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Fade To Black (Volume 1 - Foreign Export Stout) | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Fade To Black (Volume 1 - Foreign Export Stout)Fade To Black (Volume 1 - Foreign Export Stout)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Volume 1 - Foreign Stout - Pours black with licorice, espresso bean, molasses, and black cardamom notes that give way to a feeling of self loathing, burnt opportunities and smoked relationships. 2010 Gold Medal Winner at the Great American Beer Festival in the Foreign Stout category.

Added by superdedooperboy on 11-13-2009

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Reviews: 339 | Ratings: 841
Reviews by rowew:
Photo of rowew
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2 caveats to this review. First, I thought Snowbound was one of the worst winter seasonals around, and the worst beer from Left Hand, so I was glad to see it go. Second, I'm on the rebound from a cold so some senses may be a bit muted.

Presentation: Label looks like tribal tattoo work, black and white. 12 oz longneck. Bottled on date was not readable. Only on the neck does it say this is Volume 1, Foreign Export Stout.

Appearance: Pours completely dark, average head that is mocha colored.

Smell: Roast, a bit of dark chocolate.

Taste: Nice combination of roast flavors and some bitterness, kind of like an espresso bitterness with a bit of the dark chocolate here too.

Overall impression: Nice beer for the cold weather we are having lately. This is much better than the beer it replaced, and is a nice addition to the winter beers out there.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with one finger high, beige head.

Nose: Chocolate, licorice, smoke, espresso, roasted malt and hops.
Taste: Coffee beans, chocolate, roasted malt, molasses and licorice.
Body: Medium to full body. Smooth. Moderate carbonation.

A great stout from Left Hand!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin ring around the glass

S: Roasted malt, licorice, dark chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, and very light coffee stand out. Nice and layered

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malts, licorice, molasses, and dark fruits pop first, followed by the coffee and dark chocolate notes. Licorice and molasses carry through the finish. Lightly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A great FES with some nice layers and depth of flavor. The 8.5% goes unnoticed, which makes it all too easy to drink. A solid seasonal indeed

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This style of stout should be more popular,I hope to see more in the future.Poured at first seemed to be a jet black,after being held up to a strong light a ruby tint showed thru the darkness,a creamy one finger light mocha head atop that left one big drape of lace behind as it settled into a creamy mass.Awesome aromas,just complex as all get out,a mix of fudge cake and coffee,a slight alcohol dark fruit sweetness came thru as well.The flavors were just as complex, if not more,starting out with big coffee roast and dark chocolate,the alcohol lends some molasses and dark fruit,there is big earthy dryness in the finish that was just a great cap.The only thing that isnt great about this brew is just a little bit of a thinner feel,other than that its as good as it gets for the style in my opinion,not to sweet,just right!

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3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany with a fluffy, light brown head.

Nose has lightly roasted coffee, unsalted cracker, and faint dark chocolate.

The flavors are roasty with notes of cocoa powder, biscuity malt, and black licorice. Finishes with an earthy hop and somewhat sharp alcohol bite.

I thought this beer, within it's style especially, was very well made. This is the way our Guinness should taste. Job well done from Left Hand.

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Photo of iowamarknelson
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of gemery554
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of marvin213
2.73/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It's sure'nuff black--not tar-black like some of the motor oils on here, but opaque in a true sense. The fizzy pour reminded me of Guiness and nitro stouts. The head, though, dissipates fairly quickly, leaving only a splotchy top on the cover with some hop-like stickiness around the edge. Without being extravagant, it looks genuinely good.

Smells like a foreign stout (read: Guiness). This one was obviously manufactured in Colorado, but what is it about these foreign stouts that smell like diluted and aerated? It's diluted in that it's like a watery malt smell and aerated like there's something else in there...problem is, that "something else" is like nothingness. It's like a malt ball with holes in it, or malt ball crumbs, or the dark matter that's empty mass in the Milky Way (I may have gone too far).

That light, airy vibe allows for a stout taste without an overbearing assault on the palate. The hop presence, however, bitterizes the beer. It's not, unfortunately, the yummy hoppiness-bite characteristic of IPAs. Instead, it's a dull, medicinal kick that tastes more like a Bayer than a beer. It's not exactly bad, but you're left wondering where's the chocolate? the licorice? the vanilla? the coffee? the ___? I realize it's not a double chocolate oatmeal or a vanilla coffee Russian Imperial, but is this what to expect from a "foreign stout?" It feels much drier than a Guiness (my template, obviously enough), and the watery stoutness with only a dry bitterness doesn't do wonders for the palate. On the contrary, the artist left something on the palette. (Ha!)

