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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

741 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 741
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 40
Gots: 90 | 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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jjdaiker

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

06-12-2014 22:48:08 | More by jjdaiker
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wake Up Dead is, appropriately, entirely and solemnly black. And relatively lifeless too - there's no bubbles and very little head save for a thin outlying of spongy brown foam. Given the amount of hoppiness brimming from the glass it's a slight surprise the beer isn't green, but then again the overwhelming presence of coffee does explain the ale's deep brown complexion.

I don't know that there's anything quite so satisfying to my senses as the smell of a Russian Imperial Stout. I don't drink coffee but those of you out there who need that cup of joe first thing in the morning, you know the kind of gratification I speak of. The way this bouquet combines leafy hops with mocha flavours is pure heaven for me.

And the taste is no less pleasurable. Rich chocolate notes and pine resins combine forces to make an ultra-rich, ultra-characterful taste. The whole palate is painted black and green. It has echoes of my favourite desserts (tiramisu, chocolate ganache) and fleeting notes of herbal tea. Between the prominent hoppiness and the heavy roast coffee flavour you can be sure it's bitter, but there's a dark caramel-type sweetness and tinge of vanilla that linger big time.

If you’re not salivating already at the thought of this rich, opulent stout, imagine it with some gooey chocolate-chip or white chocolate-macadamia nut cookies. Or better yet a bowl of summer berries drizzled in balsamic. Or overtop a big bowl of French vanilla ice cream. Any way you slice it, this beer is for de-ca-dents.

Left Hand seems to think this 2013 vintage will be good for three years. I'm inclined to agree. One year seems to have only helped things; there's still plenty of hoppiness, the maltiness is rich and roasty, and the overall impression is profound enough that it's conceivable it was made in oak (though it wasn't). Black licorice makes it into the aftertaste, adding another layer of depth.

Wake Up Dead reminds me of another Colorado RIS: Great Divide's Yeti (which is a tremendous compliment, and likely the reason my score is that much higher than the average). It similarly sees hop cones dipped in chocolate fondue and is sure to make an instant impression on beer geeks and casuals alike. As far as RISs go, this is an easy one to recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2014 04:48:48 | More by biegaman
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Zonian1

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.1%

06-08-2014 01:38:24 | More by Zonian1
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2014 14:49:33 | More by Jacobob10
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cmbeddoe7997

Texas

5/5  rDev +29.9%

06-04-2014 22:13:55 | More by cmbeddoe7997
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Fabiand

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

06-02-2014 01:28:54 | More by Fabiand
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Coachdvc

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-30-2014 23:27:56 | More by Coachdvc
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Std73

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-28-2014 14:35:36 | More by Std73
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks great. Nice nitro cascade. Head settled neatly and holds like a charm. This beer is dark. Very dark.

The aromas are soft, but sneaky. Roasted barley, licorice, blackberry, raisin, caraway, cocoa nibs, and some vinous character.

Spicy flavors of charred grain bitterness, earthy hop concentrate, black licorice, and booze. Definitely a fruity RIS with notes of dried berries and fig. Has a woodiness, which could be hop bitterness. There are softer flavors underneath, like creamed coffee and bourbon vanilla. Really unique. That nitro gas gives great feel. I wish the body wasn't lightened as much. Still close to rich. Leaning toward traditional English approach. Great beer.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

05-28-2014 13:53:38 | More by thecheapies
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Lance87

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-27-2014 17:52:48 | More by Lance87
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

05-27-2014 13:08:04 | More by Knapp85
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nbaradel443

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

05-26-2014 21:16:58 | More by nbaradel443
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wake Up Dead from bottle into... small sort of pint glass-shaped glass. Around cellar temperature. Love that label art.

This is a black and shady beer, with a billowy three-finger cloud of mocha foam.

It smells like sweet cocoa, earth, coffee, and perhaps booze-soaked raisins. There's also some intense chocolate and dark fruits in here. And... I almost think I detect a hint of cinnamon!

In the flavor I first get a bit of tart dark fruits like cherries and prunes, followed by a flood of chocolate. It's almost like chocolate milk! A moderate roastiness rounds out the finish.

The feel is appropriately thick and full for an imperial stout. Sticky sweet, too.

Nothing to dread about waking up dead.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2014 03:14:41 | More by Kuaff
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JLapadura

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-20-2014 00:30:57 | More by JLapadura
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little_star

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-17-2014 01:55:15 | More by little_star
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superdoopersauce

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

05-17-2014 00:56:28 | More by superdoopersauce
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-15-2014 02:34:07 | More by kkmiller76
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user785335

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-14-2014 13:33:10 | More by user785335
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Detroit_Velvet_Smooth

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

05-12-2014 16:57:21 | More by Detroit_Velvet_Smooth
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jjwisenheimer

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-11-2014 08:43:37 | More by jjwisenheimer
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TTAmod

Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz nitro bottle poured in pint glass. No date on bottle.

Poured vigorously and straight down the middle, as suggested on the box.

A: Hard pour yields 1.5 finger tight, tan head. Beer is pretty much pitch black unless held to the light; otherwise, dark brown rays protrude through.

S: Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the nose. Hints of coffee are present, also. No alcohol perceived; this is interesting for such a strong stout.

T: Sweet, dark chocolate is the dominating taste. Bit of roasted coffee beans and tobacco come in a bit later. Metallic twang and bitterness is present near the end. Doesn't finish bitter at all...baker's chocolate is most prevalent at the end.

M: Very, very smooth and easy drinking. As expected for a nitro, the mouthfeel is very good. Alcohol perception is minimal.

O: Don't know if it would be amazing out of a regular bottle, but the nitro really makes this strong stout excel.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

05-10-2014 03:44:13 | More by TTAmod
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Iamjeff6

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-09-2014 19:59:49 | More by Iamjeff6
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JohnLikesBeeraLot

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

05-09-2014 19:57:37 | More by JohnLikesBeeraLot
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Williaar

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-09-2014 04:28:05 | More by Williaar
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thkrb99

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-09-2014 00:58:04 | More by thkrb99
Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 741 ratings.