Wake Up Dead Nitro - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 51
Gots: 163 | FT: 6
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Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: shadowofthereaper_666 on 01-12-2014

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Photo of don1481
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured hard into pint glass.

Appearance: like with the BA Old Rasputin, this has that really cool effect with the tan head, with small bubbles near the black beer and big ones near the top. As the head dies down, there is some lacing along the side. Plenty of bubbles just hanging out on the side of the glass.

Smell: A little bit of chocolate, a little bit of sweetness. Not close to overpowering.

Taste: sweet, more like a milk stout. Some chocolate notes. For something that's over 10%, there's no alcohol taste to note.

Mouthfeel: a little sticky, thicker, full bodied.

Overall: pretty good for sure. Wasn't sure what to expect from this given the wide ranging reviews here. Glad I tried it.

Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured forcefully from nitro bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Jet black with lovely, tan, nitro head.

Smell: Dark fruits, molasses, chocolate and light coffee. Good aroma for a nitro beer.

Taste: Nice mix of dark fruits (such as figs), molasses, licorice, chocolate and coffee. The hops are kept to a minimum, but there is a slight bite on the finish from the roasted malts.

Feel: Silky and smooth without the standard carbonated feel. Lighter than most Imperial Stouts, but still some heft. Basically, it feels like a nitro beer.

Overall: Extremely impressive that Left Hand is able to make a Nitro Imperial Stout in a bottle. Really good stuff. I would love it if other brewers did this. Nitro Yeti? Nitro Ten Fidy? Nitro Expedition? Yes, please.

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a lot of rising carbonation. About one finger of tan head that settles into a thinner creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and sweet dark malt forward aroma with big hints of chocolate and subtle dark fruit. Dark roasted barley malt with a scent of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, smoke, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses and cream. Dark fruit hints of plum, cherry, raisin, fig, and prune. Also some hints of black licorice. A pretty solid aroma that is on the sweeter side for the style.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a sweet and roasty dark malt driven taste with creamy notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, smoke, and yeast. Sweet notes of molasses, vanilla, and cream. Big dark fruit presence with notes of plum, raisin, prune, cherry, and fig. Anise notes of black licorice. A very solid sweet taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a pretty high level of carbonation from the nitro. Very creamy, silky, and smooth with minimal alcohol heat.

Overall: A very good twist on an Imperial Stout. Nice sweet chocolate and fruit flavors. The nitro adds some nice creaminess without taking too much bite away from the taste. On the sweeter side of Imperial Stouts but it works nice here.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter; black with a slowly rising head of classic nitro bubbles that create a minimal half-finger head the color of irish cream that sticks around.
Smells of dark roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, with slight hints of dark fruit and sweetness.
Taste is so smooth thanks to the nitro...it's like dark chocolate espresso, with hints of dark fruit and vanilla. Glorious.
Mouthfeel is wet, full and smooth thanks to the nitro. Works really well with the flavors.
Overall, I really enjoy the nitro version of this beer. I don't remember much about the regular version, or if I've even had it, but this one is awesome. It's an imperial stout that drinks like a milk stout, but isn't cloying.

Photo of chinchill
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%

12 oz nitro bottle. Seemed to pour a bit flat but a durable, thick and creamy tan head arose shortly.
Full, creamy feel Nutty, dark roasted malt aroma. Rich roasted flavor, with hints of coffee and licorice and a negligible burnt aspect. Excellent bitter/sweet mix.
O: Excellent.

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a - Pours jet black into tulip glass with 1/2 in -1 1/2 inch depending on the quality of the pour. Follow the directions on the bottle (ignore your instincts to pour at 45 deg) and pour straight down.

s - Smells of coffee and dark roasted malts

t- Initial flavor of coffee and roasted malts with notes of licorice upfront and dark cherries on the back of the palate. Lingering, pleasant alcohol warmth, very tasty.

m - Very smooth creamy mouthfeel. Medium-heavy bodied with low carbonation.

o -Complex yet defined flavor profile. If you drink the entire four pack, you will as the name implies, wake up dead.
Serving type: Bottle

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color, with a half of a finger of cascading, caramel-colored foam that once settled, formed a thick lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Strong, delicious, earthy, rich, bready, roasted, malty, aromas, co-mingled with lots of brown sugar and caramel, some dark chocolate, lactose and a touch of licorice.

Taste: Fantastically, delicious! Tons of earthy, rich, bready, roasted, malt up front, followed by tons of brown sugar and caramel-like sweetness, some dark chocolate, lactose and a touch of licorice.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and extremely smooth and creamy, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 10.2%, there is surprising very little alcohol on the palate. The alcohol is extremely well masked.

