I’D TAP THAT: Wake-N-Bake coffee oatmeal stout goes down smooth any time
Glassware: Wake-n-Bake has a bouquet of wonderful aromatics but requires a bit of warmth to unleash all of them and glassware that allows the beer to warm and trap aroma is best suited for the beer. If possible, the Spiegelau stout glass is a wonderful choice with its thin walls and tapered shape; however, a snifter glass is also a great choice.
Description: Terrapin’s Wake-n-Bake pours a dark brown hue with a beige head that leaves very little lacing on the glass. The aroma is dominated by notes of fresh brewed coffee with backing hints of sweet chocolate. The taste follows the nose with coffee sitting front and center that imparts a smooth flavor without any bittering qualities as the delicious milk chocolate offers perfect balance to the coffee. The full body and medium carbonation are perfect for the style and give the beer its incredibly smooth mouthfeel. The high ABV is perfectly hidden with no appearance, but remember that it is 9.4 percent otherwise, your night could end quickly! If you are a fan of coffee and stouts than this is a must try beer for you!
Food Pairing: The strong coffee and chocolate flavors are great with any dessert, but this also pairs extremely well with red meats. Try pairing with a coffee rubbed steak topped with creamy bleu cheese for a dream dinner. The coffee rub will add a touch of bitterness while the bleu cheese and chocolate will meld together for a truly creamy experience and the beer certainly has enough heft to scrub the palate clean. However, let’s be honest, this is a perfect beer for desserts — the creamier the better. Try with cheesecake, any topping will be perfect, however chocolate, cherry and caramel all are especially enjoyable with Wake-n-Bake. This is most definitely a great beer to experiment with as the strong flavors and mouthfeel allow this beer to hold its own against a wide array of dishes, so be adventurous with this one, you will not regret it!
The Final Word: Terrapin has been brewing some high quality beers since first opening its doors in 2002, but it has really been brewing some incredible beers lately including The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA, Vapricot, and Liquid Lunch PB&J Porter. However, the Wake-N-Back Coffee Oatmeal Stout still remains one of the best and is a much sought after beer each winter. The coffee and sweet chocolate notes are the perfect pairing for any cold winter evening. If you are someone who claims not to like dark beer it would be a huge disservice to pass this one up. While the ABV is certainly high, the flavors and aroma hide the alcohol and instead Wake-n-Bake comes across as an unbelievably easy drinking imperial stout that has something for everyone!
Derek Warren is a beer fanatic, avid homebrewer and beer historian. Derek can be heard weekly on the Beer Geeks Radio Hour at noon on Sundays on WILK 103.1 FM with past episodes available on iTunes.
Brewer: Terrapin Beer Company
Beer: Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Stout
Style: American double / imperial stout