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RATINGS: 1398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Pours very deep brown-red (you can only tell it’s not completely opaque when you hold it up to a light) with a mid-sized off-white head. Chocolate and toffee are the foremost aromas. These are accompanied by hints of coffee, licorice, and hops. The hops are very subtle for an American Imperial. The flavor is dry dark chocolate with a thick coffee and milk chocolate finish. Alcohol is perceptible throughout, but it accentuates the chocolate. Hardly any hops to speak of. The mouthfeel is thick, with carbonation that’s slightly prickling but not overpowering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5510) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2006
12 oz bottle, via FlacoAlto. Dark brown pour with a minimal light brown head that fades to a thin ring quickly. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Fairly light and not alot of depth for an Imperial Stout. Very chocolaty flavor with some anice and cola. Finish is a little more fruity than I’d like for the style with some moderate alcohol notes. Rather thin for the style with a pleasing low fine bubbled carbonation. This is certainly on the thinner and weaker side of the style in my opinion. Other than the high alcohol content that is noticable in the finish, I’m not feeling the "Imperial-ness" of this beer. Both the flavor and body are not up to Imperial standards.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Bottle. Completely dead dark brown pour w/ no head or carbonation. Smells like dark fruit, chocolate & alcohol. Taste is so-so for an imp stout - ok notes of chocolate, coffee, nothing special really. I let it warm up but then that jet fuel flavor started to come out. A very mediocre example of the style, little balance, typical flavors without great quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Absolutely delicious! Great aroma, excellent mouthfeel, and a great taste and finish. Probably one of my new favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfontain (850) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Small sample at beer tasting at From The Vine in Lewis Center, Ohio. Dark but not motor oil dark; big, tan head. Aroma chocolate, vanilla, light but strong roastiness. Flavor chocolate, coffee, extremely milky, sweet, and followed by a flat finish. Medium-full, not too sticky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Probably the lightest Imperial stout I’ve encountered. Light roast quickly gives way to a "Scottish Style" maltiness that is quickly checked by a mellow and crisp hoppiness. Caramel and light vanilla bean linger on the palate. The 9.5% is almost unbeleivable, very well hidden if that info is correct.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (999) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2006
When I saw this stocked on the shelves of Brawley’s (in Charlotte, North Carolina), I couldn’t resist picking a bomber up. The beer came out quite thin looking with burnt reddish brown color, and a body that was quite clear when held up to the light. The head was one finger thick and falling fast. I like my Imperial Stouts a bit more, well, stout.

The aroma brought the experience more in line with the style. Wine like smell, due to the abundance of dark fruits and raisins detectable by nose. When taking a deeper breath, alcohol became quite evident, but since it carried chocolate with it, it was all good.

The taste was very robust, with the roasted malts producing a multitude of flavors. Flavors of dark fruits, licorice, chocolate, coffee, and charcoal were all present in a glorious non-stop onrush. Mid palette, citric hops came shining through, and towards the end of each swallow the alcohol took out a spicy bite.

The mouthfeel was a lot better than I was anticipating, with a sticky body. Not as thick as I prefer, but nothing else to complain about here. The complex flavor profile prevents this from being a very quaffable beer, but as a nightcap, it is very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (11790) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Bomber poured a cloudy, dark brown with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of dark fruit,dark chocolate, some roastiness and a hint of coffee. Palate was full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, roasty and fruity with a smooth, sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2006
This is my first from this brewer and I was pleased. A little light for an imperial stout. Lots and lots of chocolate used to mask the alcohol which comes through in the end. For an imperial, not bad, but misses the mark for this style of beer. Nevertheless, split a bottle with some friends and sit back and enjoy. Not the best imperial out there, but not bad either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1741) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Dark brown, with a tan head. Aromas are chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Flavors are sweet malt, chocolate, and alcohol. body is medium to heavy. The chocolate is a bit too overpowering.

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