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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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very good

208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 5
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BB1313 on 10-30-2013)
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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a cola color with a tight, off-white head that leaves rings of lacing.

Smells of roasted malt with a big cocoa component.

Tastes of solid roasted notes with some rye. Cocoa notes lead off with some coffee and brown sugar. Toasted bread notes come through as well as rye. A bit of earthy hop and a touch of spiciness rounds everything out.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty and definitely falls in line with my expectation.

ocelot2500, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
4/5  rDev +2.6%

BuckeyeFaninMI, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of jhartley
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

jhartley, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of rangerred
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Pours a clear very dark brown, nearly pitch black, with a small half finger tan head.

The aroma is very toasty with some coffee and char. Pine is present from the hops but it is not all that complex.

Mouthfeel has pine and earth and a fairly strong bitterness from the get go. The rye sort of lingers in the background and is not as prominent as I was hoping. Mouthfeel is quite chalky with a sticky finish.

Overall, the rye is just too suppressed in this beer and the hops are too up front. It lacks balance and is really not all that interesting. Oh well, glad I got to try it.

rangerred, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of KeyWestGator
4/5  rDev +2.6%

KeyWestGator, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of alexanf
4/5  rDev +2.6%

alexanf, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of mntlover
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours a black but shows deep brown when held to the light. A thumb sized coco head falls pretty quick

Aroma is some light roasted noted most chocolate dominating this one. Light nutty aroma with hop hints.

Taste is like the nose lots of chocolate some nuts mingled through out with roasted hints. Hops are more evident in the flavor herbal grass like notes maybe a touch of rye. Not bad but not anything I would go buy more of.

Mouthfeel is medium lightly peppy carbonation and a little dry chalkiness in the finish.

Overall its worth a try but that be about it for me. Its not a bad beer just not good enough to be a regular choice.

mntlover, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Slay40
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Slay40, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of barczar
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours an opaque black with a frothy mocha head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Roast malt, nuttiness, and chocolate are evident when the bottle opens. Cocoa dominates, but there's a hint of rye spiciness adding complexity. Hops are eclipsed by chocolate.

Flavor unveils a subtle grassy and citrusy hop combination underlying a huge roast and chocolate malt character. The backbone is rich, slightly sweet, but becoming a touch burnt and bitter at the spicy rye finish. Malt is certainly the star, but the hops do balance a bit.

Body is a touch full, with low carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.

I expected more hop character, but I like the malt profile. Rye is not overpowering and plays well with other flavors. The balance is chocolatey and roasty, and that's fine with me!

barczar, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of prock180
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

prock180, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev +2.6%

BeerHunter76, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of BigJim5021
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

BigJim5021, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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 Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Texasfan549, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.6%

kjkinsey, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of piconaut
4.25/5  rDev +9%

piconaut, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of Hanselpb
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Hanselpb, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of maltlikker
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

maltlikker, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of BKBassist
4/5  rDev +2.6%

BKBassist, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of mpayne5
4/5  rDev +2.6%

mpayne5, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of BeerBeast
4/5  rDev +2.6%

BeerBeast, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Z_Borynack_PhD
4.71/5  rDev +20.8%

First, let me qualify my review by stating that this is the 4th year that I have partaken of this Left Hand gem (please come up with a vol. 6 next year if this is even possible). These ales are seasonal and only available in late fall, which is perfect. Also, in appearance, I have to comment on the label artistry, which I think is so perfect for the beer, but also very creative and unique in its own right.

First, this is a porter to stout ale with a very dark, nay black, appearance...hence the name. It had a very nice head to it that is tan and medium in creamy thickness.

I noticed smoky, smooth light coffee, caramel and bitter-dark chocolate notes, both in taste and aroma. It has a smooth texture, some earthy/grainy aspects to it as well.

The abv is almost perfect at about 7.8, though I prefer an 8-9 abv for this kind of ale (which is the reason I did not give it a perfect score). However, I am not sure a higher abv would be best for this particular ale as it might mute some of the wonder flavors previously noted.

I think this is a very versatile beer. Pairing it with a smoked gouda cheese and crackers or with pecan halves and a double cream brie or just drinking it solo would be perfect. Other ideas for pairing from my view would be with summer sausage, spicy asian meatballs, or other similar hors d'eurves would be great.

Overall, if you enjoy dark, seasonal ales, I highly recommend this one. My only request is that you share and don't buy up all that you find.

Z_Borynack_PhD, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of bigj0420
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

bigj0420, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +2.6%

jak, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of ryanpj
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

ryanpj, Nov 10, 2013
Fade To Black (Volume 5 - Black Rye Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.