Wake ‘N Bake
Tasting: January 11, 2013
Style: Imperial Stout (coffee)
From the label — Two Athens, GA companies, Terrapin and Jittery Joe’s have teamed up to create a unique blend of coffee used to produce this robust and flavorful beer. so when it comes to a morning beverage…why not beer!
The last time I had a beer in the morning was probably in college. I recall my friend lived in Elizabeth across the street from a vacant factory. Right in front of the factory was a rail line. We’d break out some lawn chairs out on the loading bay, read some textbooks and watch the commuter trains bullet past us just around rush hour. The air was thick with the malty aroma wafting from the Budweiser brewery a few miles away in Newark. The morning beer was probably a Budweiser because it fit a college student’s budget at just $7.99/case. Frankly, it always tasted bad — but even worse in the early morning. I don’t think anyone ever cracked open a second beer or at least finished that second beer.
Sorry to take you on that nightmarish beer flashback. Wake ‘N Bake is a coffee stout and I’m not sure why I was surprised to find out that the caffeine is evident in most beers made with coffee. I’m not sure they are the same strength as a straight cup of coffee – but it’s there. Maybe two or three of these Wake ‘N Bake stouts in the morning might jump start your day, but I suspect the 8.1% alcohol might counteract your enthusiasm.
Holy Java – mega coffee flavor here. It truly does resemble a cup of ice coffee. The oatmeal does provide some creaminess, but it does come up a little on the thin side. Some other moderate flavors like dark chocolate – but it’s easily crushed by the coffee. Still a very nice coffee stout – 92 points.
Tasting: January 12, 2013
Style: Stout ( chocolate milk)
From the label: Moo-Hoo proudly uses cocoa nibs and shells from Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Company to give this beer its chocolatey great taste. Enjoy it until the cows come home!
It’s probably not fair that I have this beer only one day after having my favorite chocolate stout – Southern Tier’s Choklat. Southern Tier’s offering is a rich and intense chocolate experience. This one is only 6% ABV as compared to Choklat’s 10%. I’ll point out that ABV adds viscosity since alcohol is thicker than water. A couple of sips in and it’s easy to see that this is no comparison. This one is comparatively watery with only a subdued flavor of chocolate. To be fair, it’s a milk stout and for a milk stout it has nice flavor – chocolate is pleasant, just not over the top. Certainly not much complexity beyond the chocolate. I can’t call it bad, it’s certainly drinkable. I’ll put it at 84 points.
Read about Southern Tier’s Choklat HERE