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

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90
outstanding

340 Ratings
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90
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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 18
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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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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bonkers

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass, jet black with a thin tan head. The aroma is what you would expect from a smoked beer, lots of smoke. Up front lots of smoke and bacon, some sweetness, and it finishes with more smoke. The body is medium/full and it has average carbonation. Pretty typical smoked beer, if you like smoke, you will like this one.

02-04-2011 02:21:58 | More by bonkers
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whoneeds8

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

Poured into a tulip glass black with a one finger dark tan head. Good retention and lacing all the way down the glass. The scent isn't too strong, but it has all the basic Baltic notes. The taste is about the same, all the basic baltic notes. What makes this a little better than just average is the solid mouthfeel and perfect carbonation. The acidic feeling is rather strong. It also has a warming feeling from the alcohol content that otherwise is not detectable.

02-03-2011 23:12:55 | More by whoneeds8
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

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
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PhatAtUT

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -4%

12oz bottle poured into duvel tulip

A: very dark. looks like a cup of black coffee. virtually no head, no lacing.
S: sweet black licorice and dark chocolate.
T: tastes about how it smells. not quite as sweet as i guessed from the aroma alone. fairly bitter on the back end. pretty well balanced.
M: seems a little thin. very little carbonation.
D: pretty easy to drink but then its a fairly mild brew.

overall, pretty average. decent tasting beer but a little thin for my personal taste and just not too interesting.

02-03-2011 04:07:47 | More by PhatAtUT
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -15.8%

Appearance: Pours thick and black looking with a small head of tan bubbles after a pretty aggressive pour. The head faded while I was typing my notes, so it was gone within 20 seconds or so. The beer looks a bit like coffee sitting in my glass with no foam or anything.

Aroma: OK, now the aroma is stepping up a bit. I can definitely get the roasty notes you expect from a Porter with the coffee, dark cocoa, burnt toffee, etc. The smoke is definitely there and is becoming much more noticeable as the beer sits some and warms up. There are some hops noticeable in here too, but they are mostly floral...they too get more noticeable as the beer warms up.

Taste: The flavor has some strong coffee notes along with the smoke, but overall the flavor is coming across with a coffee balance to it. I am also getting dark cocoa and chocolate along with a spiciness that I believe is both from the hops as well as the alcohol, but they are playing pretty nice together. There is some bitterness, but the beer finishes with the balance toward the malt. This is a good thing as all of the dark grains are rather acidic on the palate, so they are contributing their own challenge to any sweetness left to linger. The beer is medium bodied with low carbonation. The alcohol lightens things up some, but with the lack of carbonation, you don't really notice the part of the profile between the initial flavor and the finish. The middle is missing, how odd...

Opinion: Well, this is an OK beer, but unfortunately it fell short from what I would call an "outstanding" beer for this style. I guess the fact that it is a baltic porter makes it fit in a bit more, but it still doesn't really seem to showcase either one flavor or the overall blend of flavors. The way this beer is, it has some really assertive notes and not a lot of backbone to back those up, so they end up out of balance and hanging on your palate waiting for something. Even a while after my sip, when I swallow I can pick up the coffee and cocoa. This beer is really bold in ways. I just wish it was a little more balanced.

01-31-2011 02:54:38 | More by SkeeterHawk
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A-Deep brown pour with a nice tan head that laces well.

S-Roasted coffee and cream, with a hint of smoke, but not overpowering. Rich malts are present.

T-Smooth rich, creamy smoked slighly sweet malts feature caramel and coffee. Not the worlds most complex beer, but damn it is pretty tasty.

M-Creamy and well balanced.

D-I could drink this one all night. A great addition in the new series, possibly better than last years, and almost makes me forgive these guys for killing Snowbound.

01-30-2011 00:38:55 | More by caddybuyer
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ne0m00re

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -23.8%

01/27/11- Had this one on-tap at Dirty Franks in Columbus.
Honestly, I realized that this tasted different than last year... but not because it was an entirely different style. Good to know that I'm not crazy.
A: Black with yellow hues, sparse film and collar but good lacing.
S: Strong banana, caramel, roast that is almost bacon but more campfire, slightly earthy hops... almost like a smore.
T: Caramel, strong pork roast, bananas, slight rum, chocolate. Not very good.
M: Almost crisp frothy mouthfeel.
D: Good.

I'm not a big fan of smoked beers, but this one was tolerable.

01-29-2011 15:28:36 | More by ne0m00re
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours jet black with a big brown bubbly head. good lacing. Light won't go thru this.

Charred malt, bitter coffee, and a hint of woodsmoke. Just right.

Great balance between the sweet and bitter here. Initial taste is charred malt, with a punch of sweetness, even some vanilla. Some bitter chocolate and burnt, carbonized toast. As the palate clears, you get alcohol, fading bitterness, and a light smoky edge. Full flavors.

Fuller boded, appropriate carbonation. Just tingly enough on the tongue to keep this from being cloying.

