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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 909
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 53
Gots: 157 | FT: 7
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Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: elgiacomo on 05-04-2011

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Ratings: 909 | Reviews: 190
Reviews by jale:
Photo of jale
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing.

A: Pours black with a finger of light brown head.

S: Dark roasted malt, raisins, licorice, roasted coffee and a hint of cherry.

T: Taste is raisins upfront followed by licorice and some oakiness. Mild alcohol heat. Finish is a dry bitter coffee and piney hop bitterness

M: Medium body with average carbonation.

O: A decent Stout.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jeffreysan
4.71/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of chocolate –colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Lots of rich, earthy, bready, roasted malt aromas, imparting notes of freshly, dark-toased bread, freshly ground espresso beans, dark molasses, brown sugar, dark cholocate and a touch of licorice.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma, with flavors of bready, roasted malt, up front, imparting notes of freshly, dark-toased bread and freshly ground espresso beans, followed by dark molasses and brown sugar-like sweetness, and some hints of dried stone fruit such as raisins, dates and figs.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy in body and very, very smooth and creamy as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 10.2%, I’m, surprise at how little alcohol there is on the palate. The alcohol is really, really well masked.

Overall: This is a delicious beer, one of the best non-barrel-aged Imperial Stouts I’ve had in fact. Definitely up there with Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout, Founders’ Imperial Stout, Great Lakes’ Blackout Stout and Oskar Blues Ten Fidy. I’m definitely getting some more of this! Highly recommended!

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

Opens with chocolate and light roast on the nose. Pours bright, deep chestnut under a ½” lightly tan tinted foam cap. A big palate starts with dark, bitter chocolate spiced with espresso with some fresh grain notes swimming through. Has a slight warming but the alcohol is smooth and not hot. Very creamy and chewy with medium low carbonation.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

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!

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled 3/28/11 served at cellar temp in a pint glass.

Wake Up Dead is a little lighter than most imperial stouts, almost a cola brown. The head is short lived but leaves a little lace behind.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a little roasty black malt. Not much hop aroma but it's a classic double stout.

Flavor is big and robust. A nice dark roasty base with just a hint of smoke. Very bitter too with more than a little of that coming from hops. The alcohol is strong too - not hot but warming on the way down.

Mouthfeel is medium-full body and nice 'n' low with the carbonation. Very bitter and strong.

Overall a very good imperial stout. You know a beer like this is impressive when you can enjoy it without chilling it at all. I'm impressed.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into sniffer.

A: Pours a black body, that is a bit light around the edges, with a very low formation head and retreats very quick and light lacing is left on the glass.

S: Aroma is very low in intensity and a faint hint of bitter roasted character is found and a slight American hoppy character.

T/M: Low levels of carbonation, are good for style, but the level of roast is much too low, and the viscousness of the body is lacking as well. The hop flavors are very pleasant, but is overall unbalanced in the big picture. Style set aside, this is a very drinkable brew and does have a lot of interesting characteristics, the juicy finish coupled with the hop lingering is quite nice. Mouthfeel is thin, but does let some of the hop flavors shine.

O: Overall, what was intended by the brewer may or may not have been achieved, but it is still a enjoyable beer.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wake Up Dead is a decent Imperial Stout....but not my favorite....there is a weird twang on the back end. The beer poured an opaque dark with thin slightly off white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carries some light roast. The taste is has touches of chocolate, roast and maybe a hint of espresso backed by an alcohol push. The mouthfeel is full in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a decent stout and should be tried with delight.

Photo of RickS95
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep rich brown in the glass, not quite black. The head is thin and white and dissipates quickly.

Almost smells dark. Roasted notes, coffee, some licorice and vanilla in the nose. All of it works well.

All the roasty flavors come through. Coffee and alcohol come through, with the licorice in the finish.

It's a strong beer. For a stout, it's not a smooth or creamy beer. The heat from the alcohol is immediate and unrelenting. None of the other ingredients seem to mask the high ABV.

Just a bit too much bite for me. I don't mind high ABV beers, but I like the alcohol to be a bit more subdued. This was in your face the second you popped the top.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(A) Opaque black with a tan colored head. Well carbonated.

(S) Cocoa, raisin, biscuit, sweetness, brown sugar, cinnamon, and some vanilla.

(T) A lot like the nose. Cocoa and vanilla with some cinnamon and dark fruits. Dark malts and coffee bring up the end of the flavor.

(M) Full body, pretty smooth, and well balanced.

(O) I really like this stout. I had it before after a long day and I thought it was great then and to get another crack at it was pleasant. Wasn't quite the same the second time around, which goes to show that the moment and mindset you are in will make a big difference on how you enjoy a beer, but it was very enjoyable all the same.

Photo of shoky01
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber, served chilled in pint glass, enjoyed with my baby as company.

A: Pours kinda thick, deep brown with little carbonation and tiny tan head. Almost looks like rootbeer, with little bits floating in it. Laura's has a bit of goop or sludge sticking to her glass, hoping it yeast.

S: Malty, with hints of cocoa and coffee. Bit of hops. Smells like a stout.

T: Wow, everything I smelled but with bitterness, a little sour. On second taste its better.

MF, really sticky, stays with you but smooth otherwise.

Oa: not bad, not too special. Worried about the sludgey stuff.

