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 (2651) - 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.
shadey (1867) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black color with a thin dark tan head of cream. Mild coffee aroma. The flavor is an odd but pleasent mix of coffee and milky smooth oatmeal. Interesting.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled version. Pours a motor oil black color but appears thin as it enters the glass. Tan head is almost non-existent and wouldn’t have been there at all if it weren’t for an aggressive pour. Not really picking up any coffee in the aroma. What I do smell is oddly wine-like with just a hint of roasted malt. Sweet tasting with hints of grape and just a little bit of coffee coming through in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin for an impy stout. Not a bad beer by any means but not exactly what I was hoping for. I paid $3 for this bottle and probably wouldn’t buy this again at that price.
Nejhleader (1183) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from jimbowood, thanks. Strong almost roast aroma. Roast flavor, bit of coffee. creamy brew that is very smooth.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2006 Bottle, again from TheBeerCellar. Dark brown pour, with a small head. Aroma held some coffee, and a bit of a chocolaty sweetness. Flavor was much the same with the roasted malts coming through more so than they did in the flavor. Medium to heavy body. It was a solid beer, and as impy stouts go it’s probably session worthy.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of illinismitty...thanks! Cellar temperature in a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass. Pours near-opaque black with a bit of momentary bubbling at the sides of the glass, with a very small dark fast-diminishing head....sweetish nose of sugared coffee, milk chocolate, licorice, seems a touch stale and dull to me at first, though some nice vanilla tones show up as it warms....much better on the tongue, full and rich, chocolaty-roasty with a melt-in-your-mouth quality, rough coffee bitterness enters rather late but keeps the palate from being sweetness-fatigued.....soft, thickly malty mouthfeel, chewy and rich without being terribly exciting....nothing earthshaking, but an above average strong stout that would probably be easy to down by the pint....no alcohol appararency.
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from jimbowood. Deep opaque brown body, thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate (Hershey’s syrup), soy, coffee, heavy on the black malt. Some coffee in the body but dominated by roasted malts and the toast and dark fruit flavors imparted by the black malt. Earthy, bitter finish. This beer isn’t watery but something seems to be missing.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Redlight for this one. Big thick black pour. Gave up a brief coffee colored head. Creamy, oily palate. The taste isn’t as gigantic as I was thinking it might be. Like Gamorrah, it appears at first to be large enough to squash Tokyo beneath its shell, but in actuality, it is only a regular sized actor dressed up like a giant tortoise. In the case of this beer, that is definitely not a bad thing. If it were much stronger, it would be too much. I know, I know.....with imperial anythings we expect a lot more. And this beer has a lot more to give without being overly forceful in its eliciting of coffee aromatics and flavors. The bitterness of the hops is also held at bay with just the right amount to keep it interesting on the finish. Delicious. And before this, the only thing I knew about terrapins was that they lived in brackish water. See, drinking beer can be educational.