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Fade To Black (Volume 2 - Smoked Baltic Porter) - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Fade To Black (Volume 2 - Smoked Baltic Porter)Fade To Black (Volume 2 - Smoked Baltic Porter)

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

338 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 18
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rayek on 11-15-2010)
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Reviews by nhindian:
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A - As the name aptly suggests, this beer is essentially more black than the darkest winter night, and all light essentially fades into this vortex. There's a big, 2-fingered, tan head that has the appearance of a crater-filled moon, and it has good retention. The lacing is pretty good as well, with a thin layer of film that covers most of the glass.

S - The smell begins with a pretty big smokey note; not like a ham, pulled pork, or barbecue kind of smoke, but a fireplace or campfire kind of smoke. It's smooth like the smell of your clothes long after you go home, or your hair after you shower after a long night of sitting around the campfire. Next comes the chocolate and coffee, which are both pretty sweet, and the malts almost give off the impression of some dark fruit in here as well. At first I wasn't a big fan of the aroma, but it definitely grew on me.

T - The first taste brings a lot more smoke than was in the nose, and I'm a bit disappointed as it throws the synergy of the aroma askew. All the things that were in the nose are present, but the smoke takes the lead and the chocolate, coffee, and fruits are almost in the audience watching. It's still pretty sweet, but the coffee now turns slightly acrid. The fruits come through stronger than in the aroma, and give off a pleasant taste.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderately low carbonation. It's surprisingly light given the appearance and it goes down smoothly. The smoke and chocolate are the lasting tastes here.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. Although I was a little disappointed that the taste is so much more smokier than the nose, it is still a great beer. It balances the smoke with a nice sweetness, and the chocolate and fruit are a nice complement as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 00:45:47 | More by nhindian
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Fade To Black (Volume 2 - Smoked Baltic Porter) from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.