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RATINGS: 1291   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jlruthven (534) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Nitro bottle. Pours inky black, one-inch mocha head. Fair lacing. Nose is roast, blackberry, a little smoke, chocolate. Whiffs of anise and berry, dark chocolate, iced coffee. Touch sweet on the finish. This on nitro is dangerous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajtrupp (198) - Keenesburg, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2014
This one came from the E- beer pile (I'm not worried that no one else knows that term, person-who-is-for-some-reason-reading-this), so it might be slightly oxidized. It's a little sour. Still, it backs with a nice sweetness. It's a tasty Russian. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 2011 vintage, I think. A: Pours a dark ruby red color. Surprisingly, itís not completely opaque. The head is a one finger mocha shade with excellent retention for the style. Lacing is damn good, too. Apart from the minor "oh itís not pitch black" complaint, this looks damn good in a glass. S: This is really sweet, and loaded with licorice - not my cup of tea. There are also some notes of brown sugar and dark fruits, which is more preferable to me. I also get some vanilla extract, which isnít. Also needs more roast. Not bad, though: Iím of the belief itís hard to screw up an imperial stout, and this certainly isnít screwed up. Just not great. T: No bones about it, this oneís sweet...and boozy. It opens up with a tart fruit flavor, augmented with licorice (yikes) and vanilla. The finish also has some notes of smoke and vanilla, and a kick of booze. Every once in a while, I get a wisp of chocolate which I really enjoy. Thereís also a taste of oatmeal here. Itís pretty good, and better than the aroma...but imagine how good it would be if it had a roasted edge to it. This needs roast like Keira Knightley needs a sandwich or three. That, and some more complexity wouldnít hurt... M: Nice and creamy with minimal carbonation. But, there could be some more body to help cover up the alcohol better. That, and it feels kind of boozy, thanks to the combination of oats and good attenuation. Still, Iíll always take a minor alcohol bite over a flabby, bloated feel devoid of booze (see: Stone IRS) any day. This would make an excellent winter warmer due to the way it warms the orifices up. O: I think this is two and a half years old...and at this age, itís just ípretty goodí. Not amazing, just pretty good. That could mean it was a mediocre RIS that improved marginally, or was a great stout that kind of deteriorated. Since the brewers say it has a 7 year life, and that the general flavor profile doesnít agree with me, Iíll assume the former is true. Decent, but I probably wonít buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayzz (203) - Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2014
This is a creamy wake up dead. Same great flavors of licorice, cocoa, plums. Great lacing and mouthfeel.
Earlier Rating: 2/15/2014 Total Score: 4
I really like this beer. Itís as advertised. The style rating is off for some reason. I will admit that its not as complex as some others... But this beer is rally rich and fulfilling just below room temperature. U have to let this baby warm up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljthiessen (167) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle. Thick dark pour, not much head. Sweet nose of dark chocolate and cherries. Slightly boozy flavour, tastes a lot like dark chocolate covered cherries. Some notes of coffee and dark fruits. This bottle might have been a little older, so little if any hops. Not overly complex, but very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3453) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Draft í09 version: Poured black color with whispery head. Aroma is sweet chocolate. Taste chocolate, rich malt, vanilla hints and a gritty full body finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1395) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Draft at Khyber Pass. Pitch black pour (that shows hints of red under bright light) with a frothy beige head. Runny lace. Pungent dark malt flavors. Slight acetic nose. Rotted celery hearts. Prunes. Chocolate Christmas pudding. Sulfured figs. Burnt coffee. Slight acetic nose. Charcoal grill. Thin molasses pie. Pecans. Deep dark notes abound. Bit too watery. Good strong notes but in too thin a pond.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niall73 (1056) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle, 10.4%. Lot code: 11/02/12. Labelled as Left Hand Imperial Stout. Pours a very dark amber/brown with an off white head. Very light colour for an impy stout. Lots of dark fruit in the aroma - figs, raisins, thereís a touch of treacle too, and rum. Medium to full body, sticky with medium carbonation. Itís boozy, with a fair whack of rum and raisins. Thereís coffee cake, a little coke and some bitter choc too, as well as some light grassy notes, but the balance is a bit off. Itís OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (2942) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 8, 2014
On tap. Comes almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and licorice. Better as it warms. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (2978) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 7, 2014
Dark brown color. Tons of brownies, dark chocolate, fairly dry great backbone. Smooth and alcohol is well hidden. Very well made though not super complex. Decent beer.

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