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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

778 Ratings
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Ratings: 778
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 41
Gots: 105 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

JandJMD, Dec 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Iamjeff6, May 09, 2014
Photo of KFrank729
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

KFrank729, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.69/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber from Provisions in Northampton, MA. I forget how much I paid but it was reasonable... $6-7? "Vintage 12/21/12 356:16:18 153-54" stamped on the bottle. FINALLY, a code that makes sense!!!! So this is only a couple months old.

Served cold in a tulip, but I intend to make it last well long enough for it to warm up significantly.

A: Pitch black brew puts up 1/2" of thick creamy taupe head from a vigorous pour. The foam condenses into ever-larger bubbles before settling to a whispy layer across the surface. Large bubbles cling to the glass. When held to a bright light, the brew reveals minimal very dark cherry red highlights. Some nice thick creamy lace, but not a ton.

S: Super thick biscuity malt and warm dutch chocolate backbone. As it warms some bright candied cherry aroma develops, along with dried figs or prunes, a little charred malt, and a good clean dose of black licorice. The licorice note is very true and distinct, no mistaking it. Warming further develops a really unexpected note of cantaloupe . This stuff is awfully dynamic, that's for sure.

T/M: First impression is very well balanced: it has a lot of everything, but not too much of any one thing. Thick enough to have a great viscosity, but not too thick to be syrupy or overly filling. Black but not acrid. Sweet but not cloying. Just enough hops, just enough carbo, and just enough EtOH burn to let you know that it's there without being overpowering. This is a supremely well balanced brew.

I have a hard time holding this in my mouth long enough to analyze it without letting it slide down and reaching for another sip. Taste starts with rich cocoa and biscuit, bready sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Then a nice dose of bitter charred malt and bitter chocolate mid-palate, mixing with a bit of dried fruits (prunes, figs?), then generic hoppiness, licorice, cola, and some welcomed EtOH heat on the back end. The charred malt kind of lays under everything from the mid-palate backward. Licorice and EtOH blend in toward the very back and it all lingers very long into the finish. As it warms a bit of melon and menthol develop in the mid-palate and finish as well.

O: Superb, stunning, superfluous. So well balanced, goes down so smoothly, that it's hard to just sip this even though it should be a slow sipping brew. A good dose of black charred malt and licorice lingers long into the finish with a healthy portion of slow burning EtOH. I find it appealing, but those with more sensitive palates might feel overwhelmed.

Update: the LH website informs me that this brew is aged on site for at least 12 months before bottling. Nice!

BeerNinja007, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

timoteo833, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ackeeper, May 22, 2013
Photo of csiewert
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.

csiewert, Jun 01, 2011
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2.38/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Background: Poured into a Guinness Pint. 6/30/11 on the neck, nothing on the label.

Look: Brown with ruby highlights. Surprisingly not opaque. Looks thin while pouring. Small tan head rears up at the end of the pour. Looks like a lighter porter. Spots of lacing. Would blame my glass but it looked the same in my friend's as well.

Smell: Pretty malty, maybe a hint of alcohol. Not much going on, maybe slight fruitiness.

Taste: Hot from the alcohol, mellows as it approaches room temperature. Mild dark fruits. Not much roastiness even for a normal stout.

Mouthfeel: Thin, not full bodied.

Overall: Not a great beer. Not a good beer. Average would be kind. It just seems watered down.

Value: I thought it would be decent at 6.99 for a bomber, but it is not.

For some reason I fully expected this to be better than the Barrel Aged. I was wrong. Avoid this.

zachary80, Aug 03, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

yeaprolly, May 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jburd19, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Vylo, Mar 04, 2012
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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.

Hopswagger, Jan 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

lpotter, Apr 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Jd2391, Feb 19, 2014
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

dumptruck81, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Goldndomer, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Hopmarc, Oct 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

bbrown12, Nov 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

ajtorres311, May 15, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into Sam Adams glass. Pours dark, but some translucence shows through, looks a little like root beer. Loose head quickly dissapated but decent lacing. Nose is alcohol, roasted malt, and burnt match. Taste seems dominated by alcohol with subdued coffee and light fruitiness, would like to see a bit more kick from the roasted malt. Mouthfeel fairly creamy with carbonation a bit on the light side. Overall okay for the style, but there are plenty of better options available.

coldriver, Sep 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

gonzo000, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Jacobob10
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, Vintage 2013.

Recommended to me by the worker at the beer store and has been sitting in my fridge for about 6 months since then. Pours an opaque black color with almost no head on it. A vigorous swirl of the glass releases a small, dark tan head that quickly dissipates. Almost no lacing to speak of and no legs on the beer. Pleasant aroma of chocolate, raisin, port, and burnt malts. Full bodied with a slick texture. Long lasting flavor.

I generally like my beers on the colder side of what's recommended, but the flavor profile of this beer really comes through as it warms up. Not my first choice imperial stout, but not a bad option at all. An intense brew for sure, if nothing else.

Jacobob10, Jun 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

JasonTaverner, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 778 ratings.