wood spices balance the sweetness and savoriness while its simmering boozy spice warms the throat along with a vanilla, caramel and coconut softness. Aftertaste of chocolate, sherry and dry leather is long but not indefinite.

Mar 17, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

really quality stout to begin with, this barrel treatment enhances what i already loved about the beer, its not too much whiskey or wood, but the overall beer here is really great and intensely flavored. motor oil black, thick and heavy looking, with some nice creamy head, lively for such a strong barrel aged brew. my only real critique of this is that the coffee smells a little stale, oxidized in up front, but its not like that in the flavor at all, maybe its just a little tight in the bottle, but the coffee in the flavor is amazing, earthy and bitter and strong like espresso, a little acidity, but in such a huge bodied beer, its almost preferable that way. very dark chocolate here, a complex rich malt base, roast with the coffee, even some compatible char from the barrels. majorly full bodied, super smooth from the oak, light vanilla, and the oats of course, which are all over this one. a bit of alcohol heat on the end, this is a big one. some of these classics that have found their way into barrels in recent years are great to try, i am a fan of the original, and this really does take it to the next level. a bit of rum sweetness, spice in the coffee, almost cinnamon in my head, and a general richness and bigness that is well beyond the original. huge thanks to my buddy for sharing this one with me! a beer to share, not as different from other great barrel aged coffee stouts as i expected, but super well done.

Mar 15, 2017
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MJSFS from Florida

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black coffee body with a decent mocha head that recedes to a thin layer leaving spotty lacing and thick alcohol legs. Aroma is more like a BA Russian Imperial than a Coffee Oatmeal Stout. Smells of whiskey and dark fruits are prominent with just enough alcohol notes to let you know you're in for something big. Flavors are big whiskey and oak up front with faint sweet cherries and plums on the middle of the tongue followed by fairly heavy and dry alcohol on the back of the tongue and throat. There is zero evidence that a coffee oatmeal stout was the base for this beer. Mouthfeel is thick and coating with a very dry finish. I bought two of these so I could enjoy one now and cellar the other. While it is very hot and whiskey dominant now, it is very enjoyable. I am shocked that W-n-B is the base for this beer though. I was expecting more coffee notes. Had someone poured me a blind glass I would've assumed I was drinking BA RIS (possibly Old Rasputin) for sure. I'm excited to experience my second bottle in a year or two when the alcohol subsides a bit.

Feb 11, 2017
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Bum4ever from California

4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: solid dark black. Big thick frothy head.
S: whiskey up front, then oak and some chocolate present.
T: oak then whiskey and a finish of coffee and chocalate and maybe vanilla.
F: thinner than I would have expected based on smell and look. But not light by any means.
O: excellent barrel aged beer. Distinct taste of whiskey and oak is very present but not over powering. Very easy to drink for something this heavy, almost dangerously so.

Feb 04, 2017
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

look: Very dark, nearly opaque brown. Modest swath of mocha head on the pour. After settling it mostly coats the top. Leaves messy lacing.
smell: Whiskey and oak up front. It's a whiskey flavor drenched nose but somehow, not boozy. Some BA treatments are subtle. Not this one. According to Terrapin it was in a Tennessee Whiskey barrel for "over a year". You can tell. Not a 1 trick pony though. The base w-n-b counters nicely with roasty coffee.
taste: mirrors the flavor profile of the nose.
overall: Stellar. Like the 1st Ale from the Wood, this has become a unique beer due to the barrel treatment. That's no easy feat. imo, many BA brews seem to be mechanically dumped in barrels for a spell (a short spell in many cases) and taste like a modest variant of the base beer. Rise-n-shine is something new and better imo. Scary easy to drink. Full flavor and ABV but easy drinking nonetheless.

Jan 15, 2017
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch medium brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and some wisps of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Straight rye bourbon aroma with massive woody oak notes. There's some of the dark roast coffee behind it but it's mostly whiskey booze.

T- The barrel character is more of the dry cherrywood variety rather than the sweet vanilla but it actually works very well with the big roastiness of the coffee. Vanilla notes do start to come through as it warms and there's a nice charry aftertaste. Very nice.

