Gotta Get Up To Get Down
Wiseacre Brewing

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #302
Ranked #7,557
3.99 | pDev: 10.53%
Wiseacre Brewing
Tennessee, United States
Very Good
Gotta Get Up To Get DownGotta Get Up To Get Down
Notes: Enormous amount of Metropolis coffee straightens out the milk stout.
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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark chocolate brown and is black in the PBGC THE Beer (Malty 2) glass. There are no highlights beneath a two-inch, dense, chestnut head. After a couple of minutes, the head falls to a fizzy ring, leaving no lacing.

Espresso coffee is strong, followed by roasted malt and a light scent of chocolate nibs and lactose sugar.

The flavor opens with dark chocolate taking the lead, followed by espresso coffee. The bitter/sweet balance is exceptional. A mild finish of moderate length carries the flavors along without modification. While the beer warms nicely, there is little transformation.

A medium body with sticky texture and no alcohol. Moderate, fine carbonation accentuates a touch of metallic sensation.

This is a solid beer that could easily serve as an after-work wind-down with friends. I image it would work equally well while watching sports if that ever happens this year.

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SLeffler27 from New York, Apr 19, 2020
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5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There have already been enough serious, professional reviews of this one written here. I just want to say I liked this beer so much, I came here and set up an account just so I could spread the word about how delicious this it is. It tastes like a milk chocolate-covered coffee bean. I happen to love the way those taste, but a) the coffee bean texture isn't great and b) they can't get you buzzed. Both of those problems are now solved with Wiseacre Brewing's Gotta Get Up To Get Down Coffee Milk Stout!

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3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught @ The Chimes Baton Rouge, LA.


Coffee is strong in the aroma, promising toasty Java Bliss alongside cream, subtle chocolate, and dark malts.

Taste delivers, bringing ample coffee flavour hitting on roast, Java, creamy cafe au lait, and lactose sugar. Some chocolate malt sweetness, some dark malt sweetness. Well balanced and very drinkable.

Silken texture.

Well executed, though I don't know that it needs the lactose sugar.


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kojevergas from Colorado, Jul 26, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can stamped 0799 (about 3 months old) poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 5% ABV. The beer pours dense very dark brown nearly black with no light penetration and medium brown head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is creamed and sweetened coffee. The taste is semisweet coffee and dark roasted malt with a medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall, very good. I would love to have this beer available fresh locally.

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jkblr from Indiana, Jun 06, 2019
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3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received in NBS BIF from @jimmy_kneecaps.

Pours a jet black with little head that dissipates quickly.

Coffee, toasted grain, maybe a little chocolate on the nose.

Very coffee forward on the tongue. Roasty-ness takes a back seat. A little sweetness on the finish.

Rather thin compared to what I’d expected. Lower carbonation.

A nice milk stout with strong coffee flavour. Enjoyable.

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Coronaeus from Ontario (Canada), May 16, 2019
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1.75/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Canned fall 2016; drank 11/6/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE tan head; strong lace.

Burnt black coffee, day old cream & faint caramel notes in the nose; quite unappealing.

Medium mouthfeel.

Burnt black coffee & sweet caramel flavors up front; stale cream notes on the finish.

Just a terrible take on both the sweet & coffee stout styles; I may have had my last Wiseacre beer, period.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Apr 01, 2019
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3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured from a 12 oz can, sparse head faint aroma. taste is of dark malts with a light roast. flavors of coffee, chocolate, and a touch of smoke light carbonation and medium to thin mouthfeel, not a bad beer but pretty middle of the deck and there are others much better and as easy to find.

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Crimson-RV from Tennessee, Mar 20, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No 5% beer has any right to be this full of flavor!
Exceptionally drinkable, tons of sweet coffee in each sip, a well balanced stout.

I've had good 7%+ stouts with less and/or worse flavor than this, well done Wiseacre

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Spacejamflam from Louisiana, Feb 25, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on tap at the source. probably their best beer by me, and by the consensus. there is peanut buttery up front. And much carbonation to fill in thinness.

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Sammy from Ontario (Canada), Jan 27, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks goes out to russpowell for this brew.

12 oz. Can

My first from this brewery.

Pours a pretty nice dark brown color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus tan head, which also leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a nice touch of chocolate/toffee, coffee, vanilla, roasty. The taste is nice, malty, with some chocolate/toffee, coffee, and some vanilla, roasty. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty nice. Overall, a tasty brew. Thanks Russ!

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Wasatch from Colorado, Dec 28, 2018
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4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice black color. The head is brown, 1 finger, but the retention is poor. No lacing on the glass.
The nose is - well, hello! Damn! Rich, deep, coffee. Slight hints of lactose mixed in just amp it up even more.
Taste - The coffee is throughout, but on the backside is a mellow hint of the lactose. These flavors really blend well together.
The body is a bit lighter than I was expecting, but not watery.
Damn good beer. Fun to drink and very well made.

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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle at Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar, Memphis, TN

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color and only has faint traces of dark red near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high light tan head that left a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lactose are present in the nose along with hints of dark roasted malts.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of lactose and dark malts along with hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No smoothness is perceptible.
O: This beer isn't nearly as rich and flavorful compared to other beers in the style but is easy to drink and goes down quickly.

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Nov 01, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - 2-finger hazelnut head atop a black body.

S - coffee, chocolate, a bit nutty, brown sugar.

T - lovely light-roast coffee and milk chocolate. Vanilla, steamed milk, brown sugar. Low bitterness. Moderate sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium-light body and average carb.

