MetalNHopHead (1298) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 29, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Many thanks to my good friend HuskerTan for giving me the 2014 vintage of Wake-n-Bake (ABV: 9.4%). Thanks also to jbruner who sent this beer to him. That was like an Inception-style thank you... or something. Iím the type of person who tends to think coffee beers should be drank fresh. I was nervous about how well the roasted coffee character would hold up after a year. My concerns were misplaced. Wake-n-Bake has everything I love in a... Imperial Stout? Oatmeal Stout? Coffee Stout? Damn you for complicating things, Terrapin. Anyway, this beer is redolent of dark coffee, dark chocolate, and smooth malty oatmeal goodness. That mouthfeel, though. Smooth, creamy, rich, warm, full. Iím running out of adjectives. Worse, Iím running out of this beer. Thatís the real crisis here.
HuskerTan (1559) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - NOV 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Thanks, James! "jbruner")
A- Black coffee, chocolate, roasty.
A- Black color, black liquid, brown head.
T- Coffee, cocoa, roasty, slightly bitter.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation,
O- First off, I love coffee beers so this has been a huge want for me. James sent me two and only after I gifted one to jbuskirk did I realize he had sent me a Vintage 2014 and fresh 2015. Had I known, jbuskirk and I wouldíve shared them side by side. But I didnít pay enough attention. Oops. Jared got the 2014 and I had the 2015. This beer started off smelling mostly of chocolate and faint coffee. As it warmed the coffee grew intensely on the aroma and palate. There is a lingering coffee like bitterness on the finish that isnít bad but makes me think Iíd enjoy a year of age on it better. All in all, this was my kind of beer.
jnol2238 (1) - West Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
First of all Iím addicted to coffee and stouts so this beer is easily a win for me. Strong coffee aroma and taste/finish with chocolate/oat undertones. Has bitter coffee finish. Very smooth for high ABV and not nearly as heavy as most other oatmeal stouts. My review was of recently tapped keg so cannot comment on cans/bottles. Great cold weather brew.
Goodgrief (1978) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - NOV 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
4-pack of bottles from State Line. On the third bottle and am enjoying these. Pour is dark, small head and ruby edged foam. Aroma of chocolate syrup. But the flavor is rich and thick coffee, some cocoa nibs. Not as huge as some of the other imperials and the relatively "light" 8% abv shows. Moderately carbonated, tingles on the tongue. Iíve wanted to try this for years, as I love a heavy coffee stout, not disappointed.
Tstamba (699) - Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Klobys. Pours black with thin tan head. Lots of coffee on the nose. The coffee dominates the palate and overshadows the beer. Could probably tone the coffee down a few notches...
Martinus (4365) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, white head. Malty aroma, coffee, loads of coffee, raisins, oats. Bitter flavour, chocolate, malts and coffee. Finish bitter coffee, chocolate, quite balanced.
(from 35.5cL bottle @ Letís drink all of Richís American beers Tasting. Thanks for sharing, omgrich!)
tderoeck (7877) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
15/VIII/15 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ Weíre drinking all of Richís American beers tasting - BB: n/a, 2013 vintage (2015-1069) Thanks to omgrich for sharing the bottle!
Clear very dark brown to black beer, creamy irregular beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots and lots of coffee, roasted. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, very roasted, coffee, bit sugary. Aftertaste: little bitter, nice roast, sourish touch, caramel, sweet, lots of coffee. Too much for me...
KansaiBeerLvrs (4327) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Richís Massive Cellar Emptying Tasting.
1 Wake & Bake 9.4% side by with 2 Wake & Bake Cinnamon 9.4%.
1 - Deep black reddish brown with a coffee beans and oatmeal aroma. Fairly light bodied with a bit of heat. Itís a nice straight up coffee beer. 3.7
2 - am preferring the nose on this, subtle cinnamon entwines nicely with the coffee. Light bodied, great coffee flavor and cinnamon. Really really nice. 4
Tessic (1028) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This imp stout poured a deep black colour with a big, tan head. Scents include lots of coffee, dark chocolate and paint thinner? First swig was quite nice with lots of flavour. Coffee, cocoa and roasted Malta are most prominent. Finish is roasty as hell with coffee lingering.
williamstome (1708) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, minimal white head. Huge espresso and dark chocolate aroma, Flavor of roast, espresso, dark chocolate, with fruit notes. Damn.