Raspberry Truffle W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout
Terrapin Beer Company

Raspberry Truffle W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutRaspberry Truffle W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
9.4%
Score:
90
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 6.78%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
54
From:
Terrapin Beer Company
 
Georgia, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
90
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Raspberry Truffle W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutRaspberry Truffle W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout
Notes: Brewed with pure liquid cocoa, raspberry and coffee from Jittery Joe's.
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 54
Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2017 Bottle purchased this year

A: Very dark brown with light brown head
S: Metallic, raspberry jam, tart, roasty, hint of coffee
T: Big tart raspberry, roasty malt and coffee, mint?
M: Medium light
O: Likely was much better fresh

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sample at TJ's Thanks
Toasty earthy light chocolate and molasses on the nose, Huge raspberry flavor that wasn't on the nose. Coffee lightly peppery. Tasty but not world class.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A very enticing aroma of raspberries, truffles, coffee, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of small amount of roasted malt (mostly in the finish), a good shot of truffles (quite earthy), a ton of raspberries, a lot of chocolate and some coffee as well. This is basically dessert in a bottle. It's fruity, chocolatey, and incredibly sweet. Very well-balanced, but the raspberries stand out more than anything. Tasty.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: An excellent and enjoyable stout. Well worth a look.

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Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent ebony with a pinky of a mocha colored head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee, a little raspberry, coffee really picks up as this warms

T: Follows the nose, a touch of truffle, but plenty of dryness & raspberry tartness up front. Coffee thins out, rasberry tartness picks up not really working for me . Finisihes with raspberry tartness, a little truffle & & touch of watery coffee

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Body thins as this warms, carbonation becomes a little too sharp

Thought I would love this, wheels just kind of fall off as it warmed, ABV seems MIA

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Photo of beersampler6
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was very excited to try this on tap after previously enjoying Terrapin’s other coffee stout. Dark, almost black color, nice and smooth. Almost no head, very faint lacing. Smells of dark roast coffee. Tastes of coffee, sweet raspberry, chocolate and malt. Mildly creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation throughout. Sweet raspberry aftertaste, but slightly too sweet for me - not cloying but a little overpowering. Would have been better paired with dessert.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, 2017 vintage bottling. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, nutty medium roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, red grape/wine, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance of raspberries, coffee, cocoa, dark/roast/bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of big juicy/tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, nutty medium roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, red grape/wine, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char/herbal/spicy bitterness and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, nutty medium roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, red grape/wine, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, coffee, cocoa, dark/roast/bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness and tart/tangy fruit balance. Bit of lingering hop and tannic fruit astringency, but not overwhelming. Light-moderate increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness and fruit tang/tartness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, acidic/tangy/tannic, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is good. A bit rough on bitterness/fruit tannins, and on the thin side for the ABV. Mildly increasing warmth of 9.4% after the finish. Overall this is an awesome fruited imperial oatmeal stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, coffee, cocoa, dark/roast/bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV; despite the increasingly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Awesome balance of jammy berries, coffee, cocoa, and nicely rich oatmeal stout malt complexity. Amazing nose, but would have preferred a less bitter and tannic fruit finish. A really impressive and enjoyable offering otherwise.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer poured an oily black color with a dark mocha colored head.

Smell - Dark coffee notes encompass light raspberry notes.

Taste -At the fron was rich fresh coffee. Raspberry is light, but dors not come off as synthetic. In the big picture, this is W-n-B with raspberry hints. There was a nice roasty after.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation creates a dense mouthfeel.

Overall - The fruit variants on W-n-B are somewhat underwhelming.

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Photo of 57md
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

When the Cherry variant came out, I was concerned that the tart cherry flavor would dominate everything else - I was pleasantly surprised that was not the case. Sadly, I cannot say the same of this current variant. The tart raspberry nose and flavor overwhelm all the other notes especially the roast, which is weak in this variant.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into pint glass in February 2018. There was no bottled-on date on the bottle. I drank this within 1 month of purchase.

Appearance: Very dark black with a thin tan/brown head. Head is creamy and remains thick for a while. It leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of berries, coffee, chocolate, and some caramel. There is not much hop aroma.

Taste: There is an interesting combination of flavors. There is strong berry and chocolate flavors with some smoky roasted malt flavors, and a little vanilla, coffee, and caramel flavors. There is very little bitterness from hops, but the flavor is dominated by the berry and chocolate flavors. There is a strong alcohol presence as with other Imperial Stouts.

Mouth-feel: Thick, but with a heavy and extremely smooth and creamy body.

