Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
3.38/5 rDev -12.2%
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 2011 vintage, I think.
A: Pours a dark ruby red color. Surprisingly, it's not completely opaque. The head is a one finger mocha shade with excellent retention for the style. Lacing is damn good, too. Apart from the minor "oh it's not pitch black" complaint, this looks damn good in a glass.
S: This is really sweet, and loaded with licorice - not my cup of tea. There are also some notes of brown sugar and dark fruits, which is more preferable to me. I also get some vanilla extract, which isn't. Also needs more roast. Not bad, though: I'm of the belief it's hard to screw up an imperial stout, and this certainly isn't screwed up. Just not great.
T: No bones about it, this one's sweet...and boozy. It opens up with a tart fruit flavor, augmented with licorice (yikes) and vanilla. The finish also has some notes of smoke and vanilla, and a kick of booze. Every once in a while, I get a wisp of chocolate which I really enjoy. There's also a taste of oatmeal here. It's pretty good, and better than the aroma...but imagine how good it would be if it had a roasted edge to it. This needs roast like Keira Knightley needs a sandwich or three. That, and some more complexity wouldn't hurt...
M: Nice and creamy with minimal carbonation. But, there could be some more body to help cover up the alcohol better. That, and it feels kind of boozy, thanks to the combination of oats and good attenuation. Still, I'll always take a minor alcohol bite over a flabby, bloated feel devoid of booze (see: Stone IRS) any day. This would make an excellent winter warmer due to the way it warms the orifices up.
O: I think this is two and a half years old...and at this age, it's just 'pretty good'. Not amazing, just pretty good. That could mean it was a mediocre RIS that improved marginally, or was a great stout that kind of deteriorated. Since the brewers say it has a 7 year life, and that the general flavor profile doesn't agree with me, I'll assume the former is true. Decent, but I probably won't buy again.
09-27-2013 22:23:00 | More by ThisWangsChung
More User Reviews:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
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