Terrapin Wake n Bake vs. Founders Breakfast Stout

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by timahood32, Dec 3, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. TheBigEast

    TheBigEast Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2004 New York
    Beer Trader

    Had both with a tasting group last night and WnB blew away FBS. We really enjoyed the 10/11 bottling of FBS when it first came out - delicious stuff. However last night it was evident that the coffee has faded and it really lacked in flavor compared to the WnB.We also opened the 11/8 bottling of FBS and its flavor was very subtle as well. Very disappointing for us after really enjoying the October bottling in the past as I stated.
  2. KevSal

    KevSal Savant (951) Oct 17, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    I had them side by side swearing that wnb was gonna take the cake after I tried it.
    Side by side what makes fbs so good really comes through. They are both stellar but side by side fbs was slightly better.

    I wouldn't turn down either
    rvajohn likes this.
  3. rvajohn

    rvajohn Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2012 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    I just had each back to back. I had the Founders first and WnB second. Without pondering it for a day or so, I like Founders better. Seemed to me to have a fuller taste and a little smoother. I think they are both really terrific beers though
  4. mverity

    mverity Defender (669) Oct 6, 2012 Florida
    Beer Trader

    Too funny that there's a thread about this. I was having this very discussion with my beer-minded buddy about two days ago. I haven't had FBS since last year, but W-N-B is superb. Him and I are on the lookout for some FBS in the Orlando and/or Tallahassee area so we can scoop a bunch up and do some side by side.
  5. jrcmlc

    jrcmlc Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I have last and this years of both here at the house and can tell you without a doubt that according to my tastebuds fbs is better than wnb, but I don't get nearly as much wnb, so because of the hard-to-get factor we treat them as equals. :-)
  6. jrcmlc

    jrcmlc Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    HeyJim likes this.
  7. jrcmlc

    jrcmlc Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Disregard the ritz. Sorry. :-)
  8. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2012 Florida
    Beer Trader

    i think WnB is like a FBS on coffee steroids both delicious but i kinda like the balance that FBS brings
    Shmuffalo, denver10 and BeerBuddy2122 like this.
  9. iKasey

    iKasey Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Surprisingly, and I can't believe I'm saying this... WnB wins. Had my first last week.

    I also had Victory At Sea right after and decided that one is better than both, though. ''twas a good beer night
    emale619 and BeerBuddy2122 like this.
  10. jrcmlc

    jrcmlc Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

  11. terrapinfan88

    terrapinfan88 Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2009 Virginia

    Its a mood thang for me.

    If I want robust in your face coffee malt and dryer co co taste, with a bitter hop kick I go FBS. Probably only gonna have one or two.

    If I got a little more of a sweet tooth, Switch it up to the WnB a little more like the Starbucks drinks you feel guilty about, and less like black coffee. A little more sweetness to tone down the roastie malts. Nice easy drinking coffee stout.

    Theres always 50/50 too!
  12. Chaney

    Chaney Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2006 District of Columbia

    Terrapin. Love the buttercream icing finish.
  13. BeerBuddy2122

    BeerBuddy2122 Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2012 Pennsylvania

    My thoughts exactly...
  14. UNCCTDawg

    UNCCTDawg Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2011 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Wake N Bake by a nose.... literally, the nose is better on Wake N Bake than FBS
    emale619 likes this.
  15. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (1,633) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    For the coffee notes I'd have to go with Wake N Bake. But I find that FBS has more complexity. The cocoa scent and flavors came through more on FBS.
  16. Savage1005

    Savage1005 Initiate (32) Feb 8, 2012 North Carolina

    Having both at same time right now from taps. Wnb is was more coffee forward. Bfast has more chocolate and less coffee. Both are tasty. Fbs is more balanced to me.
  17. Keffa

    Keffa Defender (634) Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    FBS. Wake n Bake was an overly ashy mess. FBS is smooth and delicious :slight_smile:
  18. DCgolfpro

    DCgolfpro Devotee (479) Oct 26, 2011 Maryland
    Beer Trader

    This years breakfast stout was a disappointment. My fiance (who isn't really a beer drinker) said, "Wake N Bake is what Breakfast Stout used to be". I can't get Speedway in DC, but I've ordered it online and I think Wake N Bake is superior. As far as Non-Barrel aged coffee stouts go, I think Wake N Bake is the best.
  19. mtrutlin

    mtrutlin Initiate (67) Apr 4, 2012 South Carolina
    Beer Trader

    FBS and it isn't even close.
    denver10 likes this.
  20. HeadyHops81

    HeadyHops81 Initiate (0) Jul 9, 2009 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    Wake n Bake kills Founders Breakfast all day!!
  21. mtrutlin

    mtrutlin Initiate (67) Apr 4, 2012 South Carolina
    Beer Trader

    This is just a message string. All you have to do to figure out which is better is look at the reviews. FBS comes in at 4.5 whole WnB comes in at 4.29. 'Nough said
  22. BeerBuddy2122

