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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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87
very good

865 Ratings
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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 45
Gots: 134 | FT: 6
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Boilerup
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with light amounts of gentle carbonation and some dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy tan head that quickly reduces to a couple of small to medium sized thin patch of medium sized bubbles with a small amount of very thin film mottling the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted (almost charred) malts with some slightly lighter notes of dark fruit (raisin) and anise/licorice.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark roasted, almost charred malts that give the beer a fairly strong amount of bitterness. There are faint notes of dark fruit (raisin) and anise licorice but without the normally associated sweetness. Slight hints of ash.

M: Medium to full bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: With the abundance of great beers in the Russian Imperial Stout style, I find this beer to be fairly pedestrian and not really doing anything interesting (compared with others). A little too much char and ash for my preference.

Photo of joefuzz
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with a tiny ring of bubbles surrounding the brim of the glass. Smells of raisins plums and black cherry. Tastes is dominated by dark fruit and mellows out to a nice cherry chocolate flavor. Mouthfeel is on the thin side with only slight carbonatin. Overall very good effort but not the best of the style.

Photo of jale
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of MaximalC
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

*Note: This bottle was aged nearly a year before consuming.

Pours seal brown with a thin khaki head that dissipates in short order, leaving behind an uncommon microscopic froth. Aroma oozes dark fruit, with a thick, sticky raisin aroma complemented by caramel with a touch of chocolate and alcohol. The essence of raisin really is remarkably present in the nose.

The flavors are at least as audacious as the nose, with plenty of sweet, dark fruit, molasses, anise, cherry, and an alcohol that takes no prisoners. Herbal hops maintain a tentative detente with the huge malt flavors--a quaky balance to say the least. I'm sure the discerning palate could distinguish even finer complexities. The melange takes on a medicinal character that is only accentuated by the slick, oily mouthfeel, while the molasses lingers long into the finish. The alcohol becomes a little too ferocious as it warms, however.

Overall, this is a flavorful and powerful brew that keeps the palate on its toes. I wouldn't describe it as a traditional RIS however, as the body is a little lighter than ideal, and the mouthfeel a shade too slick. It almost comes off as more of a hybrid between a stout and baltic porter. With that said, you can't fault Left Hand for crafting a brew with some attitude.

Photo of stonermouse
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized mug, cellar temp.

Good-looking brew, chocolate to black flavor, with a decent, steady film of a roasted marshmallow head. Nice.

Smell is a bit hot, with a burnt molasses aroma dominant. Interesting, and not bad.

Taste is potent. Lots of heat here- this one's relatively fresh, so aging may mellow it a bit. The flavor is mostly raisins and pure molasses. I'm wishing it was a touch sweeter, but the flavors are heavy and impressive.

Mouthfeel is sticky, but the booze cleans the palate a bit. Some funk hangs around, but overall it's fairly clean.

I'm glad I bought two bottles of this, because I'm aging the second in the hopes of mellowing and cleaning it up. The flavors are solid, so we'll revisit this when it's mellowed a bit.

Photo of mntlover
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black dark ruby notes around the bottom when held to the light. Head is dark tan thumb sized falls slow to scum some pretty decent lace left behind.

Aroma is roasted malts big chocolate notes light dark fruit hints. Pretty one sided nose not bad but not overly complex.

Taste is big chocolate coming out of the roasted malts. Stays chocolate for quite a while then finish adds some dark fruit notes, anise hints, light alcohol burn that all mingles with some smokey earth notes.

Mouthfeel is big and smooth with fairly smooth carbonation levels.

Overall not a bad big stout, pretty one sided but worth a try and not overly pricey.

Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque onyx with modest cocoa head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Chocolate malt, light roast, and bourbon form the initial aroma. Oak and boozy vanilla round things out, along with plums and muted dark berries.

Flavor reveals boozy, rummy vanilla, and caramelly sweet malt, along with dark fruit (bruised cherries, prunes, raisins), finishing fairly dry, bitter, and roasty. Oak becomes more prevalent in subsequent sips. The balance is toward roast bitterness, though booze is no slouch.

Body is velvety, but on the thin side of full, with minimal carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Good balance of extremes between roast bitterness and booze. Lacks a bit in malt body. This may age really well. A little hot and harsh right now.

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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of genitempo
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - One of the few Left Hand labels I can tolerate. Not really a fan of the new label design work of Left Hand.

Pour - Into a frozen pint glass. Above average thickness and dark. About a quarter-inch of head.

Scent - Not really good at deciphering smell from a beer, but somewhat bitter, fairly weak but not malodorous.

Taste - initially, brown sugar and a hint of coffee. however, the coffee flavor lingered and elements of dark chocolate presented itself. However, I felt like the coffee flavor lingered a little too long, almost as if I had coffee grounds in my glass.

Aftertaste - This beer lingers. A bit too long. But the initial taste has such a strong presence when it hits your palate, making it almost worth it.

Overview- Solid beer. Although I tried it in the dead heat of a Texas summer, I felt like it would be well-suited for colder weather.

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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Proof Brewing 2012 Halloween pint glass.

A- Pours a dark black with a very creamy head.

S-Smells of dark chocolate and a hint of coffee and black licorice (which I dont care for much), but nonetheless smells very good.

T- Tastes of dark chocolate almost immediately and keeps a fairly sweet chocolately backbone throughout. It has a hint of maybe a licorice type flavor at the end, but still being very sweet.

MF-fairly thick. I could tell immediately it had a high ABV before I knew what it was. Very sweet and flavorful.

O-Overall this is a pretty damn good beer. I havent reviewed a beer in a while and when I tried this one it made me want to review it. I would recommend this beer to just about anyone. Even someone who maybe never tried something like it before.

Photo of a0lbudman
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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-

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

The body sits an ink black underneath two fingers of dark tan head. Retention is ok. Some lines and dots of lace as you work through the glass.

On the nose, dark roast, bakers chocolate, char/ash, and some licorice. An underlying aroma of grassy hops spreads evenly.

Dark roast hits up front, with licorice and semi sweet bakers chocolate through the middle. The finish is a bit of licorice with a pronounced roast bordering on char. Some oak and vanilla creep through as it warms.

Full body. Big flavors, but lacking in overall complexity. Everything seems to come and go with no real transition to the next phase.

Above average Imp Stout. Some good things going on, but lacks in some of the finer areas to really make this a 4+ beer.

Photo of mltobin
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Holy Smoke in Mahopac , NY.

Appearance is dark brown, tan head, some lacing going on. Its` nose contains brown sugar, licorice and caramel. The taste is some toffee, a bit of chocolate and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium-full. A good imperial stout, but nothing too special imho.

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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.