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Wake Up Dead - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

774 Ratings
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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 41
Gots: 104 | 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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Photo of cjacobsen
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

(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.

cjacobsen, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of dlello2
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

dlello2, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +3.9%

barnzy78, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of brobeerbot
4/5  rDev +3.9%

brobeerbot, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of jsulko
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

jsulko, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of advent
4/5  rDev +3.9%

advent, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of frisk
4/5  rDev +3.9%

frisk, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

MoreThanWine, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

22oz into sniffer.

A: Pours a black body, that is a bit light around the edges, with a very low formation head and retreats very quick and light lacing is left on the glass.

S: Aroma is very low in intensity and a faint hint of bitter roasted character is found and a slight American hoppy character.

T/M: Low levels of carbonation, are good for style, but the level of roast is much too low, and the viscousness of the body is lacking as well. The hop flavors are very pleasant, but is overall unbalanced in the big picture. Style set aside, this is a very drinkable brew and does have a lot of interesting characteristics, the juicy finish coupled with the hop lingering is quite nice. Mouthfeel is thin, but does let some of the hop flavors shine.

O: Overall, what was intended by the brewer may or may not have been achieved, but it is still a enjoyable beer.

GDBEERMAN, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of raymo55
2/5  rDev -48.1%

raymo55, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of bastu
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

bastu, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of drpimento
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

Lovely. Poured with a large tan, foamy, head that settled down after a bit and some lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is roast, malt, yeast, cocoa, espresso. Flavor's much the same as nose and drinkable. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish is of good length, enticing. and that's it. Oh and a little boozy.

drpimento, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of blackcompg
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%

Poured from their bomber into my beer glass -

Appearance - Poured about a finger of mocha head, color of the beer is dark cherry cola, somewhat transparent, light just gets through.

Smell - Hmmm, slight amaretto and cherry, dark chocolate, a little molasses.

Taste - Much like the nose, taste is semi-sweet dark cherries, amaretto & cognac, dark chocolate, some black coffee in the background. There is alcohol heat throughout the entire sip.
I get just a touch of bittering hops and a little dryness long into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, carb seems too high, adds quite a bit sharp tingle on the sides of the tongue, but I don't want this at all for this style. There is a creaminess and mouth coating that begins...but is suddenly broken up by the higher carb.

Overall - I'm kinda bummed. There are really some great flavors here, but the alcohol gets pretty hot, and the mouthfeel is broken up by the higher carb. I wanted to like this alot more. I'll finish this bomber, but I won't likely purchase it again.

blackcompg, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of shoky01
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Bomber, served chilled in pint glass, enjoyed with my baby as company.

A: Pours kinda thick, deep brown with little carbonation and tiny tan head. Almost looks like rootbeer, with little bits floating in it. Laura's has a bit of goop or sludge sticking to her glass, hoping it yeast.

S: Malty, with hints of cocoa and coffee. Bit of hops. Smells like a stout.

T: Wow, everything I smelled but with bitterness, a little sour. On second taste its better.

MF, really sticky, stays with you but smooth otherwise.

Oa: not bad, not too special. Worried about the sludgey stuff.

shoky01, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Pours a thin dark brown, near black. Almost no head, and no lacing at all.

S- Sweet chocolate, dark fruits, and pine hops.

T- Sweet dark malts, some dark fruit, and big pine hop bite.

M- Medium body, pretty thin. Low carbonation.

O- This is not a imperial stout! More of a double black ipa if anything. Not a terrible beer, but had to downgrade it because of the style.

kawilliams81, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
2/5  rDev -48.1%

Well I've read mixed reviews about this brew, but I can never pass up an unticked impy stout, especially when its on sale for 6 bucks. Here we go....

A: pours very light for style, deep brown with ruby highlights, 2 finger head on pour, dissipates to a cm, decent retention

S: the nose features notes of grapes, vanilla, musty oak, artificial chocolate. This aroma smells more like an American Strong Ale, nothing like an imperial stout.

T: taste starts out with clashing malt flavors, some dark fruit, huge acrid bitterness, burnt chocolate. There virtually no balance and drinking this brew actually made me scrunch my face. Wow... this is bad

Mf: thin body for style, has a very dry finish

O: this beer is a mess. It misses the mark on style, and also misses the mark on tasting good. Do yourself a favor...pass this one up. Lefthand makes plenty of other tasty brews, this however is not one of them.

homebrew311, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of stonermouse
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured into an oversized mug, cellar temp.

Good-looking brew, chocolate to black flavor, with a decent, steady film of a roasted marshmallow head. Nice.

Smell is a bit hot, with a burnt molasses aroma dominant. Interesting, and not bad.

