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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beaver (1507) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. You can barely see some yeast floaties in there. It has a small fizzy brown head that quickly dissipates to a collar then completely diminishes.

The aroma is chocolate, figs, cherries, and wood with a slight hint of alcohol.

The flavor is bitter anise and some chalky chocolate and a touch of sweet dark fruit. There is a strong smokey alcohol flavor that is a little overbearing. The nouthfeel is thin to medium-bodied and not very carbonated with a sticky, bitter,chalky finish.

Overall, I did not like this nearly as well as the Oak Aged version. This was too sharp and biting in comparison to the mellowed out oak-aged version. I couldn’t get past the chalky bitterness and the strong alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3 year old bottle that aged nicely. Somewhat vinous nose. Big roasted character in the first sip. Medium bodied with a little oiliness to it. Alcohol seemed a little burning. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2464) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2005 Thin, quickly reducing head of very fine bubbles. Nice roasty aroma with some lactose, rubber?, molasses and roasted malts. Dark brown/black in color. Thick, creamy, mouthfeel with more roasted grains, dark chocolate and a slight sourness. Pretty sweet. Hides its alcohol very well. Finish is roasty and creamy with a hint of coffee and milky sweetnes. Pretty good but I have had better imperial stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2005
Couleur brune opaque, faible mousse beige pale. Puissants aromes de toffee, de mélasse, de poivre noir et d’herbes sur un discret fond brûlé. Flaveurs terreuses, mélasse, malt hautement torréfié, caramel brûlé. Corps d’épaisseur allant de semi mince à moyenne, faible carbonatation. Alcool présent en rétro olfaction. Échantillon, mondial de la bière, Juin 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Dark with a thin head and light lacing. Aroma is roasted malt with a hop presence, rather mild as a whole. Flavor is quite malty, moderately hopped (fairly subdued hoppieness for the style), very nice tones of chocolate, toffee, and dark fruits (cherry, fig, and most predominatly raspberry). Lightly smoked with an alcohol presence. Finishes smooth and warming with some lingering vanilla. A little thin and watery on the pallate, but other than an excpetional beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2005
On tap at the brewery tasting room. 5 oz. glass. Not opaque golden brown with a tan head that completely and utterly disappears after a while. Chocolate and cabernet sauvignon aroma is unique; it’s definitely more woody and winey than a port smell. Full body with a port-ish feel, subtle dark fruits and golden raisin in the flavor. Chocolate malt and bittering hops in the finish, which is nicely dry. Some honey character emerges in the finish as well, which was also nice. Very smooth and sublte, except for the very noticable alcohol. This is not what I was expecting; it’s not the huge roasty impy like Yeti. It’s enjoyable and unique in my experience, but not mind blowing and somewhat tiring to drink (and that’s from a tasting glass).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2005
12 0z bottle. 8/10/04. Dark red brown in color with a nice tan head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel. Smooth and creamy malty flavor. Chocolate coffee notes. Nice clean tasting beer. Alcohol is not overpowering. Full bodied. Drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2005
12 oz bottle, dated 8/10/04. Dark clear red-brown with a tan head. Chocolatey aroma, almost reminding me of tootsie rolls, with a subtle note of alcohol. Flavor is smooth and malty, with chocolate notes and just a hint of alcohol. Not overpowering and light on hops. A little like the Heavy Seas impy, only stronger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2005
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from a trip my loving and wonderful wife took while in Boulder Colorado. Tasted from 650ml bottle, tasted in a Frankenmuth 650ml mug. Appearance is deep brown / dark ruby when held to the light. Thin tobacco coloured head, sustained. Aroma is sweet, almost toffee or maple sugar. Overpoweringly sweet, but interesting. Some hints of shortbread and biscuits. Flavour is intense and strong - flavour of deep molassis, berries, burnt caramel and roasted barly. Very very warming, on a very very warm Toronto’s day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2005
Mondial de la Bière de Montréal 2005. Cacao à 90 %!!! Succulent! Houblon amertume en symbiose. Très bon!

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