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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 46
Gots: 144 | FT: 7
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Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: elgiacomo on 05-04-2011

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, poured into a tumbler glass.

A- Pours jet black with a small amount of light cream colored head.

S- Coffee and dark roasted malts are in the forefront here. I can also smell a sweetness reminding me of raisins, dates, etc.

T- Very bold and slightly smokey. Syrupy sweet up front and bitter on the finish. Coffee is abundant along with some chocolate. The alcohol is fairly noticeable, but it is not really bad, in my opinion; although it does seem to be getting worse as I drink it. Tiny amount of carbonation, medium body. Definitely not as thick as other similar stouts.

O- I would consider this to be a good imperial stout. I would not consider it a favorite, but would probably buy again.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imperial Stout pours a black color, with a small creamy tan head. The small is smokey and malty, sweet hints of raisins, dark chocolate and coffee. The taste is very complex, first come chocolate that then mixes to a sweet raisin like flavor, strong coffee tastes that finishes with a boozy alcohol taste. Very complex taste very full flavor, but not the most drinkable. Overall a complex beer, enjoyable in slow sips.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Pints O'Plenty. Bottled 7/12.

Appearance: A RIS needs to pour black and inky. This one pours dark brown (very dark brown). Lots of highlights around the edges. Medium brown head with acceptable retention, some spotty lacing.

Smell: Old coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate, less milk chocolate, a little licorice, and some herbal hops. Its got the components of a good RIS aroma, but it doesn't quite work. A bit to much bitter aroma between the coffee and hops.

Taste: Well, the flavor integrates better than the aroma. There's still a lot of bitterness in the flavor between the roast and significant hops, but its balanced better than the aroma. Bittersweet chocolate, dates, licorice, some vanilla. Boozy. Bitter herbal hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Its reasonably full, but the bitterness cuts this a bit. Hops resin in the end.

Overall: I think this would be better if some age could calm the bitterness some. Its a good, not great RIS as is.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Proof Brewing 2012 Halloween pint glass.

A- Pours a dark black with a very creamy head.

S-Smells of dark chocolate and a hint of coffee and black licorice (which I dont care for much), but nonetheless smells very good.

T- Tastes of dark chocolate almost immediately and keeps a fairly sweet chocolately backbone throughout. It has a hint of maybe a licorice type flavor at the end, but still being very sweet.

MF-fairly thick. I could tell immediately it had a high ABV before I knew what it was. Very sweet and flavorful.

O-Overall this is a pretty damn good beer. I havent reviewed a beer in a while and when I tried this one it made me want to review it. I would recommend this beer to just about anyone. Even someone who maybe never tried something like it before.

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Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.