Tiramisu Hoo & Cinnamon Roll’d Wake ‘n Bake by Terrapin Beer Co.

When you hunt for limited release craft beer, you quickly realize that there will always be something else on the horizon and that you win some and you lose some. I try to be aware of release schedules by monitoring stores and breweries on Facebook and Twitter. My news feed validates my obsession. You cannot keep tabs on all the limited beer releases and sometimes you just miss the boat. These two beers have been on my must try list for some time but I guess it’s just been a few years of lose some rather than win some. Anyway, I made sure that they did not slip my attention this year. Tiramisu Hoo was release first and Cinnamon Roll’d Wake ‘n Bake came out a couple of weeks later.

Tiramisu Hoo

Tasting: February 10, 2016
Style: Milk Stout
Beer #:892
ABV: 8.5%

Tiramisu Hoo by Terrapin Brewing Company

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Tiramisu is an Italian dessert consisting of sponge cake soaked in coffee and brandy (or liqueur) with powdered chocolate and mascarpone cheese. At one time, it was on every Italian restaurant’s menu. Tiramisu Hoo is considered a milk stout because it is brewed with lactose or milk sugar. The addition gives a beer a smooth, creamy feel with some residual sweetness. Add in cocoa nibs, coffee and vanilla and Terrapin has taken aim at replicating the once popular dessert. My impression? They certainly have nailed the flavor. It truly does mimic the dessert. There is one big flaw in that the body is too thin. On the plus side, wonderfully sweet and you can taste the dusty, powdered cocoa. I’ll put Tiramisu Hoo at 93 points.

Cinnamon Roll’d Wake ‘n Bake
Tasting: February 11, 2016
Style: Oatmeal Coffee Stout
Beer #:893
ABV: 9.4%

Cinnamon Roll'd Wake 'n Bake by Terrapin Beer Company

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On to the other half of my daily double. Fresh off my experience with Tiramisu Hoo, I thought Cinnamon Roll’d W-n-B would replicate the popular glazed pastry. If that’s what they went for, they missed the mark. There is not any sweetness in this beer but it does deliver a solid punch of roasted coffee and subdued cinnamon. A little boozy heat creeps in mid to late palate and that roasted bitterness is a little too intrusive. I would favor Tiramisu Hoo but still put Cinnamon Roll Wake ‘n Bake at a respectable 92 points.

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