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RATINGS: 1362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yankeefan21 (134) - New York, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle: Pours pitch black with a very small tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is sweet malts with no hop presence. Otherwise, not much in the nose for a beer as big as this should be. The taste is sweet indiscernable sugars with an almost rum-like quality. The alcohol is very present in the taste though not overpowering enough to be distractingly unpleasant. It has a medium body with a somewhat sticky texture and soft carbonation. This is really a pretty good stout, but not as complex as Iím looking for in an IMPERIAL stout. The flavors are quite muted and indistinct but are still pleasant. Iím on the fence with this one. On the one hand, I do like the taste. On the other hand, it isnít a FANTASTIC beer. I donít know. Try it and tell me what YOU think...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (5306) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget, bought in February 2013. Black with a medium tan head. Roasted malt, dried fruit, light spices, coffee and chocolate. The body was full and the aftertaste long. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
demannu (86) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2015 UPDATE 3/17- just drank my 3rd nitro bottle from my 4pk. Nice looking beer. Always enjoy watching a nitro settle after a hard pour. Pleasant super smooth creamy flat texture (expected from a nitro). Just not a fan of the taste. After i finish the last bottle i have, Iíll be happy to never drink this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2828) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a thick and creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, licorice and raisins. Flavor of black coffee, chocolate, licorice, roasted malts, raisins and some dark fruit. Med plus body with a dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5345) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 18, 2015
Keg at brewdog. Pours black, smoky burnt berry taste, light sweetness, chocolate, very bitter. Burnt taste recedes as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SotallyTober (72) - Channahon, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Pours black with a mocha head. Thereís a licorice, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt aroma. Medium body that was creamy on the palate. flavorís of chocolate, coffee, licorice, raisin, and spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (1289) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Pours black, thick, and a tiny tan head. Smells of sour milk and light chocolate. Tastes of sweet alcohol, chocolates, and a tiny bit of fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
coachd (240) - Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Smells of dark chocolate, black licorice, coffee with cream and slight hops. No alcohol at all in the aroma. Pours a nearly pitch black color with a huge tan head. Taste is roasty, a bit too salty like beef bouillon. Also in the taste you get licorice, some dark fruit, sharp hops and an earthy/soil type quality. Slight alcohol burn in the after taste. Palate is too weak for the style. Overall not bad but there are a lot of good imperial stouts out there. I probably wouldn't buy this one again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayaron (487) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle sample at tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. Deep black with small brownish head. Very rich aroma of milk chocolate, dulce de leche, quite sweet, some prune, faint licorice notes. Very sweet flavor of milk chocolate, raisin, prune, some date honey, somewhat spicy, roasted malt notes and light sourness. Light carbonation, medium to full-bodied. Excellent.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Creekygoose (21) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle bought at GBBF 2014, imbibed 03/01/15. Huge disappointment. Expecting a top stout, instead got a bloody marmite beer. I donít mean a beer you love or hate, but a beer that tastes like bloody marmite. Smells of marmite with a hint of the old Cadburyís chocolate spread (a chocolate spread available in the 70s/80s before the invention of the hazelnut!)....and it tastes of, yes, youíve guessed it, marmite (with a hint of chocolate & raisins). Wake Up Disappointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pentaz (1254) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear semi-dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is licorice, cocoa, bread, coffee, dark sugars, soy, earthy hops, booze and dark fruit. Taste is moderate sweet,bitter and a little salty. Body is medium, texture is viscous, carbonation is near flat. Finishes dry,dusty, roasted and a little bitter with quite some burn. Somewhat incoherent, the low carbonation and the surprisingly narrow palate.

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