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Wake Up Dead | Left Hand Brewing Company

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3.87/5
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1,028 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#8,930
Reviews:
207
Ratings:
1,028
pDev:
12.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
209
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,028 |  Reviews: 207
Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Klister
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of whitetale
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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 +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ivehadthatbrew
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of quang_dam
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hophugger
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big tan head. Aroma is somewhat subdued but I get chocolate, coffee and malt. Taste is decent, slightly watery as far as flavor, yet slick and coating in the mouth. Overall, bittersweet and milk chocolate, roasted coffee are the key players. Finished slightly above average.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of deereless
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tucquan
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-02-11 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz bottle

A - Opaque dark brown with an initial foaming nitro head that finishes with a 1-finger light brown head and good lace.

S - Molasses, chocolate, medium roasted grain, dried cherries and dried plums. Not real strong but inviting.

T - Lots of bitter-sweet chocolate, mild coffee, roasted / lightly charred grain. Lactose sweetness. Some alcohol heat. Finish is well-balanced reflecting all these flavors.

M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O - Quite nice. This is an older bottle; more than a year and it still tastes good with little-to-no oxidation and very little umami flavor.

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Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerTest
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Siggy125
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nstygles
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of colingaiser
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottled in 2014, poured into a snifter...

L: Dark brown-to-black, with a thick tan head that leaves gorgeous, bubbly lacing

S: The aroma is fantastic and complex ... licorice, caramel, dates, raisins, and a little dark-roast coffee

T: Unfortunately I don't think the taste measures up to the beautiful aroma ... up front are notes of baking chocolate, raisins, and alcohol with a hit of sweet molasses, and the finish is bitter black coffee ... very typical flavor profile for an imperial stout

F: The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a creamy finish, and very little carbonation to speak of

Overall, this beer is decent -- and definitely a bargain (the bomber was $5.49) -- but it does nothing distinguish itself from the crowded market of Colorado imperial stouts. I'm sticking with the Nitro Milk Stout.

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Photo of alucard
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Longhorn08
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of travispowers
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdkitchi
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LloydDobler
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2013

Very dark, but a bit of light shines through at the thinner points of the glass. Almost zero head. Minimal aroma. Just a bit of sweetness. None of that comes through in the taste. Lots of tobacco and HEAT! Reminds me of the morning after a night of straight booze at the bar, and then waking up with a bad cup of coffee and bumming one of your roommates cigs. Yep, that's exactly it!

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Photo of MTLDOG
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured hard, jet black with a khaki 1 finger head. Good lacing. Smells of wood, prunes and bakers chocolate. Great mouthfeel, creamy and smooth. Thick and pleasant. Tastes of chocolate covered raisins and roasted malt. A little dry tartness which was surprising with how creamy the feel was. Just enough bitterness and dangerously drinkable. Hint of chocolate, hint of whole grain wheat, and small touch of booze. Surprisingly really good.

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Photo of Jstorey7
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wake Up Dead from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,028 ratings
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