Fade To Black (Volume 2 - Smoked Baltic Porter) - Left Hand Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +23.8%
What a bad ass this is... I picked this up on a recent jaunt to the bottle shop... Liked the first edition and I love smoked porters (see Sue) so I had to grab it...
Pours into my DFH signature a jet black, thick and creamy looking with a lush creamy head of mocha... Its not brown, its not almost black, its completely midnight black... Void of light...
Huge roasted malt aromas that have been infused with smoky bacon and ham hocks and a good dose of cocoa... Its aroma heaven as far as a Baltic Porter goes and in my top 5 overall... Its intense and smoky and dense.. As if I'd stepped into an old smokehouse (which I have-I live in TN) and inhaled deeply...
A velvety blend of smoky bacon, dark roasted chocolate malts, good ol smoked ham hocks, and a touch of caramel sweetness on the finish... Its a sipper, for sure... Intense and smoky but in the best possible way.. It doesn't seem overdone or overworked to me... Its just right...
Best Baltic Porter I've ever had and that's a no brainer... Its a 5 for the style which is what I'm rating it on... Top 10 beer easily as well... This needs to be a seasonal... Nice for the winter...
01-27-2011 15:21:04 | More by Tilley4
4.68/5 rDev +15.8%
Winters last kick here outside the Windy City...what do you need to break the winter blues...a AWESOME PORTER...BABY!!! YEAH! You are not able to see through this delightful treat! Its black...almost navy. The tan creamy head gives way to a very nice lace! The aroma is roasty, earthy, and coffee. Which feeds right into the taste! I love the creamy body on this beer....make you aware you are drinking a porter! The high ABV would make it tought to Session...but I might try!!! Enjoy!
03-26-2011 01:19:26 | More by WoodBrew
4.68/5 rDev +15.8%
They describe Fade to Black as a smoked Baltic porter. Pours black with a thin, dark tan head. The smoke is definitely there, along with some meat notes. This really does taste a bit like bacon, but with more smoke. The mouthfeel is somewhere between heavy medium and light heavy. It certainly has some body, but it's not really heavy. There's a bit of malt sweetness in the finish as this is more malty than hoppy.
I think it's delicious
01-23-2011 01:42:10 | More by McNealc31
4.65/5 rDev +15.1%
Pours luxuriously black. A dark tan layer of foam that looks oh so much like the top of a cake. Decent retention, some lace.
Smell is rich with toasted malt, smoke, peat, vanilla and coffee. Great balance.
Taste is phenomenal. Notes of roasted malt, coffee, smoke, whiskey, soy and vanilla(light). Amazing balance.
Rich, mostly full-bodied, light effervescence, almost creamy, smooth throughout. Aftertaste fades nicely to a smoky, dryish, teriyaki flavor. Absolutely first rate brew. Only knock is I'd like a bit more body.
03-16-2011 01:22:30 | More by PorterLambic
4.63/5 rDev +14.6%
I've been wanting to try this beer for a while now. I have to say I was hooked by the description and the art on the container and the label. It pours, black, black, black. No light gets through it. It has a finger or so of tan head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves some sparse lacing.
The smell is smoky and intriguing, roasted malt with hints of chocolate, coffee and caramel, but the smokiness dominates.
The flavor is pure smoky sweetness with layers of flavor. Chocolate, caramel, coffee, oak, possibly vanilla, but none of it overpowering, it has layers and some subtlety to it. The finish is really incredible: kind of a burnt caramel that lingers. Really quite pleasant.
This beer has a medium to medium heavy body with little carbonation. It has a somewhat milky feel to it, very smooth.
I have to say this is one of may favorite beers. I've had several porters, but never a Baltic porter, so I'm not sure how it compares to others, but it is a very enjoyable beer to drink. There is a local restaurant that has a white chocolate bread pudding that I would love to pair with this beer. I think the result would be a very pleasant vegetative state.
05-10-2011 16:04:11 | More by uabjeff
4.6/5 rDev +13.9%
Poured into a snifter.
Pours a jet black (little on the dark side), with a light tan head that drops rather quickly. Signs of lacing.
Aroma of burnt, roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, and light smoke.
First sip is of dark roasted malts, coffee, smoke, website says smoked munich (smoked with hackberry, not sure what that is). A spicy note, from perhaps the rye. Some hop bitterness toward the end. Long lasting finish is slightly sweet, burnt, and smokey.
