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RATINGS: 732   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. YOUíVE WOKEN UP DEAD. YOUíRE IN RUINS. On the brink of catastrophe. But donít be discouraged. You are ripe for a revolution! Just like the Bolsheviks of the early 1900ís, our barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout doesnít 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. Donít be afraid of the dark. All power to the stouts!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2579) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Light tan head, good retention, minimal lace. Head is almost cola like in appearence, large bubbled, though it does last. Black brew with brown edging. Fruity, woody nose. Medium body, over carbed. Fruity flavors, cherrys, raisiny, Woody also with a hint of chocolate, vanilla and faint vinous notes. Notes of oxydation in the dry finish.The mouthfeel was the main downfall with this brew. I prefer my Impys with a fuller, creamier mouthfeel something chewy that sticks around fer awhile. Its just not there. An important part in the profile of an Imperial Stout IMHO. Thanks to hoprus for a chance at this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 11, 2004
color is everything but opaque, thick frothy tan/light brown head...lasting. aroma has a wonderful chocolatiness, with strong notes of chalkiness and molasses and raisins, flavor is dominated by chocolate, really very little roast is detectable. ..10% alcohol is quite well hidden. only detectable as a variation on the raisin in the flavor...i keep looking at the bottle, the tan froth desperately trying to escape as though itís clawing at the sides of the bottle trying to get out...iíve never quite seen that before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Ditto on the cork - my rotator cuff is a bit sore from tennis and it hurt a bit pulling it out. Hope the alcohol numbs the pain! Black body, intense carbonation maintains a foamy tan head. Sheets of lace drip down the side of the glass after a tilt. Chalk, vanilla, mint and chocolate in the aroma. Cream, caramel and vanilla in the start, finishes with a bitter roast, plum, earth, and chocolate. Some alcohol warmth too, but nothing too much. I think thereís too much of a fruitiness in the finish, it serves to "lighten" up the beer experience. Overall a retardedly smooth imperial stout, quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Before I get into the beer, I have to agree with the previous rating about the cork. This thing was a bitch to get out. Must be a more narrow neck than usual on the bottle. Anyways, the aroma on this beer is amazing - chocolate, vanilla, coffee, hazelnut, caramel - smells like a hot fudge sundae. As it warms, some dark fruit and herbal hop aroma starts to show up. Dark mohagany in color, good head formation, decent lacing. Lots of caramel and chocolate in the flavor, moderate herbal hop flavor comes through, nice kick of roastiness in the end. Finish is bitter, both from roast malt and hops. Medium-full body, which is thin for an imperial stout, but still satisfying, also more carbonation than is common in the style. Overall, an outstanding imperial stout. The aroma is amazing, the flavor seems to lack somewhat, but I think this is jsut because the aroma is so great. Not as heavy as some imperials, but that is fine with me this time of year. The regular LH imperial is a great beer, this is awesome. Joy!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2004
One of the toughest cork extractions in some time. Broken cork followed by a struggle with the cork screw. Dark brown with a few flecks of white yeast. Smaller tan lid of bubbles (second pour leaves a gigantic sea-foam like head). Aromas seem to have mellowed. Light mocha, Caramel, touch of dry herbs, and hint of pine and peat. Fairly thin, but smooth in feel. Early start with vanilla, light oak and caramel. Middle reveals lightly toasted and roasted malt. Finish is smooth and almost uneventful, but the alcohol does show its hand and starts to warm the insides. Warmer aromas flourish in the snifter. Dark cherries, plums and dates come to dance an absolutely glorious ballet. This is nearly too smooth in the finish. I must find more of this for next winter. I believe this will only get better. This is not your meat and potatoes imperial stout, it is the Creme Brulee!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
savannah (37) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Very good! Definite chocolate flavor, but malty notes as well. Full mouth feel, thick, chewy. medium low carbonation. Strong! Long lasting flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Deep black body, bigger head than I had expected. Smells of wood, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Very thick body. Tastes of dark roasted grains and strong alcohol. Finishes bitter but there are hints of vanilla in there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Aroma: dry coffee and chocolate, slight oak/wood scents, and yeast
Appearance: murky brown with floaties, tan head, slight lacing
Flavor: smokey, chocolate, and coffee, burnt malts, and woody flavors
Palate: harsh and chalky with a harsh, dry chocolate aftertaste. really fizzy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Pours dark brown, large tan head. Itís not black. I can pick up some roasty notes, but I found no wine in the aroma, perhaps they used fresh barrels. I could detect some subtle woodiness. Better to be subtle than overpowering with oak/wood flavors. I found the regular to be a bit astringent. The flavor of this is pleasant and smooth, I think the barrel aging has mellowed this beer out. It certainly improved it, and it was good anyway. On the whole itís a bit better and smoother than the same beer not aged in oak barrels. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Iíve been waiting to taste this for quite some time now since I purchased it at the Papago Brewing Company is Scottsdale, AZ a month ago. Well, the wait was well worth it! The beer pours a black color with a thick tan head. Aroma is perfectly malty with some excellent coffee and chocolate notes. Also, some vinous characteristics balanced with some great bitterness. This one tastes really good. Rich and complex with dark fruitiness and burnt maltiness. The oak flavors are subtle and do not dominate the beerís other flavors. The flavor is just like the aroma but with the barrel notes. Body is very full and alcoholic. A really great beer.

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