Substance Abuse | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was able to have this numerous times on draft at world of beer-clematis in the last couple of months.

Pours out that wonderful motor oil color and thickness, the sign of a great imperial stout. The smell is all jack daniels, a good thing seeing that i like jack daniels. Flavor is bourbon up front with the deliciousness of the wake n bake coming on the back end, just a marvelous blending of the 2 flavors.

I had no idea this was retired, that makes me sad. I was glad our product manager james was able to get a keg of this a couple months ago and i'm glad i was able to make a dent in it.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin : Substance Abuse

My sources tell me that this is the Wake n' Bake (AKA Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout) aged in Jack Daniels barrels.

Pours a jet black without much head. Aroma of sweet stout and Jack Daniels. In the taste, toasty, roasted malt, hop bitterness, coffee and whiskey providing an over the top flavor profile. Vanilla, roast, coffee and whiskey bringing to mind a JD spiked coffee. Mouthfeel is full bodied and silky smooth. Overall, the Wake n' Bake aged in whiskey barrels was a successful experiment.

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3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An 8oz draft at the Porter Terrapin Takeover 5/21/11.

A - A black, dark beer with a nice tan head, and some tan sticky lace left on the glass

A - Still smells like Wake and Bake, but with slight bourbon notes

T - Coffee, chocolate, sweet malts. Nice bourbon flavor that compliments the wake and bake flavor

M - Creamy.

O - An assault on the taste buds. One and done for me! I am not a huge fan of the wake and bake, but for those who are, and who like bourbon barrel aged beers, you would love this.

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3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was very heavy and boozy. Actually, this is simply Wake-n-Bake aged in whiskey barrels. To no surprise, the whiskey came right out to bite your face. It was almost overpowering on the nose, but more tolerable on the tongue. In addition to the strong alcohol presence, there was a surprising amount of carbonation. Other flavors included chocolate, Irish Car Bomb, and coffee. This is a one-and-done for sure.

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3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-jet black in color with a thin tan head of what actually is created.

S-the nose has roasted coffee with notes of whiskey and lots of sugary malt sweetness adding plums and cherries. rather sweet.

T-light notes of coffee with hints of whiskey and a ton of malt sweetness. the coffee and strong dark fruit sweetness don't make a great combination and there really isn't much else happening.

M-this is thinner than I would have liked and falls off in the back lacking carbonation but does have a smooth and creamy feel to it.

D-not bad but rather simple in flavor profile and the barrel aging has thinned this out too much while not imparting much flavor.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a small light tan head. In the aroma, oak and whiskey/ bourbon hints. In the taste, smooth roasty coffee, and whiskey/ bourbon like hints. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry oak in the aftertaste, however like a shot of whiskey in the stomach. Big nose and thinner body than expected.

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Substance Abuse from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 39 ratings