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RATINGS: 1327   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1370) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Thick and black. Very little head of a slightly off-white. Sweet roasted aroma with a little alcohol. Flavor is lacking the big imperial stoutness. It has the same thick texture but tastes more like a very roasty stout. I think I kind of detect some coconut. The bottle says 10.4% abv. and it is well hidden. This imperial stout is average to slightly above average. Then again, anything is better than the samuel smith imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2358) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Pours a very dark brown color, almost black but not quite, with no head, a slight white lacing. Aroma is very chocolaty with lots of malts present. Taste is very chocolaty and malty as well with slight hints of coffee and vanilla. I would call this a light imperial stout as it lacks the strength of a good imperial stout. But overall, not bad and quite enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Pours a deep dark brown and has a decent creamy head. Coffee and chocolate with a basic hop character and malt too. A bit of very slight burn after the finish, but itís not bothersome at all. Not a bad beer at all.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Took some coaxing to get a head on this, but it pours a deep brown with a bit of amber at the edges. Aroma is chocolate, but with hints of vanilla. Or maybe thatís the alcohol in the aroma (my bottle says 10.4%). Mouthfeel is thick, but flavor is pretty light. A bit of chocolate, a twang of alcohol, a little sweet, but it doesnít quite make ya go "yum". From Grapevine in Austin.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2005
like the guy below me said, middle of the road in the IS department. Had a strange oily texture to the palate. Wasn;t feeling that part.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Middle of the road imperial stout, pours out dark black, seems slightly watered down, but not too bad. Nestle Quick chocolate powder in the aroma with a slight malt mixed in. Hops there too, but not very significant.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2005
chocolate, coffee, malts, some hops, all in the nose. taste is sweet, hoppy, some what bitter, but a little thin all in all. a good beer that ive wanted to try for a long time. not the best imperial stout - not good enough to make me reach for this over old rasputin. perhaps a few improvements to this beer would rememdy that.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Pours black with a tan head. Flavors is malty with hints of choclate an coffee. Aroma is very much the same.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2005
Dark brown with red edges. Low creamy tan head. Spices, coffee, caramel, vanilla and alcohol in the aroma. Full and clean flacvour of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, black currant and lemon. Bitter chocolate in the aftertaste with warming alcohol.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Bottled. This one let me down. Iíve looked forward to this bottle thinking I had something really special on my hands. The color was very light for a stout; very Coca-Cola like in appearance. The aroma was OK, with notes of coffee and chocolate but the flavor was all over the place. I found it to be cloyingly sweet and alcohol hot. There was an overbearing boiled vegetable like taste that dominated as well.


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