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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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339 Ratings

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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 241
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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Photo of dcloeren


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/13/11. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours inky black that no light can penetrate with 1 fingers worth of thick tan head. I poured it smooth down the middle of the glass and didn't get the result I was hoping for.... (We can chalk that up to user error I guess.) The head dissipated quickly but left some sparse lacing throughout the glass.

S: At first I got the basic, dark chocolate and coffee (nothing special) with a pretty strong hint of leather. But once the head went down on the beer the aromas were unmasked. Still catching some leather but I'm getting heavily roasted malt, rich dark chocolate (almost brownie like) with a faint coffee aroma.

T: A nice combination of roasted malt, coffee, rich dark chocolate and a smokey aftertaste. Not overly bitter but it catches you in the right spots on your tongue.

M: IMO its a lot thinner than I expected. It poured heavy out of the bottle but it was more of an optical illusion. To its credit this ends up being more of a positive than a negative. To top it off, its carbonated almost to perfection.

D: This was a great tasting beer. It went down smooth and made me want to grab another. Was it the best stout I ever had? No, but it is definitely worth picking up a six pack of and enjoying for sure

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 23:23:38 | More by dcloeren
Photo of jkane101

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-24-2013 01:39:01 | More by jkane101
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

10-09-2013 22:58:20 | More by vermilcj
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-21-2011 23:33:58 | More by Burt
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

10-25-2013 18:32:35 | More by sneezye
Photo of OKCNittany


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

08-06-2013 02:16:07 | More by OKCNittany
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3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: One of the darkest beers I've tried. Pitch black, with only average lacing and not great foam.

Smell: I have to say there's not much of a smell overall. Some chocolate malt and that's about it. Nice smokey notes as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nice thick chocolate syrup. Goes down nice and velvety.

Drinkability: A pretty enjoyable porter based on taste alone.

Overall: See drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 22:49:19 | More by tjsdomer2
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South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Beachwood BBQ at the Bruery RS Post-Party (can't remember who shared this one, BM me to give proper credit). Served from bottle into a goblet. Poured pitch black with a minimal light tan head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, smoke, and nutmeg. The flavor was of roasted malt, smoke, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this thing was smokey as crap. Despite this fact, it was a pretty good brew though. Had a decent aroma as well. Just wish that some of the smoke aspect to this one would not have been present and allowed some more modest things to come through. Worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 17:50:04 | More by thagr81us
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3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle). Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of savory smoke, chocolate, pumpernickel and bacon? Taste is semi-sweet malts with some roasty bitterness following. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Smooth, dry finish. This is a very nice beer that balances the base beer with the smokiness. Good job.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 00:29:50 | More by trappistlover
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3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a pitch black with a little tan head and little lacing. Nice aromas, I'm picking up alot of smoke, tobacco, chocolate, and sweet vanilla. There's a nice sweet aroma, which I wish I could pick up in the taste. Tastes bold, but pretty straight forward; alot of bitterness going on. Well carbonated, smooth, thick, but not too creamy; I'd say medium-bodied. Drinkability is actually pretty good, alcohol is well hidden.

If you're into smoked beers, this is definitely worth a shot. It's a very enjoyable beer, I suppose I just I had higher expextations due to Volume 1. Although Volume 2 is good, I feel like it's a step backwards from Volume 1.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 04:17:41 | More by BB1313
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield. Not a bad American depiction of a classic Baltic style. Pours a prune-colored, dark, midnight hue with a tan and creamy complexion. Smoked aroma evident in the aroma with hints of viscous chocolate and roasted malts. Similar flavor as well, although the smoked essence was more dominant in the nose. Alcohol content well-hidden behind a varied array of intense and robust flavors. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 18:23:32 | More by dsa7783
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3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown with a light brown head. Not much if any lacing.

S: Smells very smoky and of roasted malts. Very similar to a smoked stout.

T: Unfortunately the smoke flavor is pretty overpowering. There is some coffee and chocolate bitterness behind it but the smoke covers it up pretty wel.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation. Overall feels like a stout and not a porter.

D: Hard for me to say, I think the smokiness would get old fast but that's my opinion. Pairs well with food though, I don't really like to drink it by itself.

Overall not a bad beer. I dropped it some points for the smokiness because I don't like it. I didn't drop it too far because I want to review by style and this is well, a smoked porter. As mentioned this is good with food, especially BBQ-type food.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 03:14:32 | More by Dope
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3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Totally opaque and completely black, though bubbles do stick to the side of the glass. The edges have the thinnest layer of brown when the glass is held up to the light. The head is just a very thin layer of tan with little retention.

S: The aroma on this are big, and hit my nose straight out of the bottle; I didn't even have to pour it to pick up dark roasted coffee malts and a nice smoke. After pouring the smell is a little smoother and sweeter, like dark chocolate, along with the coffee malts and smoke. Great smell.

