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RATINGS: 1338   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10152) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
Deep brown with white head, pleasant licorice and chocolate malt in aroma, with smooth alcohol, licorice and moka cake taste. Nice mouthfeel, slightly oily. rich body. (July 31 at Indiana Microbrewers Festival)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2004
First thing I smelled and tasted with this was the alcohol. The taste is smooth, with hints of malt and coffee, but the body is a little thin for an Imperial. The alcohol is quite prevalent on the aftertaste. I was a little disappointed considering how good their milk stout is.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Deep deep dark brown pour, but not quite black. Aroma is rich with coffee, toffee, some dark chocolate. Full mouthfeel, nice and thick. Flavor is wonderful malts, slight alcohol, somewhat sweet, with a dry chocolate tone floating around. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Bottled 8-10-04: Deep dark red-brown hue. Small quickly dissipating bubbly head. Dark chocolate, woody, vanilla, tofee?, perhaos brandied fruit, all in the aroma. Oily slick body. Coffee, dark fruit, licorice, salty, molasses, sweet flavors. Finishes with bitter hops, and slick sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
22oz bomber. This poured out a lighter black color almost a dark brown with a light tan head. The head grew gradually as the bubbles cascaded to the top of the glass to form the head, it disappeared soon after leaving little lace or evidence it was ever there. Dark fruits stand out the most in nose with a bit of coffee and earthy hops mingling about. There are also notes of maple syrup. The flavor was of sweet malts with a bit of coffee and spice thrown in. Earthy hops were present as well along with a bit of sourness. The finish had a nice lingering coffee flavor. Mouthfeel was about medium a little thin for the style but still creamy. Drinkability is fairly good with no alcohol being present in the taste or smell but a warming effect is noticed after a few sips. Overall a decent imperial stout but not one that I would put high up on my list of favorites for the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2480) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Creamy head on this black brew. Malty sweet nose. Sweet toasted malt taste. Slighty licorice and chcolate taste too,

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4900) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Bottle: First impression is that coming out of the bottle it looks real thin for an imperial. Very nice aroma. Strong malty chocolate presence with some black licorice really making it’s presence known. Real light alcohol in there too. Dark brown with some hints or red if held to the light. Not nearly as dark as most imperials. Small tan head that fades quickly. Malty chocoalte up front mixed with some black licoorice. Has a little roastiness in the finish with some coffee and very light alcohol. This is thin for an imperial. Smells and tastes like an imperial, just doesn’t look and feel like one. Imperial expectations in appearance and palate are what keep this from feach 4+ status. Regardless, still very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonB (66) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - DEC 1, 2004
Very small head, fair lacing. Red brown (dark) body (not totaly opaque). Fruity aroma with tones of caramel, grape, nuts and alcohol. In my mouth, light sweetness, alcohol as well as light acidity. Medium body, flat to soft carbonation, a very subtle astringent note as final feel. Sampled at MartinT’s place with other RateBeerians for the "Montreal’s Voyager Par Les Papilles’ first tasting session".

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2004
Dark brown color, no head. Aroma of alcohol and roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, raisin and alcohol. Light to medium body, soft carbonation. Simple impy stout, underwhelming.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2004
2003 bottle:Opaque black with red highlights at the edges only. Head collapses rather quickly and is dark tan in color. Aroma of chocolate milk, toasted nuts, and dark fruit. Flavor of toasted nuts, earthy hops, milk, dark chocolate, subtle roast, and dark fruit. Good dose of hop acidity to cleanse the palate. Creamy and med/full body.


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