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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 902
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 53
Gots: 155 | 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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Ratings: 902 | Reviews: 188
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of biglite351
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of thydarkprevails
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into pint glass. Another one of my favorite breweries. Nice beer overall. Dark color not much head. Taste ok and chocolatey went down pretty smooth but not the best. Very strong beer not to be taken lightly. Serious beer drinkers will love this imperial stout

Photo of wages
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.5/5 - black as night with no head whatsoever.

smell - 5/5 - its got a chocolate aroma along with some hop undertone.

Taste - 4/5 - seems like it focuses on chocolate malt. tasty and malty sweet.

Mouthfeel - 2.5/5 - full bodied but seems low on carbonation. Kind of thick on the tongue.

Overall - 3/5 - an enjoyable beer but I think the one I had may have not fully fermented or else there is just to much residual sweetness for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Daktyls
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color with minimal head that quickly dissipates to a fine lacing.

S: Scents of black licorice is present from afar but also contains notes of cocoa and a slightly floral hoppiness, everything else is well masked by the licorice.

T: Licorice sweetness almost dominates the taste with hints of cocoa and again, floral hops in the background, but not a whole lot else going on.

M: Medium, high amount of carbonation, with a very thick, oily feeling.

O: Overall, not bad, an interesting take on Imperial Stouts, certainly worth a try. Not being a licorice fan, I was hesitant to try this, but it worked well.

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3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very very dark brown that was almost black, with a light brown 1 finger head. After 5-10 minutes a thin layer was left that clung well to the sides. Aroma was slightly sweet, just a hint of milk chocolate and some roasted grains. Very slightly bitter up front on the tip of the tongue, mellowed out to a sweet almost milk stout, but finished up bitter and slightly burnt. Felt great in the mouth, coated very nicely. The finish to the flavor really dragged the beer down overall. The ABV seemed to hit a bit faster than expected.

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3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from The Wine Seller in Ann Arbor. Pours jet black with a small mocha head. Burnt coffee aroma, roast, light bittersweet chocolate. Taste is bitter, big hops and roast influences here, with some light bittersweet chocolate on the back end. A little light bodied for an imperial stout, mostly roast flavor with some bite on the back end. Decent stout, but not in the great category. Tried it, but won't seek it out again. At least easy to find.

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Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
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