nimbleprop (8376) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 5, 2010
On tap at Rustico. Pours a viscous, opaque black with a thin, creamy, ruddy brown head. The aroma is absolutely perfect, great coffee, the sort of coffee aroma that’s got a hint of fresh berry as well, brown sugar, dark toast, wood, whiskey, a little vanilla. The oak is lacking a touch in the flavor, but the coffee is still there, bready, malty, sweet. Finish is full bodied and a little creamy. I really wanted more oak flavor, but either way I highly enjoyed this. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2010
32 oz mini-growler. Nose is French Roast, oatmeal, oak and bittersweet chocolate. Soft medium body with a faint tingle. Taste is coffee bean, vanilla and oats. Alcohol kicks in with a roasty finish. hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Growler… This beer rocks!... Deep black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Good retention. Hearty, chocolate mousse and mocha aroma – lots of coffee and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and creamy with stiff carbonation. The smooth, decadent flavor provides mocha, charred wood, tobacco and a hint of vanilla. The base beer is a dangerously easy drinker, but the wood aging further mellows any rough edges. Lengthy, bittersweet, mocha finish. World class imperial stout!! dchmela (3062) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Tap at Redlight. Black thick pour with a thin tan head. Huge cocoa powder and coffee aroma with hints of vanilla. Roasted grain, chocolate and big coffe notes in the taste with more touches of vanilla peaking through. Excellent brew, but I think the coffee overpowers the oak. Good stuff nonetheless. redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2010
on tap @ redlight redlight. Fresh roasted coffee beans on the nose with bitter chocolate and creamy vanilla. Pours black with little to no head. Coffee and chocolate with loads of creamy vanilla, thick mouthfeel, with oaky vanilla in the finish.
Guyute_Pig (103) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 Nice black pour, quickly fading head. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, caramel are present at first and then the coffee comes right through. The oak provides an underlying presence throughout the whole experience. Very smooth and creamy texture. Not very complex, but the oak treatment makes for an excellent coffee/oatmeal stout. jseifer (62) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Pours a thick brown, almost black. Smells of coffee and hops and tastes a lot like caramel. Finish is bitter with a strong alcohol taste. Very strong. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2010
I’ve had this a couple times, most recently at Taco Mac Prado.
Pours pitch black with a small creamy tan head that clings to the sides of the glass and remains a small cap for a while.
The aroma is so rich and complex with an initial roasted coffee aroma with toasted black malts and chocolate. There is a light oaky spiciness in the nose that sets this apart from the base beer.
The taste is still dominated by the base beer with coffee and deeply roasted malts anchoring the beer. The finish is a good bit drier than the original with a spiciness lingering from the oak.
The mouthfeel is extremely creamy and medium bodied though a tad lighter than the original.
I’m a sucker for Wake N Bake in general and this one is no exception. It’s not quite the religious experience that Substance Abuse is, but it’s still a solid treatment of a great beer. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 25, 2010
Draft at 3 crow bar. Pours black with a brown head. Great aroma of dark fruits and ale esters. Full bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Flavor of dark chocolate, oats, coffee, and molasses with a nice balancing bitterness. Moderately sweet. Oak is not overdone is gives just the right amount of dryness and spice on the finish. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2010
Draft at Broadway Brewhouse in Nashville. Black with medium head. Strong, creamy chocolate and light coffee. Boozy and finishes a little rough. Given some time, might smooth out well. Not bad. Would love to try side-by-side with the non-oaked version.