Wake Up Dead - Nitro | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 189 | Ratings: 1,028
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
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

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Photo of ravisingh
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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

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Photo of beerthulhu
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?

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Photo of Ahypercube
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.)

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
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.

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Photo of WayneRooneyFan
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.

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Photo of depechemode1983
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.

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Photo of 99Cherokee
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.

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Photo of jkblr
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.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
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

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Photo of LampertLand
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

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Photo of jhartley
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!

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a big nitro fan - like my carbonation - but this intrigued me. Pours a rich black with tan head after hard pour - typical creamy nitro bubbles. Aroma is fantastic- chocolate, dates, coffee (I did not really get the licorice suggested). Smooth tasting - chocolatey coffee, dark fruit/fruit cake - creamy - again nitro, so a little flat (only complaint). As warmed (and 10.2% hit) went from really good to outstanding - would be keen to try non nitro version. Boozy kick hidden until warmth hit back of throat. Definitely would have again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from ABV.

Black with a dark brown head, this looks solid. The nose is roasty, chocolate heavy with fruity, cherry like coffee notes present. Malt character is fairly rich with a nice blend of roast and mildly burnt/acrid notes. The palate opens sweet and creamy with dark caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee all present, with a touch of heat. Hop bitterness is minimal, this really plays to the creamy (cold) hot chocolate palate - creamy, sweet and rather decadent. Full in body and with creamy carbonation, this is quite good!

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Photo of Act25
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite amazing look and initial mouth feel.
a) Because I did not invert the bottle over the snifter, it started flat, then built a lasting, lacing, thick and creamy tan head.
s) I find Nitro beers make a great first sip impression but lacking in aroma. Light in aroma, deep in flavor. Nutty, dark roast coffee, and roast malt aroma.
t) ABV well hidden. Rich, dark roasted grain flavor, well built with coffee, chocolate, fennel, and licorice. Complex burnt and flavors, less fruit. A meditation sipper. Excellent bitter/sweet battle starts sweet and ends twisty bitter.
F) Initial creamy feel is great. Then medium body, less than 10Fidy, with a creamy shoulder and plenty of liquor like alcohol heat.
o) Do not miss ... but lately Sunday Mole, TenFidy have this beat. Try 12.

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Photo of Pnotuner
3.01/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Good flavors of malt and dark chocolate. Bad aftertaste of rubbing alcohol. I pulled it straight from the cool bottle. I made it half way through before I gave up. I'm sure it would be enjoyable for someone. Just not me.

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Photo of Craig-er
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- pours out into tulip glass with little carbonation. Little lacing.
Smell- brilliant chocolate malt aromas.
Taste - Dry , bitter, malty, chocolate.
Feel- Medium to light bodied.
Overall- very nice interpretiation of a Russion Imperial Stout. I would recommend.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Thanks Luis for sharing.

Pours a dark brown body with frothy khaki head that reduces slowly to leave a good amount of retention.

Aromas of dark fruits, fig, candied sugar, light cocoa and coffee come through. Taste is lightly bitter but muted with semisweet chocolate and coffee, a little bitter and dry malty, dark fruit aftertaste. Obviously no carbonation so the smooth nitrogen makes it an easy drinker.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

$ 12.79 (Including tax)/four pack of 12 oz bottles ($ 0.266/oz) at Spec’s, DeZavala Road, San Antonio, TX.
Best by 09/20/18 (I think). Stored in cooler in store, in 42 degree reefer at house. Poured at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter and consumed at 55 – 60 degrees, per bottle instructions.
Aroma – Roasted malt, generic dark fruit.
Head – None. An aggressive pour produces no head per se but does produce a three to four mm light brown ring fed by effervescence and a puny partial layer resembling a coral atoll.
Lacing – None.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque, effervescent.
Flavor – Begins bitter with some harsh alcohol taste. The advertised dark fruit ghosts by, leaving an oily stain on my taste buds. No licorice noted. No hops, no diacetyl. Ends with an oily aftertaste with an unfortunately long hang time.
Palate – Medium, almost creamy, very soft carbonation.
Impression: This is the third bottle from the four-pack and I have yet to see a nitro head or any head at all. To read the date on the shoulder you need to get just the right angle of reflected light and then it’s so small it’s barely legible. This is not a very good RIS, IMHO, but at least it’s cheap. I bought it because another customer searching the beer aisles recommended it. Maybe his four pack was better than mine. Four and done.
Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 3.5.

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Photo of mike22ne
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle.

Look is great, with lovely nitro foam. Only complaint is the lightness of the head seems very off for a RIS, it's a very light tan and almost cream-colored. Regardless, the taste is the important part.
Smell is creamy cocoa and black roasted malt.
Taste is great, lots of chocolate and dry roasted malts, with some dark fruit like cherry or plum.
Feels lovely, super smooth with the nitro and oats in the recipe. Medium body and a clean finish, it's not too dense.

Overall a solid beer. It's not the biggest baddest RIS but to have it bottled with Nitro it's an excellent choice.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this bottle!

A - Pitch black pour with a consistent caramel colored creamy layer of nitro head on top. After everything settles, the final product in the glass looks like a Guinness pour.

S - Roasted malt, some smokiness, a little bit of coffee, burnt chocolate, and toasted cream.

T - Nice char and smokiness from start to finish, roasted creme, some coffee and dark chocolate roasty and piney bitterness on the back end.

M - Big, heavy, and thick. Silky, velvety, and lip smacking sticky.

O - This beer is absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured hard from a bottle into a glass.

Overall: Mmm. Nice Russian Imperial Stout.

Looks black. Rocky large bubbles from the hard pour, which settled to a dense creamy cap. Sticky lacing. Smells faintly toasty, faintly woody. Basically, faint. Tastes big and toasty. Dark roasted malts. Black coffee. Woody. A warming alcohol presence. The taste is great and big, but not very complex. Mouthfeel is creamy thanks to the nitro, hard pour, and creamy head. Low carbonation.

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Photo of teromous
3.01/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I don't see a bottle date listed.

Appearance: The beer is black and it eventually forms a very thin creamy textured light tan film. Even though it never develops a full head the thin film retains pretty well. No lacing.

Aroma: There isn't much aroma here. When nearly submerging the nose in the beer there is almost a burnt wood scent.

Taste: The beer has a light bit of burnt wood and just a touch of pine. there is a faint hint of carbon and overcooked caramel at the back of the palate and in the aftertaste. There isn't a lot of flavor in this Russian Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel: It's very smooth and easy to drink. It's actually amazingly easy to drink at the advertised "ALC. 10.2% BY VOL."

Overall: The beer overall is decent and it drinks like a beer far below its ABV. Unfortunately it simply lacks flavor and aroma. I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a official black color with a thin eggshell white to sly tan foamy head that dissipates spectacularly in a film of a messy lace. The aroma starts off with a balanced sweet milk chocolate to robust roasty coffee to sly sweet vanilla bean. The flavor balances very nicely between the sweet to the roast with a semi-sticky malty to roasty aftertaste with a quick sly roasty/malty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Low carbonation. For an RIS, this one had a super low booziness to it. Overall, to me, I absolutely loved this beer. For the style, well, it’s damn good and would love to have again.

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Wake Up Dead - Nitro from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 1,028 ratings