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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

742 Ratings
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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 41
Gots: 93 | 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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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Left Hand's Wake Up Dead last week for $6.99 at The Lager Mill. The store had just got this in and the label art caught my attention so since this is one of my favorite styles I thought I should give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 24oz bottle into a snifter.

A- I really like the label on this beer, it looks awesome and it's really eye catching, the name is also pretty cool. It poured a slight dark brown color that turned ruby red when held to the light and it had a finger and a half worth of tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some lacing. The color is pretty light for an Imperial Stout that makes this beer pretty average looking.

S- The aroma of this beer is pretty light. It starts out with some some sweet malts that smell like they have a medium roast to them and they impart some caramel, coffee, and a slight butterscotch aroma with a little bit of cocoa powder. After that comes some sweet dark fruits that are pretty noticeable then comes some slightly earthy hops and a slight bit of alcohol. The aroma seems to be pretty average, there just isn't enough roasty aromas, for an Imperial Stout.

T- That seems to be pretty similar to the aroma but thankfully, it is a little more robust. It starts out with loads of dark roasted malts that have a high amount of medium sweetness that impart some roasty malt flavors and it had a pretty big cocoa powder flavor to it that seemed to take the place of the coffee that I picked up in the aroma. After that comes a pretty heavy dark fruit flavor with plums, prunes, and raisins sticking out the most. It had a sweet finish with a lower amount of bitterness with a roasty and dark fruit aftertaste, with the alcohol hardy showing up. The flavor was ok and with the heavy dark fruit aspect was a little different from most Imperial Stouts.

M- Smooth, a little dry, full bodied, and it had a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but I would have liked a little more carbonation.

Overall I liked this beer and I thought it was good but when compared to other Imperial Stouts it seems to be just slightly above average. It had good drinkability, it was smooth for the style and the alcohol was hidden nicely, I think I could take out the whole bottle but I am glad I am splitting this with my brother. What I liked most about this beer was the flavor, it had good balance between roasted malts and dark fruits and the alcohol wasn't that noticeable. What I liked least about this beer was the appearance and the lack of carbonation, it was just too light for the style and it needs a little more carbonation to it. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but it was a pretty good value for what it was, and I would only recommend this to people that like a big dark fruit aspect to their Imperial Stouts. This beer was ok for what it was but as a whole I thought it was pretty middle of road and it couldn't hold it's own against some of the best in the style. Left Hand is a pretty solid brewery but this beer fell short of being a great beer, but I still wouldn't mind trying the barrel aged version. In the end I could take or leave this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 05:33:03 | More by StoutHunter
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

03-02-2012 07:06:32 | More by Zachtheporter
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Lynn

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

02-28-2012 20:55:38 | More by Lynn
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seanmugs

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-27-2012 08:23:54 | More by seanmugs
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yesferro

Mississippi

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally decided to open this 2010 bottle, expectations were high!
Pours a very dar brownish red, not quite the normal tar black from most imp stouts. Very nice and consistent head, minimal smell, dried fruits if anything.
Flavorwise I got thrown for a loop, hops and tobacco flavors, this is a stout? I liked it, but I'm a hophead, my husband who prefers robust stouts called this a dissapointment. To me it was an enjoyable, yet mislabelled brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 13:27:24 | More by yesferro
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assman79

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-26-2012 01:14:04 | More by assman79
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jlove5

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-21-2012 13:59:36 | More by jlove5
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-21-2012 02:34:49 | More by jaidenjb
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choover14

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-19-2012 00:21:25 | More by choover14
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is black with a ruby hue. There is more than a finger of head that quickly dissipates, but leaves nice lacing in its wake. There is dark fruit in the nose of this offering. The taste is dry and roasty with the taste of raisins in the background. Finally, there is a mild alcohol finish to that is not unpleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 08:42:15 | More by 57md
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olafphysics

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-18-2012 01:18:02 | More by olafphysics
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scott2269

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

02-16-2012 19:51:56 | More by scott2269
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wake Up Dead, on tap at Pony Bar in NYC, served in their eight-ounce glass.

