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Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

Barrel-Aged Wake Up DeadBarrel-Aged Wake Up Dead

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BA SCORE
78
okay

254 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 22.06%


Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-02-2010)
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too bad this brew isn't closed coffin black. It's more of a murky mahogany with generous edges of amber and orange. In other words, wimpy as American double stouts go. The toasted tan lid is on the short side, but looks pretty good from creation to dissipation. Shredded sheets of lace are almost enough to save it.

The nose is dark caramel-like and roasted malty. Trouble is, it doesn't gain enough power and depth with warming to earn the higher score. Magnum and U.S. Golding hops stay hidden... as does, oddly enough, any barrel-aged character whatsover.

Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead does not blast the taste buds with stouty excellence. The flavor profile is not broad or deep or rich or complex... or anything else that the best versions bring to the table. That doesn't make it bad beer, just barely above average beer.

Black malt leads the way, which I've always found to be less desirable than chocolate or roasted malt in a double stout. Specifics include black licorice, blackstrap molasses, high cacao dark chocolate, burnt sugar, and an herbal spiciness from the still considerable lupulin load (50 IBUs to start). Alcohol is masked acceptably well, which helps a little.

The mouthfeel could use more ballast. It tastes like the brewers used a high percentage of the darker malts, but they needed to have used more barley overall. Well-calibrated carbonation gives the beer a lightly silky smoothness. However, style must be kept in mind when scoring.

There is precious little barrel-aged flavor in Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead. More might have helped... and it might not have. If Left Hand is looking for year-round big stout, Fade To Black Volume 1 is where they should start. If the suggestion box is still open, there's no need for this brew to see the light of day again. Keep that casket closed.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 12:55:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ark brown in color, nearly totally black with no light shine through on it what so ever. A huge tan head of foam came up over the top to a height of nearly three inches before settling back down into a thin film that coasted the inside of the glass and never fell to more then an inch in height. The aroma was rich, deep and dark chocolate notes with loads of coffee mixed in. Some light fruit notes are balancing it out now as well, really very well done here. As it warms it became very much sweeter. Such a really well done big stout. Smooth, rich and very creamy feel. Full bodied and loaded with carbonation with a high ABV that was nearly undetectable. Rich chocolate notes are the first things that we find here and they are anything but subtle as they meld into a wonderful coffee infused finish

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 05:31:59 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

1.98/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks for this one, Jeff.

The pour is a fairly dark brown color with a finger of khaki colored head. What a truly strange aroma. There's a bit of coffee and chocolate in there, but also some butter and a definite grassiness. Maybe a bit of smoke in there, too. It smells quite dusty, too. Oh wow, that flavor is bad. Sort of sour and acrid with bad coffee and chocolate flavors. There's a hint of smoke, maybe some wood, and a bit of ash and cigarette. Not good at all. Medium body with a medium level of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 09:26:20 | More by womencantsail
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My, what a barrel does for stout! As if the standard "Wake Up Dead" wasn't already a fine Imperial Stout, the extra flavors that emerge from the use of bourbon barrel give the Stout some absolutely sublime and intangible flavors that excite the senses.

Creamy and inky, the ale pours with a viscous roundness as it settles in the glass. A smoldering tan head slowly rises from the ominously dark body beneath. Its coffee-like creme swirls about the rim, slowly folding back into the beer and only regenerates with a gentle swirl of the glass. The Stout defiantly takes on espresso appearances.

Emboldened aromas of chocolate and roast are highly mocha-like, even with the added notes of burnt caramel, charred toast, roasted nuts and heavy whipping cream highlight the malt contributions. As the beer warms, nuances of dark fruit, herbs and barrel bring about elements of tobacco and walnut brownies.

Its smooth and deviant taste wraps around the tongue with bittersweet chocolate and creamy espresso. Its lavish sweetness takes the shape of toffee and molasses even as the caramel and vanillans of the wood continue to sweeten its taste, even deep in its finish. But the middle is savory and fruit- plumb, blackberry and blackcurrant all seem of the grilled varieties as mature sherry and port offer savory, salty and tangy richness. Notions of fruitcake and rum meet obvious bourbon flavor as the beer's woody bitterness signals its closure.

