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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)

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

588 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 40
Gots: 104 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: superdedooperboy on 11-13-2009

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Ratings: 588 | Reviews: 304
Photo of smith_s4765
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good coffee notes followed by a roasty aftertaste.

Photo of tim007007
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is slightly over a finger high and khaki in shade. While the texture is beautifully even, retention isn't very impressive. An inconsistent ring of lacing sticks to the glass. (3.75)

Smell: I expect lots of chocolate, roast, and a bit of hoppiness from an export stout. Guess what I pick up? That's right, chocolate, roast, and a bit of hoppiness. The hop profile pops up more strongly as it warms up. It could be a hair roastier for my personal tastes, but this smells extremely well done otherwise. (3.75)

Taste: Tastes exactly like I expected. It starts off with some nice dark chocolate flavors, ballasted by a gentle hoppiness. A subtle roasted flavor finishes it off: I get both roasted malts and auxiliary coffee notes. On occasion, it's slightly smoky. You know how when you drink a beer, it just works really well and it's hard to explain why? This is that kind of beer - it's balanced to near perfection. Excellent work. (4)

Mouthfeel: They nailed the mouthfeel - not overly light, yet surprisingly dry and crisp. It's even refreshing. Any stout over 8% that manages this is a beautiful thing. Light carbonation helps it go down even more easily. (4.5)

Overall: Delicious, just delicious. The label goes on about black this, darkness that...yet at the same time, it's light, refreshing, and delicate. It's 8.5%, yet I could genuinely drink this one all damn day. I absolutely will look for this again. (4.25)

4.03/5: It's as good as the song, and that's high praise

Photo of ScaryEd
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BodiesLexus
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of derekgw123
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 57md
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with ruby edges. The nose has a mild roast. The flavor profile includes more roast than the nose might indicate. The body seems right on for a relatively high ABV stout.

This is a good, solid and drinkable stout

I did not get a chance to sample this the first time it was brewed. I'm glad that I got a crack at it thye second time around.

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The style is right on, just not really my style.

Photo of meehandennis
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wedge6128
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fantastic stout/ale almost as flavorful as the NITRO from the same brewery.

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.6/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Surprised by this one expected a below average beer but this drinks solid nothing crazy but it drinks pretty well nice work here

Photo of crow
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamesMN
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 11/2015. Poured into a DFH chalice.

Appearance: Jet black body with a thin light brown head.

Aroma: Cream with a hint of black coffee from the roasted malts.

Taste: Although I don't have a lot of experience with the foreign/export stout style I'm hoping that this one is a good example since it is delicious. The depth of malt character includes everything from toasty goodness to bitter black coffee and its all wrapped up in a blanket of cream flavor. Hop bitterness steps in to provide a much needed balance creating a savory taste. Smooth finish followed by a burst of grassy hop bitterness that fades through the aftertaste. The 8.5% ABV hides behind the malt bill but is completely believable given the amount of flavor in this thing.

Mouthfeel: Between medium and full in body with smooth carbonation and high level drinkability for its weight class.

Final Thoughts: In a marketplace flooded with breweries pumping out IPAs it's sometimes easy to overlook one that does such a fine job on darker beers. First Milk Stout, then Wake Up Dead, now Fade to Black will be another reason to commend Left Hand for putting out great beer. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Photo of DraftDaddy
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spoony
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (best by November 18, 2015) into a snifter.

A-The beer is sufficiently black in color to earn its name. The head is tan and pretty short despite an aggressive pour. The foam fades to a film after about a minute and leaves no lacing.

S-The aroma is nice mixture of dark, roasted malt flavors. I get some black licorice sweetness, some vague dried fruit, big doses of dark molasses, some smoke, and a little bit of coffee ground bitterness.

T-The taste is also heavy on the dark roasted flavors. Dark molasses, some barley, whiffs of smoke and ash, cold coffee, and a little bit of black licorice.

M-The feel is medium in heft with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is drying and almost gritty.

O-This is a very solid foreign export stout. I think this one nails many of the true characteristics of that style, while amping up the ABV just enough to put a new-world craft beer spin on it. It may not be as complex as many BA offerings, but it drinks well and the drying finish is nice change from many stouts out there.

Photo of gutbuster
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DMZern
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Yancey82
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stortore
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beefstroganoff
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NiceTaps
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Dark brown, almost black. A touch of reddish-brown highlights. A thin mocha colored head leaves fat cascading lacing.

S- Coffee roast and dark chocolate smell.

T- Dry bitter dark chocolate flavor. Not sweet. Lots of roasted malt and a touch of light smokiness.

M- Big body and chewy feel. A slightly metallic sour smoky finish brings it down.

O- Great aroma, flavorful and drinkable.

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