Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead | Left Hand Brewing Company

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mcallister on 08-02-2010

BEER STATS
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290
Reviews:
133
Avg:
3.28
pDev:
22.56%
 
 
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24
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44
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Photo of shir0043
1.63/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I saw the left hand name + barrel aged imperial and thought this would be a sure thing.

Poor'd into the glass like a darker brown ale which I can see some light through. Minimal head and zero lacing. Oh Well, appearance isn't the most important attribute for me (and should warrant 20% of the score).

The smell is OK. Sweet matls, brown sugar ... again like a brown ale. Where is the barrel aging??? The smell takes a huge wrong turn if you swirl the glass around. It smells like band-aids. God awful.

Taste is similar to the look and smell. Starts off like a brown ale then gets worse as you swirl it around your mouth. Again like band-aid or rubber.

I let this one sit for an hour thinking it would get better once it breaths ... nope. Down the drain it goes.

This would be an OK strong ale if not for the band aid flavor. I have no idea where the imperial stout title comes from???

I used to trust the left hand name but now I'll think twice before trying a new brew from them.

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Photo of jlindros
2.74/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light creamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with a touch of lacing over dark brown molasses colored almost black beer with some light coming through.

Nose starts pretty bad, a dry bready funk, woody esthers, sawdust and that bad funky wild aroma that comes from a bad wild beer. That overpowers most of it, but under that is a slight toasty bready dark malt, and hints of roast.

Taste has lot more of the bad part, a dry sawdust thrown over vomit induced wild funk. The bad part of a wild gone wrong, mixed with sawdust and at least some decent dark malts, a bit of roast, a slight bitter earthy hop, fairly bitter that gets stronger on the finish.

The mouth is medium to a little heavier bodied, with decent carbonation and bit of warming booze.

Drink is not so great either, it's hard to scoff down something that barely keeps on the plus side of tasting better going down than coming up, which it almost seems that it wants to eventually do. If I didn't spend so much on this one I probably would let it go down the drain without passing through my liver and kidneys (or back up the esophagus the other way first).

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.53/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 10/26/10. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head that went away quickly. Average amount of lacing left on the glass. Not much to the aroma, it smells like charred malt, a bit of dark fruit and some licorice. I have no idea what kind of barrel this was aged in, but I don't notice anything in the aroma that would make me think this was aged in one for long. It tastes like bitter roasted/burnt malt, licorice, and also an overall herbal flavor. Some sweet flavor (molasses) does come out as the beer warms up more. Like the aroma, there's nothing in the taste that would make me think this is a barrel aged beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium with moderate carbonation, but for the style I think the mouthfeel is light. Drinkability is a little below average, but I did finish the bomber so it can't be that awful. Overall, I just don't care for this brew.

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Photo of Beejay
2.06/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Dark brown with ruby hues when held to the light. Almost no head at all, what is there dissipates almost immediately.

S: I don't know how I feel about this... first I smelled a bit of salty brine scent. A second whiff smells like burning rubber.

T: Not impressed with this... Plastic continues a bit, as well as a touch of olive brine. There is a bit of oak, but the majority of the stout seems completely lost. There is an almost cloying flavor in the finish alongside some roasted grain. As it warms it gets a bit better, but this still doesn't taste like a barrel aged imperial stout.

M: Light on body, carbonation seems high for the style. This feels watery for the style, and comes off a little hot.

D: I have had other beers from Left Hand and have enjoyed them, but this is a huge miss for me. There are practically no redeeming qualities about this beer.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.21/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured dark dark brown with a nice tannish cap. So far so good.

S: Alcohol, some roasted notes

T: Bland chocolate notes, not much flavor or anything to this just sordove misguided. No real bourbon, wood, vanilla

M: Thinner body than I expected from the ABV, not much flavor

D: I drainpoured after three sips. Waste of money

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Photo of ne0m00re
1.58/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Live review of a 22 oz bottle.
A: Poured black with a light brown or amber hue and a one-finger cream head that leaves a little lacing.
S: Very licorice and herbal/floral... not as oaky as you'd expect. It comes off like pine wood and a weird medicinal toffee. No, more of a bubblegum or an artificial sweetener. Imagine the spice of a saison, but stronger and in a barrel-aged RIS. Infection? There is no real roast. This is not very good. At all.
T: It starts out nice, with a chocolate... wait a second! What is this? Chamomile? Some strange medicinal herb again, which almost comes off like licorice root or artificial sweetener. Weird rum and cheap imitation vanilla extract alcohol. Strong "buttery" or irish cream as well, and not in a good way. Ugh. It gets a 1.5 because the taste isn't quite as bad as the smell.
M: Too thick and syrupy, with an awkward carbonation that doesn't really cleanse nor smooth it out.
D: I'd prefer not to have a full glass.

