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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 41
Gots: 93 | 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:
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(Beer added by: elgiacomo on 05-04-2011)
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Photo of twiggamortis420


4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pours a deep brown color with a dense, dark tan head. Ok retention and very nice lacing.

Nose is equal parts licorice, chocolate and dark fruit. Little bit of malted milk and light roast round things out nicely. Simplistic, yet very enjoyable.

Taste is just as fun, chocolaty as all hell and roast just right. Powdery, fluffy and light on the palate. Hops are subtle yet firm on the finish, although the flavoring lupulin is not to be ignored. It is on the sweeter side as far as RIS's are concerned, which I like. I am regretting buying only 1 bottle right now, I will have to see if there is more available, I think a year (at max) might help things integrate further. Wake up Dead Has a smoothness usually reserved for barrel-aged beers that is nice, even a hint of coconut as it warms.I can see where the name comes from, it would be all too easy to drink a couple bombers in a sitting. I am very impressed, quite a delicious treat. Love the label art too. Left Hand is a more than capable brewery that I am happy to be in the distro range of.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 03:09:56 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of RickS95


3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep rich brown in the glass, not quite black. The head is thin and white and dissipates quickly.

Almost smells dark. Roasted notes, coffee, some licorice and vanilla in the nose. All of it works well.

All the roasty flavors come through. Coffee and alcohol come through, with the licorice in the finish.

It's a strong beer. For a stout, it's not a smooth or creamy beer. The heat from the alcohol is immediate and unrelenting. None of the other ingredients seem to mask the high ABV.

Just a bit too much bite for me. I don't mind high ABV beers, but I like the alcohol to be a bit more subdued. This was in your face the second you popped the top.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 04:24:54 | More by RickS95
Photo of fatmcb1


3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark dark brown beer poured vigorously into a snifter with a 1 finger khaki head. The head fades quickly into a ring. very light lacing remains on the glass.

Sweet caramel malt and brown sugar start strong with roasty dark chocolate. A bit of dark fruit, perhaps fig and raisins.

Much stronger taste than in the nose. Brown sugar, chocolate, and espresso. Slight warm bite on the finish that seems to come more from alcohol than hops.

This is creamy mouthfeel with strong carbonation.

This is an alright imperial stout, but not really a standout in any way.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 03:01:38 | More by fatmcb1
Photo of biggred1


4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark brown with ruby highlights when backlit and a creamy mocha head that leaves fine lace on the glass. Coffee, cookie dough and anise in the aroma with faint floral hop notes. I'll say this..Wake Up Dead is a tasty brew, if not really true to the style. Rich brown sugar and caramel cube sweetness with roasted malty flavors with a coffee like bitterness and fruity hop flavor to balance. Medium light bodied and creamy with a slightly dry, chalky finish. A fine ale indeed but I don't think the "black ale" description on the label is close and this is not really an Imperial Stout but is good beer anyway.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 03:03:24 | More by biggred1
Photo of GregSVT


3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a thin darkish brown with the smallest off-white head ever that fades to a ring and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is cocoa, chocolate malts, dark fruits, and a bit of booze. Maybe a bit of vanilla from the malt. Not bad but not that great...definitely let this one warm up as it's pretty weak when cold.

T: The taste is cocoa, slight chocolate and vanilla flavors, and a slight earthy hop bitterness in the back of the throat. The malty flavors are definitely at the forefront but the hops show up on the finish. Very unique tasting beer.

M: The feel is descent but on the thinner side of medium with a decent creamy feel in the mouth.

O: While this is a decent beer I'm not sure if it should be listed as an Imperial Stout. This is much more like an Imperial Porter. The

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 03:07:19 | More by GregSVT
Photo of claytong


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - medium head poured into a snifter from left hand, dark, a bit of brown/crimson but otherwise black dominates. opaque, small head with decent lacing.

smell - super sweet smelling, brown sugar, coffee, nut shells, minor hops

taste - coffee and brown sugar dominate with a nice nut touch. hops end it but not really bitter

mouthfeel - creamy, sugary, minor cloying, oily in the mouth. too much carbonation.

overall - for price and what not this is an exceptional brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 17:41:07 | More by claytong
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black as night. No light escaping this beast. A full two inches of tan foam rose up from the bottom of the glass, capping off the top very nicely and then settling down to a thin layer across the top with some nice side glass lacing.

