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RATINGS: 1440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Sweet chocolate, coffee, caramel. Nice toasty malt. Very hoppy finish. Smells better than it tastes. Mostly just lots of toffee malt with hop spiciness, but not much else. The malt holds the hops off a bit, but there are clearly plenty of hops here. As much as I love a hoppy imperial stout, I really wish they let the malt flavors through more here. The flavors here are nice, but it lacks complexity and intensity.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - AUG 21, 2006
(bottle) Deep black with almost no head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, earth. Flavor of chocolate, roast malts. Pretty good - wouldn’t go out of my way for it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Deep dark brown pour and tan head that faded quickly. Very rich chocolate/coffee nose. The flavor begins with the obvious richly roasted maltiness...caramel, brown sugar, molasses, etc. But then the chocolate and coffee flavors sweetly insinuate themselves over the tongue. Palate seems a bit thin for an imperial. But in general, I enjoyed this one very much. Thanks to El_Borracho for the sample.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2006 Bottled, thanks Slothgar! Dark brown pour, mostly opaque with a tan head, nose of chocolate and caramel, heavy toasted chocolate and coffee malts, but a bit too alcoholic in the finish. Not bad. Rerate 7/18/06 - Head dissipated into a foamy film, nose of grapes and chocolate, quite dry -- almost offputtingly -- and finishes strongly alcoholic, almost like someone dropped a a shot of vodka into my beer. Lots of chocolate and maltiness. Nice color and mouthfeel on this one, great nose, balanced, but the dryness and alcoholic finish are unpleasant.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Bottled (with thanks to Slothgar T.): Medium brown pour with a quickly dissipating head. Mild coffee on the nose, hints of same withj malts and chocolate on the palate. A bit alcohol-y on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Very dark reddish brown color, light tan crown. Light carbonation. Toffee and caramel aroma. Very sweet, slightly creamy. Hits a bit strong at first, but has a nice chocolate finish with just a tinge of hop bitterness. A little watery, but very smooth over all. A good beer to sip slowly and enjoy for awhile. As it gets warmer, it becomes more like a strong ale as the alcohol creeps out more and more. 12 oz bottle, $2.65.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 27, 2006
I agree with Jimbo.....much better than I thought. A littled underrated, in my opinion. Nice malty beverage with lots of coffee and chocolate features. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Bottle. This one was a suprise. Better than I thought it was gonna be. Nice malty backbone w/ an alcohol bite. Good, drinkable imp stout.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (4006) - - JUL 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2006 black with very fine, slow moving, lacing. medium sized tan head. moderately strong aroma of coffee, chocolate, alcohol, and hops. flavor is slightly stinging from the alcohol. lots of hops round out the finish which give it a berry-like flavor but the alcohol is too apparent.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OhioGuzzler (40) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2006
color was dark but more along the lines of deep red then an inky black that one expects with an imperial stout. tastes a bit of chocolate with a smokey sweetness. It was a bit thin and too carbonated for the style of beer.


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