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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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561 Ratings
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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 40
Gots: 94 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: superdedooperboy on 11-13-2009

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

Photo of ALC82
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shadwow13
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThirstyE
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smooth with a nice finish

Photo of MaxPowers
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of interzen
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

355ml bottle served into a tulip glass

Look: Black, and fairly opaque with it - not much going on when held up to the light. Not much in the way of head either - a thin, tan layer which dissipates quickly to a foam cap.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted malts and woodsmoke with some fruity hints. The smokiness dominates but manages to stay just the right side of overpowering.

Taste: Toasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a nice, alcoholic warmth. The smokiness isn't that apparent right out of the gate but once it warms up a bit it starts to become a bit more up front. The smokiness adds a good bit of depth to the already complex mess of flavours.

Feel: Very smooth and mellow - obviously it's fairly malty but at the same time manages to be fairly undemanding and isn't excessively fizzy. Once it has warmed up enough to let the smoke flavours come forward it's really rather special.

Overall: Got this as part of a 'random' case, although I've been pretty impressed with Left Hand's Milk Stout before now. This one really scores in the taste stakes, and has a bit more depth than their Milk Stout. Definitely a winner - I'll be seeking this one out again for sure.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Black with garnet highlights. A thin layer of tan foam that dissipates fast. Filmy lacing.

S: Roasty, toasty. Chocolate malts, dark fruits, smokey.

T: So mellow/smooth. Toasty malts insinuate themselves in for a warming, roasty smokiness. A great fireside sipper. Let it warm for maximum yum.

M: I expected dry for a Foreign Export, but this one works well with its low to medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. Nice.

O: Just a terrific pick from Hop City, Birmingham. Not sure why I grabbed it, but Left Hand never fails at great taste. Would drink again.

Photo of beerhan
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bazinga
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bmayes1991
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Matt2509
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerbeardguyfromCO
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This black beauty is exactly why I keep falling in love with the Fade to Black series, one release at a time. Silky on the palate with notes of cardamom and licorice, this brew warms up with espresso and molasses on the finish. Cloud-like head and a well-developed perfume contribute to make this a sensory experience not to be skipped.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fade to Black is like the best dark beer series....EVER! I am glad they re-produced Vol. 1 as I missed it the first go around. This one is a very nice stout. Has all the characteristics that one would like. Definite must try!

Photo of Dewsby
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Guiltybyproxy
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nick4444
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of gonzo000
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours an extremely dark brown color with a one finger tan head that flattens out and floats on the top. The smell is of chocolate. Poured the beer at about 40 degrees. The taste at that temp was dominated by chocolate. as it warmed, the taste became more bitter. I preferred this beer c

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sampled last night on 2/2/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a snifter glass.

Pours a pitch black in color with a thinner beige foamy cap. A little sediment was seen in the bottem of the bottle after the pour.. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of dark roasted malts and black espresso for the most part. More going on with the taste with the black coffee right up front followed by the roasted malts that leave a bitter dry finish with a good amount of smoke. Didn't last too long but it was there and a bit much for me. Really didn't taste the alcohol but you could tell it was in there. A heavy-bodied brew with perfect carbonation. It came out of the beer cooler at 36 degrees and on the side of the label it says: "Enjoy at 50-55 degrees F". I will say that it did taste better when it warmed up some.

Photo of Pjackson84
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of melpacino
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been looking for the perfect smoked beer since I went to a beer festival and had one which I could never find in the beer stores. THIS one is the ultimate!

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Fade To Black (Volume 1 - Foreign Export Stout) from Left Hand Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.