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RATINGS: 1447   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Classic stout look. Aroma of coffee and roast, slight burgandy notes. Flavour is dominated by chocolate, roasted notes and thin coffe also rpesent. Very good example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Pours almost pitch black with a fully receding tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malts, notes of chocolate, figs, pepper, and flowery hops. Taste is a nice balance between the sweetness, roastiness, and spicy alcohol. There are enjoyable notes of pepper, molasses, cola, and licorice. Mouthfeel is oily, heavy, and viscous. The carbonation is lush, but rather mild. This bottle was 7 months old and would have benefitted from at least another 6 months. Still, unlike some of the hoppier imperial stouts, this one is probably good fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Grapevin Mkt. $4.69 22oz. Cool label gets bonus appearance points. First tongue sensation is sour mash. Tingles with cabonated roasted grapefruit rind. After it warmed, the malty sweetness really shined. Not as thick or sticky-sweet as I expected, with a strong hop profile. A grown-up beer that satisfies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: APR 4, 2006 The medium to small sized, frothy and fizzy off-white head quickly recedes. At a distance, the color appears to be black, but a closer inspection proves it to be a dark brown with shallow ruby highlights. A fair amount of roasted coffee presence in the aroma; something a bit bright and acidic, perhaps Guatemalan Antiqua? Chocolate is there as well, in lesser quantities, and takes on an unsweetened cocoa powder tone. The real sweetness seems to transpire through subtle dark fruits; dates, plums and the like. Hops are restrained for an American IS, though a bit off-suit with orange and grapefruit notes. Some anise makes itself know as the beer warms along with a bourbon like alcohol aroma. Flavor begins heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter and finishes moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderate to heavily bitter. The mouthfeel is the most solid component of this beer, having a slick and oily (but overwhelmingly coating) texture while maintaining a thick body and moderate carbonation. Interestingly, I get hints of fried plantains in the after taste...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Dark black color with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Light caramel and roasted malt flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Deep redish black body with a light white head of medium volume. Good caramel, plums, mollasses in the aroma. Coffee and chocolate dominate the flavor, some milk sweetness. Heavy roasted malts are evident. Clean yet bitter ending.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - FEB 21, 2006
Aroma is a light roasted malt with some hints of alcohol. The color is a dark brown with a tan head. Flavor is of roasted malt with a warm alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
bottle. Dark brown poor with sediment on the bottom of my glass and floating in the beer itself. Small head with fine bubbles. Aroma of roasted malts and hops. Alcohol pierces through as well. Sour and bitter with tart and dry aftertaste. The bottle may be out of date but there is no way to tell because there is no born on date or expiration date. The bottle shop I got this from is good and I have never had a problem in the past. Never been a fan of LeftHand and this beer is tremendously disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3297) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
bottle. Solid inky black with a lasting tan head. Aroma is very rich and sweet like a port but with more coffee and bread. This stuff is pretty sweet for an imperial stout, but not too the point where itís problematic. Itís robust enough with plenty of warming coffee/dark chocolate notes. Beneath lies a bunch of fresh baked bread, raisins, and toasty brown sugar. The finish reminds me very much of a tawny port, but not overwhelming. Nicely balanced brew and thoroughly enjoyable. My bottle reads 10.4% and I canít detect the alcohol.

   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 itís 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 thatís slightly prickling but not overpowering.

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