178. Left Hand Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout

I am trying to work my way through the rest of my stouts before Spring finally comes to Maine. This is my first beer from Left Hand Brewing Company and it comes with a great name and label to match. Unfortunately everything else about this one is very average. Color is almost black with a one finger tan head typical of a stout. Aroma has some malts, coffee and dark fruit but nothing to great. The beer itself is full bodied but not very well balanced. Almost all malt and the alcohol comes through as well. Not surprising since it is 10%+ but I have had others in this range that did not have the same burn. No hops to speak of but a fair amount of sweetness. Overall this is not a bad stout but certainly not my favorite.
Pros: Bottle, name
Cons: Not balance, no hops
Alcohol Content: 10.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Left Hand Brewing
Brewers Description: 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.

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