Wake Up Dead Nitro - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
4.43/5 rDev +10.2%
Picked this up in Totowa, not having a Left Had brew in quite some time and not even recalling when the last time was when I had a nitro beer. There wasn't a widget in here but this was so darned tasty that it didn't even need one! From start to finish, this was unlike any other RIS that I've ever had and the only thing I'm wondering now is where I can find more of this!
Nice pour to this, as it had a dark hue, garnet edges, and a creamy head that was soft but not terribly thick. The bubbles weren't seen but as soon as I could get a taste of this, the nitro was felt. Lots of oats and licorice in the nose with more in the taste, along with a hint of bourbon stickiness and some cocoa nibs. Did I mention that this was smooth and silky? It almost didn't feel like a liquid but rather, just one endless wave of cream that i had to cut off from time to time. The alcohol wasn't noticeable and all of the flavors melded into one. It's rare that I have to pace myself through a beer of the style but that was indeed the case here.
The was strong but never felt it and I never got any warming from the alcohol either. Simply wonderful and for those of you that can't find a RIS on a nitro tap somewhere, this was good enough to fool me into thinking that it was poured through a line and not from a bottle. Just the right amount of body and a warm and tasty array of notes kept me hooked the whole time. Props to left hand for brewing a Stout that stood out from most of the others that I've enjoyed over the years!
04-25-2014 21:03:59 | More by JerzDevl2000
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
05-05-2014 00:35:22 | More by don1481
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
04-17-2014 17:00:41 | More by bsp77
4.38/5 rDev +9%
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.
06-11-2014 02:48:58 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
4.14/5 rDev +3%
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
05-17-2014 23:33:43 | More by AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.94/5 rDev -2%
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
07-23-2014 03:20:04 | More by ONovoMexicano
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
05-07-2014 02:17:12 | More by tastybeer
4.29/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
04-12-2014 03:33:51 | More by GilGarp
Wake Up Dead Nitro from Left Hand Brewing Company
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