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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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very good

775 Ratings
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Ratings: 775
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

irishpride, Jul 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of williahd
4/5  rDev +3.9%

williahd, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of a0lbudman
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Black with no head
S - hoppy , roasted malt, and chocolate
T- nuts, chocolate, and hard hop aftertaste, and an alcohol warming that hits you hard but fades to a sweet chocolate finish
M- full body and no carbonation
O- the hops was overpowering and then the alcohol was over powering or otherwise it would have had a better grade

a0lbudman, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of RyanStelzner
4/5  rDev +3.9%

RyanStelzner, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Hophead21
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Hophead21, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of drone
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

drone, Jun 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

WarrenGofstein, Jun 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

robgage, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of jjdaiker
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

jjdaiker, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of biegaman
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.

biegaman, Jun 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Zonian1, Jun 08, 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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5/5  rDev +29.9%

cmbeddoe7997, Jun 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Fabiand, Jun 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Coachdvc, May 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Std73, May 28, 2014
Photo of thecheapies
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.

thecheapies, May 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Lance87, May 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Knapp85, May 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

nbaradel443, May 26, 2014
Photo of Kuaff
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.

Kuaff, May 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

JLapadura, May 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

little_star, May 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

superdoopersauce, May 17, 2014
Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 775 ratings.