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Wake Up Dead Nitro | Left Hand Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by shadowofthereaper_666 on 01-12-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
888
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
25.93%
 
 
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Reviews: 150 | Ratings: 888
Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Totowa, not having a Left Had brew in quite some time and not even recalling when the last time was when I had a nitro beer. There wasn't a widget in here but this was so darned tasty that it didn't even need one! From start to finish, this was unlike any other RIS that I've ever had and the only thing I'm wondering now is where I can find more of this!

Nice pour to this, as it had a dark hue, garnet edges, and a creamy head that was soft but not terribly thick. The bubbles weren't seen but as soon as I could get a taste of this, the nitro was felt. Lots of oats and licorice in the nose with more in the taste, along with a hint of bourbon stickiness and some cocoa nibs. Did I mention that this was smooth and silky? It almost didn't feel like a liquid but rather, just one endless wave of cream that i had to cut off from time to time. The alcohol wasn't noticeable and all of the flavors melded into one. It's rare that I have to pace myself through a beer of the style but that was indeed the case here.

The was strong but never felt it and I never got any warming from the alcohol either. Simply wonderful and for those of you that can't find a RIS on a nitro tap somewhere, this was good enough to fool me into thinking that it was poured through a line and not from a bottle. Just the right amount of body and a warm and tasty array of notes kept me hooked the whole time. Props to left hand for brewing a Stout that stood out from most of the others that I've enjoyed over the years!

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Photo of XCaliBrew
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I bought this after months of staring at it. I love it. It goes up there with the better Double/Imperial Stouts. Solid. Typcial notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, etc. The nitro does the trick for the mouth-feel, very creamy. Almost milkshake like. The ABV definitely makes it a sipper, and for the $15 for a 4pk, that's just fine.

I'd recommend with a piece of cheesecake or a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Would probably go well with a steak and mushroom dinner too.

Cheers!

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Photo of don1481
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured hard into pint glass.

Appearance: like with the BA Old Rasputin, this has that really cool effect with the tan head, with small bubbles near the black beer and big ones near the top. As the head dies down, there is some lacing along the side. Plenty of bubbles just hanging out on the side of the glass.

Smell: A little bit of chocolate, a little bit of sweetness. Not close to overpowering.

Taste: sweet, more like a milk stout. Some chocolate notes. For something that's over 10%, there's no alcohol taste to note.

Mouthfeel: a little sticky, thicker, full bodied.

Overall: pretty good for sure. Wasn't sure what to expect from this given the wide ranging reviews here. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A super smooth and rich Russian Imperial Stout. Nice nitrogen bubble action on the pour but the taste and mouthfeel really send this thing to the next level. A great beer that I will definitely buy again and again.

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Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Krafty34
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of dacubz
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnny_chimpo
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The bottle cap says keep cold, the label says serve at 50-60 degrees. I poured it cold and carefully, and didn't get much head. Then I let it sit in my tulip for half an hour to bring its temperature up a bit. It's a nice beer and I would agree with the advice on the label.
Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, and dark fruit.
Dark chocolate taste, a hint of sweetness, Some raisins.
Very smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol extremely well-hidden.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 77apm
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Hoppity1
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aquazr1
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Anchor Steam glass.Smell is a slight chocolate.Taste is a very thin chocolate with maybe a hint of coffee.Not an overly complex taste that you get with some of the best stouts like lets say Stone Russian Imperial.Very thin for a Stout.The IBV is good but something is just not there.Would not drink again.To many better Stouts out there.

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Photo of lostandwandering
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured forcefully from nitro bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Jet black with lovely, tan, nitro head.

Smell: Dark fruits, molasses, chocolate and light coffee. Good aroma for a nitro beer.

Taste: Nice mix of dark fruits (such as figs), molasses, licorice, chocolate and coffee. The hops are kept to a minimum, but there is a slight bite on the finish from the roasted malts.

Feel: Silky and smooth without the standard carbonated feel. Lighter than most Imperial Stouts, but still some heft. Basically, it feels like a nitro beer.

Overall: Extremely impressive that Left Hand is able to make a Nitro Imperial Stout in a bottle. Really good stuff. I would love it if other brewers did this. Nitro Yeti? Nitro Ten Fidy? Nitro Expedition? Yes, please.

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Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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Wake Up Dead Nitro from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.
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