oobawa (1736) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 14, 2017 moonbug (68) - Bryan, - OCT 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black as the inside of a coffin. Smells like a chocolate malt suspended in coffee by a noose of black licorice...It melts into your mouth a mocha libation sweetened with roasted malt and poisoned by hops...it is haunted by dead grapes...shriveled and dried...mummified and iron rich. Wake up dead indeed...they stare gaped mouth freshly risen from their tombs clambering for a taste!
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Going on record here as saying I'm not a fan of nitro imperial stouts. The tinier bubbles and finer, smoother texture accentuates the elements I generally dislike about RISs, making them overly sweet and highlighting the elevated ABV. Wake Up Dead Nitro is no different; the slick carbonation brings out much sweeter chocolate and dark fruit notes, while making sure you feel every last digit of the 10.2%. Some notes of anise and roasted malt creep around the periphery, but mostly this pint's about syrupy chocolate and a liqueur finish, neither of which I want in my beer. Good aroma, though, mocha and a hint of liquor heat. Looks nice as well--most nitro stouts do--with a unyielding cap of beige foam and sticky lacing. But the texture's too thin for such a big beer, and the sweetness kills it. Would love to try the original bottled version. Finn (8149) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2017
Flaske 330ml fra Vinmonopolet Tromsø - Langnes. Svart. Middels høyt skum med litt farge. Teppelacing. Lett sjokoladearoma. Silkemyk munnfølelse. Smaken sjokolade, lakris & litt frukt. Bli alkoholisk tørr etter hvert. MrTipple (6446) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2017
Dark chocolate, cacao, charred malts. Hazy, very dark brown, tiny, creamy, frothy, beige head. Medium sweet. More dark chocolate, cacao, dark roast coffee, dark roast malts, soft carbonation, full bodied. Nice. Keg at GABF17, Denver. tfontana (1126) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 4, 2017
Nitro version bottle pour into shaker pint glass from Redstone Liquors, Stoneham. Appearance is virtually opaque (slight red seen with light source directly behind), mild cascading nitro sparkle, 1/2-finger width light brown creamy head with good retention and minimal soapy lacing. Aroma is rich roasted malt, light coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is dark fruits, roasted malt, fairly strong alcohol (like rubbing alcohol), though this mellows as it warms. Palate is medium-to-full bodied with silky smooth texture, soft carbonation and finish as taste. Overall, nice appearance and aroma but the notable alcohol taste is offputting. mjg74 (3182) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 28, 2017
Bottle from World Market. Deep amber to black in color. Sweet anise nose. Anise and alcohol up front. Watery mouthfeel. Pretty bland for such a powerful impy. Too boozy as well.
BuckeyeBoy (8473) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 26, 2017
12oz bottle pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is pit fruit roast malts some chocolate sweetness and black licorice. Taste is more of the roast malts chocolate pit fruit. Bill Becker (1775) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From Jun 2006
Poured from 12oz bottle(bottled 08/10/05) a very dark brown with a smallish head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving just a fine layer.
The smell is very sweet. I note a chocolate milky nose with caramel tones.
The taste has strong notes of caramel and chocolate with plenty of roasted malt and.... a noticeable alcohol presence which, imho, brings down the drinkability factor quite a bit but still...it's a brew that's worth trying because it might hit your palate just right.
Bottom line: A strong RIS that has big sweet and roasted flavours but doesn't hide the alcohol all that well. Try it and see what *you* think. geologyguy (1661) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2017
Strong alcohol smell with dark malt sweetness....taste is same...light diversity...strong alcohol... Too much after sitting a bit...had at art bar after Brittani's farewell HH scarletfire65 (1507) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2017
Had this one fridge aging for about 4 or 5 years. First beer in new apartment on Saturday morning. Vintage 2013 stamped on bottle. The aroma is dried figs, raisins, sherry. Viscous and full, warming alcohol, licorice, anise, dark fruits, piney hops, vanilla. Not barreled but bourbon - ish hints. Chocolate comes through on the far finish.
Gerbeer (4014) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2017
650 ml bottle. Pours black with moderate white head. Aromas of dark fruit, dark caramel, spicy chocolate. light pine, and soft roasted malts. Flavors of same with emphasis on sweet dark fruit. A soft sweet tasty stout with more emphasis on hops than many. Bordering on a Black IPA.