Tart Cherry W-n-B
Terrapin Beer Company

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From:
Terrapin Beer Company
 
Georgia, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
9.4%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 7.98%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
104
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Oct 06, 2019
Added:
Sep 16, 2016
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  28
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Notes: Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout and it is a stout brewed with Jittery Joe’s coffee and Montmorency cherry juice added,
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Rated: 3.74 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Oct 06, 2019
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tartness and roast are always a dangerous combination. Where one sees complexity another sees complication. But the clash of these flavor titans is nothing that Terrapin brewers shy away from; in fact, they embrace the duality.

Resting on their waking and baking laurels, their Tart Cherry Wake-n'-Bake pours with the same espresso black pour that we've grown to love. Its lathery mocha froth lays the foundation for a roasty and fruity set of aromatics that swirl around the properties of chocolate covered cherries with a welcomed coffee scent. Moderately sweet, the early palate is stricken with scorched sugars of sorgum, brown sugar and caramel for a softer start to the session.

Sweetness retracts quickly in favor of a roasty, toasty middle palate. Black walnut, burnt toast, campfire char, dark roast coffee, baker's chocolate all lay a robust coat on the tastebuds before the brightness of cherries offer a balancing acidity and its own tangy sweetness for a welcome reprieve from the element of char.

A broad and woodsy bitterness of brushfire and pine adorn the finish while the full bodied beer drinks slightly less heavy from its tart cherry impressions, its coffee liquor booziness and the bitter resins that extend into a long and roasty-winey interplay.
Dec 14, 2018
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Reviewed by Jeffo from Netherlands

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Got this one from rutager a while back

From a corked and caged 375ml bottle into a snifter
Bottled 28 December 2016
Jittery Joe’s Coffee

APPEARANCE: A clear black pour yields a three finger, medium-thicker looking, creamy tan head with great retention. Black body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full cap and clings to the glass. A half wisp remains until the end leaving touches of lacing on the glass as it empties. Nice head on this one.

SMELL: Coffee beans, vanilla cream, milk chocolate, pure chocolate, oats and some roasted malts on the nose. A hint of cherries there but it’s mild.

TASTE: Tart cherries up front with coffee and milk chocolate, as well as some more light sourness at the swallow. Bold finish of bitter coffee beans, milk chocolate, vanilla cream flavors and some tart cherries. Roasted notes and a bit of booze as well. Pretty flavorful and way more tart cherry than the nose had indicated.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A bit prickly on the palate, goes down fine and finishes somewhat sticky.

OVERALL: Good stuff. Enjoyed this one for sure. The tart cherries were rather mute on the nose but they came out really nicely in the flavor, and the rest of the base stout was definitely well put together. Worth checking out if you’re a coffee stout fan and like a little fruit here and there. Thanks again, rutger. Recommended.
Oct 24, 2018
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense dark tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing.
S: Smells of coffee and chocolate covered cherries along with some roasted malts
T: Taste is tart cherries and coffee with some chocolate and roasted malts. Cherries and coffee keep coming back around which is nice. Swallow is huge coffee, cherries, and chocolate with some lingering tart cherry notes mixed with a little roasted malt.
M: This beer is fairly full in body with a somewhat silky mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little more than necessary but it drinks well. The beer has a drying finish from the tartness of the cherry juice.
O: Overall this beer isn't bad at all. It has some really nice flavors and some interesting complexity. Not sure if cherry juice is high on my list of things to add to a stout but it works out pretty well. It's worth a try if they remake it.
Jul 21, 2018
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Reviewed by Scottsbeer from Florida

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2016 19.9 OZ bottle, stored properly and enjoyed on 5/4/18. Had to use a utility knife to get the stupid wax off the cap so my bottle opener could open the cap. Why 16.9 and not 16? Why the wax? other than that I will continue with an unbiased review.