And its milkshake-like creaminess leaves the same favorable impressions in the tactile sensations of the mouth as well. Silky and velvety, the strong ale is easy on the palate as its deeply embedded carbonation stays in the beer and ensures its creamy texture even late. Moderate bourbon warmth and light wood spices adds the most supple dryness in the finish even though its aftertaste lingers delightfully into the next sip.

The barrels have really brought out many of the "hard-to-put-your-finger-on" flavors that had largely gone missed in the origianal Wake Up Dead. This fruitier, more savory, more mature taste is sublime in every way.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 18:40:05 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle picked up at Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a snifter.

Pours black with a short tan head and a very thin collar as the beer goes down. The nose brings forward a really strong whiskey character along with a hefty dose of booze. There is some chocolate lingering in the background but this one is all about the barrel. The taste follows the same path with just a bunch of booze and whiskey. There's also a light chalky character present as well. The body is medium and boozy with a slightly-astringent dry finish. Overall, not a fan of this. Not sure if it needs more time or what.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 14:22:03 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are moderate aromas of alcohol and brown sugar in the nose.
T: The taste lacks complexity and the flavors imparted from the oak barrel aging are very subdued. It has some flavors of roasted malts and bourbon in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: There wasn't anything exciting about the taste that would make me want to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 00:13:15 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.15/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown, near black body with a finger high level of beige-toned foam. Head recedes fairly fast.

Smell: Middling roastiness, spirit-soaked wood, and cheap, sugary chocolate in the aroma, though there's a faint, peculiar stink lingering in the background as well as some nostril and eye-stinging fusel wafts. A disheartening scent.

Taste: Woodsy, roasty and delivering a fair degree of sugar with a cloying sweetness to it. Very, very minor tastes of chocolate and light brown sugar follow by a spicy kick of anise oil and an odd, off-putting hint of baked rubber furniture feet. Sad fruits. Takes on a chalky tongue-coating quality and develops some boozy off-off-brand Baileys-like flavors. There's some astringency on the swallow and for the heated, bitter, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Maybe not exactly the peddled poison I see touted on here, but it's certainly not good or satisfactory. Okay, scratch that, as it grows rather grating as you work your way through the bottle, which I never saw as it ended up a drain pour. I wonder if there was any nervous hand-wringing or nail-biting at all as this stinker drove off in the delivery trucks. My opinion of Left Hand has taken a bit of a hit today.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 19:53:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

The last beer of the night, then the walk home. It pours a ruby-tinted black-brown topped by a finger or so of light tan foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, light oak, very light vanilla, and brown sugar. The lightness of the aroma can't be understated, I do declare. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, coffee, grass, oak, and blackened pretzel. The body is a straight medium with a light moderate carbonation. Overall, this thing is just too light, too thin, too wussy to really be considered anything great by any stretch. A major disappointment, to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 08:03:57 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand Wake Up Dead
Bottled on 10.26.10

With a little coaxing I was able to bring up a frothy head of (surprisingly subtly pinkish) tan that held quite well. When it eventually fell, it looked almost like wet yeasty dough. Lots of lacing was left behind, and although there was pretty much just a whispy surface covering throughout the remainder of the glass, the lacing remained strong. The body appeared black in the glass, but when held to the light you could see that it was a fairly clear, ruby-orange accented dark mahogany.

The aroma was fruity at first, revealing its chocolate and caramel notes later on. As my nose adjusted I found more of what appeared to be Bourbon. Ahh, but there's some woodiness there as well. Nice. There was just a hint of roastiness to it, almost like the ash and char of a camp fire the morning after, but not enough to make me think "Imperial" stout.

The wood comes through in the flavor, and it's not overdone. There's just enough there to give it some extra character. It's a bit like brown sugar on the tip of the tongue, followed by some fruit (berry-like with some cherry and a bit of dark fruit skins) and powdery cocoa-ish notes, and finally some golden caramel. A spritz of alcohol appears and then it shows its bitterness at the swallow, followed by chocolate notes. Dark bitter chocolate - nice. It's a surprisingly short finish until the alcohol starts to build on your palate, and then that lingers for seemingly forever. You really get that Bourbon barrel at that point. It's kind of like an alcohol soaked chocolate covered cherry.