T: The flavor is, if anything, too dominant. The dark roasted malts kick you in the teeth before giving way to bitter chocolate and smoke. The flavor that it leaves in your mouth is a little too much like ash for my liking, but it just makes me want to take another sip. Actually kind of hard to stop drinking once you start.

M: Heavy body, light on the carbonation. Feels heavy and a little sticky.

O: A drinkable beer, the smoke is nice, the malts are aggressive but pleasant and bring a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Worth a look if you are big into dark roasted malts and smoke.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 21:48:46 | More by DaveBlack
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3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into Staghorn Beer Stien.

Appearance: Black Oil slick just got poured into a glass. Aggressive pour yields almost 2 fingers of tanish brown colored creamy head. Decent lacing.

Smell: moderate smell of smoke. Chocolates and malty.

Taste: Heavy smoke right away that malty sweetness takes away as fast as it showed up. Dry and bitter chocolate in the middle and then just a bit more smoke flavor, this time the smoke tastes sweeter. Slight taste of charred oak and some vanilla hidden in the background, not very pronounced at any time throught entire beer, but still reminding you its there.

Mouthfeel: my favorite part of this beer. Silky and creamy, i think this is what brings the whole beer together and it surprised me a bit!

Drinkability: good drinkability for a porter. The smoke is not overdone at anytime, its probably the best smoked porter that i have had since New Glarus Unplugged Smoke on the Porter. I did not think anything would compare.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 01:03:37 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It has some nice retention and slowly receded to leave some nice ring so lace.

S - It smelled of smoked meats and woody notes. There was a mild roasty aroma.

T - It tasted of rich roasted malts with a mild smokiness - not as strong as the aroma. There is some grassy hop bite like Baltic Porters can have.

M -It was crisp, sharp and smooth. It is a medium bodied ale with a slightly dry finish.

D - This is a very nice beer. Although, I preferred Volume 1 - it was just easier to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 03:03:58 | More by zeff80
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New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerness for the bottle!

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Nice black body, with a thin, light-tan, head. Still manages to leave some lacing.

Lots of smoked malts on the nose with a touch of bacon and salt. Bits of chocolate and light cherry with just a touch of alcohol. Smells like a smoked porter should.

The flavor mimics the aroma with well smoked malts, milk chocolate and just a hint of dark fruit. Has a nice sweetness to it, yet isn't overbearing. Nothing really stands out here, but the flavor is well executed.

Mouthfeel is average. For a smoked baltic porter there should be some more body to this beer. A bit too watery for my tastes. Yet it is still smooth and carbonation is about right.

Drinkability is above average. Left Hand has done a good job with the flavor and aroma of this beer. Not overly complex, but still tasty. I wish the body had a little more oomph, but all in all this is a fairly solid beer. Worth picking up if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 00:52:40 | More by sisuspeed
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3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours w/little or no head but a lacy rim
nice cellophane porcupine brown
This beer does not have a particularly strong scent; all of the flavor is packed in the taste, which starts off malty and caramelly, both sweet, then -- I guess -- "fades" into burnt toast and lots of smoke. Other reviewers don't seem to sense strong smoke, but I did and I think the smoke overplays its hand and obscures the finishing flavors. Semi-heavy body but very fine, dense carbonation fends off any syrupy sweetness as well as undercut the smoke a bit. A very, very good porter but I'm not sure you could drink more than two.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 22:23:55 | More by marcellaproust
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New York

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Ithaca Excelsior Tulip. Thanks to my buddy Audi for sharing this beauty with me.

A: Pitch black, no light coming through. Aggressive center pour leads to a 1 finger off-white head that disappears quickly. Lacing is consistent and covers the glass.

S: Not a lot to this one, honestly. Not a ton of smoke, it's there but it's not up front. Probably the most prevalent smell is the toasted barley.

T: Toasted barley, smokey flavor is more prevalent here. Coffee flavor and some cocoa round out the taste. Not a lot of hop bitterness.

M: Light body, lightly carbonated. Aftertaste does not linger.

O: This one doesn't blow me away, but it is a solid porter. Nice smoke here but I'm not like I'm feeling like I'm drinking a campfire.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 02:13:42 | More by suspect
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New York

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is noticeably carbonation-free; appears oily and slick. Body is black and a smidgeon of brown head appears when I get aggressive with the pour.

S: Charcoal, some smokiness and roasted barley malt.

T: Charcoal and smoke is there in the flavor too. Also some dried fruits. Finishes with smoke, char and an earthy hoppiness.

M: Medium-to-full in heft, carbonation is modest.

