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RATINGS: 734   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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
temporrari (388) - 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.

4.6
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Pours sort of blackish, but more like brackish and reminding me of the semi-cloudy, tanin laiden waters of the Scratchyerhoochie Swamp. The aroma is black licorice with aiken highlights. Ample thick natural head and wonderful carbonation. The flavor is roast and licorice dominated with a nice punch of booze. Slightly watery tasting or maybe like it is missing a vital component that I just canít put my finger on. Light sweetness, no bitterness and overall a very enjoyable brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2004
This is what Avery The Czar should have been. Poured deep chestnut brown with a thin light tan head. Poured with a fruity aroma laced with hints of wine and tangy oak. Rich flavor of toast and caramel, tangy sweet oak barrel, bourbon, red grape, chocolate, and alcohol. Rather thin-bodied but very full-flavored. The barrel aging is not over-the-top and significantly enhances this beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Very dark black, nice tan head..thick, alcoholic, dark imperial-like aroma with roasty, vinious coffee notes and slight chocolate...thick mouthfeel, some bitterness, chocolate and cofeee, slight choc covered fruits...very satisfying..dark..alcoholic and plain tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2004
This imperial stout pours with a very dark brown, but notquite black, body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with a nice alcohol note, a touch of woodiness, a little licorice and some fruit. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter and malty with a nice roasty chocolate note and a touch of wood. Full bodied, but not as thick as I expected.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAY 16, 2004
Nose of toffee, espresso, caramel, and a hint of earthy yeast. Pours a dark garnet. The tall tan creamy head is mostly lasting with fair lacing. The warm and fruity flavor is sweet and spicy with a very pleasant finish. The thick and chewy palate is very soft.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Nice dark beer with a brown head. Strong but mellow aroma of burbon in the nose, some hops, notes of coffee, and oak are also evident. sweet flavor, nice lasting aftertaste. dark chocolate and spicey. really a bit too carbonated, but a miraculous brew nonetheless.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2004
750 Corked Bottle Poured with a huge mountain of a head and I was thinking carbonation problem but thankfully not. The color is a cloudy auburn brown with a small amount of light coming through. As I recall, their regular Imperial is quite opaque. The aroma is a bit more complex also. Chocolate malts, vanilla, coffee, and slightly vinous. The effect of the oak aging is much less extreme than the Fish Tale Poseidons. With this one it really works wonders picking up oak and vanilla which add a nice touch to an already great Stout. The mouthfeel is a bit more lively than the regular however the body is satisfyingly full yet maybe a bit lighter than the regular version. Flavors, much like the aromas except less vinous. Sweet chocolate malts, light coffee, vanilla, oak and a touch spicy fill in the blank. Overall I found this better than every other barrel aged stout that Iíve tried thus far. Worth the trip and the toll. Thanks Dave!(Whaleman)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2004
750 mL, corked, caged and fresh: Dark prune. . . opaque. Small black bubbles pop among the creamy light sandy coloured head and release astringent, rasiny alcohol into the air above my glass. I also sense dark, chewy red grapes, anise and sweet coffee in the aroma. Rich creamy palate that sooths and relaxes as it entices. . . luscious, vinous palate. Not as thick, gooey and coating as some Imperial stouts, but delicate and intense no less. Alcoholic plum chocolates. The anise returns in whisps and adds depth and a spicy complexity. The peppery spice mixes with the chocolate truffle essence to offer a profound and elegant mix of flavours and aged treat. Enjoy.


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