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RATINGS: 1352   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Pours a very dark brown, small offwhite head. Aroma is of woody roasted malt, choclate, and almonds. Flavor is similar, with coffee, and a roasted "woody" body to it. Palate is very smooth. Very nice brew. Thanks to BBB63 for this one!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9556) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Co-rated by Growler... Very dark, burnt orange ale with a small, fizzy, beige head. The nose is burnt and malty with notes of alcohol, espresso, wood, dark chocolate and toffee. Lots of warm alcohol in the flavor along with notes of coffee and more chocolate. Just a touch salty. Full-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Lengthy, alcoholic, bitter finish. A great brew for a cold, windy, Winter’s night. The alcohol really takes over though.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GregClow (2914) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
Very dark ruby-brown colour with a light tan head. Very roasty aroma. Nody is thinner than I expected, but the flavour is fantastic, with coffee, chocolate and smoky hops. [Toronto Christmas Party ’04]

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (2957) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2004
Bottle @ Doug’s. Nice roasted and chocolaty aroma on a pitch black body with a small tan head. Mouthfeel was a little thinner than expected. Tons of lovely chocolate and roasted flavours, along with a good amount of hop bitterness. Strong for sure. I enjoyed this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10472) - 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 (2500) - 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,


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