The puns and other literary devices I've used to describe this beverage might prove more memorable than the liquid itself. As I continue trying to decipher what's here, I detect a charcoal. There's a smoked quality without any food-worthy flavor. Liquid charcoal has its place, but nobody wants to drink it! It's not that bad, but I know I've enjoyed a foreign-style stout before; this one, however, you should leave on the shelf.

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3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a brownish black with a thin tan head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a touch of lacing.

The aroma is sweet grains, lactose, chocolate, tobacco and roasted malts.

The flavor is roasted malts and chocolate with a little lactose and coffee. It has a tarry bitter finish that is almost mouth-puckering. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent foreign style stout. A little on the tarry side for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of alarmclock314
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by date of 10/6/16. Pours nearly black with a smaller-sized tan head. Smells predominately of roasted malt with some chocolate and char. The taste follows very closely with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and char. Somewhat assertive roast, but still very smooth and even. Below average carbonation and medium body. Well done Export Stout.

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Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, has a place on the label for "Bottled on" info, but alas, it is blank...Pours black under a retentive dark khaki head, thick film, sliding sheeting down to a collar, respectable bits of lace, the hole bit, not a bad looking glass of stout...roasty, light coffee and dark chocolate nose...flavorful, very smooth/velvety on the tongue, with more then ample notes of more chocolate, roast grains and dark stouty goodness...nice first offering in this hopefully varied and fruitful series from LHBC...I believe this was about $12.99 for the sixer from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY...go get some and enjoy...

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with tan head. Nose is dark fruits, cocoa, malt and coffee. Flavor is led by more dark fruits, with a mocha coffee quality backing them up. Dark fruits hang on until the end, accompanying the coffee finish. A very approachable stout, but still flavorful.

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Photo of tigg924
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color, 1 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: milk chocolate, coffee, some burnt malt

Taste: creamy, dark and milk chocolate mix, dark coffee, and some smoke at the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, moderate carbonation, heavy body, sweet start-bitter middle, sweet end

Drinkability: This one drinks like a dry RIS or Baltic porter. It is a nice full and heavy beer. It does get tastier as it warms. I like it, but I only have the desire for one more max per session.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ledouge
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rsquared59
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of JoeyClearman
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of boogerisu
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mondegreen
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle into a Chimay goblet

A: Very dark with a thin tan head. The head fades quickly, leaving a ring around the outsideof the glass and decent lacing. Brown and ruby highlights when held to the light.

S: Dark roasted malts. Very straightforward nose, but very appealing.

T: Lots of dark chocolate goodness and toasty malts on the tongue. The chocolate bitterness melds with the 8.5% abv bite for a lingering aftertaste. This beer is right up my alley, great stuff.

M: Creamy and delicious. Everything is dead on here.

D: Each sip begs for another. On my first encounter with this beer, I drank three in a row. The ABV will catch up with you, but this one goes down like silk.

Hands down, this is the best Left Hand solo brew I've had. The only one better was the Terrapin collab 'Depth Charge.' Grab this one while you can!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The neck label reads Volume 1 I guess the seasonal will vary by style with the same name each year that daylight savings comes around. Pours completely opaque black with no light making it through not even the ruby highlights, head is creamy textured nice tan khaki hue going on. Lacing left behind is sporadiac with big chunks but definitely clings well to the sides of my chalice. Aroma is strong with the herbal mint like hop profile, dark roasted malts bring out a creamy dark chocolate bitterness strong roasted burnt coffee a nice underlying fruit note with a soft caramel presence as well. Flavor is big roasted malt presence brings out espresso bean hints of vanilla, caramel malt, with dark chocolate cocoa nibs. A soothing alcohol finish with herbal and mint toned hop flavors. Mouthfeel is creamy textured full bodied softly carbonated no complaints I let this one warm up a good bit and I'm glad that I did. Drinkability is smooth and the price tag is right what a value, a big foreign export stout for 1.69 a bottle I will be back for more of this stuff, what a god send for this time of year thanks to Left Hand out in Longmont, CO.

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Photo of sarahrenai
2.01/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

It tastest like charred meat. Not a real pleasant taste.

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Photo of hend0393
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%

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Fade To Black (Volume 1 - Foreign Export Stout) from Left Hand Brewing Company
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