Taste is potent. Lots of heat here- this one's relatively fresh, so aging may mellow it a bit. The flavor is mostly raisins and pure molasses. I'm wishing it was a touch sweeter, but the flavors are heavy and impressive.

Mouthfeel is sticky, but the booze cleans the palate a bit. Some funk hangs around, but overall it's fairly clean.

I'm glad I bought two bottles of this, because I'm aging the second in the hopes of mellowing and cleaning it up. The flavors are solid, so we'll revisit this when it's mellowed a bit.

stonermouse, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of beeragent
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured into a perfect pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours jet black with dark brown highlights when held to the light. Thin mocha head with very light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of chocolate, brown sugar, and alcohol.

T - Milk chocolate flavor coats the palate with a light roastiness throughout. Alcohol is not as present in the taste as in the smell.

M - Heavy bodied but not thick. Very smooth with low carbonation.

D - The taste is not as typical for an imperial stout. Very smooth flavor with a heavy emphasis on the chocolate malt but lacking the heavy roastiness associated with most Imperial Stouts. Unique flavor that sets it aside from the others. Very enjoyable!

beeragent, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of WickedSluggy
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours brown with very little foam. Color is lighter than most stouts.

Aroma has nice coco quality as the beer warms. Coco and fruity alcoholic. Flavor too - nice, almost all chocolate, with perhaps a little fruitiness.

This beer has to warm up if it is pulled cold. My first couple sips were from a beer poured at fridge temperature, and it was plain bad at that temperature. But as it warmed, it truly woke up and became a nice enjoyable beer. I am reviewing the beer after warning to 50+ degrees.

WickedSluggy, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from the bottle a dark cola brown with reddish highlights and two fingers of creamy beige head.

Aroma of chocolate, coffee, molasses, light berry and toasted malts.

Tasted fresh berries up front followed by toasted malts, dark chocolate and black coffee. The 10% alcohol is present and adds a touch of warmth to the tongue.

Full-bodied and creamy with just the slightest hint of carbonation.

A solid Impy Stout from the folks at Left Hand. Worthy of a try.

Monkeyknife, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of shanblur
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Purchased locally in Evansville, IN. Bottle date is obscured. Poured from bomber into a snifter.

A - Opaque dark brown to black with minimal head and retention.

S - Caramel and toffee notes with a roasted malt aroma. Some smoke as well.

T - Same as the aroma, with sweet and roasted malts mixing together nicely. A smoky taste as well as a warming alcohol finish.

M - Medium body with a light carbonation.

A nice imperial stout.

shanblur, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of bens0n
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

This beer pours a nearly opaque black with some very slight ruby highlights. There is tons of creamy tan head that leaves lacing all over the glass.

This beer has a pretty mild smell, but the alcohol isn't very detectable. Its not exceptionally rich or sweet smelling, just slightly roasty. There is a slight chocolaty element that is present but barely noticeable.

This beer doesn't have any distinct flavors that jump out at me but its got a nice heavy and creamy body that goes down really smooth. It tastes like an imperial stout should, rich in dark malts. Its not very boozy tasting though, which is surprising given the abv.

bens0n, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

My first beer from left hand brewing and it was very good!

Poured into a Stone RIS snifter which produced a strong 2 finger head. Like most stouts it was dark as night not allowing any light to penetrate, but this one in particular was thick, almost like molasses. Oh yeah, lots of lacing too!

Smells of molasses, malts, roasted barley, grains, and some subtle hops.

Very malty flavor with an unexpected bitter aftertaste. That bitterness wasn't pleasant at first but dissipated after 5 or 6 sips. Great stout to share, little tough by yourself, very thick.

HEAVY in the mouth, like syrup

Very good beer, not one I could drink often due to its thickness.

tjkinate, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of coldriver
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

22 oz bomber poured into Sam Adams glass. Pours dark, but some translucence shows through, looks a little like root beer. Loose head quickly dissapated but decent lacing. Nose is alcohol, roasted malt, and burnt match. Taste seems dominated by alcohol with subdued coffee and light fruitiness, would like to see a bit more kick from the roasted malt. Mouthfeel fairly creamy with carbonation a bit on the light side. Overall okay for the style, but there are plenty of better options available.

coldriver, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

At Serio's World Beers in Louisville.
Blackish brown pour with a Guiness like off white head, due to the nitrogen for sure.

Subdued roast and dark chocolate, all right. Maybe also a bit subdued by the nitro.

Taste, blend of roasty malt and chocolates. Absolute faintest hops. Some dry roast coffee in the finish. It's good but a little one dimensional.

Mouthfilling creaminess created by the nitro tap. An easy drinking imperial stout, would be a good gateway imperial stout.

Bung, Sep 01, 2011
Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
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