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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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847 Ratings
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Ratings: 847
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 47
Gots: 128 | FT: 6
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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Ratings: 847 | Reviews: 179 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

valkyre65, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of abex44
4/5  rDev +3.6%

abex44, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of danoble1
4/5  rDev +3.6%

danoble1, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of johzac
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, served in New Belgium nucleated glass. 2011 bottle, properly stored and opened on 9/26/2012.

Pours a fantastic looking black, with appropriate head following a hard pour. Tiny bubbles with a thin-ish head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Heavy bittersweet chocolate, hints of vanilla, creme, slight coffee and licorice.

Taste: Appropriately matches smell, a nice coating of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted grains, vanilla with a creme finish. ABV is subtle but present, discrete but lurking in the background, takes a few sips to settle down.

Mouthfeel: Proper to form, good carb level, not overly thick but coats the tongue with a blanket of dark wintery goodness.

Overall: Solid RIS, glad that I let it age for about a year, carb level is spot on, taste is completely appropriate for the style. An excellent offering by Left Hand, solid price point. ABV is hidden quite nicely. I like it, great example of the style, good value.

johzac, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of flyersfan900
4/5  rDev +3.6%

flyersfan900, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Dave1999
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black with a small tan coloured head.

The smell is roasted malts and dark fruits such as plum and raisins.

The taste is much the same as the smell but stronger,there's the plum and raisin with some roasted coffee and alcohol.

The mouth feel is quite heavy and syrupy with low to medium carbonation.

Overall a good beer, you can taste some alcohol but for its abv it's not much. This is a very good imperial stout with a big kick but is very reasonably priced.

Dave1999, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of JonathanSuarez
4/5  rDev +3.6%

JonathanSuarez, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

CoryR, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of ahijevyc
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was pleasantly surprised. I don't think of Left Hand when I think of big Imperial stouts, but this made me sit up and take notice. Will definitely be going back for more. I thought Lost Abbey's Serpent's Stout was a steal for $10. But this is $4 less and just as enjoyable. I knew it would be good because I tried it at the tasting room last week. But this is better than I remember.

ahijevyc, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of Vierenner
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had been getting discouraged ... all the Imperial Stouts were starting to taste the same to me ... and none were hitting the mark. Then along comes this one!

Slightly sweet, very little hop bite, robust flavor. I would age this in bourbon barrels, charge double the price, and watch the profits roll in.

Okay, absent the bourbon :( this is still a delicious beer.

Vierenner, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of bootsandbeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

bootsandbeer, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of jacknsally5148
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

jacknsally5148, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of PatGreer
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

PatGreer, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Cl88
1/5  rDev -74.1%

Cl88, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of CWhite
4/5  rDev +3.6%

CWhite, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Onemic
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Onemic, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Weebsjak
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Weebsjak, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of beerdrifter
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up while on vacation in Denver. Dark brown, almost black pour with two finger head that fades quickly with pretty decent lacing. The nose is almost totally non-existent. A very subtle hint of roast, but that's it. It does open up slightly as it warms with a bit of smokiness. The taste is sweet and roasty with hints of cocoa, burnt toast, coffee, caramel, toffee, and just a touch of dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but at the same time a bit thin for the style. Overall this is very average and a bit disappointing.

beerdrifter, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent starting head, but settles to a single layer of bubbles. It leaves a blanket of lace after each sip. The color is near black--no light passes.

I smelled dark cherry initially. There's also a milk chocolate aroma. Here's an odd addition, but it's entirely pleasant, there's a touch of olive oil to the nose. There's no coffee or alcohol present, which is equally surprising.

The taste is altogether different. First, I noticed a strong alcohol presence. Second, there is a coffee with cream flavor. There's also stone fruit in the background, but the swallow features a hop, not malt, bitterness. The swallow and aftertaste is all alcohol warmth. The body is thin like most stouts, but the low carbonation makes it seem creamy.

smcolw, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Naterobsnyk4
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Naterobsnyk4, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of ssjkyle
4/5  rDev +3.6%

ssjkyle, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of SirIPAalot
4/5  rDev +3.6%

SirIPAalot, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is an espresso coffee bean black with faint cola-brown showing through the light. A mocha colored head dissipates to a fine film. Light lacing is present, very light.

The beer smells burnt, dark roasted malts and bitter chocolate come through, as well as a sweeter vanilla aroma.

The beer tastes really flavorful, considering the ABV. Really rich fudge-like chocolate notes hit first, as well as roasted malts. A dry, bitter hop presence fills out the end.

Mouthfeel is dry, rich.

Overall, I'm pretty impressed at how well they hide the alcohol in this. Oh, don't get me wrong -- it's there, but for a 10% beer, this is as tasty and rich as I could ever want. Really lovely brew, this.

JuicesFlowing, Aug 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

MikeyLikesIt, Aug 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

MattSharpless, Aug 10, 2012
Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.