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Wake Up Dead | Left Hand Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by elgiacomo on 05-04-2011

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Reviews: 197 | Ratings: 984
Photo of JerTheBuff
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 22 oz bomber dated 3/28/2011 into a snifter. This is one of the first beers pulled out of my "cellar," so I am pretty excited to try and and see if my cellar is actually just ruining a bunch of good beer or not.

A - Not much head on this guy. Likewise not much lacing as the beer goes down. Beautiful black, with brown, but not quite dark brown bubbles coming up. Kinda hard to tell what the head looks like because it dissipated so quickly.

S - Sweet. Chocolate, coffee, raisin, creme brulee, maybe some belgian chocolate cheesecake or some chocolate mouse. Essentially no hop nose at all.

T - Tastes like it smells. Still a bit of warmth after 9 months, but in a very nice way. Let's you remember you are drinking a 10% beer without slapping you in the face. Not terribly complex, but very nice. Surprisingly drinkable. This beer is desert, in a very nice way. Also, I would shy away from saying that its balanced, because it is definitely on the malty side, but it is certainly not over-sweet.

M - Delicate, yet full bodied. Does not feel like I am drinking a hamburger, but its got a workable, not overwhelming body. Not too bubbly, just about right.

Overall - I had this beer fresh about a year ago and had no idea it was 10%. I drank it pretty quickly then and was taken by surprise about 30 minutes later. After some age it is developing some nice flavors. I like stouts that are sweet typically, and this goes along quite nicely with that notion. At 10% I don't expect too much head, but even poured aggressively this beer showed no head, and no lacing at all.

Pretty tasty, and I am excited my cellar seems to be doing something right!

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Photo of jkanavel
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this one. I'm a huge fan of Left Hand Milk Stout.

Bought a 22 oz bottle at central market. Set met back 5.99

The head is strong and laces like a mofo, but a little pallid in color.

The nose is the best part of this beer. So beautiful and arromatic. Malt, hops, alcohol, chocolate, coffee, marshmallows, and grape must.

taste is simultaneously underwhelming in its one dimensionality, and overwhelming in its sweetness and alcohol presence. Kind of like a really class malt liquor. Not my thing.

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Photo of FINEBEERGUY
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of mastodonj
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bomber dated 29 Sep 2011 into a short glass.

Not a great deal of lacing but a very nice frothy Milky Way-colored head.

Excellent aromas of licorice, spice, chocolate.

This has a barrel-aged smell and taste although this was not
one of their barrel-aged versions.

Pungent alcohol and licorice but mellowed out with the full
bodied mouthfeel.

Really a very good Imperial Stout.

I think I'm going to have to head to their tap room to have this
one on draft.

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(A) Opaque black with a tan colored head. Well carbonated.

(S) Cocoa, raisin, biscuit, sweetness, brown sugar, cinnamon, and some vanilla.

(T) A lot like the nose. Cocoa and vanilla with some cinnamon and dark fruits. Dark malts and coffee bring up the end of the flavor.

(M) Full body, pretty smooth, and well balanced.

(O) I really like this stout. I had it before after a long day and I thought it was great then and to get another crack at it was pleasant. Wasn't quite the same the second time around, which goes to show that the moment and mindset you are in will make a big difference on how you enjoy a beer, but it was very enjoyable all the same.

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Photo of dlello2
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown/amber around the edges. Not all that much head. Dissipates quickly.

S - Good smell... lots of chocolate/caramel. A touch of earthiness/funk. Subtle.

T - Starts smooth, intense flavors wait a second before biting. Middle is chocolate (dark), dark fruits, then bitterness and alcohol. Really nice.

M - Really really nice. Carbonation does a great job of balancing this beer. Dark fruit tannins on my teeth. Nice.

O - I really liked this stout! Thought the balance was quite nice. Not a crazy flavor profile but what it offered made me happy.

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Photo of jsulko
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a snifter

Dark black color with a chocolate head that fades quickly.

Slightly malty smell with a hint of some sweetness

Taste is hints of coffee and roasty flavors with a boozy finish. Hops are present in the background. Booze lingers in the mouthfeel as well.

An OK beer, not really a ringing endorsement. Haven't had many stouts at this price point.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" light mocha head and appears to exhaust all the effervescence in the first pour. Dark as coffee. Smell is almost nonexistent until a little warm and then only mildly of roasted malt. Flavor has coffee and malt and I don't personally pick up the label's own descriptors of raisin or licorice. Aftertaste does express dark chocolate. And I really don't get any hops. An enjoyable beer but not the most complex nor the poster child of Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into sniffer.

