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RATINGS: 726   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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f.k.a. Left Hand Oak Aged Imperial Stout

GOOD MORNING. YOU’VE WOKEN UP DEAD. YOU’RE IN RUINS. On the brink of catastrophe. But don’t be discouraged. You are ripe for a revolution! Just like the Bolsheviks of the early 1900’s, our barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout doesn’t happen overnight. Patience is required. Wake Up Dead hibernates in our cellars for over 12 months before being blended to woody perfection. Hints of raisins, cherry, licorice and toffee, followed by earthy, herbal hop notes that rise up, joining in your fight for a better life. Don’t be afraid of the dark. All power to the stouts!


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WRobarge (4) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2012 does not count
Aroma was amazing, pour was dark..black. First taste was pleasing, strong chocolate and coffee flavors. It was pretty cold but when it warmed up there was a little bitterness at the end, which I wasn’t a fan of. Overall kt was a good beer and I would drink it again but not the first one I grab.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
uhclem (359) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2012
It’s been a while since I drank an Imperial stout. This one has great aroma and appearance. I had a little difficulty separating the taste from the alcohol. Palate was disappointingly thin. Finish was overpowered by the alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
superspak (2411) - Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2012
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 6/30/2011(1 year from today). Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a small khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of cocoa, caramel, biscuit, toast, roasted malt, molasses, nuttiness, coffee, herbal, pine, and light dark fruits. Some pretty nice and balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel, toast, toffee, roasted malt, coffee, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, and pine. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, herbal, and pine on the finish for a good bit. Decent balance of flavors; but it is not as roasty as most in the style, and is slightly cloying. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good imperial stout. Fairly balanced flavors with decent complexity; and quite smooth to sip on.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LomYst (457) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 16, 2012
espresso, chocolat, caramel, cherries ripe ripe cherries, fkn awesome! dark stuff indeed.... the taste is even better, bitter sweet and salt! very full body and a very long finish full of all the dark stuff mentioned before

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2012
29th March 2010
Opaque black beer. Short lived frothy chocolate head. Surprisingly light palate. Light lactose sweet malt with milk chocolate and a little wood. Finishes light with just a little dark malt. No bitterness or dryness here! A little coffee in the finish. A crisp and easy going Impy. Fancy there is a trace of red wine as the beer warms up.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (4741) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice and vanilla. Flavour has same aspects, sweet with a bitter background. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Offline rating 19/4/12

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thechasm442 (295) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Bomber bottled 3/13/12 poured into a duvel tulip. Pours a midnight brown/black with a thin tan head that shrinks down with nice lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, raisin, vanilla, and oak. Taste is toasted barley, bitter chocolate, coffee, plums, raisins, cherry, vanilla, and cream. Medium mouthfeel and a tad over carbonated. Really good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rader58 (774) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 31, 2012
22 oz bottle. Pours dark black. Aroma of plum, chocolate, toffee, coffee, oak. Flavor is licorice, toffee, coffee, wood, earth, herbal. A good heavy stout with character.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (3411) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAY 5, 2012
Black bodied, creamy tan head. Malty base aroma with proper hop back-up. Toast, figs, butterscotch, cinnamon muffin, toffee and earthy. Refined and without any wood distractions. Sweet taste with Belgian like complexity, but enough hops to keep this going. Long aftertaste. Excellent brew. Much like a quad rather than an impy. Glad they send this over to Europe! (67cl bottle, reasonably priced)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2126) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Vanilla and super malty...a bit like a latte. Very dark brown in color. Strong malt, woody and syrupy; chewy-chocolatey. Notes: GABF visit few years back
Earlier Rating: 7/17/2009 Total Score: 4.3
Really a well balanced "big" beer. Pours straight black and a very nice chocolate and wood aroma which carry through in the taste with vanilla. Its thick but not overly so. Just a very good stout. Give me another!


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