Wake Up Dead Nitro
Left Hand Brewing Company

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #433
Ranked #5,255
4.06 | pDev: 10.34%
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, best by 09/20/18; purchased yesterday, single off shelf... poured rough into a fat tulip)

L: picturesque dark brown (black) liquid, topped with ultra-tight, khaki-colored foam, with a slow recede... not much lace left, but a big, healthy sip and tip reveals a solid, unbroken sheet of foam crust; cap persists until the last drop

S: dark chocolate ganache, hint of black licorice, roasted barley in higher intensity (but relatively mellow), hints of leather and 'chocolate-flavored' tobacco (influence of hops?); very subtle presence of ethanol... overall intensity, low-moderate, as expected

T: first sip, rather robustly Irish dry-like; little alcohol up front; dry, roasty (espresso-ish); mellow nugget of caramelized malt nestled in a static wash of vaguely herbal-perfumed roasted grain; very little residual sweetness... second sip, and immediately more of the foundational flavors express themselves, if only briefly; the aftertaste is much like the first sip... lingering grain sweetness and vinous alcohol do eventually develop on the palate in the aftertaste, as well as a hint of cardboard-like oxidation

F: dull smoothness; flat, planed, dry... the alcohol, roast, and hop bitterness gradually stoke a small flame at the back of the tongue... little contour or curves to its body; mildly oily

O: interesting, sort of - the presentation, that is... boring? yes, perhaps... too much like a strong dry stout, which is fine if you don't mind malt nuance and depth being muffled, fine if you prefer alcohol presence muffled as well... I don't recall seeing this before, and it was the last one left on the shelf... there you go (1701)

Sep 29, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: opaque; very dark brown in color; 1 finger finely pored medium brown head that receded slowly to a thin cap; sheets of lace that linger;

S: chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon;

T; deeply roasted grain up front; from the middle through the finish, it follows the nose; a little boozy with mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate, creamy carbonation; moderately dry finish; alcohol is warming, but not hot;

O: interesting, but not something I would seek out;

Apr 16, 2020
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black with dark tan head. Coffee, booze, dates, bit of floral hops on the nose. Some dark chocolate is there in the flavor, and lots of the dates. Nice bitter roast, countered by it being pretty sweet. Great creamy nitro mouthfeel, and rich too.

Mar 22, 2020
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aatazebeats from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look: dark with a little bit of a reddish hue as a do a steep pour as you're supposed to drop with nitros. About 1/2 an inch of a Sandy cream brown retaining head

Smell: Dates, milk chocolate, maybe raisins and slight notes of hibiscus, possibly anise.

Taste: Sweet, you can definitely taste the dark fruits right off the bat along with the subtle hibiscus flavor. Feels awesome to keep in your mouth for a couple of seconds. Heavy finishing notes of light roasted coffee, following with a nice, bitter 85% dark cocoa finish. Satisfying.

Feel: Mixed. I don't really like nitros, but I lik to try new types often to broaden my horizons. I don't like the flatness of the nitro that comes right off the bat, but it goes down so damn smooth. I'll give it a higher rating because this is the first nitro I've had that feels okay.

Mar 08, 2020
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Left Hand Wake Up Dead Nitro RIS, 10.2% ABV. Pours black with a nice one-finger tan nitro head. Nose is real nice strong dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, and something floral. Taste is some chocolate, but the heavy roast coffee/malt bitterness really overrides any other flavor. Outstanding creamy nitro mouthfeel which makes you expect sweet creaminess that you don't get. Overall very good for a RIS.

Mar 05, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

13.65oz can, best by 10/2?/2020. Thanks to Ken for giving me a can to try! Pitch black body with a reverse cascading khaki head that holds unbelievable retention. Aroma is roast, dark chocolate, caramel, grain, and faint dark fruit - fig perhaps. Nice bold Imperial Stout flavors with notes of dark chocolate, roasted barley, caramel, toffee, fig, and a bit of cherry along with earthy hop bitterness. Full and exceptionally creamy body, soft nitro carbonation, balanced finish with some roast and faint anise lingering. I had the regular Wake Up Dead many many years ago, but I really like what they did with this nitro version - I don't believe I've ever had a nitro Imperial Stout. I will get this again if I see it.

