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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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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 23
Gots: 8 | FT: 2
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: superdedooperboy on 11-13-2009)
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2/5  rDev -50.9%

11-08-2012 06:23:55 | More by CJS
Photo of semibaked


2.3/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured in one of my many pint glasses.

A - Poured aggressively into the glass and yield about 2 inches of beige head and this stuff is certainly black.

S - Kinda of an odd smell like beef roast or steak sauce but other than that has some roasted malts and some licorice maybe.

T - Bitter with some charred or burnt notes to it with some licorice and soy sauce, pretty unpleasant overall.

M - Light bodied and watery.

D - Sorry but I can't get this down, too many foreign elements for me to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 23:57:07 | More by semibaked
Photo of groetman


2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

01-29-2012 18:30:46 | More by groetman
Photo of marvin213

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 21:18:39 | More by marvin213
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2.71/5  rDev -33.4%
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
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2.85/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer had a dark black color as the name implies. The beer poured a brown head. The beer really did not smell like anything. However the taste was coffee and chocolate that I think would have been great but the alcohol was just too high. It blew every nice flavor away. Not going to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 23:59:15 | More by Minkybut
Photo of GoldenVIKE


2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Kuma's Corner in Chicago

A - Pours pitch black with not a whole lot of head--maybe 1/2 finger. It did cling to the glass pretty well.

S - Not a very strong smelling stout. Some roasty, smoky, faint smells of old coffee. Not "bad" by any means but nothing special here. Pretty disappointing.

T&M - pretty much like it smells. it's a dry, smoky stout. leaves a roasty aftertaste. Average body for a dark stout, but good.

O - Underwhelming all around. Bear in mind I'm comparing this to GOOD stouts. I'd say that it's on par with a Guinness. Pretty good, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-27-2011 12:12:42 | More by GoldenVIKE
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

01-10-2012 15:43:28 | More by SeanChiro
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3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Fade to Black is certainly black. It's a very dark beer, almost a little thick I thought. I didn't really care for this beer. I found it very hard to drink. It was certainly a flavorful beer, but maybe a little too flavorful; too much going on. Fairly bitter as well. Obviously, I'm in the minority here, but I probably wouldn't drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 18:32:11 | More by Cubsfan1087
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3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Near black pour with a finger of head. Initial aroma is an extremely off-putting in your face burnt popcorn. Below that is some sour cherry. Below that is some Carmex. Just not really appetizing at all.

The flavor is an improvement. Gone is the sourness and Carmex, and what is left is a roasty malt profile that is akin to a magnified version of whatever watery version of Guiness is tapped at your local bar. Some dry oak underneath. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, drinkability is average simply because the complexity is not there to justify the high ABV and the roastiness becomes grating about halfway through. Overall this does nothing to break the monotonous mold of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 00:16:18 | More by alcstradamus
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North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into scaldis glass very slightly chilled

a-black..typical..small head..no lacing..kinda blah

s-roasty..hint of coffee...sort of dull on this one..nothing really pops

t-more of the same...a little roasty a little bitterness from he coffee taste..finishes dry and bland

m-watery and thin...not enough carbonation...

d-one and done..glad i got to try it but wont pick it up again

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 01:52:03 | More by stoutfiend27
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

12-18-2013 23:55:04 | More by DenverBigRed
Photo of wedgie9


3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a twelve ounce bottle. Pours an opaque black with a medium light brown head which dissipates quickly but leaves plenty of lacing. Smells of super dark roasted malt with dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of molasses and plum fruitiness. The coffee and chocolate come through on the palate with the addition of anise. There is really no sweetness whatsoever in this beer. The alcohol is kept in check until the finish, where the heat lingers for quite a while. The body is surprisingly light considering color and alcohol content, due to the lively carbonation. It seems out of place. The finish is long. Overall, this is a solid beer, but the palate throws me off, and although the flavors are spot on, the out of balance alcohol is a negative.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 04:36:40 | More by wedgie9
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Rattle 'N' Hum. Roasty aroma, roast coffee. Slight white head, yet lots of white lace. A yeasty part that I didn't expect or like. I normally really like this style, and others do too, but I just didn't get it today. On the too sweet side, with bitter coffee, not that well integrated.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 19:18:33 | More by Sammy
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3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/1/2010 (Bottled 10409):

Pours a nearly pitch black color body, average tan color head, diminishing. Strong dark chocolate aroma, sweet like a milk stout. Bitter chocolate taste. Sweet. Some bitterness on the end, but balanced pretty well. Some bitter coffee taste on the end. Thick, not as bitter as it warms. somewhat chalky or something.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 17:21:20 | More by jujubeast6000
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3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottled 11/02/09

pours dark brown almost black with a 1 finger tan head that left no lacing

smells of strong chocolate malts coffee some light hops

taste is a little hot - some spicy hops stacked next to the coffee roasted chocolate malts packs a punch

mouthfeel is light/medium well carbonated

drinkability is ok - @8.5% and you can taste every bit of it makes it a one and done for the session - good sipper though

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 02:55:22 | More by jsh420
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -14%

10-13-2013 01:52:26 | More by nmann08
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

05-29-2014 18:46:51 | More by tsgooch79
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

01-19-2012 16:39:03 | More by zenwatts
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3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark currant black, hints of garnet around the edges of the glass. Minimal head or lace.
Smells sweet and creamy, almost like a latte with a good bit of sugar. A bit of chocolate as well.
Tastes much like the smell but a bit more muted. There is a palate coating dark malt bite but overall it's a bit watery. The mouthfeel is much the same; a bit watery and thin. There is a good beer here but it needs to jump out a bit more.
Drinkability is hurt by the taste, or lack thereof. Nice but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 01:56:29 | More by kirok1999
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

12-23-2011 23:53:11 | More by jophish17
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-27-2012 05:10:29 | More by LukeONeill
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

07-17-2014 01:55:01 | More by KAF
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

11-27-2011 05:53:04 | More by barnzy78
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3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black color that is completely opaque with only the slightest of mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy light tan head that quickly settles into a thick lasting ring.

Slightly roasted chocolate malt aroma with hints of burnt toast, toffee, coffee bean, oatmeal and smoke. There's also a bit of sweet lactic creaminess present along with the deep roasted sweet bitter dark chocolate notes.

Deep roasty chewy body that's on the fuller end with a strong dark malt character, slight chocolate sweetness, lactic creaminess and a bone dry finish. Pretty complex with hints of roasted espresso bean, bitter sweet dark chocolate malt, lactic cream, burnt toast, oatmeal and toffee. Way too roasty and bone dry and not very well balanced. There's a lot going on but only a touch of sweetness. Too one dimensional for my liking but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 08:44:24 | More by corby112
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Fade To Black (Volume 1 - Foreign Export Stout) from Left Hand Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.