A: Pours a black body, that is a bit light around the edges, with a very low formation head and retreats very quick and light lacing is left on the glass.

S: Aroma is very low in intensity and a faint hint of bitter roasted character is found and a slight American hoppy character.

T/M: Low levels of carbonation, are good for style, but the level of roast is much too low, and the viscousness of the body is lacking as well. The hop flavors are very pleasant, but is overall unbalanced in the big picture. Style set aside, this is a very drinkable brew and does have a lot of interesting characteristics, the juicy finish coupled with the hop lingering is quite nice. Mouthfeel is thin, but does let some of the hop flavors shine.

O: Overall, what was intended by the brewer may or may not have been achieved, but it is still a enjoyable beer.

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Photo of drpimento
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely. Poured with a large tan, foamy, head that settled down after a bit and some lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is roast, malt, yeast, cocoa, espresso. Flavor's much the same as nose and drinkable. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish is of good length, enticing. and that's it. Oh and a little boozy.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their bomber into my beer glass -

Appearance - Poured about a finger of mocha head, color of the beer is dark cherry cola, somewhat transparent, light just gets through.

Smell - Hmmm, slight amaretto and cherry, dark chocolate, a little molasses.

Taste - Much like the nose, taste is semi-sweet dark cherries, amaretto & cognac, dark chocolate, some black coffee in the background. There is alcohol heat throughout the entire sip.
I get just a touch of bittering hops and a little dryness long into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, carb seems too high, adds quite a bit sharp tingle on the sides of the tongue, but I don't want this at all for this style. There is a creaminess and mouth coating that begins...but is suddenly broken up by the higher carb.

Overall - I'm kinda bummed. There are really some great flavors here, but the alcohol gets pretty hot, and the mouthfeel is broken up by the higher carb. I wanted to like this alot more. I'll finish this bomber, but I won't likely purchase it again.

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Photo of shoky01
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber, served chilled in pint glass, enjoyed with my baby as company.

A: Pours kinda thick, deep brown with little carbonation and tiny tan head. Almost looks like rootbeer, with little bits floating in it. Laura's has a bit of goop or sludge sticking to her glass, hoping it yeast.

S: Malty, with hints of cocoa and coffee. Bit of hops. Smells like a stout.

T: Wow, everything I smelled but with bitterness, a little sour. On second taste its better.

MF, really sticky, stays with you but smooth otherwise.

Oa: not bad, not too special. Worried about the sludgey stuff.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Pours a thin dark brown, near black. Almost no head, and no lacing at all.

S- Sweet chocolate, dark fruits, and pine hops.

T- Sweet dark malts, some dark fruit, and big pine hop bite.

M- Medium body, pretty thin. Low carbonation.

O- This is not a imperial stout! More of a double black ipa if anything. Not a terrible beer, but had to downgrade it because of the style.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.06/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well I've read mixed reviews about this brew, but I can never pass up an unticked impy stout, especially when its on sale for 6 bucks. Here we go....

A: pours very light for style, deep brown with ruby highlights, 2 finger head on pour, dissipates to a cm, decent retention

S: the nose features notes of grapes, vanilla, musty oak, artificial chocolate. This aroma smells more like an American Strong Ale, nothing like an imperial stout.

T: taste starts out with clashing malt flavors, some dark fruit, huge acrid bitterness, burnt chocolate. There virtually no balance and drinking this brew actually made me scrunch my face. Wow... this is bad

Mf: thin body for style, has a very dry finish

O: this beer is a mess. It misses the mark on style, and also misses the mark on tasting good. Do yourself a favor...pass this one up. Lefthand makes plenty of other tasty brews, this however is not one of them.

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Photo of stonermouse
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized mug, cellar temp.

Good-looking brew, chocolate to black flavor, with a decent, steady film of a roasted marshmallow head. Nice.

Smell is a bit hot, with a burnt molasses aroma dominant. Interesting, and not bad.

Taste is potent. Lots of heat here- this one's relatively fresh, so aging may mellow it a bit. The flavor is mostly raisins and pure molasses. I'm wishing it was a touch sweeter, but the flavors are heavy and impressive.