All in all, I found it to be a really drinkable beer. It's certainly not a massive beer, with what I'd deem a medium body. Nor are the flavors overly rich, leaving it readily accessible. I thought the fruitiness was quite charming, and overall I found it really well-balanced and rounded. The only drawback to all of that is the fairly obvious alcohol note. How much of that is due to aging in Bourbon barrels, I don't know. Taking it as it is, hedonistically, I think it's a really solid, enjoyable beer. What I find missing, given the "Imperial stout" designation is more maltiness, body, and fuller flavors of chocolate and roast. It lacks depth, but not complexity.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 22:42:06 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cast in full-on ebony, sizable tan head drifts down soon enough.

Rich aromatics, cocoa and coffee, with sweet bourbon notes just below, gets bigger and fuller as we go in. Vanilla and oak notes peeping up.

Tasting it: A full blast on the palate, all those flavors promised in the nose board together. There's licorice bumping up against molasses, vanilla hints and oakiness meet chocolate and caramel.
There is a nice imperial stout under here, hiding under a cloak of bourbon. Sweet stuff, probably too sweet for some, and potent, for sure. Cloying? Just a little. But for bourbon barrel lovers, like me, there's a lot to like. And maybe love.

It's easy drinking for an imperial stout, never gets near chewy, stays clear of viscous. Goes down smooth and brimming with stout-y and barrel-y flavors.

Here's one that's been unjustly maligned, I think. Maybe it needed a bit more time, or perhaps it's better in the keg?

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2011 00:58:59 | More by feloniousmonk
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emerge077

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Weak skim across the top, with a clustered ring of larger bubbles on the outer rim of the tulip glass. Body looks to be black, but shows some high clarity crimson red when backlit.

Really hard to pull out much from the aroma, even as it warms. After a sustained swirl there's a boozy note, sort of oddly phenolic. Some traces of dry roast at room temp, but nothing approaching Imperial Stout.

Fairly thin bodied, slightly creamy, dry, bitter, and very mildly tannic. Some astringent char in the aftertaste, very little barrel character or overall depth. Alcohol is perceptible. Fairly average and inoffensive overall. Not something i'd pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 00:55:11 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent black with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Sheets of lacing & above average head retention

S: Dark fruit, toffee & vanilla & booze once warm.

T: Dark fruit & chocolate, charcoal & coffee up front, the coffee is fairly faint. More chcolate, some woody hops, dryness, warming booze, faint bourbon notes & some caramel as this warms, plus some vanilla & oak notes. Finishes dry, warming with carob, dark cherries & caramel & some boozeyness, some roastyness & a touch of smokeyness

MF: Fairly chewy; fairly faint carbonation, pretty warming, starts thinning out as this warms, not the point of disappointment, but not helping the cause either

Drinks alright, not bad, needs more barrel character to really shine. This was better than the score I'm seeing IMO, but not one to make you blow off more established barrel age choices. Might pick some more up if on sale & see how it ages. I do believe another 6 months would've help with this bottle.... ABV is fairly well hidden...

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 05:05:14 | More by russpowell
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It had nice retention and left sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of bourbon, oak and vanilla - like a barrel aged beer should. Also a nice roasty aroma.

T - It tasted of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Good roasted malt taste with chocolate and toffee.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full bodied stout that is dry.

D - This is a really good barrel aged imperial stout. It was worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 21:17:19 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light creamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with a touch of lacing over dark brown molasses colored almost black beer with some light coming through.

Nose starts pretty bad, a dry bready funk, woody esthers, sawdust and that bad funky wild aroma that comes from a bad wild beer. That overpowers most of it, but under that is a slight toasty bready dark malt, and hints of roast.

Taste has lot more of the bad part, a dry sawdust thrown over vomit induced wild funk. The bad part of a wild gone wrong, mixed with sawdust and at least some decent dark malts, a bit of roast, a slight bitter earthy hop, fairly bitter that gets stronger on the finish.

The mouth is medium to a little heavier bodied, with decent carbonation and bit of warming booze.

Drink is not so great either, it's hard to scoff down something that barely keeps on the plus side of tasting better going down than coming up, which it almost seems that it wants to eventually do. If I didn't spend so much on this one I probably would let it go down the drain without passing through my liver and kidneys (or back up the esophagus the other way first).

