ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reviewed 12/23/2012. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a pitch black color with great opacity. The head is a one finger khaki color with low retention. On the plus side, this leaves nice lacing where it can.
S: It’s very rich with coffee, as expected. There are also underlying notes of dark fruit, roasted malts, and plenty of chocolate. It really does strike me as being similar to a good mocha cappuccino. Actually, make that a great one.
T: Well, it smells like mocha cappuccino, and it tastes like mocha cappucino. Man, this is fuckin’ tasty. It starts off with subtle roast, before giving way to an explosion of bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, and coffee - lots of coffee, actually. I love how it stays in balance despite all of the intense yet competing flavors. I’m amazed how the coffee comes across as being both subtle and monstrous at the same time.
M: On the sweeter side of a stout in terms of how it finishes and lingers on the palate. There isn’t much coffee or roasted dryness here - the oats dominate the palate with lush, decadent smoothness. The low carbonation is appropriate for this beer’s profile.
O: The only thing this really lacks is drinkability - but that’s more of a testament to the staying power of the brilliant flavors than anything else. This is everything I want from a coffee stout. I expected something great here...yet this is so much more. It’s bold and massive, yet there’s a real sense of finesse and sophistication here.
JDBaker11058 (1366) - Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: near black into a snifter, with half a finger of creamy, dense tan head shrinking to a thin cap. Aroma: strong espresso over dark and milk chocolate, general roasty stuff, and a hint of black licorice. Taste: sweet chocolate, with surprisingly bright (but not acidic) cold-pressed coffee, black licorice, hint of soy sauce and vanilla. Finish: lingering sweet dark chocolate and espresso roast, with just a touch of earth. Notes: An excellent impy. Not overly acidic, which can be the case with coffee stouts. Decently balanced for how big it was. Bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando, purchased during the family Disney trip.
AirForceHops (3528) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, share by Nate, much thanks! Aroma is a great medley of fresh coffee beans and roasted malt with some oat character.
The flavor starts with the mild chocolate and turns into a nice level of coffee. The body is what you look for in the style, thick chewy texture from the oats with a nice chewy texture that gives a nice creaminess as well, great palate. The coffee flavor is really top tier, that even provides some coffee bean bitterness. Damn, wish I could buy this in New England!
egg (100) - USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle on 12/20/14. Pours jet black with minimal dark tan head. Nose is straight cold brew coffee, some chocolate, sweet. Taste is smooth coffee, followed by chocolate, faint dark fruit, roasted malt. Dry. Yummy.
Schwarzbart (27) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured no head and only left a wispy, tan line around the perimeter of the glass. Totally black and no lacing. Very strong coffee, basically like taking a big whiff of heavily roasted coffee grounds. There's some sweetness there, but hard to determine with all the coffee. Maybe amaretto cookie. Medium-full body and bright with a little heat in the finish. Tastes like dark roast coffee and the oatmeal sweetens it up a tad, but mostly big roasted coffee. Some dark cherry sweetness as it warms.
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rollinsr (388) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - DEC 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thin layer of brown head. Aroma is strong with overpowering java and dark chocolate with some dark fruits as well. There is also a nice roasted nuttiness that comes through. The flavor again is strong with the chocolate flavor predominating. There are also some dark espresso notes as well as some nice tartness. The consistency is very rich and thick making it almost feel like drinking chocolate espresso syrup. This may be my new favorite Terrapin brew so far.
b3shine (5854) - Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. Looks good; a mostly opaque dark brownish black with beige head. Smells of dark malt, coffee, oats, and mild roast. Tastes like it smells with a fairly smooth medium-bodied mouthfeel. Enjoyable.
jflopsu (652) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with brown head. Has a faint coffee aroma. Taste is a mix of malts, grains, coffee, and chcolate. Has a dry coffee and grains aftertaste.
Chalsk (1087) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky brown with a small caramel colored head. Aroma of roast, caramel, and dark chocolate. A roasty chocolate taste with coffee spice. Tasty, but could have used more body.
ronaldtheriot (1340) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 13, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Terrapin Wake ’N Bake has a thin, beige head, a very dark brown (essentially black) appearance, and just scattered little lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of dark, but not burnt, barley malt, rich coffee, and possibly a touch of coffee. Taste is of creamy and dark malt, chocolate, grain, strong coffee, and noticeable, yet mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side, and Terrapin W. ’N B. finishes somewhat powdery, mildly alcoholic, and chewy. RJT
jjfaughn (3) - Tallahassee, USA - DEC 12, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite coffee stout and one of my top favorite beers. This beer is incredible. I prefer it fresh as the coffee flavor is so fresh and pure. Smell is that warm feeling when you first smell a fresh pot of great coffee on a chilly morning. No alcohol (at 9.4% for 2014) in the smell or taste what so ever. Smooth roasted creaminess, super balanced fresh coffee blended with slight vanilla and finishes with a nice light coffee lingering with a sticky Carmel mouth feel. Such a well crafted brew!