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Terrapin Oak Aged Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout | Terrapin Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Stigs on 01-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 115
Photo of devinoconnor
2.62/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Although there's only 35 reviews to date, I was still very surprised to see the high rating for this Terrappin stout. I enjoy stouts quite a lot, but this one just wasn't for me.

Poured a dark brown color.

Smell was the only thing I enjoyed. Rich espresso, chocolate undertones. Hint of oatmeal as well.

Nose was ok. But then a strong citrus, sour taste came in. Almost like someone poured a bottle of chardonnay into the stout. Tough to handle.

The sours ruined the experience for me. Aftertaste was awful. Tough to drink.

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Photo of klkatz
3.39/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

As advertised this is strong, coffee-flavored brew.

The pour is excellent. Coffee black with a tan head which seems to slowly rise well after the pour.

Smells of coffee, malt and slight chocoloate. Tastes like strong coffee, kind of a smokey/burnt hint in there. Malty flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Thick black coffee sits with you... like the consistency of office coffee left overnight.

Drinkability is ok/average. I'm good for one before bed. Maybe I should try one in the morning.

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Photo of rel
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this out of a bottle.

Engine oil. Pitch black. Looks like an espresso. New and exciting look for a beer.

It smells a coffee ice cream. Hints of dark rum. Maybe the look makes me think it also smells like engine oil on the backend.

The taste was a little disappointing compared to the excitement of the smell. A whole lot bitter, roasted malts, which I liked.

For mouthfeel I gave this a low score. The residual taste is pure alcohol fume. Like gasoline.

It's a good beer, maybe not my style. Enjoyable once in a blue moon (I hate Blue Moon).

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served at Tyler's Tap Room in Apex, NC

Whao! This arrived at the table in a standard pint glass boasting a modest head. The head quickly dissipated to a ring. No lacing to speak of. And then the sniff - it was like straight up coffee!

The first pull was interesting. I took a nice long pull and let it wash around for a second. Again, Whoa! This is the first time I have experienced a 'coffee' beer that seemed to me to be more coffee than beer. It was just short of carbonated espresso. If you let it settle out on your tongue, you can pull out some lighter hits of malt in there, but this one is definitely about the coffee.

One thing that I found slightly distracting was a slickness in the mouthfeel. I don't know where it came from but it was clearly present. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it seemed a little out of place somehow.

If you like coffee, this one is for you. It was a bit much for me, but my wife had one too and she absolutely raved about it. Extreme brewing? I don't know, but this one is a coffee lover's dream.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Kickbacks. Big stout aroma. A sipper: with wine character, fruitiness, and coconut. The coconut throws me off a bit, though others like it. Black, little head, this one was aged a while.
Decent mouthfeel. I have to have this in the winter in front of a fireplace. As a cask, would throw off the carbonation and be easier and smoother to go down.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another review from notes. On tap at Smokin' Joe's in Pittsboak doesn; really come out urgh. Poured in a standard pint glass...

A - Presented a

S - Hmmm. The oak doesn't really come out like I hoped it would. Strong roasted coffee and milk chocolate come out. Some light licorice and roasted malts come out. A bit of molasses in there too

T - Coffee really stands out off the bat along with some nice semi-sweet chocolate. Molasses and sweet vanilla also comes out. The oak is quite light and unpronounced overall.

M - Medium bodied beer with a smooth, creamy feel to it. Carbonation was moderate.

O - I was hoping for more from this one and it didn't really measure up. I really preferred the regular version to this one. Not too bad of an offering though.

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Photo of Nesued
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at the Piney Grove Green's "Rare Keg Thursday". Always a good show.

Appearance - Poured black as night. Ample/lively head formed upon pour. A good stout head filling 1/4th of the glass. Let that bad boy settle and then fill the rest of the glass. A thin ring remains after the head falls.

Smell - Big coffee nose, no loss from the base beer here, lots of vanilla as well. Hints of toffee and wood as well. Some chocolate notes as well.

Taste - Where to begin. How 'bout the opening? Dense/slick opening as it coats your tongue. Huge coffee and chocolate. Moves gently into the great middle-game of strong malts and mild alcohol making it's appearance. Interesting. didn't expect to feel/taste that at only 8%. Good roasty notes continue the experience. Nice finish a bit of a bite, but hardly worth the mention.

Mouthfeel - As mentioned above the opening samples coats your tongue nicely with a lush full body. Not much of a contribution via carbonation (at least, I didn't get it), all density provided by the heavy grain bill, in my opinion. A bit thin at the finish.

Drinkability - Good stuff, not great stuff. I personally didn't see a big overall difference between this and the "regular" wake-n-bake. Great to have a chance to try this rare breed.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kickbacks

A-Pours black with a one finger mocha colored head that has decent retention and leaves a bit of lacing.

S-Coffee hits right off as you would expect. Some roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. No oak notes as I would have expected.

T-Strong dark coffee leads and stays throughout. A bit of chocolate surfaces. Oats are there lingering in the back along with a touch of vanilla.

M-Medium body, smooth and a bit creamy with the carb on the low side. Coats the palate well. My favorite part of the beer.

