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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

679 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 679
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%


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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barczar

Kentucky

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | 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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2013 20:52:35 | More by barczar
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance –Served a deep dark black color with a very small brown head. The brew looks sticky just from the way it seems to cling to the glass when swirled. The head faded fast and gave way a decent lacing.

Smell – Roasted coffee and malt notes are the heaviest. There is also a nice presence of chocolate and nuttiness.

Taste – Just as the nose forebode, roasted malt and coffee are the most prevent flavors. The two together persist throughout the taste. More toward the middle some sweeter notes come into play; a little bit of vanilla and a bittersweet chocolate flavor mixed with some darker fruit flavors of prune and raisin. These flavors along with the coffee and roasted malt are met with some nuttiness more toward the end of the taste. Finally at the very end, a warming alcohol flavor comes to the tongue. Not too strong – it’s just enough to warm without overpowering any of the other flavors.

Mouthfeel – Nice and creamy with a lower level of carbonation. The beer coats the palette with a nice smoothness; allowing the dark roasty flavors to really permeate the tongue.

Overall - A rather nice imperial stout. A nice warming brew with a good roasty, but balanced taste as well as very pleasing mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2012 23:53:16 | More by Darkmagus82
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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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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wake Up Dead, on tap at Pony Bar in NYC, served in their eight-ounce glass.

Appearance: Beautiful crown, a lady's finger of mocha-colored head with soapy bubbles. Good retention, great lacing. The customary black-chestnut color of a big stout, with a shiny auburn tone when swirling.

Smell: Subtle, almost non-existent (aka: "underwhelming"). Chocolate powder, a hint of spice. Musty hops. Chock-full-o'-nuts kind of coffee, you know?

Taste: Strangely funky, with bitter cold coffee upfront and again a spicy backbone. Spoiled milk, soy sauce and Modena. Hoppy-dry aftertaste that lingers in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Full body, medium flavor and carbonation. Not bad, but not great. Uncommon (for an Imperial Stout) dry, hoppy finish. Water, please!

Overall: Strange. Not so drinkable, not too pleasurable. More of a Black IPA, I would say...but it is at least better than the horrible barrel-aged version!

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 01:29:03 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 03:27:29 | More by mltobin
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jale

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 22:12:07 | More by jale
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claytong

Vermont

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - medium head poured into a snifter from left hand, dark, a bit of brown/crimson but otherwise black dominates. opaque, small head with decent lacing.

smell - super sweet smelling, brown sugar, coffee, nut shells, minor hops

taste - coffee and brown sugar dominate with a nice nut touch. hops end it but not really bitter

mouthfeel - creamy, sugary, minor cloying, oily in the mouth. too much carbonation.

overall - for price and what not this is an exceptional brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 17:41:07 | More by claytong
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csiewert

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer enjoyed at the abner pub in Norman, OK. The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a trace of tan head that laces well, buy has poor retention. The aroma has notes of chocolate, dark fruit and some coffee. The taste starts with dark fruit and then move to chocolate and finishes with coffee bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced with a slightly velvety feel. Overall a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 01:08:31 | More by csiewert
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap in a pint glass

A-pours a very dark brown.black color with a 1 finger khaki head with nice lacing on side of glass

S- was chocolate,toffee,raisins.licorice ,some herbal smells

T- was sublime ..semi-sweet chocolate is mixed with toffee and some roasted coffee..it followed by raisins and plums,some licorice and mint and pepper are present

M- was a somewhat bitter on the palate with medium carbonation, but a full robust taste i was not tasting the abv

O- is a solid double a touch bitter and is skewed on the dark fruit side ,but it was a pleasure on tap

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 00:02:26 | More by gatornation
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fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is one of their nitro-bottles. I poured it into a pint glass.

Appearance: Sure as day, the nitro-technology works. I dumped this thing into the glass, and yet no head materialized at first. Slowly, the cascading happened and a small, persistent, foamy head appeared. The body is black and opaque.

Smell: Sweet fruits dominate, with some toasty grains and maybe a kiss of flowery hops. Pleasant.

Taste: Bourbon vanilla, some hops, a bit of alcohol. The rest of the malt is there but a little hard to define. I'm personally a little biased against beers that taste like a bourbon barrel, but I think a 3 grade is fair.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, as the nitrogen is supposed to be. Still a bit of carb. Medium bodied. Dry in the back.

Overall: Hey, nitro imperial is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 03:42:07 | More by fountainofyouth
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Pretty standard.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, smoke, toasted malts, warm booze, and caramel.

Taste: Moderate amounts of milk chocolate, ash, caramel, alcohol, bready malts, roasted coffee, and a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, and some booze.

Overall: Not the best AIS, but a good one. Vintage 2013 bottle can be revisited again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 03:40:34 | More by Flounder57
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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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thezach

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Wake Up Dead on nitro is pretty cool, no widget and everything! Pours with the cascading bubbles, which pretty much makes me want to keep cracking them open and pouring, just for the hell of it. Seriously, it's just fun to turn that bottle upside down and dump the sucker into your glass, mesmerized when it stops just shy of the lip and doesn't foam over. The beer itself is super creamy, but not too rich. Not rich at all actually - outside of the creaminess from the nitrogen, it's actually lighter for the style. It is a bit boozy, but I suppose at over 10%, that should be expected. Still, it is noticeable and serves as a good reminder to have some water handy before bed.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

03-15-2014 05:26:03 | More by thezach
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arlingtonjoe

Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured hard as label suggests, mahogany color, bubbly tan head, decent cascade in glass and good lacing.