Feb 08, 2020
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tp1962 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are so many Outstanding tasting RIS’s out there and Wake Up Dead is another perfect 5 in my book. I can’t find it often but when I do I usually grab a couple 4 packs. Ages well and is perfect to share with my friends who are craft beer enthusiasts

Dec 23, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A nitro pour yields a creamy ecru head topping the pitch black liquid; webby lacing

Smell: Brewer's licorice, piney hops and a hint of molasses

Taste: Chocolate forward with a burst of roasted, piney flavors that take over in the middle; some licorice and molasses sweetness underneath but the finish is dominated by an over-roasted character

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation

Overall: Lots of powerful flavors here but the chocolate tones get dominated when they should be more prominent

Dec 15, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Best by 2/18/16"; drank 7/30/15 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small tan head; a small ring of continually dissipating lace.

Black cherry & fresh earth notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Black licorice & milk chocolate flavors up front; fresh earth notes on the finish.

An odd mix of a sweet stout & a RIS; methinks the nitro smoothness rounds out some otherwise rough edges.

Nov 30, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a snifter glass fairly hard. Nitro took a minute to settle to 1+ fingers of creamy head that stuck around the entire time. Smells mildly of dried fruit. I taste some dried fruit, but is too hoppy and bitter to enjoy fully. Excellent creamy nitro texture like I'm used to from Left Hand. Not something I'll be getting again due to the bitterness.

Nov 24, 2019
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Four pack of 13.65oz can picked up at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington.
Best by date is 09/10/2020. Aggressively poured in to a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Look- Opaque dark coffee/almost black color, sizeable light khaki colored head with great retention, good amount of lacing. No carbonation streaming after it settles.

Smell- Fresh ground coffee, toasted dark bread, burnt sugar/caramel, chocolate and licorice, light dark fruits (raisins and figs) faint vanilla.

Taste- Rich toasted bready malt, coffee, licorice, bittersweet chocolate and raisins, burnt sugar and vanilla, light spicey hops.

Feel- Heavier side of medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture. Well balanced but leans toward the bitter side. Very light carbonation on the tongue.

O- Another great stout from Left Hand, can't detect the alcohol at all, which makes it dangerously easy to drink. I had their milk stout nitro yesterday and liked that one a bit more than this though.

Oct 27, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice creamy slick smooth feel with a light amount of carbonation.
Aroma is a deep rich espresso beean,black coffee and roasted malt. There's some licorice, earthy,burnt coffee as well
Taste is more bitter than I expected and not sure if its hops are the roasted coffee flavor.
Overall an excellent stout with a nice feel and full of flavor

Mar 27, 2019
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a foamy tan head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of cocoa and black licorice. Taste is also cocoa and black licorice. Good mouth feel.

Mar 05, 2019
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ravisingh from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried this at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Came in a tulip glass with about a half inch of foamy head leaving behind thick lacing. Nice dark cola color with an aroma that gives subtle notes of vanilla, coffee, cinnamon and chocolate. The flavor is a roasted, toasty mocha flavor with subtle notes of root beer. Great beer.

