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RATINGS: 1398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 3, 2005
On tap@OíBrienís: Dark orangish amber color with a small off white head. Aroma is dark fruit and burnt caramel. Flavor is sweet dark fruit, mild burnt caramel and rich citrus hoppiness. Long sweet citrus finish. Tangy smooth palate. Very interesting Imp. Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Black with a light brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted, and goodness. Kind of milky in aroma. Flavor is chocolate, smooth rich chocolate, roasted, coffee, and quality. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2005
75cL bottle. Dark, dark brown color. The head is light brown with small bubbles. The aroma is chocolate and malted milk balls. The flavor is pretty oakey with more malted milk balls and chocolate. Also hints of cork (even though it was stored upright), orange, pretty roasty, & medium bitterness given the body. The palate is very smooth & easy but with the alcohol noticeable. It is quite effervescent. Good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Very dark brown body with a medium off-white head. Easy to drink with a strong flavor of chocolately dark fruits and a hint of light bourbon in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 10, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with BierBauch, thanks Ron!) Doesnít pour especially black, itís more like a dark brown, and when held to a light, it has a slight translucence. Head is very small on the pour, not even forming a complete topping over the beer, and almost instantly fading away to a very thin ring. Oh well, so the visuals arenít impressive, but thatís not why I drink beer. I drink beer for the flavor, so letís see how this tastes. Mmm, thatís not bad. Itís actually a very different type of Imperial Stout, very sweet, lightly roasty, fairly bitter, but very malty, fruity and somewhat Belgian in nature, kind of reminding me of an American version of a Belgian Quad. I donít know, maybe this is a new category, the Belgian Imperial Stout? Full bodied, somewhat sticky mouthfeel, but smooth with an almost milky finish. The nose is deeply malty, earthy, and mushroomy, somewhat sweet and roasty. Overall, a very nice beer, but Iím not sure how "to style" this beer is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 9, 2005
This is a great American brewed Imperial Stout. Poured a very dark with a decent sized stout type head. Very cocoa aroma and taste. Easy drinking, along the lines of Victory Storm King, but I think the King wins out slightly over this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2005 Poured a dark reddish-brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Nice cocoa aromas. Tastes of cocoa, roasted malts, dark fruits and light alcohol. Very easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
Aroma:milk chocolate,dms...... Appearance:dark brown ale,big head... Flavor:sweet chocolate,Alcohol heat....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Muchos Gracias Whaleman!! Pours black, just black, with a small beige head lacing. Aroma is milk chocolate, lipstick, and a little coffee. Flavor a bit muted but still full-bodied. Subtle and milky at first becomin more intense in the finish with a stronger taste of coffee with milk, sugar, alcohol, and a bunch of hops. On a side note, it leaves me wondering whoís gonna brew the first hopped up coffee. Iíd definately try it even though itís not overly complimentary in this beer. Although I do love hoppy Imperial stouts, I feel that this is a bit too far on the hoppy, Imperial milk stout side and thatís not a great combo to me. Still a good beer but it really needs to sit out for about 10-15 minutes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
desurfer (1261) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2005
Almost opaque roby body with a quickly dissipating brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and a twinge of alcohol. Flavor is quite massive; big bitter hops and a boatload of roasted maltiness, fighting for prominence with a pretty significant alcohol burn. Finish is warming and sweet.

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