If you have liked the Beer Spy’s Facebook page then you know that Annebeth’s in Annapolis put their long awaited keg of Terrapin’s Cinnamon Roll’d Wake-n-Bake on tap for growler fills this past Tuesday night.
We knew this beer wouldn’t last long, but Casey and I had to get to the Annapolis Homebrew Club’s happy hour over at Metropolitan. We made a game time decision to jump in the car, drive over to Maryland Ave, fill our (Fishpaw’s branded) growler, rush back home to put it in the fridge, then walked our way over to Metropolitan. We were only five minutes late.
Last night we popped that growler open and I am so glad we did! Regular Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout is a personal favorite that we first had in Savannah, Georgia several years ago. The brewers at Terrapin make this Imperial Stout with coffee beans from a local roaster and just as its name suggests it is big, dark, roasty, creamy, and strong. The Cinnamon Roll’d version is something new.
The first wiff of this beer seriously smelled like a cinnamon roll. It was sweet, almost sugary, roasty, and of course full of cinnamon. The first sip was really thick and creamy, with dark roast coffee, chocolate, sugar frosting, and again cinnamon; however, I thought the cinnamon was more hot than flavorful. It actually made some of the other flavors more difficult to taste, and was a bit disappointed.
We then sat down to dinner with our beers, and both thought our navy bean soup just wasn’t spicy enough. Casey added some Sriracha to her bowl, and I threw some chipotle Tabasco into mine. After a few spoonfuls of spiced up soup I finally got around to taking another sip of the beer. This is when the clouds parted, the sun shone down, and a chorus of angels joined Guns ‘n Roses for a background power ballad.
The heat from my soup mellowed the heat from the cinnamon. Suddenly the cinnamon heat was completely gone and all I could taste was the sweet cinnamon roll, coffee, and chocolate flavors in this beer. So get yourself some Cinnamon Roll’d Wake-n-Bake, and pair it with a moderately spicy food. Consider salsa, a mild curry, or a simple dollop of hot sauce on a deviled egg. You will not be disappointed.