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Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 22.06%
Wants: 20
Gots: 39 | 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 MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a solid amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet and roasty aroma with noticeable barrel hints. Whiskey scent upfront with hints of oak, vanilla, and wood. Sweet dark roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and smoke. Sweet scent of molasses and burnt sugar. Light hints of anise and some subtle undertones of dark cherry, prune, raisin, plum, and fig. Aroma is kind of laid back for the style.

Taste: Like the nose hints, a sweet and roasty taste with good barrel notes. Bourbon whiskey taste upfront along with some vanilla, oak, and wood. Sweet dark roasted malts with notes of chocolate, coffee roast, caramel, biscuit, toffee, yeast, and smoked malt. Molasses and burnt brown sugar sweetness as well as a little syrup and anise. Light dark fruit notes with some dark cherry, plum, prune, raisin, and fig. Tastes fairly good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and fairly slick and syrupy. Alcohol heat is tame for the style.

Overall: A decent barrel aged stout. Kind of laid back and light for the style but the barrel comes out pretty well.

MattyG85, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +25%

kevgod, Apr 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

BigBarley, Mar 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Ted, Mar 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

ldhughes3, Mar 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Vroom, Mar 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

KWMiles, Mar 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Zachtheporter, Mar 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Hanzo, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

acsprouse, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of portia99
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%

22oz bottle (bottled 12/18/12) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours nearly pitch black in color with a finger of frothy mocha colored head with decent staying power...also leaves webs of lacing on the glass - fairly impressive for a 10+% BA beer.

S - A bit fruity, touch of astringency over mild booze, some roasted malts, a touch of caramel sweetness and some faint licorice. Intensity of aroma is lacking a bit here...need to search for some of these.

T - Starts off rather cola-like with that distinct herbal and sweet flavor up front. Noticeable woodiness behind the cola and an assertive hop bitterness as well. Licorice and some burnt and dark roasted malt flavors round things out.

M - Medium body with a soft lower/middle carbonation level. Fruity,woody, roasty, herbal overall.

O - Not bad but doesn't distinguish itself at all in this style which is well populated with excellent examples. I wouldn't turn this down if somebody offered it to me, but definitely not one to go out of the way for.

portia99, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

MeisterMayhem, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +25%

luisfrancisco, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of DRyan
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%

Held at 50 degrees, poured into a Jester King tulip

A: Deep inky black with medium tan head that is not too over the top, and doesn't stick around too long... it leaves some lacing but not overly so.
S: The nose is malty roastyness that you would expect from an imperial stout with some whiskey barrel aroma, almost in line with Rye-on-Rye. There's also a sweetness in the bouquet I can't quite put my finger on, like a caramel or toffee scent I'd expect from a barleywine, but hidden underneath all that dark roastyness.
T: Hits upfront with some immediate pungency, strong stout heaviness. It's got the heavy malt backbone I expect. It has some dark fruit, raisin, figgy flavors to it in the front of the palate. Then hits with the barrel, which I assume was a whiskey barrel but I'm not 100% sure about that. It ends with some hops and some alcohol sting/warmth that I think will round out nicely with some age on the bottle (this is pretty fresh).
M: Smooth and silky, a bit velvety, with light carbonation
D: Pretty damned drinkable for a big heavy beer

DRyan, Mar 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

match1112, Mar 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

spoony, Mar 02, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

bespin15, Feb 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

CaptainNomihodai, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Charlie_Hoss
4.28/5  rDev +25.9%

On Tap at Jacks Goal Line Stand in Long Branch NJ

A: Great dark, dark brownish black color.It pours with a decent brownish head and pretty great lacing as the beer leaves the glass.

S: The smell of oak is pretty prominent in this one. I get some vanilla and even a fruity fragrance in this one.

T: This brew has a great taste of chocolate and oak. It finishes with a taste of vanilla, oak, and dried fruit (cherries maybe).

M: One of the best parts of this beer is the mouthfeel...It is everything you would want in a stout creamy, silky, smooth, and thick. Great stuff.

O: I really enjoyed this one. I don't really understand how this beer has such a low rating as it was one of the better stouts I have had in a while. I have not had it from the bottle but I cant imagine it being too different from the tap. Great stuff, cheers!

Charlie_Hoss, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +25%

MemphisANiD, Feb 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

MtnBiker, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Axnjxn, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

jpd7374, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

sneaks2210, Feb 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Kelp, Feb 09, 2013
Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.