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

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

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87
very good

42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 240
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 7.38%
Wants: 8
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BB1313 on 10-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by DenverHopHead:
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4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 4/1/14, into a pub glass.
Appearance - aggressive pour yields a dark black hue, but with the slightest bit of light coming in to reveal carbonation bubbles and a hint of mahogany. Big, creamy vanilla head with sheets of lacing!
Smell - not as hop forward in the nose as I'd like. Chocolate, coffee, rye bread.
Taste - drinks more like a stout than a black ale. Flavorful, roasted malts, barley and coffee, some bitter chocolate.
Feel - not much in terms of hop bitterness, medium body, easy to drink at 7.8%.
Overall - a really good beer, one I'll enjoy a few more times; just not in the same class as Wookey, Sublimely and Mountain Standard. (686 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a can glass.

Appearance - Medium khaki head that lasts quite a while. Thick collar. Dark, viscous black body.

Smell - Rich chocolate. Rye becomes much more prominent as it warms. Molasses.

Taste - Molasses is the strongest flavor. Chocolate behind it. The rye isn't anywhere near what it is in the smell. Booze is strong and lends a bit of a fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. A bit creamy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Not what I expected at all. But then again, I never know what to expect from a style as vague as "Black Ale." This drinks more like a stout than anything else. (629 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Left Hands Fade to black from a 12 oz bottle pours a thick blackish brown with a light tan
head that dies down to a thin pool of foam and nice lacing. Nose of chocolate, caramel, dark
rye, molasses, and deeply roasted goodness. Flavors are light sweet up front fading to a nice
roasted profile of molasses, dark chocolate and a nice dryness from the rye. Most excellent
mouthfeel, thick and full with a pleasant chocolate/black coffee like aftertaste.

Excellent (466 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a dark chocolate brown color with ruby highlights,a thin quick to fade lighter beige head atop.Aromas of roasted nuts and bitter chocolate stood out most with a little spiciness from the rye as well as some dark roast.Flavors are roasted and on the dryer side with the spicy rye coming into play more as I drank more,a nice firm nuttiness was also there.Not a bad beer,the rye played a role but wan't in your face,and there subtle malty complexities. (478 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love Fade to Black series from Left Hand there's only Volume 4 that I've never tried this is the 5th rendition of dark liquid beauty since the labels conception a few years back. This one pours into a Chimay chalice pitch black body with a light khaki tight bubbled tan head fine even lacing. Aroma has toasted marshmallow aspects, dark roasted malt, hints of cocoa and toffee, and mild creamed coffee presence on the nose. Flavor creamy lactose infused sweet stout with a presence of dark roasted malts and spicy rye complements the overall depth of the malt profile. Again I can't help but think of cocoa, toasted marshmallow, maybe even a bit of s'mores on the palate, a very complex and frivolous sweet stout...I thought it may have been a black IPA...I'm pleasantly surprised that it wasn't excellent bigger sweet stout to add to their extensive lineup of great dark beers. Mouthfeel is upfront all over on the sides of the sweet palate, but as it graduates into the dark roasts and creamy textures it ends quite balanced and the lactose sweetness tends to clear off the palate. Even full on natural carbonation overall medium to full bodied. Overall, a beer I will revisit complex roasted malts and big flavor will sell me any day add to the fact that it's Left Hand and from the Fade to Black series is just an added plus. (1,331 characters)

Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Brenden
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one definitely is black, very little by way of highlights showing at the edges even in the light. The tan head that forms off the tap is about a finger high but doesn't last particularly long. A strong foam does leaves some pretty good lacing.
Malts are pretty roasty, but there's actually more toast than I expect. There's bittersweet chocolate with a creamy sort of sweetness and barley grains along with a note of licorice and a nice smokiness underneath. Rye is evidenced by a certain bready/spicy combo and some earthy undertones.
The taste has slightly more char to it, with fruity esters building up a bit of tanginess. It's still roasty and toasty/bready, but the rye is limited to the earthiness, and I wish it had just a little more of the spicy thing going on. An almost lactic sweetness does come in, and it goes into a very interesting creamy/smoky finish.
The body is medium, and this beer is crisp with a nice flow to it. (941 characters)

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of BeersIsTheName
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Fade To Black vol. 5 is another fine edition to a great series of beers from Left Hand. The beer poured opaque black with virtually zero head and no lace. The scent there is a little hint of rye in the scent....and perhaps some chocolate and roast. The taste has roast and some coffee and earth. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall....it was good and worth a sampling. (399 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of breadwinner
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yet another installment in the Fade to Black series that doesn't disappoint, this one displaying the sort of well-balanced roasty features you'd expect from Left Hand, with a touch of rye spice to, er, spice things up. (218 characters)

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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