dchmela (2784) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Redlight. Black thick pour with a thin tan head. Huge cocoa powder and coffee aroma with hints of vanilla. Roasted grain, chocolate and big coffe notes in the taste with more touches of vanilla peaking through. Excellent brew, but I think the coffee overpowers the oak. Good stuff nonetheless.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap @ redlight redlight. Fresh roasted coffee beans on the nose with bitter chocolate and creamy vanilla. Pours black with little to no head. Coffee and chocolate with loads of creamy vanilla, thick mouthfeel, with oaky vanilla in the finish.
Guyute_Pig (102) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 Nice black pour, quickly fading head. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, caramel are present at first and then the coffee comes right through. The oak provides an underlying presence throughout the whole experience. Very smooth and creamy texture. Not very complex, but the oak treatment makes for an excellent coffee/oatmeal stout.
jseifer (62) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick brown, almost black. Smells of coffee and hops and tastes a lot like caramel. Finish is bitter with a strong alcohol taste. Very strong.
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
I’ve 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.
I’m a sucker for Wake N Bake in general and this one is no exception. It’s not quite the religious experience that Substance Abuse is, but it’s 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 (6662) - 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 (3874) - 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.