Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.2 IBU: 45
Left Hand Brewing Company Wake Up Dead
What the brewers say
“A smooth, warming stout … Wake Up Dead lurks in our cellars for more than four months before being unleashed. Hints of raisins, black licorice, coffee, and dark chocolate are followed by earthy, herbal hops notes.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Earthy, toasty, sweet chocolate, and dark fruit character gives way to wet leather and slight roast with some dark fruit. Slightly burnt roast dominates the malt side. Clean, roasty, slight vanilla and caramel. No esters, no hops.”
Flavor: “Chocolate with some nice roasted malt character and caramel notes balanced with a bit of lemony sweetness. Carbonic bite but full bodied. Well-blended dark roast and caramel with slight vanilla and biscuit. No hops character in flavor, but bitterness balances malt sweetness nicely. Finishes medium sweet and not bitter.”
Overall: “There were a lot of things going on with this beer, and it could use a little more roast to back the sweetness. Overall an enjoyable stout. A very big beer that’s also very straightforward.”
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