Mouthfeel is full, chewy, lightly carbonated. Mouthcoating dark roasted flavors.
Dangerously drinkable beer. Nice subtle notes of smoke. Base beer is a little heavy on the roast flavors for a baltic porter, and a little too dark. But overall, very nice beer.
01-25-2011 02:48:05 | More by JamnesCameron
4.58/5 rDev +13.4%
Poured in tulip
A: Jet black, very low amount of light brown head. Noticeably low carbonation.
S: Molasses. Wonder aroma. The nose could have been a bit stronger, but as the beer warmed up, the roasted and smoky aromas were front and center.
T: Great balance between coffee, smoke, and the malt. Really enjoyable. Glad to taste the smoky-ness.
M: Great full bodied mouth feel to it. A bit acidic, but nothing over whelming. This is a satisfying porter.
D: Easy drinking Porter, with a great flavors. The 7.80 ABV does not stand out, but was appreciated.
Overall: Great Porter. Up against Bells Porter, Edmund Fitz Porter, Sierra Nevada Porter, and Founders Porter, it holds its own. I would probably purchase this over the Bells Porter, due to the slightly higher ABV.
02-03-2011 16:49:48 | More by MarcatGSB
4.53/5 rDev +12.1%
Wow... This is a unique beer. Pours a jet black color with a finger of tan foamy head. The aroma is fantastic! Smells like coffee at a BBQ. The taste has the same characteristics with a hint of chocolate and oatmeal. The mouthfeel is the only detractor with a slight sensation of overcarbonation at the very beginning. The finish is smooth however and leaves you with a sensation of calm.
01-07-2011 21:54:37 | More by csiewert
4.53/5 rDev +12.1%
Thanks to my wife for getting me this six-pack for Christmas.
After a fairly tall pour I got a huge three finger head in my Duvel tulip. The head is a rich toffee color, very dense and with excellent retention. The beer itself is black as night, and cascades through the thick head with each sip. Quite beautiful.
Awesome lace screens the inside of my glass as well, which I am constantly impressed with when drinking out of a glass as wide as my Duvel tulip.
Smells of really rich, decadent caramel, toffee, charred wood, and smoke. The smoke is not overpowering, nor does it have an overly acidic sweetness like some smoked beers do - I prefer it this way. Oats waft in, and coffee undertones smooth it all out. Delicious is all I have to say about it.
Tastes great. This is the second to last beer in the sixer so I went all out on the pour - releasing the best head to date, but in turn diminishing the carbonation on the palate. I should have been slightly more conservative, as this beer usually imparts a strong vibrant carbonation that is pleasing to the senses.
Coffee and sweet chocolaty smoke provide a dark beer to ponder. This style of porter is great, as it is denser and heavier than some so-called stouts (I like a heavy stout, so a heavy porter is always welcome too). The finish is bitter and sticky.
Medium bodied beer (but a heavy body for a porter imo). High carbonation if you pour conservatively. Smooth and sticky, the flavors linger for minutes - which is not a bad thing for this beer.
I found this very drinkable. It makes up for the poor showing by BA Wake Up Dead from one of my favorite larger craft breweries. Left Hand has a certain deftly innate ability to craft very solid beers. This is one of their finest, and I would buy this year-round if it were available.
01-23-2011 03:22:56 | More by Spider889
4.53/5 rDev +12.1%
Now this is a series of beers I could get used to. I loved volume one and I absolutely love the fact that it is packaged in an affordable 6 pack (and very cool artwork).
A: pours pitch black, opaque, no light passage. Some cocoa colored head and a fair amount of lacing. Decent retention.
S: big notes of mequite smokiness up front paired with roasted barley, chocolate, and coffee. The smoke is center stage here but doesn't overpower.
T: the taste isn't quite as smokey as the nose suggests, rather it is loaded with roasted barley and cocoa powder character with highlights of smoke. Very well balanced, not too smokey. The finish is a touch sweet which is a nice end to a big roasty beer.
MF: medium body that leaves a silky texture on the palate. Mellow carbonation.
D: wow, this is a well crafted smoked beer, and as mentioned before, an insanely good value. I recommend this to any imperial stout/porter aficionado ..you will not be disappointed. This one is up there with the big boys of the style (Surly Smoke, Alaskan Smoked Porter)
12-11-2010 03:57:07 | More by homebrew311
Fade To Black (Volume 2 - Smoked Baltic Porter) from Left Hand Brewing Company
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