Mouthfeel is sticky, but the booze cleans the palate a bit. Some funk hangs around, but overall it's fairly clean.

I'm glad I bought two bottles of this, because I'm aging the second in the hopes of mellowing and cleaning it up. The flavors are solid, so we'll revisit this when it's mellowed a bit.

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Photo of beeragent
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a perfect pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours jet black with dark brown highlights when held to the light. Thin mocha head with very light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of chocolate, brown sugar, and alcohol.

T - Milk chocolate flavor coats the palate with a light roastiness throughout. Alcohol is not as present in the taste as in the smell.

M - Heavy bodied but not thick. Very smooth with low carbonation.

D - The taste is not as typical for an imperial stout. Very smooth flavor with a heavy emphasis on the chocolate malt but lacking the heavy roastiness associated with most Imperial Stouts. Unique flavor that sets it aside from the others. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of WickedSluggy
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with very little foam. Color is lighter than most stouts.

Aroma has nice coco quality as the beer warms. Coco and fruity alcoholic. Flavor too - nice, almost all chocolate, with perhaps a little fruitiness.

This beer has to warm up if it is pulled cold. My first couple sips were from a beer poured at fridge temperature, and it was plain bad at that temperature. But as it warmed, it truly woke up and became a nice enjoyable beer. I am reviewing the beer after warning to 50+ degrees.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark cola brown with reddish highlights and two fingers of creamy beige head.

Aroma of chocolate, coffee, molasses, light berry and toasted malts.

Tasted fresh berries up front followed by toasted malts, dark chocolate and black coffee. The 10% alcohol is present and adds a touch of warmth to the tongue.

Full-bodied and creamy with just the slightest hint of carbonation.

A solid Impy Stout from the folks at Left Hand. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of shanblur
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased locally in Evansville, IN. Bottle date is obscured. Poured from bomber into a snifter.

A - Opaque dark brown to black with minimal head and retention.

S - Caramel and toffee notes with a roasted malt aroma. Some smoke as well.

T - Same as the aroma, with sweet and roasted malts mixing together nicely. A smoky taste as well as a warming alcohol finish.

M - Medium body with a light carbonation.

A nice imperial stout.

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Photo of bens0n
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nearly opaque black with some very slight ruby highlights. There is tons of creamy tan head that leaves lacing all over the glass.

This beer has a pretty mild smell, but the alcohol isn't very detectable. Its not exceptionally rich or sweet smelling, just slightly roasty. There is a slight chocolaty element that is present but barely noticeable.

This beer doesn't have any distinct flavors that jump out at me but its got a nice heavy and creamy body that goes down really smooth. It tastes like an imperial stout should, rich in dark malts. Its not very boozy tasting though, which is surprising given the abv.

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Photo of tjkinate
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first beer from left hand brewing and it was very good!

Poured into a Stone RIS snifter which produced a strong 2 finger head. Like most stouts it was dark as night not allowing any light to penetrate, but this one in particular was thick, almost like molasses. Oh yeah, lots of lacing too!

Smells of molasses, malts, roasted barley, grains, and some subtle hops.

Very malty flavor with an unexpected bitter aftertaste. That bitterness wasn't pleasant at first but dissipated after 5 or 6 sips. Great stout to share, little tough by yourself, very thick.

HEAVY in the mouth, like syrup

Very good beer, not one I could drink often due to its thickness.

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Photo of coldriver
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled 3/28/11 served at cellar temp in a pint glass.

Wake Up Dead is a little lighter than most imperial stouts, almost a cola brown. The head is short lived but leaves a little lace behind.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a little roasty black malt. Not much hop aroma but it's a classic double stout.

Flavor is big and robust. A nice dark roasty base with just a hint of smoke. Very bitter too with more than a little of that coming from hops. The alcohol is strong too - not hot but warming on the way down.

Mouthfeel is medium-full body and nice 'n' low with the carbonation. Very bitter and strong.

Overall a very good imperial stout. You know a beer like this is impressive when you can enjoy it without chilling it at all. I'm impressed.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Date on neck illegible because it was partially rubbed off.

Appearance - Black body and medium-tan head. Half finger head with moderate stick and good retention.

Smell - Coffee. Chocolate. Alcohol. Some hop.

Taste - Strong alcoholic finish. Hoppy front and body.

Mouthfeel - Slightly creamy medium-full body. Some astringency.

Overall - Good beer.

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Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
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