The Awakening
Angry Chair Brewing

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Stout - American
Ranked #2
Ranked #1,489
4.3 | pDev: 6.98%
Angry Chair Brewing
Florida, United States
The AwakeningThe Awakening
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal head and no lace. The aroma is strong on the coffee with a mild touch of vanilla as well. Smooth, creamy, medium body with well-hidden booze and smidge of vanilla and chocolate4. The beer is mostly a coffee beer but it is a mild coffee so beer is not too strong.

Aug 03, 2021
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a crowler on June 21, 2019. Coffee milk stout brewed with vanilla beans and cacao nibs. Made with Buddy Brew coffee. Tasty sweet stout.

Oct 02, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black color.

Coffee, very faint roast, creamy, chocolate, caramel. Smooth and easy drinking. Light sweetness. Light creaminess.

Full bodied. Great beer!

Aug 20, 2017
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lemmy187 from Missouri

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick black color with a retaining finger of mocha head. Look doesn't match the low and. Nose is coffee forward with notes of sweet chocolate and roast. Taste is definitely on the sweeter side but never becomes cloying. Moderate bitterness from the coffee blends well with the sweetness from the chocolate. Feel is lactose heavy.....thick and smooth with the perfect level of carbs. Love this stout....looking forward to trying more from AC.

Oct 12, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 3/4 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Intense mocha aroma with some caramel. Smells like chocolate milk spiked with coffee.

T- Flavor is a bit more roast-forward with an initial chocolate sweetness that turns toward bitter medium roasted coffee. Definitely plenty of lactose creating a creamy flavor and texture. I'm really liking the sweet/roasty duality and the lower ABV makes it incredibly easy to drink.

M- Silky smooth with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- I've been drinking coffee all day so you'd think I'd be bored of it but this is a super tasty treat that hits the spot. Definitely on the sweeter side and drinks like a dessert beer a la Southern Tier Mokah but way more balanced and complex.

Aug 12, 2016
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KevSal from California

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a 750 into a perfect stout glass

right away theres tons of coffee, nice fresh roasted coffee.
taste is were its at. very similar to the coffee flavor in KBS, the giant body makes it feel imense. lots of flavor for a non ba stout.
body is thick and heavy, im having a hard time this is 6%, my buzz is telling me its realy closer to 8-9%, although no abv is on the bottle? not required in florida.
very good stout, highly recommend. definity split a bottle tho, 75% is amazing, the last 25% it starts getting super sweet.
angry chair definity knows what their doing.

thanks to ravishing44 for this one!

Aug 11, 2016
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and opaque. 1+ finger khaki head is quite thick. Recedes a little quick but does leaves nice spiderweb lacing.

Thick, heavy coffee aroma, dark and roasty. Bitter chocolate, and roasted malt, and caramel.

Like the aroma, thick, heavy coffee flavor. Dark and roasty but with an underlying sweetness. Caramel, chocolate, and molasses. Some vanilla and cream.

Medium body going towards the thick side. Smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Coffee is lingering but also the chocolate notes.

Really nice coffee stout. Thicker than the 6.6% abv lead me to believe going in. Very smooth.

Aug 07, 2016
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Crowler from Scott. Very coffee, with a bit of mustiness as crowler has been out for two months. Coffee aroma. Richer brown colour. Fine, but likely better on tap.A touch thin.

Jun 24, 2016
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ukwildcat1995 from Florida

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This pours a dark black, no light getting through. A strong head that retains throughout the drink with lacing all along.

The smell is a strong coffee.

The taste follows the smell, big coffee forward. No bitterness at all. Almost like a perfectly balanced iced coffee.

Smooth and creamy throughout th feel.

Overall just the best coffee stout I've ever had. I'll take this any day over Founders Breakfast Stout, which was my favorite before this. Just fantastic.

Jun 05, 2016
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Angry Chair. Served in a snifter.

A: Very dark brown with a thin tan head and fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Roasted coffee beans, lactose sweetness, and a light chocolate or cacao presence. Just a hint of char (though no smoke presence) to the deep roasted malts.

