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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | 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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KeyWestGator

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-29-2013 21:56:13 | More by KeyWestGator
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alexanf

Mississippi

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-28-2013 15:32:43 | More by alexanf
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mntlover

Tennessee

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.

11-28-2013 02:43:06 | More by mntlover
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Slay40

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-27-2013 14:54:00 | More by Slay40
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barczar

Kentucky

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!

11-27-2013 00:48:24 | More by barczar
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prock180

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

11-25-2013 03:15:50 | More by prock180
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-24-2013 21:37:26 | More by BeerHunter76
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BigJim5021

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-24-2013 09:11:41 | More by BigJim5021
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

11-24-2013 04:09:12 | More by WVbeergeek
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-23-2013 18:39:51 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-23-2013 18:39:26 | More by kjkinsey
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piconaut

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-23-2013 03:58:19 | More by piconaut
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Hanselpb

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

11-22-2013 21:54:30 | More by Hanselpb
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maltlikker

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-22-2013 05:33:02 | More by maltlikker
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BKBassist

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-20-2013 03:35:04 | More by BKBassist
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mpayne5

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-19-2013 14:50:27 | More by mpayne5
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BeerBeast

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-18-2013 22:58:49 | More by BeerBeast
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Z_Borynack_PhD

Texas

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.

11-18-2013 03:53:43 | More by Z_Borynack_PhD
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bigj0420

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-17-2013 03:14:06 | More by bigj0420
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-13-2013 03:19:24 | More by jak
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-10-2013 23:07:00 | More by ryanpj
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12 ounce bottle, best before 04/01/14 stamped on bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a 2 inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, dark/rye bread, nuts and some coffee. It tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, dark/rye bread, nuts, and a bit of molasses and coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and coating, with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, definitely worth a try at $9.99 a 6-pack.

11-09-2013 02:42:45 | More by bluejacket74
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ozark123

North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%

A nice edition to the FTB Series. I love the peppery finish. Nicely layered flavors that morph from dark molasses to licorice. Firm rye backbone, but plenty of hops on the cleansing finish. Perfect quaff while hovering near the fire pit on a cool November evening.

11-08-2013 00:46:45 | More by ozark123
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-07-2013 18:15:57 | More by MarkyMOD
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Spider889

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

11-06-2013 04:01:57 | More by Spider889
Fade To Black (Volume 5 - Black Rye Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.