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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 884
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%

Photo of OMG
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of StoneTSR
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Absolutely dark as night. Not a single ray of light of any color will penetrate this beer. A surprisingly large head (about a finger and a half) foams up as I pour fresh from the growler (picked it up two hours ago at Left Hand in Longmont). The head doesn't stick around too long, however, and quickly collapses into just a thin, foamy cap over the sea of black. Some mild lacing sticks to the glass momentarily after each sip, but fades quickly.

SMELL: Roasty and woody malt greet the nose with a hint of chocolate lurking behind. A swirl of the glass kicks up an Earthy and grassy aroma as well, but the aroma could be stronger.

TASTE: Intensely sweet (almost to a fault) and chocolatey up front. Milk chocolate, not the same dark chocolate that I have experienced in a lot of other Left Hand brews. Very pleasant. Anyhow, the latter half of the sip does a 180 and reverses course finishing with a much more bitter and coffee-tinged taste. As it warms a hint of vanilla and a touch of oak creep in throughout the sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Silky and smooth with a fairly light body considering that this is an Imperial Stout. A light, tickling carbonation washes it all down.

OVERALL: Good stuff. Will drink again. Saying that this is just another dark beer brewed by Left Hand might sound like an insult, but when the boys in Longmont go for a dark beer they usually nail it and this is no exception.

Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of StaveHooks
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a tightly knit espresso head.

S - Old roasted coffee, some marshmallow and cocoa aromas, dark caramel, sharp licorice, cherry cordials, overly toasted brown bread, perfumy fruit and alcohol vapors.

T - Creamy milk chocolate, some bitter roast comes through, acidic grape and licorice character on the edges, roasted oats, dense nutty yeast, some coffee, cordial cherry filling, very sweet but plenty of roasted bitterness to even it out. Finishes fruity and semi bitter.

M - Full bodied, thick and viscous feel, warming, very smooth and low carbonation.

Very dense and smooth feel make for a pleasant sipper. Creamy chocolate, fruity, and warming.

Photo of Danny1217
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black with a small tan head.
I smell some chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruits, and a bit of anise.
Taste is somewhat on the dark fruits and anise side. Some bittersweet chocolate. Very rich and thick mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Pretty tasty.
Not the best imperial stout in the world, but worth trying. I do like the label.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of gtermi
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a dark black body with a thin tan head that quickly fades.

S: A nice amount of sweetness on the nose, sort of like chocolate. There is a tiny bit of roasted malt too.

T: There is a bit of booze, some syrupy chocolate malt flavor and a nice amount of roasted malt.

M: There is a nice full body with a nice amount of crispness on the back of the throat and the tip of the tongue.

O: This is a solid beer, but nothing amazing. For the price it is worth it. I would for sure try it again.

Photo of bent
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of vcoggins
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ZinFanDave
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of abex44
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of danoble1
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of johzac
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Dave1999
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of ahijevyc
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of Vierenner
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 884 ratings.