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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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baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 3, 2002
My first impression of this beer was that it was going to be too light (dark but translucent) and I almost took it for granted. Then POW! roundhouse kick to the neck. I was a bit taken aback by my first drink. Deceivingly thick and full bodied and the alcohol took me for a little ride. Sweet roasted malt sucked me into another sip. Chocolate, coffee and my good buddy yeast came to my rescue though. Left a licorice type flavor/feeling in my mouth. Thanks to hopsrus for this little beating.

P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 14, 2002
light, slightly bitter coco nose. dark black, slightly choc. swiss miss powdered chocholate mix flavors.

heykevin (1287) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Once again, another imperial untill its well above cellar temp. At cellar temp it tastes black and roasty little thin hoppiness, not much in the way of malt complexity. But as it approaches room temp, wow malt complexity comes hops and dark sweet malts play with each other. Good imperial.

joet (2678) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2002
Big but not aggressive, the nose is broad for me but instead a solid wall of deep roasty plums -- a lot of homogenized flavors. The alcohol presents itself in the finish as a cleansing pepper snap. It somes alive over 55F. Take a big gulp!

Kaya161 (1142) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2002
On first impression it seems kind of mellow for an imperial stout, but it is just subtle. It doesn't taste close to 10%. Black, but not quite opaque. The aroma has essences of chocolate, raisins, and plums. The flavour isn't as itense and hoppy as say, a Bell's Expedition, or a Stone Imperial, but it is indeed complex and improves as it warms (more like an Old Rasputin). The initial taste is overtly sweet with chocolate and fig, the hops show themselves in the middle before fading to leave a warming chocolate finish. This one goes to show you that appearence isn't everything. This beer's flavour is much more intense than its colour led me to believe.

Uglyradio (790) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2002
Definitely a strong brew, the alcohol was easily detectable and quite warming. Very rummy tasting, nice chocolatey malt aftertaste. This one would benefit from some cellaring. Not bad, but not my favorite Imperial Stout. Reminds me of Meyers Dark Rum.

muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2002
Somewhat lighter in the pour than other recently sampled Imperials, but very thick and full in the off-white head. Medium-strong nose of chocolate-coffee with slight bitterness, little overt maltiness. Body very full, flavor relatively well-balanced between sharpness and smooth malty rum-punch-fruitcakiness. Raisins, port, chocolate all evident, but sharp hoppiness pervades the end. Good Imperial, not great -- but a GOOD Imperial is as good as you'd reasonably expect!

Ernest (7911) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2013 Nitro bottle. Head is initially tiny, creamy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (not opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, chocolate syrup), with notes of alcohol, Brach’s candies, maple syrup, vanilla. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Lightly to medium body, oily/creamy/syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Well, it’s been 7 years since I’ve reviewed this, but with the newly released nitro bottles I figured I might as well give it another go. Scored in the 2s back then and sadly still does, and is even worse now. Weird aroma that’s more like some sort of candy than beer. Almost zero roast, it’s just all sugary caramel-chocolate-candy-maple syrup. Syrupy-oily-sticky sweet without much to balance...kinda has the texture of heavy cream or buttermilk (without being as viscous as either...it’s surprisingly light bodied), with stark burning alcohol...almost gag-inducing, all in all. I guess they’re aiming this at people who don’t like beer and would rather have a boozy sweet chocolate liqueur or something. Otherwise I really don’t have any idea what they’re thinking. Drain pour.

JPDIPSO (6317) - Wauwatosa, USA - AUG 10, 2002
Dark chesnut color with a minimal head. (acually the second pour from this bomber created a nice tight tan head). Amomas primarily of malt. Flavors are quite sweet (toffee, brown sugar). Finishes with a nice dark malt linger.

Brewmaster (168) - USA - AUG 6, 2002
Aroma a bit weak, but decent flavor. Seems to be lacking a little. Alcohol hidden well.

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