Its Coffee. Its Beer. Its Amazing.
A Review of Wake 'N' Bake by Terrapin Beer
Posted on 10/22/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
In the world of better beer, at some point we all end up with our ''top of the mountain'' beers. The ones who we will gladly take at any time, any place, and under any circumstance. They sit atop their perches, looking down on all those who have tried to match their deliciousness and failed. Now this isn't to say that we don't continue to search for beers to join them, but rarely do we find one worthy of their company. Being a professed stout lover, one might think that having a favorite is almost impossible. There are literally hundreds of stouts out there. There are far fewer good stouts. And take my word for it when I say that the number of absolutely great stouts can pretty much be counted on both hands. But I have no problem saying that one of my personal, all time favorites is the Wake 'N' Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout by Terrapin Beer Company. Honestly, what is there not to like in the name alone? It's a stout. It's an imperial stout. It's an oatmeal imperial stout. It's a coffee infused oatmeal imperial stout.

Just yesterday Terrapin was having their release party for the Wake 'N' Bake at the brewery in Athens, GA. Seeing as how I live just a few minutes away, how on earth could I not be there? You're right. There was no acceptable excuse. My friend Scott and I decided that we would tackle this event together, and we were well rewarded for our efforts. As soon as we got there, we got our drink tickets, marched right back to the tasting area, and with glee filled smiles on our faces said ''Wake 'N' Bake please!'' And just getting to watch that tar colored liquid fall from the tap into our glasses made the trip worth it. Everything else was just icing on the cake. Or beer in the glass. You get the point.

If you look at my helpful pic, there really isn't much need for a description of its looks. It's pitch back. I mean black. Very. Black. There wasn't much of a head on any of the pours I received (yes, I got multiple pours), and if one did make an appearance, it was very brief and gone in no time. When you decide to go looking for aromas in it, the Wake 'N' Bake leaves little question as to if it was really brewed with coffee or not. The coffee smell practically jumps out of the glass and slaps you in the face. It is rich and bold, and totally inviting. Laying slightly below the coffee aromas were some dark chocolate and roasted malt notes, with hints of alcohol peeking through from time to time as well.

That first sip is pure stout lover heaven. The coffee is very upfront and again, can't be missed. It has an almost espresso feel to it. There is a light and oily mouthfeel that comes across as smooth and almost creamy. Now it can take a moment or two to notice any of the other flavors in it, but Wake 'N' Bake most definitely has them. Layers of roasted malts and chocolate again come through very nicely, while much lighter but still noticeable notes of vanilla and bourbon rise and fall all throughout the flavor train. At the very end there is a bit of an alcohol bite, but it get's pushed aside very quickly by the wonderful coffee aftertaste that simply leaves you wanting more.

Now I know that most of you that have never had the Wake 'N' Bake will probably think I'm being a beer homer and saying I like it just because it's made by a brewery close to me. Yes, Terrapin Beer Company is right down the road from me, but no I'm not being a homer. To those of you who think that, do yourself a favor and try to prove me wrong when I say that this is an amazing beer. Go grab yourself some, and if you don't like it, I will gladly take it off your hands. I have a feeling I won't be needing to clear any shelf space out though. One taste and you will be hooked just like I am.

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