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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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776 Ratings
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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 41
Gots: 105 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

matt062286, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of mltobin
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.

mltobin, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of awdturboiv
4/5  rDev +3.9%

awdturboiv, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of cosmo4u
4/5  rDev +3.9%

cosmo4u, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Ralphs66, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

imperialking, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Hopswagger
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.

Hopswagger, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
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!

StonedTrippin, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

DrGonzoDDS, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

churchillea, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of dumptruck81
2/5  rDev -48.1%

dumptruck81, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -22.1%

IdrinkGas, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of CopeTech
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely imperial stout. Thick.
Pours nicely from the 22oz
A - Pours a thick dark stout goodness with an amber head that is thick and creamy.

S - With licorice and the stout strength, with sweet smell of the malt gently follows.

T - It's stout. It's parents are stout. It's imperial, think of Guinness without the watering down that seems it's hallmark. Oh wait thick guiness, without the diluted aftertaste. FTW.

M - Did I mention the thick, this feels like black velvete, rich and smooth.

O - Extremely delicious. Left Hand seems to know the right way to do stouts.

Serving type: 22oz Bottle.

CopeTech, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

tclapper, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

specialiste, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of jriggins6
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

jriggins6, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of eslemarc
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very deep brown brown and appears like thick coffee, hues of maple. Overall short head, rather sparse and quickly dissipates from 1mm or so to a collection around the glass edge. Near black as it sits in the glass.

The nose is vibrant with roasted malt and hints of anise, a certain malty sweetness with maybe maple syrup or some similar sweetness. Just a touch of booze behind the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is very alive, surprising for this style, but very appetizing. There's a good viscosity to the beer, medium bodied, not thick like other imperial stouts, just smooth and creamy. My mouth seems to water as I drink it, very tasty and quite welcoming. Quickly warming, not as boozy on the palate as the nose, but still certainly a little boozy. A fine brew.

eslemarc, Jan 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

nucmedmario, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on January 9, 2012. It pours a very dark brown to almost black with a moderate, tan head and clinging lacing. Aromas envelope a wide array of dark malts, coffee grinds, and bitter hops but little in the way of sweetness or dark fruits. The body is around medium. The taste is also a combination of dark malts, bitterness, and coffee. No chocolate of note. There are better Imperial Stouts out there but this has its attributes.

puboflyons, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

kevgod, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

UnkleFester, Jan 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

JFrankParnell, Jan 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

IPAylor, Jan 04, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

coreyfmcdonald, Jan 01, 2012
Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.