S: Nose has a little chocolate and some breadyness.

T: Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, licorice, prune, fig and a slightly dry finish with a hint of pepper, oak and some booziness.

M: Very smooth with a good body

All around good drinking stout.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

03-03-2014 04:31:12 | More by arlingtonjoe
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.64/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

$5.99 for a 22oz bomber @ BevCo.
Brewed with Pale 2-row, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Black Barley and Flaked Oats. Hopped with Magnum and US Goldings
55 SRM, 10.2% ABV, 45 IBU, OG=22P

Pours out black with some dark brown accents, forming a creamy tan head with superior retention and beautiful solid sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose opens with notes of dark fruit (prunes, dates) and vinous qualities, carob, a hint of black walnut, not a ton of roast, vanilla, and very cleanly fermented. The mouthfeel is enveloping, smooth and very soft, dense thick body. The taste is wonderful. Rich in chocolate and cocoa, balanced perfectly with the dark fruit, subtle flavor hops, but the bitterness is perfectly balanced, making this super easy to drink. Soft notes of black currants and distant espresso. Does not taste like it's 10.2%! The mouthfeel finishes just slightly astringent from the hops, alcohol and roast, but it's not tart or acidity. A touch of marshmallow and leather in the aftertaste.

Wow. This is one of the best imperial stouts I've had in a long, long time. This is the way I like them. Absolutely fantastic. I will be going to the store to pick up more of these for sure. Well worth the $6/bottle. Highly, highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 03:57:18 | More by Mitchster
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morimech

Minnesota

3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 18:36:03 | More by morimech
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Earpe

North Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This Imperial stout should be rated higher than reflected here.

Very much a dark color
Very much a sweet drink-ability
Very much a blast of flavor
Not sure how else to describe a stout that delivers it all, taste and ABV....this thing is an awesome stout. I guess the reason for it not rating in the mid 90's is individual taste, but i see this stout as something special.

Congrats to Left Hand...you hit the nail on the head

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 15:08:43 | More by Earpe
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Badger6

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass (about 5 oz left in bottle after initial pour).

A: Pours an opaque black body with a small, spongy cocoa-colored head that recedes fast. Some lacing.

S: Many aromas abound, but not in a complex way. Roasty malt, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Rounds out with the smell of plums and other dark fruits and a hint of booziness.

T: Boozy flavor. Roasted flavors of vanilla, caramel, dark fruit with a nice oakiness. in the middle Finishes dry and slightly bitter. I expected more maltiness. The alcohol is present and noticeable throughout.

M: Medium body, with minimal carbonation. Drinks down smoothly, especially as it warms up. Distinct warmth from the alcohol. Feels thinner than you'd expect.

O: The balance between the roasted flavors and the alcohol was interesting. Seems like it should be more malty. The beer seemed to be too young; thinking about getting another bottle to store for 6-12 months, then try this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 00:12:18 | More by Badger6
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thierrynantes

France

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (65 cl.) purchased from Le Souffleur de Bières (Nantes) and tasted in january 2014 with Australian friends.

Appearance : reddish brown color with tan foamy head.
Smell : chocolate & coffee aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : roasted malt flavors with dark chocolate and hints of coffee.
Drinkability : a very nice beer in the style Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 17:56:20 | More by thierrynantes
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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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pBRale

Iowa

4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours black with mahogany hints. Very little brownish head that dissipates quickly.
S-Smells of deep roasted malts, coffee, slight licorice, hint of booze, a hint of dark fruit.
T-Taste is excellent, with the roasted flavors giving way and melding nicely with a significant raisin flavor in the finish. The raisin flavor lingers afterward, and is very pleasant.
M-Full bodied, thick, medium-low carbonation, smooth and delicious.
O-overall an excellent beer. Reasonably priced and glad I found this little gem.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 16:14:42 | More by pBRale
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 01:44:28 | More by WoodBrew
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip.

A- Pitch black, totally inky, oily pour. Two finger creamy dense beige head. Lacing is chunky.

S- Burnt coffee and some sweet dark chocolate. Sugar in the raw with a small amount of vanilla. There is a slight earthiness also.

T- Metallic taste hiding under some bitter dark chocolate and the burnt coffee and toast. Bitter aftertaste with a bit of black licorice. Sweeter than the nose leads on.

M- Medium body, creamy on the tongue, slight prickle afterwords.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 23:57:26 | More by korguy123
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: about as dark and opaque as you can get. Some cola highlights around the edges when held to light. A slight tan head on the pour that recedes to mere wisps.
Smell: more to the dark fruit nose of an ris vs the raspy coffee dark chocolate type, though those hints are there too. Full and robust nose.
Taste: starts much like the nose, rich dark fruit. The finish is slightly bitter, a pleasant dry offset to the slightly sweet dark fruitiness.
Overall: nice ris. Not a wow experience IMO but a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 22:48:15 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.