Beer 122/365 – Terrapin Oak Aged Wake-n-Bake

Style: Imperial Stout

Purchased at: On Tap @Smokin Joes – Pittsburgh PA

What makes this beer different: So much coffee its almost like chewing on an espresso bean

Will I be drinking this again: I sure hope to. Not sure if this will be a one time thing

Grade: A+

3/10/2010: I know I have been throwing out A and A+’s lately like its going out of style, but I have been going out of my way to drink great beer. Had this one at Smokin Joes in the South Side. They have been been getting a lot of good beer on tap lately. Founders Sappy Slappy Bastard, Bells 9000, and the Oak Aged Wake-n-Bake. I actually tried a sample of this on Monday night when I met up with Andy, I liked it so much I had to come back for an entire pint.

Wake-n-Bake has by far the strongest coffee scent of any beer I have had prior to this one. A little bit of an oak scent struggles through the pot of coffee smell. The taste is just amazing. So much coffee you almost feel like you have coffee grinds in your teeth. Coffee is no doubt center stage, but you can tell some oatmeal was used in this because it is super smooth. A bit of vanilla peeks out, and a tiny bit of oak in the aftertaste. To be quite honest if I didn’t know it was Oak Aged I would have had a hard time picking it out. This might have just moved up to #2 on my coffee stout list right behind Alesmith Speedway Stout. Do yourself a favor, if you see this on tap grab one.

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Published in: on March 10, 2010 at 11:09 am  Comments (3)  
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Beer 114/365 – New Glarus Black Wheat

Style: Dunkelweizen

Purchased at: Stillcrazyafterallthesebeers.com

What makes this beer different: Smoke/chocolate flavor in a wheat beer

Will I be drinking this again: Its not brewed any more but I would yes.

Grade: A-

3/2/2010: This beer is one of many sent to me on the house by Guy and Gary Montessero over at Still Crazy After All These Beers. I have been dying to drink some of the beers they sent me but wanted to finish off redesigning their site first. The make a kick-ass weekly show on.. you guessed it; beer. They cover beer shows, interview brewmasters, and give their thoughts on beer in general. Go check their show out, it will be worth your time.

So about the New Glarus Black Wheat. Has the typical wheat beer smell, with a bit of a sour note similar to a wild ale smell. Taste is crazy complex. First thing I get is smoke flavor, some sour (from the yeast), and a tiny hit of cherry and chocolate at the end. Crazy combination of flavors but it works. Its almost like a wheat beer and a porter had a love child. Very very original flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for a dunkelweizen, but its really good. This one was a borderline A. If you can get your hands one it, give it a try.

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Published in: on March 2, 2010 at 11:40 am  Comments (6)  
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