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RATINGS: 1046   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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Wake-n-Bake is brewed with coffee roasted by Jittery Joe’s Coffee in Athens, GA. Terrapin and Jittery Joe’s built a unique coffee blend specific for this big Imperial Stout. You can purchase the actual Terrapin Wake-n-Bake coffee blend at Jittery Joe’s or online in 12oz. coffee cans.”


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2006
Bottle. Pitch black colour with a little weak head. Nice smooth aroma of dried fruit, roasted malt and little dusty. Sweet alcohol flavour with notes of roastedness and hints of chocolate. A very pleasant beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 5, 2006
A great stout. Thick, dark, rich. Not overly bitter. Full aroma of roasted barley, coffee, and chocolate.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle. Black colour with a brown head. Light roasted, dark fruits, coffee, chocolate aroma and taste, light metallic. Medium body with a light sweet, dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20479) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2006
Bottle. Black coloured with a beige head. Light roasted aroma with notes of malts and coffee. Light roasted flavour of coffee with notes of dried fruits. Light roasted finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3120) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2006
(Blind rating at sk8viking’s.) Pours black with a tanned dimminnishing head. Smells malty/oxidated. Quite sweet with aromas of vanilla and a hint of prunes. Medium carbonation. Mellow alcohol fiish with some sourness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2006
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours an opaque, pitch black with a small, light brown head. Vinous, alcoholic aroma. Medium-bodied with very roasted coffee accents and some dried fruit. Huge, warming alcohol. Lightly sweet with a discreet bitterness. Very smooth and pleasant. 030606

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29018) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2006
A pitch black beer with a disappearing brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong chocolate notes as well as lovely roasted malt notes, combined with light notes of coffee. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of chocolate and wood, as well as hints of vanilla. The end is dry.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2006
12 oz bottle (2006), snifter. Jet, opaque black hue with a hard-to-coax-out moderate, creamy brown head. Hopefully an indication that this won’t be diasterously over-carbonated. There’s no fooling around in the aroma, a balance between huge sweet and bitter tones. Melted dark chocolate, creamed coffee and hints of toffee smell succulent. On the flip side, roasted malt, espresso and cocoa powder make it seem like an Imperial Dry Stout. The oats are slightly noticeable in the aroma along with undertones of anise, vanilla, brown sugar/molasses, toasted marshmallows and a somewhat smoky and sweet alcohol note that reminds me of good Irish Whisky. I suppose the aroma could be a little stronger but hell, it’s 8.1% not some 15% Quadrupel Imperial Stout Alcohol Fire Bomb. Sweet chocolate and toffee malts upfront with a light roasty bitterness. Slightly tingling acidity, but it doesn’t seem to get in the way. Finish dries out significantly and it really does seem like a big Dry Stout with all of the roastiness. Significant chocolate and coffee aftertaste. The oatmeal really does seem to help the beer reach a completely higher plane of creaminess as compared to a lot of Impy’s (Rasputin and the like). Ever so slightly warming alcohol note in the finish (still reminds me of Irish Whisky). I suppose they’re still cold pressing the coffee for this beer (just as when it was a 5 Seasons beer) as there’s no indication of oiliness in the mouthfeel. Again, fairly dry but the attenuation isn’t over the top. The body is right with what I would expect for 8.1%. The carbonation is thankfully very low, improving everything else about the mouthfeel. But you know what I love most about this beer? Have I mentioned hops once during this review? There’s a reason for that, and I LOVE it.

Coming back five minutes latter, I’ve got to take the aroma and flavor down by a point each here (overall 17->15). The oats really get out of control here (same thing that happens with Sam Smiths Oatmeal Stout). The beer warms and it starts to turn slightly vegetal/vinous aroma and flavor. Sad. I’d recommend not letting this one get much above 65F. Hopefully they’ll use a bit fewer oats in next year’s batch.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2905) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2006
Bottle shared with hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and Dave, courtesy of Blankboy. Before this we tried the Smuttynose Impy, and after it the Avery Meph, just to put this in to context. Pitch black, thin small slick biege head. Alcohol, sweet chocolate malt aroma. Bitter sour taste - a little thin on the body. Bitter and boozy - almost like a strong cold coffee. Nice roast linger. I like a little more oomph in my imperial stouts. This was the disappointing middle of our impressive imperial stout sandwich, but still a solid beer on its own.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2007 Rerate January 2007 of a 8-month-old winter 2006 bottle: After aging for about 8 months, this is somewhat better than before. The coffee blends better with the imperial stout character, and has lost some of its cold-coffee character. Quite good.

Original rating from May 2006:
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a thin, dark tan head. Aroma is roasted sweet malt, with some chocolate, coffee, and a bit of oats. Flavor is very bold and roasty---a mixture of roasted coffee and roasted malt---moving to a bit sweeter malt with a hint of chocolate, and finishing dry and bittersweet. Very smooth mouthfeel, although just a tiny bit thin for an imperial stout. I’m not sure I would regularly want coffee in my imperial stouts, but this is certainly an interesting experiment.


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