Appearance: Beautiful crown, a lady's finger of mocha-colored head with soapy bubbles. Good retention, great lacing. The customary black-chestnut color of a big stout, with a shiny auburn tone when swirling.

Smell: Subtle, almost non-existent (aka: "underwhelming"). Chocolate powder, a hint of spice. Musty hops. Chock-full-o'-nuts kind of coffee, you know?

Taste: Strangely funky, with bitter cold coffee upfront and again a spicy backbone. Spoiled milk, soy sauce and Modena. Hoppy-dry aftertaste that lingers in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Full body, medium flavor and carbonation. Not bad, but not great. Uncommon (for an Imperial Stout) dry, hoppy finish. Water, please!

Overall: Strange. Not so drinkable, not too pleasurable. More of a Black IPA, I would say...but it is at least better than the horrible barrel-aged version!

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 01:29:03 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-12-2012 02:33:13 | More by Tyrawlings
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Spamsammich

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-11-2012 23:34:32 | More by Spamsammich
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap recently @ the Biltmore in Newton.

Poured pitch black with a decent head into a snifter glass. Strong black licorice & toffee on the nose with a bit of smoke.

As expected with an impy stout, assertive flavors present in the 1st sip. Smoky, chocolate, very smooth. Bit of raisin in the aftertaste. Alcohol is well-hidden, this is a pretty drinkable beer @10% ABV.

Glad I tried this, I'd like to try it again some time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 17:07:05 | More by SunDevilBeer
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matt062286

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-10-2012 14:59:18 | More by matt062286
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Holy Smoke in Mahopac , NY.

Appearance is dark brown, tan head, some lacing going on. Its` nose contains brown sugar, licorice and caramel. The taste is some toffee, a bit of chocolate and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium-full. A good imperial stout, but nothing too special imho.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 03:27:29 | More by mltobin
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awdturboiv

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-04-2012 13:54:57 | More by awdturboiv
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cosmo4u

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-29-2012 14:56:19 | More by cosmo4u
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Ralphs66

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-25-2012 23:45:00 | More by Ralphs66
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-23-2012 16:27:32 | More by imperialking
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass...

P: A pitch black river with a 2 finger dense mocha waterfall head. Great retention leaving a thick layer of lacing around the edge.

S: Robust dark coffee, roasted caramel malts and a layer of butterscotch. Darkfruits and candied alcohol laced with a mild offering of vanilla bean and woody hops.

T/M: Thick, chewy mild coffee with cherry alcohol at the forefront and dark fruits, spices dark, sweet breads and a mild earthy bitterness bringing up the rear. Taste not as sweet as the nose. The dry astringent finish is almost like rinsing with scope. Small traces of yeast and a woody long lasting bitterness is the finish of this IS. Once warmed hay and grains followed by a burst of burnt toffee and huge alcohol.

O: Great IS I really enjoyed the mash of mild sweet and bitter. Alcohol was a huge factor but considering the ABV I expected that. Nothing too overpowering except the alcohol once warmed, but all in all a solid IS. This I will house frequently and I definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 04:28:13 | More by Hopswagger
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

whoa! pours thick syrupy black with a minimal tan head. smells really intense, smokey with notes of licorice and bourbon. flavor is absolutely massive. im picking up tobacco, candied sugar, molasses, raisins (post review ive been informed the bottle says raisins!), and that funny birch syrup characteristic that sierra nevada's life and limb has, really really unique. full bodied as can be, sticky residue left over. plenty of bubbles too, but maybe a bit thick, not too too sweet. overall this stout is something different. theres nothing like it out there as far as im concerned, and this has to be one of lefthands best beers. wow this is great, definitely worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 01:23:53 | More by StonedTrippin
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DrGonzoDDS

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-21-2012 23:01:10 | More by DrGonzoDDS
Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
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