This is a very good dessert style Imperial Stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. It is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. I would buy this again.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: jet black, tight tan head, nice lacing
S: coffee, berries
T: sweetness it’s you right up front, followed by coffee and roasted malts
F: almost an artificial sweet feel, all of the mouthfeel is upfront, I’d like this to be more full bodied
O: kind of a mess

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml waxed and capped bottle into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is heavy on dark chocolate, espresso, fudge and cocoa powder. The raspberry addition isn't really detectable but this still smells delicious. Beer opens with a sweet and slightly tart raspberry presence that's accented up front but dissipates quickly. It gives way to layers of milk chocolate, espresso, iced coffee, fudge, molasses and cocoa powder. Raspberry actually comes back towards the end, providing a slightly tart and fruity finish. Body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. Slightly prickly on the palate with some bubbles going down. Sadly, this could be a lot smoother and fuller.

Overall, a pretty good beer. I'm not quite sure how I feel about the raspberry addition but its certainly unique and makes this offering stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Because everyone needs a reason to get out of bed, we use a lot of incentives. Terrapin suggests a coffee oatmeal stout with raspberry and chocolate over any other incentive, kinda, sorta.

Very dark brown, the frothy beer takes on coffee proportions immediately. But with a bold overlay of raspberry, the nose leads with a robust and tangy, winey, roasty and nutty scent. Early flavors are savory with a host of burnt sugars; molasses, toffee, caramel and cream each slather across the front of the tongue.

Sweetness is short lived as the tart raspberry flavor jumps out immediately. Dominated by sour berry flavor, the roasty, toasty and smokey remnants of malt provide a sharp layer of complexity while the softness of oats add a silky, malty and creamy taste and texture to balance. A finish of coffee and cocoa keep a bittersweet, campfire character going deep into finish.

Full bodied and malty dry, the fruit acidity works with a slight acrid roast, alcohol and a moderate hop dryness for a surprisingly drinkable stout with as much complication from fruit as it adds complexity and charm. Spicy and warm, the after palate simmers with smoldering embers and grilled raspberry well into the next sip.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle with a 2017 reserve label

L - Dark brown, 1 finger of head, some tan lacing left on top of the brew and on the glass

S - Dark roasted coffee beans, subtle raspberries

T - Raspberries and sweet up front, coffee kicks in and dry finish. Raspberries throughout.

F - Full body and medium carbonation

O - an interesting take on the WnB. Raspberries are plentiful. Tasty and enjoyable

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Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by a dense two finger light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of huge coffee and chocolate on the nose with some roasted malts and raspberries
T: Taste is roasted malts and dark roasted coffee with a nice shot of raspberries and chocolate. Once the fruit grabs hold it stays at the forefront with a little chocolate. The finish on this beer is more chocolate and raspberries with more roasted malts and coffee.
M: On the palate this beer has a moderate amount of heft with carbonation that is slightly prickly. The beer has a slightly drying finish from the style but the fruit addition tries to keep things refreshing.
O: Overall I think the original is better. The adjuncts are interesting but I feel like they subtract from the base beer instead of adding to it. I like the concept but I fault the execution.

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Photo of teromous
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't see an actual bottle date but the back area of the label says "2017 Reserve Series"

Appearance: It is black with a nicely formed, thick, fluffy, khaki head. The head has very good retention and it leaves a thick foam on the glass as it slowly fades down a bit.

Aroma: Coffee. It has a very pronounced coffee aroma which smells wonderful.

Taste: Up front there is a lot of coffee flavor mixed with just a touch of carbon. There is a berry tartness that cuts through the middle of the beer with an almost wine-like flavor. Towards the finish of the beer there is a nice touch of what tastes like chocolate. That chocolate flavor is a bit like Hershey's Special Dark but a bit more subtle.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a nice semi-full body with just a touch of slickness. the best part of the mouthfeel is how the tartness of the beer follows the initial heaviness of the beer and cuts it up or juxtaposes the weighty body with a bit of elevation.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It has a ton of flavor and it feels like the whole thing has meshed together very nicely. The beer says that this is an "ALE BREWED WITH COFFEE, RASPBERRIES & CHOCOLATE" and the raspberries have a much more mature and wine-like flavor rather than the taste of a fresh raspberry. I would drink it again if it was available and it's good enough that I would recommend seeking it out. This is a good beer for those who like a fruit in their beer but don't want it to taste "fruity" or overly sweet. The coffee also does an amazing job of grounding out the flavors in the beer to keep things a bit earthy and bridge the gap between the deep flavors of the chocolate and Oatmeal Imperial Stout with the tartness of the raspberry.

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Raspberry Truffle W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 54 ratings