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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2005
chocolate, coffee, malts, some hops, all in the nose. taste is sweet, hoppy, some what bitter, but a little thin all in all. a good beer that ive wanted to try for a long time. not the best imperial stout - not good enough to make me reach for this over old rasputin. perhaps a few improvements to this beer would rememdy that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Pours black with a tan head. Flavors is malty with hints of choclate an coffee. Aroma is very much the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2005
Dark brown with red edges. Low creamy tan head. Spices, coffee, caramel, vanilla and alcohol in the aroma. Full and clean flacvour of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, black currant and lemon. Bitter chocolate in the aftertaste with warming alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Bottled. This one let me down. I’ve looked forward to this bottle thinking I had something really special on my hands. The color was very light for a stout; very Coca-Cola like in appearance. The aroma was OK, with notes of coffee and chocolate but the flavor was all over the place. I found it to be cloyingly sweet and alcohol hot. There was an overbearing boiled vegetable like taste that dominated as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Pours an oily black with just a little light coming through. Sweet molasses aroma with some cherry and other fruity smells. This is a VERY sweet beer. Molasses, cherry, and caramel. Very sweet and a little thin for an Imperial Stout but enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Pours a dark burnt caramel color with little head. Aroma is chocolate and toasted malts with mild coffee addition.. Flavor follows suit with a bit of chocolate and roasted malts and some hop character. Lighter mouthfeel than I like out of an imperial Stout but still medium thickness.. Good stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Pours like a pepsi, the head is gone before you can really get a good look at it.Color is nice and rich, but the lack of head is a serious problem. Nose is roasted barley, but barely at that. Flavor is black coffee with hints of caramel sweetness. The lasting flavor is unexpected considering how watery this beer feels. I’d drink it for the buzz and nothing more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Silenus (14) - Savannah, Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2005
I really wanted to like this one. Imperial Stouts have become a favorite of mine. This had a subtle aroma with very little hop. The color was a deep red-black and it had a mild carbonation. The coffee and chocolate flavors jumped to the front on sipping but then were quickly pushed down by the sharp alcohol flavor. It actually became a little harsh. Perhaps it would mellow some with a cellaring period. Maybe I’ll try that when it becomes available in my area.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2005
The aroma had roast, coffee, and a dark fruit sweetness. The beer poured a very dark brown color w/ reddish hues; no head and lace. The flavor had coffee, roast, dark fruit, and a slight oakiness. The mouthfeel was full bodied, well-rounded, and creamy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Pours a very dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. Was expecting this to be a little darker than it is. Smell is a little weak for this style: a little coffee and chocolate, and sweet. There’s almost no hops in the aroma. Taste is similar to smell. You get some coffee and chocolate, but there’s to much alcohol in the flavor. There’s barely any hop presence and the mouthfeel is thin for an Imperial Stout. Not a drain pour, but not something I’ll seek out.

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