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Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

267 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 21.7%
Wants: 22
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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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Photo of DerrickW
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of denver10
3.86/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black, pretty viscous, with a nice mocha head and good lacing. Aroma starts off with some of the barrel and kicks into some roastiness, chocolate, a hint of some dark fruits, and liquorice. Flavor offers brandy and its barrels, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, liquorice. A good dose of alcohol is noticeable an not quite in a balanced way. A nice full, milky mouthfeel. Overall, a very solid and enjoyable barrel aged stout and quite suprised at how low the ratings for this one are. Not a beer that can stand up with the greats of the style, but its also not priced like one either. For $8.50 a bomber, I definitely feel as though I got my money's worth and would happily drink again.

Photo of Jasonrm72
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Gmann
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of sukwonee
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of appetiteforparis
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of purdueflyguy
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of CGMLS3
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jplopez21
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of QuamLaetus
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of abex44
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of cfh64
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of CWhite
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of chugalug06
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Nice thick caramel colored foamy/soapy head. Brew is thinner black.

A slight iced tea scent. chocolate and the normal stout aroma... Bark, woody, vanilla aroma.

Lots of light iced tea flavors. darker chocolate flavors, vanilla, lemon, oaky, light, drinkable. Carbonation is near perfect at heavy. Not overly sweet and no bitterness.

Nice smooth well balanced trainer BA Stout.. Recommended, but not for the well trained palate. Underwhelming at $10/22oz. Glad I tried it!

Photo of tswater
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of smcnulty1981
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black, with 2 fingers of head, and sticky lace left all over the glass

S - Sweet, lots of alcohol on the aroma, they don't hide it.

T - Like the smell, sweeet. Alcohol is very heavy, in your face. Some fruits, but dark coffee like malt backbone and alcohol overwhelm

M - full bodied, smooth, well balanced.

O - A damn good DIS. Love to try this one on draft.

Photo of dmartin118
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of ghengisflan
1.5/5  rDev -56%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

After taking a swig, I checked the expiration date to see if the beer had expired. Okay, it was brewed 6 months ago. I gave it the benefit of the doubt and tried again. It still tasted very oxidized and worse; the taste is like a cacophony of grass, old raisin, and sour licorice overwhelming the normal chocolate and coffee flavors I would expect from a stout. I had high hopes for this beer, but it more than disappointed.

It didn't smell great either.

Photo of bent
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of freewill35
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of hiphopj5
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of BostonHops
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a dark mahogany, sits a borderline black tone while yielding a short-lived finger of light tan head; spotty lacing. nose is pretty tame for a barrel-aged imperial stout. subdued notes of coffee, roasted malt, and maybe a touch of dark fruits. average aroma.

flavor is decent. on the sweet side with some roastiness, dark chocolate, and a little coffee. a bit astringent. not drainpour territory by any means but very underwhelming. thin on the palate with average carbonation.

overall, for a barrell-aged imperial stout i'm walking away fairly disappointed. again, it's not terrible, i just expected a lot more. proof that simply throwing an imperial stout into a bourbon barrel for some time isn't necessarily a sure-fire route to a world class beer.

(originally reviewed: 07-19-2011)

Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.