CheersMate (1298) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Taco Mac Metropolis. As I said with the last brew I had, I donít understand how this one got a relatively low score, in comparison with the original Wake-n-Bake; I liked this one better. Nice black body (obviously opaque), with a nice light chocolate head. A nice looking brew. Head slowly fades away to a wispy head. Wow, nice big oak presence in the aroma. Actually, much more present than I had expected. The coffee is much more subdued in the oak-aged version. Chocolate aroma is also coming through much more than expected. Ok, coffee is coming through as I let it "chill" for a minute. A nice and nuanced aroma. I think the original version is very astringent, in terms of aroma, because of the damn coffee. Chocolate and oak are present at first and then the coffee comes right through. It (the coffee) mixes with the chocolate quite well. The oak provides an underlying presence throughout the whole experience. Very smooth and creamy texture. The chocolate, at times, seems to come through more. Glad to have tried this, and again, I feel this represents the Wake-n-Bake better than the other one.
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with light brown head. Medium aroma of pure espresso bean. Full and creamy on palate with coffee flavors--lots and lots of coffee. I love coffee, so I love this beer and could probably drink it with breakfast. That said, it doesnít have a whole lot of dimension, so if Iím rating objectively, I think I can only give it a 15/20.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an improved wake and bake. The carbonation is lowered, the wood is there but subtle. Taking an already great beer and making it better. Excellent.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Poured dark brown, almost black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, oak, vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, dry oak, vanilla, light chocolate. Mouth is creamy and then dry in the finish. Overall, a nice take on WnB and a beer I would like to see more of.
3fourths (7767) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 draft, brickstore pub. deep black. mocha up front - milk chocolate and fresh robust dark roast coffee, extremely full and frothy, and thank god itís not overly sweet or over oaked. creamy, decadent and semi sweet. rich and full bodied. surprisingly well-made.
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a nice offering at the Atlanta Cask ale tasting. Though I am not a huge fan of the Wake-n-Bake due to its over bearing coffee. This cask was a little mellower and the vanilla oak really was nice and helped this beer out a ton. Nice jobs on this one.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Date: January 28, 2006
Source: Brewfest, Atlanta Cask
Appearance: black, frothy tan head
Aroma: sweet bourbon and coffee aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor, nice oak character, good sweetness, more oak than bitter
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 10/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
Score: **** /4
Date: January 10, 2010
Source: Taco Mac, Kennesaw
Appearance: black, fine tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: coffee and dark chocolate aroma, touch of oak, light sweetness
Flavor: rich coffee and chocolate flavor, oak melds with the hops and roasted malts to add depth
Date: January 23, 2010
Source: taco mac woodstock
picking up more oak and sweet vanilla as it matures, lots of oak, vanilla sweetness pulls out the chocolate,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
Date: November 24, 2010
Source: Total Wine, GA
Appearance: black, fine tan head, drippy streaks of lace
Aroma: huge coffee aroma, lots of roasted, touch of dark chocolate
Flavor: rich chocolate and coffee flavor, dark chocolate with just a touch of bitterness, nice roast along with the coffee, milky dark caramel sweetness
Overall: best batch in years
Date: December 17, 2010
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Appearance: black, fine tan head, sheets of lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, rich coffee, light ashy character
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich coffee and dark chocolate flavor, roasted malt, creamy caramel sweetness, lasting dark chocolate finish
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: **** /4
pintocb (641) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2007 Amazing beer. The vanilla chips really made a difference. I had it out of the bottle (edit: regular W & B) the weekend prior to the festival, and just had another bottle tonight, and there is a big difference. I feel badly for the folks that didnít get to try this one.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting
Similar in most all respects to the regular seasonal with an added dimension of faint vanilla oak dryness. The cask version was poured from pitchers and lacked the thick creamy head it probably would have shown with a fresh pour to the glass.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at 2006 Atlanta Cask Ale Fest. Pours black. Definite coffee and chocolate aroma with a slight amount of wood. Flavor much the same. Could have used some more wood-aging. Definitely one of the more full-bodied bigger beers at the fest. Would have been nice to have the previous Wake-n-Bake recipe on cask.