Wake Up Dead | Left Hand Brewing Company

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3.88/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by elgiacomo on 05-04-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,049
Reviews:
214
Ratings:
1,052
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,052 |  Reviews: 214
Photo of KMcGrath
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of animal69
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on nitro at my local pub, beautifully poured, black with a thick creamy tan head and an in-between layer of deep brown; Smell is burning toast and coffee, dark fruits and "azz" in there as well; taste starts with sharp, bitter hops and burnt ends, smokey with some raisiny mineral in the finish; being on N2 it was incredibly creamy, not too thick however, just enough to slick up the tongue; overall a damn good brew

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Photo of MinerBob
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.99/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This ages beautifully. Just opened a 2016 and is comparable to a barrel aged stout. Fig notes and full body.

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Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this stuff! I certainly appreciate all stouts and this does not disappoint!

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Photo of QuakeAttack
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shade1951
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Earthy flavor with elements of cocoa. Good carbonation and creamy texture. It's one of the better Russians I've had, and I will buy it again.

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Photo of Djoneil
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A brace of draught snifters (8+12=20oz) at Wet City in Baltimore

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerInspector
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdhilt
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a two-finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Dark frui, chocolate nose and flavor is molasses and baked chocolate. $11.89 for a 4-pak 12oz bottles from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Csm5150
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of porters4life
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with some light coming out of the bottom of the tulip glass that I poured it into. The head came and went pretty quickly. A two finger head while it lasted, but was not very long lasting.
S: Actually smells pretty good. I get some cocoa, chocolate, light coffee, with some sweetness that smells like caramel with may be a little bit of vanilla as well. Very good smell to this beer
T: I get a bit of the cocoa and chocolate with a little bit of vanilla. This does not taste as well as I thought it would from the smell. A little disappointing honestly.
F: It was a pretty thin feeling beer sadly. It did have a bit of a creamy finish though that I did like.
O: Not that bad, not that great. A little disappointing I have liked the other beers I have had by these guys and this one just fell short of my expectations.

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Photo of drews240
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Viaduck
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black with with the typical late forming light brown head after a hard pour. Dark chocolate aroma. Tase is sweet dark chocolate with a bitter coffee finish. No alcohol flavor but some heat after the finish finish. . Feel is thin & on the flat side, too watery. I love the name.

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Photo of pizzabutt
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark brown, relatively small head. nice lacing but very little head retention.

smell: roasty, coffee, light chocolate

taste: roasted barley, chocolate, some coffee. has a lingering bitter aftertaste, although it's not unpleasant. hides the alcohol quite well for a 10%.

feel: closer to medium-bodied end of the russian imperial stout range. moderately carbonated but it remains pretty smooth.

overall: a fairly good russian imperial stout. a bit lighter than most other stouts. i'm a fan though. the bottle art is awesome too.

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Photo of rarigney
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

For being 10.2%, this is pretty weak. It’s like Shaq showing up to the dunk contest and only doing layups. Light roast, light chocolate... light on light. If you are coming at me with a name like “Wake Up Dead,” you better come strong. And this effort is hella weak.

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Photo of JohnBradSC
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwilcox767
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin dark pour, a worryingly small amount of carbonation. Not much head.

S: Very strong coffee and roasted malt notes. A little bittersweet chocolate.

T: Taste follows the nose, but the coffee is even more pronounced. There's not a lot of complexity here, but what is present is "satisfactory".

M: The level of carb really kills this beer. It was almost nonexistent and ruined the whole experience since it was like drinking a bitter liquid that sat open in the fridge all day.

O: I didn't like this. The only saving grace is that I found this on a store shelf when it clearly says to refrigerate it. I don't know how this affects it's character or if it causes the nitro to come out, but it was an overall disappointing brew. Maybe I'll try a new one in a year or two.

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Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Adam1993
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lebowskied
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,052 ratings