L Poured down the center of the glass and beer has a dark brown with a slight ruby red color letting virtually no light through. One inch head that dissipated rapidly leaving a small island with some nice lacing on the glass just above the liquid.

S Dark malts, dark mocha and bitter chocolate, caramel, cane sugar and tart cherry .

T Milk chocolate, dark malt a hint of vanilla and some cherry up front. In the middle the chocolate changes from milk chocolate to bakers cocoa the caramel and vanilla meld to become a creamy medley and the cherry becomes a little tarter. The finish is nice as the chocolate flavors combine to become a nice semi dark Swiss chocolate, the tart in the tart cherry kicks in a sour note that is pleasant and the caramel combines with a roasted malt and dark fruit flavor with a slight smokey coffee finish. The coffee is a nuance but it is good. Could be that since this bottle has aged for a couple of years the coffee faded but I am good with just the nuance. ABV is not hot but there is a pleasant warming in the finish.

F Light for in imperial oatmeal stout when it is cold but gets thicker and chewier as it warms, with a creamy and lingering coating on the pallet. Carbonation is light to medium and perfect for the style.

O If it wasn't for the stupid wax seal and the extra .9 OZ I might rate this higher. Actually the extra .9 OZ really doesn't bother me but the wax seal does. The beer is in the top 15% in my opinion and worth finding but the wax seal making me work way too hard to get to the beer looses points. A great beer if you have patience to get rid of the wax,
May 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.16 by Vylo from New Jersey

Apr 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by JeffKowalek from Tennessee

Mar 17, 2018
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Reviewed by PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured 25oz bottle into snifter glass. 9.4% abv

Appearance- Dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Brown, mocha colored head, fine bubbles. Some lacing.

Smell- Coffee, chocolate, cherries.

Taste- Rich, chocolate notes, with cherry tartness. Cherry builds as the flavor increases. Coffee becomes much more prominent as well. Finishes extremely tart from the cherries, still retaining a coffee finish. Light chocolate notes on the back end as well.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body with medium carbonation.

Overall- A bit aggressive with the tartness. not actually a sour, just a stout with a ton of cherries on the tart side. It is complex however. Made for sipping. Think chocolate covered cherries, just the extra tart variety.
Feb 11, 2018
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2/4/18 bottle
Feb 04, 2018
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Reviewed by Pencible from Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: This poured an opaque black with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like fresh espresso and bitter dark chocolate, with some molasses and toasted oats.
T: It tasted like smoky French roast coffee and bitter dark chocolate, with some tart cherry and toasted oats and earthy molasses. It had a clean bitter and earthy aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Great big body.
D: This was a very nice brew with well integrated and delicate scent and taste. Lots of complex character that was rich yet balanced. The body was solid and the finish was relatively smooth with well hidden alcohol. So it was pretty easy to drink, but worth sipping. A few years might help it mellow even further, but it was still excellent fresh. One of the better non-barrel aged stouts.
Feb 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.73 by socon67 from New York

Jan 28, 2018
 
Rated: 3.54 by scratch69 from Missouri

Dec 28, 2017
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Reviewed by TH28 from Florida

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2016 vintage 500ml bottle. Appearance: Deep black and opaque with a fairly thick dark khaki head for an imperial stout. Nice lacing. Aroma: molasses, roasted coffee, and cherry dominate. All malt here, no noticeable hop aroma Taste: Rich, deep malt sweetness, quickly balanced by tart cherry, and finished with a deep roasted coffee. Bitterness just enough to balance Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with an oatmeal creaminess that has leaned more syrupy after a year of age. Low carbonation. Finish: Strong coffee roast is dominant, with a tart cherry undertone Overall: Really nice take on a coffee imperial stout by offering a tart cherry to balance the rich maltiness and roasted coffee notes. Very complex beer, with the oatmeal adding a nice creaminess to the body
Dec 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by oline73 from Maryland

Dec 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.96 by Gtwreck45 from Missouri

Oct 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.12 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Oct 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by BabaBeer from California