Overall: This is a spectacular, non-barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout. Earthy, rich, bready, roasty, malty, sweet (but not cloying), smooth and creamy. I’m definitely getting some more of this !!

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint from a 12 ounce nitro bottle.

A- Beautiful cascading results from the aggressive pour. A thick, milkshake-like head forms and retains itself well. The body is pitch black. 4.5

S- There's lots of booze on the nose, but also a strong aroma of oatmeal, vanilla and toffee and hints of chocolate. There's some barrel aroma there too. 4.25

T- Barrel flavor continues, as does the booze, but the vanilla and toffee do too. Dark chocolate adds another layer of flavor. 3.75

M- Smooth and creamy for the most part, the booze level undoes some of this beer's greatness. 3.75

O- Many great qualities shine here, but the booziness is a bit hard to ignore. This is a good beer, really good, but only could get to excellent with age that apparently won't work due to the nitrogen. 4

Photo of tastybeer
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice and black and nitro... Good looking tight foam, light brown in color with some spots sticking around the glass. Plus you can always appreciate the 'waterfall' when you pour a nitro beer. Aroma is lightly sweet, fruity, and creamy with milk/lactose and cocoa. Seems like a Russian Imperial Milk stout in smell. Nice dark berries underneath, and increased roasty malt as it warms. Flavor is solidly Russian imperial.... One of my favorite dark beer styles. Chocolate, coffee, more chocolate, a mix of misc. dark fruit including figs. The alcohol is only casually noticeable, but mostly forgettable as this is super drinkable. Bitterness is low as well as dryness...appropriately so. Mouthfeel is coating, chocolate syrupy, soft, with an interesting dusting of chalkiness.

I like this and it's a good style for nitro. Some heavier, more flavorful beers seem to do better with nitro than just the more common Guinness or Boddingtons etc. I'd like to try this one on nitro tap sometime.

Photo of GilGarp
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served slightly chilled into a pint glass. With a vigorous pour (bottle turned vertically), the carbonation cascades gradually to the top.

Wake Up Dead nitro is basically black in color with thick tight head just like a beer from a nitro tap.

Aroma is rich and roasty with mellow coffee and dark chocolate.

Flavor is sweet initially with chocolate and milk stout character.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and perfectly carbonated. Very smooth and creamy.

Overall an excellent stout and made even more special with the nitro carbonation.

Photo of Roguer
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful thick nitro tan head atop a reddish black brew.

Slightly stale aroma with dark fruit, barley, and cream.

Slightly boozy flavor, with nuts, cream, grapes, and bitter, lasting, roasted barley.

Silky and smooth full feel, very drinkable, with a long wet finish.

Great stout, not as good as their milk stout, but much stronger.

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent mahogany with a pinky of mocha colored head. Viscious look, alright lacing & head retention

S: Near zero nose, one of the biggest draw backs of nitro. A little dark fruit& booze sneaks in

Dark chocolate, dates & a touch of licorice up front. Booze & a bit of vanilla as this warms, some caramel & some more dates & charred grain. Finishes boozey, with dark fruit & a bit of charred grain with much dryness

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation

Drinks better than the unleaded version, but not one I would buy again. Too many other good ones out there

Photo of StoutBrotha602
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Great pour.. many of theLeft Hand Nitros are "pour Hard" selections.. when they tell you to do so .. dump that thing in your glass!

i had this beer last year about winter time and it was oooh so good rich and roasted notes, silky mouth taste, great finish.

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a thin lace that last. Earthy and woody on the nose with lots of roasty notes and a touch of licorice. Rich and creamy but the high abv combined with the nitro gives almost no effervescence or even the scrubbing tiny bubbles provided by a nitro carbonation. Flavors get blended to the point of being indiscernible but they do work together and there is a good hop bitterness on the back end along with a bit of alcohol heat. Roasty and bitter and incredibly creamy and dry. Good beer but I think I prefer the non-nitro version. Some flavors get lost to the body.

As i get through the beer I'm starting to appreciate it more and more. It's nice to have a good imperial stout with the nitro. A nice alternative to most of the nitro options out there. Rich velvety, well blended yet simple flavors with a big bold finish.

Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

The nose has a strong chocolate malt aroma with a bit of roast, maple, cream and nitrogen.

The flavor is dry chocolate malt, roast, coffee, faint dark fruit, light toffee and a wash away taste of nitrogen.

The nitrogen certainly exhibits itself in look and feel but it seems to hijack the flavor and keep it off the palate. At 10 % the nitrogen helps keep this amazingly drinkable.

