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RATINGS: 1461   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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.

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rajendra82 (1078) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2006
When I saw this stocked on the shelves of Brawley’s (in Charlotte, North Carolina), I couldn’t resist picking a bomber up. The beer came out quite thin looking with burnt reddish brown color, and a body that was quite clear when held up to the light. The head was one finger thick and falling fast. I like my Imperial Stouts a bit more, well, stout.

The aroma brought the experience more in line with the style. Wine like smell, due to the abundance of dark fruits and raisins detectable by nose. When taking a deeper breath, alcohol became quite evident, but since it carried chocolate with it, it was all good.

The taste was very robust, with the roasted malts producing a multitude of flavors. Flavors of dark fruits, licorice, chocolate, coffee, and charcoal were all present in a glorious non-stop onrush. Mid palette, citric hops came shining through, and towards the end of each swallow the alcohol took out a spicy bite.

The mouthfeel was a lot better than I was anticipating, with a sticky body. Not as thick as I prefer, but nothing else to complain about here. The complex flavor profile prevents this from being a very quaffable beer, but as a nightcap, it is very enjoyable.

Ratman197 (14664) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Bomber poured a cloudy, dark brown with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of dark fruit,dark chocolate, some roastiness and a hint of coffee. Palate was full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, roasty and fruity with a smooth, sweet finish.

CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2006
This is my first from this brewer and I was pleased. A little light for an imperial stout. Lots and lots of chocolate used to mask the alcohol which comes through in the end. For an imperial, not bad, but misses the mark for this style of beer. Nevertheless, split a bottle with some friends and sit back and enjoy. Not the best imperial out there, but not bad either.

zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Dark brown, with a tan head. Aromas are chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Flavors are sweet malt, chocolate, and alcohol. body is medium to heavy. The chocolate is a bit too overpowering.

wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 Bottle. Medium tan head, black body. Roasty, with alcohol in aroma, a lot of chocolate. Slight sweetness, with a roasty bitterness and strong alcohol aftertaste. I like what austinpowers said "Might have been better if they’d used their Right hand instead." Good beer, but pales to the best of this style. Re-rate 2008: Has a little bit of vanilla in flavor, head is a little too white. Creamier than I recall...but the memory is the first thing to go. I don’t taste the alcohol so much now either. Would make a really good sweet stout, but it doesn’t really taste "imperial" to me.

austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Roasty, like a charred and burnt tree after a wildfire has raged through the forest. The alcohol charres the tongue, too, and is too everpresent, IMHO. Decent, but might’ve been better if they’d used their Right Hand instead. Dunno.

CharmCityHops (12) - Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Purchased as a bomber in Nashville. Pours a reddish brown with limited retention, but excellent lacing. Aroma and flavor of bitter/sweet coffee with some milk chocolate thrown in. Severe booziness comes in as it warms. Nice as a sipper, but there are several better impys out there.

Salsgebom (20) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Bottle, poured into snifter. When compared with other Imp stouts, I was pretty disappoiinted. It has a very dark brown/red color. It lacks the roasted barley needed to make it good and black. Its very malty and seriously lacks in hop bitterness. Easy to drink for its high abv but I prefer a bigger bite for this style. Its more like an Imperial brown.

Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2005
(Bottle 65 cl) Beautiful reddish brown with tiny, stale impurities. Creamy, light brown head. Very malty, spicy sweet nose. Nice, full vinous body with wonderful roasted malt and sweet caramel. Dry, roasted bitterness. Incredibly delicate. 031205

MiP (15650) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2005
Bottle. Aroma is malty, perhaps a little butterscotchy. Very dark brown colour. Coffee flavour, sweet and salty. Very nice. Malty aftertaste followed by a very late aftertaste of coffee.

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