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 03:36:34 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at 1702; February 2011
The beer arrives with a frothy, quarter-finger thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head; this is very light for an Imperial Stout. The beer is a dark, burnt amber hue that shows a clear, full, slightly concentrated amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of light, toasted coconut, and vanillin up front, some bourbon like spice as well as a dark fruit character that becomes a bit more noticeable with some time (notes of raisin seem the most noticeable, but a touch of concentrated plum is also here). The nose is definitely dominated by the barrel notes, but it is actually fairly balanced for a barrel aged beer.

Medium bodied (or even more so) this viscously clings to the palate with a definite heft. The beer has some deeply caramelized malt sweetness to it up front, but finishes with a combination of spicy barrel character, some slightly bitter roasted grain character and a slight, but clean hop bitterness. Big flavors of vanillin, toasted sweet coconut and a definite spiciness contribute a barrel signature that reminds me of Bourbon. Fruity notes of raisins, prunes and perhaps some dried fig notes contribute a rich middle to this beer and help to balance out the barrel character. The lingering finish on this beer makes me think of a toasted wood plank (slightly caramelized, a hint of char, and just a spicy woodiness that has some earthy overtones). The combination of ingredients / techniques in this beer make me think of tobacco, some cedar notes, a touch of menthol laden wood, perhaps a touch herbal hoppiness.

This is not a bad beer, it is definitely a pale interpretation of an Imperial stout (both in color and in the light touch of roast here), and I am actually enjoying this quite a bit more than I would have expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 22:08:07 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out as a really dark brown... For an imperial stout I was thinking more like pitch black. The head is tan and it goes away after a little while. The smell is sweet and earthy, it's also roasted and boozy. The taste is decent or average to say the least... I really thought this was going to be much more impressive. The mouthfeel was too light for an Imperial. This was pretty much a disappointment right from the beginning.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 23:16:10 | More by Knapp85
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.17/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured dark dark brown with a nice tannish cap. So far so good.

S: Alcohol, some roasted notes

T: Bland chocolate notes, not much flavor or anything to this just sordove misguided. No real bourbon, wood, vanilla

M: Thinner body than I expected from the ABV, not much flavor

D: I drainpoured after three sips. Waste of money

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 00:49:07 | More by barleywinefiend
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mdfb79

New York

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/18/11 notes. I received one of these last year in the Birthday BIF that I hadn't gotten around to opening (was saving for a tasting), but got another recently as an extra from GoldenJet, so figured I would crack one. Thanks Cory. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip. Bottled on 10/26/10.

a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with two fingers of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing on the glass, and head lasts for about two minutes.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, cream. A little sweet and boozy, but actually nice.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, coffee, vanilla,
roasted malts, chocolate, and sweet dark fruits. A step up from the nose; some really nice bourbon and vanilla mixing with the sweet chocolate and roasted malts...I really like the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy.

o - Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Was a little thrown off by the low score overall, but I think this one is much much better than a lot of the reviews let on. Maybe it's just gotten better over the last 14 months, or maybe there is bottle variation, but I liked it quite a bit. Lots of vanilla/cream mixing with bourbon and chocolate and a bit sweet. Interested to see what happens to it over time with my other bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 16:36:44 | More by mdfb79
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a pretty thick black, big cherry cola style head on top of it. Mild notes of roast, barrel notes, nothing spectacular, but no offputting aroma either. At this point, I'm already wondering why people hated it so much, it was a good looking beer with nothing offensive in the aroma.

Taste, very mild barrel notes, creamy mouthfeel, decent thickness and mouthfeel. Fractional cherry in the mouthfeel. I didn't find the base beer to be thin like many said, I found the barrel flavor to be thin, but I'd take that any day over the ones that just taste like a boilermaker/car bomb type of situation. Relatively easy to drink, hid the alcohol quite well, although I felt it after completion.

Bought this beer in March 2011 from Sun Devil Liquors, aged it at room temperature until Feb 2012, everybody who drank it liked it. I think for less than $10 a bottle, right off the shelf, this is actually a nice option.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 19:54:37 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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glid02

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth dark chocolate and roasted malts backed by mild amounts of oak. Also present are slight amounts of char and slighter amounts of toffee.

