PigMine (34) - San Angelo, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber with the ’best by’ date digitized (barely visible, with good light and a microscope) printed on the bottle neck. This bad boy bomber can cellar for 7 years. Pours nearly pitch black, with a beige, tightly packed, very small bubble, creamy head that takes a hard pour to liven up. The taste is bold and dark, but not palate wrecking. Roasted malt with chocolate and cherry take the stage. It lacks a balanced hop presence, but the floral hop aroma and taste are present. It dominates in roasted coffee with dark chocolate and cherry. It has a full mouth feel, and the 10.2% abv will warm you up nicely as it goes down. Meant to be a breakfast beer, it will definitely slow down your morning! It is a very good brew! It goes down easy for such a huge brew. I think it is an A-rated brew, and I am very happy I finally found the Wake Up Dead. As my 11th Left Hand variety, I think it is one of the best Left Hand brews available, lagging behind the Warrior in flavor though. I would happily share with a seasoned brew drinker.
Gluepot (64) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Raisins, rum and dark berries in the nose, following through into the taste profile. Some chocolate with balancing hints of cherries, hops and malt make this a very satisfying and well crafted imperial stout, even if the body is slightly lighter than most others of the ilk.
Mep3222 (514) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty smooth. Not too sweet. Doest taste too boozy. Mostly malty with slight cocoa flavor. Enjoyable but wouldn't drink too much.
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sudomorph (642) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12fl oz bottle. Pours a super dark brown with a one finger, cream coloured, creamy head. Aroma has notes of roasted malts, dark fruits, and chocolate. Taste is sweet with lots of dark fruit, roasty malts, and bitter/sweet chocolate milk with a dry finish. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy texture in the mouth with a very slight alcohol warmth/taste. Very nice in the mouth. Overall a pretty nice brew. Amazing how they can get such a smooth, creamy beer in a bottle. Roasted malts and dark fruits.
orangenblu62 (39) - Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour with a thick creamy head. Light aroma. Very uniwue taste. It may just be subliminal but I do taste thd licorice and raisins described on the bottle. Different and not but not sure I’m a fan. Would give another try to see ic it grows on me.
Salmoniform (825) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle to snifter. Dark black hue with creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, plums, raisins, ethanol. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium body and good carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with an astringent bitter following. Overall this is a good brew but a bit light body.
NeoHippie2 (1036) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nitro bottle. Black pour with a light beige head. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, and notes of chocolate. Flavor is sweet roasted malts upfront with notes of raisin and cocoa. Easy to drink and very tasty. Abv is also well-hidden. Respectable stout.
Christpuncher (1241) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
An easy to drink Russian imperial stout from left Hand. Almost as good as the milk stout. Smells malty. Had at my house.
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Hanuta06 (331) - Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: from bottle (labeled "nitro")--purchased at Full Throttle Bottles.
Aroma: moderate malt, overripe fruit and alcohol.
Appearance: average-sized, creamy, light brown, initial head with mostly lasting longevity and an excellent sheet of lacing. Dark-brown body.
Taste: heavily sweet, chocolate, overripe fruit and alcohol initial taste and finish with long duration.
Palate: full bodied with creamy texture and flat carbonation.
Overall: excellent. Great palate and appearance. Unique flavor.
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - MAY 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-14-12 -
Served in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance –Served a deep dark black color with a very small brown head. The brew looks sticky just from the way it seems to cling to the glass when swirled. The head faded fast and gave way a decent lacing.
Smell – Roasted coffee and malt notes are the heaviest. There is also a nice presence of chocolate and nuttiness.
Taste – Just as the nose forebode, roasted malt and coffee are the most prevent flavors. The two together persist throughout the taste. More toward the middle some sweeter notes come into play; a little bit of vanilla and a bittersweet chocolate flavor mixed with some darker fruit flavors of prune and raisin. These flavors along with the coffee and roasted malt are met with some nuttiness more toward the end of the taste. Finally at the very end, a warming alcohol flavor comes to the tongue. Not too strong – it’s just enough to warm without overpowering any of the other flavors.
Mouthfeel – Nice and creamy with a lower level of carbonation. The beer coats the palette with a nice smoothness; allowing the dark roasty flavors to really permeate the tongue.
Overall - A rather nice imperial stout. A nice warming brew with a good roasty, but balanced taste as well as very pleasing mouthfeel.