Ale's Draft Pick 1

Terrapin Cinnamon Roll’d W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

Beer name:   Cinnamon Roll’d W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

Brewery: Terrapin Beer Co., Athens, Georgia

Style: American Imperial Stout

Price: $11.99 for a 750-ML bottle. (The price and packaging for the new version has not been announced by print date.)

ABV:  9.4 percent alcohol by volume

Flavor: Bittersweet chocolate and dark-roasted coffee with a sprinkle of cinnamon and notes of hazelnut. Nugget Hops balance the sweetness perfectly.

Aroma:  A hybrid of a gourmet coffee house and a chocolatier’s kitchen at their busiest hours.

Would taste best with:  Chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream, strawberry cheesecake, peanut butter cookies, a warm coffee roll with icing, or a snifter and a roaring fire.

Overall:  Extremely limited, but there are other versions of this Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Stout to try including the upcoming one fused with tart cherries. Silky smooth and thick with low carbonation, coating the tongue like a decadent liquid dessert—or breakfast—should.

Final Comments:  Serving as a dedicated beer writer, consultant, judge, show host, lecturer and sincere advocate under the alias Ale Sharpton, picking my favorite beer can always be a challenge due to constant introductions of new additions. However, after much consideration (and tasting), Terrapin Beer Company Cinnamon Roll’d W-n-B (Wake-n-Bake) Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout out of Athens, Georgia is indeed one of my top choices. Fusing a premium blend from local Athens coffee maker Jittery Joe’s and generous douses of cinnamon, this is pure liquid decadence. Since this is a part of their Reserve Series, Terrapin often changes things up with their potent stouts, and then new one they have on deck for late 2016 is one fused with tart cherry. Look for that soon. I do hope they bring the Cinnamon version back soon, though!

Dennis Malcolm Byron aka Ale Sharpton is a world-renowned beer authority, award-winning journalist, blogger (AleSharpton.com), photographer event planner, show host (Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ and gourmand. He proudly resides in Atlanta. Follow him on Twitter (@alesharpton) and Instagram (@realalesharpton).