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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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254 Ratings
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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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Photo of StlHopHead77


3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours out a dark brown body with some slight ruby edges that supports 2 fingers of semi-resilient tawny foam which left sparse but strong lacing.Lots of visible carbonation.

S-Smells of medium roast coffee,vanilla,toast,ash and weak,generic chocolate.

T-Tastes better than it smells.Sweetened coffee,licorice,dark chocolate,maduro cigar wrapper and molasses.

M-Here's where they drop the ball.This beer was stupid thin.For the style,it was anorexic.It needed more body and a more developed composition in general.Too much carbonation as well.

O-Not bad but not what it could've been.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 11:41:25 | More by StlHopHead77
Photo of Patrick999


2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I'm just not that crazy about this. Nice enough pour into a snifter - dark brown with good retention. Just getting a little alcohol, maple and barrel char in the nose....no real inviting aromas to speak of.

Taste is austere and dry, with a medicinal bitter cherry note in there that I'm just not feeling. It does get better when warm, more of the roasted character comes through, but still, this is not my favorite barrel-aged stout by a long shot.

Overall, I'm not impressed. Probably the least-complex, least-interesting barrel-aged stout I've ever had. Not sure what Left Hand did with this one, but I was expecting much better. Oh well, they can't all be wins.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 22:31:46 | More by Patrick999
Photo of TheSupremeAJ


4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby chestnut, similar to a dark barleywine almost. Per the stated style this is poor, however it is OK in my books. Head is thick, luscious, and retentious. Aroma is smooth and oakey, not real strong. Some bitter cocoa is prevalent. The taste is actually kind of between a stout and a barleywine... it actually taste like a barleywine with cocoa and black coffee notes. This is unique, and seriously the only thing imperial about this is the ABV and not the taste, aroma, or mouthfeel. The carbonation is medium to high and may be a little high for the style, although enjoyable. Hops are certainly muted. Aftertaste is similar to quality black coffee and rich bittersweet cocoa, not real sweet actually despite what other reviewers say. Overall this was a really enjoyable beer although it really didn't fit into the mold of a style if you know what I mean. If this review was based on enjoyment and not style, I would have rated better.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 02:38:48 | More by TheSupremeAJ
Photo of perrymarcus


3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
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; yields 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 04:16:50 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of BarrytheBear


1.4/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Stout? Uh, no. Mahogany/amber pour with glass spotting. A pretense of a mistake.

Trojan condoms straight from the wrapper. Smells of youthful indiscretion.

This is NOT a stout. Just a mess: mislabeled, misconceived, misfire, misleading. As a barrel aged stout this does not work. Color gives the first hint, rubbery nose provides solid secondary support, and the body and taste fail to uphold their end as well. Barrel comes off as rubbery with some acrid fishy qualities. No real roast or RIS supportive malting. Not sure what happened here, but it didn't work.

Thin...an atrocious barrel aged stout. Misgivings galore.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 15:41:26 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of zachary80


3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a NB Globe. Date 10/16/10

L: Huge billowy off-white head. Fades down to normal size after a few minutes and leaves some thick lacing. Body is somewhat lighter expected while pouring, but looks black in the glass

S: Oak and coffee, come sweet roasted malt.

T: Slight sweetness. Bitter from dark malts, somewhat dry/astringent, maybe upped by the oak. Finish is dry ad somewhat disappointing.

M: Too thin for my preference. Not hitting the mouthfeel of a RIS, and surprised the oats didn't add more. Seems over-carbed. Warming present otherwise wouldn't have guessed the alcohol.

O: Overall it's a decent beer that I think people had too high of expectations for. A thicker

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 01:20:38 | More by zachary80
Photo of hosehead83


2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass. "Bottled on 10-26-10" stamped on the bottle.
Dark brown/black in color, with a thick, tan head of foam.
Aroma-Faint chocolate, dark fruit notes
Taste-Raisins, black coffee, licorice come on in the fore front; then black cherry and gasp!-Redman chewing tobacco and dirt-covered hops rush in to totally unbalance everything. A big hot mess of flavors that do not play nicely together. Maybe a fresh bottle would have been better, as aging did not seem to help this brew at all. Try at your own risk.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 15:59:48 | More by hosehead83
Photo of FanofHefe


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

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip, bottled on 10-26-10. Dark brown body, almost black, with no light getting through. With an aggressive pour, I get over two fingers of tan head that has good retention leaving nice creamy lacing.

The aroma starts with roasted malt and adds dark fruit and licorice. A hint of bourbon finishes the aroma.

Tasty blend of flavors that follow the aroma. A bit sweeter than I would have expected from the aroma. Some chocolate and toffee flavors in the mix. Not much in the hop category but not much expected for this style.

The only real knock on this brew for me is the light and somewhat watery mouthfeel. A different RIS for sure, but tasty in it's own way. No real notice of the alcohol for the abv. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 01:31:01 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of SFLpunk


3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date. Purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL.

Pours a thin brown/black with some egg-shell white head. Not much though. Looks thin.

