HOW TO PAIR BEER WITH EVERYTHING: French Toasted W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout by Terrapin Beer Company
Beer: French Toasted W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout
Brewer: Terrapin Beer Company
Style: American Double/ Imperial Stout
Description: French Toasted Wake-n-Bake pours a deep midnight black with a dark beige head that leaves behind a thin web of lacing on the glass. The aroma is complex and inviting, with strong notes of fresh coffee, chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla, and a touch of cinnamon. The taste follows the nose, but with even more enjoyment than one might imagine. The strong coffee notes are present throughout but hit the palate first before sweet notes of maple syrup, chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and cinnamon all wash over before a smooth coffee finish takes over. This truly is breakfast in a glass.
The full body and low carbonation give this beer an incredible mouthfeel that is silky smooth, and it is also a beer that you never want to stop drinking. The 9.4 percent ABV is not apparent, so this beer can become dangerous quickly. Be sure to sip long and savor this one; it may just be one of the best beers you ever drink!
Ideal setting: French Toasted W-n-B is a beer that must be appreciated in a setting that allows for full enjoyment. While beer is most definitely the social lubricant of choice, this is a beer that is best enjoyed either alone or with a very small group of friends. It is a beer that is great for imbibing while relaxing and taking a break from life.
Ideal music: While this is most certainly a beer that brings about thoughts of breakfast, the music pairing should be a bit deeper and not one that may typically be thought of as morning music. The music pairing for this beer should help to relax and not be too lively. Music in the indie, folk, and shoegaze categories are the best suited for a match with French Toasted W-n-B.
Some great albums to enjoy with French Toasted W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout are:
- Lotus – “Nomad“
- Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – “How I Long to Feel That Summer in My Heart“
- Iron & Wine – “Our Endless Numbered Days“
- Mojave 3 – “Ask Me Tomorrow“
- Radar Brothers – “Surrounding Mountains“
- Slowdive – “Souvlaki“
- Starflyer 59 – “Leave Here A Stranger“
Ideal movie: The depth of the beer calls for a film that’s equally depth, but also with many sprinklings of enjoyment on the surface. Films with multiple layers are great with this beer, so leave behind the rom-coms and over-the-top action films and instead welcome the offbeat comedies and indie dramas.
Some great films to watch while enjoying French Toasted W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout are:
- “Broken Flowers”
- “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”
- “Bottle Rocket”
- “The Squid and the Whale”
Ideal book: A name like Wake-n-Bake will certainly make some think of a relaxed morning, so a book that takes the reader on a strange trip also makes a great pairing with this beer.
Some great books to read with French Toasted W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout are:
- “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac
- “Naked Lunch” by William S. Burroughs
- “Howl and Other Poems” by Allen Ginsberg
- “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut
- “Rabbit, Run” by John Updike
The perfect experience: French Toasted W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout is best enjoyed at home while watching any of the aforementioned films or while sitting back in your favorite chair listening to some great music. This is far more than just a beer; this is an experience!
by Derek Warren
Derek is a beer fanatic, avid homebrewer, and podcaster who loves to write and talk about beer and cult movies.