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RATINGS: 1441   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2006
On tap at the brewery in a mercifully small glass at the brewery, 4/13/06: dark, dark red bordering on black. Simple review: this is strong. Syrupy essence. The 9.5% alcohol can’t hide in this. Big stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3535) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2006
12 oz bottle

This dark colored liquid poured with a thin tan head that soon dissolved to nothing. As it sat there, scents of cocoa, coffee, vanilla and slight hops revealed themselves. On taking a sip I was overwhelmed by the bitterness. After that, a pleasant mixture of flavors became evident including roasted coffee beans, chocolate powder, walnuts and a peppery taste. Soon afterwards a malty texture joins in. Overall there is a nice velvety feel but I feel like the flavors could be a little tighter and richer. I hope that oak aging improves on the base version; this one is nice but it is not enough to make me want another bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2006
On tap, tulip at Silver Creek. Dark brown body, creamy tan head. Odd wood-roasted hop aroma and start. Rich whiskey chocolate flavor... odd start maybe fungal or lactic? Was hoping for better, but its "odd" character that I keep referring to turns me off a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2006
Bottle. Black pour with a moderate frothy light brown head that diminished slowly with some lacing. Heavy toasted sweet malt with a small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Heavy sweet toasted malt and spice flavor with a long smooth finish. Good stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2006
Way thin for an impy stout, with not much imperial qualities. Tastes almost identical to their milk stout, which I’m not a fan of. Lots of that lactic milk flavors/palate. Very acidic. There were some good coffee and dark chocolate flavors, which was decent but not enough to save my opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2006
Draft. Pours nearly opaque black. Medium tan head mostly sticks for duration. A little sweet on the back of the tongue works well with the nice crisp bitter roastiness. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - APR 8, 2006
This pours a very light brown...and has a nice tan head. Aroma is chocolate and sweet caramel. The flavor is extremely sweet...and very caramelly....lots of sweet roasted malts as well. Not much chocolate or coffee. I guess it tastes good...but it is one of the sweeter Imp stouts I’ve had. Mouthfeel is extremly thick and sticky...oily...heavy...it is kind of a bitch to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (1248) - USA - APR 4, 2006
Black with a dark tan head. Roasted chocolate aroma. Taste is sweet with a strong alcohol taste up front. Roasted chocolate follows in the aftertaste. Not quite as full bodied as I like my imperial stouts, and possibly a little too sweet. Overall, a decent stout but I probably wouldn’t choose this again considering all the superior choices in the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 2, 2006
Draught at Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA. Opaque, black color with thick tan head. Smells of milk chocolate, brown sugar, and alcohol. Rich mosaic of flavors including anise, caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate. Sweet and vinous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Bottle. Very dark brown pour. Strong roasty chocolate aroma with some dark fruit esters - smelled pretty good. Flavors were similar, but not quite as inspiring. The killer for me was the palate - thin and a bit watery for style and how I like big impy stouts.

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