Liked this alot, but this is a rich one. One or 2 and you need to move on. Very very good.

01-29-2011 00:02:09 | More by OtherShoe2
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Tilley4

Tennessee

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
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours near black with a single-finger light mocha head with pretty good retention and some spotty lacing as it goes down, eventually settling down into a thin collar. The nose has some roasted malt character as well as some nice chocolate and espresso notes with a bit of dark fruit backing. Dark chocolate is the predominant character.

The taste is pretty congruent with the nose, as there's some roast up front followed by some slightly-bitter espresso as well as chocolate, and then finishing up with some dry bitterness. Body is medium with moderate levels of carbonation. No booze is apparent. Very nice beer overall and I definitely prefer it to Volume 1 of the series.

01-27-2011 03:08:45 | More by Thorpe429
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GallowsThief

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured out of a standard 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel.

A - Pitch black. Small light brown head that quickly recedes.

S - Nice chocolate and mocha smell. Not overly sweet but its there. Definitely get the smoky smell.

T - Much less chocolate in the taste then the smell would make you think. Nice roasted flavor comes through on the palate. Seems to finish with just a bit of bitterness. Warming alcohol feel as well. Overall thought this would have been sweeter but it was subtle.

M - Light to medium bodied and creamy.

D - Good solid and drinkable porter.

01-27-2011 00:19:17 | More by GallowsThief
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%

Bottled on 12/07/10

Tiny splotches of lacing atop a decently black beer.

The nose is nicely creamy and silky. A good bit of char, roast and smoke lends a balance.

Overall this is a sweet, milky beer but a sturdy char, ash and smoke flavor keeps it in check.

I really like this. There seems to be a lot if smoked baltic porters coming out, this holds its own against them.

01-26-2011 04:08:38 | More by MbpBugeye
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vapodge

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -22%

A - Poured into a pint glass nice and black with a pretty head and lacing.

S - Malty & smoky

T - Smoky, but not overwhelming - it's no rauchbier; slightly acidic aftertaste

M - Creamy, bubblier than other porters I've had

D - Not very boozy going down, but don't know if I'd go for more; maybe Baltics ain't my thang

Awesome label -- one of my favorites that I've seen out there.

01-26-2011 04:00:40 | More by vapodge
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Sweasty

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +1%

Another fade to black release from left hand. This time around we get a smoked Baltic porter. This beer pours a deep dark black. Its not a black hole, but still pretty dark. Things are topped off by a fingers worth of dark khaki head. The head settles to a ring. Plenty of lace is left down the glass.

Fade to Black has a nice nose. The smoke is there, but its kind of on the light side. Dark malts shine through. Plenty of dark roasted coffee hit. Sweet milk chocolate notes present as well. Behind the dark roast notes, a bit of dark fruit is present, blackberries perhaps. A bit of earthiness rounds things out.

The taste follows along with the nose. The smoke hits a bit stronger on the palate. Dark roasted coffee dominates. Some lightish milk chocolate notes present as well. Hints of blackberries and raspberries show up mid palate. The finish is full and some what earthy with a long lingering peat smoke.

Fade to black is a nice full bodied Baltic that is silken on the tongue. The carbonation is a bit light, but more than does the job.

Fade to black is another fine smoked brew. This brew favors balance over a strong showing of smoke. Its definitely one of the better Baltic porters I have had. The alcohol is kept in check. Its present in so much that you know you're drinking a stronger brew. Great job Left Hand. May your next Fade to Black be just as impressive.

01-26-2011 03:46:27 | More by Sweasty
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haddon

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours as dark as the Baltic Sea at night with mocha colored foamy waves crashing against the side of the tulip.

Wow, starts on the nose like your sitting around a campfire but then quickly turns into the smell of salt cured ham. Also notes of dark chocolate, and dark malts.

Just as unique in flavor as the smells. Smoke & salty bacon. Under the thick malts are some pretty bitter hops. Actually feel the lingering effect on my taste buds. As it warms, the nice alcohol flavor begins to shine through.

Medium to full body with just the right amount of carbonation.

One of the most unique smoked porters I've tasted but it works. Very enjoyable.

01-26-2011 03:13:06 | More by haddon
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into a thin cap of lacing. The aroma is camp fire smoke, roasted malt, and a hint of bacon. The taste is of bacon, chocolate, and smoke. I'm really digging the taste of this beer. The aftertaste lingers beautifully, and screams drink more of me. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a really good beer that I will drink a bunch of until it is gone. Kudos to Left Hand for hitting another one out of the park with their Fade to Black series.

01-25-2011 22:28:05 | More by KarlHungus
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feylure

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

This is some good stuff! Bottled 12/21/10.

It pours very well with a small about of carbonation. It's almost pitch-black except for a light brown tinge around the edges of the glass.

Smells quite like a bitter sweet malt flavor.