M- Thick and creamy with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- This is a nice change of pace from the marshmallowy fudge bombs that I do love but become a bit monotonous after a while. With this, they take the flavors of raw bourbon, dry oak and coffee and fuse them together in a nice package that's dangerously drinkable (though they don't list the ABV which is a bit annoying).

Jan 10, 2017
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz

Pours jet opaque black, ring of tan head dissipates to nothing.

Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, fig, oatmeal, licorice, and bourbon.

Tastes of rich caramel, coffee, cocoa and vanilla over a graham cracker and biscuit malt, hints of fig and grape follow. Oatmeal, licorice and whiskey on the finish. Mild woody oak undertones.

Full viscous body, light sting of carbonation on the tongue. Hint of booze warmth going down.

A rich full-bodied stout that packs a punch. Loads of flavor. Definitely a sipper to be shared or enjoyed very slowly. Hits all the right notes for a massive stout like this. Flavor is appropriately malty and fruity, lower on the roast than many like this and more forward with the dark fruit elements. Definitely worth a grab, a meal in a bottle.

Jan 09, 2017
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goingbrokeonbeer from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First off, I really wanted to love this beer but it didn't work out that way. I'm glad the earlier reviewers loved it, but I almost feel like I must be drinking a different beer. It was off to a good start in the look category but went downhill for me from there. I thought the smell was muted vanilla, coffee, and a little whiskey(I'll admit my nose isn't the best). The taste pretty much followed the smell but the whiskey got more pronounced. All of that combined with a thinner mouthfeel than expected makes me glad I just got one bottle. This was best to me at room temperature.

Jan 02, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Loved this! The barrel took wonderfully to the base beer. If you want a pure coffee BA stout, then you might be disappointed, but if you want the coffee to share the spotlight with chocolate, oat and the barrel, give this a try! Just rich and velvet smooth in the body. Fantastic beer!

Dec 29, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle from Mink's (Marietta, GA). 11.98. No apparent bottling date but this was just released December 2016. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours oil black with about two and a half fingers of khaki head. The froth settles to a splotchy, thin veneer and sustained, fluffy collar, leaving some scattered dots and dashes of lace.

Woodsy whiskey hits my nose forst and foremost. Notes of coffee, caramel, vanilla and sweet earth join in to create a warm, welcoming aroma.

The warm, decadent layers of flavor include wet wood, soft whiskey, muted coffee, rolled oats, caramel, vanilla, faint coconut, leather and a soft tickle of alcohol. The whiskey barrel really is the star of the show and it works incredibly well.

Smooth, creamy full body with soft carbonation. Wet, woodsy whiskey barrel and caramel macchiato dance on the palate in the rich aftertaste.

Somehow not quite Wake n Bake and maybe not my favorite barrel aged coffee stout but all the same Rise-N-Shine is incredible. I really appreciate that for these Ales From The Wood releases Terrapin doesn't rush the beers out of their barrels. There is so much barrel character that it is obvious they were going for a whole new beer as supposed to just a barrel aged variant.

Dec 27, 2016
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OompaMentor from Georgia

4.96/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I was invited by mtkatl to go with him to brewer for the release; alas I had a commitment but he was gracious and brought home a wee-bit. Dark color with modest bouquet of oak, whiskey and malts. The first sip was very enjoyable- soft whiskey notes with coffee and caramel- easy on the palate and the notes linger nicely; no whiskey bite! A very nice beer- I will be looking for this on the shelf. Don't miss this one!!

Dec 11, 2016
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MTKATL from Georgia

4.98/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the bottle release st Terrapin. Pours a dark mocha like regular wake-n-bake with a thick lingering head. Smell is oak barrel and booze with the faintest hint of coffee. Taste is wonderful: barrel, whiskey, and caramel with again a slight hint of coffee. There is no burn from the whiskey as you find in other BA stouts. It's amazingly smooth for 9.4%. Mouth feel is full, but could be thicker. It's definitely not "chewy". Overall a very well-done beer by Terrapin. I'm a huge fan of regular WNB, and this is a fantastic rendition of this beer.

Dec 11, 2016
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 44 ratings