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RATINGS: 1398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Hereís 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 youíre not in the mood for what everyone else is having.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rcasta (843) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3163) - 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 havenít rated this before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2242) - 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 (837) - - 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 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fuzzcro (45) - Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 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 Iím in error at this tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tekstr1der (224) - 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 canít think of anything I donít prefer the carbonated version of, if available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (4121) - 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 (1012) - 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 (431) - 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 (222) - 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%!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnymusky (676) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2015
Bottle from dusty...solid brew....tons of berries and chocolate....creamy and delicious....very nicely done brew...wow

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