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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 49
Gots: 153 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Ethanol4one
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is very nice, like a fresh bag of black movie liquorish, mild tic tac, or Good & Plenty with rocked fuel. Picture Choo Choo Charlie in handcuffs for DUI and negligent homicide when his train jumps the rails.

Deep dark color, nice spiced aroma, not hoppy, bitter coffee correcto flavor, like spiked Iced black coffee on a summer Roman afternoon to keep you "correcto" when some nerve wracking vacation event takes you temper from zero to P.O.'d in 30 seconds.

Mouth feel's thick, but also glycerine, like an odd table wine made from burnt sugars (black strap molasses) with a nearly Bourbon bitter finish. This stuff just taste strong... certainly a sipping beer.

Apart from watching a team I hate wine the superbowl, or some college friend egging me on for old time's sake, hope not to have too many occasion's to drink enough to "wake up dead". Word to the wise: go slow bros, punctuate with something lighter and H2Os.

This thing reminds me of Will Farrell in "Old School" after he's hit with that dart-- "I like you man, you're crazy, but I like you"...

Photo of Ozurr
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of GringoKid
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

A-pours dark into my glass, coffee-like in appearance as one can rightfully expect from a RIS. Only mild head results, creamy bone color, dissipating to leave a ring of lace around the edges of the glass and some sticky residue along the sides of the glass as i sink my drink.

S-the aroma of my bottle's pour is ever so mildly boozy, but it mixes with an overpowering sugary sweetness and the end result is not unpleasant. Molasses and chocolate meets mild licorice.

T-drinks as an almost even mixture of sugary alcohol and peppery black licorice

M-rich in body, slightly chewy but this doesn't lose its overall smoothness. my bottle was a bit oily, but not so far over the top that it ruins the feel. I've been there, and it gets ugly to the point where some past offerings have ended up going down the drain rather than down my throat. thankfully this brew doesn't get too far out of control.

O-this is far from a favorite, and I probably won't hurt myself trying to locate another bottle after the two I recently purchased are gone. That being said, I am a fan of the style, and this is a decent, drinkable RIS for me as someone who is already initiated and into this end of the spectrum. Worth trying.


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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BYOFB
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

The body sits an ink black underneath two fingers of dark tan head. Retention is ok. Some lines and dots of lace as you work through the glass.

On the nose, dark roast, bakers chocolate, char/ash, and some licorice. An underlying aroma of grassy hops spreads evenly.

Dark roast hits up front, with licorice and semi sweet bakers chocolate through the middle. The finish is a bit of licorice with a pronounced roast bordering on char. Some oak and vanilla creep through as it warms.

Full body. Big flavors, but lacking in overall complexity. Everything seems to come and go with no real transition to the next phase.

Above average Imp Stout. Some good things going on, but lacks in some of the finer areas to really make this a 4+ beer.

Photo of Jerry
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of brother_kenneth
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.

Photo of GreatBloomer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of vette2006c5r
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.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of rapidsequence
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.

Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 894 ratings.