T: Roasted coffee, deeply roasted malts, and lactose sweetness. Almost a touch of powdered milk. This isn't overly sweet at all. Notes of leather and old book in the malt bill. Some dryness from the hops and roasted malts at the end.

M: Nice heavy smooth body - very thick for the style. Low carbonation sensation. Feels a little warming during the drink but certainly not "hot".

O: Very tasty with a nice mouthfeel. It's not exactly complex,...though how complex can you make a coffee stout? Solid, and well-executed for sure.

Jun 05, 2016
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a black color with a brown head on top. The smell of the beer has a good amount of coffee on the nose, not a whole lot more really. The taste of the beer has a good amount of malt and coffee working together in there. The feel is medium bodied. Overall It's a damn good Coffee Stout.

May 15, 2016
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CraigS119 from Florida

4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Angry Chair, in Seminole Heights (Tampa), Florida. Pours pitch black with frothy off-white head. Smell of rich fudge, dark-roasted coffee, light tobacco as well. Taste is rich dark coffee, dark chocolate fudge underlied with sweet cream. Trace of tobacco and a hint of peat add complexity. Holy shit. Smooth, creamy, silky, satin mouthfeel for days. No trace of the 8% abv at all, thickness makes it drink like a 10-11% beer. The mouthfeel and fudginess really set it apart. 98/100.

Mar 27, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks gorgeous. Smells like roasted coffee deliciousness. That is good. Coffee, creamy, coconut and milk stout-ness. Super yummy. Medium thickness. Real good.

Nov 24, 2015
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HopHunter19 from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown black beer with a nice mocha head that sticks and leaves great lacing. Smell is a punch in the face of coffee, chocolate, cream, roasty malts, incredibly well balanced. Taste is roasty coffee, chocolate, creaminess. Mouthfeel is heavy, alcohol is covered, aftertaste is roasty coffee.

Overall. this beer is the best coffee stout that I've had, only outranked by Founders KBS - even their breakfast stout is blown out of the water by this guy. Amazing.

Oct 01, 2015
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danh53 from Florida

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with dark tan fluffy head. Aroma is coffee and lactose. Taste is sweet lactose with coffee and bitter roast. Chocolate and caramelized nuts add to the sweetness. Feels bigger than 7% with full mouth feel and low carbonation. Really enjoyed it. I'll be getting more growlers from these guys.

Sep 21, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

World class coffee milk stout. Pours dark with excellent carbonation, dark brown head that looks like espresso foam. Smell is balanced dark roast coffee and lactose sweetness, almost a macchiato nose. Taste gives waves of caramel, bitter chocolate, coffee roast to keep the milky sweetness in check. These guys are legit.

Sep 20, 2015
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LittleMurphyDog from Florida

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Typical black Stout color. Really strong coffee aroma. Taste mixes coffee and chocolate. Seven percent alcohol so no burn. Worth drinking definitely

Aug 30, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Coffee. Lactose. Chocolate. Roasty.

Taste - Coffee and chocolate. Very roasty. Some lactose, which I don't like, but it's not strong enough to be really offensive.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Kinda sweet from the lactose. Well carbonated.

Overall - Well made stout. Still don't love the lactose.

Apr 21, 2015
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Spinaltapped from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pitch black with a lighter brown creamy mocha head. Good head retention. Beautiful beer. Looks a black coffee with foamed milk on top.

Smell: Tons of espresso and coffee. I don't get much else. Maybe a bit of vanilla, but it really does smell like black coffee with cream.

Taste: Oh man. Tastes almost exactly like a mocha latte with vanilla or more accurately those Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccinos you can buy in grocery stores . TONS of roast and coffee, creaminess, dark (dark) chocolate or fudge, and just a bit of alcohol bite (surprising for only 6.6%). Maybe a bit of nuttiness as well? A bit of bitterness as it warms but not enough to be problematic.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, oily, medium thickness in terms of most stouts. Coats the mouth a bit. Again, very similar to a Vanilla Frappuccino.

