GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iíve had this a couple times, most recently at Taco Mac Prado.
Pours pitch black with a small creamy tan head that clings to the sides of the glass and remains a small cap for a while.
The aroma is so rich and complex with an initial roasted coffee aroma with toasted black malts and chocolate. There is a light oaky spiciness in the nose that sets this apart from the base beer.
The taste is still dominated by the base beer with coffee and deeply roasted malts anchoring the beer. The finish is a good bit drier than the original with a spiciness lingering from the oak.
The mouthfeel is extremely creamy and medium bodied though a tad lighter than the original.
Iím a sucker for Wake N Bake in general and this one is no exception. Itís not quite the religious experience that Substance Abuse is, but itís still a solid treatment of a great beer.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at 3 crow bar. Pours black with a brown head. Great aroma of dark fruits and ale esters. Full bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Flavor of dark chocolate, oats, coffee, and molasses with a nice balancing bitterness. Moderately sweet. Oak is not overdone is gives just the right amount of dryness and spice on the finish.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Broadway Brewhouse in Nashville. Black with medium head. Strong, creamy chocolate and light coffee. Boozy and finishes a little rough. Given some time, might smooth out well. Not bad. Would love to try side-by-side with the non-oaked version.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black, dark tan head. Aroma is like a chocolate malt or milk shake, thick vanilla sweetness, almost bourbony with the touch of wood, big big coffee finish with milk chocolate mixed in. Huge coffee, vanilla, chocolate tastes with a light woodiness that comes through. Great stuff.
drowland (5989) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap in a snifter. Solid black pour with a small dark brown head. The aroma is fresh chocolate and coffee with a hint of cream and a solid dose of woodiness. The flavor is a bit sour with lots of chocolate and coffee. The wood comes through definitely, but there is some astringency.
Cybercat (3256) - Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep warm opaque sable with a good fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma is rich, woody, smoky and malty with hints of chocolate and coffee. Rich flavor is mainly of quality roast coffee with a firm hint of chocolate. Texture is fairly thick, smooth, edgy and fizzy, leaving a cola-like fizz and a smoky, slightly sweet finish. Strongly recommended.
Kinz (3274) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Taco Mac Metropolis. Glad to try this before it went off. Black, tan head. Aroma was chocolate and coffee, rich malt. Flavor matched. Smooth, rich. Coffee was there, but quite toned down. I did not really detect oak. Perhaps the oak settled down the coffee, lightened the body, and allowed some additional dark fruit to come through. Who cares? It was tasty.
domesticat (5) - Madison, Alabama, USA - MAR 12, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was luscious. Deep, rich coffee undertones. Beautiful in the glass. Iím not extremely knowledgeable about beer, but I enjoyed this and would drink it again.
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Dunedin Brewery for Stogies and Stouts. Pours a mean dark brown with a tan head. Nose is coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roast, earth, and some background sweetness. Flavor is similar with lots of balances oak, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Delicious and slightly lighter in body than regular Wake N Bake. Excellent.
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask sample @ Brewvival on 2/27/10. Had to come to Charleston to get this even though its been floating around Taco Macs throughout ATL... pitch black pour with a 1/2" tan head... medium oak nose with subdued coffee notes... slight bitterness... medium body... the cask conditioning really has toned this down. a bit of oak throughout.