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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 741
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 40
Gots: 90 | 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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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-14-2011 18:03:04 | More by jak
Photo of JerTheBuff


3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 22 oz bomber dated 3/28/2011 into a snifter. This is one of the first beers pulled out of my "cellar," so I am pretty excited to try and and see if my cellar is actually just ruining a bunch of good beer or not.

A - Not much head on this guy. Likewise not much lacing as the beer goes down. Beautiful black, with brown, but not quite dark brown bubbles coming up. Kinda hard to tell what the head looks like because it dissipated so quickly.

S - Sweet. Chocolate, coffee, raisin, creme brulee, maybe some belgian chocolate cheesecake or some chocolate mouse. Essentially no hop nose at all.

T - Tastes like it smells. Still a bit of warmth after 9 months, but in a very nice way. Let's you remember you are drinking a 10% beer without slapping you in the face. Not terribly complex, but very nice. Surprisingly drinkable. This beer is desert, in a very nice way. Also, I would shy away from saying that its balanced, because it is definitely on the malty side, but it is certainly not over-sweet.

M - Delicate, yet full bodied. Does not feel like I am drinking a hamburger, but its got a workable, not overwhelming body. Not too bubbly, just about right.

Overall - I had this beer fresh about a year ago and had no idea it was 10%. I drank it pretty quickly then and was taken by surprise about 30 minutes later. After some age it is developing some nice flavors. I like stouts that are sweet typically, and this goes along quite nicely with that notion. At 10% I don't expect too much head, but even poured aggressively this beer showed no head, and no lacing at all.

Pretty tasty, and I am excited my cellar seems to be doing something right!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 05:18:44 | More by JerTheBuff
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-10-2011 16:55:55 | More by de322
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-10-2011 06:05:00 | More by jheezee
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-10-2011 03:48:51 | More by bigdaddypolite
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-09-2011 13:33:30 | More by gaffm
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-07-2011 23:26:06 | More by hopluva1
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-07-2011 03:23:06 | More by fergster75
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

12-06-2011 04:15:00 | More by jstewart1130
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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this one. I'm a huge fan of Left Hand Milk Stout.

Bought a 22 oz bottle at central market. Set met back 5.99

The head is strong and laces like a mofo, but a little pallid in color.

The nose is the best part of this beer. So beautiful and arromatic. Malt, hops, alcohol, chocolate, coffee, marshmallows, and grape must.

taste is simultaneously underwhelming in its one dimensionality, and overwhelming in its sweetness and alcohol presence. Kind of like a really class malt liquor. Not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 04:01:16 | More by jkanavel
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

12-06-2011 03:44:42 | More by Mtnbeerman
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-04-2011 23:33:34 | More by kjkinsey
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-04-2011 03:09:16 | More by JayfromBoston
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-04-2011 01:00:17 | More by PhatAtUT
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

12-02-2011 20:42:45 | More by beerwolf77


4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it on nitro tap into snifter at 8th Street Grill in Holland.

A Looks like it should on nitro dark body nice creamy head.

S A little on the light side leads me to believe the flavor won't be up to my liking.

T Like I suspected good roasty, easing, and a little amuse, not Mich coffee, a little light for an imperial stout.

F Good smooth almost too smooth. I like nitro on strong imperials but this didn't have the flavor exposition I was looking for in it.

OA I like it and would go for some more of it but not thrilled with it. Just a good quality stout not too imperial.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-01-2011 21:55:50 | More by FINEBEERGUY
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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bomber dated 29 Sep 2011 into a short glass.

Not a great deal of lacing but a very nice frothy Milky Way-colored head.

Excellent aromas of licorice, spice, chocolate.

This has a barrel-aged smell and taste although this was not
one of their barrel-aged versions.

Pungent alcohol and licorice but mellowed out with the full
bodied mouthfeel.

Really a very good Imperial Stout.

I think I'm going to have to head to their tap room to have this
one on draft.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:18:09 | More by mastodonj
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4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(A) Opaque black with a tan colored head. Well carbonated.

(S) Cocoa, raisin, biscuit, sweetness, brown sugar, cinnamon, and some vanilla.

(T) A lot like the nose. Cocoa and vanilla with some cinnamon and dark fruits. Dark malts and coffee bring up the end of the flavor.

(M) Full body, pretty smooth, and well balanced.

(O) I really like this stout. I had it before after a long day and I thought it was great then and to get another crack at it was pleasant. Wasn't quite the same the second time around, which goes to show that the moment and mindset you are in will make a big difference on how you enjoy a beer, but it was very enjoyable all the same.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 15:18:48 | More by cjacobsen
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4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown/amber around the edges. Not all that much head. Dissipates quickly.

S - Good smell... lots of chocolate/caramel. A touch of earthiness/funk. Subtle.

T - Starts smooth, intense flavors wait a second before biting. Middle is chocolate (dark), dark fruits, then bitterness and alcohol. Really nice.

M - Really really nice. Carbonation does a great job of balancing this beer. Dark fruit tannins on my teeth. Nice.

O - I really liked this stout! Thought the balance was quite nice. Not a crazy flavor profile but what it offered made me happy.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 17:38:27 | More by dlello2
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-27-2011 05:58:36 | More by barnzy78
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-23-2011 05:12:28 | More by brobeerbot
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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a snifter

Dark black color with a chocolate head that fades quickly.

Slightly malty smell with a hint of some sweetness

Taste is hints of coffee and roasty flavors with a boozy finish. Hops are present in the background. Booze lingers in the mouthfeel as well.

An OK beer, not really a ringing endorsement. Haven't had many stouts at this price point.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 04:37:25 | More by jsulko
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-22-2011 14:30:12 | More by advent
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-22-2011 10:02:12 | More by frisk
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3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" light mocha head and appears to exhaust all the effervescence in the first pour. Dark as coffee. Smell is almost nonexistent until a little warm and then only mildly of roasted malt. Flavor has coffee and malt and I don't personally pick up the label's own descriptors of raisin or licorice. Aftertaste does express dark chocolate. And I really don't get any hops. An enjoyable beer but not the most complex nor the poster child of Imperial Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 09:32:17 | More by MoreThanWine
Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
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