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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

342 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 19
Gots: 28 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

t0rin0, Oct 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

GRG1313, Oct 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

strohme2, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of jrpapajcik
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

jrpapajcik, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Kendo
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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.

Kendo, Jun 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Goldfishman, May 27, 2012
Photo of ucis
5/5  rDev +24.1%

ucis, May 04, 2012
Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Magery, May 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

DrFunkenstein, May 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

yaksurf, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

theminutemen, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

LiquidAmber, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of zander4dawin
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

zander4dawin, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of ClayH
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

ClayH, Apr 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

schoon, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

NeroFiddled, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

beergod1, Mar 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

facundoCNB, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Merkur
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Merkur, Mar 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Tyrawlings, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

GuisseppeFranco, Feb 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

danoeltico, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

bpackertx, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Texasfan549, Feb 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

bonez05404, Jan 29, 2012
Fade To Black (Volume 2 - Smoked Baltic Porter) from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.