Mar 04, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Left Hand Brewing Co. "Wake Up Dead - Nitro"
13.65 fl. oz. can, "BEST BY:09/12/2019" and sampled on 02/28/2019
$4.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I don't think I've ever tasted a "nitro" Imperial Stout. It's got the typical appearance with a little bit of a more densely creamy head. It looks like a draught Guinness I guess. The aroma initially made me think of an Islay whiskey which is interesting, but I'm not finding that now. There's some grainy malt, some roastiness, and some dark chocolate. On to the flavor, all of those notes remain with some added fruitiness. Burnt currant, as Michael Jackson used to say, probably fits. Yeah, I think so, and the roastiness comes through sharper as well, adding to that burnt note. Oh, and the alcohol, it's not harsh but it's clear. I'm finding it right up front, and then straight through to the finish where it lingers with some fairly notable bitterness and chocolate and fruit, similar to a chocolate covered raisin. There's a drop of molasses and licorice there as well. It's a big beer but it's not really that rich. Don't get me wrong, it's fully flavored, but it's not as rich and wide and deep as some in terms of character. Ahh, looking back it's got one of the thickest coats of solid lace that I've ever seen - it can't even be called lace, it looks like a rolled out piece of dough. Impressive. The head is still there as well, and I've been giving this one some time, tottering off to do different chores and then returning to it. So what did I miss? Mouthfeel. It's medium bodied with a dextrinous edge and creamy smooth. I can't find any faults here, even the alcohol should be there, and yet it's not really inspiring me and I'm not sure why. It's dark and fruity with a nice note of caramel midway, and then notes of roastiness and coffee and bitterness and even some background leafy and herbal hops (the herbal note is probably from a mixture with the beer itself). It has everything it needs and somehow it's missing something, almost as if it's too perfect - if that can make any sense. Haha, but of course that's just my personal take and it doesn't affect my score if I just break it down into components so here goes - 4.75 out of 5 for appearance as it's got the best head retention and lacing that I've ever seen. 4 for aroma because although it's got everything right it just doesn't stand out for me. Sometimes nitro does that to me, although I'm sure plenty will argue that the nitro head doesn't stifle aroma. Taste... well that's a little like the aroma but easier to work out as it does have everything it needs, it's just missing that spark that makes a beer great - again, I have no idea why, I just can't figure it out, so ... again, another 4. The mouthfeel is decent, and I have not issue with that, so 4.25. Overall? I again think something's just not popping, it's just not lively, and therefore I'm giving it a 4. Maybe it's just too intense with roastiness and bitterness and alcohol and that's like a blanket on top of some of its other components smothering them? I don't know. In the end I'd have another though.
Review# 6,495

Feb 28, 2019
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75


A: A loud audible uncapping showcases the nitro release. Pours like a chocolate milk, creamy soft and thick consistency.The pour eventually settles to a dense black coloring in the vessel. with a absolutely beautiful creamy soft, milky tan head that looked like memory foam. The end finds a complete smothering of the vessel with a milky thick coating. The chocolate milk like pour and the nitro induced capping ensures nothing less then perfect results here, that you must see to believe.

S: Light hints of cocoa, milky sweet roast, vanilla with a light awareness. Soft and easy bitterness, milky roast, with some coffee and silty ash.

T: A soft charred woodiness and hop flowers brings a light bitterness to the table. Creamy espresso, small cocoa offsetting sweetness creeps in every now and then.

M: The mouthful was rich and creamy, milky texture, roasty warmth and incredibly silky from the nitro infusion.

O: In the end the nitro really delivers for this drink in the appearance and mouthful department. The flavor was softened a bit maybe because of, with some roasty and silky smooth oats and bitterness. Good drinkability. Side note: was I the only one humming Megadeth when drinking this?

Jan 23, 2019
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Ahypercube from California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hadn't seen a good nitro stout since moving to Colorado, so thank you Left Hand. Strange can size at 13.65 oz...

L: Possibly the most attractive nitro pour I've ever seen. (Perhaps the elevation makes it a little more energetic.) It settles with an inch of light mocha-colored foam with a consistency almost as thick as mousse. Lacing is intricate, due to the extremely fine bubbles.

S: Semi-sweet chocolate is dominant, with some acidic coffee notes and a smooth oatmeal base. Charcoal and salt linger on the finish. Simple and very roasty.

T: Chocolate is even more notable on the palate. A nice light sweetness brings it in; there's a moment just long enough to appreciate the light coffee notes in the mix, and then charcoal and salt smash the palate, leaving it with a super smokey soy sauce finish to chew on for a good minute. That finish could be smoother.

F: It's pretty heavy on the tongue, and the excessive saltiness doesn't help much with that. That said, the viscosity is probably why the pour lasts so long and looks so nice.

O: Despite not being a full pint, I wouldn't want to drink more than one of these. It hits the Imperial Nitro Stout spot, but it's not gonna blow anyone's socks off. It pairs well with creamy cheeses (brie, gouda, etc.)

Jan 18, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

13.65 FL. Oz. Can

Poured into a snifter

Black opaque. Pours out thick...THICK.
Thick a creamy head, holds on tight. Almost zero dissipation...lol.

