Wake Up Dead | Left Hand Brewing Company

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by elgiacomo on 05-04-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,021
Reviews:
207
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
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81
Gots:
207
For Trade:
8
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Photo of kalosjakar
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2016
Best by 1/14/21

Pours a dark brown color with a decent amount of head, fades quickly but leaves a slight cap on top, not much lacing on the glass though.

Smell is mostly roasted malt, not much else going for it, maybe a slight hop aroma if searching deeply for it.

Taste is a bit surprising after the ho-hum aroma, flavor is much more pronounced, roasted malt still leads the charge but there's a large cocoa presence, strength is quite noticeable, medium carbonation and body.

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Photo of Weixiaobao
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Great bottle art and bottle aesthetic. Vintage: 2014. Best by 7/21/19. Sitting in a dark corner of my basement for a couple years. Moderate head on pour. Tiniest shade of brown on the otherwise black body.
S: Complex but not strong. 72% or so dark chocolate and wet leather.
T: A bit different than the taste. Not getting a lot of he 10.2% alcohol, which is impressive. Has an herbal/medicinal hint in there.
F: Tastes a bit flat. Not carbonation flat, but overall a tad limp. Maybe the aging encouraged on the bottle doesn't do as much good as it touts. I'll knock it up a quarter point from 3.5 for the substantial buzz after just a few sips.
O: This one of the first brews I threw in my cellar a couple years ago. Was on sale for $6 or so and the bottle really encouraged aging. Doesn't have quite as much going on as some of the more world class imp stouts out there readily available, but a fun brew.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber
Vintage 2016
Best By: 1/14

Poured into a chalice a pretty nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a quick fizzy light tan head, with basically no sticky lacing at all. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee notes, some vanilla. The taste is pretty nice malty, chocolate/toffee notes, nice touch of vanilla. Medium body, ABV is hidden very very well with this one. Overall, kinda a watered down RIS, but very tasty though.

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

Photo of AleHunter805
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SawDog505
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz snifter at near room temperature bottled on 1/14/16. Pours a very dark mahogany with a 2 finger lite tan head that leaves behind some lines of lace.

Smell is very tame cocoa, lite coffee, biscuit, and toffee.

Taste is much more pronounced roasty coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, biscuit, and toffee, very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium, very creamy, moderate carbonation as it should be, slightly dry, and excellent drinkability.

Overall I can't figure out how a beer with so much flavor could smell so mild. I really like this beer.

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Photo of Juice14
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of larryarms847
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a silky smooth black with dark brown on the edges and a thin quarter finger of dark brown foam.

Nice roastiness, sweet chocolate and light vanilla aroma, some mild spice.

Hmm, flavor seems to be lacking in comparison to aroma, there is a nice roasted malt character, but the chocolate and spice I was getting in aroma is hidden.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, silky smooth.

Overall, needs to be amped up in the flavor department but a smooth and easy drinking RIS.

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Photo of MatthiasGP
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cw1973
4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PalatePilot
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of SuomiHobbit
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pleasant surprise at Still Hill. On tap. Smooth, almost nitro smooth. Delicious; nothing overwhelms but rather combines for a great concert of flavor.

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Photo of Darkman89
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Not overpowering, has a smooth chocolate taste, with mildly alcohol finish and easy after taste

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Moderate roast and some malt sweetness up front, with some dark fruit and anise in the back. Dark bakers chocolate quite prevalent as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some decent roastiness and moderate sweetness and goes into dark fruits and dark bakers chocolate with a hint of anise. Finishes with light bitterness and lingering anise

M: Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A very good RIS with a good deal of complexity. A nice sipper and one that could age very well. Certainly worth a purchase

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Photo of RWLawman
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Klister
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Poured into a nonic glass at about 55 degrees.
Color is dark, almost black with a tan head. Both the head and lacing hold up very well.
Aroma is dark roasted malt with maybe a touch of dark chocolate and anise.
Taste is malty almost bread like. Very rich. Alcohol is well hidden. Flavor gets better as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel is very smooth with good, medium carbonation. Definitely full bodied.
Overall (and I must admit to preferring stouts) a very good imperial stout. Good job Left Hand.

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Photo of get_bentley
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ivehadthatbrew
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drinking from a sifter glass around 50-55°F

Look (3.75): Dark brown with minor carbonation. A small but creamy light tan head. Beer and carbonation doesn't cling to the class as much as you'd expect.

Smell (4): Licorice and roasted malt and toasted bready notes. There's some chocolate and coffee in there as well. Dried darker fruit notes hidden in there.

Taste (4): Chocolate, raisons or dried cherry flavors. Molasses and roasted coffee there. I may be making a coffee connection when it's actually more of floral bitter notes. Perhaps some cinnamon spice at the end.

Mouthfeel (3.75): Definitely full bodied brew. Middle of the road to dry at the end. A long lingering bitter aftertaste that lasts for about half a minute.

Overall (4.25): I'm a suckered for stouts and this is one that strikes my fancy just right. I may be being a little biased for the overall, but it's just sooo good!

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Photo of Gemini6
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,021 ratings.
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