sebletitje (10424) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2010
Tap @ Dunedin for Stogies and Stouts ’10. HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2010
So how does one of my favorite Terrapin fare? it’s insane! pours picth black, mocha head.
Aroma roasted/coffee, chocolate and a light oak/wood flavor that is not overly done but really brings the W-B to a new dimension.
Flavors, perfect oak aged, palate is not overtaken by a massive amount of oak but instead the aging blends very well with the base beer. Warming mouthfeel, lots of coffee, thick chocolate malt and grainy mouthfeel. Finishes smooth with light oak wood and a lingering coffee roast.
Tap at The Brick Store. Poured black with a small brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and vanilla. Full body with a smooth, creamy mouth feel. Flavor is sweet with big notes of chocolate, roast, and coffee with lighter notes of wood and vanilla. Finishes sweet. Really an excellent beer that I really enjoyed. obguthr (6742) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Draft at the Taphouse at Ghent (Norfolk, VA): Coffee and currant nose. Black pour, medium brown head, good lacing. Sharper than non-aged with pronounced currant flavor, steeped in coffee. Smoky charcoal finish. Medium body. The non-aged version is better, IMVHO. MeadMe (1686) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2010
On tap at Stoogies and Stouts. unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2010
A: Pours a deep dark black with no real head or lace.
S: Aromas of dark roasted malt, coffee, mild chocolate and bourbon.
T: More earthy than the standard version. Fresh coffee, milky chocolate, roast, and oak. There is a dash of vanilla, with a hint of bourbon goodness. Some were not fans of this beer. I liked the way the barrel played off the coffee.
M: Medium in body, smooth, on the lighter side of carbonation.
D: Really good. If there were not so many beers to try I would have spent more time enjoying this one.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
TacoMac, John’s Creek. Black pour. Dark brown head. Loads of earthy green coffee bean flavor. Huge coffee bean. Aroma of bourbon vanilla essence. As it warms it tastes of big vanilla and a touch of big oak barrel. Lots of oak in the finish. An already perfect beer with the perfect tweek. Awesome, Spike does it again!
On tap at the Brick Store. Pours dark brown/black with a good size brown head and good lace. Smells of big chocolate and coffee with some slight roasty flavors as well. Tastes of coffee and chocolate sweetness with some roasted malts and not a whole lot of wood character. Lingering dark fruit flavors. Medium/full body, good carbonation. ChainGangGuy (4932) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2010
Appearance: Served up at the nearby Taco Mac a black body topped with a half-inch layer of dark tan froth. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Smell: A nose of richly roasted malts imparting predominate notes of dark chocolate and robust coffee. Giving it some good deep sniffs, I can glean out some subtle, subdued oak wood accents.
Taste: Deeply roasted maltiness boosted with a full shot of chilled Kahlua and tastes of individually-wrapped dark chocolate squares. Faint, smooth hint of vanilla and even some spicy oakiness. Ponderous amount of roastiness throughout. Moderate bitterness. Touch of charred pecans nearing the end. Continuous roast character on the drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body that weighs heavy on the tongue. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: It’s good! Never more than a touch of the oak character emerges through the staunch, heavy maltiness, adding to the overall complexity of the brew without bowling you over in oakiness.
On tap @ Brick Store. Pours black. Nose is heavy rich roast coffee, roasted grains, smoked malts, earthy hops and fresh cut wood. Flavor is oak heavy, fresh strong coffee beans, cocoa, earth. CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Draught at Taco Mac Metropolis. As I said with the last brew I had, I don’t understand how this one got a relatively low score, in comparison with the original Wake-n-Bake; I liked this one better. Nice black body (obviously opaque), with a nice light chocolate head. A nice looking brew. Head slowly fades away to a wispy head. Wow, nice big oak presence in the aroma. Actually, much more present than I had expected. The coffee is much more subdued in the oak-aged version. Chocolate aroma is also coming through much more than expected. Ok, coffee is coming through as I let it "chill" for a minute. A nice and nuanced aroma. I think the original version is very astringent, in terms of aroma, because of the damn coffee. Chocolate and oak are present at first and then the coffee comes right through. It (the coffee) mixes with the chocolate quite well. The oak provides an underlying presence throughout the whole experience. Very smooth and creamy texture. The chocolate, at times, seems to come through more. Glad to have tried this, and again, I feel this represents the Wake-n-Bake better than the other one. DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Pours black with light brown head. Medium aroma of pure espresso bean. Full and creamy on palate with coffee flavors--lots and lots of coffee. I love coffee, so I love this beer and could probably drink it with breakfast. That said, it doesn’t have a whole lot of dimension, so if I’m rating objectively, I think I can only give it a 15/20.