Terrapin Substance Abuse | Terrapin Beer Company

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4.07 w/ 39 ratings

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Big78CJ on 03-30-2008

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by BeerDawgs:
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An 8oz draft at the Porter Terrapin Takeover 5/21/11.

A - A black, dark beer with a nice tan head, and some tan sticky lace left on the glass

A - Still smells like Wake and Bake, but with slight bourbon notes

T - Coffee, chocolate, sweet malts. Nice bourbon flavor that compliments the wake and bake flavor

M - Creamy.

O - An assault on the taste buds. One and done for me! I am not a huge fan of the wake and bake, but for those who are, and who like bourbon barrel aged beers, you would love this.

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Photo of glid02
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Brick Store - I've been waiting to try this for a while.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malt with smooth dark chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Coffee aromas are also present, but not nearly in the amounts found in fresh WNB.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors up front are quickly joined by vanilla and mild bourbon flavors. Coffee flavors join in midway through the sip before they make way for the chocolate and vanilla flavors to come back out before a slightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I could drink a whole lot of these oh-so easily.

Overall this one lived up to my expectations. The bourbon and associated vanilla flavors meld seamlessly with the roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. A must try.

UPDATE: Had the 2006 version that sat in barrels for 15 months recently. The coffee flavors were almost non-existent and the malt profile much sweeter than I remember. Still, the bourbon was also a touch lighter. Still a fantastic beer but I prefer the slightly younger version.

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Photo of Stigs
2.28/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12oz-ish or so pour at Fatheads, as part of a Terrapin/Founders event with some damn good breakfast beers on tap. served in a mini-snifter.

A - dark, pitch black but lifeless body. uh-oh. maybe three or four large bubbles that quickly pop. lifeless.

S - faint bourbon, some vanilla sweetness. not much else, and barely any of that.

T - some dark chocolate, slightly sweet dark fruits, vanilla, the sour mash of bourbon but no accompanying heat or barrel flavor. nothing (pleasant) really stood out. bordering a port with dark fruity sweetness and everything mild and accompanying.

M - zero carbonation, even less than an old 09 Older Viscosity I had opened a couple months ago...at least that beer had some good flavors to prop itself up against. sweet and sticky, commented that I needed to brush my teeth.

D - finished half the glass, despite sharing a few sips to a few unfortunate drinking buddies. big let down. nothing appealing about this at all. first disappointment from Terrapin, and a big one at that.

note: needed to add this...as we were waiting for the event to start, the bartenders were pouring themselves small samples and getting the taps clean and prepped. one of the employees actually went out of their way to comment to the Terrapin rep that the beer was coming out unusually flat, to which the reply was more or less "yeah - its going to be like that". ive never had a problem with any beer at the venue before and fully believe that this one should not have made the long trip up north.

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Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Moses_Malone
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Philabeerphia
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notes...Another crazy shaker pint pour at Varga on 9/11 (I would've thunk this as a snifter or tulip pour, but I'm not complaining).
This beer is exactly one shade off of BA black - more accurately it is a mix of brown, black and royal blue that evades further description for me. Regardless, it is plainly opaque, dense good sir. It is capped with a frothy cocoa-brown brim. This head adds quite a bit of character, telling me that this is no doubt a ballsy stout, foaming at the mouth and seemingly daring me to dive in. It is both tempting and slightly intimidating in appearance.
...Which helps explain why the odor has left me disappointed - even as it warms it seems to slide under my radar, maybe the wavelength of these emissions cannot be picked up by my nostrils. Yes, I'm left feeling like there's more to be had that I am somehow missing. Still, I do pick up some pleasing notes - maple syrup, BBQ brisquit (yes), roasted espresso beans and smoked almonds. Pleasant, but I really need to hunt to find it.
On the tongue this is not the case - I find myself impressed by the bombastic flavors on the palate. Milky sweet & honey-like up front, this start is complimented by chewy fullness. More complex sweet bourbon notes emerge and quickly progress into a high middle - clean & mentholiptic. It is crisp now, apple-like... still sweet though caramely, finishing with a dry ashen cocoa hoppiness as it spreads towards the finish... now the coffee expresses itself explicitly and lingers on the tongue. Everything has come together nicely... SA arcs well, like a storyteller...and considering I'm drinking 14oz of this, it has gone down easily.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at Beer Run, as Virginia welcomes Terrapin to the state.

