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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
88
very good

199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
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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prock180

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Texas

4.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

11-06-2013 04:01:57 | More by Spider889
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stortore

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

11-03-2013 01:50:16 | More by stortore
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 00:06:44 | More by DenverHopHead
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redbeav

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

11-01-2013 03:24:19 | More by redbeav
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BB1313

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 4/1/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with some brown hues that shine through; small khaki head that fades and leaves solid retention and decent lacing. The aromas are very roasty. Lots of cocoa malts. Lots of vanilla bean along with some roasted chocolate. Nice complex nose. The flavors are loaded with milk chocolate. There's also some maple in the mix. Hints of expresso along with some black coffee. Subtle earthy bitterness. Some black pepper. The rye is there, but it seems subtle. It's not as spicy as I anticipated. Mouthfeel is very creamy and fluffy with moderate carbonation; smooth and velvety. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's very easy to drink. I never would've guessed this was almost 8% abv. It wasn't on the label, so I checked their website.

This is a very nice beer. Lots of stout/porter qualities going on. Not as much rye, but I really like the vanilla aspect. This is very fitting for the Fade To Black series. Definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 19:13:53 | More by BB1313
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Fade To Black (Volume 5 - Black Rye Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.