Style: Imperial Stout
Left Hand Brewing Company Wake Up Dead Nitro
What the brewers say
Super smooth trifecta of cocoa, dried fruit, and licorice notes.
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Nice chocolate malt character with some caramel, coffee, and a little roastiness/toast character. No hops character. Cherry and plum esters accent the toasty malt profile. Spicy alcohol notes are a friendly warning. Roast character builds over time.”
Flavor: “Sweet chocolate and dark fruit. Rich and thick caramel-oat combo. Some earthiness and some spice character. Silky mouthfeel with low-medium carbonation. Chewy and medium body. Balance is definitely toward the malt, but not cloying at all. Finishes a little roasty chocolate with some earthy spice notes and slightly bitter and slightly sweet making you want another sip. A slight warmth in the finish as well. Still and sweet, but with a good balancing bitterness that keeps it from being cloying. The malt profile is fairly simplistic, not offering many details besides caramel sweetness and roast finish. Alcoholic warmth is smooth.”
Overall: “The roast and chocolate sweetness help to make this beer what it is. The earthy spice character adds some complexity and helps to balance the sweetness along with the warmth. Just enough hops bitterness to avoid being cloying. A good dessert beer.”
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