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Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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78
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273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 21.35%
Wants: 21
Gots: 42 | 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:
Beer added by: mcallister on 08-02-2010

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Photo of ghengisflan
1.56/5  rDev -54.4%
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 +9.6%

Photo of freewill35
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of hiphopj5
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of BostonHops
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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)

Photo of danoble1
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Magery
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of antoines15
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Sryer10
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mhagler
5/5  rDev +46.2%

Photo of stbo101
2/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of bertram
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of laymansbeerfan
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of IdrinkGas
2/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of RedHaze
2/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of womencantsail
2.04/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

Photo of JMBSH
3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.