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Photo of beerman207
1.56/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Ok....so I saw this on the shelf and thought "sweet!" then saw $8.99 for the bottle. Thought ok...not too expensive. The lady at the register rang it up at $4.99 and I thought I got a steal! Turns out after reading the review for this, that perhaps it was marked down :(

A: Pours a dark brown in the glass? WTH? No real head to speak of. The thing looks like a nut brown - not an imperial stout. Already pissed.

S: Nothing. Are you f'ng serious? I am furious right now

T: Ok...so the taste isn't bad for perhaps an american strong. This is a review however for an imperial stout which is labeled as such on the bottle. As a result - F.

M: Mild - thin as water

D: WTH is this beer? Left Hand - you really dropped the ball with this brew. The only reason my drain isn't drinking this beer is because the american strong flavor is halfway decent. Wow.

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Photo of oline73
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours almost black, some light comes through. I expected this to be a bit darker. There is a tan one finger head, some of which remains throughout.

Smell: Some mildly sweet roast with hints of molasses, bourbon, and sweet fruit.

Taste: There is a mild sweetness to this one and then you pick up the bourbon. I'm not tasting very much roast, but I do find some molasses and maybe a bit of brown sugar. The finish is quite hot and tastes of bourbon.

Mouthfeel: I find this one to be a bit thin. The carbonation is fine and the finish is dry.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this one enough, but I would opt for other beers of this style before coming back.

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Photo of evilkalla
3.51/5  rDev +7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Bomber into a pint glass.

A: If I had been handed this beer and not been told what style it was, I would have rated it higher than this. However when I read "imperial stout" on the label I expected something very, very dark, black, opaque. It is not the case here, it is a very dark brown ale. There is very little head to speak of, not even a finger. Overall appearance isn't bad, it just doesn't look like an imperial stout.

S: There are some stout-like qualities to the smell, some chocolate and coffee and dark, roasted malt. Overall not a bad smell.

T: If you forget that the label says "imperial stout", then this beer is actually pretty decent. It has roasted, dark malt flavor to it, with some raisin and dark caramel hints to it. The taste is overall pleasant, but an imperial stout it is not.

M: I expected something a little more thick for an imperial stout but I don't really get it. Otherwise, a fairly average mouthfeel, nothing remarkable.

D: Overall, this beer tastes pretty good, but be sure you have a friend rip the label off first, since it's not an imperial stout. More like a blend of a dark amber/brown ale and a stout. Fairly drinkable, if the 10% ABV holds true, I'll be falling off my chair in no time.

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Photo of Dhren1979
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage: 2010

Serving Type: 22oz Bomber poured into a Tulip Glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown..like a coffee bean. The head is thin and off-whitish.

S: The aroma is not that strong which is surprising for this style. Coffee, roasted malts & sweet choclate.

T: Not tasing much bourbon/whiskey as I would expect. WHY??!! Sweet raisen and wood.

M: Towards the far end of a medium body beer. Should be hevier! Average feeling on my tongue.

D: Very drinkable, yes. Something I must have again? Yes & no...more no.

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Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are moderate aromas of alcohol and brown sugar in the nose.
T: The taste lacks complexity and the flavors imparted from the oak barrel aging are very subdued. It has some flavors of roasted malts and bourbon in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: There wasn't anything exciting about the taste that would make me want to try this again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand Wake Up Dead
Bottled on 10.26.10

With a little coaxing I was able to bring up a frothy head of (surprisingly subtly pinkish) tan that held quite well. When it eventually fell, it looked almost like wet yeasty dough. Lots of lacing was left behind, and although there was pretty much just a whispy surface covering throughout the remainder of the glass, the lacing remained strong. The body appeared black in the glass, but when held to the light you could see that it was a fairly clear, ruby-orange accented dark mahogany.

