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RATINGS: 1429   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (5312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Poured from 12oz bottle at JP Burkes. Black as night with off white head. Licorice and cocoa flavors. Massive beer. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3601) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Bottle from a Lazy Dog Dark brown with faint garnet at the edges and a thin but long lasting tightly bubbled tan head. Rich coffee and chocolate with bits of caramel and dark sugar. Light fruity esters and bits of earthy hop and roasty bitterness round this out nicely. Creamy silky smooth mouthfeel. Nice beer, surprised I haven’t rated this before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2482) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Bottle from Brewtopia. Room temp. Black with ring and lace. Boozy cocoa woody earthy aroma. Chocolaty smooth mildly plummy coffee sweetness with earthy woody ashy finish. Full bodied and wicked oily. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kambei70 (929) - - NOV 16, 2015
2015 bottle. Pours black with a medium chocolate pillowy head. Aroma is black licorice, chocolate, coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation. Taste is subdued with dark fruit, chocolate, and black licorice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fuzzcro (199) - Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2015 It very well could just be me but there is a bitterness that lingers which is quite overwhelming and disappointing to me. I have never had a Russian Imperial this bitter...no sweetness at all. I will try it again in the future and adjust my rating if I find I’m in error at this tasting. UPDATE: Second time drinking I upgraded my original rating quite a bit. I let it rest a bit longer and the flavor was much more pleasing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tekstr1der (343) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Like the LH milk stout, the nitro renders this actually too smooth. Pours dark with lasting dense tan foam as expected. Aroma is slightly alcoholic with some roasted character mixed with herbals. Fortunately no liquorish as in the commercial desc. Flavor remarkably masks alcohol, nicely balanced with earthiness and roast. Mouthfeel is just too smooth from nitro. I used to like nitro brews, but now I can’t think of anything I don’t prefer the carbonated version of, if available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (5502) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2015
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Nitro version. Black with thin tan head. Aromas of roasted coffee, caramel, dark chocolate. Tastes of dark and milk chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel. Medium body with a dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Well masked alcohol for 10.2%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (1228) - Iowa, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with nice tan head. Nose and taste is chocolate, roast and raisins. A little watery in the mouthfeel. Good though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
witthatsbier (497) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 4, 2015
Bottle of Nitro from good spirits beer and wine Glasgow Pours a dark brown with thick creamy beige head Aroma is not very prominent,bit of liquorice,bit of coffee Taste is Dry to start with bitter coffee and a long bitter finish Overall ok but the nitro spoils it too smooth ,bit like most Left hand beer ,gets a big write up but most very disappointing ,just average

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ibrubeer (274) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 31, 2015
12 oz bottle, Nitro. Aroma is a little sweet, and malty. Opaque black color, with light tan head of tiny bubbles that last a long time (nitro). Cascading bubbles when poured. Taste has licorice, chocolate, maybe a little raisin. Full bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel like you would expect in a nitro. Overall, a very smooth drinkable RIS! Does not taste like 10.2%!

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