    BeerBuddy2122 Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2012 Pennsylvania

    That's true, although the ratings are collected over a period of years. There is no way of comparing the ratings for both 2012 batches.
  23. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Poo-Bah (1,559) Feb 27, 2007 Ohio

    This- only I always liked Wake N Bake Better
  24. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,147) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Currently enjoying my first Wake n Bake right now...great beer but I definitely prefer Breakfast Stout to it, personally.
  25. Mcooly

    Mcooly Aspirant (239) Feb 19, 2011 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    Just opened both tonight and it was close, but the Breakfast Stout won out. I had my wife pour them into tasting glasses so that I could taste them blindly.
  26. nitlionktl

    nitlionktl Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Picked-up my first-ever 4 pack of WnB at Wegmans yesterday; FBS >> WnB.
  27. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,019) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Sorry to revive this thread, but me and my girlfriend just did a side-by-side comparison of WnB, FBS and Cigar City Cubano Espresso. The clear winner was Cubano Espresso, then FBS followed by WnB but it was close. FBS definitely had the best mouthfeel but the chocolate offset the coffee flavors making it more sweet and rich. WnB had the most intense flavor and the coffee had more of a bitter, burnt taste than the other two. Cubano Espresso had the freshest and most enjoyable coffee taste but was bottled the most recently so that was to be expected. Also, Cubano had more vanilla and caramel notes. All in all, they're three excellent beers with varied attributes (for instance, Cubano is a brown ale while the other two are stouts). I just figured that, since I happened to presently have relatively fresh bottles of all three (FBS was bottled in September, WnB in December and Cubano just last month) that I might as well give them a side-by-side comparison. Cheers folks.
  28. chrisp450

    chrisp450 Disciple (308) Oct 23, 2012 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    WnB is such a fun beer. Reminds me of a chocolate chip cookie/brownie soaked in coffee. But tastes better than that sounds. Breakfast stout is great, but If just having 1 or 2, I would give the nod to WnB. Just so much sugar comes through. Yum.

    Oh and, Cubano was great in its own right, but not in the same conversation to me. As a coffee beer I did really enjoy it though.
  29. RoninTK3

    RoninTK3 Aspirant (234) Nov 12, 2012 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    I love them both but I do like wake n bake slightly better.
  30. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Zealot (515) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    I just had my first Wake n Bake tonight and think I prefer FBS. Then again, I also brew my coffee so strong that my officemate coughs upon entering the room.
  31. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Devotee (479) Jan 11, 2011 Minnesota

    I'll say it: I don't care for FBS.

    Don't get me wrong -- Founders makes great beer. I just find that most coffee beers remind me of stale coffee, and FBS is no exception. Without the coffee, FBS would be a great beer. But the coffee detracts from it in a significant way.

    On the other hand, I enjoyed WnB quite a lot, which shocked me, because I am usually underwhelmed by coffee beers and by oatmeal stouts. So far, this is my biggest surprise of 2013.
  32. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Devotee (479) Jan 11, 2011 Minnesota

    I'll raise the ante and say Big Bad Baptist > CBS >>> KBS.
    MCain04, smcgowan70 and ripps1 like this.
  33. Nicolay3535

    Nicolay3535 Initiate (195) May 1, 2012 Florida
    Beer Trader

    Boo this man.
  34. Dirtinabottle

    Dirtinabottle Devotee (484) Aug 21, 2012 New York
    Beer Trader

    "Each man is entitled to his own opinion but yours is wrong"
  35. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Aspirant (213) Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    quick price check question;

    Are WnB 4 packs generally marked the same as Moo-Hoo?
    My store wants nearly double (on the singles wall). I think they are hiding the 4-packs of WnB in the back.. meanwhile there are cases of Moo-Hoo sitting out on the floor. *shrug*
  36. widespreadhop

    widespreadhop Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2011 Georgia

    Here in GA Moo Hoo is $8.99 and WnB is $11.99
  37. zstef99

    zstef99 Initiate (40) Dec 25, 2008 New York

    I prefer FBS. It's smoother and more cohesive for me. WnB is a bit overpowering with the coffee to my palate.
  38. 1up

    1up Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2013 District of Columbia

    FBS is changing from 4-packs to 6-packs soon and staying the same price!

    "we are going to move Breakfast Stout from a four-pack to a six-pack when it is released again in October 2013, and it will maintain the same suggested retail price of $9.99."

    The casualty is the 6 pack Red's Rye which is moving from 6 to 4 and staying the same price.
  39. Hotmetal1

    Hotmetal1 Aspirant (286) Feb 28, 2012 Mississippi
    Beer Trader

    I like and have both but I like the W and B better.
  40. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Aspirant (213) Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Hmmm ok. Yeah I think here in MD the Moo-hoo was $8.99 or ~$2.29 for a single. And the WnB was the same price for a single but then a few days later they adjusted it up to $4.xx something. Arrgh, foiled again!
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.