Karl: In order to tell you about the Wake & Moo Blend of beers, I have to tell you about Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington DC. Stay with me here.
At Ben’s, a famous greasy-spoon style joint on U Street, they serve what’s basically a chili dog, chili fries, and all sorts of other chili-laden hangover cures. Now, if you were to break down their signature item, called a half-smoke, it wouldn’t be terribly impressive. The bun? Average. The sausage? Well cooked but not otherwise a huge standout. The chili itself? Good, but would you cross half the country for it? Probably not. But put them all together and it becomes a whole that’s far more than the sum of its parts. It becomes a coherent beast of a foodstuff, strong and hearty and rich. It’s magical, and it’s great.
I thought the same thing happened here with the blend of Wake & Bake and the Moo-Hoo or Yoo-Moo or whatever the sweet hell it’s called. Continue reading
“The Terrapin “Moo-Hoo” Chocolate Milk Stout proudly uses cocoa nibs and shells from Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Company to give this beer its great taste!”
Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout
Milk Stout, 6% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Ryan: I have a rather passionate, love-hate relationship with milk stouts. My taste buds love them; with the aromas of milk chocolate and coffee with creamer and flavors of silky smooth chocolate. My stomach, on the other hand, hates them. Without going in to great detail we’ll just say there is a revolt of somewhat epic proportions in my stomach anytime I drink a Left Hand Milk Stout or Three Floyds Moloko. Kind of depressing, right? So when Andrew told me about this chocolate milk stout from Terrapin I was both really excited and slightly petrified.
Despite my trepidation I forged ahead, for you. Continue reading
“Black as night, this coffee stout is thick, rich and full of real coffee flavor. Brewed with the Terrapin Wake-n-Bake coffee blend created by Terrapin & Jittery Joe’s Coffee.”
Terrapin Wake ‘N’ Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout
Imperial Stout, 8.10% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
(Editor’s Note: We checked out an ’09 and a ’10 on this particular tasting, making this another Adventure in Cellarsitting as well.)
Andrew: As we continue our tour of beers from the state Jimmy Carter called home, we dove head first into bottles of the ’09 and ’10 Terrapin Wake ‘N’ Bake…apologies to anyone expecting our next review to be Billy Beer.
I like stouts. I like imperial stouts. I like coffee oatmeal imperial stouts. And while I liked the Wake ‘N’ Bake, it really wasn’t what I was expecting at all.
(Brief side note – aren’t the labels for the Terrapin beers pretty awesome?)
If you would please, take a look at a previous review of an Imperial Oatmeal Stout here. With that in mind, as we headed this expedition that review is what I was expecting, a complex, boozey, hot mess. What we got, however, was a pretty “thin” beer with subdued flavors, lacking the hit-you-in-the-face quality that some Imperial Stouts have. Is that a bad thing? Not at all. Continue reading