Creamy malt, roasty and toasty, Rollo's candies in the malt, and dank sweet fruits from the hops is rad. The cocoa and dried fruits is seriously effective in the nose.

The feel man, the mouthfeel is seriously rich and slick, full bodied and silky smooth. Imperial stout nitro style all the way. The creamy foam head is ridiculously smooth. The heat is pretty high with this 10.2 % abv. A bitter and dry feel and flavor hits hard in the finish.

The malt had some crazy complexity to it, cocoa, dark chocolate, rich cream and Rollo's candy for sure. The hops and or the dried fruit addition brings in a heavy, fruity flavor, sweet and wild. This aspect impresses me almost as much as the silky nitro feel. Complexity is very high.

This might be my first nitro can Imperial stout.

Jan 03, 2019
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WayneRooneyFan from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 13.65oz can with a Best By date of 9/12/19. Impressively dark body capped with a one-finger, brown-sugar colored head that maintained throughout. Although the mouthfeel was relatively light when compared to other more full-bodied RISs, the toasted taste grew stronger as the beer warmed closer to room temperature. The presence of coffee became increasingly pronounced, supported by complimentary chocolate notes. The 10.2% ABV was warming, but not overwhelming. An excellent beer, which moves near the top of my go-to list of RIS options.

Dec 19, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out black in color with tan head. Top of the head of bubbly and foamy with the bottom being very dense. Retention is excellent with a good amount of lacing.

The nose is full of roasted malts. There are hints of light coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and fresh grains.

Taste is bitter with a heavy emphasis on roasted grains. The alcohol is toned down considering.

The mouthfeel is where this beer shines. Smooth, silky, creamy and everything else that means soft.

Dec 15, 2018
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99Cherokee from Ohio

4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple of north high filthy mcnasties leftover from a few nights ago. (Another good imperial) so I kinda compared the 2 and for me the wake up dead is a smoother beer but both are very drinkable stouts.

Dec 12, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13.65oz widget can BB 8/29/19 poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at fridge temp 10.2% ABV 45 IBU. The beer pours really dark brown and super dense with tight light brown head. The head builds after the cascade to form a half inch cap that never falls. The lacing forms in sheets coating the glass. The aroma is roasty coffee and dark chocolate. The taste is smooth semisweet chocolate and dark fruit at first turning to mildly roasty bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with typical widget nitro carbonation. It's very smooth and still manages to finish dry. Overall, very good. Interesting take on an RIS. I wish we had the regular version in town for a comparison.

Nov 03, 2018
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EHopkinsi from South Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was looking for a beer to celebrate finally getting some much needed surgery done on my right arm. As it will be a while until my right arm and hand recover, what would be better than a brew from Left Hand?

L: dark, nice head

s: a courtesy score, my dog started passing gas under my chair about the same time I poured this. No way to judge fairly as all I will be smelling for the next hour is heinous dog ass...

t; about what the label says; it's good but I wouldprefer it bolder

f; starts of uber thick, creamy andsmooth, but manages to finih thin

A lovely, drinkable beer, but not my idea of a Russian Imperial stout

Mar 30, 2018
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand Brewing 'Wake Up Dead - Nitro' @ 10.2% , served from a 330 ml bottle purchased for $5
A-pour is a dark cola brown to a near black in the glass with a small tan head leaving a fine spotty lace along the pint
T-big , strong , smooth , hints of cocoa , dried fruit , licorice
MF-decent carbonation , full bodied , warming as more is consumed
Ov-good beer
prost LampertLand

Mar 09, 2018
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jhartley from Florida

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured hard into the glass, as instructed on the bottle, from a 12 oz. bottle. BBD: 09/20/18.

Appearance: Jet black body, nothing shows through when held up to the light. Creamy nitro head; lovely tan coffee with milk colored head.

Aroma: Coffee, mild licorice, dark chocolate. Aromas seem muted which to me is typical with nitro beers.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mildly bitter with licorice, bakers chocolate and some bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and easy super smooth and all alcohol is hidden. Hard not do drink this one down in a few gulps!

Overall: I really love this nitro version. Lovely look and taste. Glad I picked this one up!

Jan 07, 2018
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