A: Pours as black as they get. Noting that the beer seems a touch cold, so the head was a little on the short side.

S: Lord... if Wake'n'Bake wasn't already enough, they take all those big flavours of dark choclate and espresso and throw in a hefty serving of vanilla, woodiness, and a light, slightly smoky touch.

T: This is certainly one to allow to breathe, and approach at an appropriate temperature. Flavour is essentially the same as the nose... chocolate, espresso, oak, vanilla. There's some nice bitterness to it, and it finishes with that lingering, going down wonderfully smooth.

M + D: Rich , full in body, and smooth on the finish. Carbonation is sparkling and adds a nice quality to the creamy body. There doesn't need to be so much going on to make it a great beer, but I'm not complaining, either! Pretty awesome stuff.

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Photo of DerrickW
2/5  rDev -50.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a small light tan head. In the aroma, oak and whiskey/ bourbon hints. In the taste, smooth roasty coffee, and whiskey/ bourbon like hints. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry oak in the aftertaste, however like a shot of whiskey in the stomach. Big nose and thinner body than expected.

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Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a thin head that lasts a bit before becoming a spotty foam.

Smell: roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol are easy to pull from the glass but is not as pleasant as hoped.

Taste: this is a complex beer as roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon tones, prune sweetness, and some espresso. Alcohol is quite noticeable here. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth throughout. Very long aftertaste here.

Drinkability: as this warmed the flavors really started to work together. Very slow sipping beer here with a great name.

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Photo of Terrapin8
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin : Substance Abuse

My sources tell me that this is the Wake n' Bake (AKA Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout) aged in Jack Daniels barrels.

Pours a jet black without much head. Aroma of sweet stout and Jack Daniels. In the taste, toasty, roasted malt, hop bitterness, coffee and whiskey providing an over the top flavor profile. Vanilla, roast, coffee and whiskey bringing to mind a JD spiked coffee. Mouthfeel is full bodied and silky smooth. Overall, the Wake n' Bake aged in whiskey barrels was a successful experiment.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of bhalter8
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Trappeze, after hearing about its availability there, I anxiously made it over for a taste. Pours an ink black, with a thin tan head. The whiskey smell is powerful! Guess that Jack Daniels Barrel aging worked! The whiskey smell is prominent, but still allows the coffee and chocolate character we WnB fans have come to love, to come through. The taste is an amazing and strong front hit of whiskey, followed by the coffee tinged chocolate malt backbone. If there was one negative to this brew, it would be the barrel aging almost masks the original flavor (which I love) a bit much. It definitely warms quickly in the mouth, making it a nice sipping beer. Thoroughly enjoyed this take on an old favorite of mine. Look forward to trying some more cask versions out of Terrapin, this was a stellar first one for me.

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Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-jet black in color with a thin tan head of what actually is created.

S-the nose has roasted coffee with notes of whiskey and lots of sugary malt sweetness adding plums and cherries. rather sweet.

T-light notes of coffee with hints of whiskey and a ton of malt sweetness. the coffee and strong dark fruit sweetness don't make a great combination and there really isn't much else happening.

M-this is thinner than I would have liked and falls off in the back lacking carbonation but does have a smooth and creamy feel to it.

D-not bad but rather simple in flavor profile and the barrel aging has thinned this out too much while not imparting much flavor.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, November 08 edition,

wake-n-bake aged in jack daniels with added Woodford Reserve, brilliant

Poured a very dark and thick with a soft tan head

smelled very rich in coffee and bourbon, very great smell

taste was a very silkly sooth bourbon followed up closely by a hint of bitterness, fading into a pleasant coffee after taste. definitely a Woodford reserve front flavor which was simply great.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with an obsidian color topped with a creamy mocha head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: A bit of coffee and whiskey, but not as big as expected

Taste: Roasty coffee, chocolate and caramel up front with the whiskey flavor complementing the brew almost immediately; a bit of coffee bitterness adds complexity after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of the most nicely blended barrel-aged stouts I have encountered; exceedingly drinkable

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