Tastes similar to how it smells although better integrated. Robust roasted malt flavors leaning toward the sweet side kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens a bit with the addition of dark toffee, black cherry, and faint vanilla flavors. The sweetness then subsides near the end of the sip with slight hints of char and oak that rounds everything out nicely. The ending is moderately bitter.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation was on the heavy side for a beer of this style.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another with no problems.

Overall I wasn't sure what to expect from a BA beer from Left Hand but I was pleasantly surprised. A tasty beer that's well worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2010 03:04:51 | More by glid02
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a dark, barely translucent chocolaty brown with a thick, fine-bubbled, fairly persistent tan head that leaves some decent lacing. Aroma is smoky with hints of chocolate, toffee and licorice and a noticeable alcohol nip. Flavor has tones of unsweet chocolate, licorice, bitter wood, caramel, coffee and toffee; unfortunately, the alcohol bite is a wee bit too strong - half a point off there. Texture is fiercely edgy and fairly fizzy, leaving behind a long-lasting tingle and a bit of a metallic tang, as well as just a whisper of sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 00:46:18 | More by Cyberkedi
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bluejacket74

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 10/26/10. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head that went away quickly. Average amount of lacing left on the glass. Not much to the aroma, it smells like charred malt, a bit of dark fruit and some licorice. I have no idea what kind of barrel this was aged in, but I don't notice anything in the aroma that would make me think this was aged in one for long. It tastes like bitter roasted/burnt malt, licorice, and also an overall herbal flavor. Some sweet flavor (molasses) does come out as the beer warms up more. Like the aroma, there's nothing in the taste that would make me think this is a barrel aged beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium with moderate carbonation, but for the style I think the mouthfeel is light. Drinkability is a little below average, but I did finish the bomber so it can't be that awful. Overall, I just don't care for this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 23:25:15 | More by bluejacket74
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark red amber with a thin tan head and decent lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and a solvent like element. Taste is unusual. Starts with roasted and almost smoked malts, then several medicinal and phenolic flavors assert themselves. Finishes with a nice smoky malt flavor, but with some of the odd off flavors mixed in. Not like any stout I've had before. Wish there was more oak. Not very well balanced. An interesting beer, but misses the mark.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 02:38:43 | More by LiquidAmber
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nickfl

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of light brown foam, resting on a black body with ruby highlights showing through. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - Lots of molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. There is some dark fruity as well, cherry and red apple mostly as well as a bit of rum.

T - Dark, sugary malt up front. Lots of plum and brown sugar and a deep molasses note. Some spicy sugar in the middle with notes of chicory and clove. The beer finishes with moderate bitterness and lots of sweet brown sugar soaked with rum.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This beer was a bit of a disappointment. It is cloyingly sweet with molasses and brown sugar serving as the primary flavor characteristics. The barrel aging seems to have had minimal effect with just a light note of rum that is heavily influence by the sugary malt. The beer is almost completely lacking in roasted malt character or chocolate notes, it is really all about molasses. Whatever the intention, this seems to be more of an imperial brown ale than anything else and it just doesn't work for me. A rare miss from lefthand.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 07:12:26 | More by nickfl
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Gmann

New York

3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color that is brown towards the edges. The khaki colored head is creamy and settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of light roast and perhaps some dark cherries. A touch of char and caramel. With that said, the aroma is very light for a big stout, it was hard to pull these aromas.

The aroma is sweet. Tastes like a milk stout base with some scant bourbon flavor. Some mellow caramel and vanilla flavors give the beer a dessert characteristic to it. A hint of bitter roast in the end but not much. Some light woody flavors and an overall generally fruitiness but nothing like what you would find in most RIS/imperial stouts. The flavor is a bit too smooth, nothing really pops.

Moderate body with soft carbonation. Sweet on the palate but not cloying. A touch sticky on the finish. Drinks very smooth and the ABV is well hidden. Drinks easy but missing some body.

Nothing wrong with this beer, no real flaws, but it just doesn't pop for the style and ABV. Its smooth and drinks easy but if you want a good BA stout look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

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