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RATINGS: 733   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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f.k.a. Left Hand Oak Aged Imperial Stout

GOOD MORNING. YOU’VE WOKEN UP DEAD. YOU’RE IN RUINS. On the brink of catastrophe. But don’t be discouraged. You are ripe for a revolution! Just like the Bolsheviks of the early 1900’s, our barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout doesn’t happen overnight. Patience is required. Wake Up Dead hibernates in our cellars for over 12 months before being blended to woody perfection. Hints of raisins, cherry, licorice and toffee, followed by earthy, herbal hop notes that rise up, joining in your fight for a better life. Don’t be afraid of the dark. All power to the stouts!

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4.2
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Massively more complex than the regular Impy, this nicely packaged treat had a nose of oak, maple, vanilla and peaty chocolates. Rich, velvety on the tongue. Huge bursts of flavor within. Rums, raisins, chocolates, vanilla, sugar, cookie, coffees. Malty rich throughout, I’m sorry I shared this with someone who didn’t appreciate it the least bit! Some hints of alcohol in the bitter dry-chocolate, woody finish!

4.5
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Light black pour with aromas of rum, chocolate and a light smokiness. The taste is the joy of this black marvel. Roasted malt combined with the subtle oak flavor dances a beautiful tango with the hop bitterness. I’d love a bottle of this. The finish is somewhat light compared to the body with more flavors of wine and vanilla.

3.7
obxdude10 (2358) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Thanks to muzzlehatch for bringing this to the Philly gathering at the GLI, black in color, very little head but good carbonation, lots of sweet malt notes with hints of chocolate, good hop profile to balance it out, very smooth & drinkable, alcohol level is hidden very well, great stout

4
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Pours black with desent carbonation. Nice lively Imperial. Aroma id of chocolate, sweet slightly soy maltiness, witha hint of coffee. Flavor of bittersweet coffee with hops behind. Very nice imperial.

4.4
egajdzis (6672) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Poured a dark chestnut color with a small tan head and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, oak, mocha, nuts, and chocolate. Taste began roasty and then turned sweet chocolate and coffee. Just the slightest bit of alcohol noticed here. Damn this was nice! Super enjoyable, thanks muzzlehatch!

4.2
heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Thanks to hey_kevin for sharing this great stout. This is a very impressive offering. Has a small yellowish head and is very dark with red highlights. The aroma is complex with oak, molasses, caramel, alcohol, bourbon and a little tobacco. The taste is coppery and has malt, oatmeal and Red Delicious apples. The appearance and aroma make this inviting. I was just a little put off by the alcohol aroma.

4.4
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Bottle foamed over after uncorking, but not furiously. Head diminishes slowly. Alcohol is evident in the aroma, however, not overpowering. Some molassases and brown sugar in the aroma also. Alcohol not apparent in the flavor. Sweet, and grainy. Fairly complex. I had with a fairly light pasta dish, however, I think it would go much better with a steak or something a little more substantial. That or a nice stogie.

4.1
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Very nice stout. You have to judge a beer by how much beer light passes though it, so this one gets a good grade. Also damn tasty beer, so that helps the grade too.

4.4
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Beautiful black color, nice roasted aroma. Very complex taste, vinous, coffee, and a touch of hops. Smooth as silk. Very, very nice beer.

4.4
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2004 Thanks go out to the Scraff parents for hookin me up! Happy 4th of July my fam!! Deep dark black, slight hint of brown, creamy tan head. The nose on this baby was all about spicy roasted chocolate, wood, vanilla, dark coffee, red wine, with a slight shot of alcohol. Flavor basically matches the aroma. Full bodied, creamy, with a nice woody dry finish. Hardcore for the true beer lover of this style. Find this ASAP!


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