Tonight’s beer is one that I aged for awhile and has been retired for a bit now. Let’s see how it was.
Style: American Double/Imperial Stout
Trivia: According to beerstreetjournal, “The base beer is an oatmeal imperial stout, brewed with a special coffee blend from Athens, Georgia roaster Jittery Joes. (The coffee blend is actually available for purchase as well.) The brewery has spiked the stout with Montmorency cherry juice. When life gives us cherries, we make ‘Tart Cherry W-n-B.’ Brewed with real Montmorency cherry juice from the USA, and freshly roasted ‘Wake and Bake’ coffee from Jittery Joe’s, this version of our classic Coffee Oatmeal Stout takes on an impeccable fruit forward dimension. Other editions of Wake-n-Bake include Cinnamon Roll’d, that has been released a few times in the past, as well as French Toast W-n-B. This year, the brewery will can the base Wake-n-Bake for the first time. Terrapin Tart Cherry Wake-n-Bake will be a 22 ounce bottle and draft release in December, 2016.”
Random: We got a waffle maker for a wedding present and use it almost every weekend.
This beer poured with a two finger, tan head. It took awhile to go away and left generous lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black. There was no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with the normal notes of an imperial stout. It had roasted malts, cocoa and lots of coffee. It also had a pleasant note of cherries. The taste was rich with lots of cocoa powder and strong coffee. There were also tart cherries and some booze, which could have been better integrated. The cherry note was intense and very, very tart. The body of the beer was intense and very heavy with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with tart cherries and booze. I paid $12.99 for this, which came to $.77 per ounce. I’m glad I got to try this beer, but the tart cherry overtook the other nuanced flavors. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one.
Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0