The Awakening
Angry Chair Brewing

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Style:
Stout - American
Ranked #3
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,405
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 6.96%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
147
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Spinaltapped from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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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pitweasel from New York

4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
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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KevSal from California

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Lapalou from Florida

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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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HopHunter19 from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Zraly from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 08, 2015
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
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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wingnutter from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 06, 2015
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stereosforgeeks from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 29, 2016
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 26, 2017
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cjgator3 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 18, 2015
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nickfl from Florida

4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mar 22, 2015
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
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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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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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rbrefbeerman from California

4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 21, 2016
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
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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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

May 15, 2016
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gjoker321 from Florida

4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
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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leroybrown10 from Missouri

4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
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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chinchill from South Carolina

3.34/5  rDev -22.5%
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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Joecaddie from Delaware

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

Mar 17, 2015
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spycow from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mar 31, 2016
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waiting4lunch from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jun 11, 2016
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joemochas from Florida

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jan 04, 2015
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 23, 2016
The Awakening from Angry Chair Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 147 ratings