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RATINGS: 744   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
f.k.a. Left Hand Oak Aged Imperial Stout

GOOD MORNING. YOUVE WOKEN UP DEAD. YOURE IN RUINS. On the brink of catastrophe. But dont be discouraged. You are ripe for a revolution! Just like the Bolsheviks of the early 1900s, our barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout doesnt 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. Dont be afraid of the dark. All power to the stouts!

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2007
Pours black as coffee at midnight w/ a full, semi creamy chocolate froth. Good head retention w/ spattered residual lacing. Aroma of sweet malted espresso and cocoa. Full nectar w/ chewy, creamy residual effers. Bacon fat malty sweet decadence striving for refinement armed w/ its powerfull hopsy switchblades that cut through the blubber. Huge chocolate and espresso w/ a moderate roast component. Vanilla bean, leather, slight charcoal, dark fudge, coconut milk, Moderately sweet balanced by the strict asprin hops that dig in and linger. Theres a pleasant chocolate covered cherry thing going on here. Nice! The finish is long and lingers forever leaving a slight nutty nuance w/ an asprin bittering component. Very warming. Alcohol is well hidden. Highly recommended.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2007
I would drink this every weekend, but for the hefty price tag. A damn fine imperial stout. WAY more drinkable than Great Divides Yet Imperial. Sweeter than other imperial stouts. Alcohol is VERY well hidden. I LOVE this.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cinsan (4) - Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2012 does not count
This is a great stout. Full of flavor and smooth!! Love it I bought the store out. A great taste from start to finnish.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Kelarman (4) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2016 does not count
Wake up Dead imp. Stout. (Love the name) Nice, dark, chewy. This has aged a bit, because the alcohol heat is present but mellowed. Bitter hop toward the end, but not overpowering. Definitely a sit, sip and enjoy a good book while listening to "Suzy Q", yes that is playing right now.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chimney (9) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2006 does not count
enjoyed after sharing a different 750ml bottle with a friend and allowing this one to slightly warm and then served in a unibroue "tulip/snifter" glass. upon opening it instantly smell of a popular chocolate syrup. during pouring i noticed that it poured with a surprisingly large amount of head for an imperial stout, although the head didnt last very long. once tasted it again, at first, tasted almost exactly like the popular chocolate syrup with a nice after taste of oak and alcohol with a linger of chocolate syrup. although a little "sticker shock", but perfectly acceptable being oak aged, it was well worth the money and extremely scary as to how easy it is to quickly consume because of its wonderful chocolate syrup flavor and extremely strong alcohol content.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Anareon (13) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2009
Draft. Light, dark chocolate aroma followed by an intense malty attack. This is a fantastic product.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
savannah (37) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Very good! Definite chocolate flavor, but malty notes as well. Full mouth feel, thick, chewy. medium low carbonation. Strong! Long lasting flavor.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Opaque black ("A Black Beer to Brighten your day," the label says) with big foamy beige head, fades slow, nice lace. Aromas of malt, floral hops, raisins, apples and limes, some spice, espresso, alcohol, caramel, tea, tannin and port wine. Tastes wonderfully of dark toasted malt, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, ripe dark fruits, apples, strawberries, and hops. Nice bitter finish; leaves a slight chocolate taste behind. Nice mouthfeel, condusive to slightly cooler temps. I like to start with it fairly cold and appreciate the character development from fruity, hoppy, and bitter maltiness to mellow sweet malt and gentle warming alcohol.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rsauermann (38) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Oh yeah. Black color with beautiful tan head. Roasty and creamy taste. Oak adds just the right amount of vanilla flavor to mellow out the bitterness. On of the best Impy Stouts Ive had, second only to Yeti.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pilsnerrogge (2847) - Finspng, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2009
2009 bottle:
Pours pitch black with a very small head. Aroma has roasted malt, toffee and loads of liquorice. Oaky, salty flavour loaded with liquorice. Warming finish. A big but not extreme Imperial Stout.


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