Nose smells a little past it's prime. Some smoke, caramel chews, and caramel malt. Smells like a brown ale.

Palate is rather thin for an Impy stout. Flavors of roasted malts, toasted oak, vanilla beans, green bell pepper (weird). Alcohol is hot and seems to sit on top of the palate. A bit thin for the style.

Notes: Solid taste, but the texture is not impressive.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 02:48:36 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of billab914


3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone IRA glass. It looked to be on the thinner side and more towards a brown color when pouring. Once in the glass it was darker brown with a half inch, frothy head covering the top.

The aroma kind of has a boozy, dark fruit, sweet thing going on. Raisins and figs are there along with some brown sugar and cocoa sweetness.

The taste mixes some cocoa powder with some darker, burnt and roasty flavors. I get some molasses coming out as well as some sweeter, dark fruits. A little bit of a boozy, woody flavor in the finish as well as some bitter chocolate.

The mouthfeel is thin for the style and carbonation is about average. Overall it wasn't a bad beer, but wasn't a standout in it's style either. It felt thin and light for the style, and the barrel aging didn't really seem to do much for it. It just felt a little boozy and without the nice barrel character that usually accompanies a barrel aged beer. Again, not a bad beer, but not one I'd say is above average in in either the Imperial stout or barrel aged categories.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 00:55:20 | More by billab914
Photo of Knapp85


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
Photo of ChugginOil


3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead

Poured from a bomber into Delirium snifter. Bottled on 10-26-10

Pours a dark nut-brown color and settles pitch black. The pour leaves two fingers of dark cream colored head. This fluffy mound seems to hold up well, boasting thick walls of lace.

The nose is hard to distinguish but through the collision of aromas I sense a lot of oak, raisins, a touch of cocoa and booze. It's not too balanced because its hard to decipher.

The taste is luckily quite different. I sense a lot of roasty malts up front that follow a charred oak taste that lingers for some time. The more I indulge, the more I begin to noticed some cherry and fig like characteristics and a bit of dark chocolate. In the background lies some spent coffee grounds that linger well after each sip. The alcohol is there but not bothersome.

The mouthfeel is a bit thick but still on the medium-bodied side. Minimal carbonations conteibutes and offers a silky wave accross my palate.

Overall, this stout takes a pretty bad wrap but it shouldnt be overlooked or shunned. Give it a try if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 05:46:21 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of Agold


2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a medium tan head which starts big and recedes fairly quickly to a thin layer. Maybe hoping that it would be black instead of the dark brown it was. It is mildly roasty and pretty fruity with almost a barleywine level of esters. There is a bit of an alcohol aroma, and very little of the -bal character. The flavor is a bit out of character for an imperial stout. There is some of the roasted malt and chocolate, but not much. The woodiness is a good complement as well. There are just a lot of dark fruits in this beer. Not unpleasant but not the greatest either. There is also a pretty big alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is about medium, not big enough. Overall pretty nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 00:05:28 | More by Agold
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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
Photo of gamwich


2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

On nitro 5-9-11 at the Buckeye Beer Engine.

Thick dark tan head. Very dark in color, but still brown on the edges. Not much happening on the nose, faintly I detect roasted malt and figs. Flavors of raisins, roasted malt, and alcohol. Really not a lot to taste overall, but a very smooth beer. Creamy and soft on the palate. One expects more flavor from a barrel aged stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-12-2011 03:14:52 | More by gamwich
Photo of misfit1034


4.58/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro-Tap into tulip... amazingly creamy tan hed that lasted through the entire session on this (30+ minutes of savoring from cool to room temp) and left some amazing lacing that followed the deep, thick black/brown nectar to the bottom of the glass... Smell was everything you would want in a creamy stout with the perfect balance from the barrel aging and taste was nothing less than amazing... Mouthfeel was creamy and warm and overall one of the best of the best I have had and an amazing first nitro-tap experience...

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-08-2011 22:53:22 | More by misfit1034
Photo of Lerxst


3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The past two nights I've enjoyed my first Night Stalker and Big John (those courtesy of LockeSD-thanks again!) so I'm continuing my stout journey tonight with this. I've really enjoyed the past two nights, lets see how this one goes.

A-Pours a medium brown with a one half finger khaki head that has fair retention and leaves some spotty lace. Pour seems very thin for the style.

S-All the usual suspects-dark fruit, roasted malt, hints of coffee and chocolate. It is pleasant, just nothing real special.

T-Roasted malt, chocolate, a slightly astringent flavor, a bit of dark fruit, hints of earthy hops. Its not unpleasant, just kind of average. Nothing stands out and impresses me.

M-Thin for the style and highly carbonated. This really feels more like a porter. Certainly doesn't have the mouthfeel of an Imperial Stout.

