Friday, June 8, 2012

Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout

  • SRM Color : 70
  • Brewer: Left Hand Brewing Co.
  • Brewer's Description: Good Morning. You've woken up dead. You're in ruins. But don’t be discouraged. Here’s a black ale to brighten your day. Wake Up Dead lurks in our cellars for over 4 months before being unleashed. Hints of raisins, black licorice, coffee and dark chocolate are followed by earthy, herbal hop notes. Any apprehensions about the rest of your day are quickly forgotten, for whatever the mind expects, it finds. Sometimes you’re not in the mood for what everyone else is having.
  • Recommended Glassware: A Goblet
  • Russ' rating: 10 of 10
  • With the brew: A Balanced Breakfast
  • Comments: Imperial Stout brewed with the darkest roasted grains, and Left Hand Brewing Co.'s Wake Up Dead is paragon of the style. Pouring heavier and thicker in body than most any other beers its rich dark aroma rises from the glass mingling a sweet malty scent with a roasted character that immediately made me think of coffee. The bubbles were of average size (0.5mm - 0.7mm). The head dissipated quickly but there was wet lacing in the glass for the entire beer. Honestly the beer did not miss the aromatic enhancement of a frothy head that some beers need. I could taste the heavy malt flavor and a slight bittering of hops but the true character of this beer was in the roasted grains that provided a strikingly bold flavor. I have never subscribed to the "Hair of the dog" hang over remedy, but perhaps its because I have never had this brew before.

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  1. I think my wife would love this one.

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