Fade To Black (Volume 5 - Black Rye Ale) - Left Hand Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
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
03-13-2014 23:20:37 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +2.6%
best by: 4-29-14
A- Dark Brown, nearly black. A slight tan colored head with light lacing. Under the light it has a lot of sediment throught the glass.
S- Roasted malts, cocoa, bread, slight earthiness.
T- Much like the nose, except nothing jumps out, it has a nice balance throughout. Has a dryness right from the first drink to the finish, also has a decent bitterness in the finish. Not noticing a lot of pine, but a definite hop kick.
M- Light to medium with a smooth, slick dry in the back of the throat.
O- I very much like the taste and drinkablility of this black ale. Hope to get more.
03-03-2014 02:14:08 | More by Gryphon69
4/5 rDev +2.6%
A solid, well-crafted, transitional black ale.
Pours flat black in color with a complementing off white head.
Smell starts off sweet, ending on a refreshing note.
Taste begins with a mild sweetness, chased out quickly with the hops, leaving a smooth bitter finish that mellows back into a subtle sweetness. Fuller bodied, with undertones of chocolate, toffee, and molasses.
A very enjoyable beer perfect for the early nights of winter.
02-21-2014 01:34:28 | More by Abra
4.33/5 rDev +11%
Clear mahogany-brown-black with a dark khaki head. Aroma - sweet/dark chocolate, dark toast, coffee/espresso. Taste - touch of sweetness, not very bitter, coffee/dark toast/dark chocolate. Slightly heavy mouthfeel, though not like an imperial stout. Like a robust porter. Very, very nice. Definitely recommended.
02-16-2014 19:40:31 | More by fr5ed
3.64/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
02-15-2014 03:08:19 | More by tone77
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
Fade to Black vol.5 pours a dark auburn brown. The light mocha head that formed was small but quite dense and lingered quite awhile before fading.
The aroma had a rich deep roasted malt smell. Hints of earth and licorice is present too.
Taste is dry and bitter with an overall malty taste. A subtle roasted malt taste is present with that has subtle nuiances of earth and licorice like in the nose. Rye is quite subtle and is easily missed but you can detect slight hints of pepper spiciness in the finish.
Drinks reasonably smooth and creamy.
I like it but could use a dose of citrusy hops to brighten it up.
02-13-2014 12:22:10 | More by micromaniac129
3.9/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-12-2014 05:08:36 | More by superspak
Fade To Black (Volume 5 - Black Rye Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
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