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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

229 Ratings
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 6
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BB1313 on 10-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black, Dark tan with brown tint. Minor 1/8th inch head, decent lacing.

Smell - Chocolate, coffee, cocoa, roasted malts. Molasses, brown sugar. Slight hop citric note at the finish.

Taste - Very roasty, smoked and charcoal malts at first sip. Coffee, chocolate and cocoa is a main flavor. Sweet molasses, brown sugar and honey are the added sweet sugars. Some minor hops like grapefruit and orange add a little sweet citric note at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Huge smoked note nails the tongue. More malts, some sugars and faint citric fruits coat the palate. Aftertaste is smokey, chocolate and coffee sweet.

Overall - Rye ale? So much roasted malts and coffee I don't get any rye at all. I actually like this beer but if you don't like smoked, roasted heavy beers this aint for you. Maybe a little less malt and more rye? Either way, still enjoyable, just not what I was expecting.

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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.

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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.

Fade To Black (Volume 5 - Black Rye Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.