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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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87
very good

740 Ratings
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Ratings: 740
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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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Date on neck illegible because it was partially rubbed off.

Appearance - Black body and medium-tan head. Half finger head with moderate stick and good retention.

Smell - Coffee. Chocolate. Alcohol. Some hop.

Taste - Strong alcoholic finish. Hoppy front and body.

Mouthfeel - Slightly creamy medium-full body. Some astringency.

Overall - Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 06:57:13 | More by ZenAgnostic
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brureview

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured straight down as recommended by the brewer in an imperial pint glass.
Served at 45F.

Color: very dark chocolate brown. No head.

Aroma: faint chocolate.

Mouth Feel:quite good, and one of the better mouth feels I have tasted in an RIS. Very smooth and malty.

Taste: The highlight of the beer. Cocoa, Licorice, and roasted malts. The taste is more pronounced with warming. I don't agree with the brewer's recommendation of 40-45F serving temp. The cocoa, malt, licorice, and malt begin to stand out with warming.

Finish: roasted malt, and light bitterness: excellent for an RIS.

Overall: an excellent RIS. However, the aroma could be a bit stronger. I wasn't able to identify the dried fruits, and the tastes were predominantly cocoa, malt, and licorice. The latter enhances the flavor and makes this beer a bit unusual for the style.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

03-17-2014 00:42:39 | More by brureview
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Danny1217

Florida

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black with a small tan head.
I smell some chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruits, and a bit of anise.
Taste is somewhat on the dark fruits and anise side. Some bittersweet chocolate. Very rich and thick mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Pretty tasty.
Not the best imperial stout in the world, but worth trying. I do like the label.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 20:59:29 | More by Danny1217
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this imperial stout for 7 bucks. Love the cover art!

A - A nice deep shade of pitch black even at the base. Head is a nice creamy 1/2 inch of mocha froth. Sticky lacing throughout the glass while sipping is also great!

S - First thing I get is a nice dose of premium coffee that reminds me of "Victory at sea" Under this I mostly smell sweet Hershey's chocolate telling me this is going to be a tasty sweet stout.

T - Bitter yet balanced with a hefty dose of burnt sugar, coffee, and sweet balancing chocolate in the finish. I actually kind of enjoy the bitterness in this one it hides the ABV well.

M - Medium to heavy with a slightly oily slick base.

Overall again nothing to run out and get again and I have better options I can think of but this Imperial stout has a taste of its own. Worth picking up for 7 bucks.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 03:26:13 | More by DrDemento456
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mastodonj

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bomber dated 29 Sep 2011 into a short glass.

Not a great deal of lacing but a very nice frothy Milky Way-colored head.

Excellent aromas of licorice, spice, chocolate.

This has a barrel-aged smell and taste although this was not
one of their barrel-aged versions.

Pungent alcohol and licorice but mellowed out with the full
bodied mouthfeel.

Really a very good Imperial Stout.

I think I'm going to have to head to their tap room to have this
one on draft.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:18:09 | More by mastodonj
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark as night with a caramel colored head that hangs around.

In the nose is coffee, dark chocolate, caramel malt, and raisin.

A nice burst of carbonation keeps flavors lively. The individual flavors are intense yet melded. Bitter coffee and bitter chocolate roll around the mouth and keep the sweet caramel and raisin/rum notes in check. Real nice flavor and mouthfeel but the finish lacks something - kind of leaves you hanging.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 00:36:59 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass...

P: A pitch black river with a 2 finger dense mocha waterfall head. Great retention leaving a thick layer of lacing around the edge.

S: Robust dark coffee, roasted caramel malts and a layer of butterscotch. Darkfruits and candied alcohol laced with a mild offering of vanilla bean and woody hops.

T/M: Thick, chewy mild coffee with cherry alcohol at the forefront and dark fruits, spices dark, sweet breads and a mild earthy bitterness bringing up the rear. Taste not as sweet as the nose. The dry astringent finish is almost like rinsing with scope. Small traces of yeast and a woody long lasting bitterness is the finish of this IS. Once warmed hay and grains followed by a burst of burnt toffee and huge alcohol.

O: Great IS I really enjoyed the mash of mild sweet and bitter. Alcohol was a huge factor but considering the ABV I expected that. Nothing too overpowering except the alcohol once warmed, but all in all a solid IS. This I will house frequently and I definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 04:28:13 | More by Hopswagger
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BierStein711

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow!

Nitro brew that was out of this world! Served in snifter: two finger head!

Very lovely!

Jet black with creamy off white head.

Smells of hop, ice, malt, and coffee, but with a little hint of cocoa

Tastes of coffee, fudge, cocoa, molasses, vanilla, grape, and a hop finish

Mouthfeel: Rich and smooth

Overall, perfectly creamy beer! A must have.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-22-2012 07:07:46 | More by BierStein711
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 05:56:33 | More by NilocRellim
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JK4Stout

Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm keeping this short as I have to get on the road in meer seconds but here we go...Delicious as it warms, worth every penny, and very flavorful to enjoy on a quite night by the fire.
I am somewhat dismayed at the price depending on which location I visit. One place I see 8.99 another 6.75...i chose the later as I once learned math long ago.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 00:05:24 | More by JK4Stout
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King_KongDCO93

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark motor oil appearance with finger of off white head. Has good Cocoa and toffee aroma. Smooth and creamy. Chocolatey . Some notes of coffee in the bitterness. I believe I got this beer for around 6-7 bucks. Worth the money. Good to drink at any occasion.!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 19:06:25 | More by King_KongDCO93
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imperial Stout pours a black color, with a small creamy tan head. The small is smokey and malty, sweet hints of raisins, dark chocolate and coffee. The taste is very complex, first come chocolate that then mixes to a sweet raisin like flavor, strong coffee tastes that finishes with a boozy alcohol taste. Very complex taste very full flavor, but not the most drinkable. Overall a complex beer, enjoyable in slow sips.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 04:50:56 | More by vette2006c5r
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blindtiger24

Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured vigorously into a pint glass.

