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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

679 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: elgiacomo on 05-04-2011)
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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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mdfb79

New York

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12/16/12 notes. Thought I had had this but apparently only had the BA version. 8 oz. pour on nitro-pour at Pony Bar in NYC on the UES.

a - Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with one inch of light tan head, and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice, like a nice stout.

s - Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, vanilla, cream, light coffee, and toasted malts. Nice and sweet, I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of sweet chocolate, sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, swete coffee, sweet cream, and vanilla. Taste is good but very sweet, a little bit too sweet for me. Slight step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, with a super smooth and creamy body. Awesome mouthfeel; the nitro-pour really lends well to this one.

o - Overall a pretty good milk/American stout. Very sweet but that is nice in the nose especially, and the mouthfeel was great. I think I like the BA version a bit better but would still have this one again.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-17-2012 18:57:57 | More by mdfb79
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Spider889

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on nitro at the brewpub on 9/25/11.

Arrives with an awesomely thick creamy head.

Smells sweet - chocolate with a hint of bourbon-soaked vanilla bean.

The taste is full on semi-sweet chocolate and malty goodness.

Overall Left Hand sure knows how to do a beer on nitro... actually, this was the first time I had ever tried the base Wake Up Dead beer, and I like this better than the barrel-aged version. Very good.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-10-2012 22:29:27 | More by Spider889
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FINEBEERGUY

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it on nitro tap into snifter at 8th Street Grill in Holland.

A Looks like it should on nitro dark body nice creamy head.

S A little on the light side leads me to believe the flavor won't be up to my liking.

T Like I suspected good roasty, easing, and a little amuse, not Mich coffee, a little light for an imperial stout.

F Good smooth almost too smooth. I like nitro on strong imperials but this didn't have the flavor exposition I was looking for in it.

OA I like it and would go for some more of it but not thrilled with it. Just a good quality stout not too imperial.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-01-2011 21:55:50 | More by FINEBEERGUY
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Bung

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-01-2011 00:41:48 | More by Bung
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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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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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Radome

Texas

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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mntlover

Tennessee

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 02:43:26 | More by mntlover
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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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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours black as night and appears fairly thick during the pour. No light escapes this black beauty in the glass. A medium sized, tan colored head forms and retains very well, leaving s sticky latticework down the side of the glass.

S- Big chocolate malts are the feature here. More creamy and chocolatey than most stouts that tout chocolate as their main feature. Dark malts are also in there, balancing out some of the chocolate sweetness with a hint of burnt bitterness.

T- Starts with a semisweet chocolate flavor that quickly moves toward a classic, dry, dark malt flavor. Remains here until towards the end if the drink, when the burnt bitterness returns a little stronger. Low to medium in overall bitterness, the burnt flavor lingers on the tongue, but still leaves you wanting more.

M- Thick and creamy and smooth as she goes down. No detectable alcohol heat or flavor until well after the drink. About a minute after a drink, you will find a slight warming in the throat.

Overall, a very good imperial stout with which to compare other impy stouts too. Good feel, standard, but very well done, dark malt flavors, and a slight warming from the booze.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 01:17:21 | More by boilermakerbrew
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Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.