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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 863
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 45
Gots: 135 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Photo of ccozzi
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is black and the two+ finger head is a medium brown. Great film of foam and nice lace stickage.

Coffee aroma with some mocha, dark chocolates and maybe some herbal black licorice.

Thin palate, but has some good flavor. Coffee, chocolate, super roasted malts, maybe some black licorice. A nice warm finish. Good sipper, but a palate that's on the thinner side.

Photo of mjpolzin
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice, drinkable Imperial Stout....no more, no less. It isn't up to par with some of my favorite Imperial Stouts and it doesn't pack the punch that some of my favorites do either. What this beer might be is a good introductory IS for someone looking to get into strong, dark beers. With the ABV being 10.2, you can't mess around because it will hit you sooner or later but the alcohol seems to be fairly well hidden and the beer goes down very easy-almost too watery for me. This might make it very pleasing though to newbies. All of the normal tastes of an Imperial Stout are there-roasted malts, chocolate, liquorice, dried fruits, but they just aren't as prominent and the booziness isn't very overwhelming.

If I am looking for really strong nightcap to knock my socks off, this beer is not it. If I am looking for a solid Imperial Stout for someone who is newer to this genre than this will do just fine.

Photo of DavidST
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter, bottled on 8/8/11. This pours a little less thick that some imperial stouts, the poured color is pitch black with a short lived mocha head. The smells are of dark roasted malts, molasses, alcohol. The feel is thicker than expected. The taste is a little disappointing, molasses, some dark roasted malts, but more molasses than anything else and I prefer the dark bitter espresso taste of my favorite stouts.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of light brown frothy/creamy head. Retention is better than average with the last 1/4 inch being particularly stubborn. Plentiful, mountainscape lacing is left.

3.5 S: Moderate roastiness. Chocolate cake batter, molasses, a good bit of caramel, and coffee underneath. Booze is exceedingly well hidden. I can't detect a thing. Well balanced with well integrated flavors, but it's just not impressing me like I thought it would.

3.5 T: Like the nose, this is full of chocolate, cake batter, and caramel. Molasses right behind along with light coffee and a minor dark fruitiness.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body with a silky, slickness to it. Good moderate carbonation. Nice here.

4.0 D: Solid imperial. Good, complementary flavors with a great mouthfeel.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 863 ratings.