Sep 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.15 by Ryannotbryan from Texas

Sep 24, 2017
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Reviewed by outdoor7or24 from Georgia

2.84/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
500 ml poured into pint glass, shared with Rob who brought this.
A: pours a ruby dark brown body, small amounts of lacing, carbonation
S: tart cherry, chocolate, coffee
M: medium-heavy body
T: tart cherry is well pronounced, chocolate, coffee, oatmeal drying in the finish.
O: unusual brew to me, the cherry just is not helping the heavy stout
Aug 20, 2017
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Reviewed by stakem from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Thanks Kirb for sharing. 500ml bottle into a snifter appears black with dark mocha head that foams up and retains well.

Aroma has a hint of pepper, cherry almost medicinal and earthy/herbal.

Taste has plenty of earthen roast with a tart cherry character to contrast.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. I honestly cant say that I enjoyed this more than a normal wakenbake bottle. The cherry was noticeable but it also brought some nuance that seemed off.
Aug 17, 2017
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Reviewed by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Had this on 2017-08-16 and again on 2018-09-21 in Columbia, PA from a 16.9 oz 2016 bottle

A - Opaque dark brown with a 3/4-finger beige head and decent lace.

S - Dark mocha-latte, brown bread, semi-dark chocolate, hint of cherry.

T - Like Wake-n-Bake with tart cherries; as you would expect. Lots of coffee, medium-dark roasted grain, chocolate and lactic sweetness up front followed quickly by roasted bitterness; and finally, the tart cherry flavor appears before being subsumed into the lingering dark-roasted bitterness.

M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation. Smooth and creamy at first before becoming a little prickly as it dries out. It's not sweet in the finish.

O - A tasty twist on W-n-B but to me, the tart cherry flavors diminish rather than improve the base beer flavor. Still enjoyable though.
Aug 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.13 by mike22ne from Massachusetts

Aug 04, 2017
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle: Poured a dark black color stout with a medium foamy head with good retention. Aroma of roasted malt with some coffee notes and tart cherry is pretty interesting. Taste is a nice mix of roasted malt with subtle bitter notes with some floral coffee notes and well-balanced tart cherry notes are also discernible. Body is about average with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol notes. Well-brewed with great mix of flavours.
Jul 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by Crashed from Maryland

Jul 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.18 by bcsbeer from Florida

Jul 24, 2017
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Rated by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle thanks to Ian
Jul 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by mtomlins from Canada (ON)

Jul 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.16 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Jul 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.08 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Jul 14, 2017
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Reviewed by Squidretired from Florida

4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours very dark with a nice head. The nose is of cherry and coffee. Tart then smooth on the palate. The cherry and coffee flavor last through the drinking. Good malt flavor through the drinking.
Jul 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.13 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Jun 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Jun 25, 2017
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Reviewed by FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A big blast of coffee and cherry drift off of this nice brown beer with the dense tan head. Tons of lacing left by this beast. The taste is tons of coffee, chocolate and tart cherry with some tangy malt. Really solid beer.
Jun 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.31 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Jun 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Jun 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.77 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jun 11, 2017
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance - The beer poured a deep rich chocolate color with a mocha head.

Smell - Tart cherries and dark malts radiate fromtbe nose.

Taste - Tart cherries lead the way before dark baker's chocolate. A slight off-putting metallic taste followed. The dark chocolate stays dry and clings to the roof of the mouth.

Mouthfeel - There was a full stout body present with little carbonation.

Overall - I want to like this more, but the metallic taste ...
May 29, 2017
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Reviewed by acmurphy696 from Georgia

4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Cherry WB is dark and lovely. The scent and taste of the cherry is there, but coffee seems to dominate, as expected. The lingering tone of coffee last going down. Impressive.
May 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

May 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.71 by TheTinDoor from Maryland

May 23, 2017
Tart Cherry W-n-B from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 143 ratings