Thursday, 22 February 2007

Review: Terrapin Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

Terrapin Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
Rating: A

Received in a trade from mikesgroove, 2007 batch. Very fun label.

Appearance: Enormous tan-colored head with great retention. Absolutely opaque black, even when held right up to a light bulb. No lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and definitely lots of oatmeal in the aroma. Hints of dark fruits (raisins?), some roast but not much coffee. Smells a bit like brown bread.

Taste: Delicious and well-balanced. Roast, chocolate, bready, with those same raisin notes as in the aroma. Less coffee than I expected, but it shows up toward the end of the palate and is much more like iced coffee somehow than the coffee character in most stouts. Finishes on a dry, bitter chocolate note, but the aftertaste is all oats. Maybe a bit lighter-tasting than I expected.

Mouthfeel: Creamy! Lots of the smoothness that's associated with oatmeal. Medium body - a bit lighter than I expected from the color, but improves drinkability.

Drinkability: Light enough to be intensely drinkable. I had high expectations going into this one and I was not disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-22-2007 03:41:41

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