O: OK. I have a feeling this was past its prime; the "born on date" portion of the label either was blank to begin with or it got rubbed off or lost while in a wet cooler at DelFest. Would've liked to have had this fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 01:56:01 | More by Kendo
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3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one it a trade a while back with G311. Good times man!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A black pour makes a really small, thinner looking, overly fizzy, tan head with terrible retention. Vanishes in a snap. Black body and zero carbonation evident. A slight ring remains most of the way, but it looks rather flat by the end. Boring.

SMELL: Medium nose of roasted malts, light coffee, and a decent dose of smoky aromas. A touch of cream and vanilla in there, and the nice smoky notes tie it together nicely without dominating. Some caramel too. Quite nice, but do with it was a little bigger for a Baltic.

TASTE: Very nice, and much bigger than the nose. A roasted beginning shows notes of caramel and toffee as well. Middle introduces some nice coffee and chocolate notes, moving into a good dose of smoky nuances at the swallow. A touch of cream and vanilla as well. A bold and lingering aftertaste is bitter-sweet with chocolate, cream, and some smoky and roasted malts to tie it together. This is really nice, and is done very, very well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Decent here.

OVERALL: The flavor of this one was simply wonderful. Very complex and all the elements meshed really well together. The rest of the beer, however, just didn’t quite have it. The look was pretty lousy, and the nose and palate both needed some beefing up. Regardless, this is one of Left Hand’s tastier brews, and I was glad to drink it. Would definitely have it again. Thanks for the brew G311.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 12:43:39 | More by Jeffo
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3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled on? dunno 12 oz poured into a DFH snifter 1 finger of tan head jet black body little carbonation, decent retention

S - smokey roasted malts immediately then some dark chocolates, vanilla maybe? for the most part its dominant aroma characters are the smokey scents and the dark chocolate

T - More of the same, smoked roasted malts, burnt wood flavors, more dark chocolate notes and the alcohol is nowhere to be found. the dark chocolate flavor lingers.

M - full bodied, next to zero carbonation, creamy and soothing on the palate

O - this was a pleasant surprise i didn't want to get it initially because of the loud label and packaging but the great salesman that was there talked me into it (hard)...and i believe i can say that it is one of my favorites from left hand, ill get it again next year...i think.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 04:54:00 | More by JayAre46
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3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick tan head into a nonic that settled into a thin ring. the body was black with some brownish tints around the edges. i would have liked the head to stick around a little longer.
s - smokey with some chocolate malts underneath.
t - lighter smoke flavor with a nice malt balance with some coffee flavors.
m - medium.
o - very solid smoked beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 15:41:32 | More by GPHarris
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

IMPORTANT: This is classified as a Smoked Baltic Porter, and for the record I HATE smoked beers, but I really enjoyed this, because it was barely smokey. On to my notes:
Aromas are initially roasted malts highlighted with dark chocolate and espresso notes; mild charred maltiness.
The tastes somewhat follow the nose but are less astringent. Initially you are presented with cocoa powder flavors that flip flop between sweet and mildly bitter. A strong full caramel malt presence continues to represent throughout but is never the dominant contributor; full mouthfeel as well that lingers pleasantly on the palate. Dark/milk chocolate are the main contributors here with underlying charred and espresso malts.
Overall this is a great showing from Left Hand, especially due to the fact that it is available in 6 packs, what a treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:40:49 | More by claspada
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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with some brownish highlights. Topped with a foamy 1 finger mocha colored head, which dissipates quickly

S - Smoke can clearly be picked up in the aroma. Very mild chocolate scent detected as well

T - Tastes is of old fashioned cocoa powder, the smokiness isnt as prominent in the taste as it is in the nose, but is still apparent. Some burnt toast

M - Pretty low carbonation with a medium body overall, but a bit thin for the style

O - Think they accomplished wht they set out to do with this one. To me the smoke is front and center. ABV is high but well hidden

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 18:06:02 | More by jman892
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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black in appearance with some slight ruby highlights around the bottom. A small, thin, tan head with not much size or retention. Settled to a small ring and just left a scant amount of lacing.

Smell - More subdued aromas of coffee and espresso than what I have typically found with the Porters I have tried. A roasty, smokey type of aroma adds some complexity. A slight "woody" note that was somewhat pleasant. Chocolate notes are very mild.

Taste - The taste showed more of the burnt, roasted coffee. Some smoke is present and the chocolate is more up front in the taste. It's not a sweet chocolate, but a dry, dark chocolate. I think the taste is solid. I am enjoying it.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium/full mouthfeel. Somewhat creamy. Left touches on the palate and it provided a bit of warmth also.

Drinkability - I rather liked the taste of this beer. Nice touches of smoke and coffee make this an ok example of a "smoked" Porter. I might pick this up again sometime. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 19:48:17 | More by Shrews629
Fade To Black (Volume 2 - Smoked Baltic Porter) from Left Hand Brewing Company
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