O-Its not a bad beer, its just not memorable in any way.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 00:32:58 | More by Lerxst
Photo of b3shine


4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro to pint. Looks good (but I don't consume for the looks). Smell is forgettable; fortunately, the taste isn't. It's delicious and the nitro accentuates the barrel-aged flavors. The NO2 doze the same form the mouthfeel. Overall, excellent, but I bet that has something to do with the nitrogen.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-04-2011 20:31:07 | More by b3shine
Photo of JayS2629


3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Super dark black with a huge craggy white head that faded slowly and left descent lace. The smell is of raisins, figs, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. Oak and hints of vanilla in the taste with an earthy, herbal, spicy hop profile that creeps up at the end. Dark chocolate with lots of dark fruit like cherry, grape, fig and raisin. Very complex and interesting. Thinner than most imperial stouts. A little muddled to finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 03:21:33 | More by JayS2629
Photo of Retsinis


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

Picked this bottle up at a Whole Foods in Arizona while visiting family in laws, since left hand does not distribute to California. Never had it before, so I brought it to the Clusterfork # 2 tasting to share. Got a decent pour before passing it off to share as everyone saw fit. 22 oz bomber bottle

A: The beer pours a murky mahogony brown, with a small, quarter inch of dark tan head rose, with just light lacing.

S: Pick up whiffs of raisins, molasses, caramel, coffee, and mild oak.

T: Mild chochlate, roasted sweet malt, rasins, but the alcohol comes off a bit harsh, and there is slight astringency in the flavor, maybe from the barrels.

M: A bit thin in the mouth, with light to medium carbonation. Slightly oily.

O: above average, but given the option of barrel aged stouts, not something I plan to seek out again. I was hoping for more, but it was generally liked and appreciate by most at the tasting, so that's a success.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 23:45:37 | More by Retsinis
Photo of BretSikkink


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

Dark brown with some highlighting - a little disappointing given the name...head is a tanned foam with decent stick and the lacing is solid enough. Updated: the retention is weak.

Nose is fairly sweet with some roasted bitterness. I get nothing from barrel-aging like woodiness or vanillin. Mostly caramel with the roasted barley edge.

Flavor is par for the course. Not bad but not very exciting either. One-dimensional in terms of black, roasted malts. Chocolate, fig, coffee, licorice. Hops are present for sure, but contribute some spiciness and blend in with the espresso bitterness.

Didn't realize it was barrel-aged until i looked at the profile on BA and subsequently read the bottle. Not an endorsement.

Moderate body, as the thickness doesn't keep up with the color and flavor. I do like how the bitter, aggressive flavor is couched within this silky sort of creamy body, but for a big-ass waking-up-dead kind of stout I'm looking for a bit more heft.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 04:18:47 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a finger of beige head. The head leaves a pretty nice layer, though no lacing to speak of.

S: Some caramel notes along with lots of woody and nutty aromas. Like candied pecans. It smells pretty good, but almost nothing like an imperial stout.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some caramel and lightly roasted malt flavors up front. Wood flavors follow along with a nuttiness. The finish is slightly bitter and warming from the alcohol.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer has a bit of an oily slick feel to it, but doesn't feel like much of an imperial stout.

O: Overall, a decent beer, but definitely NOT an imperial stout. I'd call it more of an imperial brown ale, if anything. I'd say as a brown ale, I'd probably give it a B, but rating it as an imperial stout it doesn't do so well. It doesn't look, smell, taste, or feel like any imperial stout I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 05:41:29 | More by n2185
Photo of PhineasGage


3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled 10-20-10 drank 4-6-11
poured into new belgium globe glass

a - pretty darn dark, traps the light. 1 finger head, pretty dense, no lacing.

s - nothing really there. little bit of malt, little bit of oak, nothing too impressive.

t - malty, tangy choclate. oaky vanilla

m - agressive carbonation. oak grips the mouth a little.

o - more of a winter warmer than anything. probaboly won't drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 22:28:50 | More by PhineasGage
Photo of Centennial


2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bomber with nice wake up dead graphics

Smell- burnt chocolate and molassas

Taste- not much here, but alcohol at 10% is well hidden, i will give it that, but it tastes like a porter

Mouthfeel- thin, no body, minimum carbonation

Overall- a disgrace to be called a barrel aged stout. This does not fit the style, the artwork, or the marketing paragraph written on the side of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 04:44:27 | More by Centennial
Photo of mwilbur


3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter. Bottle on 10 26 10 per bottle stamp.
A: Pours a very dark murky brown with almost no head. Decent lacing.
S: Raisin and other dark dried fruit, caramel malt, sweet bourbon, vanilla, fresh yeast, alcohol, and some hops.
T: Tries to follow aroma, but doesn't quite stack up. Wood, sweet bourbon, thick caramel malt, bitter alcohol bite, and dark dried fruit (fig, raisin).
M: Medium-heavy feel. Light and smooth at first, then turning heavier with a bitter burn at the finish.
D: There are times I wish we could review a beer without getting a peek at the overall score or recent reviews...and this is one of those times. Were my expectations too low...and thereby my review better than it would have been? Or perhaps I am drawn toward the crowd and reviewing this worse than I would had this been a blind review. I'll stop my philosophical rant now.
This is by no means a bad beer. It is also by no means a great beer. Don't avoid this one just 'cause you heard bad things...decide for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 04:37:43 | More by mwilbur
Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.