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RATINGS: 1284   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rcasta (813) - - FEB 1, 2012
como la rusa, the shiz Imperial Stout is a silky smooth, very flavorful black brew. It is a traditional style of strong stout originally brewed in Britain for export to St. Petersburg, Russia. The malty sweetness of the beer is tempered by a medley of roasted malt and the aggressive use of hops. A long conditioning time gives the brew time to mellow and mature. The beer is not filtered, allowing every subtlety and nuance to be enjoyed.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rocbyter (1858) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - APR 17, 2014
Sweet light malt aroma. Black color with a medium tan head. Moderate sweet beginning that lasts until the finish. Gets slightly bitter in the middle. Creamy palete.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trujahwarrior (478) - Monroe, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2014
Drank on 4/5/14 in memory of Kurt Cobain while watching Nirvana unplugged. 12 oz nitro version pours a brownish black with a a thick grayish tan head that leaves good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, black licorice, caramel, dark fruit and dark chocolate. Tastes of a the same things in the smell. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and lightly carbonated. Great imperial stout. I want to try the regular version now for a comparison.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andriesradu (401) - ROMANIA - APR 17, 2014
From tap @ BBF 2014. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet, light roasted malt, coffee and caramel. Flavor is light bitter with notes of chocolate, roasted malt and sweetness. Finish is dry.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (721) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2014
In spite of a pretty vigorous pour, a very thin, creamy, caramelized colored head appears atop the opaque, very dark brown color. Chocolate, dark fruit, and light smoke comprise the surprisingly mild nose. Thick, creamy and smooth. Caramel, vanilla, coffee, and dark fruit in the very well-blended flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (172) - New York, USA - APR 12, 2014
22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass..opaque pour with 1 finger tan head..aroma of coffee, licorice, roasted nuts..taste of coffee, milk..not as dry as I thought and overall just ok.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jntfan1978 (31) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2014
Pours very dark brown, love the cascading nitro action with a tan creamy head. Aroma roast malt, milk chocolate, toffee, hint of alcohol. Taste roast malt, sweet milk chocolate, toffee as in the aroma, slight coffee, alcohol throughout, but not boozey or overpowering.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopmelt (104) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2014
Pours very dark brown, cascading nitro action, half finger creamy head. Aroma roast malt, milk chocolate, toffee, hint of alcohol. Taste roast malt, sweet milk chocolate, toffee as in the aroma, slight coffee, alcohol throughout, but not over bearing, hint of earthy hips to balance everything out. Mouthfeel smooth, rich and creamy, nitro really shines here, nice alcohol astringency, very balanced finish. Overall really good beer, not a top Imperial stout, but more drinkable than most and very balanced and tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Petrucci914 (902) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2014
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. I think some age would make me enjoy this more.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KombatAle (58) - New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 6, 2014
335 ml bottle. Black with brown persistent foam. Big complex nose of chocolate, coffee beans, hops, spices. Smooth full body with notes of dark chocolate, spices, coffee beans, espresso, hops. Balanced very well, bitter roasty end, long aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedR (928) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2014
Good. But way too boozy. It’s the first and last notes I get. In the middle is a solid stout. This one would’ve been better a t 8.5%.


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