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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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806 Ratings
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Ratings: 806
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 44
Gots: 116 | FT: 5
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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Photo of brureview
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

brureview, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev +3.6%

fredmugs, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of thezach
3.55/5  rDev -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.

thezach, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of RusImpStoLuv
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

RusImpStoLuv, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of kmanjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

kmanjohnson, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of oso
3/5  rDev -22.3%

oso, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

muskiesman, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of gwiedman1
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

gwiedman1, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of akttr
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

akttr, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Yeti1979
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Yeti1979, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of vahjzz
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

vahjzz, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of James_87
4/5  rDev +3.6%

James_87, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of DMaCATO
4/5  rDev +3.6%

DMaCATO, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

arlingtonjoe, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Mitchster
4.64/5  rDev +20.2%
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!

Mitchster, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of carlmoberg
4/5  rDev +3.6%

carlmoberg, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of KFrank729
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

KFrank729, Feb 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

mychalg9, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of 666_MPH
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

666_MPH, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

TastyIsBeer, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of jaymo18
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jaymo18, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of Jd2391
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Jd2391, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of morimech
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

morimech, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of gonzo000
4/5  rDev +3.6%

gonzo000, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of TaylorBrake
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

TaylorBrake, Feb 15, 2014
Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 806 ratings.