The aroma was fruity at first, revealing its chocolate and caramel notes later on. As my nose adjusted I found more of what appeared to be Bourbon. Ahh, but there's some woodiness there as well. Nice. There was just a hint of roastiness to it, almost like the ash and char of a camp fire the morning after, but not enough to make me think "Imperial" stout.

The wood comes through in the flavor, and it's not overdone. There's just enough there to give it some extra character. It's a bit like brown sugar on the tip of the tongue, followed by some fruit (berry-like with some cherry and a bit of dark fruit skins) and powdery cocoa-ish notes, and finally some golden caramel. A spritz of alcohol appears and then it shows its bitterness at the swallow, followed by chocolate notes. Dark bitter chocolate - nice. It's a surprisingly short finish until the alcohol starts to build on your palate, and then that lingers for seemingly forever. You really get that Bourbon barrel at that point. It's kind of like an alcohol soaked chocolate covered cherry.

All in all, I found it to be a really drinkable beer. It's certainly not a massive beer, with what I'd deem a medium body. Nor are the flavors overly rich, leaving it readily accessible. I thought the fruitiness was quite charming, and overall I found it really well-balanced and rounded. The only drawback to all of that is the fairly obvious alcohol note. How much of that is due to aging in Bourbon barrels, I don't know. Taking it as it is, hedonistically, I think it's a really solid, enjoyable beer. What I find missing, given the "Imperial stout" designation is more maltiness, body, and fuller flavors of chocolate and roast. It lacks depth, but not complexity.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a little light for a RIS, deep ruby on the pour, nearly black in the glass. One finger of tan head that drops fairly quickly. Some promise of lacing.

Aromas of cherries, vanilla, some wood tannins, faint hints of cocoa and coffee. Nothing intense. No real hop aroma.

First sip is of dark cherries, dark fruit (dates and raisins), some wood tannins, slight vanilla, slight cocoa, very slight coffee. Cherry pits. Medium finish that ends with some hop and tannic bitterness. Absense of any alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is thin for a RIS. Some resiny coating from hop acids and wood tannins. But very light, unexpected. Some alcohol warmth.

Good drinkability. A little light, in all respects, appearance isn't dark enough, aromas, taste and mouhfeel are all a bit subdued for a RIS. In fact, if presented blind, I might guess an imperial porter, with some wood age.

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Photo of jsh420
2.16/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

bottled 10-28-10

pours dark caramel brown with a 2 finger tan soapy head that left no lacing

smell is very faint but i pick up sweet malt and some vanilla

taste - has some off flavor - this should not be called a stout imo maybe a brown ale - i do not pick up any barrel flavors either - light roast caramel malt some chocolate

mouthfeel is decent- medium full body low carbonation

drinkabiilty not good- poured out 75% of it

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Photo of seedsofchaos
2.22/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Found this recently at my local and the purchased was prefaced with the staff letting me know it's getting a lot of mixed reviews out there and some have been downright awful. An eight dollar bomber didn't dissuade me though and I shared the bomber with a buddy that same night.

Appearance does alright in of itself. As mentioned in other reviews, this brew isn't exactly black. Teetering on the SRM scale it probably bounces around the low 40s. Head is brilliant enough at a lingering 1/2 inch. Khaki in color, the head leaves plenty of lace. Not necessarily a thing of beauty by any means, but this isn't a bad looking beer either.

Bouquet? Where is that bouquet? Hello? Echo... echo... echo... Nostrils pressed deeply into my snifter, I inhale yet again. Ah. There's something. A touch of chocolate, earthy hops, a bit of oak (this reminds me of fresh oak from a tree quite honestly), some roast and just a touch of raisins. Flavor doesn't come through quite as muted as the nose but it's not in its "Sunday Best" either. A bit of roast mixes with very earthy hops. The bitterness doesn't play well with what I'm guessing is the oak. The oak, as in the nose, tastes very "green" and my tongue feels as if I am licking this beer off the wood itself. The label on the bottle mentions cherry, licorice and toffee. I find none of these things. Especially absent is any creaminess typically offered by the use of crystal/caramel malts. Simply speaking, this is a bitter and earthy/woody tasting black beer. Period.

What happened, Left Hand? For a barrel aged Imperial Stout this misses on just about every mark. I can honestly say that Wake up Dead is definitely a beer that I'm considering six feet under.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 1 finger of head. Good retention. Ok lacing. Color is all black.

