BREWMUSKCLES (2234) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
oh wow what a creative idea, a coffee flavored alcohol brew! or maybe not? still this dark brown billowy capped black monster is powerful and, you can’t ignore the refined finish that comes in early. no powerful acrid or acid flavors (THAT I LIKE) yet a powerful enough coffee flavor that is well smoothed out, hey, that is demonstrative. refreshing because it is not substantive in body, actually kinda thin like cold coffee. no use going into anything else that might be in the flavor cause it may just be your imagination.
Odde (306) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body with a terracotta head. Heavy oak, alcohol and molasses on the nose. Full body, appreciable soft carbonation, medium sweetness. Rich roasted malts. Solid Imp. Stout.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: solid black with nary a peep of light making her way through. Thick khaki head fades into an active bubbly head of mousse which persists to crawl up the sides of my glass, or is that crawl down…
Nose: burnt and roasty with chocolate everywhere. Chocolate coated roasted oatmeal. Brittle black chocolates with crunchy espresso beans underneath. Wood, burnt and brittle with a touch of port. Vanilla bean then licorice root.
Palate: ohmygawd. Smooth creamy chocolate, all cleanly roasted along with vanilla beans, espresso beans, and cacao nibs. Lips are sticky with chocolate and caramel truffles so moist they melt in the mouth. Dry in the back of each swallow, inducing thirst I am happy to sate. Opens up nicely. Burnt wood dries the top of my tongue while a tar-like thick nature grows to fill her sides out nicely. Cherry chocolates in the back as port truffles bob in and out. No hint of the higher ABV. Exquisite.
Final Thoughts: the Wake & Bake from Terrapin on her own is delicious so take her and add some French Oak to the mix…beervana. Tears shone as my first kiss sent shivers up and down the spine. Many thanks to Vine & Barley and JJTaylor and Terrapin for this blessed moment in life.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA - 03.09.2010
A: Pours a very, very dark brown with a nice beige head.
S: Loads of roasted malt dominated by an extreme chocolate presence alongside some nice oat, oak, and coffee notes.
T: Loads of chocolate and coffee, alongside a nice roasted oat tenderness. Beautifully mixed with the oakiness of this version of the beer. The regular version is quite nice, but the oak has taken it to an entirely new level. A bit sweet, and a bit dry from the oak.
M: Medium bodied and slightly dry from the oak. No detectable alcohol presence.
D: Very, very nice. Highly drinkable, especially with the complexities that the oak brings out. Overall, very smooth and delicious. Very glad that this was still on tap.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 03-10-2010
NachlamSie (2765) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at Trappeze Pub. This is a super dark beer and fairly viscous. The aroma is boozy in a pleasing whisky way. Lots of dark chocolate is very noticeable, especially in the flavor. The roasted coffee character I love so much about this beer is still present, but perhaps not as full and as sharp as a fresh standard Wake n Bake. The use of oak here is fantastic. It is certainly not overdone and adds a pleasing woody mellowness. The finish is bittersweet. Great example of how to use oak in an imperial stout.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Exile. Pours a black with tan head. Aroma of dark roast, coffee, chocolate, toasted oak. Flavor is semi-sweet, coffee, chocolate, dark roast with a dark roasted bitterness and oak. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, damn good stuff!
jjuf1853 (1238) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Brass Tap. Pours nearly a perfect pitch black with a dense tan head. Lots of lacing along the glass. Tons of coffee in the aroma mixed with roasted malts and dark chocolate and hints of vanilla. The flavor is initially dominated by the coffee, but as it begins to warm a medley of other flavors make their presence known too(bitter dark chocolate, licorice, smoked almonds). This one continues to improve as the flavors open up as it begins to warm.
OldGrowth (2663) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ Tylers Apex. Good aroma, sweet, roasty, chocolate, coffee, lite on vanilla. Blackish brown color, small head, minor lace. Bitter sweet flavor. medium to thick body, Creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Huh, don’t get alot of oak, maybe buried by other flavors, caught a little oak on aroma, not with flavor.
Beerman6686 (4348) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a dark brown color with a darker beige head. Aroma was very roasted almost burnt coffee with light notes of bourbon. Flavor was also very burnt and dry with lingering bourbon, but not enough to make this really enjoyable.
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yes!!! Jittery joes has got me jittering. This beer is pure coffee and choco. Nice tan head and almost solid black. Better than the regular fo sho