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Could've swore I reviewed this...

Pours mahogany with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Carob, slight smokeyness, charred grain a touch of salt water taffy & boozeyness

T: Dark fruit, carob & boozeyness up front, along with some charred grain & licorice up front. Some woody hops, raisins, prunes, black currant & more carob as this warms, some leafy hops as well & molasses & more charred grain in minute doses along with a little dark chocolate. Finishes dry, slightly smokey, along with pruneyness, & woody hops

MF: Very chewy, slight carbonation

This isn't bad, but there are beter ones out there for less money to be sure. Drinks fairly easy for the ABV & style

Photo of morimech
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the most viscous RIS. Pours dark brown but appears dense black in the glass. One finger of head forms and quickly settles to a thin skim of suds. Appearance is saved by the level of lacing left down the glass during consumption.

Not the most complex or assertive aroma. Notes of roast and chocolate to go along with some fruity hints, possibly of raisins and figs.

Good flavor but falls short of the elite level of imperial stouts. Flavor of licorice and roasted malt. Hints of cocoa and raisins. Not heavy on alcohol heat and bitterness is at most moderate. I would call it balanced.

Does not really feel like a big stout. Nice carbonation however.

The bottle says it can be cellared for up to 7 years. I do not feel there would be any point. I do not think age will add anything and it is not too hot fresh. I would call this a second tier RIS.

Photo of KYGunner
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This would appear deep ruby in the pour but it settles to a deep dark cola brown. The head was short lived but had a stiff thick film.

The nose is filled with dark fruits like prune, date and raisin. Some chocolate malt,Graham cracker, marshmallow and char can be found.

The aroma does not reveal just how diverse the flavors are in this. Cold, it starts rather boozy but that disappears with warmth. It has dry and milk chocolate qualities, Graham cracker maltiness, whipped cream, lactose-sweetness and molasses. These flavors change and evolve as the temperature settles. I also tasted dates and prunes along with a roasted coffee finish.

The feel is smooth, very easy to drink but only at a warmer temperature. It has a bit of alcohol heat at any stage.

Left Hand usually makes quality beers that are not earth shattering but quality. This US the first one that really got my attention and got me begging for more.

Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Serio's World Beers in Louisville.
Blackish brown pour with a Guiness like off white head, due to the nitrogen for sure.

Subdued roast and dark chocolate, all right. Maybe also a bit subdued by the nitro.

Taste, blend of roasty malt and chocolates. Absolute faintest hops. Some dry roast coffee in the finish. It's good but a little one dimensional.

Mouthfilling creaminess created by the nitro tap. An easy drinking imperial stout, would be a good gateway imperial stout.

Photo of YoDude
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black and poured with a short deep brown head. Head is slightly retained with a dark brown ring and about half inch of loose lacing.

Smell: The nose is dark roasted coffee with a hint of dried fruit, very pleasant and welcoming.

Taste: Rich roasted malt and coffee up front with lingering flavors of black licorice and dark chocolate. There is also a spicy finish that I accredit to the malt as the hops have long faded.

Mouth feel: It has a full body and light carbonation, with a nice finish of alcohol warmth and dark chocolate flavor. The use of oatmeal gives a smooth mouth feel that has you anticipating your next sip.

Overall: This is a wonderful version of an American Imperial Stout. Left Hand Brewing rarely disappoints. The hops have faded with age, but the combination of malts and other grains have married nicely to make this a wonderful beverage. I will definitely purchase again. Next time I will not age so long to make sure I include hop flavors.

Serving type: 22 oz. bottle aged 18 months in my beer cellar and poured into a Hamm's goblet

Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on January 9, 2012. It pours a very dark brown to almost black with a moderate, tan head and clinging lacing. Aromas envelope a wide array of dark malts, coffee grinds, and bitter hops but little in the way of sweetness or dark fruits. The body is around medium. The taste is also a combination of dark malts, bitterness, and coffee. No chocolate of note. There are better Imperial Stouts out there but this has its attributes.

Photo of stampfler07
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bomber, pours a very dark brown with a substantial amount of frothy brown head that lingers and leaves some light lacing

S- Sweet notes, raisin, light cocoa

T- Sweet cocoa flavor initially, light raisin, dark roasted malt, finish is warming and slightly sweet without the overly strong alcohol feel of a 10.2%

M- Light carbonation, heavy body, nice warming aspect

O- Pretty solid overall, nice imperial stout

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a motor oil black with soapy, tan head (poured inverted as directed with plenty of agitation. Copious lacing that clings to the glass throughout. Don’t allow this beer to be too cold, as you really can’t appreciate the bouquet – the aroma of Nitro beers to be a bit muted, even more so when serve too cold. Smells of roasted malts, cocoa, fresh expresso, some dark fruits (fig?). Tastes sweet malty throughout, hint of cocoa, licorice, little bitter twang to even out the sweetness and clean finish. Alcohol hardly discernible. Mouthfeel is creamy, full bodied without any carbonation. Sweet yet not syrupy – faint bittersweet finish – quite pleasant.
Hands down, one of the best RIS (American) I’ve had – comparable to Oskar Blues Ten Fidy in taste and complexity. Thoroughly enjoyable sipper/winter warmer. Must buy and I’ll be stocking up on this tasty concoction!

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Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 909 ratings.