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Fade To Black (Volume 5 - Black Rye Ale) - Left Hand Brewing Company

Fade To Black (Volume 5 - Black Rye Ale)Fade To Black (Volume 5 - Black Rye Ale)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

170 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.49%


Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BB1313 on 10-30-2013)
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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Ahh, the beer series I almost nearly always forget as the bottle label never changes (admittedly, their new labels are quite eye-catching).

Appearance: Pours a black body with a lean, light khaki-colored head that doesn't stick around too terribly long.

Smell: Roasty, sure, but, there's also a strong Munich toasty note present. Nice chocolate scented accent. Incorporated dark fruitiness, maybe a sliver of licorice. Minor rye. A very thin trace of smokiness. And all of the creamy, milk notes you'd expect from a milk stout, 'cept this isn't!

Taste: Roast, deep toasted barley, and a coating of chocolate and whipping cream. Fair sweetness, some additional caramelized sugars. Modest rye character. A singular drop of smoky molasses. A light touch of dark fruits. Huh. You know, for a beer that isn't supposed have an infusion of lactose, for me, it definitely has a great milky/creamy quality to it. Faint, faint herb, citrus imparted by the hops. Sweetish, roasty, and still so smooth and milky on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I was actually expecting something a bit more along the lines of their previous Volume 4. Thankfully, that wasn't the case. V5 is the best non-milk non-stout I've had in quite some time!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 21:45:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Bjlps

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-18-2014 17:56:04 | More by Bjlps
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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LiquidAmber

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with very little light transmission in the glass. Half finger tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of mild toasted dark malt, molasses, rye spiciness. Flavor is dark toasted malt with slight char, molasses, hints of chocolate and coffee, rye spiciness shows up in the finish which leaves a light lingering grassy hop bitterness. Exceptionally creamy medium body. A very nicely made black ale where the creamy mouth feel enhances the flavor of the malts to almost resemble an imperial porter. The rye and other flavors bring things back to black ale territory. Nicely done and perhaps one of the better ales of this style I've tried. This Fade to Black series has been uniformly well executed and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 19:07:38 | More by LiquidAmber
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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BradMacMullin

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TequilaTom

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-15-2014 22:31:29 | More by TequilaTom
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a decent tan head that leaves a swirling pattern of lace

Smell: Malt-forward aromatics, with toasted brown bread, caramel, a hint of molasses and an earthy quality; just a touch of smoke

Taste: Much the same on the tastebuds as in the aroma, with the malts really making a statement in the front and the hops balancing things out in the back; a bit spicy and earthy in the finish from the rye, perhaps, but well balanced, overall

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not what I was expecting given the stated style and a bit more like a hoppy porter than an ABA; I really like the balance in this beer, primarily because of how the malts add complexity

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Gryphon69

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
best by: 4-29-14

A- Dark Brown, nearly black. A slight tan colored head with light lacing. Under the light it has a lot of sediment throught the glass.

S- Roasted malts, cocoa, bread, slight earthiness.

T- Much like the nose, except nothing jumps out, it has a nice balance throughout. Has a dryness right from the first drink to the finish, also has a decent bitterness in the finish. Not noticing a lot of pine, but a definite hop kick.

M- Light to medium with a smooth, slick dry in the back of the throat.

O- I very much like the taste and drinkablility of this black ale. Hope to get more.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:14:08 | More by Gryphon69
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Fade To Black (Volume 5 - Black Rye Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
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