Wake Up Dead Nitro
Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #397
Ranked #8,944
4.04 | pDev: 10.4%
Jan 17, 2022
May 04, 2011
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Rated: 3.57 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 17, 2022
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Dad dropped this can on me, sat in the fridge for a year or two, ended up breaking it out this summer.

Pours black and makes a very pretty nitro super small bubble 1" head. As far as appearances go, this beer takes a back seat to no stout. The aroma did have the roasted malt tempered as putting it on nitro will often do. But it gained complexity as notes of earth, tobacco, dark fruit came out.

Taste avoided a high degree of roasted malt and dark fruit bitterness and instead melded many things like dark chocolate, tobacco, leather, fig with only a light alcohol presence in the mouth feel. This is already the uber rare nitro stout that is better than the regular version. Like so rare, it might be the only time I can think of where it improved a beer. Also takes on a dry edge to it like an Irish stout instead of a Russian. Again, surprised that nitro can do this.

This beer really opened my eyes to the possibilities of nitro.
Dec 22, 2021
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
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
Rated: 4.38 by GreyGooseStout from Colorado

Jun 19, 2020
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Reviewed by wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

4.16/5  rDev +3%
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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Reviewed by aatazebeats from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +1%
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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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
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
Rated: 3.69 by Valkyrie23 from Texas

Feb 26, 2020
Rated: 4.54 by StoutsAllDay from Iowa

Feb 12, 2020
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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
Rated: 4.12 by jwmoore from Iowa

Dec 29, 2019
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Reviewed by tp1962 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +23.8%
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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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -5%
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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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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
Rated: 4 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Nov 08, 2019
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Nov 08, 2019
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Reviewed by Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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
Rated: 4.04 by Luckydog91 from Texas

Oct 04, 2019
Rated: 4 by tbeer40 from New Jersey

Aug 02, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by lccrunchy from Pennsylvania

Jun 30, 2019
Rated: 4 by Keggarmaker from Oklahoma

Jun 01, 2019
Rated: 3.68 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

May 01, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by Kolb from Montana

Apr 25, 2019
Rated: 3.71 by danzorb from Pennsylvania

Apr 20, 2019
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Mar 25, 2019
Rated: 4.17 by tedho21 from Pennsylvania

Mar 09, 2019
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Reviewed by ravisingh from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev +5%
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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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
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
Rated: 4.41 by DarthVorador from Pennsylvania

Feb 24, 2019
Rated: 3.7 by GarrettBoots from Georgia

Feb 24, 2019
Rated: 3.7 by timsmith73 from Ohio

Feb 20, 2019
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Rated by Nass from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I'm getting some dark chocolate, roasted malt, slight coffee, very little dark fruit notes. Wow! this is quite tasty. Cheers! A-
Feb 17, 2019
Rated: 3.52 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Feb 01, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by The_Beer_Guru from New York

Jan 31, 2019
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Reviewed by beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Reviewed by Ahypercube from California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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
Wake Up Dead Nitro from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 1049 ratings