D-Huge coffee taste and nose make this a sipper and more than one in a sitting is unlikely for me.

Overall, I was a bit disappointed. This is by no means a bad beer, but there is very little difference between this and the regular Wake 'n Bake.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lost Kangaroo.

A: Pitch black. The pour dropped a thick two finger head that retained well and left nice lace.

A: I think the oak aging toned down the aroma here. I get the great coffee and chocolate, but it dosen't seem to be on par with the regular version. I also get a nice earthiness and some light oak.

T: Coffee and chocolate all the way. Earthy and bitter. The oak aging really gives it a smooth finish. No hint of the ABV.

M: Velvety smooth. Good amount of carbonation, heavy body.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is great. I really enjoy coffee brews so I could have quite a few of these. Overall, really nice brew. I too would still prefer the regular version, but this one is still worth seeking out. Skal.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage shared with Thirstybird. Pours one shade shy of black with a thin skim and a tight band. Nose expresses coffee grounds, a trace of espresso and a sweet quality - perhaps lactose. Taste reveals molasses, semi-sweet chocolate, brewer's licorice and a faint metallic quality. Coffee grounds flavor lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an oily/creamy texture and a carbonation level falling just short of crisp. A solid oatmeal stout, with a well-hidden abv; however, coffee grounds get a little trying over the course of the tasting.

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Photo of biglite351
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark as night with thick head leaving mild lace.

S - coffee chocolate and malt, well grounded.

T - sweet coffee, mild chocolate. Almost oatmeal stout like, but with coffee.

M - very thick but only a mild tingle on front sides of tongue.

D - very drinkable.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a sniftner, this brew pours as dark as any stout with an impressively dark head. The only lacking element is the lacing, which is way to lacking.

S: The aroma is a tuned down version of WnB. Less notes of coffee that I love in the original keeps the score down. The bitter chocolate notes are still evident and yummy.

T: The flavor is toned down by the oaked aging. The flavor is comparable to a smooth bitter chocolate. Notes of espresso blend together to make a great brew.

MF: the mouthfeel is delightfully creamy and super smooth.

Overall, what a great brew, it is ashame that the oaked aging took away more flavor than it added, but I did enjoy this excellent brew!

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Photo of Stigs
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

surprisingly on tap at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh...great New Year's surprise!

A - midnight black with a small dark tan head which is loose and bubbly. quickly fell to a ring but clung to the sides of the glass here and there.

S - strong smell of dark roasted (and slightly overdone) coffee, molasses, oak, bitter chocolate, vanilla.

T - sweetness of vanilla from the oak aging hits hard first, then the massive amount of strong coffee comes in, transforms into a smooth bittering hop presence with some chocolate, vanilla, malt roastiness to balance it out.

M - thick and syrupy, love how the time spent in the barrels mellowed out the carbonation that i thought was a tad strong in the "unleaded" version

D - quite yummy, tad hot on the bitter coffee. oak aging added a nice new dimension of sweetness and character. well done.

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Photo of uvachief
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pour. Depp dark chocolate brown with a full 2 fingers of head from an aggressive pour. Lingered with lacing. Smells of chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of coffee. Tastes like it smells but too thin in the mouth for my liking. Nice stout but lots of others out there better. Finished clean and crisp. Very drinkable. Abv isn't noticeable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served up at the nearby Taco Mac a black body topped with a half-inch layer of dark tan froth.

Smell: A nose of richly roasted malts imparting predominate notes of dark chocolate and robust coffee. Giving it some good deep sniffs, I can glean out some subtle, subdued oak wood accents.

Taste: Deeply roasted maltiness boosted with a full shot of chilled Kahlua and tastes of individually-wrapped dark chocolate squares. Faint, smooth hint of vanilla and even some spicy oakiness. Ponderous amount of roastiness throughout. Moderate bitterness. Touch of charred pecans nearing the end. Continuous roast character on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body that weighs heavy on the tongue. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's good! Never more than a touch of the oak character emerges through the staunch, heavy maltiness, adding to the overall complexity of the brew without bowling you over in oakiness.

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Photo of 57md
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with more than a finger of tan head. The head dissipates rather quickly, but there is modest lacing present as the beer goes down.

Hints of coffee in the nose are pleasant. Roasted malt is present in the flavor profile, but I am not really getting any coffee. Also, the roasted malt lacks the burnt bite of a top flight double stout. The semi-bitter, chocolatey finish is a fine capstone to a fine effort.

Good, but not a top tier double stout.

Update: Sampled this a second time in February 2013 at a local Terrapin tasting. This time, there was much more coffee in the flavor profile. When I spoke with the Terrapin rep, he mentioned that this is the kind of offering that needs to be consumed almost as soon as it is bottled because the coffee flavor erodes quickly with age.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this 12 ounce handbottle.

The beer pours dark brown to black with very small brown bubbles. There is no head. The aroma is oak, roasted malt, cayenne pepper and chocolate. The flavor is very heavy on the oak with a ton of chocolate, vanilla and some coffee. Thin-medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. I wish the beer was a little thicker, but other than that, the beer is very good.

