Fade To Black (Volume 2 - Smoked Baltic Porter) - Left Hand Brewing Company
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3.83/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
06-08-2012 01:56:01 | More by Kendo
3.93/5 rDev -2.7%
Pours a dark read amber appearing black in the glass. Minimal head and virtually no lacing. Smoky malt and dark fruit aroma. Rich smoked and dark malt flavor. An odd artificial smoke flavor in the middle and finish, but overall pleasant. Not as assertive smoke as a rauchbier or Smoke Jumper, but pleasant. A nice smoky porter. Better balanced than the first iteration.
04-12-2012 03:19:38 | More by LiquidAmber
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
A fabulous smoked beer. Jet black with a thin head. The smell is rich with almost a fresh leather scent. The taste is a smokey rich with chocolate finish that lingers. Mother feel is classic porter. Overall fade to black volume 2 is an awesome smoked beer worthy of a taste.
04-08-2012 20:34:14 | More by zander4dawin
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
As might be expected, Left Hand's "Fade To Black Smoked Baltic Porter" lives up to it's name.
It's a bit dark for the style, appearing closer to 'black' rather than a very dark "almost black" brown, but the fluffy head of tan holds nicely. Unfortunately, I think the lacing could be a bit better.
In the nose the rich maltiness appears with just enough smoke to make itself known and add another note to an already complex mix that includes toasty grain, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, raisin and prune.
The flavor is fuller, tossing in a bit more chocolate, more nuttiness, brown sugar, and molasses. The fruitiness also comes through fuller with more plum than prune, and a bit of red berry and currant as well. It hints at the roastiness of coffee in finish, but it's nicely restrained. Some underlying hops follow that, along with a bit of dull bitterness (probably around 37 IBU's), and there's a subtle spritz of 'refreshing' alcohol that helps prep the palate for the next sip.
In the mouth it's full bodied with a distinct dextrinous edge, but balanced by a gently bristling carbonation. Some alcohol is most likely lending a bit of snap to it as well.
Overall it's fairly impressive that they've kept it so nicely reigned in, balanced, and finely polished. The hops are kept in check, the bitterness is perfect, the roastiness is held back, and the smokiness is just enough that it's noticeable without standing out. Really nicely done! Quite drinkable as well.
03-07-2012 22:54:31 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev -1%
Pours black with thick tan head. Aroma of smoke, dark roasted malt, and a touch of chocolate. Flavor is very smokey with rich dark roasted malt and some chocolate notes, a little sweetness comes through the smoke. Mouth feel is medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall, solid brew!
03-07-2012 01:13:09 | More by beergod1
4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
Had on tap at the Flying Saucer who aged this one year. Poured into a pint glass.
Beer pours a nice dark black color with very little head. Just a slight line of brown oily head.
The beer smells of roasted coffee and smokey.
Beer tastes of sweet chocolate on the front side, before moving to a strong, but pleasant smoke flavor. Very nice bitter coffee taste on the back end. Much better on tap than any bottles I had of this last year.
Mouthfeel was a bit dissapointing and a tad thin.
Overall a very nice smoked porter.
03-01-2012 12:34:29 | More by Merkur
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.
A - Pitch black with a 1 finger dark tan/brown head and noticeable laing.
S - Noticeable coffee, roasted and smoked barley aromas.
T - Strong raosted malt character up front. The flavor transitions into a mild smoky coffee flavors. Mildy bitter and finishes smooth.
M - Medium to heavy body with lighter carbination.
D - Very drinkable for such a roasted/smoky flavor.
Overall, I would agree this beer is a well balanced brew. I do enjoy it, one of the better offerings from Left Hand.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-15-2011 22:17:27
01-27-2012 22:40:27 | More by hopfacebrew
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
A - Poured with two fingers of off-white foam on an opaque, dark brown body. The head fades slowly and leaves nice lace.
S - Dark bread, molasses, and smoky caramel.
T - Dark caramel and sweet malt up front. Smoky chocolate comes out in the finish with more caramel, brown malt, and a lingering hint of chocolate.
M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish
D - Very well balanced and drinkable. The smoke is light but noticeable and adds nicely to the complexity of the beer.
01-25-2012 01:53:24 | More by nickfl
Fade To Black (Volume 2 - Smoked Baltic Porter) from Left Hand Brewing Company
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