2016 marked the first time Georgia’s own Terrapin Brewing placed their imperial oatmeal stout Wake-N-Bake into cans, and was one of the first times that we in Ohio were easily able to get their products. The Wake-N-Bake is a delectable beer with a strong coffee flavor, due to the contributions from Jittery Joe’s Coffee.
The beer pours with a dark brown to blackish coloration and a fair amount of beige foam that is a bit resilient. The bit of bitterness that is present in Wake-N-Bake matches the sweetness of the brew well. The ABV of the beer, while formidable is not noticeable when one continues to drink the effort. We were astonished at how cohesive Wake-N-Bake is; while many beers begin to lose some of their sharper elements when the brew reaches a temperature closer to ambient, Wake-N-Bake keeps every nuance until the last sip. The beer pairs nicely with strongly-flavored fare as well as with steak, pork, or BBQ.
Wake-N-Bake is one of the few efforts that we have tasted that showcases the bitter familiarity of coffee rather than loading the beer down with sweeter and sugary elements. For additional information about the full year-round and seasonal efforts that Terrapin releases, give their website a spin. Further information about events and new products can be located at the brewery’s social media profiles.