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RATINGS: 1337   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5504) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2005
This pours a dark, woody brown with a bubbly tan head that stays for most of the drink. The aroma is mainly burnt chocolate, smoky, roasted malts, and, at the end, the slightest touch of hop bitterness. It’s got a rich, sweet malty taste mingled with some chocolate and herbal bitterness. The finish is somewhat bitter, both with the hops and sharp chocolate. I really only detect the straong ABV by a slight alcohol burn on the tongue when done. It’s light for an Imperial Stout, but not a bad drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - APR 19, 2005
Pours dark brown with a small light brown head - too light for an imperial stout! Malt and chocolate aroma with alcohol tones and grassy hints. Malty and chocolaty flavor with some sharp fruity hints. Long flavor, medium body. Good one, but I had hoped for more!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehinge (268) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 9, 2005
Black as night with a small white head.-No lacing at all. Aroma is reminiscent of chocolate. Taste is just great....back end has a great chocolate and toffee taste. It just explodes at the back of your mouth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2005
Nice chocolate aromas escape from my glass in the pour. Roasty notes. A bit sweet up front hiding the alcohol well. Maybe a bit too sweet. Medium/heavy bodied. A slight twinge of cocoa bitterness in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2005
A dark blackberry-colored stout with a creamy tan head. Aromas were citrus hops above chocolate malts. Similar flavor was multi-layered with sour hops and sweet malts. Medium bodied. A good beer, but not the best Imperial.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAR 27, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2006 Right from the cellar @ 50°, served in a NB worthy glass. Pours dark brown with a reddish tint and a cream colored, hazy head. Aroma is roasted with a light lactic sourness. Maybe some coffee? Taste is roasty, with some subtle coffee, chocolate, and hops hints. There is a light bitterness. I let it warm up to 55.5° and the hops are a bit more apparent, along with an increase in the bitterness. Mouthfeel falls a little short for an imperial. Not a bad Imperial Stout, but certainly not above average. If I had it blind, I would probably guess that it was a baltic porter. 6/4/7/3/15 RERATE 01/01/2006: 22oz bottle, with a year or so of cellaring. Didn’t plan on rating, just wanted to have an impy stout that I had already rated. Been sipping on this bottle for a hour or two. Since it is winter, the beer is still a touch under 63°. Nice aroma, roasty with a buttermilk sourness going on along with some citrus, dark fruits, and bittersweet chocolate. +1Aroma. Luscious, silky smooth mouthfeel that is plenty full, in fact not so far from a 5/5. +1 Palate. The taste is sweet, roasty malt followed by some bright, citrusy hops bitterness. There is also a hint of oak/bourbon and this isn’t even the BA version. This is really tasty. Not sure if it is the age, the serving temp, or the 22oz bottle as opposed to the 12oz, but I am glad that I had this again. I will seek it out again now, I would not have before. +2 overall.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ecbeerguy (86) - East Chicago, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Poured from a bottle, the head is gone in a flash. Very robust smelling, dark, caramel, some hops. Kind of rough on entry, and it leaves an aftertaste I’d rather do without.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
buzzard (3) - wyano, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2005 does not count
bottle. pours very dark ruby nearly black with a small light brown head that quickly diminishes. light aroma of alcohol, malts, chocolate. flavor was somewhat spicey with some chocolate and woodyness with alcohol coming through a little heavy. slight oily mouthfeel. body a little on the thin side for an imperial in my opinion. alcohol on the finish with a not totally agreeable bitter aftertaste. not a bad beer but goes toward the bottom of my impy list.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enormo (26) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Had to try this after what I think was a bad storm king. Deep, deep brown plum color with a short lasting tan head. Smells almost like a sweet soy sauce with some alcohol mixed in. Initial taste is sweet molasses and the same soy sauce from the aroma. Finishes with a slight roasted coffee flavor. Much more flavor than the Victory

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Pours dark oily brown with medium head that fades quick. Aroma is light coffee with some roasted malt. Flavor is the same with some hop bitterness at the end. A little alcohol is also present in the finish.


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