The aroma was rich with roasted malts and chocolate. Some light hints of bournon and oak and a touch of dark fruits. As it warmed a very nice burnt carmale like note coming through as it starts to warm. The flavor was more of the same, though it took on a much coffee like bitterness that was very welcome. Rich and dark, forboding, this was a really intense stout. Led by bitter chocolate and coffee and a touch of an alcohol note, it was everything I had hoped it would be. Smooth, delicate profile with nice carbonation. For 10% it was remarkably drinkable and that was really a testament to how good this beer was.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 21:28:37 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of JayS2629


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark black a creamy tan head that fades fast but leaves nice creamy walls of lace.

The aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, rich dark chocolate, dark fruit, plums, raisin and figs. Hints of vanilla, a touch of cocoa and some pine and citrus in the back.

The taste follows the nose with loads of dark fruit piercing through some bitter cocoa, dark chocolate, and roasted barley. Coffee notes with hints of vanilla and a finish of pine and citrus. Earthy notes ride throughout the background.

Overall, a very complex and tasty sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 04:11:39 | More by JayS2629
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, CO.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to an oily film. Nice latticework of lacing forms around the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits (raisins/plums), roasted dark malt, and slight chocolate syrup. Taste is of dark roasted malt, chocolate syrup, slight coffee, and even slighter black licorice. Very mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. A nice carbonation level makes for a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout from Left Hand. I am glad I picked this up in CO.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 04:31:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of beerprovedwright


4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a one head wonder of loose foam, but clinging lace. Head went south in less than a minute, but the lace just keeps hanging around. The color is a 39-40, with no light shining through. Smell is sweet with aromas of molasses, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, coco, malt, and hops. Taste is well balanced with flavors of chocolate, toffee, molasses, vanilla, spices, green apple, raisins, coffee, and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, with a feeling of cream and zing in my mouth. Just a little bitter on the sides of my tongue. Great desert beer, and the price is good. Yes this is on my buy again list.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 18:55:55 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of crusian


3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle from a local bottle shop.
After this pour, I can tell I am not going to give it anything near the A- it is currently getting. I review by style and this poured a dark brown and looked really thin. The head crept up on me... so much that I actually thought this was flat at first, then when i was done pouring, the head erupted out into about a finger. Interesting. Once in the glass it looks good. Lacing is all but absent.
Lots of roast and chocolate in the initial nose, with a hint of raisin coming in on the finish. a second wiff confirms that the roastedness is most prevalent, then some chocolate and coffee come out and finish with the raisin/fruitiness.
wow, the taste is actually MUCH better than I thought it was going to be. And it is actually thicker than I was expecting as well. Heavy on the roasted malt, flows into the chocolate and ends with a sweet fruitiness which takes me by surprise. There is a booziness on the finish, but it is not overpowering and is quite nice. It helps remind you that it is a 10.2% beer... and dont drink it too fast, because this is pretty easy drinking.
Mouthfeel is medium, as I was expecting it to be very thin.
You know, i admit when I am wrong... this is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 23:29:00 | More by crusian
Photo of genitempo


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - One of the few Left Hand labels I can tolerate. Not really a fan of the new label design work of Left Hand.

Pour - Into a frozen pint glass. Above average thickness and dark. About a quarter-inch of head.

Scent - Not really good at deciphering smell from a beer, but somewhat bitter, fairly weak but not malodorous.

Taste - initially, brown sugar and a hint of coffee. however, the coffee flavor lingered and elements of dark chocolate presented itself. However, I felt like the coffee flavor lingered a little too long, almost as if I had coffee grounds in my glass.

Aftertaste - This beer lingers. A bit too long. But the initial taste has such a strong presence when it hits your palate, making it almost worth it.

