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RATINGS: 1373   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Sampled at the Pizza Port 9th Strong Ale Festival. Cocoa and coffee with some vanilla notes, bittering to balance, alcohol presence was notable but not offensive. A decent IS, nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3461) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Quite sweet, with aromas of chocolate and a hint of sweet liquirish. Quite sticky and full. Very nice. I prefer this to the oak aged version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (23370) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
Bottled. Clear brown coloured with an off white head. Light roasted aroma with notes of coffee and chocolate. Roasted flavour of chocolate, coffee and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Huge notes of vanilla in the nose, very roasty, lots of coffee and some notes of bourbon. Very dark brown body with a red tint, small tan head. Roasty and bitter flavor, lots of coffee flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3505) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Pour is a jet black with no head. Aroma is a stong chocolate and coffee with a touch of alcohol. Flavor is bitter chocolate with a touch of vanilla. The aroma is by far better than the flavor. Not the best impy stout but it has plenty to offer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 3, 2005
bottle from HEB. mellow aroma for an imperial stout...just hints of roast, bread. black, with big tan head. medium/heavily bodied. the malt is at the fore here, and itís great. finish is a mix of warming alcohol and an excellently mild roasty finish. if you are a hardcore imperial stout fan, this might not do it for you, but I quite like it. Just wish there was more in the aroma

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1455) - Charleston, South Carolina, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2419) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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