Wake n’ Bake Clone Tasting

Imperial Oatmeal Coffee Stout

Imperial Oatmeal Coffee Stout

This was my 16th batch, originally brewed on 3/19/2011. This is my very last bottle, so I’m interested in how well the coffee flavor and the beer itself has held up over a year.

Appearance: Poured the bottle into a tulip glass. It produces a small 1/4″ dark tan head. The head fades fairly quickly but leaves a nice thick ring on the inside of the glass. The beer is black and nearly opaque. If you hold it up to a light source, a tiny amount sneaks in near the top.

Aroma: Amazingly, the coffee flavor still dominates the aroma. I would have thought it would have significantly dropped off after a year. Along with the coffee flavor is a rick dark chocolate aroma along with some roasted malts. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full in body, with a velvet-like texture and nice creaminess. I would have liked for it to be a little fuller, but can’t really complain at all.

Taste: Strong coffee strikes first followed by nice dark chocolate notes. Roasted malts pick up mid-taste and blend in along with the coffee and chocolate. Towards the finish the coffee flavor strikes again along with residual sweetness. There is almost no alcohol presence at all, which is impressive for 9.5% abv.

Overall: I am very pleased with how this beer turned out. It’s held up remarkably well, I only wish I had more! Time for a new batch maybe? One thing I want to mention, is that with this beer I “dry-hopped” it with 3.3 ounces of coffee beans into secondary. I let it sit for only 2 days before bottling. I was amazed by just how little contact time on the beans contributed to the coffee aroma/flavor. I used the same beans that Terrapin uses to make this beer, Jittery Joe’s Wake N’ Bake blend. Last I checked it could still be ordered online.