S. Has a pretty bitter roastiness to it. Some coffee smell. Roasted malt. Maybe a little bit of bitter dark chocolate.

T. Taste is strange. Has an upfront flavor that is hard to describe and not all that pleasant. The finish is pretty standard Imperial Stout. Coffee, roasted malt, some milk chocolate.

M. Medium bodied, could be thicker. Finishes bitter sweet. Medium carbonation.

D. Not the top Imperial Stout. Smell was good. Taste was somewhat off, but not bad. Mouthfeel seemed a little thin. ABV was too apparent. Not a beer I would probably actively seek out again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too bad this brew isn't closed coffin black. It's more of a murky mahogany with generous edges of amber and orange. In other words, wimpy as American double stouts go. The toasted tan lid is on the short side, but looks pretty good from creation to dissipation. Shredded sheets of lace are almost enough to save it.

The nose is dark caramel-like and roasted malty. Trouble is, it doesn't gain enough power and depth with warming to earn the higher score. Magnum and U.S. Golding hops stay hidden... as does, oddly enough, any barrel-aged character whatsover.

Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead does not blast the taste buds with stouty excellence. The flavor profile is not broad or deep or rich or complex... or anything else that the best versions bring to the table. That doesn't make it bad beer, just barely above average beer.

Black malt leads the way, which I've always found to be less desirable than chocolate or roasted malt in a double stout. Specifics include black licorice, blackstrap molasses, high cacao dark chocolate, burnt sugar, and an herbal spiciness from the still considerable lupulin load (50 IBUs to start). Alcohol is masked acceptably well, which helps a little.

The mouthfeel could use more ballast. It tastes like the brewers used a high percentage of the darker malts, but they needed to have used more barley overall. Well-calibrated carbonation gives the beer a lightly silky smoothness. However, style must be kept in mind when scoring.

There is precious little barrel-aged flavor in Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead. More might have helped... and it might not have. If Left Hand is looking for year-round big stout, Fade To Black Volume 1 is where they should start. If the suggestion box is still open, there's no need for this brew to see the light of day again. Keep that casket closed.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber in Florida on a recent trip...

Decent look to it... dark brown with an off-white head.

Solid aroma, sweet and boozy with hints of toffee and chocolate.

Tastes like expected, maybe a little weak on the bourbon, and not as well balanced as one would like. Caramel notes, a little vanilla from the aging but still not overwhelming.

Easy to drink, but overall I'd say this is just an average barrel-aged imperial stout.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent black with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Sheets of lacing & above average head retention

S: Dark fruit, toffee & vanilla & booze once warm.

T: Dark fruit & chocolate, charcoal & coffee up front, the coffee is fairly faint. More chcolate, some woody hops, dryness, warming booze, faint bourbon notes & some caramel as this warms, plus some vanilla & oak notes. Finishes dry, warming with carob, dark cherries & caramel & some boozeyness, some roastyness & a touch of smokeyness

MF: Fairly chewy; fairly faint carbonation, pretty warming, starts thinning out as this warms, not the point of disappointment, but not helping the cause either

Drinks alright, not bad, needs more barrel character to really shine. This was better than the score I'm seeing IMO, but not one to make you blow off more established barrel age choices. Might pick some more up if on sale & see how it ages. I do believe another 6 months would've help with this bottle.... ABV is fairly well hidden...

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Photo of jdaelhousen
1.87/5  rDev -43%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Dark brown colored body after pour, not quite pitch black. Some brown/amberish hues during pour. Little head collection, about 1/2" that quickly disappears. Aroma contains notes of chocolate and strong sweet malty notes. Roasted grain comes out in the trailing nose. Flavor contains a sweet center of chocolate. Grainyness in the body noticeable with poor mouthfeel for a RIS. Very fluid, not as thick as one would expect. Malt is a bit unpolished, with notes of smoked grain mixed poorly with the chocolate malt and oak from the barrel aging. A bit cloying, and the finish does not provide the abundance of hops necessary to counterbalance all of the sugars and smokyness. Alcohol fumes are very noticeable in the aftertaste. Definitely a bit hot. This beer needs a lot of cleaning up, definitely disappointing for a barrel aged RIS. Definitely disappointing as I consume 25 calories per sip.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.12/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a snifter.

