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RATINGS: 739   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5697) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Poured a dark chestnut color with a small tan head and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, oak, mocha, nuts, and chocolate. Taste began roasty and then turned sweet chocolate and coffee. Just the slightest bit of alcohol noticed here. Damn this was nice! Super enjoyable, thanks muzzlehatch!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5210) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Thanks to hey_kevin for sharing this great stout. This is a very impressive offering. Has a small yellowish head and is very dark with red highlights. The aroma is complex with oak, molasses, caramel, alcohol, bourbon and a little tobacco. The taste is coppery and has malt, oatmeal and Red Delicious apples. The appearance and aroma make this inviting. I was just a little put off by the alcohol aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Bottle foamed over after uncorking, but not furiously. Head diminishes slowly. Alcohol is evident in the aroma, however, not overpowering. Some molassases and brown sugar in the aroma also. Alcohol not apparent in the flavor. Sweet, and grainy. Fairly complex. I had with a fairly light pasta dish, however, I think it would go much better with a steak or something a little more substantial. That or a nice stogie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Very nice stout. You have to judge a beer by how much beer light passes though it, so this one gets a good grade. Also damn tasty beer, so that helps the grade too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Beautiful black color, nice roasted aroma. Very complex taste, vinous, coffee, and a touch of hops. Smooth as silk. Very, very nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2004 Thanks go out to the Scraff parents for hookin me up! Happy 4th of July my fam!! Deep dark black, slight hint of brown, creamy tan head. The nose on this baby was all about spicy roasted chocolate, wood, vanilla, dark coffee, red wine, with a slight shot of alcohol. Flavor basically matches the aroma. Full bodied, creamy, with a nice woody dry finish. Hardcore for the true beer lover of this style. Find this ASAP!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Somewhat malty roasted aroma. Body is very smooth and quite well balanced with a good amount of chocolate flavor. One of the smoothest Imperial touts I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2688) - 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 (1524) - 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.

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