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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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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Very dark brown with a flash head and minimal lacing, smells very faintly of roasted malt and a tiny bit of ash. Could really use some amplification of aroma. At least the level of flavor is adequate. I taste semi-charred malt, black coffee, licorice, baking chocolate, and little flashes of star anise. Gains dark fruits / raisins as it warms up. Medium body and carbonation levels. If only the aroma was more robust to match the strength of the flavors contained within...

WastingFreetime, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of mattparsons
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

mattparsons, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev +3.6%

brandon911, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into a CCB pub glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head is quickly down to a swirly layer of small bubbles, with average sheeting lace. Aroma is sweet, dark fruits and booze.

Taste follows the nose, dark sweetness to start, some peeks of fruit in the middle, and an alcoholic close. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Not bad.

ppoitras, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of peabody
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out like really dark root beer but still opaque. Two fingers of brown suds adorn the glass and leave lacing.
Aroma is nutty malty and sugary with a slight alcohol hint.
Taste is caramel and dark chocolate with dates and a slight nuttiness. Some alcohol is here in the mouth.
Mouthfeel is a little fizzy but the alcohol keeps it mellow and sweet. The chocolate notes stick around as does the coffee bitterness. Finishes clean after the alcohol wafts away from the back of the throat.
Overall this is pretty good. For the price it's pretty good. Should be stored for a year or two.

peabody, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Greeneagle
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Greeneagle, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of pisomojado8
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

pisomojado8, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterda. Always fun stuff at De Bierkoning. Glad to live close enough to perhaps the best beer store in the world.

From a bomber into a snifter
Best before March 2014 stamped on the bottle

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, light tan head with very good retention. Transparent black body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and leaves some foamy lacing down the glass. A splotchy wisp and ring remain until the end and leaves some nice dots of lacing down the glass. Head works well, but the body is too transparent and carbonated for the style.

SMELL: Very muted nose. A touch or roasted malts and grapefruit hops, but I might be reaching a bit here. Very faint and unimpressive.

TASTE: Roasted notes, smoky flavors and some sweet caramel up front. More flavor than the nose had inicated for sure, though that wasn't tough to accomplish. A roasted and caramel sweet aftertaste with some licorice, burnt malts and a touch of hop bitterness lingers nicely on the palate. Decent, but a little lacking on the chocolate and coffee flavors that define this style. Mostly roasted and burnt bitterness after the swallow.

PALATE: Medium-full body, enough weight on the palate, with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down nice and finishes slightly sticky. Good feel with enough weight, and not nearly as carbonated as the look had advertised. This was probably the best part of the beer.

OVERALL: This one was alright. While the nose was lousy at absolute best, the feel was pretty solid and the taste was intersting enough to make this one worth-while. Not a must-try beer by any stretch of the imagination, but one worth giving a shot if it lands in your lap. Apparently there is a barrel aged version of this too...

Jeffo, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

jwat, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Birdlegs, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of cbcrunch
4/5  rDev +3.6%

cbcrunch, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of gpawned
4/5  rDev +3.6%

gpawned, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of markasparov
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

markasparov, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

MarkyMOD, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of jnikkel
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

jnikkel, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a little above the glass gives this clear dark brown to black colored beer a medium to big light brown head the falls into a nice lacing that lasts and lasts.

Dark roasted malts soaked in bourbon and blended with dark fruits aroma.

Dark roasted mocha malts, a light bourbon style alcohol, with dark fruits taste.

A light dryish aftertaste with lingering light alcohol on this full bodied beer.

A pretty decent imperial stout with a slight milkiness to it.

LXIXME, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Hopmodium, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of stampfler07
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bomber, pours a very dark brown with a substantial amount of frothy brown head that lingers and leaves some light lacing

S- Sweet notes, raisin, light cocoa

T- Sweet cocoa flavor initially, light raisin, dark roasted malt, finish is warming and slightly sweet without the overly strong alcohol feel of a 10.2%

M- Light carbonation, heavy body, nice warming aspect

O- Pretty solid overall, nice imperial stout

stampfler07, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Spider889
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on nitro at the brewpub on 9/25/11.

Arrives with an awesomely thick creamy head.

Smells sweet - chocolate with a hint of bourbon-soaked vanilla bean.

The taste is full on semi-sweet chocolate and malty goodness.

Overall Left Hand sure knows how to do a beer on nitro... actually, this was the first time I had ever tried the base Wake Up Dead beer, and I like this better than the barrel-aged version. Very good.

Spider889, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Goldfishman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Goldfishman, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of PopnLoads
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

PopnLoads, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of dsuedbeck
4/5  rDev +3.6%

dsuedbeck, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of biglite351
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Orange around the edges with a creamy tan head

S - Very mild raisin malt and an earthy soil like smell

T - Much deeper than the scent. Dark fruit, licorice and malt. Bitter

hit in the finish

M - Good coating but only a mild tingle on the tongue

O - Not bad but nothing special

biglite351, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of ccozzi
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

ccozzi, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of thydarkprevails
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled 3/13/12 poured into a duvel tulip. Pours a midnight brown/black with a thin tan head that shrinks down with nice lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, raisin, vanilla, and oak. Taste is toasted barley, bitter chocolate, coffee, plums, raisins, cherry, vanilla, and cream. Medium mouthfeel and a tad over carbonated. Really good.

thydarkprevails, Jun 03, 2012
Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.