Appearance: This is black all the way through, with a small off-white head, the size of which may have had more to do with the bartender's pour than the beer itself. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: Brandy, a little smoke, dark chocolate, molasses, figs and raisins.

Taste: The taste starts sweet with some molasses, fig, and plum flavors. Roasted malt, some vanilla, and dark chocolate come in next. Smooth brandy really helps to round out the flavors and keep them flowing together but is not too dominant. Definitely more sweet than roasted. There is a little maple in the first second of the aftertaste. The ABV is mostly hidden here; the brandy was more flavor than bite.

Mouthfeel: Not as full of a body as I have experienced in other big stouts, and it does not drink as big as its body either. However, it is very smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: This is one I would definitely go back to, although from some reviews it looks like there are some bad bottles out there.

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Photo of aepb1
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown/black body, brown foamy head

S- Sweet malts a little booze

T- Sweet chocolate malts, roasted, some bitterness in the finish. No evidence of the ABV

M- Full-bodied, creamy, good carbonation and a little warming

D- Decent, I don't get any real evidence why this would be labeled an imperial stout as it's not all that big of a beer

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Photo of Keffa
4.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip. Served at fridge temp (40 F, give or take) and allowed to warm slightly.

A: Pours dark brown/black, nice 1 1/2 finger tan head that slowly settles to a small cap. Some fine lacing is left, and holds on with each sip. Surprising, given the ABV here. Some small legs on the glass when swirled. Swirling also brings back the head as well, and then it settles back down in a couple minutes. Nice looking beer.

S: Roast coffee, oak, chocolate, toast, roasted peanuts, and toffee are the first notes I get. Booze comes in slightly as well. Nice, big stout. I like it so far :)

T: Oak, dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, and a little warming alcohol. Some toast and roast flavors as well as some lingering bitterness, but the bitterness doesn't stay around for long. Not bad at all. Nice, matter of fact.

M: Creamy, thick, and nicely carbonated. Not too much, not too little. Good here as well.

D: For being 10.2%? Amazing. This one doesn't really seem like it's 10+% until the warmth comes in, and even then, it seems to fade as quickly as it came in.

Overall, I really, really like this beer. If I were to find another bottle, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. This one is a real winner, IMO. I don't understand the hate this one is getting, because this one tastes like an Imperial Stout should. Are the flavors perfect? Nope. Are they good? Yessir. For the money I gave for this bottle, I feel I got a steal.

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Photo of Ryan011235
1.68/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter on 1/7/11

Shared by Spider889

Dull, medium brown color; wooden hues. No proper head, just the slightest film. No lace.

It doesn't smell like an imperial stout, being much too bright, lively & lacking roastiness. Instead there are notes of cherries, plums & a myriad of juicy fruit esters; notions of candied malts; overtones of sugar & hints of booze. The taste is similar to the aroma. Very juicy - cherries, grapes, raisins. Sugary grit, though it isn't overly sweet. Musty, earthy notions. Again, no roasted notes. Coffee? Chocolate? Stout? Nah... Medium body with appropriately low carbonation. Finishes dry.

As a beer this is pretty decent. As an imperial stout it totally misses the mark. Docked to the max for style. I seem to recall Left Hand's regular imperial stout also lacking stout qualities.

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Photo of kzoobrew
2.05/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into Darkness goblet.

Deep mahogany body, reddish hues can be noticed when held to the light. Fairly clear, falls well short of opaque. Light sandy colored head sits atop only momentarily. Lacing near zero. Appearance is lacking for an Imperial Stout, missed the mark here.

Strong caramel aroma, slight vanilla and subtle bourbon. There may be a chocolate aroma but it is a reach to say that. Where is the roasted malt?

Sweet, way too sweet. Caramel flavor and sweet brown malt. Give me some roasted flavor to balance this, I beg you. The bourbon is relatively subtle, which is nice. The flavors which are there are fine, they are just in desperate need of what is missing (roasted malt) to balance them.

Very thin body, moderately carbonated. The sweetness becomes cloying as it digs into the tongue.

A poor example of the style, nothing resembling an Imperial Stout. It was not impressive but the first pour drink somewhat easily, the second pour became increasingly more difficult to manage. Left Hand completely missed the mark with this beer.

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Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.28 out of 5 based on 290 ratings.
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