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RATINGS: 1368   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3754) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2005
I just had a bomber of this and I’m still not sure I have my mind made up about this one. My inclination is to say that it is an excellent beer but only an above average imperial stout. The aroma has a mix of things, including grape, coconut, roasted nuts, vanilla, hazelnut, other dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, and perhaps a bit more. The palate started out as a bit on the carbonated side, without sufficient depth of body (oily, thick) to compete with the sensation provided by the best Imperials. But still, not too much to complain about. On appearances the beer was middling, with a surprisingly light cream color for a head on a dark brown body that had a few things from the bottom of the bottle. The flavor had a similar range of experiences, especially as it warmed, but all told it was extremely drinkable, though the alcohol popped through rather noticeably--though its physical effects were more welcome than its flavor effects. Overall, as I said, a decent beer and one I would not refuse for driniking, but if you are making comparisons among Imperials I think there are a few ways to fault this one.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Rich smelling. Smokey toffe/coffee chocolate spice aroma. Dark brown pour but still clearish. Tight brown head. Very clean and clear both the pour and feel which is thick but not as gritty as some other imperials. Lots of taste. Salty and Bitter overpower sweet, but its a close race. Almost hides the alchohol considering the whollop it packs. Almost would like to drink without ever swallowing I like it in my mouth so much.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxbeer (118) - ITALY - SEP 15, 2005
(bottle, Great US Beer Tasting in Genoa) Aroma is chocolate, coffee, with a hint of smoke. Full boded, balanced, bittersweet.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2005
22 oz bottle: pours black with a tan head. deep dark garnet red in the light. the aroma is of coffee, molasses, dark fruit and chocolate. very mellow sutle imperial stout. maybe this is because i have been sitting on this beer for about 2 years. sweet molasses, coffee and chocolate dominate the flavors. i like the fact that there is a slight alcohol bite on the end.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Sampled from bomber bottle. Pours opaque blackened-brown in color with a creamy tan head and intricate lacing. Aroma has molasses, raisins, ripe dark fruits, and a medley of spices. Flavor is balanced with cocoa, dark fruit and piney/spicey hops dominate the flavor. Coffee and brown sugar also present. Faintly alcoholic. Visocus and smooth. Tastes like a blend of an impy stout and a American barley wine. A very good beer, a decent impy stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoshuaB (475) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Deep dark dank murky brown with a good layer of tan head. Nose is roast, hops, choco goodness, and some vanilla. Taste is full bodied. Somewhat sweet intially with good chocolate and roast present along with some toffee, then finishes with some bitter hops. Cant wait to try the oak version.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Bomber. Pours brown w/ foamy tan head. nose is chocolate and hopps. taste is nice and full. Some chocolate, nice bitter finish with some roast and chocolate in the end.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2005
Bottle. Sweet, which i guess is a character of the style. Sweet milk chocolate mixed with bitter dark chocolate. Rich mouthfeel, with some noticable alcohol in the finish. Some mocha, but this is very chocolatey, almost a little too much so. A touch too sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 26, 2005
yet another brew from 123456green.i have been waiting to try this for some time now.mr green has given me my chance.pours a deep dark brown with a foamy off white head.aromas of cocoa,raosted malts,and chocolate all greet my nose.the first sip is so very smooth but full of flavor.i can taste smoke,sweet sticky malts,beef jerky,chocolate....damn.this is yet another delecious,complex imperial stout.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3446) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Bottled 10/12/04. Slightly roasted chocolate aroma that is dominated by citrusy orange-like hops as well as some booze trickling in. Extremely hoppy aroma. Mostly hazy and opaque dark mahogany with a very small khaki-colored head. This could be darker and the head should be more aggressive. Sweet and chocolatey to start, turning a bit boozy and somewhat chalky in the middle. Finishes bitter with some more of the citrus PNW hops. This is still quite hoppy and probably could mellow for a few more years. A bit too sweet to start.


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