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RATINGS: 1372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Here’s 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 you’re not in the mood for what everyone else is having.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Bottle. Very dark brown pour. Strong roasty chocolate aroma with some dark fruit esters - smelled pretty good. Flavors were similar, but not quite as inspiring. The killer for me was the palate - thin and a bit watery for style and how I like big impy stouts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2006
This beer just made it to Georgia within th elast couple of weeks. This impy stout had a slightly diffferent aroma than most; strong coffee, burnt and nutty. The burnt and nutty smells overpowered the coffee. Maybe a quarter inch of light-brown head, with excellent lacing. Color is black. Moderatley acidic flavor. Could really taste the burnt/nutty flavor coming through. FInish was long. Carbonation flat. Can feel the alcohol.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
shadey (1981) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Black pour with some dark dark red when held up to the light. Minimal tan ring of head. Aroma is dark fruit, alcohol, and a touch of chocolate. Flavor is too alcoholic without much else. Body is a little thin. I’m under-whelmed.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2006
On tap at Issac Newton’s . Pours dark with a minimal sized light tan head. Aroma of alcohol, chocolate, roated malts and dark fruit. Flavor is smooth, sweet, chocholate, roasted malts masks alcohol, and slight fruit. Good brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4744) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Pours dark brown/black into a snifter. Astringent chocolate and alcohol notes. Head skims the rim. Sticky and thick. Sweet chocolate and coffee up front with a bitter hop finish. Gets me behind the jaw -- never had that happen before -- usually only happens with sour foods. Alcohol resides in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Classic stout look. Aroma of coffee and roast, slight burgandy notes. Flavour is dominated by chocolate, roasted notes and thin coffe also rpesent. Very good example of the style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Pours almost pitch black with a fully receding tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malts, notes of chocolate, figs, pepper, and flowery hops. Taste is a nice balance between the sweetness, roastiness, and spicy alcohol. There are enjoyable notes of pepper, molasses, cola, and licorice. Mouthfeel is oily, heavy, and viscous. The carbonation is lush, but rather mild. This bottle was 7 months old and would have benefitted from at least another 6 months. Still, unlike some of the hoppier imperial stouts, this one is probably good fresh.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Grapevin Mkt. $4.69 22oz. Cool label gets bonus appearance points. First tongue sensation is sour mash. Tingles with cabonated roasted grapefruit rind. After it warmed, the malty sweetness really shined. Not as thick or sticky-sweet as I expected, with a strong hop profile. A grown-up beer that satisfies.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: APR 4, 2006 The medium to small sized, frothy and fizzy off-white head quickly recedes. At a distance, the color appears to be black, but a closer inspection proves it to be a dark brown with shallow ruby highlights. A fair amount of roasted coffee presence in the aroma; something a bit bright and acidic, perhaps Guatemalan Antiqua? Chocolate is there as well, in lesser quantities, and takes on an unsweetened cocoa powder tone. The real sweetness seems to transpire through subtle dark fruits; dates, plums and the like. Hops are restrained for an American IS, though a bit off-suit with orange and grapefruit notes. Some anise makes itself know as the beer warms along with a bourbon like alcohol aroma. Flavor begins heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter and finishes moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderate to heavily bitter. The mouthfeel is the most solid component of this beer, having a slick and oily (but overwhelmingly coating) texture while maintaining a thick body and moderate carbonation. Interestingly, I get hints of fried plantains in the after taste...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Dark black color with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Light caramel and roasted malt flavor.


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