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RATINGS: 1311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Beer pours basically black with a tan colored head that is somewhat retained. Aroma is deep, heavy, and delicious smelling. Aromas of coffee, smoke, very dark chocolate and alcohol present themselves. Flavor is quite roasted with chocolate and alcohol. Very delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2004
I was so excited, thinking I had found the oak aged Imperial Stout. This is more brown than black, with a nice tan head. Rich, thick chocolatey and roasted coffee malts and a nice dry, bitter finish with some hints of alcohol. Aftertaste is dry and chalky with chocolatey hints. I, luckily, ran into a bottle of the oak-aged at Sams in Chicago for the 4th of July!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2004 Reddish brown, thin head. Burnt toast, dark chocolate, and faint hints of fruit in the aroma. Charcoal, chocolate and coffee in the flavors, as well. Finishes iwth a nice peppery hoppiness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2004
A dark appearance with a fairly large head. The alcohol really shows through on this one. I taste some chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, licorice, and whiskey in the flavor. The finish is rather sweet with the second round of alcohol shining through. Im starting to really enjoy this style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Fairly light colored for an Imperial Stout, dark brown with ruby edges. Medium dense tan head. Big roasted malt aroma. Fruity and salty also. Interesting flavor, roasted malt hop bitterness, and a definite salt presence. Medium to full body. An interesting interpretation of the style. I can not wait to try the Oak aged version.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Pours a dark brown to black color, with a light brown head. A rich dry aroma of chocolate malt, espresso, and malt-balls wafts from my glass. Hmm, this is very malty in the taste, and not in the conventional way for an Imperial Stout. It does not have the roast character that one usually sees, instead there is a smooth malt ball / chocolate malt character that dominates. This is slightly on the thin side, though there is a certain creamy richness here. The bitterness from any hops is almost non-existant. This has a very chocolaty taste, and finishes with an alcohol note so that together I am reminded of a chocolated liquor. This just doesn’t do it for me, there is somthing lacking here.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Black, but not quite as dark as other Imp Stouts. Hints of maple, anise, cream, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Creamy roasty finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1423) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Deep dark pour with a frothy tan head. Sweet chocolate aroma, with a hint of licorice. Roasted malt and coffee lingers as well. Sweet taste. Very sweet, and a bit tart as well. Chocolate, and roasted coffee. Not much of an alcohol taste, but very smooth. Nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1009) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2004
A really nice imperial that strikes me as being different from others. It seems almost "soft," in a very good way. Incredibly smooth and a nice flavor as well, but the mouthfeel really makes this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2182) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
Deep black in colour. Aroma was slightly roasty with some coffee and chocolate. Flavour was of roasted coffee beans, chocolate malt, smooth, creamy. Medium-large body with no alcohol taste to speak of. Finishes with a hopped bitterness and a very small alcohol warmth. This really is a delicious stout.


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