The Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout from Left Hand Brewing in Longmont, Colorado pours out pitch black in color with no light getting through and is topped with a two finger, dense, mocha colored head that slowly reduces to a thin film with a decent sized collar. On the nose, deep and dark with just a hint of alcohol would best describe this craft brew. Aromas of deeply roasted grain, molasses, licorice, dark fruit with a little chocolate and coffee. In the mouth, very smooth for such a big beer with the roast grains really being accented. Flavors of deeply roast grain, molasses, burnt toffee, licorice, macerated raisins, earth, bittersweet chocolate, a hint of coffee and a mild herb like hop bite. Full bodied. Low to moderate, fine carbonation. Sheets of lacing on the glass. A slight cream to the mouthfeel with a good amount of chewiness. The finish is long as the flavors that coated your mouth slowly subside and the sweetness falls away leaving the licorice, roast grain and a little earthiness right to the end.
A very good imperial stout packed with flavor that really draws you in. Layer after layer of complexity with a dose of sweetness that relents to the roast flavors. Well crafted and a solid craft beer. Highly recommended.
22 ounce bottle, 10.2% ABV, 45 IBU
Beer 313 of 366 for 2012