Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A delicious blend of coffee and imperial awesomeness... I perfect end to a long day at work. It is the molten chocolate cake of beers, the tastes cary from note to note until your pallet is exhausted
mixmasterob (970) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Cypress St. Black pour with mocha head. Aroma was more subtle than the regular WnB. Hints of coffee, cocoa and light wood. Flavors were just the same. Similar to the regular with small notes of vanilla and wood. More wood in the finish than anything else. All around subtle and tasty. Smooth mouthfeel, nice job.
Jlo7399 (217) - Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Kickbacks. 2009 vintage. Pours jet black with tan head. Aroma is coffee and a little sweetness. First taste is roasted coffee along with a little chocolate sweetness. As it warms you can get the oatmeal as well as the vanilla flavor from the oak. Very smooth on the palate and finishes nice and warm but nowhere near overpowering at 7.5%.
DialSquare (3411) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From an old tasting note. Not sure where I tried it. sweetens smooths and vanillas out the rough edges on the regular wake-n-bake. Liked it very much, but still would lean toward the original.
BREWMUSKCLES (2380) - 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 (308) - 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 (5016) - , 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 (2973) - 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!