DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quickly settling dark tan head crowns an opaque black pour. Big coffee aroma that is unmistakable, and supported by notes of bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel was medium/full, but a little thinner than I had expected. Coffee, chocolate, and an underlying dark molasses sweetness come through in the flavor, with balance provided by spicy and herbal hops. Although it starts sweet, it finishes dry and bitter. Seems to lack some of the complexity of the best Impy’s, but enjoyable nonetheless.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks for sharing pailhead 2006 bottle date. Poured black with a rocky tan brown head Aroma seemed a little fain at first Had to dig a bit deep here a bit of dark fruit and vanilla. Flavor was much more thanaroma was choclate a bit figgy with a dose of oatmeal somewhat of a creamy mouthfeel ...
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - APR 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks to jimbowood...this one pours very dark (I was outside in the dark though) and has very little head. Throughout the beer the aroma was muted coffee and malt...a little more chocolate/sweet coffee show through at room temp. Flavor was a bunch of roasted malt and lots of coffee...like the the aroma...but there was some caramel as well. The coffee wasn’t over bearing though (i don’t like coffee too much). Mouthfeel wasn’t anything special...kind of light and oily. This was pretty good...but it wasn’t too imperial in my book.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A grand name for a grand beer! Sampled on tap at Barley’s Taproom. A nearly black body supports the rich caramel-colored head (didn’t last long, though). The aroma boasted of robust roasted malts and a little mocha. Body was full, rich, and round without being too thick. The flavor had more of a mocha tune than coffee, with none of the alcohol burn I was expecting from an imperial stout.
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pop the cap an its an all out assault of coffee aroma.pours black as night with a small tan head.Hugh oily full mouthfeel.Lots of coffe here.The finish was sad because I didnt have anymore.
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. very dark in appearance. flavor of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. no flavor too dominating but it seems to be missing something.
Terminus (3595) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle-thanks to aracauna for this one. chared black with a brown hue around the rim of the drinking vessel. very small fizzy beige topping. char, burnt wood, burnt tobbaco, roast, dark expresso. flavors are astringent and linger on the burnt coarsness of the malt profile. lots of bitter black patent malt . palate is soft with mild carbonation. a farily rudimentary imperial stout which needs alot of work.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to the DS Crew for sharing this. Pours a very dark brown color, small light brown head. Aroma is lots of coffee, musty chocolate, some roast notes as well. Flavor is sweet, and smooth. Smooth body. Somewhat dissapointing.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown edges and a minimal tan head. The aroma is strong coffee with some malt and detectable alcohol. The flavor is quite smooth thanks to the oats (which are very present), and a rich espresso flavor stands throughout. It gets maltier toward the finish. There is a bit of alcohol in the aftertaste.
NachlamSie (3294) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 bottle. Black with some dark brown hues in the light. No head here. The aroma is a little weird, but not bad. It packs plenty of coffee, but the strangeness is in some kind of vinous-alcoholy aspect. This is pretty decent stuff, bursting full of roasted coffee. It’s like a breakfast of coffee and oatmeal. Great stuff!
[January 13, 2009]
I was never overly impressed with this beer. Sure, it is good, but I never made it a point to go nuts over this. Well, I was at the Thirsty Monk and since they were out of Rogue Imperial Stout during a cold spell, I went with my next imperial stout choice: Wake-n-Bake. My expectations mediocre, I held the snifter to my nose to be completely amazed. The sheer, genuine coffee character is moutherwatering. Oats, ash, and chocolate play second fiddle to the huge coffee. Thank the gods the flavor follows up perfectly. Wow, what did they do differently this year? This is the best Wake-n-Bake ever. I went back and bought a case at Greenlife. Now I have a case of beautiful, beautiful beer. I’m over at Joe’s drinking a bottle of this wonderful elixir, reminded of the amazing, deep, true, genuine coffee character. The finish is bittersweet, semi-sticky. Piercing, sharp coffee. . .yes. Given the price and availability, I picked up a case of this over Founder’s Breakfast Stout. This is seriously good.
[December 30, 2009]
Another winter has come and gone and here we have a new vintage of Wake-n-Bake. Given my experience with last year’s, I had to at least try it again so I picked up a 4 pack at Midtown and I’m glad I did. It may not be quite as solidly coffee-packed and well rounded as the last year’s, but it is close. I am still enjoying the genuine coffee character and bittersweet body on this beauty. One of the best coffee stouts available anywhere nearby and it makes me send hails to Georgia.