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Photo of mikey711
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Todes for hooking me up with the growler

A: Pitch black and lightly carbonated. Minimal head an no real lacing but i see very few beers as dark as this one.

S: Very prevalent espresso aroma much more rounded out than the regular version. Loads of chocolate and then a faint hint of vanilla

T: The Vanilla is much more prevalent in the taste than in the nose. Plenty of chocolate and the coffee.espresso is rich and bold. The oak aspect again really smooths this one over.

M: A bit of roughness is detectable but for the most part it is nice and creamy. It is super thick to almost like molasses.

D: Very solid. I really enjoyed puttin this one back in the afternoon and would love to try it again.

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Photo of HotHands
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a World of Beer in Florida. Arrived in a snifter.

A - jet black with a nice tan head.

S - coffee and chocolate predominate, with a bit of vanilla and oakiness.

T - Coffee is the predominant flavor here, with a good amount of oak and chocolate as well. The oak lends a vanilla note. The sweetness and bitterness are well balanced and the whole thing works together.

M - properly carbonated, body is as I expect for an imperial stout.

Overall - A very nice imperial stout, not too heavy, balanced. The oak adds a bit of flavor, which is nice. If you're in the mood for a coffee-forward imperial stout, check out this one or its non-aged original version.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small, tan head on top of an opaque, black body. The tiny head settles quickly and leaves little lace, but this may be more the fault of the glass than the beer.

S - Lots of nutty caramel in the nose with vanilla and some chocolate. Light coffee and some toffee as well.

T - Smooth chocolate malt flavors up front with some warming alcohol. Nutty caramel in the middle that blends well with the vanilla from the oak. Finishes with a lot of chocolate and smooth alcoholic warmth that compliments the wood.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Nice and smooth with a complex array of dark malt character that gets along quite well with the wood. The oak character itself is relatively mild, mostly vanilla with a hint of toasted oak. It subtly alters the chocolate and caramel flavors, but either the oak or the length of aging seems to have obscured much of the coffee character that is normally present in the base beer. It seems that some of the complexity of the original beer has been sacrificed in exchange for the depth of the oak. This is a nice, complex oak aged stout, though I am not sure it is really an improvement over standard Wake and Bake.

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store. I'm fairly certain these weren't aged in oak barrels but rather with oak spirals but don't hold me to that.

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of coffee - surprisingly a lot of it given the age - with lightly roasted malts and hints of unsweetened chocolate. As it warms light vanilla notes waft out.

Tastes good. Roasted malt flavors up front - more robust than the smell intimated - are joined shortly by loads of coffee flavors. Midway through the sip unsweetened chocolate joins into things along with hints of vanilla and a mild earthiness and both carry through to a solidly bitter ending. I have to say that it seems as though the addition of oak has toned down some of the flavors usually seen with Wake n Bake.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a solid thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall this wasn't a whole lot different than the normal Wake n Bake, however if I had to choose I'd go with the non-oaked version. Still, this is a very good beer and it's interesting to compare the two. Worth a shot.

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Photo of tpd975
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stoogies and Stouts.

A: Pours a deep dark black with no real head or lace.

S: Aromas of dark roasted malt, coffee, mild chocolate and bourbon.

T: More earthy than the standard version. Fresh coffee, milky chocolate, roast, and oak. There is a dash of vanilla, with a hint of bourbon goodness. Some were not fans of this beer. I liked the way the barrel played off the coffee.

M: Medium in body, smooth, on the lighter side of carbonation.

D: Really good. If there were not so many beers to try I would have spent more time enjoying this one.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hit up Fathead's for this one. Noticed the tap list update on Twitter and headed down ASAP.

This one poured an almost pure black with some hints of dark brown around the edges. There was a nice mocha head that left a thin ring with some oily legs clinging to the glass. The smell started out with a dominant oak and vanilla but the coffee pushed through along with some chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is amazing with a heavy sweet vanilla and oak with the bitter coffee balancing everything out. The mouthfeel is less creamy than the regular version and is a little more syrupy as well. Overall very impressive and a great oak aged version!

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Photo of koopa
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler received in a trade with Stigs thanks!

Appearance: Pours a dark deep mahogany with a nice 2 finger mocha crown that shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Very nice bouquet featuring smooth coffee and sweet oak over chocolate malt.

Taste: Same as nose. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: A bit rich and a touch undercarbonated.

Drinkability: Decent considering the mouthfeel.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Fathead's drinkin fresh.

A-pours a jet black opaque liquid, motor oil style, with a dark tan colored head that is dense and creamy leaving a pretty solid lacing all over the glass.

S-the nose is big and quite nice, lots of milk chocolate and vanilla up front, notes of oak, faint roasted coffee, anise with some malty sweetness in the back with notes of fusel alcohol.

T-rich milk chocolate and vanilla, lots of tasty roasted coffee, faint hints of oak and a light coffee bitterness at the finish.

M-huge full body and very smooth and creamy. soft with just enough carbonation to hold up the back end but allow it to slide down the back of the throat.

D-extremely tasty with tons of coffee flavors but some other things going on as well. great texture from the oatmeal.

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