A: They aren't kidding when they say pour hard. I love watching that "quicksand" affect that occurs with nitros. Opaque with a creamy, lacy head that clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Cocoa nibs, raspberries, and some spice on the nose.

T: Chocolate and malt right off the bat, followed by some anise and pepper that dissipate, but still lingers at the finish.

M: Creamy, creamy, creamy, and it's suppose to be. Really impressed with the nitro in a bottle.

O: A well balanced stout. The chocolate and spice characters don't get in each other's way, though the flavors don't explode on your tongue like other competitors in this category. That said, this is a very drinkable beer and at 10% it's rare to take something like this down and not feel dried out or like your mouth has been rampaged.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

11-28-2013 00:19:05 | More by blindtiger24
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 23:11:21 | More by puboflyons
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vickersspitfire

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This stout is pitch black and covered with a thin light tan head, which quickly dissipates into a thin layer surrounding the stout. Fine bubbles make up the lacing, which is dense and covers nearly the entire glass area void of stout.
The aroma is light, but dark roasted malts and chocolate are present. I’m not picking up much else at the moment.
The roasted malts make up most of the flavor; mild hops and chocolate come through. Over all the flavor is sweet and this stout is really smooth, the alcohol content is well hidden.
This is a medium bodied stout and it really warms up your taste buds.


Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 04:58:58 | More by vickersspitfire
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WickedSluggy

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with very little foam. Color is lighter than most stouts.

Aroma has nice coco quality as the beer warms. Coco and fruity alcoholic. Flavor too - nice, almost all chocolate, with perhaps a little fruitiness.

This beer has to warm up if it is pulled cold. My first couple sips were from a beer poured at fridge temperature, and it was plain bad at that temperature. But as it warmed, it truly woke up and became a nice enjoyable beer. I am reviewing the beer after warning to 50+ degrees.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 23:28:30 | More by WickedSluggy
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into a CCB pub glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head is quickly down to a swirly layer of small bubbles, with average sheeting lace. Aroma is sweet, dark fruits and booze.

Taste follows the nose, dark sweetness to start, some peeks of fruit in the middle, and an alcoholic close. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 01:30:09 | More by ppoitras
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is black with a ruby hue. There is more than a finger of head that quickly dissipates, but leaves nice lacing in its wake. There is dark fruit in the nose of this offering. The taste is dry and roasty with the taste of raisins in the background. Finally, there is a mild alcohol finish to that is not unpleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 08:42:15 | More by 57md
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shanblur

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased locally in Evansville, IN. Bottle date is obscured. Poured from bomber into a snifter.

A - Opaque dark brown to black with minimal head and retention.

S - Caramel and toffee notes with a roasted malt aroma. Some smoke as well.

T - Same as the aroma, with sweet and roasted malts mixing together nicely. A smoky taste as well as a warming alcohol finish.

M - Medium body with a light carbonation.

A nice imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 22:07:15 | More by shanblur
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Radome

California

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a goblet.

A - Color is an extremely dark brown, but not quite black; it lets no light through. The head is light tan and not thick, even on initial pour. It consists mainly of a thick ring along the glass but only the thinnest layer on the beer's surface. Good lacing.

S - Great bready malt aromas. Molasses, plums, prunes. Spices, wet tobacco and alcohol in the finish. Moderately complex aromas.

T - Spicy, bready malt, like a good rye loaf. Strong earthy hops; chocolate, plums, prunes, molasses. Tobacco, slight smoke, rum. Complex.

M - Thick body. High hops bitterness. Slight alcohol burn. Low carbonation.

O - This is a big, assertive imperial stout, but it is not overly complex. A good sipping beer, but not among the best.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 06:18:27 | More by Radome
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TTAmod

Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz nitro bottle poured in pint glass. No date on bottle.

Poured vigorously and straight down the middle, as suggested on the box.

A: Hard pour yields 1.5 finger tight, tan head. Beer is pretty much pitch black unless held to the light; otherwise, dark brown rays protrude through.

S: Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the nose. Hints of coffee are present, also. No alcohol perceived; this is interesting for such a strong stout.

T: Sweet, dark chocolate is the dominating taste. Bit of roasted coffee beans and tobacco come in a bit later. Metallic twang and bitterness is present near the end. Doesn't finish bitter at all...baker's chocolate is most prevalent at the end.

M: Very, very smooth and easy drinking. As expected for a nitro, the mouthfeel is very good. Alcohol perception is minimal.

O: Don't know if it would be amazing out of a regular bottle, but the nitro really makes this strong stout excel.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

05-10-2014 03:44:13 | More by TTAmod
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-22-2011 14:30:12 | More by advent
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imbuckeye

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-19-2013 03:12:41 | More by imbuckeye
Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.