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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

739 Ratings
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Ratings: 739
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 40
Gots: 90 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: elgiacomo on 05-04-2011)
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A-Black with no head
S - hoppy , roasted malt, and chocolate
T- nuts, chocolate, and hard hop aftertaste, and an alcohol warming that hits you hard but fades to a sweet chocolate finish
M- full body and no carbonation
O- the hops was overpowering and then the alcohol was over powering or otherwise it would have had a better grade
O-

Serving type: bottle

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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wake Up Dead is, appropriately, entirely and solemnly black. And relatively lifeless too - there's no bubbles and very little head save for a thin outlying of spongy brown foam. Given the amount of hoppiness brimming from the glass it's a slight surprise the beer isn't green, but then again the overwhelming presence of coffee does explain the ale's deep brown complexion.

I don't know that there's anything quite so satisfying to my senses as the smell of a Russian Imperial Stout. I don't drink coffee but those of you out there who need that cup of joe first thing in the morning, you know the kind of gratification I speak of. The way this bouquet combines leafy hops with mocha flavours is pure heaven for me.

And the taste is no less pleasurable. Rich chocolate notes and pine resins combine forces to make an ultra-rich, ultra-characterful taste. The whole palate is painted black and green. It has echoes of my favourite desserts (tiramisu, chocolate ganache) and fleeting notes of herbal tea. Between the prominent hoppiness and the heavy roast coffee flavour you can be sure it's bitter, but there's a dark caramel-type sweetness and tinge of vanilla that linger big time.

If you’re not salivating already at the thought of this rich, opulent stout, imagine it with some gooey chocolate-chip or white chocolate-macadamia nut cookies. Or better yet a bowl of summer berries drizzled in balsamic. Or overtop a big bowl of French vanilla ice cream. Any way you slice it, this beer is for de-ca-dents.

Left Hand seems to think this 2013 vintage will be good for three years. I'm inclined to agree. One year seems to have only helped things; there's still plenty of hoppiness, the maltiness is rich and roasty, and the overall impression is profound enough that it's conceivable it was made in oak (though it wasn't). Black licorice makes it into the aftertaste, adding another layer of depth.

Wake Up Dead reminds me of another Colorado RIS: Great Divide's Yeti (which is a tremendous compliment, and likely the reason my score is that much higher than the average). It similarly sees hop cones dipped in chocolate fondue and is sure to make an instant impression on beer geeks and casuals alike. As far as RISs go, this is an easy one to recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2014 04:48:48 | More by biegaman
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Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 739 ratings.