Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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269 Ratings
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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 132
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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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)

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Magery
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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5/5  rDev +46.6%

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2/5  rDev -41.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +32%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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3/5  rDev -12%

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2/5  rDev -41.3%

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2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of womencantsail
1.98/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of SHODriver
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: 2010 bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Beer is black with ruby edges on the bottom. pours light with a half inch of fluffy tan head with decent retention
S: Smells of bitter hop aroma, some phenolic aromas from the alcohol, and a bit of sweet vanilla and caramel. Odd for a barrel aged stout.
T: tastes oxidized but some roast malt flavor, coffee and chocolate comes through. slightly woody/cardboard and alcohol flavors on the back end. unpleasant aftertaste. for a 10% stout this one hides the ABV poorly
M: thin with adequate carb
O: hopefully this beer was better fresh, I don't plan on buying another to find out.

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4.5/5  rDev +32%

Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.