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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 883
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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Photo of beerdrifter
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up while on vacation in Denver. Dark brown, almost black pour with two finger head that fades quickly with pretty decent lacing. The nose is almost totally non-existent. A very subtle hint of roast, but that's it. It does open up slightly as it warms with a bit of smokiness. The taste is sweet and roasty with hints of cocoa, burnt toast, coffee, caramel, toffee, and just a touch of dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but at the same time a bit thin for the style. Overall this is very average and a bit disappointing.

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

Decent starting head, but settles to a single layer of bubbles. It leaves a blanket of lace after each sip. The color is near black--no light passes.

I smelled dark cherry initially. There's also a milk chocolate aroma. Here's an odd addition, but it's entirely pleasant, there's a touch of olive oil to the nose. There's no coffee or alcohol present, which is equally surprising.

The taste is altogether different. First, I noticed a strong alcohol presence. Second, there is a coffee with cream flavor. There's also stone fruit in the background, but the swallow features a hop, not malt, bitterness. The swallow and aftertaste is all alcohol warmth. The body is thin like most stouts, but the low carbonation makes it seem creamy.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is an espresso coffee bean black with faint cola-brown showing through the light. A mocha colored head dissipates to a fine film. Light lacing is present, very light.

The beer smells burnt, dark roasted malts and bitter chocolate come through, as well as a sweeter vanilla aroma.

The beer tastes really flavorful, considering the ABV. Really rich fudge-like chocolate notes hit first, as well as roasted malts. A dry, bitter hop presence fills out the end.

Mouthfeel is dry, rich.

Overall, I'm pretty impressed at how well they hide the alcohol in this. Oh, don't get me wrong -- it's there, but for a 10% beer, this is as tasty and rich as I could ever want. Really lovely brew, this.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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...

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ppoitras
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
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...

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Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.