O - such an easy drinker.

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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania, Oct 19, 2018
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4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate dark cola brown + chestnut brown colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering a little more than 80% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of freshly roasted coffee bean + moderate aromas of roasted malts with a light amount of lactose sweetness. Light to moderate aromas of caramel + chocolate malts with hints of vanilla.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted + caramel + chocolate malts with a light amount of lactose sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of freshly roasted coffee and hints of vanilla. Light to moderate amounts of lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Very enjoyable with a really great coffee presence - only downside is that I wished I had saved this one for a brunch/breakfast beer.

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dbrauneis from North Carolina, Oct 18, 2018
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4.66/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a true breakfast stout, as in, it goes down great at brunch with eggs and bacon. Not all that sessionable, but can’t go wrong with one or two. Especially good for “hair of the dog” situations!

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ARKANSASstate from Tennessee, Jul 20, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can, no date.

The crack of the can yields a foamy build up and when poured into the snifter via soft sidewall yields a strong, large 2 finger head that recedes to a fingernail within 20 seconds. Silky black body underneath.

Wonderful coffee aromas. Not vegetal, not peppery, just beautiful and acidic. The roasty dryness is all too real. Great caramel tones underneath, with a nice blast of roast barley and very faint lactose sweetness. Great stuff.

The flavor profile is full bodied and sweet, with a nice acidic pepper presence. Slight floral hop accompanies the body, giving it a nice depth. Coffee and chocolate intermingle like a metallic biscotti and some polite burnt caramel and hot fudge notes pop up here and there, with faint milky sweetness and a black pepper burn on the back end. It flirts with cloying, but I can't say that it is.

Feel is very nicely executed - high carbonation supporting the acidity, giving it pop and movement. A faint dryness paired with a distinct slickness closes out the tactile part of this show.

Overall, very well done. I have not been a fan of Wiseacre in the past but they have targeted the coffee milk stout and hit it dead on. Is it the best one out there? Not even close. But it's one you need to check out, especially if you're down south. Good stuff right here. Highly recommended.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Jul 17, 2018
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3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pouring from a 12 oz. can into a wine glass. Pours out a very dark brown and has highlights of lighter brown. Formed a decent light tan crown but with very little retention and within a minute didn't even leave an outer ring around the glass. The smell is roasty coffee with some bitterness, some slight Java like hints and maybe even lactose like smells. The taste brings in that roast right up front and it stays. There isn't too much depth to this and I am wishing it had more of a pop. Carbonation might be a little low and I wish the body could be thicker. But then again it is a milk stout. Overall, it wasn't bad but I could do without having it again.

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4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours black with a substantial tan head, some leaks around the edges, and heavy coffee notes on the nose. No discernible sweetness .

The taste is also all coffee, the base stout, and the slightest bit of sweet. The 5% ABV probably impacts the lack of sweet, but this is still a really enjoyable coffee stout, IMHO.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Mar 24, 2018
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4.84/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Surprising flavor and aroma. Lower ABV but what an flavorful tasting beer. I’m impressed. Again another Memphis Brewery has hit it right on the nose.

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RTRBAMA from Tennessee, Mar 22, 2018
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3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours jet black with a quickly dissapating head.
The aroma is dark roast coffee, chocolate, toasted bread crust and a light faint herbal hoppiness.
The flavor opens up sweet with dark chocolate with tons of roasty coffee. It's very centered on the roast, but there is a very pronounced sweetness that keeps it well balanced.
Overall, it's a very typical coffee stout, roasty and sweet with not much hoppiness.

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

Got in a BIF from jdell15. 12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 8/16/2017. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big nutty dark roasted coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, cream, and toasted dark/brown bread; with light notes of vanilla, smoke, herbal, and roast toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and lactose notes; with great strength. Taste of big nutty dark roasted coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, cream, and toasted dark/brown bread; with light notes of vanilla, smoke, herbal, and roast toasted earthiness. Light herbal hop and roasted coffee bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, cream, toasted dark/brown bread, light vanilla/smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and lactose flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Minimal dryness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Feels very thin for some reason, but not watery. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice coffee milk stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and lactose flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, with the very mild bitter finish. Very flavorful for the low ABV. Well rounded malt complexity for a stout, with really great levels of coffee presence. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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superspak from Michigan, Nov 04, 2017
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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives fudge brown with a tan head; squiggles of lacing hang around

Smell: Coffee and roast, with hints of vanilla and milk chocolate

Taste: Coffee forward, with milk chocolate and vanilla softening the profile; nicely balanced with a touch of sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice beer; enjoyed how the coffee and chocolate complemented each other

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Oct 24, 2017
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5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect example of a milk coffee stout that doesn't lean to far in any direction. Perfect blend of bold with a mild sweetness. Mouth feel is full bodied. Head is thick and velvety. This is going to be my new go to for stouts.

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BoodahMoogle from Arkansas, Sep 24, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Can to snifter.

LOOK: dark black, creamy off white head.
AROMA: Coffee is strong in the nose.
TASTE: Coffee and roasted barley.
FEEL: Medium to Full body.

Good coffee stout, not great.


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q33jeff from New Jersey, Sep 16, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Just trying to emphasize this beer with enough characters, a light drinking coffee brew with the emphasis on COFFEE !!! Aroma : fresh brewed coffee; flavor : coffee, not much else ; body was a little thin, overall : COFFEE...Oh did I mention COFFEE

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animal69 from Louisiana, Aug 07, 2017
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