Fade To Black (Volume 1 - Foreign Export Stout) - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by undeadozzy:
4.93/5 rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Got on tap at a local bar. Served in a goblet.
Appearance: Deep, dark black. Some light creeps in from around the corners of the glass, but for the most part it is very dark. Has a thick chocolatey colored head which stays for the entire time.
Smell: Beautiful aroma of coffee, rich smoked hops, and even some hints of chocolate and licorice.
Taste: Absolutely delicious. I personally enjoy many different kinds of stouts, but this is definitely the best I've had in a while. Warm taste of espresso and malt instantly rushed into my mouth and didn't let up until the last drop. The licorice I smelled initially is more of an aftertaste and isn't really part of the initial blast of flavor during drinking.
Mouth Feel: Feels as silky smooth and warm as it tastes. Has a similar thick and creamy texture to many other stouts, but has a similar disposition to rich, dark coffee. A very interesting yet extremely pleasurable experience.
Drinkability: As I mentioned earlier in my review, I love stouts, and as such had 3 goblets of this fine brew before I recieved my meal, a steak burger, which it paired perfectly with. It goes down smooth and its rich dark taste hides its ABV, making it dangerously drinkable and incredibly enjoyable.
Serving type: on-tap
03-05-2010 04:48:26 | More by undeadozzy
More User Reviews:
3.79/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A – black…not much of a head
s- not much to report here…roasted malt, I guess
t- Pretty darn good. Coffee, chocolate notes…roasted malt. Alcohol is well hidden.
m – full bodied and creamy, but with a dry finish. The most interesting aspect of the beer, for sure.
0- Very drinkable stout. I would have this one again, for sure.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2013 22:51:55 | More by Brianofthemarsh
2.71/5 rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Nice thick tan colored head filled with dense foamy froth. No much lacing. Thin-ish brew that black.
Awkwardly smokey. Kinda weird. Milky, chocolaty, smoke, brunt, crispy...
Hum, bitter, dry, weird, thin, watery. Definitely a Foreign stout and not bad on those premises. Could use more complexity and blending. The smoke is awkward and over taking. Not my favorite. I sure hope you like smoked brew, I hope they're not all like this one. The flavors come together like rotten fish...
No. 1 Would be much better without the rauch addition. I'm not a fan of smoked brews... weird. Can't recommend even at $2/12oz. Drain pour.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2013 05:52:03 | More by chugalug06
4.74/5 rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75
Bought some of this last thanksgiving, figuring it looked interesting. I have been buying more ever since.
Appearance wise, this is black as a stout. It smells like a stout should. What separates this from other beers is the flavor. It's on the stronger side, although far from being one of the strongest stouts out there, with hints of chocolate and coffee, hops, and a bit of smokiness. It also maintains the perfect level of thickness to it.
The one area that they could improve is I would like to see a little more carbonation added to this one. Even pouring it aggressively into a glass did not give me much of a head in my glass. Regardless, it is still perhaps my favorite stout and one of my favorite beers.
I get my Left Hand Brewing 6-packs from $8-10 for a 6 as well, making this a very good pickup for the price point as well. It clearly embodies everything a "traditional" stout should be, and executes better than any other offering at delivering the perfect "traditional" stout.
Brie and crackers compliment this wonderful stout very nicely.
It should be noted that this beer is 8.50% ABV but you would not guess it is any higher than 5% from the flavor of the beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2013 22:38:11 | More by fps_dean
4/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Served on tap in a pint glass. Not sure how they got this if it is retired, but never the less I thought I best give it a go as I am not sure I will have the chance to do so any time in the future.
Appearance – Served a pitch black colored beer with a one finger tan colored head. The head slowly over time to leave a nice level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma was heavy of dark chocolate and some bitter coffee. Mixed with these aromas was a small amount of smoke and a tiny amount of vanilla, giving an overall very roasty smell to the brew.
Taste – The beer is on the drier side with only a lighter amount of sweetness. The taste begins with a good dose of roasted malt and a more bitter cocoa flavor up front. Notes of coffee and vanilla mix into the taste as the flavor profile advances with the beer getting even drier as the tastes moves on. Toward the end a light bitter earthy flavor as well as some smoke and a light alcohol taste join in, with the combination of all the flavors leaving a rather dry and roasted dark flavor to be left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average to slightly thicker side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that was rather average. The slightly thicker body was good for all the darker and more bitter roasted flavors of the beer. A slightly thicker body and a tad less carbonation may have been slightly better for the flavors, but even with that said, overall the feel was quite nice.
Overall – A rather tasty and dry stout with a nice dark and roasted flavor. The mainly dark and bitter body was balanced by just the right level of sweetness, making for a nice roasty brew.
Serving type: on-tap
01-29-2013 00:29:14 | More by Darkmagus82
Fade To Black (Volume 1 - Foreign Export Stout) from Left Hand Brewing Company
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