Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev +1%
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.
03-17-2014 00:42:39 | More by brureview
3.55/5 rDev -8%
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.
03-15-2014 05:26:03 | More by thezach
3.61/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
03-03-2014 04:31:12 | More by arlingtonjoe
4.64/5 rDev +20.2%
$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!
03-03-2014 03:57:18 | More by Mitchster
Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 761 ratings.