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

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87
very good

213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 7
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
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:
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(Beer added by: BB1313 on 10-30-2013)
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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a half finger high dense tan head that quickly died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass and bits of lacing on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted and chocolate malts are present in the smell.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has lots of flavors of roasted malts along with bitter notes of chocolate and some spices from the rye.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer has a nice mix of roasted, chocolate and spice flavors. It's not that bitter compared to other beers in the style.

metter98, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Texasfan549, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aah, the dark volumes of Left Hand Brewing Company roll on- this time with the fifth installment that boasts the title on "Black IPA" which leads with the promise of hop and a backing dryness of dark malt and hightly attenuated dryness. Most of these attempts turn out to be merely hoppy porters so, let's see...

With appearances of dark brown and medium haze, the beer's body is dark and roasted in its look. As its tall froth of sandy-tan foam builds, the ale shares mild IPA head retention but its color is inquisitively porter-like. Lacing lightly with specks of foam, the beer acts more like those porters than it does of IPA.

Once the beer touches the lips, its chocolate and coffee flavor come alive! Malty with toasty, nutty and woody elements- the beer is rich, milky and toffee-rich from the onset. Even with its late charge of hop bitterness, the beer is unwavering with its malty focus.

Its body is medium-rich as its sweet creaminess lingers well into that bitter territory that IPA's of any sort deserve. Lacing that malty-dry character of hop-forward beers severely limit the drinkability seen with Volume 4.

When it comes down to this newly forming genre of beer, they must lead with IPA character- meaning 70+ IBU's, bone dry malty status and just enough charred malt to exacerbate bitterness but without adding any sweetness. This Left Hand variety is a formidable hoppy porter but is no Black IPA. ...oh, and the rye character- its slightly spicy and grainy-earthy but really does little to bring better life to the ale.

BEERchitect, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.6%

kjkinsey, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

jaydoc, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Knapp85, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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!

ChainGangGuy, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

oberon, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +2.6%

zeff80, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +2.6%

russpowell, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

MarkyMOD, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Near black color but light does shine through the edge. Minimal lace (spots) on the glass. The head is light beige although it settles quickly.

Deeply toasted malt aroma. Borderline burnt but there's a sweetness that creates balance.

The flavor is more burnt with a definitive hop presence. Thinner body than expected but the low carbonation balances it well. Definitive alcohol in the swallow and the aftertaste.

smcolw, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +2.6%

wrightst, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +2.6%

ejimhof, May 09, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/1/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, dark bread, rye, caramel, molasses, toast, light smoke, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate hop presence; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, dark bread, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, toast, rye, caramel, brown sugar, light smoke, floral, and roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, dark bread, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, rye, toast, caramel, brown sugar, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice rye black ale. All around good robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. Did not have as much hops in the flavor as I expected, but was a very enjoyable offering otherwise.

superspak, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +2.6%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Gonzoillini, May 10, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

sendbeer, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

Alieniloquium, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

LiquidAmber, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

WoodBrew, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Boone757, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is pf roasted malts, some smokiness. Taste is malts, some coffee, smoke, a bit of chocolate, tasty and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while not as much hops as I would expect from this style, is a good quality beer.

tone77, Feb 15, 2014
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Fade To Black (Volume 5 - Black Rye Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
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