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RATINGS: 1449   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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ehhdayton (1188) - USA - FEB 21, 2006
Aroma is a light roasted malt with some hints of alcohol. The color is a dark brown with a tan head. Flavor is of roasted malt with a warm alcohol finish.

waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
bottle. Dark brown poor with sediment on the bottom of my glass and floating in the beer itself. Small head with fine bubbles. Aroma of roasted malts and hops. Alcohol pierces through as well. Sour and bitter with tart and dry aftertaste. The bottle may be out of date but there is no way to tell because there is no born on date or expiration date. The bottle shop I got this from is good and I have never had a problem in the past. Never been a fan of LeftHand and this beer is tremendously disappointing.

NachlamSie (3568) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
bottle. Solid inky black with a lasting tan head. Aroma is very rich and sweet like a port but with more coffee and bread. This stuff is pretty sweet for an imperial stout, but not too the point where it’s problematic. It’s robust enough with plenty of warming coffee/dark chocolate notes. Beneath lies a bunch of fresh baked bread, raisins, and toasty brown sugar. The finish reminds me very much of a tawny port, but not overwhelming. Nicely balanced brew and thoroughly enjoyable. My bottle reads 10.4% and I can’t detect the alcohol.

jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Pours very deep brown-red (you can only tell it’s not completely opaque when you hold it up to a light) with a mid-sized off-white head. Chocolate and toffee are the foremost aromas. These are accompanied by hints of coffee, licorice, and hops. The hops are very subtle for an American Imperial. The flavor is dry dark chocolate with a thick coffee and milk chocolate finish. Alcohol is perceptible throughout, but it accentuates the chocolate. Hardly any hops to speak of. The mouthfeel is thick, with carbonation that’s slightly prickling but not overpowering.

kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2006
12 oz bottle, via FlacoAlto. Dark brown pour with a minimal light brown head that fades to a thin ring quickly. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Fairly light and not alot of depth for an Imperial Stout. Very chocolaty flavor with some anice and cola. Finish is a little more fruity than I’d like for the style with some moderate alcohol notes. Rather thin for the style with a pleasing low fine bubbled carbonation. This is certainly on the thinner and weaker side of the style in my opinion. Other than the high alcohol content that is noticable in the finish, I’m not feeling the "Imperial-ness" of this beer. Both the flavor and body are not up to Imperial standards.

xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Bottle. Completely dead dark brown pour w/ no head or carbonation. Smells like dark fruit, chocolate & alcohol. Taste is so-so for an imp stout - ok notes of chocolate, coffee, nothing special really. I let it warm up but then that jet fuel flavor started to come out. A very mediocre example of the style, little balance, typical flavors without great quality.

fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Absolutely delicious! Great aroma, excellent mouthfeel, and a great taste and finish. Probably one of my new favorites.

sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Small sample at beer tasting at From The Vine in Lewis Center, Ohio. Dark but not motor oil dark; big, tan head. Aroma chocolate, vanilla, light but strong roastiness. Flavor chocolate, coffee, extremely milky, sweet, and followed by a flat finish. Medium-full, not too sticky.

Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Probably the lightest Imperial stout I’ve encountered. Light roast quickly gives way to a "Scottish Style" maltiness that is quickly checked by a mellow and crisp hoppiness. Caramel and light vanilla bean linger on the palate. The 9.5% is almost unbeleivable, very well hidden if that info is correct.

rajendra82 (1102) - 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.

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