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RATINGS: 1378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 Bottle. Medium tan head, black body. Roasty, with alcohol in aroma, a lot of chocolate. Slight sweetness, with a roasty bitterness and strong alcohol aftertaste. I like what austinpowers said "Might have been better if they’d used their Right hand instead." Good beer, but pales to the best of this style. Re-rate 2008: Has a little bit of vanilla in flavor, head is a little too white. Creamier than I recall...but the memory is the first thing to go. I don’t taste the alcohol so much now either. Would make a really good sweet stout, but it doesn’t really taste "imperial" to me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Roasty, like a charred and burnt tree after a wildfire has raged through the forest. The alcohol charres the tongue, too, and is too everpresent, IMHO. Decent, but might’ve been better if they’d used their Right Hand instead. Dunno.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CharmCityHops (12) - Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Purchased as a bomber in Nashville. Pours a reddish brown with limited retention, but excellent lacing. Aroma and flavor of bitter/sweet coffee with some milk chocolate thrown in. Severe booziness comes in as it warms. Nice as a sipper, but there are several better impys out there.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Salsgebom (20) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Bottle, poured into snifter. When compared with other Imp stouts, I was pretty disappoiinted. It has a very dark brown/red color. It lacks the roasted barley needed to make it good and black. Its very malty and seriously lacks in hop bitterness. Easy to drink for its high abv but I prefer a bigger bite for this style. Its more like an Imperial brown.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2005
(Bottle 65 cl) Beautiful reddish brown with tiny, stale impurities. Creamy, light brown head. Very malty, spicy sweet nose. Nice, full vinous body with wonderful roasted malt and sweet caramel. Dry, roasted bitterness. Incredibly delicate. 031205

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
MiP (14488) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2005
Bottle. Aroma is malty, perhaps a little butterscotchy. Very dark brown colour. Coffee flavour, sweet and salty. Very nice. Malty aftertaste followed by a very late aftertaste of coffee.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - DEC 12, 2005
(on bottle at CPH Yeha05)Dark brown, beige head. Huge dark chocolate, allspiceflavous; nose very vague, but also of roast and chocolate. The finish is pretty unbalanced, too much roast and cloying sugars.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
A smell of roasted grain drifts from the glass. The color is dark brown and the head is moderately thick. The taste is a smooth heavy one consisting semi-sweet chocolate mixed with coffee. That full body taste fades rather fast from the palate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
22 oz. bomber picked up on my way home from St. Louis over the Thanksgiving weekend. aroma is of plums, raisins, chocolate with hints of coffee, roasted peanuts and alcohol. the color is a milk chocolate brown with a tan head which was quick to fade. flavors were of all of the aforementioned aromas plus some maple syrup. a nice beer, but just couldn’t quite get over the predominance of the plum and raisin flavor. really close, but not quite in balance.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2005
22oz bomber pours dark brown with ruby highlights with a short tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, a bit of plum, and a little alcohol. Flavor included dark chocolate, coffee, some molasses, and some raisin. Palate was smooth creamy and mouthcoating. Not much carbonation there. Alcohol was covered very well in the flavor. A good smooth sipper for a cold Ohio night..


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