Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead | Left Hand Brewing Company

Barrel-Aged Wake Up DeadBarrel-Aged Wake Up Dead
BA SCORE
3.44/5
290 Ratings
Barrel-Aged Wake Up DeadBarrel-Aged Wake Up Dead
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mcallister on 08-02-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,177
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
290
pDev:
20.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
44
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 290 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of ShortyTahoe
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sweemzander
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of scratch69
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jadjunk
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

"Good morning, you've woken up dead, you're in ruins, on the brink of catastrophe. But don't be discouraged. You are ripe for a revolution! Our barrel-aged russian imperial stout doesn't happen overnight. Patience is required. Wake up Dead hibernates in our cellars for over 12 months before being blended to woody perfection. Hints of raisins, cherry, licorice and toffee. Followed by earthy, herbal hop notes that rise up, joining you in your fight for a better life." Brewed in the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout aged in barrels. Occasional release in 22 oz. bottles and limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy frothed head of a mocha brown color over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Thin roasted malts, chocolate, grain malts, tangy green apple tartness. Virtually no discernible barrel aging character nor stout aromas either. Potency is moderate. Off-the-mark by style standards and even by general beer standards. 2.5

(Taste) The flavor comes close to replicating the aroma, although not everything that defines an Imperial Stout is lost in the flavor. Delicate roasted malts with a fruity tart and grainy bite, drying traces of raw barrel without any spirit influences, and a moderate alcohol pinch. Very average by beer standards, although I don't come across many imperial stouts that are this disappointing. 2.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, silky, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly tangy, boozy and earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are some suggestions of potential infection with green apple and tart cherry notes coming through strongly. 3

(Overall) This is a pretty disappointing Imperial Stout, incredibly messy with flavors of infection, limited range and development of imperial stout characters, shallow texture and viscosity, and disappointing, if not offensive barrel character. I guess introducing a barrel screwed up things more than expected. I much favored the standard Wake Up Dead over this one, although as a base, it's not spectacular by any means, it likely doesn't have the substance to justify maturing in barrels. 2.75

Left Hand Brewing Company's
Wake Up Dead Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
2.78/5.00

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Photo of Gryphon69
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gritty black pour, reddish brown head on it. Roast, whiskey, heavy, like a shot.

Taste imparted milder barrel notes, mouthfeel was good, gave some thickness that kept the heat down. A little bit of dark fruit bitterness at times. Given the price and availability this ain't half bad. Far from top tier stuff, but when you see it on shelves at a decent price, it has a place in the world.

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Photo of gibgink
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WesM63
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bencren
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CraftFan5
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnParadee
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't know why the reviews for this are so inconsistent. I had it on tap at The Cambridge during Philly Beer Week, and thought it was excellent.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 31Sam13
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mverity
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hearty black with 1/4 inch of medium tan head that faded fairly quickly into sparse wisps and med-thin collar. Pretty good legs, but only fair lacing. Aroma is warm woody bourbon, earthy/roasty/smoky malt, and black coffee. Taste is that roasty/smoky malt, bitter coffee, licorice, burnt hair and boozey heat. Not terrible, just unbalanced. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, that high alcohol definitely shows and it's a touch over carbonated.

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Photo of kneehouse
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really wanted to love this beer because I love the nitro version. However it was good, just not stellar.

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Photo of whitenads
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of onlymurderers
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of user785335
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alostplot
4.11/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a complex beer, the only thing I would like to see different is the addition of oatmeal for a smoother mouth.

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Photo of John_M
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great label, but this is otherwise a pretty weak effort from Left Hand Brewing. The beer is dominated by roasty malt and licorice, on both the nose and the palate, with little evidence of the barrel aging. The beer is otherwise pretty sweet, with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Alcohol is pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, so at least there's that.

This was given to me as a Christmas stocking stuffer, so I won't feel too bad about dumping most of the bottle that was given to me. In fairness, I had this beer after Fremont's KDS and Bbomb, and of course those beers beat this weak effort 7 ways to Sunday.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 12/8/12. Consumed 12/25/14. Mellowed bourbon. A bit thin for my liking. Not bad overall

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 290 ratings
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