Wow. What a pleasant surprise! I'd put this right alongside Treehouse Brewing's Double Shot (which I would say is maybe a hair better if only because of the thicker mouthfeel and less bitterness). One of the best non-BA coffee stouts I've ever had.

Big thanks to Karaoketpa for the growler. This blew my mind.

Apr 18, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.34/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thick, syrupy body is opaque and essentially black.
Coffee dominates the aroma and , to a lesser extent, the flavor as well. too sweet; surprising given the strong dark coffee aspect.

Mar 02, 2015
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pitweasel from New York

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had never been to Tampa until the trip that brought me here, and it was a very last minute decision to go after simply browsing BA for things within half an hour or so. Ordered a few of the 5oz pours that they offer so I could get a little variety, and this was the winner. Came back a couple days later for a 12 ounce pour (their largest for this one).

It's served looking just like I'd expect a coffee stout to look. Dark, with a subtle mocha head that fades to a thin coat as you drink. Served a little bit cooler than I would have expected, but that just means you're forced to take your time and savor it as you sip.

My immediate reaction on my first sip was pure shock. Earlier in the day, I'd been telling someone that Wake n Bake was the coffee beer that I'd buy ahead of Breakfast Stout. One sip, and I turned to her and said "I'd buy this over both of those if I saw it at a store." Yes, really. It's like drinking an iced coffee with just a little hint of vanilla - noticeable, but not overpowering. And when that tulip they serve it in gets tipped up and your nose gets buried in it? Think of peeling the lid back from a metal coffee canister. That's all I could think of, and I love it.

At 6.6% ABV, it's strong enough that a lightweight like me won't necessarily be reaching for a second one right away, but it wouldn't knock me over if I decided to go for seconds.

Overall, a surprising gem from a brewery I'd never heard of until two hours before visiting. I can only hope that they bottle or can this someday so I can get some shipped to me.

Feb 17, 2015
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Lapalou from Florida

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A great milk stout, good coffee nose, smooth mouthfeel, drinks very well cold and maintains as it warms. At 6.6% it extremely flavorful and drinkable. Unlike Stone's coffee milk stout this one isn't bitter. There is a slight sweetness to the finish due to the vanilla added to balance to coffee. These guys make great everyday stouts

Jan 11, 2015
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gjoker321 from Florida

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ap - Intense darkness with subtle dark brown highlights. 1.5 FB head of small bubbles that slowly and lingers throughout first sips. Minimal legs with a light viscosity upon swirling.
Ar - Intense coffee roast aroma up front. First and foremost. Seamlessly blends in with a noticeable roast malt (roasted barley) following. Knowing there is vanilla in it I might be able to pick up suble notes but nothing noticeable in the intense roasty-coffee theme. Subtle raisin ester notes as it warms. No appreciable alcohols, diacetyl or hops.
T - Very similar to the aroma. Intense, tongue-puckering roast notes reminiscent of coffee, dark cacao and char. Light cherry and raisin esters into the mid taste. Some other flavor mid taste that I can not quite put my finger on. Perhaps the vanilla? Almost a almond/nutty fluffiness of a flavor (on second review most definitely a vanilla-like character - think fresh vanilla beans not vanilla flavored). Ester notes continue into the finish with a pleasant spiced fruit character with the tail end of the coffee spice and the lingering dark fruit esters. All sweetness from the beer is balanced by the roastiness with no appreciable hop character. No Diacetyl, alcohol notes (unless they are what is enhancing the perception of the esters in the finish).
Overall - Intense, coffee stout with subtle vanilla notes. If I didn't know it had vanilla in it I actually would probably not have noticed it. Well balanced beer with roastiness balancing residual sweetness. Medium to medium heavy mouthfeel. No slickness alcohol solvency. Light roast astringency up front that quickly fades. Very well done. What a coffee stout should be, a stout enhanced by coffee! I would play with the vanilla more as this does not seem to add anything noticeable to the beer (this was the main detractor from the score for me). My first from this brewery and I will be back for more!

Dec 27, 2014
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