Photo of philbe311
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The nitro pour out of the bottle is hard wrap one's head around, but t certainly is as advertised... All the beauty of the cascading nitro pour was present leaving two fingers worth of fluffy rich creamy light khaki colored frothiness... The color is a deep dark mahogany... Lots of stray carbonation bubbles cling to the sides of the glass... The nose is rich, robust and rather glorious... Chocolate... Vanilla... Caramel... Dark fruit... Maple syrup... Brown sugar... Just a faint whiff of licorice... Everything one expects from a Russian Imperial Stout... All aromas work well and compliment one another nicely... Wonderful depth and complexity... All the aromas translate to the palate, but they are not nearly as robust... They're not timid by any means either... The roasted malt presence is also a nice addition... The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full bodied but is still remarkably airy and fluffy... Smooth with little or no noticeable carbonation... ... A bit chalky throughout... A really nice brew... I never new this existed until a co-worker provided it as part of a case split... Good stuff all the way around...

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
2.97/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

L: It's nitro, it's good to look at......All downhill from here.
S: Dark roasted, a little chocolate, and booze.
T: Follows the nose, but the booze is too prevalent. The great stout flavors I'm expecting just never come out, it's really lacking in flavor. Other than bad booze.
F: Creamy and coating....it's just to bad the coating flavor is a boozy burn.
O: Not recommendable, definitely not going to buy again. There are countless better options out there.

Photo of wedge
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BEST BY: 09/17/14

Poured hard into a pint glass, a thick milkshake-like head forms over a deep black body and remains there for the duration. Smooth, gentle aromas of molasses, dark fruit, nuts, caramel, cocoa, and bright coffee roast. First sip is beautifully creamy upfront followed by a wave of dark, malty flavors. Lively and fruity building up to some sweet toffee and chocolate and soft alcohol. A little too much residual sweetness for my personal tastes. Creamy, yet lighter feeling that most Imperial Stouts. Lots of caramelized sugars and noticeable strength hurt the undrinkability somewhat, but this is still a worthwhile RIS.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: jet black ink with but a finger of mocha foam; left some trails down the glass

S: dark sweetly roasted cocoa and dark malt aromas

T: bittersweet chocolate and cold coffee; hits of anise lighten the flavors; some char, some roast; edged with subtle vanilla accents

M: incredibly smooth and sleek, minimal carbonation, medium weight, creamy and soft

O: an improvement over their base Wake Up Dead stout - recommended

Photo of dd43
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a fairly unusual beer in terms of being bottled with nitrogen but still packing 10+% ABV. Nice roast qualities in the aroma and flavor, very light cocoa aroma as well. Booziness carries over after you swallow, I experienced some alcohol fumes in my nose. This is a beer you breathe a little bit after you drink it. Silky mouthfeel for a Russian imperial, recommended.

Photo of leppard77
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Wow, just wow. If you want your butt kicked then settle down with one of these. Good flavor for such high ABV

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nice very dark body with slight cola highlights. That creamy nitro head is over the top decadent.
smell: Subtle for an impy, but very smooth, understated richness. Subtle chocolate and some nuttiness.
taste: oh, that's the stuff. Rich and decadent. All the promise of the nose plus some dark fruit and a slight alcohol burn that's just right.
Feel: usually not big on this attribute but this silky decadence deserves a note.
overall: Kudos to this rich and dangerously drinkable gem.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice spicy, bitter coffee-tasting brew. Nice contrast to the milk chocolate taste of the milk stout.

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says Best By: 02/18/15.

A- Pours a 99% opaque solid black color and, as the head makes a decent cascade toward the top, it creates a 1/2 inch bubbly tan head that retains good and long.

S- Sweet, somewhat boozy aroma of dark roast, raisin and molasses.

T- The nitro does wonders in muting the flavors to make for a smooth drink. What's left is some charry dark roast, mild hop flavor, a bit of dark chocolate and some almost tart sweetness on the back end. The alcohol is certainly noticeable but stays at bay mostly.

M- The best part, of course. Creamy and luscious with a full body.

O- Pretty sweet for an RIS. Definitely a decent offering by Left Hand. A bit rough around the edges but, once again, the nitro does wonders in muting the unwanted flavors.

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz nitro bottle poured hard into pint glass.

A - Black with a cascade of fine brown bubbles, which settles down to a finger of creamy light brown head. A good centimeter of head persisted the whole time I was drinking.

S - A muted aroma of chocolate and roasted malts.

T - Sweet chocolate, coffee, and a good amount of roasted malts. There is a moderate amount of bitterness as well.

M - Super smooth and creamy, as nitros tend to be. The alcohol is impressively hidden and this goes down very easy. The velvety smooth texture complements the sweetness and bitterness well.

O - Another great nitro from Left Hand. I prefer the milk stout but this is a beast of its own.

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