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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

753 Ratings
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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 42
Gots: 97 | 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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Reviews by StoneTSR:
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StoneTSR

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

APPEARANCE: Absolutely dark as night. Not a single ray of light of any color will penetrate this beer. A surprisingly large head (about a finger and a half) foams up as I pour fresh from the growler (picked it up two hours ago at Left Hand in Longmont). The head doesn't stick around too long, however, and quickly collapses into just a thin, foamy cap over the sea of black. Some mild lacing sticks to the glass momentarily after each sip, but fades quickly.

SMELL: Roasty and woody malt greet the nose with a hint of chocolate lurking behind. A swirl of the glass kicks up an Earthy and grassy aroma as well, but the aroma could be stronger.

TASTE: Intensely sweet (almost to a fault) and chocolatey up front. Milk chocolate, not the same dark chocolate that I have experienced in a lot of other Left Hand brews. Very pleasant. Anyhow, the latter half of the sip does a 180 and reverses course finishing with a much more bitter and coffee-tinged taste. As it warms a hint of vanilla and a touch of oak creep in throughout the sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Silky and smooth with a fairly light body considering that this is an Imperial Stout. A light, tickling carbonation washes it all down.

OVERALL: Good stuff. Will drink again. Saying that this is just another dark beer brewed by Left Hand might sound like an insult, but when the boys in Longmont go for a dark beer they usually nail it and this is no exception.

10-16-2012 06:02:26 | More by StoneTSR
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dolivaw

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

10-21-2013 03:00:13 | More by dolivaw
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

04-03-2013 15:54:59 | More by bulldogg915
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Had on tap recently @ the Biltmore in Newton.

Poured pitch black with a decent head into a snifter glass. Strong black licorice & toffee on the nose with a bit of smoke.

As expected with an impy stout, assertive flavors present in the 1st sip. Smoky, chocolate, very smooth. Bit of raisin in the aftertaste. Alcohol is well-hidden, this is a pretty drinkable beer @10% ABV.

Glad I tried this, I'd like to try it again some time.

02-10-2012 17:07:05 | More by SunDevilBeer
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Namarsha82

Michigan

3/5  rDev -22.1%

12-21-2011 21:31:10 | More by Namarsha82
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megamass

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

06-07-2013 04:33:37 | More by megamass
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

I am pretty sure this is the same beer as the regular Imperial Stout, only rebranded. But I will review it under this listing.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt and dark fruit with quite a bit of anise mixed in. The flavor is mainly made up of roasted malt and chocolate, although there is some anise in there as well. The alcohol is well hidden but becomes more apparent as the beer warms up. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. A nice imperial stout.

06-20-2011 02:51:38 | More by Mora2000
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Mattco

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

06-11-2013 12:49:46 | More by Mattco
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from the bottle.

The beer poured a very dark brown, almost black. The smell is quite mellow, sweet malts, slight coffee, chocolate, and toasti-ness. The taste is not as strong as most imperial stouts. It was a little bitter with a very creamy, malty, slight coffee notes and hints of chocolate. Pretty modest for an imperial stout and quite drinkeable, despite the 10.2% ABV.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

04-06-2013 05:56:33 | More by NilocRellim
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Detroit_Velvet_Smooth

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

05-12-2014 16:57:21 | More by Detroit_Velvet_Smooth
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fionn13

Ireland

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-31-2013 00:49:16 | More by fionn13
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-30-2013 10:17:03 | More by Cynic-ale
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-12-2013 20:17:11 | More by doremite
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +15.3%

Bomber into 34oz mug. Black with a thick tan head. Smell is malty, a bit of yeast, and coffee. Taste is big, smooth coffee and chocolate at first, bittering out at the end and finishing relatively cleanly. Mouthfeel is full, could be a little smoother though. Still a great RIS, very drinkable for 10.2%. Love it!

04-14-2013 03:23:34 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours pitch black out of a 22 ounce bomber, from Longmont CO, I literally like every beer I've had from Left Hand. Thick tan head forms nicely with a pitch black body glancing back at me. Aroma has dark fruit, coffee roasts, with vanilla bean creaminess. Flavor is great big roast, big dark malt character with more vanilla slipping in to the fun...That's when things get out of control with big alcohol and chocolate notes burping up a booze background at 10.2% abv I see why? Mouthfeel is full bodied with mellow carbonation slick oily texture that lasts throughout each sip, kind of hard to get through. Overall A beer that is worth it's credibility as a big stout in the bottle from Left Hand, I'm not sorry I tried it.

04-07-2012 02:10:11 | More by WVbeergeek
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valkyre65

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

09-28-2012 01:00:18 | More by valkyre65
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timontheroad

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-15-2014 16:35:53 | More by timontheroad
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mocktm

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

10-26-2012 00:10:27 | More by mocktm
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jpbebeau

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-04-2012 00:31:14 | More by jpbebeau
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Zonian1

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.1%

06-08-2014 01:38:24 | More by Zonian1
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +9.9%

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours an opaque deep brown body with a thick head that is a mass of microbubbles that takes on a milkshake quality. There is a microcarbonation that fights its way to the surface. The head leaves rings with each sip.

S- The faint smoky note to the full char of black malt has a soft bacon note that grows and some nice roasted raw grain notes aswell.

T- The leather and vinous flavors to the black roasted malt has some dark raisin to it and a slightly dry finish. There is a bacon smoke and leather hint that lingers and becomes a bit inky as it opens up. The bitterness in the finish turns to a green wood note as it warms.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a nice alcohol warmth to it.

O- Big complex dry beer with a unique character to the black malt. Leather and smoke hints and some dark dried fruit really make this a great sipper.

05-02-2013 21:12:43 | More by rhoadsrage
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured from a little above the glass gives this clear dark brown to black colored beer a medium to big light brown head the falls into a nice lacing that lasts and lasts.

Dark roasted malts soaked in bourbon and blended with dark fruits aroma.

Dark roasted mocha malts, a light bourbon style alcohol, with dark fruits taste.

A light dryish aftertaste with lingering light alcohol on this full bodied beer.

A pretty decent imperial stout with a slight milkiness to it.

06-20-2012 23:32:10 | More by LXIXME
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cisteve

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-07-2012 02:12:05 | More by cisteve
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-21-2012 22:35:46 | More by acurtis
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CloudStrife

New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 11/12/12.

A: Pours very dark brownish black with a half finger khaki head. Leaves some nice lacing. Light gets through about 3/4".

S: Chocolate and malt are present. Not overwhelming. Hints of dark fruit as well.

T: Roasty body with ample chocolate notes. Lots of fermented fruit as well. Booze is fairly well hidden. Good overall flavor

M: Medium to full body with a creamy mouthfeel. Isnt too heavy on the palate though. Easy drinking for the abv.

Overall a very smooth and tasty stout. Doesnt blow you away with flavors most stouts now days try to do but thats not the point of an RIS.

05-24-2013 01:38:42 | More by CloudStrife
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Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
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