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RATINGS: 1326   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Here’s a black ale to brighten your day. Wake Up Dead lurks in our cellars for over 4 months before being unleashed. Hints of raisins, black licorice, coffee and dark chocolate are followed by earthy, herbal hop notes. Any apprehensions about the rest of your day are quickly forgotten, for whatever the mind expects, it finds. Sometimes you’re not in the mood for what everyone else is having.


4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2004
(HOT) Poured black baby!! with a thick chocolate head. Warmed in the microwave. Flavor is great!! rich roast and malt and alcohol is well hidden. What can I say ?? this is a great stout and I will buy again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2004
A solid if simple stout. Very balanced flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and malt. Somewhat sweet and a dab of hop or two along with the super smooth balance makes for an easy stout even people who arent fans of stouts will enjoy. Pours with pretty much no head, my second glass of it I poured badly on purpose to see how much head I’d get, by the time I rasied the glass to my mouth there was none. Awesome bottle design.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Creamy, tan head. Soft, fragrant aroma: some cocoa,nuts,almonds. Rich, chewy texture--a liquid candy bar! Complex flavors, very small alcohol feel for the style (% not given on label). Occassional bitterness, satisfying finish. A rich, generous stout, perfect for cold winter nights.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Poured black with nice big tan head...smelled coffee, a hint of cocoa and alcohol...taste is indeed a little thin, but nice mild roasted coffee and baker’s chocolate...alcohol noticable in the finish though...finish also leaves sort of an earwax taste in the mouth...not bad, but not fantastic either...

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jigglyjock (161) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2004
too heavy for me. too alcoholy. robust chocolate, coffee, and raisin flavor. wow it got me buzzed though.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
A close friend brought this one back from an excursion and saw fit to share it with me. Very nice beer a bit thin for an Imperial stout i think and very hoppy as well. A nice beer all in all. Alcohol I was suprised to find is so high you wouldn’t know it from drinking it. Overall a nice offering from left hand.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 23, 2004
Perfectly black with a big, oatmeal/cardboard colored head with varying sizes of bubbles. Smell is very light of fresh vegetable hops, malt, butterscotch, sugars. Taste is very flavorful, smooth chocolate then roasted espresso beans. As it sits on the tongue grapes, butterscotch, brown sugar and raisins ooze into your taste buds. Very good, smooth palate. Aftertaste is complete roastiness, reminds me of a fireplace or BBQing outside. Excellent beer for a cold, crisp fall night. And the 10% alcohol will keep you warm to boot!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Bottle. Deep brown with red hints against light. No head to speak of. Medium bodied. Lots of roast malts. Some coffee notes. Decent but not overwhelming.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 The bottle I had was WAY overcarbonated it foamed up to be half head half beer in the glass on a good slow pour. Coffe Ground (stale) flavors and aromas as well as mild choclate. Bitter and syrupy rather than thick.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2004
Pours dark, with very little head. Smells bitter, winey. Taste impressions: Dark roasted malt. Alcohol. Little hoppiness - indirectly you notice the hops though - as the malt isn’t super sweet, there’s some balance. If you swish around the beer over your tongue, winey characteristics present themselves. Almost starts feeling like a barleywine. The beer feels a tad bit more porter-ish than a dark stout such as the Great Divide Yeti. But that not-withstanding, it’s the Left Hand Imperial Stout is a fine beer with some complex characteristics that shine through upon longer examination.


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