Tart Cherry W-n-B
Terrapin Beer Company

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Stout - American Imperial
4.03 | pDev: 7.94%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout and it is a stout brewed with Jittery Joe’s coffee and Montmorency cherry juice added,
Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 143 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.95/5  rDev -2%
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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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Scottsbeer from Florida

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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
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PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Pencible from Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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
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TH28 from Florida

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

2.84/5  rDev -29.5%
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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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
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
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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
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Squidretired from Florida

4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
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
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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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acmurphy696 from Georgia

4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
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
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FBGordon from Florida

4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a below room temperature bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours opaque with a thick milk-chocolate head that settles into a decent layer that laces nicely.

S: Roasty, roasty, roasty. Dark, burnt black roast dominates, with small notes of tobacco and leather.

T: Travels much smoother across the palate than its acidic aroma would suggest, with notes of dark chocolate and light coffee in harmony with a little dark cherry sweetness. Leaves dark chocolate-covered cherry on the palate, very decadent. The tart cherry builds over time. One of these is enough for me.

M: Carbonation is light and prickly at first, then mellows as the beer glides across the palate. A nice medium waist for this brew, lighter than expected based on the nose but still heavy enough for a respectable oatmeal stout.

O: The big roasty nose was a little daunting, but I was pleasantly surprised at the acidic balance of the beer. I love the dark chocolate and cherry flavors, even as they build throughout drinking this beer. I'm glad Terrapin packaged them in a smaller bottle; at 9.4% this is the only one of these I need.

May 09, 2017
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle with a bottled on date of 2016

L - Pitch black, with a tan 1 finger of head, and tan lacing left all over the glass

S - coffee, chocolate dominate. Very nice aroma

T - Fresh coffee beans, roasted grain, subtle sweetness from the cherries. Dark chocolate and vanilla

F - Medium body and carbonation. Oily slick and smooth

O - I have read some complaints, but this tastes like the awesome straight up WnB with a nice subtle cherry sweetness added. Worth the purchase

May 06, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours the color of Jittery Joe's coffee with a thick beige head that turns rocky as if it were fermenting in the glass; a wall of lacing streaks down the glass

Smell: Chocolate and coffee, with brown bread and tart cherry underneath

Taste: The tart Montmorency cherry flavors are much more prominent on the taste buds, with the fruit intermingling with the chocolate tones from the outset; the tart aspect builds through the middle, bursting beyond the chocolate; the coffee takes a back seat in this variant

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer is clearly developing in the bottle, as the tart cherry tones are much more prominent now that what was reported in earlier reviews; I am very much enjoying where this beer is now

Apr 28, 2017
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cavedave from New York

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Buck89 for this delicious beer in NBS BIF 5

Pours black that is almost as black as the devil's heart with a finger of thick light brown lather. Thick and substantial looking.

:Light roast malt and coffee aromas are joined by some sweet cherry and floral to make a very delectable bouquet.

Woah, this is all about the cherry. Coffee is subdued in this compared to regular, but it is joined by light hoppy bitter and roasty notes to support the cherry flavor. Quite a delicious, simple, satisfying taste.

Nicely viscous and med./full bodied but drinks ridiculously easy for the amount of sweet and fruit it carries. Low carb., just enough to make this beer work.

Very tasty beer that is pairing beautifully with a Rocky Patel Sumatra right now. Recommended enthusiastically.

Mar 12, 2017
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tart Cherry Wake N Bake
500mL bottle into a tulip
Vintage 2016

A: Pours an opaque black, huge sense light tan head dissipates very slowly, lots ofnlacing. 4.5

S: Aromas of big bitter coffee, unsweetened cocoa, and lactose like cream. Cherrybis present but it's definitely mild. Nice aroma. 4

T: Taste is bitterness, lots of coffee, unsweetened chocolate, with cherry on the finish. There's more Cherry than on the aroma, and like the label says it's definitely tart Cherry. Very nice. 4.25

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation a bit high IMO which makes it seem thinner, ABV is very well masked and drinkability is good. 3.75

O: Another very well done beer in the WnB series. This one is fairly unique in comparison to the others as the tart cherries give it a whole different dimension. I enjoyed this quite a bit. 4.25

Mar 12, 2017
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kbuzz from North Carolina

3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Super disappointing for me compared to even just the base, let alone the high standard set by the previous variants. None of that trademark sweet roasty coffee punch that I've always loved about regs WnB. Much much worse than French toast and cinnamon versions. A bummer.

Mar 11, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Traditional pour, nice fluffy head though it settles quickly. Aroma has an inviting moderate roasted coffee smell but not much underneat, certainly no cherry. Taste is delicate & unassuming, upfront there is some roasted malt & a little coffee, and the cherry juice comes in on the mid-palate. It doesn't present a muscular flavor of its own but mostly eases the stronger flavors & smooths them out. There is certainly a berry fruit note towards the back, and the flavor combination is not dissimilar to a chocolate raspberry cake. Finishes with a little bitterness & a final cherry kiss. All told it is a very nice beer, I am sure some will bemoan that the coffee flavor isn't strong enough or don't like the addition of the cherry, but I thought it worked really well.

Mar 01, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours black purplish color with nice foamy tan colored head nice lacing.

Aroma - Mostly coffee up front there are also hints of tart cherry, dark chocolate and tobacco.

Taste - Coffee grounds forward, tart cherries, dark chocolate and hints of vanilla. Roasted malts, a touch of bitterness.

Feel - High side of medium, well carbonated, just a hint of dryness.

Overall - I really liked this beer, lots of coffee flavor and the tart cherries really compliment it well.

Feb 16, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

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

Pours into a goblet a deep dark fudge color with a thick creamy deep beige head atop that settles slowly into a creamy mass leave a full ring of lace behind.Coffee,earth,and mild tartness from the cherries in the nose,the coffee is the main component here.A rich creamy feel with low carbonation,easy going down.Starts out on the palate with some bitter chocolate and coffee roast melding into the tart cherry flavor ending nicely with a bit of earth.Not alot of sweetness,maybe not the most complex beer but it's pretty damn good as is.

Feb 15, 2017
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AngusOg from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on draft into snifter glass.

I love the original Wake n Bake, and i'm getting that delicious coffee profile up front. But although the cherry is supposed to be tart, I'm still perceiving the cherry as more of a sweet fruitiness in the finish, diminishing the drinkability a bit. I guess it adds a little layer if complexity to the brew, but complexity doesn't always necessarily equate to better. I would take the original over this all day. Still, a fun one to try (once).

Feb 14, 2017
Tart Cherry W-n-B from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 143 ratings