Overview- Solid beer. Although I tried it in the dead heat of a Texas summer, I felt like it would be well-suited for colder weather.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 20:06:51 | More by genitempo
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am pretty sure this is the same beer as the regular Imperial Stout, only rebranded. But I will review it under this listing.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt and dark fruit with quite a bit of anise mixed in. The flavor is mainly made up of roasted malt and chocolate, although there is some anise in there as well. The alcohol is well hidden but becomes more apparent as the beer warms up. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. A nice imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 02:51:38 | More by Mora2000
Photo of ManiacalBilby


4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First review on BA. Poured entire contents into a large snifter.

Appearance- Pours blacks as night with maybe a quarter inch of head. Spotty lacing that stuck till the end.

Smell- Black cherries, roasted malts, brown sugar/molasses.

Taste- That brown sugar sweetness hit first followed by some dark fruit flavors. Finishes with dark chocolate and some coffee bitterness. Alcohol burn that comes through as it should for the ABV. Dry finish that left my mouth feeling like I had just spit out gum.

Mouthfeel- Smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall-I think this was a very solid beer that I would definItely pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 19:07:17 | More by ManiacalBilby
Photo of sbl556


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 3 month old bomber into pint glass.

A- Pours as dark as you would could only expect an imperial stout to be. I had to pour pretty aggressively to get a nice light tan head, but when developed it was pretty inviting. Very little head retention however, which was a bit dissapointing.

S - a pronounced and inviting aroma. Licorice and espresso are the most defined for me with rich spices following.

T- Dark fruits splash on the front of your tongue and linger till they are overcome by a rich and fulfilling flavor of dark spices.

m- very refreshing mouthfeel, similar to drinking your favorite double expresso.

D- I thoroughly enjoyed the bomber of this imperial stout, but I don't think this is a beer I could drink a sixer of, and at 10%, I don't think I would want to. But when you are drinking an imperial stout it is not intended to be a sessionable beer, and I believe this beer is a great representation of the style

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 22:35:03 | More by sbl556
Photo of csiewert


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer enjoyed at the abner pub in Norman, OK. The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a trace of tan head that laces well, buy has poor retention. The aroma has notes of chocolate, dark fruit and some coffee. The taste starts with dark fruit and then move to chocolate and finishes with coffee bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced with a slightly velvety feel. Overall a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 01:08:31 | More by csiewert
Photo of gatornation


4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap in a pint glass

A-pours a very dark brown.black color with a 1 finger khaki head with nice lacing on side of glass

S- was chocolate,toffee,raisins.licorice ,some herbal smells

T- was sublime ..semi-sweet chocolate is mixed with toffee and some roasted coffee..it followed by raisins and plums,some licorice and mint and pepper are present

M- was a somewhat bitter on the palate with medium carbonation, but a full robust taste i was not tasting the abv

O- is a solid double a touch bitter and is skewed on the dark fruit side ,but it was a pleasure on tap

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 00:02:26 | More by gatornation
Photo of elgiacomo


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, recent arrival. Looks like this is going to be a year-round offering per Left Hand's website.

Pours dark brown with a three finger light brown head that leaves clumpy rings/spots of lacing and settles to a small bubbly cap.

Aroma is roasted malt, toffee, caramel, some dark fruits, anise, hints of coffee and chocolate, some toast and bread. A little on the mild side but does improve as it warms.

Flavor is strong in raisins and dark fruits as well as anise/licorice, some chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, earthy hops, mild alcohol bite at the end but not bad for a fresh 10% brew. Rather sweet as well. As it warms, the alcohol bite really kicks it up a notch almost becoming a bit solvent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but thin for an Imperial Stout, low to medium carbonation.

I know the barrel-aged version of this doesn't get much love, but I was in the minority as I thought it was pretty solid. This is similar in that it is heavier on the dark fruits rather than chocolate/coffee, and a bit thin in the mouthfeel compared to others in the style. Still a good and enjoyable Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 21:47:08 | More by elgiacomo
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Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
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