Taste is amazing. Deep, dense smokey/dark-chocolate flavors with just enough carbonation to enhance the flavor. It feels like a thin or light syrup hugging my tongue. It finishes quite seamlessly with a lingering bitter-smokey taste.

I find it to be quite drinkable, and I know I will enjoy the other five out of the six-pack.

Cheers

01-25-2011 20:06:53 | More by feylure
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rawfish

California

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Pours black like coffee with a thin head of mocha that leaves a spotty lacing down the glass. The little foam on the top behaves like thick cream and lasts the whole glass.

S: Definitely smoked wood chips and roasted coffee from the malts. Some nuttiness and unsweetened chocolate is there too.

T: Lots of smokey flavors both woody and meaty, coffee and unsweetened chocolate, just like the smell. There is some sweetness on the finish from the malts and the hoppy bitterness is there but it has more of a coffee feel to it. The flavor lingers for quite a long time but it is pleasant with this beer.

M: Rather chewy but not syrup heavy. Medium to full bodied with some mouth coating and low to medium carbonation.

D: The taste is rather addicting but this one's got some serious body even for a porter. The alcohol is detectable in the warming feel after but not in the taste at all. A great offering from Left Hand, I'll buy it again but I need another session to polish off these bottles.

01-25-2011 07:38:24 | More by rawfish
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

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
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BigBlacke

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%

Fade to Blacke pours an opaque darkness with a light tan head.

Smells of smoke, nuts, chocolate.

Taste is exactly that of smell, smoke, chocolate, and nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy yet thin.

Drinkability is quite high for me, cause it is not overwhelming with smoke flavor. Nice.

01-24-2011 23:37:03 | More by BigBlacke
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PEBKAC

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

$10.50 six pack from New Beer. Bottled on 11/29/10.

Can't remember the last time I bought a six pack of a brew I never tried before. Another customer was grabbing a few & mentioned it being a smoked Baltic porter & I was immediately sold. Two of my top three favorite styles, by your powers combined... :) Now while it didn't end up being the Holy Grail, it did end up being pretty tasty.

Took three bottles to really get a hold of it. Ended up enjoying it most when it was very cool, but not yet cold. (About the temperature it was a couple hours after taking it out of my shopping bag).

Charred black body. Bulbous, thin, dark tan head. Minimal lace.

Smell is hearty blackened malt, sharp with burnt bbq sauce & raisins. Coffee. Fumy alcohol & a bit of baking chocolate.

Taste is burnt bread, cocoa mix, woody soot, & a just a bit of caramel. Smoke comes through as meaty, if a bit too charred. Not bacon-y, but at least it's not barky/acrid like some lesser smoked beers. It's just lacking that one extra note to give it a 5.0. Finish lingers with leafy/earthy hops.

Feel is excellent. Creamy, but decently carbonated. A touch hot, but not difficult. Soothing.

01-24-2011 23:36:36 | More by PEBKAC
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JRed

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Black in body with a coffee head. Smoked ham in the nose. Chocolate flavors mingle with hops, earth, and smoked bits. A medicinal characteristic comes through towards the finish. Medium bodied brew with light carbonation. Definitely an eye-opener from the smoke. A real nice touch to the classic porter.

01-24-2011 16:09:19 | More by JRed
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Stoneyrok

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

a - pours chestnut mahogany, and thin lacing

s - caramel, smokey, malty and nutty

t - first is smokey, then dark malts with an nutty flavor, maybe some cocoa, but not sure. taste is similar to the smell

m - lightly carbonated, no bready or yeastiness, smooth, almost thin in the middle, but the flavor comes quickly after the thinness so s soon as you feel the thinness it is blocked by smokey, malty, nuttiness,

d - if you like this style, then you could slam back a lot of these and be quote happy. It reminds me of course of the duck rabbit seasonal baltic porter I think I will at least try to get another sixes of this since it is brewed once, and next year will be a different style, plus, this is 7.8% so it might age decently by next year with the release of volume three, which is yet to be determined. I like the idea of a new style, but same name each year, unique, and pretty cool.

01-24-2011 04:46:37 | More by Stoneyrok
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Axic10

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a thick black with about two fingers of light mocha head that settles to a thin layer.

Smell: Smokey, burnt malt, coffee and chocolate as well.

Taste: Smoked malt, deep dark chocolate, roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: I was very shocked by how tasty this beer really is. Good job Left Hand, thankful I have the rest of the six pack to enjoy!

01-24-2011 00:15:08 | More by Axic10
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%

Pours a pitch black, small caramel colored head, good retention.

Aroma: Smoked malts, BBQ, noble hops.

Taste: Sweet roasted malts up front, bitter coffee, fades into a deep roasty, smokiness. A bit too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation fighting through a creamy body.

Drinkability: Decent. A couple pints are more than enough.

01-24-2011 00:03:19 | More by Doomcifer
Fade To Black (Volume 2 - Smoked Baltic Porter) from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.